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Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has just announced a player survey, open to the public, in which you could win Mystic Vale Promo cards! Mystic Vale (2016) was AEG’s smash “card building” hit, in which players use clear cards and sleeves to create their own cards in a deck-building environment. AEG is interested in what the community thinks about Mystic Vale and Kickstarter campaigns. By answering a few simple questions (it took me only about 5 minutes) every participant will receive “three enhancements, the Sunshard Glebe, one for each of three card slots”. AEG will be mailing out the Promo Kit towards the end of 2017.

For more information about the AEG Mystic Vale Survey, click here.

Simurgh: Call of the Dragonlord is the first expansion for NSKN’s 2015 worker placement game Simurgh. Call of the Dragonlord is a premium modular expansion which includes a second board, two new types of vassals – wizards and rogues, and 8 new modules for the base game. The new Wizard can be added to a players workforce, moving on 3 different tracks, which generate more power points and resources. The expansion also includes Leadership Tiles, which add action spaces allowing for the movement of multiple vassals. Simurgh: Call of the Dragonlord has a street date of May 15, 2017.

Mistfall: Sand & Snow is an expansion to the popular dungeon crawls Mistfall (2015) and/or Mistfall: Heart of the Mists (2016). Sand & Snow adds more gear, weapons, companions and enemies to the world of Mistfall with 110 new cards. Sand & Snow also adds Events to the game, a double sided card type similar to encounters, which add challenge but can help the players win the day. New Lieutenant enemies earn players immediate rewards, and the expansion includes Lieutenant versions of most of the original enemies. Mistfall: Sand & Snow is due to be released May 31, 2017.

Shadowscape is a 1-4 player competitive/cooperative game in the Mistfall Universe where players explore a randomly generated dungeon, and manage a tableau of skills and Hand of Fate cards. Players need to complete a set number of Nightfather’s Whispers to win, either alone or as a team. Players use double sided action cards to move, explore and fight, using Hand of Fate cards to boost nearly any action. The monsters run on an automated  A.I. system, adding variety to the game. Shadowscape is due out in July 2017.

The Heroes of Mistfall Miniatures Pack, previously available through the Kickstarter, includes 13 unpainted miniatures for the Mistfall Universe line of games, and has a general release date of June 14, 2017.

 

Ticket to Ride players are about to have a new entry point into the classic train network building universe with Ticket to Ride: Germany. This time potential railroad tycoons will use an illustrated map of late 19th century Germany to lay the foundation for their tiny plastic train empires. European customers and conductors can pick the game up in June, while North Americans can catch the caboose in August at Gencon.

Players can collect valuable Passenger Meeples from cities around the board to score points. This mechanic was also seen in the Märklin Edition of the game. In addition players will want to connect destination cities on both short and long routes to gain victory points.

Unlike the past few expansions, this game will be a complete entry point into the Ticket to Ride line, with everything needed for 2-5 players to play inside the box. Contents include:

  • A map of Germany
  • 225 colored Train Cars
  • 110 Train Car Cards
  • 89 Destination Tickets Cards
  • 60 Passenger Meeples
  • 1 Cloth Bag
  • 5 Scoring Markers
  • 1 Rules Booklet
  • A special Globetrotter Bonus Card.

The Popularity of Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride has been the entry point for many gamers. Just a few of the Dice Tower Top 10 lists that include Ticket to Ride include:

The original Ticket to Ride has actually been included in over 30 of the Dice Tower Top Ten lists. With such strong pedigree and a history of popular expansions, Ticket to Ride: Germany is likely to make a splash when it enters the market later this year.

Geek & Sundry have just partnered with Campaign Coins to create a series of gaming metal coins based on the popular TableTop board game show. King of the Castle Games Company signed a licensing agreement with Geek & Sundry to release the coins. Now Tom can finally replace all the paper money he loathes with some quality metal coins!

Mark Morrison of Campaign Coins discussed the coins as being the next level of components for the celebrities that frequent Will Wheaton’s TableTop show:

On TableTop, Wil and his friends show what is so wonderful about board gaming: getting together and having fun. Adding metal coins to the mix adds an extra level of immersion. It’s the way they clink!

