“An unthinkable catastrophe has ravaged Europe. The main
infrastructure of Paris has been destroyed. In a few weeks, the city is covered
in strange, lush vegetation. The survivors of the apocalypse must reunite, and
roll up their sleeves to rebuild civilization in this new Eden.”
Matagot Games has announced Paris: New Eden by designers Florian Grenier and Ludovic Maublanc (Cyclades, Dice Town). Paris is a lighter dice drafting, post-apocalyptic board game in which 2-4 players collect survivors, aquire buildings, resolve events and in general try to score the most victory points within 4 seasons. Players start by drafting custom dice 6 showing survivor types – tinkerers, brawlers, healers, sages, farmers, and wilds. These dice come from action spaces, and after taking a die, players execute the action from that location. Players next fight for buildings associated with each die type, spending the dice to purchase the cards. These cards are collected in order of strength – the player with the most tinkerers gets first pick of the tinkerer buildings, and so on. Players can then overcome events for victory points, using survivors and supplies from their location cards. Finally, all of those survivors need to be fed with collected farmers and cans of food, earning more points. After 4 seasons, players can collect on secret mission cards, and the player with the most victory points is declared the winner.
Paris: New Eden is scheduled to have a limited release in Essen this October, with retail to follow soon thereafter.
Mini expansions seem to be the thing now as Matagot is releasing a new mini expansion for Dice Town in March of this year called Fistful of Dollars (or Cards). What is included? About 26 cards which includes 3 new cards for the base game and each of the two expansions, 10 new cards for a new mechanism centered around the titles of properties, and 7 elixir cards for first edition holders. Not much else is said about this expansion other than it gives you the chance to be the Baron of the Black Gold if you own the most derricks. You can find out a bit more information on the Matagot site, but you will find out more by picking it up at your local game store in March.
Matagot has announced Dice Town, the fun fast dice game designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, is now an app available on iPad and iPhones. Dice Town is played by rolling custom dice that remain hidden under a cup, each player will select one of their dice to keep for free, other dice may be kept by spending $1, those that were not kept are re-rolled. This goes on until at least one player has chosen to keep all their die allowing the remaining players one last roll.
The dice have six sides a nine of spades, ten of hearts, jack, queen, king, and ace of spades that are used to create poker hands and determine who will control the different areas of Dice Town and be allowed to take the benefits of that area. For example whoever rolls the most nines takes control of the gold mine and gets one gold nugget for each nine they rolled (worth points at the end of the game). Each of the six faces has a benefit like this that players will compete for, additionally there is a Town Hall area that goes to the player with the best poker hand. The player that wins control of the town hall is granted the first property tile that is face up they are also give an additional face up card for each ace they have in their hand for a maximum of three cards. These property tiles are worth various end game points and are usually valuable. Last but not least if a player did not win anything from the other areas there is a final spot called Doc Badluck that will give the poor player something for their troubles. Play continues until the gold nuggets or property cards are gone and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins. This is just a brief overview of the game as the spaces that are not mentioned here add a lot to the overall strategy and play of Dice Town.
Dice Town looks like a lot of fun to play and the app is designed to have increasing levels of difficulty. All in all for the price it certainly looks worth it and I would certainly pick it up if I had a compatible device. You can find the announcement on the Matagot website here and you can head over to iTunes to purchase the app. If a fun, fast, clever dice game is something you would like and if you like the app consider picking up a physical copy for offline fun at your FLGS/OLGS.
Later this year, the designers (Bruno Cathala & Ludovic Maublanc) of 2009’s Dice Town will bring a prequel to gaming tables. In this American West dice rolling game, players are trying to free their bandits from jail and pick up jobs. On a player’s turn, roll the dice up to three times, setting aside any to save them. Combine hits and symbols to desperadoes to help them move closer freedom. Once a desperado is free, the player can use him to rob from the other players.
Bonus cards are available when some dice combinations are rolled or if a player cannot do anything with the roll. These cards prevent being robbed or alternate uses for the die symbols. To win, be the first to free all your bandits or, if nothing else, being the last one standing.