Tides of Time

Portal Games have announced the release of their Tides of Time mobile game. The Tides of Time card game was already very portable as a 2-player micro-game, so it’s reincarnation as a digital game makes it even easier to play. Tides of Time was created by Kristian Čurla, and developed by Michał Walczak (also known for Cry Havoc).

The mobile app features:

  • Play against an AI opponent or a friend in Hot Seat mode.
  • Achievement system.
  • Tutorial mode.
  • Support for the English and Polish language.

More information on Portal Games’ digital offerings can be found on their new website. Expect the digital release of Tides of Time in March of 2019.

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Portal Games, Polish publisher of such games as 51st State, Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Neuroshima Hex, and Tides of Time, announced a new two-player drafting game based on the award-winning card game Tides of Time.  This new game builds on Tides of Time‘s drafting and set collection strengths by introducing Madness to the equation.

Not only will players be working to draft the highest scoring set possible, they will need to be constantly watching their Madness level each round.  When drafting powerful scoring cards, you will also be gaining higher levels of Madness.  If you draft too much Madness, you will go insane and lose the game immediately.

The following is an excerpt from Portal’s press release:

“Tides of Time was a huge, worldwide hit of 2015,” says Portal Games CEO Ignacy Trzewiczek. “Having a chance to work on this title again and play with tweaking rules to come up with new mechanisms was a pure pleasure. I cannot wait to surprise our fans again with this epic and yet small game!”

Tides of Madness is for 2 players, ages 12 or older, and takes approximately 20 minutes to play. It is a stand-alone game and does not require a working knowledge of Tides of Time to play. It includes 18 large-format cards (80mm x 120mm), 20 Madness tokens, score pad, pencil, and a rules sheet. Tides of Madness will be released in August at Gen Con 2016 and will be available worldwide at the same time.

For more information, you can visit the Tides of Madness page on the Portal Games website.


The Dice Tower Awards are only a couple months away in July at Dice Tower Con, so to ramp up to that day we are releasing the nominees for each award category.  And the nominees are:
















So the Dice Tower kicked Day 1 off with a bang. For those not familiar with the early mornings of the convention, the doors open to exhibitors at 8am followed, on day 1, to the VIPs at 9am. 10 o’clock welcomes the masses. Mysterium, from Asmodee, seemed to be the big hit- having sold out before 9:20.

IMAG0776One of the big hits was the display of upcoming Mice & Mystics product line games – Tail Feathers. Jerry Hawthorne, designer, was demoing the unique tilt mechanism used for the flying birds. In this sky and land battle game the birds will actually have removable “flyer” minis. Tail Feathers will hopefully be released sometime around, if not at, Essen.


One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to meet the folks over at NSKN. I got to meet with Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac (Designer and Artist along with founders of NSKN) to get a look at the HUGE BOX expansion to Exodus entitled Edge of Extinction. It’s a GORGEOUS expansion to an already wonderful game. You can watch Tom’s review of the revised edition of the base game here. And if that wasn’t already exciting enough, I got a sneak peak at only 1 of 2 copies of Mistfall – a cooperative adventure game hopefully due out at Essen. It’s got some top-notch components and features some beautiful artwork – tons of cards!!


Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek & DTN Editor-in-Chief Rob Searing

Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek & DTN Editor-in-Chief Rob Searing


Portal Games had quite a few releases this year including Rattle, Battle, & Loot – a fun, light-hearted pirate-themed game. Also available was the drafting game Tides of Time and the Imperial Settlers expansion Atlanteans.

IMAG0788Sure to be a hit, from Pretzel Games, is Flick ’em Up. In this scenario-driven game, you use dexterity to flick (shoot) opponents and move around the board. An expansion has already been announced that will add ramps and horses. You can watch Tom Vasel’s review here.



Another fun stop was to the Chip Theory Games booth where they had, on display, their Hoplomachus line of products. I got to tell you, the chips are of a VERY high quality and the game play is quite fun. They had their, recently successful Kickstarter project, Origins on display.


