Kingdom BUilder

Queen Games has three new games coming to market this November.

First up, set in the Luxor universe is a new Rüdiger Dorn game titled Expedition Luxor. In this area control and tile placement game,

Two to four players deploy their adventurers to claim the locations they discover. However, they must be careful, because the adventurer that is placed last will be the one that claims the discovery and earns vital points at the game‘s climax.

Next up, by designer Christophe Behre is the bidding game, Bastille.

The player who uses his influence most clever in the bastille, the catacombs and fulfilling his mission cards will win the game based around the French revolution.

While the first two game releases have strong historical settings, the tile laying game, Skylands, is pure fantasy where the world has already been destroyed and it’s up to the remaining inhabitants to unite the remaining flying islands.

The players control the fate of the inhabitants and create their own island world. The player who utilizes the four actions of the game to their best advantage and closely watches their fellow players will win the game.

Look for these exciting new games in November along with Kingdom Builder: Family Box and the Arthur expansion to Merlin.

If you are looking for a bundle of new games to share with the family at Thanksgiving this year, Queen Games has just the answer with their newly launched Kickstarter Campaign for Kingdom Builder Family Box.  The Kingdom Builder Family Box includes the base game of Kingdom Builder and the Nomads expansion as well as the Queenie Promotional expansions Caves and Capitol.  If that is not enough Kingdom Builder for you, you can pick up a copy of  Kingdom Builder Big Box 2nd Edition instead, which includes all four expansions (Nomads, Crossroads, Marshlands, and Harvest) and all three Queenie promotional expansions (Islands, Caves and Capitol).

For a really big haul of Queen Games, the Kickstarter offers a bundle that includes The Kingdom Builder Family Box, Luxor, Maharani, and Kairo.  All four Queenie promotional expansions for Luxor are included in the Luxor bundle.

The Kickstarter Campaign runs through August 10, 2018 with a delivery of all games in November 2018.

Queen Games recently listed a bunch of new releases for April 2017, including a new Kingdom Builder expansion and a bix box treatment of Escape: Zombie City.

Kingdom Builder: Harvest, the fourth expansion for the 2011 game Kingdom Builder, contains new places, landscapes and goals. A new scout mechanic also allows players to build in areas normally not allowed.

Queen announced a new reprint of Metro, the 1997 tile laying game. Similar to Tsuro or Streetcar, players place square tiles to complete rail lines. The new reprint includes a new design, all four expansions, and the ability to play with six people.

Tip Tap is an abstract game involving fast identification of oddly shaped colored tiles. Players need to quickly find and touch specific shapes, while keeping other players from stealing them.

Queen Games is reprinting the 2005 Stefan Feld game Roma. In Roma, players use a mixed card and dice strategy to gain victory points or money.

Queen is releasing Escape: Zombie City Big Box, a compilation of the excellent 2014 Escape: Zombie City with it’s Expansion 1: Survivor Chronicles and the mini-expansion Queenies 1, 2, and 3. In this 15 minute cooperative real time game, players try to gather supplies, avoid or attack the zombies, start up the VW microbus and get out of the city. The new big box includes new challenges, tokens, zombies, road tiles, and characters with new abilities.

12 Thieves is a new reprint of the 2007 Spiel Nominee Thief of Baghdad. 12 Thieves is a card game where players try to maneuver their 12 thieves around the bazaar in order to grab loot yet avoid the guards.

Solaris is a 3-5 player family friendly strategy game in which players mine the suns of distant galaxies. Solaris offers a variety of different strategies and tactics to come away the victor.

Captain Silver is a fast 2-4 player pirate game suitable for children. In Captain Silver, players pull pirate booty out of a bag, trying to feel for the right objects to win the treasure challenge.

Templar’s Journey players recruit knights from various cities to prepare for the holy crusade in Jerusalem. Players use cards to choose either a safe green action or a risky red action, which may give bigger rewards, but can result in a punishment for being greedy if other players choose the same action.

High Tide is a fast family push your luck game in which players try to place their deck chairs on different beaches as close to the sea as they can. But be careful – if the tide comes in too far, their chairs can be swept away.

In Worm Party, players use their fingers as worms celebrating in the great worm party, but Chicken Charly has come to the party. Players need to hide in the 3D earth mounds in the worm garden before being caught by Charly.

harvest

Queen Games is currently running a Kickstarter project for the fourth expansion for the game Kingdom Builder by Donald X. Vaccarino: Harvest.

harvest comp

This new expansion features the following additions to the game:

  • 4 new board quadrants
  • Some Castles replaced with Silos
  • 16 location cards with 8 new abilities and 8 new summary cards
  • 6 new Kingdom Builder cards

A new terrain type is featured on the new board quadrants, Farmland.  This new terrain type is difficult to settle, and requires special actions to do so.  The eight new location types include the Bazaar (reuse one of your abilities on the same turn), Cathedrals (decide whether to take a chip or return any number of chips and place that many extra settlements on the current terrain) and the Cabin (allows you for one turn to place two neutral scouts on the board, adjacent to one of your settlements).  Some of the Castles have been replaced with Silos, adding new twists to the end-of-game scoring.  Lastly, six new Kingdom Builder cards have been added: Mayors, Halfling, Adventure, Rangers, Innkeeper, and Rovers.

This project includes various pledge levels, including options for the Kingdom Builder Big Box set.  This project will fund on Friday, March 18, 2016.  For more information on this project and to support it, visit the Kickstarter page here.

