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How’s this for a meta concept – A game to celebrate a publisher’s history of games where players are sorting the pieces to another gamer’s collection? It might be brilliant, it may seem cheesy, but that’s what Queen Games is doing for their 30th anniversary. The Queen’s Collection, designed by Daniel Bernsen, is a limited edition card game for 1-to-4 players where everyone is trying to sort pawns back into the Queen’s Collection of Queen Games. It’s incredibly cute, but also intriguingly flexible as the game can be played solo, cooperative, competitive, and in teams!

“The Queen’s Collection is a limited edition product that celebrates Queen Game’s immense catalog of games. The intriguing game system includes 16 cards, each depicting a Queen Game, and players must play cards from their hand to try to sort pawns onto the same colored card.”

While there’s not many more details than what’s been described above, this is of course a novelty item and one in short supply at that. Yet this isn’t just a game for Queen Games’ fans, it’s also for fans of gaming history if you consider it carefully. Not only is this a celebration of a publisher that’s made an indisputable impact on the industry, but it’s going to be a rarity in itself and both of those are good reasons to get a small box card game. For more information on The Queen’s Collection and of the other great titles in Queen Games’ lineup, be sure to visit their website for product pages, news updates, and more!

Ten years ago, Queen Games published one of its most popular games, Fresco. In the years that followed it, Queen Games would support Fresco fans with 10 expansion modules to add new dimensions to the game. Queen Games would eventually publish the Fresco: Big Box Edition providing new fans the game with all its expansions in one box.

Last year, Queen Games treated Alhambra to a Designer’s Edition Mega Box through Kickstarter. For Fresco’s 10th Anniversary, Queen Games is giving Fresco its own Limited Designer’s Edition Mega Box.

The Kickstarter for the Fresco: Mega Box is a celebration of everything Fresco.

First, Fresco is getting 4 new expansion modules bundled in Expansion 3: The Church Pews, The Dome, The Damsels, and The Catacombs. If backers already own the Fresco: Big Box Edition, Expansion 3 will complete the expansion collection for Fresco. The Church Pews module adds a chapel board to the game and enables players to build pews for the church and collect extra points. The Dome module adds an extra feature that can be painted but only after the main fresco has been finished and only if the players have the right paint remaining. The Damsel module gives players an extra player board that allows for special actions to affect the main board such as exchanging colors in the workshop or switching tiles in the market. Lastly, the Catacombs module adds catacomb tiles that can be accessed for coins or points with the aid of cartographers who will point out which fresco tiles need to be painted to reveal the entrance to the catacombs. Fresco: Expansion 3 contains the same style artwork as the original game.

Next, two smaller games are being included in the Mega Box: Fresco: The Card Game and Fresco: The Dice Game. Fresco: The Card Game distills Fresco into a smaller faster playing game.  Players draw color cards from either the market or workshop into to collect the proper mix of colors to paint the available fresco sections to earn points.  Fresco: The Card Game comes with 42 market cards, 42 workshop cards, 24 fresco cards, 20 mood tiles, and 12 bonus tiles. Fresco: The Dice Game use colored dice to represent the paint needed to complete frescoes.  Players have their own player board on which they will need to collect five portions of a fresco.  Fresco tiles require specific numbers to be rolled in order to collect the tile. Color dice will increase the chance of getting the right numbers need for the fresco tiles. Portraits are always an option when the dice fails to meet the needed fresco number. Fresco: The Dice Game comes with 20 fresco tiles, 12 portrait tiles, a game board, 4 player boards, 6 colored dice, 2 color dice, 12 betting tiles, a first player marker and a +/-1 Chip.

Fresco: Mega Box has undergone an artistic makeover. The artwork has been revised for all components and the colors are more vibrant and color-blind friendly. The wooden paint tokens have been replaced by tiles depicting the various colors in unique shaped containers for easier visibility.  Those same icons are presented on the fresco tiles and market tiles also.  The new artwork is consistent across all the modules, including to new expansion. The Mega Box also includes the two smaller games: Fresco: The Card Game and Fresco: The Dice Game. This is a lot to fit in one box, so the new box comes with two new inlays to keep all the components organized. All this in the Gold Edition.

