new releases

Queen Games has three new games coming to market this November.

First up, set in the Luxor universe is a new Rüdiger Dorn game titled Expedition Luxor. In this area control and tile placement game,

Two to four players deploy their adventurers to claim the locations they discover. However, they must be careful, because the adventurer that is placed last will be the one that claims the discovery and earns vital points at the game‘s climax.

Next up, by designer Christophe Behre is the bidding game, Bastille.

The player who uses his influence most clever in the bastille, the catacombs and fulfilling his mission cards will win the game based around the French revolution.

While the first two game releases have strong historical settings, the tile laying game, Skylands, is pure fantasy where the world has already been destroyed and it’s up to the remaining inhabitants to unite the remaining flying islands.

The players control the fate of the inhabitants and create their own island world. The player who utilizes the four actions of the game to their best advantage and closely watches their fellow players will win the game.

Look for these exciting new games in November along with Kingdom Builder: Family Box and the Arthur expansion to Merlin.

Two new WizKids games are on their way this April with interesting descriptions. The first is A’writhe: A Game of Eldritch Contortions – a team vs. team game where players must ” place an appendage on top of an Arkham landmark to complete a specific pattern.” One player cannot do that on their own, however, so they must touch an appendage of the opposing player to complete their own pattern. It sounds like C’thulhu meets Twister with a bit of puzzle-solving added in, which is a cool mix.

The second game is Endless Pass: A Viking Saga – A press-your-luck combat game with variable player powers. Players control vikings defending against a group of shadowy, vicious creatures known as The Endless, while also fighting against your fellow vikings for bonus points. As described in the product description, “The last viking standing or the first to acquire ten glory, while surviving the turn, wins the game. If none of the players survive, then the player with most glory is declared the Conqueror in Valhalla.” The guts-and-glory theme of the game really shines through with that description and with a 30-minute estimated playtime I can see multiple games of this being played back-t0-back, which is very good for push-your-luck games.

Both terrific uses of the C’thulhu and Viking themes. It’s good to see WizKids pushing more punchy titles like these for the Spring season and I expect we’ll see even more like these as the year continues. Both games will be releasing in April, so if you’re interested be sure to go to your favorite retailer to seek a copy. For more information on either title or for more releases from this publisher, please be sure to check out the WizKids website for more information as it’s released.

the others

The first week of September will be bringing three new original titles from the publisher Cool Mini or Not – The Others: 7 Sins, Looterz, and Unusual Suspects will all join CMON’s ever growing catalog of quality production titles. Note that the release date has currently been confirmed to be September 2nd, but there is always a possibility for delays in the shipping process.

The Others: 7 Sins is a Kickstarter success coming to retail showcasing the quality miniatures CMON is known for, all under a new theme and graphic style. Designed by Eric Lang, one player will control the physical manifestations of sins while up to 4 other players control heroes seeking to suppress and interrupt their invasion. Featuring a modular board and elegant, fun combat mechanics you can expect from an Eric Lang design, The Others offers a lot to be excited about.


In Looterz, 2 to 6 players race to empty a cavern with the most loot in tow using their looting minions strategically to grab as much as possible, or even steal from other players. Each game will have players recruiting the eponymous looterz, activating them in any desired order, and rolling dice based on the looterz stats to determine the amount of loot grabbed.

unusual suspects

In Unusual Suspects, one player is a witness and up to seventeen others are suspects. Only the witness knows who the guilty party is, but can only answer simply and concisely. The other players must use these answers to find out who among them is the truly guilty party. The game can be played competitively or cooperatively, with the latter being played using a grid of suspects and the witness only being able to answer in a yes/no fashion.

If interested, be sure to look for these titles at your favorite retailer soon. Be sure to follow The Dice Tower’s new Instagram page for the latest pictures of the hottest games!


Ares Games, publisher of Wings of Glory, Sails of Glory and the War of the Rings, is announcing the release of two new games and two expansions at GenCon this year.

jolly roger

The two game releases are Jolly Roger: The Game of Piracy and Mutiny, and Co-Mix. In addition, Ares is releasing two expansions for Galaxy Defender, Operation Strikeback! And Extinction Protocol.

Jolly Roger is a card game for 4-10 players which Ares describes as “fun, rowdy, fast, and easy to learn.” Players are members of the crew of a pirate ship, looking to gather the most gold to become the richest pirate in Tortuga.

