Eggertspiele has announced Era: Medieval Age, a new game from designer Matt Leacock. Not only is Era being pitched as a spiritual successor to Roll Through the Ages, but also, the first roll-and-build game.
In Era, players will be using three-dimensional pieces (churches, farms, mills, castle walls, etc.) to build up medieval towns on their personal boards. The dice represent different classes of medieval society.
“Era: Medieval Age is made even more challenging as players interact with each other in ways such as extortion, scorched earth, and, of course, disease!”
The other piece of the announcement is that Era: Medieval Age marks the start of a series of roll-and-build games from Matt Leacock and Eggertspiele. No specifics were provided about other games, but Era is planned to debut at Gen Con later this year.
Era: Medieval Age is designed for 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up.
The Dice Tower Live Show (8/3/2018) will be featuring quite a few news releases during the event. Below is a brief summary of what will be announced.
Stronghold Games New Game Announcement
Not much is known, at this time, about the game other than it will be part of Stronghold’s Designer Series and designed by Alan R Moon and Bobby West.
Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games Merge
New Entity Created: Indie Game Studios – Distinct Company Brands to be Maintained
California, USA and Florida, USA – August 3rd, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games are proud to announce the pending merger of these two great publishers, and the formation of a new force in the hobby game industry: Indie Game Studios. Action Phase Games, previously acquired by Indie Boards and Cards in 2016, will also be folded into the new entity and the three distinct brands will be maintained moving forward. Following the merger, the new Indie Game Studios becomes one of the largest hobby board game companies in the world.
Pandasaurus Games New Game Announcement
Pandasaurus Games is announcing Machi Koro Legacy. The game will be designed by Rob Daviau and Suganuma-san with artwork from Nobura Hotta (the original Machi Koro artist). It’s a really fun, 10 mission campaign that leaves you with a fully playable game when finished.
IDW Games New Game Announcements
Batman: Gotham City Under Siege, although not a new announcement for its release is going to be hitting retail very soon.
Designed by Richard Launius and Michael Guigliano, and Batman – The Animated Series: Gotham City Under Siege is a cooperative game for 1-5 players. Each player takes on the role of Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon or the Gotham City Police Department, along with the unlikely aid of Catwoman. They must defend the city over the course of four acts, with each act inspired by episodes from the first season of the show. Players will need to work together to find the right balance between completing challenging story cards, or taking down the villains and masterminds running rampant in the streets.
First-time announcing, however, is TMNT Adventures. More info will be coming soon.
Blue Orange Games has two new games that will be released at this year’s Gen Con.
First is Blue Lagoon designed by award winning game designer Reiner Knizia. Blue Lagoon is a set collection games with an area control mechanic. Players manage settlers to explore the islands, collect resources, and build villages. Points are awarded collecting resources and colonizing the islands.
Blue Lagoon plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in 30-45 minutes. Contents include game board, 24 wooden resources, 8 wooden statuettes, 20 wooden villages, 120 settler tokens, 1 linen bag, score pad, and rulebook.
Next, Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc have teamed up again to design Scarabya. Scarabya is an area enclosure game with a tile placement mechanic. Players are competing archeologist on their own dig site (player board) attempting to place tiles around the golden scarabs on their player board. Each gold scarab enclosed is worth the size of its enclosure, up to four points. The challenge is that the tiles to create an enclosure come in different shapes, is drawn at random, and is played in order. All the players draw and place their tiles concurrently and the game continues until the last tile is drawn and played or discarded. The player with the most points in golden scarabs at the end of the game is the winner.
Scarabya plays 1-4 players, ages 8+, in 15-20 minutes. Contents include 4 sets of 12 tiles, 4 sets of 4 boards, 4 sets of 8 rocks, 4 frames, 72 scarab tokens, 12 mission cards, and rulebook.
Lean more about both these games at Blue Orange Games.
Courtesy of Gen Con
Gen Con LLC has announced that David Hoppe took over management from Adrian Swartout after GenCon50. Swartout served as CEO for GenCon for the past 10 years, and will continue to share responsibilties during the transition. David Hoppe is no stranger to gaming, having spent 5 years as director of business operations for XBox Live, and was a consultant for Upper Deck from 1995-2002.
You can read the full press release from GenCon here.
Gen Con has announced that they have sold out of 4 day badges for Gen Con 50 slated to occur from August 17-20 at the Indiana Convention Center. This is the first time that 4 day badges have sold out for Gen Con. Trade day badges which are a specialty type of badge have routinely sold out the past few years. Along with this sellout Gen Con has forewarned that they will likely sell out of single day badges as well. This year also marks the first time that badges will not be available for purchase at all onsite.
Over the past few years Gen Con has seen immense growth. Though attendance did remain fairly flat last year. With the 50th anniversary celebration, record numbers of exhibitors, and a further increase in space utilization at Lucas Oil Stadium it appears that this will be the largest iteration of the convention yet.
The convention has stated that for those in the Indianapolis community the $45 dollar Family Fun Day wrist bands which will get a family 4 into the show on Sunday August 20 might be their best option at this point.
