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SolarFlare Games has announced a new game in their Robotech line of games, Robotech: Crisis Point, along with a new small expansion for Robotech: Force of Arms, Robotech: Force of Arms – Grand Cannon expansion.

Robotech: Crisis Point is another head-to-head 2-player game in the Robotech universe. The players are fighting for control of the Earth, using hand management, area control and bluffing mechanisms in order to do so.

The Robotech: Force of Arms – Grand Cannon expansion is a free small pack of booster cards, which gives the players more heroes and commands for the base game of Robotech: Force of Arms.

Check out the web page for more information on both the new game and the expansion here.

Board & Dice has announced the first expansion for Dice Settlers, Dice Settlers: Western Sea, that is due to be released at Spiel 2019.

Dice Settlers: Western Sea allows the players to expand beyond the lands initially available to them, all the way to the sea. Besides the growing possibilities of the base game, the expansion introduces ways for the players to fish, sail, find treasure, and discover new and interesting technologies.

Dice Settlers: Western Sea is a modular expansion, meaning that players can add any one (or more) of the modules in the box to their base game, growing and changing it in different ways, to suit their tastes. The expansion also includes solo components for those solo players who want to be able to play the expansion in conjunction with the base game.

If you are interested in more information about the expansion, check here.

Chip Theory Games has launched a new Kickstarter project, Splice & Dice, for a variety of content offerings in the Too Many Bones universe.

First, there is the Splice & Dice expansion, which requires either the Too Many Bones base game or Too Many Bones: Undertow to play. Splice & Dice introduces a new Build-a-Tyrant option allowing players to customize their own big bad or develop the campaign boss over the course of the adventure based on the type of baddies defeated in encounters and the order in which they are defeated. This exponentially increases the variability of potential Tyrants. Splice & Dice also includes new pre-built Tyrants and hybrid Baddies that count as multiple enemy types.

Second, the campaign offers new content add-ons. Two new Gearlocs are available as playable characters. Dart, who rides a pigadillo, and has a double-sided playmat that can be flipped during battle to change her from a ranged attacker to a melee attacker, as well as changing how her skill dice operate (prototype playthrough video here). The other new Gearloc add-on is the Gearloc Council Internship Program, which is actually four mini-Gearloc mats that operate together. The final new content add-on is the Too Many Bones Trove Chest, which is a giant box with a future-focused design to hold all Too Many Bones content in one Kallax-friendly container, as well as providing new storage solutions for Gearlocs, loot, encounters, and Baddies.

Third, the campaign provides access to a full reprint of all previously published Too Many Bones products. The campaign closes June 14th and anticipates new content delivery in December 2019.

One might not be able to tell from the consistent popularity of Scythe that it was ever in need of anything new, but Stonemaier Games has made it a habit of offering new gameplay experiences to Scythe fans. First it was Invaders from Afar, which gave fans two new factions. Then it was The Wind Gambit, which gave fans Airships and the Resolution module. The Rise of Fenris brought fans an 8-game replayable campaign and 11 interchangeable modules.  The latest addition to the popular game is a Modular Board.  This is not the first time Stonemaier has offered a different gameboard experience.  The original gameboard is two sided, one side with the full game board map and the other side consisting of a portion of an enlarged gameboard that could be completed with a gameboard extension for a 70% larger gameboard. The enlarged gameboard did not change gameplay though.  The new modular board for Scythe, on the other hand, does.  The Scythe modular board adds a new level of variability to Scythe.  The map is different on both sides and has spaces for 4 big double-sided tiles that change the landscape each game.  Even the faction home base locations can change each game. No longer must the Nordic faction start in the north, or the Saxony faction start in the corner without easy access to the wheat fields that both neighboring factions have. Faction location and landscape can vary every game. No longer can faction strategy count on the consistent landscape around their home base.  Additionally, the modular board adds a drafting element to setup, along with a variant for a tighter map at low player counts.

The Scythe Modular Board comes with 1 double-sided board (624x818mm, same size as the standard Scythe board), 4 double-sided tiles (7 hexes per tile), 8 home base tiles, 8 structure bonus tiles, 1 rulebook (11 languages), and Automa rules for solo play.  Pre-orders from Stonemaier open on May 29, or look for the Scythe Modular Board at your friendly local game store late this summer.

