Queen Games has announced Copenhagen, a new tile-laying polyomino game by designers Asger Harding Granerud (Flamme Rouge) and Daniel Skjold Pedersen (Gold Fever). In Copenhagen, 2-4 players are competing to collect cards which grant them polyomino window facades to place on their board. Overbuilding certain floors and areas can grant abilities for the rest of the game. The most beautiful facade, fitting seamlessly into the harbor setting, especially those with full windows, score points to win the game. Copenhagen features beautiful art from Markus Erdt (Pioneers, Treasure Hunter), and plays in 20-40 minutes. Not much information is available at this point, but all of it is on Queen Games’ website here.
In 2018, Luxor, designed by Rüdiger Dorn, received a Spiel des Jahres nomination. Considering that a Spiel des Jahres nomination generally leads to good sales, it only makes sense that Queen Games would release more content to support the game. Luxor: The Mummy’s Curse expansion is now on Kickstarter.
Luxor: The Mummy’s Curse includes components for a fifth player, as well as, four different content modules. Two of the modules are comprised of new equipment cards and treasure tiles. The “mummy module,” which includes a mummy standee, 20 talisman tokens and 18 mummy tiles, introduces a mummy that players may move around the board to curse other players in order to collect talisman tokens, which can be spent on reward tiles. The “special adventurers” module brings variable player powers.
The Kickstarter campaign for The Mummy’s Curse includes pledge levels for the expansion, as well as, a bundle with the base game. Price tiers and full content details can be found on the Kickstarter campaign page.
Queen Games has three new games coming to market this November.
First up, set in the Luxor universe is a new Rüdiger Dorn game titled Expedition Luxor. In this area control and tile placement game,
Two to four players deploy their adventurers to claim the locations they discover. However, they must be careful, because the adventurer that is placed last will be the one that claims the discovery and earns vital points at the game‘s climax.
Next up, by designer Christophe Behre is the bidding game, Bastille.
The player who uses his influence most clever in the bastille, the catacombs and fulfilling his mission cards will win the game based around the French revolution.
While the first two game releases have strong historical settings, the tile laying game, Skylands, is pure fantasy where the world has already been destroyed and it’s up to the remaining inhabitants to unite the remaining flying islands.
The players control the fate of the inhabitants and create their own island world. The player who utilizes the four actions of the game to their best advantage and closely watches their fellow players will win the game.
Look for these exciting new games in November along with Kingdom Builder: Family Box and the Arthur expansion to Merlin.
Unleashed – The Ultimate BattleCON Edition!
BattleCON is a Kickstarter veteran and many different updates and expansions have released since its original project in 2011. This will also be their last Kickstarter for the BattleCON system so now is the time to catch up on anything you may have missed. This new project seeks to make your BattleCON collection a lot easier to manage, setup, and play. For starters the BattleCON: Unleashed storage box holds 110 fighter tuckboxes, a game board, and a rulebook. The tuckboxes are a new addition as well and they allow easy storage of fighters.
BattleCON is a head-to-head card game which plays like a fighting, video game on your table. Players choose a fighter from over a cast of over 100 who each have a selection of cards unique to them. Fighters possess unique abilities which are a sub-system that interact with abilities and provides for varied play. BattleCON was designed by D. Brad Talton, Jr. and features anime style artwork from a variety of artists. It supports 1-5 players in varied game modes. Tom is a big fan of the BattleCON system and you can watch his Dice Tower videos in support of the game.
The BattleCON: Unleashed Kickstarter project has pledge levels to “continue” your existing collection with upgraded components and rules, and pledge levels to get everything in existence for the game if you’re new to it. Its already 100% funded. The project is set to end on Sunday, October 21st, 2018 with the estimated delivery in August of 2019.
Arthur The First Expansion for Merlin
Arthur is the first expansion for Merlin. Merlin was designed by Stefan Feld and Michael Rieneck, with art by Dennis Lohausen, and is published by Queen Games. It supports 2-4 players where players move Merlin and the Knights around an action ring to execute desired actions. The ultimate goal is to score victory points by defeating barbarians, building manors, and increasing influence in surrounding counties. The player who is most efficient will score the most points to become the successor to King Arthur’s throne. You can watch the Dice Tower reviews on Merlin for more information on the core game.
The expansion adds King Arthur, who gives each player an extra die and, therefore, another action. It also adds a new rondell, with 13 extra spaces, to replace the base game’s rondell. Pict tiles have been added to go with the new, pict action space. King Arthur’s signet ring, 2 new flag designs, King Arthur’s player board, and a new round track has also been added.
The Arthur expansion Kickstarter project, already 400% funded, will end on Friday, September 28th, 2018 and the project’s estimated delivery date is November of 2018.
