GenCon

Fantasy Flight Announces Event for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

Fantasy Flight Games will be letting players take their fellowship deep into the depths of the ancient halls of the Dwarves in ‘The Mines of Moria,’ a recently announced event at GenCon for its living card game The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.

In The Mines of Moria, players will be able to play with a new expansion pack of 78 cards that features new quests and encounters, as well as twists on familiar cards with new and unexpected abilities. Using the 7 new quest cards and 14 new encounter decks (consisting of 5 cards each), players will be able to design their own custom adventure for their exploration of Moria. Players have increased flexibility with how they design their scenario, with the quick-build option having players simply select 5 encounter decks or the advanced-build which allows players to select 35 individual encounter cards from the various encounter decks, giving even more options for customization.

Creatures that the players will face include spiders, cave trolls, goblins, The Watcher of the West Gate and others familiar from the novels, as well as new creatures such as savage werewolves.

In addition to the standard cooperative mode, players can also now choose to play competitively, with two or four players competing individually or in teams of two to be the first to overcome their opponent’s designed scenario.

Registration for this GenCon event is live now, with tickets priced at $30 per seat. More information about this event can be found here.

A digital game that is set to make its debut at GenCon at the Nauvoo booth from developer Digidiced is also ready for beta invites.

Stockpile, an economic board game with stockholding strategies of buying low and selling high, is combined with other mechanisms to keep players guessing.

Players act as investors hoping to strike it rich, with whomever makes the most money at the end of the game as winner, using both insider information and the stockpile.

Each round, the players are given insider information that will dictate how a stock’s value will change by the end of the round, helping them to decide when to buy and sell.

Players will purchase their stocks by bidding on the stockpiles – that is, piles of cards with a mixture of face-up and face-down cards placed by others. Trading fees can mess up the piles by making players pay more. Players will interact with one another by putting stocks and cards up for auction.

This is a heavy strategy execution game, with players deciding when to sell and when to hang on in hopes of being the majority shareholder.

The game will be available on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. It will feature online play as well as pass and play and 3 different computer opponent levels. It will also be available in a variety of languages worldwide.

More information can be found out here.

Z-Man Games celebrates a decade of curing diseases with a special 10th Anniversary Edition of Pandemic. Steve Kimball, Z-man’s Head of Studio, made sure that this edition of Pandemic would be something truly special.  First, the game comes in a custom metal box shaped like the early 20th century first aid kits.  This beautiful case is a fitting display item, and it comes special gaskets that will allow you to mount it on the walls of your game room.

Second, at long last, each of the Pandemic character roles has a highly detailed plastic figure. These are based on the 2nd edition character designs and have been painted in a wash to bring out the details. Next, like the 1st edition, this edition will include wooden cubes and wooden cure markers screen printed with the virus symbols.  Keeping with the vintage look of the game box, the game will feature all-new art and graphic design throughout.  The role cards have been converted to large ID badges complete with updated character art from the second edition, profile data, and even fingerprints.  The gameboard is bigger, and custom screen printed Petri dishes round out all the fine touches and upgrades to this popular game. As a bonus, there is even an offer of pre-painted figures while supplies last for pre-orders.  Read about more about this edition or Steve Kimball’s inspiration for the special edition at Z-Man Games.  You can see Pandemic 10th Anniversary on display at GENCON and in stores in Q4 this year.

Renegade Game Studios has started laying the groundwork for another big GenCon with plans to release Gunkimono by Jeffrey D. Allers with art by George Sellas. Gunkimono has already received a Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower!

Gunkimono is a tactical tile-laying and area control game set in feudal Japan where players will be challenged to optimize their troop deployment in order to gain the most ground while increasing military strength. The game is designed for 2-5 players aged 10+ and will play in 45-60 minutes.

In war-torn feudal Japan, the soldiers are restless. The endless battles, betrayals, and broken promises have the soldiers questioning where their loyalties lie. Meanwhile, the daimyo are strategizing, marshaling their troops, and erecting strongholds to bolster the strength of their armies, all in pursuit of honor and ultimate victory.

