Etherfields is a new miniatures board game designed by Michał Oracz and published by Awaken Realms. This is a 1-4 player cooperative/solo campaign driven game that produce an experience the publisher calls a Dream Crawler.
This games seems to play on your intuition, deduction skills, and emotional intelligence as players develop their characters through a story-driven campaign using deck-building mechanics and exploration. From the same designer as This War of Mine: TGB, you can bet this game will go deeper than just playing a board game, but provide an emotional experience in this living, breathing world. Players interactions and choices will leave lasting marks and lead to a variety of consequences as they progress throughout the campaign.
For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
“Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow.” — Akiro
Now Conan fans can command Hyborian legends in epic combat and see their enemies driven before them. In Conan: Savage Legends, from S7 Games, players assemble a warband and engage in combat with highly sculpted 32mm miniatures. Warbands are composed of powerful Legend characters, two highly skilled companions, and a handful of minion. Each round, players will activate a character in their band and spend action points to activate a variety of actions. Each character has unique abilities that can be upgraded and augmented by relics and treasure. Turn order is determined by tactics cards which also apply special effects for that round. Players maneuver their warband around the battlefield, maximizing the effects of the terrain and tactics, accomplishing their objectives and defeating opponents, until one warband emerges as the victor. The core game comes with 18 miniatures and supports up to four players. A double-sided terrain board and assorted terrain tiles to add variety to the arena. Stretch goals offer additional terrain tiles and more miniatures. To learn more, check out the Kickstarter campaign which runs until August 8th, with a delivery in November 2020.
Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels designed by Jonathan Phillips-Bradford has come to Kickstarter from Panda Cult Games in close cooperation with Yacht Club Games who is the creator of the video game this is based on! This 1-4 player competitive game aims to capture the feel of the slide-scrolling nature of the video game as players each take on a different colored Shovel Knight and attempt to defeat enemies while trying to obtain the most treasure by the end of the game!
The game features a side-scrolling dungeon board that shifts every round as players jump over spike pits, purchase equipment to improve your knight, and battle bosses utilizing A.I. decks.
Components of the core box include 4 different colored Shovel Knights miniatures, 4 boss miniatures, 28 monster miniatures, 16 dungeon tiles, 1 tile tray, 16 potion vat/spike space cards, 32 boss A.I. cards, 12 engraved dice, 100 tokens, and cards for every equipment, hero, boss, and monster.
For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
The core game of Middara features an 80+ hour campaign where you can fully customize characters from the ground up using over 110 different abilities and over 160 different items. The box is packed with 44 miniatures and 36 double-sided map tiles. The narrative in Middara is driven by its 482 page adventure book that can be experienced in its spiral bound form or through an audio app. You can also play single scenarios separate from the main campaign in Crawl Mode.
Combat in Middara is dice-driven utilizing action points. The custom dice include numbers, which you will compare to your target’s defense, as well as symbols that trigger abilities. The different between your attack roll and your target’s defense equates directly to how much damage you do. Enemy cards lay out their abilities and individualized AI. For more on gameplay, check out the Dice Tower’s Testing Tuesday playthrough.
The new content available through the Kickstarter project consists of acts two and three continuing the story from the core game. Each additional act is a 40+ hour campaign adding around 40 new miniatures. They also include more map tiles, character abilities, gear, and Crawl Mode scenarios. If you are still looking for more, the project offers add-ons for new scenarios, alternate enemy cards, and additional miniatures. The project runs through 11:00 am EST on July 24th. The estimated delivery for wave 1 content is May 2020, and for wave 2 is December 2021. The original Kickstarter delivered three years after its estimated delivery, and you can read about that journey through the original project updates.
Bad Crow Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign bringing the video game series to the table! Company of Heroes Board Game is a 2-4 player game (there is a solo and co-op campaign as an add on option) that utilizes strategy to outmaneuver your opponents just like what the video game series offers.
Company of Heroes Board Game is advertised as a real-time-strategy game but has the option of playing as a turn-based game as you attempt to build your economy to grow your army, participate in a mostly diceless combat system, upgrade your troops by investing in them, and choose your commander to compliment your play-style.
Components in the core set include 32 vehicles, 150 infantry figures, 55 custom dice, 44 figure trays, 120 acrylic markers, and 12 production tiles.
For more information, visit the Kickstarter campaign page here
Blackstone Fortress: Escalation expands on Games Workshop‘s 2018 hit board game, set in the Warhammer 40k universe, Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress. In the Escalation expansion, players face Obsidius Mallex, a Chaos Lord, who threatens not only the Precipice, but the Imperium of Man. The alien space station, Blackstone Fortress, commands apocalyptic power which is now under Mallex’s control and aims to use it against his foes. Players are no longer fighting for treasure, but for survival in a new quest for Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress.
Four new Explorers (including an Adeptus Ministorum Crusader, a Primaris Psyker, and a loyal Servitor), and their accompanying plastic models, are included in the expansion. The Servants of the Abyss are also bolstered by new cultists who sport a more occult, barbaric aesthetic than the Slaves to Darkness in the core set, and are led by a Firebrand.
