Final Frontier Games would like to announce Rise to Nobility, “a 1-5 player worker placement game set in a beautiful fantasy world.” Rise to Nobility is a dice-based worker placement game set in The Five Realms, the same fantasy world as Cavern Tavern. The game features a strongly thematic engine-building mechanic and many paths to victory.
The following quote from the game’s Kickstarter page describes the basic mechanics of the game and what makes it unique:
“At the beginning of each round, every player rolls 5 dice that represent their available actions in the game. The locations in the city have requirements for certain dice values…The challenging thing is that the total value of dice each player can use during the round is determined by their reputation in the city. Players start with 9 reputation and can increase or decrease their reputation by taking certain actions in the city. With numerous options for spending their dice, players will need to carefully plan their strategy and prioritize their actions.
Each player takes on the role of a landowner with a unique ability. Your goal is to rise from anonymity to the rank of lord. At the end of 10 rounds, the player with the most victory points takes over the head seat at the Stone Council and wins the game.”
Rise to Nobility is for 2-5 players ages 13 and up and plays in 25 minutes/player. For more information, visit the game’s Kickstarter page.
It is the middle of the 5th century AD, and the gods are dying. In parallel to the unrest rotting the foundations of the Roman Empire, pantheons of deities across the globe see their temples profaned and their followers lament. Belief ebbs from the world….The once-mighty gods, now desperately scheming to collect remaining scraps of faith, seek a way to endure the coming Dark Age – an inevitable future pressing through time with the weight of a singularity – and every god must meet these final tests or perish forever to legend.
Victory Point Games has announced their upcoming game Twilight of the Gods: Age of Revelation, a two-player expandable card game. Each player will wield a modifiable 50-card deck, taking on the role of one of the ancient deities from the universal pantheon of mythology. On each turn, players will “draw two cards, acquire resources from other players, and use them to summon Creatures, Schemes, Fortifications, and Intrigues.” A player wins if he or she manages to deplete the other player’s “life”, or deck of cards.
A copy of the game will include 4 pre-constructed, balanced decks, featuring the deities Mars, Hera, Enlil, and the Reader of Portents.
The project is set to fund on Thursday, January 6, 2017. For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.
The Kingdom of Valeria is expanding to the fiery peaks of volcanoes and the cold ridges of glacial mountains! Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Flames & Frost brings in a whole new set of Citizens, Monsters, Domains, and Dukes that you can play stand-alone using components from the base game, or mix with card stacks from the base game for all new experiences.
Daily Magic Games announces an expansion for Valeria: Card Kingdoms, Flames & Frost. This expansion features the powerful “Wild” icon, which players can use to gain any resource–Gold, Strength, or Magic. Additionally, the “Banish” concept is introduced, allowing players to remove cards fro the game, such as monsters just killed by their opponents.
Valeria: Card Kingdoms is a fast-paced card and dice game in which players slay monsters, recruit citizens, and expand their domains. The game is for 1-5 players ages 14+ and plays in 30-45 minutes. This project is set to fund on November 4, 2016. For more information and to support this Kickstarter project, visit its page here.
Five24 Labs would like to announce their current Kickstarter for Mint Works, “a refreshingly light worker placement game for 2 to 4 players with easy-to-learn rules and exciting strategic gameplay, all in about ten minutes.” The game has been designed as a compelling game for experienced gamers, yet very approachable and easy to learn for newer gamers. Mint Works is a pocket-sized card game that is a great way to introduce new gamers to the concept of worker placement.
A copy of the game will include:
- A custom Mint tin
- 24 Mint tokens
- 1st Player token
- 7 double-sided Location Cards
- 16 unique Plan Cards
Mint Works is a game for 2-4 players and is designed by Justin Blaske. The project is set to fund on September 13, 2016. For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.
Letiman Games would like to announce their latest Kickstarter project, Gadgeteers, a blind-bidding, variable powers strategy game in which players are competing to build the zaniest gadgets using the same tools. Players will take on the role of inventors, and by bidding and on the same resources and equipment via bluffing and planning, will be working to construct the most valuable collection of gadgets.
Once a gadget has been constructed, players will be able to to use the gadget’s special powers to their advantage. Once a player has built 4 gadgets, the game ends and the player with the most valuable collection of gadgets is the winner.
Gadgeteers is for 2-3 players ages 10 and up and plays in 20-30 minutes. For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.
Lost Cog would like to announce their current project to fund a new two-player Viking-themed strategy board game that “pits players in a competitive contest of tactics and supremacy.” The objective of the game is to survive the Jotunn’s Rampage by influencing the Jotunn towards your opponents’ armies and villages.
Players will each control three villages and two Viking armies, and will be using their armies to protect their own villages while attacking their opponents’ villages. As they do this, the Rampaging Jotunn is the real threat as he moves across the island destroying everything he touches.
