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Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky is set against the backdrop of the Harvest Festival, an Asian time of celebration. Players act as artisans who decorate the lake with floating lanterns and launch fireworks to light up the sky in honor of the best harvest festival yet. The emperor is not easily impressed and the player who earns the most honor in the emperor’s eyes wins the game. The game supports 2-4 players, aged 10+, and plays in 30-45 mins.

In the game, players roll dice then choose which colored lanterns to fill in on their scoresheets. They can earn gifts which allow them to perform special actions, fill in additional colored lanterns, and create powerful combinations. Fireworks tiles are used to cover completed shapes to score points.

Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky is designed by Chris Bryan (known for Favelas), with art by Beth Sobel (known for Viticulture, and Wingspan), and is expected to release in May of 2019. For more information, check the Renegade Game Studios website.

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To coincide with the release of the first Tabletop episode featuring the game Lanterns, Renegade games has announced the launch of the Lanterns app.  The app is now available in both the iTunes and Google Play stores for download on your phone and tablet devices for $4.99.  The game features a solo mode and a multiplayer mode using pass and play or online playing along with ranked matching.  The app itself looks amazing with the tiles fading away when played to look like lanterns floating on a lake.  The game will also come with achievements that you can strive towards in order to unlock new art for the game.  So if you are a fan of the game I would say take a look at the app on either iTunes or Google Play.

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Renegade Game Studios has announced an exclusive early release program for the upcoming expansion Lanterns: The Emperor’s Gifts. The full launch isn’t scheduled until Quarter One, but brick and mortar stores who sign up for this limited offer will receive 12 or more copies to sell in time for the Holiday shopping season.

Sara Erickson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Renegade Game Studios explains the intent behind the program:

“When we released Lanterns in 2015, local hobby stores embraced it and we owe a lot of its success to the enthusiasm of these businesses. We’re very excited to be offering these same stores an exclusive chance to sell the expansion during the holidays.”

Check out Renegade Games Studio’s website for the full announcement.

This year Renegade Games Studio is trying to join Santa’s nice list with their newly announced exclusive promotional program for brick-and-mortar stores titled Santa’s Renegades.

Santa’s Renegades is a holiday gift box chock-full of nine different promotional items for Renegade Games Studio’s product line. Fans of these games are encouraged to make a purchase of at least $30 at the hobby store of Renegade titles to receive the free gift box. Promos will be included for games like: Lotus, Lanterns: the Harvest Festival, Covert, FUSE, Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, Snow Tails, World’s Fair, Dicey Goblins, and Clank!.

Hobby stores seeking to participate need to make an order of at least $350 of games from their studio, to be eligible to receive 10 of these gift boxes, with additional ones that can be purchased.

For additional information, visit Renegade Games Studio’s announcement page!

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Throughout the month of March, Barnes and Noble bookstores will be hosting Casual Game Gatherings put on by Publisher Services Inc. (PSI), supplier of games, toys, books, and collectibles.

Each Thursday night in March, Barnes and Noble employees will be facilitating game nights for new players and fans alike, featuring one light strategy game each night.  Promotional items for four of the featured games will be given to participants wile supplies last.

These Gatherings are positioned as casual game meetups for customers who want to come in, play games, share a coffee from the café and demo the featured game. Local game groups, board game meetups and gaming clubs are also invited to join in the fun.

Game nights will begin at 7:00 PM and will last until the store’s posted closing time.

