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Bunny Kingdom (2017) is a well regarded (BGG #456) card drafting and area control game from the magical designer Richard Garfield. In Bunny Kingdom, players draft cards to place resources, bunnies and buildings on the board, trying to create fiefs with the most influence. Iello has just announced In the Sky, the first expansion to Bunny Kingdom. In the Sky adds a new Sky board to the game with ways to link fiefs to the main board. Additionally, this expansion adds a new larger 5-tower building, the Carrothedral, supplies for a 5th player, and some new mechanisms to the base game. Bunny Kingdom: In the Sky is due to hit stores in April 2019, perchance timed to a certain rabbit themed holiday…

Our friends at Casual Gaming Revolution are doing their annual award for the most fun, innovative, and unique casual game form the previous year. What makes their process particularly exciting is that they allow for the public to vote, the winner of which is added to the tabulations of their own panel of 12 judges. So they want YOU! Yes, you! You have a real horse in this race!

     “Last year’s award resulted in a very close race — the winner by a razor thin margin was Sagrada by Floodgate Games, with Azul and Go Nuts for Donuts as the runners up. This year, we have another very tough race between three great games. So, let your voice be heard!

Their nominees for this year are:

All you need to do to participate is visit this page and cast your vote at the bottom. That’s it! So what are you waiting for?!

Nessos is a new card game from IELLO where players are Greek heroes who imprison mythological creatures into sacred amphoras. These are offered to the gods who will favor the most outstanding hero with the rank of gods’ Chosen One. Charon, the ferryman of Hades with a penchant for coins (what does he even spend them on?!), is out to stop the heroes from pleasing the gods and will try to send them on a one-way trip to Hell. Nessos is designed by 佐山貴亮 (Takaaki Sayama) and 荒尾 俊樹 (Toshiki Arao), with art by Miguel Coimbra (known for 7 Wonders). It supports 3-6 players, aged 8+, and plays in about 20 mins.

On a player’s turn they offer an Amphora card to another player who can then accept it, or refuse it by offering it to another player. Players collect Amphora cards in order to be the first to reach a specified number of points to win the game. If any player gets all 3 Charon cards, they lose the round.

Nessos is the latest addition to IELLO’s mini-games series and should be released on December 13th, 2018. For more information on how the game plays you can watch The Dice Tower’s Zee Garcia’s review of Nessos.

Everything about 8Bit Box hearkens back to the golden age of video game consoles.  8Bit Box is not just a game, it is a game system.  Included in 8Bit Box are six Controllers, or player action boards where players will select their movement and action choices in secret. A bag of generic universal components come with the Controller box and they are used in all the other games. Like a video game console, 8Bit Box comes with three games (Pixoid, Outspeed, and Stadium) that can be played using the player controllers and universal components.  Each game provides its own game board and additional components needed for the game.  In Pixoid, one player is Pixoid navigating a maze to collect cubes while the other players are bugs seeking to capture Pixoid. In Outspeed, players are futuristic cars racing to the finish line.  Each part of the course has special rules that affect player movement along the track.  The first racer to reach the finish, or the last surviving racer, is the winner.  In Stadium, players compete in teams in a variety of track and field events.  Teams determine which player to compete in each event to gain the most points. Each event does exhaust the player’s energy, so teams need to work together to ensure they do not exhaust their athletes before the events conclude.  The team with the highest score wins. While Iello has provided three games with 8Bit Box, there is room in the box for one more game and there is certainly room in the game console system for many more games.  8Bit Box players 3-6 players, ages 6+.  Game length varies from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on which game within the console is being played.  8Bit Box is available for pre-order now.  Look for 8Bit Box in stores near you on 25 October.

Rob Searing here, Manager of Dice Tower News. Often I am spending my time writing and editing articles. It’s not often that I get to share “in” the news. GenCon is one of the few conventions I get to cover and there’s always so much going on. I spent a bit of time in the Exhibit Hall today meeting with various publishers and wanted to post some highlights and tips on where to consider running to when the convention opens Thursday morning!

BREAKING GAMES – BOOTH 2329

Expancity, designed by Alex Cutler and Matt Fantastic, is a gorgeous city building game composed of some wonderful and stackable building blocks that are placed on commercial and residential tiles. Scoring is accomplished via numerous ways including strategically placing buildings near common structures. Expancity was demoed at Dice Tower Con and was a huge hit. You can view Tom’s review here.

