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The tactical miniatures community is still going strong, and with that we have updates a new releases in order to keep the game fresh and balanced.  First in line is a new supplement for the Kings of War game simply called the Clash of Kings Supplement.  This book is the result of the work that the rules committee does over the course of the year, making sure that no units emerge as overpowered, or are discarded because they are not usable or wroth while.  The list of units getting an update is lengthy so I won’t post it here, but this kind of tweaking for the game is what helps keep them alive and interesting for everyone.  Also included in the book will be a “conclusion to the Edge of the Abyss campaign, new units, new formations, and new and updated spells“.  So if you are a player of the game, be sure to check out Mantic’s blog post for the full list of units getting an update, as well as a link to pre-order the book.  Then keep an eye out for more updates from their blog as they preview the changes up to the release of the supplement.

Warhammer 40k has been going strong for over 20 years now, and they continue to change and update, which was especially evident in their latest 8th edition rulebook.  Games Workshop continues that trend with the latest supplement book, Codex: Adeptus Custodes, which updates and expands these elite units from the Golden Legion.  Not content with just putting out the Codex, they have also released four new units to be available to use with these new rules.  These units are going to be versatile with the ability to be equipped with various armor or vehicles, deadly with some big damage and even a double attack, and difficult to take down with high toughness and a good number of wounds.  You can read more about these new units and their stats on the Warhammer 40K Community post, and find these new models and books at your local Games Workshop retailer.

And finally we have CMON and their minis game, Dark Age, not slowing down one bit in the new year.  Dark Age is a d20 based miniatures game and touts the tag line, everything dies, and so is a fast and brutal game.  And like all the other games like these, CMON is continuing the game by adding a new Secondary Objectives Deck, as well as many new miniatures for the Skarrd and Dragyri factions.  Some of the highlights include Skarrd Decay Cult Faction Box which includes 8 new units, the Dragyri Air Caste or Shadow Caste Death’s Devices units, and the Dragyri Soul Wardens units.  So while the Skarrd and Dragyri factions get a lot of new figures, everyone gets something in the new secondary objectives deck, which adds new cards for all the factions to help tailor your deck to the faction instead of your fighting force.  All of these sets are available now so you can visit the CMON website to read the full release list, and then head to your local Dark Age retailer to pick them up.

I wouldn’t say Monopoly is the epitome of board games, but it is the game that everyone outside of the hobby thinks of when you say board games.  Monopoly also has a long history of being “house ruled” (ie money under free parking anyone?).

“The cheating has gone on too long! With nearly one out of every two MONOPOLY players bending – or breaking – the rules, we knew it was time to put an end to the cheating, and what better way to reach our fans than by leveraging the innovative Facebook Messenger technology,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing for Hasbro Gaming. “With MONOPOLY CheatBot, we’re empowering fans to ‘report’ their family and friends for corrupt and questionable game play – with customized consequences to hopefully end MONOPOLY feuds for good.”

However, according to a recent study of nearly 2,000 players, it also has a history of cheating.  In the study nearly half of all the players confessed to have cheated at the game in order to win, and Mr. Monopoly just can’t have that.  So starting January 16th through February 16th, you can hop on Facebook Messenger and directly message the Monopoly CheatBot and he will dole out punishments and settle disputes in real time.  So cheaters beware, Mr. Monopoly isn’t going to play nicely with those who cheat.  You can head on over to the Monopoly Facebook page for more info and to message the Cheatbot.x

Sabordage is the french term for scuttling, that is purposefully sinking a ship to either avoid capture or because it was engaged in illegal activities.  Sabordage, the game, runs similar to it’s meaning in that you are trying to hastily build your ship, while making sure everyone else’s ship is sunk.  In the game Black Beard is on his death bed, and so as a final act shares the location of his treasure with you, as well as with all the other pirates.  So now it’s a race to build you ship, but no one wants to share the treasure so the fighting is already fierce by the time you get to the port.  Over the turns you will be drafting tiles to add to your ship and figuring out when the best time to fight and when is the best time to build.  Outsmart your opponents and get onto the sea with your ship in tact and you will be the winner of this quick and fun family game.

The game is designed by Romeo Hennion and boasts a play time of only 30 minutes for two to five players.  You can find out more about the game on Renegade Games’ website, and look for it on store shelves in March of this year.

