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Tasty Minstrel Games would like to announce that their new dice-drafting/stealing game, Thief’s Market, is now on Kickstarter.

Gameplay in Thief’s Market occurs over a series of rounds in which players will split the loot from a “hard day’s work” and then spend it on useful items, finery, and henchmen.  These purchased items will grant the ability to manipulate your take further as you go to market.  Using the items you purchase, you can take actions such as flipping dice to the desired side, make extra purchases, re-roll dice, gain points, reduce the cost of purchases at the market, and create effects when you purchase certain cards.

A copy of Thief’s Market contains the following:

  • 13 Custom Dice
  • 41 High Quality Game Cards
  • Start Player Marker
  • Player Reference Cards
  • Coin Tokens
  • Infamy Tokens
  • Rulebook

The project has met multiple stretch goals currently, and aims to add metal coins to the game when a certain pledge level is reached.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

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Tasty Minstrel Games announces a brand new dice game from Dave Chalker (Get Bit) called Thief’s Market.  On each turn in this fast dice game, 3-5 players will roll the dice and take turns claiming what they want from the dice pool as loot (or stealing from each other).  After all players have loot, they then are able to purchase useful cards with special abilities using any “gems” claimed.  “Yellow coin sacks” provide currency to be used later in the form of “wild gems”, and purple masks provide players with victory points.  Set in the same thematic world as Harbour and features the art of Rob Lundy.

TMG plans to begin its Kickstarter project for Thief’s Market in January of 2016.  TMG states: “Our goal is to be able to deliver the game to you via Send From China (with double-bubble protection like on Harbour) straight from China to arrive 6-8 before GenCon so that we can comfortably release the game at GenCon 2016 (and hopefully sell tons there).”

Watch for this project on Kickstarter over the next month.

king of air steam

The World’s Fair gathers the greatest minds around the globe and gives them an opportunity to show business moguls and upstarts alike their genius. In Kings of Air and Steam: World’s Fair you are one of those business tycoons that wants to get the latest gizmo that will boost your productivity…but at what opportunity costs?

Tasty Minstrel Games has launched a Kickstarter for the first expansion of Kings of Air and Steam called World’s Fair. Kings of Air and Steam is a programmed movement pick up and deliver game designed by Scott Almes who also designed the Tiny Epic line of games. At the beginning of a round players program their airships movement for 4 turns, then they reveal one of the four cards that dictate their turn order and movement options; after moving they can take one of a number of different actions.

kings air steam cards

Kings of Air and Steam: World’s Fair adds new Technology Cards to the game as well as two new teams and 4 new characters. The technology cards are drafted at the start of the game and must be purchased with an action as well as a cost indicated on the card. These cards will add some surprise and more steampunk flavor to the game with the gadgets and gizmos on them. The two new teams will allow the full complement of 7 players to have some variety in the teams in play each game and bring new and exciting unique abilities into play.

Kings of Air and Steam: World’s Fair is wonderfully illustrated by Josh Cappel who also did the artwork on the base game and can be found on Kickstarter here. If you don’t own the base game and are interested in the expansion there is a pledge level for both so head on over to Kickstarter and check out the latest in the TMG line of games.

scoville labs


Ok, so this announcement made me extremely happy. I had the chance to play Scoville last year at Gen Con. Scoville, published by Tasty Minstrel Games and designed by Ed Marriott, is an extremely fun game with fun game play and super cool components. I loved the game so much that I built a custom insert for it.

Image from www.inserthere.me

Image from www.inserthere.me

Well, there’s an expansion available to Kickstart called the “Labs Expansion”.

Labs introduces 3×3 personal lab boards to the game that players use to breed peppers outside of the influence of other players. You plant in your lab after planting on the main board, and when you do, you will collect new peppers based on what is adjacent in your lab. So, if you plant a black pepper next to a white pepper in your lab, then you will get a phantom pepper.

scoville lab board

As of the writing of this article there are 9 days to go and TMG has already surpassed their funding goal and well on their way to reaching a variety of stretch goals. At $20.00, this is definitely a no-brainer for me. To learn more and fund the project, you can click here to view the campaign.


