Board Game Expansions
After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, Trickerion: Legends of Illusion is back on Kickstarter to raise funding for its first major expansion – Trickerion: Dahlgaard’s Academy. In addition, a Kickstarter-only Collector’s Edition is available.
Trickerion: Legends of Illusion is a thematic, medium-heavy Euro-style game of rival stage illusionists. You play as a Victorian-era magician vying to gain the most fame. To accomplish this, you assign your team of apprentices and specialists to various tasks, using worker placement and simultaneous action selection.
Euro fans have generally had very positive reviews of the base game and anticipation is high for this expansion content.
Restore the academy, become the rector
In the expansion, four new magicians make their appearance, trying to crack the mysteries of Dahlgaard’s Manor. This dilapidated old manor is a key new location in the game and holds powerful secrets. Use your abilities and tenacity to renovate it to its former glory by adding classrooms and practice areas, improving your skills and teaching your students tricks. Perhaps you will find Dahlgaard’s hidden library, learning some well-kept secrets in the process.
As an extra bonus, you have added a new member to your crew – your Protégé – whom you can groom as you like using customizable abilities. Build your Protégé’s skills enough and s/he could become your most valuable crew member.
Blinged-out Collector’s Edition
Publisher Mindclash Games is offering a complete Collector’s Edition of Trickerion, which is only available during this Kickstarter campaign. For those who already own the base game, don’t feel left out! You can pledge for a Collector’s Edition Upgrade Pack.
The Collector’s Edition includes everything we’ve ever released for Trickerion: the base game with a revised rulebook, the Dahlgaard’s Gifts add-on pack, the Dahlgaard’s Academy expansion, two sets of metal coins, and more to come. The Collector’s Edition will come in a large, uniquely numbered box with alternative artwork – it will look amazing on your gaming shelf! The Collector’s Edition will not be available in retail.
Finally, for all of you soloists out there (like me), an out-of-the-box solo mode allows you to compete against Dahlgaard’s heir, a corrupted magician.
Interested? Head on over to the Kickstarter page to learn more.
Take a look at what the Dice Tower has to say about Trickerion: Legends of Illusion.
Quick Simple Fun Games is bringing a standalone expansion to their popular party game Muse, called Muse: Awakenings. In both games, up to 12 players split up into two opposing teams, and 6 Masteriece cards are laid out on the table. The Masterpiece cards have breathtaking surreal artwork, reminiscent of other picture selection games, such as Dixit or Mysterium. One team will then secretly assign one of the Masterpieces to the opposing team, along with an Inspiration card, which dictates what kind of hints their “Muse” player can use. Hints can be such things as “say a single 3 letter word” or “hum a tune”, or even “strike a pose”. With this single clue from their Muse, the rest of the team needs to decide which of the 6 masterpieces is the target. Muse: Awakenings adds 84 new Masterpiece cards, 22 new Inspiration cards, and an improved scoring system. Awakenings can be played by itself, or added to the original Muse. Look for Muse: Awakenings at your FLGS in Q3 2018.
Fans of the classic Avalon Hill game Betrayal at House on the Hill know all too well the pain of loose clips on difficult player boards; those black markers that came with the game never seemed to fit right on the cardboard pentagons. Well fear no more, because Wizkids has announced the Betrayal at House on the Hill Upgrade kit, with 6 new player stat trackers and some pretty spiffy dice. The new character cards are double sided, like the originals, but sandwiched between the sides are rolling stat tracker wheels. The cards come with all new character art and a set of green pearlescent dice, displaying the familiar 0-2 pips from the original game. Look for the Upgrade kits in stores this September 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
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.
While the Marvel universe dominates the box office, the DC universe is getting a little bigger with the release of The DC Deck-Building Game: Rivals—Green Lantern vs. Sinestro from Cryptozoic Games.
A new stand alone game using the DC Deck-Building Game mechanics, the latest itteration places players into the never-ending conflict between Hal Jordan and Sinestro. The game will feature two different paths depending on what role the player takes. The Sinestra role is focussed on attacking and forcing opponents to take bad cards. The Green Lantern role will focus on drawing cards and features a strong defense.
The game comes with 98 cards that includes new heroes, villains, equipment, locations, and constructs. It includes six over-sized character cards with variable cards associated with them. Each character in the game will have unique abilities and will become more powerful when defeated, gaining access to additional abilities, until at the end of the game one ring-bearer is finally triumphant.
While a stand alone game, the game is also fully compatible with earlier DC Deck-Building Games games including Rivals—Batman vs. The Joker and the Confrontations set. The game is made for 2 players age 15+ and takes around 30 minutes to play.
DC Deck-Building Game
The DC Deck-Building Game: Rivals—Green Lantern vs. Sinestro from Cryptozoic Games is built on the original DC Deck-Building Game system which was released in 2012 by Cryptozoic Games. In the system each each player chooses a hero with a special power and starts the game with a deck of ten cards. On each turn a player will use the five cards in their hand to acquire or conquer the five types of cards in the game: heroes, villains and super-villains, equipment, super powers, and locations. Players will defend themselves from attacks while attempting to defeat super-villains in an attempt to gain the most victory points.
The Rivals systems was introduced in 2014 with Rivals – Batman vs The Joker as more direct combat was introduced with confrontation rules that allow players to attack their opponents and block cards that ward off confrontations.
In Rivals the first player to drop the opponent three times wins, though if the deck runs out of cards the player with the most victory points wins.
