Wizkids has announced plans to release Fistful of Monsters, an expansion to their 2016 Dungeons & Dragons Game Rock, Paper, Wizard. Like the original game, the expansion allow 3-6 players to spend around 30 minutes to try and grab the most gold possible from a dragon’s hoard. The expansions is currently scheduled for an October 2018 release.

You have once again bested a dragon in its own lair and now comes time for your party to split the foul beast’s hoard accordingly… Can you deal with these Wandering Monsters and still come away with the most gold? Maybe that stash of magic items you left by the cave entrance will prove helpful…

Like the original game, the expansion is designed by Josh Cappel, Jay Cormier, and Sen-Foong Lim with artwork by Josh Cappel.

In this new expansion for Rock Paper Wizard, dastardly wandering monsters add a new threat. Each new wandering monster has a unique ability capable of forcing a wizard to move around the board, lose gold, end up injured. New magical items, used in combination with spells, might help players gain even more loot however.

The new box included with Fistful of Monsters features a deeper box so both the expansion and the original game can all be stored in a single box.

In the base game, Dungeons & Dragons: Rock Paper Wizard, a dragon has been slain, leaving behind a pile of treasure players will fight over.

A shared spell book will be placed on the table, with hand gestures representing various possible spells. Players will will choose spells simultaneously, moving a player closer or further away from the loot or affecting the game state in other ways. Players will need to carefully manage the chaos in an attempt to be the first to grab 25 pieces from the dragon’s hoard and win the game.

Jellybean Games announces Village Pillage, a fast paced card game designed by Peter C. Hayward and Tom Lang.

In Village Pillage, each player has a village represented by a deck of cards containing farmers, walls, raiders, and merchants. Each village seeks to obtain enough turnips, by either growing or stealing, so it can either grow its village by adding more powerful villagers or acquire enough royal relics to become a kingdom of its own. It must do so while fending off neighboring villages attempting to become a kingdom first.

The game mechanic is a unique variation of rock paper scissors (raiders steal from farmers, walls block raiders, farmers profit off walls) on two sides at once. Each card features character art by artist Tania Walker (Dracula’s Feast, The Lady and the Tiger) and includes easy to understand symbology to resolve actions.  Peter C. Hayward, describes the game as “simple enough that kids can play it against each other while being engaging enough for adults to play on their own.”

Each turn, players simultaneously choose a card to play against each of their neighbors. The cards are revealed at once and resolved; Farmers gain turnips, Walls protect the turnips, Raiders steal turnips, and Merchants trade turnips in for powerful new cards or expensive relics. Then, everyone picks up their cards and a new round begins. The first player to reach three relics is the winner!

The game contains forty gorgeous villager cards, seventy-two turnip tokens, fifteen relics, and a bank card for each player.

The game is supported by a Kickstarter campaign beginning on the 26th of March.  Kickstarter backers will receive a sixth-player expansion for free. Stretch goals include expansion cards, and a double-sided chicken token for breaking ties. During the campaign, Jellybean Games will run a contest for backers to select which villager card will be the Ultimate Village Pillager.

Village Pillage is for 2 to 5 players aged 8+ and plays in about 20 minutes.  Like most of their games, Jellybean Games offers a free print and play version on their website.



rock paper wizard

WizKids, in partnership with Wizards of the Coast, have announced a new Rock Paper Scissor type game called Rock Paper Wizard.  In this game you have a bunch of cards depicting different spells from the iconic Dungeons and Dragons game.  In addition to the name and effect, there is also a hand gesture for each spell which is what you have to make with your own hands and then point them at your intended target.  The effects of these spells vary from moving your opponents, moving yourself, stealing from them or taking from a hoard of gold.  The object of the game is to take 25 pieces of said gold before any other wizard can, thus making you the winner.

Honestly I am not sure if we needed a more complicated version of Rock Paper Scissors, but with the addition of DnD spells, a board, and end goal beyond just wining the current game, it could work.  The game plays up to 6 people and will hit store shelves in January of next year, you can read the press release below for more information.

