Word Forge Games is looking to make a big splash with their reprint and update of a award winning dice game, D-Day Dice 2nd Edition. This takes the original game and updates it, streamlining setup, updating the rules, and also giving the game a graphics overhaul. In the game you are soldiers storming one of several different battle fields, and on your turn you will be rolling dice to get resources in the form of gear, courage, troops, elite troops and more. You will also have the option to advance along the battlefield, but to do so you have to have enough “resources” to be able to make the trip and not be completely eliminated. But you also can’t just sit back and collect what you need in a leisurely amount of time, you can only spend a small number of turns in each zone so you need to get what you need and get moving forward. Make it to the objective and survive a full turn there and you win.
Also of interest is that in addition to the base game, they are also funding an expansion called War Stories. This expansion gives you more of what you expect from the game along with the addition of legendary units, servicemen, war stories, and components for a 5th player. The war stories aspect of the expansion essentially gives you random starting conditions and on-going effects that will change how you have to play each scenario. Servicemen are special troops that join your squad and have die faces on their card, allowing you to discard that card in order to get the shown die faces. Legendary units are special units that were actually at the battles in real life that you are simulating, each coming with their own set of cards giving you a fresh new challenge for each map. So if you are looking for an award winning dice chucking solo (or cooperative) game then give this Kickstarter a look.
A note for the 1st edition owners, they also are offering an upgrade pack to update your first edition game to a full fledged second edition.
Kung Fu Zoo is a new dice flicking dexterity game coming soon from Wizkids and designer Charlie Price. In Kung Fu Zoo, after all the employees have gone home, the animals escape and engage in martial arena combat! 2-4 players take turns flicking their selected animals’ dice, attempting to knock their opponents out of the arena, and back into their cages. Players choose between gorilla, elephant, zebra and cheetah dice, each with its own abilities and powers. Kung Fu Zoo comes with 16 dice, 4 animal sheets, an arena board, and a vacuum formed arena for battle. You can read more about Kung Fu Zoo on Wizkid’s website here, and expect the game on selves this February.
Dragon Ball Z has had a trading card game going for a while now, so a board game capitalizing on the highly popular series isn’t such a bad idea. Enter IDW Games, who have managed to partner with Toei Animation not for one game, but for a series of games based on the franchise. The line promises to have things like board games, tile-laying games, and dice games, with the first game being a dice game called Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell. In this game you will be choosing different DBZ characters to play as, then you will gather up your dice and roll them to charge your energy, unleash attacks, help your comrades, or get upgrades for your character. After each turn Cell will be attacking back, charging up his own energy, and even performing actions that will lock out powerful upgrades if the Z warriors don’t get to them first. Manage to defeat him and you win, or else all is lost and he destroys the world.
One thing of special note is that the designer of the game is Chris Bryan, best known for his involvement with the Board With life web series. The game is slated for release in March of 2018, and you can read more about it and IDW’s new partnership in this press release.
First in this trio of new games from Renegade is a shrub viewing game called Topiary. In this game, it is up to you to make sure your visitors have the best experience at the park by making sure they can see the most sculpted shrubs. Play is simple in that you can either place a visitor, or rearrange some of the tiles in the park. The tricky part comes in that the park starts out completely unknown with all the tiles face down, and you only have a grid of 5 x 5 tiles to place your visitors around. Then there is the line of site rules where you can only see a bush of a higher number behind the one before it, so having a 5 bush at the start means you can’t see any 4, 3, 2, or 1 bushes behind it. All of these little rules and simple gameplay will make this game fun and easy to approach. To find out more you can check out Renegade Games’ website and look for its release in early 2018.
Next up is a game that won the Cardboard Edison award for 2017, and that is Castell, a game all about building human towers. In Catalonia, Spain, they have a rather odd tradition of building the tallest human towers they can, called Castells, at many festivals throughout the year. In the game of the same name you will be creating your team of Castellers, “visiting Catalonian cities, expanding your team of Castellers, learning tower-building skills, and showing off your tower-building prowess at local performances and festival competitions”(Renegade’s website) The player who is able to build the best towers throughout the game will emerge as the winner. You can find out more information about the game here, and look for this award-winning game on store shelves in Q1 of 2018.
