Nauvoo Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Illicit Investments, the latest expansion for Stockpile, a popular economic game designed by Brett Sobol and Seth Van Orden which received the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence.
The Illicit Investments expansion adds a new phase to the beginning of the game in which players draft a starting hand of Investment Strategy Cards. During each Action Phase, players then have the opportunity to play one Investment Strategy Card to help “control the chaos of the stock market” by providing a wide range of unique actions.
The expansion also includes a new First Player Card variant in which players can bid for turn order, a new Investor Card, and some upgraded component upgrades such as wooden stock tickers and a 2P reference sheet.
The campaign also has the option for an all-in Epic Edition, which includes the base game plus expansions and promos in one single box, as well as a Cosmic Tier which includes both the Illicit Investments and Continuing Corruption expansions along with 2 promo packs.
According to Nauvoo games, they do not plan to re-print the game any time soon following this Kickstarter campaign, which you can find here.
It’s that time of year again, the Dice Tower has announced their nominees for the best games of 2016. These are the best of the best according to the panel of judges on games released in English in 2016. You can see previous winners along with this year’s nominees and their pictures on the Dice Tower Awards website, and look forward to the winners being announced at Dice Tower Con later this year. And now, your nominees:
Best Game from a New Designer (The game has to be the designer’s first or second published game to qualify for this award)
Stockpile is a stock trading game where you are buying and selling stocks based on limited information on how they will change in a bid to make the most money by the end of the game. It was very well received and praised for it’s high quality and fun gameplay, and just recently it made the lists of Tom, Jason, and Rahdo for their Top 10 Economic Games. The expansion, Stockpile: Continuing Corruption, has just launched on Kickstarter and intends to expand that experience to make it an even better game by adding four new modules.
Additional investors, giving you more options in terms of starting money and player powers with such names as Opulent Oprah, Moneymaker Mitt, and Socialist Sanders
Bonds, giving you a safe way to earn money each round, but be careful, you can’t redeem the bonds for cash until end game scoring
Commodity and Tax cards, these cards are put out like the market cards and bring a set collection aspect to the game with positive money for commodities and negative money for taxes
Forecast Dice, where instead of drawing randomly from the entire forecast deck, the dice will tell you which six forecast cards to use so you have a bit more info, even if it’s all bad
You can pick and choose which modules to add to the base game but like all good expansions they add fun new twists without adding a lot of extra mechanisms to the games. So if you like Stockpile and want even more, you can head over to the campaign page to back, and even if you back for only $1 you still get the expansion in Print and Play format.