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.

Iello has announced two new releases set to release this March: Steam Torpedo: First Contact and The Grasshopper and the Ant!


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Steam Torpedo: First Contact is a game that takes place in post-World War I in an alternate reality, where land travel has become nigh impossible and sea travel vital due to vast portions of territories having become a toxic no man’s land.  In the game, players attempt to balance the need for oxygen, speed, and torpedoes while their crew defends against the enemy ship.  Each player begins by building his or her own submarine by selecting ten tiles to comprise the different sections of the vessel.  Players win by destroying the control room of the opposing submarine or by eliminating all opposing crew members.

The First World War has lasted for ten years without any country taking the upper hand and no one can foresee how it shall end. Telin gas, an experimental weapon developed in secrecy, has been used by all armies, either to threaten or to punish and a dangerous game of cat and mouse has ensued…

A a non-collectible booster pack will also be released for the game that includes ten new submarine compartment tiles, allowing players to build new submarines and create new strategies!

Steam Torpedo: First Contact is for 2 players ages 13 and up and plays in about 30 minutes.

For more information about this upcoming game, click here to watch an informative video.


The Grasshopper and the Ant is the fourth title in Iello’s “Tales & Games” series, and, like the others in the series, will come in a book-shaped box.  In the game, players are alternating between the role of the ant and the grasshopper as they attempt to store up food for the coming winter.  The game is played on landscape cards laid out in a 4×4 grid as the ant and the grasshopper work to score path cards.  The first player to score 4 victory points wins.

The Grasshopper and the Ant is for 2-4 players ages 8 and up and plays in about 30 minutes.  The game box includes:

48 Round path cards

8 Pawns with stickers

12 Choice tokens with stickers

1 Game board

20 Cubes

14 Provisions cards

6 Power cards


More information coming soon to Iello Games’ website!

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IELLO games France has put out a picture card on their Facebook page welcoming in the new year.  They have hidden 21 of their games within this image some in obvious ways like game boxes and some in somewhat more subtle ways.

The whole team of Iello wish you a great 2015! We have hidden in the card 21 recent games and even (mostly) coming this year. How many can you find? – IELLO’s translated caption

See the original post in French here.

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In an interesting turn of events, IELLO has picked up the license from Fantasy Flight Games.  ICv2 reports that…

IELLO Games Marketing and Events Manager Keith Meyers confirmed the license arrangement.  “The deal has been just been signed by us.  Fantasy Flight, I’ve heard, is sold out.  They are no longer carrying DF and the expansions.  We are looking at a first quarter re-release as a IELLO product.”

This dexterity, dice rolling, fantasy game first published in 2011 and FFG released two expansions this year, The Big Wave and Fire at Will.


This December Iello will be releasing a Jun Sasaki game: Kobayakawa.

In feudal Japan, powerful samurai clans battle for dominion over the land. But just being the strongest isn’t enough. The powerful Kobayakawa clan shifts allegiance like the wind, bringing victory to the weak. Do you have what it takes to outsmart them?

Kobayakawa pieces

This is a bluffing and deduction game where your goal will be to end the round with the highest numbered card. Each player will start with a random card. The rest of the cards will be placed in a pile at the center of the table. The first card will then be flipped face up which will be called the Kobayakawa.

Each round, players take a turn and either discard their card face up in front of them and take a new one from the deck, or turn a card from the deck to replace the current Kobayakawa. After each player has taken a turn, they each decide if they want to compete for this round by putting a crest token on their card. Players that decided to compete then all reveal their card at once and compare their number.

The game can play 3-6 players, ages 9 and up and plays in about 15 minutes. You will have 15 cards, 32 Kamon tokens and a first player token.

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IELLO has partnered with Volumique to bring their latest creation out.  World of Yo Ho is another game that is blurring the lines between board game and video game.  This seems to be a pretty interesting idea because they are basically allowing you to do such fun things as programmed movement and simulated battles that have a bit more realism to them even if what you see is animated.

As you might have gathered from the name this is a pirate game and you will be using your phone to control your ship and to keep track of loot and other consumables in the game and will be placing it on a large board which your phone knows its position on to be able to depict what is happening in regards to your particular unit on the map.  While it appears to require an app this one does not seem like in the ned you would absolutely have to have the app but rather that the app makes for a richer experience as opposed to something like X-Com where the app seems to be a complete necessity.

world of yo ho concept

Considering that IELLO had one game that was majorly delayed on Kickstarter previously it was important for them to acknowledge that issue.  They talk very specifically about not wanting to repeat the mistakes of the last campaign and a major part of that is partnering with Volumique who they are confident will be able to finish this project in the time frame that has been promised.  It appears that the outstanding working on this project is more on the content side than app creation which should mean that this project is very doable in the time frame allotted by them.

