expansions

Ten years ago, Queen Games published one of its most popular games, Fresco. In the years that followed it, Queen Games would support Fresco fans with 10 expansion modules to add new dimensions to the game. Queen Games would eventually publish the Fresco: Big Box Edition providing new fans the game with all its expansions in one box.

Last year, Queen Games treated Alhambra to a Designer’s Edition Mega Box through Kickstarter. For Fresco’s 10th Anniversary, Queen Games is giving Fresco its own Limited Designer’s Edition Mega Box.

The Kickstarter for the Fresco: Mega Box is a celebration of everything Fresco.

First, Fresco is getting 4 new expansion modules bundled in Expansion 3: The Church Pews, The Dome, The Damsels, and The Catacombs. If backers already own the Fresco: Big Box Edition, Expansion 3 will complete the expansion collection for Fresco. The Church Pews module adds a chapel board to the game and enables players to build pews for the church and collect extra points. The Dome module adds an extra feature that can be painted but only after the main fresco has been finished and only if the players have the right paint remaining. The Damsel module gives players an extra player board that allows for special actions to affect the main board such as exchanging colors in the workshop or switching tiles in the market. Lastly, the Catacombs module adds catacomb tiles that can be accessed for coins or points with the aid of cartographers who will point out which fresco tiles need to be painted to reveal the entrance to the catacombs. Fresco: Expansion 3 contains the same style artwork as the original game.

Next, two smaller games are being included in the Mega Box: Fresco: The Card Game and Fresco: The Dice Game. Fresco: The Card Game distills Fresco into a smaller faster playing game.  Players draw color cards from either the market or workshop into to collect the proper mix of colors to paint the available fresco sections to earn points.  Fresco: The Card Game comes with 42 market cards, 42 workshop cards, 24 fresco cards, 20 mood tiles, and 12 bonus tiles. Fresco: The Dice Game use colored dice to represent the paint needed to complete frescoes.  Players have their own player board on which they will need to collect five portions of a fresco.  Fresco tiles require specific numbers to be rolled in order to collect the tile. Color dice will increase the chance of getting the right numbers need for the fresco tiles. Portraits are always an option when the dice fails to meet the needed fresco number. Fresco: The Dice Game comes with 20 fresco tiles, 12 portrait tiles, a game board, 4 player boards, 6 colored dice, 2 color dice, 12 betting tiles, a first player marker and a +/-1 Chip.

Fresco: Mega Box has undergone an artistic makeover. The artwork has been revised for all components and the colors are more vibrant and color-blind friendly. The wooden paint tokens have been replaced by tiles depicting the various colors in unique shaped containers for easier visibility.  Those same icons are presented on the fresco tiles and market tiles also.  The new artwork is consistent across all the modules, including to new expansion. The Mega Box also includes the two smaller games: Fresco: The Card Game and Fresco: The Dice Game. This is a lot to fit in one box, so the new box comes with two new inlays to keep all the components organized. All this in the Gold Edition.

For the Diamond Edition, fresco tiles and paint colors are upgraded to clear acrylic printed with the same beautiful full color artwork.  Many of the stretch goals include upgrading other components to acrylic for the Diamond Edition.

To learn more, check out the Kickstarter Campaign that runs though November 5 with an expected delivery in September 2020.

Level 99 Games dropped a big announcement for their long-running skirmish game Exceed. Four expansions featuring characters from the popular 2-D platforming video game Shovel Knight will be kicking off Exceed‘s 4th season this December. These expansions will bring Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, The Enchantress, and the rest of the Order of No Quarter, along with a slew of new features, to the head-to-head tabletop game. A well-done YouTube video accompanied the announcement breaking down all the combatants and their strengths.

“Exceed: Shovel Knight will be available in two large boxes[…] and two smaller expansions. The full-size boxes feature everything a player needs to start the game, including rules, a play area, and four complete fighters. Smaller expansions feature just a single fighter. Each fighter in Exceed comes complete and ready-to-play—players do not need to collect or trade to complete their decks. The game is easy to jump into casually, but deep enough to play again and again.”

