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USAopoly would like to announce the upcoming release of a new board game featuring the iconic video game franchise, Super Mario Bros.  Super Mario Level Up! is a board game that features a 3D game board, 13 Character Movers, Power Up cards and “?” Block Chips to offer an immersive, thematic experience reminiscent of the well-known video game experience.

The publisher’s website states the following about this release: “Join Mario and his pals as you advance them up the Mushroom Kingdom while challenging other players to gather the most coins and reach the castle at the top.”

Super Mario Level Up! is a game for 3-6 players ages 8 and up.  For more information about this release, visit the publisher’s website.

Days of Wonder would like to announce Yamataï, a new board game themed in a legendary far-eastern kingdom that is governed by the majestic Queen Himiko.  This new board game is designed by Bruno Cathala and Marc Paquien.  What follows is a quote from the official press release from Days of Wonder:

In Yamataï, players have to complete a delicate mission: build the most prestigious city of the kingdom! To accomplish this ambitious task, players transport various resources through the islands of the archipelago and collect Culture Tokens or raise buildings and monuments. Recruiting specialists and using their powers will constitute a decisive strategy for each builder to ultimately obtain Queen Himiko’s favors.

The game rules are simple and easy to learn and players will be making choices that include:

  • choosing the right Fleet Tile in due time to obtain resources and useful powers
  • carefully observing other players’ actions
  • following numerous paths to victory to become the master builder

A copy of the game will include:

  • 1 lavishly illustrated game board
  • 4 player mats with meeples
  • 80 wooden boats carrying resources (bamboo, wood, stone, clay, gold)
  • 10 Fleet Tiles
  • 28 Building Tiles (21 Standard Buildings and 7 Prestige Buildings, each represented with wooden figures)
  • 7 Mountain Tiles
  • 34 Culture Tokens
  • 8 Sacred Ground tokens
  • 73 Coins
  • 24 Prestige Point Tokens
  • 18 Specialist Tiles

Yamataï is a game for 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up and plays in 40 to 80 minutes.

The entire press release is available to read HERE.

For more information, please visit www.daysofwonder.com/yamatai.

Ah, Unicorns – majestic and elegant creatures, or at least that’s what everybody believes! Did you know that there is a Kingdom where Unicorns are stupid beings that breed like bunnies?

Toulouse-based company Morning has announced their new board game, Kill the Unicorns, a strategic family game set in a crazy universe.  In Kill the Unicorns, players will play a character with special powers for the sole purpose hunting unicorns.

“Lure the Unicorns into piranha-infested lakes, or coax them into traps – with several combinations you have the opportunity to become the greatest Unicorn Hunter of all time!  Kill the Unicorns is the funniest movement game you will play. Using card to move around the map or annoying others with “take that” card, and don’t forget a Pigicorn can be hidden among the unicorn herd.”

The game is expected to launch on Kickstarter in June of 2017.  For more information about this upcoming game, visit the company’s website here.

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The Kingdom of Valeria is expanding to the fiery peaks of volcanoes and the cold ridges of glacial mountains! Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Flames & Frost brings in a whole new set of Citizens, Monsters, Domains, and Dukes that you can play stand-alone using components from the base game, or mix with card stacks from the base game for all new experiences.

Daily Magic Games announces an expansion for Valeria: Card KingdomsFlames & Frost.  This expansion features the powerful “Wild” icon, which players can use to gain any resource–Gold, Strength, or Magic.  Additionally, the “Banish” concept is introduced, allowing players to remove cards fro the game, such as monsters just killed by their opponents.

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Valeria: Card Kingdoms is a fast-paced card and dice game in which players slay monsters, recruit citizens, and expand their domains.  The game is for 1-5 players ages 14+ and plays in 30-45 minutes.  This project is set to fund on November 4, 2016.  For more information and to support this Kickstarter project, visit its page here.

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Fantasy Flight Games’ upcoming reprint of the classic title Tigris & Euphrates (Reiner Knizia) is a board game in which players compete to develop the most extensive and well-balanced civilization.  In the beginning of the game, there is plenty of room for expansion of your empire on the Fertile Crescent, but as yours and your neighbors’ kingdoms expand, conflict is inevitable.  In a recent article by Fantasy Flight Games, the process of growing one’s civilization and the conflict that occur in the game are explained in more detail.

Players begin by taking control of treasure-filled temples dotting the landscape by placing one of their leaders (kings) near one of them.  Each player will be expanding their civilization by placing buildings of four different colors: blue, green, red, and black, representing agricultre, commerce, housing, and religion.  Players score points by placing tiles connecting to a connected civilization.  Treasures grant victory points in any color.  The winner is the player who has the highest amount of points in their weakest color.

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Revolts can occur in a kingdom when a player places a leader token in a kingdom that already has a leader of that type.  The player with more temples (therefore more favored by the gods) wins the revolt.  Placed tiles can also connect two kingdoms, which can also lead to a revolt.

Catastrophes are a way to permanently protect your civilization, or buy time to place more tiles.  They can also be used to sabotage another player due to their ability to “transform a square of land that could have become disputed into a permanently blighted disaster zone where nothing can be built.”

In the early days of urban civilization, countless leaders fought for control over Mesopotamia’s rich land and swelling population. Only one leader had the foresight, the support, and the ruthlessness necessary to overcome the competition, and found a dynasty that would last far into the future. Can you create an enduring civilization and a powerful dynasty, or will you be defeated in the brutal battles fought over the fertile crescent?

To read this article about the details of gameplay in Tigris & Euphrates, visit the web page here.