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Tasty Minstrel games have just released their latest newsletter detailing their plans in the run up to GenCon.

scoville labs

First up is the first expansion to their hot game Scoville – Scoville: Labs coming to kickstarter from August 11-20th.  The expansion will come in the smaller box size like Harbour with minimal components but a maximum amount of depth being added to the game.  Each player gets their own new 3×3 lab board that you can plant peppers on which no-one else can use.  It comes with additional wooden peppers, new recipe cards and pepper multiplier tokens.  You can sign up for text message notifications for Scoville: Labs here

TMG are also present at GenCon and are offering a text messaging service with last minute news and events here

cthulhu realms

They are also pleased to announce that Cthulhu Realms is waiting for them at GenCon but stock of these few pre-release copies is expected to sell fast.  It’s a family friendly Cthulhu game with funny artwork capturing the spirit of the mythos but in a funny way and is described as a child of Star Realms.

flip city

Flip City should be on retailers shelves soon.  This unique deck builder works without a hand and cards played directly from the top of the deck.  You play one at a time and can then buy a new card with any money you may have earned from those played cards.  You could end up playing bad cards as well as good but don’t play too many unhappy ones or your turn will end.

steam works

Steam Works is on pre order and is a steampunk themed worker placement game where you build machines using clockwork, steam or electricity.  You can get text notifications about when the game is available for pre order here

gold west

Gold West a resource management and area control game about building mining empires while you compete over the precious metals is nearing pre order.  Resources are managed using a mancala style supply track.  You can register for text updates about the pre-order here


If you haven’t played Eminent Domain by Seth Jaffe yet you are missing out on a spectacular game. It’s twist on deck building and role selection will remind you of games like Roll for the Galaxy and Puerto Rico. It is also one of my favorite games to play during my lunch hour because of it’s short playing time. There is even an expansion out for it called Eminent Domain: Escalation that adds to the replayability of the game and changes up the original’s ‘everyone starts with the same deck’ concept. Now Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) is bringing us another expansion for the game called Eminent Domain: Exotica:

Your civilization has grown to the edge of the known universe. To expand farther you’ll need to explore exotic worlds and learn their language and customs. Mine foreign asteroids for valuable crystal and befriend alien cultures in Eminent Domain: Exotica!

Eminent Domain Exotica adds a lot more to the game.

  • 9 new starting scenario cards – these cards were first introduced in the Escalation expansion and allow players to start the game with asynchronous decks
  • 31 new technology cards – technology cards are key to winning the game and these will add even more options for you to choose from
  • 27 new planet cards – new and exciting planets to take over either through colonization or warfare
  • and a whole lot more!

In addition to the expansion box, which will come in a limited edition foil stamped digitally signed box, each backer will receive a promo pack that will include more planets, technology cards, and scenario cards as well as extra Exotica components  for fifth player. Eminent Domain: Exotica definitely sounds like an outstanding expansion to an outstanding game.

But wait….there’s more!

Not content to just offering an expansion to one of their hit games in their latest Kickstarter TMG has also included a brand new game set in the Eminent Domain universe called Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers by Philip duBarry!

Battlecruisers is a game for 3-5 players that plays in about 15 minutes. Players are locked in space combat with each controlling a battlecruiser and are looking to either be the first to gain 15 victory points or be the last one standing. All players have decks of 20+ cards but each player only plays with six to eight of these cards (determined by player count) which can be randomly chosen, mutually agreed upon, or picked using one of the scenarios in the rule book. During set up players will randomly discard one of these cards into their discard pile and play one face up into their ‘recovery pile’.

Each turn players will choose one of the remaining cards in their hand to play simultaneously face down in front of them. Players will then turn their cards over resolving them in number order. If no one else chose the same card as you then you can play the main card effect helping you achieve victory. If two or more players chose the same card then you resolve the clash affect that will punish you and the other players that played the same card. After resolving effects players return their ‘recovery zone’ card back to their hand and place the previously played card in the recovery zone. If you ever run out of cards to play you are out of the game.

This game looks like it offers tons of variety and like it can be enjoyed by just about every type of player out there. This is due to the large number of cards per player yet only a small number of them are used each game. Players can choose to play with the cards that match the gaming style of the group they are currently playing with.

Eminent Domain: Exotica should be an excellent addition to the Eminent Domain base game and Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers looks like a fun quick game with huge amounts of replayability. You can find both on their Kickstarter page here where you’ll find a discount if you wish to back both of the games. I for one am very excited for another expansion to the fantastic game Eminent Domain and Battlecruisers has me interested enough to pledge for a copy of that. Of course both of these games should be making an appearance in you FLGS/OLGS after they ship to backers so you can always wait for them to arrive there.

In what will be exciting news for Stefan Feld fans Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) will be re-releasing Luna a popular Feld title that has been out of print for a few years now.

