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Monolith Board Games is bringing us Claustrophibia 1643! This is a new and improved reintroduction of Claustrophobia from 2009.  This is a 2 player game where Player 1 is the team of Westerners fighting to survive player 2 who is playing a demonic horde thriving in the underbelly of New Jerusalem. As you explore this dark, terrifying place you come upon any number of creatures and situations you have to survive or escape! The miniatures in this game would just be really fun to paint, I think!! They have amazing detail and the game dynamics work really well.  Game play is also asymmetrical which makes the game even more story like working through a campaign- even though the game is very much about survival!

Check out Dice Tower’s own review on Boardgame Corner

There is a LIMITED number of these being made. Only 10,000 are being offered worldwide on Kickstarter.  And watch which pledge you choose because the pledges are location specific! Pick the location for where your game is to be shipped!  You have until November 21, 2018 to make your pledge and get your copy of Claustrophobia 1643!

Firelock Games, known for their historical miniatures war game set in the golden age of piracy, Blood & Plunder, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Oak & Iron, a fleet-based naval strategy game set in the same period.  Blood & Plunder and Oak & Iron are not only set in the same period, the games are designed to work alongside each other allowing campaigns and scenarios in cross-over games.  In Blood & Plunder, players commanded a crew of a ship, local militiamen, or fierce natives in a tactical war game played with 28mm miniatures.  In Oak & Iron, players take command of an entire fleet represented by beautiful 1/600th scale miniature ships.  The choice of faction and leaders change the abilities of the fleet, and each ship is capable of being upgraded.  Fleet actions are determined by orders on initiative cards that also affect the initiative and bonuses to be applied in the following turn. Managing momentum is a key element in the game.  All ships move according to their orders, and then attack.  Successful attacks damage ships and fatigue enemy crew, which weakens their performance in following attacks.  When a player has accrued more strike points than remain ships, the fleet flees the battle leaving the remaining player victorious on the seas.

Oak & Iron plays 2-6 players, ages 8+ in 45-60 minutes.  Contents include six ships and their bases and cards.  A wind direction arrow, movement and range rulers and dice are included.  Among the tokens in the game are visually effective “wake” and “smoke” tokens to indicate respectively when a ship has moved and fired that turn.  The Kickstarter campaign, which was funded on the first day, runs through December 5 with an expected delivery in October 2019.

War for Indagar, by Happy Gorilla Game Studio, is a lightweight, fast, 4X strategy board game set in the fantasy world of Indagar. The game, currently on Kickstarter, includes four distinct factions, 12 detailed, 32 mm scale miniatures and everything else needed for 2-4 players ages 10+, along with an engaging AI. Players need to manage resources and heroes and use special abilities to exploit a randomly generated board and find a path to victory.

The game board is randomly generated, consisting of tiles placed in a specific layout depending on the number of players. This gives the game a great level of replayability.

Players select powerful heroes to represent their faction armies, choose unique strategies to tailor their gameplay, and use spells and abilities to gain control over the battlefield, make their way to the center of the land and — ultimately — control the Spirit Well.

Gameplay starts with the heroes. Each player activates one hero then turn passes to the bad guys. Monsters, which are driven by scripts, activate between each player’s turn. Once all heroes have been activated the game turn ends. During a turn, players can move to explore, build outposts, use resources to power up and fight enemy heroes or monster.

“Script driven monsters do mean things like burning outposts, attacking heroes and some even blow up the world.”

Players earn Primacy Points by killing commanders, collecting spirits, building outposts, leveling up heroes and activating strategies. The first player to 10 Primacy Points or the player with the most Primacy Points earned in 10 turns wins.

The game has funded and Happy Gorilla Games is currently working on translating the game to various languages as well as making solo rules. The Kickstarter campaign runs until October 22 and is currently moving towards a range of exciting stretch goals (including monster minis).

CMON is launching their smash hit Arcadia Quest into space! Set in the same universe as the Arcadia Quest series, Starcadia Quest is a stand-alone game that builds upon the gameplay from the original games. 2-4 players control Crews of Heroes that must defeat the foes of the Starcadian Alliance. The alien monsters react to the heroes’ actions, so there is no Game Master roll. Nevertheless, it is still a chaotic situation – players battle each other as well as against the alien enemies.

“Heroes come from all quadrants of the Galaxy, each bringing unique abilities (not to mention their charming personality!) to their Crews. But it’s not all fun and adventures in Space. Supreme Commander Thorne, a cold-hearted mastermind has assembled an army of some of the most nefarious creatures to do his bidding and the Alliance is the only thing standing in his way to bring “order” to the Galaxy.”

The introduction of a modular Monster Dashboard allows players to deploy a variety of different monsters, which makes each play session unique. In addition, many elements of the board are conveniently displayed on the Game Tiles, and all information needed to prepare a scenario comes in a single setup card, ensuring players are ready to roll in an instant!

Players attempt to defeat enemies and collect new gear while accomplishing quests across a variety of scenarios that span a branching campaign. These quests have to be completed in order, unfolding the story being played.