At the time of printing it appears that single day badges are sold out on Sunday already. This is indicative that they are not joking about single day badges selling out.
For Gen Con’s press release visit here.
Gen Con has often been a cannot-miss event for Stone Blade Entertainment and their fans, and 2017 is no different. Their popular deck-building series, Ascension, is not running out of steam anytime soon and is poised to receive it’s eleventh expansion this year, Valley of the Ancients. Featuring a bevy of new cards, this newest addition adds Temples which are powerful cards which can be both earned and stolen, as well as new card mechanics that use your discard pile. However, in addition to this new expansion there will also be a World Championship tournament, as said in the press release:
“Do you think you have what it takes to be the best Ascension player in the world and take home $2,500? If you’re attending Gen Con 2017, you can test your mettle against a sea of excited Ascension fans in our annual Ascension World Championship. Ultra PRO and Stone Blade Entertainment will host this Swiss tournament event on August 19 at 10 AM.”
To make sure all competitor’s have an even playing field, the tournament will be played using the newest expansion. There really is no better way to debut a new set to a competitive card game than with a tournament, and with the mechanics of the new set focusing on careful use of acquired and spent cards this year’s should be memorable. If you’re interested in the World Championship, you can find out more and sign up at this link. If you’re interested in learning more about Valley of the Ancients in particular, check out the official Ascension website where they will soon post more about it.
Gen Con is fast approaching and so new game announcements are going to be ramping up, and here we have three games coming from dV Giochi. The first is BANG! Armed and Dangerous, an expansion to the card game that will bring some fresh new mechanics into the game to make it even more interesting. In this expansion you will get the usual extra characters, but also now there are Dangerous cards with special abilities on them. These Dangerous cards have to be loaded ahead of time before being used so you will know it’s coming, but the question will be can you stop it? Find out at Gen Con.
Next up is another set being added to the Dark Tales line, this time adding on the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid. Dark Tales: The Little Mermaid will add more cards to the game, giving you more opportunities to combo them together and score big points. But in addition to that, they are also adding a Sea Pact deck that contains 20 cards giving you new ways to score points. So if you want to add even more variety to you Dark Tales games, look for this expansion at Gen Con.
Finally dV Giochi will be debuting two games in their pocket room escape series, Deckscape, with Deckscape: Test Time and Deckscape: The Fate of London. Both will feature you solving riddles and puzzles in a deck of cards as you try to solve the final riddle and escape. In Test Time you have been selected by Dr. Thyme to help him with his inventions, but only if you can pass the test by escaping from his laboratory. The Fate of London has you working as an investigator, trying to find all the bombs hidden in London before they go off and cause all sorts of chaos. Give both of these games a try at Gen Con, and you can read below the press release from dV Giochi on all these games.
New releases at Gen Con 2017
dV Giochi will once again exhibit at this year’s Gen Con in Indianapolis—the biggest U.S. boardgame fair! The dV Giochi booth is number 2843, in the Exhibit Hall.
During the show, dV Giochi will premiere two games from the Deckscape series, the deduction card game 3 Secrets, a new expansion for the world-famous card game BANG!—Armed and Dangerous—and an expansion for the Dark Tales card game—The Little Mermaid.
BANG! Armed & Dangerous
This upcoming new expansion for the BANG! card game holds many surprises, deadly weapons, powerful gear, and lethal ammo: the new Dangerous cards. It also features 8 new skillful Gunslingers.
During the game, you can add Load tokens to your Dangerous cards and your character, which you can use to activate your Dangerous cards, use the abilities of some characters, or to upgrade the effects of some brown-bordered cards! To reload a Dangerous card, you have to play a blue-bordered card or discard a card from your hand at the end of your turn. Then it will be ready to unleash on your rivals!
- Game idea: Emiliano Sciarra
- No. of players: 4-7
- Ages: 8-99
- Artwork: Stefano Landini
- Language: Italian and English
DARK TALES – The Little Mermaid
The Dark Tales card game series keeps growing! This time, players will be immersed in the ocean depths, experiencing the adventures of The Little Mermaid.
From the old Sea King to the graceful Prince, from the loving sisters to the perfidious Sea Witch: in the world of Dark Tales, new characters appear to create new and unexpected combinations!
This expansion includes a deck of 20 Sea Witch Pacts. Pact cards offer a new way to score Victory Points, draw cards, or gain other benefits, but each one comes at a price!
You will also find two new setting cards which can be used with any Dark Tales game to make each play different and engaging.
- Game idea: Pierluca Zizzi
- No. of players: 2-4
- Ages: 14-99
- Artwork: Dany Orizio
- Language: English
DECKSCAPE Test Time
DECKSCAPE The Fate of London
Deckscape is a series of cooperative games inspired by real Escape Rooms, where a group of people are “trapped” inside a room full of puzzles and odd items.
The first title in the game series is Deckscape: Test Time: You have been selected by Doctor Thyme. If you are able to pass his exam and exit his Laboratory, you’ll get a unique chance to help him on his newest and greatest invention!
This game will be available in the U.S. for the first time at Gen Con.