Seasons of Inis, the soon to be released expansion by Matagot, has a lot to offer to fans of Inis.  Seasons of Inis is an expansion comprised of five very different modules that fans can add to Inis, customizing the game as they see fit. The first module is the addition of an extra player, including action cards and complementary pieces. With a fifth player, competition for leadership will be intent and the battles will be epic. The second module, called We Want a King, shortens the game by avoiding multiple ties for victory if the Brenn is not involved.  This module is ideal for 5-player games but it may also be used in 3- or 4-player games. The third module, The Seasons of Inis, introduces seasonal festivals and climate conditions.  As the seasons change, different climatic conditions affect player actions. Everything tends to slow down in winter while spring issues a renewal phase. Players will need to adapt their strategies to the cycle of the seasons. The fourth module, Sea Travel, introduces a new type of territory: the island.  Players can build harbors on a territory, enabling them to travel on the sea to any other territory with a harbor, including other harbors on the main land. Lastly, the fifth module includes 15 new Epic Tale cards to add to the Epic Tale deck.  

Seasons of Inis is available for pre-order now and is expected to be released soon.  Contents include Season board, Season marker, 5 Season reference cards, 2 updated Action cards (replacing those from the base game), 4 new Action cards (5th player), 1 Pretender token (5th player), 12 clan figures (5th player), 15 new Epic Tale cards, 6 new territories & 1 updated territory tile, 6 new corresponding Advantage cards, 9 Harbor tiles, 1 Deed tokens, 1 Macha’s Curse token, 1 Fili token, 5 Banshee tokens, and 1 King tile.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue is a cooperative game where 1-6 players take on the role of brave men and women who rescue victims from fires as firefighters.

The Tragic Events expansion adds Fire & Event decks which are designed to replace the Hot Spot mechanism in the Experienced game rules. At the beginning of the game, a Fire deck is created with Fire Rage and Accelerate cards, along with a pool of Flare Up cards which are set by the board. During each Advance Fire phase, a Fire card is drawn, then resolved. Flare Up cards are added to the Fire deck when the Accelerate card is drawn and causes an Event to occur. Flare Up cards also trigger Events, and add more Flare Up cards to the deck, which force players to draw more Fire cards.

New points of Interest tokens and three new specialists (the Strategist, the Suppression Specialist, and Fire Prevention Specialist) are also added as playable characters in this expansion.

The Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Tragic Events expansion is expected to release on July 24th, 2019. The expansion was originally released on Kickstarter in 2017.

Stronghold Games has launched the biggest and most strategic expansion to Terraforming Mars on Kickstarter: Terraforming Mars: Turmoil.  This expansion is not for the faint of heart.  It is considered an Expert expansion delving introducing the struggle for political control of Martian society.

Players will have delegates they can assign to the various political parties. The party with the most delegates becomes the ruling party in the next generation, establishing its own policies for the generation and granting the first player in the party a Terraform Rating. Each party confers a ruling bonus to the party leader and the ruling policy effects everyone.  Meanwhile, global events impact Mars, the terraforming corporations, and political parties. These global events can be forecasted, so players can plan ahead to influence the next rising political party to deal with the event. Politics can be brutal: despite the bonuses players may receive in the ruling party, everyone loses 1 Terraform Rating each generation.

Contents include 5 Corporation Cards, 16 Projects Cards, 31 Global Event Cards, 2 Reference Cards, a new Terraformer Milestone Tile, 6 Policies, a Global Events Boards, a Terraforming Committee Board, 35 Player Delegates (7 in each color), 14 Neutral Delegates, 1 Dominance Marker, and rule book.

The Kickstarter comes with a number of Promo contents as funding milestones are reached.  The first promo content, 5 Dual Layer Player Board, may be of special interest to those who have not purchased upgrades to their game yet. Additional promo projects and corporation card have already been announced. 

The Kickstarter campaign for Terraforming Mars: Turmoil runs through May 2 with a delivery in November 2019.  To learn more, check out the Kickstarter campaign.

Fans of Lorenzo Il Magnifico will soon have a new way to play their favorite game: via Steam.  While it is becoming increasingly common for popular boardgames to receive a digital treatment for play on computer and mobile devises, it is no surprise that the Kickstarter campaign for the digital edition of Lorenzo Il Magnifico was funded in a mere 22 minutes!  Lorenzo Il Magnifico received the Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower and it remains one of the top-rated games on Board Game Geek.

