GenCon 2016

Portal Games was one of the stars of the show at GenCon 2016 with the highly asymmetrical area control game Cry Havoc. Players took completely different strategies playing as either the inventive Human Military Complex, the destruction-oriented Machines, the mystical almost euro-stylings of the Pilgrims, or the native omnipresent Trog. Now with the recent release of the first expansion, Aftermath, Portal Games has been filling the inter-sphere with goodies showing off its new addition. First, Portal has put up a beautiful gallery of images from Cry Havoc: Aftermath, showcasing its gorgeous art and elegant, functional graphic design.

Secondly, Portal Games has always been very close with the fans, and Portal Games founder and number one cheerleader Ignacy Trzewiczek has been known to keep dialogs going online, getting new ideas from the people who play the games the most. Ignacy has recently posted a blog describing some of the best moments where game design came directly from we, the public, the fans. For an interesting read, the original BGG threads that led to the Blog are referenced here.

Renegade Games has announced a stand alone Clank! game set not that far from the world of the original. Clank! In! Space!, designed by Paul Dennen, takes the anxiety inducing work trying not to make noise to a whole new challenging setting – an alien starship.

The evil Lord Eradikus has all but conquered the galaxy, and is now on a victory lap across the sector in his flagship, Eradikus Prime. He may rule with an iron grip, but his most prized artifacts are about to slip through his cyborg claws. You and your fellow thieves have challenged each other to sneak aboard his ship, hack your way into its command module, and steal from him.

Along the way, you’ll recruit allies and snatch up extra loot. But one false step and—Clank! Careless noise draws the attention of Lord Eradikus. Hacking into his command module and stealing his artifacts increases his rage. You’d better hope your friends are louder than you are if you want to make it to an escape pod and get out alive…

The original Clank! game was released at GenCon 2016 just one year ago. Attendees at GenCon 2017 were able to demo Clank! In! Space! and purchase the game ahead of it’s anticipated October wide release.

Clank! In! Space! will be a stand-alone game for 2-4 player with a suggested age of 13+. Explorers will need approximately 60 minutes to quietly search the galaxy for treasures and escape.

Contents will include:

  • 7 Game Board Pieces
  • 43 Reserve Cards
    • 15 FAZR
    • 15 Boldly Go
    • 12 Memory Core
    • 1 GØB-L1N
  • 4 Starting Decks (10 cards each)
  • 100 Adventure Deck Cards
  • 6 Artifacts
  • 11 Major Secrets
  • 28 Minor Secrets
  • 120 Clank Cubes (30 of each player color)
  • 1 Boss Marker
  • 24 Boss Cubes
  • 4 Bounty Hunter Cubes
  • 8 Market Items
    • 2 Master Key
    • 2 TelePass
    • 2 Med Kit
    • 2 Contraband
  • 1 Market Board
  • 1 Blockade Token
  • 4 Command Code Tokens
  • 5 Power Crystals
  • 8 Data Cubes (2 of each player color)
  • 4 Unique Player Pawns
  • 1 Boss Bag
  • 1 Rulebook

(the Original) Clank!

The Clank! base game had players attempting to sneak into an angry dragon’s mountain lair to steal artifacts using push-your-luck and deck-building mechanics. The deeper the delve the more valuable loot, but the more likely players would be to create noise which would attract the attention of the dragon. Acquire cards for your deck and watch your thievish abilities grow. Noisy players can get eliminated, and you only enjoy your treasures if you make it out of the depths alive! Released October 2016, less than a year ago, Clank! was immediately expanded with Clank! Sunken Treasures which took players underwater with a similar theme and mechanics.

The Dice Tower top 10 list has featured Clank twice already:

  • The Top 10 deck/pool building list featured Clank! with Tom ranking it 6th and The People ranking it 4th
  • The Best of 10 2016 list had Erik ranking Clank! 6th

Renegade Games and Dire Wolf Digital have partnered in the past to create apps like the digital version of Lanterns, and now they are doing it again for a physical game.  Clank! is a deck building adventure game, meaning that you will be playing like a normal deck building game, but there are overarching elements making it an adventure.  In the game you are thieves trying to loot the most valuables you can from the dragon.  As you take turns you will be getting better gear, better skills, and more loot as you go along.  But beware, if you hit a clank card you start to draw the attention of the dragon, and you can only enjoy the loot if you live.

