Players will compete to be the richest captain by racing their way down 3 tracks for each of their 3 ships and reaching the Treasure Galleon to trigger the end of the game. While exploring the Caribbean Sea, players will plunder rich merchants, sell cargo in the towns they come across, and build their pirate crew through a light deck-building mechanic to sail faster! Their score will be based on how well they did on each track and the treasures they collected along the way.
This game is set to release sometime this month (September 2019). For more information, click here.
Update: Originally this article reported that this International Edition would be an improved version of the original available everywhere. This is not the case, as told by Ravensburger the International Edition will be it’s own product under the new name El Dorado distributed only in regions outside of Ravensburger’s current reach. This has been corrected below.
Prolific and renowned designer Dr. Reiner Knizia announced via twitter that his hit deck-building design, The Quest for El Dorado, will be getting an International Edition. It will be distributed under the new name El Dorado later this year in regions Ravensburger does not currently serve and will have all new art by Vincent Dutrait featured on large format cards. Understandably there were many concerns about whether this would cause compatibility issues with future expansions and those concerns were quickly addressed. The new International Edition will stand apart from the English version of the game and will not interfere with expansion content that is still planned for release from Ravensburger. As tweeted by Ravensburger:
“This international edition of the base game will not be published by Ravensburger, but by other publishers selling into areas we do not cover. Future Ravensburger expansions will be compatible with the Ravensburger base game.”
The Quest for El Dorado is a deck-building racing game where 2-to-4 adventurers cut through thick, unexplored jungle to reach the legendary city. Each turn players will buy more cards that will help their deck run more efficiently, make travel across specific terrain types easier, or help with buying even better cards. The game made such a splash when it released in 2017 that it already has one expansion, adding heroes and hexes, and there’s a standalone expansion is on the way. It’s easy to see, from the pedigree and it’s following, why El Dorado deserves wider distribution and it will be awesome to see this on shelves in many more countries by the end of the year.
Time to get the old motor running, as Holy Grail Games bring back a popular title from nearly 10 years ago. Giving it a new interior, a chrome finish and a faster engine, with the help of the Kickstarter crowd.
Rallyman has been reworked by the original designer Jean-Christophe Bouvier, into this new version called…Rallyman: GT . After Rallyman sold out, it created a dedicated fan base, that developed and grew in to a large community of players. Creating challenges and championships to compete in. And not only that, players also designed courses and built 3D maps to replace the static boards that came in the base game. This also inspired a sequel, in the for of Rallyman: Dirt.
Rallyman: GT is a Roll and Move game with a simple yet exciting dice mechanic that invites players to push their luck and navigate the terrain as best they can. Will you take a risk and squeeze every last second out of the track, or will you play it cool and avoid spinning out on hard corners, bumps and other treacherous terrain?
The game remains basically the same, as it was a race against time. But only one player. Yes, the game was at it’s core a time attack, race game, just like real Rally racing. So what changes can you expect to see in this new version?
Hexagon based track tiles that give you complete freedom to build your own tracks!
A head to head racing system where you’ll have to outdrive your opponents on the way to the finish line.
Larger scale tracks and cars for a better playing experience.
All new artwork from award winning illustrator Loic Muzy.
So, whether your a fan of the original and need some new components or your looking for a new racing experience, this game should have you covered.
The 2017 Spiel des Jahres nominee, The Quest for El Dorado, is getting it’s first expansion – Heroes & Hexes! Reiner Knizia’s deck-building racing game through South America can be expanded to add heroes and demons to the course, injecting riskier decisions and daring rewards. Demon spaces are cheap, costing nothing to enter, and can even offer shortcuts, but all of it is for a price. Demon spaces bring curses, burdening the player with unsavory effects they’ll have to deal with for the rest of the game. It’s not all bad though, as everyone starts with familiars in their deck offering one-off powers and tavern spaces on the board provide heroes that can really give you an edge on your way to the City of Gold.
“To play with this expansion, you must use the “Caves” variant of The Quest for El Dorado base game in which mountains are loaded with cave tokens. This expansion includes new cave tokens to be mixed with those of the base game, as well as four new types of expedition cards (with three copies of each) that can be pulled into the market once a stall opens. […] The expansion includes six suggested map set-ups — all at medium or hard levels, and all with three new terrain tiles — as well as guidelines for how to create maps yourself.”
Knizia’s games are often mechanically strong, elegant, and lacking frills, so to see an expansion to one of his designs which adds risk/reward systems is exciting. Do you take the path that’s really less traveled, or take the longer route to come out of this race with a clean soul and sounder mind? To me this feels like a must-have expansion for anyone who loves The Quest for El Dorado, as the familiars, cards, and map variability alone breathe more zest into an already rock solid game, all the other bits are an even more pleasing bonus. The expansion is slated to make it to retail soon, or at least before the end of the year as far as I can find, but If you’d like to find out more be sure to check out their website for rulebooks and further announcements.
Shinobi 7 has announced plans to release Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog IP made popular in early 90s video games. The newest Sonic game has 2-5 players taking control on Sonic as well as both his friends and rivals in an obstacle-laden race. Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers will include five 40mm scale pre-painted miniatures; Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Tails, and Dr. Eggman.
Battle Racers is scheduled to be available in retail in the second half of 2018.
A modular course is built by players before the race. Once the race begins players will need to both avoid opposing racers as well as a litany of dangerous obstacles. Players will control their speed, deploy special abilities and unique powers all while trying to collect as many rings as possible.
