expansions

Rio Grande Games recently announced an expected two expansion for Puerto Rico coming in April.

The first expansion will add 12 new buildings (two of each kind) that gives more options. This expansion will also add two new large builds that creates more end-game scoring options.

The second expansion will add seven small buildings and one large building. These will include a new production building and will create more end-game scoring options.

Puerto Rice is for 2-5 players ages 13 and up. You can find out more at Rio Grande Games’ website here.

Two expansions for Mike Elliott’s Thunderstone Quest are expected in spring 2019. Quest Expansion #4: At the Foundations of the World and Quest Expansion #5: Ripples in Time and Quest Expansion will bring tons more content to an already packed game.

Each new Quest Expansion consists of a selection of dungeon tiles and monster cards that create an engaging storyline. Each one also includes rules for selecting Village and Dungeon cards to create a variety of Adventures. After players have mastered each Quest they can use random setups of Quest cards to create new Dungeons and Villages.

Each box contains dungeon tiles, dividers, randomizers and 243 cards. Cards include six heroes, six monsters, 12 support items, treasures and three versions of the Guardian, each of slightly different difficulty. Each of the different Adventures within the Quest Expansions has a scaling challenge.

Thunderstone Quest was designed by Mike Elliott and published by Alderac Entertainment Group. Watch some Dice Tower coverage here.

 

Brains! is a card game for 2-5 zombies, suitable for players 8+. Brains! is a fast-playing card game, in which players race to be the first to reach 21 points or more.

The rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Each turn you can either play a card, draw two cards, or bury the top card of the deck. Cards can be played as a treasure or as an action, while all buried cards move to the top of your graveyard. Cards in your graveyard can have ongoing effects, or trigger special abilities when they enter.

Two expansions are also available during the Kickstarter campaign. The Burial expansion offers 14 new cards, allowing you to protect your graveyard treasures, draw four cards and even draw cards from your opponents’ graveyards.

The Treasure Hunter expansion is an add-on set containing three unique expansions that work with any game in the Treasure Hunters series. They can be played individually or all at once, whether you’re playing Brains! by itself or combining it with the other games in the series.

Brains! is the third game in the Treasure Hunters series; a set of games that can all stand alone, or be shuffled together. The two previous games – Scuttle! and Ninjitsu! were both successfully funded via Kickstarter!

Quite a few pledge options are available, some offering previous Jellybean Games titles as well. All pledge levels include a special promo card – Captain Bluebeard – who allows you to swap your hand with your graveyard. 

Brains! is designed by Peter C. Hayward (Dracula’s Feast and The Lady and the Tiger), with art by Kelly Jo (Hidden Panda). A free print-and-play version of the game is available at jellybean.games

The Brains! Kickstarter campaign runs until October 18. 

In 2019, WizKids will be launching Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition, which consists of the Quarriors! base game and all previously released expansions and promotional cards (including the never-before-printed Ghost of X-Mas Past, Present and Future)!

“Quarriors! is a fast-paced game in which players must strategically balance their choices each turn. Do you use your Quiddity to summon creatures in the hopes of scoring glory, or should you spend it all to capture more powerful quarry from the Wilds? “

Each player controls a Quarrior competing for glory in the eyes of Quiana, the Empress of Quaridia. Players start with an identical set of twelve dice in their dice bag but the bag’s composition will change as the game progresses. At the start of the game, creature and spell dice (dubbed “quarry”) are dealt at random to form “the Wilds” in the center of the table. As play progresses, players roll their dice to attempt to summon creatures, cast spells and harness the magical power of Quiddity (the in-game resource) to capture quarry from the Wilds to add to their repertoire and into their dice bag. Players draw and roll six dice a turn from their bag, meaning that controlling bag composition is key to victory.

To win, players must outmaneuver each other through strategic spell use, the acquisition of powerful quarry, and ultimately, by striking down opposing creatures in combat. If your creatures survive until your next turn, you will score glory points and move closer to victory!

Quarriors Qulatimate Quedition includes:

  • 340 Custom Dice
  • 211 Cards (Spells and Creatures and Quests)
  • 1 Double-Sided Glory Tracker
  • 4 Glory Markers
  • 4 Quest Markers
  • 4 Felt Dice Bags
  • 1 Rulebook

The Dice Tower has covered Quarriors! quite a bit over the years. Check out some of the videos here.

Coming soon to a game store near you, is Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, from Steve Jackson Games and Games Workshop.

Munchkin line editor Andrw Hackard and illustrated by Munchkin artist John Kovalic team up with Games Workshop to produce the 2019 deluxe-format game that will feature a level tracker board, character standies and 168 cards.

Players will take their army – Ultramarine, Necron, Aeldari, Ork, Death Guard or Tyranid – and make a pilgrimage to Holy Terra. Weapons like a lasblaster and critters like Sloppy Bilepiper will be found along the way.

Munchkin Warhammer is combinable with all of the Munchkin games, so players can mix and match to their heart’s delight.

“I have never seen a game store without a Warhammer 40,000 section,” said Hackard. “It’s a pleasure to get to play around in a setting that has such a rich history and so many dedicated fans around the world!”

Two 112-card expansions for the edition are planned, also to launch in 2019.