As with all Kickstarters there are obviously factors that are somewhat out of the control of the project creator including manufacturing delays, art delays, and customs holdups.

For the full details on this campaign head over to their Kickstarter page here.

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Dan King has reported that coming in 2015, IELLO and Purple Brain Creations will expand the Tales and Games series with two new additions: The Grasshopper and the Ant & Little Red Riding Hood.

The Tales and Games series currently consists of Baba Yaga, The Hare and the Tortoise, and the Three Little Pigs.  There is currently not much more information on the upcoming releases.  The Grasshopper and the Ant has a game page on BoardGameGeek that is categorized as a animal, bluffing game and states:

Beyond the title and the few details on this page, nothing else has been revealed about this game.


King of New York Sneak Preview

The most popular stories on the Dice Tower News are sometimes easy to predict. For example, we all know that people will be excited about the Dice Tower Game of the Year and the Spiel des Jahres announcements. Other times, small bits of information just pop out of nowhere and make an unexpectedly large splash.

Case in point, IELLO sent the Dice Tower a picture of a single King of New York card as a sort of sneak preview. Almost all of the information about the game is still under wraps despite the game being scheduled to be released next month. So, we’re desperate for information because all that has been revealed so far has been three monsters, a few cards, and some ambiguous information from the publisher. The funny thing is that we still don’t know what the side of the dice mean, so these sneak previews may just be creating more questions than answers. At the very least, all of our questions will be answered within the next few weeks as we approach the game’s Gen Con release.

Adam Sandler’s Rise to Board Game Fame

Adam Sandler, the comedic actor known for his leading roles in such 90s classics as The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore, and Billy Madison is slated to play a character in a movie based on a classic board game. Adam Sandler will be playing the role of Commander Sargon in the upcoming space epic, Cosmic Encounter: The Movie. Just kidding, he’s actually supposed to be in the film adaption of Candy Land.

Or at least he would be in the Candy Land movie if the film actually gets made. The problem is that the Landmark Entertainment Group has sued Hasbro for attempting to film the movie. Landmark originally developed the candy-based characters in the game, and Hasbro allegedly did not ask for permission to use the characters in the movie adaption. With a movie with such potential currently hanging on the line, our news team will keep you updated as new details about the lawsuit are released.

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What’s New with the Dice Tower?

1) For a moment, try to think back to the early days of the Dice Tower. Think of the days before the Dice Tower Awards, before all of the Dominion expansions came out, and even before slow motion component drops. These were much simpler times.

When Tom Vasel started to do video reviews for the Dice Tower, he didn’t just review the latest, most hyped releases. A majority of his reviews were actually children’s games like King Toad, Worm Up, and Arthur Saves the Planet. Over time, something changed and the children’s reviews started to slow down. Maybe it’s because Tom’s daughters became older, or maybe it was because Tom’s own tastes matured. For whatever reason, we had less reviews for kid’s games and it created a void that not even Ryan Metlzer could fill.

That was until last week’s Board Game Breakfast where Iain James joined the Dice Tower team. The cool thing about Iain is that he is the youngest member of the team, so he’s probably the most qualified to review children’s games. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, check out some of his reviews. He has already looked at games like Nacho Loco, Banana Party, and Survive!

2) There are few games that are regularly celebrated by the Dice Tower. For example, when a new Cosmic Encounter expansion is released, the amount of excitement in the review is incomparable to the reviews of any other game. Ticket to Ride is another series the regularly receives a lot of hype. Maybe the hype comes from the annual expansions, or maybe it comes from the fact that the game is awesome.

The Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary Edition has recently been released, leaving a lot of people debating the purchase. On one hand the board and components look fantastic, but on the other hand the price is pretty steep for a game that so many people already own. If you’re still on the fence about buying the Anniversary Edition, check out Tom Vasel and the Game Boy Geek’s reviews of the game.



IELLO‘s King of New York will be releasing in September, with a limited number of copies available at GenCon 2014, reported by Eric Martin.

Designed by Richard Garfield, this relative to 2012’s King of Tokyo is a standalone game that builds on Tokyo’s game play and offers new ways to play.  You can read more at our previous report, here.

Above is an exclusive look at one of the new power cards, Diva.