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The award-winning deck-building civilization game Eminent Domain is about to expand again with the Eminent Domain: Oblivion expansion by original Eminent Domain designer Seth Jaffee.

Your empire has grown vast and powerful, reaching beyond every edge of the galaxy. Now you must ensure the ties that bind your planets do not falter. Assert your dominance in the political arena. Use your clout to advance your agendas. As your borders expand farther and farther, do not let the core of your empire fall into oblivion!

The Oblivion expansion focuses on the political aspect of having to run a broad space empire. The expansion adds a new politics role and a set of global agendas that will affect all the players in the game. The new expansion doesn’t affect player count or time, with the game still playing in 45-60 minutes for 2-5 players aged 14 and up. A copy of the base game is required to play this expansion.

Tasty Minstrel Games is releasing Eminent Domain: Oblivion early December 2017.

Contents of the box will include:

  • Rule Booklet
  • Game Board
  • 42 Tokens
  • 7 Tiles
  • 87 Cards
  • Cloth Bag

In the competitive card game sphere there are two styles of play that reward skill and deck construction more than just having the best cards, draft play and sealed play.  These types of matches have been going on for a long time with Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic, and EPIC the Card Game, so having a collectible style game without it just feels incomplete.  Well now Star Wars Destiny will get that format now with the latest announced set, Rivals, which includes 20 cards that straddle the line between good and evil.

With this set and a handful of booster packs, you will be able play in either style format and be able to construct some solid decks of cards and dice.  Some of the set’s highlights include Anakin Skywalker, Conflicted Apprentice, whose ability differs based on if you discard a hero or villain card, and  Ketsu Onyo, Black Sun Operative, who allows you to save a weapon before it gets discarded.  These and many other cards will not only allow you to play in these new styles, but will bolster your decks in regular play as well.  Look for Rivals to hit shelves in 2018, and you can read more about it on the FFG website.

Like with any good living card game, you need to keep bringing out more content in order to keep things fresh and in the case of Legend of the 5 Rings, keep the story moving forward.  So it comes as no surprise that Fantasy Flight Games has announced the Imperial Cycle for the Legends of the 5 Rings LCG, but with a major difference.

That difference is that the six new packs will be released over the span of six weeks, instead of six months like normal.  At the same time the narrative of the L5R story is going to be expanded over those same six weeks, following the events in Rokugan in almost real time if you get the packs as they release.  This will shake things up and change the landscape of the card game in a matter of days instead of weeks.  At the end, there will be lots of new cards for each of the factions, and of note is that there will be cards specific to the role you choose, whether you are a Seeker or a Keeper.  You can preview some of the cards and read more about this event on the FFG website, and look for the packs to start appearing on store shelves in early November.

All three of these games have had many expansions already put out for them, so publishers figured that some more would be just what people want.  First on the list is the Omens of the Pharaoh expansion for the dice game Elder Sign.  What is interesting about this expansion is that it started as an expansion for the digital game only, but proved popular enough to be brought to the physical game as well.  This new expansion will be a new adventure deck to the game of all new horrors you have to face, this time against an Egyptian back drop.  One thing that does work in your favor is that this expansion will bring artifacts into the game, giving you a leg up by being able to re-roll dice without spending clues.  You can read more about the expansion on the FFG website, and look for this release on store shelves in the first quarter of 2018.

Next are two more characters to add to the already long list of characters trying to drink each other under the table at the Red Dragon InnAllies: Adonis vs. The Lich King brings the hunky bard and the undead fiend into the game.  Adonis will be another character you can play as, with several musical instruments at your disposal to either lull your opponents to sleep, or bash them over the head.  Either way you can carry a tune and looking to take everyone else down.  The Lich King is a new boss, and by far the most defensive boss, that you and all your friends can “fight” against.  He brings a lot of magical prowess to the table so you will have to dodge his spells and strike when the time is right to keep him from drinking you all under the table.  Look for this expansion to hit shelves in January of 2018.

And finally, we have some upcoming releases for the Hero Realms deck building game.  First of those is a new campaign box called The Ruin of Thandar, which turns this competitive game into a cooperative adventure style deck building game.  You will be working together with your friends to defeat these new evils, acquiring experience points and better cards as you go along until you can defeat the final boss.  Look for this in the last quarter of this year.

The other two expansion are boss decks which add new characters that you can play as to the game.  One is the Dragon Boss Deck and the other is the Lich Boss deck, each giving you a full starting deck for the respective bosses, allowing you to play as them instead of a hero.  Look for both of these to hit stores in the fourth quarter of this year.

Near and Far is an adventure game with a choose your own adventure story telling aspect to it, and people have loved it.  So naturally, Red Raven Games is looking to expand this game and so are turning to Kickstarter to get it funded.  Near and Far: Amber Mines adds four new things (now five with stretch goals) to the game that help increase replay-ability and just improve the game.  First is a replacement for the standard mine on this board, this new amber mine is card based and so what you get will be a little more random.  But what is good is that these mines will offer better rewards than the normal gem/coin combinations, making up for the more chaotic nature.

The next addition is adding magic to the game, allowing you to have special abilities during the game.  Need help with bandits?  If you get the lightning bolt spell you can convert a gem into three swords.  Running low on money?  With transmute you can exchange up to four gems for two coins for each gem.  Needless to say this opens up all sorts of new possibilities in the game as you collect magic in order to gain access to these different spells.

Third is a new general store, giving you the option to refill hearts and also gives you the opportunity to place camps there if you buy an advanced artifact.

