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.
Marvel Dice Masters is a competitive game for 2 players where each player assumes the role of a mastermind directing their teams in battle against an opponent. The next release cycle of Marvel Dice Masters is expected January 2018 and includes both Draft Sets and Gravity Feeds and will mostly feature characters from The Mighty Thor comic book universe.
“New Asgardians, new villains, new weapons and new ways to play will have fans crossing the Bifrost to pick theirs up. In addition to Asgardian heroes and villains, you can count on versions of Spider-Man, The Hulk, and Iron Man that have never been seen before in Dice Masters!”
There will be more than 30 heroes and villains in the set which you can obtain from Foil Packs found in Gravity Feeds. Each Foil Pack has two cards, 2 matching dice, and a rules insert. Gravity Feeds have 90 Foil Packs.
The Draft Packs contain the following:
- 2 Basic Action Cards
- 12 Character or Action Cards
- 24 dice (2 to match each character or action card)
- 1 rules insert
A starter set is required in order to play the game in addition to this expansion. Characters are then immediately playable when obtained from a Foil Pack.
Z-Man Games has posted more details about the upcoming expansion to their 2015 award winning game The Voyages of Marco Polo. The Agents of Venice Expansion contains multiple independent units adding to the gameplay, and this update gives more details on the City of Venice module. Players can add trading posts within the city of Venice, starting with the large palazzo at the bottom of the new board, then expanding outward along paths. Using a mechanic similar to the “Khan’s Favor” space in the main game, players can place a die in Venice, but each successive die needs to be higher or equal to the die played previously. Players can therefore make it difficult for others to build in Venice by playing higher dice. As a teaser, Z-Man notes that the Companions Module, which includes extra helpers with special powers, contains the Gondolier, which allows players yet another opportunity to place trading posts in Venice.
Read more about the City of Venice Module from the Agents of Venice Expansion on Z-Man’s website here.
The Star Wars: Destiny Rivals Draft Set adds a new play format to the wildly popular Star Wars: Destiny game.
For over a year, Star Wars™: Destiny has put players in the middle of epic duels from the Star Wars galaxy. From Rey and Jyn Erso teaming up to fight Count Dooku to Han Solo facing down Jango Fett, Star Wars: Destiny has allowed players to live out any battle they could imagine from a galaxy far, far away.
Now, Star Wars: Destiny invites you to relive the epic showdowns of Star Wars in a brand-new way with the Rivals Draft Set. Team up with five other players and participate in a card draft before creating decks and proving yourself as the ultimate Star Wars: Destiny player!
A draft requires each player to have their own Rivals Draft Set as well as six booster packs taken from any Star Wars: Destiny set. The Fantasy Flight website has a full example of the draft process.
Limited quantities will be released on Friday, December 15th 2017 to celebrate the holiday season. It’s important to note that the cards released for the holiday season will not be tournament legal until the official release. The full, official release will be in the first quarter of 2018. There will be a special release promotion with more information soon.
Castles of Burgundy is a classic euro game that sits in the BoardGameGeek top ten, and with a card game version already created, why not create a dice version? Coming later this month you will finally be able to play Castles of Burgundy the Dice Game, a roll and write style game. The core of the game is still there with the familiar hex board, the ability to buy and sell goods, different actions you can take on tiles, and bonuses you get for completing areas of the board. But now instead of rolling dice and assigning workers to slowly do these actions, now the roll of the dice will immediately let you get silverlings, mark off spots on the board, get goods, and other things. This means you will be able to play a game very quickly, and still get a bit of the experience you have from the big game. Look for this game to hit store shelves by the end of the year.
Next we have a new game coming from Cryptozoic based on the highly popular Rick and Morty cartoon called Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game. This game is a unique engine building game in that you will be using energy from the different levels of the multiverse in order to build and operate you inventions, but there is more to it than that. If you go into the lower multiverses you will get first dibs on energy to be able to power/build things, but because that universe is more primitive, the things you can build are more limited and more unreliable. Stay in the higher ones and you will be farther down the list when comes time to give out energy, but you will be able to build the best stuff, so plan wisely. Whoever can “collect” the most tech by the end of the game will be the winner. Look for this game to be released in April of next year.
The last physical game we will be talking about is the unique game called Wallet, which uses a literal wallet as the main component. The story is that you are surrounded by the cops, and to escape you need an ID and some cash form the boss, but he just took off in a helicopter. Lucky for you, he dropped his wallet with all of the IDs and cash left inside. So on your turn you will be searching the wallet trying to find a plausible ID and some cash to either get out of town, or bribe the cops to look the other way. But be careful, there could be an undercover cop in your midst if they find their badge in the wallet. Rounds are quick at only 10 minutes and the whole game is over in 30 minutes, with the person who scored the most points being the winner. So if you want to get your hands on this game with a very thematic and unique component, you will have to wait until June of next year.
And finally, we have the two App releases for the day, the first being an update to the Carcassonne app and the release of the updated Abalone app. Carcassonne is the perennial favorite tile laying game that most games and even non-gamers know about, and it has done very well as an app in the past. But this new release of the game makes it look stunning by introducing fully 3D tiles to the game. This will give the classic game a lot of pop and make it look really impressive. Check out the new version here and then download it from Google play (sorry iPhones) or steam today.
The second app that has been release is Abalone, a classic abstract strategy game of pushing marbles to corner and remove your opponent’s pieces. The game looks great and bringing it to the app space means you will be able to practice and work on your strategies against an AI before challenging other players. Plus the ability to vary aspects of the game like how many marbles you need to remove to win, or setting a time limit, allows you to add more challenge to the game if you are a seasoned player. So if you are interested you can find out more about the game here, and then download it from your particular app store or steam today.
Upper Deck Entertainment has announced plans to release the Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealms game in the Summer of 2018. The game has 3-6 players aged 12+ battling against each other as Marvel superheroes and is set in the “Contest of Champions” universe made popular in video games.
In Battlerealms each player will take control of a one of 12 available Marvel Superheroes, rolling dice to activate powers, move across locations to gain points of their own and to take points from other players.
At the beginning of each game each player will choose one of the 12 available superheroes and then construct a play area containing different locations. Once the game is set the battle begins. On each turn players will roll up to six custom dice to discover what powers they will be able to use, rerolling the dice up to two times. Arrangement of the dice will matter when unlocking unique powers, attacking and moving among locations.
Actions will allow you to both move and eliminate the victory points of other players while also earning your own victory points. If a players victory points ever fall to zero they are knocked out of the game. Players will win the game by either eliminating all other heroes or by being the first to reach 21 victory points.
Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm is scheduled for a Summer 2018 release.
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