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Ares Games have announced plans to release Darkness Falls in August 2018, an expansion to the epic Sword & Sorcery campaign. The newest campaign pushes the heroes towards their final destiny, recreating the final act of the legendary saga.

The darkness is covering all the land, the cemetery gates are no longer closed, and the immortal heroes must now face enemies who ignore pain and never sleep… the undead army! Skeletons, vampires and werewolves appear everywhere… Will the heroes accomplish their mission and finally free their souls from the soul gems’ spell?

In this expansion players can expect to find new soul rank powers and challenging new enemies, providing what is like to be an intense new experience for those who have been wandering in the Sword & Sorcery universe.

The new campaign will be played through seven new high-level quests, using a combination of Storybook, Book of Secrets and cards to drive players towards a story-driving end to the Immortal Souls campaign.

To get players to the end the Darkness Falls expansion will include includes 20 new enemies: Succubi, Skeletons, Death Knights, and Werewolves. The game will also include two new master enemies, new Act II cards for items, traps, treasure, events and enemies.

Darkness Falls has 1-5 brave souls ages 13+ playing for +30 minutes per scenario.

Number of Players: 1-5
Length: 30+
Age: 13+

What’s in the Box?
Darkness Falls will include:
  • 1 Storybook
  • 1 Book of Secrets
  • 1 Reference Sheet
  • 23 32mm Scale Plastic Figures
  • 14 Double–sided Map Tiles
  • 1 Werewolf Sheet
  • 2 Master Enemy Scrolls
  • 15 Enemy Scrolls
  • 109 Cards
  • 129 Tokens and Markers

About Sword & Sorcery
Released in 2017, Sword & Sorcery is an epic-fantasy cooperative board game for 1-5 players who battle together against the forces of evil. While evil is controlled by the game system, each player will control one or more heroes who have been brought to life through powerful sorcery yet have been weakened during their resurrection. Players will acquire soul points during their quests to gain strength and restore their legendary status.

The game was designed by Gremlin Project and is an evolution of the Galaxy Defenders game.

Lorenzo il Magnifico is a rich and strategic game about merchant families competing for prestige and power in Renaissance Italy. It is a tightly designed game blending worker placement, tableau building and resource management that provides multiple paths to victory.

The Houses of Renaissance expansion for Lorenzo il Magnifico add more paths to victory.  Actually, it adds more than that, a lot more. Almost every aspect of the original game has some new options or changes. For those who were looking to add a fifth player, Houses of Renaissance provides everything needed to add a new player, from an additional player board and tokens to tiles to overlay on the main board to accommodate a fifth player in the game.

The family tiles, which grant players different special abilities, are the first way the expansion changes the game. Players bid on the family tiles at the beginning of the game, offering up some of their starting resources in exchange for the different special abilities the family name grants them. There are ten families to choose from, ensuring a different mix of families in each game.

Twenty new leader cards, some of which have new actions that players can use, providing new ways to use their families.

The expansion also makes several changes to the board either by placing various tiles over existing spaces on the board or alongside it. One such addition to the board is the new Special Tower which comes with its own deck offering a different variety actions to players each round.

Finally, players have a chance to earn new special tokens that provide resources and are kept in secret until they are ready to be spent.

Houses of Renaissance adds a lot to Lorenzo il Magnifico. Players will find new play styles, new strategies, and new opportunities.  Visit CMON to learn more about Houses of Renaissance.

Look for Lorenzo il Magnifico: Houses of Renaissance in stores on April 27.

 

Dinosaur Island, what everyone refers to as Jurassic Park the board game, has come back to Kickstarter to allow everyone another chance at getting the Kickstarter edition, as well as an expansion and a two-player spinoff entitled Duelosaur Island.  Dinosaur Island is a worker placement and dice rolling type of game where you will be collecting things like DNA and money in order to expand your park.  The things you can get for your park include upgrades to park equipment, concessions, and those all important dinosaur pens for you to later fill with dinosaurs.  But be careful, the dinosaurs can break out and eat your visitors, which is never good for business.  So keep those dinos in their cages, and the visitors happy, and you just might win the game.  The Kickstarter edition of the game, which they are calling the X-treme edition, includes a slap bracelet first players marker, upgraded tokens, and sleek metal coins.

The expansion for Dinosaur Island is called Totally Liquid, and aside from having a commercial straight from the 90s, includes lots of new content to add to your game.  Included in the expansion will be all the components to add a fifth player to the game, which is something requested by a lot of players.  Also included will be blueprints, which give you points based on how you build your park, a park extension with a special attraction and worker, and PR events which give bonus scoring opportunities at the end of the game.  But the big addition is the fact you will now be able to build water pens into your park and have the majestic Elasmosaurus and the vicious Dunkleosteus grace your parks.  Basically the expansion will be giving you more of what you love about Dinosaur Island, just with more water.