For the Diamond Edition, fresco tiles and paint colors are upgraded to clear acrylic printed with the same beautiful full color artwork.  Many of the stretch goals include upgrading other components to acrylic for the Diamond Edition.

To learn more, check out the Kickstarter Campaign that runs though November 5 with an expected delivery in September 2020.

Spielworxx has launched a Kickstarter for a Die Macher, a landmark heavy euro-game about the German electoral system and designed by Karl-Heinz Schmiel.  Originally published in 1986, Die Macher has been republished several times, updating the rules, political parties, player supportability, and variants for faster play. The last version published was in 2006, and the popular game for die hard Euro enthusiasts has been hard to find.

The Kickstarter campaign offers fans of the game a limited opportunity to add the game to their collection. Die Macher: Limited Edition will be available for direct sales after the Kickstarter campaign, but it is unlikely to go into distribution for sale by retailers.

Die Macher: Limited Edition includes additional rules improvements designed by the original designer, Karl-Heinz Schmiel and developed by the Spielworxx team.  Like the later editions, the Limited Edition supports 3-5 players, but only advances through four German federal state elections in the standard game.  For players who want to dive even deeper into the election campaigns, there is an expanded game which covers seven elections, as in the original edition of the game, that is included as well.  This edition also features all new art by long-time game artist Harald Lieske (The Castles of Burgundy, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Dominion, and many more).

Die Macher: Limited Edition plays 3-5, ages 14+, in about 3 hours.  Contents include 4 Federal State Boards, 1 Media/Party Base board, 1 Popular Opinion Board, 42 Popular Opinion Cards, 1 Party Program Board, 56 Party Program Cards, 1 Poll Board, 10 Poll Cards, 16 Federal State Cards, 40 Shadow Cabinet Politician Cards, 15 Donation Cards, 1 Marker Board, 5 Party Markers, 4 Double Markers, 2 Ballot Box Markers, 150 Playing Money Bills, 10 Players Aids (5 English/5 German), 1 double-sided scoring pad, 100 Party Rally Cubes, 25 Media Markers, and 45 Tracking Markers.

To learn more about Die Macher: Limited Edition, go to the Kickstarter campaign, which runs through July 11.  Delivery of the game is expected in November 2019, though a limited number of the copies may be available at Essen and BGG Con if they are ready in time.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Space Invaders, the officially licensed board game is on Kickstarter. This is the real deal, unlike a few other games in past years that have tried to replicate the same feel of the arcade cabinet. 2 to 4 players will move their cannon and shoot aliens competing for points in this deck-building-driven adaptation. Shooting aliens gives you upgrades, bunkers protect you from retaliation, and the player with the highest score at the end of it all will be deemed the best moon defender.

“As long time fans of tabletop games and electronic games alike, we were astounded that, during all this time, nobody had yet developed a genuine SPACE INVADERS board game. […] Our primary goal is to create a fantastic board game experience while remaining true to the original game’s visual presentation and atmosphere.”

While this isn’t an average video-game adaptation, it’s not an average deck-building game either. Really this is as thoughtfully produced and designed as modern board games get, and I justify that statement based on the excellent 8-bit graphic design, the appropriately-jagged components (especially the translucent deluxe edition pieces), and the palpable sense of fun from seeing waves of enemies get wrecked in demonstration. At the time of writing this the project has already funded and is already working towards stretch goals for both it’s standard and deluxe editions, and there’s a commemorative diorama available for purchase for super fans of the arcade classic. If you’re interested in learning more about Space Invaders – The Board Game, check out the Kickstarter page for more images, rules, and updates.

Stronghold Games has begun taking pre-orders on more than a handful of games due out in the next couple of months.

Two of the new games available for pre-order now, AuZtralia and Terraforming Mars: Colonies, were reported in Dice Tower News recently. Bryan Drake also sat down with AuZtralia’s designer, Martin Wallace, to learn more about the game. Stronghold Games has proudly added AuZtralia to its Great Designer Series. Terraforming Mars: Colonies is the fourth expansion to the hugely popular, Terraforming Mars. Only 500 copies of Terraforming Mars: Colonies will be available for pre-order, so act fast.

