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Hero Realms Journeys is the latest Kickstarter project from White Wizard Games, which adds six new expansions to the existing Hero Realms card game. Hero Realms was designed by Ben CichoskiRobert DoughertyDarwin Kastle, and Daniel Mandel and is a fantasy-themed, deck-building, card game featuring competitive play for 2-4 players. Players attempt to reduce each other’s health to zero, after recruiting help from a market deck that includes champions, weapons, spells, and events. Multiple expansions have since been released which dramatically changes game play, and includes the ability to play various characters (such as a Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Thief, or Wizard), or fight cooperatively against a Boss, or compete in a campaign mode.

Hero Realms Journeys features four, 12-card packs. There is the “Hunters” and “Travelers” packs which feature new Champions and Actions for the market deck, and the “Conquest” and “Discovery” packs which each contain 6 new Quests and 6 new Relics. At the beginning of the game each player is given a random quest, which can be shared with teammates, but are unknown to opponents. Relic cards are also dealt into a “relic pile” for each quest card in the game, while the rest of the relics are added to the market.

The Ancestry Pack adds 20 cards which allows players to be a Dwarf, Elf, Ogre, Orc, or Smallfolk, who all have their own strengths and weaknesses. These can be combined with any character packs or played by themselves. So, if an Elven Ranger or Dwarven Fighter was always your jam, Hero Realms has you covered with multiple race-class combinations. Each race comes with an Ancestry card which shows health modifications and special rules, an Ancestral skill or Ability card, and two cards which modify the starting deck.

The Lost Village Campaign Deck features a full color adventure book and over 100 cards, including 12 over-sized Master cards.

The Hero Realms Journeys Kickstarter campaign has multiple tiers to allow backers to fund only a few of the expansions, all the way up to everything which currently exists for the Hero Realms game. The project is seeking funding until Thursday, December 6th, 2018, is already well over 100% funded, and is expected to deliver in December of 2019.

In collaboration with Toys for Tots and Ronald McDonald House, White Wizard Games also plan to donate games to a children’s charity to brighten their lives over the holiday season. You don’t even have to back the project to participate. Each person who signs up for their newsletter, which will provide information about the progress of the Hero Realms Kickstarter and other news from White Wizard Games, will add a game to be donated.

Related: The Dice Tower reviews Hero Realms, Hero Realms: The Ruin of Thandar, and Hero Realms Boss Deck – The Dragon

Friedemann Friese is at it again with another “F” named game in the Fable Game system, this time using deck building, or rather…deck unbuilding? Fine Sand, coming soon from Stronghold Games, is a deck deconstruction game where players are competing to build sandcastles from the materials around them. These materials are represented by a starting deck of 30 cards, depicting anywhere from sand and stone to structures. Players will spend basic materials to build the structures, which in turn removes the cards from the deck and makes it more efficient at the same time, ramping up an engine until someone triggers game end by removing most of their cards.

“Fine Sand uses the “Fable Game System” introduced in Fabled Fruit, and in addition to a stack of starting cards, each player receives a presorted stack of Fable cards. With these cards, you change your card stack from game to game. Continue to play, or reset and play the game again with the same or different groups. Fine Sand includes an addictive solo campaign!”

It’s quite a fascinating system, a little sleaker than it’s fellow deconstructing title Valley of the Kings, that really turns the genre on it’s head and may prove to be the most impressive Fable Game yet. Even tried-and-true concepts like “trashing” cards have been twisted a bit, since constructing cards already removes them from the deck, trashing instead gives the card to the player on your left – gumming up their system! With the Fable cards, each players starting stack of cards will change from game to game, adding variety and demanding a different approach each time you play. If you’re interested in learning more about Fine Sand, keep an eye on Stronghold Games’ website. While it doesn’t have a product page just yet, it is on their release schedule and certainly they will have more information and updates the sooner we approach it’s retail release date.

Upper Deck are pumping out Legendary content at a significant rate at the moment and Legendary: Venom, the 18th expansion, was probably inspired by the release of the recent Venom movie. This expansion requires a Legendary core set to play such as Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. In Legendary, 1-5 players recruit heroes through deck building in order to defeat the mastermind and their henchmen.

The Legendary: Venom expansion adds 100 new cards from the Marvel Comics Venomverse team consisting of 5 venomized heroes, 2 masterminds (including Poison Thanos), 2 new villain groups, and 4 new schemes. The Excessive Violence keyword returns along with new game mechanisms and new twists on old ones. For example, when a Symbiote villain ambushes the city they could bond with another villain to create a powerful adversary.

This small box expansion will feature comic book artwork and is not part of the recent movie sets which have been released. The expected release date is February 13th, 2019.

