GAMA Trade Show

The 2007 hit from Curt Covert and Smirk & Dagger Games Cutthroat Caverns will be receiving its fifth expansion. This has been confirmed at GAMA Trade Show. Previously, via a post on the boardgames enthusiast’s website BoardGameGeek, the designer had hinted the expansion:

is dedicated to the Incarnation type encounters – with a host of new ones including Death himself. We are also developing special relics imbued with the powers of the incarnations and if one is gained by defeating an Incarnation in their ‘Realm’ it cannot be taken from you (and is otherwise stripped from someone else if it is already in play). The expansion will also have a new adventure book.

It will be a hard push for those involved to get this product out for Gen Con of this year but if not, then expect it soon after.

Also at GAMA, Smirk & Dagger Games announced a new game, a card drafting game titled Nevermore. According to a post on their Facebook page:

In Smirk and Dagger’s upcoming card game, Nevermore, those who fall become transformed. They live out the rest of the game as Ravens, unable to win, as they struggle to regain their human forms – yet still able to bring doom to others. Some will succeed. Others will be ravens, forevermore.

Ok, anyone who can bring a work of Edgar Allen Poe to the boardgames table has me a-tapping at their door! Look for the Raven delivering in late Spring.

For more information on Cutthroat Caverns follow this link to its BoardGameGeek entry. For the latest on Nevermore hop over to Smirk & Dagger Games’ Facebook page.


Tabletop roleplaying games your thing? How about card games based on a popular RPG? Well Paizo has you covered.

At GAMA Trade Show Paizo, the company responsible for the popular fantasy RPG Pathfinder, revealed more of its plans for its Pathfinder Battles miniatures lines. According to Paizo:

The world of Pathfinder comes to life on your tabletop with Pathfinder Battles, an ongoing line of prepainted plastic miniatures produced in cooperation with WizKids, Inc. Drawn from the award-winning illustrations of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and produced with the highest-quality standards in the miniature business, Pathfinder Battles fantasy miniatures set a new standard for hassle-free tabletop gaming!

With the most recent release named Iconic Heroes this partnership is not only putting out new sculpts of some of the most familiar faces from their Pathfinder universe for use in the RPG, they are also including exclusive “Boon” cards to be used with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (PACG) series. The first set includes six miniatures (with the same amount of cards for PACG) and is available now. Sets #2 and #3 of the Iconic Heroes series are due in April 2015.

Speaking of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Paizo announced the third core set at GAMA. This set is titled Wrath of the Righteous and will include:

  • More than 500 cards featuring a new set of boons for your characters to collect, and never before seen monsters and barriers of a decidedly abyssal nature.

  • 7 character classes, including the all-new arcanist, cavalier, inquisitor, and summoner.

  • The Worldwound Incursion Adventure Deck, a 110-card deck that begins the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path.

  • A complete set of 6 polyhedral dice, including the first d20 in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

You hear that, the series noted for not including the fabled d20 has brought one in! If the trend of the past two releases hold true, expect to see a Gen Con 2015 release for this product.

To read more about the Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes sets look here. To read more about the third core set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game look here.

Good job Paizo for bridging that small gap between the RPGer and the boardgamer!

At the GAMA Trade Show every year, game publishers, designers, and media creators like us at The Dice Tower, get together in Las Vegas for a week long convention of sorts. The GAMA Trade Show is not open to the general public, but concentrates on the publishers, and designers showcasing their upcoming games to media creators and game distributors.

Here at some AEG news to report from the show.

Here is a list of games coming out soon:

  • Rumpelstilskin: this is a 2 player hidden role game coming this June.
  • Adventure Time Love Letter: This version of the game will recreate the art from Love Letter with Adventure Time characters.
  • Archer Love Letter: This will be coming soon.
  • Game of Crowns: The tag line for this game is: “Summer is Coming.” Expect this game in June.
  • Dice City: This is a dice rolling resource gathering game for 2-4 players. Expect this game in June.
  • Dark Seas: In this game players will use a shared dice pool to sail the seven seas. Expect this game in April.
  • Epic Adventure: A card based role playing game that uses “box master” and stickered cards to level up characters. This will be coming out in late 2015.
  • Smash Up Munchkin: This will be stand-alone expansion for the popular game Smash Up. This should be released at GenCon 2015.

