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.
Far Off Games is now running their third Kickstarter project for Xia: Legends of a Drift System.
What’s new to Xia in this Kickstarter is the Missions and Powers mini expansion. The mini expansion of 54 cards includes new missions to accomplish and new powers for player ships. There are 21 new ability cards, one for each ship in Xia, providing players another option when choosing a ship. These new powers offer greater reliability and can be used multiple times per turn. There are 32 mission cards, 8 each in Transport, Launder, Assist, and Boom! missions. Transport and Assist are Lawful Missions while Launder and Boom! are Outlaw missions. This mini expansion comes in a tuck box with an additional Rules Card.
If you missed one of the previous Kickstarters for Xia: Legends of a Drift System, you are in luck. In addition to the Missions and Powers mini expansion, backers can pick up the base game Xia: Legends of a Drift System, the first expansion Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star, the Kickstarter exclusive ship Sellsword MK II, or a combination in one of the multiple pledge levels.
This project has already met its goal and will fund on February 20, 201. For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.
Spanish language versions of all Xia products are available for pre-order at Maldito Games.
‘Nemo’s War by designer Chris Taylor is getting a mini-expansion and a new printing of the Second Edition via Kickstarter. The original printing was extremely successful and is almost sold out almost everywhere, driving up demand (and prices!) on the secondary market. Victory Point Games has added an expansion for both new Little Nemo’s and those who already have the game.
A sign of the popularity of the game, the kickstarter was fully funded in just four hours with over 3,000 backers now having pledged over $100,000 of the $30,000 campaign goal. The campaign ends December 21st 2017 at 7pm MST with an estimated shipping date of December 2018. Simplifying pledge levels, the Nemo’s War expansion pack is available for $5, and the base game with the expansion pack is available for a pledge of $59.
The Nautilus Upgrades Expansion Pack is a small expansion of simply 12 new Nautilus Upgrade cards. The cards include the Clockwork Cipher, the Adventurer’s League, Nemo’s Manifesto, Prize Crew Quarters, and 8 more.
The base Nemo’s War game is a solo board game filled with both undersea exploration and combat. Set in 1870 players will enter the world of Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. Playing as Captain Nemo himself, players will dive through the oceans in the electric powered Nautilus submarine, traveling the world seeking both knowledge and vengeance.
The newest printing of the Second Edition of the game is described as featuring enhanced production quality, and features of the art and graphics of Ian O’Toole throughout the game.
Prospective backers can read the rulebook here (link) and watch a video introduction to the game here (link).
What’s in the Box?
The Nautilus Upgrades Expansion Pack features:
- 12 New Nautilus Upgrade cards (linen-finish)
- 1 Rules booklet
The Nemo’s War Base Game box includes:
- 1 Game box
- 1 Rulebook (available for download here)
- 1 Epilogues booklet
- 1 17” x 33” game board
- 62 Adventure cards
- 10 Nautilus Upgrade cards
- 6 Character Resource tiles, 2 Motive tiles, and 1 Captain tile
- 220 tokens and markers (ships, gemstones, etc.)
- 12 Uprising cubes (10 black wood, 2 silver)
- 5 dice (3 white and 2 black)
- 1 Nautilus miniature
- 9 co-op game Officer cards
Victory Point Games
Based in a Southern California, Victory Point Games is a small format publisher printing batches of strategy, card, family and casual board games. Primarily a historical war game publisher, Victory Point Games has expanded and released popular titles including Darkest Night, Infection: Humanities Last Gasp, The Lost Cause and more.
Portal Games has announced a plethora of new games and expansions for 2018. As it is apparently 2018 in Poland (I did not fact check this, it might still be 2017) many of the mini-expansions announced are available now.
First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
Now available in both Europe and North America, Portal Games describes First Martians as the most anticipated game in Portal Games history. Strong pre-orders make it hard to argue that fact. Based on the adventure gaming engine from Robinson Crusoe, digital apps do a lot of the heavy lifting in First Martians. Portal Games announced new content almost exclusively driven by the app for 2018:
- First Martians rules Almanac in PDF form
- 7th stand-alone Removal mission release
- Community created content delivered via app
- New app features
- Tutorial mission
Portal Games also plans to release a new Epidemia mission as well as an in-store event kit.
First Martians is getting a new mini-expansion, in this case a set of extra ROI tiles. This mini-expansion is available now.
Robinson Crusoe gets a pair (and a half) of big announcements. The first is that Robinson Crusoe is getting a companion app! The game isn’t getting any easier, but it is getting additional content as the app will add new events and new adventures to the game. Portal Games also describes the app as allowing players “to choose a theme for each scenario.”
The second big announcement is that Robinson Crusoe is getting a second big expansion. Similar in size to the Voyage of the Beagle expansion from 2013, the Lost City of Z expansion will also follow a single explorer. Players will follow Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett on his expedition through the Amazon in search for the Lost City of Z. Lost City of Z will add Horror and Sanity into the game, add new characters, beast and a mystery deck. The game adds 5 new missions for an epic campaign.
To tide you over until the app and expansion come out Portal has released another mini expansion – Herb Garden and Pen cards. This expansion is available now.
It’s never too early for new content. Alien Artifacts was just released this week, and already Portal Games has accounted a forthcoming expansion. The Alien Artifacts: Discovery expansion moves the storyline of the game forward and introduces Alien Resources to the game. The small (but not mini) expansion adds a total of 50 new cards to the core game.
Imperial Settlers: We Didn’t Start the Fire is the third Empire Pack of Imperial Settlers. Empire Pack’s don’t add new factions to the game, but always add new mechanics and an expanding selection of cards to integrate into the core game. Portal describes the new expansion as adding new cards and increasing the replayability of the game.
