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Agricola, one of the great classics of the Eurogame genre, was originally released in 2007. It was reprinted as a revised edition with new rules, art, and cute little ‘animeeples’ in 2016.  But  Agricola: Farmers of the Moor, one of the more popular expansions, was not given the same treatment at that time. Lookout Games has now released the expansion with the matching updated art and pieces.

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor steps up the misery on your farm a notch from the base game by requiring that you keep your family warm in addition to feeding them.  But it’s not all starvation and pain, you have the opportunity to expand your farm by converting forests and peat bogs to arable land, and even better, you get some cute little horse meeples to add to your paddock. If you have the 5-6 player expansion for the base set, the expansion has everything you need to add the expansion in for all six players.

If you didn’t get quite enough medieval farming with the base set you bought in 2016, Agricola: Farmers of the Moor is available now. See the Lookout Games page (German) for more details.

If you love the smell of burning cottages in the morning, you’ve finally got the chance to burninate the universe with your favorite one-armed dragon in in Trogdor!! The Board Game. Fans of the web comic series Homestar Runner will get their fix of mayhem and destruction in a new game designed by James Earnest of Cheapass Games and the creators of Homestar Runner.

Starring Trogdor, the game is for 2 to 6 players who will cooperate to use the Wingaling dragon and cultist helpers to destroy the kingdom of Pleasantry by burning the cottages… and villagers. The playing field is a set of tiles laid out randomly each game. The players assume the role of the cultists who want to help Trogdor achieve this destruction.  Each of the cultist ‘creepos’ has a different player power, such as moving in a different directly or taking a unique action.

Does this sound too easy?  Well, there are also knights that are there to protect the villagers and make it much more difficult to torch things freely.  Burninating the universe  takes 30 to 45 minutes, making burninating much faster than most other methods of destruction.

The Kickstarter includes multiple backer levels that provide upgrades from wooden meeples to plastic minis and several options for deluxe (very deluxe!) storage boxes.

See the Kickstarter page and the BGG entry for more information.

Everyone, whether they be adult, kid, or board gamer, could really stand to move a bit more in their lives. Snag the Flag, which is live on Kickstarter, hopes to be the game that gets you and your family up and moving while learning some fun facts about fitness and making you laugh with joy.

Snag the Flag is a physically and mentally challenging quick-reflex game. It’s designed to get everyone involved by moving, playing, reading and learning even on another player’s turn. The game is easy to learn and can be enjoyed by all ages of players. You choose your skill level and intensity. While becoming healthier is an added bonus that the game hides behind silly challenges, intense stand-offs and friendly competition. So jump up, grab some flags, laughs and break into a sweat on your next game night!

The game comes with 150 challenge and trivia cards, oversized dice, and six sets of flags. It can be played inside or outside and has different levels of intensity depending on age and fitness level. With elements of flag football, physical challenge games, a la Quelf, and an improv acting class, Snag the Flag seems well equipped to keep you moving and entertained.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign to see if you are ready to get moving with Snag the Flag.

Embark on an adventure in a land where dinosaurs and humans live together, guide lost dinos safely to their farm, and create a remarkable story to tell.

Jason Heath, Game on 23rd founder and the author of Unstable, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Mr. Fossil’s Dino Farm. Inside the box, you will find four educational games full of cute dinosaurs that, while aiming to improve memory and develop imagination, expose children to the world of prehistoric creatures.

Apart from a memory game that asks brave adventurers to find all the different dinos, the package includes Dino Match during which players pair dinos together, two puzzles that invite children to explore Dino Farm and its surroundings, and, finally, a storytelling game inviting everyone to be creative (or just plain silly) in order to illustrate what happens to the dinos.

Mr. Fossil’s Dino Farm is scheduled to arrive to backers in July. The basic pledge includes 9 board tiles, 9 story cards, 4 character cards, and 24 dino cards. Among the additional pledge rewards is also an expansion package that contains more dinos and story cards. If you are interested, you can find more information on the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.

 

Ah, Unicorns – majestic and elegant creatures, or at least that’s what everybody believes! Did you know that there is a Kingdom where Unicorns are stupid beings that breed like bunnies?

Toulouse-based company Morning has announced their new board game, Kill the Unicorns, a strategic family game set in a crazy universe.  In Kill the Unicorns, players will play a character with special powers for the sole purpose hunting unicorns.

“Lure the Unicorns into piranha-infested lakes, or coax them into traps – with several combinations you have the opportunity to become the greatest Unicorn Hunter of all time!  Kill the Unicorns is the funniest movement game you will play. Using card to move around the map or annoying others with “take that” card, and don’t forget a Pigicorn can be hidden among the unicorn herd.”

The game is expected to launch on Kickstarter in June of 2017.  For more information about this upcoming game, visit the company’s website here.

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Nosh is all about chowing down on your favorite food at a local fair.  Players bid for food to score their favorite treats.  From the product announcement page:

In Nosh, players bid their limited allowance on groups of treats available at each day of the fair. Everyone has their own secret favorites, and only certain combinations of treats can score each day. To win the game, a player has to carefully time their biggest bids on the treats they like the most, and the ones that score the biggest on each day’s Nosh cards.

