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Grey Fox Games has started a Kickstarter for two expansions to Champions of Midgard, the popular dice management viking board game. The Dark Mountains adds a much requested 5th player to the game, as well as a new archer dice type, new adventures and new monsters. Dark Mountains also comes with a new character, a dark mountains board, and an expanded market board.

The second expansion, Valhalla, adds new leader dice, leader abilities and a new resource to manage. Valhalla also comes with its own board, a new character, epic monsters and more. There is even an option for a new box to hold the base game and both expansions comfortably. As is par with Kickstarters these days, stretch goals and Add-Ons abound.

Champions of Midgard: The Expansions is on Kickstarter until March 14, and is expected to deliver in June 2017. You can check out the campaign here.

Brotherwise Games, publisher of the 8-bit dungeon building game Boss Monster, has announced their next game, Unearth.  It’s going to be a dice-placement game designed by Jason Harner and Matthew Ransom, with art by Jesse Riggle.  In the game you are exploring the ruins of the great cities of old, trying to claim them as your own and build up places of power to restore a bygone age.  Play will use a set of 5 dice for each player, three 6 sided, one 4 sided, and one 8 sided die, each representing different explorers.

So far the game sounds great and more information will be released as time goes on, so look forward to it’s launch in August!

Mayday Games and Korea Board Games have partnered to bring H.I.D.E. to the US market. This dice game designed by Keewoong Kim casts players as spies attempting to discover each others’ identities.

“By combining the information disclosed as the game goes on, try to find out other player’s identity while hiding your own and gathering intel cards that are displayed in the middle of the play area. Each round you can choose by picking a die if you want to stay in the shadows or if you want to reveal some information about your identity while having the possibility to eliminate another spy.”

H.I.D.E. will accommodate 3-5 players, has a play time of 30 minutes, and is expected to be available starting March 2nd

‘Dice Masters: Spider-Man Maximum Carnage Team Pack’  has been announced by Wizkids. This expansion includes characters from the Maximum Carnage story line, including Venom, more versions of Spider-Man and several other villains. This expansion will see the first versions of Shriek and the Spider-Man Doppelganger. The Maximum Carnage expansion will include 24 cards and 16 dice, and will be available July 2017.

Queen Games recently listed a bunch of new releases for April 2017, including a new Kingdom Builder expansion and a bix box treatment of Escape: Zombie City.

Kingdom Builder: Harvest, the fourth expansion for the 2011 game Kingdom Builder, contains new places, landscapes and goals. A new scout mechanic also allows players to build in areas normally not allowed.

Queen announced a new reprint of Metro, the 1997 tile laying game. Similar to Tsuro or Streetcar, players place square tiles to complete rail lines. The new reprint includes a new design, all four expansions, and the ability to play with six people.

Tip Tap is an abstract game involving fast identification of oddly shaped colored tiles. Players need to quickly find and touch specific shapes, while keeping other players from stealing them.

Queen Games is reprinting the 2005 Stefan Feld game Roma. In Roma, players use a mixed card and dice strategy to gain victory points or money.

Queen is releasing Escape: Zombie City Big Box, a compilation of the excellent 2014 Escape: Zombie City with it’s Expansion 1: Survivor Chronicles and the mini-expansion Queenies 1, 2, and 3. In this 15 minute cooperative real time game, players try to gather supplies, avoid or attack the zombies, start up the VW microbus and get out of the city. The new big box includes new challenges, tokens, zombies, road tiles, and characters with new abilities.

12 Thieves is a new reprint of the 2007 Spiel Nominee Thief of Baghdad. 12 Thieves is a card game where players try to maneuver their 12 thieves around the bazaar in order to grab loot yet avoid the guards.

Solaris is a 3-5 player family friendly strategy game in which players mine the suns of distant galaxies. Solaris offers a variety of different strategies and tactics to come away the victor.

Captain Silver is a fast 2-4 player pirate game suitable for children. In Captain Silver, players pull pirate booty out of a bag, trying to feel for the right objects to win the treasure challenge.

Templar’s Journey players recruit knights from various cities to prepare for the holy crusade in Jerusalem. Players use cards to choose either a safe green action or a risky red action, which may give bigger rewards, but can result in a punishment for being greedy if other players choose the same action.

High Tide is a fast family push your luck game in which players try to place their deck chairs on different beaches as close to the sea as they can. But be careful – if the tide comes in too far, their chairs can be swept away.

