Renegade Games Studios announced the next expansion for Clank! A Deck Building Adventure, Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords. Like the other expansion in the Clank! Expeditions series, Temple of the Ape Lords offers Clank! fans a new double-sided map board for adventures. This one is set in the temple of a lost civilization deep in the jungle. Inside, valuable relics reside, as does an undying mechanical guardian the Ape Lords left behind. Mechanized passages will make for a tricky escape from the temple. Included in the expansion is a new Ape Boss Marker and four player markers matching the theme of the expansion. Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords is available for pre-order now with a release at Gen Con. Or look for the game at your friendly local game store this September.
Renegade Games is set to launch a new expansion line for Clank! A Deck Building Adventure. Clank! Expeditions: Gold And Silk will offer 2 new maps and new meeples for your Clank! adventures. Descend into the depths of the earth with Ruin Dwarven Mining Company –defeat the monsters and gather the riches to be found there. Gain even more loot in Spider Queen’s Lair. The expansion includes 1 Two-Sided Game Board, 50+ Tokens, 1 Market Board, 1 Spider Marker, 4 Player Markers, and 1 Rulebook
This expansion will be in a game store near you and online in September 2018 but you can also get it sooner at Gen Con booth #2209
Cool Mini or Not has announced that Universal Distribution will be exclusively distributing their games in English speaking Canada. This agreement is to take place immediately, and includes demo copies, Game Night Kits, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges. You can read CMoN’s press release here.
The evil Lord Eradikus has all but conquered the galaxy, and is now on a victory lap across the sector in his flagship, Eradikus Prime. He may rule with an iron grip, but his most prized artifacts are about to slip through his cyborg claws. You and your fellow thieves have challenged each other to sneak aboard his ship, hack your way into its command module, and steal from him.
Along the way, you’ll recruit allies and snatch up extra loot. But one false step and—Clank! Careless noise draws the attention of Lord Eradikus. Hacking into his command module and stealing his artifacts increases his rage. You’d better hope your friends are louder than you are if you want to make it to an escape pod and get out alive…
The original Clank! game was released at GenCon 2016 just one year ago. Attendees at GenCon 2017 were able to demo Clank! In! Space! and purchase the game ahead of it’s anticipated October wide release.
Clank! In! Space! will be a stand-alone game for 2-4 player with a suggested age of 13+. Explorers will need approximately 60 minutes to quietly search the galaxy for treasures and escape.
Contents will include:
7 Game Board Pieces
43 Reserve Cards
15 Boldly Go
12 Memory Core
4 Starting Decks (10 cards each)
100 Adventure Deck Cards
11 Major Secrets
28 Minor Secrets
120 Clank Cubes (30 of each player color)
1 Boss Marker
24 Boss Cubes
4 Bounty Hunter Cubes
8 Market Items
2 Master Key
2 Med Kit
1 Market Board
1 Blockade Token
4 Command Code Tokens
5 Power Crystals
8 Data Cubes (2 of each player color)
4 Unique Player Pawns
1 Boss Bag
(the Original) Clank!
The Clank! base game had players attempting to sneak into an angry dragon’s mountain lair to steal artifacts using push-your-luck and deck-building mechanics. The deeper the delve the more valuable loot, but the more likely players would be to create noise which would attract the attention of the dragon. Acquire cards for your deck and watch your thievish abilities grow. Noisy players can get eliminated, and you only enjoy your treasures if you make it out of the depths alive! Released October 2016, less than a year ago, Clank! was immediately expanded with Clank! Sunken Treasures which took players underwater with a similar theme and mechanics.
Clank! has made the short list of a variety of awards in 2016, winning a Mensa Select Award and getting nominated for a variety of other awards including:
Origins is one of the biggest conventions in the US for gaming, and they have been giving out their awards for the best each year. The different categories include family games, role-playing games, card games, game accessories, board games, collectible games (CCG, TCG, etc.), miniatures, and finally a Game of the Year. Some of the past winners include great games like Codenames, Imperial Assault, and 7 Wonders Duel, so you know bad games aren’t getting these awards. But that’s enough background information, here are the nominees for the 2017 Origins Awards:
Speechless by Arcane Wonders (designed by Mike Elliott)
Role-Playing Game (10 Nominees)
7th Sea: Second Edition by John Wick Presents (designed by John Wick, Mike Curry, Rob Justice, Mark Diaz Truman, Jesse Heinig)
Curse of Strahd by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
No Thank You, Evil! by Monte Cook Games (designed by Shanna Germain and Monte Cook)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Fantasy Flight (designed by Tim Flanders, Corey Konieczka, and Sam Stewart)
Shadowrun-Seattle Sprawl by Catalyst Game Labs (designed by Raymond Croteau, Jason Hardy, James Meiers, O.C. Presley, Scott Schletz, R.J. Thomas, Malik Toms, Thomas Willoughby, CZ Wright, and Russell Zimmerman)
Symbaroum by Järnringen and co-published by Modiphius Entertainment (designed by Martin Grip, Mattias Johnsson, Mattias Lilja and Johan Nohr.