Also available for pre-order are two Friedmann Friese games, Fortune and Fool!

Fool! is a card-shedding and trick-taking game where player attempt to get rid of their cards without playing the lowest card.  The player who plays the lowest card has to sit out the next trick, losing the opportunity to get rid of a card. Players score negative points for cards left in their hand, and positive points if they got rid of all the cards in their hand, unless they play the lowest card in the last hand which earns them nothing. Fool! plays 4-8 players, ages 8+, in about 15 minutes.

Fortune is the forth game in the Fast Forward Series and uses the Fable Game system.  These games do not require an understanding of the rules beforehand.  Instead, the cards are pre-sorted and the rules of the game are explained on the cards as they are played. In Fortune, the player with the highest score wins the game, but gaining the highest numbers may not be enough. The trick is to get the right bonuses for the big payoff. Fortune plays 3-5 players, ages 10+, in about 15 minutes.

Calimala was originally published last year Blackfire Entertainment in both German and English editions, but it may have been difficult to find here in North America.  Stronghold is republishing the English only edition this year. In Calimala, players are members of the guild of cloth finishers and merchants in Republic of Florence during the Late Middle Ages.  Players assign their employees to produce and trade cloth and gain prestige by delivering their good, contributing to the construction of buildings, and sponsoring artwork.  The player with the most prestige at the end of the game wins. Calimala plays 3-5 players in 45-75 minutes.

Lastly, Stronghold Games is republished Kanban: Automotive Revolution as a Limited Edition Kanban: Driver’s Edition. Stronghold has also included Kanban, designed by renowned designer Vital Lacerda of Vinhos, The Gallerist, and Lisboa fame, in their Great Designer Series.  In Kanban, players are managers in an automotive factory seeking to impress the factory manager by establishing the most efficient assembly line.  With each promotions come more capabilities to be more efficient. The players with the higher productivity points, demonstrating the most effective use of workhours, at the end of the game is the winner. Kanban plays 2-4 players, ages 12+, in 90-120 minutes. Stronghold does not plan to reprint this game again in the future!

 

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Armies of vengeful, enraged Undead are about to invade Terrinoth and transform the game of BattleLore Second Edition! The diabolical forces of Terrors of the Mists and Heralds of Dreadfall promise to unleash unprecedented horrors upon the battlefield and strike fear into the hearts of all who oppose them. They offer commanders a fresh array of strategic options and pose a challenging threat to Daqan and Uthuk Y’llan armies. What’s more, you can field the ghastly military might of the Undead even before these expansions are available!

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the upcoming expansions for Battlelore Second EditionTerrors of the Mists and Heralds of Dreadfall.  Fans of Battlelore will be able to sample these upcoming Undead expansions by visiting a participating retailer for a series of preview events this September.  At these events, players will play a specially-designed scenario for the game including the Heralds of Dreadfall with the possibility of obtaining an exclusive alternate-art command card, a limited edition BattleLore playmat, or even an advanced copy of Heralds of Dreadfall.

Follow THIS LINK for more information on these events, or contact your local game retailer to participate.

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Today, Mayfair Games announced that those very cool Limited Edition Promo Expansions will continue.  If you have pre-ordered or obtained new board game in the game’s release month, then you might have been on the receiving end of this nifty bonus.  Now, GTM and Mayfair have teamed up to include these promo expansions in the Game Trade Magazine.

Well, we are pleased to announce that we will be doing it again for the foreseeable future! In the months ahead, look to GTM to bring you promo-expansions for more than a dozen of our most popular titles. Gamer’s games like Asgard’s Chosen™, Lords of Vegas™, Steam™, Alchemist™, Global Mogul™, Urbania™ and Automobile™. But not just games for the dedicated gamer in your life. We will also be presenting new options for our classic family games such as Ablaze™, Downfall of Pompeii™, Road Rally USA™, Elk Fest™, Nuns on the Run™ and Bacchus’ Banquet™!

So look forward to the months ahead because now you will not only get the latest in gaming news and previews from GTM but your also going to get expansions for new and classic Mayfair Games covering our most popular titles along with brand new favorites that will become staples of your gaming shelf!