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WizKids is releasing Smash City, an action-packed game of Kaiju combat!

“Toss your giant monster dice at your foes to perform devastating attacks! Crush cities and spread fire, electricity, poisonous gas and radiation! Throw cars and destroy tanks! Inflict maximum carnage like a true Kaiju!”

Aim well and roll your monster dice into the city to knock down buildings and attack anything and everything in your reach. Each Kaiju has special powers and each favors a particular energy type. Use your strengths effectively to crush your foes and smash the city to pieces!

As your Kaiju destroys the city, you gain SMASH! Cards. Use these cards together with your special powers to beat your foes and win the game!

In the box:

• 4 x Large Foam Monster Dice
• 1 x City Map
• 3D buildings
• Army Tiles
• Car Tiles
• Player Boards
• Smash! Cards

Smash City is planned for release in March, 2019

Rising Sun has already shipped out to backers and is closing in on it’s retail release. The game has done very well among it’s backers and play-testers, currently sitting at #83 on BoardGameGeek’s top 100 – within a stretch of it’s older brother Blood Rage. Not unlike said sibling and other high-quality, high-strategy miniatures based games, CMON has expansions in mind and one is already slotted for retail release on March 30th. Dynasty Invasion adds several more options to Rising Sun and new way to shake up the strategy after it’s initial clans and monsters have made their mark. As described by CMON’s press release:

 “The Rising Sun: Dynasty Invasion expansion includes two new complete Clans to join in the war for the fate of Japan, seven Lucky Gods, and 15 Season cards. […] With new Clans, new Gods, and new Season cards, the Dynasty Invasion expansion offers a completely different challenge for Rising Sun. Players will have to adjust their strategies and learn the ways of these invaders if they hope to win the favor of the Kami and choose the future of Japan.”

The new clans add more variety and replayability to the game, featuring the inscrutable Moon clan who starts with low honor and twice the force, or their opposite – the noble Sun clan – who have high honor and use it as a weapon to take coins and victory points. Interestingly, neither clan can use the monsters available to the other factions in the base box and instead can only take on the new Lucky Gods which strategically contrast to the existing denizens of ancient Japan. With new seasons cards to bring about these new gods and new strategies, along with many new and excellent figures from CMON as we’ve come to expect, this is an excellent expansion for those with the retail release of the base game or for backers who may have passed on it during the funding campaign. If you are interested in learning more about Rising Sun, it’s expansion, or any future content from CMON, but sure to check out their website for current and future announcements.

Alderac Entertainment (AEG) has announced an expansion for Fantahzee, a game in which players are defending their town against hordes of monsters using dice.  In Fantahzee: Rogues Gallery “the town of Devil’s Burden is still under attack, and even more monsters are pouring in!  Ingenious goblins, led by the mighty troll king and his retinue, are now laying devious traps all over the town to hamper the stalwart defenders. It is time to call for reinforcements – the long-time secret society within Devil’s Burden: the Rogues’ Guild.”

The expansion adds a new type of playable hero, Rogues, to the game. The “sneaky, clever, thieving heroes” can help you overcome the Horde via their new special abilities, and Traps that require Rogues to overcome.

This new expansion is set to release on April 12, 2017.  For more information, visit the publisher’s website.

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Fantasy Flight Games has provided a preview of the upcoming Hero and Monster Collection expansion for Descent 2.0, Shards of Everdark.  This expansion introduces four heroes from Descent’s first edition, “breathing new life into them with revitalized artwork and figure sculpts. In the same way, two monster groups from the first edition rejoin the game, as well as an entirely new monster group—the dark minotaurs.”

This latest preview discusses in more detail one of the heroes of this expansion, Arvel Worldwalker, and one of the monsters, the shades.  Arvel is a hero that boasts balanced attributes, and when she fails an attribute test, she can either recover 1 Fatigue or reroll the test.  Additionally, Arvel’s Heroic Feat enables her to return up to two of her Class cards to her Class deck and gain any number of Class cards from her deck worth an equal amount of XP.  This powerful ability allows Arvel access to her Class deck throughout a campaign to give her true versatility for any situation.

Shades are evil creatures that appear in larger numbers, with ethereal forms that allow them to warp next to heroes when they fail attribute tests and prey upon those that attempt to recover Fatigue.

For more details on the preview for this expansion, visit the article on FFG’s website.

warmmer quest silver

Games Workshop has announced the release of a new game carrying the name of a nostalgic classic to many gamers: Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.  Rumors have been permeating web-based tabletop news sources about this new title, discussing what might be familiar from the classic game as well as what will be new.