What’s in the box?

The Starcadia Quest core box comes with:

  • 30 Highly-Detailed Plastic Figures
  • 10 Game Tiles
  • 10 Custom Dice
  • 8 Counter Bases
  • 4 Crew Dashboards
  • 4 Crew Shuttles
  • 1 Monster Dashboard
  • 220 Tokens
  • 77 Cards
  • 1 Campaign Sheet Pad
  • 1 Rulebook

What about the expansion?

In addition to the Core Box, backers can also pledge for Arrrmada Expansion. This plug-and-play expansion box adds a completely new set of perils to the game – a gang of space cowboys pirates. Under the capable command of Captain Wet Willy,  these pirates have found their way to the Starcadian Alliance and have plans to board the station and loot it completely. Wait a minute! Then there will be nothing left for you!

Luckily, two new Heroes have followed this band of scoundrels and they are ready to join your crew.

In addition to the above-mentioned heroes, six new scenarios, new upgrade tokens and game tiles, the ARRRmada expansion adds the Pirate Corvette, a new dashboard to hold cards and miniatures of enemies. This dashboard also tracks and activates the Pirate Assault cards, a special deck that governs the Pirates’ dastardly actions against the space station.

ARRRmada comes with:

  • 12 Highly-Detailed Plastic Figures
  • 3 Game Tiles
  • 41 Cards
  • 22 Upgrade Tokens
  • 1 Pirate Corvette Dashboard
  • 1 Campaign Sheet Pad

The Kickstarter campaign is (of course) already fully funded and runs until September 12th. There are two pledge levels available. Stretch goals and Kickstarter Exclusive figures are offered to backers. Shipping is planned for August 2019.

Watch the Dice Tower preview of Starcadia Quest by Mark Steed.

Plaid Hat Games has quickly followed up their release of Starship Samurai with the announcement the expansion, Starship Samurai: Shattered Alliances.  The expansion includes two new Samurai Mechs: Hanzo and Ishida.  Hanzo enables a single and alone ship at his location to become indestructible, while Ishida is capable of amassing wealth quickly.  Each of these mechs come with beautifully crafted miniatures and their own action deck of 40 cards.  The theme of the Shattered Alliances expansion is carried through to the cards which feature some actions that are clan specific, meaning that they can only be used when the clan token shown on the card is part of that player’s Alliance.  Starship Samurai: Shattered Alliance is available for pre-order now and will be available later in the year.  See Plaid Hat Games to learn more about this expansion.

Fantasy Flight Games have announced the Mining Guild TIE expansion pack for the Scum & Villainy faction, 4 expansions for The Resistance, and 3 First Order expansions in the Second Wave of releases for X-Wing 2nd Edition. X-Wing 2nd Edition is a tabletop miniatures game, designed by Jason Little, in which players control squadrons of space ships locked in combat in the Star Wars universe.

Scum & Villainy

The Mining Guild TIE expansion pack contains a TIE Fighter re-purposed for combat in the Mining Guild’s operations. They have improved peripheral vision to aid in maneuvering through dangerous asteroid fields, Notched Stabilizers which reduce speed, but allow the TIE to ignore asteroids.

“Rather than launching offensive operations against Rebel targets and overwhelming them with wave after wave of ships, the Mining Guild cares more about protecting its own interests. These concerns carry over into the design of the guild’s version of the TIE.” [source]

The Resistance

Spinning out of the 1st Edition’s Rebel Alliance faction is The Resistance faction. Their first expansion is the Conversion Kit needed to convert 1st Edition ships and cards into 2nd Edition versions.

“This kit contains everything you need to upgrade your Resistance ship collection from the First Edition to the Second Edition, including pilot cards, upgrade cards, and ship tokens. Amongst the new ship cards and tokens, you’ll find new versions of Resistance heroes like Poe Dameron and Rey, each ready to bring their unique abilities to your custom-built squadrons. These pilots are complemented by over one-hundred upgrade cards that you can use to customize your squadron to fit your play style. Finally, this conversion kit gives you plenty of options for rounding out your Resistance squadrons, containing enough maneuver dials to convert three Resistance Bombers, three YT-1300s, and four T-70 X-wing fighters.” [source]

The second of The Resistance’s expansions is the T-70 X-Wing expansion pack. It includes new pilot cards which did not exist in the 1st Edition, though these have been included in The Resistance’s Conversion Kit for veteran players. Their third expansion is the RZ-2 A-wing expansion pack which appears to be a new ship to the game. The final expansion pack is the Resistance Maneuver Dial Upgrade Kit.

First Order

In the 1st Edition of the game the First Order was originally part of the Imperial Faction but they’ve been separated as their own faction and require the Conversion Kit to be played in the 2nd Edition of X-Wing.

