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Scratch off games are most notably associated with the lottery, buy a ticket and hope you scratch off the combination you need to win lots of money.  But what about creating hobby games out of them?  I can’t think of any who have tried, and so Notre Game is throwing their hat into the ring with two new games.

First is Planet Surprise, a game where you and your opponents are exploring a galaxy, trying to find the most valuable planets.  You will have ten actions throughout the game, but there are 16 planets so you will have to pick and choose which ones you land on.  So for an action you can scratch off a planet to see what you find, or you can direct your opponent to scratch off a planet.  How this can help you is that you will both be exploring the same galaxy, so if you have them scratch off a zero value planet, now you know where not to go.  At the end whoever has the most points is the winner.  This game was launched at Essen so look for it soon.

The other game uses the scratch off trick in a less direct way, and that game is Scratch Wars.  In this game it serves to obscure what card it is you are getting in the pack, you either pick a hero card or a weapon card and scratch away.  The stats on each hero and weapon are going to be truly unique, meaning that the cards you get won’t be duplicated.  From there you can equip your hero cards with weapons and battle it out with other heroes using a unique rod spinning mechanism.  Last one standing wins, look for this game to come out in 2017.


So what happens if you are a landlord, and your haunted house had a scheduled haunting that was missed again?  How are you supposed to keep up the haunted reputation without the requisite amount of ghosts?  Well enough is enough, it’s time to go to Ghost Court!


Ghost Court is the latest party game on Kickstarter from Bully Pulpit Games, and while it is called a game, like many good party games, scoring just fades into the background of the whole experience.  In the game you will have a judge who will preside over all the petty disputes Judge Judy style, while the rest of the people take turns being the plaintiffs and defendants for the cases.  People will cycle through and make their arguments for their cases and the judge will pass summary judgement.  While you can keep track of winners and losers, in the end it’s all about the experiences you had playing the game.

The game has some solid newspaper comic style art and features 20 different cases for you to act out, so if you are interested you can pledge for your copy on the campaign page.


The latest game from Matt Leacock, Chariot Race, is up on Kickstarter now to fund an English edition of the game.  Previously we reported on the impending release of the game from Pegasus Spiele, but that was only the German/English edition for the European market.  Now the English only version, being published through Eagle Gryphon Games, is on Kickstarter.  This is essentially a pre-order campaign so know that there won’t be any stretch goals, but there is the opportunity to add additional games from the Eagle Gryphon library after the campaign.

For more information on the game you can look at our previous article, or you can check out the campaign page and pledge for your copy while you are at it.


Tavern Masters is the latest card game being put out by Dann Kriss Games and involves you running your bar and bringing in the most money.  There are three modes you can play, competitive to see who can make the most, cooperative to pool money and pay off a warlord to not kill you, or solo to see if you can pay off the tax collector in time and keep your tavern.  Play is easy with first buying goods and hiring staff from your hand using your collected gold.  From there you will play down any patrons that you want from your hand, those that find what the want/like at your bar will stick around for future rounds.  At the end of the round you collect a gold for each patron you have, and any that don’t find what they like will be discarded.  Play continues like this until someone reaches 20 gold, which triggers the final round and then whoever has the most at the end is the winner.  Another nifty aspect of the game is that play is simultaneous, meaning no down time, and trading cards between people is allowed and highly encouraged.

The art of the game is quality and the game sounds like a fun filler to play before you head off on your DnD campaign.  If you want to back for a copy then head on over to the campaign page.


Terra Formars is a new card and dice game coming from Japanime Games that uses the theme from the anime of the same name.  In this game you are a group of egotistical “heroes” who are sent to Mars to cleanse it of all the humanoid cockroaches so that humans can settle on the planet.  You do this through resource management where the dice are what give you resources to buy new cards to use to both kill the enemy, and steal kills from your opponents.  In the end whoever has killed the most high value targets is going to be the winner.  You can find this game on store shelves in November of this year.


We previously reported that a new edition of the Blood Bowl game is on it’s way, and while a date for release is still forthcoming, the hype train is picking up speed.  The first stop for that train is the launch of a new website devoted to Blood Bowl, and it’s simply BloodBowl.com.  The site contains the typical teaser trailers and social media links, but it also contains downloads for team rosters, drill cards, as well as a video to teach the basics of the game.  You can check out the new website now, and continue to wait patiently for that new edition to be released.