Unrecorded Siege is set in Medieval Europe during the Hundred Years War. Players take the roles of French and English generals seeking to conquer or defend the battlefield. Resources and strategies are setup in tactical formations, including armies and siege weapons, to deceive and defeat opponents. This co-operative game is designed by Elroy CT, with art by WuWuMew, and supports 1-4 players across 3 scenarios.
The game features a beautiful play area and seeks to add miniatures for the generals through the Kickstarter stretch goals. Its currently over 50% funded. The Unrecorded Siege Kickstarter project will end on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 and has an estimated delivery date of August in 2019.
The Stygian Society – A Kevin Wilson Cube Tower Adventure
Kevin Wilson, the hit, board game co-designer of Descent, Arkham Horror, Arcane Academy, and many other great titles, has designed a cooperative dungeon crawl where heroes are able to sacrifice themselves for the good of the party. The Stygian Society, with art by Jacqui Davis, is designed for 1-4 players and features a Deluxe Cube Tower which is central to the randomization of the game play. Players take on the role of different warriors who make their way up the wizard’s tower, one floor at a time. Instead of rolling dice, players throw cubes down the tower matching the colors of their abilities and, depending on what falls out the bottom, determines the outcome of the encounter. There is also an expansion, The Stygian Society: The Tower Laboratory, designed by Philip duBarry, which can be added.
The Stygian Society Kickstarter project is already 200% funded and is set to end on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 with the estimated delivery to happen August in 2019.
Tombed is a dungeon style game for 2-5 players set in Egypt in the 1940s with fantasy elements. Players are a group of adventurers who enter an ancient Egyptian temple to become rich and famous … if they can survive awakening the ancient pharaohs. One player takes on the role of a pharaoh (there are a few to choose from with varied abilities) while the rest play the adventurers. Tombed is designed by Jorge Fernández Alonso, Elena Herrero Jaén, and Cristian Casado Otazu.
The Tombed Kickstarter project is already fully funded and will end on Monday, October 8th, 2018 and is expected deliver on October in 2019.
Queen Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for all their Essen releases. The Kickstarter campaign supports Bastille, Skylands, and Franchise. Like all their Kickstarter campaigns, “Queenies”, or expansion modules, are included with each game, and the pledge levels include the option to support one, all, or any combination of the games.
Skylands is a tile laying game where the players build the Skylands kingdom, a kingdom composed of mystical floating islands. On each turn, a player will select one of four actions: Explore, Harvest, Build, or Collect Energy. Reminiscent of Puerto Rico, all the players get to take the action, but the player who selected the action gets an advantage. Players build the kingdom on their tableau, placing forests, mountains, crystals, and cities. Harvesting resources allow for the creation of more islands, power cities, and build special buildings. The game continues until a player has completely field his or her tableau or until all the tiles have been placed. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins.
Skylands plays 2-4 players, ages 8+ in about 30 minutes. Contents include 4 action boards, 4 double-sided player boards, 1 supply board, 4 starting islands, 4 wooden player tokens, 4 player markers, 88 island tokens, 32 special island tiles, 60 wooden inhabitants, 1 scoring pad, and 24 victory point markers. The Kickstarter campaign supporters will also receive 5 Queenie expansions for the game.
In Franchise, players are business owners in the 1960’s expanding their business by establishing franchises across America. While each new franchise adds wealth to the business, it costs money to establish a new franchise, and not all franchise locations are equal. The cost to add a franchise varies from location to location and the revenue earned, likewise, varies from location to location. Meanwhile, competitors cut into the revenue available from a location when they move into the same city. Designed by Christwart Conrad, Franchise is a revised edition of his earlier game Medieval Merchant, with updated artwork by Ian O’Toole, whose artwork has been featured in The Gallerist, Lisboa, and Vinhos Deluxe Edition.
Franchise plays 2-5 players, ages 14+, in about 90 minutes. Contents include one gameboard, 5 player boards, 10 income charts, 25 city tiles, 10 region tiles, 20 bonus tiles, 55 dollar cards, 200 wooden franchises, 6 expansion markers, and 5 influence markers. The Kickstarter campaign supporters will also receive 3 Queenie expansions for the game.
Bastille is a bidding game where players are leaders of revolutionary factions in France seeking to strengthen their faction before the revolution begins. Each player has three influence tokens which they can place in one of seven buildings around Paris. Each building provides a different benefit ranging from money, recruits, allies, missions, or other means to advance closer to the revolution and increase influence. The player with the most influence in a location receives the benefit of that location. Victory points are earned each round based on the random mission requirements for the revolution. After eight rounds, the revolution begins and the player with the most victory points is the winner and leader of the Revolution!
