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Dice Throne is an excellent skirmish dice-chucking game for 2 to 6 players. While it looks very similar to Yahtzee-style monster-mashup King of Tokyo, it has a surprising amount of strategic depth thanks to it’s Magic the Gathering-style phase structure and keywords. It’s a game that I have infamously played 14 times in one week due to how fast, fun, and refreshingly different it is. Now that it’s second season Kickstarter is in production, the first half of the new characters will be hitting retail soon so you and your friends can get in on the fun. According to ACD Distrubution, the first two versus packs, Gunslinger vs Samurai and Tactician vs Huntress, will be dropping this October with the remaining two character packs arriving not long after.

These versus packs are a great and inexpensive way to try the game for the first time, as they are a neatly packed 2-player game on their own. However, if you find yourself a fan of the game or if you already own Season 1, buying all of the packs allows for broader selection and more players as well! Each class plays very differently and presents interesting match-ups against or teamed with others. The game plays well with experienced and new gamers alike, as each character is graded in difficulty and so to are each versus pack, and works just as well head-to-head as it does in teams or free-for-all. If you are interested in learning more about the characters coming to Dice Throne, check out the Season 2 Kickstarter page here for previews and updates, and see your favorite retailer for copies soon.

The Captain is Dead: Lockdown is the latest episode in the Captain is Dead co-op adventure game that finds you and up to 6 other crew mates battling aliens and scrambling to keep your star ship functioning.

Even without the help of the late Captain, the crew was able to escape the alien attack in our last episode! However, the hasty repairs to the jump core did not hold, and now the crew finds themselves locked in an alien prison! Now the crew must use all their skills to hack into the alien prison’s systems, while staying hidden and avoiding alien patrols…

Also coming from AEG is a new Smash Up set titled, Oops You Did It Again.

Smash Up has turned the asylum over to the inmates yet again! After the success of It’s Your Fault, we decided to let the fans choose the factions that would make up the latest set of Smash Up, and they went for some powerful choices! A huge field was whittled down to the top four, and here they are: Cowboys call out opposing minions for shootouts, Samurai face their noble end in battle to bring glory to their player, Ancient Egyptians bury secrets deep in the sands, while the Vikings… well they just take other people’s stuff!

It looks like the fans nailed it this time with some of the best genres from pop culture represented in one expansion box.

Keep an eye out for The Captain is Dead: Lockdown in August and Smash Up: Oops You Did It Again in early September.