The game is easy to learn, but with deep strategy, and has high replay value due to its modular board that changes with each play. The game has been in development for 6 years, and has received extensive play testing.
A copy of the game includes:
- 1 Center Hex
- 2 Defensive Line hexes
- 2 Dice
- 1 Jotunn Marker and Stand
- 2 Blue and 2 Red Viking Markers and Stands
- 6 Wooden Long Houses, 3 in each player color
- 2 Terrain Cards
- 6 Movement Cards, 3 in each player color
- 73 Rampaging Jotunn Cards
- 12 Unique Land Tiles
For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page here.
Tasty Minstrel Games would like to announce their current project, Yokohama Deluxe, a new version of Yokohama that includes metal coins and upgraded wooden components.
Yokohama is a game by Hisashi Hayashi in which players take on the role of merchants in the Meiji period, an important era of commerce and international trade in Japan’s history. Players work to gain fame through successful business practices, including building a store, broadening their sales channels, learning a variety of techniques, and responding to trade orders from abroad.
TMG has clearly expressed that they are providing the upgraded components in this deluxe version of Yokohama at cost to backers, and that this will be a limited, one-time opportunity to obtain this deluxe version. For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page here.
No matter race, creed, gender, or empire – each child of Gamedor is born with an affinity to one of The Four Suits: Card, Meeple, Die, or Token. In love and war these suits are absolutely meaningless, but in game, well, they mean everything. A true Lord of Gamedor uses their cards, and any means necessary, to gain the favor of Heroes of the land. Can you best the other Lords of Gamedor and build the biggest party of Heroes?
Heroes and Tricks is a new trick-taking card game in which players are competing to win the most tricks (thereby having the most Heroes) in the game. Each Hero in the game is defined by a suit and color, and the Hero card played leads with this suit/color. Players then play into the trick, but only see the last played card and need to use deduction, item play, and hand management to win the most tricks.
A copy of the game includes:
- 64 Play Cards
- 16 Hero Cards
- 28 Gear Cards
- a Custom Storage Box that includes a Rulebook and dividers
Most interesting in the custom storage box, which includes a magnetic closure and dividers for the cards.
Heroes and Tricks hopes to reach its funding goal of $8,500 by June 15, 2016.
For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.
You are a Vanuatuan who wants to prosper during the eight turns of the game. In order to do this, you will have to go fishing, discover treasures, buy and sell the local natural resources, and be on the lookout for tourists. To earn money or prosperity points, you may also draw on the sand, or trade cargo with foreign countries.
Quined Games announces a new Kickstarter project to fund a new edition of Vanuatu, a strategy game of programming actions through placing and retreiving workers, majorities, earning a little money and a lot of interaction between players. Paul Mulders of Quined Games seeks to bring this game by Alain Epron back to life with polished artwork and added Rising Waters and Governor mini-expansions. The Rising Waters expansion is also available as a standalone, yet the five submerged island tiles will be replaced by wooden parts to make it compatible with the old version of the game. The Governor expansion will not be available as a standalone expansion.
This new version of the game will include:
- 1 Gameboard
- 15 Archipelago Tiles
- 1 Sailboat, 3 Player Discs, 5 Action Markers, and 8 Huts for each player in various colors
- 10 Demand Tiles
- 14 Fish Tiles
- 10 Treasure Tiles
- 9 Tourist Tiles
- 4 Rest Tokens
- 9 Sand Drawing Tokens
- 1st Player Token
- 1 Fish Price Marker
- 1 Game Turn Marker
- 18 Tourist Pawns
- 14 Fish Tokens
- 10 Treasure Tokens
- 11 Character Tiles
- 10 Kava Resource Cubes
- 8 Copra Resource Cubes
- 6 Beef Resource Cubes
For the Rising Waters expansion:
- 5 Submerged Island Tiles
- 20 Dike Sticks
- 20 Water Markers
- 1 6-Sided Die
Vanuatu is for 2-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes. This project will fund on Thursday, June 2, 2016. For more information, visit the Kickstarter project page here.
Indie Boards & Cards (Flashpoint: Fire Rescue, The Resistance, Coup) announces a project to fund a special edition of Coup, the internationally acclaimed game of bluff and deception, with beautiful Brazilian art. Coup has been published in many languages around the world, and many of these international versions feature unique art, inspired by a diverse set of local artistic culture.
Artist Weberson Santiago and publisher Funbox are collaborating with Indie Boards & Cards to release an English language edition of Coup featuring the beautifully unique artwork from the Brazilian version of the game. This will be a limited release and will include the Allegiance and Inquisitor mechanics from the Reformation expansion in a single box called the Coup Deluxe Edition – Brazil Art.
The publisher is currently running a very brief, 15-day Kickstarter project for this new version of the game. For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page.
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