Breaking Games has brought a new worker placement fantasy game, Dwellings of Eldervale, designed by Luke Laurie to Kickstarter! This 1-5 player game will have you each controlling a unique faction including Air, Earth, Water, Fire, Light, Darkness, Order, and Chaos. The game combines worker placement with tableau/engine building mechanisms as each player summons special units, dwell in Eldervale to gain points as well as combat advantages, battle other players or even monsters with dice driven combat that can be mitigated, play magic cards, and advance your elemental power.
The standard box includes 8 sets of player wooden components, 8 player boards but 11 factions, 8 monster cards, 49 magic cards, 8 jumbo starter cards, 72 adventure cards, 24 elemental hexes with unique artwork on every tile as well as 7 ruin hexes, 100 treasure tokens, 54 dice, 9 glass orbs, cardboard resources, and a board of elements. The game also comes with storage trays.
To find out more, visit their Kickstarter campaign here.
Warhammer: Age of Sigmar was released three years ago to the pleasure of some, and disdain of others, but has been going strong as THE fantasy skirmish game set in the Warhammer universe. Now three years later the game has grown and changed, and so to clean things up Games Workshop is going to be doing a new edition of Age of Sigmar Core Rulebook. In this new edition will be an expanded narrative and lore, cramming lots of new background and history to the many places and times you have heard about in the game. Also they have managed to add in one thing players have been asking for, maps, lots and lots of maps of all the different locales you can take your armies. Plus they have refined the rules of the game to play faster and cleaner while somehow making it more fun to play. They have even teamed up with tournament organizers and champions to create some of the best competition rules for the game to date. So whether you are a veteran or a new comer, this new core book will be everything you need to drive headline into the Age of Sigmar universe.
You can find out more information on the Warhammer Community website, and look for this jam packed core book on store shelves in June of this year.
First on the list of news in the board game app world is that Zombie Dice on iOS, after being dormant for nearly 7 years, has reanimated and been updated for modern devices. Now if you are running the latest version of the iOS on your phone or tablet, you will be able to have some fun rolling virtual dice as a zombie now. You can head over to the App Store now and download the new version for free.
Next a new expansion was announced to the popular Terra Mystica app, and this expansion brings in all the goodies from the Fire and Ice expansion of the board game into the app realm. This means you will be able to play with all six of the factions in the expansion, from the powerful Yetis to the rule breaking Shapeshifters. Also being included in this expansion will be a new level of AI, hard level, giving experienced players new challenges in the game. Expected release for the expansion is the first quarter of 2018, so expect to see it available in the app soon. You can download Terra Mystica and preview the new factions on the DigiDiced website.
Last, and by no means least, an old series of gamebooks is being converted into an app called Fighting Fantasy Legends. The book series was called Fighting Fantasy, and was a creation of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone that was published in the 80s. The books themselves were a mix of choose your own adventure and role playing where you would be choosing the path you would go, but would also be rolling dice for things like combat. The books were very popular and although they have gone through several publishing companies, they are still available today. Now, however, Nomad Games has decided to adapt some of these books, City of Thieves, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and Citadel of Chaos, into an app. In the game you will exploring the different areas and using cards and dice to perform actions and do battle while deciding who you will help. As you level up you will improve your dice making you stronger, and with tons of choices to be made in a single game, each play to be different than the last. So if you were a fan of the original books, check out the Youtube trailer and then head on over to the Days of Wonder blog for links to purchase the game in your preferred app store.
GenCon is only one short week away, so lets see if some of these Kickstarter campaigns can take your money before you leave.
First up is the fourth campaign for the Reaper Miniatures line called Bones 4. Reaper is known for long waits from campaign to fulfillment, exemplified by the Feb 2019 delivery date, but also for high quality minis at an amazing price. This time around your $100 will get you 85 different minis in a fantasy setting, with figures of things like dragons, goblins, wizards, knights, kobolds, and more. Plus as more stretch goals get unlocked, more minis are added to the base pledge, sending it’s value skyward. So if you can wait a couple years for your minis, check out the Kickstarter campaign.