Belloflostsouls.net featured this announcement this week, including a teaser video, and includes speculations on which heroes might be featured, such as Stormcast Eternal, Human Barbarian, Priest of Sigmar, and Dwarf Warrior.  Some new and familiar foes are also rumored to be included, though very little information is available at this time on any other details.

The release date for the game has been set for May 21, 2016.  Keep your eyes on Dice Tower News for more details as they become available.

widowers wood

Privateer Press has announced the Kickstarter for their new cooperative adventure for 2-4 players, Widower’s Wood.  In this tabletop adventure board game with miniatures, players take on the role of monsters, inhabitants of the swamp, working together to survive the horrors of the impending doom.  The game is set in the dark wilderness of the Iron Kingdoms, and “the inhabitants of Widower’s Wood find themselves trapped in the grim maw of ghoulish horrors, their last hope is a team of ravenous monsters with the cunning and ferocity to bite back.”

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The Kickstarter project for Widower’s Wood will run until March 19, 2016.  A copy of the game will include:

  • Campaign Guide with 7 Linked Adventures
  • 43 Plastic Figures
  • 4 Hero Character Sheets
  • 202 Cards
  • 202 Tokens and Markers
  • 8 Dice
  • 16 Map Tiles
  • Game Board
  • Villain Reference Sheet
  • Rulebook

A German edition of the game will also be available through the Kickstarter via Privateer Press’ partnership with Ulisses Spiele.

Widower’s Wood is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 60-120 minutes.  For more information on this game and to support the Kickstarter, visit the Kickstarter page here.

creepiest pet shop

Creepy Tiki Games, a new tabletop game company created by designer Levi Bushue, is making a great horror themed game for all kinds of gamers! They’ve launched their first project on Kickstarter: Creepiest Pet Shop!

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Creepiest Pet Shop is a speed game involving classic monsters and their disturbingly adorable domestic companions.  Players compete to match the most monsters with their appropriate pets while frustrating their opponents efforts. Creepiest Pet Shop plays 2-6 players, ages 5 and up, in under 10 minutes.

Take a look at the full campaign here.

draccus

Destroy Tokyo with a clear conscience!

The Draccus monster promo for King of Tokyo was available at Gen Con 2015 via a charity drive for the Worldbuilders charity organization.  However, not everyone who wanted one was able to snag one.

Now, Iello Games has announced that this promo is available for purchase via an online donation to Worldbuilders.  100% of the profits from this promo will go towards Worldbuilders, which has to date raised over $3.5 million for Heifer International to help end hunger and bring families and communities out of poverty.

For more information on this promo and to purchase it, visit Iello’s website here.

Altered Reality Games and Warlord Games have joined forces to bring a new miniatures game, Gods and Monsters.  Featuring highly-detailed, pre-assembled miniatures ranging from 28mm to 127mm, Gods and Monsters will equip players to summon forces to the tabletop as they play using a fluctuating turn order. Players will be able to choose their own army lists, play style and powers using custom deck building.

In Gods and Monsters, players will assume the role of one of the “gods” and assemble their followers, monsters, and powers into a 60-card deck.  Players will use their power to summon troops, perform miracles, and hinder their opponents as they search for the wells of power.

Gods and Monsters is scheduled to be funded via Kickstarter, and will launch on July 22, 2015.  The game is for 2 players ages 10 and up and plays in 120 minutes.  More factions are planned to be released via stretch goals in this upcoming Kickstarter campaign that will allow for more players.

For more information on this project, visit the game’s website at www.godsandmonsters.com and look for the launch on Kickstarter on July 22, 2015.

monster mansion

It is that time of year where we see all kinds of horror movies hitting the tv and movie theaters.  Well Monster Mansion is meant to feel like a Scooby Doo style horror adventure where you are trying to escape from the Monster Mansion ride at the local amusement park.  This game is on Kickstarter now and winding down its campaign.  Very much like Escape! you are trying to get out before time runs out and just like Escape! you also have to make sure that all of your friends get out too.

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Publishers press release below

 About the game:

The “Monster Mansion” ride at the local theme park is more than what it seems to be. Those who step through the doorway are hurled into a strange and fantastic world where the monsters of myth and legend have come to life. Vampyres, Zombies, Mummies, Aliens, you name it. How will you escape from the Monster Mansion?

In Monster Mansion, players are working together to escape before the time runs out. Even if a single player is left behind, everyone will lose. On their journey, they will encounter all manner of monsters and booby-trapped rooms. Each monster wields legendary powers to keep you from escaping, and you must work together to defeat them in order to survive and escape. Monster you kill also reward you with gold which you can use to buy powerful items.

Number of players: 2-8
Time required: Variable (10  minutes per player)
Recommended ages: 9+

If you are interested in this project head over to its Kickstarter here.