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Sailing Toward Osiris is a board game from Daily Magic Games for 2-5 players, aged 14+, where players aim to become the next Pharaoh by gathering resources using laborers, gaining favor from the gods, and using citizen powers to build monuments on the River Nile.

“Egypt needs a new ruler and the Pharaoh has left no descendants to take the crown. Law dictates that the governor to bury the Pharaoh will become the next Pharaoh, and in order to gain the privilege of burying the Pharaoh you must build monuments in his honor.” [source]

The Sailing Toward Osiris: Governors & Envoys expansion supports 1-5 players. Players can choose a Governor who has special privileges and select an objective for secret, end-game, bonus points. They can use their Envoy to carry out special tasks to reserve terrain or spaces for use in a later action. There are also new Boon of Ra cards which modify the Governor’s build action for a season.

The Sailing Toward Osiris: Governors & Envoys expansion is designed by the base game’s designer, W. David MacKenzie, and is expected to release on September 15th, 2018.

Now you can be a Virtue guiding Solomon Kane in his fight against the forces of darkness with the new co-op game from Mythic Games now on Kickstarter.

In this 1-4 player game combining storytelling through cards, resource management and tactical miniatures, this Kickstarter exclusive follows Solomon Kane as he must fight the Shadows of Darkness, with some aid by the Virtues.

The core box set comes with 3 complete adventures for players: Rattle of Bones, Skulls in the Stars and Blue Flame of Vengeance, all based on the works of Robert E. Howard. The stories have in total 60 chapters to play out.

The miniatures, assembled but unpainted, include Solomon Kane, Courage, Justice, Temperance and Prudence, 4 Shadows and about 12 NPCs from each story.

Game components include track, 4 dashboards, virtue tokens, virtue cards, turn order tokens, fate dice, luck cubes, mercy cubes, a save box and board tiles, a chapter cards deck, event cards, darkness cards, discovery cards, exploration tokens, wound tokens, darkness and light tokens and spawn tokens.

A recently unlocked stretch goal is the Solo Mode gameplay, including another virtue figure, special dashboard and more virtue cards. There is also another adventure, The Witchfinder General, complete with figures and cards, and nightmare cards.

Backers also have the option of adding another adventure and figures.

For more information about the Kickstarter, visit here

Txarli Factory, a miniatures and game company based in Pamplano, Spain, has launched a new game on Kickstarter called Rising for the Throne. The card and dice game is fantasy-based with dragons, gryphons, and knights depicted, to name just a few. There is an overall Norse mythology-vibe to the cards and they have a watercolor look to them while also coming off as gritty and grounded.

Most of the information about gameplay can be found in the link to the manual while the video gives some insight into the theme and story.

In this land, the six great clans are relentlessly recruiting new warriors for their battles—Choose your clan, collect resources, recruit new troops, and get the victory. Only one clan can win and sit on the great throne of the kingdom.

The collector’s edition comes with chunky, nicely sculpted figureheads for each of the six clans. Check out the video and images of Rising for the Throne over on Kickstarter.

 

The Spiel des Jahres awards are the premier awards for board gaming each year, with awards for Family Game of the Year, Strategy Game of the Year, and Kid’s Game of the Year.  Each year the Kid’s Games of the Year is announced in June while the rest are announced later in July, and today we have found out who the winner of the Kid’s Game of the Year is.  That game is Dragon’s Breath by HABA Games.

Dragon’s Breath is a cute little game for ages 5 and up, and in it you will have four young dragons and one dragon dad, trying to get the most gems out of a ice column filled with them.  That ice column in the game is represented by a stack of rings filled with plastic gems.  Each round the young dragons will pick a gem color that they think will come out of the ice when the dad melts it.  Once they have all picked the dad will pick up the top most ring, allowing some gems to fall off the tower to be collected by the young ones.  There is also some holes in the board that if a gem falls in there, it goes to the dad and he may win.  After all the gems that fell have been collected, the young dragons pick again what color they will collect and the next ring comes off.  This will continue until all the rings are gone and then whoever has the most gems is the winner.

As you can tell the game is simple, but with the fun theme and unpredictability of the gems in the ice, means everything isn’t always going to go as you think.  This is definitely a game for kids as it’s mostly luck with what gems will fall, but still has a element of strategy as they have to evaluate what gems they think will fall.  Dragon’s Breath is available now so if you are looking for a good kids game, go check it out.

Games and books can take up a lot of space on your shelves. A new book out on Kickstarter is several games in one!

