Fans of heroic rodent campaign games, rejoice! Plaid Hat Games has announced that ‘Aftermath,’ the latest entry in the Adventure Book Game series, is now available for pre-order.

Designed by Stuffed Fables and Mice and Mystics designer Jerry Hawthorne, Aftermath is set in a world where humans have mysteriously vanished, leaving common animals like mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and other small creatures to inherit the Earth. Across 27 story-driven mission, Players will take on the role of one of these animals and must explore suburban ruins in order to scavenge for food and other resources to provide for their colony while also being on guard against predators.

The game promises dynamic card play that will allow players to complete a wide variety of actions and also will include a mechanic for players to choose whether to use combat or diplomacy to resolve various threats. Finally, similar to Dead of Winter, each player will have a personal goal to accomplish in addition to the main objective.

The list of contents, pre-order and other information about this upcoming release can be found here.

Limited to only 500 copies, Portal Games has launched their very own Loot Box, now up on their website for pre-order.

The Loot Box includes promos, mini-expansions, and gadgets for the following titles: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, Alien Artifacts, Imperial Settlers, 51st State, Neuroshima HEX! 3.0 and Cry Havoc.

Some of the highlights include:

• A brand new, 14th scenario for Robinson Crusoe

• A new set of crystals for Cry Havoc

• A play mat for 51st State

Coming in at over $70 in value, all items will be available to purchase separately through varying times in 2019 but you can get them all first when you pre-order the Portal Games Loot Box.

Stronghold Games has begun taking pre-orders on more than a handful of games due out in the next couple of months.

Two of the new games available for pre-order now, AuZtralia and Terraforming Mars: Colonies, were reported in Dice Tower News recently. Bryan Drake also sat down with AuZtralia’s designer, Martin Wallace, to learn more about the game. Stronghold Games has proudly added AuZtralia to its Great Designer Series. Terraforming Mars: Colonies is the fourth expansion to the hugely popular, Terraforming Mars. Only 500 copies of Terraforming Mars: Colonies will be available for pre-order, so act fast.

Also available for pre-order are two Friedmann Friese games, Fortune and Fool!

Fool! is a card-shedding and trick-taking game where player attempt to get rid of their cards without playing the lowest card.  The player who plays the lowest card has to sit out the next trick, losing the opportunity to get rid of a card. Players score negative points for cards left in their hand, and positive points if they got rid of all the cards in their hand, unless they play the lowest card in the last hand which earns them nothing. Fool! plays 4-8 players, ages 8+, in about 15 minutes.

Fortune is the forth game in the Fast Forward Series and uses the Fable Game system.  These games do not require an understanding of the rules beforehand.  Instead, the cards are pre-sorted and the rules of the game are explained on the cards as they are played. In Fortune, the player with the highest score wins the game, but gaining the highest numbers may not be enough. The trick is to get the right bonuses for the big payoff. Fortune plays 3-5 players, ages 10+, in about 15 minutes.

Calimala was originally published last year Blackfire Entertainment in both German and English editions, but it may have been difficult to find here in North America.  Stronghold is republishing the English only edition this year. In Calimala, players are members of the guild of cloth finishers and merchants in Republic of Florence during the Late Middle Ages.  Players assign their employees to produce and trade cloth and gain prestige by delivering their good, contributing to the construction of buildings, and sponsoring artwork.  The player with the most prestige at the end of the game wins. Calimala plays 3-5 players in 45-75 minutes.

Lastly, Stronghold Games is republished Kanban: Automotive Revolution as a Limited Edition Kanban: Driver’s Edition. Stronghold has also included Kanban, designed by renowned designer Vital Lacerda of Vinhos, The Gallerist, and Lisboa fame, in their Great Designer Series.  In Kanban, players are managers in an automotive factory seeking to impress the factory manager by establishing the most efficient assembly line.  With each promotions come more capabilities to be more efficient. The players with the higher productivity points, demonstrating the most effective use of workhours, at the end of the game is the winner. Kanban plays 2-4 players, ages 12+, in 90-120 minutes. Stronghold does not plan to reprint this game again in the future!


Ares Games has opened up pre-orders for a Limited Edition of the War of the Ring expansion Warriors of Middle-earth. This edition includes higher quality components such as 48 hand-painted figures in special deluxe packaging and a limited edition certificate of authenticity. A minimum of 1,200 copies and maximum of 2,400 copies will be printed and sold by pre-order only for $129.90 ($154.58 including VAT for copies shipping inside the EU) plus postage and packing.

Warriors of Middle-earth is the second expansion for War of the Ring Second Edition board game. It brings Ents, Dead Men of Dunharrow, Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Corsairs of Umbar, Wild Hilmen from Dunland, and Giant Spiders, previously featured only as special Event Cards. They become essential part of the game, with unique figures and specific abilities to be combined with new mechanics to open up new strategies when playing the War of the Ring.

Pre-orders will close on August 21st (or when 2,400 copies are pre-ordered), and will be serviced on a first come, first served basis, with a strict limit of one copy per customer’s address.

Visit the Ares Games page to pre-order your copy!



Victory Point Games’ latest creation is a two player court room game where you play out the trial of Louis Riel, a famous figure in Canadian history.  In the game one player will be the prosecutor and the other will be the defense, and unfortunately, like in the real trial, the deck is stacked in favor of the prosecutor.  Players will first have to seat a jury, with 12 jurors to choose from you will have to come down to a selection of 6 of them.  From there both players will then start playing cards to influence individual jurors or to sway people of a particular profession, faith, or nationality.  Cards will have multiple actions that can be taken on the card so you will have to pick which one you want to use at that time.  You play two rounds of the game and then play out your summation cards to wrap up your case, in the end whichever side has the most points is the winner of the case.