Hello again folks, I know it’s been a while, but Kickstarter tends to flat line around the holidays and just after, but things are ramping back up so lets look at some worthy campaigns.  First up is another in the line of solo fighter pilot games from DVG called Corsair Leader, an update to the original release in 2003.  This is another entry in the Leader Series which has other air, sea, and ground based vehicle combat like Phantom Leader, Sherman Leader, and Gato Leader.  In Corsair you are taken back to the beginning days of the US involvement in World War II, and it just shortly after the bombing at Pearl Harbor.  You will pick either Navy or Marines for the campaign, and that will give you a selection of planes and armaments to choose from for your missions.  Each mission will have you fighting either land or air targets and you will need to consider pilot skill and plan type as you ready for the mission.  On the mission the dog fighting will be done through dice, so if you have some luck and good planning on your side, you will come out on top.  A base pledge for the game runs $75 with the option to add on other games in the Leader series, check out the Kickstarter page for more information.

Next we have a new hidden role/social deduction game from Dog Might Games, makers of excellent wood carved dice cases, called Countdown: Action Edition.  In this game you will have one person who is the action hero (or should I say, heroine), they are trying to figure out who are the hostages and who are the villains.  The ultimate goal is for the action heroine to release all the hostages before the bombs goes off, thus ending the reign of terror of the villains and making sure no one got hurt.  If a villain manages to escape or they don’t get all the hostages out, the villain’s reign continues until their next scheme.  Each player will have a randomly assigned team card, which tells them villain or hostage, and a role card that they will have picked.  Throughout the game the heroine will be drawing countdown cards, which is both a timer for the end of the game, and gives the heroine options for actions they can take.  They get two actions per turn and vary from asking specific questions, asking their own questions, setting “hostages” free, and tying up the “villains”.  There are action scene cards too that can throw a wrench into any plan, so pay attention, ask the right questions, and hopefully everyone innocent will make it out alive.  A pledge of $29 will get you the base game, and there are upgrades to get a wooden carrying case shaped like a VHS tape, so check out the Kickstarter page today.

And finally we have another game and webcomic collaboration in the form of Last Stand, designed by 5 Color Combo Games and illustrated by Chris McCoy.  Chris McCoy is known for his comedy webcomic, Safely Endangered, and his art style lends a more comical tone to a game which is all about knocking each other down.  This game is all about taking out your opponents to be the last one standing, but there is a twist in this because as you take more damage, you become more powerful.  How the game works is that you will start with all your cards out on the table, you will then roll 3 dice and use those dice to attack other player’s stacks of cards.  But here is the twist, they will then pick up the cards you damaged, and they become usable on their next turn to gain more power.  Some examples of powers you can gain include rolling more dice, re-rolling dice, moving cards around, and more.  So that means that as you get hurt more and more, you get more and more powerful, but in the end someone is going to be the last one standing, and they are the winner.  A pledge of $25 will get you this quick card and dice game, so head on over to the Kickstarter to check it out.

Fans of historical exploration will soon have a new way to scratch that itch.

1500 – The New World, published by Dan Verssen Games, will have players exploring the New World, establishing colonies, building up those colonies, and collecting victory points based on how many successful colonies they have.

“During your turn, you’ll play as many of your cards as possible. There are two types of cards: tan cards, which you play on your turn as actions, and red cards, which are played in reaction to other players’ cards. Each card can be played for its text or to perform one of several basic actions, which are to build a colony, reduce a colony, repair a colony, or adjust Royal Support. Use your cards to build your colonies and earn the most victory points by the time the game ends!”

The game comes with 112 cards, counters, rules, and a mounted map. Alternatively, you can order a roll-up game mat to replace the map if you want to add bling to your game.

Also available are five nation expansions, which will allow players to add different nationalities to their game. Each expansion comes with 112 new cards that are nation-specific. These expansions include rules and cards that also allow solo play against an “AI” based on each nationality.

The five nationalities available are England, France, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands.

All of this should be available sometime in January 2018.

This year Games Workshop’s Talisman Adventure Board Game will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Pegasus Spiele, under a worldwide rights agreement with Games Workshop, will develop four new games set in the world of Talisman. The first of these games will be released in 2018.

The first edition of Talisman Adventure Board Game was published in 1983 which had players travelling a magical world to find ancient relics sand battle fantastic creatures (and each other). and perform epic quests. Once players completed enough quests they entered the inner world to face tougher challenges until they finally reached the Portal of Power to claim the Ultimate Crown.

The first game to expand the Talisman universe will be a children’s game developed by Lukas Zach and Michael Palm and is expected to release in the second half of 2018. Next in the pipeline will be an expandable card game, a role-playing game, and a dice game, though release dates for these will be announced at a later time.

