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Level 99 Games is preparing to ship three new minipacks for their hit game Pixel Tactics. Players can combine these minipacks with any of the existing Pixel Tactics games, or the new Pixel Tactics Deluxe currently on Kickstarter.

THESE NEW RELEASES…HAVE A DISTRIBUTOR SHIP DATE OF MONDAY, DECEMBER 22ND

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Each expansion features new characters with new abilities from other games in the Level 99 Games universe. The Argent University pack includes eight cards representing the staff and students from Argent: The Consortium and Argent: Mancers of the University. The Seven Sisters pack features the seven sisters and their butler found in the boss rush dungeon The Well of Souls in BattleCON: Devastation of Indines. And, The Price of Victory pack contains Gerard’s eight mercenaries from BattleCON: Devastation of Indines.

Check out the Dice Tower review of Pixel Tactics and look for these new additions to your Pixel Tactics experience in stores soon.

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AEG released the Black Box on Black Friday this year that included four board games, and now they want to know what you think.  They are looking to continue with future releases of the Black Box, so they want to use your feedback to help.

To fill out the brief survey on AEG’s website, click here.

captains wager

There’s only 3 days left to jump on board the Kickstarter campaign for Captain’s Wager.  Captain’s Wager is a game designed by Jonathan Hager and published by Grey Fox Games (the same ones that brought you Run, Fight, or Die). In Captain’s Wager you take on the role of airship captains seeking treasure and fame. The game utilizes hand management and betting mechanisms.

Below you can see many of the beautiful components of the game. The campaign has more than quadrupled it’s funding goal (of only $5k) and has unlocked six of it’s stretch goals. To find out more you can click here to visit their Kickstarter page.

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The impending release of Fantasy Flight’s XCOM: The Board Game is drawing near, and Fantasy Flight has offered a glimpse at one major aspect of the game through one of the key player roles: the Commander.  The Commander’s main role, among other things, is managing the team’s budget and resources:

Alien invaders have arrived, the world is under siege, and traditional military units have all proven ineffectual. As the poorest and richest nations alike tilt perilously close to panic, a secret coalition has activated the XCOM project. Now, as XCOM’s Commander, it falls to you to ensure that your resources are used as effectively as possible.

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In XCOM: The Board Game, players have four possible roles, and this article discusses the role of the Commander and the challenge of maintaining your team’s resources.  Your team’s budget is very limited, and the choices of how to allocate your funds are very difficult.  To learn all about how the Commander role works and his or her role on the XCOM team, check out the main article on Fantasy Flight’s website.

XCOM: The Board Game is a cooperative board game of global defense for one to four players. As unknown alien invaders press their attack against the earth, you and up to three friends serve as the department heads of XCOM, an elite, international military organization. You must destroy UFOs, research alien technology, complete critical missions, and find some way to prevent the collapse of human civilization. You are humanity’s last hope.

 

Tom posted the Dice Tower’s weekly Boardgame Breakfast episode! In this episode he talks about “Selling Games” as well as being joined by a slew of other contributors!

Game Salute December Releases

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Democracy: Majority Rules

Democracy: Majority Rules is a game of debate, diplomacy and deal-making from Mark Rein-Hagen of Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse fame.

In this game you will play as an activist, power broker, or the leader of a political party. Depending on which character you choose you will have to take over a countries political parties in order to save a country in crisis, or you will have to get your candidate into high office. This game plays 3-5 players, ages 12+ and it play time is around 60 minutes.

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Yomi: Round 1 and Round 2

Yomi is a fighting game in card form where physical dexterity is replaced by hand management skills. Just like in a fighting game, you have to know your character, know the matchup, and know your opponent.

Think Street Fighter in card form. Each character will have proprietary deck of cards which makes it easy to learn the moves each character has. If you think you know what your opponent may play next try to counter it with something from your hand and win the battle. These two play 1-4 players, ages 10+ with a play time of 30 minutes.

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Yomi EX Powerup

This expansion powers up all 20 Yomi decks, letting you play the EX version of every character. EX characters are overpowered, not tournament-legal, and not balanced, but they are tons of fun! Each character gets a new gold character card and 4 copies of an extra rank of face cards called Destiny cards.

