Earlier this year, Portal Games announced that it’s hit game Alien Artifacts was getting its first expansion Alien Artifacts: Discovery. Portal just announced that, in conjunction with the release of Discovery, they will be releasing their second print run of the game in French and German with plans of a Spain and Portuguese edition in the near future.
Privateer Press has announced the Kickstarter for their new cooperative adventure for 2-4 players, Widower’s Wood. In this tabletop adventure board game with miniatures, players take on the role of monsters, inhabitants of the swamp, working together to survive the horrors of the impending doom. The game is set in the dark wilderness of the Iron Kingdoms, and “the inhabitants of Widower’s Wood find themselves trapped in the grim maw of ghoulish horrors, their last hope is a team of ravenous monsters with the cunning and ferocity to bite back.”
The Kickstarter project for Widower’s Wood will run until March 19, 2016. A copy of the game will include:
- Campaign Guide with 7 Linked Adventures
- 43 Plastic Figures
- 4 Hero Character Sheets
- 202 Cards
- 202 Tokens and Markers
- 8 Dice
- 16 Map Tiles
- Game Board
- Villain Reference Sheet
A German edition of the game will also be available through the Kickstarter via Privateer Press’ partnership with Ulisses Spiele.
Widower’s Wood is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 60-120 minutes. For more information on this game and to support the Kickstarter, visit the Kickstarter page here.
Stronghold Games and eggertspiele have just announced a strategic partnership whereby Stronghold Games will co-publish all future eggertspiele tiles in English for the North American market, effective immediately.
This is not the first time that these two companies have collaborated on a project; the most recent evidence of this is in Stronghold’s recently released Porta Nigra, as well as Time ‘N’ Space (2013), and Milestones (2012). Stronghold Games is currently in the process of releasing the award-winning Village line of games, also from eggertspiele. These games will be released between April and June of 2016.
“We are very excited by this Strategic Partnership with the world-renowned company, eggertspiele,” said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “This strengthens our commitment to bringing great games from Europe to North America and the rest of the world.”
“Joining with Stronghold Games as our exclusive North American partner for English was an obvious extension of the existing relationship between the companies,” said Peter Eggert, President of eggertspiele. “Stronghold Games has been a great partner in the past, and their growth over the past several years will strengthen both brands around the world.”
Through this new partnership, Stronghold Games and eggertspiele will begin with three new titles: Animals On Board, JÓRVÍK, and Great Western Trail.
Below are the official press release descriptions of these three upcoming games for 2016:
- Animals On Board:
You have an ark, and you want to take as many animals on board as you can. Unfortunately, a guy named Noah claims all animal pairs for himself. However, you can gather a herd of three, four or five animals of a species, which is even more valuable! But forming a herd usually requires you to get a pair first… When the arks depart, will you have the most valuable Animals On Board? Animals On Board is an easy to learn, fast game with lots of tricky decisions. Street date: April 2016.
- JÓRVÍK – designed by Stefan Feld:
You are a Viking Jarl gaining prestige by trading goods, holding big feasts, funding pillages, commissioning craftsmen, and hiring soldiers to defend the city against recurring invasions. JÓRVÍK is a reimagining of Die Speicherstadt (2010), where players utilize a simple yet brilliant worker placement and bidding mechanism to build up their trading empires. JÓRVÍK will include two versions: A streamlined base game and an advanced game, which adds into the game the rare expansion formerly called Kaispeicher. Street date: Q4’2016
- Great Western Trail:
You are rival cattlemen in 19th century America, herding cattle in a circular trail from the south of Texas to Houston, where your cattle are then shipped by train earning you money and victory points. Hire capable staff, such as cowboys to improve your herd, craftsmen to build your cattle posts, or engineers for the railroad line. Upon each arrival in Houston, have your most valuable cattle in tow. The winner will be the player who manages his herd best, and exhibits good timing in mastering the opportunities and pitfalls of the circular trail. Street date: Q4’2016
More information on these two companies and the announced partnership can be found on the Stronghold Games and eggertspiele websites.
Renegade Game Studios would like to announce that Pegasus Spiele, German board game publisher, is set to produce Mensa Select winner Lanterns: The Harvest Festival for the German market. The German edition is on display this week at the Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg and is expected to release this March 2016.
For more information, see the official announcement here.
At the Essen Spiel 2015 this past fall, many attendees, especially those from abroad, expressed some frustration at not having enough designated gaming areas, tables, or any open area in which to game. Many resorted to playing in their hotel rooms on their beds, hoping not to lose too many pieces from the games.
