Aye, Dark Overlord! is a story telling game where you are hapless minions who just returned after failing to achieve your master’s plan. You will be playing cards to tell your story and using action cards to pass the blame on to other minions. In the end whoever fails in their bid to shift blame will receive a withering stare card, get three of them and you are devoured. It’s a game where you aren’t playing to win, but to not be the last one that loses.
The original edition of the game was published in 2005 and was just a single box, which is being reprinted as the Red Box. Also being made is a brand new Green Box that will include all new cards to the game, giving you more variety and actions to use.
Rio Grande Games seems to be having a tough time letting go, having once tried to stop making new expansions for the classic game Dominion. Now they are going a new route with the game and starting over with a second edition of the game and it’s expansions. Dominion Second Edition will feature 25 kingdom card types to choose from when setting up the game, and 7 of those card types will be brand new to the game. There have also been the usual modifications to existing cards and such to improve things but will functionally be the same, plus no more blank cards. Dominion: Intrigue Second Edition had the same second edition treatment as well as changing out 7 of the 25 kingdom card types with brand new ones. Also included with Intrigue are rules to play two games of 4 players at two tables as well as rules for playing with 6 people at one table.
Both new editions of the game are hitting stores very soon along with update packs that will upgrade your first edition games to second.
The card game with the horribly difficult name to search, The Game, is getting a new edition. IDW Publishing is taking this Spiel de Jahres nominated game, adding in it’s expansion, and releasing it as a second edition. Playing the game is simple with two discard piles showing a 1 and a 100, and on your turn you have to discard two cards. On the 1 you can only play higher cards, and on the 100 you can only play lower cards, but you can’t go back the other way once you play a card. So once you play an 85 on the 100, you can’t play anything higher than 85, with the only exception being a card exactly 10 higher. If you are able to play all 98 cards you win, if you ever get stuck being unable to play, you lose. The expansion ups the difficulty by replacing five of the cards in the game with fire cards, and if a fire card is not covered up within a turn, you lose. Look for this new edition of the card game to hits stores in November.
If you missed the boat last time it was around, now might be your chance to hop on the updated edition of Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island. Designed by Portal Games’ veritable owner Ignacy Trzewiczek, Robinson Crusoe has players working as a team of shipwrecked survivors trying to make ends meet on an island full of dangerous animals and unpredictable weather.
A description from the BoardGameGeek website:
“ [Players will] be faced with the challenges of building a shelter, finding food, fighting wild beasts, and protecting themselves from weather changes. Building walls around their homes, animal domestication, constructing weapons and tools from what they find and much more awaits them on the island. The players decide in which direction the game will unfold and – after several in-game weeks of hard work – how their settlement will look. Will they manage to discover the secret of the island in the meantime? Will they find a pirate treasure, or an abandoned village? Will they discover an underground city or a cursed temple at the bottom of a volcano? Answers to these questions lie in hundreds of event cards and hundreds of object and structure cards that can be used during the game…”
This new edition of the game will come with:
- Custom wooden pieces for all resources
- Thick cardboard player boards
- An additional 7th scenario
- A completely re-written rulebook
- Coming in a Ticket to Ride-sized box
September 2016 is the date to look forward to for this award-winning game. For additional information, please visit here.
After an initially discarded first launch, the reprint of Darkest Night is now back up on Kickstarter ready for your pledges.
Darkest Night: Second Edition is a fully cooperative board game for up to five players. Set in a broken kingdom under a Necromancer’s shadow, each player takes on the role of one of the kingdom’s last defending heroes.
Searching the kingdom provides new powers and equipment to strengthen you and your party. You can also acquire additional abilities that can help you elude the Necromancer’s forces, accelerate your searches for items and artifacts, and more.
As the Necromancer gains power, more and more ravenous undead infest the land, eventually invading the hallowed sanctuary of the Monastery. And if the Monastery falls, the Necromancer wins and the kingdom is swallowed in darkness!
Darkest Night 2nd Edition was on Kickstarter a few weeks prior but was removed after the creators took some backer advise to heart. Previous complaints centered around pricing, shipping, and stretch goal content. Check out their relaunch message HERE.
Darkest Night is a well regarded game and Victory Point Games is looking to make a better version for all it’s fans and newcomers. Victory Point Games is putting a lot of heart into the campaign though the price point may be a bit high for some. You can check out the campaign HERE.
You are a Vanuatuan who wants to prosper during the eight turns of the game. In order to do this, you will have to go fishing, discover treasures, buy and sell the local natural resources, and be on the lookout for tourists. To earn money or prosperity points, you may also draw on the sand, or trade cargo with foreign countries.
Quined Games announces a new Kickstarter project to fund a new edition of Vanuatu, a strategy game of programming actions through placing and retreiving workers, majorities, earning a little money and a lot of interaction between players. Paul Mulders of Quined Games seeks to bring this game by Alain Epron back to life with polished artwork and added Rising Waters and Governor mini-expansions. The Rising Waters expansion is also available as a standalone, yet the five submerged island tiles will be replaced by wooden parts to make it compatible with the old version of the game. The Governor expansion will not be available as a standalone expansion.