Up and coming publisher Mr. B Games has announced 3 new titles in various stages of development at GAMA 2015.

Clockwork Kingdom

Worker placement, with a steampunk twist! In Clockwork Kingdom, players take on the roles of rival claimants to a vacant throne. Each turn, you place your steam-powered workers to gain various benefits, all while trying to build game-changing contraptions and wage war on 4 separate battlefields.

After an extremely successful Kickstarter, Mr. B Games found itself in the enviable position of shipping this game to backers 2 months early. For non-backers some copies will be available almost immediately, and by April the publisher predicts the game should be appearing at game stores everywhere.

For more info on Clockwork Kingdom, check out the Boardgamegeek page or see Mr. B Game’s preview video from GEN CON 1014.

Realm of Heroes

Another fight for power, this time in a more traditional Western fantasy environment. In Realm of Heroes, not only do players scheme against each other but also have to navigate a constantly changing board. Acquiring pieces with varying powers, players will compete in a “minimal luck” environment to take out their rivals while also trying to support their heroes and keep plague from spreading through the land.

Coming off a successful Kickstarter, Realm of Heroes should be available to the broader gaming public almost immediately. More info can be found at the boardgamegeek page here. You can also see a combined preview for both Clockwork Kingdom and Realm of Heroes from Origins 2014 right here.


Lastly on Mr. B Games’s plate is Posthuman. Described as a “post-apocalyptic survival game,” the story pits players as the last human survivors in a nightmare world. What led the Earth to such a sorry state? Humanity’s own search for omnipotence, combined with the creation of a new life form bent on becoming our genetic successors.

Players take the role of humans attempting to reach an isolated safe house. Through 10 different randomly generated zones, the humans will face unknown obstacles, post human mutants, other NPC humans and of course the most dangerous of all…their fellow players. Victory can be won by reaching the safe house, or by giving in to the rising mutant tide and throwing the game for the enemy.

Mr. B Games is in the process of creating a Kickstarter campaign to fund Posthuman. While you wait, take a look at the boardgamegeek page. If you have some extra time, take a look at the very brief teaser video here.

Upper Deck came prepared to GAMA 2015 with a host of hot upcoming games, all coming out some time this summer.

Predator Encounters

Stalking hot on the heels of their Legendary Alien Encounters game, Upper Deck has announced a stand-alone Legendary Predator game. Designed by Ben Cichoski and Danny Mandel, Predator Encounters will be a cooperative game pitting players against a common threat. The big twist for this release, however, is that players can choose  to represent the tasty humans or instead pilot a Predator force intent on seeking the glory of the hunt. Representatives for Upper Deck were quick to note the game is 100% compatible with the Alien Encounters game, allowing a dream scenario of Predator on Alien combat if both sets are combined. Similar to how Alien Encounters combined story lines from both Alien and Aliens, Predator Encounters will bring adventures in two flavors, jungle or urban.

Secret Wars

Upper Deck hasn’t forgotten the comic fans. In addition to the Predator game, this summer will also see an expansion for the Marvel Legendary game focusing on Secret Wars. Not the 80’s series most of us are familiar with, but a brand new Marvel storyline. This Set will be able to combine with all other Legendary Heroes games, allowing players a full palette of super hero match ups.

Bring Out Yer Dead
Back in November 2014 there was a little Kickstarter for a game called Bring Out Yer Dead. The game raised some money, then suddenly it was cancelled. Rumors swirled of it being picked up by a publisher and today we know the publisher’s name — Upper Deck. Bring Out Yer Dead will be the first game in Upper Deck’s lineup to use original IP (no movie license here) and the game looks to be a much more Euro-style game than anything Upper Deck has launched before.
VS. System
CCG fans should be familiar with the 2004 Upper Deck release of the VS. System. Centering around super heroes, the collectible game was extremely popular, yet was unable to keep momentum in the very competitive CCG market. Now Upper Deck is resurrecting the game for a major re-release at this year’s GEN CON. Instead of a CCG, VS. will release in a single box similar to Legendary. The Box will contain approx. 350-400 cards with 4 teams included in the first release. And to kick the game off right, GEN CON will also see a massive tourney to introduce the game, ensuring demand for cards will be high.

Steve Jackson Games has announced Ogre: Operation 218, a new retheme of Battle for Hill 218, coming late this year. From the description on BoardGameGeek:

Ogre: Operation 218 is a two-player game based on The Battle for Hill 218, with players fighting to control a hill by occupying bases on the opposite sides of it.

