WizKids has two interesting new games coming to shelves in February 2018.
Dark.Net is a card game set in the techno future in which 4 mega-corporations battle for dominance. Players each take control of one corporation, collecting information by intercepting transmissions. Players then use fences to buy and sell information, boosting their abilities. Reputation can be gained by gaining credits, hiring informants, extending a players network or making contact. Information on Dark.Net is limited, but click here for distributor information about this upcoming game.
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Kung-Fu Zoo is a dexterity dice flicking game in which 2-4 players take on the roles of the Elephant, Zebra, Cheetah or Gorilla. Each role has its own dice and abilities. Players take to battle on a vacuum form arena board, with each player trying to knock the opponents’ animals into cages or onto their backs.
Plaid Hat Games has announced Stuffed Fables designed by Jerry Hawthorne, the first in the new StoryBoard line of products.
In the first game in this new line, Stuffed Fables, players take on the role of stuffed toys that have been drawn into the Fall, a dark realm ruled by a master of nightmares.
Stuffed Fables is a unique adventure game in which players take on the roles of brave stuffies seeking to save the child they love from a scheming, evil mastermind. Players roll and assign color-coded dice to perform a wide variety of actions, from daring melee attacks, to leaping across conveyor belts, or steering a racing wagon down a peril-filled hill.
StoryBoard games will all come with a large storybook that, when opened, will have one page acting as a the board for the game while the opposite page will act as a rules reference and story guide. Stories will play out over multiple adventures, with each adventure moving through multiple pages from the immersive Storybook.
In addition to fighting minions, each page of the storybook offers numerous points of interest, charming characters to interact or trade with, as well as many unusual challenges. And each page is but one chapter that folds into a branching, overarching story with a multitude of items and a special discovery deck full of surprises.
Driven By Dice
On a players turn, they will draw 5 dice from a bag. The colors of the dice will determine what actions a player can take. White dice can re-stuff the stuffed heroes. Red dice and green dice perform melee and ranged attacks respectively. Yellow dice will allow for searching, blue dice will allow for special actions, and finally purple dice act as wild dice. Dice will help move items, use items and contribute to unique group tasks. Dice can even be stored for later to make stronger actions or multiple activations on a single turn.
A truly cooperative game, players can share dice or share stuffing, which acts as health in the game. As black dice are drawn minions emerge and attack, resetting the bag at the same time.
Gamers eager to help save their beloved child from a nightmarish land can preview and demo the game at GenCon 2017 in Plaid Hat Games booth #1537.
The Worlds of Jerry Hawthorne
Stuffed Fables will be the second universe that designer Jerry Hawthorne has brought to Plaid Hat Games. Hawthorne is the designer of Mice & Mystics as well as the subsequent expansions and Tail Feathers game. Hawthorne is also credited as a designer on multiple Heroscape products.
Mice & Mystics has proven to be both an evergreen title for Plaid Hat Games as well as being a critical hit. Awards for the game included:
Kristen Pauline and Regis Demy are the artists bringing the world of Stuffed Fables to life.
Plaid Hat Games
Plaid Hat Games was acquired in 2015 by F2Z Entertainment, and subsequently Asmodee in 2016 when Asmodee absorbed F2Z. Plaid Hat Games now functions as an independent design studio under the Asmodee umbrella.
Perplext Games and designer Chris Handy have announced Roland Wright, a new series of premium dice games in which players take on the persona of Roland Wright, game designer extraordinaire described as “Willy Wonka meets Reiner Knizia“, as he attempts to create the perfect… roll and write game (get it?). 2-6 Players take turns selecting dice to complete game design modules and earning equipment to create the perfect dice game. Chris Handy is best known for creating the “Pack-O-Game” series of microgames. Roland Wright is due to be released in 2018.
Nations: The Dice Game by Stronghold Games has just added its first big expansion, The Unrest Expansion. The new expansion adds eight new nations to the mix, as well as 4 interesting new concepts. Green “unrest” dice make the dice rolling a bit more challenging, balanced by Star Rerolls, which respond to the unrest icons on dice. Bonus Tiles and Pass First Tiles give extra goals to aim for and more benefits. Finally, Unrest adds 36 new progress cards to the game.
