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2019 marks the 15th season for The Dice Tower and it’s network of gaming reviews, news, and convention coverage. The Dice Tower has grown each year to bring more content at increasing quality, but only due to the generosity of you – all of our viewers and readers!  It is because of you that we are able to do what we love and give as much as we can back to the community. So it is once again time that we humbly ask for your support with the 2019 fundraising campaign.

Like the previous campaigns, this fundraiser is full of incentives ranging from gaming gear, exclusive Dice Tower products, and promos. There are decals, pins, coasters, tokens, card sleeves, component storage bins, games bags, dice pouches, and of course, dice towers.  Returning in the fundraiser are dice, including a metal pair, with the Dice Tower logo. Promos for some of the hottest games of 2017 including Champions of Midgard: Valhalla, Bunny Kingdom, Onitama, Time of Legends:Joan of Arc, Fireball Island, Alien Artifacts, Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Flamme Rouge, Spyfall, Suburbia, Roll Player, and so much more!

Video credits, custom voicemails, and even a custom video just for you are a couple of the unique perks to pledge.  There is even an opportunity to share a meal with the Dice Tower crew at one of the conventions or to come spend a day of gaming at with the Dice Tower crew at Mac & Cheese, a gaming cafe.

There is always the option to donate however much you want regardless of perks, as any and all support is greatly appreciated. If you’ve ever benefited from a review, preview, top 10 list, news article, or convention coverage, please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign. On behalf of all of us in the Dice Tower Network, we value your many years of viewership and patronage, and we hope to continue serving you great content in the years to come. Thank you!

That’s right folks, the Dice Tower Live Gaming Marathon has officially launched and will going on until 2pm on Friday the 12th.  You will be able to watch the Dice Tower crew with special guests play through a whole bunch of different games into and out of the wee hours of the morning.  Some of the highlights include Grimm ForestNear and Far, Pie Town and more.  But even more amazing is that they will be doing contests live throughout the marathon, but you have to be watching because the contest will be announced, and concluded within the live stream.  So pull up a chair and have fun watching ‘da crew play all the latest and fun games. (Click here for a full list of links)!

2018 marks the 14th season for The Dice Tower and it’s network of gaming reviews, news, and convention coverage. The Dice Tower, and Dice Tower News by extension, has grown each year to bring more content at increasing quality, but only due to the generosity of you – all of our viewers and readers!  It is because of you that we are able to do what we love and give as much as we can back to the community. So it is once again time that we humbly ask for your support with the 2018 fundraising campaign.

Of course, as with years past, the campaign provides a ton of incentives in the form of gaming gear, promos, and exclusives! There are decals, bumper stickers, and coasters of the new caricatures, and more dice than ever including a metal pair with the logo. Promos for some of the hottest games of 2017 including Downforce, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aeon’s End, Terraforming Mars, Dragon Castle, Alien Artifacts, Dinosaur Island, and so much more! There are also excellent stretch goals that bring more content from the crew, like more top 100 videos, live playthroughs, and also the potential for a twitch channel for live-streaming.

There is always the option to donate however much you want regardless of perks, as any and all support is greatly appreciated. If you’ve ever benefited from a review, preview, top 10 list, news article, or convention coverage, please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign. On behalf of all of us in the Dice Tower Network, we value your many years of viewership and patronage, and we hope to continue serving you great content in the years to come. Thank you!

The convention season is definitely in swing and the Dice Tower is there with all sorts of interviews and shows. Here’s some pics that Sam Healey was able to share.

New Arms for Age of Sigmar: Kharadron Overlords (coming in April)
       – completely new dwarven army
       – 3 different-sized airship units
       – regular infantry units
       – assault infantry units
       – HQ units
Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire
       – a board game that is “very different than anything we’ve done”
 
New Skirmish-level game: Shadow War: Armageddon (coming in April)
       -sets comes with scouts and orks
       -fully plastic modular terrain makes up the bulk of the volume of the box
       -basically a classic Necromunda rules set

The Dice Tower’s 13th season fundraiser is going strong on Indiegogo and you still have the chance to be able to support them.  While all content put out by The Dice Tower is completely free, there are still significant costs that are incurred to keep the content and quality at current levels.  So each year they reach out to the board gaming community to help fund them for another year, and maybe even improve things like bringing on more people or purchasing better equipment.