The brand-new title in this “pocket escape room” series is Deckscape: The fate of London: A terrible threat hangs over London, and the Crown of England needs your help! Your mission is to find four devices hidden in secret locations and defuse them before midnight. A single mistake and the situation could degenerate quickly…
Deckscape: The Fate of London will make its international debut at Gen Con.
- Game idea: Martino Chiacchiera and Silvano Sorrentino
- No. of players: 1-6
- Ages: 12-99
- Artwork: Alberto Bontempi
- Language: English
3 Secrets is the new cooperative card game for aspiring detectives. The goal of the game is to unravel the three secrets of an unresolved case before time runs out.
One of the players takes on the role of an informant who knows the truth about the case: they know which secrets need to be discovered, and try their best to help the others guess them correctly. But the clock is ticking and clues are scarce. You must question the informant to gather useful information and find the solutions. If you grope around in the dark, the informant can reveal an important clue but this will cost you precious time! Use your best observing eye, lateral thinking, and deduction skills to unravel all the mysteries of the ambiguous characters that populate this game.
3 Secrets comes with a free app available for download at the Apple AppStore and on Google Play.
This game will be offered for the first time in the U.S. at Gen Con.
About dV Giochi
The Italian company, founded in 2001, is fully committed to publishing and distributing board games and card games worldwide. Its games, with the dV Giochi brand, have won great acclaim in Italy and abroad: the most famous dV Giochi card game, BANG! is considered an “evergreen” in the game market.
Days of Wonder has just announced the Whims of the Sultan Expansion for Five Tribes, finally allowing for a fifth player to join in manipulating the tribes in Bruno Cathala’s popular euro-style game.
Days of Wonder’s Five Tribes game feature players manipulating Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Vizier tribe members around the villages, markets, oases, and sacred places that make up Naqala. Despite the fact that players are manipulating tribes, not actually representing one of the five tribes, gamers have long mocked the game for maxing out at four players. The new expansions remedies this and allows a fifth player in on the fun. Whims of the Sultan will include all the necessary components to play five-player games.
In addition to the components for five players the game also introduces Fabulous Cities tiles. Visiting fabulous cities gives players opportunities to win additional glory points as they fill the requests from the Sultan by completing Whim of the Sultan cards.
Either expansion module can be played alone with the base game or along with the already released Artisans of Naqala expansion.
- 6 tiles
- 15 wooden tribe meeples
- 8 camels
- 1 tent and 1 player’s turn marker
- 22 Whim of the Sultan cards
- 2 Djinn cards
- 1 bid order track and 1 turn order track for 5 player games
- 1 pad of scoring sheets
- 1 summary sheet
The game is scheduled for a June release in Europe and and August Gen Con release in North America.
“Gaming conventions are a great way to find awesome new games, connect with other gamers, and even get feedback on your own designs. Good things happen when gamers gather together!”
The fine folks at casualgamingrevolution.com who elegantly wrote that quote above reached out to us to share their interactive and rapidly-updating map of all board gaming related conventions for 2017. Word spreads pretty quick about titanic occasions such as Essen’s Spiel, Gen Con, Origins, and BGG Con, but there are so many more smaller venues near you that can be worthwhile too! This map is publicly updated, which gives new and still-growing conventions better ability to reach out and garner the interest they need. If you know of a con which may not be featured, or if you’re just curious and interested in visiting other venues, check out the map to share with this awesome community.
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While attending Gen Con, it was my intent to grab some games to draw attention to some of the buzz going on during the convention. Well, thousands of people sharing a hotel’s internet connection made that difficult. I was, however, able to post a couple articles here and here. With thoughts of known hits, such as Seafall, Cry Havoc, Dragon & Flagon, and Oceanos that would sell out at the con (and they did) there was a game that sorta flew under the radar – and sold out; Ice Cool, an amazing dexterity game published by Brain Games and designed by Brian Gomez. Ice Cool was reviewed by Tom Vasel, at the Dice Tower, here and obtained a Dice Tower Seal of Excellence.
Straight out of the box you’ll notice that the game is actually composed of 5 boxes (using the box’s bottom). The boxes are assembled very easily and fastened together with very neat wooden fish pieces (pictured on right). One concern might be the quality of the box and how it would wear. Not to worry – the box pieces are quite durable (sturdier material than your typical board game) and holds up to game-play quite well.
The goal of the game is to capture your fish by flicking your player piece through doorways and obtaining victory point cards. Each person will take turns playing the role of “catcher” trying to flick their piece at others. The components are amazing. The fish tokens are high quality and fit snugly on the walls. That said, the player pieces are cute little penguins that are weighted uniquely-making flicking them fun and exciting. The game is extremely easy to teach and quick to play (ramping up just slightly with more players). It also supports 2 player game-play.
The game was a super-hit with my children and, as an adult, I had an extremely fun time playing with them. My original intent was to discuss just what a hit this game was at Gen Con. I was extremely lucky to grab a copy before it sold out and glad that I caught on to the buzz before it did so. Having had the opportunity to play it, I can completely understand the buzz and this easily is my family’s favorite “family game” of the year. Congratz to Brain Games on the success at the convention!
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