area control

At the GAMA Trade Show Iello has announced a slew of new games, some reprints and some expansions so lets get to the announcements.  First on the list is a game called Big Book of Madness, it’s a fantasy cooperative deck building game where the players are magic students who must act as a team to turn all the pages of the book, and then shut the book by defeating all the monsters they just freed.  Plays 2-5 in 60-90 minutes.

Next is a pattern recognition game called Maitre Renard (french for Master Fox) where players are flipping over cards to see what they need to collect, then putting on their fox blindfold they feel around in the box for the pieces they need to collect.  Is this the first step towards the making Lice Shower?  Only time will tell.  Plays 2-4 in around 30 minutes.

In Sapiens you are the leader of a tribe trying to guide your clan through the valley, making sure everyone is fed and has enough shelter to keep them safe.  This is done through tile placement with domino like tiles.  Plays 2-4 in around 45 minutes.

Next is the game Sabordage, which looks to be a ship building type pirate game where players will be assembling their ships and then attempt to blow each other up.

The next is a reprint from Iello and that is the game Mexica.  Mexica is an area control type game which has you dividing up the land, placing buildings, and constructing canals.  Points are earned through having area majorities and the most points in the end wins.  Plays 2-4 in around 90 minutes.

A very interesting action game that was announced is called Pingo Pingo, which will appeal to people with a fondness for Nerf as it comes with a gun that shoots suction cup darts and several targets to be set up around the room.  It also includes a soundtrack that gives you 15 minutes to get as much loot as you can.  Plays 2-5 in a guaranteed 15 minutes.

  

They even showed off a diagram of how the game is oriented for gameplay.

Announced also were three expansions for Heroes of Normandie which promises to bring more units, vehicles, accessories, terrain, and templates based on more historic battles.  Expected release is in the summer of 2015.

Another reprint getting the Iello treatment is Dungeon Fighter with an expected release of April 9th.  This will be the third edition of the game which has players cooperatively exploring a three-tier dungeon and fighting anything that might get in your way.  But it’s not as easy as it seems when you are having to roll dice from under your leg or with your eyes closed.  Plays 1-6 in about 45 minutes.

immortal

Game-O-Gami has announced their second title after their popular title Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!.  This is a game of epic strategy based on the various different pantheons that different cultures including Norse, Japanese, Greek, and Native Americans have had over time.

This title should be launching on Kickstarter early next year.  Meant for between 2-4 players and lasting about 60 minutes.  Using mechanics like card battle, area control, and variable player powers.  This game looks like it should be an interesting title to try to play.

Publishers Press Release below.

Indie development studio Game-O-Gami has announced their upcoming game: Immortal. In this game of mythic strategy, 2 to 4 players summon armies of legendary gods, heroes, and monsters from four different mythological factions, and unleash them upon each other in an epic war for supremacy.

The gameplay thrusts players into back-and-forth battles to capture each other’s forces, involving strategic placement of character cards and harnessing of their special abilities. These battles take place on modular boards which are built up by the players as the game progresses, combining card battle and area control gameplay. Each faction has its own unique strengths and abilities, and is based on the myths and legends of a distinct world culture. The first of many planned master sets for Immortal will feature characters from Norse, Greek, Japanese, and Native American mythologies. The average playing time is 60 minutes.

Immortal has been developed, playtested, and polished over the course of three years under the former working title Legends At War. This is Game-O-Gami’s second game (following Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!), designed by David Sanhueza, with artwork by popular fantasy concept artists Xia Taptara, Monika Palosz, Kian Ng, Grant Griffard, and David Sanhueza. Immortal is in preparation to launch on Kickstarter in early 2015.

More information about the game, including previews of the artwork and rules, can be found on BoardGameGeek: www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/127829/immortal

 

essen game

ESSEN at Essen…what the whah?!?

Get your head around this if you can. LudiCreations are running a campaign on Kickstarter right now, in which they plan to fund a game about selling games at the Essen trade fair, which will be on sale at the Essen trade fair! We are unsure if this will rip the space-time continuum.

In this euro-style game for 1-4 players, you take on the role of a board game publisher that is exhibiting at the world’s most famous trade fair. Designed by Harry-Pekka Kuusela, it is playable in 30-60 minutes, and can be played with up to 8 players by combining two copies of the game.

“I have put many years of my life into this game and can’t wait for players to get their hands on it. With your support I will be in a booth at Essen selling ESSEN, a game about selling games at Essen!” – Harry-Pekka Kuusela

In ESSEN, which is beautifully illustrated in pixel art and contains a plethora of inside jokes and references for board gamers, you have to make decisions like any publisher has to make – about staffing, managing your money, creating buzz, and much more! Each player board is themed after a certain type of board game publisher (eurogames, ameritrash, wargames, RPGs), with the reverse side showing even more types of games (abstract, children’s games, party games, LARP) for even more variety.

“I love meta—games about games, books about books—so ESSEN appeals to me. The logistics of balancing sales and income, future visitors and current buzz: it’s a bit of a brain-burner, too, but I like this sort of thing. If you like games about games and you’ve been to gaming conventions, this game may really click for you.” – Jonathan Liu from GeekDad

Last year the Spiel game fair had 156,000 visitors & 828 exhibitors from 39 nations. Right now you can back the campaign which allows you to take over a booth and outsell them all to be the best publisher in ESSEN! If you can’t come to Essen, then let ESSEN come to you!

walled city

From Mercury Games:

Mercury Games is pleased to officially announce “The Walled City: Londonderry” by designers Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer.