If you want to have a 2v1 match you will have a Deathstrike Dragon character card that can be used with Menelker’s regular deck to power him up for the match. The game box is designed to store all 20 decks which can be nice when going through trying to choose a character to use. This expansion is for 1-4 players, ages 10+ and plays in 30 minutes.

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Ravenwood Castle has announced their upcoming Malted Meeple Board Game Cafe.

Patterned off of Ravenwood Castle’s own Raven’s Roost Pub, the Malted Meeple will provide a casual environment, a great selection of craft beer, a library full of amazing games, and a friendly staff more than happy to teach them. Our mission, much like that of Ravenwood Castle itself, is to provide guests a great place – and a great way – to spend quality time with their family and friends.

A fun fact about the upcoming game cafe is that they will be serving mega milkshakes. Yep, Milkshakes and board games, sounds like a fantastic match. Still, if that’s not enough, you will have the option of selecting a craft beer to go along with your game.

The Malted Meeple is going to be located in Hudson, Ohio. It is in a historic, octagon-shaped barn, which is being renovated for their upcoming opening in late January or early February, 2015.

To learn more about the cafe visit their website here. They also posted the news over at boardgamegeek here.

deephall figures

Fantasy Flight Games is previewing their hero and monster collection: Guardians of Deephall. This is the fourth collection for Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition. This collection will contain thirteen figures: four heroes, four dark priests, three wendigos, and two crypt dragons. Two new quests will also be included in the collection. This preview presents one hero and a monster group.

Silhouette

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In battle, Silhouette can use her assassin’s skills to incapacitate the overlord’s monsters, and she can maximize her damage with her hero ability by using two single-hand weapons.

Each time she attacks and rolls the “X” result she may choose to hit a monster adjacent to her. That monster would then suffer damage equal to one plus the number of weapons she currently has equipped. Her heroic feat allows her to move double her speed at the cost of an action.

Wendigo

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A deep, unnatural cold emanates from the body of a wendigo. The chill from some of these monsters’ bodies is so powerful that they have been known to freeze a man to death.

Wendigos can spend a surge to deal additional damage, and they may use their Ravage ability which enables them to take two attack actions in a single turn to deal a substantial amount of damage. Also, an attacking hero will have to roll three additional range or the attack misses, which makes hitting a wendigo that much more difficult.

For more on this preview click here.

dark seas

Dark Seas is a tile-placement game designed by Anthony Rubbo where players build a pirate empire in an attempt to become the richest, most infamous pirate of them all! Each player builds an island of port tiles and populates those ports with tiles representing unsavory characters and shady businesses that define the actions a pirate can take on their turn.

Sail your ship token around the island using unique dice that not only determine movement, but allow for special abilities and, if you feel like it, singing about rum and looting!

Click here for the Dark Seas homepage and a link to the complete rulebook.

 

rum and bones

Arrrrrrrrre you ready for a new miniatures game from Cool Mini or Not?  Described as a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) style game, Rum & Bones pits 2-6 pirate crews against each other to battle for Davey Jones’s legendary treasure:

Rum & Bones is a miniatures board game where players control fantastic pirate crews engaged in fierce combat. Inspired by MOBA style video games, Rum & Bones’ gameplay is deep, fast-paced, and highly strategic. The game pits two pirate factions, controlled by 2 to 6 players, whose ships are locked in combat, with each crew attempting to board the enemy ship and disable it.

 rum and bones board

Each ship’s single-minded crew of Deckhands and Bosuns charge headlong across the gangplanks to attack key deck features on the enemy ship. These lowly crewmen are not directly controlled by the players. They form a constantly-replenishing mob of pirates charging towards the enemy, but the crews are evenly matched, so it’s up to the player-controlled Heroes to shift the tide of battle!

The game funded successfully in only 30 minutes after launching and is well on its way to blowing through its  stretch goal.  Included in the game are 70 miniatures, 20 base inserts, 8 dice, over 70 cards, over 100 tokens, and 15 tiles.  Cool Mini or Not has successfully funded over a dozen Kickstarter projects  in the past, including Xenoshyft, Zombicide, Kaosball, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

To learn more about the project, as well as fund it, you can visit their Kickstarter page here.