Clank! is the first physical product out of the partnership between the two companies and will be available for both demo and purchase at GenCon.  Below you can read the full press release from Renegade Games.


Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure announced

San Diego, CA (July 26th, 2016) — Renegade Game Studios™, the premier publisher of innovative games is pleased to announce a partnership with Dire Wolf Digital to produce Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure. This is the first co-published physical game between Renegade Game Studios and Dire Wolf Digital.Burgle your way to adventure in Clank!, the new deck-building board game. Sneak into an angry dragon’s mountain lair to steal precious artifacts. Delve deeper to find more valuable loot. Acquire cards for your deck and watch your thievish abilities grow. Be quick and be quiet. One false-step and — CLANK! Each careless sound draws the attention of the dragon, and each artifact stolen increases its rage. You can only enjoy your plunder if you make it out of the depths alive!

Earlier this year, Renegade Game Studios and Dire Wolf Digital announced a partnership to produce a digital version of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival. In 2015, the companies also partnered on a companion app for the cooperative real-time game, FUSE. This announcement expands their relationship into the physical space.

“We are very excited to bring our skills as a board game publisher to the table. Dire Wolf has been such a great partner for our digital apps that we are thrilled to be able to bring their physical game to market ” remarked Scott Gaeta, President of Renegade Game Studios.

Clank! will be debuting at Gen Con with demos at the Dire Wolf Digital Booth #2703 and game sales occurring at the Renegade Game Studios Booth #2304.

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About Renegade Game Studios

Renegade Game Studios is a premier developer and publisher of original award winning board games, including Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Fuse, World’s Fair 1893 and Kitty Paw. Our mission is to publish games that are fun, challenging, and unique.  We believe that gaming is for everybody and that everybody is a gamer; you may have just not found that right game yet!

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First was Rumble in the House, then the fight was moved underground to Rumble in the Dungeon, now they are back home but the elder gods have joined in Cthulhu in the House.  Gameplay for the game is much the same where you either move or fight, trying to keep your identity secret and be the last one standing.  Like the Dungeon version of the game, this one has a new mechanic added in the form of portals.  What the portals do is allow you to jump around the board quickly, instead of one space at a time, and even alter the outcome of fights.  Can you survive to the end and be crowned the toughest?  Well you will have to wait until GenCon to find out as CMoN will be releasing the game there.


You can read the full press release below.

CMON Limited Publishing Cthulhu in the House

CoolMiniOrNot, Spaghetti Western Games and Flatlined Games bring board game fansCthulhu in the House, a new title based on the popular Rumble in the Dungeon andRumble in the House games from Flatlined Games. Featuring all-new art from legendary artist John Kovalic and new gameplay mechanics, Cthulhu in the House is a brand new, yet familiar, experience.

Cthulhu in the House is a royal rumble to see which Old One has the staying power to outlast their opponents. Players will hide their identities and compete over three rounds of battle to determine who is the toughest! Cthulhu in the House adds a new feature to the Rumble series: Portals. These eldritch gateways will let players teleport around the board and change the outcome of fights, bringing a new level of strategy to the series.

CMON, Spaghetti Western Games and Flatlined Games are pleased to have fan-favorite illustrator John Kovalic working on the game. His style and sense of humor brings life to every Old One. John will be at CMON’s booth during Gen Con 2016, where the game will debut for MSRP $24.99, to sign copies of the games, with times to be announced soon on CMON’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, as well as its official website.

About CMON Limited

CMON Limited is an international publisher of board games, tabletop games and apps. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON has grown into a multinational group that publishes several award winning games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage and more.

About Spaghetti Western Games

By working with several well-established designers such as Eric M. Lang and Paolo Mori, Spaghetti Western Games has consistently designed games that achieve critical praise upon release. Their games include Arcadia Quest, Kaosball, Dogs of War and more.

