2nd edition

This updated version of The Ancient World, features new cover art, updated components new and revised titans and even expanded gameplay.

The following design features take the game to a gorgeous new deluxe level:

  • Numbered, limited-edition boxes
  • “Ryan Laukat’s “signature” printed in metallic ink
  • Larger, double-sided player boards
  • Updated game board, district and empire cards
  • Metal coins!

“In an ancient world forgotten by time, enormous titans terrorize the land. Five tribes have been fleeing from the titans for centuries, but things are about to change. Growing city-states pledge to end the reign of terror, determined to take on the titans and make the world a safer place for all. Each city-state competes to attract the tribes, eager for the strength of the combined peoples, with the hope that the titans can be defeated once and for all.”

The Ancient World mixes card drafting, set collection and worker placement mechanism as players compete to grow the largest and most influential city-states, measured by owned tribe banners. Players take turns sending citizens to take special actions or using military cards to attack titans. Banners are collected via empire cards as well as by defeating titans. Victory points are gained for sets of tribe banners and after six rounds, the player with the most VPs wins.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until September 8th. The game is expected to ship in June 2019. Backers can choose between two pledge levels. If you own the original game, you can make due with just an upgrade pack (and perhaps some sweet metal coins). Players new to the game can go all in for the entire 2nd edition pledge.

The Dice Tower reviewed the original version of The Ancient World and you can see what Sam and Tom said here.

Firenze, designed by Andreas Steding, is 8 years old now and still remains a fan-favorite euro set-collection game. Easy to teach, but be careful biting into it because it’s so crunchy it could hurt with all of it’s agonizing decisions. Players are constantly torn by the need to draft particular colors of tower pieces from a conveyor belt while also trying to avoid cards with negative effects that pieces could be sitting on.  It’s this constant crunch and tension over colored wooden bricks that has kept the game relevant and unique and people have been clamoring for it since it’s been hard-to-find for a long while, so-much-so that there have been requests on BGG for a reprint for well over two years now. Quined Games has responded to this request by announcing that they’ll be Kickstarting the 2nd edition of Firenze on August 15th. As announced via a press release:

     “We hereby introduce our third new release for Spiel 2018: Firenze (2nd edition). This game probably needs less of an introduction, since it was already released back in 2010, was well rated but never became widely available. We are delighted to announce that Firenze finally gets its long-awaited reprint, fully language-independent through the use of simple yet elegant iconography on the games’ cards! Just like our other Masterprint releases, rulebooks in English, German, French and Dutch are included.”

While this is only being conditionally brought back on success of it’s Kickstarter and not exactly a done-deal, I expect this campaign will do very well given the interest in it after so many years. This new version will doubtlessly look nicer and players new and old will have something fresher and still good to look forward to. Quined Games will also have two other titles on Kickstarter at the same time – Raiatea and Counterfeiters – and while these games will be done on separate campaigns, there is expected to be an attractive bundle for all three games together so be sure to be on the lookout for that. If you are interested in learning more about Firenze 2nd edition, or the other Kickstarter projectes from Quined Games, please be sure to check out their website as August 15th draws near.

In 1920’s Arkham, you know what lies ahead of you: The sanity-wrenching horror of Lovecraftian terror. Mythos tales is a deduction game set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft’s quaintly chilling Arkham. Originally published in 2016, Grey Fox Games has produced a 2nd edition and included errata and corrections within to enhance game play.

Players use all the tools they can, sparse as they are, to piece together the macabre truth behind the many mysteries in Arkham. Newspaper articles, allies with knowledge they don’t realize is connected, residents of Arkham, and a map of the city help you follow the clues and find the hidden secrets. Each game you match wits with mad Armitage, trying to uncover the darkness before in time. Can you best him?

Mythos Tales plays in 1-2 hours and is for 1 to 8 keen investigators. There are 8 cases to solve, giving you plenty of hidden mysteries to enjoy. This new version features the same artwork as the original and should be in stores shortly. The first printing received the Dice Tower Seal of Approval.

