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Dungeon Mayhem is a 2-4 player card game set in the world of Dungeons and Dragons where players aim to be the last adventurer standing. The base game had 4 characters (barbarian, paladin, rogue, and wizard) who battled in a dungeon full of treasure, all lovingly illustrated by Kyle Ferrin (known for Vast: The Crystal Caverns, and Root).

“With magic missiles flinging, dual daggers slinging, and spiked shields dinging, it’s up to you to prove your adventurer has the guts to bring home the glory!” [source]

In the Battle for Baldur’s Gate expansion, the first expansion for the game, 2 new characters from Baldur’s Gate are added. The ranger, Minsc, with his miniature, giant space hamster, Boo, and the shapeshifting druid, Jaheira. Dungeon Mayhem: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is illustrated by Jake Parker (founder of popular art challenge, Inktober) and is designed by Jordan Comar, and Roscoe Wetlaufer.

Expect the expansion to release on the 17th of September 2019.

Various monsters from the Godzilla franchise are ready to throw down in a new expandable card game from Bandai. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Destoroyah, MechaGodzilla, Space Godzilla, Jet-Jaguar, and Burning Godzilla are featured in this video trailer. The game is designed by Ryan Miller, a co-designer of Epic PVP and Axis & Allies and Zombies. It is for two to four players and features the Chrono Clash system:

Instead of traditional turn-based play, in this system players share a power resource track, moving the token back and forth based on the power value of the cards they play.  The position of the token determines when play passes to the other player.

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The Godzilla Card Game releases in September 2019, and subsequently, there will be store tournaments with prize support. The base game includes four pre-built decks of fifty cards and a communal sideboard of sixteen cards.

Although this will not be the first board/card game featuring Godzilla, many more would have to be released to catch up to the number of movies (35 as of 2019).

In a game of Hats 2-4 players compete to have the highest score by having the most outstanding hats and being declared the maddest. Hats is designed by Gabriele Bubola and illustrated by Paolo Voto.

Each turn a player has a choice of actions to add a face-up hat to their collection in front of them by exchanging a card from their hand with one on the tea board which is either of the same card type or alternatively of a lower number. Otherwise a player can add any card from their hand directly to their collection in front of them by turning it face-down as a black hat. Each black hat is worth one point at the end of the game while all of the face-up hats’ scores are determined in a dynamic manner by which positions the matching hats hold on the tea board at the end of the game.

And there is one final scoring twist at the end of the game. Each player’s last remaining card in their hand determines their favorite type of hat. All of the hats in their collection of this type score the value of those cards minus the value of the final card held in their hand.

Plus there is a chocolate cookie worth 5 points to the owner of the greatest variety of hats!

Stay tuned for future games in the new Made in Wonderland series.

For further details on the game, including the cookie, and to download a copy of the rulebook visit the publisher’s site here.

S7 Games has announced the publication War of Three Kingdoms: The Card Game, which is a 2-player only game based on a Japanese game originally published by Sega, Sangokushi Taisen.

In War of Three Kingdoms: The Card Game, the each player will choose General, Tactics, and Army cards in order to strategically play and defeat the other player.

For further information on the game, check out S7 Games’ website here.

Modiphius Entertainment is coming out with a brand new game, Agatha Christie- Death on the Cards designed by Dr. Thomas Rawlings from Auroch Digital. This is a 2-6 player cooperative game that stays true to the classic stories written by Agatha Christie. Players will work together to solve a murder mystery, but there is a twist! One of the players is the murderer and will attempt to stay hidden, but all players have dark secrets in this thrilling card game.

Components include 80 cards consisting of 18 secret cards, 25 detective cards, 22 event cards, 4 devious cards, 10 “Not so Fast” cards, and 1 Murderer Escapes! card.

This game is set to hit retail this Christmas and you will be able to give it a try at UK GAMES EXPO, GENCON, and ESSEN SPIEL.

For more information, visit their site here

Cooperative Game Scheduled for Fall Release

There has been a disturbance in the Force as a rare, non-FFG Star Wars-themed game has been announced today. USAopoly (who also goes by the name ‘The OP’) and Disney Consumer Products UK have publicized the pending release of Star Wars: Dark Side Rising, a new cooperative card and dice game that is set during the events immediately prior to and during Star Wars: A New Hope. The game is designed for 2-4 players for ages 10 and up and has an estimated game time of 45 minutes.

In this light strategy game, each player will lead their own Rebel cell, led by their starting Team Leader (either Captain Cassian Andor, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker or Hera Syndulla), as they work together to recruit other iconic characters (such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Admiral Raddus) and prevent the construction of the original Death Star to thwart the Empire’s overall plans for domination of the galaxy. A custom-sculpted 3D Darth Vader bust is featured on the game board that commands the Imperial forces trying to either wipe out the Rebels or make the Death Star operational. The Rebels win by defeating enough Imperial agents before the Empire is able to either successful bring the Death Star online or eliminates too many of the Rebellion’s assets.

The game will be released in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions in the fall. It is unclear from the announcement whether this game will be exclusive to the EMEA regions or will receive a North American release at a later date. However, The OP has stated that Star Wars: Dark Side Rising was designed specifically for EMEA.

Admittedly, the look of the game from the images released and the described game-play sounds very similar to The OP’s earlier board game Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War. The shared use of the term ‘Rising’ in both titles also suggests that Star Wars: Dark Side Rising may be the latest entry in a unofficial board game series begun with Thanos Rising.

Star Wars: Dark Side Rising will also be showcased at the UK Games Expo as well as DISTOY 2019 in London.

More information about this release is available here.

Silver is the first in a series of card games by Ted Alspach (Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Suburbia, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf) that can be played as a stand along game or combined with other games in the Silver series.  Silver will debut at 2019 Gen Con and hit stores in September.  Silver Bullet will follow in time for Essen Spiel.