The gaming schedule will be as follows:

  • King of Tokyo (3/3/16) – Participants Receive Promo pack of 11 Power Cards
  • Sheriff of Nottingham (3/10/16) – Participants Receive Promo pack of 6 Contraband Cards
  • Splendor (3/17/16) – Participants Receive one Splendor Play-mat
  • Codenames (3/24/16)
  • Lanterns: the Harvest Festival (3/31/16) – Participants Receive a pack of 4 Lanterns promo tiles

Below is the official listing of all participating Barnes and Noble stores:

ALASKA – Anchorage ARIZONA – Tempe ARKANSAS – Fayetteville
200 East Northern Lights Blvd

Anchorage, AK 99503

United States

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy #1032

Tempe, AZ 85281

United States

Northwest Village Shopping Center

4144 North College Avenue

Fayetteville, AR 72703

United States

CALIFORNIA – Dublin CALIFORNIA – Glendale CALIFORNIA – Redlands
Hacienda Crossings

4972 Dublin Boulevard

Dublin, CA 94568

United States

The Americana at Brand

210 Americana Way

Glendale, CA 91210

United States

Citrus Plaza Shopping Center

27460 Lugonia Ave

Redlands, CA 92374

United States

CALIFORNIA – San Diego CALIFORNIA – San Jose CALIFORNIA – San Jose
Mira Mesa MarketCenter

10775 Westview Parkway

San Diego, CA 92126

United States

Stevens Creek Blvd

3600 Stevens Creek Blvd

San Jose, CA 95117

United States

Almaden Plaza

5353 Almaden Expressway Bldg. B

San Jose, CA 95118

United States

CALIFORNIA – Anchorage CALIFORNIA – Santa Monica CALIFORNIA – Torrance
200 East Northern Lights Blvd

Anchorage, AK 99503

United States

3rd Street Promenade

1201 3rd Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401

United States

Del Amo Fashion Center

21500 Hawthorne Blvd

Torrance, CA 90503

United States

COLORADO – Boulder COLORADO – Colorado Springs COLORADO – Ft. Collins
Crossroads Commons

2999 Pearl St

Boulder, CO 80301

United States

1565 Briargate Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO   80920

United States

4045 S College

Ft. Collins, CO 80525

United States

COLORADO – Glendale COLORADO – Lakewood COLORADO – Lone Tree
960 S Colorado Blvd

Glendale, CO 80246

United States

Denver West Village

14347 West Colfax Avenue

Lakewood, CO 80401

United States

Shoppes at the Meadows

8374 S. Willow Street

Lone Tree, CO 80124

United States

CONNECTICUT – Milford DELAWARE – Newark HAWAII – Honolulu
1375 Boston Post Road

Milford, CT 06460

United States

340 Christiana Mall

Newark, DE 19702

United States

Ala Moana Center

1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1272

Honolulu, HI 96814

United States

INDIANA – Mishawaka KANSAS – Wichita KENTUCKY – Lexington
University Park Mall

6501 N. Grape Road

Mishawaka, IN 46545

United States

1920 N. Rock Road

Wichita, KS 67206

United States

Hamburg Pavilion

1932 Pavilion Way

Lexington, KY 40509

United States

MASACHUSETTS – Burlington MASACHUSETTS – Framingham MASACHUSETTS – Millbury
98 Middlesex Pkwy

Burlington, MA 01803

United States

1 Worcester Rd

Framingham, MA 01701

United States

The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley

70 Worcester Providence Turnpike #5

Millbury, MA 01527

United States

MICHIGAN – Grand Rapids MICHIGAN – Grandville MICHIGAN – Portage
Woodlands Mall

3195 28th St SE

Suite B116

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

United States

River Town Crossing

3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058

Grandville, MI 49418

United States

Southland SC

6134 South Westnedge Ave

Portage, MI 49002

United States

MINNESOTA – Duluth MISSIOURI – Springfield NEVADA – Reno
Miller Hill Mall

1600 Miller Trunk Hwy. #L25

Duluth, MN 55811

United States

3055 South Glenstone

Springfield, MO 65804

United States

Meadow Wood Court

5555 S. Virginia St.

Reno, NV 89502

United States

NEW MEXICO – Albuquerque NEW YORK – Albany NEW YORK – New York
Coronado Mall

6600 Menaul Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110

United States

131 Colonie Center Suite 355

Albany, NY 12205

United States

82nd & Broadway

2289 Broadway

New York, NY 10024

United States

NEW YORK – New York NEW YORK – New York NORTH DAKOTA – Fargo
150 East 86th ST & Lexington Ave

