Millennium Blades

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)

Best Artwork

  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game – illustrated by Christopher Hosch, Ignacio Bazán Lazcano, Henning Ludvigsen, Mercedes Opheim, Zoe Robinson, and Evan Simonet; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Inis – illustrated by Dimitri Bielak & Jim Fitzpatrick; published by Matagot
  • Islebound – illustrated by Ryan Laukat; published by Red Raven Games
  • Kanagawa – illustrated by Jade Mosch; published by Iello
  • Scythe – illustrated by Jakub Rozalski; published by Stonemaier Games

Best Theming

  • Black Orchestra – designed by Philip duBarry; published by Game Salute
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Roll Player – designed by Keith Matejka; published by Thunderworks Games
  • SeaFall – designed by Rob Daviau; published by Plaid Hat Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Best Two-Player Game

Best Reprint

Best Expansion

Best Party Game

  • Codenames: Pictures– designed by Vlaada Chvátil; published by Czech Games Edition
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Happy Salmon – designed by Ken Gruhl & Quentin Weir; published by North Star Games
  • Junk Art – designed by Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim; published by Pretzel Games
  • Secret Hitler – designed by Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges, & Max Temkin; published by Goat Wolf & Cabbage

Best Cooperative Game

Best Family Game

  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – designed by Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Kami Mandell, & Andrew Wolf; published by USAopoly
  • Ice Cool – designed by Brian Gomez; published by Brain Games
  • Junk Art – designed by Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim; published by Pretzel Games
  • Karuba – designed by Rüdiger Dorn; published by HABA
  • Sushi Go Party! – designed by Phil Walker-Harding; published by Gamewright

Best Strategy Game

  • A Feast for Odin – designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Z-Man Games
  • Great Western Trail – designed by Alexander Pfister; published by Stronghold Games & eggertspiele
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Best Board Game Production

  • Conan – designed by Frédéric Henry, Antoine Bauza, Pascal Bernard, Bruno Cathala, Croc, Ludovic Maublanc, & Laurent Pouchain; published by Monolith
  • The Others – designed by Eric M. Lang; published by Cool Mini or Not
  • Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Most Innovative Game

Best Game from a Small Publisher  (The published must have published five or fewer games at the beginning of 2015)

  • Arkwright – designed by Stefan Risthaus; published by Capstone Games
  • Cottage Garden– designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Edition Spielwiese
  • Not Alone – designed by Ghislain Masson; published by Geek Attitude Games
  • Roll Player – designed by Keith Matejka; published by Thunderworks Games
  • Vast: The Crystal Caverns – designed by David Somerville; published by Leder Games

Game of the Year

  • Adrenaline – designed by Filip Neduk; published by Czech Games Edition
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Cry Havoc– designed by Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, & Michał Walczak; published by Portal Games
  • A Feast for Odin – designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Z-Man Games
  • Great Western Trail – designed by Alexander Pfister; published by Stronghold Games & eggertspiele
  • Inis – designed by Christian Martinez; published by Matagot
  • Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Several new titles are hitting shores in the first half of 2017, including both new games and new expansions:

  • Pandasaurus Games is releasing Wasteland Express Delivery Service to let players make the most of a post-apocalyptic wasteland economy by delivering food, water, and guns in customized trucks represented by detailed and unique miniatures.  The game comes from the minds of Jon Gilmour, co-designer of Dead of Winter, and Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback, who are responsible for Fleet, and features comic-book-style art by Riccardo Burchielli.  The primary campaign progresses over 10 games, but random scenarios can also be generated for one-shot playthroughs.  The game plays 2-5 and is set to hit the market on May 15, 2017.
  • Looney Labs announces the release of a new version of Fluxx, this time with a science flair.  Chemistry Fluxx, for 2-6 players, involves playing atom and periodic element cards to match a certain goal, a common mechanic among the Fluxx series of games.  The game is set to release May 25, 2017.  More information can be found on the publisher’s website by clicking here.
  • Stonemaier Games will be releasing the Moor Visitors expansion to its popular title, Viticulture, this time with contributions by Uwe Rosenberg.  The expansion will add 40 visitor cards to any version of Viticulture, a promoter card, and a harvest machine card.  It is scheduled for release in February 2017.

Finally, lots of goodies are coming for Millennium Blades!  Level 99 Games introduces the first full-size expansion including over 400 cards, Set Rotation.  The expansion riffs off pop culture icons with 12 new card sets, and adds six new starter decks based on card type, four new characters, nine new promo sets, and four new decks for co-op mode!  Level 99 is also releasing five mini-expansions consisting of new cards for the game:

  • Millennium Blades: Crossover lives up to its name by including 54 new cards that feature characters from other games by Level 99.  Metagame within metagame!  Set to release in April 2017.
  • Millennium Blades: Sponsors twists the metagame even further by including 54 new cards with characters from other tabletop publishers and favorite games, such as Mage Wars and Neuroshima Hex!  Releases May 2017.
  • Millennium Blades: Futures follows Crossover and Sponsors by introducing 54 new cards featuring future Level 99 characters on them, able to be used in the base game.  Releases June 2017.
  • Millennium Blades: Final Bosses contributes four Master-Level card sets and accessory cards, to be released in June 2017.
  • Millennium Blades: Fusion adds two new characters: Raritti, a master of card fusion, and Shafille, a CCG archaeologist.  Set to be available in May 2017.

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millennium blades ccg

Have you ever wanted to play a board game about playing a collectible card game? Millennium Blades, a game now on Kickstarter from Level 99 Games (Pixel Tactics, BattleCON), brings you just that.

There’s more to a collectible card game (CCG) than just playing a game. There’s the collecting, the speculating on the market of rare cards, the building decks, and the tournaments.

Millennium Blades is a board game about a fictional collectible card game, which is also called Millennium Blades. You begin the game on pre-release night with just your starter deck. You’ll open new packs, form collections, and sell your junk cards on the aftermarket to buy hot new cards. Trade with your friends, build up your deck, and prepare to compete at Millennium Blades Worlds for the title of World Champion!

There are two phases to the game – the Deckbuilding Phase and the Tournament Phase. In the first phase, players buy cards and construct their decks by trading, collecting sets, fusing cards, and more. In the Tournament Phase, players use their decks in a free-for-all battle to try to score the most victory points. There are many ways to score victory points: through tournaments, valuable collections, money from selling cards, and friendships you gain. All of these together simulate the experience of participating in a CCG.

If you and your friends (2-5 players) enjoy the idea of simulating collectible card games with a board game and want to learn more about Millenium Blades, see the Kickstarter here.