Next is a dexterity card game where you are literally throwing weapons at your opponents, called Rise of the Exiled. In Rise of the Exiled you are playing as a character from four different guild, vying for control of the city they live in. To play the game you will select your character and place them on the table. Each round you will move your character one card length, and then throw your weapon, depicted on a clear plastic card, at your opponent. Where you are located is important because your hand can’t go past your character on the table when throwing, and where you hit your opponent determines how much life they lose. You also have the option to use your character’s special ability to tip the scales in your favor, and if you are the last one standing you win. With simple play like that and varying powers between the characters, this could be a fun, light, dexterity game. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information.
After that is a deduction style game called Visitor in Blackwood Grove. In this game one player will be playing the crash landed alien, and the rest either the local kid who found him, or the agents trying to capture him. For this game the alien will make a “pass” rule for items that will pass through his force-field, and then in order the agents, kid, and alien will begin selecting cards and finding out if they pass through or not. As more information is collected eventually someone will figure out the rule, at that point they prove it by drawing four cards and classifying them based on if they pass or not. If they are right then that team wins, if they are wrong then play continues until someone does get it right. There are more rules for the agents and kid but that is the basics of the game, keeping it a light deduction game. Plus with nice looking art and good components, this project is worth it for you to look at. Check out their Kickstarter page today.
Following that is a magazine being put out by Steve Jackson Games that is all about Ogre, called Ogrezine. The Ogrezine is going to be a collection of articles about different ways you can change and modify how you play Ogre. One example they have released is the article Dambusters, which details how to use and include a dam as well as flooding into a Ogre game. This is all to celebrate 40 years of the game, and so in addition to the magazine you can back for other stuff for Ogre included the base game itself. So if you are interested in more content for you Ogre game, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next is a fantasy fire fighting game from Red Genie Games called The Brigade. In this competitive fire fighting game you are leading a fire brigade to help put out fires in the town of Tinderbox. The cause of these fires is the pyromancer school in the center of town, and they are continually raining fireballs down upon the surrounding buildings. It will be up to you to move your water carriage and fire brigade around town, putting out fires and spreading tales of your deeds to the surrounding population. You will also have the option to upgrade your fire house, get more crew, and acquire special abilities to help you better fight fires. The game will end in one of two ways, someone gets enough loyalty to the town or quarter, or the town is evacuated because of the fire, and at that point the person with the most loyalty wins. With good art and gameplay that gives you good choices while not drawing the game, I think this one is worth a look. Head to the Kickstarter page to check it out.
Another interesting game is coming from Green Couch Games called Before the Earth Explodes. The Earth is in bad shape in this game, and it’s up to you to either find the resources to fix it, or find a new place to call home. In this 2 player card game you will simultaneously select actions, with each action having different abilities and benefits. Some of these let you draw cards, gets ships, get more resources, or damage your opponent directly. And there are multiple ways you can win from eliminating your opponent, advancing all the way on the tech tree, colonizing seven planets, or satisfying the requirements for a ship card. Any way you go you will have to try and out think your opponent, because each action card has another card that blocks it, so if you are too obvious in what you are doing next, your opponent can thwart you. Plus if you take damage, you are out for the round, allowing you opponent to move forward on checked. So if you enjoy these types of games, check out the Kickstarter page for more information.
And last, but not least, we have the expansion to the quirky themed game Feudum called The Queen’s Army. What the Queen’s Army does is simply add a new AI player to the game working against the players. With this new addition you can now play the game cooperatively against the Queen, while still have a single points winner, or if you are playing solo you now have someone to play against. There are also options in this campaign to get the base game and other expansion in case you missed the original Kickstarter. So if you are looking to get into Feudum, or just want to expand your copy even more, head over to the Kickstarter page.
