Ten years ago, Queen
Games published one of its most popular games, Fresco. In the years
that followed it, Queen Games would support Fresco fans with 10 expansion
modules to add new dimensions to the game. Queen Games would eventually publish
Big Box Edition providing new fans the game with all its expansions in
Last year, Queen Games treated Alhambra to a Designer’s
Edition Mega Box through Kickstarter. For Fresco’s 10th Anniversary,
Queen Games is giving Fresco its own Limited Designer’s Edition Mega Box.
The Kickstarter for the Fresco: Mega Box is a
celebration of everything Fresco.
First, Fresco is getting 4 new expansion modules bundled
in Expansion 3: The Church Pews, The Dome, The Damsels, and The Catacombs. If backers
already own the Fresco: Big Box Edition, Expansion 3 will complete the
expansion collection for Fresco. The Church Pews module adds a chapel
board to the game and enables players to build pews for the church and collect
extra points. The Dome module adds an extra feature that can be painted but
only after the main fresco has been finished and only if the players have the
right paint remaining. The Damsel module gives players an extra player board
that allows for special actions to affect the main board such as exchanging
colors in the workshop or switching tiles in the market. Lastly, the Catacombs
module adds catacomb tiles that can be accessed for coins or points with the
aid of cartographers who will point out which fresco tiles need to be painted
to reveal the entrance to the catacombs. Fresco: Expansion 3 contains the
same style artwork as the original game.
Next, two smaller games are being included in the Mega Box: Fresco: The Card Game and Fresco: The Dice Game.Fresco: The Card Game distills Fresco into a smaller faster playing game. Players draw color cards from either the market or workshop into to collect the proper mix of colors to paint the available fresco sections to earn points. Fresco: The Card Game comes with 42 market cards, 42 workshop cards, 24 fresco cards, 20 mood tiles, and 12 bonus tiles. Fresco: The Dice Game use colored dice to represent the paint needed to complete frescoes. Players have their own player board on which they will need to collect five portions of a fresco. Fresco tiles require specific numbers to be rolled in order to collect the tile. Color dice will increase the chance of getting the right numbers need for the fresco tiles. Portraits are always an option when the dice fails to meet the needed fresco number. Fresco: The Dice Game comes with 20 fresco tiles, 12 portrait tiles, a game board, 4 player boards, 6 colored dice, 2 color dice, 12 betting tiles, a first player marker and a +/-1 Chip.
Fresco: Mega Box has undergone an artistic makeover. The artwork has been revised for all components and the colors are more vibrant and color-blind friendly. The wooden paint tokens have been replaced by tiles depicting the various colors in unique shaped containers for easier visibility. Those same icons are presented on the fresco tiles and market tiles also. The new artwork is consistent across all the modules, including to new expansion. The Mega Box also includes the two smaller games: Fresco: The Card Game and Fresco: The Dice Game. This is a lot to fit in one box, so the new box comes with two new inlays to keep all the components organized. All this in the Gold Edition.
For the Diamond Edition, fresco tiles and paint colors are upgraded to clear acrylic printed with the same beautiful full color artwork. Many of the stretch goals include upgrading other components to acrylic for the Diamond Edition.
To learn more, check out the Kickstarter Campaign that runs though November 5 with an expected delivery in September 2020.
This is a 1-4 player cooperative game that comes packaged in a a replica of a mint tin. Players will take on the role of heroes attempting to defeat the villain they choose to face for that game. Mint Cooperative is a dice-rolling game where players will have difficult choices to make in terms of where to mitigate damage. The villain wins if Regional Panic reaches above the threshold they can withstand. However, the heroes win if the players can survive enough Mayhem before Regional Panic ensues.
For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
Catacombs Cubes is on Kickstarter now and is being brought to you by Elzra Games with illustrations by Denis Martynets. Rather than flicking as in previous Catacombs games, players will be building 3D structures with wooden resource cubes.