Isaac Childres and Cephalofair Games have announced that an expansion to Gloomhaven, named Gloomhaven: Forgotten Circles. Gloomhaven is the legacy card-driven dungeon crawl that hit the market like a nuclear bomb out of Kickstarter in early 2017. The 22 pound monster has since dominated the Hotness and Best boardgame lists on BGG, and even managed to crack into the #1 spot in Tom Vasel’s top board games of all time. Forgotten Circles will be released through normal retail channels in time for Essen Spiel 2018 (October), and will contain 20 new scenarios that take place after the main story of Gloomhaven. Forgotten Circles will also include 7 new monster types with 3 bosses, 14 new items, and a new character class, the Aesther Diviner.
Asmadi Games has started a Kickstarter campaign for the first expansion to Mottainai, titled Wutai Mountains. Mottainai (2015) is generally considered Carl Chudyk’s followup to his magnum opus, Glory to Rome (2005). Both games are great examples of deep, strategic card games involving multi use cards. In Mottainai, 2-3 players take turns moving cards around an intricate path, triggering and following actions, storing materials, and creating great works of art in a Buddhist temple. The art can either be for display or for sale, and a careful balance of each is what gains players the most points to win. Wutai Mountains adds another level to the path, bringing 54 new “Om Works” cards. These great works are constructed the same way as others, but once completed, they allow cards to be tucked underneath, creating Om-Helpers, Om-Sales, and Om-Materials.
The Kickstarter Campaign for Mottainai: Wutai Mountains continues through April 6, and is expected to deliver in May of 2018.
A new expansion is coming to the popular Whistle Stop from Scott Caputo and Bezier Games. The Rocky Mountains Expansion will bring, well, mountains, to the pick up and deliver train game, with a 3D mountain board. The Rockies hold great rewards for those that can scale them on the way west. The expansion also contains special tiles, 2 new train routes, 2 new towns, gold nugget tokens, more end tiles, 9 new upgrades and 6 new shares. You can read the full press release here, and look for the Rocky Mountains Expansion in stores this August.
Thames and Kosmos has recently announced a ton of new games and expansions releasing in the coming months.
Word Slam Family, a more compact version of the 2016 Inka and Markus Brand hit Word Slam, is coming in September. Players try to get their teammates to guess a word, using only the 105 explanatory cards in the game; talking, signing and emoting are forbidden. Teams word simultaneously, and the first to get the word correct earns the point. Word Slam Family replaces the classic die and timer with an app, and the box itself becomes the screen between the teams. World Slam Family should arrive in September 2018.
Mercado by Rüdiger Dorn (Istanbul, Karuba) has 2-4 players purchasing valuable items from the great market. Players draw coins from their bag, and place them face down at market locations, competing with others for the same goals. Players who have paid all the necessary matching coins can take the location and gain reputation. Market boards can bring privilege or seals, or some can introduce counterfeit coins into a players bag. Look for Mercado in July 2018.
In Drop It, 2-4 players drop circle, triangle, square and diamond pieces of their color into the slots at the top of a large vertical board. Points are earned for hitting higher locations and special targets, but the pieces can bounce around a bit, so aiming is tricky. Additionally, if pieces of the same color or shape touch, they earn no points.
The EXIT series of escape room games have received well deserved accolades over the past year, including the Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel award in 2017. These games are self contained, one use, elaborate puzzle games driven by code wheels, puzzle books and props, which often involve the destruction of pieces while finding solutions. Six games in the series are already available, and now four new EXIT games are coming – Dead Man On The Orient Express and The Sunken Treasure are due out in July, while The Sinister Mansion and The Mysterious Museum should arrive in October. Due to the secret nature of the EXIT games, not much else is known about these games other then the titles.
Imhotep: A New Dynasty is a new expansion for the 2016 Spiel Nominee Imhotep. Imhotep had players mining and shipping their stone blocks to various locations, building pyramids, obelisks and temples for points. The new expansion adds 5 new locations, new market cards, gods and chariots to the classic. God cards add a bidding and betting element to the game, allowing players to secretly predict the outcome on various locations, earning rewards if they are correct. A New Dynasty should be available to purchase this August. \
Dark Heroes is a new expansion to the classic Legends of Andor. Winner of the Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel in 2013, Legends of Andor is a cooperative fantasy quest game with strong puzzle and strategy elements. Dark Heroes adds 4 new hero boards with dice and standees, and allows up to 6 players to overcome the original challenge. Dark Heroes is scheduled to come to stores June 2018.
Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) has announced the newest expansion to the popular dice-driven Cthulhu game Elder Sign, Omens of the Pharaoh. This expansion adds an Egyptian Mythos to the struggle, as players try to combat the evil despot Nephren-Ka. Omens of the Pharaoh also adds a new mechanism in the form of Relics, powerful items which can be used to bring discarded dice back into play. Some Relics even work in combination with each other for more powerful effects. You can read the full press release regarding Omens of the Pharaoh on Fantasy Flight’s webpage here.
Also announced from FFG is the newest unit for Star Wars: Legion, the T-47 Airspeeder. Legion is FFG’s new ground battle miniatures game anchored strongly in the Star Wars universe, joining the space battles of Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: Armada. The beautiful new T-47 comes with the famous Mo/Dk Power Harpoon, which does minimal damage on its own, but can be used to pivot a targeted vehicle, potentially spinning the target to expose its weaker side. You can read the full press release here.
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