Dice Tower Newsletter

Marc André

Z-Man Games has released details about the upcoming game Majesty: For the Realm, a medieval themed card game by Marc André (Splendor) with art from Anne Heidsieck (Meeple War). In Majesty, 2-4 players play medieval rulers, using loyal subjects to produce goods, such as grain. Goods can then can be processed in different ways; grain can be sent to the Mill for flour, or the Brewer to make beer. Z-Man will be updating their website weekly with more information on the upcoming village builder.

You can read Z-Man’s press release here. Majesty: For the Realm is due to be released at Essen SPIEL 2017 in October.

Asmodee has posted detailed information about Cities of Splendor, the long awaited first expansion to their 2014 mega-hit and multiple award winner, Splendor. Designer Marc Andre and Space Cowboys are back at it in Cities of Splendor, which actually includes 4 mini-expansions: The Cities, The Trading Posts, The Orient and The Strongholds.

  • The Cities replaces Nobles Tiles with double-sided City Tiles, which functionally act the same, but unlike the Nobles players must claim a City Tile in order to win the game.
  • The Trading Post adds some engine building to Splendor by adding the Route to the Orient board. On this board, players can claim achievements, gaining special abilities such as additional Prestige Points, or the ability to claim more gems.
  • The Orient adds 30 new Developments Cards, which add unique new powers. These new Orient cards sit alongside the normal Development Cards, giving tons of new options.
  • Finally, The Strongholds adds a new mechanism to Splendor increasing player interaction. Players now have plastic Stronghold Towers which reserve a Development Card for their own exclusive purchase. When a player claims a Development Card, they may also either place a Stronghold, or remove an opponents’ Stronghold. Additionally, if all 3 of your Strongholds sit on the same card, you may claim it by right of conquest!

Cities of Splendor will be released at GenCon 2017, and will be in stores the same week (August 17-20). You can read Asmodee‘s press release here.

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Asmodee Editions has four new upcoming games to announce, including three from Matagot.

Cardline: Dinosaurs

Compatible with the Cardline Animals series, Dinosaurs features a whole new set of 110 cards to test your knowledge of these behemoths as you attempt to rid your hand of cards.  As you play cards, you must correctly answer questions themed around dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.

A copy of the game includes:

  • 110 Unique cards
  • 1 Rule book
  • 1 Tin

Cardline: Dinosaurs is for 2-8 players ages 7 and up and plays in 15 minutes.  For more information on this game, visit the game’s page here.

Barony

On the outskirts of the Empire, the tension is palatable: in the race for power, your struggles take on more and more challenging proportions.

Designed by Marc André (Splendor), and illustrated by Ismaël Pommaz (Archipelago), Barony is a game in which players assume the role of one of four barons who, with their armies of knights, must colonize the most rich and fertile lands and defend them against the opposing barons.  Each player strives to climb the stairs of power with the ultimate goal of becoming the new king.

The game is played by first randomly creating the board for varied play each time.  Each turn, players will only choose one action from six possible actions, allowing for fast game play.  These six actions are Train, Move, Rally, Build Village, New City, and Gain Title.  Players will train knights, capture territories, and build upon various types of terrain that affect the types of resources gained.  As players trade off different resources, they will gain titles, and the first player to attain the title of Duke triggers the end of the game.  The player with the most points at the end of the game become king and is crowned the winner.

The game contains:

  • 36 Territory tiles
  • 1 Scoreboard
  • 80 Resource tokens
  • 1 First Player token
  • 112 Wooden Pawns:
    • 28 knights
    • 20 cities
    • 8 strongholds
    • 56 villages
  • 1 Score counter
  • 1 Player Reference sheet and rules

Barony is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 45 minutes.  The game is scheduled to be available to the public in May of 2015.  For more information, visit the Barony game page on Matagot’s website, or the game’s page on Board Game Geek.

Metal Adventures

Become a Space Pirate and attain Honor, Glory, and Wealth by exploring the Universe in a quest for victory.  Metal Adventures is a game of exploration, challenges, alliances, and epic battles in this sci-fi card and dice game.

The game box contains:

  • 1 Game board
  • 6 Astrolabes
  • 132 Cards
    • -6 Players ships
    • -34 Near space
    • -34 Deep space
    • -18 Trophies
    • -24 Improvement
    • -16 Help
  • 50 Galactic credits
  • 8 Dice
  • 1 Rule booklet

Metal Adventures is for 3-6 players ages 14 and up and has a play time of 45-60 minutes.  For more information, see the game’s page here.

Ultimate Warriorz

The Tribal Rumble is about to begin, and only the strongest warrior will be named chief of the legendary End of the World Island: the Ultimate Warrior!

Players will each select a unique warrior and then, either individually or in teams, will duke it out in an arena using a hand of action cards.  Using four characteristics of melee attack, ranged attack, speed, and initiative, players will select their action cards in secret and then reveal their moves based on initiative.  Dice affect the outcome of various attacks, and different attacks have different strengths and weaknesses.  Magical items also play a role in helping players achieve victory in the arena.

