Dinosaur Island

Pandasaurus Games dropped some news today about two new things happening for 2019.  First of that is a new hire in the form of Jon Gilmour who will be the head of Game Development for any games being designed within Pandasaurus.  Given that Jon Gilmour was one of the designers behind two of their big hits, Wasteland Express Delivery Service and Dinosaur Island, you can expect any new games coming from Pandasaurus to be that much more polished.  Speaking of new games, that brings us to the next announcement from Pandasaurus Games.

Coming in June 2019 will be a new game called Dead Man’s Cabal, all about resurrecting yourself a group of friends so that you can throw a party and have actual guests.  You see, you are playing as a Necromancer at the top of his game, and having mastered all 9 dimensions of space time there is nothing that is out of reach for you.  Nothing, except maybe making some friends as this pursuit has deemed you creepy to everyone, everywhere.  But who needs them, you can resurrect yourself a group a friends and throw an awesome party, that will show them!

Dead Man’s Cabal is an action selection game where you will choose two actions each round, one that you will perform privately by yourself, and one you perform with the whole group.  This adds an extra level of strategy to the game because not only do you need to accomplish your goals, you don’t want to be helping others accomplish theirs.  You will be using these actions to collect resources in the form of bones and crystal skulls, and then using those to bring back some fun people to party with.  Whoever throws the best party will win, although it’s not mentioned how that will be determined.  One aspect of the game that people will enjoy is that all the bones and skulls in the game will be 3D pieces and so it will help level up the experience.

Be on the lookout for more information as it comes out, but you won’t see it on store shelves for several more months until at least June of 2019.

Each year the Dice Tower and it’s contributors vote for the games worthy of an award among a variety of categories, not the least of which is the best game of the previous year. 2017 was an awesome year for gaming with lots of surprising games from new designers and independent publishers, so the awards this year have many deserving nominees yet only so many could be elected for each category. The nominees have been chosen, and the winners will be announced July 5th during Dice Tower Con. Congratulations to all the nominees, and good luck!! May the best games win! Without further ado, the nominees are:

Most Innovative:
Gloomhaven
Charterstone
The 7th Continent
Fog of Love
DropMix

Best Strategy Game:
Anachrony
Spirit Island
Near and Far
Gloomhaven
Dinosaur Island

Best Reprint:
Nemo’s War (second edition)
Colosseum
Stop Thief!
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
Downforce

Best Party Game:
Magic Maze
Word Slam
Werewords
Meeple Circus
Rhino Hero: Super Battle

Best Game from a Small Publisher:
Century: Spice Road
Sagrada
The 7th Continent
Gloomhaven
Azul

Best Game from a New Designer:
Gloomhaven
Photosynthesis
Spirit Island
Dragon Castle
Too Many Bones

Best Family Game:
Azul
Bärenpark
Century: Spice Road
Downforce
Sagrada

Best Expansion:
Scythe: The Wind Gambit
Terraforming Mars: Venus Next
Star Wars: Rebellion – Rise of the Empire
Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star
Champions of Midgard: Valhalla

Best Cooperative Game:
Gloomhaven
Flip Ships
Spirit Island
Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
The 7th Continent

Best Board Game Production:
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
Photosynthesis
Azul
Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Charterstone

Best Game Artwork:
Near and Far
Lisboa
Charterstone
Century: Golem Edition
Yamataï

Dinosaur Island, what everyone refers to as Jurassic Park the board game, has come back to Kickstarter to allow everyone another chance at getting the Kickstarter edition, as well as an expansion and a two-player spinoff entitled Duelosaur Island.  Dinosaur Island is a worker placement and dice rolling type of game where you will be collecting things like DNA and money in order to expand your park.  The things you can get for your park include upgrades to park equipment, concessions, and those all important dinosaur pens for you to later fill with dinosaurs.  But be careful, the dinosaurs can break out and eat your visitors, which is never good for business.  So keep those dinos in their cages, and the visitors happy, and you just might win the game.  The Kickstarter edition of the game, which they are calling the X-treme edition, includes a slap bracelet first players marker, upgraded tokens, and sleek metal coins.

