Renegade Game Studios will be releasing a new dexterity game in September that is all about cats and explosives… but has nothing to do with that other game about explosive felines. A new addition to the collection of pet-themed games by artist and designer Aza Chen, Fireworks! pits one cute little Anime-style cat against another in an effort to create the best pyrotechnic display. To create the display, you ‘launch’ a die into the game box full of tiles using a cute decorative dice cup. The die (hopefully) flips over several tiles and the pips on the die tell you how many of the revealed tiles you can take to place on your player mat. End game points are awarded based upon the number and completeness of the bursts that you have placed.
Fireworks! plays 2-4 players in about 20 minutes and is recommended for ages six and up. Fireworks! will retail for around $25 U.S and will be available starting in September, but the studio is taking pre-orders now for pickup at Essen.
For more information, visit the Renegade Game Studios product page.
Poly Hero Dice has taken on the challenge to create dice sets that are physically themed after the typical fantasy classes of warriors, clerics, wizards, and more. After successfully creating and kickstarting two previous sets, the warrior and the wizard, they have now turned their attention to the rogue class. This set features some of the iconic gear a rogue would have in dice form, like a dagger d4, loot bag d10s, a crossbow bolt d8 and more. What this set also features is a d20 that is in the form of a lock and lock pick where you will twist and turn the pick inside the lock, then push it down to reveal a number. This is fairly ambitious and while the dice may not all roll well, you have to admit that it would feel nice to roll a crossbow bolt d8 when rolling for damage in a DnD game. A full set of dice will run you $18, and the lock-pick d20 can be added on for an additional $9, which may sound pricey, but given the quality and uniqueness of the dice, it’s to be expected. You can back for a set as well as see all the different colors on the Kickstarter page.
Pretty sure my own wallet takes a kick whenever I do these posts, but then again, that just shows that there are lots of interesting projects out there to back. So here are some more for you to look at.
Fist up is a new game from Ludicreations that tries to tell the forgotten story of what happened during the destruction of the libraries at Alexandria. Alexandria is a euro game where you most precious resource is time, as the library is burning down around you and you need to get the most valuable treasures before they are lost forever. Each setup of the game is different with a randomly generated layout, and as you move from one room to the other you will be interacting and reacting to things that are there. You will have to plan your moves wisely, budget your time well, and make use of various items and books you obtain to secure what you seek. In the end you will score based on the sets of items you were able to rescue and the person with the most points is the winner. You can find out more about this game on it’s Kickstarter page, and also look at the wonderful illustrations done for it by the talented Vincent Dutrait.
Next is the latest game from Tim Fowers called Now Boarding. For those of us who have played game apps like Airport Mania, this game will feel very similar as it’s a race against time for you and your fellow pilots to fly people to their destinations. On a turn there will be new passengers who have places they need to be, and in order to get them there you will have to work together since each player owns certain air travel lanes on the board. Once the round starts you have 30 seconds to pick up passengers and drop their off as quickly as you can, any that don’t make it gain anger tokens. Once a passenger gets three anger tokens they are removed from the game and file a complaint, three complaints and everyone loses. Manage to avoid getting that third complaint and you all win! With a fast play time and great art, this filler game could hit the table multiple times. To find out more about the game and to pledge, you can visit their Kickstarter page.
After that we have the latest in the long line of werewolf themed social deduction games from Bezier Games called Werebeasts. So what makes this game different than the 50 other Werewolf style games? Well for one this one is a social deduction collection game, this means you are trying to figure out what people are collecting over identifying any specific individual. Each round you will be bidding for cards with one player being the auctioneer, and the rest bidding with whatever cards they have. The auctioneer gets to determine what they consider a higher bid and the highest bidder gets the card. You can accuse someone at any time on what they are collecting, but if you are wrong then you are eliminated instead. But why are you collecting cards? Each person has two goals on werebeasts they want to collect, and each one they collect is worth a point. At the end, the last one standing or most points at the end is the winner. So if you are in the mood for another social deduction game, check out the Kickstarter.