In the game, players must maintain supply lines and destroy enemy units to advance on the enemy home base, while ensuring that their own base is not taken. Air strikes can aid your assault or help defend your base, but spend them wisely as you only have two. The Ogre in Ogre: Operation 218 is a new card that takes two hits to destroy, costs an entire turn to play, and hits hard while having a few drawbacks.

Also announced is a Hellboy Board Game for Q4.

There will also be a few new Munchkin games – Munchkin Nightmare before Christmas, aiming for October, and Munchkin Gloom, coming out for GenCon.

At the GAMA Trade Show Iello has announced a slew of new games, some reprints and some expansions so lets get to the announcements.  First on the list is a game called Big Book of Madness, it’s a fantasy cooperative deck building game where the players are magic students who must act as a team to turn all the pages of the book, and then shut the book by defeating all the monsters they just freed.  Plays 2-5 in 60-90 minutes.

Next is a pattern recognition game called Maitre Renard (french for Master Fox) where players are flipping over cards to see what they need to collect, then putting on their fox blindfold they feel around in the box for the pieces they need to collect.  Is this the first step towards the making Lice Shower?  Only time will tell.  Plays 2-4 in around 30 minutes.

In Sapiens you are the leader of a tribe trying to guide your clan through the valley, making sure everyone is fed and has enough shelter to keep them safe.  This is done through tile placement with domino like tiles.  Plays 2-4 in around 45 minutes.

Next is the game Sabordage, which looks to be a ship building type pirate game where players will be assembling their ships and then attempt to blow each other up.

The next is a reprint from Iello and that is the game Mexica.  Mexica is an area control type game which has you dividing up the land, placing buildings, and constructing canals.  Points are earned through having area majorities and the most points in the end wins.  Plays 2-4 in around 90 minutes.

A very interesting action game that was announced is called Pingo Pingo, which will appeal to people with a fondness for Nerf as it comes with a gun that shoots suction cup darts and several targets to be set up around the room.  It also includes a soundtrack that gives you 15 minutes to get as much loot as you can.  Plays 2-5 in a guaranteed 15 minutes.


They even showed off a diagram of how the game is oriented for gameplay.

Announced also were three expansions for Heroes of Normandie which promises to bring more units, vehicles, accessories, terrain, and templates based on more historic battles.  Expected release is in the summer of 2015.

Another reprint getting the Iello treatment is Dungeon Fighter with an expected release of April 9th.  This will be the third edition of the game which has players cooperatively exploring a three-tier dungeon and fighting anything that might get in your way.  But it’s not as easy as it seems when you are having to roll dice from under your leg or with your eyes closed.  Plays 1-6 in about 45 minutes.

Blue Orange Games has announced that they will be showing off their new European Games Collection.  Many titles within this new collection are new with a few seminal favorites.  This collection is their way of showing that they are committed to the hobby game market.  While known for their light family fare with titles such as a Spot It they do want to appeal to the the more “gamery” market.

After having tested the market in the US for some of their heavier titles last year 5 titles including Braverats, Niya, and Battle Sheep they will be bringing over 7 additional titles to start the collection off.

“We are excited to bring the best “gamer” games from Europe through our Blue Orange Europe product line with games from famous game designers such as Seiji Kanai, Bruno Cathala, Bruno Faidutti, and Charles Chevallier.”

“Last year, we tested the waters by bringing over a few of the games from Blue Orange Europe such as Battle Sheep, Niya and BraveRats. When we saw how overwhelmingly positive the response was for these games, we decided to bring other games to expand further, and offer even more games in this spirit.”

– Martin Marechal, VP of Sales and Marketing.

They have stated that this line of games should be available in Spring 2015.

Publishers descriptions below


designed by Bruno Cathala

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players

Longhorn is a 2 player strategy game. You and your opponent play as two rival bandits, trying to make the most money from stealing longhorn cows and valuable gold nuggets. Each turn, you will take all of the cows of one color from your current location, and then move the same number of spaces away to a new location. The trick of the game is that each time you take a cow of a certain color, it will reduce the value of ALL cows of that color. So if you get too greedy, and forget to diversify your cow portfolio, you might end the game with a pile of worthless livestock.


designed by Bruno Cathala

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players

Niya is a 2 player abstract strategy game where your objective is to match the patterns in the garden tiles in order to arrange 4 of your tokens into formation (or leave your opponent with no legal moves remaining). Each turn, you will choose to place one of your tokens, in the place of a tile in the garden by matching one of its patterns with one of the patterns on the previously removed tile. The first player to arrange 4 of their tokens in either a straight line or 2×2 square wins the game.