High Treason: The Trial of Lousi Riel is the first in Victory Point Games’ line of games called The World on Trial.  They intend to use the framework developed in this game and apply it to different trials in history for players to be able to play it out on their tables.  To learn more about the game you can check out the unboxing video on Victory Point Games’ site and also pre-order it through their site.


The latest game from Matt Leacock, Chariot Race, is up on Kickstarter now to fund an English edition of the game.  Previously we reported on the impending release of the game from Pegasus Spiele, but that was only the German/English edition for the European market.  Now the English only version, being published through Eagle Gryphon Games, is on Kickstarter.  This is essentially a pre-order campaign so know that there won’t be any stretch goals, but there is the opportunity to add additional games from the Eagle Gryphon library after the campaign.

For more information on the game you can look at our previous article, or you can check out the campaign page and pledge for your copy while you are at it.


War of the Ring 2nd Edition Anniversary Edition was the latest edition to be released of this highly rated game, and included no less than 205 fully painted miniatures.  Needless to say, a game this popular with a special edition like that sold out in no time, but now Ares Games is offering something for those that missed it.  The Anniversary Release Deluxe Set will include the anniversary edition rule book, over-sized game board, and companion guide.  Essentially you will be getting the upgraded components of the game minus the game box and all the painted minis.  This is great for two reasons, the first is that miniature painters that already painted their set no longer have to shell out for a boatload of pre-painted minis.  Second, those who missed the original release can now get all the upgraded rules and map to upgrade their existing copy.  Cost differs based on where it is being shipped but will run you around $70 plus shipping, so hurry to Ares Games’ website to order before the window closes on October 5th.

Have you ever wanted to build your own little circus? In this great little game, Little Circuses, you can recruit various daring circus acts and amazing attractions to turn your little venture into a big crowd-attracting spectacle.

Published by IDW Games with an expected release date of 09/14/2016, Little Circuses is a 1-7 players, worker placement, tile placement circus building game. Designed by renowned designer Kevin Wilson, playing time takes 45 minutes even with full complement of players and includes a John the Ringmaster Mega Meeple and 60 audience meeples!

Little Circuses is available now for pre-order.

Find out more information on IDW Games site here.

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On June 29, Stone Blade Entertainment announced a new deck-building game in their Ascension line of games, Ascension X: War of Shadows, is available for pre-order.  If you pre-order now, you’d receive a free promo card, Chaos Rider.

Ascension X: War of Shadows is the 10th installment in the award-winning franchise, designed by Gary Arant & Justin Gary.  As a standalone game, it can play from 1 to 4 players, or it can be used in combination with other Ascension releases to play up to 6 players.

The War of Shadows continues the struggle for control of New Vigil.  To battle against the coming darkness, new Heroes and Constructs of increased power and dual-cost to bolster the forces of Dark and Light.  Mirroring the difference between the Dark and Light forces, cards will now also have differing powers depending on whether it’s daytime or nighttime.

If you’d like to learn more or place a pre-order for the game, click <here>.


Portal Games has opened up pre-orders for their latest game, Cry Havoc.  Cry Havoc is

an intense area control game with four unique factions and 48 detailed miniatures. As with all our games the factions in Cry Havoc are unique and offer players different strategies and options to earn victory points. Additionally, Cry Havoc introduces a unique battle resolution system called the Battle Objectives Resolution. Every battle is different as the players must decide how to spread their forces among the three Battle Objectives: Region Control, Capture Prisoners, and Attrition.

Pre-ordering is open now on the Portal site, and unlike the 51st State Master Set pre-order there are no Kickstarter like stretch goals, but you do get free shipping and a set of promo objective cards.  You can read the press release below for more info on the game and look forward to it’s release at GenCon.

Portal Games opens pre-orders for Cry Havoc

An intense strategy game from designes Grant Rodiek, Michał Walczack and Michal

Gliwice, Poland – June 8, 2016. Today, Portal Games opens pre-orders for the summer release, Cry Havoc, from designers Grant Rodiek, Michał Walczak and Michal Oracz. Cry Havoc is an asymmetric, card driven, area control game for 2 to 4 players. Each player controls one of 4 factions battling for resources on a planet full of riches. As the game develops, the players will customize their factions deck of cards, build powerful structures, and leverage their faction’s unique skills to emerge victorious.

Cry Havoc is an intense area control game with four unique factions and 48 detailed miniatures. As with all our games the factions in Cry Havoc are unique and offer players different strategies and options to earn victory points. Additionally, Cry Havoc introduces a unique battle resolution system called the Battle Objectives Resolution. Every battle is different as the players must decide how to spread their forces among the three Battle Objectives: Region Control, Capture Prisoners, and Attrition.

Pre-orders are now open for a limited time for fans who wish to receive the game early. Shipping options include free pick-up at Gen Con 2016, free shipping for US and Canadian customers, and reduced shipping worldwide. Customers who pre-order will also receive a set of 8 promotional Objective cards to enhance the game.

Cry Havoc is for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 or older and takes approximately 60-120 minutes to play. The game includes 84 cards, 1 game board, 1 battle board, 4 faction boards, 48 miniatures, over 170 cardboard tokens, 30 plastic crystals, and 1 rulebook. Cry Havoc will be released at Gen Con 2016 in August and will be available worldwide shortly after. For more information, you can visit the Cry Havoc page on our website at

About Portal Games

Portal Games is a publisher of award-winning games such as Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Tides of Time, Legacy, and Neuroshima Hex. Founded in Poland in 1999, Portal Games has developed into one of the most renowned European game publishers and design teams. Their commitment is to produce only the highest quality Board Games That Tell Stories.