Next is a beautiful drafting card game from Dr. Finn Games called Little Flower Shop. In this game you are the owner of a flower shop trying to arrange that most beautiful flowers in your store window. To do this you will be drafting cards, with cards having vases, flowers, hanging baskets, or orders that you can fill. Each vase has a specific flower that needs to be placed in it, and if you manage to but them together then you can score that set at the end of the game. You can also earn points by buying the hanging baskets you draft with money you earn by fulfilling orders with different flowers. At the end whoever has the most points will be the winner of the game. Art for the game has a nice watercolor style to it and the gameplay is simple but fun. If this game sounds interesting then check out it’s Kickstarter page.
Up next is or token dice project of the week, and that is Deluxe Constellation Dice. These dice are a little pricey, but they are high quality and feature sides with different astrological symbols like Cassiopeia or Corona Borealis. The dice also feature some impressive coloring and even some glow in the dark features. Over all if you like dice with a star theme then you want to check out this Kickstarter. You can pledge for D10s, D6s, fudge dice, and even full poly sets at the higher tiers.
Next is an expansion for a game that hasn’t gotten a lot of buzz, but has excellent reviews, and that is The Networks: Executives. The Networks is a previous game that was Kickstarted by Formal Ferret Games and has you playing the programming manager for a fictional TV station. You populate your prime time lineup with shows, stars, and commercials in order to bring in the most viewers. Executives expands on that game by adding three new features to the game. First are Executives, those are essentially characters you choose to play as that have different special abilities and weaknesses. Next are more season 0 shows, giving you an asymmetrical start with different benefits as opposed to the generic same start that the base game had. And last it adds in Mogul cards which give you big bonuses when you achieve a programming milestone, giving something to work towards in that respect. These additions help to expand the game more and smooth out some rough spots in the game. If you want to get a copy of the expansion or the base game, check out the Kickstarter today.
Last is kind of a wild card game which came out of no where, and that is The Island of El Dorado. This game looks like a mix of Catan and an exploration game. On your turn you will roll two dice, you will pick one die to determine how many spaces you can move, and the other die will determine how many resources you gather. Moving is how you explore and reveal the tiles of the board, and when you gather resources you will gather them from areas you have built up or are present. With those resources you can then purchase more villagers, build forts to strengthen your villagers, build farms to gather more resources, or make offerings at temples to gain control of them. The strength of your villagers comes into play when you are moving across the board and another player is in your way. You can battle them, rolling dice and adding your strength to it to see who wins. This is also the way you can steal the final temple piece that is needed to win the game. In the end, whoever has made offerings at the three temples, and has control of temple piece wins the game. So if you like these kinds of mashup type games with lots of different mechanics, while still working well as a whole, check out the Kickstarter today.
Fear not gentle readers, after taking a week off for GenCant I am back to give you another full blast of Kickstarter goodness, so lets see what’s been happening.
First up is a board game accessory in the form of the Omnitray. This aims to bring the organization prowess of trays like seen in Zombicide Black Plague, and adapt them to fit multiple different games. This is achieved by having a base layout with openings to add in modules for circular tokens, cards, or 2mm or 3mm thick tokens. These different modules make the tray compatible with over a dozen games including Descent, Doom, and Elder Sign. So if you need help keeping yourself organized, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next is the latest campaign from Mayday Games to get you a nice Crokinole board for a decent price. While there are some additions that you can add such as a carrying bag or a clock face, for the most part this campaign is all about getting you the board, discs, and disc container. Having backed the 2017 version of this I can say the board is excellent and plays great, even if there were some hiccups during production and some slight damage on the outside. But for a large solid wood game like this, $99 plus shipping is a hard price to beat for a fun game that most any age can play. Crokinole for those who don’t know is a dexterity game where you are attempting you flick your discs into the center hole, or at least get close. There are rules for where you disc has to stop or if it has to hit another player’s disc, but that is the gist of the rules, flick a disc and score as high as you can. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information on the game and the board.