Catacombs Cubes takes 30-60 minutes to play and accommodates 1-5 players. Yes there is a solo mode. And the game is fully kid friendly as well.
Players gather resources in the form of wooden cubes of various shapes and sizes. These are then used to build actual 3D structures each specific to a different building to be added to the village grid. Completing a building rewards players with victory points and other rewards. Additionally players can spend coins to perform special actions and unleash combos. When the town is complete, the player who contributed the most to the town is declared the victor.
Play options include either rolling dice or using tiles to draft resources and including or removing take that mechanics.
Visit the Kickstarter page for a look at the completed manual, how to play animations, and previews/reviews. Both English and German editions are part of this Kickstarter project. Backer level options include the base game, an expansion, an additional player character, plus backer exclusive tiles! A playmat of the town of Stormtryne is even available as an add-on.
Iello announced their third monster pack for King of Tokyo and King of New York. Cybertooth is a giant robot who can transform into a tiger with metal saber teeth! Both forms grant different evolutions and powers for offensive and defensive gameplay.
A new game mechanic is also introduced with this Monster Pack called Beserk and is compatible with all existing monsters! Whenever a player rolls 4 or more smashes, their monster goes beserk and rolls the Beserk Special Dice as well as the other dice. A monster in Beserk mode will deal more damage while also potentially hurting themselves and cannot heal amidst this rage!
Included in the pack is the Cybertooth Monster board, the two cardboard figure stands for each of the monster’s forms, 1 Beserk die, 6 Beserk tokens, a Transformation card, and 2 sets of 8 evolution cards for both King of Tokyo and King of New York.
Fantasy Flight has announced a new booster for Star Wars: Destiny, Covert Missions. This 160-card booster pack builds on one of the booster packs published earlier this year, Star Wars: Destiny – Convergence.
In Star Wars: Destiny – Covert Missions, the The Rebel side is tasked with destroying the Death Star, while the Empire side has to collect the resources needed to build the Death Star. This set introduces a new keyword to the game and features some iconic characters including Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett.
This booster pack is available for pre-order through the Fantasy Flight web store. For more information on this booster pack, check here.
Players will choose 1 of 16 heroes to play and explore a randomly generated world. You will battle against minions, earn rewards and loot through a Diablo inspired system, permanently upgrade your heroes whether you win or lose, and conclude each session with a boss battle against a Fallen champion who grows stronger as the game progresses.
Dice Throne Season One: Rerolled is a remastered edition of Dice Throne Season One. Roxley reimagines the original 6 heroes as well as adding two new heroes: Treant and Ninja!
For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
Following the same “narrative game engine” as its predecessor, Escape the Dark Sector has added new mechanics to represent a change in setting from retro fantasy to a science-fiction inspired Escape experience.
Players assemble a captured starship crew that begins their story in the detention block of a vast space station with the goal of making it back to their impounded ship. They must blast their way through combat scenarios, bypass traps and deal with terrors drawn from 48 illustrated chapter cards that make each new game a different experience. If the players manage to overcome every card in the mission deck and survive the final boss, they escape the station and win together.
Themeborne added some mechanical tweaks to suit the flavor of its new game. Progressively more challenging chapter cards, a redesigned ranged combat system, expanded combat actions and character enhancements are some of the newer features to make their way into this latest Escape title.
Castle found a following with its retro fantasy charm that called back to nostalgia like Fighting Fantasy books featuring monochrome art and immersive storytelling. Themeborne used inspiration from classic sci-fi and role playing games this time to put together Sector.
This is Themeborne’s third crowdfunding campaign following the original Escape the Dark Castle fundraiser and a second campaign to back a series of Castle expansions. With a July 1 funding deadline looming, some stretch goals remain to be unlocked and a series of bundles and add-ons are still available on their Kickstarter page.
