Secrets

Have you ever wanted to go on a real adventure? To see new places, solve riddles, uncover mysteries, and discover something new about the world (and yourself) along the way? That’s what The Enigma Box is all about. At first glance The Enigma Box looks like a bigger version of the escape room games which have become popular recently, except filled with strange tools, hidden documents, and advanced technology, all to help with an even bigger goal – for you and your companions to find the location of the “Arcanum Arcanorum”, the Secret of Secrets, a discovery which will change our understanding of the world and the destiny of humankind.

Sounds a bit much, right? Too good to be true? But…what if it’s not? That’s the hook, and what a well-crafted hook it is. We see A LOT of Kickstarter campaigns here on Dice Tower News, but I personally have never seen one so intriguing and tempting as this one. The charm of it is in your face from the first description and even the name – “The Enigma Box” – sounds like something cinematic in origin, doesn’t it? Like a plot device or a cool prop from a popular film, except it’s not a prop – it’s a real proposition. See how it’s described on it’s campaign page:

“With all the research, enigmas, and new revelations, the team from “The Rhomb” have designed an international challenge and a new form of entertainment which will change the way games are made, revolutionizing and creating a definitive experience never seen before and giving you a chance to discover the “Arcanum Arcanorum”, the Secret of Secrets” 

While before I had said that it looks like an escape room box, that’s not entirely inaccurate although it does fail to describe the scope of the product regardless of it’s loftiness. The Enigma Box not only features 6000 minutes of gameplay but also has “legs” in the form of continued content after it reaches it’s initial conclusion . Furthermore, this additional content will still use many of the tools originally available in the box, so the experience isn’t as consumable and disposable and it’s certainly not as short lived. However, the value of this is far more complicated than I can analyze or describe here, so if you’re interested in The Enigma Box, please check out their Kickstarter campaign page to learn more.

Secrets lurk in the shadows of the King’s castle…barbicans, moats, courtyards…and clever Secret Passages…

Today, Bezier Games (One Night Ultimate WerewolfSuburbia, and the upcoming Favor of the Pharaoh) announces the first expansion to the Essen 2014 hit, Castles of Mad King Ludwig by Ted Alspach.  This expansion takes Castles of Mad King Ludwig, currently ranked #84 on boardgamegeek.com, to new levels of intrigue, by introducing dozens of new components and several new mechanics.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria was known for his eccentric castle-building, having created some of the most iconic castles in the world during his short reign. He is known as the “Swan king” as his signature castle, Neuschwanstein, translates roughly to “New Swan Stone”. One of the elements of a castle that Ludwig didn’t get to build during his short lifetime was a moat, something he longed for as a moat separated two of the castles he frequented as a young boy. But he did get to indulge in another of his architectural desires: Neuschwanstein has several secret passages added specifically at Ludwig’s request.

Designer Ted Alspach had the following to say about Castles of Mad King Ludwig Secrets:
“Barbicans and Moats change the way you construct your castle, upping the spacial element that so many people enjoy in the original Castles game.  The new rooms provide immense replayability, and coupled with placing Secret Passages and collecting Swans for money and/or points, it really broadens the overall game experience without increasing complexity.”
Secrets will be available for purchase in October 2015.  Preorders are available by visiting www.beziergames.com.
Bezier Games 2015 Preorder Special
Bezier Games would also like to bring attention to their 2015 preorder special!  You can now order Castles of Mad King Ludwig SecretsSuburbia 5 Star, and Favor of the Pharaoh together in one package!  What’s more, this preorder special also includes three additional sets of dice for Favor of the Pharaoh and 1 set of Suburbia 5 Star Game Con Bonus tiles (featuring Kublacon, DiceTower Con, Gen Con, Essen Spiel, and BGG.con!
To take advantage of this preorder special, visit the Bezier Games 2015 Preorder Special link HERE.