There is an endless war between the celestials of Heaven and Hell, and the only way to stop it is to unite the forces of the dead in the Underworld to defeat the celestials restore balance in the universe and accomplish your own ulterior motives in the process. In Court of the Dead: Mourners Call, players are Mourners, an allegiant of Death, seeking to gain influence among the three factions – Bone, Flesh, and Spirit – and gain control of the strongholds and guilds in the Underworld. Players will need to spend Elthera, a power within mortal souls, to build their influence among the factions, but Elthera is also needed to pay tribute to the celestials. Mismanaging the Elthera risks arousing the suspicions of celestials and invoking the Dreadsgrip, a destructive force that may weaken a Mourner’s influence in the Underworld. Meanwhile, Death has a few tasks he needs his Mourners to accomplish. The game is a balance of cooperation and hidden objectives, area control and condition management. The player who contributes the most to the goals of the Underworld wins and serve as Death’s right hand in the conflict with the celestials.
Court of the Dead is a new rich and immersive setting developed by Project Raygun, a designer collectibles division under USAopoly. The world in the Court of the Dead has undergone development over the past couple of years. As Project Raygun developed the world, they created history, storylines, central figures in the world. Large vinyl statues were built to bring the central characters to life. Numerous comics and graphic novels told stories about the world. More about this world of the Court of the Dead can be found here.
Court of the Dead: Mourners Call plays 2-5 players, ages 14+
in about 90 minutes. Contents include Game Board, 48 Guild Figures, 1 Death
Figure, 1 Malavestros Figure, 40 Guild Mover Bases, 14 Court Cards, 27 Mourner
Cards, 36 Wallows Cards, 12 Objective Cards, 4 Reference Cards, 4 Player Boards, 50 Etherea Pieces, 45 Unity Tokens, 12
Faction Tokens, 1 Dreadsbane Token, 24 Wooden Trackers, 14 Tracker Pieces, 4
Dice, and Rules. The game is available
for preorder now or look for the game in your friendly local game store in
The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms will have you and your band of heroes set out on narrative-driven scenarios, ranging from treasure-seeking dungeon delves to Tamriel battles, completing quests and objectives – and enjoying high quality 32mm resin miniatures each with its own custom base (including fan favorites such as Hadvar, Ralof, Yrsarald Thrice-Pierced, Marcurio, Mjoll the Lioness, Ulfric Stormcloak, Galmar Stone-Fist, General Tullius and Lydia).
In the first wave, players will lead their forces of the Stormcloaks or Imperial Legion – comprised of 1-5 heroes and 3-15 troops – to fight for the future of Skyrim in the civil war. This wave of releases will be a two player starter set and reinforcement sets of resin miniatures for the Stormcloaks and Imperial Army, as well as a Dragonborn single player set. Planned future releases include additional races and characters from across the Elder Scrolls franchise.
Leading up to the launch, Modiphius will be releasing promotional miniatures, including the Dragonborn miniature which is available in limited quantities online but will also be available at the UK Games Expo in June and GenCon in August.
Hockey fans rejoice! Trick Shot offers
a fast-paced board game of Ice Hockey with streamlined rules, a balance of luck
and strategy, and free form movement over the ice with cool plastic miniatures. Each team is comprised of a goalie, a center,
two wingmen and two defensemen, each position having different size and speed
characteristics. Each team also has four
strategy cards for their line that changes the rules for the line. Players maneuver their team across a huge
gridded gameboard rink, rolling dice to pass, shoot, score, steal, and
check. As long as player actions are
successful, additional actions can be taken.
A player may spend a stamina token to reroll the dice if an action is
unsuccessful. Once all the stamina tokens
are spent, however, the player will need to spend a turn to refresh the line to
regain stamina, giving the opposing team an opportunity to take advantage of
the transitioning team or to refresh their own line.
This game will not be available in retail stores. After the Kickstarter campaign ends, it will
only be available from the manufacturer and only the core box. The Kickstarter campaign, like many Kickstarter
campaigns, offers many stretch goals, options, and add-ons that will not be
available later. The miniatures come
unpainted, but backers may pledge for the pre-painted miniatures available only
during the campaign. Backers may also add an extra set of unpainted miniature
to paint themselves in their favorite team colors.
Trick Shot plays
2-4 players, ages 12+, in 30-90 minutes.
Contents include huge gameboard, 12 miniatures, 6 double-sided stamina
tokens, 8 quick reference cards, 20 line cards, 6 custom dice, 12 colored bases,
2 pucks, 1 turn marker, 7 goal counters, 1 double-sided 6th players
token, and rulebook. The Kickstarter Campaign
runs through 30 May with an expected delivery in March 2020. Check out the Kickstarter
Campaign to try out the game on Tabletopia, print and play your own copy,
and learn more about the game.
Players explore Yarnham, represented by tiles which form the board, and encounter threats as they make their way through the sprawling town. A card-driven combat system is used to defeat the Beast Plague across a campaign to discover the source of evil which besets Yarnham. There are 4 different campaigns, each with 3 chapters that have unique content and varying enemy behavior. Bloodborne: The Board Game features many detailed models, with more being unlocked as the campaign stretch goals are achieved.
The Kickstarter campaign for Bloodborne: The Board Game has already reached 10x its goal with over 20,000 backers, with almost all of the stretch goals already unlocked. The campaign will run until May 14th, 2019, with the estimated delivery happening in May of 2020.