Lat of the three is the scary game of the bunch, and that is Lucidity: Six-Sided Nightmare. This game was on Kickstarter not too long ago, and Renegade Games has decided to pick it up for wider distribution. This game is a dice rolling push your luck game as you try to collect the most power in your dreams without being corrupted by the nightmares. On your turn, you will roll dice to gain that power, but as you roll nightmare symbols they will build up, but you get more power the more of other symbols you get. If you do get corrupted you then turn into the nightmare and have to fight other players and try to eliminate them. At the end of the night, it will be the last dreamer or nightmare standing that will win the game. You can find out more about the game on the Renegade Games’ website, which includes a nice rules explanation from The Rules Girl and look for this to hit wide distribution in early 2018
Chip Theory Games, with designers Adam and Josh J. Carlson, has started a Kickstarter Campaign for the first stand-alone sequel-expansion to their acclaimed 2017 dice builder RPG, Too Many Bones. Too Many Bones hit the gaming world by storm with its gorgeous art, unique dice driven mechanisms and high quality neoprene boards, poker chips, and PVC cards. In Too Many Bones, players roll dice to determine their actions in a series of card driven puzzles and battles, using stats to determine how many and which type of dice they can throw. Additional available dice are bought with experience points, which lead to unique abilities and powers.
The Undertow Expansion adds a new campaign along the river, complete with 2 new characters usable within the new campaign or with the core game. Duster, the shadow assassin, can hide and avoid targeting, and has a large sidekick wolf just for fun. Stanza, the minstrel, plays magical songs on her Luitar, healing her comrades and harming the enemy. Optional buys include the core game, extra neoprene game boards including the 2.0 version of the battle mat, and a new character expansion, Gasket, the Hydromech.
The Kickstarter Campaign for Too Many Bones: Undertow continues through November 9, and is expected to deliver in June 2018.
In the competitive card game sphere there are two styles of play that reward skill and deck construction more than just having the best cards, draft play and sealed play. These types of matches have been going on for a long time with Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic, and EPIC the Card Game, so having a collectible style game without it just feels incomplete. Well now Star Wars Destiny will get that format now with the latest announced set, Rivals, which includes 20 cards that straddle the line between good and evil.
With this set and a handful of booster packs, you will be able play in either style format and be able to construct some solid decks of cards and dice. Some of the set’s highlights include Anakin Skywalker, Conflicted Apprentice, whose ability differs based on if you discard a hero or villain card, and Ketsu Onyo, Black Sun Operative, who allows you to save a weapon before it gets discarded. These and many other cards will not only allow you to play in these new styles, but will bolster your decks in regular play as well. Look for Rivals to hit shelves in 2018, and you can read more about it on the FFG website.
Fruit Ninja, the extremely popular dexterity-testing app from Halfbrick Studios is coming to the board gaming scene with a bang. The Fruit Ninja Tabletop Game Series by Lucky Duck Games is now on Kickstarter and as it’s name suggests, there’s not just one game based on the mobile phenomenon, but three! A deck building game, a dice game, and a party game, which emphasize the prominent features of Fruit Ninja – speed, skill, and strawberries. As described on the campaign page:
“In order to build our dream game set, we contacted over 50 game designers from all over the world and opened our door to prototype submissions. We reviewed over 20 different prototypes and picked the 3 best games that were: Unique. Fast to Play. Fun and accessible.”
I do have to commend Halfbrick for coming into the board gaming scene as strong as they are, with a level of seriousness and sincerity apparent in a formidable set of games that together appeal to broad audiences. Their design philosophy behind Fruit Ninja is clearly represented in the games they chose, which have incredibly easy rules, a sense of speed and tension, and a distillation of fun. What’s even better is that these games can be backed individually or as a set, and impressively it appears that each one will still give you that authentic Fruit Ninja experience that fans enjoy while still being distinguishable from the other two. So whether you’re interested in any or all of them be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign page to learn more about The Fruit Ninja Tabletop Game Series.