“The Walled City: Londonderry” pits rival politicians against one another to become the First Mayor of the city. Founding a medieval walled city is no easy task and you are about to find out just how difficult it can be!

walled city components

Two rounds with multiple turns are played with a scoring phase after each. Quick play is complimented by tough decisions, and missed opportunities can come back to haunt you.  Providing a safe place to live for the peasants will earn you a large reward, but failing to construct the city wall in time will see the loyal knights abandon the city for safe haven.

Each turn consists of playing cards to build roads that form neighborhoods with citizens that have allegiances to one of the players. Nominate watchmen to the towers, rig districts (called gerrymandering) and raise great walls.  All these play a part in solidifying your power as you attempt to climb to the top of the political heap.

All the while the Guilds that you align yourself with impart special powers that can upset the plans of your rivals. Move a road to form a new neighborhood where the citizens in your camp are in the majority or remove a wall that protects rival citizens from the ravages of the surrounding area. The Guilds will affect the outcome of who runs the city when all the dust settles.

“The Walled City: Londonderry” is a highly thematic and elegant area control/area influence game for 2-4 players that plays in about 60 minutes.  As with all Mercury Games products, players will enjoy the unique mechanics and interesting choices this game has to offer.

unita

Unita

A civil war is sweeping the mythical land of Helvetia, and only by seizing control and ruling the country can you put an end to the war. Maneuver, battle and outwit your foes to claim leadership of the nation!Unita is an abstract war game of fantasy warfare. Each player has armies represented by dice and moves those soldiers toward the gateway to gather the most powerful warriors and claim the throne. Battle your opponents, weaken their troops, and move on to victory.

  • 2-4 players
  • Ages 13+
  • 60 minute play time
Contains:

  • One double-sided game board
  • 64 dice (16 green, 16 yellow, 16 red, 16 blue)
  • First player marker
  • 12 Terrain tiles (3 of each color)
  • 12 Power cards (3 per faction)
  • Rules

 

desperados

Desperados of Dice Town

You’ve hired the most ruthless gang of desperados you could find, but before they could take care of your opponents, the sheriff went and locked ‘em up. Now it’s up to you to spring those banditos and send them after your foes, before they do the same to you!

Players will roll a handful of specialized dice, hoping to see the symbols that will advance their outlaws to the keys that will get them out of jail. Underhanded tricks, surprise cards, and the abilities of the bandits themselves will help you push your luck and execute your cunning plan – bankrupt the others and become the criminal mastermind of Dice Town!

  • 2-4 players
  • Ages 8+
  • 25 minute play time

Contains:

  • 4 gangs of desperados
  • 4 specialized dice
  • 29 cards
  • $200 in poker chips
  • 4 gang cards

archipelago

Archipelago: War and Peace

The exploitation of the New World continues, but new challenges and opportunities await. Rescue Robinson Crusoe, imprison unruly natives, and take your chances in the colonial lottery. Challenge the corrupt governor or use him for your purposes. But be careful in your maneuvering – the Archipelago survives on a knife-edge balance of war or peace.War & Peace is an expansion for the hit game Archipelago. It contains 40 new cards and a special box designed to speed up play. New evolution cards and character cards add variety and new dimension to this exciting game, and three new play modes will make for exciting and diverse games every time you play.

  • 2-5 players
  • Ages 13+
  • 30-240 minute play time

Contains:

  • 40 beautifully and individually-illustrated cards
  • 1 tray to hold all progress cards from the base game and expansion cards
  • Rulebook

 

kill shakespear

Protect the realm from King Richard, Lady MacBeth and their dark army! Kill Shakespeare is a co-op adventure for two to four players brings the greatest characters of Shakespearean literature to life in a shared universe rife with peril. Players will go on quests assigned by the bard himself in an attempt to prove themselves worthy of taking over as protector of the realm. The game is based on the popular graphic novel of the same name.

kill shakespear board

Kill Shakespeare is on Kickstarter until March 15, 2014. $50 will get you a copy of the base game, though there is a variety of extra swag gear available as well.

war of kings

War of Kings is an epic level game combining the resource management of a civilization building game with the strategy and combat of an area control game. The king has died, and players represent leading warlords vying for supremacy, and ultimately the throne. War of Kings plays 2-6 players and features gorgeous artwork and miniatures. Players take turns concurrently so there’s no downtime. Maneuver your troops to capture enemy fortresses or unleash the NPC maurading horde on unsuspecting victims. War of Kings is on Kickstarter now and has already passed its funding goal. The base pledge level for a copy of the game is $69.

war of kings box

smashUp Double Feature

Coming this March from AEG!

Smash Up is back with even more wild factions in the mix!  Science Fiction Double Feature brings four new decks to the base-smashing business with abilities unlike those seen before.  Time Travelers allow you to reuse your cards time and time again. Cyborg Apes take actions that attach to your minions to a whole new level.  Super Spies use their mojo in espionage to plot out the future of you and your opponents, while finally the Shapeshifters could be anyone…

Science Fiction Double Feature is an expansion to the wildly popular card game Smash Up. This expansion features enough for two players right out of the box, and can be combined with any Smash Up set to support up to 4 players.