The game box includes:

  • 8 Ultimate Warriorz characters
  • 8 Warriorz sheets
  • 64 Action cards
  • 74 Life points/Popularity points tokens
  • 1 Skull token for Baobab
  • 2 Electroshock tokens for Burdock
  • 8 Lucky Charm tokens
  • 4 Wall pieces with columns
  • 1 Rounds trail
  • 1 Rounds counter
  • 6 Dice
  • 1 Rule book

Ultimate Warriorz is a for 2-8 players ages 8 and up and plays in 30 minutes.  For more information, visit the game’s page here.

Asmodee announced at the Gama Trade Show that they will be entering the realm of organized play coining it AsmOPlay . Organized Play is usually tournament style play that takes place in FLGS’s and/or conventions. It is commonly found with CCG’s and role playing games and can include prizes and player rankings. To start the popular games Splendor, 7 Wonders, and Cash ‘n Guns – Second Edition will be supported in the from of tournaments, casual play, and weekly leagues.

AsmOPlay kits come jam packed with amazing, exclusive swag for award winning games like Splendor, 7 Wonders, and Cash’n Guns – Second Edition. The perfect addition for people who want to deck out their games! Each AsmOPlay kit includes two demo copies of the games, promo items and everything you’ll need to run casual play nights, organized tournaments and even repeated weekly in-store gaming  events. You will also receive promotional posters to create buzz for your event, sign-up sheet templates to help with organization, and everything you will need to successfully execute your in-store events.
This is an exclusive program and will only be offered for a very limited time, so sign-up before the opportunity passes you by. Retailers make a one-time program commitment and receive three different AsmOPlay kits, distributed throughout the year, for Splendor (Q2/2015), 7 Wonders (Q3/2015), and Cash’n Guns – Second Edition (Q4/2015). Program enrollment can only be made through select distributors and is limited to two programs per brick and mortar store location. Membership definitely has its advantages!

Be sure to talk to your local game stores if you want to make sure they take part in this program.

Check out the full article here.

barony

Matagot has announced a new addition to their Select Collection, Barony.  Designed by Marc André (Splendor), and illustrated by Ismaël Pommaz (Archipelago), Barony is a game in which players assume the role of one of four barons who, with their armies of knights, must colonize the most rich and fertile lands and defend them against the opposing barons.  Each player strives to climb the stairs of power with the ultimate goal of becoming the new king.

The game contains:

  • 36 Territory tiles
  • 1 score board
  • 1 First Player token
  • 112 wooden pawns:
    - 28 knights 20 cities
    - 8 strongholds
    - 56 villages
  • 84 tokens
    - 4 Score
    - 80 Resource

Barony is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 45 minutes.  The game is scheduled to be available to the public in May of 2015.  For more information, visit the Barony game page on Matagot’s website, or the game’s page on Board Game Geek.

 

trictrac

French gaming blog and community site, Tric Trac, posted its Tric Trac d’or 2014 awards naming the top three games of the year based on user submitted votes and Tric Trac’s own panel of judges.

five tribes board

Taking first place honors, and the Gold medal, was none other than Bruno Cathala’s Five Tribes, Days of Wonder’s first foray into heavy strategy. This unique Mancala-style game set in ancient Arabian mythology was the runaway winner from the start.

“At the opening of the vote, the game started to reap the points, escaping after a few hours.”

Second place was more hotly contested, but it was Cédrick Chaboussit’s Lewis & Clark that took Silver. This worker placement game set in pioneer-era America has players reliving Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition to the Pacific coast.

splendor pieces

The Bronze medal went to Marc Andre’s Splendor. Noted for its high component quality, this light set collection game has players collecting combinations of gems to attract patrons and score victory points.

“With 1,210 voters, we can say the thing is the opinion of many players who surf Tric Trac and the current trend of European games.”

Check out Tric Trac’s full announcement to see an analysis of the voting process and which games just missed the winners’ podium. The article is in French, but can easily be translated through a number of online resources (e.g., Chrome’s built-in translator).

For more information on this year’s winner, click the links below for Dice Tower’s reviews.

Five Tribes Miami Dice
Lewis & Clark Review
Splendor Review

marc andre

Splendor, a card drafting, set collection game with 40 “poker style” tokens and 90 cards is a 2014 Spiel des Jahres Nominee.  It is designed by Marc André and published by Space Cowboys / Asterion Press / Lautapelit.fi / REBEL.pl.

MeepleTown posted an interview with Marc.

Can you tell us a bit about the origin of Splendor? It seems to be a very carefully designed, classical game. You mentioned in an old interview you design games by tweaking old games and putting restrictions on yourself. Is this part of how Splendor came about?

Splendor is based upon a mathematical frame, that’s why it seems so “classic” and regulated. Deconstructing a game then reconstructing it in a totally different way was and still is  an essential part of my way of designing a game. But I’m not a beginner anymore, although I keep on learning! So,Splendor has no direct link with any other game.

 How did Splendor end up with Space Cowboys – did this come from Sébastian Pauchon at GameWorks  publishing your other game Bonbons?

It was not through Sébastien. Actually, I met Croc at a festival in March 2012. Croc worked for Asmodee at the time, and the game was developed there first. The people who worked on it (Croc and Philippe, under Marc Nunés’ direction) decided to leave Asmodee and create Space Cowboys. They took the game with them, which was fine with me. I don’t care much about the logo on the box. What matters is  people involved with the game are the same from beginning to end (the commercialization).

To read the entire interview you can head over to Game Designer here.