There has been a disturbance in the Force as a rare, non-FFG Star Wars-themed game has been announced today. USAopoly (who also goes by the name ‘The OP’) and Disney Consumer Products UK have publicized the pending release of Star Wars: Dark Side Rising, a new cooperative card and dice game that is set during the events immediately prior to and during Star Wars: A New Hope. The game is designed for 2-4 players for ages 10 and up and has an estimated game time of 45 minutes.
In this light strategy game, each player will lead their own Rebel cell, led by their starting Team Leader (either Captain Cassian Andor, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker or Hera Syndulla), as they work together to recruit other iconic characters (such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Admiral Raddus) and prevent the construction of the original Death Star to thwart the Empire’s overall plans for domination of the galaxy. A custom-sculpted 3D Darth Vader bust is featured on the game board that commands the Imperial forces trying to either wipe out the Rebels or make the Death Star operational. The Rebels win by defeating enough Imperial agents before the Empire is able to either successful bring the Death Star online or eliminates too many of the Rebellion’s assets.
The game will be released in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions in the fall. It is unclear from the announcement whether this game will be exclusive to the EMEA regions or will receive a North American release at a later date. However, The OP has stated that Star Wars: Dark Side Rising was designed specifically for EMEA.
Admittedly, the look of the game from the images released and the described game-play sounds very similar to The OP’s earlier board game Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War. The shared use of the term ‘Rising’ in both titles also suggests that Star Wars: Dark Side Rising may be the latest entry in a unofficial board game series begun with Thanos Rising.
Star Wars: Dark Side Rising will also be showcased at the UK Games Expo as well as DISTOY 2019 in London.
More information about this release is available here.
Based on the popular Newgrounds video games series, The Visitor: The Board Game, brings the same hilarious and disgusting humor and antics found in the online video game straight to your gaming table.
The plot of the game revolves around hungry, invading aliens that feed by entering through their prey’s…well…perhaps you should go check that out for yourself in the Kickstarter video. For the squeamish amongst you, consider yourself warned. As far as gameplay:
The Visitor: The Board Game is a competitive dice-allocation game for 2 to 4 players that puts you in control of an alien slug who eats other creatures in order to evolve.
Each round you will draft different coloured dice from a shared “DNA pool” based on your strategy. The red dice are aggressive; they help you get to your food and eat it faster. The blue dice are speedy; they allow you to rush around the board with ease. The green dice are smart; they solve puzzles with superior efficiency. There’s also the black dice, which are gross.
If you were a fan of the Newgrounds series or like a little disgusting humor in your board games, head over to the Kickstarter page to learn more about The Visitor.
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.
Gate Keeper Games are no stranger to making dice as their previous dice campaign, halfsies dice, we a great hit and delivered on some neat coloring combos. So this time around they are taking things a bit further by adding more layers in their latest Kickstarter for reality shards, neutron, and supernova dice sets. The reality shards takes the halfsies concept and adds one more, color that is, with the ends being one color, the center being another, and another sandwiched between. This creates a very cool layered look to them that is sure to impress.
Supernova dice take the halfsies dice you know from before, and “blows out the middle”, essentially adding a layer of perfectly clear material in the middle to create a see through effect. This is more of a next step for halfsies as the same color combos you loved before will be used to new effect here.
And finally we have almost the exact inverse to the supernova, and that is the neutron dice sets. There are perfectly clear dice with a single color layer right in the middle. This creates a wonderful effect as you see the layer of color through the clear ends, giving it an outer space like feel.
All of these dice look great and are priced at $11 for each set of 7 with options to get additional d6’s, mini d6’s, and additional d10s. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information, and back now before it ends on October 9th.
Everyone, whether they be adult, kid, or board gamer, could really stand to move a bit more in their lives. Snag the Flag, which is live on Kickstarter, hopes to be the game that gets you and your family up and moving while learning some fun facts about fitness and making you laugh with joy.
Snag the Flag is a physically and mentally challenging quick-reflex game. It’s designed to get everyone involved by moving, playing, reading and learning even on another player’s turn. The game is easy to learn and can be enjoyed by all ages of players. You choose your skill level and intensity. While becoming healthier is an added bonus that the game hides behind silly challenges, intense stand-offs and friendly competition. So jump up, grab some flags, laughs and break into a sweat on your next game night!
