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After the astronomic growth and resounding success of Dice Tower Con, The Dice Tower has decided to change the convention so that the team has more creative control and direction in running the event. In a live Q&A Session on The Dice Tower channel, Tom detailed the planned changes.

Dice Tower East will be shrinking in size to accommodate around 1800 people (subject to change depending on room available at the venue). The Florida Hotel, part of The Florida Mall, will serve as the new venue. It’s just off the turnpike in Orlando, very near the airport, and will retain the same event dates over the July 4th week. Several rooms will be available for Open Gaming (four ballrooms and a few smaller rooms). There are still plans to have a vendor presence there, though it may not be as big as in the past due to space limitations, as well as a Kids Area, Hot Games Area, and flea markets. Food options are abundant, with the venue being part of a mall, and parking will not be an issue either.

With The Dice Tower team in control of all four of their events, Dice Tower East, Dice Tower West, Dice Tower Retreat, and Dice Tower Cruise, it means that The Dice Tower library will be consistent at the different events they will run. There are some logistical issues to handle in order to make this possible but that is their plans. Plans are also afoot to double the current Dice Tower library catalog. Tom will continue to curate the library and will be working with publishers and accessory companies with the goal of making it the best board game library in the world.

Official Dice Tower events will also be reduced so that The Dice Tower team are more available to play games with. This means that The Dice Tower Awards will also be pulled from the convention and be run online so that the focus of the event can be on gaming. There will still be game shows, Pitch Car Tournaments, and plans for the return of Wits & Wagers.

Registrations will open on October 2nd, 2019. For more information, watch Tom’s Q&A Session on The Dice Tower channel.

2019 marks the 15th season for The Dice Tower and it’s network of gaming reviews, news, and convention coverage. The Dice Tower has grown each year to bring more content at increasing quality, but only due to the generosity of you – all of our viewers and readers!  It is because of you that we are able to do what we love and give as much as we can back to the community. So it is once again time that we humbly ask for your support with the 2019 fundraising campaign.

Like the previous campaigns, this fundraiser is full of incentives ranging from gaming gear, exclusive Dice Tower products, and promos. There are decals, pins, coasters, tokens, card sleeves, component storage bins, games bags, dice pouches, and of course, dice towers.  Returning in the fundraiser are dice, including a metal pair, with the Dice Tower logo. Promos for some of the hottest games of 2017 including Champions of Midgard: Valhalla, Bunny Kingdom, Onitama, Time of Legends:Joan of Arc, Fireball Island, Alien Artifacts, Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Flamme Rouge, Spyfall, Suburbia, Roll Player, and so much more!

Video credits, custom voicemails, and even a custom video just for you are a couple of the unique perks to pledge.  There is even an opportunity to share a meal with the Dice Tower crew at one of the conventions or to come spend a day of gaming at with the Dice Tower crew at Mac & Cheese, a gaming cafe.

There is always the option to donate however much you want regardless of perks, as any and all support is greatly appreciated. If you’ve ever benefited from a review, preview, top 10 list, news article, or convention coverage, please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign. On behalf of all of us in the Dice Tower Network, we value your many years of viewership and patronage, and we hope to continue serving you great content in the years to come. Thank you!

2018 marks the 14th season for The Dice Tower and it’s network of gaming reviews, news, and convention coverage. The Dice Tower, and Dice Tower News by extension, has grown each year to bring more content at increasing quality, but only due to the generosity of you – all of our viewers and readers!  It is because of you that we are able to do what we love and give as much as we can back to the community. So it is once again time that we humbly ask for your support with the 2018 fundraising campaign.

Of course, as with years past, the campaign provides a ton of incentives in the form of gaming gear, promos, and exclusives! There are decals, bumper stickers, and coasters of the new caricatures, and more dice than ever including a metal pair with the logo. Promos for some of the hottest games of 2017 including Downforce, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aeon’s End, Terraforming Mars, Dragon Castle, Alien Artifacts, Dinosaur Island, and so much more! There are also excellent stretch goals that bring more content from the crew, like more top 100 videos, live playthroughs, and also the potential for a twitch channel for live-streaming.

There is always the option to donate however much you want regardless of perks, as any and all support is greatly appreciated. If you’ve ever benefited from a review, preview, top 10 list, news article, or convention coverage, please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign. On behalf of all of us in the Dice Tower Network, we value your many years of viewership and patronage, and we hope to continue serving you great content in the years to come. Thank you!