 

marshlands

Followers of Dice Tower News will no doubt remember back in June of 2015, Queen Games had put up a Kickstarter for Kingdom Builder: Marshlands which was then abruptly canceled due to contractual issues with Donald X. Vaccarino, the designer.  There had been some issues with a missed publishing deadline and owed back pay between Queen Games and Donald. It seems, however, that things have been worked out.  According to this post on the BoardGameGeek site, Donald has signed a new contract with Queen Games which addresses some of these issues as well as secures the publishing of the 4th expansion of Kingdom builder as well.  Here’s hoping the new contract works out well for Donald and Queen Games.

marshlands comp

Kingdom Builder: Marshlands, like the other expansions, will tout new abilities to obtain, new boards to use, as well as some new ways to score.  Kingdom Builder is a gateway type game where every turn you are placing down settlements in locations indicated by a card you draw.  You are arranging these settlements in such a way that the three randomly chosen scoring cards will net you the most points.  The first two expansions added more boards and more abilities along with additional types of settlements you could put down adding more variety to the game.  This expansion is not much different in that it gives you more boards to use and abilities to choose from, however, there is one big change this new expansion brings.  In the past you could only ever get one of an ability tile in the game, with this expansion you can get the same ability tile twice, and when you get the second tile you get a bonus use of that ability for a total of three uses.  This will bring some freshness into the game and make it feel new again.  You can head on over to the campaign page to pledge for the expansion and many variations of the base game and other expansions.

6/25/15 UPDATE: The Kingdom Builder kickstarter has been cancelled.  The reason is that there was a stipulation in the contract that Queen could publish the expansion if they did so before June 30th, and so they had a German version that was going to make that deadline, however delays in that version is causing them to miss that deadline and so they have to cancel the kickstarter.  Negotiations between Queen and Donald have gone well in that Donald is getting the pay he is due from 2014 but he is hesitant to re-enter a contract with Queen so soon.  So as of today (June 25th) the Kingdom Builder expansion is dead, but hopes are that it will return in 2016.

kingdom builder marshlands

Queen games is kickstarting their next expansion for the Kingdom Builder line with Marshlands.  Like the other expansions this one will tout new abilities to obtain, new boards to use, as well as some new ways to score.  Kingdom Builder is a gateway type game where every turn you are placing down settlements in locations indicated by a card you play.  You are arranging these settlements in such a way that the three randomly chosen scoring cards will net you the most points.  The first two expansions added more boards and more abilities along with additional types of settlements you could put down adding more variety to the game.  This expansion is not much different in that it gives you more boards to use and abilities to choose from, however, there is one big change this new expansion brings.  In the past you could only ever get one of an ability tile in the game, with this expansion you can get the same ability tile twice, and when you get the second tile you get a bonus use of that ability for a total of three uses.  This will bring some freshness into the game and make it feel new again.

marshlands contents

Now before I link to the campaign I have to mention some issues that have come up with the launch of this latest kickstarter, and that is with the relationship between Queen Games and Donald X. Vaccarino, the designer of Kingdom Builder.  As has been revealed by Donald himself from posts on BoardGameGeek, dated June 19th,  there has been issue between Queen Games and him is the form of late payments for his game sales in 2014 and his contract ending with Queen Games on June 30th.  If Donald and Queen Games are not able to come to an agreement by then, the rights for publishing Kingdom Builder Marshlands revert back to Donald and thus Queen will not be able to publish this new expansion, successful kickstarter or not.  As was mentioned in Donald’s post he is in talks with them and they seem amicable and willing to make it up to him because of the pressure being applied by gamers wanting to back the new expansion and they don’t want to lose out on future expansions.  But nothing has been signed yet so you may want to take a wait and see position.

Though as of this writing the campaign is currently fully funded and they have pledge options for just the expansion, the expansion and an empty big box (just the box and insert), or for the whole big box version itself with all the expansions both big and small.  The campaign ends on June 30th so head over to the campaign page to pledge.

lancaster big box

Lancaster is one of Queen Games’ highest rated games of all time and Matthias Cramer’s award winning game is now getting the Big Box treatment on Kickstarter. With less than three days to go, the project is 930% funded and still growing as backers take advantage of the multiple reward tiers available.

lancaster big box board

The Lancaster Big Box, features the base game first published in 2011 now updated with a game board replete with new art along with the two expansions, The New Laws and Henry V – The Power of the King. Backers will also receive the highly rated game Edo when they pledge at the base level. For those wishing to fund at higher levels, Alhambra, Fresco, Escape and Kingdom Builder are also offered, each in their Big Box format as well.

You can visit the project page here.

wil wheaton

Just last week, Will Wheaton, host of the popular Internet program Tabletop, took a few moments with Jason Guerrasio of Esquire magazine to discuss his “top five tabletop games of all time.”

Wheaton eventually settled on five games that were hot for him at the present moment:

The Resistance: Avalon

Takenoko

Legendary: A Marvel Deck-Building Game

Lords of Waterdeep

Kingdom Builder

In this article, Wheaton briefly discusses each of these games, outlining their basic concepts as well as what he likes about each.  However, he made no attempt to rank these in any significant order:

“I can’t rank these and I’ll tell you why,” positioning himself in his chair like he’s discussing a pressing bureaucratic issue. “When I sit down to play a game like Love Letter, I’m expecting a different experience than when I sit down to play Lords of Lockleep [Waterdeep]. And when I play Cards Against Humanity I want a different experience than when I play Apples to Apples. We play different games for different reasons.”

To read the full article, visit the article at this link: Will Wheaton: 5 Board Games You Should Be Playing.