All three of these games have had many expansions already put out for them, so publishers figured that some more would be just what people want. First on the list is the Omens of the Pharaoh expansion for the dice game Elder Sign. What is interesting about this expansion is that it started as an expansion for the digital game only, but proved popular enough to be brought to the physical game as well. This new expansion will be a new adventure deck to the game of all new horrors you have to face, this time against an Egyptian back drop. One thing that does work in your favor is that this expansion will bring artifacts into the game, giving you a leg up by being able to re-roll dice without spending clues. You can read more about the expansion on the FFG website, and look for this release on store shelves in the first quarter of 2018.
Next are two more characters to add to the already long list of characters trying to drink each other under the table at the Red Dragon Inn. Allies: Adonis vs. The Lich King brings the hunky bard and the undead fiend into the game. Adonis will be another character you can play as, with several musical instruments at your disposal to either lull your opponents to sleep, or bash them over the head. Either way you can carry a tune and looking to take everyone else down. The Lich King is a new boss, and by far the most defensive boss, that you and all your friends can “fight” against. He brings a lot of magical prowess to the table so you will have to dodge his spells and strike when the time is right to keep him from drinking you all under the table. Look for this expansion to hit shelves in January of 2018.
And finally, we have some upcoming releases for the Hero Realms deck building game. First of those is a new campaign box called The Ruin of Thandar, which turns this competitive game into a cooperative adventure style deck building game. You will be working together with your friends to defeat these new evils, acquiring experience points and better cards as you go along until you can defeat the final boss. Look for this in the last quarter of this year.
The other two expansion are boss decks which add new characters that you can play as to the game. One is the Dragon Boss Deck and the other is the Lich Boss deck, each giving you a full starting deck for the respective bosses, allowing you to play as them instead of a hero. Look for both of these to hit stores in the fourth quarter of this year.
FFG continues to expand and support Star Wars Destiny by announcing a new set, simply called Legacies. The name suits this set well as the majority of the new characters and items you will be getting have a foot firmly planted in the Star Wars movies of the past. The two starter sets available will be Boba Fett with a veteran Stormtrooper, and Luke Skywalker with the heroic smuggler Han Solo. These starters are pretty standard and include enough in the box to field an army with just what is there, but what is really interesting is all the new mechanics that this set will be adding to the game.
First on that list is indirect damage, this type of damage is usually coming in higher numbers than other types of damage, but because it is indirect, the player receiving the damage chooses where it goes. So while you can dish out more damage than ever, it’s not going to be hitting what you want. Another new mechanic are Power Actions, these are powerful actions you can take, but come with the limitation of only being usable once per turn. So Wedge Antilles’ ability to flip a ship die to whatever side you want can devastating at the right time, just know you won’t be using it more than once a round. And finally we have a new card type called plot cards, this are cards costing only a couple points, helping up bump that 27 or 29 point army up to a full 30. These plot cards give you an extra leg up by giving you extra starting resources are forcing other players to discard cards. Overall if you are a fan of Star Wars Destiny, this set will open up all sorts of new possibilities. You can find out more on Fantasy Flight’s website, and then patiently wait for it’s release.
My wallet keeps taking a beating, but luckily I have a budget and a wife so I won’t spend too much, but lets take a look at some projects that might be worth your money. First on that list are some giant dice in the form of 55mm spin down dice being brought to you by Todd Brammer, the maker of d20 earrings. Both dice look great with the color options being molten gold or silver, and that is pretty much it. You can get one for $8 or both for $15, just a no frills Kickstarter to get you some giant spin down dice. So check out the Kickstarter page if you are interested.