As announced by Tom on this week’s Board Game Breakfast, tickets for Dice Tower Con 2018 are on sale now.  Next year’s convention will happen over 5 days from July 4th to 8th, that’s over 100 hours of continuous gaming goodness.  One thing to note about this convention is that it is definitely a playing convention, meaning there are tons and tons of tables set up for everyone to be gaming from dawn until dusk.  Not to mention the game library is excellent with many of the hottest games at that time and lots of classics to choose from.  There will also be other things happening like panels, mega games, tournaments, the flea market, exhibitors, and more.  Check out the Dice Tower Con website for more information and to get your tickets and hotel reservations for this amazing convention.

PRESS RELEASE

The​ ​Dice​ ​Tower​ ​Convention​ ​Opens​ ​Registration​ ​for​ ​2018
Orlando,​ ​FL​: Today, registration has opened for the 2018 Dice Tower Convention. The convention will be held in Orlando, Florida on July 4-8. The Convention began as an extension of The Dice Tower Network, created by Tom Vasel, and the 2018 convention will be its seventh iteration. Featuring over 100 hours of non-stop gaming over 5 days, Special Events, Game Shows, Exhibitor Hall, unique panels with industry pros and established game designers, and more, it is the hottest convention for the entire family.

“Dice Tower Con is my favorite time of year! Imagine playing the best games from the best board game library with the best people in the happiest city on earth. Now multiply that by five days, and you have an experience you will remember for the rest of your life,” says Tom Vasel, founder of The Dice Tower Network. “Dice Tower has always been about board games, and especially the people who play them. Those wonderful people and games await you next July in Orlando!”

Tickets for The Dice Tower Convention 2018 are available now. Visit http://www.dicetowercon.com/ for more information and get your passes today!

About​ ​The​ ​Dice​ ​Tower​ ​Convention​: Begun in 2012 with the idea of a convention that feels different. Family and Fun are paramount, as it was created as a giant gaming party. It features The Dice Tower crew from YouTube amongst other special guests in the industry. The convention happens each year in Orlando, Florida on or around July 4th holiday weekend. Find out more information at http://www.dicetowercon.com/.

CoolStuffInc.com, sponsor of The Dice Tower and host to this news site, has announced the opening of a new location, this time in the bustling city of Miami.  This is their 7th physical store and shows CSI’s commitment to continue growing and expanding the board gaming hobby.  They already have weekly events lined up for the new store as well as tournaments for popular board games and the most popular card games like Magic, Pokemon TCG, and Star Wars Destiny to just name a few.  You can read more about it in the press release below, and if you are in the area why don’t you drop by.

Miami, FL: Today, CoolStuffInc.com, a leading online retailer of hobby games and owner of hobby game stores throughout the state of Florida, announced that the latest addition to the CoolStuffGames family, CoolStuffGames Miami, is now open for business. It is located on 12550 SW 88th Street in Miami, Florida.

CoolStuffGames Miami is a huge milestone for the prominent online hobby retailer, marking the company’s seventh physical store. It joins the ranks of six other CoolStuffGames locations across the state: three Orlando area stores, Jacksonville, South Florida, and the recently opened Tampa store. It is their mission to offer superior customer service and foster a community for gamers of all stripes to participate.

Gerald Sunkin, CEO of CoolStuffInc.com, shares his feelings on the opening of CoolStuffGames Miami. “We’re excited to open our seventh hobby game store in Florida. This new store will give us a chance to build more gaming communities so customers have a place to play their favorite games.” The new CoolStuffGames Miami location offers a full schedule of weekly events and tournaments for Board Games, Magic: The Gathering, the Pokemon Trading Card Game, Yu-Gi- Oh!, Star Wars Destiny, and much more. In addition to weekly events, CoolStuffGames Miami regularly updates their schedule with special events and tournaments.

Visit the newest CoolStuffGames store:
12550 SW 88th Street
Miami, FL 33186
For more information about the Miami store:
Call CoolstuffGames Miami: 786-452- 9490
Visit Their Webiste: http://www.coolstuffgames.com/miami/

About CoolStuffInc.com: CoolStuffInc.com is a hobby retailer based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 2002, CoolStuffInc.com now has seven Cool Stuff Games retail locations in Maitland, Waterford Lakes, South Orlando, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Tampa, and the brand new seventh location in Miami.

