Dark Tales

Gen Con is fast approaching and so new game announcements are going to be ramping up, and here we have three games coming from dV Giochi.  The first is BANG! Armed and Dangerous, an expansion to the card game that will bring some fresh new mechanics into the game to make it even more interesting.  In this expansion you will get the usual extra characters, but also now there are Dangerous cards with special abilities on them.  These Dangerous cards have to be loaded ahead of time before being used so you will know it’s coming, but the question will be can you stop it?  Find out at Gen Con.

Next up is another set being added to the Dark Tales line, this time adding on the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid.  Dark Tales: The Little Mermaid will add more cards to the game, giving you more opportunities to combo them together and score big points.  But in addition to that, they are also adding a Sea Pact deck that contains 20 cards giving you new ways to score points.  So if you want to add even more variety to you Dark Tales games, look for this expansion at Gen Con.

Finally dV Giochi will be debuting two games in their pocket room escape series, Deckscape, with Deckscape: Test Time and Deckscape: The Fate of London.  Both will feature you solving riddles and puzzles in a deck of cards as you try to solve the final riddle and escape.  In Test Time you have been selected by Dr. Thyme to help him with his inventions, but only if you can pass the test by escaping from his laboratory.  The Fate of London has you working as an investigator, trying to find all the bombs hidden in London before they go off and cause all sorts of chaos.  Give both of these games a try at Gen Con, and you can read below the press release from dV Giochi on all these games.

PRESS RELEASE

New releases at Gen Con 2017

 dV Giochi will once again exhibit at this year’s Gen Con in Indianapolis—the biggest U.S. boardgame fair! The dV Giochi booth is number 2843, in the Exhibit Hall.

During the show, dV Giochi will premiere two games from the Deckscape series, the deduction card game 3 Secrets, a new expansion for the world-famous card game BANG!—Armed and Dangerous—and an expansion for the Dark Tales card game—The Little Mermaid.

BANG! Armed & Dangerous

This upcoming new expansion for the BANG! card game holds many surprises, deadly weapons, powerful gear, and lethal ammo: the new Dangerous cards. It also features 8 new skillful Gunslingers.

During the game, you can add Load tokens to your Dangerous cards and your character, which you can use to activate your Dangerous cards, use the abilities of some characters, or to upgrade the effects of some brown-bordered cards! To reload a Dangerous card, you have to play a blue-bordered card or discard a card from your hand at the end of your turn. Then it will be ready to unleash on your rivals! 

  • Game idea: Emiliano Sciarra
  • No. of players: 4-7
  • Ages: 8-99
  • Artwork: Stefano Landini
  • Language: Italian and English

DARK TALES – The Little Mermaid

The Dark Tales card game series keeps growing! This time, players will be immersed in the ocean depths, experiencing the adventures of The Little Mermaid.

From the old Sea King to the graceful Prince, from the loving sisters to the perfidious Sea Witch: in the world of Dark Tales, new characters appear to create new and unexpected combinations!

This expansion includes a deck of 20 Sea Witch Pacts. Pact cards offer a new way to score Victory Points, draw cards, or gain other benefits, but each one comes at a price!

You will also find two new setting cards which can be used with any Dark Tales game to make each play different and engaging.

  • Game idea: Pierluca Zizzi
  • No. of players: 2-4
  • Ages: 14-99
  • Artwork: Dany Orizio
  • Language: English

DECKSCAPE Test Time

DECKSCAPE The Fate of London

Deckscape is a series of cooperative games inspired by real Escape Rooms, where a group of people are “trapped” inside a room full of puzzles and odd items.

The first title in the game series is Deckscape: Test Time: You have been selected by Doctor Thyme. If you are able to pass his exam and exit his Laboratory, you’ll get a unique chance to help him on his newest and greatest invention!

This game will be available in the U.S. for the first time at Gen Con.

The brand-new title in this “pocket escape room” series is Deckscape: The fate of London: A terrible threat hangs over London, and the Crown of England needs your help! Your mission is to find four devices hidden in secret locations and defuse them before midnight. A single mistake and the situation could degenerate quickly…

Deckscape: The Fate of London will make its international debut at Gen Con.

  • Game idea: Martino Chiacchiera and Silvano Sorrentino
  • No. of players: 1-6
  • Ages: 12-99
  • Artwork: Alberto Bontempi
  • Language: English

3 Secrets

3 Secrets is the new cooperative card game for aspiring detectives. The goal of the game is to unravel the three secrets of an unresolved case before time runs out.

One of the players takes on the role of an informant who knows the truth about the case: they know which secrets need to be discovered, and try their best to help the others guess them correctly. But the clock is ticking and clues are scarce. You must question the informant to gather useful information and find the solutions. If you grope around in the dark, the informant can reveal an important clue but this will cost you precious time! Use your best observing eye, lateral thinking, and deduction skills to unravel all the mysteries of the ambiguous characters that populate this game.

3 Secrets comes with a free app available for download at the Apple AppStore and on Google Play.

This game will be offered for the first time in the U.S. at Gen Con.

