Dice Tower Newsletter

Days of Wonder

Quadropolis, the beautiful city-building game from Days of Wonder, will have its first expansion this June.  Quadropolis:  Public Services adds 24 new building tiles such as Maternity Ward, Reprocessing Plant, and Police Station.  Each round, several of these new tiles are revealed face up next to the board.  As Mayor, you need to decide when to add these to your city – “which will best serve my population?”.  The buildings add in game bonuses and scoring options.

“With the Public Services expansion, players will add all new Public Service Buildings to their Quadropolis game. As a Mayor, will they choose to increase the population by building a Maternity Ward or protect their citizens with a new Police Station? But competition will be fierce, and being able to build the right Public Service at the right time will not be made easy by the other players.”

The game includes the 24 building tiles, 4 Helpers and a Rulebook.  More information can be found on Days of Wonder’s Quadropolis page.

Days of Wonder has just announced a new entry in the younger kid focused Ticket to Ride series, and that’s Ticket to Ride: First Journey.  This may seem like I am repeating old news, but in fact there is a new version of the game with the exact same name, but instead of the USA you are traveling around Europe.  Like the original it will feature a simplified board along with large landmarks to mark each of the cities, making destination finding easier.  The train cards will feature all new whimsical illustrations as well as similar bonus point possibilities.  So if you enjoyed the first entry with your kids, then you might want to pick up this new edition as well.

There is one catch though, this version is meant for the European market, so readers in Europe can find it on store shelves come March/April.  But I have no doubt it will eventually make it to the American shores, hopefully with an updated name.  You can read more about this new edition on the Days of Wonder website.


Days of Wonder would like to announce Yamataï, a new board game themed in a legendary far-eastern kingdom that is governed by the majestic Queen Himiko.  This new board game is designed by Bruno Cathala and Marc Paquien.  What follows is a quote from the official press release from Days of Wonder:

In Yamataï, players have to complete a delicate mission: build the most prestigious city of the kingdom! To accomplish this ambitious task, players transport various resources through the islands of the archipelago and collect Culture Tokens or raise buildings and monuments. Recruiting specialists and using their powers will constitute a decisive strategy for each builder to ultimately obtain Queen Himiko’s favors.

The game rules are simple and easy to learn and players will be making choices that include:

  • choosing the right Fleet Tile in due time to obtain resources and useful powers
  • carefully observing other players’ actions
  • following numerous paths to victory to become the master builder

A copy of the game will include:

  • 1 lavishly illustrated game board
  • 4 player mats with meeples
  • 80 wooden boats carrying resources (bamboo, wood, stone, clay, gold)
  • 10 Fleet Tiles
  • 28 Building Tiles (21 Standard Buildings and 7 Prestige Buildings, each represented with wooden figures)
  • 7 Mountain Tiles
  • 34 Culture Tokens
  • 8 Sacred Ground tokens
  • 73 Coins
  • 24 Prestige Point Tokens
  • 18 Specialist Tiles

Yamataï is a game for 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up and plays in 40 to 80 minutes.

The entire press release is available to read HERE.

For more information, please visit www.daysofwonder.com/yamatai.


Memoir ’44 is a classic game that has enjoyed many expansions and extra content over the years, and Days of Wonder wants to continue that trend.  Coming in December is the first map in the Series 2 line of expansions called Memoir ’44 – The Battles of Khalkhin-Gol, which covers the early WWII battles on the Soviet-Japan border.  This new expansion contains 6 new scenarios to play either individually or as a campaign, two of which are breakthrough scenarios and two overlord scenarios.  In addition to all the usual maps and books for an expansion like this, it will also include 6 Soviet BA-10 Armored Cars and 6 Japanese Type 97 Te-Ke tankettes to expand your forces.  One thing to note though is that this expansion requires other expansions in order to play, on the Days of Wonder blog it says, “The expansion requires one copy of Memoir ’44 (two for the Overlord scenarios), as well as the Terrain Pack, Eastern Front and Pacific Theater expansions. The Equipment Pack and Winter Wars expansions are also recommended.”  So if you are looking for more battles to go through with your massive Memoir set, then look for this on store shelves in December of this year.

After going without expansions for two years now, Small World  is back with another new map for 2 to 5 players.  Aptly named Small World: River World, this new map features rivers running all over the map, making capturing water areas vital to any strategy.  In addition to the new maps you now have pirates to contend with as well as your opponents, so you will have to be extra careful.  Toss in some new event tiles themed around the new map and you have a decent expansion for this evergreen game.  Check out Days of Wonder’s blog post for more information, and look for it to hit stores in November, or you can pick up a copy while at Essen.

international gamers awards

Each year the International Gamers Awards are given out to the multiplayer and 2 player games that are deemed the best for that year.  Some notable previous winners are games like Twilight Struggle, Agricola, and Terra Mystica.  All highly rated and well respected games, so the nominees for this year are the cream of the gaming crop.  One note is that while this is the 2016 award, the games eligible are those that have been released between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  And the nominees are;

blood rage

GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – Multi Player category

Blood Rage – Eric M. Lang, Guillotine Games / Cool Mini or Not

Codenames – Vlaada Chvatil, Czech Games Edition

Food Chain Magnate – Jeroen Doumen, Splotter Spellen

Grand Austria Hotel – Virginio Gigli & Simone Luciani, Lookout Games

Isle of Skye – Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games

Mombasa – Alexander Pfister, Eggertspiele

Nippon – Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What’s Your Game?