Next we have another webcomic turned game and that is Heart and Brain the Party Game. This is a card, party game which is a melting pot of different challenges that you will have to face in order to get the tokens you need to win. On your turn you will draw from one of two piles, the heart deck or the brain deck. The heart deck has mainly goofy challenges grouped into dares, double dares where you perform it with someone else, voting about different situations, or challenges which involve things like beating you in a mini game or making you laugh. The brain deck is more about the mind with things like challenges on naming things, contests like who can name more famous comics, and true/false votes where you reveal something about yourself that is either true or false and everyone has to guess. There are also cards to play a game similar to Cards Against Humanity where you are trying to play your best phrases to match a prompt that was drawn. Overall if you like the humor and antics of the Heart and Brain comic, this kind of game will be right up your alley. Check out the Kicktstarter today.
After that is a new worker placement game with dice called Dice Hospital. In this game you are running a hospital, trying to cure patients to earn points. At the start of the round there will be a pool of dice rolled and those will be distributed into ambulances, thus making up the patients you will draft for that round. They are ordered in these ambulances by worst to best so while if you take the worst batch, you will get first pick on upgrades, while if you pick the best you will be picking upgrades last. Once these dice are in your hospital you will pick out an upgrade which could be better rooms to add to your hospital, or new employees which give you special abilities. Once you have picked an upgrade it’s time to treat your patients, with the pip value on the dice indicated how healthy your patient is (6 means ready to discharge, 1 means almost dead). You will place out your nurses on different rooms to be able to treat your patients, and as you discharge them you will get points for how many you can discharge in a round. At the end whoever has the most points is the winner. The base game looks great, and the deluxe game upgrades with both a dice tower and 3D ambulance to hold dice, looks even better. Check out the Kickstarter for more information and to pledge.
Next is a campaign to get some excellent minis for the Starfinder RPG being put out by Paizo. The campaign is pretty simple in that there are two levels to pledge for, each getting you the same basic miniature package along with slots for you to customize your pledge. Each pledge gets you figures for the legacy heroes like Seelah the paladin, Candy and Cola, and more generic sculpts like an elf operative, gnome mystic, or halfling pilot. The slots in each pledge will allow you to pick from a lineup of seven enemy encounter packs, 25 different heroes, two fleets, and six different big enemies, allowing for lots of pledge customization. Overall if you are wanting a good set of minis for Starfinder at about $3 a mini, you can’t go wrong with the ones in this Kickstarter campaign.
Up next we have an “anime” turned board game from Rooster Teeth called RWBY: Combat Ready. RWBY: Combat Ready is a battling game where you will be taking on the roles of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang as you fight against the villain Roman and his minions. This is a fully cooperative game and will be taking place in two areas, the sideline and center stage. The player on center stage is battling the main villain of the scenario by playing cards and inflicting as much damage as possible. The players on teh sidelines can use their cards to aid the player on center stage, or take care of the minions or other bad events happened all around them. All of these will be played out using the cards you have, by playing the cards against the enemies you are facing. You will then flip over both your card and the villain card and whoever is faster gets to deal damage. If you are able to string consecutive hits together you can build up battle fury, making you faster and giving you access to an ultimate attack. In the end if you eliminate the villain you win, but like most coop games, there are lots of ways to lose. So if this RWBY inspired game likes interesting to you, check out the Kickstarter page.
And last, but certainly not least, we have Steamforged Games latest creation, Resident Evil 2 the Board Game. This brings the iconic survival-horror genre video game to the tabletop, putting you and your follow players up against all the horrors and monstrosities that have been created by the Umbrella Corporation. This game is a dungeon crawl game where you are venturing out into the streets of Raccoon City in a bid to escape the horror all around you. This game brings a resource management aspect to the dungeon crawl genre as the Resident Evil games were known for giving you just barely enough to survive, so you can’t be frivolous with your bullets or medicinal herbs. Plus there is a tension deck, telling you about strange sounds and figures that you see as you go down the streets and alleys. Can you afford to explore that room? Will you have enough bullets if the giant monster shows up? You will have to keep answering that question as you play the game. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, check out the Kickstarter page.
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