Shinobi 7 is already preparing for an expanded world, with expansion packs ready that will include one pre-painted character and their racer. Larger expansions will also include additional track sections for greater racing variety.
Sonic, the protagonist of the game series, is a blue hedgehog named Sonic who often finds himself in trouble with the antagonist Doctor Eggman. While Doctor Eggman attempts to take over the world, Sonic and his friends always arrive just in time.
Danger Circuit will include a full-size, six-fold, double-sided board and six new player powers. The art for the expansion comes from Tavis Coburn.
From the official Press release:
Sunrise, FL – December 14, 2017. Restoration Games announced plans to publish an expansion for Downforce, their critically acclaimed game of high stakes F1 racing. The expansion, entitled “Danger Circuit” includes a full-size, six-fold, double-sided board and six new player powers. It features new cover art by returning artist Tavis Coburn, who is also doing the art for the tracks this time around. The “Switchback Pass” track includes “dangerous spaces”, which can only be used to pass other cars. “Crosstown Speedway” presents players with split tracks and crossover “loops”, where trailing cars can block cars in the lead. Powers include “Defensive”, which lets players move their cars when they wouldn’t move at all, and “Ambitious”, which lets players advance their cars when the cross a betting line.
“From the moment it released, Downforce has been an absolute hit for us. The number one thing the fans kept shouting at us was: ‘More tracks, more powers!’ We heard you,” said Justin D. Jacobson, president of Restoration Games
Restoration Games has not announced an official street date but the plans are to release it in the summer of 2018.
We are committed to bringing the very best we have to every game we release. The finest art, components, and play. Naturally, when we began looking for a partner for foreign-language publication, we were adamant that it be an organization equally committed to those ideals. We know IELLO is just that company, and we’re delighted to be working with them.
IELLO, under the agreement, will have the rights to publish the game in every territory outside of the United States. Plans are already in place to publish a French version 2018 and other versions are being looked at as well.
IELLO is proud and excited to add a new title brought by Rob Daviau to its catalog. Thanks to our strong
partnerships on all continents, we are ready to bring new buzz and love around this game outside of the
CMON has announced a new game of gangster car racing, shooting and loot collecting, Gang Rush Breakout. In Gang Rush Breakout, 3-5 players race cars over a 3D suspension bridge board, trying to be the first to deliver their money to the boss on the other side. Players use a special dashboard to track their speed, maneuverability and damage. Gangsters can force other cars into obstacles, or cause them to drop their precious cargo, all the while outrunning the cops. Play is through a set of 5 custom dice which determine available actions, rerolled in a Yahtzee or King of Tokyo type manner. Individual cars have assymetric special abilities, and you can spend money for upgrades along the route.
Several board games began their Kickstarter campaigns this week, and all with vastly different themes:
Tesla vs. Edison: Duel is a 2-player card game from Artana LLC, distilled from the original Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents and advertised to play in only 30 minutes. Players can choose one of 8 famous inventors (including Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, of course) and take their respective sides in the War of the Currents. The inventors all play differently, but players can also differentiate their electric empires by hiring famous assistants, completing projects, investing in minor companies, and spreading propaganda against the other side. The game is set to ship in October 2017. For more information, check out the Kickstarter page here.
Sentinels of Earth-Prime is a new standalone cooperative card game that uses the rules of the hit superhero game, Sentinels of the Multiverse, in a new setting. This time, the heroes have to protect Earth-Prime, the setting of the Mutants & Masterminds RPG from Green Ronin Publishing. They are partnering with the publisher of the original Sentinels, Greater Than Games. The game includes 10 hero decks, 4 villain decks, and 4 environment decks. It is set to be delivered in April 2018. More information can be found on the Kickstarter page here.
Chariots of Rome comes from Victory Point Games, probably best known for their historical war games. In this game, however, 2-8 players take instead to the Circus Maximus in Rome in what appears to be a brutal chariot race in honor of the Emperor. Players can control one of 12 single charioteers (with special abilities, obviously) or one of 4 different factions consisting of two chariots, all of which will not only compete for every millimeter on the hallowed track, but try to hinder their opponents’ progress along the way. And on top of all that, racers will be subjected to the whims of the gods through global Fate events that may enhance or hinder even the best laid plans. Visit the Kickstarter here.
Get ready to place your bets on legendary mythic creatures in the fast-playing game, Divinity Derby! Published by Ares Games and designed by Carlo A. Rossi, Divinity Derby is a fun and challenging game of racing and betting for 3 to 6 players, ages 10 and up.
While attending a party on Mount Olympus, an argument breaks out about which legendary flying creature is the fastest, the slowest, and even which would get disqualified in a race? Using dirty tricks, godly powers, twists of fate, and the capricious judgement of Zeus, players will manipulate a series of three races to determine the final winner of the Divinity Derby.
The game uses an innovative card-sharing draft mechanic where each player plays cards from two hands that are shared with each neighbor. Intelligent betting occurs as you deduce what your neighbors may be doing and make informed guesses about what will happen in the race. You will be conspiring with or against your neighbor as you play cards from the same holder as they do. You win the game by placing good bets, but you can try to bend the will of fate to fit your plan. Choosing whether to play a card for its high or low value is a simple, but critical choice that will make all the difference in the outcome of the race.
Divinity Derby has great production values, and includes six gorgeous miniatures (beautifully modeled by master sculptor Bob Naismith) that are each carefully hand-painted in the Deluxe edition of the game.
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.