In Worm Party, players use their fingers as worms celebrating in the great worm party, but Chicken Charly has come to the party. Players need to hide in the 3D earth mounds in the worm garden before being caught by Charly.

Asmodee have announced Dice Forge, a scheduled Quarter 2, 2017 release. Designed by Régis Bonnessée (Lords of Xidit, Seasons), the game features a “dice-crafting” mechanism, where players will alter the faces of their dice throughout the game in order to increase their power and abilities:

“At the beginning of the game, your dice are weak, offering only small benefits. From these small beginnings, however, you’ll rise to greatness by physically altering the faces of your dice. The dice used in Dice Forge are specially crafted, allowing you to easily snap new faces onto your dice, replacing weaker faces. In fact, changing your dice is one of the fundamental actions that you can take on your turn.”

Dice Forge is intended for 2-4 players, with a playing time of 40 minutes.

Warlord Games announced Beyond the Gates of Antares Dice Game, a dice game version of their 2015 wargame Beyond the Gates of Antares. Play as one of 5 factions, rolling custom skirmish dice to score victories on your campaign and claim the gate.  Opponents can also play fate dice to twist your successes into failures. The game comes with 22 custom dice, faction cards for the Concord IMTel, the symbiotic Isorians, the bio-adapted Boromites, the twisted Ghar Empire and the warlike Algoryn Prosperate. The release date is set for February 18, 2017.

What happens when you take a game like Carcassonne and add in a dungeon crawl type mechanic?  I think you would get a game like Delve.  In Delve you are a band of dungeon explorers who have been drawn to Skull Cavern based on the rumors of the treasure it holds.  You will have to lead your band of delvers into the dungeon, fighting off the other players, as well as monsters, as you try to grab the most loot.

Gameplay works at first like Carcassonne, where you take the dungeon tile you have and place it out to expand the dungeon, making sure to respect similar placement rules.  Then you can place one of your delvers in one of the rooms face down, with each faction have different delvers with different combat abilities.  Play will continue like this around to the other players until a room is completed, then everyone in that room will battle it out for control.  Everyone reveals their delvers and then rolls the combined battle dice shown for their team, trying to defeat all the other teams involved.  If you win you get the majority of gold in the room and any treasure, lose and you will get much less or nothing at all.  There are also encounter cards that you will face if you ever complete a room by yourself, making you face off against the dungeon before you can collect your spoils.  As you lay tiles a sun marker will move along a track, once it reaches the end the game is over and the richest faction is the winner.

Delve has a healthy dose of luck so keep that in mind, but if you are intrigued by the concept and can handle some luck in your battles, this game is just right for you.  You can head over to the campaign page to pledge for a copy of the game, or a copy of the game and an expansion with more encounter and treasure cards.

Dwarves: Dig, Delve, Die is the latest game from Imbalanced Games and is a light, dice placement game.  In the game you will have a pool of dice and a deck of cards, at the start of the game some cards are flipped over into a line and some dice are given to each player.  On your turn you grab another die from the dice pool and roll it with all your other dice.  You will then place your dice on different location cards, stacking your die on top if it matches or is greater than the die below.  Then the cards with the lowest visible die value are activated, giving you gold, stealing gold from others, giving others gold, or allowing you to dig deeper and reveal more cards.  As more actions are revealed you will have more choices, but don’t forget, the winner is the first person to five gold.

From the description the game sounds like a interesting filler where you roll dice and take actions without any great depth of strategy, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  Roll for It! fits in the same boat of rolling dice and making simple decisions and this game may fit right in that niche with it.  So if you are looking for a light dice roller, head on over to the game’s campaign page today to pledge.

Dice Stars, the latest in the line of games where you roll dice and cross off things on a pad of paper.  Some of the difference in Dice Stars is that when you start collecting stars for a row you want to score, unless you finish those stars, the row is worth nothing.  Another aspect is that instead of rolling a fixed set of dice you will draw dice from a bag and roll them, adding them to dice already previously rolled.  After doing that you then pick all of one number, all of one color, or all the stars to mark off your sheet.  Play passes to the next player and they do the same going around and around until someone triggers the end game, at that point you will calculate your score and the highest point total wins.

It’s a quick and easy dice roller if you are looking for something light to fill the time, you can check out Zee’s review of the game and then grab a copy at your local game store.