Related: Dice Tower content for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Within days of launching the Kickstarter, Broken Mill achieved funding for Heroes of Tenefyr, a cooperative deck-building game for 1-4 players. In Heroes of Tenefyr, players are one of four adventurers (bard, barbarian, thief, or cleric) armed with a set of basic action cards and their special class skill card.  Faced with ten dungeons surrounding the Village of Tenefyr, the players attempt to clear out the dungeons, defeating monsters and taking their loot which players can add to their player decks and strengthen their chances against more difficult monsters in more challenging dungeons.  The more monsters they defeat, the stronger their character and their decks become.  Players need to manage their decks carefully because running out of cards means exhaustion, which requires rest to restore the deck with spent cards.  However, resting draws the enemy Boss closer. Defeating the dungeon (clearing out all the monsters) not only earns the players loot from defeated monsters but also earns a reward for each of the players.  The end of the game is triggered when the enemy Boss attacks. Unlike the other dungeons, the players cannot leave until they have defeated the Boss and all the cards in its deck. Defeat the Boss and win.

Heroes of Tenefyr plays 1-4 players, ages 14+ in about an hour. Contents include 4 Hero Cards, 4 Skill Cards, 48 basic Cards, 70 Dungeon Cards, 16 Boss Cards, 15 Reward Cards, Boss Token, Boss Track, a Starting Player Token, and a Current Dungeon Token.  The Kickstarter campaign runs through 24 October with an expected delivery of May 2019.  Go to the Kickstarter campaign to learn more about Heroes of Tenefyr.

Ultra Pro and Stone Blade Entertainment have announced the upcoming Shards of Infinity: Relics of the Future expansion to the recently released Shards of Infinity deck-building game.

Original designers Gary Arant and Justin Gary, along with artist Aaron Nakara are returning the Shards of Infinity world and this time they brought powerful shards of the Infinity Engine with them.

When the Infinity Engine was destroyed, reality warping shards rained down from the sky, wiping out civilization and forever altering the world. From the ashes, rose the descendants of mankind. You are a leader among these peoples, a mighty warrior, forever bound to a powerful shard.

It’s time to make a choice: Is it your fate to lead your people to victory or will you become the relic of some forgotten future? Choose wisely.

Shards of Infinity: Relics of the Future is the first expansion to the 2018 deck-building game Shards of Infinity. This first expansion introduces relic cards into the game. Once a player reaches 10 Mastery points they can select one of their two relics, with the other being lost in time.

The expansion will also introduce a new set of cards that are playable by any character, but that can be matched with a particular faction leader for additional effects.

The expansion will also include rules for three new game variants.

  • In the three player game “Bloodbath,” any damage is dealt to both opponents instead of just one.
  • In 2 versus 2 Team Attack players will join forces to take on their opponents.
  • The “Nemesis” solo version of the game will pit individual players against the game.

Shards of Infinity: Relics of the Future will have 2-4 players deckbuilding for ~30 minutes.

What’s in the box:
• 128 Cards
• 4 Deluxe Character Dials
• Rulebook

Shards of Infinity

The original Shards of Infinity game was released earlier in 2018.

One-hundred years ago, The Infinity Engine was shattered and its reality-bending shards have destroyed most of the world. Now, it falls upon you to gather your forces, defeat your adversaries, and rebuild the Infinity Engine! Will you survive?

Players attempt to reduce their opponents health to zero while at the same time rebuilding the Infinity Engine.

Players start the game with fifty health and zero mastery points. Players can spend one gem each turn to gain a mastery point, which will increase the power of card abilities and eventually (with 30 mastery points) activate the Infinity Shard, which instantly defeats your opponent.

Following traditional deck-building mechanics, each player starts the game with a basic deck of cards. Players can acquire new cards from the center display of six cards, adding these new cards to their deck for future use or occasionally to their hands for immediate use.

Designed bu Gary Arant and Justin Gary, with artist Aaron Nakara  Shards of Infinity was released in April 2018 by Ultra Pro and Stone Blade Entertainment.

Renegade Games is set to launch a new expansion line for Clank! A Deck Building AdventureClank! Expeditions: Gold And Silk will offer 2 new maps and new meeples for your Clank! adventures. Descend into the depths of the earth with Ruin Dwarven Mining Company –defeat the monsters and gather the riches to be found there. Gain even more loot in Spider Queen’s Lair.  The expansion includes 1 Two-Sided Game Board, 50+ Tokens, 1 Market Board, 1 Spider Marker, 4 Player Markers, and 1 Rulebook

This expansion will be in a game store near you and online in September 2018 but you can also get it sooner at Gen Con booth #2209

Be the first to own the night in Terrors Of London a Victorian horror deck-building game. Take on the role of Overlord and summon terrible creatures of the night to do your bidding! Mix the factions of Beasts, Mortals, Spirits, and Undead to form powerful hordes. Collect relics to gain abilities! Plunge your opponents life to zero- and you’ve won!

Terrors of London is a competitive deck-builder with a Victorian horror theme. Each player will assume the role of an Overlord, each with a unique ability and two unique influence cards. Throughout the game players will add monsters from four different factions (Beasts, Mortals, Spirits, and Undead) to their deck, all of which can form hordes for powerful combos. Players will also procure marvelous relics, which they may immediately use for their unique abilities. The first player to reduce their opponent’s life to zero wins the game and claims the night.

Terrors Of London offers unique game play in the hordes strategy providing opportunities for more diverse deck building over picking just one faction,  and in turn card drawing is limited. Add to this the fact that money is scarce and you could cut the tension in this game with a knife!

