Blue Orange Games has two new games that will be released at this year’s Gen Con.
First is Blue Lagoon designed by award winning game designer Reiner Knizia. Blue Lagoon is a set collection games with an area control mechanic. Players manage settlers to explore the islands, collect resources, and build villages. Points are awarded collecting resources and colonizing the islands.
Blue Lagoon plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in 30-45 minutes. Contents include game board, 24 wooden resources, 8 wooden statuettes, 20 wooden villages, 120 settler tokens, 1 linen bag, score pad, and rulebook.
Next, Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc have teamed up again to design Scarabya. Scarabya is an area enclosure game with a tile placement mechanic. Players are competing archeologist on their own dig site (player board) attempting to place tiles around the golden scarabs on their player board. Each gold scarab enclosed is worth the size of its enclosure, up to four points. The challenge is that the tiles to create an enclosure come in different shapes, is drawn at random, and is played in order. All the players draw and place their tiles concurrently and the game continues until the last tile is drawn and played or discarded. The player with the most points in golden scarabs at the end of the game is the winner.
Scarabya plays 1-4 players, ages 8+, in 15-20 minutes. Contents include 4 sets of 12 tiles, 4 sets of 4 boards, 4 sets of 8 rocks, 4 frames, 72 scarab tokens, 12 mission cards, and rulebook.
Lean more about both these games at Blue Orange Games.
Zombicide: Green Horde: No Rest for the Wicked is an expansion to Zombicide: Green Horde that supports 1-6 players and puts you up against new otherworldly enemies. Zombicide: Green Horde was kickstarted in June 2017 and had a highly successful campaign raising over five million dollars. During this campaign as an optional buy you could pick up the full expansion. It now has a retail release planned for those who missed out of the kickstarter.
The zombie plague is not limited to just humans and orcs. All manner of creatures are succumbing to the vile disease and launching an assault against the living. The rats that form into undead swarms are bad enough. Then there’s the ghostly Spectral Walkers that are only damaged by magic. But when there’s a zombie dragon to deal with, that’s a whole other category of terror! To take that out, the survivors are gonna need a bigger crossbow.
The expansion comes with over thirty-five miniatures including a huge dragon figure and is sure to add even more excitement to your game. Zombicide: Green Horde: No Rest for the Wicked, published by Cool Mini or Not, is slated to hit retail during the third quarter of 2018.
Rio Grande Games announced two new games to be released in April 2018 and a reprint to be released in May 2019.
First up is Epoch: Early Inventors, designed by Martyn F. Epoch: Early Inventors takes players back to the dawn of civilization where they take on the role of clan leaders and explore the landscape, discover new tools and make offerings to holy places. Exploring land gains status and makes more resources available, but energy to explore land requires food. Gathering, hunting and fishing provides food as well as raw materials. Developing tools enables players to be more effective with future actions. And making offerings at holy places gains more status. The game plays over 14-20 rounds, advancing from the Mesolithicum era to the Bronze Age. The player with the most status at the end of the game wins.
Contents include 4 Carrier boards, 44 Player huts, 4 Clan leaders, 16 Offer tokens, Start player token, 64 Food cubes, 58 Status counters, 44 Landscape tiles, 16 Ceremonial tiles, 2 Player overviews, 3 Last round markers, and Resource counters
This strategy game supports 1-4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores this April.
Next up is Beta Colony by designers Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle. In Beta Colony, players are one of five directors trying to create prosperous colonies and be elected as the first leader of Victus. The players with the most Confidence Points at the end of the games is elected the first leader of Victus and wins the game. Players earn Confidence Points by building colony pods, having a majority in a colony and from a variety of other achievements from improving the colony.
Beta Colony features a unique dice based “rolldell” system where all players will use a duplicate dice roll to take two actions each round, with each action using two dice. Players will use one die to move and one die to activate the location to which they moved. Die color and value affect how each of the seven unique locations are used.
Contents include Game board, Round marker, 5 Player markers, 16 Player markers, 16 Artifact markers, 16 Dice, 9 Cycle tiles, 30 Fuel markers, 60 Crew markers, 16 Artifact markers, 4 Player spaceships, Start player marker, 8 Cultural achievements, 8 Cultural achievement tiles, and 40 Colonization pod tiles.
This mid-weight strategy game supports 2-4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes 30 to 60 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores this April.
Finally, Rio Grande Games is reprinting Northern Pacific, a fast playing strategy game designed by Tom Russell. Northern Pacific is set in 1870 as the Northern Pacific rail lines expands from Minneapolis to the Pacific Ocean. Players are investors who can either extend the rail line or invest in a city the rail line has not yet connected. The game is played over three rounds and the player whose investments have paid off the best wins the game.