Bastille plays 3-4 plays, ages 12+, in about an hour. Content breakout has not been provided yet, but stay tuned to the Kickstarter campaign for updates. The Kickstarter campaign supporters will also receive 3 Queenie expansions for the game.
The Kickstarter campaign for all three games runs through September 14 with an expected delivery in November 2018. Check out the Kickstarter campaign to learn more.
If you are looking for a bundle of new games to share with the family at Thanksgiving this year, Queen Games has just the answer with their newly launched Kickstarter Campaign for Kingdom Builder Family Box. The Kingdom Builder Family Box includes the base game of Kingdom Builder and the Nomads expansion as well as the Queenie Promotional expansions Caves and Capitol. If that is not enough Kingdom Builder for you, you can pick up a copy of Kingdom Builder Big Box 2nd Edition instead, which includes all four expansions (Nomads, Crossroads, Marshlands, and Harvest) and all three Queenie promotional expansions (Islands, Caves and Capitol).
For a really big haul of Queen Games, the Kickstarter offers a bundle that includes The Kingdom Builder Family Box, Luxor, Maharani, and Kairo. All four Queenie promotional expansions for Luxor are included in the Luxor bundle.
The Kickstarter Campaign runs through August 10, 2018 with a delivery of all games in November 2018.
Queen Games has collaborated with nine celebrated game designers to create a new Limited Designers’ Edition of Alhambra that can only be purchased through their Kickstarter campaign going on right now.
The Alhambra Designers’ Edition has all new art for the box cover, the game board, the tiles, and the cards. The new addition also includes a tile dispenser tower in matching artwork.
There are nine expansions available with the Alhambra Designers’ Edition. Different pledge levels in the Kickstarter campaign offer supporters an increasing number of expansions with their base game.
You may have heard of a few of the designers who have contributed to the Alhambra Designers’ Edition: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede (Carcassonne); Stefan Feld (The Castles of Burgundy); Emanuele Ornella (Oltre Mare); Michael Schacht (Zooloretto); Mike Elliott (Thunderstone); Rüdiger Dorn (Istanbul); Marco Ruskowski & Marcel Süßelbeck (Fresco); Dirk Henn (Shogun); Michael Rieneck (The Pillars of the Earth). The list of famous designers contributing expansions for the Alhambra Designers’ Edition is an embarrassment of riches.
For those who already own Alhambra and are not interested in purchasing another base game, the Kickstarter campaign does include an option to just purchase the expansions created by these designers.
For those who want an ultimate version, there is the Mega Box edition which includes all nine designer expansions with the new designer base game as well as all previously published expansions and bigger tiles.
Like all Kickstarter campaigns, there are stretch goals. For the Designers’ Edition, the stretch goals appropriately include fan designed expansions. Fans can submit expansion ideas, up to three of which will be developed and produced as part of the Alhambra Designers’ Edition. Ideas for the submission can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Alhambra Designers’ Edition and the specific expansions designed by each of the designers, see the Alhambra Designers’ Edition Kickstarter Campaign which runs until May 25, 2018 and is expected to deliver in March 2019.
Origins has come and gone, and with it the announcements of various awards. We have covered the announcement of the Origins Awards and so the only one left is to announce who was inducted in to the hall of Fame this year. And that person is Mike Elliott, designer of highly popular titles like the Dice Masters line, Quarriors, Lost Legends and more. Mike Elliott has been designing for 21 years and is still going strong with new designs like Thunderstone Quest and Immortals coming soon from AEG and Queen respectively. The award couldn’t have gone to a better pick and we hope to see more and more great games from him in the future.
Queen Games recently listed a bunch of new releases for April 2017, including a new Kingdom Builder expansion and a bix box treatment of Escape: Zombie City.
Kingdom Builder: Harvest, the fourth expansion for the 2011 game Kingdom Builder, contains new places, landscapes and goals. A new scout mechanic also allows players to build in areas normally not allowed.
Queen announced a new reprint of Metro, the 1997 tile laying game. Similar to Tsuro or Streetcar, players place square tiles to complete rail lines. The new reprint includes a new design, all four expansions, and the ability to play with six people.
Tip Tap is an abstract game involving fast identification of oddly shaped colored tiles. Players need to quickly find and touch specific shapes, while keeping other players from stealing them.
Queen Games is reprinting the 2005 Stefan Feld game Roma. In Roma, players use a mixed card and dice strategy to gain victory points or money.
Queen is releasing Escape: Zombie City Big Box, a compilation of the excellent 2014 Escape: Zombie City with it’s Expansion 1: Survivor Chronicles and the mini-expansion Queenies 1, 2, and 3. In this 15 minute cooperative real time game, players try to gather supplies, avoid or attack the zombies, start up the VW microbus and get out of the city. The new big box includes new challenges, tokens, zombies, road tiles, and characters with new abilities.