Dragon Run

designed by Ludovic Barbe & Bruno Cathala   NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 to 5 Players

Dragon Run is a push your luck game where players take the control of a group of adventurers, who after a long and profitable journey into the depths of a dungeon, are startled to realize that they are not alone. The dragon has awoken and is eager to protect her treasure! Each turn, you will choose to either charge forward into the dungeon in search of new treasure, or advance cautiously to try and avoid the dragon’s detection. Escape with your life while still carrying more treasure than your opponents to win the game.


designed by Charles Chevallier  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players

Wakanda is a 2 player totem pole building game. Your objective is to build and claim the totem poles worth the most points at the end of the game. Each turn, you will have to choose between increasing the value of one of the available totem poles, or claiming it as your own. Totems only score points if you can also claim the corresponding village tiles. So play smart, and build totem poles that will honor the old gods.


designed by Christwart Conrad  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 to 4 Players

Armadora is a 2-4 player area control game. Your objective is to claim the biggest portion of the dwarven gold mines. Each turn, you will choose to either place one of your tokens facedown to claim territory, or place a palisade to divide existing territories in two. The player with the highest strength in each territory wins its gold at the end of the game. The player with the most gold wins.


designed by Thierry Denoual

Ages 7 to Adult / 2 Players

Gobblet is a 2 player strategy game similar to the classic game of Connect 4. Your objective is to line up four of your pieces in a straight line – but it’s not so easy! The twist is that pieces come in 4 different sizes, and bigger pieces can be placed on top of littler ones (gobbling them up!). You will need a clever strategy and a good memory to remember where your opponent’s pieces are hiding while cleverly positioning your pieces on the board!


designed by Bruno Faidutti  NEW

Ages 7 to Adult / 2 Players

Attila is a 2 player abstract strategy game, where your pieces move like the knights in Chess. However, your objective in Attila is NOT to capture your opponent, but rather you must outmaneuver him, trapping his pieces with no moves remaining. Each turn, you will move one of your horsemen, then let loose a flaming arrow, adding an impassible scorched earth token to the modular game board. The first player no longer able to move his pieces loses the game.


designed by Seiji Kanai

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players

BraveRats is a 2 player bluffing game. With only 16 cards, this “micro game” sure packs a lot of punch. Originally called “R” in Japan, BraveRats is now refreshed with new art and a beautiful tin carrying case. This clever twist on the classic card game of War will have you playing several games back to back, and each playthrough will add new complexity to your understanding of both the game AND your opponent.

Crab Stack

designed by Henri Kermarrec  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 2 to 4 Players

Crab Stack is an abstract strategy game for 2-4 players where your objective is to trap your opponents by moving your crabs on top of theirs, and washing them away with the waves. Players control 3 different sized crabs, each with their own movement rules. Each turn, you will move one crab to a new location, trapping whatever is underneath it. And stay alert! If you ever create two separate groups of crabs, the smaller one will be washed away and removed from the game board. The last player still able to move one or more of his crabs wins the game.


designed by Fred Krahwinkel  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 4 to 8 Players

Wink is a hilarious party game that will plunge you deep into an atmosphere full of crazy laughter, awkward stares, and a healthy dose of paranoia. Each turn, you will try to covertly wink at your new secret partner without being detected by the other players. Keep your eyes wide open, because if you catch an opponent in the act of winking you can use one of your Accuse Cards to steal their points! The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Battle Sheep

designed by Francesco Rotta

Ages 7 to Adult / 2 to 4 Players

Battle Sheep is a 2-4 player strategy game where your objective is to outmaneuver your opponents’ sheep and take control of the biggest portion of the playing field. Each turn, you will move your herd by dividing one of your stacks of sheep into two stacks, and moving the new stack in a straight line as far as it can go – hopefully trapping your opponents’ sheep in the process! The clever rules on movement make traveling across the board an interesting challenge, and the modular game board ensures each game feels fresh and exciting.

