board game expansion

Potion Explosion, a board game where you collect ingredients to make potions, is coming out with a second edition and new a new expansion.  The first edition of the game was great, and the second edition will be identical in all regards, except for one major part.  In the first edition of the game the dispenser that holds all the marbles was assembled by players out of cardboard, and just didn’t feel that sturdy when it was being used.  The second edition fixes that with an all new plastic dispenser that comes assembled so you can pop it out the box and off you go.  Game play doesn’t change and you are still collecting marbles to make potions and score the most points.

As for the expansion, this one is called Potion Explosion: The 6th Student, and adds not only the components needed to go up to 6 players, but also includes the plastic dispenser, and all new gameplay elements.  Some of the new gameplay options include mandragora leaves, an ingredient that you collect and explode like all the other ingredients, but when used in potions counts as a wild.  But be careful, even though it’s wild, it can’t be mixed with any other ingredients.  Also being added are potions that require multiple players in order to create, and a game mode utilizing two dispensers for when you are playing with 5 or 6 players.  So if you like Potion Explosion then check out this expansion for sure.

Both the second edition of the game and the 6th Student expansion will be available at Essen later this year, and then look for it on store shelves shortly after that.

The domain of the mountain may have once belonged to the Dwarves in Caverna, but no longer.  New races are moving into the caverns with Caverna: The Forgotten Folk.  This expansion from Lookout Games introduces eight new races to the game: Trolls, Mountain Dwarves, Humans, Elves, Dark Elves, Goblins, Pale Ones, and Silicoids (a creature that eats rocks).  Each of these races have their own special abilities and sometimes special rules that require changes in strategy.  For example, the Pale Ones are humans that have lived so long in the caves that they can grow all their food in the caves.  Mountain Dwarves can build their caves over the edge of the player tableau.  Elf do not need pastures or fields and can keep animals and crops in the forest, but they have to pay workers rubies to work in the caves.  Luckily, they can grow jewels like fruit.  Keep an eye out for the Halflings which are only available in a promo.  Each of the new races also comes with four unique furnishings but any race can use.  Caverna: The Forgotten Folk will be available in Germany at the end of October and before Christmas in North America.

FFG continues to add to the initial line-up for the launch of X-Wing Second Edition, and the iconic ship of fans’ favorite bounty hunter has been added, the Slave 1.  The Firespray-class patrol craft offers a lot of versatility with it’s capacity for additional upgrades and weapons, allowing it to operate pretty much on it’s own.  Fans of the original Slave 1 expansion will be happy to know all their favorite upgrades will be included in the second edition along with some new ones, and some new pilots.  With it you will be able to liter the battle field with proximity mines, possibly get two attacks in with a veteran tail gunner, or do some area effect damage with concussion missiles.  Needless to say any player of the scum and villainy faction will want to get their hands on this ship.  Check out FFG’s preview page for more information, and look forward to the launch of the second edition in September.

Mars is hot… literally. Most of the time, except for when it is really cold.  But it is also hot as a theme in boardgaming right now, and Terraforming Mars is the leading the pack. Since its release in 2016, it launched straight to the top of the BoardGameGeek rankings and has stayed there, currently sitting in the #4 position amongst all other games.  With that popularity comes expansions, and a move out and away from the surface of Mars.  Terraforming Mars: The Colonies will be the fourth explansion for the game and will expand out into the rest of the solar system to put space stations in the void and on the moons of other planets. It follows the other Terraforming Mars games and will play with 1-5 players in 2 hours. It is currently scheduled to release 2018-10-15 with no word on if or when pre-orders will be available.

 

With the second edition of X-Wing coming in September, Fantasy Flight Games is making sure that you can get more than just the base game at launch.  Thus one of the ships being released alongside the new base game is the BTL-A4 Y-Wing, with cards that conform to second edition, plus a couple new items to throw in the mix.  The Y-wing itself is a durable and versatile fighter, and depending on how you load it up it can do many different jobs.  In this expansion you will get cards for pilots like “Dutch” Vander or Horton Salm, as well as upgrade cards like ion cannon turrets or the new proton bombs and seismic charges.  Proton bombs deal a critical damage when a ship gets too close, and the seismic charges will destroy a 1 range obstacle, and then shower any fighters within 1 of that obstacle with debris, causing damage.  So if you are looking for a tough and variable work house for your squadron, look for the new BTL-A4 Y-Wing when it hits stores in September.

You can check out the FFG preview article for more information.

Zombicide: Green Horde: No Rest for the Wicked is an expansion to Zombicide: Green Horde that supports 1-6 players and puts you up against new otherworldly enemies.  Zombicide: Green Horde was kickstarted in June 2017 and had a highly successful campaign raising over five million dollars.  During this campaign as an optional buy you could pick up the full expansion.  It now has a retail release planned for those who missed out of the kickstarter.

The zombie plague is not limited to just humans and orcs. All manner of creatures are succumbing to the vile disease and launching an assault against the living. The rats that form into undead swarms are bad enough. Then there’s the ghostly Spectral Walkers that are only damaged by magic. But when there’s a zombie dragon to deal with, that’s a whole other category of terror! To take that out, the survivors are gonna need a bigger crossbow.

The expansion comes with over thirty-five miniatures including a huge dragon figure and is sure to add even more excitement to your game.  Zombicide: Green Horde: No Rest for the Wicked, published by Cool Mini or Not, is slated to hit retail during the third quarter of 2018.

 

 

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.