Rustan Håkansson

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.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar is a universe created by Games Workshop where, traditionally, miniature war games have been set. Recently, however, Games Workshop have branched out and partnered with other publishers to produce games in non-traditional form, such as Warhammer 40k Dice Masters by WizKids, and now Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – The Rise & Fall of Anvalor as revealed at Essen 2018. This game is intended for 1-4 players, is designed by Rustan Håkansson (known for Nations, Dungeon Rush, and Tribes: Early Civilization), and is also produced by WizKids.

Here’s the story so far:

“Many previous attempts to build a lasting fortification at Anvalor have failed. Its strategic location on the Great Parch, a particularly arid region of Aqshy, the Realm of Fire, is of supreme importance. However, each new effort to establish a significant foothold has also irked a new foe, an enemy who rises to the challenge of thwarting the attempt. Equally distant from Anvilgard, Hammerhal Aqsha and the City of Brimstone, the competing factions of those great cities have put their quarrels aside and committed to a final push to rebuild Anvalor together. Whoever can secure the new stronghold will also dominate the Great Parch, significantly strengthening their influence in all the Mortal Realms.” [source]

In The Rise & Fall of Anvalor, players are tasked to build and defend Anvalor from enemy assault but are secretly working to gather the most Influence and secure dominance over Anvalor, even though it may cause the fall of the city. Players obtain Influence by constructing City Buildings and defeating enemies during assaults.

The game consists of:

  • Over 180 tiles
  • 6 different player factions
  • 3 different enemy factions

There is another 4-player variant included for additional game play content. Expected released date is the end of April 2019.

Stronghold Games has announced plans to release Dungeon Rush by designers Rustan Håkansson and Eli Håkansson in March 2018. Originally published by Lautapelit.fi in 2016, the release has Stronghold Games once again partnering to bring strong European titles to North America.

Dungeon Rush has players taking on the role of adventurers rushing into a perilous dungeon to root out the evil that lies within while earning gold and leveling up their character abilities as they delve below. Dungeon Rush will entertain 3-5 adventurers aged 8+ for around 20 minutes per game.

Each player will take command of two heroes they will permanently control for the game, one hero for the right hand of the player and and one hero for the left hand. At the start of a round the players will simultaneously reveal two monster cards and place them within reach of all of the players. Players then quickly place each hand on the monster they want that hero to battle. Players can place both hands on a single monster to have both their heroes battle that monster. No two players in the game can select the same monster, so players will need to decide quickly, and once the decision is made they cannot select a different monster.

Each player will then battle the selected monsters, using any abilities they have gained. If successful, they can slide the monster card under their hero card, adding new melee, ranged, magic, and stealth abilities to their heroes.

After battling through three dungeon levels players will have one last battle against the Dungeon Lord and Dragon to finish the game.

What’s in the Box?

The Stronghold Games edition of Dungeon Rush will include:

  • 10 Oversized Hero Cards
  • 4 Dragon Cards
  • 4 Dungeon Lord Cards
  • 34 Level 1 Monster Cards
  • 34 Level 2 Monster Cards
  • 34 Level 3 Monster Cards
  • 1 Rulebook

Game Designers Rustan Håkansson and Eli Håkansson

Designer Rustan Håkansson will be familiar to many gamers from his popular 2013 release Nations and 2014 release of Nations: The Dice Game. Dungeon Rush is Eli Håkansson‘s first credited game.

Art by Lauri Bremer, Tuuli Hypén, Jere Kasanen

Artist Tuuli Hypén has contributed to a number of new releases including the 2017 Stronghold Games releases of The Bottle Imp and Gold Fever, and the 2015 release of M.U.L.E: The Board Game.

Artist Jere Kasanen will be well known to many gamers from work on popular games including Flame Rouge, Nations, Nations: The Dice Game, and Honshu.

While Lauri Bremer may be new as a board game artists, working with the rest of the design and art team will be a great introduction to the world of game design.

mephisto

Portal Games has announced an August release for two new armies in the extremely popular board game universe of Neuroshima Hex 3.0 designed by Michał Oracz!

The first is Mephisto designed by Michał Herda & Michał Oracz.  Now I know what you’re thinking…Is Portal Games bringing in a particularly nasty Marvel Villain to rain down hell in Neuroshima Hex?!?!  No, not this time.  Mephisto is quite simply, a half-worm, half-steel maggot born of radioactive bomb craters that will give players a shortcut and resources but quite possibly at the cost of their life.  Make good use of the new implants and modules to bring the awesome power of this monster down on your enemies!

dancer

The second is Dancer designed by Rustan Håkansson.  A beautiful lady twirling upon her toes across the board as…wait, that doesn’t sound right at all.  Oh no, “Dancer” is in fact a code name for a predictably sinister genetic experiment that was damaged during the Moloch attack on Omega.  Now the 3 raving-mad, hive-mind subjects of this military-experiment-gone-wrong have escaped and together they are a lethal combination of healing, free attacks, and massive damage.  But enemies take heed!  If you can find a way to kill one of them…Dancer will fall.

To learn more, visit the Portal Games page by clicking <here>.