GAMEBOOK is an interactive book of ancient strategy board games. The games are collected in one book that comes with 72 figures, 6 two-sided sticks and dice, as well as booklet on rules and the history of the games.

Games included are Surakarta, Tablut, Pachisi, Alquerque, Mu Torere, Senet, with two additions to be unlocked, and four copies of GAMEBOOK can be combined together to make one big board game specially designed for this edition.

The games range from 2-6 players, and for many different ages, and originate from Indonesia, Scandinavia, India, Spain, Polynesia and Egypt.

Find out more about the Kickstarter here.

Fans of deck-building and dungeon-delving will be delighted to hear that Alderac Entertainment Group will be launching the second Kickstarter for their celebrated game, Thunderstone Quest, on July 17th at 9:00 am PST.  Pursuing their goal of transitioning to traditional brick and mortar stores,  TQ will also be making its way into retail outlets in the fourth quarter of 2018.

New to this Kickstarter will be:

  • Both solo and co-op rules (which will also be available on print-and-play)
  • A 6th quest
  • An add-on for more than 4 players
  • A new (second) storage solution, as the old Champion box, massive as it was, “is effectively full if you sleeve and have Epic”.

Backers can purchase everything offered the first time around.  The base game or the Champion level rewards (identical to the 1st Kickstarter) will both be available,  or they can back for the new content only. Those who backed the Adventurer level the first time can get an add-on pack, giving them the content from the Champion level. The Champion level will feature the same 5 quests as before and Kickstarter will be the only place that someone can obtain the 2nd quest, Total Eclipse of the Sun.  The retail version will not contain this quest.

The solo and co-op rules system will be bundled together with the 6th quest, What Lies Beneath, as a single add-on.  Solo and c0-op will both use the same set of cards as the base game.  The new solo and co-op rules will also be available in print-and-play, so it will be interesting to see what extras this add-on will have.

Regarding the new solo and co-op system, AEG stated,

The Thunderstone community also strongly communicated that they wanted a Solo & Co-Op experience for the game. Our design team has been working on a game experience that is way beyond just a simple set of rules and represents an entirely new way to experience Thunderstone. We think it is AWESOME!

Delivery for all backer levels is scheduled for “no later than April 2019“.

Timelines for retail releases:

Q4 2018:

  • Core starter set, which, along with basic components, will contain Quest 1, Mirror in the Dark and Quest 3, Rise From the Mire
  • Quest 4, At the Foundations of the World

Early 2019:

  • Quest 5, Ripples in Time

Second Half of 2019:

  • Quest 6, What Lies Beneath

Lastly, retailers joining the Kick It Here program can back the Champion Reward and the Solo/Co-op system with Quest 6 and have it before the regular retail release.

To see reviews and a playthrough of TQ, click here.  For more TQ information and updates prior to the Kickstarter, click here.

 

 

Nintendo Switch is not currently a haven for playing modern board games, with available options topping out with titles like Othello and Monopoly. Yet, the hybridization of being able to play both at home and on the go with a Nintendo Switch could be a game changer with the right titles…

Enter Carcassonne – Asmodee Digital announced that it will be bring the fan-favorite Klaus-Jürgen Wrede game Carcassonne to the Switch platform during the winter quarter of this year, and while Carcassonne is already available digitally, the Switch platform has advantages that many gamers will find appealing over a phone app or Steam-based computer game. For one thing, the Switch screen is much bigger than an average cell phone, and physical Switch physical games are easy to trade or share. Also, players on the whole are more likely to play local couch co-op on a TV screen via a console, rather than on PC.

For those unfamiliar with the game from 2000 that started all of this excitement, check out its BGG page, but here is the quickest summation: Carcassonne is an easy to play, hard to master tile-laying game for 2-5  players in which over the course of 30 minutes or so you will be making decisions on to best control and influence the outcomes of different areas of tiles. Placing on the road as a robber, or cloistered away as a monk are two of the roles players can assign their people (called meeples) to in order to score the most points across the southern France landscape and claim victory!

But the Nintendo Switch and designer board game pairing likely does not start and end with Carcassonne…

quoting Pierre Ortolan, CEO of Asmodee Digital,

“Carcassonne is the first Asmodee Digital title of many to follow on Nintendo’s platforms.” 

Thus leading one to believe that Asmodee Digital would likely bring over the other titles that have already been crafted digitally on other platforms, such as: fellow gateway game Ticket to Ride, award-winning Terraforming Mars, and recent mega-hit Scythe. With these titles stemming from a single developer, it would already be a solid foothold for modern board games on a current generation video game console, and it would be easy to envision makers of other digital board game implementations also porting over their creations, such as: Alhambra, Kingdom Builder, Splendor, or Small World.

