Skytopia: in the circle of time, designed by Ivan Lashin, is a game where time matters as players attempt to become the leader of the sky city and gain influence in the land of Skytopia! This 2-4 player game will have players build their engines and place their workers to obtain prestige for their sky city.

Of course, no great city can be built without the help of golems. Players
will send out golems to their construction site to help build their cities. The
game is about time management as players decide whether to use up more
resources for the sake of completing buildings quicker or risk moving
construction along too slowly. All of this comes together to create a worker
placement, engine building game that requires players to strategically develop plans for their city.

For more information, click here.

In one of the first big announcements coming out of Essen 2019, Portal Games has announced that Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game is being reimplemented as Detective: Season One. Like the original game, Detective: Season One is a fully cooperative game for 1-5 players.

However, unlike the original game, Detective: Season One is more family friendly, featuring only 3 cases (the original game features 5), and has a shorter play time of 90 minutes, as opposed to the 2-3 hour playtime of the original game. Portal is billing the game as “perfectly tailored for a mystery game night” with each of the three cases set in a different setting.

Detective: Season One will be hitting your friendly local game store’s shelves in the second half of 2020. For those who are unfamiliar with the original game, more information can be found on the Portal Games website here.

Races of New Era, otherwise known as Rone, is a post-apocalyptic card game for 2-4 players which plays in less than an hour. The game was designed by Štěpán Štefaník with artwork provided Rastislav Kubovic. The latest edition of the game, Rone: Complete Edition, contains the base game and its previous expansions. The new Kickstarter project features not only the Complete Edition, but a new expansion, Last Stand, as well.

Rone is a strategic card game that prides itself on being easy to learn, but hard to master as players join in a global war, recruiting soldiers, battling machines, and equipping their troops, all in an effort to become ruler of the new order. The new expansion to the game, Last Stand, introduces 2 new game modes, Radiation Mode and Environment Mode. Radiation Mode adds more cards to each players deck and Environment Mode introduces new environments to which the players must adapt.

The Kickstarter campaign for Rone has about 3 weeks to go and at the time of this writing, is about 1/3 of the way to its funding goal. If the game or the new expansion sounds good to you, be sure and check out its Kickstarter page here.

Tickets for Dice Tower East are on sale now! The tickets went up for sale on October 8th at 12pm EST and are selling briskly, so you do not want to miss out!

Next year’s convention will be the first run in Orlando exclusively by the Dice Tower. There are approximately 1800 tickets available for the event. By comparison, this year’s Florida convention had over 3000 tickets sold, so the upcoming East convention will be a bit smaller and more intimate than the one held in 2019. The event dates (around July 4th week) will remain the same as in previous years.

The 2020 convention is being held in a different hotel than in previous years, The Florida Hotel (check out the link here for photos and other information on the hotel.) The hotel is very close to the Orlando airport.

If nothing else, you surely want to investigate the Dice Tower library, right? Tom has been adding to the library to ensure it is one of the best gaming libraries in existence. One of the reasons that the number of tickets being sold was lowered is so that the emphasis of the convention will be on gaming – hopefully with more of the Dice Tower crew.

Please come and join in the fun! We would love to see you there!

The makers of the Fidget Cube, Matthew and Mark McLachlan, have a new cooperative game out on Kickstarter, Fidget Factory. The game plays 2-5 players, ages 10 and up, in about 20 minutes.

Fidget Factory bills itself as “a fast-paced, chaotically fun co-op game.” In the game, the players have to a Fidget Cube before the deadline to ship it. They do this by collecting 3-of-a-kind sets and completing tasks in several different categories. The players win if they beat the deadline. The players will lose if they fail to deliver before the deadline or if they run out of coffee.

This Kickstarter project features both a base and deluxe edition of the game. The game has already funded and several stretch goals have already been unlocked. If interested in the game, check out the Kickstarter page here.

