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The Dice Tower is pleased to welcome Sharon Madden as Director of Dice Tower East. Sharon brings a wealth of experience in event planning and administration to this position and is excited to tie-in this event with her love of board games. She has been playing board games actively for the past 20 years, with games ranging from heavy Euros to party games. In addition to board-gaming, Sharon enjoys cooking, reading, yoga, and traveling. She also speaks German and Czech.

Tom Vasel, President of the Dice Tower, says “I’m thrilled to have Sharon and her team on board.  They are already working hard to put together a fantastic event next July, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Well, we’re right in the middle of convention season and after a successful Origins and Dice Tower Con, we are right at the onset of Gen Con. This is the 52nd year for Gen Con and for those not familiar, is happening right in the middle of Indianapolis (at the convention center).

This year is reported to have over 65,000 attendees (the largest yet) and feature over 19,000 different events. This is the 6th year I’ve had the opportunity to attend and, as I’ve done in the past, I would like to take a little time to feature some of the highlights of what to expect this year.

First up is Blue Orange Games (booth 1813). They have a few new releases that I was excited about. The one I was most excited about is Slide Quest. Are you a fan of Sorry Sliders? Now add a fantasy theme and a bit of RPG to the mix and you have Slide Quest. In this game, you work as a team to move a knight around a board – maneuvering around obstacles and monsters. This is achieved by lifting up on one of four different levers to move the hero (who has a rolling ball at the base of the figurine). This is an extremely fun family hit!

Next up is Kingdomino Duel. Roll-and-Write’s are extremely popular these days and Kingdomino Duel brings Blue Orange into the mix of fun R&W’s. For those familiar with the domino-building kingdom game in which it is themed (Kingdomino) in Kingdomino Duel, you are combining two different dice values to form a domino and then, in turn, use it to draw it into your kingdom. To find out more about the game you can view the Dice Tower’s review here. If you’re a fan of the original game – and enjoy the Roll & Write craze – this game is for you!

Speaking of Kingdomino, Blue Orange Games will be hosting their USA championship tournament during GenCon

During each hour, 36 participants will be divided into 8 groups of either 4 or 5 players. Groups of 5 players will play with the Kingdomino expansion Age of Giants. The winners of each group will be divided in 2 groups of 4 and will play another game. The 2 winners of those groups will have to come back at 7pm for the Grand Finals.

You can find out more about the tournament by visiting Blue Orange Games’ website here.

Next we’re on to Horrible Games and their release of The King’s Dilemma
(booth 3065 – Luma Games). This game is a turn away from their successful Dungeon Fighter line-up and is more of a narrative game that features many evolving decisions made to build an evolving deck of cards.

You will draw one card from the “Dilemma deck” each round and experience the game story as it unfolds. Each card poses a problem that the Council has to resolve on the King’s behalf. As members of the King’s inner circle, your decisions determine how the story proceeds and the fate of the kingdom. Each event happens only once: You discuss and bargain with the other players, then finally you make a choice, determining the outcome, progressing the game story, and possibly unlocking more events.

Let’s now focus some attention on Portal Games (booth 2443). Portal has long been one of my personal favorite Publishers. With hits such as Robinson Crusoe and the recent hit, Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame, designer (and company owner) Ignacy Trzewiczek, along with Joanna Kijanka, have released Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North. This is a standalone game (set in the Imperial Settlers universe) where players will take on the leaders of either the Scotsmen, Inuits, or Vikings to make them the best empire in the world.

Develop your economy, deflect your opponent, and fight for dominance in the north. Learn new mechanisms, and experience a unique style of Imperial Settlers. Will you be able to create the most successful civilization in Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North?

Anomaly

Last is a visit to Starling Games & Sparkworks (booth 2225 & 2317). Available from Starling is Anomaly – a hidden movement deduction game in which one person/team plays students who are up against a feeding anomaly. What’s unique about this one is that players (students) will use special ability cards that will then be fed to the anomaly, in which case they will be used for their inverse abilities which will benefit the entity. Check this out along with some other light games such as Blindspot (an inventive word game) and Penny Lane (a small worker placement game) both pictured below.

Penny Lane
Blind Spot

Keep your eyes out for future articles that I’ll try to post over the next couple of days.

Ugears Games is kickstarting a collection of beautifully crafted and intrically detailed mechanical devices for a variety of your board gaming wants and desires.

The Ugears Games collection, designed especially for those who like the challenge and excitement of a game and appreciate the beauty of clever mechanisms: includes the Card Holder, the modular Dice Tower, the Deck Box, and the Game Master’s Screen.

Each device is an engineering delight of unfolding walls and hinges and the laser cut, wood designs are a true sight to behold.

The Ugears Games Devices project is designed to help people to improve their gaming experience by eliminating all those additional operations, saving time and space to focus on your favorite game in the nice company of friends.