As a fan of digital board gaming, watching the video on Paste Magazine’s article got my meeple heart beating hard to lay down some farmers for the win.

 

Games Workshop continues to branch out and this time it is with a digital and analog trading card game called Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions.  Champions is a two player card game where each player will be fielding four champions from their chosen faction, and then spend the game trying to take each other down.  From the start you will have four factions to choose from; Order, Chaos, Destruction, and Death, each with their own different units, spells, and blessings to use.  At the start of the game you will put our your four champions and then hidden blessings for each champion.  Each of your champions has specific quests associated with them, like bringing out certain units or damaging your opponent, and when those quests are achieved you get to activate their blessing.  Blessing effects are pronounced and will have a big impact on winning, so ignoring them isn’t the best plan, and getting them activated is always a good one.  But you will have more than just these champions, you will also have a deck of 30 cards consisting of units, spells, and other actions you can use to win the battle.  The winner will be the one who takes out their opponent first.

At launch in August there will be a campaign deck available for each faction which will have everything you need in order to play the game with that deck.  There will also be booster packs of 10 cards which will contain 6 common, 3 uncommon, and 1 rare card, plus of those cards 2 will be champions or blessings and 1 will be foil.  You can pre-order a Founder’s Pack from the Champions website which includes all the campaign decks, 10 booster packs, playmats, tokens, and even more goodies for a collector.  You can find out more on the Champions website.

I mentioned this was also a digital game as well, and so the app version of the game will launch at the same time as the physical game on both iOS and Android, and then later on Steam.  So whether you like your cards in hand or on your computer, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions has you covered.

My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.

–from Sonnet 130, William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s sonnets 127-154 describe a love for a mysterious woman, named the Dark Lady by literary historians. These scholars have speculated about the identity of this woman for 400 years. In Black Sonata, available now on Kickstarter from Side Room Games, players are given the opportunity to explore this historical mystery themselves and seek out the true name of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady.

Black Sonata is a game of “solitaire hidden movement and deduction” for 1 player, aged 14+, and takes 30 minutes to play. The setting is London, England, during the time of William Shakespeare, where the solo player will be pursuing the shadowy Dark Lady across a map of the city. Her movements are controlled by a stealth deck, which is arranged during setup according to sequences that can yield 56 possible paths, providing plenty of variability and replayability. Using unique keyhole cards to investigate the locations you suspect she’s been to, you’ll begin to glimpse traits and characteristics that allow you to home in on the true identity of the Dark Lady.

The game has garnered high praise already, with a number of positive reviews linked on the Kickstarter page, and was even nominated for a 2017 Golden Geek Award in the Print & Play category. The campaign runs through July 1, 2018, and still has a number of stretch goals waiting to be unlocked.

It’s a great time to be a solo gamer! With the rise of solo modes supported in multiplayer games, and a proliferation of quality solo-only games, like Black Sonata, the options are extensive and exciting.

Random factoid: a handful of scholars don’t believe that Shakespeare actually wrote his works solo, but argue that he was part of a group of writers that collectively produced the oeuvre attributed to Shakespeare.

Army of Darkness: The Board Game is an upcoming major release from Lynnvander Studios and Dynamite Entertainment covering the cult-classic third film in the Evil Dead trilogy. While not a lot is known about the game yet, prepare for chainsaw and S-Mart jokes for 1-4 players wreaking havoc for an hour to 90 minutes, with an intended age of 10 or older.

Not to be confused with either the 1993 board game called Army of Darkness, nor the 2004 game Army of Darkness Card Game, Army of Darkness: The Board Game (2018) will bring in highly detailed miniatures and all-new boomstick battles against the Deadites! Plus, the Board Game Geek (BGG) page states that players…

“…play as Ash and his allies, and work together to fight off swarms of Deadites commanded by Evil Ash and Evil Shiela.” 

BGG also lists the game as dice rolling, co-op, and involving programmed movement, which leads to an exciting combination of game mechanisms that will need some clarification once everything is finalized to have an idea of exactly how it will all come together – but so far, sounds groovy.

Designed by the team of Josh Derksen, Thomas M. Gofton, and Aron Murch who have been published many times by Jasco Games in the past, collectively working on titles such as:  Albion’s Legacy, Cyber:Run, and another game handling a beloved intellectual property in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game.

While no official release date has been announced, more about Army of Darkness: The Board Game can be learned from Nerdist’s article by clicking here.