Imperial Settlers is getting a Diplomacy mini-expansion which is available now. The new expansion adds two double-sided tiles that add new rules for player interaction through diplomatic mean. The double sided tiles are Declaration of War & Mobilization and Golden Route & Confiscation.
Neuroshima Hex will also be getting an expansion in 2018. The Iron Gang Hexpuzzle Pack is an expansion for the Neuroshima Hex! 3.o base game that will introduce puzzles on the hex board that will need to be solved. The expansion will be playable both solo and competitively with other players. The expansion will include a bonus army tile for the Iron Gang Army Pack.
Monolith Arena – A Fantasy Battleground Boardgame
Speaking of Neuroshima Hex… Portal Games is also introducing new games in 2018! Michal Oracz, creator of Neuroshima HEX, has created a fantasy battleground boardgames. Wage war against your opponents on a familiar hex board. Five factions will each have unique abilities and unites, along with literal monoliths looming large over the battlefield.
Monolith Arena has an estimated playtime of 30-45 minute for 2-4 players aged 10 and up.
Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame
But wait! There’s more! Przemyslaw Rymer and Igancy Trzewiczek have designed a board game that tells actual stories. A modern crime boardgame, Detective will focus on stories inspired by true events. Sleuths will have a variety of modern tools at their disposal including checking the internet, investigating clues and pouring over the facts. A variety of high quality components will be introduced over 5 unique scenarios. Detective plays out over 90 minutes for 1-4 intrepid investigators aged 14 and up.
It’s shaping up to be a big 2018 for Portal Games!
Asmodee is celebrating the 7th anniversary of 7 Wonders, originally released in 2010, with two new mini expansion packs.
The first expansion pack, 7 Wonders: Leaders Anniversary Pack Expansion is an expansion to 7 Wonders: Cities, which was released in 2010 as the first 7 Wonders expansion. This anniversary pack will include at least fifteen new leaders to include in games of 7 Wonders. Characters from history will include Gorgo, Cornelia, Enheduanna, Roxana, and more. 7 Wonders Leaders added Leader cards to the base game. At the start of every game, each player drafts a hand of four leaders and can pay money to play one leader at the start of each of the three Ages.
The second expansion pack, 7 Wonders: Cities Anniversary Pack Expansion, is an expansion to the 7 Wonders: Cities expansion, which was released in 2012. The expansion pack will include at least fifteen new cities. City cards will include a memorial, customs, counterfeiter’s office, smuggler’s cache, and more. 7 Wonders: Cities was the second expansion for 7 Wonders. City cards were a new type if card in the game and aggressively increased the interaction between players in games.
7 Wonders & Many Awards
When released in 2010 7 Wonders was an instant hit, finding both popular and critical success. A sample of awards includes:
The game continues to make regular appearances on Dice Tower Top 10 lists, especially those focussed on higher player counts. Dice Tower Top 10 appearances include:
Naqala is now a prosperous place. Gaining the favors of the different Tribes was not that easy… but your rivals are not so easily discouraged.
Some Tribes now abandon your cause and rally to your rivals instead ; and soon it turns out that they follow influential leaders that your rivals hired against you.
Yet every man has his price, and you could return the favor to your rivals… should you have what it takes to recruit the Thieves of Naqala.
Days of Wonder has announced a new mini-expansion for its game Five Tribes that introduces a new play-style through unique powers and treachery. This new expansion will include six thief cards and one new Djinn.
The mini-expansion is planned for released in June 2016 in Europe and August 2016 (Gen Con) in America. For more information, visit the game’s page on the Days of Wonder website.
You are a Vanuatuan who wants to prosper during the eight turns of the game. In order to do this, you will have to go fishing, discover treasures, buy and sell the local natural resources, and be on the lookout for tourists. To earn money or prosperity points, you may also draw on the sand, or trade cargo with foreign countries.
Quined Games announces a new Kickstarter project to fund a new edition of Vanuatu, a strategy game of programming actions through placing and retreiving workers, majorities, earning a little money and a lot of interaction between players. Paul Mulders of Quined Games seeks to bring this game by Alain Epron back to life with polished artwork and added Rising Waters and Governor mini-expansions. The Rising Waters expansion is also available as a standalone, yet the five submerged island tiles will be replaced by wooden parts to make it compatible with the old version of the game. The Governor expansion will not be available as a standalone expansion.
This new version of the game will include:
- 1 Gameboard
- 15 Archipelago Tiles
- 1 Sailboat, 3 Player Discs, 5 Action Markers, and 8 Huts for each player in various colors
- 10 Demand Tiles
- 14 Fish Tiles
- 10 Treasure Tiles
- 9 Tourist Tiles
- 4 Rest Tokens
- 9 Sand Drawing Tokens
- 1st Player Token
- 1 Fish Price Marker
- 1 Game Turn Marker
- 18 Tourist Pawns
- 14 Fish Tokens
- 10 Treasure Tokens
- 11 Character Tiles
- 10 Kava Resource Cubes
- 8 Copra Resource Cubes
- 6 Beef Resource Cubes
For the Rising Waters expansion:
- 5 Submerged Island Tiles
- 20 Dike Sticks
- 20 Water Markers
- 1 6-Sided Die
Vanuatu is for 2-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes. This project will fund on Thursday, June 2, 2016. For more information, visit the Kickstarter project page here.
Mercury Games has announced that their two mini-expansions for The Walled City, “Londonderry Mini-Expansion” and “Borderlands Mini-Expansion“, are available for a limited time. Specifically, the Londonderry mini-expansion is a Mercury Games exclusive, and is only available through their online store. Each mini-expansion is only $7 and includes free shipping.
For more information on how to obtain copies of these mini-expansions, visit Mercury Games’ announcement here.