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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.

WizKids announced the release of the ultimate edition of Mage Knight Board Game. If you’ve missed out on getting this game and its expansions this edition includes the base game and The Lost Legion, Krang, and Shades of Tezla expansions all in a single package which will dominate your board game shelf. Mage Knight Board Game is designed by Vlaada Chvátil and supports 1-4 players, aged 14+.

“The Mage Knight Board Game throws you and up to three other Mage Knights into the sprawling and ever changing world of the Atlantean Empire, a land that is but a distant memory since your transformation into a mysterious Mage Knight. Build your armies, defeat bands of marauding enemies, and eventually conquer cities in the name of the mysterious Void Council.” [source]

This edition also features comprehensive rules text for the base game and expansions as well as 5 all-new cards, alternate paint jobs, and a significantly reduced price. WizKids will also be teaming up with publishers around the world to release Mage Knight Board Game in English, Polish, Spanish, Czech, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. Considering the heavily strategic nature of this game having the content in the players native language will greatly add to its enjoyment.

Mage Knight Board Game: Ultimate Edition is expected to release in English in September 2018. Release dates for other languages have not yet been made known. For more information check out the WizKids website.

Filler games have come to be known as short, light games you play at the start and end of game nights to fill time while other people arrive, or to try and squeeze out just a little bit more time gaming.  Well Green Couch Games intends to confuse us all when talking about a filler game as they have created a card game called Filler.  While this may seem like another game in the joke series of games from Dice Hate Me Games, this is actually a card game about filling pastries with all sorts of delicious fillings.  The will use many aspects together like multi use cards, set collection, resource management and simultaneous action selection.

At the start of the game you have just a hand of three cards, and from these cards you will simultaneously determine player by each picking a revealing a card at the same time.  From there you will go in turn order playing down cards to fill orders that are in the central row, and with those filled orders get more cards, money, customer reviews, or critical acclaim.  But be careful, played cards stay down until you take a turn to pick them back up, so plan careful so you don’t miss filling critical orders.  As you progress you will have more and more ingredients to use to complete bigger orders for more acclaim, and at the end it will be the most prestigious baker that wins the game.  Green Couch will be Kickstarting the game in April, but if you miss it there you will be able to find it on store shelves in the 3rd quarter of this year.  You can read the press release below for more information.

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) – Green Couch Games springs ahead with the ultimate “Filler” card game!

You are a pastry chef in charge of putting delicious fillings in a variety of cakes, pastries, and baked goods. By coming to work early and making use of your full pantry of supplies, you will earn money, customer reviews, and critical acclaim. With a little luck, you might win out over your rivals and be crowned Star Baker!

Filler combines many of the ingredients that have made Green Couch Games a treat to bring to the table. Easy-to-learn rules mixed with a quick playtime and playful appearance makes Filler a great game for families of casual gamers or connoisseurs looking to pass the time waiting for more guests to arrive.

In the game, players will use multi-use cards and a blend of simultaneous action selection, time and resource management, set-collection, and hand-building to collect ingredients needed to fill tasty pastries on their way to becoming the Star Baker. Starting with a hand of 3 cards with various start times and basic ingredients, players will choose a card to reveal along with other players to determine the turn order. The earliest player to show up for work goes first and so on around the table. Using cards from their hands (Pantry), players may use ingredients they have acquired to Fill recipes from a central row of available cards (Recipe Book) or Restock The Pantry by picking up all of their previously played cards. Each recipe filled will provide new start times and ingredients to use in future rounds and may earn points that are represented by money, customer reviews, or critical acclaim at the end of the game. The availability of bonus points and cards containing special actions help to direct players’ choices in the kitchen, add depth of play, and provide variety and replayability.

This card game crams a lot of sweet delight into its 72-card package. With illustration and graphic design by Claire Donaldson (Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun, Go Nuts For Donuts, Food Truck Champion), Filler will  leave players with a mouth-watering desire to play this delicious game again and again.

Filler is a game for 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up and is designed by Jonathan Chaffer of GRUBS (Grand Rapids Unpublished Boardgame Society). This game follows Chaffer’s first game, Stroop, from Grand Gamers Guild. The game plays in 20-30 minutes.