Contents include the game board, 16 locomotives, 108 small investment cubes and 12 large investment cubes.
This strategy game supports 2-6 players, ages 14 and up, and takes 30 to 45 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores in May.
Modiphius Entertainment announces two new releases: Achtung! Cthulhu: Dark Tales from the Secret War and Dust Adventures: Operation Apocalypse.
Dark Tales from the Secret War
This is a collection of 13 stories that mixes the H.P. Lovecraft mythos with mankind’s finest and darkest hour in World War II. This series of stories expand and expound the Achtung! Cthulhu universe, allowing players to “peer deeper into the sinister cult of the Black Sun, the terrifying technology of Nachtwolfe and gain valuable insight into the brave men and women of Section M and Majestic who oppose them, in a series of tales which will thrill and delight and even inspire even more Achtung! Cthulhu adventures.” Dark Tales is available in print or in PDF format.
This is a 136-page campaign for the Dust Adventures RPG series that will take players to the pre-Mayan ruins in the Amazon jungle. Highlights of the campaign include:
- A globe-trotting story that will take you to such places as South America, Turkey, Thailand, and the Philippines.
- The introduction of a new alien species fighting the Vrill, as well as the secret history of their intergalactic war.
- All-new information on the three blocs.
- Epic action set-pieces, including a battle aboard a top secret Axis aircraft carrier.
- Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare scenarios for the large-scale battles of the campaign.
For more information, visit the Modiphius website here.
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce that The Force Awakens™ Core Set has now arrived for X-Wing™!
On Friday, September 4, 2015, Fantasy Flight Games released The Force Awakens Core Set for the popular X-Wing Miniatures Game in select retail stores, some stores even opening in the wee hours of the morning to sell this new core set along with lots of other Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise.
The Force Awakens Core Set includes a similar assortment of basic components needed to get your X-Wing collection started and to the table right away. However, this new core set includes the following additions to the game:
- New Resistance pilots and starships that can be combined with pre-existing Rebellion fleets
- New First Order pilots and starships that can be combined with pre-existing Imperial fleets
- Includes 1 Resistance T-70 X-Wing with new pilots and upgrades, such as the Weapons Guidance tech upgrade
- Includes 2 First Order TIE/fo Fighters with new pilots and upgrades
All the components needed for a full game of X-Wing including:
- 3 Plastic Ship Bases
- 6 Plastic Pegs
- 8 Ship Tokens
- 3 Maneuver Dials
- 11 Maneuver Templates
- 1 Initiative Token
- 4 Evade Tokens
- 4 Focus Tokens
- 6 Target Lock Tokens
- 7 Shield Tokens
- 3 Stress Tokens
- 6 Asteroid Tokens
- 5 Satellite Tokens
- 6 Mine Tokens
- 34 Assorted Tokens
- 13 Ship Cards
- Proton Torpedoes
- Weapons Guidance
- 1 Poe Dameron
- 1 Blue Ace
- 1 Red Squadron Veteran
- 1 Blue Squadron Novice
- 1 Omega Ace
- 1 Epsilon Leader
- 1 Zeta Ace
- 2 Omega Squadron Pilot
- 2 Zeta Squadron Pilot
- 2 Epsilon Squadron Pilot
- 1 Range Ruler
- 3 Red Attack Dice
- 3 Green Defense Dice
- 1 Learn to Play
- 1 Rules Reference
- 1 Mission Guide
Fantasy Flight Games will be publishing a series of articles over the next several days that will “more closely examine the Resistance’s signature T-70 X-wing, the First Order’s TIE/fo fighter, and what The Force Awakens Core Set means for the future of X-Wing Organized Play.” Keep watching for these articles as Dice Tower News brings them to your attention, and on FFG’s website.
While this new core set is currently only available at select Force Friday locations, it is now shipping for wider release, and should be available later this month at your favorite local game store. For more information on this new release, visit FFG’s website here.
Spartan Games’ recent release of Halo: Fleet Battles is a miniatures game designed to appeal to both new miniatures gamers and miniature game veterans alike. Based on the popular video game series Halo, this game’s initial line of products includes the currently-available core set, The Fall of Reach, and supplementary expansion material including 2 Commander Packs for the Covenant and the UNSC, a dice pack and several Upgrade Boxes, all to be available soon.
