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Exodus: Proxima Centauri (2012) is a well loved 4X (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) space empire building game for 2-6 players by designers Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac, as well as a recipient of a Dice Tower Seal of Excellence. NSKN Games has just launched a massive reboot of this classic game along with its two expansions, Event Horizon and Edge of Extinction, on Kickstarter. The new Exodus Chronicles, designed by Rainer Ahlfors and Andrei Novac scratches all the right itches, with 6 different player factions, a robust tech tree system, 45 custom dice, 350 wooden cubes, 280 acrylic gems, 33 large sector tiles, hundreds of tokens and cards, and over 130 detailed ship miniatures. Exodus uses a lead-follow action system, minimizing downtime, while still competing with other well known space opera 4X games such as Twilight Imperium or Eclipse, often in a shorter time frame. This time tested game system keeps improving with each iteration, and Exodus: Chronicles is no exception, keeping the game tight, modern and involving. The Kickstarter for Exodus Chronicles continues through April 12, and the game is expected to ship to backers in April 2020. For more information, check out the live Dice Tower playthrough of Exodus Chronicles here.

Board & Dice, who recently merged with NSKN Games, made several expansion and reprint announcements recently. One of the company’s recent hot games (BGG #223) is Teotihuacan: City of Gods, an impossible to pronounce, but critically acclaimed rondel-driven worker placement game in the Aztec Empire by designers Daniele Tascini and Dávid Turczi (Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar). Just announced is Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period, a modular expansion coming at GenCon 2019. This expansion adds asymmetric player powers, a 4th temple which unlocks powerful abilities, seasonal effects before eclipses, and new variants of some of the rondel boards.

Dice Settlers, the recent dice driven civilization building game by designer Dávid Turczi, is also getting a modular expansion – Dice Settlers: Western Sea. This expansion adds 17 new custom dice, envoys, enclosures and advisors to the game. The advisors are particularly interesting, as each one adds its own unique die and special ability. As the name implies, Western Sea also allows players to sail and fish along the shores. Look for this expansion at Essen 2019.

Finally, Board and Dice are coming out with Exodus Chronicles by designers Rainer Ahlfors and Andrei Novac, a reimplementation of their popular space opera game Exodus: Proxima Centauri (2012). Proxima Centauri is a 4X game complete with all that entails – hidden movement, bidding, tech trees, politics, and engine building both literal and figurative. Exodus Chronicles promises to be a new streamlined design, not simply a reprint, yet still including the two expansions Edge of Extinction (2015) and Event Horizon (2017). Look for Exodus Chronicles later in 2019.

While mergers within the board game industry are something we’re all becoming accustomed to, it’s interesting to see such a thing occur between two publishers that have both been making waves within the past few months. As announced via Facebook, NSKN Games, publishers of recently hot games Teotihuacan and Dice Settlers, have merged with Board & Dice, publishers of The Networks and Multiuniversum. They will continue forward under the Board & Dice brand, and games from both categories will feature this branding in future print runs. This move won’t come to any detriment to the quality of their content or their fans, but instead will help leverage both publisher’s abilities to broaden their catalog and bring about even more cool games.

“We have both worked together on many fields, we are friends outside working hours and what’s probably most important – both companies have excellent and successful games in their portfolios. We want to move to the next level in the board games industry and we know we can do this together by joining our potentials under one refreshed Board & Dice brand.”

In addition to this merger was an announcement of plans for the upcoming year under the combined brand’s Facebook page. This plan includes an expansion each for Teotihuacan and Dice Settlers, a new game in the Exodus series, a surprise design from Daniele Tascini, and the following new titles: INUIT, World Shapers, Dust in the Wings, Sierra West, and Escape Tales 2. It looks like there’s a bright future in store for the publishers, and their already extensive catalogs will certainly serve them well in the days to come. If you’re interested in learning more about Board & Dice, and this merger, check out their website for further updates, news, and product information.

Exodus: Proxima Centauri was designed by Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac, and released in 2012 by NSKN Games. Both Sam and Tom listed it in their Top 10 Space Games of 2018.

Now the game is being released in a digital form on Steam on August 17th, 2018.

“And so the Exodus began… after a war that lasted only 83 days, Earth has been reduced to a nuclear wasteland. Nine factions fled the planet in search of a new home among the stars. Only six survived the journey before encountering the Centaurians, an advanced alien race, who guided the remains of humanity to safety in the Proxima Centauri star system. Now each faction vies for control, exploiting resources and Centaurian technologies, and battling each other to become the leader of the next chapter for the human race.” [source]

Players take control of one of 6 factions and try to grow their empire. The game progresses through a series of turns where players seek to take control of planets and resources, sometimes through direct confrontation. Exodus Proxima: Centauri is a 4x game which includes elements of eXploration, eXtermination, eXploitation, and eXpansion.

The digital game, developed by Offworld Games, will be available on Windows and Mac systems via the Steam store with fairly low system requirements.