If took the 80’s, swirled them around in a pot, and then poured it into a box, you would have close to the look of what you are getting with Lazer Ryderz.  Lazer Ryderz is the latest Kickstarter game from GreaterThanGames, and seems to take a movement mechanic and turn it into it’s own game.  The game is quick and easy and involves you choosing to either go faster or slower, and then if you want to turn or go straight, that’s it.  The goal of the game is to collect and score the prisms on the table, but to do that you have to pass fully through the prism, once you do that you change it out for your color prism.  Manage to get three prisms of your color on the board and you win.  Oh, and it’s not as easy as it sounds, especially since this is like light bike racing from TRON where if you intersect someone’s trail, even your own, you crash.  Crashing starts you back at the edge of the table and gives the other players a chance to steal the prisms that you got.

Those who have played X-Wing before will pick this game up quickly as the movement in this game reflects that closely, but with the crashing and prism scoring it has set itself apart.  If a box full of the 80’s sounds like fun to you, then head on over to the campaign page to pledge for your own copy.


Essen is in full swing and the game pictures have been rolling in, below are some of the more interesting ones that have been posted.

First is a new way to learn games and that is through the freshly launched app called Dized.  While there is only one game up on the app right now, they fully intend to continue adding games to the app so you can more easily learn games instead of sitting and reading through the rulebook.

Next is a new slew of promos in the form of the 2016 Board Game Advent Calendar, so another big box with spots to open each day with new promos for popular games.  Some of the games in the box this year are Zooloretto, King of Tokyo, Karuba, Mysterium, and many more.

In the category of best use of a box for a game we have Baumeister des Colosseum, where you build a colosseum out of cards with the box.  It looks cool, and designed by acclaimed designer Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, who did Carcassonne, so it has a good chance of being good.

Here is another example of a funny game just taken to another degree, and that is Pie Face Showdown.  Now it’s a battle between just two people, and one of them is going to get it in the face, hopefully it’s not you.

Last to round it all out is a picture of a game you can’t buy, but another in the long line of giant sized convention games, and that is Super Klask.  Essentially Klask on a giant board and meant for 6 people.

Those are just a taste of the things the Dice Tower crew has seen and photographed at the fair, if you want to see more than head over to the Dice Tower’s twitter for more.


Renegade Games has been on a hot streak as of late getting their games ported over to other languages.  First was their newest release, Lotus, getting a Japanese translation, and now World’s Fair 1893 will be getting a German release courtesy of DLP Games.  World’s Fair 1893 is a family weight game where you are drafting cards in order to get sets of tickets for each ride, and securing control of areas on the board to score points.  All told the game is getting great reviews and so it’s no surprise that they were able to get it localized in another language.  The German language version of the game will be at Essen, and then in wide release soon after so keep an eye out for it.  You can read the full press release from Renegade Games below.

Renegade Game Studios and DLP Games to release German version of World’s Fair 1893

San Diego, CA (Oct. 10th, 2016) — Renegade Game Studios™, the premier publisher of original games has partnered with DLP Games, a leading German publishing company, to release a localized version of the historically inspire game, World’s Fair 1893.

With three full print runs in the US, the game has been successful with experienced, casual, and new gamers as well as reviewers and award committees.

The World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago was a spectacular international exhibition that showcased many great achievements in science, technology, culture, and entertainment. Acting as organizers of the fair, players work diligently to increase their influence throughout the fair and obtain the grand exhibits that will be put on display. The organizer who has earned the best reputation when the fair begins will emerge the victor!

“The World’s Fair 1893 is such an carefully thought-out Euro-style game that we are delighted to partner with DLP.” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “We look forward to sharing it with fans in Germany through this partnership.”

Look for World’s Fair 1893 in German at the DLP Games booth or in English at friendly local game stores in the US and online. World’s Fair 1893 takes about 40 minutes to play and is for 2-4 players ages 10+. It is co-published with Foxtrot Games in the US and has won numerous awards including the Mesa Select Award in 2016.

You can visit: www.renegadegames.com for more information about our games and the designers we work with.


Coming in January is a new addition to the Gloom line, and that is Gloom in Space.  In Gloom you are making horrible things happen to your family, and then killing them when they just can’t take anymore.  Now the misery flies into space with this newest edition, where you can interact with monoliths, have to deal with tribbles, or fight your father.  Then after you have lived through the most horrific sci-fi tropes you can, you can then be nuked from space to end your miserable life.

Look for this box of pain on store shelves in January of 2017.