Board And Dice

Just in time for your wallet to have recovered after GenCon!

Time to start looking in the couch for loose change! Board and Dice have announced that in September they will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to publish a deluxe master set version of Yedo.

Originally published in 2012, Yedo is a thematic worker placement game set in 16th Century Japan during the Tokugawa Shogunate. Players play as heads of competing clans trying to gain influence with the Shogun by managing resources and performing missions to gather prestige points, while also thwarting the efforts of their rivals.

The Deluxe Master Set for Yedo will include the expected updated components with extra polish based on years of player feedback. Specifically, the updated components for the Deluxe Master Set will include: i) a bigger box that will contain all new components; ii) borderless cards with new artwork; iii) custom wooden screen-printed disciples; iv) a updated version of the classic Yedo board; v) new double-layered clan boards with new art and designed for better play and vi) updated and deluxified versions of game components, tokens and coins.

More excitingly, this deluxe set will also include new, extra content created specifically for the Deluxe Master Set by original designers Thomas Vande Ginste and Wolf Plancke. This new content will include the ability to create your own preferred game experience based on your play style and the preferences of the other players by modifying facets of the game such as length, difficulty level, and interaction type. Additionally, two new modules entitled ‘Specialist’ and ‘Teahouse’ will be included.

Watch for the launch of the Kickstarter on September 9th, 2019 to learn more details (including the practically mandatory bevy of Kickstarter stretch goals) for this exciting new edition.

Board & Dice has announced the first expansion for Dice Settlers, Dice Settlers: Western Sea, that is due to be released at Spiel 2019.

Dice Settlers: Western Sea allows the players to expand beyond the lands initially available to them, all the way to the sea. Besides the growing possibilities of the base game, the expansion introduces ways for the players to fish, sail, find treasure, and discover new and interesting technologies.

Dice Settlers: Western Sea is a modular expansion, meaning that players can add any one (or more) of the modules in the box to their base game, growing and changing it in different ways, to suit their tastes. The expansion also includes solo components for those solo players who want to be able to play the expansion in conjunction with the base game.

If you are interested in more information about the expansion, check here.

Board & Dice has announced Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula, the newest heavy euro from designer Daniele Tascini (Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar, The Voyages of Marco Polo, Teotihuacan: City of Gods) & Federico Pierlorenzi, to be released in October 2019.

In this game, 1-4 players will try their hand at the mysterious art of alchemy and compete to prove their infinite wisdom and become the successor of the greatest alchemist ever: Hermes Trismegistus. Over three rounds, players will draft dice of three different colors from six different dice pools, and then use the potency of their drafted dice to transmute metals into gold, perform experiments, invent artifacts to move up on four mastery tracks.

According to Board & Dice, Trismegistus will be about as heavy as Teotihuacan, perhaps even with “a bit more crunch,” and will play in about 90-120 minutes.

To learn more about this upcoming release, visit Board & Dice’s page here.

Board & Dice has announced a new title in their line of escape room games, Escape Tales: Low Memory. According to their announcement, the game will be premiered at Spiel 2019.

You need not have played the previous Escape Tales title, Awakening, prior to playing this new version, according to the announcement. The new game features more cards that add more riddles to the game and 3 stories, but only one plot, which features 3 different characters allowing the players to play the game from 3 different perspectives.

In Escape Tales: Low Memory, players are allowed unlimited time on the puzzles, “immersive exploration and a set of hard choices that will immerse you deeply into a riveting story of a cyberpunk future.”

Board and Dice has announced Sierra West by designer Jonny Pac Cantin, a unique game combining deck building, tableau management, worker placement, multi-use cards; in short this game is a tapestry of many interwoven moving parts. In Sierra West, 1-4 players move pioneer workers through paths in the mountains, claiming cards and actions, collecting resources in their pursuit of the american west. Prominent in setup is a large mountain made of a pyramid of overlapping facedown cards, with the top cards visible. 3 cards from the player’s hand are placed in a notched board, revealing 2 rows of icons from the bottom of the cards, representing two different paths the pioneers can traverse. Each space on the path can generate resources, allow actions or present danger. Boot actions on the path allow the movement of the caravan along the road, or the frontiersmen up the card mountain. Frontiersmen allow players to claim new cards from the top of the mountain, while the caravan gives access to special cards below the wagon trail. Additionally, players can build cabins with resources, and place their pioneers on the cabins when they are not on a trail, generally helping the rest of the workers. The game ends when the 6th special card is added to the caravan trail.

All of this sounds like a great game, but Sierra West is a flexible kit, designed to make more interesting, more variable games with the included modules. Each module changes the starting cards, rules for play, type of cabins, and action spaces. The game comes with 4 modules: Apple Hill, Boats and Banjos, Gold Rush, and Outlaws and Outposts, with more expected to release in 2020. Sierra West is expected to be released at GenCon, in August 2019.

Board & Dice, who recently merged with NSKN Games, made several expansion and reprint announcements recently. One of the company’s recent hot games (BGG #223) is Teotihuacan: City of Gods, an impossible to pronounce, but critically acclaimed rondel-driven worker placement game in the Aztec Empire by designers Daniele Tascini and Dávid Turczi (Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar). Just announced is Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period, a modular expansion coming at GenCon 2019. This expansion adds asymmetric player powers, a 4th temple which unlocks powerful abilities, seasonal effects before eclipses, and new variants of some of the rondel boards.

Dice Settlers, the recent dice driven civilization building game by designer Dávid Turczi, is also getting a modular expansion – Dice Settlers: Western Sea. This expansion adds 17 new custom dice, envoys, enclosures and advisors to the game. The advisors are particularly interesting, as each one adds its own unique die and special ability. As the name implies, Western Sea also allows players to sail and fish along the shores. Look for this expansion at Essen 2019.

Finally, Board and Dice are coming out with Exodus Chronicles by designers Rainer Ahlfors and Andrei Novac, a reimplementation of their popular space opera game Exodus: Proxima Centauri (2012). Proxima Centauri is a 4X game complete with all that entails – hidden movement, bidding, tech trees, politics, and engine building both literal and figurative. Exodus Chronicles promises to be a new streamlined design, not simply a reprint, yet still including the two expansions Edge of Extinction (2015) and Event Horizon (2017). Look for Exodus Chronicles later in 2019.