Starling Games has launched a Kickstarter for 2 new expansions for its popular game, Everdell. Both expansions are designed by the original game’s designer, James A. Wilson. The artwork for both expansions is supplied by the game’s original artist, Andrew Bosley.

The first expansion, Everdell: Spirecrest, allows the players to go beyond the borders of their beloved Everdell to explore the world outside their own. Adventure awaits the players who dare to go beyond – allies to acquire, weather to survive, ancient ruins to explore, and more awaits as players encounter the Spirecrest Mountains.

The second expansion, Everdell: Bellfaire, sees Everdell celebrating the 100th year since its founding. This expansion allows for 5-6 players, rather than the 1-4 of the base game. It also introduces variable player powers, Special Events, new end game goals and more.

If you are interested in Everdell, this Kickstarter has you covered, allowing players to purchase the base game, the first expansion Everdell: Pearlbrook, plus the two new expansions. You can take a look at the Kickstarter page here.

Fans of Strong Narratives in Board Games Rejoice!

dlp Games has announced that their upcoming stand-alone game ‘Orleans Stories’ is available for pre-order, with pre-order and pickup available at this year’s Essen-Spiel convention.

For 2-4 players aged 12 and up with a game length of 60-180 minutes, ‘Orleans Stories’ is set in the same universe of ‘Orleans‘ and incorporates the familiar bag-building mechanism from it, while adding a storytelling experience where players will go through multiple eras and face various challenges. The game includes two stories, The First Kingdom and The King’s Favor, each with different conditions and rules. The First Kingdom allows for more variability on strategy and when to leave an era, where in The King’s Favor players progress through the various eras together and must complete certain tasks within a given time frame or suffer elimination.

More information can be found here.

Fans of heroic rodent campaign games, rejoice! Plaid Hat Games has announced that ‘Aftermath,’ the latest entry in the Adventure Book Game series, is now available for pre-order.

Designed by Stuffed Fables and Mice and Mystics designer Jerry Hawthorne, Aftermath is set in a world where humans have mysteriously vanished, leaving common animals like mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and other small creatures to inherit the Earth. Across 27 story-driven mission, Players will take on the role of one of these animals and must explore suburban ruins in order to scavenge for food and other resources to provide for their colony while also being on guard against predators.

The game promises dynamic card play that will allow players to complete a wide variety of actions and also will include a mechanic for players to choose whether to use combat or diplomacy to resolve various threats. Finally, similar to Dead of Winter, each player will have a personal goal to accomplish in addition to the main objective.

The list of contents, pre-order and other information about this upcoming release can be found here.

On May 20th, Modiphius Entertainment announced The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms, a narrative miniatures game designed by Mark Latham (The Walking Dead: All Out War, The Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game) which builds upon the core mechanics of Modiphius’ Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, but rewritten and reworked to fit into the Elder Scrolls franchise and universe. Modiphius has planned a release date for the game of Christmas 2019.

The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms will have you and your band of heroes set out on narrative-driven scenarios, ranging from treasure-seeking dungeon delves to Tamriel battles, completing quests and objectives – and enjoying high quality 32mm resin miniatures each with its own custom base (including fan favorites such as Hadvar, Ralof, Yrsarald Thrice-Pierced, Marcurio, Mjoll the Lioness, Ulfric Stormcloak, Galmar Stone-Fist, General Tullius and Lydia).

In the first wave, players will lead their forces of the Stormcloaks or Imperial Legion – comprised of 1-5 heroes and 3-15 troops – to fight for the future of Skyrim in the civil war. This wave of releases will be a two player starter set and reinforcement sets of resin miniatures for the Stormcloaks and Imperial Army, as well as a Dragonborn single player set. Planned future releases include additional races and characters from across the Elder Scrolls franchise.

Leading up to the launch, Modiphius will be releasing promotional miniatures, including the Dragonborn miniature which is available in limited quantities online but will also be available at the UK Games Expo in June and GenCon in August.

For more information, click here.

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