Fourth are new dangerous encounters, so instead of just the same endless stream of bandits, you now have all sorts of new foes to fight, with also differing rewards for when you defeat them.

And finally, due to the stretch goal being reached, a co-op mode will be added to the game, allowing you to play cooperatively with your friends through any of the game modes.  This to me is awesome because playing this game you often forgot it was competitive, and so now with this you can play it cooperatively against the final bosses.

So if you love Near and Far, or if you missed some of the extra goodies from the Above and Below or Near and Far Kickstarters, check out this campaign today!

Fantasy Flight Games isn’t done with Eldritch Horror yet, as they have just announced the next expansion for the game, Masks of Nyarlathotep.  Those who are players of the Call of Cthulhu RPG may recognize that title, as it is one of the iconic adventures that you can undertake in the RPG.  So with that in mind, not only is FFG adding this new expansion to Eldritch Horror, but Chaosium will be updating and reprinting the Masks of Nyarlathotep RPG campaign.  You can read more about the RPG on the Chaosium website, so lets talk a bit more about the Eldritch Horror expansion.

In this expansion for Eldritch Horror you will be getting a ton of new cards in order to fight this horror which can change forms as easily as you change clothes.  In addition to the extra spells, items, allies, as well as monsters and events, you will gain access to character specific back stories.  Each of these back stories have different success and failure conditions, and depending on which you trigger, will either give you a helpful boost, or just drag you down further.  Also new in this expansion is the addition of a campaign system, allowing you to play multiple games in a row, with the state between games not resetting.  This will amp up the stress and theme even more as you will have to deal with the long term consequences of the status ailments you accumulate over the course of the game.  So if you like Eldritch Horror and want even more content, check out the FFG website for more info and look for it on store shelves in the first quarter of 2018.

Plaid Hat Games has announced Specter Ops: Broken Covenant, a stand-alone expansion from Emerson Matsuuchi for his 2015 hit Specter Ops. In Broken Covenant, one player again takes on the role of a lone A.R.K. agent, secretly moving within the jungles of South America, trying to retrieve 3 mission targets while being pursued by genetically modified hunters from Raxxon. Broken Covenant uses very similar mechanisms to Specter Ops, with one player marking their movements on a pad representing the board, on which the hunters search for their prey, but features new equipment, hunters, game board and agents.

You can read the full press release about Specter Ops: Broken Covenant on Plaid Hat’s website here.

In 2017 Kingdomino won the coveted 2017 Spiel des Jahres award. Designer Bruno Cathala and artist Cyril Bouquet have returned to the -domino world with Queendomino. Blue Orange Games is scheduled to release Queendomino in October at Spiel Essen 2017.

In the award winning Kingdomino players took on the role of  a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand their kingdoms. Players took dominoes with a combination of the games’ 4 terrain types and built out their kingdom, ensuring that at least one of its sides connected to a matching terrain type already in play. When taking the tile they will place, players also choose what tile they will place in the next round. More valuable tiles will provide a later spot in turn order in the next round.

The game ends when players have (ideally) completed a 5×5 grid. Some tiles contain crown symbols on them. At the end of the game players multiple each of their connected terrain types by the number of crowns in that connected terrain area.

Queendomino builds on these simple mechanics. Tiny knights earn your coins. Use the coins to buy pieces from the marketplace which you can place on the new red terrain to improve your kingdom… unless another player has already played the dragon and destroyed that piece from the market! Place tower pieces in your kingdom in an effort to earn the Queen’s favor.

While Queendomino is a stand alone sequel to Kingdomino, the two games can be combined to allow 4 players to play towards a 7×7 grid or for 6 players to play towards a 5×5 grid.

Asmodee is celebrating the 7th anniversary of 7 Wonders, originally released in 2010, with two new mini expansion packs.

The first expansion pack, 7 Wonders: Leaders Anniversary Pack Expansion is an expansion to 7 Wonders: Cities, which was released in 2010 as the first 7 Wonders expansion. This anniversary pack will include at least fifteen new leaders to include in games of 7 Wonders. Characters from history will include Gorgo, Cornelia, Enheduanna, Roxana, and more. 7 Wonders Leaders added Leader cards to the base game. At the start of every game, each player drafts a hand of four leaders and can pay money to play one leader at the start of each of the three Ages.

The second expansion pack, 7 Wonders: Cities Anniversary Pack Expansion, is an expansion to the 7 Wonders: Cities expansion, which was released in 2012. The expansion pack will include at least fifteen new cities. City cards will include a memorial, customs, counterfeiter’s office, smuggler’s cache, and more. 7 Wonders: Cities was the second expansion for 7 Wonders. City cards were a new type if card in the game and aggressively increased the interaction between players in games.

7 Wonders & Many Awards

When released in 2010 7 Wonders was an instant hit, finding both popular and critical success. A sample of awards includes:

The game continues to make regular appearances on Dice Tower Top 10 lists, especially those focussed on higher player counts. Dice Tower Top 10 appearances include:

Games for Five Players – The People’s #1 game
6 Player Games – The People’s #1 game
7+ Player Games – The People’s #1 game

 

Portal Games has announced the newest expansion group for Neuroshima Hex 3.0, the Iron Gang. Iron Gang specializes in chain attacks, spreading webs of iron across the battlefield. Units can cast a chain attack, drawing a line of destruction between units and damaging those in between. Additionally, units can cast ranged nets, which can hinder enemies, although are not very durable. Finally, who can resist the “chick on the bike” unit, riding across the battlefield wreaking destruction, and increasing the initiative of her allies.

You can read the full press release from Portal here.