About Flatlined Games

Flatlined Games is a board game publisher based in Brussels, Belgium. Founded in 2008 by Eric Hanuise, Flatlined Games publishes and develops board games with strong themes and multiple game mechanics, for demanding players as well as simple games for the wider family audience, including Rumble in the Dungeon and Rumble in the House.

viking on board

Vikings on Board is a new family weight worker-placement game from Blue Orange Games coming in August.  In Vikings on Board you are trying to get the most points by obtaining goods from ships or betting on the clan who gets a majority on the ship.  On a typical turn you can place your worker on several spots to do different things like take the first player marker, put goods on a ship, rearrange ship segments, adjust prices in the market, or place a bet on a ship.  The interesting one in the bunch is rearranging ship segments because each segment has colored shields on it that match the player colors.  So when a ship is scored, the player with a majority of their color gets to pull off goods first and add it to their score pile.  At the same time, people who bet on the clan who got majority on that ship get to take their bet and add it to their own score pile.  At the end of the game you will score won bets and the goods based on their price on the market, so you have to adjust prices to maximize your points.  The player with the most points at the end is the winner.

viking on board comp

This was being demo’d at Dice Tower Con a couple weeks ago and will be demo’d again at Gen Con in August so you can try it out.  The retail release of the game is in August as well so you will be able to find it on store shelves soon after.  You can find out more about the game on Blue Orange Games’ website.

On Monday, July 18th, Stronghold Games will be releasing two new games for pre-order:

terraforming mars

Terraforming Mars, designed by Jacob Fryxelius, plays 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, and takes about 90 minutes.  Set in the 25th century, Terraforming Mars is a resource and hand management powerhouse where the players take on the role of large corporations tasked with the goal of making the planet of Mars a habitable environment for Earth’s ever-growing population.  If you can succeed in raising the sub-zero temperatures, adding oxygen to the atmosphere, and melting those ice caps to let the water flow, then maybe you can succeed at Terraforming Mars!

dragon flagon

Home after a hard day’s work terraforming a distant planet, why not try to have a drink at The Dragon & Flagon?  Stronghold’s newest game by the designers Engelstein, The Dragon & Flagon, is a chaotic brawl of a game where 2 to 8 players, ages 10 and up, have approximately 1 hour to try and win the last Flagon of The Dragon!  You and your fantastical friends will have to avoid flying mugs, chairs, magic, and each other in your attempt to build a reputation that guarantees you get the last sip of, The Dragon!

Did your rowdy night at The Dragon & Flagon cause you to miss the latest news on the progress in Terraforming Mars?  Fear not, tune in to the Board Games Insider Podcast where they will be broadcasting from Mars (Just go with it…) this summer!  Stephen Buonocore, president of Stronghold  Games, and Ignacy Trzewiczek, president of Portal Games, are both bringing great new games based on the Red Planet to the hobby this year.  Terraforming Mars and First Martians are sure to be out of this world hits!  If you have questions for these two giants in the field, Stephen and Ignacy invite you to submit them <here>.  They also have their very own guild over at BGG and would love it if you’d come help them reach their goal of 500 members by clicking <here>.  And of course, if you’d like to hear more of their outstanding and unique podcast, click <here> and enjoy!.

If you don’t want to wait for GenCon 2016 to secure your copies of Terraforming Mars and/or The Dragon & Flagon, click <here> to pre-order today!

dark tales cinderella

GenCon is just a few short weeks away and game announcements continue to flow in, this time from dV Giochi in the form of Bang the Dice Game – Old Saloon and Dark Tales – Cinderella.  Dark Tales is a darkly themed (go figure) drafting game using the old fairy tales for settings and characters.  You can see Tom’s Youtube review of Dark Tales to see how the game works, and this new expansion adds to the settings and characters you can play with, thus expanding the replayability and variety of the game.

old saloon

The expansion Bang the Dice Game – Old Saloon will add five modules to the game, allowing you to add or remove whichever ones you feel like playing with.  You will get “lethal new characters, two Saloon dice—the Loudmouth and the Coward—extra-roles, and new tokens.” As a fan of the original game I am looking forward to this and the new gameplay options it will add to the game, making it even more fun.