Wil Wheaton offered plenty of praise for the design that designer Daniel Solis came up with for the coins:

Daniel is such a wonderful designer, and Campaign Coins are so beautifully crafted. I’m just thrilled to have them coming together to make something special for TableTop fans.

Daniel Solis designed the coins, so they can almost be guaranteed to have long-lasting appeal. Solis and his wife are the founders of the Thousand-Year Game Design Challenge. The challenge was a $1,000 competition to create a game that could be enjoyed for the next 1,000 years, encouraging designers to think about eh sustainability and universality of games, designing for longevity. Solis has done graphic design and layout for a variety of both board and role playing games.

The final designs Solis created for the coins are very much in keeping with his preference for classic design, featuring timeless motifs, styles and shapes intended to be suitable for any board game regardless of the genre. The coins are clearly marked in dominations with a different size for each demonization, and are produced in a flat design for easy stacking.

Imprinted with standard tabletop game images, the dominations of the antique finished coins are marked and minted as:

  • copper 1 coin with imprinted with a meeple
  • silver 5 coin imprinted with a hand of cards
  • bronze 20 coin imprinted with a D20
  • gold 100 coin imprinted with a table and board game

The back side of each coin includes the TableTop logo.

The coins are available now. Keep an eye out on the current season of TableTop, with new episodes being released now through June 7 2017, for coins to make possible appearances.

Ares games has announced a series of changes to their popular World War 2 game Wings of Glory, including a new Starter Set and a new format of airplane releases: Squadron Packs.

Battle of Britain Star Set

The Battle of Britain Starter Set will be a new entry point for the Wings of Glory game. The set will include four pre-painted ready-to-play models, rulebook, scenario book, counter, rulers and console boards. Axis and Allies will square off with the four planes included in the set: two versions of the Supekrmarine Spitfire MK.I and two versions of the Messerschmitt Bf.109 fighter.

WW2 Squadron Packs

Along with a new starter set comes a new way to expand the game. WW2 Squadron Packs will each feature one ready-to-play pre-painted model and a decal sheet to mark the plane from any of a series of famous squadrons. Each pack will also include a base with game stats, altitude stands and a deck of game cards.

The first wave of Squadron Packs will be:

The new Wings of Glory Starter Set and Squadron Packs are expected to release in the second quarter this year (Q2 2017).

About Wings of Glory

The Wings of Glory system allows gamers to recreate aerial combat during World War I and II. Players use both card decks and miniatures to recreate famous flight battles. Controlling one or more airplanes, players will take to the sky in aerial duels or to accomplish missions such as recon, bombing runs or escort other planes.

Massif Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign after being frustrated with the state of board game display at Spiel ’16 in Essen. Corey Wright was surprised to find there was no good way to display board games and components either for sale, storage or review. Massif Displays aims to correct this by producing high quality, inexpensive, foldable display stands in three sizes for boxed games, small games or components. The Kickstarter Campaign for Massif Displays continues through May 1, and is expected to deliver by August 2017.

Congratulations to Jonathan K, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, Jonathan 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.

The Dice Tower Convention recently announced they were down to less than 100 tickets available for attendees. The Orlando-based convention happens July 5th-9th this year and is the fifth iteration of the event. Featuring Guests of Honor Ignacy Trzewiczek and Eric Lang, the show promises five non-stop days of gaming and is geared for a more laid-back, family-friendly experience.
Visit the website for more information, or register now before tickets are all gone

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

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news! 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.

Van Ryder Games has listed several projects they are working on for 2017-2018.

Detective: City of Angels is a new big box noir style detective game set in Los Angeles in the 1940s. Players compete to solve crimes in this board game designed by Evan Derrick (Dark Moon) with art by Vincent Dutrait. Detective: CoA will be a Kickstarter project with a launch estimate of Summer/Fall 2017.

Saloon Tycoon will be getting an expansion via Kickstarter in Spring 2017. The Ranch Expansion adds a new player board, tiles, animals, and new characters.

Hostage Negotiator is getting Abductor Pack #8, designed by the lead play tester of Hostage Negotiator: Crime Wave, Mike Martins. Abductor Pack #8 is expected to release at GenCon.

The Big Score will have players completing small heists to build up to the biggest heist of them all. This new heist game by Chase Williams and Jason Mowery uses drafting and push your luck mechanisms, and is expected to start on Kickstarter in 2017.