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Renegade Game Studios will be releasing a new dexterity game in September that is all about cats and explosives… but has nothing to do with that other game about explosive felines. A new addition to the collection of pet-themed games by artist and designer Aza Chen, Fireworks! pits one cute little Anime-style cat against another in an effort to create the best pyrotechnic display. To create the display, you ‘launch’ a die into the game box full of tiles using a cute decorative dice cup. The die (hopefully) flips over several tiles and the pips on the die tell you how many of the revealed tiles you can take to place on your player mat. End game points are awarded based upon the number and completeness of the bursts that you have placed.
Fireworks! plays 2-4 players in about 20 minutes and is recommended for ages six and up. Fireworks! will retail for around $25 U.S and will be available starting in September, but the studio is taking pre-orders now for pickup at Essen.
For more information, visit the Renegade Game Studios product page.
Renegade Game Studios have announced an expansion for Clank! In! Space! where Lord Eradikus continues to be opposed by small pockets of resistance. The evil, cyborg isn’t having any of it and plots to wipe out all resistance with one, grand wicked scheme. Clank! In! Space! Apocalypse! supports 2-4 players, aged 13+, and will play in roughly 60 minutes. It’s designed by Paul Dennen with art by Rayph Beisner.
“The evil Lord Eradikus has all but conquered the galaxy and is now on a victory lap across the sector in his flagship, Eradikus Prime. He may rule with an iron grip, but his most prized artifacts are about to slip through his cyborg claws. You and your fellow thieves have challenged each other to sneak aboard his ship, hack your way into its command module, and steal from him.”
“Along the way, you’ll recruit allies and snatch up extra loot. But one false step and — Clank! Careless noise draws the attention of Lord Eradikus. Hacking into his command module and stealing his artifacts increases his rage. You’d better hope your friends are louder than you are if you want to make it to an escape pod and get out alive…” [source]
Clank! In! Space! is built on the same game system as Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure. Players build a personal deck of cards while playing the game and these cards allow them to move through the spaceship, attack things, and acquire new cards. Running around the ship doing these things makes noise which attracts Lord Eradikus and his attention brings the players doom.
The game is available for pre-order on the Renegade Games website for pickup at GenCon or Essen.
If you missed the Kickstarter for Wendake last summer, you are in luck because it will now be available this fall.
Wendake, designed by Danilo Sabia and illustrated by Alan D’Amico and Paolo Vallerga, is an action selection, area control, and resource management game. Set in the Great Lakes Region during the Seven Years War between the French and the English (1756-1763), the war is but one obstacle to the Native American tribes of the Huron Nation striving for prosperity. In Wendake, players are chiefs of a Native American tribe managing all of the most important aspects of tribal life. Each tribe has their own special abilities their chiefs can use throughout the game.
The core of the game is the action selection mechanism. Actions are taken on a grid of tiles where players activate a row, column, or diagonal, taking all the actions in that line. Afterward, those action tiles are flipped over to reveal new actions to choose from. The available actions are constantly cycling, and over the course of the game new actions to add to the grid become available allowing better choices. Tribal prosperity is scored on the economic, military, ritual, and mask tracks that are paired. Players only score on the lowest of each paired track, so a balanced approach is necessary for victory. The player with the highest total score is the winner.
Wendake plays 1-4 players, ages 14+, in 1-2 hours, and it is available for pre-order now. Pre-orders from Renegade Game Studios can be picked up at Gen Con, August 2-5th, 2018, while pre-orders from your Friendly Local Game Store will be available this fall.
Renegade Game Studios has started laying the groundwork for another big GenCon with plans to release Gunkimono by Jeffrey D. Allers with art by George Sellas. Gunkimono has already received a Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower!
Gunkimono is a tactical tile-laying and area control game set in feudal Japan where players will be challenged to optimize their troop deployment in order to gain the most ground while increasing military strength. The game is designed for 2-5 players aged 10+ and will play in 45-60 minutes.
In war-torn feudal Japan, the soldiers are restless. The endless battles, betrayals, and broken promises have the soldiers questioning where their loyalties lie. Meanwhile, the daimyo are strategizing, marshaling their troops, and erecting strongholds to bolster the strength of their armies, all in pursuit of honor and ultimate victory.
In the game each player will take on the roles of a daimyo. Players will then plot military movement across the countryside. Players will develop new squads of troops to build up victory points but must balance this with the need to forego expansion in order to build up their stronghold instead.
The game will be released at GenCon 2018, taking place August 2-5th 2018.
What’s in the Box?
Included in the game will be:
- 1 Game Board
- 25 Small Army Tiles (1 troop each) – infantry, samurai, cavalry, spearman, archer
- 60 Large Army Tiles (2 troops each)
- 15 War Banner Tiles – dragon, crane, lotus
- 10 Strongholds
- 5 Daimyo Figures
- 5 Daimyo Tiles
- 25 Honor Markers
- 1 Start Player Sword
- 1 End-of-Game Tile
- 1 Cover Tile
- 1 Rulebook
Lucidity: Six-Sided Nightmares, from Renegade Game Studios and Fox Tales Games, will be in stores on May 16. Fox Tales Game ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Lucidity last summer, and the Kickstarter campaign was so successful that three expansions were unlocked.
In Lucidity, players are dreamers who have entered the dream world populated by Nightmares. Players roll dice to the steal power of dreams, but each roll of the dice also risks corruption of the Nightmares. Too much corruption turns a player into a Nightmare who hunts down the other dreams and become the most powerful nightmare. At the end of the night only one Dreamer or Nightmare is left standing. Lucidity is a press-your-luck dice game to gain the enough power to escape the dream world or dominate it as a Nightmare.