First in our lineup is the dungeon crawl game from Greenbrier Games called Folklore: The Affliction.  This is an RPG style board game where you are playing characters trying to investigate and drive back the evil that is gripping the land.  The game is themed around the horror genre so you will be fighting things like vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and more.  In an interesting twist for this game, if you are killed you will become a ghost yourself, being able to continue with the party and attack enemies from beyond the grave.  The scale of the game is on two levels, with movement between locations being done on a map board with one pawn denoting the whole group.  Then when you arrive at a location it will zoom in to all of your characters being on another board representing the location for you to explore and fight monsters on.  The game comes packaged with a campaign broken up into smaller chapters that can be played in one sitting, allowing you to tailor the game length to your desires.  Look for this horror dungeon crawl on store shelves next month.

Coming later this month is a new game from Breaking Games called Sparkle*Kitty, a quick card game that turns the helpless princess trope on it’s head.  In the game you each play a different princess trying to escape from the “Cursed “No Cursing” tower“.  Not much else has been released about the game other then it being released later this month, and that the art is fabulous.  So keep an eye out for the game and hopefully it’s good.

Keeping with the light-hearted theme we have the next release from North Star Games, Happy Salmon Blue Fish.  Those hoping for an expansion to this loud and crazy party game will be a bit disappointed, but if you wanted more players in a single game then look no further.  Happy Salmon Blue Fish contains all the same cards and components as the original, only this time the player colors are different than those contained in the original green fish edition of the game.  This makes it easy to ramp the player count all the way up to 12, making for a game that is even louder and crazier than before.  So if you want to have more players, or just prefer the blue color, look for this edition on store shelves in September.

Wizkids has announced their latest game, and it is the generically named Empires, a new trading and negotiation type game.  In Empires, 2 to 10 players will try to expand their kingdom across the land by acquiring support.  To get support “by supplying your people with goods; goods are produced when your people work in your territories.  Players can gain people, territories, goods, and supporters by winning wars. Wars will be won by the armies raised by paying gold. Gold can be earned by winning wars and by selling goods.”  So as you can see there is a lot of shuffling around of resources, but you won’t always have all the resources you need, that’s where the trading comes in.  You are allowed to trade anything and everything between players, goods, player powers, people, territories, whatever you have so that you can achieve your goal.  So if this kind of game intrigues you, look for it on store shelves in October of this year.

Next we have something that is exciting for Tom Vasel, and that is the impending release of the next game in the Dice Tower Essentials line, Critical Mass.  The game used to be known as Starborne, and is a two player card battle game with some deck building.  Each player will pick their mech, and each mech comes with it’s own unique starting deck of cards.  From there you will play cards against each other attacking, defending, and upgrading.  Attacking and defending as self explanatory, and the upgrading action is what allows you to get more cards into your deck.  However, as you play more cards you will start to run out, and you don’t get cards back until you do a reload action.  As you take hits you will lose armor, lose too much armor and your core becomes vulnerable, allowing your opponent to stun you for a turn.  The winner will be the one who destroys all the armor on their opponent’s mech first.  Look for this game on the shelves of your FLGS in November.

Finally we have two new games coming from Ankama games later this year in Dino Party and Stellium.  Dino Party is a party game at the end of the age of dinosaurs, where you and your friends are trying to grow your herd and get to the protected spaces.  But with disasters happening all around you, will you be able to make it?  This quick party game will be released next month.

Stellium is a new abstract game where you are creators of the universe in the midst of creating that universe.  On a turn you will draw a colorful marble from a bag and place it on the board, aiming to arrange the marbles in specific ways to satisfy contracts.  But since this is being done by everyone on the same board, you have to be careful not to setup your opponent to score instead of you.  An additional layer of strategy is added with variable player powers, allowing you to place a marble and then manipulate them in different ways.  Look for this game to be released in October of this year.

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)

Best Artwork

  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game – illustrated by Christopher Hosch, Ignacio Bazán Lazcano, Henning Ludvigsen, Mercedes Opheim, Zoe Robinson, and Evan Simonet; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Inis – illustrated by Dimitri Bielak & Jim Fitzpatrick; published by Matagot
  • Islebound – illustrated by Ryan Laukat; published by Red Raven Games
  • Kanagawa – illustrated by Jade Mosch; published by Iello
  • Scythe – illustrated by Jakub Rozalski; published by Stonemaier Games

Best Theming

  • Black Orchestra – designed by Philip duBarry; published by Game Salute
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Roll Player – designed by Keith Matejka; published by Thunderworks Games
  • SeaFall – designed by Rob Daviau; published by Plaid Hat Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Best Two-Player Game