While this is a huge boon for Exceed and Level 99 Games, this is an amazing time for Shovel Knight fans as well because of the glut of content that’s coming out for the IP. We’ve already reported on Yacht Club Games’ other tabletop entrance, but the original game itself is also getting another DLC soon – The King of Cards. It isn’t coincidence that the upcoming DLC is going to have a 2-player battle mode of it’s own (known as Shovel Knight Showdown) that will run analogous to these Exceed expansions. If you’re interested in learning more about Exceed and Level 99 Games, be sure to check out their original press release and website for videos, rules, and full catalog of products.

Update: Originally this article reported that this International Edition would be an improved version of the original available everywhere. This is not the case, as told by Ravensburger the International Edition will be it’s own product under the new name El Dorado distributed only in regions outside of Ravensburger’s current reach. This has been corrected below.

Prolific and renowned designer Dr. Reiner Knizia announced via twitter that his hit deck-building design, The Quest for El Dorado, will be getting an International Edition. It will be distributed under the new name El Dorado later this year in regions Ravensburger does not currently serve and will have all new art by Vincent Dutrait featured on large format cards. Understandably there were many concerns about whether this would cause compatibility issues with future expansions and those concerns were quickly addressed. The new International Edition will stand apart from the English version of the game and will not interfere with expansion content that is still planned for release from Ravensburger. As tweeted by Ravensburger:

“This international edition of the base game will not be published by Ravensburger, but by other publishers selling into areas we do not cover. Future Ravensburger expansions will be compatible with the Ravensburger base game.”

The Quest for El Dorado is a deck-building racing game where 2-to-4 adventurers cut through thick, unexplored jungle to reach the legendary city. Each turn players will buy more cards that will help their deck run more efficiently, make travel across specific terrain types easier, or help with buying even better cards. The game made such a splash when it released in 2017 that it already has one expansion, adding heroes and hexes, and there’s a standalone expansion is on the way. It’s easy to see, from the pedigree and it’s following, why El Dorado deserves wider distribution and it will be awesome to see this on shelves in many more countries by the end of the year.

Daily Magic Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Pharaoh’s Pyramid, an expansion for Sailing Toward Osiris, designed by W. David MacKenzie and illustrated by Denis Martynets. In Pharaoh’s Pyramid, players will work together to construct a pyramid in time for the arrival of the Pharaoh’s funeral barge so that the fallen king may stand before Osiris.

The expansion adds four new distinct mechanisms to gameplay: Debens, a new form of “I.O.U.” payment which players can trade back in for resources; Pyramid Blocks, a major new mechanic in which players first plan a block by paying resources and then build a block by moving it onto a valid space on a pyramid grid; Temple Donations, a one-way transaction for earning Debens; and Palace Guards, which players can use by sending into an occupied city space.

Components in the expansion include a double-sided game board extension (one side for 2-3 players; the other side for 4-5 players), 40 Pyramid Blocks (16mm x 16mm x 12mm; made of wood with screen-printed player icons), 30 Deben Chits (2mm punchboard), 5 Palace Guard Tokens (wood with white screen print on both sides), 10 City Cards, and 5 Boon Cards (cards are 310gsm black-core with a linen finish).

For more information, visit the Kickstarter campaign page here.

Burnt Island Games seeks to broaden your horizons with a new expansion for Endeavor: Age of Sail.

Age of Sail is a thematic euro-strategy set in the historic age of discovery focusing on area control, resource collection, engine-building and action management. Endeavor: Age of Expansion allows players to continue growing their empire and expanding its influence beyond the edges of the map with a new Kickstarter campaign this summer.

The expansion features new cards and additional game play mechanics for use with the base game. Improving on the previous strategic experience, Burnt Island Games has introduced new concepts including trade, fortify and conscription/mobilization tactics.

A new set of asset cards have been added, and along with the new mechanics they offer an overall improved game-play experience according to the publisher.

Endeavor: Age of Sail, was 910 percent funded on Kickstarter and met 22 stretch goals for over 7,500 backers. Burnt Island Games will try to repeat this success when the Age of Expansion campaign goes live on June 18, 2019.

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.