Fleet: The Dice Game is the 20th addition to the collectible Gryphon bookshelf series. Fleet: The Dice Game is designed by Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback who have also worked on Fleet, Wasteland Express Delivery Service, The Goonies: Adventure Card Game together.
Fleet: The Dice Game is a strategic 2-4 player dice rolling game played over ten rounds made up of up to four phases: boat phase, income phase, fishing phase (even rounds only), and town phase while players try to earn assets, wealth, power, and income. Fleet: The Dice Game is available on Kickstarter until Friday, May 4th at 8:00AM EST.
First on the list of news in the board game app world is that Zombie Dice on iOS, after being dormant for nearly 7 years, has reanimated and been updated for modern devices. Now if you are running the latest version of the iOS on your phone or tablet, you will be able to have some fun rolling virtual dice as a zombie now. You can head over to the App Store now and download the new version for free.
Next a new expansion was announced to the popular Terra Mystica app, and this expansion brings in all the goodies from the Fire and Ice expansion of the board game into the app realm. This means you will be able to play with all six of the factions in the expansion, from the powerful Yetis to the rule breaking Shapeshifters. Also being included in this expansion will be a new level of AI, hard level, giving experienced players new challenges in the game. Expected release for the expansion is the first quarter of 2018, so expect to see it available in the app soon. You can download Terra Mystica and preview the new factions on the DigiDiced website.
Last, and by no means least, an old series of gamebooks is being converted into an app called Fighting Fantasy Legends. The book series was called Fighting Fantasy, and was a creation of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone that was published in the 80s. The books themselves were a mix of choose your own adventure and role playing where you would be choosing the path you would go, but would also be rolling dice for things like combat. The books were very popular and although they have gone through several publishing companies, they are still available today. Now, however, Nomad Games has decided to adapt some of these books, City of Thieves, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and Citadel of Chaos, into an app. In the game you will exploring the different areas and using cards and dice to perform actions and do battle while deciding who you will help. As you level up you will improve your dice making you stronger, and with tons of choices to be made in a single game, each play to be different than the last. So if you were a fan of the original books, check out the Youtube trailer and then head on over to the Days of Wonder blog for links to purchase the game in your preferred app store.
Dice Settlers is a new game on Kickstarter being funded that aims to combine both dice pool building and a 4X game [eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate] into one box. In the game you will start with a standard array of dice, on your turn you will be pulling five dice out of the bag to roll, re-rolling or drawing more dice if you got re-roll symbols or resources to spend. After that you will then pick two actions to perform out of all your rolled dice, with each action being indicated by different symbols. If you rolled compass symbols, you can draw as many tiles as you have symbols and then add it to the board. If you rolled torches you can use the total number of torch symbols to research and upgrade new technologies which give you special powers or actions. Guns will allow you to raid and remove other player’s markers, while campfires will let you add more of your own to the board. And finally the hire symbols allow you to add more dice to your bag and trade symbols allow you to turn in resources to earn points. All of this is to expand your influence on the board and explore more of the countryside, because it’s on the board where you will find the most victory points. Each tiles has two point values, if you have more tokens on a tile than anyone else, you are the governor of that tile, which will allow you to score the higher point value at the end of the game. The person with the second most will score the lower of the two values. But, if you manage to have 3 more markers than anyone else on that tile, you can put down a house, making you the permanent governor of that spot no matter how many other markers are there. If you can maintain your governorship over the most valuable spots, you may just win in the end.
This game sounds very interesting with the dice rolling and pool building being used as the driving force behind a 4X game, but it could also make this game into a luck fest for over an hour. You can find out more information, and pledge for a copy of the game, on the Kickstarter page, where a basic pledge of $50 plus shipping will get you everything you need. However, if you bump up to $75 you can get the deluxe edition with realistic looking resources, and all the wooden cubes and houses replaced with plastic mini tepees and log cabins.
Mini expansions seem to be the thing now as Matagot is releasing a new mini expansion for Dice Town in March of this year called Fistful of Dollars (or Cards). What is included? About 26 cards which includes 3 new cards for the base game and each of the two expansions, 10 new cards for a new mechanism centered around the titles of properties, and 7 elixir cards for first edition holders. Not much else is said about this expansion other than it gives you the chance to be the Baron of the Black Gold if you own the most derricks. You can find out a bit more information on the Matagot site, but you will find out more by picking it up at your local game store in March.
