GTS 2015

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.