12 Thieves is a new reprint of the 2007 Spiel Nominee Thief of Baghdad. 12 Thieves is a card game where players try to maneuver their 12 thieves around the bazaar in order to grab loot yet avoid the guards.
Solaris is a 3-5 player family friendly strategy game in which players mine the suns of distant galaxies. Solaris offers a variety of different strategies and tactics to come away the victor.
Captain Silver is a fast 2-4 player pirate game suitable for children. In Captain Silver, players pull pirate booty out of a bag, trying to feel for the right objects to win the treasure challenge.
Templar’s Journey players recruit knights from various cities to prepare for the holy crusade in Jerusalem. Players use cards to choose either a safe green action or a risky red action, which may give bigger rewards, but can result in a punishment for being greedy if other players choose the same action.
High Tide is a fast family push your luck game in which players try to place their deck chairs on different beaches as close to the sea as they can. But be careful – if the tide comes in too far, their chairs can be swept away.
In Worm Party, players use their fingers as worms celebrating in the great worm party, but Chicken Charly has come to the party. Players need to hide in the 3D earth mounds in the worm garden before being caught by Charly.
Queen Games apparently wanted to wait until the new year to release their games as eight new ones will be coming out in the month of January. First on the list is London Markets, an auction and tile placement type game where you are trying to make the most profit navigating the markets of London. “The player who can navigate the markets with ease, being in the right place at the right time to earn the most profit, will become the most respected merchant of the London markets.”
Next is a game called Mighty Monsters, a betting type game where you are a marauding band of monsters trying to take all the treasure from the king. Each round the king will set a special rule and then set out his guards. Each guard has a strength range and treasure range, it’s then up to you to play down one of your monsters there in hopes of defeating that guard to claim his treasure. This goes around for a number of rounds equal to the players, and whoever has the most gold at the end is the winner.
Next is Risky Adventure, this is a dice rolling, expedition type game where you are going on adventures, getting treasures and collecting tools in hopes of finding the next great dig. The risky part about this game is that you put your three adventurers out on the board, indicating what you want to accomplish, and then roll the dice once. There is no Yahtzee mechanic here, you have to roll what you need on that first roll. Luckily though a lot of items require only one die to match while they tougher and more valuable stuff requires more. Most points at the end is the winner.
After that is Glux, a new abstract strategy game that brings a new spin to area control. In the game you can only place your pieces in a straight line from your previous piece, and only as many spaces away as the token shows. So place a 4 token and then next token has to be four spaces away in any orthogonal direction, and so on. There are different areas on the board that are highlighted and at the end of the game you score the area only if you have the highest total value in that area. Control the most area on the board and you are the winner!
Another game being released is the recently Kickstarted game, World Monuments, where you are trying to build different world monuments, scoring for the blocks you place. The game is played in two phases where the first is the gathering phase, this is where you move a quarry worker around a board and pick up stones from the spaces you move through. Once all the stones have been collected it’s time to build, in turn order you will place one block, making sure you are playing the right colors indicated on the plans. The higher up the block is you placed, the more points you will score, most points after 3 rounds is the winner.
Next is a new strategy game called Armageddon, a worker placement, bidding type game where you are trying to rebuild you town after it was all destroyed in the apocalypse. You will be scavenging for supplies, building up your town, and recruiting more people to give you more actions on a turn. The downsides are that the more people you have, the more beds you need or they won’t stick around. Plus there are the roaming marauders who will attack you, so if you can’t defend yourself your going to be in trouble. Will you be able to keep it all together?
Next is one of two kids games being released and that is Spooky Castle, a game where the active player will be blindfolded, and all the other players will be directing them. Not much is said about the game, but it looks to involve flipping over cards to see what you need to collect, then while blindfolded you have to find it with a magnetic stick. Also littered about the castle are adult ghosts which are bad for you so everyone else has to help you get to the items you need without picking up any you don’t.
And finally, the last game being released is Super Vampire, another kids game that utilizes a rubber finger to push pieces around with. In the game you are vampires trying to clean up their castle of all the garlic, but to do that you have to get it and bring it back to the tower so you can dispose of it. On your turn you will don the rubber finger, and using that you will move your piece out to grab garlic and then move him back to your tower. While all this is happening other players will be rolling dice, trying to get a Yahtzee of sun symbols, and once they do your turn is over, any garlic not “banked” is lost and play passes to the next person. The game ends when all the garlic is gone and whoever managed to get rid of the most garlic is the winner.
All of these games are coming out over this month and next so some will already be in stores, while others will be there very soon. So check out your local game store to see what titles are available and pick up a copy.
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