 About dV Giochi

The Italian company, founded in 2001, is fully committed to publishing and distributing board games and card games worldwide. Its games, with the dV Giochi brand, have won great acclaim in Italy and abroad: the most famous dV Giochi card game, BANG! is considered an “evergreen” in the game market.

dark tales cinderella

GenCon is just a few short weeks away and game announcements continue to flow in, this time from dV Giochi in the form of Bang the Dice Game – Old Saloon and Dark Tales – Cinderella.  Dark Tales is a darkly themed (go figure) drafting game using the old fairy tales for settings and characters.  You can see Tom’s Youtube review of Dark Tales to see how the game works, and this new expansion adds to the settings and characters you can play with, thus expanding the replayability and variety of the game.

old saloon

The expansion Bang the Dice Game – Old Saloon will add five modules to the game, allowing you to add or remove whichever ones you feel like playing with.  You will get “lethal new characters, two Saloon dice—the Loudmouth and the Coward—extra-roles, and new tokens.” As a fan of the original game I am looking forward to this and the new gameplay options it will add to the game, making it even more fun.

Modiphius Entertainment announces two new releases: Achtung! Cthulhu: Dark Tales from the Secret War and Dust Adventures: Operation Apocalypse.

Dark Tales from the Secret War

This is a collection of 13 stories that mixes the H.P. Lovecraft mythos with mankind’s finest and darkest hour in World War II.  This series of stories expand and expound the Achtung! Cthulhu universe, allowing players to “peer deeper into the sinister cult of the Black Sun, the terrifying technology of Nachtwolfe and gain valuable insight into the brave men and women of Section M and Majestic who oppose them, in a series of tales which will thrill and delight and even inspire even more Achtung! Cthulhu adventures.”  Dark Tales is available in print or in PDF format.

Operation Apocalypse

This is a 136-page campaign for the Dust Adventures RPG series that will take players to the pre-Mayan ruins in the Amazon jungle.  Highlights of the campaign include:

  •  A globe-trotting story that will take you to such places as South America, Turkey, Thailand, and the Philippines.
  • The introduction of a new alien species fighting the Vrill, as well as the secret history of their intergalactic war.
  • All-new information on the three blocs.
  • Epic action set-pieces, including a battle aboard a top secret Axis aircraft carrier.
  • Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare scenarios for the large-scale battles of the campaign.

For more information, visit the Modiphius website here.

DV Giochi has announced three new releases which will be available at the Essen Spiele Game Fair this October.  They will be at booth3 – E106.  They have announced firm dates for European availability being starting at Essen.  But US dates are slated to be somewhere around December-January for Dark Tales and they haven’t specified dates for BANG! The Valley of Shadows.  Both releases look rather promising.

Additionally they have announced:

As usual, in Essen we will also show the winner of the Lucca Comics & Games contest “Best Unpublished Game 2013-2014”: Playa Pirata.

dark tales

Dark Tales

Dark Tales is a card game for 2-4 players, ages 14 and up. This game is inspired by classic fairy tales, retold in a dark style. The land of Dark Tales is populated by disturbing creatures and sinister characters. The interaction between cards and magic items is the key to success: a character, an event, or a sword used at the right time can determine the fate of the game! Thanks to the many setting cards, the items you collect change their power from game to game.

The cards are tarot-sized and perfectly emphasize the gorgeous illustrations of Dany Orizio—an Italian illustrator already well-known and appreciated in Italy and abroad.

Designer: Pierluca Zizzi
No. of players: 2-4
Ages: 14+
Artwork: Dany Orizio

Language: Italian and EnglishContents:

  • 48 playing cards
  • 6 setting cards
  • 8 gold coins
  • 4 swords
  • 4 armors
  • 4 magic wands
  • 66 victory points tokens
  • rulebook

Dark Tales – Snow White Expansion

The first expansion, Dark Tales – Snow White will be released at the same time as the base game.

With Dark Tales – Snow White, you will experience one of the greatest classic fairy tales. From the spooky Prince to the mysterious Dwarves, from the Glass Coffin to the infamous Poisoned Apple: in the world of Dark Tales, new characters and special items appear to create new and unexpected combinations. By adding this expansion to the base game, you can explore different plots and unexpected endings!

Designer: Pierluca Zizzi
No. of players: 2-4
Age: 14+
Artwork: Dany Orizio

Language: Italian and EnglishContents:

  • 24 playing cards
  • 2 setting cards
  • 2 gold coins
  • 2 laced bodices
  • 1 comb
  • 1 poisoned apple
  • 2 burning shoes
  • 33 victory points tokens
  • rulebook.

The Valley of Shadows

BANG! The Valley of Shadows

To all BANG! fans: BANG! The Valley of Shadows is finally coming!

By popular demand, the long-awaited English edition of Udoli Stinu—an exclusive expansion released last year in Czech Republic only—will be available in European shops starting in October. Rattlesnakes, tornadoes, ruthless “bandidos”… new characters and surprising new cards will join those fearless gunslingers who would dare enter the Valley of Shadows.

Designer: Emiliano Sciarra et al.
No. of players: 4-7
Ages: 8+
Artwork: Alberto Bontempi

Language: Italian and EnglishContents:

  • 8 character cards
  • 16 playing cards
  • rulebook.