Sushi Draft

designed by Takahiro  NEW

Ages 8 to Adult / 3 to 5 Players

Sushi Draft is a card drafting game, where your objective is to eat the sushi worth the most points at the end of the game. Each turn, you will pick one card from your hands, one card to keep, and then pass the rest of your cards to the next player. At the end of each round, the player who ate the most of one type of sushi wins that corresponding scoring chip. And whoever ate the most VARIED menu (of different types of sushi) wins the coveted Dessert chip. The player with the most points at the end of the 3 rounds wins the game.


You’ve opened the Cave of Treasures, now can you escape with the spoils?

Remember ol’ Ali Baba?  Let’s see now, what were those magic words to open that cave door?  You’d better remember them and escape, for thieves are approaching…

This summer, IDW Games will be bringing a brand new card game from celebrated designer and multi-Spiel des Jahres winner Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Takenoko, Tokaido, Rampage, Hanabi), Open Sesame.  In Open Sesame, players take on the alternating roles of Ali Baba, treasure-hunter, and one of the 40 thieves who are guarding their precious Cave of Treasures.  When playing the role of Ali Baba, you will be working to steal as much as possible from the cave and flee while you can, lest you get too greedy and get trapped.  As a bandit from the notorious band of 40 thieves, your goal is to observe carefully what Ali Baba is stealing and recite exactly what he is attempting to escape the cave with.

Open Sesame is a press-your-luck and high-stakes memorization card game for 3-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes.  The announced due date for placing orders is April 10, 2015 and shipping date is June 15, 2015.  The game is scheduled to be available in stores on June 30, 2015.

IDW Games will be showing Open Sesame at the GAMA Trade Show on March 16-20, 2015.



Stronghold Games has announced their newest title Pictomania designed by renowned designer Vlaada Chvatil.  This game centers around drawing an image and then it being guessed by others at the table as you are trying to guess what they have drawn.

This is a reprint of the game which was originally put out by CGE (Czech Games Edition) in 2011.  While Stronghold might not be doing many reprints at the moment they originally cut their teeth in publishing doing very good reprints of other games and recently put out the great reprint of Medina.

This game does have a firm release date announced by the publisher of March 18 with preorders starting now.  As with any title there are always factors outside of the control of the publisher which can push this release date.  But Stronghold does usually release games on the date they announce for them.

For more information you can read up on the games BGG page.

Publishers Press Release below.

Stronghold Games is proud to announce the publication of the second English language edition ofPictomania.  This game was previously published only in a very limited edition in English by Czech Games Edition.  With the Stronghold Games global distribution network, this publication will provide gamers worldwide with access to this great game.
Pictomania is a drawing game for 3 to 6 players.  In Pictomania, however, it really doesn’t matter if you can draw well at all. Each player will draw a picture of a word given to them and at the same time try to guess the drawings of the other players.  You don’t have time for a masterpiece – just a small doodle will suffice – and then you will have more time to guess.  The player who can doodle just a little bit while making good guesses at the other drawings will be the winner.
Pictomania is designed by the great Vlaada Chvatil, the designer of five of the Top 100 rated games on  Games designed by Mr. Chvatil include Through The Ages™, Mage Knight™,Space Alert™, Galaxy Trucker™, Dungeon Petz™ and Dungeon Lords™.
Stronghold Games has printed Pictomania at Ludofact Germany, the leading printer of hobby games in the world. Pictomania has a firm Street Date of March 18, 2015, which is timed with the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV that week.  Stronghold Games will be in attendance at the GAMA Trade Show, and have copies to demonstrate.
As with all of its new game releases, Stronghold Games will offer Pictomania to its North American customers via their industry-leading Preorder Program.  The Stronghold Games Preorder Program offers preorder customers 30% off MSRP, and the guarantee that the games will ship to them before any other customers, including Distributors and Retailers. 
Stronghold Games’ preorders for Pictomania begin today, January 5, 2015, coinciding with this announcement. Preorders will begin to ship in mid-February 2015.
“We will continue to bring great games from Europe to North America and the rest of the world, as well as support our existing internal game lines”, said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “We are especially excited to be publishing a game by Vlaada Chvatil, who is unquestionably a top tier designer in the hobby game industry.  We are also happy to be working again with the great German publisher and distributor, Pegasus Spiele, under whose license we are publishing. This game truly has great pedigree in all regards.”