The game comes with 150 challenge and trivia cards, oversized dice, and six sets of flags. It can be played inside or outside and has different levels of intensity depending on age and fitness level. With elements of flag football, physical challenge games, a la Quelf, and an improv acting class, Snag the Flag seems well equipped to keep you moving and entertained.
Txarli Factory, a miniatures and game company based in Pamplano, Spain, has launched a new game on Kickstarter called Rising for the Throne. The card and dice game is fantasy-based with dragons, gryphons, and knights depicted, to name just a few. There is an overall Norse mythology-vibe to the cards and they have a watercolor look to them while also coming off as gritty and grounded.
Most of the information about gameplay can be found in the link to the manual while the video gives some insight into the theme and story.
In this land, the six great clans are relentlessly recruiting new warriors for their battles—Choose your clan, collect resources, recruit new troops, and get the victory. Only one clan can win and sit on the great throne of the kingdom.
The collector’s edition comes with chunky, nicely sculpted figureheads for each of the six clans. Check out the video and images of Rising for the Throne over on Kickstarter.
The Dice Dungeon is a two player game that takes approximately 20 minutes to play. In the game, each player sits across from each other with a 3D “Dungeon Waffle” in between. Each player’s goal is to be the first to build a path from one end of the dungeon to the other and have the means to make it through with the right equipment and end with more experience points than their opponent. Alternating turns, each player will draw and roll one die from the dice bag. If you roll a map face, you’ll add it to the Dungeon Waffle, choosing which map side faces you and which faces your opponent, as well as the orientation. Spells and equipment can be kept in front of you. Spells will let you manipulate dice already in the dungeon while equipment will give you the means to make it through locked doors and enemies at the end. Wish rings allow you to choose any face on that die to use and Wondrous Items allow you to exchange it with one of your opponents spells or items, or can be saved for bonus experience points at the end of the game. The game ends when either player declares that they have completed a path through the dungeon and have the necessary equipment to successful traverse that path or when either player is unable to draw a die from the dungeon bag. The player with the most experience points wins.
The campaign includes stretch goals that will offer a three player Triple Waffle and a four player Waffle Cross. For more information, you can check out the campaign here.
“Tiny Ninjas is a two-player, dice-rolling, head to head card game that’s designed to play right inside of the box!”
Currently live on Kickstarter, Tiny Ninjas, by 2niverse Games, lets you battle on the go from the comfort of your very own board game box. Roll the custom engraved shuriken and kunai dice to attack and defend the varied selection of whimsical ninja characters; the Ninja Panda is my personal favorite.
As of right now, Tiny Ninjas plans to be a Kickstarter exclusive. Check out the other ninjas and the how-to-play video over on the campaign page.
As one of Coimbra’s oldest houses, your role is to seek prestige with the monasteries, universities, and fund explorations. To do this, player’s will draft dice each round that can be used in multiple ways and taking dice can affect turn order, income, and the cost of bribery . Whoever can optimize the use of the dice and the constant change of synergy with the monasteries, universities, and expeditions will be the winner.
Coimbra is a designed for 2-4 players and takes approximately 60-90 minutes. Coimbra pre-orders will open April 16, 2018 and it will be released on August 2, 2018 at GenCon.
Poly Hero Dice has taken on the challenge to create dice sets that are physically themed after the typical fantasy classes of warriors, clerics, wizards, and more. After successfully creating and kickstarting two previous sets, the warrior and the wizard, they have now turned their attention to the rogue class. This set features some of the iconic gear a rogue would have in dice form, like a dagger d4, loot bag d10s, a crossbow bolt d8 and more. What this set also features is a d20 that is in the form of a lock and lock pick where you will twist and turn the pick inside the lock, then push it down to reveal a number. This is fairly ambitious and while the dice may not all roll well, you have to admit that it would feel nice to roll a crossbow bolt d8 when rolling for damage in a DnD game. A full set of dice will run you $18, and the lock-pick d20 can be added on for an additional $9, which may sound pricey, but given the quality and uniqueness of the dice, it’s to be expected. You can back for a set as well as see all the different colors on the Kickstarter page.