“The end of her regency is nigh. It’s time to clear the way for a new bearer of the burden. She will keep a wary eye on the novices representing their Orders and trying to win her favor. Eventually, she will have to come to a decision. Which Order will prove itself worthy to decide on her successor? There will be a new Moon Priestess and she will bear the title: LUNA.”

In Luna 1-4 players take on the role of heads of the different Orders trying to convince the Moon Priestess who is about to retire that they are the ones worth of being her successor. They will need to place/move their novices on islands that surround a central temple island. They will need to be in the right place at the right time to collect the influence points needed to win the game.

There isn’t a whole lot of information available about the reprint except that it is expected to be released in the Oct/Nov and the box art has not changed except for the addition of the TMG logo.


First up Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers a new stand-alone game by Phillip DuBarry that is set in the Eminent Domain universe. Battlecruisers will pit 3-5 players against each other trying to achieve victory through glorious achievements…or just be the last ship standing. Each of the players will have a hand of actions that are almost exactly the same and secretly choose one at the same time. The catch is you want to choose an action that no one else does. But don’t worry you’ll know what their last action played was. The game should be intense fun and take about 30 minutes.

In Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers, you want to be the first to escape with 15 victory points, or be the last ship standing. Each round you and your opponents each play a card from your identical hands. If you play the same card as an opponent, you’ll clash and bad things will happen! But if you manage to sneak a card through unhindered, then you’ll reap the benefits.

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Eminent Domain: Exotica is an expansion for Eminent Domain that will introduce two new planet types: Exotic planets and Asteroids. Exotic planets will introduce Alien icons that will require converters to use them for the regular roles while Asteroids will do very little for you, almost useless really, until you develop the “Asteroidal” techs that will get better and better the more asteroids you have in your empire.

Your civilization has grown to the edge of the known universe. To expand farther you’ll need to explore exotic worlds and learn their language and customs. Mine foreign asteroids for valuable crystal and befriend alien cultures in Eminent Domain: Exotica!

Look for both Battlecruisers and Eminent Domain: Exotica to show up on Kickstarter after Eminent Domain: Microcosm ships to backers.

gold west

In addition TMG has reported on other games in their pipeline that will not be on Kickstarter. They are:

  • Gold West – Pre-production is done, and printing has begun.
  • Flip City (formerly known as Design Town) – Art is 100% updated, pre-production done, and printing is funded.
  • Luna – Artwork 100% updated for TMG release and moving into pre-press.
  • Cthulhu Realms – Art is 100% finished and pre-production is underway.
  • Dungeon of Fortune – Artwork is 95% finished.
  • Steamworks – Artwork is approaching finished, pre-production needs to start, and funding is needed.
  • Downfall – Artwork is 50-70% finished.
  • Amun-Re – Artwork is being reworked in cooperation with a French publisher.
  • Zombie Roll – Game design is finished and we are in discussions with another publisher for its future release.


tasty minstrel golden geeks

In Tasty Minstrel Games’ latest newsletter, founder Michael Mindes discusses three areas that are hot topics for TMG at present.  But before that, TMG encourages everyone to try AquaSphere, the latest game from Stefan Feld, and Village Port, expansion to Village, by Markus & Inka Brand.  Both of these games have limited availability.

Golden Geek Awards

TMG has 6 different titles that have been nominated for various categories of the Golden Geek Awards on boardgamegeek.com.  These titles are:

  • AquaSphere – Game of The Year  /  Strategy
  • Orleans – Game of The Year  /  Strategy  /  Innovative
  • Scoville – Artwork & Presentation
  • Eminent Domain: Escalation – Expansion
  • Burgoo – Abstract
  • This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The 2-4 Of Us – Abstract


In the past year, TMG has been able to expand services to their customers through expanding their staff, resulting in 4 full-time staff and several key contract-based workers.  Mindes states that he is in the midst of testing many things within the company structure, and states the following things explicitly:

  • Everything we decide to do is for the benefit of our Customers. This is our guiding principle.

  • We strive to more directly interact with our Customers while being able to continually create fantastic games that they want.

  • We have a gigantic pipeline of games that is around 40 titles right now, and want to bring these to life quickly, steadily, and carefully.

  • We want to have deep and valuable relationships with our closest stakeholders, this includes game designers, artists, key retailers, reviewers, email subscribers, and so forth.


TMG lists its top 3 successful sellers:

  • Dungeon Roll – 40,000+
  • Village – About 16,000
  • Eminent Domain – About 15,000

For more information on Tasty Minstrel Games and this latest company news announcement, visit the newsletter here.