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KOSMOS is coming out with a new board game, Cities Skylines- The Board Game, designed by Rustan Håkansson. This 1-4 player cooperative game is based on the video game Cities: Skylines where you and your team will plan and develop your own metropolis!

To create this thriving city, you will need to expand while keeping in mind pollution, traffic, crime, and other problems that arise throughout the course of the game. Replayability will be high as there are multiple starting scenarios where you will build different cities with unique buildings as you attempt to keep the population in a good mood.

Cities Skylines- The Board Game is set to come out October, 2019. You can preorder the game here.

To celebrate the release of their new digital offering The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, Fantasy Flight games is offering a limited edition version of the physical game that has been around since 2011.

The special edition is available now as a preorder directly from Fantasy Flight Games. An order for the collectors edition of the card game includes early access (August 28, 2018) to the new digital game on Steam including some in-game bonuses such as unlocked packs and avatars only available to those who pre-order this set.

The “The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game Limited Collector’s Edition” physical bundle will include a complete starter set, a custom playmat, MP3 soundtrack, art prints and your very own One Ring (the power of invisibility is not included). To attract new and experienced players alike, the starter set will feature new artwork on all cards, but will retain complete compatibility with existing sets and expansions. There will also be two new heroes in the set,  Thorin Stonehelm and Gildor Inglorion, and two new quests. And for those who really like to set the scene, you’ll get a code to download the score for the digital game that you can use to enhance your game nights.

See the pre-order page for more information.

 

51st state

Your goal is to build a new State in this post-apocalyptic world. Whether you command merciless Mutants or brave New Yorkers, your aim is always simple and clear – conquer new lands, incorporate new regions, and destroy everyone who is of no value. How will you achieve this? It’s pretty simple – the highest score wins the game. Pretty novel, huh?

Portal Games is currently running a preorder campaign for the revitalization of their hit card game 51st State in the form of the 51st State Master Set.  51st State is a competitive game that takes place in the unforgiving, post-apocalyptic work of Neuroshima Hex.  In the game, players take control of a faction such as New York, Appalachian Federation, Mutants Union, or the Merchants Guild and, by levying the power of his faction, build a new state: a 51st state.

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The core design and mechanisms of the game resemble that of Portal’s popular game Imperial Settlers, which is itself a redesign of the core mechanisms of the original 51st State card game.  The new 51st State Master Set will include a complete redesign of the original version of 51st State, as well as new editions of New Era and Winter, the original expansions for the game.  The boxed set includes:

  • 1 Victory Point Board
  • 200 Cards
    • 88 Base Set Cards
    • 12 Connection Cards
    • 50 New Era Cards
    • 50 Winter Cards
  • 4 Victory Point Markers
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 4 Faction Boards
  • Goods Markers
    • 38 Brick resource pieces
    • 38 Fuel resource pieces
    • 30 Gun resource pieces
    • 38 Iron resource pieces
  • 38 Workers pieces
  • 10 Shield Tokens
  • 13 Bullet Tokens
  • 9 Development Tokens
  • 20 Red Contact Tokens
  • 20 Blue Contact Tokens
  • 30 Grey Contact Tokens
  • 7 Universal Contact Tokens
  • 4 Multiply Tokens
  • 1 Rulebook

The preorders will be closing on this item soon.  To learn more about the details of the game and what’s included in the preorder, visit the Portal Games website here.

demo copy program
As you may know, the board game industry has changed this April, with Asmodee North America (ANA) implementing new policies for distribution of their games.  According to ANA, the central concept for the changes is:
It’s important to support brick and mortar retail stores since they help grow the audience and build the hobby.
Following this idea, Stronghold Games is announcing a new Demo Copy Program. Friendly Local Gaming Stores (FLGS) will be allowed to get heavily discounted and/or free copies of board games for demos and playing. If you have a favorite FLGS, fill out the request form so you can let them know which games you’re interested in trying out.
There are also some new promos available on the Stronghold Games site (for 504, The Golden Ages, and Space Cadets: Away Missions, , as well as some games on preorder.
NOTE: Upon publishing this, Stronghold Games provided an update:
Our Sales & Marketing partner, PSI, indicated to us late yesterday that they would like to roll out the Demo Copy Program more slowly, ensuring that everything is working smoothly.  This slight correction takes place immediately:
 
PSI will begin the Demo Copy Program
during the last week of April
To ensure that we can provide the best service possible, the official start date of the Demo Copy Program is being moved to the last week of April.
At that time, demo copies will be available directly through our partner, Publishing Services Inc (PSI).

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.

Stone Blade Entertainment’s deck building game Ascension will receive a new expansion on December 18, 2015 entitled Ascension: Dreamscape.

