2016

The winner’s of this round of Dice Tower Awards were announced this last week at Dice Tower Con, recorded live for YouTube as well. The nominees were selected by a panel of roughly 100 people, with voting shortly after managed by Jason Levine. A hearty thanks to everyone who participated. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, which made for a fantastic list of games who all deserved the award, but of course there can be only one victor in each category. So without further ado:

Best Game of the Year
Scythe
Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone

Best Artwork
Scythe
Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone

Best Board Game Production
Mechs vs Minions
Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, Nathan Tiras

Best Cooperative Game
Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
Nikki Valens

Best Expansion
7 Wonders: Duel – Pantheon
Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala

Best Family Game
Ice Cool
Brian Gomez

Best Game from a New Designer
Terraforming Mars
Jacob Fryxelius

 

Best Game from a Small Publisher
Roll Player
Keith Matejka

Best Party Game
Captain Sonar
Roberto FragaYohan Lemonnier

Best Reprint
Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
Nikki Valens

Best Strategy Game
Terraforming Mars
Jacob Fryxelius

Best Theming
Captain Sonar
Roberto FragaYohan Lemonnier

Best Two Player Game
Star Wars: Rebellion
Corey Konieczka

Most Innovative Game
Captain Sonar
Roberto FragaYohan Lemonnier

Brain Games would like to announce the recent release of three new titles, Dungeon Rush, Dokmus, and Flamme Rouge.

Dungeon Rush is a “dungeon delve” in which players are in control of two heroes, one for the right hand and one for the left.  Players each simultaneously revel two cards, and choose how their heroes will tackle them.  Heroes can combine their efforts when tougher challenges appear.  Players will be able to upgrade their heroes as the game progresses.

Dokmus is a game for 2-4 players who will lead an expedition to the island of Dokmus, the ancestral god of your tribe. During set-up, players will randomize eight double-sided map pieces, including which side of each map piece to place faceup, and place them in a 3×3 grid so that the middle place is left empty.  In the game, players will draft the aid of Guardian cards in order to gain special powers such as moving and rotating, moving tokens, or gaining the first player marker for the next turn.  The layout of the islands changes constantly based on player actions, and players will get victory points for discovered temples and ruins on the map as well as sacrificed tokens.

Flamme Rouge is an exciting, “fast-paced, tactical bicycle racing game where each player controls a team of two riders: a Rouleur and a Sprinteur. The players’ goal is to be the first to cross the finish line with one of their riders. Players move their riders forward by drawing and playing cards from that riders specific deck, depleting it as they go. Use slipstreams to avoid exhaustion and position your team for a well timed sprint for the win.”

All three of these games had a December, 2016 release.

Five years is a good stretch of time, and if you look at the board game industry, it’s definitely not the same as it was five years ago.  With companies like Asmodee grabbing up other companies left and right, and deals being made by companies like Ultra Pro, the landscape is changing quickly.  Now enter Gary from Black Diamond Games, he shared on one of his latest blog posts two charts showing the market share of each board game company in 2011 and 2016.  Effectively showing you what percentage of sales each company was responsible for in board games for those two years.  One thing that is not surprising is that Wizards of the Coast tops both charts, more so in 2016 than 2011, and this is because of the constant presence of Magic, the release of DnD 5th Edition, and the new Magic the Gathering board game line.  Asmodee jumps from 19th on the list in 2011 to 2nd on the list in 2016, mainly because they acquired many of their competitors in front of them like Z-Man and FFG.  Needless to say it’s interesting to see how things have changed over the years, so head on over to the blog post to check out more.

In case you were wondering if you could customize your game of Cards Against Humanity with your own content, your curiosity has been satisfied…

Being released from Cards Against Humanity LLC is a card pack entitled “Your S****y Jokes”   This pack will come with 50 blank cards, 40 White / 10 Black, allowing you to add whatever content to the game you wish creating a customized version of your game.

Does your group have a lot of inside jokes that would be served well in this game?  Do you feel the content is too extreme, and you need to ‘lighten the mood’ by adding some tamer material?  Do you feel the game isn’t raunchy enough and you can do better?  All of these things are now possible with this expansion.  CAH’s website states that this also comes with a guide to help you create content for the game that ‘doesn’t suck’.

Love it or hate it, Cards Against Humanity isn’t going anywhere and this pack of blank cards allows you to create content for your game in any way you see fit.

