GAMA Trade Show

Just revealed at the GAMA Trade Show in Reno, Nevada, two enticing new products are on their way from WizKids themed on the ever-popular Magic: The Gathering trading card game. The first, Heroes of Dominaria, is a euro-style board game where 2 to 4 players explore iconic regions from the series while collecting mana, recruiting heroes, and uncovering artifacts to press an advantage in this competitive game. There’s an element of territory control as planeswalkers will construct leylines and sites to capitalize on resources and locations in order to secure the most points and claim victory. As described in the press release:

     “In Magic: The Gathering: Heroes of Dominaria Board Game, players take on the role of a powerful Hero as they travel to the lands of Dominaria. As the player explores the ancient lands, they will need to build sites, rediscover lost artifacts, and confront the sinister Cabal in order to gain the resources needed to save the multiverse before rival Heroes do. […] The land of Dominaria is filled with adventure and excitement! In true Eurogame fashion, use strategy to score the most victory points and emerge victorious.”

Heroes of Dominaria will be releasing in two versions – a standard version and a premium version, the only difference being that the premium game will include 4 pre-painted miniatures. Speaking of miniatures, the second product revealed is the Magic: The Gathering Creature Forge: Overwhelming Swarm. This new line will start with 28 sculpts that are meant to be used as stand-ins for the most common creature tokens used in the card game. Magic players have been slightly spoiled for choice when it comes to token representation in their matches, but miniatures are not-at-all unwelcome and will surely be a compelling and eye-catching option. For more information regarding these two new products from WizKids, be sure to check out their press release and website for further updates.

Smirk and Dagger are shifting into overdrive with game releases this year, and one of them is the new real-time game Paramedics Clear!  This is a game all about saving lives, a bit of a departure from the normal back-stabby type games that Smirk and Dagger are known for.  However, from the comments on the announcement, this doesn’t seem to be a cooperative game as there are opportunities to mess with your fellow players.  Needless to say it looks like an interesting game, and those attending GAMA this week will be able to preview it before it’s release later this year.

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Cool Mini Or Not, international publisher of boardgames, tabletop games and apps, would like to announce that they have brought two new members onto the team: Jules Vautour as Sales Director, and Ruby Nikolopoulou as Marketing Director.  Both of these individuals have many years of experience combined between the two of them, and below is an excerpt from CMON’s official press release about this new staff acquisition:

Jules has been part of the toy and games industry for many years, ranging from the retail side to distribution to publishing. For the past four years, he was the Sales Director for Asmodee Editions US, and before that he was the Sales Manager for îlot 307.

Ruby comes to CMON with a vast history of business development and marketing experience. For the past seven years, she was the Marketing Director for Asmodee Editions US, and before that worked with Sony, Motorola and Packard Bell.

Jules and Ruby will both be on hand during the GAMA Trade Show from March 14 to 18. CMON is located at booth #107. Don’t miss our presentations “Retailers and OP” on Tuesday, March 15 from 11am to 12pm and “What’s Next” on Wednesday, March 16 from 10am to 11am.

For more information about Cool Mini Or Not, visit their website here.

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Asmodee gave an exciting new announcement this week at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas: a new edition of Reiner Knizia’s fast-paced auction game, Ra.  In the game, players compete to build the best Ancient Egyptian civilization by using actions to acquire tiles.  Tiles collected represent cultural achievements, architectural wonders, Ancient Egyptian deities, and even the Nile itself.  Player turns involve either adding to the pool of tiles or “invoking Ra” to hold an auction to bid on tiles.  The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.  The game is for 2-5 players and plays in under an hour.

The game will be released by a new publishing studio in the Asmodee Group, WindRider Games.  This new edition features an all new graphic design based on the art of Ancient Egypt, and is the third game in the Euro Classics line, which WindRider is taking over from Fantasy Flight Games.

Steven Kimball, head of WindRider Games, expressed his excitement that Ra would be WindRider’s first release.  “It’s one of Dr. Knizia’s most beloved designs because of its high amount of player interaction and the difficult decisions that create tense, dramatic gaming moments,” said Kimball.

Ra is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2016.

Ares Games will preview four new games at the GAMA trade show (March 14-18).


Dungeon Time is a cooperative, real time card game full of dungeon exploration and the failures of your doomed adventurers. Players have five minutes to get in, get the loot, finish the quest, and get out. Dungeon Time is designed by Carlo Rossi and illustrated by Denys Martynets.


Behind the Throne is a push your luck card game for 2 to 4 players. An intrigue style game, players must bride, persuade, and blackmail in their climb towards power. Players will use set collection in an attempt to gain more nobles and dignitaries to their side. Behind the Throne is designed by Oleksandr Nevskiy and Oleg Sidorenko, the authors of “Mysterium,” and illustrated by Denys Martynets. The game was developed by Ukrainian publisher IGames, with Ares Games getting the publishing and distribution license in four languages – English, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.


