Everybody reading this knows that getting a board game going has it’s pain points – setting it up, teaching it, or learning it. Those are not attractive parts to tabletop gaming for sure, especially in comparison to the immediacy of other forms of entertainment. The team behind Dized recognized this, and sought to leverage modern smart-device app design to make learning games less troublesome. While the app is available for download right now on iOS and Android, and it has a lot of support from users and publishers alike already, the developers are on Kickstarter right now seeking further funding in order to build the app into the best it can imaginably be, and they are offering in-app rewards and promos to boot!

“Dized’s fully-voiced, interactive Tutorials are able to react to what’s happening in your game, so you can learn as you go, turn by turn. Dized acts like the friend that already knows what to do, introducing a game’s rules on a need-to-know basis while adapting to the actions of the people at the table. If the need arises to refresh your memory, Dized’s Rules have you covered. Dized Rules are like fast, searchable FAQs able to respond to all the questions you might have.”

So some of you may be thinking, “wasn’t Dized on Indiegogo before?” You’d be right, it was successfully funded on Indiegogo last year. It’s back on Kickstarter now because the platform has a bigger community, which means more outreach and support, and also because the developers have bigger plans and features in mind. Besides expanding the list of available games, on the docket of additions are “adaptive profiles” which customize the teaching experience based on what the app learns of it’s user, the games they’ve played and the concepts they’re already familiar with. It’s ambitious stuff and it takes a bigger team to make it, and with this push they can really push Dized into the next level. If you’d like to learn more or support Dized, check out the app’s campaign page for videos, reviews, community feedback, updates, and more.


The Changing Tide

Pirate’s Return

Guild Ball is the fantasy soccer game that recently entered it’s second season and is still going steady.  Steamforged Games, not wanting to let things get stagnant, has launched two Indiegogo campaigns for two new teams in the game, the Fisherman’s Guild and the Butcher’s Guild.  First up is the Fisherman’s Guild campaign which allows you to back for two teams from the guild, the Changing Tide and the Pirate’s Return.  For the Changing Tide team, they feature some of the fastest players in the game, allowing you to take an early lead by quickly grabbing the ball and scoring some goals.  The Pirate’s Return on the other hand features players with cunning abilities that allow you to manipulate the other team, allowing you to open up the defense and get your team through.  Both teams come with 6 players each as well as a terrain piece, a goal, and a ball to use.  You can check out the campaign here, and know that a single pledge of $100 will get you all 12 players and the terrain and gear pieces in unpainted PVC.

The Bloody Master

The Scarlet Circle

For the Butcher’s Guild you can pledge to get both the teams, the Bloody Master and the Scarlet Circle.  The Bloody Master team has a simple goal, to rend and tear the flesh of their opponents, and so their abilities and stats are turned with that goal in mind.  The Scarlet Circle also holds a similar goal, but they are more cunning and devious about it, with players who may not be as aggressive, but have abilities to control their opposition until their teammates show up.  Both teams come with 6 players each as well as a terrain piece, a goal, and a ball to use.  You can check out the campaign here, and know that a single pledge of $100 will get you all 12 players and the terrain and gear pieces in unpainted PVC.

Battle of Golems is a new crowd funded programming game recently started on Indiegogo. Aiming for a younger audience of 8+, Battle of Golems uses programming and robotics concepts to direct Golems in battle on a grid board. Cards dictate concepts such as loops, subroutines, and conditionals, while representing them in traditional flowchart form. 2-4 players do battle in 10 rounds, while adhering to the structure and unique obstacles of a chosen level from the scenario book. Battle of Golems takes concepts from popular programming games, such as Robo Rally and Robot Turtles, while making them both more accessible to children, and more applicable to the world of robotics programming.

Battle of Golems is expected to deliver in March 2018. See all the details, read the rules, and check out the Print and Play on the Indiegogo page here.

Hasbro, Inc. has announced the winner of their 2016 Fall Gaming Challenge, in which the public were invited to submit board game designs through Indiegogo. After considering the five finalists, judges at Hasbro along with guest judge Daymond John of Shark Tank fame have picked a winner. Cloud Control, designed by Eugene Bryant of Suwanee, Georgia, is a card laying game for 3-10 in which players turn, twist, and overlap their cloud cards into recognizable shapes before time runs out.