Related: The Dice Tower videos and podcasts featuring Exodus Proxima: Centauri

The British Isles and, in particular, Wales, is home to some of the richest railway history in the world.  In the early 1800’s smaller narrow gauge railways were carved out of the rocky hills and mountains, carrying slate and workers through the Welsh countryside.  Snowdonia, named after a mountainous region in northwestern Wales, was first released in 2012.

Described as a lighter but interesting worker placement game, players seek to blast, excavate and build sites and structures and lay track for railways.  The first scenario, set in Wales, was included in the original game.  The deluxe version will include all expansions and scenarios to date, 12 scenarios in all with different locations.  The new Deluxe Master Set will also include:

  • A larger deluxe board
  • New, larger box
  • Custom double decker insert
  • One brand new scenario, along with all those that were previously released
  • 365 custom wooden components
  • Several promo cards featuring unique trains and other items and people
  • Large full colour scoring pad
  • Cloth bag

Not familiar with the game?  Click here and you’ll be up to speed before you can say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!  This deluxe version will be on Kickstarter for the next 23 days.

Dice Settlers is a new game on Kickstarter being funded that aims to combine both dice pool building and a 4X game [eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate] into one box.  In the game you will start with a standard array of dice, on your turn you will be pulling five dice out of the bag to roll, re-rolling or drawing more dice if you got re-roll symbols or resources to spend.  After that you will then pick two actions to perform out of all your rolled dice, with each action being indicated by different symbols.  If you rolled compass symbols, you can draw as many tiles as you have symbols and then add it to the board.  If you rolled torches you can use the total number of torch symbols to research and upgrade new technologies which give you special powers or actions.  Guns will allow you to raid and remove other player’s markers, while campfires will let you add more of your own to the board.  And finally the hire symbols allow you to add more dice to your bag and trade symbols allow you to turn in resources to earn points.  All of this is to expand your influence on the board and explore more of the countryside, because it’s on the board where you will find the most victory points.  Each tiles has two point values, if you have more tokens on a tile than anyone else, you are the governor of that tile, which will allow you to score the higher point value at the end of the game.  The person with the second most will score the lower of the two values.  But, if you manage to have 3 more markers than anyone else on that tile, you can put down a house, making you the permanent governor of that spot no matter how many other markers are there.  If you can maintain your governorship over the most valuable spots, you may just win in the end.

This game sounds very interesting with the dice rolling and pool building being used as the driving force behind a 4X game, but it could also make this game into a luck fest for over an hour.  You can find out more information, and pledge for a copy of the game, on the Kickstarter page, where a basic pledge of $50 plus shipping will get you everything you need.  However, if you bump up to $75 you can get the deluxe edition with realistic looking resources, and all the wooden cubes and houses replaced with plastic mini tepees and log cabins.

Several months ago NSKN Games launched a project for card sleeves specially made for board games, and needless to say it was a success, so here we are yet again.  Paladin Card Protectors are premium card sleeves made with board games in mind with both sizing, and number of sleeves you get per pack.  For the paladin sleeves you get packs of 55 sleeves because with how cards are manufactured, often you get card counts in multiples of 55 in your board games.  Also they have a wide range of sizes from 41 x 63 mm up to 80 x 120 mm, and even square card sleeve sizes.  They are also very durable, as can be seen by the videos on the campaign showing the sleeves being tortured in various ways.  Even the price per pack is very good too for a premium sleeve, averaging just under $2 a pack at the smallest bundle to just over $1 per pack for the largest bundle.

So if you are looking for a strong, good looking, well fitting, and not too pricey sleeve solution, check out this Kickstarter today.  It even has a handy chart showing you what games require what sleeve sizes, or you can check out the Sleeve Size Geeklist on BoardGameGeek.

Things got super busy in my neck of the woods and so last week got lost in the shuffle, but luckily for us most KS campaigns last a month, so I can pick up right where I left off and show you all some quality Kickstarters to check out.  First up is is a new game in a previously established universe, and that is Chronicles of Frost from NSKN Games, a deck building game set in the Mistfall universe.  In this adventure each hero player will have an exploration quest and a search quest that they will have to accomplish in order to win the game.  Playing the game is similar to other deck builders with some differences, mainly the exertion system that NSKN has come up with.  What this does is that every card available has a normal ability and an exertion add on, meaning that if you perform the action and then spend the skills or health to exert yourself, you increase the effectiveness of that card quite a bit.  But there is a limit to how much you can exert yourself, so you have to use it carefully as you go along.  When you use cards they will give you better equipment, movement/exploration points to explore the board, attack power, and resolve, the currency in the game.  Build up your hero and take on the monsters roaming the land to complete your quests and win.  For more info you can check out the Kickstarter campaign to be able to back for your own copy.

