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Blue Orange Games has two new games that will be released at this year’s Gen Con.

First is Blue Lagoon designed by award winning game designer Reiner KniziaBlue Lagoon is a set collection games with an area control mechanic.  Players manage settlers to explore the islands, collect resources, and build villages.  Points are awarded collecting resources and colonizing the islands.

Blue Lagoon plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in 30-45 minutes.  Contents include game board, 24 wooden resources, 8 wooden statuettes, 20 wooden villages, 120 settler tokens, 1 linen bag, score pad, and rulebook.

Next, Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc have teamed up again to design Scarabya.  Scarabya is an area enclosure game with a tile placement mechanic.  Players are competing archeologist on their own dig site (player board) attempting to place tiles around the golden scarabs on their player board. Each gold scarab enclosed is worth the size of its enclosure, up to four points.  The challenge is that the tiles to create an enclosure come in different shapes, is drawn at random, and is played in order.  All the players draw and place their tiles concurrently and the game continues until the last tile is drawn and played or discarded. The player with the most points in golden scarabs at the end of the game is the winner.

Scarabya plays 1-4 players, ages 8+, in 15-20 minutes.  Contents include 4 sets of 12 tiles, 4 sets of 4 boards, 4 sets of 8 rocks, 4 frames, 72 scarab tokens, 12 mission cards, and rulebook.

Lean more about both these games at Blue Orange Games.

Kingdomino: Age of Giants! is the first expansion for both Kingdomino and Queendomino, but it is actually several expansions in one.

First, there are the Giants! Certain dominoes cause a giant to appear on your kingdom.  Those giants stand on crowns in your kingdom and prevent you from scoring them at the end of the game.  Other dominoes allow you to get rid of the giant in your kingdom and send it over to an opponent’s kingdom.

Second, there are Quest that can be played with The Middle Kingdom rule.  Quests allow your middle kingdom to score additional points if the surrounding squares or the four corners of your middle kingdom fulfills the quest conditions. This expansion is played separate from the Giants.

Lastly, Kingdomino: Age of Giants! adds a fifth player.

A nice addition with the expansion is the distribution tower to hold all the dominoes.

Contents of the expansion include 3D castle, 1 distribution tower, 2 brown wooden kings, 1 starting tile, 29 dominoes (12 Giant dominoes, 17 Quest tiles), 6 “Giant” meeples, and a score pad.

Learn more about Kingdomino: Age of Giants!  from Blue Orange GamesKingdomino: Age of Giants! is available for pre-orders now and will be in stores in August 2018.

QST Tabetop Subscription Box is a really interesting new project just launched on Kickstarter. QST aims to deliver a brand new board game each month, created as a collaboration between a famous concept creator, board game designer, and artist. What makes this project special is the amazing caliber of the personalities already lined up. Get ready for a long impressive list.

The Concept people include Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), Nolan Bushnell (Remember Atari and Chuck E. Cheese), R. A. Salvatore (Sci Fi Author), Kevin Eastman (Heroes in a half shell), and many others.

Board Game Designers include Richard Borg (Liar’s Dice, Memoir ’44), Bruno Faidutti (Citadels, Mission Red Planet), Bruno Cathala (Shadows  Over Camelot, Cyclades), James Ernest (Kill Dr Lucky), Seiji Kanai (Love Letter), just to name a few.

The artist list is no slouch either, with huge names from various field, such as Vincent Dutrait, Mihajlo Dimitrovski, and Marvel artist Walt Simonson.

The first game from QST will be Foreclosure: Dungeon Masters Tavern, by Cory Jones (Co-Founder of Cryptozooic), Matt Hyra (Adventure Time Card Wars) and Robb Mommaerts (Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis). In Foreclosure, the boss monsters have sought legal counsel and sued the dungeon masters over loss of treasure. Having won, they are now collecting on the loot from the Dungeon Masters Tavern, driven into foreclosure. 2-4 players take on the roles of varied monsters in a blind bidding game in an attempt to gather the most loot.

The Kickstarter Campaign will run through September 29, and is expected to start shipping in March 2018. Check out the complete list of people involved here.

