Poker

Curtiss Patrick and Danger Games have started a Kickstarter Campaign for Rainbow: The Trick Taking Poker Game. In Rainbow, 2-5 players use an 80 card deck consisting of values from 10 to Ace, in 5 colors, plus wild cards. Players each receive a hand of 15 cards, which they need to organize into poker hand “tricks” of 2, 3, 4, and 5 cards, culminating in a final single card play. Tricks can be the classic flush, straight, full house, three- and four-of-a-kind, etc., but most must consist of a single color, with color acting as a final trump in ties. Players bid on how many tricks they feel they will win, then play out their hand, with the first player to 11 points winning to game.

“It’s a great game for poker players to learn trick-taking, a wonderful design for trick-taking fans to get an introduction to poker, fantastic for fans of both poker and trick-taking games, and an easy-to-start game for players who have never played poker or trick-taking games”

Rainbow is a fast, easy to learn family trick taking game, and the Kickstarter is set to continue through August 16, 2019. The final game is expected to deliver in January 2020.

North Star Games previously announced Most Wanted, a poker and western-themed card game.  Now, North Star has provided an October 1st release date for the game.

In Most Wanted, the players are bandits competing to be the most notorious outlaw.   Players acquire notoriety (points) by participating in actions, like robberies or challenging fellow bandits to duels, then simplified poker hands are used to resolve the actions.   Those players that lose a particular action must pay bail, which means they forgo some of their points.  First player to 13 points wins.

Two of the designers of Most Wanted are Ken Gruhl and Quentin Weir, which designed another North Star game, Happy Salmon.

Most Wanted is for two to eight players, ages 10 and up.  You can read the original announcement here and view the updated product page and release date information here.

“Red Falls. Darkrock. Two towns on opposite ends of the mesa. Two towns in the middle of God’s own nowhere. You step off of the train and feel yer boots hit the red dirt as you pound the dust from yer coat. You only have iron on yer hip and a few bucks to yer name. But that doesn’t mean folks should go underestimatin’ ya. The only question to answer now is how will you make them remember yer name?”

Kolossal Games has launched Western Legends, their debut game, on Kickstarter.  Western Legends is an open-world sandbox tabletop game for 2-6 players (90-120 minutes) set in the American Wild West.  It is the first game design for Hervé Lemaître with art from  Roland MacDonald (Stop Thief, Battle Line). In Western Legends, players can play as a number of historical figures including Annie Oakley, Bass Reeves, Crazy Horse, and Doc Holliday.

Western Legends includes 12 characters, over 200 cards, a general store to display the item cards, gold nuggets, cubes, dice, chips, miniatures  and player mats.  The core game also includes hand sculpted miniatures (6 characters, 6 bandits, and hopefully a sheriff if stretch goals are met) crafted by Pure Arts (Kemet, Inis).

A pledge of $60 will get you the core game and the Fistful of Extras Expansion (All Unlocked Stretch Goals).  $75 will get you the core game, the Fistful of Extras Expansion (All Unlocked Stretch Goals), and The Good the Bad & the Handsome Expansion.  The top tier pledge at $84 will get you the core game, the Fistful of Extras Expansion (All Unlocked Stretch Goals), The Good the Bad & the Handsome Expansion, and a 52 card poker deck.  You can check out the Western Legends Kickstarter here.

 

 

UltraPro Entertainment has three new games due for release this January.

Fightin’ Words from designer Mike Elliot (Dice Masters, Thunderstone) is a variant of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, in which 2-6 players bet on who can make the largest word. Five face up cards are common to all players, with a secret two card hand held in reserve. Cards also have western themed “suits” which can be collected for tokens and bonus points. The first player with seven or more of one token type triggers the end of the game, and the most coins wins the game. Humorous “Wanted Posters” dictate special scoring for each round.

Shadow Blocks has players putting together three dimensional tetris like pieces, trying to create an object which matches the printed shadows as seen from two angles. Challenge cards with shadows come in three different difficulties, and the game contains enough blocks for 4 players.  Shadow Blocks comes with 20 blocks, 72 challenge cards and 4 player boards.

Zircles is an abstract game in which players put magnetic triangular pieces onto a board, trying to complete circles of their color. Complete you own circles or sabotage an opponent; the most points from completing circles wins the game. Zircles comes with both solo and two player rules.

Check out more details about these games on the UltraPro Website here.

poker-assaultIf you thought that poker was too much bluffing and not enough attacking, then Cryptozoic Entertainment’s new release, Poker Assault, might be right up your alley.

Poker Assault, designed by Ben Cichoski and Daniel Mandel, has players taking on one of four factions, each with their own 52-card deck, trying to craft poker hands to attack their opponents. To assault your opponent, you must play cards that form at least a pair or greater. Your opponent has a chance to defend by playing cards that either match the value of your cards, or exceed it if it is in the same suit. Players that attack with a stronger hand (e.g. a Straight or a Flush) will also gain power cards unique to their faction! Each attacking card that is unblocked will chip away at your opponent’s health, the last player standing wins!