As with previous years they are also offering tons of great promos in return for your support during the campaign.  Some awesome ones include a new character for Champions of Midgard featuring that awesome host, Jason Levine.  Then there is the promo for Ice Cool, because normal penguin ID cards are boring, you’ve got to have the Dice Tower crew in penguin costumes instead!  Or you can even gets some more murder method cards for Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, featuring the absolutely deadly….deck of cards?  Any way you slice it, supporting The Dice Tower will help them keep going and get you some great promos for your games, so check out the campaign on Indiegogo today.

Because someone was able to talk Tom into doing it, The Dice Tower will again be doing a day long marathon of board gaming with Tom, Zee, Sam and some special guests.  This year the special guests will be Zev, the founder/owner of Z-Man Games, Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names, and Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games.  They will all be trapped in the same house together for 30 hours as they play all sorts of games like Time’s Up, Captain Sonar, Cash ‘n’ Guns, and Spyfall.  You can check out this thread on BGG for links to the live YouTube feeds and browse a complete list of games and players that will be in the marathon.

So, who’s up for some Blood Rage at 3am?

Funding for the 13th season of The Dice Tower is now alive and running on Indiegogo right now! The Dice Tower, and Dice Tower News by extension, can only operate on the generosity of all of our readers, viewers, and fans. It is through your kindness and support that we are able to bring to you all the latest in board gaming releases and reviews. Plus, the money made through these fundraisers allows the Dice Tower to grow and better serve the board gaming community with increased quality and content.

As with every year, the fundraiser offers awesome incentives for donations in the form of gamer swag, promos, and exclusives! This year is no exception, as there are a ton of promos for hot games that have released in the past few years. Some notable examples to get excited about are promotional cards for Scythe, Millennium Blades, Onitama, Coup, Clank, Adrenaline, 7 Wonders: Duel, and many many more! We can’t forget the awesome figures and cards coming from Cool Mini or Not: Chuck for Arcadia Quest: Pets and  Eric Summerer for Zombicide: Black Plague.

                   

Of course there is always the option to donate however much you want regardless of perks, as any and all support is greatly appreciated. So if you’ve ever benefited from a review, preview, top 10 list, or news article, please consider supporting our Indiegogo campaign. On behalf of all of us in the Dice Tower Network, thank you for the many years of viewership and patronage, and we hope to continue serving great content in the years to come. Thank you!

Hanamikoji is an actual street in Japan, and back in the old days one of the most well-known places to find Geisha, Japanese entertainers fluent in the arts.  In the game of the same name you are trying to garner the favor of seven different Geisha masters who have mastered their different art forms.  To gain their favor you will play down items associated with their art like scrolls of poetry, musical instruments, and fans for dancing.  How you play those items is the interesting part as both players have four set actions they must take on their turn before you score.  The actions range from showing a set number of cards and letting your opponent choose a few before you place the rest, discarding cards from your hand, and even placing a card off to the side to play right before scoring.  Once all actions are done, scoring happens, and if you have more cards on a Geisha than your opponent, you win her favor and her points.  Win the favor of 4 Geisha or have a total of 11 points at the end of the round and you are the winner.

The art for this game is beautiful and play is very interesting with it hinging on the ‘I split, you pick’ type mechanic making for some interesting turns.  Sam Healey has already reviewed this game and gave it two big thumbs up as a game he really enjoys.  So for those of you interested in the game you can check out Sam’s video review for more information, and look forward to getting your own copy when it’s released in mid December.

IMAG0805Day two started out fresh, having rested and recouped from an exciting day 1. The Dice Tower crew grouped up to start a very busy day. I had the pleasure of getting to visit with Chaz Marler from Pair of Dice Paradise. Many of you know Chaz from either his board game reviews or his Board Game Breakfast segment (Head in the Clouds with Chaz Marler). I’m here to tell ya, he’s a great guy, a hard worker, and just a ton of fun to hang around.

