In the game, players are leading research teams with variable powers on the planet Ryh, collecting samples while negotiating favor with the three local clans. The game has a vibrant color palette and distinctive artwork by Sam Phillips.
The only difference between the Kickstarter version and the retail version of the game is the former includes the small Allies Expansion pack with four additional player factions, which will be getting a limited retail release. Both versions feature linen finish, black core cards, premium wooden tokens, thicker box, translucent dice, plastic molded insert, and a solo mode. If you missed the Circadians: First Light Kickstarter, now is your chance to snag a copy.
“Assemble a crew and outfit a longboat to raid settlements for gold and fame!”
Raiders of the North Sea, by Garphill Games and designer Shem Phillips, is a unique worker placement game wherein players collect resources to raid and pillage as Vikings. The game was deservedly nominated for the Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel award in 2017, and has accrued two excellent expansions over the years. In Raiders players use a twist on standard worker placement: a single worker is held in hand, which is placed on the board to select a first action. A second action is selected by picking a new worker up off of a previously used space. Workers come in three colors, restricting which actions can be done by which workers.
And now, Dire Wolf Digital has taken this modern classic and created an excellent digital version for Steam, mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch. Raiders of the North Sea is part of an ongoing partnership between Renegade Games and Dire Wolf to produce digital versions of their board games, including Lanterns: the Harvest Festival, Lotus, and the Renegade Companion App. The game truly shines in the digital forum, retaining the excellent artwork created by Mihajlo Dimitrievski (The Mico). Additionally, all versions of Raiders of the North Sea include cross-platform play, so you can compete against friends regardless of which system they use. For more information, check out the press release from Dire Wolf Digital here.
Studios announces Gates of Delirium, a new 19th century
horror-inspired game. Designed by the husband/wife game design duo Jordan and Mandy
Gates of Delirium is not your typical Lovecraftian horror game. While the arrival of the monstrosities may be
inevitable, players in this game will shift between sanity and insanity, alternating
the types of actions they can do and the points they can score. Each action card has two types of actions:
one for a sane person, one for an insane person. Each round, one player will
decide if it is a sane round or an insane round. During a sane round, players will search for
maps and lost pages to a secret tome while assigning investigators to help them
in their cause. During an insane round,
players collect ancient runes and work to build Gates to release the
monstrosities. In the end, the
monstrosities will arrive, and the player with the most victory points when the
last monstrosity is released is the winner.
Gates of Delirium plays 2-4 players, ages 14+, in about
45 minutes. Contents include 1 double-sided
game map, 80 action cards, 90 gates cards, 40 Investigators (10 per player), 4
Player Journals, 4 Score Markers, 24 Desperation Tokens, 7 Scroll Cards, 6
Monstrosity Discs, 1 Sanity Disc (double-sided) and rulebook. Gates of Delirium
is available for pre-order now, or look for the game at your friendly local
game store this fall.
Renegade Games Studios announced the next expansion for Clank! A Deck Building Adventure, Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords. Like the other expansion in the Clank! Expeditions series, Temple of the Ape Lords offers Clank! fans a new double-sided map board for adventures. This one is set in the temple of a lost civilization deep in the jungle. Inside, valuable relics reside, as does an undying mechanical guardian the Ape Lords left behind. Mechanized passages will make for a tricky escape from the temple. Included in the expansion is a new Ape Boss Marker and four player markers matching the theme of the expansion. Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords is available for pre-order now with a release at Gen Con. Or look for the game at your friendly local game store this September.
Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker is a new social deduction game for 5-8 from Renegade Game Studios and the design team responsible for the popular Clank! series of games, Dire Wolf Digital. In Oathbreaker, one player is the King, while the others are secretly either loyalists, looking to keep the current king in power, or conspirators, seeking chaos. Missions are started, and each player secretly contributes influence cards to the cause, either fulfilling the requirements or jamming up the works. Players who contribute the most cards to a mission can place their house sigil with that pile. The cards in each mission are shuffled, and it is determined if the mission succeeded, aiding Order, or failed, leading to Chaos. Nobles who added their sigil to a mission can gain special rewards. The King can grant special decree cards to players, either helping or hindering whomever seems deserving. Look for Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker in stores this June, and check out Dire Wolf Digital’s web page for more information on this new title.
Welcome to the most popular bubble tea shop in Taiwan, where you’ll find rich, delicious milk tea filled with chewy pearls and jellies! To make an unforgettable drink, you’ll need to pay attention to crucial elements. More bubbles, less sugar, just the right amount of ice – all of this will make the drink taste different. Sounds good, right?
One player then rolls the ingredient dice, and everyone races to use the clear overlays to create a legal drink using all of the ingredients rolled. The first to complete their boba tea wins a customer card, and the first to impress 3 customers wins the game. Alternatively, the customer cards have drinks of varying difficulties players can attempt to create. Look for Bubble Tea this June at your FLGS, and for more information check out the Renegade Game web page here.
Renegade Game Studios partners with Frosted Games to publish its first roll-and-write game, Hex Roller. Designed by Rustan Håkansson (Nations and Nations: The Dice Game), Hex Roller features a score pad with a hexagonal groupings of hexagons to record die rolls. Over the course of seven rounds, players will roll the dice, selecting two grouping of numbers to record on their scoresheet. There are numerous scoring opportunities on the scoresheet, so players need to think strategically when selecting and recording their rolls. Hex groupings are only scored when they are completed, and they are worth the predominate value recorded in the grouping. Each scoresheet does start the players out with some pre-filled numbers in each of the hex groupings. Connecting those numbers scores points also. The unique six-sided dice, numbered 3-8, help in providing higher scores, but the game also rewards filling the hexes with the largest array of values so long as it starts with 3, the lowest number. The simple rules and game play will appeal new gamers while the various scoring strategies will appeal experienced gamers.
Hex Roller plays
1-8 players, ages 8+, in about 15-20 minutes.
Contents include 8 dice, pad of game sheets and the rulebook. Hex
Roller is available for pre-order now or look for it in your friendly local
game store in May.
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.
The year is 1828. It’s time for elections and you want to become the 7th President of the United States. Players take on the roles of John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, the two candidates for the top post.
“For the first time in history, this grand campaign is also fought on the pages of newspapers and the eager public audience. This was an election that found its way into history books with its yet unseen ruthlessness and malevolence. This was America’s first smear campaign.”
It’s not easy to become the next President of the United States. To reach this lofty goal, you need to take Election tiles that suit you best and hinder your opponent’s campaign. Election tiles allow you to garner the allegiance of Electors and use the power of Smear Campaigns to skew the populace in your favor. You can also use some powerful Campaign Actions to get the press to look away from your dastardly actions. If you plan your campaign right, nothing will stand in your way to becoming President!