In news that is as surprising as the sun rising this morning, Asmodee has acquired another long standing “game” line, Rory’s Story Cubes. Rory’s Story Cubes is not really a game per se, they are sets of dice that have symbols on each side with a theme, like Doctor Who, Batman, or the more generic Actions. Each set of dice can be used in a story telling type activity where you roll the dice and tell a story based on what was rolled. Even more recently a Kickstarter was launched to create a full board game around this story telling usage of the dice. All of this now will fall under the purview of Asmodee and will be distributed by them worldwide, allowing for the dice sets to reach an even wider audience then before. The folks at the Creativity Hub will still be involved a bit in development of new sets, but the design and release of them will be chiefly done by Asmodee. You can read the announcement on the Rory’s Story Cubes website.
AEG as of late has been all about their Thunderstone Quest Kickstarter, which is understandable given that it reboots a highly popular game, but they still have other games coming. One of those games coming soon is the second edition of Oath of the Brotherhood, a worker placement style game set in the world of pirates. As aspiring pirates you want to join the Brotherhood, but in order to get in you have to impress them by completing missions. Missions are completed by spending the supplies you acquire, and those supplies also have a second use by giving you special abilities when you use them outside of missions. At the end of the game, whoever has the most victory points is the winner. Look for this game in May of this year.
Next, for the dice enthusiasts among us, Rory Story Cubes is coming out with several new themed dice sets. The new sets are Moomin, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, Doctor Who, and Adventure Time. Each set comes with 9 dice, and each die has 6 different symbols on them relating to the theme of the set, like ghosts on the Scooby Doo set or K9 on the Doctor Who set. These are fun dice to collect, and are also fun to roll and try to tell a story with. Look for these to hit store shelves in June.
Next is the latest expansion from Asmodee for their king of the hill game, Kharnage, called Tricks and Mercenaries. This new expansion adds some units to the base game, giving you some more variety within your armies, but also introduces the Kradwallon deck. This new deck is full or mercenaries with strange abilities and brand new action cards that anyone can recruit into their armies during the game. These new events and units aren’t your typical units so expect hte unexpected when you pull them into the fold. Look for this expansion to hit stores in the third quarter, and until then you can check out the preview on Asmodee’s website.
Last we have from Brotherwise Games their Boss Monster release for the year, Boss Monster: Implements of Destruction. This new set of cards brings more items into the game with 24 new item cards that can be claimed, and even explorer items for 5-6 player games. Also included in the set will be 5 new bosses to add to your roster, giving you even more variety to choose from. This new set will debut in June at Origins, and go into wide release later this summer.
Several new game releases were announced recently, including a new expansion for the popular 51st State: Master Set from Portal Games
- 51st State: Scavengers adds 50 new cards to the immensely popular 51st State: Master Set, including the ability to draw from your discards, and a new strategy centered around building ruins. 51st State: Scavengers has a release date of March 2017.
- Pillars of Eternity: Lords of the Eastern Reach from Zero Radius Games is a new city building card game which takes place in Obsidian Entertainment’s computer RPG Pillars of Eternity. The player uses resources to construct buildings, build defenses and hire troops to fend off monsters. In an added twist, any unused resources each turn are passed to the other players. Pillars of Eternity: The Lords of the Eastern Reach is expected March 2017.
- Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysium Quadrant is a new trading and negotiation game for 4-9 players coming from Wizkids. While being a competitive game, Sidereal Confluence’s trading feels more cooperative as no race can survive on their own. The game comes with 390 cards and almost 300 wooden pieces, and is due to hit shelves in August 2017.
- Dr. Who: Time of the Daleks Board Game was announced recently by Gale Force Nine. In this game, players pick a Doctor and try to thwart the Dalek master plan of … exterminating .. the doctors. Time of the Daleks has a release date of May 2017.
During the Essen Spiel, Cubicle 7 showed off their newest card game based on the Doctor Who Franchise: The Time Clash starter set. This new card game features an all new, unique design that has been well received by convention patrons and will be hitting store shelves this November. The game plays quickly for 2-4 players with an emphasis on balancing threats from different angles. As described on Cubicle 7’s website:
“You’ll play cards representing plans, threats, tech, and quips to stacks that represent the time of the struggle, the Doctor’s companion, and the enemy’s influence. The two sides also compete to control the Doctor’s location, which activates or deactivates crucial powers.”
Cubicle 7 has been very well received with their supplementary books for RPG systems, including the only comprehensive series for Doctor Who-inspired adventures. It’s excellent that they have taken the IP and used it for a card game, and I’m sure there’s a lot of theme for fans of the long-running sci-fi series. For more information, visit this link for the full rules of the game or visit Cubicle 7’s website where you can also check out their wealth of role-playing companion products.
Last Friday, board game publisher Cubicle 7 Entertainment became a fully independent company after a management buyout from parent gaming company Rebellion.
While ownership of the company has changed, all operations are expected to go on exactly as before. This includes all games in development, as well as product fulfillment (preorders) and all licensed properties. CEO Dominic McDowall, who led the buyout, remains at his post and all members of the creative team remain with the company.
From the Cubicle 7 announcement:
“I’m excited to be taking Cubicle 7 into its next phase of development,” said McDowall,“Rebellion’s investment and mentoring has given us a great start, and now we’re ready to go it alone. I’d like to thank Chris and Jason Kingsley and everyone else at Rebellion for their invaluable support, advice and inspiration.”
Cubicle 7 Entertainment is a publisher of many popular licensed games including the Doctor Who Card Game (designed by Martin Wallace) and numerous RPGs such as Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space and the The One Ring. Recently, Cubicle 7 Entertainment completed a successful kickstarter for a RPG based on the world of Lone Wolf.
So – Day 1 – COMPLETE CHAOS!! Remember, you can receive LIVE tweets as they happen by following @dicetower_news!!
The day started out calm enough, with the troup gathering for morning sustenance:
As many of you may realize, the hall opens at 9:00 for VIP guests. This gives those that paid an insane amount of cash to get their first pick at their favorite releases. THEN, 10:00 hits and BAM, the crowd enters:
The boys manned the Dice Tower Booth:
And even the TARDIS couldn’t take me away from all the fun:
But I had to watch out for those pesky Daleks:
I was able to meet Ignacy Trzewiczek, designer of Imperial Settlers, this year’s popular card drafting, player power, and hand management game:
I was able to get pretty much everything I was wanting. I ran them back to the hotel, but took time out to tweet open box pics:
King of New York
Pathfinder Card Game Skull & Shackles
Mice & Mystics Downwood Tales Expansion
So Gen Con isn’t complete without a few staples like:
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