Petersen Games

Petersen Games and designer Sandy Petersen (Cthulhu Wars) have a new asymmetric 4X space game on Kickstarter, Hyperspace. Hyperspace is designed to be a fast moving (1-2 hours), 2-4 player space epic with little downtime, selling itself as having no upkeep phase, keeping everything continuous actions until the end of the game. Players have 3 actions on their turn, choosing from move, build, battle, produce and research. The base game comes with 4 very unique aliens, each with its own weakness, bonus super ability, super tech, super unit, and a victory ability just for that species. The board is comprised of hex tiles, each of which is unique. All of the mechanisms are simple, elegant versions what you expect in a space game. The outposts, which produce resources, have slots to place cardboard tokens, denoting which resource they produce – Metal, Atomics, Organic, or Hyper. Battles are swift and decisive – ships attack with a specific die type (d6, d8, d10), and defend with a single value. Of note is that attackers decide who they are shooting, picking from any of the defenders units. Movement uses an action, but a single action can move ships as far as you like through player owned territory, as long as you have the Atomics to fuel it. Like most Petersen games, the components are a thing of beauty – Hyperspace comes with 100+ gorgeous plastic miniatures, 42 planets, 122 cards, and more than 300 cardboard tokens, rings and dice. 22 more expansion species are available as extra buys, making the variability and replayability extraordinary. The Kickstarter Campaign for Hyperspace continues through February 21, and the game is expected to ship in August 2020.

Cthulhu Wars is the miniature war game with not so mini miniatures, and gameplay similar to Risk, but much deeper and more varied with different units and asymmetric player powers.  It has done very well since it’s release, sitting at #31 for thematic games, and has even had a Kickstarter to fund expansion content two years ago called Onslaught 2.  Well here we are with Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 3, and even more factions and goodies have been added to further expand this already giant game, both in scope and physical size.

For this campaign you can get the new Ancients faction, complete with spells and figures, markers for things like eradication, tons of new neutral units and figures, and even new maps to explore.  Basically you are getting loads more content to further expand the game and give you more options to play with than what you already have.  Also, they are including things like custom battle dice for each faction and the hardcover rule-book, updated with all the extras found in this and previous campaigns.  You can even pledge for EVERYTHING, plopping down $749 to get everything released to date of Cthulhu Wars, including the base game.  So if you want to invest in this mountain of plastic, head on over to the campaign page.

Petersen Games is launching three pretty hefty games in the month of November, and they look pretty good.  The first on the list is Dicenstein, a game of chucking dice and building your own monsters.  The game sounds easy enough where you dig up body parts (dice) and then you roll the dice to see what parts you actually found.  From there you build your monstrosity and go to work killing off your opponents until you are the only one.  The game comes with 117 large dice with monster parts and symbols on each side to correspond to special powers.  So if you want buckets of dice and lots of rolling, look for this game on store shelves in November.

The next two games are the initial sets of the board game implementation of the Orcs Must Die video game, The Order and Unchained.  Both sets will give you over 50 minis as well as over 100 equipment cards to equip your heroes with to withstand the enemy onslaught.  The game itself is like a tower defense game where you set up a map, and on that map you will be fighting wave after wave of enemies to keep them from overrunning you.  Survive the three onslaughts of the enemy and you will be the victors.  The difference between the sets is essentially which side do you want to play.  The Order is you playing humans versus the orcs, and in Unchained it’s you as the monsters fighting off the humans.  Both sets will be on sale in the month of November so look forward to it.


Petersen Games, who brought us Cthulhu Wars and the yet to be released Orcs Must Die! has a new game on Kickstarter called Dicenstein designed Chris Fernandez and Tom McGinty.

Dicenstein is a dice game that casts 2-4 players as a mad doctor who is digging up, collecting, and stitching together various parts of the most infamous monsters to create your Ultimate Creation! You will battle your rivals for superior monster parts with your best monsters while creating a monster army to savage the countryside.

Become a mad scientist, digging through graveyards to stitch together wacky hybrid monsters and send them to battle!

Players will seed a burial key board with various monsters drawn randomly from a bag, then place the corresponding dice for each monster on the graveyard symbols indicated on the burial key. This means that if you have more than 12 monsters in the game box (which will be the case for each backer) you set up will be different every time.

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During the game players will send their hunchback assistant into the monster graveyard to dig up parts (collect dice). When you have enough dice you can roll them all and use the results to piece together a monster. Each monster requires a head, hand, body, and foot and various parts from various monsters is allowed and encouraged. The newly created monster will take the place of your hunchback and do your digging/fighting for you.

Each of the monsters in the game that you can dig up has different special abilities that aid the players during the game, a few examples of the included monsters and their special abilities are:

  • Werewolf – Overwhelming Rage
  • Clown – Terror
  • Invisible Man – Invisibility
  • Unicorn – Charge

The Kickstarter doesn’t cover just the base game, two expansion are available through it as well. Brides of Dicenstein adds three new monsters (Bride of Dicenstein, Medusa, and a Witch) and Return to Castle Dicenstein increases the player count to 2 – 8 players and also includes 8 new monsters.

Dicenstein certainly looks like a exciting and entertaining game that will come with a ton of 18mm colorful dice and some cool artwork by Daniel Hughes II. It should be 45 minutes of family friendly fun. So if you like games with loads of dice rolling and fast strategic gameplay then you should check out Dicenstein on Kickstarter here.

orcs must die

Petersen Games has licensed the IP for the popular video game Orcs Must Die! from Robot Entertainment and has launched a Kickstarter to bring you two cooperative games from the franchise. Yes you heard that right this is for two technically different games. Orcs Must Die: Order – The Boardgame and Orcs Must Die: Unchained – The Boardgame. In Order players will have access to Maximilian the War Mage, Gabriella the Redeemed Sorceress and other heros that will face down waves of seemingly unstoppable Orcs while in Unchained players will control opposing heroes like the Kobold King or Midnight the assassin and deal with relentless assaults from human soldiers, lions, elves, bears, dwarfs, etc.

The award winning game Orcs Must Die! has at last made its way to the table top! Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame dares you to preserve your stronghold sieged by orcs. You have traps & weapons galore, and can team up with your friends to obliterate the nasty orcs and their grotesque allies. Robot Entertainment has joined forces with award-winning designer Sandy Petersen to create Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame project. Our new game has been precisely adapted to the tabletop environment. It includes scores of great plastic figures of all your favorite heroes, plus hordes of orcs, crossbow orcs, kobolds, gnolls, trolls, ogres, and more. Build an exciting fortress using our tile-based system, then watch as swarms of baddies plunge through your defenses to wreck your Rift.

In both games 1-4 players will choose a hero and face 3 onslaughts of enemies each one stronger than the last. Each hero will have an individual sheet, special ability, secret power, mini, and weapon cards that the players will not have access to. There will be different difficulty levels and tiles to create maps or use pre-arranged maps. Once set up prepare to face waves of enemies who, once killed, will leave you trophy skulls to purchase new items, upgrades, and more. Combat involves rolling dice of different colors dependent on what weapons and upgrades you own.

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But that’s not all, if a copy of both Order and Unchained are present at game time you can combine the two to create a third PVP style game! The players will split into teams and go head to head Order vs. Unchained. This version of the game will support up to 4 players on each side.

Finally each pledge will include digital rewards including the Orcs Must Die! and Orcs Must Die! 2 video games as well as a beta code for the upcoming Orcs Must Die! Unchained!

So if you’re a fan of Orcs Must Die!, tower defense games in general,  or just thinks this sounds like a game for you check out the Kickstarter today.