It seems like every board game publisher is providing their spin on the roll-and-write genre. The OP (formerly USAopoly) has partnered with Matagot to bring Dungeon Academy to the North American market.
Dungeon Academy looks like a roll-and-write crossed with a dungeon dive game. The game has 16 six-sided dice with different sides representing things like monsters and potions. The dice are rolled and arranged into a 4×4 grid which represents a floor of the dungeon. The floor is revealed to the players which then race to draw a path through the dungeon level. The game is played over four rounds/levels.
“Simultaneous play begins as students race to draw the most favorable route in, through, and out of each Level, taking hits to their energy from encounters with Monsters, while restoring it with every potion. If any player’s Health or Mana is depleted before their path is resolved, they fail the test and forfeit points, or Glory. The student with the most Glory after the four Levels earns the coveted Adventurers diploma to win!”
Each player has a hero which provides them with a special ability during the game. Loot cards provide bonus treasure which players can choose from once they’ve completed their route through the level.
Dungeon Academy is for 1-6 players, ages 10 and up, and will be available later this year. You can read the announcement from The OP here, as well as, learn more from the game’s product page on the publisher’s website.
Mini expansions seem to be the thing now as Matagot is releasing a new mini expansion for Dice Town in March of this year called Fistful of Dollars (or Cards). What is included? About 26 cards which includes 3 new cards for the base game and each of the two expansions, 10 new cards for a new mechanism centered around the titles of properties, and 7 elixir cards for first edition holders. Not much else is said about this expansion other than it gives you the chance to be the Baron of the Black Gold if you own the most derricks. You can find out a bit more information on the Matagot site, but you will find out more by picking it up at your local game store in March.
While there have been a number of good pirate themed games in recent years there simply isn’t enough of them for fans of the genre. Treasure Island, by Matagot, would be a welcome addition.
“Treasure Island is a game of bluffing and adventure in which one player embodies Long John, trying to mislead the others in their search for his treasure. The hunt reaches its climax with Long John’s escape, when he will make a final run to get the booty for himself!”
Designed by Marc Paquien (of Yamatai fame) and illustrated by Vincent Dutrait (known for Kennerspiel des Jahres winner, Broom Service), the game will support 2 to 6 players. Each 45-minute game involves exploration of the island and deception. Some players play as Long John Silver‘s crew who have committed mutiny while another player acts as Long John Silver himself who directs (or misdirects?) the other players to his treasure. Round after round, players question Long John Silver while he tries to escape their clutches. The game reaches its climax when Long John Silver tries to escape his crew and make a run with his treasure.
Currently, there are no details regarding the game’s release, but we expect more news soon.
It’s that time of year again, the Dice Tower has announced their nominees for the best games of 2016. These are the best of the best according to the panel of judges on games released in English in 2016. You can see previous winners along with this year’s nominees and their pictures on the Dice Tower Awards website, and look forward to the winners being announced at Dice Tower Con later this year. And now, your nominees:
Best Game from a New Designer (The game has to be the designer’s first or second published game to qualify for this award)
Each year the International Gamers Awards are given out to the multiplayer and 2 player games that are deemed the best for that year. Some notable previous winners are games like Twilight Struggle, Agricola, and Terra Mystica. All highly rated and well respected games, so the nominees for this year are the cream of the gaming crop. One note is that while this is the 2016 award, the games eligible are those that have been released between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. And the nominees are;
GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – Multi Player category
Blood Rage – Eric M. Lang, Guillotine Games / Cool Mini or Not
Interesting fact, 9 out of the 15 titles being nominated are in the top 100 of games in the entire BGG database. To see the list as well as previous year’s winners you can head on over to the International Gamers Awards website.
As most anyone that follows the Dice Tower would know, our Podcasts and videos are advertising free (with the exception of our sponsor, Cool Stuff Inc.). In order to provide that to our listeners we, once a year, create a fund-raiser on Kickstarter to not only go advertising free – but allow for expanded content. Upon reaching various different stretch goals, the Dice Tower will be adding Chaz Marler (Pair of Dice Paradise) as a part-time contributor as well as a possibility of him providing his top 100. Various other goals include the ability to have a booth at Essen as well as Jared Whitley producing his top 100. Hopefully, if we achieve enough, we will be able to hire a full-time video editor that will allow us to focus on producing more content!
To achieve these goals, there are a number of different pledge levels and promo packs available. Below are just a few images of some of the exciting things you can get by helping sponsor the Dice Tower in 2016. There is so much more than what’s listed below. You can visit the Kickstarter campaign here for all the details.
Dice Tower from Dog Might Games
From WizKids – A promo card for Dice Masters
From Mayday Games – Promos for Mow Money and Garbage Day
From Portal Games – A new promo for Imperial Settlers
From Cool Mini or Not – A promo miniature for Blood Rage (Artwork above)
From Matagot – A new character for Ultimate Warriorz
…and so much, much more! You can visit the Kickstarter page here. Please consider contributing and take home an exciting promo-pack. The Dice Tower would like to thank all of the companies contributing to this year’s campaign!!
Matagot has announced Dice Town, the fun fast dice game designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, is now an app available on iPad and iPhones. Dice Town is played by rolling custom dice that remain hidden under a cup, each player will select one of their dice to keep for free, other dice may be kept by spending $1, those that were not kept are re-rolled. This goes on until at least one player has chosen to keep all their die allowing the remaining players one last roll.
The dice have six sides a nine of spades, ten of hearts, jack, queen, king, and ace of spades that are used to create poker hands and determine who will control the different areas of Dice Town and be allowed to take the benefits of that area. For example whoever rolls the most nines takes control of the gold mine and gets one gold nugget for each nine they rolled (worth points at the end of the game). Each of the six faces has a benefit like this that players will compete for, additionally there is a Town Hall area that goes to the player with the best poker hand. The player that wins control of the town hall is granted the first property tile that is face up they are also give an additional face up card for each ace they have in their hand for a maximum of three cards. These property tiles are worth various end game points and are usually valuable. Last but not least if a player did not win anything from the other areas there is a final spot called Doc Badluck that will give the poor player something for their troubles. Play continues until the gold nuggets or property cards are gone and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins. This is just a brief overview of the game as the spaces that are not mentioned here add a lot to the overall strategy and play of Dice Town.
Dice Town looks like a lot of fun to play and the app is designed to have increasing levels of difficulty. All in all for the price it certainly looks worth it and I would certainly pick it up if I had a compatible device. You can find the announcement on the Matagot website here and you can head over to iTunes to purchase the app. If a fun, fast, clever dice game is something you would like and if you like the app consider picking up a physical copy for offline fun at your FLGS/OLGS.
Originally released in 2011 by Pulsar Games, Ultimate Warriorz is back in a new multilingual third edition published by Matagot. Designed by Guillaume Blossier, this is an arena combat game for 2-8 players who have all come to the sacred arena to participate in the great Tribal Rumble and be named chief of the legendary End of the World Island. But only the Ultimate Warrior will achieve that highest honor, so players need to choose their cards wisely and time their actions carefully.
Find more information on the game at Boardgamegeek, the online board game database, or check out the publisher’s own website here.
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
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.
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.
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 Players ships
-34 Near space
-34 Deep space
50 Galactic credits
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.
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.