Next is an expansion to a highly popular party game, Vegas Wits and Wagers. This is an expansion to the Wits and Wagers Party game and includes some new features that make the game even more fun. Key to that is a bigger mat for bets to be placed on, with the inclusion of safe bets for guessing if the answer is higher or lower, long shots by betting on people, and a place to store extra chips for each round. Also included are mats that can be used to close off slots of the board for various player counts, and additional question cards with more up to date questions. All of this makes this expansion an essential item for fans of the game. You can pledge for just the expansion, or the expansion and the full game as you will not be able to play the game with just Vegas Wits and Wagers. Head on over to the Kickstarter page to see it in all it’s glory. (including the swaddling of a medium sized dog in the new mat)
After this is the obligatory dice project, and that is HEX, the magically minimal die. What’s interesting about the HEX die is that while it’s sitting on the table, it just looks like a useless cube. Pick up and roll it however and the pips will light up, showing the result of your roll. Special attention was paid to long shelf life, giving the initial batteries a shelf life of several years, and a usage life of up to a year. So if you are looking for your next piece of gaming gadgetry, check out this Kickstarter.
Then we have a game that’s all about a dog’s life, simply called, A Dog’s Life. This is a family weight game where each player plays a different kind of dog, trying to bury three bones at their homestead before anydog else. On your turn you have lots of options from piddling on lamp posts, drinking from the fountain, delivering newspapers, fighting the other dogs, rummaging in the trash and more. The results of each action are going to be determined by the cards you play, with each one having different aspects like higher fighting strength, or giving you a bone for delivering a newspaper, to finding more food in a trashcan. You will have to keep your stomach full, bladder empty, and keep moving to avoid the dog catcher and collect your bones. First dog to bury their third bone will be top dog. You can check out the Kickstarter page for more info on this adorable game, and it even has an option to have the dog minis hand painted.
Up next is a new skirmish game being called Avertigos that features steam punk style Chinese boats as airships, fighting it out in the sky or on land with troops. This game can be played as a skirmish game where each play outfits a couple ships and comes out fighting. Each player can pick a ship type, with different health and action point allowances, and then take turns drafting upgrade cards. These upgrades have miniatures of them that you attach directly to your ship, making it look like it’s ready for battle. Movement is done with cards and combat is resolved through dice rolling, and or course, whoever survives will be the winner. There is also a strategy game mode where you will be fighting over trade routes on the board in an area control style game. But taking over the different islands is not so easy because there are natives populating these places, and they don’t take kindly to your trying to take over. So if this game has peaked your interest, check out their Kickstarter page.
And finally, we have another Kickstarter for gaming tables, this time in the portable variety. Game Anywhere Tables are folding tables with the typical gamer add-ons like card holders, cup holders, trays for tokens, cards, and even player shields and rulebook holders. Also typical of gaming tables, these are not cheap, having a price tag of $299 for early bird on just the basic 4′ x 4′ table with no extra frills. As you add more customized options the price goes up, but with the option for a foldable table that is 6′ x 4′ and includes all these extras, it may just be worth the cost. You can check out the tables and all the different options on their Kickstarter page, and then start saving up to make the payments on them.
CMON has announced a new game of gangster car racing, shooting and loot collecting, Gang Rush Breakout. In Gang Rush Breakout, 3-5 players race cars over a 3D suspension bridge board, trying to be the first to deliver their money to the boss on the other side. Players use a special dashboard to track their speed, maneuverability and damage. Gangsters can force other cars into obstacles, or cause them to drop their precious cargo, all the while outrunning the cops. Play is through a set of 5 custom dice which determine available actions, rerolled in a Yahtzee or King of Tokyo type manner. Individual cars have assymetric special abilities, and you can spend money for upgrades along the route.
Expect Gang Rush Breakout in stores on July 28, 2017, and you can read the official press release here.
Snapdice has just started a Kickstarter Campaign for one of the more unique dice rolling trays out there. The tray itself is a beautiful wooden tray made with custom hardwoods and inlays, but what makes it unique is that a rare earth neodynium magnetic strip has been embedded in the tray. When the custom steel dice are rolled, they snap onto the strip. The Kickstarter offers a wide variety of exotic woods, and there are even options for sets of steel polyhedral dice.
