Convention season is coming and so of course the game announcements are going to start ramping up. We have five new announcements in this article to go through so lets get cracking.
First is the latest from Wizkids and that is DiceBot MegaFun, a real time dice game of robot combat. In the game you will be rolling dice to try and scavenge weapons from the junkyard to outfit your robot with. Then, once you have the weapons you desire you will start attacking your opponents, hoping they don’t have a defense for the weapon you choose. Manage you get through their defenses and you will damage then, cause enough damage and they will be eliminated! Last one standing is the winner. Look for this to be released in June.
Next is a new game from Osprey Games called Star Cartel, which as you can guess from the title is a game all about trading goods in space. In the game you are trying to make your goods worth the most, but in order for the value of goods to go up you have to trade them to the Cartel. But you can’t score what you don’t have so you have to be careful how much you let go. You will also be able to upgrade your ship to better protect your investments and hope you have the most valuable stash by the end of the game. Look for this on store shelves in July of this year.
Ultra Pro is continuing to ramp up it’s game offerings with a new abstract strategy game called Zircles. This game has a bit of a Blokus feel to it in that you have triangle pieces of differing arrangements and sizes. On your turn you place down a piece trying to complete the circles at the corners of the triangles. As you complete circles you will get points, and once someone has played all their pieces, any you have left will count against you. Whoever has the highest score at the end is the winner. Zircles will be released in July of this year.
Lastly we have two releases coming from Rio Grande Games, first is an expansion to the time travel game Temporum called Temporum: Alternate Realities. What the expansion does is double the amount of cards in the box, giving you 48 new places to time travel to and 60 more player cards that you can use. It also comes with all the needed chits for the new zones, but overall just gives you more variety and options in playing the game. Look for this to arrive in June of this year.
And finally, we have the last game we will talk about, Bohnanza: The Duel, bringing the classic bean growing card game into the two player realm. The game remains mostly the same except now instead of trading for beans, you gift them to your opponent, hopefully to their detriment. But since it’s a gift you can reject it, but rejecting it means you have to offer your own gift in return. Other new additions include bonus cards that give you gold when you complete them, and the ability to plant different beans in the same field. So if you are a fan of the original but wish it was two players, this will definitely fill that need. Look for this at your local store in May of this year.
Potluck Games love their dice games, and so their latest dice game, an expansion for Dungeon Dice, is up on Kickstarter now. Dungeon Dice is a game that takes all aspects of dungeon crawling and transforms them into dice, similar to how Dungeon Roll does things. But instead of a push your luck game, it stays true to it’s RPG form in that as you fight monsters you will level up and gain more abilities, treasure, and spells to help you in the dungeon. Monsters are found through drawing dice from a bag and you fight by rolling dice against it and using your abilities and items to augment your results. If you beat the monster you get some loot in the form of more dice, if the monster beats you then you are injured, and start losing dice. Play keeps going like this until someone has enough dice to lay claim to the throne and win the game!
Dungeon Dice: The Lost King does much like the previous expansions and adds a bunch of new dice, 33 and counting so far. Each one representing new spells, items, locations, traps, and even a new jumbo dungeon die. What is also being offered in this campaign is a box for the base game and all the previous expansions, which have all previously been sold in bags. This way you can get the new expansion, and have a nice place to store everything on your shelf instead of just a giant bag of dice. Plus if you are new to the game and want to collect it all, they have completionist pledges that get you everything for the game that has been released. So if you want some dice rolling dungeon fun, head over to their Kickstarter page.
Alderac Entertainment (AEG) has announced an expansion for Fantahzee, a game in which players are defending their town against hordes of monsters using dice. In Fantahzee: Rogues Gallery “the town of Devil’s Burden is still under attack, and even more monsters are pouring in! Ingenious goblins, led by the mighty troll king and his retinue, are now laying devious traps all over the town to hamper the stalwart defenders. It is time to call for reinforcements – the long-time secret society within Devil’s Burden: the Rogues’ Guild.”
The expansion adds a new type of playable hero, Rogues, to the game. The “sneaky, clever, thieving heroes” can help you overcome the Horde via their new special abilities, and Traps that require Rogues to overcome.
This new expansion is set to release on April 12, 2017. For more information, visit the publisher’s website.
Turn One Game Supplies has announced Space Invaders Dice!, a 15 minute “roll and write” dice game for 1-4 players. Players roll laser dice to mark columns on the score sheet. They then roll the invader dice to begin crossing off invaders of different colors from a score pad with the full complement of invaders. The classic Space Invaders structure and theme is all there with shield bunkers, the different aliens and even the UFOs on the top of the paper. As players clear columns of invaders, they lost invader dice, making the game faster and more dangerous as you kill more invaders. Several multiplayer game modes exist including a dice drafting variant.
Space Invaders Dice! is due to be released in May 2017.
Action Phase Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Beeeees, a new real time dice rolling and placement game for 2-5 players. In Beeeees, players have 5 dice with a few custom sides, and a stack of hexagonal flower tiles showing dice values. In a manner similar to Fuse, players need to roll and place their dice on the flowers in real time. However, as in Between Two Cities, players can play on their own stack , or on the opponents’ stacks to their right or left. If a flower is completed, the tile is flipped to the honeycomb side, and goes to the player who placed the majority of the dice, expanding their ever growing honeycomb. Other players who also had dice on a completed flower receive eraser-type bee tokens good for victory points. There is a color matching element to honeycomb tile placement, and special helper bee and killer bee dice facings allow players to use wild dice and steal flowers respectively.
The Kickstarter campaign for Beeeees continues through March 23, and is expected to deliver in August 2017.
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.
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