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The next entry in the Choose Your Own Adventure game series: War With the Evil Power Master has been announced by Z-Man Games.

The “Choose Your Own Adventures” book series is a hybrid between the beloved Choose Your Own Adventure books popular in the 80s and 90s, and a traditional board game. In this iteration, players must lead the Rapid Force Crew around the galaxy, looking for clues to track down the Evil Power Master and stop him before he unleashes destruction.

For centuries, the Lacoonian System, an alliance of the most advanced civilizations in the galaxy, has lived in peace. But now the Evil Power Master has returned and is leading a destructive rebellion.

There are nine locations in the Lacoonian System where the Evil Power Master could be hiding and players must navigate the stars to find him. By traveling the galaxy and tracking clues, your team can eventually use the clues to boost your signal, and discover his whereabouts. But beware! The Evil Power Master will throw many dangerous challenges your way as you try to stop him.

In the box

  • 154 Story Cards
  • 158 DATA Cards
  • 9Start Item Cards
  • 4 Character Cards
  • 1 Game Board
  • 1 Die
  • 1 Mover
  • 2 Tracking Cubes
  •  9 Signal Booster Discs
  • Instructions

Choose Your Own Adventure game series: War With the Evil Power Master is for 1-8 players, ages 10+. It is designed by Prospero Hall and plays in about an hour. Watch the Dice Tower coverage of the previous game in the series.

It’s been out of print and hard to find for years, but game design studio, Albe Pavo, has launched the 2nd edition of Carnival Zombie on Kickstarter.

Carnival Zombie is a cooperative board game for 1 to 6 players. Each player takes the roll of a character as they work together to flee a sinking city overrun by zombies. Players control this party of heroes as they fight their way to one of the possible escape routes out of the city. During the night, players face restless hordes of zombies, while during the day they recover, move or search for useful items and other survivors. The party can only survive until dawn with close cooperation. If they’re attacked, they accumulate stress until becoming terrified! If just one character becomes too stressed… it’s game over (man)!

The second edition includes new scenarios that will allow you to face completely new challenges: a tutorial scenario, shorter scenarios, harder games, traitor mechanics, competitive game, more dexterity game and night-only scenarios!

Carnival Zombie was originally released by ALBE PAVO in 2013 and sold out in just 3 months. The 1st edition received acclaim from reviewers and players alike. In fact it received the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence and a super cool quote by Tom Vasel:

“One of the best cooperative games I’ve ever played, probably the best zombie game I’ve ever played.”

Watch some Dice Tower coverage of Carnival Zombie (1st edition).

Carnival Zombie is for 1-6 players ages 12+. Depending on the type of game played – scenarios or story mode – the estimated time to play is 90-240 minutes. The game is scheduled to arrive in backers’ hands in November 2019.

Are you ready Space Cowboy?  One of the best anime series has finally come to boardgames in the Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie from Jasco Games.  In Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie, players assume the roll of one of four misfit bounty hunters aboard the spaceship Bebop.  Each player has a session, a series of tasks drawn from the original anime series, that must be completed in order to win.  Completing the sessions requires woolong (money) and fuel to travel, make contacts, and pay for goods and services.  The struggling bounty hunters also need food!  This is a cooperative game, so despite how capable each of the bounty hunters are, they need help from the others to complete their sessions. Meanwhile, villains and challenging events can appear to throw the bounty hunters off their session. Players win when they complete their session. The game features stories, artwork and characters from the beloved anime classic.

Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie plays 1-4 players, ages 14+, in about 60-90 minutes.  Contents include gameboard, 5 planet boards, 4 character boards, 7 standees, 1 Bebop token, 23 tokens, and 165 cards. The game is expected to release in August 2019, and it is available for pre-order now.

Season 3 of the Exceed Fighting System brings us Streetfighter!  The Exceed Fighting System is a fast-paced two-player card game that brings the head-to-head arcade fighting games to your game table. Previous seasons feature the heroes and villains of Red Horizon and Seventh Cross.  Exceed: Street Fighter comes in three stand-alone boxes. The first is the Ryu Box, which contains the fighters Ryu, Sagat, Akuma, and Zangrief. The M. Bison Box contains the fighters Cammy, M. Bison, Ken, and Guile. Lastly, the Chun-Li Box contains Vega, C. Viper, Chun-Li, and Dan.   Each of the player characters can be played with all other releases of Exceed.  Each box contains 141 cards and rulebook.  The Ryu Box is first to be released in April 2019, followed by the M. Bison Box in June and the Chun-Li Box in July.  All three are available for pre-order now.

The collectible card game series Universal Fighter System is adding Soulcalibur VI to its system.   

The Soulcalibur VI CCG will consist of 108 different cards representing twelve characters from Soulcalibur VI: Groh, Ivy, Kilik, Maxi, Mitsurguri, Nightmare, Siegfried, Sophitia, Taki, Xianghua, Yoshimitsu, and Zasalamel.  Each 10-card booster pack contains 6 commons, 3 uncommons, and 1 rare or ultra rare card. There are 32 commons, 28 uncommons, 29 rare and 19 ultra rare cards in the set. Booster boxes of 24 booster packs are available for pre-order now, or look for them at your friendly local game store on April 5, 2019.