The Kickstarter for SnapDice continues through July 26, and is expected to deliver in September 2017.
In news that is as surprising as the sun rising this morning, Asmodee has acquired another long standing “game” line, Rory’s Story Cubes. Rory’s Story Cubes is not really a game per se, they are sets of dice that have symbols on each side with a theme, like Doctor Who, Batman, or the more generic Actions. Each set of dice can be used in a story telling type activity where you roll the dice and tell a story based on what was rolled. Even more recently a Kickstarter was launched to create a full board game around this story telling usage of the dice. All of this now will fall under the purview of Asmodee and will be distributed by them worldwide, allowing for the dice sets to reach an even wider audience then before. The folks at the Creativity Hub will still be involved a bit in development of new sets, but the design and release of them will be chiefly done by Asmodee. You can read the announcement on the Rory’s Story Cubes website.
AEG as of late has been all about their Thunderstone Quest Kickstarter, which is understandable given that it reboots a highly popular game, but they still have other games coming. One of those games coming soon is the second edition of Oath of the Brotherhood, a worker placement style game set in the world of pirates. As aspiring pirates you want to join the Brotherhood, but in order to get in you have to impress them by completing missions. Missions are completed by spending the supplies you acquire, and those supplies also have a second use by giving you special abilities when you use them outside of missions. At the end of the game, whoever has the most victory points is the winner. Look for this game in May of this year.
Next, for the dice enthusiasts among us, Rory Story Cubes is coming out with several new themed dice sets. The new sets are Moomin, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, Doctor Who, and Adventure Time. Each set comes with 9 dice, and each die has 6 different symbols on them relating to the theme of the set, like ghosts on the Scooby Doo set or K9 on the Doctor Who set. These are fun dice to collect, and are also fun to roll and try to tell a story with. Look for these to hit store shelves in June.
Next is the latest expansion from Asmodee for their king of the hill game, Kharnage, called Tricks and Mercenaries. This new expansion adds some units to the base game, giving you some more variety within your armies, but also introduces the Kradwallon deck. This new deck is full or mercenaries with strange abilities and brand new action cards that anyone can recruit into their armies during the game. These new events and units aren’t your typical units so expect hte unexpected when you pull them into the fold. Look for this expansion to hit stores in the third quarter, and until then you can check out the preview on Asmodee’s website.
Last we have from Brotherwise Games their Boss Monster release for the year, Boss Monster: Implements of Destruction. This new set of cards brings more items into the game with 24 new item cards that can be claimed, and even explorer items for 5-6 player games. Also included in the set will be 5 new bosses to add to your roster, giving you even more variety to choose from. This new set will debut in June at Origins, and go into wide release later this summer.
Upper Deck is getting ready to release another new game, this time it’s a drafting game called Dungeon Draft. Not much has been released about it yet but I imagine it will be similar to Lost Legends as you will be drafting cards to outfit your hero with better gear to fight monsters. The game will come with 200 cards and boasts only a play time of 30 minutes for 2 to 5 players. Look for more information to come out as the game’s release in September comes closer.
Next is the second big expansion to a hot game, and that’s Orleans: Trade and Intrigue. This expansion will include “new place tiles, a new “beneficial deeds” game board, a new and challenging set of events, and trade contracts. The “Intrigue” introduces ways to hinder your opponents’ progress or even allow you to take over your opponents’ achievements.” Look for this expansion to hit stores in September of this year from Tasty Minstrel Games
Last is not a game but dice for use in your games, well, maybe for use in your games. These are the Polyhero Dice – Warrior Set, dice that are shaped like the different pieces of equipment a warrior would have like gauntlet d10s, a helmet d12, or a sword d6. They may not be the best rolling dice, but they are highly unique looking dice, and they come in a case that can hold 90 sleeved cards. Look for these on store shelves soon from Game Salute.
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