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If you like dexterity games, dice, and cooperative dungeon games, then Dungeon Fighter is for you. This game, originally released in 2011 and now being reprinted by IELLO Games, is a fully cooperative game where heroes explore a dungeon and battle monsters. In order the battle the monsters, players throw dice onto a target, getting special attack bonuses by throwing behind their back, under their leg, off their noses, and other hilarious combinations. Check out the Dice Tower review of an earlier edition of the game.

IELLO is also releasing Dungeon Fighter: Stormy Winds, the first of four expansions to the game. The expansions are related to the four elements: fire, air, earth, and water. Stormy Winds adds air magic, flying air monsters, and an air die.

It looks like the reprint is basically the same game as the earlier editions, so if you never got a chance to get Dungeon Fighter and its expansions, now’s your chance! To learn more about the games, read here.


king of new york tshirt

Foam Brain Gear has launched an officially licensed Kickstarter project to create a King of Tokyo t-shirt collection. The project currently includes 6 awesome designs to choose from including an adorable I [Claw] New York romper for your baby as well as the infamous You Can’t [Heart] in Tokyo design that many fans have been clamoring for, with even more designs waiting to be unlocked. The shirts are available in a wide range of sizes (some of which will only be produced for the kickstarter) and are made of 100% preshrunk cotton, silkscreened by one of the largest shirt companies in the US. It’s a short campaign, only a few days left now, so check it out here!

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.

dungeon fighter big wave

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?

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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.