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Upon hearing of the announcement of the title This Game Goes to Eleven, likely many fans like myself  of the film This Is Spinal Tap (1984) expected to see a licensed IP game from the film, similar to the more than five games out in the last five years from The Princess Bride (1987). Alas, this is not the case, and instead the game is loosely based on the general idea from the film’s iconic joke. But before you write the game off completely, it is being published by Gamewright, who have had several notable and successful games in the past with hits like Sushi Go Party and Forbidden Desert.

This family-weight game features 72 cards and a guitar pick, and allows 2-6 players (ages 8+) to have rocking time adding cards to the center pile to 11 in a quick 15-20 minute play session.

This Game Goes to Eleven had its sneak peek at GenCon 2018, and is out in the US as a Target store exclusive, similar to recent titles such as Megaland and Ticket to Ride: New York. More info on This Game Goes to Eleven can be found at Gamewright’s website.

Hopefully this games lives up to the classic joke from character Nigel Tufnel, and BoardGameGeek ratings will have to follow IMDB’s rating scale for the movie This Is Spinal Tap and will have to max out at 11 when the page is created.

From Fantasy Flight Games, The Game of Thrones board game gets a new expansion with Mother of Dragons.

With a brand-new sideboard, the game brings the Free Cities of Essos to the fight for the Iron Throne. The board fits alongside the Westeros board.

The House Targaryen has a new goal for the game – to uncover the remaining Targaryen loyalists and rally them against the current holders of the Iron Throne. The House does not earn victory points by capturing castles and strongholds, but tracks the number of territories loyal to their House. If they have 7 on the victory track, they win the game.

Daenerys’s three dragons come into play in the game as a new unit type. The dragons cannot be mustered normally, and they remain in play from the beginning of the game until they are killed. Each dragon acts as a single land unit, attacking, defending and obeying the same rules of supply. They have the ability to fly nearly anywhere in Essos or Westeros. As the game progresses, the dragons grow in strength, starting at zero and ending with  a strength of 5.

With new character cards, an overlay of the Eyrie, two new Houses and matching map pieces, increases the maximum number of players in the game of thrones to eight. A new vassal system allows fewer players to play with unused Houses as neutral parties that each player can command and manipulate.

Find out more about the game here 

Rob Searing here, Manager of Dice Tower News. Often I am spending my time writing and editing articles. It’s not often that I get to share “in” the news. GenCon is one of the few conventions I get to cover and there’s always so much going on. I spent a bit of time in the Exhibit Hall today meeting with various publishers and wanted to post some highlights and tips on where to consider running to when the convention opens Thursday morning!

BREAKING GAMES – BOOTH 2329

Expancity, designed by Alex Cutler and Matt Fantastic, is a gorgeous city building game composed of some wonderful and stackable building blocks that are placed on commercial and residential tiles. Scoring is accomplished via numerous ways including strategically placing buildings near common structures. Expancity was demoed at Dice Tower Con and was a huge hit. You can view Tom’s review here.

Rise of Tribes, designed by Brad Brooks, is a civilization game composed of area control and dice rolling mechanics complimented with variable player powers. Players will take control of a prehistoric tribe and scoring will depend on how well you gather resources, build villages, accomplish goals and more. You can view a detailed review of the game here.

Rise of Tribes, along with Expancity, are of excellent quality and gameplay seemed fun and engaging. You can head over to booth 2329 to demo either or pick up a copy.

PEGASUS SPIELE – BOOTH 2013

Talisman is not a game unfamiliar to gamers (the 4th edition of the game was released in 2007). Talisman: Legendary Tales, however, is a completely new take on the universe. Legendary Tales is designed by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach and is published right here in the Unites States (right in Indiana to be precise). It contains elements of bagbuilding, variable player powers and is cooperative.

“In Talisman: Legendary Tales, the players must work together as an adventure party to recover the five legendary Talismans that have been lost. During each adventure, the party endeavors to recover one of the lost Talismans. The adventures must be played in order. You may repeat adventures, and you may play one or more adventures in a game session.

Over the course of this story, you will travel across a wondrous land and have exciting adventures in which you must make important decisions and defend yourself against cruel enemies. As an adventure party, you succeed in each adventure once you have completed the final task and have recovered the Talisman. Be careful: You have only a limited amount of time!”

Legendary Tales sports some really nice artwork, by Falk Holzapfel, and is bound to entice  by reinventing this 30+ year old game.

LEDER GAMES – BOOTH 3043

Leder Games really hit the map with the release of Vast. This year they look to top the game with another asymmetrical player-powers game where players will contend for control of an immense wilderness. Root is designed by Cole Wehrle and was first seen on Kickstarter. Available for purchase at booth 3043, Root can also be purchased along with an expansion – The Riverfolk expansion. The game takes advantage of multi-purpose cards and is the next step in asymmetric design. Made to engage the entire family, Root is sure to thrill and spark your imagination. It was one of my most-anticipated games at the con this year.

NAUVOO GAMES – BOOTH 2007

The Reckoners is a game based upon Brandon Sanderson’s book series of the same name. It is a cooperative game designed by Brett Sobol and Seth Van Orden. Nauvoo Games, publishers of the hit Stockpile, is offering three different version of the game at booth 2007 – one that includes painted miniatures and deluxe components. Reckoners

“The Reckoners plays like a challenging, ever-shifting puzzle. If you like co-operative games where you carefully manage resources, build powerful action combos, create tactical plans with your teammates, and work together to take down the bad guy while on the brink of defeat, then be sure to check out The Reckoners.”