“The Talisman board game has been enjoyed for decades by fans all around the world and is a truly seminal classic,” said Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing at Games Workshop. “We’re excited to be exploring the world of Talisman through these fantastic new games with our partners at Pegasus Spiele. Gamers of all ages have a lot to look forward to.” [source]

Pegasus Spiele are no strangers to the world of Talisman as they (along with Heidelberger Spieleverlag) published the German 4th Edition in 2008. Pegasus Spiele is also the exclusive distributor of the Talisman 4th Edition board game in Europe.

Calliope Games announced the release of The Mansky Caper on Kickstarter. It’s a prohibition-era, heist game for 2-6 players, designed by Ken Franklin. The game plays in 40-60 minutes and supports players aged 8+.

In this explosive press-your-luck game, you’ll be robbing rooms and dodging booby traps that go boom! Al Mansky, the most ruthless and illustrious Mob Boss ever, has never shown our Family the respect it deserves! Well… Big Al is away on vacation and it’s time to even the score! We are breaking into his mansion and absconding with all his loot! [source]

 

During The Mansky Caper players take turns navigating through rooms in Big Al’s mansion. Each turn a player opens a safe in the room and either draws shiny gems and coins, keys to unlock remaining rooms, plot twists, or explosive booby traps which can destroy the loot, or even the whole room. In order to protect your loot you’ll need to take a turn to stash it in the getaway car but during this turn your “associates” won’t be sharing any loot they find.

Each character has a unique skill and you can call in a favor to make another player help you. You can only call in favors after offering to help your associates which earns you a favor. At the end of the caper, when all of the safes are empty, and the mansion is falling apart, the player with the most loot is the winner and the new head of The Family.

The game features great looking components, including 3D safes, and requires a minimum pledge of $32 for the base game with free shipping within the United States. The campaign started today and runs up until Saturday, February 10th 2018, with them achieving 11% of their target on their first day. See the Kickstarter page for more details.

Tak has been getting a lot of good buzz. It’s a two player abstract strategy game with a ton of great reviews, landing it at number 16 on BGG for abstract games.  One thing about the game though is that it’s not small, nor is it exactly cheap, both aspects which Cheapass Games has aimed to fix.  In late February they will be releasing Tak: University Edition, which features the full game, but in a smaller and more affordable package.  The game itself has a deceptively easy goal, just create a road connecting your side of the board to the opponent’s side.  But accomplishing that goal is much more difficult because they can block you with walls, cover your pieces with their pieces, and even lock pieces in place.  But manage to out smart your opponent and you can claim victory.

Next is an expansion for Dropmix, a game being talked about not so much because of how good the game is, but because of the cool technology involved in game play.  The main component of the game is an electronic board that connects to your phone via bluetooth, and it’s on this board that all the magic happens.  In the various game modes you will be playing down cards onto the board, and depending on where you play them you will pull in different aspects of that song into the mix.  You might pull in vocals, the bass, the drums, and so on, all coming together to create a unique mix of music.  So far there have been cards produced in the pop, hip-hop, rock, and electronic genres for use in the game, but now they are adding something new, country.  This new pack will be like the others and include 15 cards along with one hidden track card, allowing you to pull your favorite country songs into the mix.  Look for this pack to be on store shelves at the start of February.

Asmodee has a new press release featuring one of the ten cases from the new Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective standalone box, Carlton House & Queen Park. “The Demise of a Teatotaller” sets up a brutal stabbing, a devastated widow, and her best friend, found with the murder weapon in hand. To make things more complicated, Scotland Yard has demanded Sherlock update them on a second case at the same time.

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is a series of 1-8 player games in which players solve cases through the use of detailed clues and gorgeous components, including newspapers, maps, paper scraps and booklets. The game originally came out in the early 1980s, moved its way through video game implementations, and had a beautiful revision from Space Cowboys and Asmodee in 2016. Standalone versions with 10 cases each followed, starting with the original Thames Murders & Other Cases (2016), then Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures (2017), and the upcoming box Carlton House & Queen Park (2018) due out in February. Be aware that due to the long history of the series, some of the mysteries in the new box were originally done in the Ystari version of the game in the 1980s, although Asmodee states details and solutions have been changed.

That’s right folks, the Dice Tower Live Gaming Marathon has officially launched and will going on until 2pm on Friday the 12th.  You will be able to watch the Dice Tower crew with special guests play through a whole bunch of different games into and out of the wee hours of the morning.  Some of the highlights include Grimm ForestNear and Far, Pie Town and more.  But even more amazing is that they will be doing contests live throughout the marathon, but you have to be watching because the contest will be announced, and concluded within the live stream.  So pull up a chair and have fun watching ‘da crew play all the latest and fun games. (Click here for a full list of links)!