Best Reprint

Best Expansion

Best Party Game

  • Codenames: Pictures– designed by Vlaada Chvátil; published by Czech Games Edition
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Happy Salmon – designed by Ken Gruhl & Quentin Weir; published by North Star Games
  • Junk Art – designed by Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim; published by Pretzel Games
  • Secret Hitler – designed by Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges, & Max Temkin; published by Goat Wolf & Cabbage

Best Cooperative Game

Best Family Game

  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – designed by Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Kami Mandell, & Andrew Wolf; published by USAopoly
  • Ice Cool – designed by Brian Gomez; published by Brain Games
  • Junk Art – designed by Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim; published by Pretzel Games
  • Karuba – designed by Rüdiger Dorn; published by HABA
  • Sushi Go Party! – designed by Phil Walker-Harding; published by Gamewright

Best Strategy Game

  • A Feast for Odin – designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Z-Man Games
  • Great Western Trail – designed by Alexander Pfister; published by Stronghold Games & eggertspiele
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Best Board Game Production

  • Conan – designed by Frédéric Henry, Antoine Bauza, Pascal Bernard, Bruno Cathala, Croc, Ludovic Maublanc, & Laurent Pouchain; published by Monolith
  • The Others – designed by Eric M. Lang; published by Cool Mini or Not
  • Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Most Innovative Game

Best Game from a Small Publisher  (The published must have published five or fewer games at the beginning of 2015)

  • Arkwright – designed by Stefan Risthaus; published by Capstone Games
  • Cottage Garden– designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Edition Spielwiese
  • Not Alone – designed by Ghislain Masson; published by Geek Attitude Games
  • Roll Player – designed by Keith Matejka; published by Thunderworks Games
  • Vast: The Crystal Caverns – designed by David Somerville; published by Leder Games

Game of the Year

  • Adrenaline – designed by Filip Neduk; published by Czech Games Edition
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Cry Havoc– designed by Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, & Michał Walczak; published by Portal Games
  • A Feast for Odin – designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Z-Man Games
  • Great Western Trail – designed by Alexander Pfister; published by Stronghold Games & eggertspiele
  • Inis – designed by Christian Martinez; published by Matagot
  • Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Scott Rogers, a regular contributor on the Dice Tower Network podcast, has been working on a retro styled board game for quite some time now, and it’s getting close to release.  This fall you will see his game Rayguns and Rocketships on store shelves, transporting you back to the art and style of the 1930’s Sci-Fi television series.  You will play as one of the four different factions in the game, the action packed Astro-Rangers, the scheming Star Pirates, the villainous Blaarg, or the honorable Zard.  After picking your faction you will then load up to battle across the stars in your rocket ships.  Each round has four phases with the first two being rocket ship movement and battle.  You will play cards to maneuver your ship to be able to blast your opponents with your rayguns.  Next is the crew movement and battle phases where your crew can jump out airlocks and rocket over to fight in space, or board the opposing rockets to do battle there.  As you play cards, fight, and take down each other’s crew you will be earning points, once a player is completely eliminated everyone will total up their points and whoever has the most is the winner!

The game looks like a fun battle royale and sports a spiffy 1930s comic book look to the game.  So look forward to it’s release in the fall of this year.

Dice Tower Con has just launched it’s brand new website for the sixth year of the convention.  The new website offers loads more information and links to help you know what to expect from the convention and how to take full advantage of it.  You will see info like both Eric Lang and Ignacy Trzewiczek being special guests of honor at this year’s convention, an event schedule for the convention, and even a list of the games in the library.  Also as the time for the convention draws closer you will start to see links appear for things like the flea market and the math trade that happens each year at the convention.  Needless to say, the new site is a nice upgrade over the previous site so be sure to take a look, and if you hurry you might be able to get a ticket to the convention if you don’t already have one as there are still a few left.

The Dice Tower’s 13th season fundraiser is going strong on Indiegogo and you still have the chance to be able to support them.  While all content put out by The Dice Tower is completely free, there are still significant costs that are incurred to keep the content and quality at current levels.  So each year they reach out to the board gaming community to help fund them for another year, and maybe even improve things like bringing on more people or purchasing better equipment.

As with previous years they are also offering tons of great promos in return for your support during the campaign.  Some awesome ones include a new character for Champions of Midgard featuring that awesome host, Jason Levine.  Then there is the promo for Ice Cool, because normal penguin ID cards are boring, you’ve got to have the Dice Tower crew in penguin costumes instead!  Or you can even gets some more murder method cards for Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, featuring the absolutely deadly….deck of cards?  Any way you slice it, supporting The Dice Tower will help them keep going and get you some great promos for your games, so check out the campaign on Indiegogo today.