The game is set for a Kickstarter campaign launching on April 11th, 2018 with plans for a Q3 2018 release.

Green Couch Games was founded by Jason Kotarski to release great little games that make great big connections. Filler will be its 11th release. Jason is also a game designer and co-host of 20 Minutes of Filler.


Upper Deck is teasing a new card game called Dark Legacy: The Rising on their blog.  This new game is going to be a two player battle card game that will involve some dice rolling as well, and will be released in the form of starter packs featuring two different factions each.  In the game you will pick one of six different factions, and build a deck out of their available cards.  On your turn you will either attack or cast, if you cast you will then roll the included d20 to figure out how many casting points you will have available this round.  From there you will spend those points to cast spells and ready your assault on your opponent.  As you defeat your opponent and cast different spells you will also gain experience points and level up, which will allow you to cast spells easier and give access to more advanced cards.  The currently planned starter packs will get you to level 5, with later packs getting you to level 10.  You can find out more about this game on Upper Deck’s blog, and look for the game to hit store shelves this summer.

Crystal Clans, a successor if you will of Plaid Hats’ popular card game Summoner Wars, finally has a release date, and that date is March 29th.  This will be a simultaneous international release so you will be able to go to your local game store and pick up copies in English, French, German, and Chinese.  Crystal Clans is a new strategic card game where you are playing down cards as units, and then moving and attacking with those units on the board.  Each unit has different stats as well as different abilities based on which clan they belong, like the “adaptable Water Clan, the peaceful Flower Clan, the relentless Skull Clan, the innumerable Blood Clan, the wise Meteor Clan or the unyielding Stone Clan“.  You will fight hard in order to control the crystals on the battlefield, and with those be able to win the battle.  You can find out more on Plaid Hats’ website, including links to their many preview articles for the game.


River Horse, a company making a name for itself with game adaptations of movies, is bringing the epic scale action of Pacific Rim: Uprising to your tabletop.  In conjunction with Legendary Entertainment, they are creating a two or more player miniatures game where one side will control the Jaegers defending humankind, while the other side controls the Kaiju bent on their destruction.  Pacific Rim: Extinction will feature 75mm tall figures of some of the iconic Jaegers like Gipsy Avenger and Saber Athena, along with deadly Kaiju like Hakuja and Strikethorn.  Each character will have their own special powers and abilities, and you can play the game as a skirmish game, or as a more strategic scenario type game.  In the scenario mode instead of just working to eliminate the opposing team, you will have specific objectives to accomplish in order to win.  But either way you will be living out the movie on your tabletop.

The Kickstarter for the game will launch very soon, that way it will be running when the movie hits theaters on March 23rd, and then be released to stores at a later date.  In the mean time, you can read more about the game in the press release below.

River Horse and Legendary Entertainment Join Forces for Pacific Rim: Extinction, a Thrilling Tabletop Miniatures Game Full of Mammoth Action.

Miniatures Strategy Game to Launch Following the Release of

Legendary Entertainment’s Pacific Rim Uprising Film

River Horse (EU) Ltd. is delighted to announce a partnership with Legendary Entertainment to bring epic Jaeger vs. Kaiju action to your tabletop with an exciting miniatures game inspired by the upcoming film, Pacific Rim Uprising, in theaters on March 23rd.

Pacific Rim: Extinction is a scenario driven strategy game of city-wide destruction and chaos, capturing the spectacular conflict of the Pacific Rim universe with fantastically detailed 75mm scale miniatures of the film’s iconic Jaegers – mechanical guardians of humanity – and Kaiju – living weapons from beyond our world.

In Pacific Rim: Extinction, two or more players will be able to jump right into the action playing either a PPDC Jaeger or a monstrous Kaiju, in a quick play match of intense combat, or a more constructed battle with both Jaegers and Kaiju using all of their skills and abilities to achieve a challenging objective.

Pacific Rim: Extinction will launch on Kickstarter on Monday March 12, before hitting retail shelves at a later date. Further details on the release of Pacific Rim: Extinction will be announced shortly.

Pacific Rim: Extinction – The biggest miniatures game you’ll ever play!