Sagrada has impressed a good number of people, including the voters at the Casual Game Revolution, with it’s simple play and interesting theme, so expanding them game is not a bad idea. That is why Floodgate Games just announced via Instagram that they will be releasing a 5-6 player expansion for the game. One thing about these types of expansions though is that the higher player count comes with a longer play time, and for a quick game like this that would be a drawback. So with this expansion they will also “introduce Private Dice Pool boards for a quicker gameplay experience at higher player counts“. This way you can play with more of your friends in the same amount of time. Also included will be new objectives, tools, and window cards to just give you more content in the game. Look for this to hit store shelves in the summer.
Long before Dice Masters was a twinkle in WizKids eye, Quarriors!, designed by Mike Elliot and Eric M. Lang, was the granddaddy of Dice Building games. It followed traditional releases in the form of big boxes for each expansion.
Dice Masters followed later but with a different release system in that you bought starter boxes and booster packs to expand your collection. They started dabbling in mini-releases such as Team Packs (like Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage and Dr Strange) and even released two big box standalone expansions for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Given the demand for the standalone expansions, Wizkids will be releasing the Avengers Infinity and Warhammer 40,000 Campaign Boxes.
According to Wizkids:
By shifting the focus of how players buy Dice Masters to non-blind product, we’re trying to lower the barrier to entry for fans who are interested in trying the game fresh or maybe exploring one of the IPs in the game they haven’t tried yet. [source]
The campaign boxes offer a lot of value. Each one has 48 different character cards which could be used to build hundreds of different thematic teams. There are also 10 Basic Action Cards to add variety. Adding in Team Packs will allow players to customize their teams even further. Campaign Boxes are able to store over 300 dice and their matching cards which means it can accommodate the basic set along with 10 added Team Packs.
Cards in the Campaign Boxes are also going to have their Max dice based on the game play but tournament play will be kept in mind when these are released instead of the stifling maximum previously designed into previous non-blind releases.
For more details on the upcoming Campaign Boxes check out the Wizkids Dice Masters page for details.
Hello again folks, I know it’s been a while, but Kickstarter tends to flat line around the holidays and just after, but things are ramping back up so lets look at some worthy campaigns. First up is another in the line of solo fighter pilot games from DVG called Corsair Leader, an update to the original release in 2003. This is another entry in the Leader Series which has other air, sea, and ground based vehicle combat like Phantom Leader, Sherman Leader, and Gato Leader. In Corsair you are taken back to the beginning days of the US involvement in World War II, and it just shortly after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. You will pick either Navy or Marines for the campaign, and that will give you a selection of planes and armaments to choose from for your missions. Each mission will have you fighting either land or air targets and you will need to consider pilot skill and plan type as you ready for the mission. On the mission the dog fighting will be done through dice, so if you have some luck and good planning on your side, you will come out on top. A base pledge for the game runs $75 with the option to add on other games in the Leader series, check out the Kickstarter page for more information.
Next we have a new hidden role/social deduction game from Dog Might Games, makers of excellent wood carved dice cases, called Countdown: Action Edition. In this game you will have one person who is the action hero (or should I say, heroine), they are trying to figure out who are the hostages and who are the villains. The ultimate goal is for the action heroine to release all the hostages before the bombs goes off, thus ending the reign of terror of the villains and making sure no one got hurt. If a villain manages to escape or they don’t get all the hostages out, the villain’s reign continues until their next scheme. Each player will have a randomly assigned team card, which tells them villain or hostage, and a role card that they will have picked. Throughout the game the heroine will be drawing countdown cards, which is both a timer for the end of the game, and gives the heroine options for actions they can take. They get two actions per turn and vary from asking specific questions, asking their own questions, setting “hostages” free, and tying up the “villains”. There are action scene cards too that can throw a wrench into any plan, so pay attention, ask the right questions, and hopefully everyone innocent will make it out alive. A pledge of $29 will get you the base game, and there are upgrades to get a wooden carrying case shaped like a VHS tape, so check out the Kickstarter page today.