Terrors Of London is available on Kickstarter until August 19, 2018. With an amazing theme and intriguing game play this might bring the Overlord out in all of us!

Upper Deck is making the biggest expansion for yet into the Marvel universe with the World War Hulk expansion for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game arriving in stores this June (2018). The latest expansion will be based on some of the most iconic Hulk storylines published including Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.

Thrown off course and drained of strength, Hulk crash lands on the savage planet Sakaar. There, Hulk is chained and forced into gladiatorial servitude. Fighting for his life as his strength slowly grows,

Hulk forms a blood pact with an unlikely band of powerful alien gladiators: the Warbound. Together they rise through the ranks, pursue a death-defying series of journeys, and eventually rally the people of Sakaar to overthrow the tyrannical Red King.

For a moment, the newly-crowned King Hulk knows peace. But when an explosion from the Illuminati’s ship kills King Hulk’s new wife Caiera, Hulk is filled with a rage greater than ever before. He returns to Earth with his Warbound to punish the Illuminati for their crimes against him, even if he has to tear apart all of Earth’s super-teams to do it, and perhaps Earth itself. 

World War Hulk will be the 16th expansion for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and will be the biggest expansion yet with four hundred new cards including Heroes, Masterminds, Schemes, and Villains.

This big box expansion has Marvel’s biggest characters, including Sentry, Hulk (both Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho), and She-Hulk! It brings the new Warbound team faction to the forefront with plenty of new characters and some of the most exciting and challenging Masterminds and Schemes yet!

Players will be able to take on roles as Gladiator Hulk and the Warbound, or as other Heroes trying to hold Hulk and the Warbound back.

About Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is a semi co-operative deck building game set in the Marvel universe.

One to five players will choose a villain and scheme to battle and then face off using a mixture of hero decks featuring iconic characters like Spider-Man, Hulk, Cyclops, and Wolverine.

During the game players will recruit hero cards to build a more powerful deck and increase their ability to battle the villains that are revealed and cause havoc through the game. As players defeat villains they collect villain cards that will be worth points at the end of the game. Once all of the mastermind cards have been claimed and the player with the most points wins. If the mastermind is able to complete their scheme before the players have defeated them all players lose the game together.

The game has been included in many of the The Dice Tower Top Ten Lists including:

While the Marvel universe dominates the box office, the DC universe is getting a little bigger with the release of The DC Deck-Building Game:  Rivals—Green Lantern vs. Sinestro from Cryptozoic Games.

A new stand alone game using the DC Deck-Building Game mechanics, the latest itteration places players into the never-ending conflict between Hal Jordan and Sinestro. The game will feature two different paths depending on what role the player takes. The Sinestra role is focussed on attacking and forcing opponents to take bad cards. The Green Lantern role will focus on drawing cards and features a strong defense.

The game comes with 98 cards that includes new heroes, villains, equipment, locations, and constructs. It includes six over-sized character cards with variable cards associated with them. Each character in the game will have unique abilities and will become more powerful when defeated, gaining access to additional abilities, until at the end of the game one ring-bearer is finally triumphant.

While a stand alone game, the game is also fully compatible with earlier DC Deck-Building Games games including Rivals—Batman vs. The Joker and the Confrontations set. The game is made for 2 players age 15+ and takes around 30 minutes to play.

DC Deck-Building Game

The DC Deck-Building Game:  Rivals—Green Lantern vs. Sinestro from Cryptozoic Games is built on the original DC Deck-Building Game system which was released in 2012 by Cryptozoic Games. In the system each each player chooses a hero with a special power and starts the game with a deck of ten cards. On each turn a player will use the five cards in their hand to acquire or conquer the five types of cards in the game: heroes, villains and super-villains, equipment, super powers, and locations. Players will defend themselves from attacks while attempting to defeat super-villains in an attempt to gain the most victory points.

The Rivals systems was introduced in 2014 with Rivals – Batman vs The Joker as more direct combat was introduced with confrontation rules that allow players to attack their opponents and block cards that ward off confrontations.

In Rivals the first player to drop the opponent three times wins, though if the deck runs out of cards the player with the most victory points wins.

The award-winning deck-building civilization game Eminent Domain is about to expand again with the Eminent Domain: Oblivion expansion by original Eminent Domain designer Seth Jaffee.

Your empire has grown vast and powerful, reaching beyond every edge of the galaxy. Now you must ensure the ties that bind your planets do not falter. Assert your dominance in the political arena. Use your clout to advance your agendas. As your borders expand farther and farther, do not let the core of your empire fall into oblivion!

The Oblivion expansion focuses on the political aspect of having to run a broad space empire. The expansion adds a new politics role and a set of global agendas that will affect all the players in the game. The new expansion doesn’t affect player count or time, with the game still playing in 45-60 minutes for 2-5 players aged 14 and up. A copy of the base game is required to play this expansion.

Tasty Minstrel Games is releasing Eminent Domain: Oblivion early December 2017.

Contents of the box will include:

  • Rule Booklet
  • Game Board
  • 42 Tokens
  • 7 Tiles
  • 87 Cards
  • Cloth Bag