Rise of Tribes, designed by Brad Brooks, is a civilization game composed of area control and dice rolling mechanics complimented with variable player powers. Players will take control of a prehistoric tribe and scoring will depend on how well you gather resources, build villages, accomplish goals and more. You can view a detailed review of the game here.

Rise of Tribes, along with Expancity, are of excellent quality and gameplay seemed fun and engaging. You can head over to booth 2329 to demo either or pick up a copy.

PEGASUS SPIELE – BOOTH 2013

Talisman is not a game unfamiliar to gamers (the 4th edition of the game was released in 2007). Talisman: Legendary Tales, however, is a completely new take on the universe. Legendary Tales is designed by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach and is published right here in the Unites States (right in Indiana to be precise). It contains elements of bagbuilding, variable player powers and is cooperative.

“In Talisman: Legendary Tales, the players must work together as an adventure party to recover the five legendary Talismans that have been lost. During each adventure, the party endeavors to recover one of the lost Talismans. The adventures must be played in order. You may repeat adventures, and you may play one or more adventures in a game session.

Over the course of this story, you will travel across a wondrous land and have exciting adventures in which you must make important decisions and defend yourself against cruel enemies. As an adventure party, you succeed in each adventure once you have completed the final task and have recovered the Talisman. Be careful: You have only a limited amount of time!”

Legendary Tales sports some really nice artwork, by Falk Holzapfel, and is bound to entice  by reinventing this 30+ year old game.

LEDER GAMES – BOOTH 3043

Leder Games really hit the map with the release of Vast. This year they look to top the game with another asymmetrical player-powers game where players will contend for control of an immense wilderness. Root is designed by Cole Wehrle and was first seen on Kickstarter. Available for purchase at booth 3043, Root can also be purchased along with an expansion – The Riverfolk expansion. The game takes advantage of multi-purpose cards and is the next step in asymmetric design. Made to engage the entire family, Root is sure to thrill and spark your imagination. It was one of my most-anticipated games at the con this year.

NAUVOO GAMES – BOOTH 2007

The Reckoners is a game based upon Brandon Sanderson’s book series of the same name. It is a cooperative game designed by Brett Sobol and Seth Van Orden. Nauvoo Games, publishers of the hit Stockpile, is offering three different version of the game at booth 2007 – one that includes painted miniatures and deluxe components. Reckoners

“The Reckoners plays like a challenging, ever-shifting puzzle. If you like co-operative games where you carefully manage resources, build powerful action combos, create tactical plans with your teammates, and work together to take down the bad guy while on the brink of defeat, then be sure to check out The Reckoners.”

The Reckoners was Tom’s #1 most anticipated game at GenCon and a full review can be found here.

TASTY MINSTREL GAMES – BOOTH 1337

(Trays not included in the game)

Although not debuting at GenCon, Pioneer Days, designed by Matthew Dunstan and Chris Marling, is an American west drafting and dice game centered around the ole’ Oregon Trail. With absolutely beautiful artwork by Guille Longhini and Sergi Marcet, Pioneer Days will have you drawing dice out of a bag to roll and then draft the to collect money, hire people, or take action all with hopes of earning the most points. You can view a full review of the game here and pick up a copy over at TMG’s booth at 1337. There’s plenty of other reasons to stop by their booth (Trade on the Tigris, Jungli-La, and more).

IELLO – BOOTH 129

Last, but certainly not least, is IELLO. As always, IELLO has quite a bit they are featuring this year although my favorite is Raids, designed by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J Gilbert. In Raids, a viking-themed game, players will sail to tiles that are laid – vying for control of them or going to collect runes or goods…along with other vikings to bolster your crew. The components are fantastic – gold painted bits and metal coins – along with fantastic artwork by Biboun. IELLO is bound to be busy so make sure to stop by there early!

There’s bound to be more. Please follow our Tweets and Instagram posts throughout the convention and keep an eye out for exciting news announcements through the week!

Calling Dr. Frankenstein. Do you have an idea for a monster? A giant monster capable of being the King of Tokyo? Then head over to Board Game Geek where IELLO is running a contest right now for fans to create the next new monster for King of Tokyo.  Eight finalists will be selected to compete in a head-to-head three round bracket of voting to determine the winning monster.  The winner will be published as a promotional monster.