Spartan Games has released a series of product images for these upcoming expansion packs, seen below:
We all have initial reactions to situations we find ourselves in, and we typically refer to these as “knee-jerk reactions.” Renegade Game Studios has encapsulated this theme into a game aptly entitled Knee Jerk, a party game in which players will hear a situation presented and must shout out an ending for the situation as fast as possible.
For example, such a situation might be “I Feel Panicked At The Beach Because I Saw ______!” Players will be able to shout anything to complete the statement, such as “A shark!”, “A smoke monster!” or even “My grandmother in a bikini!”. The first player to respond receives a point, but if more than one player responds, the host player chooses his or her favorite answer. The forces players to offer creative, witty responses on the fly.
New scenes and situations (Your First Date, A Haunted Mansion to Outer Space, etc.) are presented in rapid-fire-succession, creating a zany, fast, and hilarious atmosphere. The game boasts 150,000 different possible situations. The first player to achieve 3 points is the winner of Knee Jerk.
Knee Jerk is a game for 4-8 players ages 9 and up and plays in 10 minutes. A definitive release date has yet to be announced.
Mayfair Games announces a new game by designer David E. Whitcher, Star Trek: Five-Year Mission. A cooperative game for 3-7 players, Star Trek: Five-Year Mission creates a scenario in which players assume the role of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise for a…you guessed it…five-year mission.
As the crew of the Enterprise, players can choose whether to “engage” with either the Enterprise NCC-1701 or the next generation NCC 1701-D. Players must overcome multiple obstacles throughout their mission that threaten to destroy the ship. Cooperating as a crew to solve these threats will result in scoring points for your crew and winning the game.
Every great starship crew is made up of individuals with very different, specialized abilities, and it is no different in Star Trek: Five-Year Mission. Each player will use their crew member’s special abilities cooperatively with the rest of the crew and their abilities to overcome each dangerous alert situation.
The game box will contain:
- 1 Enterprise mat (double-sided)
- 7 Crew mats (double-sided)
- 3 Decks of alert cards (24 Blue, 24 Yellow, 24 Red)
- 35 Six-sided dice (14 red, 14 blue, 7 yellow)
- 1 sand timer
- 1 damage marker
Star Trek: Five-Year Mission is for 3-7 players ages 10 and up and plays in 30-45 minutes. The game is scheduled for release later in 2015.
Treasures of all types! But the hard part is not capturing the ship’s bounty, but dividing it fairly to the pirates! To the clever go the spoils in a new game of piracy and plunder from Mayfair Games!
Mayfair Games announces a new game from designer Alexander Cobian entitled Booty! In this pirate-themed card game, players will begin each round by revealing treasure cards with varying types of booty such as immediate points, cards that cancel other cards, and hidden items to keep all the pirate players guessing. Each round, the Quartermaster role moves from player to player, whose job it is to divide the treasures into shares. The Quartermaster also selects the order of picking treasures in the next round. Balancing what you need, what others might want, and trying to get a little extra into your treasure pile is the key to success!
The game also includes building cards that provide special benefits and allow for unique game experiences every time you play. A copy of the game will include:
- 108 cards
- 54 player flag tiles (9 of each color)
- 6 player turn order tiles
- 6 turn selection tiles
- 4 stock market markers
- 1 quartermaster token
- 1 Quartermaster token
- 5 islands tiles
- 12 legacy tiles
- 1 rulebook
Booty! is for 2-6 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 60 minutes. Booty! is scheduled for release in August of 2015.
This weekend I enjoyed a game night with 4 other people, and we played Imperial Settlers. This game is a fun card-based empire building game. In the game, players choose one of four factions – Barbarians, Romans, Egyptians, or Japanese, and use the common and special buildings to get resources, build their empire, attack other buildings, and score points. The base game contains four factions, each with a different play style, so it plays 1-4 players (in my 5 player game night, I was on a “team” playing as one faction). But Portal Games just announced a new expansion for Imperial Settlers with a new faction: Atlanteans. This expansion will bring the play count to 5 players, making it more versatile for your game nights!
The Atlanteans expansion doesn’t just add a player – the Atlantean faction is also very different from the original factions. They have a new resource, Technology, which unlocks special abilities on their faction cards. They also have unique ways of scoring, but their faction buildings sink at the end of the game and do not score any points. This is huge, since usually faction buildings cost two points each at the end of the game. The expansion will also include expansion cards for the original factions to complement the Atlantean abilities.
Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans will debut at Gen Con 2015 in July, and will be in distribution worldwide in August. To learn more, read the announcement here or check out the Atlanteans page on Portal Games’s website.
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