With Origins passed and GenCon close at hand more game announcements are being made, and here are several that are coming soon from iello.

Being released at GenCon is a new game from Antoine Bauza called Oceanos, a game where players are submarine captains exploring the ocean depths.  You will draft cards to build out the area of the ocean you are exploring and then score that line, scoring points for different animal types, upgrade your sub, and if you have the most eyes of the kraken, taking a penalty.  Player with the most points wins.

Next is Schotten Totten from Reiner Kinizia, a reskining of the classic game Battle Line where you are trying to play sets of cards to different areas to try and control them.  The theme is no longer ancient armies battling to rival clans trying to expand their land so expect some light-hearted art typical of iello.  Look for this game at GenCon as well.

The last game being released at GenCon is another reskin and that is Rent A Hero, a reskin of the game Seventh Hero.  In Rent A Hero you are trying to recruit heroes to fight against the hordes raiding your village and pass of heroes your don’t want to other players.  The game play is simple with heroes being passed around and players deciding if they want them or not, asking for more info to make a decision and using powers to try and figure things out, first player to have a full set of heroes is the winner.

Next is a game being released at Essen called Bunny Kingdom, a game where you will be drafting cards and playing them in order to establish your kingdom on the board.  You will harvest things like carrots, copper, wood, and spices and build cities which will multiply the points that you can acquire from these fields.  Art is very nice and extensively bunnized so look forward to this game.

The last game being released at Essen is Kanagawa, a game by Bruno Cathala that is all about creating the most harmonious painting that you can.

“It’s 1840: In Kanagawa, the great bay of Tokyo, the Master Hokusai decided to open a painting school to share his art with his disciples. You are one of these disciples, and more than anything, you want to prove yourself worthy of the “crazy, old artist”. Follow his teachings to expand your studio and paint your preferred subjects (Trees, Animals, Characters, Buildings), all while paying attention to the changing of the seasons in order to make the most harmonious print… the one that will become the work of your lifetime!”

Portal Games has announced an expansion to Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot, a literal dice chucking game about pirates, called Angry Ocean.  The original game of Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot came with scenarios that dictated the adventures you took and custom dice to represent your ships and the enemy’s ships during the game, so of course the expansion adds more of that.  The expansion has two new NPC characters and custom dice to go with them as well as two new scenarios where you are either pirates about to retire going on one last adventure, or you are fighting the sea itself in the form of krakens, rocks, and whirlpools.  The expansion is set to be released at GenCon this year and expanding to the rest of the world later that month, you can read the full press release from Portal Games below.

Portal Games announces Angry Ocean

The first expansion for Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot adds new adventures, and two new non-player, character dice.

Gliwice, Poland – July 1, 2016. Today, Portal Games announced Angry Ocean, the first expansion for Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot. Angry Ocean adds two new scenario packs as well as two custom dice with a character card for each.

Angry Ocean includes two new scenarios. The first, Angry Ocean, the ocean fights back with krakens, rocks, wrecks, and whirlpools. In the second scenario, Old Dogs, players are veteran pirates, near retirement that are out for one last adventure. Your galleons begin the game fully equipped and cannot be modified after adventures. The Old Dogs just want treasure!

This expansion also includes 2 new custom dice and a character card associated with each. When used in a scenario, these non-player dice offer unique surprises and strong strength values for the players to contend with.

Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot is for 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and older, and takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes to play. Angry Ocean is an expansion for Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot and requires the base set to play. The expansion contains 30 cards, 2 unique dice, and a rules sheet. Angry Ocean will be released at Gen Con 2016 in August and will be available worldwide later that month. MSRP will be announced at later date. For more information, you can visit the Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot page on our website at

About Portal Games

Portal Games is a publisher of award-winning games such as Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Tides of Time, Legacy, and Neuroshima Hex. Founded in Poland in 1999, Portal Games has developed into one of the most renowned European game publishers and design teams. Their commitment is to produce only the highest quality Board Games That Tell Stories.