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Upon entering the convention, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Patrick Nickell, owner of Crash Games. Patrick is well known in the board game community and just a great guy. He’s located at booth 2828 and is demoing several games in his line-up, including his newest release, Dead Drop. You can learn more about the successfully Kickstarted game here. I personally own a copy of Yardmaster and it’s one of the few games I can get my wife to play with me.

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One of the hardest games to get your hand on over at the Asmodee booth is Mysterium. Mysterium is an English version of the Polish game Tajemnicze Domostwo. It’s a cooperative game where one player takes on the role of a Ghost trying to describe where he/she was murdered via giving out various clues while others try to deduce the location – all done via Dixit-style cards. It’s a gorgeous game and their demo booth is a must grab for anyone remotely interested in the game.

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Another game that had a TON of hype around the convention was Pretzel Games’ fun dexterity game, Flick ’em Up. Pictured above is the upcoming expansion, Stallion Canyon, which features ramps, horses and about 5 new scenarios. Players will have to rope in wild horses using a lasso and then use those horses in further scenarios. Keep your eyes on this one, it’s sure to add to the fun of the base game.

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A huge hit at the Arcane Wonders booth was Board Game Theatre’s Kevin and Matti in their Sheriff of Nottingham regalia. Come by Arcane Wonders’ booth at 1:30 to get a look!!

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Don’t forget to come by the Dice Tower booth, located at booth 3030. You can pick up a free fortune cookie and Dice Tower badge sticker. Stop by at 10am to meet Tom, Eric, Zee, and Sam!! There’s still plenty of promos left including 3 Mage Wars, 2 Sheriff of Notthingham, Spyfall, Robinson Crusoe, Core Worlds, and Nothing personal promo packs. We have t-shirts, dice towers, various dice and the Arcadia Quest Tomrick mini If nothing else, stop by to say hi!

 

 

 

 

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So the Dice Tower kicked Day 1 off with a bang. For those not familiar with the early mornings of the convention, the doors open to exhibitors at 8am followed, on day 1, to the VIPs at 9am. 10 o’clock welcomes the masses. Mysterium, from Asmodee, seemed to be the big hit- having sold out before 9:20.

IMAG0776One of the big hits was the display of upcoming Mice & Mystics product line games – Tail Feathers. Jerry Hawthorne, designer, was demoing the unique tilt mechanism used for the flying birds. In this sky and land battle game the birds will actually have removable “flyer” minis. Tail Feathers will hopefully be released sometime around, if not at, Essen.

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One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to meet the folks over at NSKN. I got to meet with Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac (Designer and Artist along with founders of NSKN) to get a look at the HUGE BOX expansion to Exodus entitled Edge of Extinction. It’s a GORGEOUS expansion to an already wonderful game. You can watch Tom’s review of the revised edition of the base game here. And if that wasn’t already exciting enough, I got a sneak peak at only 1 of 2 copies of Mistfall – a cooperative adventure game hopefully due out at Essen. It’s got some top-notch components and features some beautiful artwork – tons of cards!!

 

Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek & DTN Editor-in-Chief Rob Searing

Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek & DTN Editor-in-Chief Rob Searing

 

Portal Games had quite a few releases this year including Rattle, Battle, & Loot – a fun, light-hearted pirate-themed game. Also available was the drafting game Tides of Time and the Imperial Settlers expansion Atlanteans.

IMAG0788Sure to be a hit, from Pretzel Games, is Flick ’em Up. In this scenario-driven game, you use dexterity to flick (shoot) opponents and move around the board. An expansion has already been announced that will add ramps and horses. You can watch Tom Vasel’s review here.

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Another fun stop was to the Chip Theory Games booth where they had, on display, their Hoplomachus line of products. I got to tell you, the chips are of a VERY high quality and the game play is quite fun. They had their, recently successful Kickstarter project, Origins on display.

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If you’re at the convention, don’t forget to visit the Dice Tower booth. Although located at the very back of the hall, it’s definitely been flooded with traffic. You can meet and greet the entire gang first thing in the morning(s). Stop by and pick up any of the various promos on display along with dice towers, t-shirts, play-mats, and tons of other memorabilia.