WizKids Announces its New Spell-Casting Game System: ROCK PAPER WIZARD and Taps Dungeons & Dragons® for the Debut Edition

Hillside, NJ — WizKids announced Rock Paper Wizard today, a fast paced, high energy card game that combines strategy, luck and a wee bit of hand coordination! The Dungeons & Dragons edition of Rock Paper Wizard gathers some of the most iconic spells from Wizards of the Coast’s popular fantasy roleplaying game for a spell casting challenge. The game will be available at your local game store for $19.99 in January 2017.

“We are proud to kick off our new spell-casting game system Rock Paper Wizard, a rollicking fun game of casting spells using hand gestures,” says Zev Shlasinger, Director of Board Games at WizKids. “We couldn’t be more excited about this debut and our partnership with our friends at Wizards of the Coast. Stay tuned for some really amazing games!”

Rock Paper Wizard is a fast-paced card game for 3 to 6 players who must try to outwit their opponents in an epic race for loot!

Choose your wizard’s spell and cast some magic by repeating one of the hand gestures found on the cards in front of you. Everyone says “Rock, Paper, Wizard” aloud, and upon saying “Wizard”, forms a hand gesture and points it towards a target. Each card describes the spell’s effect, which can push opponents towards the exit, advance themselves towards the hoard, or manipulate the coins wizards must collect to win.

The first player to collect 25 gold pieces wins a game of Rock Paper Wizard but it’s such a frenetic experience that you’ll want to jump right in and play again!

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YAY Games, the makers of last year’s hit Kickstarter Frankenstein’s Bodies, have successfully completed production of their latest project and are ready to set it loose upon the world. Debuting this week at the Essen Spiel game fair in Germany, Sandcastles is a card/tile placement game for 3-7 players, with rules variants included for 2 player or solo gaming. Each player must use the cards available to the them to build the best Sandcastle they can before the tide rolls in – but be careful: the other players will do their best to steal bits away from your sandcastle or even siphon off your bonus points!

Sandcastles plays in about 30-40 minutes and is designed by Andrew Harman. For more detail, read the full press release below:

“Bringing out the naughty child in you!”

Media release (Oct 3rd, 2015)
Embargo – Immediate
Sandcastles set for International launch

Gamers sometimes complain about games having the same old themes (don’t mention Zombies) or that a theme has just been plastered onto a game. These are not statements that could be laid at the feet of up and coming British board game publisher YAY Games.

Following on from the cult success of Frankenstein’s Bodies, a highly thematic game about building your very own “creature” out of spare body parts, YAY are set for the international launch of Sandcastles.

“We are hoping that folks at Essen really take our latest brain child into their hearts. In Sandcastles you are on a beach trying to build the best sandcastle you can before the big wave comes crashing in.” Says Andrew Harman YAY Games chief creative.

He goes on to warn in a tongue in cheek way. “Don’t get too comfortable playing in the sand though because the other players could be planning on using crabs, seagulls of their own buckets to kick over your glorious creation and steal your sandy glory!”

Sandcastles is a very portable tile placement game for 1 to 7 players and lasts around 30 minutes. If you’re looking for a game to take on holiday to play with your family, look no further

YAY Games are getting a reputation for producing games with interesting themes that are easy to learn and pack in a lot of interaction. They can be found at booth 2E-121 at Essen.

You can also keep up to date with this fresh and exciting company on Facebook here or Twitter here.


Coming soon is MiFuChi, a children’s game from Japanime Games. MiFuChi is a reworking of ShiFuMi, a rock-paper-scissors game that is set in the world of Dofus. Players compete in rounds to move the Wa Wabbit. When the Wabbit reaches the end of the board, the player wins a reward. The first player to three rewards wins. MiFuChi is for 2 players, ages 6 and up with a play time of 15 minutes.