Ben Pinchback

Space! For millennia, humans have marveled at the cosmos. Modern astronomy gives us valuable insight about what’s happening in the universe, but there is still a sense of wonder to be had in looking up at the expanse above us.”

Renegade Games has announced Stellar, a 2 player card game designed by masters Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle (co-designers of Fleet, Piepmatz) about telescopes and stargazing. In Stellar, players calibrate their telescopes to observe a huge variety of celestial bodies, including black holes, planets, asteroids, and even satellites. Cards are played to the telescope and notebook, and after 11 rounds a stunning tableau of the night sky will be created. The stargazer with the most points is then declared victorious. Stellar comes with 24 telescope cards, 60 celestial object cards, scorepad, reference cards and rules.

“The corpses of pixies, goblins, unicorns, cyclops, and dragons have begun to pile up, so you’ve got your work cut out for you… Keep the place organized, as you bury corpses in different areas of the graveyard, or it’s your own grave you’ll be digging!”

Also coming from Renegade Games is the adorably dark card game Gloomy Graves by designer Jeffrey D. Allers (Citrus). In this game, 2-4 players take on the role of fantasy gravediggers, and the bodies are piling up. Pixies are one thing, but the deceased dragons and cyclops can be tricky to work with. Players must manage both their private crypt and the communal graveyard, each with its own rules. Gloomy Graves comes with 90 corpse cards to bury, along with 20 score cards, player aids and rulebook.

Look for both games coming Q1 2020. For more information, check out Renegade Studio’s web pages on Stellar and Gloomy Graves.

Pandasaurus Games is offering retailers a legacy-like promo event kit for Wasteland Express Delivery Service games to be played in stores.  The Scrappening features missions by designers Jonathan Gilmour, Matt Riddle, and Ben Pinchback and all new art by Riccardo Burchielli.

Retailers who order four copies of Wasteland Express Delivery Service qualify for The Scrappening event kit.

Wasteland Express Delivery Service: The Scrappening will be released in stores on May 16, 2018.

Fleet: The Dice Game is the 20th addition to the collectible Gryphon bookshelf series.  Fleet: The Dice Game is designed by Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback who have also worked on Fleet, Wasteland Express Delivery Service, The Goonies: Adventure Card Game together.

Fleet: The Dice Game is a strategic 2-4 player dice rolling game played over ten rounds made up of up to four phases: boat phase, income phase, fishing phase (even rounds only), and town phase while players try to earn assets, wealth, power, and income. Fleet: The Dice Game is available on Kickstarter until Friday, May 4th at 8:00AM EST.

Rio Grande Games announced two new games to be released in April 2018 and a reprint to be released in May 2019.

First up is Epoch: Early Inventors, designed by Martyn F.    Epoch: Early Inventors takes players back to the dawn of civilization where they take on the role of clan leaders and explore the landscape, discover new tools and make offerings to holy places. Exploring land gains status and makes more resources available, but energy to explore land requires food.  Gathering, hunting and fishing provides food as well as raw materials.  Developing tools enables players to be more effective with future actions. And making offerings at holy places gains more status.  The game plays over 14-20 rounds, advancing from the Mesolithicum era to the Bronze Age.  The player with the most status at the end of the game wins.

Contents include 4 Carrier boards, 44 Player huts, 4 Clan leaders, 16 Offer tokens, Start player token, 64 Food cubes, 58 Status counters, 44 Landscape tiles, 16 Ceremonial tiles, 2 Player overviews, 3 Last round markers, and Resource counters

This strategy game supports 1-4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores this April.

Next up is Beta Colony by designers Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle.  In Beta Colony, players are one of five directors trying to create prosperous colonies and be elected as the first leader of Victus.  The players with the most Confidence Points at the end of the games is elected the first leader of Victus and wins the game.  Players earn Confidence Points by building colony pods, having a majority in a colony and from a variety of other achievements from improving the colony.

Beta Colony features a unique dice based “rolldell” system where all players will use a duplicate dice roll to take two actions each round, with each action using two dice. Players will use one die to move and one die to activate the location to which they moved. Die color and value affect how each of the seven unique locations are used.

Contents include Game board, Round marker, 5 Player markers, 16 Player markers, 16 Artifact markers, 16 Dice, 9 Cycle tiles, 30 Fuel markers, 60 Crew markers, 16 Artifact markers, 4 Player spaceships, Start player marker, 8 Cultural achievements, 8 Cultural achievement tiles, and 40 Colonization pod tiles.

This mid-weight strategy game supports 2-4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes 30 to 60 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores this April.

Finally, Rio Grande Games is reprinting Northern Pacific, a fast playing strategy game designed by Tom RussellNorthern Pacific is set in 1870 as the Northern Pacific rail lines expands from Minneapolis to the Pacific Ocean. Players are investors who can either extend the rail line or invest in a city the rail line has not yet connected. The game is played over three rounds and the player whose investments have paid off the best wins the game.

Contents include the game board, 16 locomotives, 108 small investment cubes and 12 large investment cubes.

This strategy game supports 2-6 players, ages 14 and up, and takes 30 to 45 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores in May.