In the game each player will take on the roles of a daimyo. Players will then plot military movement across the countryside. Players will develop new squads of troops to build up victory points but must balance this with the need to forego expansion in order to build up their stronghold instead.

The game will be released at GenCon 2018, taking place August 2-5th 2018.

 Designer Jeffrey D. Allers
Jeffrey D. Allers is a German based designer currently living in Berlin and is active in the Berlin board game design community. Other designs by Allers include New Amsterdam, New York Slice, and  Heartland,

What’s in the Box?

Included in the game will be:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 25 Small Army Tiles (1 troop each) – infantry, samurai, cavalry, spearman, archer
  • 60 Large Army Tiles (2 troops each)
  • 15 War Banner Tiles – dragon, crane, lotus
  • 10 Strongholds
  • 5 Daimyo Figures
  • 5 Daimyo Tiles
  • 25 Honor Markers
  • 1 Start Player Sword
  • 1 End-of-Game Tile
  • 1 Cover Tile
  • 1 Rulebook

Eggertspiele has announced a new title for their catalog – Coimbra.  Coimbra is designed by Virginio Gigli and Flaminia Brasini and is illustrated by Chris Quilliams.  Coimbra is a set in the Portuguese city with the same name during the Age of Discovery (15th – 16th century).

As one of Coimbra’s oldest houses, your role is to seek prestige with the monasteries, universities, and fund explorations.  To do this, player’s will draft dice each round that can be used in multiple ways and taking dice can affect turn order, income, and the cost of bribery .  Whoever can optimize the use of the dice and the constant change of synergy with the monasteries, universities, and expeditions will be the winner.

Coimbra is a designed for 2-4 players and takes approximately 60-90 minutes.  Coimbra pre-orders will open April 16, 2018 and it will be released on August 2, 2018 at GenCon.

Essen is THE convention for board gamers to grab the latest and greatest when it comes to their favorite hobby.  But one thing is for sure, Essen it not a playing convention like your Dice Tower Convention or GenCon, so Pegasus Spiele is offering the chance to have a game night right at the fair.  Starting now, you can purchase tickets for Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th to be able to hang out at the Pegasus Spiele booth after the hall has closed, and play games with them into the wee hours of the night.  And just like your game nights at home, food and drinks will be offered for no additional charge to keep you going.  You can find out more on the event’s Facebook event page, and once you purchase a ticket, you can rest easy knowing you have some game time already scheduled to play all the amazing new releases.

In a move that surprised no one, The Diana Jones Award was given to GenCon for it’s 50th anniversary.  The Diana Jones award is given out each year for excellence in gaming, and this award can be given to games, conventions, designers, or companies depending on their contributions to the hobby.  Last year saw the award go to Eric Lang for the many excellent games he has designed, and previous years have been awarded to BoardGameGeek.com and even the Youtube show Tabletop.  And while the award going to GenCon is not shocking, it did have some solid competition from Terraforming Mars, Gloomhaven, The Romance Trilogy, End of the Line, and The Beast.  But having 50 years of serving gamers the latest and greatest while growing to being the largest board game convention in the world (maybe), GenCon deserved the win.  You can read more about the award and the other nominees on the Diana Jones website.

GenCon has been wrapped up, packed up, and stowed away for another year, and this past year was quite a special year.  First was an annual increase in the turnstile count, the number of people that walked through the door, increasing by 4% up to nearly 208,000.  Also, for the first time in GenCon’s 50 year history, all the badges for the convention were sold out prior to the start, meaning that 60,000 people were in attendance this year.  They also continued the expansion of GenCon by including the field of Lucas Oil Stadium, which housed both the game library and teh 24 hour gaming space.  GenCon as a whole also raised $26,000 for the Child Advocates charity, a foundation that helps children when they need it most, putting their gran total of contributions over $250,000.  Add in a concert held by They Might Be Giants that was attended by over 5,000 people and you have one heck of a GenCon.  You can read more about it in the press release below, and look forward to next year when GenCon is held on August 2nd thru 5th.