Already released and in stores, Poker Assault is for 2-4 players and plays in 15-25 minutes. It comes with the following components:

  • 1 Vampire Court Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 Wolf Pack Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 The Invaders Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 Rocket Patrol Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 4 Sets of Eight Power Cards
  • Lots of Hit Point Tokens
  • 1 Rulebook

For additional information, visit Cryptozoic Entertainment’s website here.

tiny_epic_western_boxI have to admit, I was late getting on the Tiny Epic bandwagon. Despite all the good press games like Tiny Epic Defenders and Tiny Epic Kingdoms were getting, I couldn’t get my head around Tiny and Epic being in the same sentence. You can’t fool me, Gamelyn Games! I buckled with Tiny Epic Galaxies, however, and loved the game and, thus, I’m a Tiny Epic fan for life (or until my wife takes away my credit card). Luckily, I won’t have to wait long for my next fix as Tiny Epic Western is set to hit retail in late October.

Tiny Epic Western is a worker placement game in which players can knock other players off occupied spaces via duels. It also uses a poker mechanism, but it’s only three cards per hand. No Aces & Eights here, folks. There’s also resource management and more, which seems a lot for such a small box. It appears to be, dare I say, tiny and epic.

Look for Tiny Epic Western to hit your friendly local game store on October 28 and retail for $25.

saloon tycoon

Today, Van Ryder Games will launch its 4th Kickstarter project, Saloon Tychoon.  This game for 2-4 players is light-medium weight, and is designed by the Building the Game podcast’s co-host, Robert Couch.

In this tile-laying game, players are vying to build the best saloon in town by playing tiles on their player boards.  Using cubes as supports, players may place new tiles on top of old ones, creating a unique aesthetic as players build new rooms onto their saloons.  These rooms include poker rooms, laundry rooms, stables, jails, and more.

saloon tycoon stuff

Van Ryder will be utilizing a new concept called HUBS that “aims to save backers money on shipping by having many backers from one area pick up their games from a central HUB. It is completely optional, but for those trying to minimize their expenses, it will be a very welcomed option.”

For more information, visit the Kickstarter project or the Van Ryder website here.

tiny epic western layout

Poker meets worker placement in this artfully crafted 30 minute board game for 2 to 4 players. TINY box, EPIC gameplay, EVERY TIME!

Gamelyn Games is well known for their “Tiny Epic” series of games, including Tiny Epic Kingdoms, Tiny Epic Defenders, and most recently Tiny Epic Galaxies.  As of Monday, January 11, 2016, the Kickstarter project for the latest addition to the series, Tiny Epic Western, has begun.

In the game, players each have a “Boss” card on which they keep track of their posse members and influence.  As the Boss, each player will send his or her posse around the town, playing poker, gaining influence, and purchasing buildings.  Utilizing a combination of poker and a worker-placement mechanism, players will place their posse members in different buildings to take a variety of actions to accomplish the above goals.

Each time a player sends a posse member to a location, a poker hand is played.  Winning will award the player the “poker pot” and any extra influence from a “double down” spot. Players will need this influence for acquiring buildings later on in the round.  The Sheriff’s Office is a unique location offering players the ability to change the value or suit of their poker card. It also offers a way to acquire an extra building each round and activate players’ 3rd posse member.  When another player’s posse member is in the way of another player’s, the other player may send in his or her posse member for a duel to try and take the spot.  A “WANTED” card is dealt to the winner of the last duel.

After locations and placement of posse members have been resolved, players may spend their Influence to purchase one building occupied by one of their posse members.  Buildings offer victory points, abilities, and industry influence.

At the end of each round, the player who had the best poker hand at the Town Hall advances one of three industries forward in their rank.  The game ends after six rounds (bullets in a revolver) and the player with the most victory points is the winner.

tiny epic wester in box

One copy of Tiny Epic Western includes:

  • 1 Box
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 12 Meeples
  • 1 Poker Chip
  • 2 Bullet Dice
  • 3 Industry Tokens
  • 12 Influence Tokens
  • 1 Wanted Card
  • 20-Card Poker Deck
  • 24 Building Cards
  • 4 Boss Cards (Player Cards)
  • 6 Location Cards

The Deluxe version of the game includes Kickstarter exclusive material:

  • 2 Unique Boss Cards
  • 2 Additional Bullet Dice

Tiny Epic Western is a game for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 30-45 minutes.  As of the fourth hour of the project, it has funded at 408% of it’s target pledge goal.  The Kickstarter will fund on February 6, 2016.  For more information on the project, visit the Kickstarter page here.