This new version of the game will include:
- 1 Gameboard
- 15 Archipelago Tiles
- 1 Sailboat, 3 Player Discs, 5 Action Markers, and 8 Huts for each player in various colors
- 10 Demand Tiles
- 14 Fish Tiles
- 10 Treasure Tiles
- 9 Tourist Tiles
- 4 Rest Tokens
- 9 Sand Drawing Tokens
- 1st Player Token
- 1 Fish Price Marker
- 1 Game Turn Marker
- 18 Tourist Pawns
- 14 Fish Tokens
- 10 Treasure Tokens
- 11 Character Tiles
- 10 Kava Resource Cubes
- 8 Copra Resource Cubes
- 6 Beef Resource Cubes
For the Rising Waters expansion:
- 5 Submerged Island Tiles
- 20 Dike Sticks
- 20 Water Markers
- 1 6-Sided Die
Vanuatu is for 2-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes. This project will fund on Thursday, June 2, 2016. For more information, visit the Kickstarter project page here.
Successfully Kickstarted in June of 2015, Exoplanets is a solar system building game where you are terraforming planets around a central star in order to create the best system before the star burns out. You will use these planets to generate resources to build other planets, create life on habitable planets, and fulfill goals in order to score more points. Play continues until the last of the light resource is taken, signaling that the star is burning out.
The game was fairly well received and obtained a Dice Tower Seal of Approval in Tom’s video review of the game. Thus Greater Than Games decided to pick up the game for distribution and will be Kickstarting a second edition later this year. The Kickstarter will include promotional items and variants not included in the original along with updated rules and such to make it a true second edition. No additional information has been given beyond that so we will just have to keep a lookout for the Kickstarter around the middle of the year.
The successful worker placement game Mi Terra is returning via Kickstarter in a much-improved version! Mi Tierra is a Worker placement and resource management game, inspired by the beautiful Chilean countryside, for 2 to 6 farmers competing to produce, buy and sell goods, striving to become the richest and most successful land owner.
Designed by Alberto Abudinen and Diego Benavente, Mi Terra Nueva Era (Mi Terra Second Edition) is an exclusive version of the game, and will include a custom plastic storage tray and multiple stretch goals.
From the Kickstarter description:
Based on the feedback we’ve received, we have the following improvements for the second edition:
- Revised rulebook; English, Spanish.
- Increased replayability.
- More options: rodeo, water, horses, etc. …
- Faster games, limited to 7 years (rounds).
- Additional winning strategies.
Check out Mi Tierra Nueva Era Rulebook (Eng , Spa) to see how the game offers multiple ways to achieve victory. The game inspired by Agricola is set in a farm, with multiple spots to place workers influenced by Pillars of the Earth. We used dice and random events in order to add some luck, always present in real life.
In a game of Mi Terra, the game flow happens in this way:
- Collect animals and seeds
- Plant seeds and raise animals at your farm
- Produce at factories
- Sell at the market
- Go to event–Rodeo
The components included in a copy of Mi Terra include:
- 30 workers
- 6 money markers
- 6 turn markers
- 2 dice
- 10 blue water markers
- 39 animals
- 23 seeds
- 12 animal pens
- 32 industrial improvement tiles
- 60 resource cards
- 12 event cards
- 44 market cards
- 6 player boards
- 1 main board
Mi Terra is a game for 2-6 players and plays in 90 minutes. This project will fund on March 19, 2016. For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.
Game of Thrones: The Card Game second edition debuted with much excitement at Gen Con in August and Fantasy Flight Games is building on that excitement with the first deluxe expansion: Wolves of the North. From the announcement:
In this expansion, House Stark takes the spotlight as they gain new cards to guide your Stark decks in new and unexpected directions. You may use Direwolves to cow and overpower your foes, rush to victory with the aid of House Tully, or draw strength from the Winter itself. Throughout the box, you’ll find new versions of iconic characters like Eddard Stark, Catelyn Stark, Jon Snow, and Arya Stark, alongside characters entering the game for the first time, including The Blackfish, Shaggydog, and Rickon Stark.
Not to be outdone by the Starks, each other faction in the game will also see new cards, as well as the addition of six new neutral plots to be used in any deck. Some of these plots will feature a new keyword: Winter. Many of the new cards interact with these plots allowing players to use the cold of the north to their advantage, chilling enemies in their tracks! Keep an eye out for Wolves of the North in the second quarter of 2016.
Armies of vengeful, enraged Undead are about to invade Terrinoth and transform the game of BattleLore Second Edition! The diabolical forces of Terrors of the Mists and Heralds of Dreadfall promise to unleash unprecedented horrors upon the battlefield and strike fear into the hearts of all who oppose them. They offer commanders a fresh array of strategic options and pose a challenging threat to Daqan and Uthuk Y’llan armies. What’s more, you can field the ghastly military might of the Undead even before these expansions are available!
Fantasy Flight Games has announced the upcoming expansions for Battlelore Second Edition, Terrors of the Mists and Heralds of Dreadfall. Fans of Battlelore will be able to sample these upcoming Undead expansions by visiting a participating retailer for a series of preview events this September. At these events, players will play a specially-designed scenario for the game including the Heralds of Dreadfall with the possibility of obtaining an exclusive alternate-art command card, a limited edition BattleLore playmat, or even an advanced copy of Heralds of Dreadfall.
Follow THIS LINK for more information on these events, or contact your local game retailer to participate.