Fans of Street Fighter can expand their Universal Fighter System collection with two new Special Edition Tins: the C. Viper & Juri Tin and the Ryu Tin.  Both tins contain a Tin-exclusive Street Fighter foil card, 3 Street Fighter booster packs, 1 Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers booster pack, 1 Mega Man: Battle for Power booster pack, and 1 Capcom Platinum Series booster pack.  The Ryu Tin releases in April 2019, and the C. Viper & Juri Tin released in June 2019.


 

Renegade Game Studios is currently working on The Aquicorn Cove Board Game, designed by Steve Ellis, Tyler Tinsley, Ben Eisner and Tim Eisner. This game is adapted from the Oni Press original graphic novel by Katie O’Neill, who is also the Eisner Award-winning author of The Tea Dragon Society and Princess Princess Ever After.

“As a graphic novel, I wanted Aquicorn Cove to encourage kids to engage with concepts of marine conservation and make grown-up choices to protect the environment they’re going to inherit,”  said Katie O’Neill, author of the Oni Press graphic novel. “I’m thrilled that the game will provide another dimension to this and bring to life how wonderful and important our oceans and reefs are.”

In Aquicorn Cove players take on the roles of members of a small fishing village struggling to survive while maintaining a balance with the natural world. The players must work together and they win if they can can feed and grow their village while at the same time restoring the health of the reef and aquatic ecosystem. Fortunately, the waters of their cove are home to the beautiful and benevolent Aquicorns and the wondrous reef guardian Aure, who can help them both to understand the impact humans are having on the environment and to save the village. 

The Aquicorn Cove Board Game is for 2-4 player and planned for release in late 2019.

For anyone who enjoys programming, deduction, and/or cooperative games, keep reading. Designed by the excellent Nikki Valens (designer of Mansions of Madness 2E and Legacy of Dragonholt), Quirky Circuits is coming from Plaid Hat Games this summer and features some of the most adorable miniatures ever created. 2-to-4 players cooperate in one of twenty-one scenarios to complete their goals before their batteries run out. Using the same scenario book system that other Plaid Hat releases such as Stuffed Fables and Comanauts have used ensures quick and easy setup to support the fast and engaging gameplay.

“Players place programming cards face down, only knowing what types of cards their friends have played – movement, turn or quirk. Quirk cards must be played before a player uses any other card in their hand and every player must play at least one card per round. Using deductive reasoning, all players will move the robo-buddy around the board, trying to complete its mission!”

“Quirky” really is an appropriate adjective in the title, because that’s precisely what I wanted to write several times during this article to describe it. Everything about the look of the design is cute, fun, compact, and to-the-point, and that’s a great advantage for this game. Not to be understated, Quirky Circuits fits an excellent niche in the market right now, being a much more accessible point of entry to teach programmed movement and deduction, in stark contrast to the long-lived Robo Rally. Moreover, this is only the second cooperative version of such a mechanic after the heavyweight Mechs vs. Minions, where the speed of setup due to Plaid Hats innovation will really shine in comparison. If you’re interested in learning more about Quirky Circuits, check out Plaid Hat’s news and product pages for updates, pictures, full rules, and availability.

Osprey Games is publishing Embers of Memory: A Throne of Glass Game, a two-player co-operative card game set during the events of Kingdom of Ash, the epic climax to Sarah J. Maas’ bestselling seven-book Throne of Glass series.

Two players must work together to delve into the memories of the young queen, Aelin Galathynius, as she faces one of the toughest challenges of her life. Imprisoned and tortured, Aelin must ignite the embers of her memory and face her inner demons before she is overwhelmed. With each victory the players achieve, the story unfolds and the difficulty increases.

Speaking about the project, author Sarah J. Maas said, “I am so excited to see the Throne of Glass series brought to life in an all-new medium! Coralie Jubénot’s art for the game is beyond incredible, and I can’t wait to sit down and play!”

The game design is by Kuro, a Japanese game designer, known for The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, The Terrifying Girl Disorder and Seventh Hero with stunning, newly-commissioned artwork from Coralie Jubénot.

Sarah J. Maas is a #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author.

Embers of Memory: A Throne of Glass Game is planned to release in October.

With the new year comes new game announcements, and AbacusSpiele isn’t holding back on theirs.

First on the list is the next game in the 3 Secrets line, this time called Crime Time.  In the 3 Secrets game there is one person who is the informant and knows the truth behind the crime, and it’s up to the rest of the players to question them to get clues.  Get enough clues and you can reveal the 3 secrets and solve the case!  Not much has changed with this new one except for the setting, which this time has you playing time traveling cops, going back in time to solve the mysteries of the time.  This game will be available in February of 2019.