See contest rules for details, but hurry, the contest end May 22nd.

UK Games Expo is the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented under one roof. It will run on Friday, 1st June to Sunday 3rd June 2018. The UK Games Expo Awards were developed and introduced in 2007 to recognize the achievements of manufacturers and publishers of eligible games in a variety of game genres.

This is a shortlist of the games nominated in no particular order.

Best Abstract Game

Best Children’s Game

  • BrainBox People at Work (The Green Board Game Company)
  • Don’t be a Donkey (John Adams Leisure Ltd)
  • Rhino Hero: Super Battle (Habermaass GmbH aka HABA)

Best Family Game

Best Miniature Range

Best Miniature Rules

Best New Accessory

  • Big Book of Battle Mats (Loke Battle Mats)
  • DMB Games Resin Dungeon Tile Core Set (DMB Games)
  • Blood Red Skies – Aces Accessory sets (Warlord Games)

Best New Boardgame (American-Style)

Best New Boardgame (Euro-Style)

Best New Boardgame (Strategic Style)

Best New Card or Dice Game

Best New Expansion

Best Party Game

Best Role-playing Adventure

Best Role-playing Expansion

Best Role-playing Game

If you’ve got an eye for photography, a love of board games, and a clever idea in mind, there’s an opportunity that may be open for you. It’s an official photo contest to fill in IELLO’s 2018-2019 calendar, and the theme is “A IELLO inspired world”. They want to see you out in the wild, camera in hand, posing their characters amid the real-world in fun ways. One grand prize winner and 11 runners-up will receive gift cards, promos, and exclusive new releases! As described on the contest’s page:

     “From Kong taking over the Empire State building, bunnies (from Bunny Kingdom) at the petting zoo, or a majestic landscape with Unicorn ready to run through it, the world is your playground and we want to see our characters in it! Take a photo of our character(s) in your surrounding world to make the world a little more IELLO. Remember, the more creative the scenario the better!”

IELLO has many incredible and anthropomorphic characters to choose from, so there’s a great deal of play in what can be done here. Personally, I hope we get to see the honorable mentions for this contest along with the winners, because there’s bound to be a lot of delightful and deserving pieces. If you’re interested in entering the contest, be sure to read the rules on this page and then go to this link for the submission process. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018, and the winners will be announced on May 14, 2018. For those of you planning and preparing to enter, or have already entered – good luck and have fun!!

Fans of the 2011 Calliope Games hit Roll for It! are in for a treat, because an app version of the addictive dice and card game has just been released. Roll for It! combined dice collection with playing cards, which dictate what dice are needed. Players take turns matching dice to target cards, or take a turn to reclaim dice, earning victory points dictated by the card. The app version is available for both iOS and Android systems.

In other digital news, the board game company IELLO has announced that they will be a sponsor of the eSports group Tuxedo eSports. Tuxedo is currently the only eSports organization to form out of the indie fighting game Rivals of Aether. You can read the full press release from IELLO here.

Raiding. Pillaging. Longboats. Axes. Beards. Braids. What is it about Norse men and women that keeps us so enthralled with this theme? One can’t deny that Viking society has a rich history and culture which game designers can draw upon for games as simple as providing a feast for a god, or building longboats or even mythical, and fantastical combat as the world ends.

Renegade Games Studios have had enormous success with the games in The North Sea Trilogy. Explorers of the North Sea: Rocks of Ruin is an expansion for both Explorers of the North Sea and The North Sea Saga. Designer, Shem Phillips, is adding new ways to score with players able to salvage shipwrecks, build structures, and raid fortresses. Salvaging shipwrecks provides provisions for extra actions, or timber to build structures, or battering rams to make raiding fortresses easier, or gold which is worth Victory Points. This expansion also adds a 5th player and features art by Mihajlo Dimitrievski. It’s expected to release April 2018.

In June, 2018, IELLO are releasing Raids. This viking themed game seems more combat oriented as players compete against each other as they try to retrieve treasure and earn glory. Players have ships which they sail from island to island to collect Vikings, Viking related paraphernalia, and fight monsters for points. Vikings can even board each other’s ships to attack one another. The game is designed by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert (who both designed Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time) with art by BibounRaids will support 2-4 players, aged 10+, and will play in roughly 40 mins.