First, there is the Splice & Dice expansion, which requires either the Too Many Bones base game or Too Many Bones: Undertow to play. Splice & Dice introduces a new Build-a-Tyrant option allowing players to customize their own big bad or develop the campaign boss over the course of the adventure based on the type of baddies defeated in encounters and the order in which they are defeated. This exponentially increases the variability of potential Tyrants. Splice & Dice also includes new pre-built Tyrants and hybrid Baddies that count as multiple enemy types.
Second, the campaign offers new content add-ons. Two new Gearlocs are available as playable characters. Dart, who rides a pigadillo, and has a double-sided playmat that can be flipped during battle to change her from a ranged attacker to a melee attacker, as well as changing how her skill dice operate (prototype playthrough video here). The other new Gearloc add-on is the Gearloc Council Internship Program, which is actually four mini-Gearloc mats that operate together. The final new content add-on is the Too Many Bones Trove Chest, which is a giant box with a future-focused design to hold all Too Many Bones content in one Kallax-friendly container, as well as providing new storage solutions for Gearlocs, loot, encounters, and Baddies.
Third, the campaign provides access to a full reprint of all previously published Too Many Bones products. The campaign closes June 14th and anticipates new content delivery in December 2019.
The day has come, the final two decks have been released for the popular living card game Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn – The Grave King and The Protector of Argaia join the ranks of the other deck archetypes. With these last two marks the end of the series as we know it, as these Phoenixborn complete the remaining combinations of dice among the six schools of magic within the game. The story has finished, the game has been rounded out, and the end of the era is here, but Plaid Hat is very proud of this long-running LCG and has a proper send-off in mind. Along with these last two decks is the announcement of a reprint of the base game and one final tournament to rule them all.
“To celebrate all that Ashes has given our studio and fans, we’ve organized to have one last no-holds-barred tournament here in Dallas, Texas. In association with Common Ground Games, we are pleased to announce that the Ashes Complete Your Collection Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. There will be participation prizes including one limited edition neoprene playmat for each participant, as well as several all-new alt-art Phoenixborn cards. The winner will receive one playmat for each of the original seven Phoenixborn as well as an Ashes poster signed by designer Isaac Vega himself.”
To participant in this tournament, there is a survey you must complete which is a fine investment for the chance to be a part of the history of this game. Collectors of this series can finally complete their collections by buying these decks right now through Plaid Hat’s website or by waiting a few days to pick them up from their favorite retailer. It may be a bittersweet end to the series for some, but it an ideal one that Plaid Hat has prepared for knowing this is the best time to do it. If you are interested in learning more, check out the release on Plaid Hat’s website for details about these new decks, the tournament, and future related announcements.
Daily Magic Games are running a Kickstarter to expand Valeria: Card Kingdoms, and add a completely standalone dice game. Valeria: Card Kingdoms is designed by Isaias Vallejo, with art by Mihajlo Dimitrievski (a.k.a. The Mico), and is a tableau-building building game for 1-5 players. Players compete to earn the most Victory Points by recruiting citizens, buying domains to expand the kingdom, and vanquishing monsters who lay siege to the land.
Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Crimsons Seas is a full expansion for the base game and adds maps to far-off lands beyond the borders of Valeria which allow players to import goods to increase victory points. There are also options to purchase Tomes of great power to augment resource production, or rescue captured Nobles, or plunder wealth from a cursed isle. Sea monsters impede travels and sow chaos across Valeria. The expansion adds new icons, tokens, card types, and mechanisms, in addition to adding new cards for all existing card types with a nautical theme.
Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Ward Towers is an expansion pack for the base game and lets players contribute towards building a Ward Tower which, when added to a row of monsters, reduces their cost to be slayed.
Corsairs of Valeria is a new, standalone dice game where 2-5 players are Corsairs who have set out to win a challenge to become the new Commodore. Players will sail the Valerian Isles to gather enough treasure to fill six treasure chests in order to meet the challenge. Players roll dice to determine available actions which allow them to earn silver, re-roll their dice, fire cannons to attack opponents or merchant ships, or move their ships forward. Curses can also be rolled which removes silver coins because they’re lost to Skull Island.