Bryant will receive $25,000 and a trip to Hasbro to help make his game a reality. Hasbro started the Gaming Challenge in 2015, when The Mr. Toast Game came through victorious, and is now available for sale in stores. For more information on past and future Gaming Challenges, visit the Hasbro Gaming Lab here.

The Dice Tower’s 13th season fundraiser is going strong on Indiegogo and you still have the chance to be able to support them.  While all content put out by The Dice Tower is completely free, there are still significant costs that are incurred to keep the content and quality at current levels.  So each year they reach out to the board gaming community to help fund them for another year, and maybe even improve things like bringing on more people or purchasing better equipment.

As with previous years they are also offering tons of great promos in return for your support during the campaign.  Some awesome ones include a new character for Champions of Midgard featuring that awesome host, Jason Levine.  Then there is the promo for Ice Cool, because normal penguin ID cards are boring, you’ve got to have the Dice Tower crew in penguin costumes instead!  Or you can even gets some more murder method cards for Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, featuring the absolutely deadly….deck of cards?  Any way you slice it, supporting The Dice Tower will help them keep going and get you some great promos for your games, so check out the campaign on Indiegogo today.

Funding for the 13th season of The Dice Tower is now alive and running on Indiegogo right now! The Dice Tower, and Dice Tower News by extension, can only operate on the generosity of all of our readers, viewers, and fans. It is through your kindness and support that we are able to bring to you all the latest in board gaming releases and reviews. Plus, the money made through these fundraisers allows the Dice Tower to grow and better serve the board gaming community with increased quality and content.

As with every year, the fundraiser offers awesome incentives for donations in the form of gamer swag, promos, and exclusives! This year is no exception, as there are a ton of promos for hot games that have released in the past few years. Some notable examples to get excited about are promotional cards for Scythe, Millennium Blades, Onitama, Coup, Clank, Adrenaline, 7 Wonders: Duel, and many many more! We can’t forget the awesome figures and cards coming from Cool Mini or Not: Chuck for Arcadia Quest: Pets and  Eric Summerer for Zombicide: Black Plague.


Of course there is always the option to donate however much you want regardless of perks, as any and all support is greatly appreciated. So if you’ve ever benefited from a review, preview, top 10 list, or news article, please consider supporting our Indiegogo campaign. On behalf of all of us in the Dice Tower Network, thank you for the many years of viewership and patronage, and we hope to continue serving great content in the years to come. Thank you!

Previously we reported on the fact Hasbro was running another set of Indigogo campaigns as part of their Next Great Game series of contests.  Now they have announced a winner, and this time around it’s the story telling game, The Plot Thickens.  The Plot Thickens is a collaborative story telling game where you are telling a story using cards that represent people, places, and things.  The more plot points you are able to fit into your story, the more likely you are to be able to tell the ending, while the player who got referenced to the most gets to name it.

Color me skeptical that this will be the next great game, but it could still at least be a fun game to play so I don’t think Hasbro’s gone off the rails just yet.  In the mean time, the game creators will take their prize of $25,000 and a trip to Hasbro HQ to finish development of the game for release into the mass market in 2017.


Hasbro continues to search for new talent in the area of hobby games and so has selected five finalists for their latest Next Great Game contest.  There is no particular theme to this contest unlike some of the previous ones, and at least one of the games is something I think would appeal to a lot of board gamers.  The finalist are:

  • Lair – this is a two player dungeon exploration game where you create the dungeon on a sheet first, then you will take turns exploring it, revealing things as you go until the hero perishes or finds all the loot
  • Colossal Blob – this is a card game where you are trying to grow your blob to colossal size by playing out in order, 1-4 and then a colossal card on top.  While that sounds easy there are plenty of attack cards which will knock up back down so you have to grow back up again.
  • The Plot Thickens – this is a story telling game where you are telling a story using cards that represent people, places, and things.  The more plot points you are able to fit into your story, the more likely you are to be able to tell the ending, while the player who got referenced to the most gets to name it.
  • Plank and Rank – this is best described as a race game as you try to build your bridge across the river and then try to get your army across faster.  The number of army guys you get to move each turn is determined by a 10 sided die, with the option to move either a line of X guys one space, or one guy X spaces, where X is your die roll.
  • On The Slopes – this is a game all about skiing and trying to visit all the lodges on the mountain.  On your turn you have three actions to use, going up a lift will take an action, visiting a lodge takes an action, but going down a slope takes a variable amount of actions.  This is because you can choose what difficulty of slope you take down, beginner slopes guarantee you make it but cost 2 actions.  Intermediate and advanced slopes take fewer actions but you have to roll a die, possibly giving you wipeout cards that have negative effects on them.

