Mike Elliott

Thunderstone Quest: New Horizons is now out on Kickstarter. This expansion for the base game of Thunderstone Quest features two new quests, Vengeful Sands and Clockwork Destiny, which take place after the events of one of the previous quests, At the Foundations of the World.

In addition to the two new quests, the Kickstarter includes a promo pack for Barricades Mode, Ezuzrius’ Lair. Right now, AEG does not have plans for a retail release of this promo.

If the Kickstarter campaign reaches $400,000, AEG promises to add 4th level heroes as an add on to all of the New Horizons rewards.

For more information on Thunderstone Quest: New Horizons, check it out here.

Wizkids is adding a trilogy of new sets to the Dungeons and Dragons: Dice Masters line of collectible dice games, this time focusing on the city of Waterdeep. Waterdeep has become a wealth of legend and lore in the Dungeons and Dragons mythos, and now Eric Lang and Mike Elliott‘s classic Dice Master is incorporating characters and monsters from this iconic city.

D&D Dice Masters: Trouble in Waterdeep is a 2 player Campaign Box containing everything needed to play a complete game, including Sidekick Dice, Action Dice, rules and dice bags. This set includes over a dozen characters, including Xanathar, Manshoon’s spies, and Volo.

The D&D Dice Masters: Adventures in Waterdeep Team Pack contains 24 cards and 16 dice for those already familiar with Dice Masters, and can be paired with any Campaign Box or Starter Set. Characters in this pack include Brawlwin Chainminer, the Black Viper, Jarlaxle, and Durnan, as well as many others making their first appearance. Similarly, D&D Dice Masters: The Zhentarim Team Pack includes Manshoon, Istrid Horn, and Ziraj, as well as many other Zhentarim in its 16 dice and 24 cards.

Look for all three Waterdeep themed Dice Master sets at your FLGS in September 2019.

WizKids has announced the first Star Trek flicking dexterity game to the market with Star Trek: Conflick in the Neutral Zone. Conflick, by designer Mike Elliott (Thunderstone Quest, Star Trek: Fleet Captains) has 2-4 players taking control of Federation or Klingon vessels, represented by disks. The disks are flicked to both collect abundant resources, and attack other ships in the eponymous neutral zone. Resources are gathered by flicking a collector ship within range, winning energy and/or command points. Players can expand their fleet by using resources to buy more ships. The first player to 10 command points wins the game. Expect Star Trek: Conflick in the Neutral Zone in Summer 2019, and for more details read the official announcement from WizKids here.

Renegade Game Studios are crowd funding Terror Below on Kickstarter. Players collect worm eggs across the desert or hunt down massive, vicious worms. It’s designed by Mike Elliott (known for Dice Masters, Thunderstone, and Dragonfire), with art by Eric Hibbeler (known for Junk Orbit), and caters for 2-5 players, aged 10+. It plays in 45-60 mins.

“Terror Below is a game of government experiments gone wild in the Nevada desert. The faster you move, the more vibrations you make, attracting the attention of the vicious worms underground. Navigate the difficult terrain to collect valuable worm eggs and deliver them to locations around town to claim bounties. If you’re feeling lucky, collect items and weapons to go hunt ’em.” [source]

In Terror Below, the 1st player to score 20 victory points by collecting worm eggs and delivering them to locations around town, or by hunting down and killing the worms, is the winner. At the start of the game, players are dealt 3 heroes, who they pick 1 to start the game with. If a hero is defeated by a worm, players continue to play with their remaining heroes and are able to revive their downed hero at the hospital. During the course of the game, the heroes visit locations around town to find bounties, scavenge for weapons, and survive distracting the worms. Should the worms attack, the heroes would fight back.

The Terror Below Kickstarter project has already reached 5x its funding goal with over 1,200 backers, will continue seeking funding until February 27th, 2019, and is expected to deliver in August of 2019. There is only a single pledge level with exclusive, Kickstarter content, and multiple stretch goals that improve the tactile nature of the already good looking game.