The expansion for Dinosaur Island is called Totally Liquid, and aside from having a commercial straight from the 90s, includes lots of new content to add to your game.  Included in the expansion will be all the components to add a fifth player to the game, which is something requested by a lot of players.  Also included will be blueprints, which give you points based on how you build your park, a park extension with a special attraction and worker, and PR events which give bonus scoring opportunities at the end of the game.  But the big addition is the fact you will now be able to build water pens into your park and have the majestic Elasmosaurus and the vicious Dunkleosteus grace your parks.  Basically the expansion will be giving you more of what you love about Dinosaur Island, just with more water.

And finally, you will be able to get Duelosaur Island, a two-player version of the game where you will play head to head against an opponent to build the best dinosaur park.  A lot of the game will be familiar to Dinosaur Island players, but still utilize new mechanics like a variation on the I split, you choose mechanic for assigning dice modifiers in the game.  This way the game will stay fresh and be streamlined for a better two-player experience.

So if any of this sounds like fun to you, check out the Kickstarter campaign, Duelosaur will run you $35, the expansion $45, and the X-treme edition of the base game will set you back $85.

Pandasaurus Games has just announced a 2-player standalone sequel to its hit Dinosaur Island game.

Duelosaur Island will use completely new mechanics yet still give players that Dinosaur Island feel. It will have an entirely new hand-management and tableau-building engine perfectly suited for two players, as well as an “I cut, you choose” dice-drafting mechanism.

“”One of the things we loved most about the game is how much it felt like playing a game of Dinosaur Island, even though the mechanics are completely different.  You still roll DNA dice, you still make dinosaurs, you still must manage your threat level.  But then there is this super clever card mechanism that leaves you with so many tense decisions to make.  And don’t even get me started on the dice-drafting mechanism.  Once the DNA dice are rolled the first-player sets the market by assigning different dice different bonuses, but the second-player gets to choose first.  Do you give the dice you need to good bonuses and risk your opponent taking them?  Or do you play it safe and throw the solid bonuses on the dice you don’t want” Nathan McNair, President of Pandasaurus Games, said.”


Cards will have three potential purposes, giving players lots of choices on how to build their tableau and manage their hands. They can contain DNA sequences for your dinosaurs, blueprints for your park attractions, or they can be discarded for certain effects.

The game also comes with five brand new DNA dice. You can mix and match these dice with dice from Dinosaur Island, bringing new possibilities not only for this game but to the original game as well.

Duelosaur Island is designed by Ian Moss and developed by Dinosaur Island designer Jon Gilmour, with all-new artwork from Dinosaur Island artists Kwanchai Moriya and Peter Wocken.

The press release also teased some new announcements for the parent game coming soon.

Keep an eye on the Pandasaurus Games web site for more information on both Duelosaur Island and its predecessor.

Duelosaur Island is scheduled for release later in 2018.

 

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Pandasaurus Games, responsible for Machi Koro, Yedo, and Wasteland Express Delivery Service coming out this year, has begun its Kickstarter campaign for the newly announced Dinosaur Island from designers Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter) and Brian Lewis (Titans of Industry).  As the name suggests, players will spare no expense in competing to build the most prosperous dinosaur theme park while researching and creating live (within the confines of the game, that is) dinos to populate it.  According to Pandasaurus:

In Dinosaur Island, players will have to collect DNA, research the DNA sequences of extinct dinosaur species, and then combine the ancient DNA in the correct sequence to bring these prehistoric creatures back to life. Dino cooking! All players will compete to build the most thrilling park each season, and then work to attract (and keep alive!) the most visitors each season that the park opens.

Players will use dice and workers to build up their parks and laboratories, while having to keep a watchful eye on security.  While all major theme parks have delays, in this case, the attractions do break out and eat the tourists.  Dinosaur Island’s true calling card is the technicolor ’90s artwork from Kwanchai Moriya and Peter Wocken.  Hold on to your butts!

Dinosaur Island is for 1-4 Players, playable in 60-150 minutes (scalable length regardless of player count), for ages 10 and up.  For more information, check out the Kickstarter campaign page here.