Co-Mix is a storytelling game in which up to 10 players will craft stories using cards to create a comic book. Play can be either individually or in teams. Players choose the kind of story, and whether it will be funny, scary or moving, etc. Then all the players create a story based on the same title. The other players then vote on the best story to determine the winner. There will be only a limited number available at GenCon, with the game scheduled for October release.

operation strikeback

Operation Strikeback! And Extinction Protocol are expansions to Galaxy Defenders, allowing players to strike at the Alien base on the moon—in Operation Strikeback!—and eventually assault the Alien home world. Agents will have new weapons and Power Armor as they face the enemy.

Finally, Ares will have a preview copy of Odyssey: Wrath of Poseidon, a deduction game for 2-5 players, at GenCon. Players will ‘sail’ around the Sacred Isles, seeking passage home y making offerings and sacrifices to the Gods. Poseidon, however, is using all his powers to prevent them reaching home. Something to look forward to.

Steve Jackson Games has announced Ogre: Operation 218, a new retheme of Battle for Hill 218, coming late this year. From the description on BoardGameGeek:

Ogre: Operation 218 is a two-player game based on The Battle for Hill 218, with players fighting to control a hill by occupying bases on the opposite sides of it.

In the game, players must maintain supply lines and destroy enemy units to advance on the enemy home base, while ensuring that their own base is not taken. Air strikes can aid your assault or help defend your base, but spend them wisely as you only have two. The Ogre in Ogre: Operation 218 is a new card that takes two hits to destroy, costs an entire turn to play, and hits hard while having a few drawbacks.

Also announced is a Hellboy Board Game for Q4.

There will also be a few new Munchkin games – Munchkin Nightmare before Christmas, aiming for October, and Munchkin Gloom, coming out for GenCon.


Continental Express


As an employee of the “Continental Express” railroad company, you are in charge of the constant ballet of train cars at your station. You must complete each train in time for it to depart. But, the other “switchmen” want the same train cars as you…and in this yard there are no holds barred!

 As a railyard manager, players must “switch” the right train cars to the station in order to form their train. The cars will be worth victory points, depending on their number and rarity. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game is declared the winner!

  •  2-4 players
  • Ages: 8+
  • 20 minutes play time


  • 82 small cards (58 train cards; 2 events; 12 bank notes; 10 character cards)
  • 20 company tokens
  • 30 long cards (20 objective cards; 10 contract cards)
  • 1 rule book

The Builders: Middle Ages


Recruit workers and create buildings to prove that you are the greatest builder. You’ll have to start small, with cottages and stables, but you’ll be building your name as you build your masterpieces, and before long, you’ll complete the cathedral!

Hire worker cards, pay them to build your buildings, and balance your income with your expenses. You can’t do everything on your turn but you’ll want to! From wells and shacks to castles and churches, use your resources to create structures that will stand the test of time.

  •  2-4 players
  • Ages 10+
  • 30 minute play time


  • 42 Worker cards
  • 47 Building cards
  • 40 coins
  • 1 rule book



A large, green animal from long ago? Must be a dinosaur. Water, cube and cold weather? Has to be an ice cube. A man with a job who rides large brown animals in the United States? Is that a cowboy?

In Concept, players team up to place tokens on a board covered in icons, depicting everything from ancient samurai and snails to Leonardo DiCaprio. Points go to the player who can guess the correctly by looking at the various symbols, but in this wild party game, the points are less important than just having a great time!

  • 4-12 players
  • Ages 10+
  • 40 minute play time


  • 1 game board with universal icons
  • 5 sets of pawns and cubes (1 green set for the main concept pawn and 10 cubes, and 4 sets consisting of sub-concept pawns and 8 cubes)
  • 110 concept cards
  • Victory point tokens
  • 2 player aids
  • 1 storage bowl



Enter the thrilling adventures of Corto Maltese, the hero from the fertile imagination of Hugo Pratt. Choose your adventures and then live through them as the game unfolds. Aided by Corto and resisting Rasputin’s attempts to thwart your plans, recruit your own bands of adventurers and get your hands on the gold at the end of the story.

Corto is a card game of high adventure, mixing tactics and luck with exciting tales. In each game, you choose the quests you want to play – each brings its own set of character and exotic locales. Attack the train full of Russian gold, research the four aces of whale bones, or meet the leopard men. Games are diverse, rich in action, and of course, full of treasure!

  • 2-4 players
  • Ages 10+
  • 20-40 minute play time


  • 2 figurines
  • 6 storyline boards
  • 6 decks of 20 of cards
  • 4 sets of 13 markers
  • 4 “seals”
  • 1 quest tile
  • 2 handbooks (rules and adventures)