Lucidity plays one to four players, ages 14 and up, in about 20-30 minutes. Contents include 80 dice (20 in 4 different colors), black bag, 4 Dreamer Cards, 5 Nightmare Cards, 4 Turn Summary Cards, 4 Glass Sleep Markers, and rulebook.
Learn more about Lucidity at Fox Tale Games.
Garphill Games and Renegade Game Studios are teaming up to co-publish a new trilogy of stand-alone games: West Kingdom Trilogy. The first game in the trilogy is Architects of the West Kingdom, designed by Shem Phillips, designer of the North Sea Trilogy of games, most notably Raiders of the North Sea. Co-designing with Shem is first-time designer S J Macdonald.
Architects of the West Kingdom is set at the end of the Carolingian Empire, circa 850 AD. Players are royal architects creating important landmarks, competing to impress their King and maintain their noble status. Players will collect and manage resources, hire apprentices, and manage their workforce, and keep an eye on their rivals who may attempt to slow your progress. Victory points are gained by building various buildings and advancing work on the Archbishop’s Cathedral. This worker-placement strategy game requires more than resource management. Some underhanded deals may need to be made to remain competitive. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game is the winner.
A Kickstarter campaign for Architects of the West Kingdom begins on 13 March, and the game is projected to be released in October 2018.
Architects of the West Kingdom plays 1-5 players, ages 12 and up, in about 60-80 minutes.
- 1 Rulebook
- 40 Apprentice Cards
- 40 Building Cards
- 10 Black Market Cards
- 22 Debt Cards
- 11 Reward Cards
- 6 Multiplier Cards
- 1 Large Punchboard
- 1 Game Board
- 5 Player Boards Double–sided
- 100 Meeples
- 10 Player Markers
- 35 Clay Tokens
- 40 Wood Tokens
- 40 Stone Tokens
- 30 Marble Tokens
- 25 Gold Tokens
- Solo Mode Components (30 Scheme Cards, 2 Reference Cards, 1 Double-sided Opponent Board)
Learn more about Architects of the West Kingdom at Renegade Game Studios.
Renegade Game Studios has announced that players everywhere will be able to shed the winter chill and go gardening on January 10th, 2018 when they officially release Topiary. The game is for 2-4 garden enthusiasts aged 10+ and plays in 15-30 minutes. Topiary is designed and features artwork by Danny Devine.
It’s a fabulously sunny day – the perfect occasion for folks to visit the new topiary garden on the outskirts of town! Nothing spells a relaxing weekend like enjoying sculptures created with the assistance of nature herself.
Topiary is an abstract strategy/puzzle game where players are positioning their visitors meeples along the edge of a topiary garden represented by a 5 by 5 grid of cards. Visitors will jockey for position to view the closest topiary sculpture and any behind that topiary along the same sight line that are larger than those in front. Visitors who are fortunate enough to to see multiple topiaries of the same type will score bonus points.
The garden can get quite crowded at times, though, so it’s up to you to make sure your visitors have a good experience with these beautiful botanicals. You’ll want to place your visitors in the best positions along the outer edge of the garden and rearrange the sculptures strategically to give your visitors the most spectacular view of the landscape!
Players slowly fill in the garden by placing tiles and visitors while manipulating sculputures.
A possible award season favorite, the game has already been nominated for the 2017 Italian Game of the Year. This will be the English North American release of the game originally released by Fever Games
What’s in the Box?
The game box contains:
- 40 Topiary Tiles
- 32 Visitor Meeples
- 1 Scoreboard
- 4 Scoring Tokens
- 1 Rulebook
Renegade Game Studios, in partnership with Lautapelit.fi, is bringing the excellent game Dokmus to North America in Q1 2018. Dokmus, by Mikko Punakallio, is a highly regarded abstract strategy game with a fantasy theme, taking place on the island of Dokmus. The island is made of 8 large square map tiles in a 3×3 array with a central hole, with each tile made of a 7×7 grid of small terrain squares. Each turn, 2-4 players draft guardian tiles, which provide the actions to move and rotate the map tiles. Additionally, each turn the players place 3 camp tokens on the board, next to their already placed camps. After 8 rounds, players score based on how many camps they placed next to special temple spaces, and how many camps they sacrificed to the volcanoes.
Renegade will also be releasing the expansion, Dokmus: Return of Erefel, which adds another guardian and new map tiles to the game. Read the details in the full press release on Renegade’s website here.
Renegade Game Studios and Oni Press are teaming up to bring the world The Tea Dragon Society to gaming. The Tea Dragon Society is a webcomic and upcoming graphic novel by author Katie O’Neill (Princess Princess Ever After) tells the story of Greta, the blacksmiths daughter, who enters the enchanting world of Tea Dragons. The Tea Dragon Society Card Game is being designed by Steve Ellis (Dicey Goblins, Railways of the World: Card Game) and Tyler Tinsley (Dicey Goblins).
The Tea Dragon Society Card Game is Due to hit stores in Spring of 2018. You can read the full press release from Renegade here.
Cool Mini or Not has announced that Universal Distribution will be exclusively distributing their games in English speaking Canada. This agreement is to take place immediately, and includes demo copies, Game Night Kits, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges. You can read CMoN’s press release here.
Renegade has announced new support for it’s fans in France. Renegade Game Studios and Origames have formed a partnership to localize and bring Renegade Games to the French market. The first games to be treated will be Clank! and it’s underwater expansion, Clank! Sunken Treasures. World’s Fair 1893 and FUSE will follow shortly thereafter, with all games in the Renegade line to eventually come to France. You can check out the Renegade France Website and Facebook Page, and read the official press release here.
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