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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.

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Plaid Hat Games has just announced that Specter Ops: Shadow of Babel, featured at Gen Con 2014, is now available for pre-order!

Specter Ops is the ultimate stealth action game. On one side, a lone A.R.K. agent infiltrates a Raxxon facility, seeking to retrieve three mission targets and escape alive. Equipped with unique skills and tools, the agent moves in secret.  On the other side, two or more genetically enhanced Raxxon hunters, alerted to the intruder’s presence, take no prisoners as they attempt to eliminate the A.R.K. agent before a successful escape. Super-human mutations and keen coordination aid them in their duty to destroy Raxxon’s enemies.

Specter Ops was designed by Emerson Matsuuchi and is for 2-5 players, ages 9+, and plays in 60-120 minutes.  For more information on Specter Ops: Shadow of Babel and pre-order information, visit Plaid Hat Games’ website HERE.

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Reported from the recent Stronghold Games newsletter…

The following are currently available for preorder:

Panamax, Among The Stars: Ambassadors & Expanding The Alliance, and Core Worlds: Revolution.  Revolution will only be available for preorder for the next three weeks.

Revolution is the second expansion to the deck-building game Core Worlds.  The expansion features three new Heroes (Captain Alexander, the Prophet, and Duke Magnus) and each will come with their own set of Heroic Tactics.  New Advancements can be built on conquered worlds.  The expansion comes with almost 100 cards.

Plus, we can’t forget that Core Worlds is going digital.

Here’s a preview of Stronghold’s release schedule.

# Title Preorders start Retail 
Dates
1 Among The Stars   NOW IN STORES!
2 Space Cadets: Dice Duel – Die Fighter   NOW IN STORES!
3 Diamonds   In stores on Sept 9!
4 Panamax NOW! Oct 22 (tentative)
5 Core Worlds: Revolution NOW! Oct 22 (tentative)
6 Among The Stars: The Ambassadors (expansion 1) NOW! Oct 22 (tentative)
7 Among The Stars: Expanding the Alliance (expansion 2) NOW! Nov 5 (tentative)
8 Medina Late
Sep-14

Stronghold Games have opened pre-orders for their upcoming releases, Among the Stars, Diamonds, and the Space Cadet:Dice Duel expansion, Die Fighter.

among the stars

Among The Stars

Among the Stars takes place in a war-ravaged galaxy where the warring alien races have declared peace in the wake of a threat with the potential to destroy them all. An Alliance is established to build space stations throughout the galaxy in order to promote trade among the races, strengthen diplomatic relations, and defend against this impending threat.

Each player takes the role of one of those races trying to build the greatest space station. Through card drafting, the players select locations, and use these to build their station, scoring victory points based on the placement.

The construction lasts four years, and alien race with the most points at the end wins.

among the stars display

Among the Stars uses the “7 Wonders”-style card-drafting mechanic. However, cards that are drafted are placed in front of you to build your space station, and the placement of these location cards in the space station is critically important to scoring points. The spatial relationships among the cards are important for winning the game.

Among The Stars is a rich thematic card drafting game. Stronghold Games will be expanding this game with two expansions coming later this year!

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Diamonds

Designed by the master of card games, Mike Fitzgerald!

Diamonds is a trick-taking card game in which players collect Diamonds – not cards bearing that suit, mind you, but rather actual “Diamond Crystals” (acrylic crystals) included in the game.

What makes the game of Diamonds different from other trick-taking card games is that when you cannot follow suit you get a “Suit Action” based on what suit you do play. Suit Actions are also taken by the winner of each trick, as well as at the end of a full Round of play.

diamonds cards

Suit Actions will enable players to take Diamond Crystals from the Supply, moving them to their Showroom (where they may score 1 point) or to their Vault (where they will score 2 points). The Vault is a secure area, but the Showroom is vulnerable to theft by the other players. Whoever has the most points in Diamond Crystals at the end of the game wins!

Diamonds features great components, great gameplay, and stunning Art Deco stying with metallic gold and silver inks.

Diamonds is designed by the master of card games, Mike Fitzgerald. We are proud to make Mike’s game the first in the new “Pocket Line” for Stronghold Games.

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Space Cadets: Dice Duel – Die Fighter

Now supports 2-10 Players! Launch yourself in a Fighter ship!
Space Cadets: Dice Duel – Die Fighter, the first expansion to the hit game Space Cadets: Dice Duel, brings two new experiences to the Space Cadets: Dice Duel universe! Veterans will now have a whole new way to play:

* Fighters are flown by a single person and are fast and maneuverable, but lack shields and can be easily destroyed. In “Carrier Strike”, suitable for 6-10 players, each team gets one original ship (now called a Capital Ship) and one Fighter. “Fighter Assault” has two Fighters trying to take out a single heavily armed capital ship and is designed for 4-6 players. Finally, “Fighter Duel” brings the Dice Duel experience to two players, as two fighters go head-to-head for a quick and intense battle.

die fighter stuff

* Experimental Equipment cards upgrade the capital ships with a variety of unique and powerful abilities. Through a draft mechanism, each side selects two upgrades and needs to tailor their strategy to take advantage of their strengths. The 27 cards include new weapons, enhancements to existing systems, new movement options, and more.

The Stronghold Games Preorder Program is industry-leading! No other publisher runs a Preorder Program like this, one that is truly better for YOU, our loyal Preorder Customers.

Stronghold Games Preorder Program features:

  1. You receive a substantial discount on each game (usually 30% off MSRP).
  2. We do not start preorders until the game is PRINTED *and* it is on the ship, en route, to our warehouse, so we do not take your money until we know when the games will arrive.
  3. These games are not crowd-funded (Kickstarter) games. We use our own money, our great reputation, and our knowledge about hobby games to bring to you the best games in the world.  You know us and you know our games!
  4. The Preorder window is open for only 6-8 weeks prior to release. You don’t have to wait long for your games!
  5. You are guaranteed to have your game shipped to you before ANYONE else, and that includes Distributors and Retailers.
  6. You will have one of the first 500 copies of these games. Only 500 units are permitted to be Preordered, as we respect our partnership with Retailers.

Stronghold Games Release Schedule

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Title Preorders start Preorder Price – 30% off MSRP Retail month

1

Among The Stars

Jun-2014

$34.97

$49.95

Aug-2014

2

Diamonds

Jun-2014

$17.47

$24.95

Aug-2014

3

Space Cadets: Dice Duel – Die Fighter

Jun-2014

$24.47

$34.95

Sep-2014

4

Panamax – 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal

Jul-2014

$41.97

$59.95

Sep-2014

5

Among The Stars: The Ambassadors

Jul-2014

$24.47

$34.95

Sep-2014

6

Among The Stars: The Promos

Jul-2014

$24.47

$34.95

Oct-2014

7

Kanban: Automotive Revolution

Aug-2014

$41.97

$59.95

Oct-2014

8

Core Worlds: Revolution

Aug-2014

$20.97

$29.95

Oct-2014

9

Space Cadets: Resistance is Mostly Futile

Aug-2014

$20.97

$29.95

Nov-2014

10

Medina

Sep-2014

$41.97

$59.95

Nov-2014

11

Space Cadets: Away Missions

TBD

TBD

TBD

Nov-2014

12

Dark Moon

early 2015

TBD

TBD

2015-Q1