Two eagerly awaited games are soon to be released and available for pre-order now from one of the industry’s top publishers: Stronghold Games.
First up is Dark Moon a game of deception and betrayal in space. Dark Moon is based on a game called BSG Express designed by Evan Derrick that was released as a print an play game. BSG Express quickly became a hit and is said to be the most downloaded PNP game on BGG. Stronghold Games kept Evan Derrick as the designer for Dark Moon which also includes art by Evan and Viktor Csete.
You are a crew member on a deep space mining expedition to Titan, the dark moon of Saturn. During a routine excavation, an “incident” occurs whereby some of the crew become infected with an unknown virus, and become paranoid, deceitful, and violent, trying to destroy the others.
At the start of the game players are divided into two groups: Infected and Uninfected. Each player will know which team they belong to but will not know about the other players affiliation. Uninfected players simply need to survive till the end of the game to win and the infected players secretly attempt to destroy them. This game provides all the paranoia of Battlestar Galactica (BSG) in a fraction of the time and from all accounts I’ve come across so far it is an exceptional game.
Dark Moon plays 3 – 7 people and takes 60 -75 minutes. It should be available from you FLGS/OLGS on June 24th 2015 so if you’re interested keep an eye out or pre-order it today.
Next up is La Granja, which made its first appearance at Essen Speil 2014 published by Spielworxx and was a huge hit. La Granja is designed by Michael Keller (II) and Andreas “ode.” Odendahl and includes beautiful art by Harald Lieske.
In La Granja players will control small farms on the island of Mallorca. Over 6 rounds players will expand their farms by adding fields, farm expansions, market barrows, and helpers while earning victory points by delivering goods to the nearby village.
La Granja is a fascinating game that requires careful planning. Timing and speed is crucial. However, successful players must cope with the uncertainty of events during the game. The player who has earned the most victory points at the end of the game is the winner and new owner of the La Granja estate!
La Granja requires 1 – 4 players to carefully plan and time their actions, keep watch on other players actions, and adjust strategy based on cards and dice. La Granja is considered to be a very approachable and streamlined euro that has already seen great success so no doubt this game will do very well for Stronghold Games. It is one of the most anticipated games to come out of Speil 2014 so if you’re interested definitely keep an eye out for it in July 2015 at your FLGS/OLGS or pre-order it today.
A New Zealand based publisher, Schilmil Games is releasing Manifest, designed by Amanda Milne and Julia Schiller. Manifest was funded on Kickstarter in April 2014 for $32,651 New Zealand dollars. This is roughly $32,272 US dollars. The game setting is the 1920’s and players are in control of shipping companies moving goods and passengers through storms, pirate attacks, and a stock market crash.
From the Kickstarter page:
Win points for your shipping company by completing Contracts. Pick up the required goods or passengers at their source, then navigate the high seas to deliver them to a port where they are wanted. Be sure to load more cargo than you need to deliver, as there are many hazards along the way, and pirate thieves hiding among the waves.
With a choice of Private or Public Contracts, two ships in your charge, and multipurpose Action cards, there are hard choices and many paths to victory, as well as some ‘take that’ options to thwart your opponents.
Manifest is a gateway Euro game for two to five players and a play time of 20 minutes per player. Components include 182 cards, 48 tokens, 24 meeples, 10 cargo ships, and 5 player boards.
Harbour is a small game chuck full of fantasy. It’s a euro-game featuring worker placement and set collection tactics that is being Kickstarted by Tasty Minstrel Games (with such hits as Eminent Domain). The game is being called easy-to-learn, full of decisions, plenty of player powers, and quick to play. Harbour is set in a fantasy world where you have goblins and dwarves all vying to make a living in this Harbour town. It’s got some pretty neat artwork, is light-hearted and claims to play in about 20 minutes. You can visit their Kickstarter page to download and read the rules.
More Castles! is the first expansion to Fun to 11’s critically acclaimed hit, Castle Dice. Mix up your games with 4 new castle decks and more! Castle Dice released almost a year ago, and it has been met with glowing review after glowing review. The mechanics are truly original and they create a fun experience that is enjoyed by a wide variety of players. It’s a great game for families AND a great game for a hard-core gamer night.
Castle Dice is a light Euro-Style game that has received critical praise from reviewers and gamers of all stripes. In the game, players take the roll of sons and daughters of a king with the goal of creating the best castle they can. Whoever builds the best castle becomes the successor to the throne. Will it be you?
The closing date on Kickstarter is June 2, 2014, the current pledged amount is $14,376 and the funding goal for the project is $13,500. Pledge $34 to get More Castles! The estimated delivery date is Dec 2014.
Dogs of War is a euro-style, soldier placement board game of deception, intrigue and shifting alliances for 3 to 5 players. Dogs of War is an elegant game set in a steampunk-influenced renaissance universe. Noble houses engage each other in a series of fierce battles, and it is up to the players and the Dogs of War they control to deploy their private armies in support of whatever house they wish to favour.
Players take to the battlefield as one of the Dogs of War. As Captains of their own private army, each Dog of War has a special ability that will help them win influence, battles, or betray the house they’ve sworn allegiance to!
The closing date on Kickstarter is May 9, 2014, the current pledged amount is $36,017 and the funding goal for the project is $25,000. Pledge $50 for a copy + The Kickstarter exclusive captain: Count Iago + applicable stretch goals! The estimated delivery date is Oct 2014.
Essen: A Board Game!
ESSEN: A board game about selling board games & exhibiting at a board game fair.
Following the success of Gear & Piston, Byzantio / Nekken and the 4th edition of Town Center, LudiCreations are proud to announce their next Kickstarter campaign; ESSEN.
In this euro-style game for 1-4 players, you take on the role of a board game publisher that is exhibiting at the world’s most famous trade fair. Designed by Harry-Pekka Kuusela, it is playable in 30-60 minutes, and can be played with up to 8 players by combining two copies of the game.
“I have been designing these mechanisms since 2007, and I am delighted with what this game is going to become. I can’t wait to play ESSEN in Essen!” – Harry-Pekka Kuusela
In ESSEN, which is going to be beautifully illustrated in pixel art, with a plethora of inside jokes and references for board gamers, you have to make decisions like any publisher has to make – about staffing, managing your money, creating buzz, and much more! Each player board is themed as being occupied by a certain type of game publisher (eurogames, ameritrash, wargames, RPGs), with reverse side showing even more types of games (abstract, children’s games, space 4X, LARPs) for even more variety.
Last year the Spiel game fair had 156,000 visitors & 828 exhibitors from 39 nations. This April you can back the campaign which allows you to take over a booth and outsell them all to be the best publisher in ESSEN!
Griggling Games has announced a new “euro-ish” game of space exploration. Players manage resources, conduct research in technology, and, through careful planning, maneuver through four rounds of space exploration.
Destination: Neptune is for two to four players and is currently in production with the goal of a summer 2014 release.