Dice & Mystics, a prominent German board game guild, has discussed this issue amongst its members and has decided to come to the aid of Essen Spiel-goers this coming fall of 2016. The guild is offering their gaming space in Bochum, 15 to 20 minutes away from the Spiel, to anyone who needs space to try out their newly-acquired gaming treasures. The facility is well-lit, and provides table and an atmosphere conducive to comfortable gaming. Food and soft drinks may be consumed on the premises as well.
The guild requests that anyone interested in using the facility to please contact them to make an appointment in advance, as space is limited. The gaming hall will be open from 4:00 PM to midnight, and use of the facility will be free-of-charge.
Registration for use of the facility is open until August 10, 2016. To contact the guild for more information or to register for facility use, visit their guild page here.
Who Dice & Mystics are
Dice & Mystics are a constantly growing board game guild on BoardGameGeek and are listed on NRW Spielt, a German platform which provides information on gaming events in North Rhine Westphalia. We are not a club but an informal group of board game and RPG lovers without membership fees, officials or obligations and no rules except those of common courtesy and open-mindedness. Our aims are good games, good company, and lots of fun. We hold game sessions on a regular basis. Our core group meet in Bochum, NRW, Germany. All ages are welcome. We speak German and English.
All the games we play are privately owned. We operate exclusively by our Game Host System (nicknamed the GHoSt) which means you can bring your own game and play. You are expected to allow anybody to join you and you are very welcome to join in at any other game, provided there is still room for one more player. If you do not have a game to bring along, you can simply come and watch and maybe join in anyway. Our Dice & Mystics group will always be present.
We have spacious well-lit rooms with large tables, generously made available to us free of charge. You can bring your own food and (soft) drinks and borrow cutlery etc. from the kitchen (provided you also wash up). There are a small pizza parlour and a kiosk for drinks, sweets etc. practically next door and delivery services nearby.
Rio Grande Games announces a new board game themed on Oktoberfest festivals, aptly named Oktoberfest. In the game, players are artisanal brewmasters working to provide the annual festival with the most popular types of beer–but you can’t just make the beer, you have to get it into the mouths of the festival attendees.
The game consists of three rounds: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. On a player’s turn there are three options: start an auction of supply cards, sell a barrel card, or close a tent. Several mechanics in the game include a closed money system that forces players to vary their auction strategies, as well as the fact that all players contribute to the various tents, making the closing of one a tense decision. Only the players who supply the most popular beers in a tent receive victory points for them. After the tenth tent is closed, the player with the most points is the winner.
Oktoberfest is a game for 3-5 players and plays in about 90 minutes. The release date for Oktoberfest is yet to be announced. For more information, visit the game’s page at Rio Grande’s website.
The Dwarves: The Board Game: Own the award-winning fantasy board game – and help making it more awesome with the Saga Kickstarter!
The Dwarves: The Saga is an expansion for The Dwarves: The Board Game, a game by Pegasus Spiele that has taken its source material from a very popular German adventure series, The Dwarves by Markus Heitz. This epic series tells the tale of the Dwarves Tungdil (the stories’ hero), and his friends Balyndis, Boëndal, Boïndil and Bavragor on their fight to save their homeland Girdlegard.
The Dwarves is a cooperative game in which players take on the role of one of the dwarf characters from Heitz’s stories. Players work together to stop the evil forces comprised of Orcs, Trolls, and the Älfar from flooding Girdlegard. The players’ goal is to complete a number of main quests in the form of Scenario cards before the forces of evil take over Girdlegard, and side quests are included to enrich gameplay.
This Kickstarter project includes not only this new expansion, but also the base game as well, available in English for the first time.
A copy of The Dwarves: The Board Game includes 20 Älfar troops, 30 Orcs troops, 5 Health tokens, 36 Perished Land tiles, 15 Value modification tiles, 1 Tunnel Tile, 1 Doom Token, 1 Hero Token, 30 Adventure cards, 12 Scenario cards, 5 Dwarven figures, 5 character boards, 1 game board, 15 Threat cards, 25 Trolls troops, 5 Scenario tokens, 1 Council Token, 22 Equipment cards, 7 Number dice, and 3 Recruitment dice.
The Dwarves: The Saga expansion will include:
- 2 new game boards
- 4 new miniatures
- 2 new punchboards
- 12 new and additional value modification tiles
- New Scenarios, Adventures and Threats for you to face!
- 75 new Wooden Meeples
Many stretch goals are also available to backers of this project. To support it, visit the Kickstarter page here.