And finally, you will be able to get Duelosaur Island, a two-player version of the game where you will play head to head against an opponent to build the best dinosaur park.  A lot of the game will be familiar to Dinosaur Island players, but still utilize new mechanics like a variation on the I split, you choose mechanic for assigning dice modifiers in the game.  This way the game will stay fresh and be streamlined for a better two-player experience.

So if any of this sounds like fun to you, check out the Kickstarter campaign, Duelosaur will run you $35, the expansion $45, and the X-treme edition of the base game will set you back $85.

Mini expansions seem to be the thing now as Matagot is releasing a new mini expansion for Dice Town in March of this year called Fistful of Dollars (or Cards).  What is included?  About 26 cards which includes 3 new cards for the base game and each of the two expansions, 10 new cards for a new mechanism centered around the titles of properties, and 7 elixir cards for first edition holders.   Not much else is said about this expansion other than it gives you the chance to be the Baron of the Black Gold if you own the most derricks.  You can find out a bit more information on the Matagot site, but you will find out more by picking it up at your local game store in March.

Sagrada has impressed a good number of people, including the voters at the Casual Game Revolution, with it’s simple play and interesting theme, so expanding them game is not a bad idea.  That is why Floodgate Games just announced via Instagram that they will be releasing a 5-6 player expansion for the game.  One thing about these types of expansions though is that the higher player count comes with a longer play time, and for a quick game like this that would be a drawback.  So with this expansion they will also “introduce Private Dice Pool boards for a quicker gameplay experience at higher player counts“.  This way you can play with more of your friends in the same amount of time.  Also included will be new objectives, tools, and window cards to just give you more content in the game.  Look for this to hit store shelves in the summer.

“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

Fantasy Flight Games has released the Mos Eisley Back Alleys Skirmish Map for Imperial Assault. Players will have a chance to explore the seedy underworld of the back alleys while the rubber backed playmat provides a quick setup for Mos Eisley the included missions. The playmat  is available for retail purchase now.

Included with playmat purchase are two mission cards related to the skirmish map, adding new objectives with a focus on the valuable crates that can be found in Mos Eisley. In the first scenario, players are vying for crate control while doors become unlocked. In the second scenario players attempt to retrieve crates and haul them back tho their personal stash.

Seven previous Imperial Assault Skirmish Maps have taken players to a variety of locations including;

About Imperial Assault

Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a strategy board game featuring tactical combat and missions set in the Star Wars universe for two to five players.

The game features two distinct games. The first is a campaign game that takes players through long-form tales set in the Star Wars universe with players taking on the roles of Rebels battling either an Imperial overlord or an app controlled overlord. Through a multi-mission campaign both the Imperial player and the Rebel heroes will have the opportunity to gain new experience and skills.

The other game, a single play skirmish game, allows players to build a team of Rebel or Imperial characters and battle head-to-head.

While everything 2-5 players need is in the base box, dozens of character packs as well as campaign expansions have been released for those who want to explore further into the Star Wars universe.

Devil Pig Games brings Heroes System Tactical Scale to the Warhammer 40,000 universe in Heroes of Black Reach. Designers Yann and Clem previously implemented the Heroes System Tactical Scale in Heroes of Normandie and Shadows over Normandie.  Heroes of Black Reach is being released with two expansions and a demo kit, all of which are available for pre-order now from Iello.

On the hive-world of Black Reach, the Ultramarines, commanded by Captain Cato Sicarius, fight the Waaagh! ork, commanded by the Goff Warboss Zanzag.  Like the previous Heroes System Tactical Scale games, units are represented by punchboard tiles.

Heroes of Black Reach is a game for 2 players, ages 14+ and plays in about an hour. The core game comes with rulebook, campaign with 8 scenarios, 6 terrain tiles, bunkers, Ork Units, Ultramarine Units, 100 cards (50 per Army), and 4 dice.

The Ultramarine Units in the core game include the following:

  • Sergeant Telion
  • Chaplain Elianu Trajan and his options
  • Veteran Sergeant Daceus
  • 1 Tactical Squad (Vandar) with its Rhino and options
  • 1 Scout Squad with its Land Speeder Storm and options
  • 1 Predator Tank
  • 1 Razorback Tank
  • Order tokens, Ultramarines 50-card deck, Wargear and Upgrade Options, Command Options, Vehicle Equipment and Personalisations

The Ork Units in the core game include the following:

  • Goff Warboss Rockbrakah
  • Snake Bites Weirdboy Gravebrakka and Psychic Powers
  • Evil Suns Mek Grugnoz and his Grot Oilers
  • Bad Moon Boyz with their Nobz, Trukk, and options
  • Goff Stormboyz with their Nobz, and options
  • Goff Nobz with their Trukk, and options
  • Death Skull Burna Boyz, with their options
  • 1 Deff Dread
  • 1 Battlewagon
  • 1 Trukk
  • 1 Warbuggy
  • 1 Mek Gunz
  • Order tokens, Orks 50-card deck, Wargear and Upgrade Options, Command Options, Vehicle Equipment and Personalisations