Renegade Games has announced that they will be reprinting and updating the card game Dragon’s Hoard. In this game you are a dragon trying to hoard the most treasure, go figure, and to get that treasure you will need sheep of all different colors. The game is a card drafting game at the start where you are drafting difference colored sheep from a common supply. After everyone has finished drafting, the action phase begins and you will buy cards with your sheep, attack your opponents, and defend against attacks from them. In the end, whoever manages to hold onto the most valuable hoard of treasure wins.
The box cover art by Jonas Akerlund looks incredible, and hopefully that carries over into the game art as well. The game will be available on store shelves in the fall, and until then you can read the full press release below for more information.
Dragon’s Hoard Releasing Fall 2017
San Diego, CA (July 27th, 2017) Renegade Game Studios is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Dragon’s Hoard, a drafting card game designed by Nathanael Mortensen’s with stunning art by Jonas Akerlund. The release is planned for fall 2017.
In Dragon’s Hoard, each player plays a dragon hunting for treasure. Collect chromatic sheep from the farmer’s fields and use them to acquire marvelous treasures, but watch out! Other players will send angry mobs and wizards your way to stop you. Defend yourself and battle your way to riches.
Draft cards from a common draw pile before taking actions each turn. Purchase as many treasures as possible using the cards in your hand. Dragons buy treasures with sheep that they’ve collected, while opponents will play terrible actions against you to keep you from tending those sheep.Battle to keep your treasure, while preventing your opponents from doing the same.
At the end of the game, the player with the most victory points from treasures and bonuses wins!
“When we were first introduced to this game, we instantly fell in love with the unique mechanics and the whimsical fantasy theme”, recalls Scott Gaeta, President of Renegade Game Studios. “As we dove further into the game, we really appreciated the great strategy choices, and of course the chromatic sheep! We look forward to sharing Nathanael’s lovely game with our fans.”
This fall, 2-4 clever dragons of ages 8 and up will flock to their local game store to collect valuable treasure for 25-45 min in this card drafting, hand management, set collection game.
As convention season is in full swing, new game announcements are going to be coming fast, so lets get to it. First up is a new expansion to add to the innovative card crafting game, Mystic Vale, called Mystic Vale: Mana Storm. This expansion continues the trend of adding more of what you want, more cards, leaders, and advancements, while still adding something new to the game. This time around it’s leaders that can be upgraded, giving them more powerful abilities, and amulet tokens which are just like mana tokens except that have unique powers associated with them. So if you enjoy Mystic Vale, I am sure this expansion will just make the game that much better. Look for it on store shelves in October of this year.
Next is a monster pack for the second edition of King of Tokyo featuring King Kong. While this isn’t as exciting, except for the fact you can have a three way monkey showdown now, what is also coming in the box is a new way to win the game. What way is that you ask? Well, I don’t know, but we will all find out when this pack hits stores in October of this year.
Next we have the big box expansion for Legends of Andor that finishes out the epic story, Legends of Andor: The Last Hope. Krahder has ended his raid, and in the process has kidnapped many of the citizens of Andor, so it is up the heroes to rescue them. They will venture beyond the Gray Mountains to fight the hordes of skeleton warriors with Krahder leading them. Eventually you will work your way to Krahder himself to defeat him once and for all, bringing the overarching story of Legends of Andor to it’s conclusion. While the German version of the game has been released, the English version of the game will be released in October of this year.
After that is the latest set in the BattleCon series and that is BattleCon: Trials of Indines from Level 99 Games. This set brings an additional 10 fighters into the game with more new combos, moves, and strategies to give you greater variety in your BattleCon games. This game was previously Kickstarted back in October of last year, and so this year will see it’s fulfillment to backers, and retail release. No firm date yet is given but they do expect the game to ship this year to both backers and retailers, so look forward to it.