Wizkids announces an ultimate edition of Quarriors!, a fast-paced dice pool game where your dice summon creatures, cast spells, and captures more powerful creatures to add to their pool, all in the quest for the most Glory. Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition! Is truly an ultimate edition.  It includes all four expansion: Quarriors! Rise of the Demons, Quarriors! Quest of the Qladiator, Quarriors! Quarmageddon, and Quarriors! Quartifacts.  If that was not enough, it also includes every promo card ever produced for Quarriors! (including the never-before-printed Ghost of X-Mas Past, Present, and Future!). Contents include 340 custom dice, 211 cards, a double-sided glory tracker, 4 glory markers, 4 quest markers, 4 felt dice bags, and rulebook. Look for Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition! at a friendly local game store near you soon.

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Fracture of Biel-Tan Campaign Box is the first, big box expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Battle for Ultramar. In Dice Masters, 2 players make use of a team of characters who are represented by cards, to combat each other through card effects and dice rolls. The Dice Masters engine was developed by Mike Elliott, and Eric M. Lang, when they originally created Quarriors! for WizKids.

This expansion features characters such as the Daemons of Chaos and Skarbrand the Ynnari, The Masque of Slaanesh, The Yncarne, and Yvraine. The Campaign Box includes Sidekick dice, Basic Action dice, rules, and dice bags for two players to create teams comprised of Daemons of Chaos or Ynnari, or a mixture of them both.

               

To further expand play options for the game, players can also purchase the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Blood Angels – Black Rage team pack. This expansion features the Blood Angels and special units such as Commander Dante, the Death Company, and Sanguinary Priests. If that’s not enough, the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Dark Angels — The First team pack adds the legendary Dark Angels. Special units such as Fallen Angel, Cypher, and the Deathwing Knight join the fray. Both packs contain 3 different versions of each character includes 24 cards, with 16 dice.

These expansions are expected to release around March of 2019.

Two expansions for Mike Elliott’s Thunderstone Quest are expected in spring 2019. Quest Expansion #4: At the Foundations of the World and Quest Expansion #5: Ripples in Time and Quest Expansion will bring tons more content to an already packed game.

Each new Quest Expansion consists of a selection of dungeon tiles and monster cards that create an engaging storyline. Each one also includes rules for selecting Village and Dungeon cards to create a variety of Adventures. After players have mastered each Quest they can use random setups of Quest cards to create new Dungeons and Villages.

Each box contains dungeon tiles, dividers, randomizers and 243 cards. Cards include six heroes, six monsters, 12 support items, treasures and three versions of the Guardian, each of slightly different difficulty. Each of the different Adventures within the Quest Expansions has a scaling challenge.

Thunderstone Quest was designed by Mike Elliott and published by Alderac Entertainment Group. Watch some Dice Tower coverage here.

 

Fans of deck-building and dungeon-delving will be delighted to hear that Alderac Entertainment Group will be launching the second Kickstarter for their celebrated game, Thunderstone Quest, on July 17th at 9:00 am PST.  Pursuing their goal of transitioning to traditional brick and mortar stores,  TQ will also be making its way into retail outlets in the fourth quarter of 2018.

New to this Kickstarter will be:

  • Both solo and co-op rules (which will also be available on print-and-play)
  • A 6th quest
  • An add-on for more than 4 players
  • A new (second) storage solution, as the old Champion box, massive as it was, “is effectively full if you sleeve and have Epic”.

Backers can purchase everything offered the first time around.  The base game or the Champion level rewards (identical to the 1st Kickstarter) will both be available,  or they can back for the new content only. Those who backed the Adventurer level the first time can get an add-on pack, giving them the content from the Champion level. The Champion level will feature the same 5 quests as before and Kickstarter will be the only place that someone can obtain the 2nd quest, Total Eclipse of the Sun.  The retail version will not contain this quest.

The solo and co-op rules system will be bundled together with the 6th quest, What Lies Beneath, as a single add-on.  Solo and c0-op will both use the same set of cards as the base game.  The new solo and co-op rules will also be available in print-and-play, so it will be interesting to see what extras this add-on will have.