All the games are currently up on Indiegogo and if they get at least 100 backers then they will be considered for the final win on November 13th.  Personally I hope On The Slopes takes the win, but everyone has different tastes in games, and right now The Plot Thickens is doing the best.

watch it played rodney

Rodney Smith, widely considered the nicest guy in board games has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support Watch It played for another year. Watch It Played is a YouTube channel that’s main focus is to teach viewers how to play games, and does it well. The channel also releases a significant number of game play videos in which viewers are asked to participate by helping make decisions for the players between episodes.

Here, Rodney explains why he’s asking for support:

“I have had the privilege of working on Watch It Played full time because of the support of my family, sponsors and viewers like yourself. The money I make from the show is how I contribute financially to my family, which allows me to keep creating videos.

If you have enjoyed some of the videos we create, please consider making a donation and claiming a perk!”

This year if the campaign is successful, extra funds will be used to:

  • Organize a live-streamed day of game playing
  • Support Pep MacDonald’s ongoing contributions to the Channel
  • Update the set and acquire better equipment

As with any crowdfunding campaign, Rodney is offering Perks to those who support Watch It Played. These perks include game promo’s such as a playable Rodney character for Dead of Winter by Plaid Hat Games; FLGS location card for 51st State from Portal Games; a Scythe encounter card from Jamey Stegmaier; Above and Below Building from Ryan Laukat, and a limited quantity of last year’s Promo’s. Also, as my favorite available perk, you could be listed as a Producer at the end of Watch It Played videos, and get early access to game play content.

This is Rodney’s only fundraiser for the year, so if you’re looking to offer your support, check out the IndieGoGo Campaign now.

gaming challenge

Last year, from August through December, Hasbro’s first crowdfunding gaming challenge with Indiegogo was held, challenging game designers to create a game with outstanding game mechanics, visuals, potential, and theme.  After reviewing more than 500 submissions, Hasbro gave the grand prize to The Mr Toast Game created by Dan Goodsell.  The Mr Toast Game will launch in the U.S. later this year.

Now, Hasbro and Indiegogo are launching the second crowdfunding game challenge, inviting game designers to compete for $25,000 and the opportunity to get their game published.  According to the press release, “the crowdfunding gaming challenge provides a platform for independent game designers to get visibility for their ideas and allows Hasbro to celebrate the growing gaming community and discover and develop new games.”

Below is an excerpt from the official press release:

Beginning today through May 15, game designers can submit their ideas for a new face-to-face game  A team of Hasbro game experts and designers will evaluate each submission based on its level of innovative new mechanics, visual style and creative narrative and select 15 semi-finalists to submit prototypes of their game for review.  After playing each of the top 15 games, Hasbro will select five finalists to launch campaigns for their concept on Indiegogo, which will run October 13 through November 13.  Each finalist will receive US $2,000 as well as mentorship from Hasbro and Indiegogo as they raise awareness, funding, and support for their game. The grand prize winner will be announced in late 2016 and receive US $25,000, a trip to Hasbro headquarters in Rhode Island, and the opportunity to work with Hasbro to make his or her game a reality.

“The Next Great Game Challenge with Indiegogo is an incredible opportunity for us to further connect with the gaming community and uncover new games with amazing stories, like we did last year with winner Dan Goodsell and The Mr Toast Game,” said Brian Chapman, head of design and development at Hasbro. “We are looking for games with a unique narrative and visual style which can provide a fun opportunity for storytelling through gaming and we are excited to see the ideas from game designers around the world.”

“It was incredibly impressive to see how quickly Hasbro was able to discover a new game idea to bring to market through our first gaming challenge in 2015,” said Jerry Needel, senior vice president of corporate partnerships at Indiegogo. We are very excited to continue our Enterprise Crowdfunding relationship with Hasbro and look forward to seeing what we can collectively create in this next installment.”

For more details on this contest, submission requirements, and to see the Terms and Conditions, visit