“Within the First Order Conversion Kit, you’ll find everything you need to strike fear into the heart of the Resistance and take your squad into the future of X-Wing, including a wide variety of new ship cards and tokens, including some of the most celebrated pilots in the First Order, such as Major Stridan, “Backdraft,” and Kylo Ren himself. These pilots are accompanied by more than one-hundred upgrade cards and new maneuver dials for your TIE/fo Fighter, Special Forces TIE, TIE Silencer, and Upsilon-class Shuttle ships, giving you plenty of tools to bring back the glory of the Empire.” [source]

The TIE/fo expansion pack and First Order Maneuver Dial rounds out the Wave 2 expansions for the First Order.

With the release of two entire factions the current meta is bound to change.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the Super Star Destroyer Expansion Pack for Star Wars: Armada. Boosting the firepower of the Galactic Empire, this new ship measures over 24 inches from tip to tip. (Which really isn’t a miniature, is it?)

This pre-painted Super Star Destroyer is a fully functional warship that you can add to your Imperial fleet. The expansion pack also contains four unique ship sheets, a variety of tokens and twenty-four upgrade cards.

This massive ship marks the introduction of a new class of ships: huge ships. It is so large that it’s supported by one ship token placed on top of two standard large ship bases.

“This new class of ship has powers that reach far beyond mere size. For instance, the Super Star Destroyer features a total of six firing arcs—supplementing the standard front, rear, left, and right firing arcs with brand-new right-auxiliary and left-auxiliary firing arcs. And as you might expect, a huge ship like the Super Star Destroyer increases its attack powers to go with its extra firing arcs. The Super Star Destroyer can make up to three attacks from different firing arcs every round of the game.”

While its sheer size makes it a visually impressive demonstration of the strength of the Dark Side, there is even more menace packed into this expansion. Powerful upgrade cards, including the debut of Emperor Palpatine himself as a commander, will help Imperial players crush the filthy rebel scum in a massive show of unmatchable power.

Star Wars Armada has a Dice Tower Seal of Excellence. Click here to learn more about what the Dice Tower crew thinks about the game.

The Super Star Destroyer Expansion Pack is coming soon to a galaxy near you. Preordering is available and delivery is planned for early 2019.

Back in December we reported on a newly formed partnership between Steve Jackson Games and CMON in order for CMON to produce Munchkin themed board games.  Well now we have seen the announcement of the first fruits of that labor, and that is Munchkin Dungeon.  This is going to be a dungeon crawl board game set in the Munchkin universe, featuring the same classic Munchkin art, and includes a healthy dose of take that just like the other Munchkin games.  Art will be handled by Munchkin veteran John Kovalic, and the design of the game will be in the talented hands of Eric M. Lang and Andrea Chiarvesio.  In the game you will be exploring the dungeon and trying to gain the most treasure and levels, but you will have to take risks because whenever you flee you have to take shame which counts against you.  You will also have plenty of opportunities to try and through your fellow players under the bus so betrayal will be sudden and inevitable.  The person who has the most combined levels and treasure at the end will be the winner.

Look for this game to hit Kickstarter in 2019 and feature lots of Munchkin jokes, a pile of detailed minis (this IS CMON afterall), and hopefully lots of fun.  You can find out more on CMON’s website and follow their Facebook page for more updates.

If you love the smell of burning cottages in the morning, you’ve finally got the chance to burninate the universe with your favorite one-armed dragon in in Trogdor!! The Board Game. Fans of the web comic series Homestar Runner will get their fix of mayhem and destruction in a new game designed by James Earnest of Cheapass Games and the creators of Homestar Runner.

Starring Trogdor, the game is for 2 to 6 players who will cooperate to use the Wingaling dragon and cultist helpers to destroy the kingdom of Pleasantry by burning the cottages… and villagers. The playing field is a set of tiles laid out randomly each game. The players assume the role of the cultists who want to help Trogdor achieve this destruction.  Each of the cultist ‘creepos’ has a different player power, such as moving in a different directly or taking a unique action.

Does this sound too easy?  Well, there are also knights that are there to protect the villagers and make it much more difficult to torch things freely.  Burninating the universe  takes 30 to 45 minutes, making burninating much faster than most other methods of destruction.

The Kickstarter includes multiple backer levels that provide upgrades from wooden meeples to plastic minis and several options for deluxe (very deluxe!) storage boxes.

See the Kickstarter page and the BGG entry for more information.

CMON continues to ramp up support for A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. Coming soon will be three new hero boxes with some of the most recognizable characters from the fantasy book series.

Stark Heroes 1 includes Rodrik Cassel, Howland Reed, Brynden Tully, Eddard Stark, and Bran Stark along with his pet direwolf, Summer, and loyal companion, Hodor.

Lannister Heroes 1 brings the Hound, Tyrion, Lord Tywin, Maester Pycelle, and the High Sparrow to the combat and political arena.

Only loyal only to themselves, Roose Bolton, Ramsay Snow, Theon Greyjoy (looking more Reek than ironborn), Petyr Baelish, and Lord Varys come included in the Neutral Heroes 1 box.

All boxes come with five highly detailed miniatures while the Stark box comes with the additional miniature of Summer, the direwolf.

Look for more information on these boxes along with all announced starter sets and unit boxes over on CMON’s product page for A Song of Ice And Fire.