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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Ares’ games Sword and Sorcery is looking for an addition to the Immortal Souls cycle in March with two hero packs, Volkor and Skeld, and a campaign expansion, Vastaryous’ Lair.

In the climax of the Immortal Souls campaign, Vastaryous’ Lair, the heroes are looking to reach the highest soul rank, achieve new legendary powers and fight the five-headed dragon himself!

The hero packs add Volkor, a Drakonian guard who can be played as a Dragonflame or Dragonheart, and Skeld, a dwarf who can be played as a berserker or slayer to the game.

More information about the expansion can be found here.

Now on Kickstarter is a 2-player tactical battle card game, Anthelion: Conclave of Power. This wallet game has a playtime of 20 minutes and is for ages 10 and up. Designed by Daniel Solis, the game builds on the foundation of another wallet game, the two-player influence manipulation game Avignon: A Clash of Popes.

In the game, players choose a side, Liberation or Dynasty, and will use abilities on location and character cards to pull the characters to their side of the table and push the unwanted ones to their opponent.  Once a card is past the threshold of the players’ home base, the card is gained. Whoever reaches 10 points of influence first is the winner.

The Kickstarter rewards start with Print and Play, and go to a copy of the game, a copy of the game plus the Android expansion pack, future expansion packs and a playmat.

More information on the Kickstarter can be found here.

Want to enhance any game in your collection quickly and easily without have to scour the internet for variants or house rules? Quined Games has you covered with their next release – The Game Changers. This is not a full game, of course, but more like an 80-card expansion for your whole collection. With these cards, you can add new end game scoring, turn a cooperative game competitive and vice versa, or even alter the flow of the game with fun solutions for analysis paralysis or making mistakes.

“The Game Changers box gives you the possibility to give more or other fun to any of your games. It can give the games that you know and love so well a new and fresh impulse, but it can also freshen up your worn and torn games and even give the boring evergreens a second life. It’s up to you to use, or not use, any of the Changers.”

Now of course not all of these will work with every game, your mileage will vary. Each card is essentially going to amount to the same value as a fun, harmless house rule, so if that’s something  you already do then this pack of cards is a no-brainer. However, even if you aren’t into variants but have thought about it from time-to-time, this simple pack of 80 cards is a harmless way to dip your toe into the water and it may even inspire many more cool ideas. If you’re interested in learning more about The Game Changers, or other releases from Quined Games, be sure to check out their website for their product pages and articles.

Portal Games,  Ignacy Trzewiczek‘s Polish gaming paradise, has announced a slew of new expansions for 2019 at the Essen Spiel currently going on in Germany.

51st State: Allies is the second expansion for the popular Imperial Settlers variant game 51st State (2010). In Allies, new mechanisms are introduced to ally the factions together, gaining unique bonuses and features. Additionally, this expansion adds 3 new factions to the game – The Steel Police, Uranopolis, and Sharrash! Play to unite the varied factions in the Wasteland, or take control as a lone wolf, the choice is yours.

Breakthrough is the second expansion for Alien Artifacts, the 4x card game released last year. Breakthrough includes “new threats uncovered in the famous Discovery, and new challenges for the space faring factions”. This expansion includes 20 new technology cards, 10 new ship cards, and 10 new planet cards, from the expand category. “Humanity solved the mystery behind the alien technology, and is ready to seize its powers!”

Fans of the award winning 2012 game Robinson Crusoe (#40 on BGG) may need to sit and take a deep breath. Mystery Tales, the second expansion for this thematic cooperative survival game, is coming in 2019. Mystery Tales includes a campaign game, The Lost City of Z, as well as a slew of components which can be added to the base game. This expansion includes 10 new characters, and 300 new cards, including new beasts, a new event deck, new mystery cards and new adventure decks. The game also introduces a new mechanism of SANITY, which can push any game of Robinson Crusoe into the realm of gothic horror. Also included are 5 new scenarios in the campaign, as well as 2 new general scenarios.

Stronghold: Undead is the stand-alone expansion to the acclaimed 2 player game Stronghold (2009), and just like the original, this expansion is getting the second edition treatment. Once again the Stronghold is under seige, with one player attacking and the other trying to survive the onslaught. This time though, the deadly Necromancer throws his unflinching forces against the walls, and each player has 8 turns to break through, or to repel the invaders.

L.A. Crimes is the first expansion to the new hotness, Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game. In Detective, players use a unique combination of web pages, internet searches, information cards and props to solve an intricately crafted detailed story of crime and greed. The expansion has 3 new cases taking place in sunny California, in the crime riddled Los Angeles of the 1980s. The expansion includes 2 new mechanisms – observation and stakeouts.

Finally Portal Games is prepping a magical Lootbox, with 6 unique mystery promos. Pre-orders for the Loot Box start on November 1. For more information on this, and all the announcements, check out Portal Games’ press release here.

Embrace your inner vampire and build your bloodline to shape 700 years of Vampire and human history. In Vampire The Masquerade: Heritage you strategically choose your clan to resolve situations throughout history . Use intrigue cards to change the rules of the game. Turn humans into vampires and change the play dynamic of that character by turning the card in its sleeve. All cards are pre-sleeved to heighten the mystery and surprise of the game. Play individual games and collect those accomplishments in your timeline. As you play through mission cards you’ll gain new characters and rewards and unlock challenges. Once the 700 years comes to an end you will unravel ancient mysteries with all you’ve accumulated through the years.

This tabletop game will be for 2-4 players and play in 20-40 minutes.

Based on character-driven fantasy novels and RPGs, Call to Adventure allows 2-4 players to compete to create the hero with the greatest destiny. Starting from humble origins, players use cards to build their characters, cast runes to overcome challenges and generally choose each step down their path of advancement, whether it be towards good or evil. The game plays out in three acts, which together will tell the story of the characters.

The Kickstarter campaign not only offers a pledge for the base game but you can make a higher pledge to include an exciting expansion – set in the world of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind!

“The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear are two of the most critically-acclaimed fantasy novels ever written, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring their characters and themes to this expansion. Fans of the books will love this expansion, but anyone can enjoy it. Most of the cards feature Heroic Fantasy themes that can be brought into any fantasy world. Stay tuned to updates for more about this expansion!”

The first expansion, included in the Kickstarter project, as well as others to follow, will add new mechanics to the base game as well as new Challenges and Destinies.

Call to Adventure is created by Chris and Johnny O’Neal, designers of the hit game Boss Monster. You can pledge for it on Kickstarter until August 13, 2018. The project has already met its funding goal and is expected to ship in November 2018.

You can watch a quick rules explanation by the Rules Girl here.

Call to Adventure
Players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 9+
Time to play: 60 minutes