This new expansion will feature:

  • New Insight Resource allowing players to acquire exclusive Dream Cards, only available in Ascension: Dreamscape
  • Players can use the Dreamscape to access powerful new Vision Cards, Heroes and Constructs
  • Brand-new art
  • Playable as a stand-alone, 1-4 player games or combine with other Ascension games to play with up to 6 players

Fans can preorder the new expansion on the Ascension website and receive a free promo, Nova, Born of Chaos.  For more information, visit the Ascension website here.

With this Imperial Assault Villain Pack, you have the chance to hunt down the Rebel leaders in a campaign or skirmish game. Take up the hunt with Dengar and decapitate the Rebel Alliance before it can regroup and oppose the Empire once more!

Dengar is one of the heinous bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, and he makes his appearance as a ruthless killer in this villain pack for Fantasy Flight Games’ Imperial Assault.

The Dengar Villain Pack includes the Dengar miniature to replace the token from the Return to Hoth expansion, as well as a variety of cards to expand gameplay.  Also included are three new Agenda cards, new Command cards and two unique skirmish missions using the Hoth Battle Station map in the Return to Hoth expansion.

Dengar possesses several abilities as a character that highlight his ruthless nature.  The Contempt ability allows him to apply +1 SURGE when attacking a figure with no Harmful Conditions.  His Punishment ability allows him to repeatedly use SURGES in a single attack to give a target Harmful Conditions of Dengar’s choice.

The Dengar Villain Pack is on pre-order status at the current time with a scheduled release of December 2015 or January 2016.  For more information about this expansion pack, visit the Fantasy Flight Games website here.

fragor games

Fragor Games has a new game coming out at Essen – A Game of Gnomes. Essen is the annual game show held in Essen, Germany in October, and this year it will be October 8-11.

There currently isn’t much information about A Game of Gnomes, but from the description it looks like a lighthearted game where 2-4 players are gnomes adventuring to seek their fortune. Also, the components look similar to miniature lawn gnomes (sculpted and painted), and it looks like it includes a large mountain for the gnomes to climb.

Preorders for the game are now open. There is an option of Essen pick up as well as normal delivery, so anyone can preorder.

To learn more and preorder A Game of Gnomes, check out Fragor Games’s website here.

Stoneblade Entertainment announces that a new card game, Bad Beets, is now available for preorder through July 27 with the free gift of a Bad Beets button.

Bad Beets is a family bluffing game in which players must eat their vegetables by working to get rid of their beets in any way they can.  This might include feeding them to the dog or sharing them with others.  Players are being required to sit down for dinner and must “eat” (or get rid of) their 8 Beet cards before they can “leave the table”.  You can bluff to your heart’s content, but you had better be holding the right card if you get called out!

The game will include:

  • 15 Role Cards
  • 50 Beet Tokens
  • 15 Ice Cream Tokens
  • 5 Action Reminder Cards
  • 1 Rulebook

Bad Beets is for 2-5 players ages 8 and up and plays very quickly.  The game is scheduled to ship to retailers on August 3, 2015.  For more information about the game and the preorder, visit the Stoneblade website here.

Secrets lurk in the shadows of the King’s castle…barbicans, moats, courtyards…and clever Secret Passages…

Today, Bezier Games (One Night Ultimate WerewolfSuburbia, and the upcoming Favor of the Pharaoh) announces the first expansion to the Essen 2014 hit, Castles of Mad King Ludwig by Ted Alspach.  This expansion takes Castles of Mad King Ludwig, currently ranked #84 on boardgamegeek.com, to new levels of intrigue, by introducing dozens of new components and several new mechanics.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria was known for his eccentric castle-building, having created some of the most iconic castles in the world during his short reign. He is known as the “Swan king” as his signature castle, Neuschwanstein, translates roughly to “New Swan Stone”. One of the elements of a castle that Ludwig didn’t get to build during his short lifetime was a moat, something he longed for as a moat separated two of the castles he frequented as a young boy. But he did get to indulge in another of his architectural desires: Neuschwanstein has several secret passages added specifically at Ludwig’s request.

Designer Ted Alspach had the following to say about Castles of Mad King Ludwig Secrets:
“Barbicans and Moats change the way you construct your castle, upping the spacial element that so many people enjoy in the original Castles game.  The new rooms provide immense replayability, and coupled with placing Secret Passages and collecting Swans for money and/or points, it really broadens the overall game experience without increasing complexity.”
Secrets will be available for purchase in October 2015.  Preorders are available by visiting www.beziergames.com.
Bezier Games 2015 Preorder Special
Bezier Games would also like to bring attention to their 2015 preorder special!  You can now order Castles of Mad King Ludwig SecretsSuburbia 5 Star, and Favor of the Pharaoh together in one package!  What’s more, this preorder special also includes three additional sets of dice for Favor of the Pharaoh and 1 set of Suburbia 5 Star Game Con Bonus tiles (featuring Kublacon, DiceTower Con, Gen Con, Essen Spiel, and BGG.con!
To take advantage of this preorder special, visit the Bezier Games 2015 Preorder Special link HERE.