Backers have already unlocked numerous exclusive cards for the digital edition, but more have yet to be unlocked.   Backers will also receive access to the game two months prior to its official release.  The Pazzi Conspiracy, a new expansion for the physical copies of Lorenzo Il Magnifico, can also be supported through this Kickstarter.  One of the unique touched to the pledge levels is the opportunity to have a custom-painted avatar in the final digital edition of the game.  Backers who select this pledge level will also receive a high-resolution wallpaper with their portrait as part of the package.  Sample custom portrait artwork features Dice Tower’s Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer in Renaissance clothing.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through April 13 with an expected delivery date of Jun 2019. Check out the Kickstarter campaign to learn more.

Are you ready Space Cowboy?  One of the best anime series has finally come to boardgames in the Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie from Jasco Games.  In Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie, players assume the roll of one of four misfit bounty hunters aboard the spaceship Bebop.  Each player has a session, a series of tasks drawn from the original anime series, that must be completed in order to win.  Completing the sessions requires woolong (money) and fuel to travel, make contacts, and pay for goods and services.  The struggling bounty hunters also need food!  This is a cooperative game, so despite how capable each of the bounty hunters are, they need help from the others to complete their sessions. Meanwhile, villains and challenging events can appear to throw the bounty hunters off their session. Players win when they complete their session. The game features stories, artwork and characters from the beloved anime classic.

Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie plays 1-4 players, ages 14+, in about 60-90 minutes.  Contents include gameboard, 5 planet boards, 4 character boards, 7 standees, 1 Bebop token, 23 tokens, and 165 cards. The game is expected to release in August 2019, and it is available for pre-order now.

Season 3 of the Exceed Fighting System brings us Streetfighter!  The Exceed Fighting System is a fast-paced two-player card game that brings the head-to-head arcade fighting games to your game table. Previous seasons feature the heroes and villains of Red Horizon and Seventh Cross.  Exceed: Street Fighter comes in three stand-alone boxes. The first is the Ryu Box, which contains the fighters Ryu, Sagat, Akuma, and Zangrief. The M. Bison Box contains the fighters Cammy, M. Bison, Ken, and Guile. Lastly, the Chun-Li Box contains Vega, C. Viper, Chun-Li, and Dan.   Each of the player characters can be played with all other releases of Exceed.  Each box contains 141 cards and rulebook.  The Ryu Box is first to be released in April 2019, followed by the M. Bison Box in June and the Chun-Li Box in July.  All three are available for pre-order now.

The collectible card game series Universal Fighter System is adding Soulcalibur VI to its system.   

The Soulcalibur VI CCG will consist of 108 different cards representing twelve characters from Soulcalibur VI: Groh, Ivy, Kilik, Maxi, Mitsurguri, Nightmare, Siegfried, Sophitia, Taki, Xianghua, Yoshimitsu, and Zasalamel.  Each 10-card booster pack contains 6 commons, 3 uncommons, and 1 rare or ultra rare card. There are 32 commons, 28 uncommons, 29 rare and 19 ultra rare cards in the set. Booster boxes of 24 booster packs are available for pre-order now, or look for them at your friendly local game store on April 5, 2019.

Fans of Street Fighter can expand their Universal Fighter System collection with two new Special Edition Tins: the C. Viper & Juri Tin and the Ryu Tin.  Both tins contain a Tin-exclusive Street Fighter foil card, 3 Street Fighter booster packs, 1 Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers booster pack, 1 Mega Man: Battle for Power booster pack, and 1 Capcom Platinum Series booster pack.  The Ryu Tin releases in April 2019, and the C. Viper & Juri Tin released in June 2019.


 

For those of you who don’t think there’s enough going on in the base game of Teotihuacan: City of Gods, you’re in luck! Later this year the first expansion – Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period is being released by Board & Dice.

This modular expansion provides you with even more options to enrich and expand the game experience. Now players gain asymmetrical powers, which provide a unique benefit. Another module introduces a prestigious fourth temple that allows players to unlock powerful permanent abilities. There are also variable effects that impact each season and eclipse as well as new engineering techniques and renewed plans. All modules are compatible with one another and can be enjoyed together or individually.

The expansion has been developed by Daniele Tascini, Rainer Åhlfors, Andrei Novac and the solo adaptation by Dávid Turczi, Rainer Åhlfors. The expansion is set for release in August, 2019.

Watch some Dice Tower coverage of Teotihuacan: City of Gods.