This family friendly card game for three to five players from Crafty Games will be available soon!

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Lost Cog would like to announce their current project to fund a new two-player Viking-themed strategy board game that “pits players in a competitive contest of tactics and supremacy.”  The objective of the game is to survive the Jotunn’s Rampage by influencing the Jotunn towards your opponents’ armies and villages.

Players will each control three villages and two Viking armies, and will be using their armies to protect their own villages while attacking their opponents’ villages.  As they do this, the Rampaging Jotunn is the real threat as he moves across the island destroying everything he touches.

The game is easy to learn, but with deep strategy, and has high replay value due to its modular board that changes with each play.  The game has been in development for 6 years, and has received extensive play testing.

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A copy of the game includes:

  • Rulebook
  • 1 Center Hex
  • 2 Defensive Line hexes
  • 2 Dice
  • 1 Jotunn Marker and Stand
  • 2 Blue and 2 Red Viking Markers and Stands
  • 6 Wooden Long Houses, 3 in each player color
  • 2 Terrain Cards
  • 6 Movement Cards, 3 in each player color
  • 73 Rampaging Jotunn Cards
  • 12 Unique Land Tiles

For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page here.

MAGE Company would like to announce two new additions to their “Family Zone” line of party games for friends and family, Carrotia and The Cohort.

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CARROTIA

Carrot supplies are getting low and the rabbits must brave the wilds to collect enough to feed the colony! Time is short, the pathways long and the birds are circling overhead, looking for easy prey.

In Carrotia, players work together collaboratively to build three different mazes of increasing size.  One of the players is the Master Rabbit, whose job is to dash from entrance to exit within a specific number of moves, as outlined by the current mission card.  As he does so, he will be scooping up precious carrots while avoiding the owl, hawk and other birds as they swoop low over the zones, causing mayhem and mischief.  The other players take on the role of supportive rabbits, lending their unique special abilities to assist the team and and thwart the hungry predators.

Carrotia is for 1-6 players, and includes the following components:

  • 40 tiles (70x70mm)
  • 3 hourglasses (30, 60, 90)
  • 27 quest cards (70x70mm)
  • 6 character cards (70x70mm)
  • 6 bird tokens
  • 30 carrot tokens
  • 2 arrow tokens
  • 1 wooden rabbit
  • 6 custom dice
  • 1 Ruleset

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THE COHORT

It is time to polish your armor and sharpen your sword, for mighty Caesar has called for his legions to assemble.  So snap them into line as quickly as you can, disrupt the plans of your fellow commanders and show Caesar that your Legion is the greatest in all the Empire.

In The Cohort, players must race to be the first to assemble a Legion and show Caesar you are the greatest of his commanders.  Each Legion is made up of 3 different Cohorts and seven different types of units: Praetorians, Catapults, Centurions, Sagittarii, Equites, Legionaries and Velites.  Each turn, players draw two cards, keep one and give the other to another player.  This card can be kept in hand, or triggered to create a Cohort.  Until a Cohort is complete, however, their rowdy behavior works against the recruiting player.

The Cohort includes the following components:

• 6 Primus Pilus cards

• 18 Praetorian cards
• 18 Centurion cards
• 18 Catapult cards
• 24 Sagittarii cards
• 24 Equites cards
• 30 Legionary cards
• 30 Velites cards

• 1 Rulebook

Both games feature brief play times and are accessible to ages 8 and up.  You can learn more about Carrotia and The Cohort by visiting the MAGE Company website.

Asmodee Editions has announced two new family games that are coming soon.

The first is Doctor Panic, a game for 2-9 players aged 8 and higher with a 12 minutes play time. In this game you are a surgical team working to save a patient before time runs out by completing various tasks. Tasks are assigned by an overseer and include finding combinations of drugs from a batch of cards, figuring out how much to administer and ‘stitching’ a board, etc. To win you need to complete the assigned tasks before the final heart attack on the soundtrack.

Secondly, there is Zany Penguins, for 2-5 players aged 7 and above and plays in 20 minutes. This is a card game where you are sending your strongest penguins out to conquer various locations (including jungle, desert and even the Moon!) and sending your worst recruits to interfere with the other players.

 

Image from www.dailyworkerplacement.com/

Image from www.dailyworkerplacement.com/

The Daily Worker Placement has conducted a series of surveys of board gamers, and their second survey asked questions pertaining to the people that gamers’ play with.  As a premise for the survey, The Daily Worker Placement stated that “much of the importance of board gaming [a]s a hobby is the fact [that] it gets us playing with our friends, family, and even strangers. Games are a unique way to mediate the world and to have fun with other folks at the same time.”

A basic summary of the results is as follows:

  • Do you have a gaming partner?  79.2% YES
  • Do you game with family members?  Nearly 75% YES
  • Do you play games solo?  Nearly 45% YES
  • Outside of family, who do you play games with?  85.8% FRIENDS

Other results revealed that most people game between 6-10 hours per week, and that most people find time and life responsibilities of various kinds prevent them from playing as much as they’d like.

For the entire results of the survey, see the full article here.