Eclipse is a highly popular 4X game, sitting comfortably at number 21 on the BoardGameGeek’s ranking for ALL GAMES, and carries an impressive rating of 8 out of 10.  But just because it’s doing well doesn’t mean it couldn’t be improved, and that is what Lautapelit.fi is going to do.  In 2018 they will be releasing Eclipse 2.0 with lots of improvements and upgrades like:

• New graphic design, maintaining the acclaimed symbology of the 1st edition
• Introductory short story by award winning science fiction novelist Johanna Sinisalo, providing rich background for the world of Eclipse
• Full line of Ship Pack 1 miniatures
• New miniatures for ancients, GCDS, orbitals and more
• Custom made plastic inlays
• Custom combat dice
• Fine tuned game play

So if your current edition is getting worn out or you just want the latest and greatest, be on the lookout for it in 2018.  You can read the press release below for more info.

20 October 2017 – Lautapelit.fi is proud to announce that Eclipse, the multiple award winning grail game of the 4-X genre, is about to get a serious overhaul.

How can the best be made better? Since the launch of Eclipse in 2011, the game has had a wide and inspiring fan community that has actively provided feedback to us and the designers both directly as well as through on-line communities. The 2nd edition is a response to those hopes and wishes with no effort withheld.

The upgraded edition of Eclipse will include, among others:
• New graphic design, maintaining the acclaimed symbology of the 1st edition
• Introductory short story by award winning science fiction novelist Johanna Sinisalo, providing rich background for the world of Eclipse
• Full line of Ship Pack 1 miniatures
• New miniatures for ancients, GCDS, orbitals and more
• Custom made plastic inlays
• Custom combat dice
• Fine tuned game play

The second edition will be available to players around the world in 2018 once the game has been crafted to perfection.

While the 7th Continent Kickstarter is the big thing right now, hauling in multiple millions of dollars, there are still others that are worth consideration.  First up is the second printing of a excellent cooperative minis game, and that is Fireteam Zero.  Fireteam Zero is a cooperative game where you are a squad of military fighters, heading out to combat the occult as they try to overrun the world.  On your turn you can perform two actions from the choices of move and attack.  Moving is simply in that everyone has a speed of two, attacking is where you have to start playing cards.  And it’s these cards that are one of the neat aspects of this game because each card has two uses, a reaction or tactic effect, and an attack.  Tactic effects are game altering, but also leave you at a disadvantage so you have to use them wisely, reaction effects allow you to bolster allies or yourself when certain things happen.  However, the main use for the cards are attacks, and you can play cards in sets to be able to roll move dice when in melee, shooting, or lobbing grenades.  You will roll custom dice with different numbers of each symbol in order to see how much damage you inflict.  Fight off the monsters and accomplish your objective to be able to move on, and hopefully take out the boss.  So if you are looking for an excellent cooperative “dungeon” crawl type game, check out the Kickstarter today.

I have to be honest, what caught my eye on this Kickstarter was the cheese minis that they are offering, they just look awesome!  Ratland is an interesting game where you are trying to grow your pack or rats to be the largest, but be careful, that is a lot of mouths to feed.  On your turn you will be allocating all your rates to different spots to either game more cheese, attack other players to take their cheese, or to spawn more rats.  Each area you can gather from will have different amounts of cheese based on the card drawn at the start of the round.  Also it will be the person who sent the fewest rats that will draw first, but you only draw as much cheese as rats you sent, so there a bit of a balancing game there.  At the end of every round though you will have to feed your rats, and any rats that can’t eat will starve and count as negative points against you at the end.  Most rats at the end is the winner.  So if cheese minis, or this game sound interesting, check out the Kickstarter.

Next is an interesting card game called End of the Trail, where it’s all about trying to stake your claim on the biggest pile of gold.  In this game the cards are used in three different ways, first as money for the bidding round.  In this round sets of cards will be available to be bid on, and the money you have to use for that is on the cards in your hand, discarding the amount that you pay for the auction.  Next they are used for the prospecting phase where depending on which card you play will determine what tiles you can look at to see what value they are.  You can claim that tile, or, waiting and see if you can find something better, but be careful, if you find something worse you bust and have to claim that lower valued tile.  And finally, the cards are also used to form a poker hand at the end of the game.  In each round of the game you will be setting aside cards to form this final hand, and if you have the best hand then you get to make one more claim before final scoring begins.  Have the highest value of gold in your clutches and you win.  So if you like games with multi-use cards and don’t mind a little memory to go with it, check out this Kickstarter.