Up next is a campaign aimed mostly at the ladies in the gaming world, and that is board game jewelry called Tabletop Talismans.  This campaign is offering people the opportunity to get necklaces, bracelets, key chains, and even earrings featuring the quintessential board game piece, the meeple.  This meeple is a shiny aluminum version so that it is durable, light weight, and shines nicely in the light, and is being offered in several different colors.  So if you want to get some meeple themed jewelry, check out their Kickstarter page.

Next on the list is a sequel/expansion to the game Best Treehouse Ever, and that is Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun.  This expansion takes the original games and brings it into the forest, and with it some new mechanisms to help spice up the gameplay.  At it’s heart this is a drafting game where you are drafting different rooms to place in your treehouse to score the most points each round.  With the game being moved to the forest you now have additional bits like unique player powers based on where you are in the forest, animal cards that score based on room placement, and brand new room cards for a fresh game.  Of course this can be mixed with the original game, and there are even included rules to play the game with 8 people, so if you enjoyed the first game, this will just give you more of what you love.  To get this game you will have to hurry, the campaign ends on the 9th so check it out!

 

After that we have the digital game of the article, and that is One Deck Dungeon Digital from Handelabra Games.  This campaign was originally a stretch goal from the One Deck Dungeon Forest of Shadows Kickstarter, but they didn’t make it during that campaign so the digital adaptation was put on hold.  However, with Asmadi partnering with Handelabra Games, the possibility of a digital version of the game has been revived and launched on Kickstarter.  So in this campaign you will be getting the game One Deck Dungeon in digital format through steam.  This means that now where ever you have a computer with steam on it, you can pull out this highly rated solo game and delve through the dungeon.  The game includes everything from the base game, an excellent layout with all needed information easily accessible, a campaign mode, and animations and graphics to elevate the game from it’s physical counterpart.  So if you are looking for a nice digital version of the game, check out this Kickstarter today.

Next up is a game from Ankama Games, makers of the highly regarded Krosmaster Arena, where you are trying to scare students out of their wits.  Monster Slaughter is a game where you take command of different groups of monsters like vampires, werewolves, zombies,  or golem to scare some students.  On your turn you will take actions by rolling dice, and based on the number of successes you get will determine if the action succeeds, how much damage you do, or how many cards you can draw.  This is a competitive game where each player has a specific order in which they want to eliminate the students in, and so you will be playing cards to help yourself, but also help the students if they are getting picked on too soon for you.  Everything about the game is quick and light and in the end, whoever matched the elimination order the best will be the winner.  So if this monster movie type game is your speed, check out the Kickstarter page.

And finally we have the reprint of the list, and that’s the Folklore: The Affliction second printing.  Folklore: The Affliction is the horror themed RPG board game which aimed to turn a typical pencil and paper RPG into a self contained game.  In this game you are fighting the evil that has come upon the land, wolves, ghosts, vampires, and the undead.  Like an RPG you will be traveling around the world using a map of the land, and as you reach places in the world you will be able to zoom down onto adventure maps which are a couple tiles in size to explore that area.  You will play over a series of chapters to make up an entire campaign, and each of those chapters are playable within about an hour, allowing you to still play and progress the story even if you don’t have a lot of time.  So if you missed out on the first campaign, or if you heard great things and want to get into it now, check out the Kickstarter page today.

NSKN Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for their new line of card sleeves designed for gamers, Paladin Card Protectors. The new sleeves come in packs of 55, so you don’t have to buy one more pack just for that extra 5 cards or promos. The new sleeves have excellent clarity, are extra durable at 90 microns thick, and are available in all standard sizes. Finally, NSKN is offering the sleeves through the Kickstarter with free shipping.

The Kickstarter Campaign continues through April 13, and is expected to deliver September 2017.

shadowscape

The newest game to continue the story of Mistfall is now available on Kickstarter. Shadowscape, from Romania-based NSKN Games, follows in the footsteps of it’s older brother by providing a lore-rich cooperative or solo gaming experience, with this latest entry also allowing for competitive play as well. In a setting full of magic and misfortune, players will delve into a dungeon to face a powerful villain and a horde of monsters for fortune and fame, all driven by an elegant and nearly-deterministic card system. As described on the campaign page:

 “Enter the world of Mistfall and Heart of the Mists once again, and forge its dark legends in a game of strategic movement, smart tableau building and hand management, played on a randomized board in no more than 60 minutes![…] Work together with or against your friends – or enter the Shadowscape alone.”

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The biggest draw of Shadowscape is the incredibly diminished randomness within it’s design. There are no dice to speak of, and all the cards and events are laid out before the players to form a heavily strategic experience that challenges heroes to use and abuse every piece of equipment and every opportunity to survive and press onward. A gameplay video and a print-and-play are available for those interested in learning more about the thoughtfully designed card-driven AI. The game features 13 heroes and 9 villains (stretch goals not withstanding) to choose from, stunning artwork, and miniatures that are compatible with previous installments in the series. For more information and the chance to back this funded project simply head to this link or visit NSKN Games’ website for future news and updates.