Regarding the new solo and co-op system, AEG stated,

The Thunderstone community also strongly communicated that they wanted a Solo & Co-Op experience for the game. Our design team has been working on a game experience that is way beyond just a simple set of rules and represents an entirely new way to experience Thunderstone. We think it is AWESOME!

Delivery for all backer levels is scheduled for “no later than April 2019“.

Timelines for retail releases:

Q4 2018:

  • Core starter set, which, along with basic components, will contain Quest 1, Mirror in the Dark and Quest 3, Rise From the Mire
  • Quest 4, At the Foundations of the World

Early 2019:

  • Quest 5, Ripples in Time

Second Half of 2019:

  • Quest 6, What Lies Beneath

Lastly, retailers joining the Kick It Here program can back the Champion Reward and the Solo/Co-op system with Quest 6 and have it before the regular retail release.

To see reviews and a playthrough of TQ, click here.  For more TQ information and updates prior to the Kickstarter, click here.

 

 

Queen Games has collaborated with nine celebrated game designers to create a new Limited Designers’ Edition of Alhambra that can only be purchased through their Kickstarter campaign going on right now.

The Alhambra Designers’ Edition has all new art for the box cover, the game board, the tiles, and the cards. The new addition also includes a tile dispenser tower in matching artwork.

There are nine expansions available with the Alhambra Designers’ Edition.  Different pledge levels in the Kickstarter campaign offer supporters an increasing number of expansions with their base game.

You may have heard of a few of the designers who have contributed to the Alhambra Designers’ Edition: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede (Carcassonne); Stefan Feld (The Castles of Burgundy); Emanuele Ornella (Oltre Mare); Michael Schacht (Zooloretto); Mike Elliott (Thunderstone); Rüdiger Dorn (Istanbul); Marco Ruskowski & Marcel Süßelbeck (Fresco); Dirk Henn (Shogun); Michael Rieneck (The Pillars of the Earth). The list of famous designers contributing expansions for the Alhambra Designers’ Edition is an embarrassment of riches.

For those who already own Alhambra and are not interested in purchasing another base game, the Kickstarter campaign does include an option to just purchase the expansions created by these designers.

For those who want an ultimate version, there is the Mega Box edition which includes all nine designer expansions with the new designer base game as well as all previously published expansions and bigger tiles.

Like all Kickstarter campaigns, there are stretch goals. For the Designers’ Edition, the stretch goals appropriately include fan designed expansions.  Fans can submit expansion ideas, up to three of which will be developed and produced as part of the Alhambra Designers’ Edition.  Ideas for the submission can be sent to fanexpansion@palast-von-alhambra.de.

To learn more about the Alhambra Designers’ Edition and the specific expansions designed by each of the designers, see the Alhambra Designers’ Edition Kickstarter Campaign which runs until May 25, 2018 and is expected to deliver in March 2019.

Long before Dice Masters was a twinkle in WizKids eye, Quarriors!, designed by Mike Elliot and Eric M. Lang, was the granddaddy of Dice Building games. It followed traditional releases in the form of big boxes for each expansion.

Dice Masters followed later but with a different release system in that you bought starter boxes and booster packs to expand your collection. They started dabbling in mini-releases such as Team Packs (like Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage and Dr Strange) and even released two big box standalone expansions for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Given the demand for the standalone expansions, Wizkids will be releasing the Avengers Infinity and Warhammer 40,000 Campaign Boxes.

According to Wizkids:

By shifting the focus of how players buy Dice Masters to non-blind product, we’re trying to lower the barrier to entry for fans who are interested in trying the game fresh or maybe exploring one of the IPs in the game they haven’t tried yet. [source]

The campaign boxes offer a lot of value. Each one has 48 different character cards which could be used to build hundreds of different thematic teams. There are also 10 Basic Action Cards to add variety. Adding in Team Packs will allow players to customize their teams even further. Campaign Boxes are able to store over 300 dice and their matching cards which means it can accommodate the basic set along with 10 added Team Packs.

Cards in the Campaign Boxes are also going to have their Max dice based on the game play but tournament play will be kept in mind when these are released instead of the stifling maximum previously designed into previous non-blind releases.

For more details on the upcoming Campaign Boxes check out the Wizkids Dice Masters page for details.