After that we have the latest in a growing line of movie to board game conversions, and that is T2029: Terminator 2 the Board Game.  This is an officially licensed game so it has the same look as the classic action movie with the tanks, attack ships, and of course, the T-800s and T-1000.  In this game you are protecting John Connor as he makes his way to Skynet to hack in and shut it down for good.  Along the way you will have to fight back against oncoming robots attacks, protect John Connor, and keep the T-1000 from infiltrating your ranks.  On your turn you will be rolling dice and assigning those dice onto your board to perform actions like getting more soldiers, attacking bots on the board, and manipulating the cards controlling the game.  These card decks are going to be your main headache as they will dictate where Skynet focuses it’s attention as well as show you what John Connor is up against.  If you are able to keep him alive, get him to Skynet, roll and the right hacking combination, AND reprogram the T-800, then you will finally claim victory.  But it is also just as easy to lose to the robotic onslaught, so work together and roll well.  For more information and to back the gamine, check out the Kickstarter.

Last and certainly not least, we have the campaign for the 2nd Edition of Tiny Epic Defenders along with an expansion, The Dark War.  The second edition of the Tiny Epic Defenders does little to change the rules, but what it does do is upgrade the components.  After the success and great popularity for the IteMeeples that were created for Tiny Epic Quest, they are bringing them into this game.  So now when you get your artifact card, you will be able to take the corresponding artifact piece and attach it to your meeple, on the front or the back.  So now you will see the epic items on the board instead of just sitting in front of you on the card.  But this upgrade is not all that is new, there is an expansion being offered called The Dark War.  This expansion adds more of what you want in the form of new heroes, artifacts, epic foes, and dire enemies.  In addition to that extra content, the expansion will add new features in the form of a campaign mode with enemy generals, skills that the heroes can learn, and even advanced regions and caravans.  So if you want to expand and upgrade you Tiny Epic Defenders game, check out the Kickstarter today!

mi tiera

The successful worker placement game Mi Terra is returning via Kickstarter in a much-improved version!  Mi Tierra is a Worker placement and resource management game, inspired by the beautiful Chilean countryside, for 2 to 6 farmers competing to produce, buy and sell goods, striving to become the richest and most successful land owner.

Designed by Alberto Abudinen and Diego Benavente, Mi Terra Nueva Era (Mi Terra Second Edition) is an exclusive version of the game, and will include a custom plastic storage tray and multiple stretch goals.

From the Kickstarter description:

Based on the feedback we’ve received, we have the following improvements for the second edition:
  • Revised rulebook; English, Spanish.
  • Increased replayability.
  • More options: rodeo, water, horses, etc. …
  • Faster games, limited to 7 years (rounds).
  • Additional winning strategies.

Check out Mi Tierra Nueva Era Rulebook (Eng Spa)  to see how the game offers multiple ways to achieve victory. The game inspired by Agricola is set in a farm, with multiple spots to place workers influenced by Pillars of the Earth. We used dice and random events in order to add some luck, always present in real life.

In a game of Mi Terra, the game flow happens in this way:

  1. Collect animals and seeds
  2. Plant seeds and raise animals at your farm
  3. Produce at factories
  4. Sell at the market
  5. Go to event–Rodeo

The components included in a copy of Mi Terra include:

  • 30 workers
  • 6 money markers
  • 6 turn markers
  • 2 dice
  • 10 blue water markers
  • 39 animals
  • 23 seeds
  • 12 animal pens
  • 32 industrial improvement tiles
  • 60 resource cards
  • 12 event cards
  • 44 market cards
  • 6 player boards
  • 1 main board

Mi Terra is a game for 2-6 players and plays in 90 minutes.  This project will fund on March 19, 2016.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

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Stronghold Games and Portal Games are teaming up to release a 2nd edition of Stronghold. Originally released in 2009 and designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek, Stronghold has players taking on the roles of invaders and defenders in a sprawling asymmetrical castle siege.

“The game board represents the stronghold itself, as well as the surrounding terrain from where the attacking forces launch their siege against the walls of the stronghold. The defender has a small number of soldiers manning the walls, while the invader has an infinite legion of attacking creatures. A desperate fight takes place every turn.”

The second edition promises to streamline the rules, shorten gameplay, and improve the components. The board itself will be bigger and feature brand new artwork. Look for Stronghold 2nd Edition to make an appearance at Essen 2015, and hit store shelves in late 2015.