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Congratulations to Mickey K, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, Mickey was emailed instructions on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

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Asmodee released a news update, which includes several items of note:

  • Two games and one expansion were released:
    • Histrio, a game in which players tour the kingdom to recruit actors skilled in either comedies or tragedies, forming an acting troupe to hopefully please the King.
    • StoryLine: Fairy Tales, a storytelling game in which you and your friends submit and select cards in order to tell a fantastic tale.
    • Under The Mask, the third expansion to the wildly popular narrative adventure game, T.I.M.E. Stories.
  • Two new family games were announced:
    • Loony Questa wild and fast-paced game in which you briefly glance at a level of obstacles and traps and try to draw a safe voyage through them from memory.
    •  The Little Prince: Make Me A Planeta turn-based planet-building game, in which you collect items and characters from The Little Prince universe in order to construct the most balanced and beautiful planet.
  • Two new expansions were also announced:

For more information on these releases and upcoming titles, you can view the full news update here.

In their latest newsletter, Stronghold Games announced two new releases that will appear in stores on May 25, Piratoons and Animals On Board.

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Piratoons is a game with “a great theme, awesome art and unique components, realtime fun, plundering, and a satisfying spatial puzzle.”  In Animals On Board, players will experience a game with “charming animals, that is super easy to learn, and with much more depth than you’d expect.”

In June, Stronghold Games’ Envoy program, Knights of the Stronghold, will be officially demoing Piratoons and My Village at local game stores around the country.  Piratoons will have its demo events on June 4 and 5, so check in your area for game stores hosting this event.

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Finally, Animals On Board has received a prestigious Spiel des Jahres Recommendation for 2016.  More information about this and the other recommendations can be found here.

For more news on the above items, or to subscribe to Stronghold’s newsletter, visit their website here.

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GMT Games has released their latest company update newsletter for May, 2016.  This month, GMT discusses a variety of company happenings, summarized by the following:

  • Apologies for the delay in shipping p500 games, which, due to the largest ever shipment of them, has taken three work weeks to complete
  • According to social media, Falling Sky, A Distant Plain Reprint, and Cuba Libre are getting to the table with enthusiasm
  • The newest addition to Mark Herman’s Great Politicians Series, Pericles
  • The latest news on Twilight Struggle, including the success of the digital app contributing to the completely unexpected sell-out of the most recent shipment of Twilight Struggle copies, which were expected to last much longer.  The next shipment of this game is expected to be in stock in the fall.  GMT also briefly discusses their partnership with Playdek in creating the app.
  • Solitaire Rules are included in the 2nd edition of Conquest of Paradise
  • Thunder Alley Crew Chief expansion has been reworked and is back on Kickstarter for a few more days
  • Information on the San Diego Historical Games Convention
  • Information concerning the next GMT Weekend at the Warehouse, Oct. 13-16, 2016

For more information on the above topics, read the full update here.

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Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games has released a newsletter full of news for 2016, beginning with the announcement that he plans to leave his regular full-time job to give 100% of his attention to Stronghold Games.  He hopes to make this move before the end of the year.

Following this is the announcement that Stronghold Games’ Pocket Line (including Diamonds) will be expanding to include Bear Valley (Carl Chudyk) and Stellar Conflict, a fast-paced space combat game with real-time elements set in the Among the Stars Universe.

Stronghold also announces further summer 2016 releases to include their first pirate-themed game, PiratoonsCity of Spies: Estoril 1942, and The Pursuit of Happiness.  Additionally, Stronghold discusses their podcast, Board Games Insider, co-hosted by Stephen Buonocore and Ignacy Trzewiczek, and the progress made in 23 episodes so far.

For more details on this year’s upcoming titles, visit the Stronghold Games website here.

 

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GMT Games has released their latest update newsletter in which they chronicle the latest news and upcoming releases.   The following is discussed at length:

  • a brief account of the Consimworld Expo, in which record-breaking attendance was noted (over 300).
  • Mr. President: a new game design that is currently in its prototype phase.  Mr. President is a solitaire gaming experience in which the player takes the role of the President of the United States and simulates the actual governing of the country.
  • Designer Kurt Keckley has created a full-featured solitaire system for his Fields of Despair WWI BLOCK GAME design.
  • A call for playtesters on the following projects: The MBT VASSAL playtest module and Mitch Land: Silver Bayonet 25th Anniversary Ed.
  • Updates on the progress of Won by the Sword; proofing is almost done.
  • An ongoing series replay of The Dark Sands (The Dark Valley system) by Developer Tim Wilcox in InsideGMT.
  • Digital versions of Dominant Species and Twilight Struggle updates.
  • Links to recent InsideGMT articles.
  • Information about the Fall GMT Weekend at the Warehouse on October 15-18, 2015.

Visit this link to view the update in full.

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Congratulations to Andrzej K, this week’s weekly winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc! Prior to posting this news article, Andrzej was emailed with instructions on how to claim their prize.

You can be a winner too! Every week Dice Tower News will randomly select, from all those that have registered, a winner. To register you simply need to fill out the form on the right.

More than $400 worth gift certificates have been given since we started so we really would liek to extend A VERY special thank you to Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates. You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here for all the best prices for your board gaming needs.

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Congratulations to Luke S, this week’s weekly winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc! Prior to posting this news article, Luke was emailed with instructions on how to claim their prize.

You can be a winner too! Every week Dice Tower News will randomly select, from all those that have registered, a winner. To register you simply need to fill out the form on the right.

A VERY special thank you to Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates. You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here for all the best prices for your board gaming needs.

Congratulations to Jarrod N, this week’s weekly winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc! Prior to posting this news article, Jarrod was emailed with instructions on how to claim their prize.

You can be a winner too! Every week Dice Tower News will randomly select, from all those that have registered, a winner. To register you simply need to fill out the form on the right.

A VERY special thank you to Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates. You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here for all the best prices for your board gaming needs.

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In Tasty Minstrel Games’ latest newsletter, founder Michael Mindes discusses three areas that are hot topics for TMG at present.  But before that, TMG encourages everyone to try AquaSphere, the latest game from Stefan Feld, and Village Port, expansion to Village, by Markus & Inka Brand.  Both of these games have limited availability.

Golden Geek Awards

TMG has 6 different titles that have been nominated for various categories of the Golden Geek Awards on boardgamegeek.com.  These titles are:

  • AquaSphere – Game of The Year  /  Strategy
  • Orleans – Game of The Year  /  Strategy  /  Innovative
  • Scoville – Artwork & Presentation
  • Eminent Domain: Escalation – Expansion
  • Burgoo – Abstract
  • This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The 2-4 Of Us – Abstract

Testing

In the past year, TMG has been able to expand services to their customers through expanding their staff, resulting in 4 full-time staff and several key contract-based workers.  Mindes states that he is in the midst of testing many things within the company structure, and states the following things explicitly:

  • Everything we decide to do is for the benefit of our Customers. This is our guiding principle.

  • We strive to more directly interact with our Customers while being able to continually create fantastic games that they want.

  • We have a gigantic pipeline of games that is around 40 titles right now, and want to bring these to life quickly, steadily, and carefully.

  • We want to have deep and valuable relationships with our closest stakeholders, this includes game designers, artists, key retailers, reviewers, email subscribers, and so forth.

Successes

TMG lists its top 3 successful sellers:

  • Dungeon Roll – 40,000+
  • Village – About 16,000
  • Eminent Domain – About 15,000

For more information on Tasty Minstrel Games and this latest company news announcement, visit the newsletter here.