AEG is not slacking off as the year comes to a close with several new game releases and a few more expansions. The first game on the list, coming in October, is the game Eight Epics. Eight Epics is a cooperative dice game from Seiji Kanai, designer of the popular micro game Love Letter, and has you and up to 7 other players trying to save the world. There are eight different obstacles that must be overcome and you will use red and black dice to play the game. Red dice will activate heroes to help you in the game, black dice are what you use to defeat the enemies. Each enemy has a value you must reach based on the number of dice you roll, so luck will have to be on your side in order to win.
The next game being released is called Treasure Lair, and it’s all about the money in this game. In Treasure Lair you are forming your party to go adventuring to find the greatest treasure you can, but there in lies the issue. Each cache of treasure has different requirements in order to get them such as strength, or stealth, or even wilderness lore. So you will have to carefully craft your team in order to get the most treasure possible and be crowned the winner. This game will be released in November of 2016.
Next is an expansion to a popular dice game called Dice City: By Royal Decree. This expansion to the game will add a new trade board with dice for that board, new locations, and a new type of card called Queen’s Plans. From the sound of it the Queen’s Plans cards may work similar to the boat cards, but we will find out more as the release date gets closer. Look for this expansion to hit stores in November of 2016.
Last is an expansion to another popular game and that is Istanbul: Letters and Seals. This expansion adds more tiles to the game for even more variety, but also adds a couple new mechanics. The first is an added postal system which gives you the ability to deliver letters to shops to get points. Another mechanic being added is the auction mechanic, where now there are places, like the auction house, where you bid to buy more bonus cards. Last is the addition of a companion to your group, but what makes him different than your regular discs is that he can move and act independently from the rest of your pieces. These new additions will bring more strategy and variety into an already excellent game. Look for this also to hit store shelves in November of 2016.