Storm King’s Thunder by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jenna Helland, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire-Special Modifications by Fantasy Flight (designed by Blake Bennett, Tim Cox, Jordan Goldfarb, Sterling Hershey and Monte Lin)
The One Ring: Horse: Lords of Rohan by Cubicle 7 (designed by Shane Ivey, Andrew Kenrick, T.S. Luikart, Francesco Nepitello, and James Spahn)
Volo’s Guide to Monsters by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Ed Greenwood, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Kim Mohan, Christopher Perkins, Sean K. Reynolds, Matthew Sernett, Chris Sims, and Steve Winter)
It’s that time of year again, the Dice Tower has announced their nominees for the best games of 2016. These are the best of the best according to the panel of judges on games released in English in 2016. You can see previous winners along with this year’s nominees and their pictures on the Dice Tower Awards website, and look forward to the winners being announced at Dice Tower Con later this year. And now, your nominees:
Best Game from a New Designer (The game has to be the designer’s first or second published game to qualify for this award)
Every year since 1990, American Mensa has held the Mensa Mind Games competition to recognize recently released board games and card games, and that continued in 2017. Over one intense, 46-hour-long weekend of gaming (of which, to be honest, many of us are probably jealous), Mensa members/judges select the top five games, which are awarded the Mensa Select distinction and seal. The winners for 2017 are:
The Mensa Mind Games criteria examines the games’ originality, challenge, design, creativity, ease of comprehension and play, fun factor, and interestingly, value of game play for its price. Past winners include Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Dominion, Yinsh, Magic: the Gathering, and Apples to Apples. The list of this year’s winners can be found here and all of the winners can be viewed and filtered by year on the Mensa Mind Games page.
Two promo cards for Aeon’s End were announced. The “Drown in Flames” spell card deals 4 to a minion or nemesis, and can be repeated by losing 2 charges. The “Glyph Enigma” minion card has a persistent effect where gravehold suffers 1 damage, with 2 more damage if the nemesis tier is 2 or higher.
There will be a mini-expansion for Biotix, containing new adaptive and hyper-reactive microbes. Additionally a new mechanic allows players to pass a Biotix at a time of their choosing. Finally, Eureka cards replace the pen and paper endgame rules with a more elegant solution.
A new promo for Castle Panic adds a new Tabletop Day 2017 Tower, which allows players to draw up and trade when it is destroyed.
The Snack Table promo card for Clank! is a device which allows other players to pay you gold in exchange for healing.
Fuse will have a new promo bomb, holding 4 dice – two of equal color which much then be greater than two of equal value.
Grey Fox Games and Geek & Sundry bring Lucha Jefe, a promotional micro game in which players become luchador managers. Limited edition Tabletop Day versions will come with a cloth bag and a promotional character.
Finally, Master of Orion will have a promotional Fuska advisor card, which will set your loyalty to 6 until the final scoring.
Clank! fans who download the free Renegade Game Studios Companion App will enjoy “Mini-Quests” that add even more excitement and replayability to the game. An official solo play mode also allows individual players to enjoy the game on their own.
The app launched last year with support for FUSE by adding a free thematic 10-minute timer with a taunting voice-over to enhance the player’s experience. The Clank! addition to the app is also a free, optional add-on.
Clank! is the hot deck-building game right now that utilizes a push your luck type mechanic as well as utilizing a board to good effect. So to not let a good thing go to waste, Renegade Games is releasing an expansion for the game in March called Clank! Sunken Treasures. This expansion will include an all new board that has a partially flooded dungeon, meaning in some rooms you will have to contend with flooding as well as the normal dangers. Can you make it out with your loot of will you drown while trying to carry it all?
Look for this expansion on store shelves in March, and if you are going to PAX South at the end of the month you can check out Clank! at the Dire Wolf Digital booth.