The Reckoners was Tom’s #1 most anticipated game at GenCon and a full review can be found here.

TASTY MINSTREL GAMES – BOOTH 1337

(Trays not included in the game)

Although not debuting at GenCon, Pioneer Days, designed by Matthew Dunstan and Chris Marling, is an American west drafting and dice game centered around the ole’ Oregon Trail. With absolutely beautiful artwork by Guille Longhini and Sergi Marcet, Pioneer Days will have you drawing dice out of a bag to roll and then draft the to collect money, hire people, or take action all with hopes of earning the most points. You can view a full review of the game here and pick up a copy over at TMG’s booth at 1337. There’s plenty of other reasons to stop by their booth (Trade on the Tigris, Jungli-La, and more).

IELLO – BOOTH 129

Last, but certainly not least, is IELLO. As always, IELLO has quite a bit they are featuring this year although my favorite is Raids, designed by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J Gilbert. In Raids, a viking-themed game, players will sail to tiles that are laid – vying for control of them or going to collect runes or goods…along with other vikings to bolster your crew. The components are fantastic – gold painted bits and metal coins – along with fantastic artwork by Biboun. IELLO is bound to be busy so make sure to stop by there early!

There’s bound to be more. Please follow our Tweets and Instagram posts throughout the convention and keep an eye out for exciting news announcements through the week!

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Dice Tower News has brought you several stories of Asmodee acquisitions. From F2Z to Alliance Distributors, from Days of Wonder to Fantasy Flight Games, all you’d need to do is search for Asmodee on DTN to view the dozen or so articles of mergers/buys. Well, it seems that things are about to change with Asmodee NA. The following was released today:

Roseville, MN – Long-time hobby games entrepreneur, designer, and industry veteran Christian T. Petersen told staff this week that he would be stepping down from his role as
CEO of Asmodee North America at the end of 2018. Petersen, 46, founded Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) in 1995 and served as its CEO until FFG’s merger with Asmodee in 2014, at
which time he moved into his current role.

“After nearly twenty years with FFG and four years with Asmodee, I’ve seen our market go through tremendous change and amazing growth. Tabletop games have been accepted into the fabric of society and represented in pop-culture more positively than anyone could have hoped for when I joined the industry. I feel fortunate to have experienced this phenomenon first-hand, and to have been part of such an incredible journey.

“Now it’s time to hand the reins to a new generation of leaders who along with the amazing staff at Asmodee North America and its studios (Catan, Days of Wonder, FFG, Heidelbär, Plaid Hat, and Z-Man), will move forward with their own unique energy and vision. I have no doubt that they’ll be better, burn brighter, and achieve ever more fantastic things. I can’t wait to see what they’ll do, and to play what they’ll make.

“The games to be released from our U.S. studios over the next 6-12 months, represent the final game products in which I have played a part. I could not have hoped for a more innovative, more  commercially exciting, or more satisfying finale. “I leave to focus on family, health, and the pursuit of other interests. My departure has been long-planned with the Asmodee Group CEO, and my friend, Stephane Carville.

Back in May we announced the nominees for the renowned Spiel (Game of Year), Kennerspiel (Connoisseur-Enthusiast Game of the Year), and Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year) awards. The winners have been announced. This year Azul, designed by Michael Kiesling and published by Plan B/Next Move games won the Spiel des Jahres.

Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg, from designer Wolfgang Warsch and published by Schmidt Spiele, won the Kennerspiel des Jahres Schmidt Spiele.

And, finally, Funkelschatz won the Kinderspiel des Jahres. Also known as Dragon’s Breath and published in the USA by HABA, Funkelschatz is designed by Lena and Günter Burkhardt.

For fans of the Rick and Morty TV show, a new licensed version of Risk will be out that takes strategic conquest to a whole new world.

From USAopoly, This Risk edition has factions of beings from the show – Mythologs, Robot Dogs, Gazorpians, Post-Apocalyptic People and the U.S. Government – all trying to gain control of Planets and Locations along the Central Finite Curve. Each faction has its own Leader that will give more power to the territory the Leader occupies.

The game is for ages 17 and up and 3-5 players.

More information can be found here.

Congratulations to Sean A, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, Sean was emailed instructions on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

Breaking Games has announced their new upward-moving strategy game Expancity. Play as 1 of up to 4 builders in a city breaking ground and building to the sky as you compete for the most points. Earn points by completing your structures (either commercial or residential,) by building next to coveted locations (but beware of less advantageous locations which can zap points), and by completing goals and contracts. Use strategy to place your tiles and structures in the most point-awarding location and be the best builder in Expancity. Be sure to check out Tom Vasel’s in depth review of the game here! Due to be released in late August,  Expancity is for ages 10 and up and will play in 60-90 minutes.

Congratulations to Ryan S, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, Ryan was emailed instructions on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

It’s tough to find somebody that hasn’t heard the buzz about Azul. Well, Next Move Games has announced its’ next game based in the world of Azul and will be released at Essen this year.

Created by the world famous game designer, Michael Kiesling,Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra challenges players to compete by carefully selecting glass panes to complete their windows while being careful not to damage or waste supplies in the process. The window panels are double sided providing players with a dynamic player board that affords nearly infinite variability!

Illustrated by Chris Quilliams, players can expect to discover all new unique art and components in Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra including all new translucent window pane pieces, a tower to hold discarded glass panes, double sided player boards and window pane panels, in addition to many other beautiful components!

 

In their press release, Next Move mentioned the game would take about 30-40 minutes for ages 8 and up!