Days of Wonder has just announced the Whims of the Sultan Expansion for Five Tribes, finally allowing for a fifth player to join in manipulating the tribes in Bruno Cathala’s popular euro-style game.

Days of Wonder’s Five Tribes game feature players manipulating Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Vizier tribe members around the villages, markets, oases, and sacred places that make up Naqala. Despite the fact that players are manipulating tribes, not actually representing one of the five tribes, gamers have long mocked the game for maxing out at four players. The new expansions remedies this and allows a fifth player in on the fun. Whims of the Sultan will include all the necessary components to play five-player games.

In addition to the components for five players the game also introduces Fabulous Cities tiles. Visiting fabulous cities gives players opportunities to win additional glory points  as they fill the requests from the Sultan by completing Whim of the Sultan cards.

Either expansion module can be played alone with the base game or along with the already released Artisans of Naqala expansion.

Components include:

  • 6 tiles
  • 15 wooden tribe meeples
  • 8 camels
  • 1 tent and 1 player’s turn marker
  • 22 Whim of the Sultan cards
  • 2 Djinn cards
  • 1 bid order track and 1 turn order track for 5 player games
  • 1 pad of scoring sheets
  • 1 summary sheet

The game is scheduled for a June release in Europe and and August Gen Con release in North America.

Days of Wonder would like to announce Yamataï, a new board game themed in a legendary far-eastern kingdom that is governed by the majestic Queen Himiko.  This new board game is designed by Bruno Cathala and Marc Paquien.  What follows is a quote from the official press release from Days of Wonder:

In Yamataï, players have to complete a delicate mission: build the most prestigious city of the kingdom! To accomplish this ambitious task, players transport various resources through the islands of the archipelago and collect Culture Tokens or raise buildings and monuments. Recruiting specialists and using their powers will constitute a decisive strategy for each builder to ultimately obtain Queen Himiko’s favors.

The game rules are simple and easy to learn and players will be making choices that include:

  • choosing the right Fleet Tile in due time to obtain resources and useful powers
  • carefully observing other players’ actions
  • following numerous paths to victory to become the master builder

A copy of the game will include:

  • 1 lavishly illustrated game board
  • 4 player mats with meeples
  • 80 wooden boats carrying resources (bamboo, wood, stone, clay, gold)
  • 10 Fleet Tiles
  • 28 Building Tiles (21 Standard Buildings and 7 Prestige Buildings, each represented with wooden figures)
  • 7 Mountain Tiles
  • 34 Culture Tokens
  • 8 Sacred Ground tokens
  • 73 Coins
  • 24 Prestige Point Tokens
  • 18 Specialist Tiles

Yamataï is a game for 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up and plays in 40 to 80 minutes.

The entire press release is available to read HERE.

For more information, please visit www.daysofwonder.com/yamatai.

Fans of the area control game Cyclades can start their trip planning now as the new small-box expansion, Cyclades: Monuments is being released this holiday season.

Designed by the prolific Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, the award-winning Cyclades had players racing to build two cities in the Cyclades group of islands whilst vying for the favour of the gods. This new expansion throws in ten monument miniatures and their associated monument cards. Constructing these monuments will grant the player an advantage that can give them the edge over their opponents!

The Cyclades: Monuments expansion is compatible with all previously released expansions for Cyclades. For additional information, visit Asmodee’s website.

If you’re a fan of dice and dice games, WizKids has got your back this fall!

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First up is Blank White Dice. Designed by Jonathan Leistiko, Blank White Dice has players simply rolling their dice and activating the abilities shown on the faces. What makes this game unique is that when a blank face is rolled, players can draw their own icons on to the dice, which will provide your dice with new abilities. I suppose you could call it a face-building game as you roll your way to victory.

The game comes with “wet-erase” markers that are not as easy to rub off as dry-erase markers. The dice are of a very high quality, nice and weighty, bulky – and the die faces are recessed so that the markings don’t easy rub off upon rolling. I will say that you’ll need a wet cloth around to remove markings as the felt tops of the markers are not enough to remove what is marked upon the die. The game comes with many different cards featuring abilities that may be played upon the die (upon placing their icons on them–see below).