Silver is a werewolf themed card game where each player manages a village made up of five villagers beset by werewolves.  Each card shows a resident, their unique ability, and a number – which is how many werewolves that resident attracts.  However, villager cards are dealt to each player face down and the players do not know how bad the werewolf threat is to their village.   The game begins with everyone peeking at two of their five cards. On each turn a player chooses a villager to replace or activates a villager’s ability. There are fourteen special abilities which allow players to view more face down cards, trade with neighboring villages, protect cards, and more.  Once a player is convinced his or her village is the safest from werewolves (has the lowest sum of villager cards), that player can call for a vote. If correct, the winning player scores zero for the round.  If not, the player receives points equal to the sum of the villager cards plus ten!  All other players will receive the sum of their village points, and the player with the lowest score earns a silver medallion which grants the village some protection in the next round. After four rounds, the player with the lowest score wins.

Silver Bullet is similar to Silver and features fourteen brand new residents and special abilities. It can be played as a stand-alone game, or it can be combined with Silver by swapping villagers with the same card value from one deck to another, creating a whole new experience with the game.  Silver Bullet also comes with a silver bullet which allows a player to take aim at any villager after nightfall.

Future games in the Silver series will offer more residents, more special abilities, additional silver tokens to grant the winner a unique power during a round, and endless combinations for the series.

In an interesting turn of events, a popular card game is getting a subsequent board game version instead of vice versa as is typically the trend. Space Race, now on Kickstarter, is a more fleshed out version of it’s predecessor with more cards, a premium table presence thanks to it’s components, and more robust strategies. The gameplay is similar to what fans of the card game already know – this is a simultaneous action selection game where the actions to choose from dwindle over time as players compete for cards and points. What separates the two beyond the obvious physical differences is that scoring happens more often in the new one, changing how important breakthroughs are in comparison.

“Space Race is a unique engine-building strategy game for 1-4 players (5 with the Deluxe Bundle). You become a director of a newly formed Space Agency and your mission is simple: lead your country onto the pages of history as the nation that has conquered the Universe! Hire astronauts and scientists, develop technologies, initiate space programs, and celebrate astonishing breakthroughs.”

While this is a big step from it’s previous card game version, the same typical dynamic applies – one is a lighter game with a much smaller footprint while the other is the opposite. That said this new Kickstarter doesn’t so much reduce it’s predecessor as much as it embellishes it, and that’s a great thing for a game that really deserves attention drawn to it’s excellent core mechanic. There’s even two expansions on offer during this campaign that add more cards, projects, and rocket miniatures modeled after historical space-faring designs. If you’re interested in learning more about Space Race, check out the Kickstarter crowdfunding page to read the full rules, watch reviews, and see community feedback and updates.

Ulisses Spiele is running a successful Kickstarter campaign for the second edition and new expansions for the Aventuria: Adventure Card Game based on the fantastic setting of The Dark EyeThe Dark Eye, also known as Das Schwarze Auge, has been a successful role-playing game in Germany for over 30 years.  Aventuria: Adventure Card Game is a fast-paced card game where each player takes the role of a hero from Adventuria.  There are two modes of play: Duel Mode, where heroes fight against each other, and Adventure Mode, where heroes join together to adventure and defeat terrifying foes. The game can also be played in solo mode.

The Kickstarter Campaign offers a second edition of the Aventuria card game as well as two new expansions: Inn of the Black Boar and Return to the Inn of the Black Boar.  Second Edition incorporates all rules clarifications and errata from both English and German editions of the First Edition. It also includes the new Life Point Cards and the adventure “The Non-Gambling Kind,” previously available only as a promo, and numerous other new cards and features. The Inn of the Black Boar includes four new heroes and a new exploratory dungeon crawl that uses random Dungeon Cards and 20 different random combat encounters for maximum replayability. The Return to the Inn of the Black Boar mini-expansion adds enough specialty cards to allow up to 6 players.  It also includes cards and combat scenarios for two new factions (the Black Mages and the Undead Circus) you can encounter in the dungeon under the Black Boar, making the mini-expansion useful even for smaller groups and solo play.

The Kickstarter Campaign has several pledges to accommodate backers with varying experience with Aventuria. Backers can pledge for the second edition alone or with the two expansions.  Current owners of Aventuria can pledge for an upgrade package to convert their copy to second edition with the two expansions.

There are a number of add-on and upgraded components available through the Kickstarter also. All five previous expansions can be purchased as add-ons. Wooden boxes with four different decorated in Aventurian themes are available as a unique storage solution for all your cards and components, such as the full color acrylic tokens available as an add-on. Finally, all seven heroes have a special play mat and five exclusive cards that can be purchased as an add-on. There is even a special play mat for the adventure mode available.

The Kickstarter campaign for Aventuria, 2nd Edition, and the Inn of the Black Boar expansions end May 14.  Check out the Kickstarter campaign to learn more.

The King in Yellow may be but a memory but there are still paths unexplored. The Path to Carcosa cycle was the 2nd full-length campaign for Arkham Horror: The Card Game, where disappearances, delusions, suicides, and madness tested the investigators of Arkham.

The upgraded expansion, The Return to the Path to Carcosa, brings new backstage areas to the halls of Ward Theatre, along with new socialites like La Comtesse. Added Party Guests also prevent the investigators from questioning Bystanders, until they’re bribed to leave. New Scenario and Encounter cards are added, along with alternative endings to the older Acts.

The included premium box will hold all of the cards for The Path to Carcosa cycle and is designed to aesthetically fit in with previously released upgraded expansion boxes. Fantasy Flight Games plan to release The Return to the Path to Carcosa in Q3 of 2019.