AEG as of late has been all about their Thunderstone Quest Kickstarter, which is understandable given that it reboots a highly popular game, but they still have other games coming.  One of those games coming soon is the second edition of Oath of the Brotherhood, a worker placement style game set in the world of pirates.  As aspiring pirates you want to join the Brotherhood, but in order to get in you have to impress them by completing missions.  Missions are completed by spending the supplies you acquire, and those supplies also have a second use by giving you special abilities when you use them outside of missions.  At the end of the game, whoever has the most victory points is the winner.  Look for this game in May of this year.

Next, for the dice enthusiasts among us, Rory Story Cubes is coming out with several new themed dice sets.  The new sets are Moomin, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, Doctor Who, and Adventure Time.  Each set comes with 9 dice, and each die has 6 different symbols on them relating to the theme of the set, like ghosts on the Scooby Doo set or K9 on the Doctor Who set.  These are fun dice to collect, and are also fun to roll and try to tell a story with.  Look for these to hit store shelves in June.

Next is the latest expansion from Asmodee for their king of the hill game, Kharnage, called Tricks and Mercenaries.  This new expansion adds some units to the base game, giving you some more variety within your armies, but also introduces the Kradwallon deck.  This new deck is full or mercenaries with strange abilities and brand new action cards that anyone can recruit into their armies during the game.  These new events and units aren’t your typical units so expect hte unexpected when you pull them into the fold.  Look for this expansion to hit stores in the third quarter, and until then you can check out the preview on Asmodee’s website.

Last we have from Brotherwise Games their Boss Monster release for the year, Boss Monster: Implements of Destruction.  This new set of cards brings more items into the game with 24 new item cards that can be claimed, and even explorer items for 5-6 player games.  Also included in the set will be 5 new bosses to add to your roster, giving you even more variety to choose from.  This new set will debut in June at Origins, and go into wide release later this summer.

Asmodee is announcing an army expansion for Kharnage due out early 2017 called Dark Rampage.  Kharnage is a fast fun fighting card game, set in a medieval world in which you are the warchief of the mighty humans, dwarves, the amazing horde of goblins, or the ferocious orcs. Your goal in Kharnage is to take control of a hill that is the envy of all races.

Dark Rampage, an Army expansion for Kharnage, brings a necromantic flair to your bloodthirsty battles.  Now, you can bring the Undead to your battles with all the unit cards and strategy cards that you need to add a new faction to your games. Even more, you’ll be able to add a 5th player to your carnage-filled battlegrounds.  Each game plays in 20-30 minutes for players ages 7 and up.

Just so people don’t email me, there is a reason for my spelling the title that way I did, and that’s because of the new game coming from Asmodee in the first quarter of 2017.  That game is called Kharnage, and is a card game not about winning a war, but just causing as much chaos and carnage in the battles each round.  There are four factions you can choose from, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins, and Humans, each with their own particular play style and abilities.  After initial setup of your armies you will draw a hand of cards and from that hand pick out a strategy card which will indicate your reinforcements, initiative order, and how many attacks you can make at range and melee.  Once everyone has picked their strategy card, you will flip the cards and execute them in order from highest to lowest initiative number.  You will bring out the number of units indicated and then start making your attacks.  Each unit you kill gains you a skull token that is worth a point, and if you manage to wipe out an entire army you get a Kharnage token that is worth bonus points at the end.  Play goes around like this for four rounds and whoever has the most points at the end of the war is the winner.

Kharnage has some good looking art and the mechanics are easy while still having some good strategy to them.  Add in the fact that each side plays differently and you have a solid little card game on your hands.  You can see more on Asmodee’s website, and look forward to it’s release early next year.