Finally we have an expansion to the popular tile based Cthulhu war game, Shadows over Nomandie, called Desert Wrath. In this set it takes you out of the typical theaters of war for the time and sends you to Egypt. There you will “follow the adventures of the Section M and accompany Captain Harris Badger and the Corporal Akhee Singh in their fight against the Black Sun in search of the legendary city of Irem“. This expansion includes the new Section M faction as well as the typical new units, spells, heroes, etc. that you come to expect in a big box expansion. So if you enjoy the game, and don’t mind the change of scenery, then this expansion will just bring more variety and replayability to the game. Check your local game store in late July for this expansion.
Good & Evil Games is soon starting their first Kickstarter campaign for the fantasy euro trading game Trade & Troll. In Trade & Troll 2-6 players work to expand their trading company, controlling collection of resources, production of goods and the selling from market stalls. Market stalls can be combined into larger conglomerates by building cobblestone roads, but be careful as other players can take advantage of your new connections. Things get more interesting a troll moves into town, as players can hire the troll to block their opponents’ movement. Players need to make decisions about how to most efficiently connect their color coded stalls and markets, and can even rent other players’ resources and stalls.
Trade & Troll is coming to Kickstarter on April 25, 2017.
Quixotic Games has started a Kickstarter campaign for Dungeon Alliance, a new competitive deck-building game from the prolific game designer Andrew Parks. Parks has previously worked on such popular games as Attack Wing, Star Trek Frontiers, and the new D&D game Assault of the Giants. In Dungeon Alliance, up to 4 players each lead a party of 4 heroes into a random dungeon, fighting monsters, gaining experience, and collecting loot. Experience can then be used to buy new upgrade cards for one’s deck. In addition, after a player moves his heroes, each opponent then gets an opportunity to move one monster to hopefully thwart the competing hero’s progress. The Kickstarter campaign comes with 17 hero miniatures, plenty of dungeon tiles, upgrade cards and tokens. In addition to a plethora of stretch goals, Dungeon Alliance has rules for PvP, solo, and cooperative play, and even comes with an option for fully painted hero miniatures.
The Kickstarter campaign for Dungeon Alliance continues until March 1, 2017, is expected to deliver September 2017, and can be checked out here.
Greenbrier Games announces Of Dreams and Shadows, a cooperative fantasy board game for 2-6 players. Set in a dark fantasy universe, the players pick champions to journey through underworld ruins and untamed forests, uncovering a collaborative story through difficult choices and tests. Decisions along the way drive the story and create a unique experience. Included are 30 different enemies, being orchestrated by one of 3 unique villains. Of Dreams and Shadows creates a tabletop RPG experience without the need for a DM. Of Dreams and Shadows debuted at Spiel Essen 2016, and is due to be available in in North America in 2017.
Kingdom Death Monster came on the scene four years ago with a Kickstarter campaign that went crazy, raising over $2 million on a game from a brand new company. Now that original backers have had theirs games for a year now, interest in this highly rated story based fantasy game in through the roof for a slightly updated 1.5 edition of the game. The game itself is an all encompassing type game where you are survivors of this nightmarish world trying to set up a settlement, but there aren’t any natural occurring resources. So to have the material necessary to build your town as well as your gear, you will have to venture into the world and kill monsters to harvest them for raw materials. That is the first phase of the game where through story decisions, card play, and some dice rolling you will take your own band of adventurers out into the hellish lands to kill as much as possible without being killed yourself. After you return then you take what you gained and start building up your new civilization and upgrading your gear so that the next time you are better prepared to fight. A typical game will last 30-60 minutes and will span one lantern year, and with an entire campaign lasting for 30 lantern years, you will have plenty of game to sink your teeth into.
Interest in this game is crazy high, with a base game pledge of $250 it has already raised over $5 million and is barely even a week into the campaign. Just the massive amount of content in the box is meant for hours and hours of play so it may be worth it, as long as you can look past some questionable miniature model choices. There are also over a dozen expansion already created for the game so if you ever tire of the base game, there is plenty more to do. If this sounds interesting to you can visit the Kickstarter page, then figure out what kind of loan you want to take out to pledge for it.