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Secondly we’ve got Burke’s Gambit. Designed by Robert Yates, Burke’s Gambit is sci-fi themed game of hidden roles and sabotage. One of your crew has been contaminated by a parasitic organism, and to make things worse another member of your crew has sabotaged to ship on a crash course to Earth! Players will take the roles of different members of the ship, roll dice to determine their actions (e.g. attacking other players, healing themselves, scanning for the parasite, etc.), and ultimately vote to eject someone out of the airlock!

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Lastly, we have Dice Stars. Designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, players are collecting sets of dice that represent multi-coloured shooting stars. On their turns, players can add dice to the pool before rolling them, taking either all the dice of one colour or the dice of one value. Dice taken will help you score in different ways, and the highest score wins!

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Look forward to this slate of dice games in October (Blank White Dice), November (Dice Stars), and December (Burke’s Gambit). Additional information can be found on WizKid’s website.

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Fantasy Flight has added another title to their ever growing list of fourth quarter releases. A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, by Bruno Cathala, lets players be cutthroat and ruthless to gain the most influence by the end of the game. That player is then named Hand of the King, second most powerful person in Westeros.

A Tournament and Feast is being held in Kings Landing and, if you believe the rumors, a new Hand of the King will be announced at the conclusion of the event. Ambitious men have acted upon less rewarding rumors, and this one has brought all the major houses. Stark, Greyjoy, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Tyrell, and Tully have all turned up and are weaving a web of intrigue with their eye on the most coveted title. As with any web, you know that the Spider must be close, and this is no different. The path to victory is to know how to make allies, and when to betray them.

Players use Varys, the Master of Whispers, convince or coerce  members of a house to join your plot to be the next Hand. Each turn Varys is moved in the six by six grid of cards to gain one or more members of a house. Get enough members of a house to win the support of their banner, and when the last card of a House is claimed, you may choose a companion’s ability to trigger.

To read more details about the game, check out Fantasy Flights Announcement .

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Scheduled to release in September from Passport Game Studios and Funforge comes Pocket Madness – a card game from Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc and inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s stories.

In Pocket Madness you will be playing cards meant to evoke the powers of the slumbering Ancient Ones, in hopes to drive your cultist friends insane while securing your own victory in the process!  Pocket Madness is for 2 – 4 players, fast paced and easy to learn.

Do you have the Willpower to drive your fellow cultists mad before you slip into insanity?  Put Cthulhu into your pocket…if you dare!

Pocket Madness comes with:

  • 70 cards
  • 40 plastic madness tokens
  • Rulebook

For more info about the game, click here.

sDTAwards

The 2015 Dice Tower Awards winners were announced at Dice Tower Con last night. The Dice Tower Awards nominees were announced earlier this year. Nominees are determined by a panel of roughly 100 people. A list is comprised and people can vote on up to their top 3 choices in any category. Based upon a weighting system determined by a person’s knowledge of any specific category, a list of the top 5 comprises the nominees with top vote getting the winner’s award (Best Game of the Year gets 10 nominees). This year was composed of a very impressive list of games which only goes to show how the board game industry keeps improving year after year. A huge congratulations to all the nominees and winners! For a list of all the nominees you can visit the official Dice Tower Awards page here.

Best Small Publisher

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Stockpile

Designers: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden
Publisher: Nauvoo Games

Best Party Game

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Codenames

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Game Artwork

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Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

Artists: David Richards, Fernanda Suarez
Designer: Isaac Vega
Publisher: Plaid Hat Games

Best Board Game Components

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Blood Rage

Designer: Eric M Lang
Publisher: Cool Mini or Not

Best Game from a New Designer

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T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Two-Player Game

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7 Wonders: Duel

Designers: Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala
Publisher: Repos Production

Most Innovative Game

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T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Cooperative Game

pandemic legacy

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games

Best Game Theming

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T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Game Expansion

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Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania

Designer: Alan R. Moon
Publisher: Days of Wonder

Best Game Reprint

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Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Family Game

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Codenames

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Strategy Game

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Blood Rage

Designer: Eric M Lang
Publisher: Cool Mini or Not

Best Game of the Year

pandemic legacy

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games