Pandemic Legacy – Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games

Quadropolis – Francois Gandon, Days of Wonder

T.I.M.E. Stories – Peggy Chassenet & Manuel Rozoy, Space Cowboys

7wonders duel

GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – 2 Player category

7 Wonders Duel – Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala, Repos Productions

Patchwork – Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games

Raptor – Bruno Cathala & Bruno Faidutti, Matagot

Star Wars: Rebellion – Corey Konieczka, Fantasy Flight Games

Trambahn – Helmut Ohley, Lookout Games

Interesting fact, 9 out of the 15 titles being nominated are in the top 100 of games in the entire BGG database.  To see the list as well as previous year’s winners you can head on over to the International Gamers Awards website.


ticket to ride journey

Ticket to Ride by Alan R Moon from Days of Wonder has introduced a great many people to the hobby of board games. With Days of Wonder’s big announcement, a path has opened up for younger players in Ticket to Ride First Journey.

This shorter game, with a 15 – 30 minute play time, has simplified rules and shorter routes, marked with kid-friendly illustrations making finding your route easy for even the youngest players. When a player completes a route on a new version of the North America board, that player must slap the ticket down on the table, loudly announce “Ticket”, and draw a new ticket. This new mechanism alone is enough for my kids to want to play immediately.

For 2-4 players ages 6+, this is a great family-friendly introduction to the Ticket to Ride series. Sold exclusively at Target stores, expect to see this in America as early as July 31st.

Ticket to Ride First Journey includes:

  • Map of North American Train Routes
  • 80 Custom Plastic Trains (20/player)
  • 72 Train Cards
  • 32 Ticket Cards
  • 4 Coast-to-Coast Bonus Cards
  • 1 Golden Ticket



The 2015 Dice Tower Awards winners were announced at Dice Tower Con last night. The Dice Tower Awards nominees were announced earlier this year. Nominees are determined by a panel of roughly 100 people. A list is comprised and people can vote on up to their top 3 choices in any category. Based upon a weighting system determined by a person’s knowledge of any specific category, a list of the top 5 comprises the nominees with top vote getting the winner’s award (Best Game of the Year gets 10 nominees). This year was composed of a very impressive list of games which only goes to show how the board game industry keeps improving year after year. A huge congratulations to all the nominees and winners! For a list of all the nominees you can visit the official Dice Tower Awards page here.

Best Small Publisher



Designers: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden
Publisher: Nauvoo Games

Best Party Game



Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Game Artwork


Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

Artists: David Richards, Fernanda Suarez
Designer: Isaac Vega
Publisher: Plaid Hat Games

Best Board Game Components

blood rage

Blood Rage

Designer: Eric M Lang
Publisher: Cool Mini or Not

Best Game from a New Designer

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Two-Player Game

7wonders duel

7 Wonders: Duel

Designers: Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala
Publisher: Repos Production

Most Innovative Game

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Cooperative Game

pandemic legacy

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games

Best Game Theming

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Game Expansion

ticket to ride penn

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania

Designer: Alan R. Moon
Publisher: Days of Wonder

Best Game Reprint

through the ages

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Family Game



Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Strategy Game

blood rage

Blood Rage

Designer: Eric M Lang
Publisher: Cool Mini or Not

Best Game of the Year

pandemic legacy

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games

great lakes

Days of Wonder today announced the latest addition to their Ticket to Ride line. Rails & Sails is a stand-alone Ticket to Ride game featuring not only trains, like previous editions, but now also features ships!

The double sided game board features a world map on one side, and the Great Lakes on the other. Both maps feature a new type of route on which only ships may travel. Shipping routes are built on just like you would build train routes in previous iterations, however you have to use the new, coloured ship cards rather than the regular train cards.

At the start of the game players receive their routes and then decide what proportion of ships and trains they start the game with. They can exchange later in the game if they find they need more of another type, but there will be a points penalty for that.

Another new feature is the ability to build a harbour. These are tricky to build, requiring both 2 special train and 2 special ship cards of the same colour but they give great benefits with bonuses for how many routes you have entering each harbour.

The game is expected to be released around August, and you can read the full press release here




Days of Wonder had created the app version of the quintessential board game Ticket to Ride and it has been a great game to play, which also has some expansions available to it like Europe, India, and Asia to name a few.  Now they have added two new expansions to the game, the Europa 1912 expansion and Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries.

The Europa 1912 expansion will come free to those who already own the Europe expansion in the app but will be a separate purchase like 1910 for those just getting the map.  The 1912 expansion now adds tons of new tickets allowing you to play the Europe map in modes like Big Cities or the Mega game, as well as add in depots and warehouses for the Expanded game.

The Nordic Countries expansion adds a new vertical map to the game and while it is tighter and only meant for 3 players, it is no less fun, plus the snowy train cards look amazing.  You can download the app on the App store, Google Play, or even Steam and you can check out the Days of Wonder site for more info on the Nordic Countries Expansion and this article on Pocket Tactics to read about Europa 1912.