It’s been out of print and hard to find for years, but game design studio, Albe Pavo, has launched the 2nd edition of Carnival Zombie on Kickstarter.

Carnival Zombie is a cooperative board game for 1 to 6 players. Each player takes the roll of a character as they work together to flee a sinking city overrun by zombies. Players control this party of heroes as they fight their way to one of the possible escape routes out of the city. During the night, players face restless hordes of zombies, while during the day they recover, move or search for useful items and other survivors. The party can only survive until dawn with close cooperation. If they’re attacked, they accumulate stress until becoming terrified! If just one character becomes too stressed… it’s game over (man)!

The second edition includes new scenarios that will allow you to face completely new challenges: a tutorial scenario, shorter scenarios, harder games, traitor mechanics, competitive game, more dexterity game and night-only scenarios!

Carnival Zombie was originally released by ALBE PAVO in 2013 and sold out in just 3 months. The 1st edition received acclaim from reviewers and players alike. In fact it received the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence and a super cool quote by Tom Vasel:

“One of the best cooperative games I’ve ever played, probably the best zombie game I’ve ever played.”

Watch some Dice Tower coverage of Carnival Zombie (1st edition).

Carnival Zombie is for 1-6 players ages 12+. Depending on the type of game played – scenarios or story mode – the estimated time to play is 90-240 minutes. The game is scheduled to arrive in backers’ hands in November 2019.

Epic, 4X space games like Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition are loved for their grandness and scale. However, even players who love 4X games (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) struggle to get them to the table because of their time commitment and complexity.

The Final Flicktier by Gabe Barrett is hoping to scratch that 4X itch in just an hour of gameplay while upping the fun factor by bringing in dexterity as you flick your spaceships (dice) throughout the galaxy.

The Final Flicktier is a 4X style space game with dice flicking at its core. Players will take on the role of unique factions all vying for control of the galaxy. They’ll flick their spaceships (dice) around the board in order to explore new planets, build structures, harvest resources, and attack other factions. The player with the most victory points at the end wins.

The game is easy to learn and emphasizes finesse flicking over brute strength. Two beautifully illustrated neoprene mats are your playing and flicking surfaces. The base game comes with four space faring factions. Each faction gets its own set of ships which are represented by different sided dice ranging from traditional D6 up to a D12.

Check out the live Kickstarter campaign and see if The Final Flicktier is a journey you are ready to embark upon.

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 ChenFireworks! 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.

Two new WizKids games are on their way this April with interesting descriptions. The first is A’writhe: A Game of Eldritch Contortions – a team vs. team game where players must ” place an appendage on top of an Arkham landmark to complete a specific pattern.” One player cannot do that on their own, however, so they must touch an appendage of the opposing player to complete their own pattern. It sounds like C’thulhu meets Twister with a bit of puzzle-solving added in, which is a cool mix.

The second game is Endless Pass: A Viking Saga – A press-your-luck combat game with variable player powers. Players control vikings defending against a group of shadowy, vicious creatures known as The Endless, while also fighting against your fellow vikings for bonus points. As described in the product description, “The last viking standing or the first to acquire ten glory, while surviving the turn, wins the game. If none of the players survive, then the player with most glory is declared the Conqueror in Valhalla.” The guts-and-glory theme of the game really shines through with that description and with a 30-minute estimated playtime I can see multiple games of this being played back-t0-back, which is very good for push-your-luck games.

Both terrific uses of the C’thulhu and Viking themes. It’s good to see WizKids pushing more punchy titles like these for the Spring season and I expect we’ll see even more like these as the year continues. Both games will be releasing in April, so if you’re interested be sure to go to your favorite retailer to seek a copy. For more information on either title or for more releases from this publisher, please be sure to check out the WizKids website for more information as it’s released.

Seal Team Flix is a new cooperative game coming from WizKids. In Seal Team Flix, 1-4 players battle against Gaia’s Hope, an eco-terrorist group. This is a game set in modern warfare and includes dexterity elements to highlight the importance of skill and speed in a wartime setting. Players have the option of playing the game in a non-linear campaign mode or a skirmish mode.  The game boasts wooden blocks/discs, 3D walls, multiple map boards, and standees. Seal Team Flix is scheduled to release in Jul7 2018 (Q3).

Elzra Games is currently running a Kickstarter to fund a new fantasy board game that can be played by itself or can expand Catacombs Third Edition.  This fast-paced dexterity game serves as an introduction to the Catacombs™ universe and features both cooperative and competitive play styles to engage all players through the game.