Check out the Kickstarter page to see videos of the devices in action and to learn more about the Ugears collection.

The Dice Tower Live Show (8/3/2018) will be featuring quite a few news releases during the event. Below is a brief summary of what will be announced.

Stronghold Games New Game Announcement

Not much is known, at this time, about the game other than it will be part of Stronghold’s Designer Series and designed by Alan R Moon and Bobby West.

Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games Merge

New Entity Created: Indie Game Studios – Distinct Company Brands to be Maintained
California, USA and Florida, USA – August 3rd, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games are proud to announce the pending merger of these two great publishers, and the  formation of a new force in the hobby game industry: Indie Game Studios. Action Phase Games, previously acquired by Indie Boards and Cards in 2016, will also be folded into the new entity and the three distinct brands will be maintained moving forward. Following the merger, the new Indie Game Studios becomes one of the largest hobby board game companies in the world.

Pandasaurus Games New Game Announcement

Pandasaurus Games is announcing Machi Koro Legacy. The game will be designed by Rob Daviau and Suganuma-san with artwork from Nobura Hotta (the original Machi Koro artist). It’s a really fun, 10 mission campaign that leaves you with a fully playable game when finished.

IDW Games New Game Announcements

Batman: Gotham City Under Siege, although not a new announcement for its release is going to be hitting retail very soon.

Designed by Richard Launius and Michael Guigliano, and Batman – The Animated Series: Gotham City Under Siege is a cooperative game for 1-5 players. Each player takes on the role of Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon or the Gotham City Police Department, along with the unlikely aid of Catwoman. They must defend the city over the course of four acts, with each act inspired by episodes from the first season of the show. Players will need to work together to find the right balance between completing challenging story cards, or taking down the villains and masterminds running rampant in the streets.

First-time announcing, however, is TMNT Adventures. More info will be coming soon.

 

The Dice Tower is proud to welcome the newest member to the network: Lindsey Friend. As Business Development and Marketing Manager, Lindsey will spearhead Dice Tower’s new advertising and marketing programs, as well as apply her years of experience as an administrator to the team. Lindsey’s first question when learning a new game is always “How do I win?” She is a mother of twins and three chickens. We encourage our friends and fans to say ask her more about her role with Dice Tower at Gen Con.

Congratulations to Beverly J, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, Beverly was emailed instructions on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

GrandCon is the annual board gaming event held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s a community event which raises money for local charities while everyone has fun doing so.

Portal GamesIgnacy Trzewiczek has been announced as a guest this year. As a designer he’s created great games including Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Pret-A-Porter, Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, and 51st State. As head of publishing he’s overseen the release of Alien Artifacts, Cry Havoc, and Tides of Madness. He’s also released a book, “Boardgames that tell Stories”.

The “golden voice” of the Dice Tower, Eric Summerer, has also been confirmed as a guest. Eric has been the co-host of the Dice Tower podcast since 2009 and has served as a voiceover artist, announcer, and part-time singer for many other Dice Tower related videos and podcasts. He can also be heard on a number of Audible books across many genres.

Other great guests include Isaac Childres (Gloomhaven designer), Jon Gilmore (Dead of Winter co-designer), Albin Johnson (Founder of 501st Legion), Chris Kirkman (founder of Dice Hate Me Games), Richard Launius (Arkham Horror designer), and many, many others. See the full list of guests on the GrandCon website.

GrandCon will be from 14 – 16 September, 2018. Badges are currently available for sale.

That’s right folks, the Dice Tower Live Gaming Marathon has officially launched and will going on until 2pm on Friday the 12th.  You will be able to watch the Dice Tower crew with special guests play through a whole bunch of different games into and out of the wee hours of the morning.  Some of the highlights include Grimm ForestNear and Far, Pie Town and more.  But even more amazing is that they will be doing contests live throughout the marathon, but you have to be watching because the contest will be announced, and concluded within the live stream.  So pull up a chair and have fun watching ‘da crew play all the latest and fun games. (Click here for a full list of links)!

Do you like clear water beaches, pools, diving, rock climbing, shows…? Ok, do you like board games? Well, the Dice Tower Cruise is for YOU! Last year was a blast! This year is geared to be even more fun with a second port stop planned. Like last year we will be stopping in Cozumel but this year we’ll be adding in a stop at Costa Maya!

The Dice Tower Cruise adds quite a few amenities not found on your run-of-the mill cruise. There are quite a few shows to check out, including game shows and the Dice Tower Live show. There’s a game room with a HUGE selection of all the newest games. The Dice Tower crew will be mingling around with plenty of opportunity to meet Tom, Eric, Sam, and Zee. We’ll be sailing in December and tickets are bound to go fast (we sold out last year). You can find out more information here.

 

Congratulations to Jonathan K, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, Jonathan was emailed instructions on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.