Find out more here.

If you are looking for a bundle of new games to share with the family at Thanksgiving this year, Queen Games has just the answer with their newly launched Kickstarter Campaign for Kingdom Builder Family Box.  The Kingdom Builder Family Box includes the base game of Kingdom Builder and the Nomads expansion as well as the Queenie Promotional expansions Caves and Capitol.  If that is not enough Kingdom Builder for you, you can pick up a copy of  Kingdom Builder Big Box 2nd Edition instead, which includes all four expansions (Nomads, Crossroads, Marshlands, and Harvest) and all three Queenie promotional expansions (Islands, Caves and Capitol).

For a really big haul of Queen Games, the Kickstarter offers a bundle that includes The Kingdom Builder Family Box, Luxor, Maharani, and Kairo.  All four Queenie promotional expansions for Luxor are included in the Luxor bundle.

The Kickstarter Campaign runs through August 10, 2018 with a delivery of all games in November 2018.

Steve Jackson Games has just announced a few new expansions for Munchkin!

First, booster packs for the Munchkin Collectible Card game are available with Grave Danger. Each booster pack of 12 contains one card that is rare or better! The base set of the game is for 2 players ages 10 and up, with a playing time of 20-40 minutes.

Next, you can throw a party with the Munchkin Party Pack. This box contains a 15 card expansion players can use with all of their Munchkin games, as well as 3 copies of 5 new cards that can be given out to friends as party favors.

These new sets are planned to be released in November. More information can be found here.

The British Isles and, in particular, Wales, is home to some of the richest railway history in the world.  In the early 1800’s smaller narrow gauge railways were carved out of the rocky hills and mountains, carrying slate and workers through the Welsh countryside.  Snowdonia, named after a mountainous region in northwestern Wales, was first released in 2012.

Described as a lighter but interesting worker placement game, players seek to blast, excavate and build sites and structures and lay track for railways.  The first scenario, set in Wales, was included in the original game.  The deluxe version will include all expansions and scenarios to date, 12 scenarios in all with different locations.  The new Deluxe Master Set will also include:

  • A larger deluxe board
  • New, larger box
  • Custom double decker insert
  • One brand new scenario, along with all those that were previously released
  • 365 custom wooden components
  • Several promo cards featuring unique trains and other items and people
  • Large full colour scoring pad
  • Cloth bag

Not familiar with the game?  Click here and you’ll be up to speed before you can say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!  This deluxe version will be on Kickstarter for the next 23 days.

The Captain is Dead: Lockdown is the latest episode in the Captain is Dead co-op adventure game that finds you and up to 6 other crew mates battling aliens and scrambling to keep your star ship functioning.

Even without the help of the late Captain, the crew was able to escape the alien attack in our last episode! However, the hasty repairs to the jump core did not hold, and now the crew finds themselves locked in an alien prison! Now the crew must use all their skills to hack into the alien prison’s systems, while staying hidden and avoiding alien patrols…

Also coming from AEG is a new Smash Up set titled, Oops You Did It Again.

Smash Up has turned the asylum over to the inmates yet again! After the success of It’s Your Fault, we decided to let the fans choose the factions that would make up the latest set of Smash Up, and they went for some powerful choices! A huge field was whittled down to the top four, and here they are: Cowboys call out opposing minions for shootouts, Samurai face their noble end in battle to bring glory to their player, Ancient Egyptians bury secrets deep in the sands, while the Vikings… well they just take other people’s stuff!

It looks like the fans nailed it this time with some of the best genres from pop culture represented in one expansion box.

Keep an eye out for The Captain is Dead: Lockdown in August and Smash Up: Oops You Did It Again in early September.

 

 

Imperial Assault is not lacking content, but Star Wars is an ever-expanding property that allows for growth in equal measure among the products utilize it. Fans can soon expect Star Wars Rebels to soon join the party as a small box expansion and four ally/villain packs introduce the crew of the Ghost and their adversaries to the campaign or skirmish matches. The Tyrants of Lothal small box expansion includes new characters and enemies which bring stories from the Lothal sector to the table, while the Spectres, the mercenary Hondo, and Grand Admiral Thrawn himself are all available separately to aid in combat or participate in unique scenarios. As described on it’s product page:

“Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Tyrants of Lothal, a new expansion for Imperial Assault, available for pre-order now from your local retailer! Tyrants of Lothal is not releasing alone either, so be sure to also pre-order the Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus Ally Pack, the Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios Ally Pack, the Thrawn Villain Pack, and the Hondo Ohnaka Villain Pack to upgrade your Imperial Assault experience!”

 

It’s very nice to see this show earn such an earnest inclusion to an already good game, and mechanically speaking there’s a lot to offer the competitive scene as well. Beyond the inclusion of powerful new characters, both allies and villains, there’s also more cards, abilities, and death troopers that will make skirmishes more interesting or the Imperial player more daunting, depending on the mode of play. Furthermore,since Rebels is canon and it has done a lot to bridge characters between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, there’s a lot of fun scenarios that could be made using other available characters, such as Darth Maul and Obi Wan for example, along with the Spectres. If you are interested in these expansions or future content for Imperial Assault, be sure to check out their product pages and the Fantasy Flight Games website for future announcements.