Cards Against Humanity: Your S****y Jokes contains:

  • 40 White Cards
  • 10 Black Cards
  • Instructions for writing your own cards

For more information on Cards Against Humanity, please follow the link here

black-box-content

Each year AEG puts out a Black Box on Black Friday to kick off the Christmas shopping season with a mystery game, some years it’s worked out well, others not so much.  This year marks a departure from previous years in that the black box is now just a black sleeve over a single game, and they are telling us what the game is.  So for the AEG Black Box 2016 you will be getting the new card game called Phase.  Phase is a new card game that is meant to bring back the fun of the old CCG days of card games, in it “players take actions to bring powerful champions into the struggle to control the Nexus. These cards have a duality – good and evil, light and dark, etc. Cards “phase” from side to side as the game is played. This creates wild swings of power, allowing players to quickly shift from attack to defense and create all sorts of wahoo fun combos.”  Also of note is that people could find crazy game breaking combos, and AEG is okay with that, in fact there is even a contest of sorts.  Once the game is released they will set up a promotion where you can submit your game breaking combos, if AEG likes them they will send you a shirt commemorating the fact you broke the game.  You can read more about this in the press release and look for the AEG Black Box on stores shelves this Friday!

jvmf

The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund is one of the most beloved charity organizations in the hobby gaming community, with the commitment to provide financial assistance to members of the gaming community at large who have suffered personal hardship.  Each year, the JVMF holds a charity auction, which is held on BoardGameGeek.com and is anticipated heavily by the gaming community.  The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund is preparing to kick-off its annual auction for 2016, and hopes to exceed last year’s auction proceeds, in which $78,700 was raised in 2015.

The auction will officially begin at midnight on Sunday morning, 10/23/2016 on BGG and will run until November 14, 2016.  Be watching BGG and The Dice Tower on Sunday morning and show your support by participating in the auction.

catan-world2

This past weekend, in Durango, CO, the Catan World Championships (CWC) were held to determine who is the best Catan player in the world.  60 players from over 34 countries descending upon the town in Colorado to play against each other in the historic Strater Hotel.  Part of the tournament was broadcast live online so those not able to attend could still look in on some of the best players in the world.  As of now, the winner had not been announced on their Facebook page.  For more information you can check out the Catan Facebook page.

international gamers awards

Each year the International Gamers Awards are given out to the multiplayer and 2 player games that are deemed the best for that year.  Some notable previous winners are games like Twilight Struggle, Agricola, and Terra Mystica.  All highly rated and well respected games, so the nominees for this year are the cream of the gaming crop.  One note is that while this is the 2016 award, the games eligible are those that have been released between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  And the nominees are;

blood rage

GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – Multi Player category

Blood Rage – Eric M. Lang, Guillotine Games / Cool Mini or Not

Codenames – Vlaada Chvatil, Czech Games Edition

Food Chain Magnate – Jeroen Doumen, Splotter Spellen

Grand Austria Hotel – Virginio Gigli & Simone Luciani, Lookout Games

Isle of Skye – Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games

Mombasa – Alexander Pfister, Eggertspiele

Nippon – Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What’s Your Game?

Pandemic Legacy – Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games

Quadropolis – Francois Gandon, Days of Wonder

T.I.M.E. Stories – Peggy Chassenet & Manuel Rozoy, Space Cowboys

7wonders duel

GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – 2 Player category

7 Wonders Duel – Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala, Repos Productions

Patchwork – Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games

Raptor – Bruno Cathala & Bruno Faidutti, Matagot

Star Wars: Rebellion – Corey Konieczka, Fantasy Flight Games

Trambahn – Helmut Ohley, Lookout Games

Interesting fact, 9 out of the 15 titles being nominated are in the top 100 of games in the entire BGG database.  To see the list as well as previous year’s winners you can head on over to the International Gamers Awards website.

 

mysterium hidden signs

An expansion to Mysterium, the 2015 Golden Geek winner from Oleksandr Nevskiy and Oleg Sidorenkos, Mysterium: Hidden Signs provides additional characters, locations and objects for the players to discover.  These new clues must be interpreted through new vision cards passed down by the ghost player.

Just when you thought the mystery was solved, and the ghost finally laid to rest…more clues are discovered and the ghost’s presence is felt once more.  Can the psychics solve the case in time, or will the new visions only make matters worse?  Pick up a copy of Mysterium: Hidden Signs today and find out!

Mysterium: Hidden Signs comes with

  • 42 vision cards
  • 12 character cards
  • 12 location cards
  • 12 object cards

Mysterium: Hidden Signs requires Mysterium to play

For more info about the game from Asmodee click here to visit their web site.