And finally we have another game and webcomic collaboration in the form of Last Stand, designed by 5 Color Combo Games and illustrated by Chris McCoy. Chris McCoy is known for his comedy webcomic, Safely Endangered, and his art style lends a more comical tone to a game which is all about knocking each other down. This game is all about taking out your opponents to be the last one standing, but there is a twist in this because as you take more damage, you become more powerful. How the game works is that you will start with all your cards out on the table, you will then roll 3 dice and use those dice to attack other player’s stacks of cards. But here is the twist, they will then pick up the cards you damaged, and they become usable on their next turn to gain more power. Some examples of powers you can gain include rolling more dice, re-rolling dice, moving cards around, and more. So that means that as you get hurt more and more, you get more and more powerful, but in the end someone is going to be the last one standing, and they are the winner. A pledge of $25 will get you this quick card and dice game, so head on over to the Kickstarter to check it out.
Smirk & Dagger Games and lead designer Curt Covert have announced a game they have been teasing for some time, Tower of Madness. 3-5 Players take turns fulfilling location cards in push-your-luck dice rolling, however if they fail their investigation, they must face the tower. The actual tower stands over a foot tall, and houses colored marbles held in place by 30 demonic tentacles, much in the style of the older game Kerplunk. Failing to fulfill a card means pulling a tentacle from the tower, possibly releasing colored marbles, which add to your discovery total but permanently affect your character. Even worse, the tower may release a DOOM marble, which is one more step towards summoning Cthulhu, and ending the game. The investigator with the most discovery wins.
Look for Tower of Madness on store shelves June 2018.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new booster set as well as two new starter sets coming out in 2018 for its popular dice game, Star Wars: Destiny. Even better, limited quantities of these will be available prior to general release to whet the whistle for those lucky enough to get them.
The two new starter sets are the Luke Skywalker set (Luke Skywalker and Han Solo) and the Boba Fett set (Boba Fett and a Veteran Stormtrooper), both with powerful cards and iconic Star Wars characters that will get you off to a great start.
In addition to those sets, the Legacies booster set adds 160 cards with all new characters.
“The Star Wars universe is a galaxy of change. Fans have watched regimes rise and fall as the legacy of their favorite characters shifts with the dramatic twists of the generation-spanning saga.
Now, you can experience those iconic moments with Legacies, a new 160-card booster set for Star Wars: Destiny! Legacies expands on the themes found in the first three sets with new mechanics, card types, and symbols!”
All of these had been previously announced, but the biggest news is that some gamers will not have to wait until the regular release date to get their hands on these packs.
On December 15, these packs will be available to those customers in the European market in limited quantities.
On January 11, they will be available to North American customers, also in limited quantities.
“Celebrate the holiday season with brand-new Star Wars: Destiny products. While this special Holiday Preview Wave offers a sneak preview at our upcoming Star Wars: Destiny products, it is important to note that none of these cards will be legal for tournament play until the wide release of these products early in the first quarter of 2018, alongside the official Legacies launch kit.”
Want to see what some of these cards might be? Check out the FFG post.
When the partnership between Wizkids and Games Workshop was announced, one of the things mentioned was the creation of a new dice game set in the Warhammer 40K universe. People, me included, speculated that it would be a dice masters game given it’s success and ease of re-theming. Well now we have confirmation, Warhammer 40K Dice Masters is coming in July of next year. This will come in the form of a new starter set based around the battle for Ultramar campaign in the 40K universe, easily enough called Warhammer 40K Dice Masters: Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box. Included in the set will be the Ultramarine faction and the Deathguard faction along with all the basic action cards and dice you will need to field a two player game. Also being released at the same time will be two team packs, one called Orcs WAARGH! which brings in the uncontrollable Orcs, and the other called Space Wolves, Sons of Russ that brings in the Space Wolves Space Marine fighting force. Each team pack comes with cards for that faction and all the dice for those cards, but they will have to be combined with the base game in order to play the game as they don’t have any basic dice or action cards. One final thing to note, they did mention that these are compatible with all the other Dice Masters sets, meaning you can live the crossover dream and have Superman lead a team of space marines and ninja turtles into battle together!
You can find out more about the Dice Masters game on Wizkids’ website, through the many Youtube reviews of different sets from the Dice Tower, or just patiently wait 7 months for their release.
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