Pearls is a new hand management style game where you are divers trying to dive for the most valuable pearls.  But the more valuable the pearl is, the fewer there are, and when you surface you only score the cards showing the same number and color.  But don’t just chuck the lower value pearls, those can be combined into necklaces for bonus points, helping you getting closer to victory.  Do all this within a 10 card hand limit and you just might win the game.  This game will be available in March of this year.

Next we have the latest in the Deckscape line, and that is Deckscape: Behind the Curtain.  In this version of the game you are the recipient of tickets to see the final magic show the great Lance Oldman.  As the show goes on you start to figure out the tricks behind his magic, but then the show takes a surprising twist!  Now you have to uncover all the magician’s secrets if you want to escape.  Look for this to be available in February of 2019.

Next we have a re-implementation of the game Dancing Eggs, called Crazy Eggz.  This is a fun kids game where you will be grabbing and trying to hold on to a bunch of eggs, but where you have to hold them is determined by the roll of a die.  Will you they be between your knees?  In the crook of your elbow?  Will you have to cluck or be silent?  You will have to roll the dice and do what they say until you can hold 5 eggs and be crowned the winner.  This is the latest release they announced so far with it coming out in May of this year.

And finally we have a trio of Sherlock games called Death on the 4th of July, Last Call, and The Curse of the Qhaqya.  These are deduction games similar to 3 Secrets, but this time no one knows the truth and so you will all have to figure it out together.  Everyone will have a hand of clue cards and on your turn you will decide if you want to play it out on the table, or discard it.  Played out cards are clues that you have collected and can help you solve the case or, if they end up being irrelevant, lose you points at the end.  You are free to talk about any of the cards you have in your hand, but while they are in your hand the information you can give out is incomplete and may not give the full picture.  Solve the case and catch the killer before he gets away!  Look for all three of these to be available in February of 2019.

Sit Down! has three new products in the pipeline this first month of the new year, all having been shown off at the previous Essen show. All three are slated for initial release in European Markets, with future distribution unannounced. Their newest title is Gravity Superstars, a competitive game for 2 to 6 adventurers that emulates platforming games of old as each player jumps and runs along platforms to capture stardust . It’s a very cool and innovative design where each player deals with a different puzzle because their piece sits facing them in one of the four cardinal orientations of the board, a different perspective giving a different set of challenges.

     “What is really original about Gravity Superstar is the manner in which the players’ pawns move: Each turn, they move one or two spaces, then they are affected by gravity, which makes them fall until they are stopped by a platform. This effect is made possible by the fact that the pawns are used lying down on the board. Thus, they move up (above their head), down (below their feet), left, or right. During its movement, a pawn can collect stars (to score points at the end of the game) or replay tokens (to take a second consecutive turn), and eject opponents’ pawns from the board.”

The next two products are for the Magic Maze line, starting with Magic Maze Kids XXL. It’s pretty much exactly what it reads on the tin, it’s a giant board (70 x 70 cm) compatible with Magic Maze Kids that also adds a few new rules, and that sounds like a lovely addition to an already excellent children’s game. Last is a much awaited expansion for the original Magic Maze hinted at during the Dice Tower Awards ceremony last July, Hidden RolesThis appropriately-named expansion (one that I have been very hyped for) can be added to any game of 3 or more players to allow for a potential traitor who doesn’t want the team to succeed, but if they’re called out they are removed from play and must give up their action to someone else. All of these sound amazingly fun in all their own ways, and if you are as excited as I am to see more from Sit Down!, be sure to check out their website for future announcements!

Capstone Games is ready to ring in the new year with two new games coming in January.

Magnastorm is a 2-4 player tactical board game that uses a sci-fi theme and resource management to help players on their way to victory by creating suitable mining areas on the planet. Players perform actions, buy influence, manage their resources and keep an eye on their opponents to time their moves perfectly to achieve victory. At the end of the game, players receive a card that can be beneficial in future games, changing up the replayability. It is for ages 12 and up and has a 70-100 minute play time.

Fuji is a cooperative dice game in which players roll simultaneously and secretly behind screens, much like in Roll for the Galaxy. Players must use their dice and terrain cards to move to a safe village and escape the lava of Fuji. But you can only move if you match the requirement on the terrain card better than your opponent. It is a 30-60 minute play time for ages 10 and up.

You can find out more about both games here.

Concept is a popular party where players try to guess a word or phrase using a series of icons to represent icons.  Now Repos Production has developed a new version especially designed for children who do not know how to read yet. Concept Kids: Animals is a cooperative game for children ages 4 and up where players attempt to guess the name of an animal being described by the icons on the board. The child friendly board groups the icons in recognizable characteristics of animals:  where it lives, what color it is, how it travels, physical features, what it eats, and if it is a day or night time creature.  It is an excellent way for young children to learn how to describe various animals.  The game contains 110 colorful illustrations of animals to be guessed. Players will attempt to guess 12 animals each game, attempting to earn the highest score possible as a group: Legendary Lions!  Go to Repos Production website to learn more about Concept Kids: Animals.