Alessio Cavatore, Manager Director at River Horse, commented:

“With Pacific Rim’s extensive lore and deep catalogue of Jaegers, Kaiju and action-packed battles fought in major cities, we couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Legendary Entertainment to bring Pacific Rim: Extinction to the tabletop.”

Jamie Kampel Legendary Entertainment, commented:

“We are delighted to be working with Alessio Cavatore and the team at River Horse to bring the Pacific Rim universe to the world in an exciting new way. River Horse has always demonstrated an ability to deliver a top-quality game while bringing passionate fans of a franchise along for a thrilling ride. We can’t wait to see all of the Jaeger v Kaiju action of Pacific Rim: Extinction in hobbyist’s hands around the globe.”


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About River Horse:

Founded in 2010 by gaming industry veteran Alessio Cavatore (Warhammer 40,000, The Lords of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, Bolt Action, Jim Hensons Labyrinth: The board game, Tails of Equestria: The storytelling game), River Horse (EU) Ltd. was originally established to self-publish games of Alessio’s design. Since then the company has expanded to providing the many companies who wanted to utilise the services of River Horse’s pool of game designers and graphic designers, producing or supporting the production of many games.

River Horse’s team includes a bunch of enthusiastic fellows with lots of experience in the fields of games design, web-based entrepreneurship and corporate licensing. As well as designing their own products, they aim to support and advise any company that can benefit from their experience and skills through consultancies, commissions, and joint-ventures.

About Legendary Entertainment:

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $14 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit:

Mysthea, by Tabula Games, is a Kickstarter exclusive board game for 2-4 players, aged 14+. It uses a mixture of hand management and area control and features asymmetric gameplay, a variable scoring system, and player customization. Mysthea is designed by Martino Chiacchiera (know for his Deckscape games) and Marta Ciaccasassi with art by Travis Anderson. Play time is roughly 90-120 mins

“Millenia ago, a planet called Icaion was hit by a giant crystal of unknown origins from the depths of space. With staggering force, the crystal pierced through the celestial body. The impact was so strong that the planet, and the forces governing it, changed forever. 

Fast forward thousands of years. A region made of the chunks of land that broke off from Icaion due to the force of impact is now inhabited by a prosperous society. The lands floating above the clouds were named Mysthea by their inhabitants.” [source]

The king of Mysthea has delegated the kingdom’s management to guilds which have found a way to empower their champions using the crystals called Quom. The guilds are able to send these champions into unexplored territories with their newfound abilities of which each champion has mastered a unique ability. During the long years since the collision new life has also spawned on the planet which can be manipulated using the Quom.

The game features a dynamic map which constantly changes based on player choices. The shifts in the map leads to interesting choices in the area control aspect of the game. Players start with a small hand of cards and can acquire new ones from a common display during their turn to increase options and strategies. Each card is unique and can be used in different ways so hand management is important.

There are some amazing miniatures and beautiful artwork which makes for a very stunning presentation. Mysthea is currently on Kickstarter and the core game (including art book and stretch goals) can be backed for a pledge of 85 Euros (excluding shipping). The project ends on Thursday, March 29th 2018 but the 1248 backers have already helped reach the goal by 200%.

USAopoly has been foraging more into the hobby board game industry as time goes by. With huge hits such as Harry Potter: Hogwart’s Battle, USAopoly has shown that they are growing into much more than a monopoly re-skin company.

They have now released rather large news (specifically in regards to the license) in that they will be releasing Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War. Thanos Risinig will be a cooperative dice and card game made availabe at GAMA in March. Their official press release follows:

USAopoly Introduces Gripping New Hobby Game Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War Cooperative Mission Challenges Marvel Fans to Deter The Mad Titan’s Power Trip

March 7, 2018 Carlsbad, CA – USAopoly, Inc. dares hobby game enthusiasts and Marvel Cinematic Universe devotees to leave no stone unturned this spring with their newest tabletop battle, Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War, inspired by the upcoming Marvel Studios theatrical release.

Fulfilling an increasing demand for modern themed, team-centric entertainment, Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War provides an outlet for both older and newer generations to take on the role of a hero in a challenge that also keeps the standards of the Marvel fandom in mind.