Last Friday is a deduction style, hidden movement game based around popular “slasher” movies. Players take on the role of young campers desperately trying to survive the long weekend. Another player takes on the role of an undying psychopath out for blood. Designed by Antonio Ferrara and Sebastiano Fiorillo, Last Friday is a game for 2 to 6 players, divided into 4 chapters full of horror and suspense. Last Friday comes as a co-operation between Ares and Pendragon Game Studio.

Also from the same designers and publishers comes Stay Away!


Stay Away! is a fast paced card game of secret identities for 4 or more players, inspired by paranoid settings such as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and the classic horror movie “The Thing.” A group of archeologists has mysteriously disappeared during an expedition to the risen island of R’lyeh. Players are members of a rescue team sent to aid them, but while investigating the site, they encounter something terrible that seeks to destroy their team. Players must work together to eliminate a creature possessing and imitating humans. The first edition of the game was published in 2014, funded with a Kickstarter campaign. Ares will publish and distribute a new English edition of Stay Away! Improving the original editions in multiple ways.

If you will be attending the GAMA trade show you can visit the Ares booth 705 to see all the games listed here.

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Are you better at building with plastic bricks… or explaining how to do it? What if you have to build with your eyes closed or using only one hand? What if you must explain it without speaking? Can you still be faster than your opponents?

Renegade Game Studios will be partnering with Italian publisher Post Scriptum to bring Brick Party to North America.  Brick Party is a “funny and frenzied game of crazy building”, in which players will reveal special rules for each round, choose a teammate, grab the blocks and build the shape you choose faster than the others players.

“We are really excited to be working with Mario and his team at Post Scriptum,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “They put together something really special and we look forward to bringing it to gamers in North America.”

Brick Party will be available in stores in the early summer of 2016.  The games plays in 15-30 minutes and is for 2-9 players ages 5+.  It will be featured at the GAMA Trade Show in March of 2016 and will be available for preorder at the show.

For more information on Brick Party and this new partnership between the two companies, visit the Renegade Games website here.

The Dice Tower podcast in which Tom Vasel emphatically encouraged the board game community to be patient when it comes to difficult-to-find games

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Straight from the GTS Distribution Trade Show in Atlanta 2015 we have some excellent news to share with you all:

Arcane Wonders, makers of the Dice Tower Essentials line, have announced that a Sheriff of Nottingham expansion is under development and is being designed by our Capo, Tom Vasel, and fellow designers Steve Avery and Zee Garcia.

Now that AEG has finished their trio of vehicle games, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, they now turn their attention to expanding the three games.  Interestingly they are opting to release a single expansion that will contain modules to expand the three different games instead of three different expansions so look forward to this.

Marvel Legendary is the deck building game that keeps on going and there is no plan to stop now with the announcement of Legendary Captain America.  Expect to see this small box expansion from Upper Deck in 2016.

Have you been itching to get some Cthulhu in your war game?  Well you won’t have to wait much longer as Shadows over Normandie from Iello is set to release on November 12th.

Fluxx, the game with more variations than Love Letter, has just passed the 2 million Fluxx games sold mark, so toss Andy Looney and the folks at Looney Labs a congratulations for reaching this amazing milestone.

Hot on the heels of the release of T.I.M.E. Stories, the folks over at Space Cowboys have stated they intend to provide a new scenario for the game every quarter, making sure you don’t get bored of playing the same scenario over and over.

That’s it for now, but loads more news will be coming as the show goes on so keep watching here or the Dice Tower twitter feed.

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Anyone who has come to the Dice Tower News website over the last two weeks has seen a myriad of articles talking about product releases and the future product lines from some of our favorite game publishers.  GAMA the Game Manufacturers Association has released their post GAMA Trade Show recap.  This years show has exhibited the healthy growth of the game industry.

“The GAMA Trade show would not be possible without the support of our show sponsors, exhibitors, GAMA Board, volunteers, and of course, our retail attendees, We are committed to providing great learning and business opportunities for all of our members.” John Ward, Executive Director of GAMA.

While fewer stores were able to attend this year there was an 8% increase in total attendance over last year.  They have identified that the demand for the presentation programs have been met with much success and are anticipated to grow even more.  In addition to those successes they have added 18 exhibitor booths.  While our industry has seen some consolidation over the last year that is quite common in any healthy industry and is what opens up the opportunities for upstarts to find inroads for the gaps between the big players.

They have announced their 2015 GAMA Power Retailers

  • Outstanding Organized Play Program
    Fan Boy Three (Manchester, UK)
  • Outstanding Marketing
    The Game Closet (Waco, TX)
  • Outstanding Store Design
    Kirwin’s Game Store (Catskill, NY)
  • Outstanding Store
    The Game Closet (Waco, TX)

GAMA is thrilled to announce that they will be returning to Bally’s next March 14-18