Greater Than Games has announced the upcoming cooperative board game Legends of Sleepy Hollow from Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle, the creators of Wasteland Express Delivery Service. Legends of Sleepy Hollow will put four players in the roles of Tarrytown residents, witnessing the supernatural events surrounding Ichabod Crane and the infamous Headless Horseman. Playable characters include the Undertaker, the Minister, the Revolutionary War Veteran and the Tanner, all of whom will try to solve the mysteries in this cooperative miniatures based campaign game. Play involves an action pool mechanism, from which players select movement and abilities unique to their character, however refreshing those actions becomes increasingly more difficult as fear overwhelms the party.

Look for the Kickstarter Campaign for Legends of Sleepy Hollow October 17, and read more about the project in Greater Than Games’ press release here.

Green Couch Games has started a Kickstarter campaign for Ladder 29, a 2-5 player climbing trick-taking card game in the style of Tichu and Haggis. Designed by the team of Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle (Fleet, Morocco, Wasteland Express Delivery Service), Ladder 29 adds the unique twist of “hot spot” goal cards for each player. The hot spot card dictates in which order each player should go out. The game features beautiful firefighter themed card art, score tracker cards and has an option for a custom playmat.

The Kickstarter for Ladder 29 continues through April 12, and is due to deliver in October 2017.

wasteland express

Pandasaurus Games announced a new title at the Gama Trade Show this week – Wasteland Express Delivery Service. The game is designed by Jon Gilmore (Dead of Winter) and Matt Riddle & Ben Pinchback (Fleet, Back to the Future) featuring art by Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ, Batman Black and White)

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The game is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and players are drivers delivering food, water and guns to various settlements throughout the wasteland while risking the mayhem caused by the outrageous characters and battling raiders that inhabit the land. The game also features 3 outlandish factions that players can gain favor with.

The game features an emerging narrative over the course of a 10 game campaign, each beginning with a beautifully illustrated comic book introduction that sets up the story, stakes and challenges that the players will have to contend with. Alternatively, players can just embark on a single, randomly generated scenario providing infinite replay possibilities.

Molly Wardless, Managing Director of Pandasaurus Games said :

Among the myriad things we are completely flipping over re Wasteland is that nothing like this has really ever been touched in the board game community. When we first heard the pitch, we were sold. Then Riccardo turned it into this almost unwieldy beast that pushes the limits in pretty much every imaginable way. It’s beautiful and grotesque at the same time. And we are completely in love.

The game also features board art by Joshua Cappel and fantastically detailed miniatures of the delivery vehicles players will be using, designed by Justin Blintz. With over 100 pieces of artwork, every card in the game is unique.

More details are expected to be revealed in the coming months.

monster truck mayhem

Greater Than Games (GtG), responsible for hits like Sentinels of the Multiverse,  has brought Monster Truck Mayhem designed by Ben Pinchback & Matt Riddle to Kickstarter.

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Monster Truck Mayhem is invading the SuperMegaDome! Brought to you by Ridback Pub, 101 The Animal, and Big Al’s Sound Emporium, this thrill show spectacular will BLOW YOUR MIND! All your favorite trucks and more will be there… AND SO SHOULD YOU!

Monster Truck Mayhem is a real time dice rolling game that has 2-5 players racing monster trucks through an obstacle course. This is a competitive game that will have players rolling custom dice to move 1-3 spaces. The dice have two special symbols on them a ‘Tire’ and a ‘Boost’, roll three ‘Boost’ symbols and you get an extra movement, roll three ‘Tire’ symbols and you can cause another player to spin out.

monster truck mayhem board

There are 6 trucks for players to choose from, each with a different special ability. A few examples are:

Big D – can move forward three spaces without rolling dice with the Drive Angry! Mayhem ability.

Cthulhu Crusher – can make other racers go insane during a race forcing them to move backwards instead with the The Insanity Roll.

Valkyrie – can move 5 spaces instead of three when players roll three ‘Boost’ symbols.

Truckdor – uses a special Fire Die with a wild side that can be used as any other die face.

An interesting twist on this project is that there will be no stretch goals, instead GtG has ‘unlocked’ them all at the start of the project and there is only one pledge level making backing this project a very simple process. Additionally they are including a free expansion with the base game during the Kickstarter. The expansion includes 2 more trucks to choose from as well as rules for multi-lap races that will allow players to upgrade their trucks.

Monster Truck Mayhem certainly looks like a great time in a box, with real time competitive play and take that elements this game could be a big hit with players that enjoy quick playing real time games. I would expect lots of shouting and laughter as you play this one. Not only fun it will look great on the table with art by Benjamin Raynal who also illustrated King of Tokyo as well as Jeff Brown and Chris Kirkman.

If you’re interested in a fast, fun, crazy, real time dice rolling extravaganza, are a Monster Truck Fan that can’t afford your own real life truck to race, or just enjoy the frenzied excitement that this game will bring into your life then you should check out Monster Truck Mayhem on Kickstarter here. For more information on Monster Truck Mayhem check out the BGG entry here.