 

The Ork Reinforcements expansion tells the battles at the walls of Gospora Hive, and Zanzag’s escape and includes the following:

  • New rules
  • Campaign with 4 scenarios
  • Goff Warboss Zanzag
  • Death Skull Painboy Grimsnagga and his Grot Orderlies
  • Bad Moon Big Mek Kagbozak
  • Goff Boyz with their Nobz, Trukk, and options
  • Blood Axe Kommandos with their Nobz, and options
  • Goff Runtherdz and Gretchins with their options
  • Bad Moon Lootas with their options
  • Goff Meganobz with their options
  • Evil Sunz Tankbustas with their options
  • Battlewagon
  • Deff Dread
  • Trukk
  • 2 Warbuggy
  • Mek Gunz
  • Gorkanaut
  • Morkanaut
  • Killa Kan

 

The Ultramarine Reinforcements expansion tells the battles at Sulphora Hive, taking place during Telion’s hunt for Zanzag, and the final fight between Cato Sicarius and the Ork Warboss. It includes the following:

  • New rules
  • Campaign with 4 scenarios
  • Cato Sicarius
  • Brother Vandius, the company banner bearer
  • Honoured Brother Gaius Prabian
  • Apothecary Venatio
  • Tactical Squad (Octavian) with its Rhino and options
  • Terminator Squad (Helios) with its Land Raider and options
  • Devastator Squad (Tirain) with its Rhino and options
  • Assault Squad (lxion) and options
  • Bike Squad with its options
  • Dreadnought (Ultracius)
  • Vindicator tank
  • Razorback tank
  • Land Raider Redeemer
  • Land Raider Crusader
  • 2 Thunderfire cannons
  • Land Speeder

 

If you are not sure this game is for you, check out the Drop Zone Demo Kit.  It is a stand-alone game that will introduce players to the Heroes of Black Reach. Players will have to provide two six-sided dice, but the demo kit contains everything to play a full game in a scenario.  Drop Zone includes the following:

  •     1 booklet (containing the rules and 1 scenario)
  •     1 battleground poster

Ultramarines units:

  •     Brother Malcian
  •     1 Tactical Squad (Solinus) with its Rhino
  •     1 Dreadnought (Agnathio)
  •     Wargear and Upgrade Options

Orks units:

  •     Goff Boyz with their Nobz
  •     1 Killa Kan
  •     Wargear and Upgrade Options

 

To learn more about this game, visit the Heroes of Black Reach website where you can find videos explaining the game rules, descriptions of units, and other support for the game.

Eggertspiele has announced, on Facebook, the next expansion for the highly rated game Great Western Trail.  This expansion, called Rails to the North, adds a railroad system to the game, now giving you options to sell and trade with cities across the country.  But, with the expanded market comes additional competition, so you will need to endear yourself to the frontiersmen by helping set up towns and add new branches to the railroad.  There will also be an additional piece added to the player board adding more strategic choices to the game along with be station masters and more private buildings for you to build.  So if you have the base game and are looking for more, be on the lookout for this expansion at Origins this year, and you can check out the Eggertspiele Facebook page for more information.

Gale Force 9 has announced two new expansion for Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats that will allow the players to add new crewmembers to the Serenity. The Respectable Folk set includes Inara Serra and Shepherd Book, while the Wanted Fugitives set includes Simon Tam and the River Tam. Each expansion comes with four Crew miniatures (Casual and Heroic poses for each character), two double-sided Crew cards, ten Equipment cards, and two new Jobs.  The box bottoms also double as new buildings.

These expansions will be available later this year.

Z-Man Games recently provided a preview of Tea & Trade, their forthcoming expansion to Fields of Arle.

Tea & Trade adds a third player to Fields of Arle.  Tea is a new upgradable resource that improves the actions of your workers.  The expansion also comes with a new Harbor Board, along with fishing cutter and trade ships which allow players to gain additional food, upgrade resources, and import tea.  The higher the quality of your tea, the better its effectiveness of your actions.  The expansion also adds a new “Ditcher” action which dehydrates the land to make it easier to plow and provide more land for livestock.

Tea & Trade is designed by Tido Lorenz and Uwe Rosenberg.

Contents include 1 Home Board, 1 Supply Board, 1 Action Board, 1 Overlay, 1 Travel and Barn Board, 3 Harbor Boards, 4 Building Displays, 30 Wooden Ditches, 10 Wooden Peat Tokens, 13 Wooden Tool Indicators, 6 Wooden Good Indicators, 4 Wooden Workers, 23 Buildings & over 50 other Tiles, 1 Sticker Sheet, 1 Scoring Pad, 1 Rulebook, 1 History Book.

Tea & Trade is available for pre-order now.