150 East 86th Street

New York, NY 10028

United States

Union Square

33 East 17th Street

New York, NY 10003

United States

1201 42 St SW

Fargo, ND 58103

United States

OHIO – Akron OHIO – Columbus OHIO – Columbus
4015 Medina Road

Akron, OH 44333

United States

1560 Polaris Parkway

Columbus, OH 43240

United States

 

Easton Town Center

4005 Townsfair Way

Columbus, OH 43219

United States

OREGON – Beaverton OREGON – Portland PENNSYLVANIA – Pittsburgh
Tanasbourne

18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy

Beaverton, OR 97006

United States

Clackamas Town Ctr Mall

12000 SE 82nd Avenue

Portland, OR 97266

United States

South Hills Village

301 South Hills Village

Pittsburgh, PA 15241

United States

RHODE ISLAND – Warwick SOUTH DAKOTA – Sioux Falls TENNESSEE – Chattanooga
Warwick Centre

1350-B Bald Hill Rd

Warwick, RI 02886

United States

3700 West 41st Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

United States

2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard

Chattanooga, TN 37421

United States

TEXAS – Frisco TEXAS – San Antonio TEXAS – Webster
Stonebriar Mall

2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204

Frisco, TX 75034

United States

Northwoods Shopping Center

18030 HWY 281NSuite #140

San Antonio, TX 78232

United States

Baybrook ll

1029 W Bay Area Blvd

Webster, TX 77598

United States

UTAH – Orem VERMONT – S. Burlington VIRGINIA – Fairfax
University Crossings Plaza

330 East 1300 South

Orem, UT 84058

United States

102 Dorset Street

S. Burlington, VT 05403

United States

Fair Lakes Promenade

12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive

Fairfax, VA 22033

United States

VIRGINIA – McLean WASHINGTON – Seattle WASHINGTON – Silverdale
Tysons Corner Center

7851 L. Tysons Corner Center

McLean, VA 22102

United States

Northgate Mall

401 NE Northgate Way #1100

Seattle, WA 98125

United States

PO Box 250

10315 Silverdale Way NW

Silverdale, WA 98383

United States

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Renegade Game Studios would like to announce that Pegasus Spiele, German board game publisher, is set to produce Mensa Select winner Lanterns: The Harvest Festival for the German market.  The German edition is on display this week at the Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg and is expected to release this March 2016.

For more information, see the official announcement here.

Mensa Mind Games each year evaluates dozens of games to determine which should earn the honor of being a Mensa Select game, and they have finished evaluating this year’s batch and announced the winners.  The five games that earned this distinction are:

Castles of Mad King Ludwig – Bezier Games, Inc

Dragonwood – Gamewright

Lanterns: The Harvest Festival – Renegade Game Studios and Foxtrot Games

Letter Tycoon – Ad Magic/Breaking Games

Trekking the National Parks – Bink Ink, LLC

That is a second win by Bezier Games after winning in 2013 with Suburbia and Gamewright adds another to it’s list of winners with this year being their eighth win.  The announcement as well as a link to previous winners can be read HERE.

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In this installment from our friends at the League of GameMakers they take us on the first part of a journey looking at the retheming of a game.  This post is written with input from both the publisher and the designer.  One of the most interesting things about what is said in here, or not said, is that theming can take a game from being wrong to right without the underlying mechanics necessarily changing at all.  That being said in any game going through development your always going to be seeing tweaks made.  Otherwise the only value of a publisher would be fronting money for printing and that can be done through a bank if the idea is good enough.

This is a very insightful look into the process by which a theme is chosen and in turn accepted or rejected by the game designer.  Theme matters a lot and so often we hear about people not liking the game as much because the theme just feels pasted on.  Some games can have a theme tacked on to them, some the theme is integral to the game running effectively (Ticket to Ride or Carcassonne), and yet others have a theme that while not necessary to the game itself melds well with what the game provides to be the chocolate to the games proverbial peanut butter.

To read the full post head on over the League of GameMakers site here.