INDIANAPOLIS — Gen Con celebrated its 50th convention with its ninth consecutive year of record turnstile attendance, reaching 207,979, an approximate 4% increase over 2016. The convention also sold out of all attendee badges prior to the show for the first time in its 50-year history. For the third consecutive year, Gen Con targeted an approximate attendance of 60,000 unique attendees.

“Our team is thrilled to continue setting new records,” said Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO. “We made a decision early in planning Gen Con 50 to optimize the attendee experience while still continuing to grow the convention to new attendance levels,” “By adding the field level of Lucas Oil Stadium, improving space planning, and carefully restructuring attendance thresholds by badge type, we realized record gains, while maintaining a world-class experience for attendees.”

Marking the convention’s first year utilizing the field level of Lucas Oil Stadium, Gen Con 50 also is notable for the convention’s first usage of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which featured a concert by Grammy winning recording artists They Might Be Giants. This concert set a record as Gen Con’s largest single event in its 50-year history, surpassing 5,500 tickets sold. Gen Con’s further expansion into Lucas Oil Stadium allowed for growth of its 24-hour games library, additional event space, and a special museum exhibition that highlighted 50 years of gaming history and artifacts.

“Gen Con 50 was an epic experience for its attendees and for the city of Indianapolis,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO, Visit Indy. “It’s been wonderful to be part of Gen Con’s growth over the past 15 years here into a $73 million event for Central Indiana. We look forward to hosting it for many years to come. Congratulations to Adrian Swartout, David Hoppe, Peter Adkison, and everyone on the Gen Con team for a fantastic golden anniversary celebration.”

This year’s convention featured approximately 500 exhibitors, over 19,000 ticketed events, and more than $26,000 raised for local charity partner Child Advocates. This initial estimated sum pushes Gen Con’s aggregate charitable contribution to more than a quarter million dollars since moving to Indianapolis.

“Child Advocates was so excited to be the official charity partner of Gen Con 50,” said Cynthia K. Booth, Executive Director of Child Advocates, Inc. “Our excitement gave way to true appreciation as we realized how Gen Con attendees took our mission to heart: a safe and permanent home for our children. Many children’s lives will be forever changed by Gen Con’s generosity.”

“Gen Con 50 proved to be one of the most remarkable and enjoyable events of our year, but that’s no surprise,” said Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. “The real surprise this year was that even though the show keeps adding more and more attendees, it never felt ‘too’ busy or crowded thanks to expansion into Lucas Oil Stadium and other venues throughout downtown. Here’s to 50 more years of Gen Con. Heck, let’s make it 100!”

Gen Con will return to Indianapolis August 2-5, 2018.

About Gen Con

Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Gen Con 50 was sponsored by Mayfair Games, Paizo, Inc., and Rio Grande Games.

Blue Orange Games is no newcomer to high-quality games. With hits such as New York 1901 and this year’s Spiel des Jahres winner, Kingdomino, Blue Orange has been diving deeper into the arena of family board games. Well, this year they hit a new plateau with Photoshynthesis. Photosynthesis is a strategy game in where you plant trees and harvest them at the right time to earn points. The sun will traverse the board providing sun points to those trees that have line of site to it (without being in the shadow of another tree).

The game has outstanding components with high-durable trees and beautiful artwork.

The sun shines brightly on the canopy of the forest, and the trees use this wonderful energy to grow and develop their beautiful foliage. Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don’t forget that the sun revolves around the forest. Welcome to the world of Photosynthesis, the green strategy board game!

Come see this beauty over at booth 1811 at GenCon!

Not only did Fantasy Flight Games announce they will be releasing TI4 at GenCon this year, but the Dice Tower crew was able to get in some play time this evening. The game is expected to retail for $150.