The following is a description of the game from the Kickstarter page:

Catacombs & Castles relates the story of Larra the Huntress’ journey to the region of Tellaryth, searching for clues to the whereabouts of her missing wolf companion. This land is governed by four mysterious matriarchs who jealously guard their powers and secrets, frequently from other each. Larra becomes involved with the desperate defence of Castle Mivorih from an invading army of undead warriors. They seem intent on capturing the mysterious keystone from the Hmikad arch, which helps support the east wall of the main keep of the castle. That Xaugorth, evil leader of the Wraith Knights, was motivated to leave his underground lair may be the bigger mystery. Perhaps the tales are true and one of the matriarchs has finally gone too far…

Catacombs & Castles uses Elzra Games’ Dexterity Game System, allowing a minimal learning curve for those familiar with Catacombs™ Third Edition.  Catacombs & Castles utilizes a streamlined rule set, faster play times, and some new mechanics, yet still is seamlessly compatible with Catacombs Third Edition and the upcoming Wyverns of Wylemuir expansion.

Catacombs & Castles is a game for 2-6 players ages 14 and up and plays in 30 minutes.  For more information on this project, visit its Kickstarter page.

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For centuries, the Factions have been at war. However, it wasn’t until recently that they developed the ability to create a bomb so powerful as to destroy entire planets. Now the secret is out, and it’s a race to see which faction will be triumphant and become RULERS OF THE UNIVERSE!

Minion Games is currently running a Kickstarter project for Cosmic Kaboom, a sic-fi dexterity flicking game where players “fly around space collecting energy to power up space bombs which are used to eradicate the planets of their enemies.”  Due to the dynamic and flexible nature of the gameplay, players are able to play the game on a game surface of any size.  In the game, players will fly–or actually flick–their space ships around space (the game surface), collecting energy to power up space bombs and eradicate their enemies.

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To summarize gameplay, each player will control three planets, one of which housing an energy crystal that supplies energy cubes of that player’s type.  These cubes are obtained when a player flicks his or her ship onto the planet.  Players can “build” (obtain) a space bomb using a set of cubes from each player’s color.  This bomb can then be tossed onto the board in an attempt to destroy other players’ planets, earning points for each planet destroyed.  Players gain powers and bonuses as the game progresses via Advancement cards.  When one entire color of planets has been destroyed, or the majority of the planets have been destroyed, the game ends and the player with the most points wins.

Cosmic Kaboom if for 2-4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 30 minutes.  The project has reached its minimum funding level and will fund on June 9, 2016.  For more information, visit the Kickstarter page here.

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Where some see junk, others see art! In Junk Art, let your creativity take over as everything you touch turns into magnificent structures and extraordinary creations! But you’re not the only talented artist in town and you must prove yourself by taking the road, showing your skills and making new fans!

F2Z Entertainment (Filosofia, Z-Man Games, Pretzel Games and Plaid Hat Games) officially announces the upcoming release of Junk Art, “a dexterity game that’ll put your creativity up against the laws of physics by having you build unique structures around the world.”  Junk Art is the second game to be released under the Pretzel Games label.

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Junk Art is set for a Gen Con 2016 release in August.  For more information on this new release, visit the product page, or you can watch a teaser trailer!

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You know how it is.  You are on a stroll with your best frienemy when oops!  An orphanage is on fire.  You being you, you rush in.  This is your moment to shine!

Blind Ferret Entertainment announces its latest addition to its tabletop gaming line, Orphans and Ashes.  One player will take on the role of Cale’Anon, elf hero, who must race against the fire to find orphans and carry them to safety.  A second player will take on the role of the undead warlock Richard, who is fueling his dark magic with the innocent children and it is up to Cale’Anon to foil his plans.

This humorous game feature game mechanisms such as pick-up-and-deliver, push-your-luck, and dexterity elements.  With over 100 plastic, interactive components, Cale’s player must find a way for his future to physically hold on to orphan figures as he carries them to safety.  Cale can hold on to six orphan figures fairly easily, eight with some challenge, and more if the player uses some ingenuity.  If orphans fall off of Cale’s mighty shoulders, however, they are lost forever!

The game will be available for purchase on February 1st, 2016.  For more information, contact the company at

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Most of us have played Jenga, apparently the second most popular board game in the world. Eurogamer, a channel on YouTube, has posted an interesting interview with the creator of Jenga, Leslie Scott.

Did you know the origins of the name ‘Jenga’ (it’s from the Swahili word that means ‘build’)? Did you know that the inventor of Jenga always loses Jenga? Do you want to know more about the beginnings of Jenga and its marketing?

Check out the full interview on YouTube here. Also a bonus video – how well do you know the rules of Jenga?