Dead Men Tell No Tales

Minion Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for the first expansion to the 2015 release Dead Men Tell No Tales which is entitled Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken.  Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken is designed by Kane Klenko and the artists are Jason D. KingsleyChris Ostrowski.

In this expansion, players will face the dreaded Kraken.  Adding the expansion adds a few new conditions to the game such as requiring players to kill the Kraken before they can escape the ship with their treasure and lives.  If the Kraken pulls the ship down or destroys it, the players lose.

Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken comes with 1 Kraken miniature, 15 tentacle miniatures, a new character with meeple and miniature, status tokens and board for the Kraken, 42 game tokens, 1 cloth bag, new cards, and 5 player aids.

The campaign also offers a set of 7 miniatures for the base game characters that can be purchased alone or as an add-on.  Finally a start board that is split apart so that it is easier to mark tiles exploded is available as an add-on.  This new start board can be used to replace older versions of the base game before the the start board was updated in later editions.

Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken campaign is running now and will end on February 15, 2018.  Please see the campaign page for any information on pricing.

Following on a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall Minion Games is finally bringing Dead Men Tell No Tales out in April.  This fun pirate themed cooperative does a nice job of pairing the hidden information aspects of a game like forbidden desert with the strategy of a game like Pandemic or Flash Point.

While the distributor of this game has announced that it will be available in April the Kickstarter page for this project does not indicate that shipments have necessarily began to backers.  This indicates that the April ship date may slip.  Based on concerns voiced by the publisher in comments for the campaign they may be facing the same shipping delays that have plagued much of the industry for the last few months.

That being said Minion Games does have a track record of taking care of their Kickstarter backers properly.  If this game sounds interesting keep your eyes peeled mid-April for it.

Publishers description below

For years you’ve been tracking Skelit’s Revenge, the most notorious ship on the high seas, and now you’ve finally taken it. Your Captain has informed you that there are treasure chests hidden on board full of the most valuable treasure the world has ever seen and now is your chance to take it all. Players take on the role of Pirates who are boarding Skelit’s Revenge for one purpose….to take the loot. They must battle the flames, the skeleton crew, and their own fatigue if they hope to make it out alive.

Dead Men Tell No Tales is a cooperative game for 2-5 players. The game uses the common Action Point system to determine what a player does on their turn….with a twist. As players work together, they can pass their Actions on to their teammates in order to best utilize the assets that they have. Players will build the board as they play, ensuring that no two games will ever be alike. As they search the ship for the Treasure, they will encounter Enemies and Guards that they must battle, along with various items that will help them in their quest…. all the while, battling the inferno that resulted when they took over the ship. Unique systems for tracking fire, enemy movement, and a player’s fatigue all combine into an interesting and unique cooperative gaming experience.

Do you and your crew have what it takes to make off with all of the Treasure and live to tell the story? Or are you going down with the ship, in Dead Men Tell No Tales…

2-5 players
Ages 13+
60 minute play time

Impressions Game Distribution Services, an Indiana-based board and roleplaying games distributor, put out their first new release announcement of the year. Among the restocks and recent releases, they included a handful of games releasing at the beginning of the second quarter. As always, board game release dates can shift based on many factors, but at the time of this announcement the following solicitations are scheduled for release in April 2015.


Bigfootses from Bigfoot Games

dead men tell no tales
Dead Men Tell No Tales from Minion Games


Catacombs (new edition) from Elzra Corp.

cavern of soloth

Catacombs: Caverns of Soloth (new edition) from Elzra Corp.

If you’re interested in any of these titles, contact your favorite online or brick-and-mortar game store and place an order.