Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky is set against the backdrop of the Harvest Festival, an Asian time of celebration. Players act as artisans who decorate the lake with floating lanterns and launch fireworks to light up the sky in honor of the best harvest festival yet. The emperor is not easily impressed and the player who earns the most honor in the emperor’s eyes wins the game. The game supports 2-4 players, aged 10+, and plays in 30-45 mins.
the game, players roll dice then choose which colored lanterns to fill in on
their scoresheets. They can earn gifts which allow them to perform special
actions, fill in additional colored lanterns, and create powerful combinations.
Fireworks tiles are used to cover completed shapes to score points.
“Terror Below is a game of government experiments gone wild in the Nevada desert. The faster you move, the more vibrations you make, attracting the attention of the vicious worms underground. Navigate the difficult terrain to collect valuable worm eggs and deliver them to locations around town to claim bounties. If you’re feeling lucky, collect items and weapons to go hunt ’em.”[source]
In Terror Below, the 1st player to score 20 victory points by collecting worm eggs and delivering them to locations around town, or by hunting down and killing the worms, is the winner. At the start of the game, players are dealt 3 heroes, who they pick 1 to start the game with. If a hero is defeated by a worm, players continue to play with their remaining heroes and are able to revive their downed hero at the hospital. During the course of the game, the heroes visit locations around town to find bounties, scavenge for weapons, and survive distracting the worms. Should the worms attack, the heroes would fight back.
The Terror Below Kickstarter project has already reached 5x its funding goal with over 1,200 backers, will continue seeking funding until February 27th, 2019, and is expected to deliver in August of 2019. There is only a single pledge level with exclusive, Kickstarter content, and multiple stretch goals that improve the tactile nature of the already good looking game.
Bargain Quest combines adventure and capitalism as 2-6 players take on the role of shopkeepers in a town plagued by monsters. Players secretly draft items, which are placed in their shop windows to attract heroes to their store. Once armed, the heroes battle threats and gain prestige and gold, which is added to the item shop they had most recently visited. The player with the most gold and prestige at the end of the game is the winner. Bargain Quest is designed by Jonathan Ying (known for Star Wars: Imperial Assault) with art by Victoria Ying.
A digital version of Raiders of the North Sea, the popular worker placement game, is coming soon to iOS and Android phones.
Renegade Game Studios, Dire Wolf Digital and Garphill Games have all teamed up for the release, which is expected in the first quarter of 2019.
The game is set in the Viking Age, with players acting as Viking warriors trying to raid unsuspecting settlements. The players will assemble a crew, collect provisions and plunder to collect the most victory points. The game ends when 1 fortress remains, all Valkyrie are removed or all Offerings are made.
The digital game is for 1-4 players with solo play, pass-and-play and online multiplayer options.
Renegade and Dire Wolfe have also recently released Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure and the digital versions of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and Lotus as well as the Renegade Games Companion.
For those of you anxiously awaiting the second printing of Jonathan Ying’s Bargain Quest, you can now also look forward to a brand new expansion, too! This fun little game of adventure and capitalism will offer even more must have items for heroes to choose from.
In Bargain Quest, players take on the role of shopkeeper trying to attract adventuring heroes to their shop over their opponents. Each player will secretly draft from a deck of items to place in their shop windows and then help equip their heroes for an upcoming ad kkiventure. Players earn money to upgrade their shop and hire employees based on how their hero fares in battle.
The Black Market expansion will offer players more heroes, employees, and play modes. A new shipment of items will also be available to entice heroes to battle the new monsters.
Gather up to eight of your friends to see who can run the most successful shop with the most gold and prestige. Renegade Games will be releasing the Black Market expansion in May 2019. Don’t worry if you missed out on the Kickstarter for the base game. It will be available through Renegade Games once the Kickstarter fulfillment is completed.
Renegade Game Studios has just announcedProving Grounds, a solo story driven dice game by acclaimed designer Kane Klenko (FUSE, Flatline). Proving Grounds takes place in a fantasy world created by writer Monica Valentinelli (Firefly RPG), in which Maia Strongheart must prove her innocence in the death of her mother, the Sun Queen. The game comes with the novella “Only The Strongest Has The Heart Of A Wizened Queen”, setting the stage for all the events of the game. The game involves dice and card play, and true to Kane Klenko‘s portfolio, involves realtime elements. The story progresses by adding 6 modules one at a time to the game, and an introductory training module for new players. Look for Proving Grounds in stores April 2019, and read more about the project on Renegade Studio’s webpage here.
“110 AD – the Roman Empire is at its height of glory, ruled by the “optimus princeps,” Emperor Trajan. All borders are secured, and people can focus again on the empire’s internal matters — ROME. Take your chances and boost your power! With the proper tactics, you may outmaneuver your opponents and eventually claim victory.”[source]
Players will need to balance politics, military, trading, and other parts of Roman culture. They try to score victory points by taking advantage of 6 different actions using a rondel mechanism to plan them. Careful planning, hampering opponents’ plans, and the careful acquisition of tiles are integral to success with the player having the most victory points at the end of it all being the winner.
Listen… you smell something? There have been several Ghostbusters themed board games over the years. Now, Renegade Game studios, in conjunction with Albino Dragon and Sony Pictures, has announced Ghostbusters: The Card Game.
There is presently no Board Game Geek entry for the game, and not many game play details were provided in Renegade’s announcement. So, what do we know? It’s a card drafting and set collection game for 2-5 players, ages eight and up. The game was designed by Daryl Andrews and Erica Bouyouris, and the cards feature a cartoon aesthetic with original illustrations by Jacqui Davis and Todd Bright.
“Compete against your friends and family to collect ghosts from the Ghostbusters universe. You’ll call upon your favorite Ghostbusters to help you set your ghost trap and capture the highest point ghosts on the board.”
The announcement and product page indicate that the game is due out this Fall.
In 2017, Renegade Game Studios and dlp games released Altiplano, a bag-building game from designer Reiner Stockhausen. Renegade has announced that Altiplano will be getting an expansion, Altiplano: The Traveller.
When you are visiting alpacas in the South American highlands The Traveler will provide more resources, locations and a public trading point for assets. The expansion is designed by Reiner Stockhausen, along with Louis and Stefan Malz, and features more artwork from Klemens Franz. The estimated release date for Altiplano: The Traveler in North America is October.
You can read Renegade’s full announcement here. The game page for the expansion on the publisher’s website can be found here. The original base game of Altiplano received a Seal of Excellence from the Dice Tower, and Tom Vasel’s review can be seen here.