michael mendes

scoville labs

 

Ok, so this announcement made me extremely happy. I had the chance to play Scoville last year at Gen Con. Scoville, published by Tasty Minstrel Games and designed by Ed Marriott, is an extremely fun game with fun game play and super cool components. I loved the game so much that I built a custom insert for it.

Image from www.inserthere.me

Image from www.inserthere.me

Well, there’s an expansion available to Kickstart called the “Labs Expansion”.

Labs introduces 3×3 personal lab boards to the game that players use to breed peppers outside of the influence of other players. You plant in your lab after planting on the main board, and when you do, you will collect new peppers based on what is adjacent in your lab. So, if you plant a black pepper next to a white pepper in your lab, then you will get a phantom pepper.

scoville lab board

As of the writing of this article there are 9 days to go and TMG has already surpassed their funding goal and well on their way to reaching a variety of stretch goals. At $20.00, this is definitely a no-brainer for me. To learn more and fund the project, you can click here to view the campaign.

 

dtn gencon

 

So, the entire DTN crew will be bringing you constant coverage of Gen Con this year.  The quickest way to receive updates is to follow @dicetower_news on Twitter.  You will receive Tweet alerts throughout the day of many exciting events and news. All of the pictures that you’ll see in this, and many future articles, can be seen first on Twitter, live, throughout the day.

So today was setup day.  Many of the Publishers were setting up in the Convention Center and many had their demo play rooms set up.  I had the luxury of play testing, along with Eric Summerer and Dan King from The Dice Tower, City Hall by Tasty Minstrel Games.  Designer Michael Keller set up a game that we were able to play through.  Unbelievably, I came in second – behind Michael himself (go figure, right?)

 

Michael Keller - Designer of City Hall

Michael Keller – Designer of City Hall

A stop at the Tasty Minstrel room wouldn’t be complete without Michael Mendes himself (owner of TMG).  Holding up a copy of Scoville – an exciting new game from designer Ed Marriott.

 

Michael Mendes - owner of Tasty Minstrel Games

Michael Mendes – owner of Tasty Minstrel Games

One of my favorites, that I actually got to play test, is Downwood Tales, the newest expansion to the popular dungeon crawl – Mice & Mystics, from designer Jerry Hawthorne (Plaid Hat Games)

Downwood Tales - Mice & Mystics expansion

Downwood Tales – Mice & Mystics expansion

 

Here were some items on display at the FFG booth:

 

Last Banquet

Last Banquet

New Flight Template for Star Wars Armada

New Flight Template for Star Wars Armada

New X Wing Wave Ships

New X Wing Wave Ships

Just a few familiar faces:

Tom with Designer Richard Launius

Tom with Designer Richard Launius

Rob and a Happy Tom

Rob and a Happy Tom

Tom with Scott w/Arcane Wonders

Tom with Scott w/Arcane Wonders

Tom with Sheriff of Notthingham

Tom with Sheriff of Notthingham

Dice Tower Crew

Dice Tower Crew

Rob Searing & Zee Garcia

Rob Searing & Zee Garcia

harbour characters

 

Harbour is a small game chuck full of fantasy.  It’s a euro-game featuring worker placement and set collection tactics that is being Kickstarted by Tasty Minstrel Games (with such hits as Eminent Domain).  The game is being called  easy-to-learn, full of decisions, plenty of player powers, and quick to play. Harbour is set in a fantasy world where  you have goblins and dwarves all vying to make a living in this Harbour town.  It’s got some pretty neat artwork, is light-hearted and claims to play in about 20 minutes.  You can visit their Kickstarter page to download and read the rules.