Munchkin Halloween Monster Box can hold over 2000 Munchkin Cards, plus some swag such as the Dungeons and Seals, and has box art by Len Peralta. As a bonus, the Halloween Box comes with 12 holiday themed Munchkin cards to add to any game.
In the War of Light Dice Masters set, players will be able to choose from a selection of more than 30 heroes and villains, both old and new, including Batman, Green Lantern, Sinestro, the Teen Titans and the Lantern Corps
The new starter set features 44 custom dice, 38 cards, 2 dice bags and rule book and is fully compatible with other DC Comics Dice Masters products.
Deploy the bat-signal for September 2015 North American release.
Shiny Dice is played over three rounds at the end of which whoever has the most points wins. The rounds involve rolling 15 dice and placing them on your display after any rerolls that you have from crew members or passengers. After your place you dice you reveal your mission, if you are lucky and have dice matching your mission then you skip the risk of having to do what the text on the card that has you ending your turn this round, forcing you to go again, or affects you in some other way. After resolving your mission you have to deal with the bad guy (red) dice. First they strike and do things like hold on to your dice, move your crew/passengers, or KO’s one of your dice. Then you use your remaining crew dice to defeat them. If you defeat them all you score one VP each with half a point for each delivered supply. If you fail to defeat them all you score no points. You’ll have the option to repeat this process leaving out any KO’d passengers/crew but if you fail along the way you score no points that round.
Play as the crew of the Serenity as you complete mission objectives. Do you press your luck for great rewards or risk losing it all to the Alliance?
Get a mission, try to complete it and make money while trying not to get caught. The game lasts three rounds and whoever has the most points after three rounds wins. Declare yourself the “Best in the ‘Verse!”
Shiny Dice will play 1 – 4 players in about 30 minutes. The box will contain 15 custom dice (seven crew, three passenger, and five bad guys), 100 cards, and two full color game mats, various tokens, and a rule book.
If you’re a fan of the Firefly series, dice games, or push your luck games you should head over to your FLGS/OLGS in August and check out Firefly: Shiny Dice from Upper Deck. If I’m not in Jaynestown then I’ll be right there with you in line.
For those who enjoy Roll For the Galaxy you can look forward to tis first expansion “Ambition” to be released this fall. It was up in the air until now whether an expansion would be released. In January game designer Tom Lehmann posted the following in a thread on boardgamegeek about the possibility of an expansion.
Ultimately, this is up to the publisher, RGG. The tentative plan was that the card game would have expansions while Roll and [redacted] wouldn’t have them. This could change, of course. Both Wei-Hwa and I have ideas that we could run with. RGG will see how Roll does in the marketplace. We’ll also have to look at the future Race products in the production pipeline and make sure that we don’t saturate the market.
I’m sure Jay, Wei-Hwa, and I will discuss this further at the Gathering this year (in April). By then, we should have some solid sales data.
Even though the Gathering of Friends has not occurred yet it is obvious that the sales of RFtG justified at least one expansion. Jay Tummelson Owner of Rio Grande Games the publisher posted the following later in the thread.
Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition, the first expansion to Roll for the Galaxy, will be coming this fall. New factions, new dice, new tiles, and more! Further details to be revealed this summer.
As always we will keep you posted as more information becomes available on this title.
GreenBrier Games is showing off a number of upcoming releases and current Kickstarter Projects at GAMA Trade Show.
Heavy Steam is slated for an April release coming off of a Kickstarter last year where they raised $64,000. This great little Steam punk inspired title had a preview done by the Dice Tower’s Ryan Metzler (below) and you can see the pictures taken by the Dice Tower team at GTS as well. You can see information from the publisher on the game here.
Ninja Dice: Kage Master
This expansion to the title Ninja Dice is currently on Kickstarter and you can read our full write up on the campaign here.
We were able to get a look at what appears to be pretty darn close to final productions quality on this card driven miniatures game. This was on Kickstarter last year and should be available this summer.
Sacred 40 Mini’s
Finally they are putting a line of mini’s this summer in collaboration with Art Justice Games called Sacred 40. these are beautiful.