strategy game

Myraclia, from RUDY3 Publishing and designed by Rudolf Priecinsky, is a game of drafting, terraforming, and expanding for 2-5 players.

The planet Myraclia is a deserted and inhospitable place that players are attempting to turn into the planet of their dreams! However, this is no cooperative game. You each have your own idea of what Myraclia should be and so, you each are fighting over resources to create your vision.

Players will begin by drafting elements and determining player order, then turn by turn they will terraform Myraclia by utilizing the resources they drafted, and finally they will expand using a tile-placement mechanic.

For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.

Paul Dennen, the designer of Clank!, is following up that hit title with Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne, also being published by Renegade Game Studio in conjunction with Dire Wolf Digital.  The new game promises to combine both deck-building and a strategy card game in a tabletop game that replicates the world of the digital game.


Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne plays 2-4 players, ages 12 and up, in about 30-45 minutes. The players are trying to gain control of the Eternal Throne by recruiting allies, attacking their enemies, researching spells, building up their defenses, and acquiring relics.

If it sounds like this game is up your alley, further information can be found here. The game is available for purchase now at your friendly local game store or online.

Capstone Games, in conjunction with Game’s Up, announces the publication of Alexander Pfister’s new heavy strategy game, Maracaibo, which is set in the 17th century Caribbean.

Maracaibo is a game for 1-4 players, ages 12 and up, and takes about 30 minutes per player. The game features a unique story mode, which introduces a campaign to the game, allowing for an exciting story line to play out.

In Maracaibo, the players are seafarers, setting out on the high seas and trying to make their fortune. They do this by upgrading their ships, fulfilling quests, setting off on dangerous expeditions and much more. There are a variety of strategies that can be used in the game to ensure themselves of the win.

Maracaibo is available now for pre-order on the Capstone Games website, with an anticipated delivery date of mid-November 2019. For more information about the game, check here.

Bad Crow Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign bringing the video game series to the table! Company of Heroes Board Game is a 2-4 player game (there is a solo and co-op campaign as an add on option) that utilizes strategy to outmaneuver your opponents just like what the video game series offers.

Company of Heroes Board Game is advertised as a real-time-strategy game but has the option of playing as a turn-based game as you attempt to build your economy to grow your army, participate in a mostly diceless combat system, upgrade your troops by investing in them, and choose your commander to compliment your play-style.

Components in the core set include 32 vehicles, 150 infantry figures, 55 custom dice, 44 figure trays, 120 acrylic markers, and 12 production tiles.

For more information, visit the Kickstarter campaign page here

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Popular Mechanics, a longtime publication about popular science and technology, has often covered features that would interest the intellectual and creative minds of its readers, so it should be no surprise that the magazine has published a list of 50 best new board games for the past three years. While their list is not as comprehensive as the Dice Tower’s Top 100 Games or the numerous lists of Top Ten GamesPopular Mechanics has been a champion of the boardgame hobby to the uninitiated.  Popular Mechanics’ latest list comes just in time for the holidays and includes a wide variety of games to appeal to every type of gamer.  While only a handful of popular games from 2018 make the list, such as Rising Sun , Everdell, and Root, the majority of the list is comprised of great games from the past several years.  Gloomhaven, Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, Terraforming Mars, Star Wars: Rebellion, Scythe, Gaia Project, and Great Western Trail all make the list. Check out their list to see Popular Mechanics 50 Best New Board Games.

Sometimes games are released to very little fanfare, even if they deserve it, and it’s those times that we here at Dice Tower News are probably doing our best work at spreading the word. That’s the case right now with Onitama, which just recently launched on iOS and Android. This popular 2-player game from Arcane Wonders and Asmodee Digital can now be played on the go and against players from all over the world! This is great for fans of the game, as now there’s plenty of ways to challenge yourself against human and AI opponents and it’ll broaden the appeal for the design and the modern tabletop gaming world.  If you’re ready to test your mettle on mobile, you can download the app right now on the iTunes and Google Play stores.

     “Immerse yourself in an ancient Japanese setting and discover Onitama, an exciting, fast-paced strategy game! Onitama is somewhat reminiscent of chess and rather addictive with its dynamic game mechanic in which warriors face off so their master may win the game. Concentration and luck are the only weapons you’ll have at your disposal! You’ll need to fully master mind and body to defeat your opponents.”

Arboretum is a card game of skill and decision that has players creating the most beautiful path through an arboretum. Renegade Game Studios is proud to announce that their beloved game of strategy and gardens will be released as a Deluxe Edition.  Enjoy the resplendence of this game with the most elegant engraved and heat-treated wooden box with a full color sleeve, premium rainbow foil cards, a scorepad, a rulebook and an embroidered fabric bag.

Arboretum:Deluxe Edition is a game for 2-4 players ages 8 and up and will play in about 30 minutes. It is slated to release in November 2018 and is available for pre-order now!

 

Play as a street gang building an empire in Neon Gods by Plaid Hat Games. Start your business, recruit your gang and hustle on the black market. Beware of cops who’ll do anything to shut you down and opponents who’ll do anything to invade your turf. Neon Gods is a colorful play on 70’s and 80’s style in an alternate reality of a future 2009.  Control your territory and build your illegal empire so you can edge out your rivals. The game is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and will play in about 60-120 minutes. You can pre-order now and the game will be available later this year. You can also check it out at the Plaid Hat Games booth at GenCon 2018.

Two new Phoenixborn are being added to the War of Ashes. King of Titans adds the warrior Xander Heartsblood with his army of Shamans, Archasaurs and Shining Hydras. Drawing on the natural magic of Vallen to unleash his fury on his enemies.  The Ghost Guardian brings Rimea Careworn with her mystical knowledge of the spirit realm and her ability to summon an army of Ancestral Spirits. These two expansions offer the new capability of turning your allies into dominating mounted warriors. These two new expansions will be available in October and you can learn more about them here.

Mars is hot… literally. Most of the time, except for when it is really cold.  But it is also hot as a theme in boardgaming right now, and Terraforming Mars is the leading the pack. Since its release in 2016, it launched straight to the top of the BoardGameGeek rankings and has stayed there, currently sitting in the #4 position amongst all other games.  With that popularity comes expansions, and a move out and away from the surface of Mars.  Terraforming Mars: The Colonies will be the fourth explansion for the game and will expand out into the rest of the solar system to put space stations in the void and on the moons of other planets. It follows the other Terraforming Mars games and will play with 1-5 players in 2 hours. It is currently scheduled to release 2018-10-15 with no word on if or when pre-orders will be available.