The cooperative dice and card game features an eye-catching 120 mm, custom-sculpted figure of Marvel villain Thanos among more than 190 intricate game components. The prominent centerpiece oversees a detailed galaxy setting that welcomes players to recruit their favorite heroes and join forces that will defeat the power-hungry despot on his mission to collect all six stones of the Infinity Gauntlet. Building upon the strengths of the characters on their team, as well as other players, winning requires critical thinking and communication to reach a common goal. The hour-long game provides context for those unfamiliar with the Marvel franchise, as well as a learning opportunity for newcomers to the hobby game world.

Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War will retail for $49.95 this spring to perpetuate the streak of anticipation for the iconic protagonists’ return in the third Avengers film coming to theaters April 27, 2018.

Media and retailers are welcome to get their hands on Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War by visiting USAopoly at GAMA in Reno, NV from March 13-15 at booth #106. For more information and details on some of the industry’s best games, visit

About USAopoly, Inc.

USAopoly Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of board games, collectibles and puzzles. We’ve been producing the world’s most beloved games “with a twist,” under license from Hasbro, since 1994. Our partners include marquee brands and licensors such as Disney, Nintendo, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, HBO, FOX and CBS. With the 2009 release of Telestrations®, named the #1 Party Game by Board Game Geek, we launched our original game business. Our portfolio of original games is constantly growing and now includes the award-winning Telestrations® After Dark, Tapple®, Rollers®, Nefarious™ The Mad Scientist Game, and many more.

USAopoly is serious about fun and games! Our goal is to show our passion through each and every game we make. Our games are created to bring people together to share an emotional

connection and make memorable, fun experiences for families, friends, game enthusiasts, fans, and collectors alike.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit ©2018 MARVEL

Following the acclaimed success of Grimm Forest, Druid City Games has released their next game, Sorcerer City, on Kickstarter. As of the writing of this article, Sorcerer City has already doubled it’s initial funding goal (with 23 days remaining). So what is Sorcerer City?

Sorcerer City, from designer Scott Caputo (Voluspa & Whistle Stop) mixes tile laying and deck building into a strategic game that is kept moving by a casual timed element. Imagine if Carcassonne, Dominion, and Galaxy Trucker were combined into a magical strategy game of sorcerer architects competing to see who could gain the most prestige! Walk with us down the streets of Sorcerer City!

As is the case with all Druid City Games, Sorcerer City is full of gorgeous components but the buck doesn’t stop there. The game play is quite unique. Each player will have a set time to build your city by laying tiles in the best strategic means possible. Over time, however, you will have opportunities to better your tiles and thus allow you to build a better city. But watch out, there is a monster phase that will add unique monsters to each player to add to the mix.

Additionally, Sorcerer City will have a deluxe copy available that replaces components with metal coins and plastic miniatures along with a deluxe game box.

Druid City is not only known for their beautiful components, but their unique game-play. Sorcerer City seems as if it won’t disappoint. You can head over to the campaign here to learn more as well as fund the project.

Adepticon, a premiere wargaming convention, kicks off next month in Schaumburg, Illinois. Part of of con includes presenting the Crystal Brush Awards, which started in 2011, and awards people for their skills in painting. This year’s categories are:

  • Fantasy/Steampunk/Historical Single Figure
  • Sci-Fi/Modern Single Figure
  • Units
  • Vehicles and Monster
  • Large Scale (54mm and up)
  • Busts
  • Diorama
  • Chibi-style

Cool Mini or Not recently got together with Jen Haley, one of the judges for the Crystal Brush Awards, to find out more.

“Entries come in such a vast range of scales, genres, and painting styles, that the audience sometimes wonders how they can be judged against each other,” explains Haley. “The judges look for a balance of technical skill and aesthetic quality, whether the competitor has used a style that’s extremely realistic or highly stylized. For the Diorama category, narrative quality (the story that is told by the figures) is important. We like to see traditional techniques and motifs executed well, and we like to see new ideas and techniques that help push the boundaries of the miniature hobby into the realm of art.”

You can read the entire interview over at CMON’s site here.