If you’re at the convention, don’t forget to visit the Dice Tower booth. Although located at the very back of the hall, it’s definitely been flooded with traffic. You can meet and greet the entire gang first thing in the morning(s). Stop by and pick up any of the various promos on display along with dice towers, t-shirts, play-mats, and tons of other memorabilia.






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Portal Games sent out a newsletter at the end of last week full of exciting news. If you aren’t familiar with Portal Games, you should be. They are the Polish board game publisher headed by Ignacy Trzewiczek. He’s the guy that designed the siege boardgame Stronghold (can’t wait for the next edition), the huge hit Robinson Crusoe and most recently the empire building card game Imperial Settlers. Since forming his own company that enabled him to get his games directly to market, he has picked up several titles like Neuroshima Hex. If you are unfamiliar with any of these games do yourself a favor and go fix that!


Enough introductions, lets get to some goodies from Portal’s newsletter. First off is some more news about Imperial Settlers. As Dice Tower News first reported here, the first expansion, Atlanteans, will be premiered at Gen Con in July and then available for the masses in August. This expansion introduces a new faction with a new mechanic as well as cards for all four existing factions. The newsletter provides more fuel for fans of the game by revealing artwork from the expansion, specifically artwork for some of the new Roman cards!

In more Imperial Settlers news the first Empire Pack (of 55 cards) Why Can’t We Be Friends added new card mechanics to all four core Factions as well as solo play. Adding cards to the core opened up a new aspect for the game, Deck Building! Although you can just add the new cards in, it is advised you remove core cards out as you add new cards in. Wow! the possibilities for this game in the future just opened wide with more Empire Packs and expansions. There is a suggested method for this Faction deck building and Ignacy himself has added a video walkthrough to this process here.

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Ignacy visited the UK Games Expo where he previewed Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot as well as Tides of Time. Both are new Portal games that will be made available at Gen Con. Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot is a dice chucking game with modifiable pirate ships that DTN wrote about here, whereas Tides of Time is a “micro” card drafting 2-player game that we announced here. Having a chance at a sneak peak may have well been worth a trip across the pond!

The Portal newsletter provide a link to a user created “spin down” life counter for the very popular Robinson Crusoe. This beautifully drawn life counter was created by BoardGameGeek user Rom Brown and can be downloaded for free here from the BGG site.

board game insider

Board Games Insider is a bi-monthly podcast by Ignacy Trzewiczek and Stephen Buonocore (president of Stronghold Games) that is geared toward designers and insiders but any fan of boardgames would enjoy. The newsletter directs readers to the link for Episode 7 where the hosts talk about BGG Fam con, the UK Games Expo and a Mysterious Origins Announcement (spoiler: a new game from Stronghold)! Go ahead and check out the podcast here.

Neuroshima Hex is Portal’s hugely popular tile placement game that is heavy on combat and tactics. The newsletter directs fans to a BGG link that provides a user made faction, The Gurrak Tribe.

Two last news bit from the newsletter. First, Ignacy has started his second Kickstarter for his writing endeavors. The first one for Board Games That Tell Stories was successful and enabled him to publish a book collecting articles from himself and other board game designers about many topics including board game design. Now Ignacy is kickstarting Board Games That Tell Stories 2! Lastly, the 6th annual PortalCon took place on June 6th in Poland.

That was a lot of Portal news! In short, if you enjoy Portal games, get ready for some new games and expansions in the next couple of months!


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Portal Games has announced their first micro game Tides of Time.  This game described as having the ease of a micro game with the depth of a deck building or drafting game.  Each player is dealt a hand of five cards and they have to draft one card and then pass on the others.  Keeping one card from round to round which is called a relic and then having to trash one card each round.  Each card has a suit and unique scoring mechanics.

With a slated release for Gen Con 2015 you won’t need to wait long to give this one a try.

Publishers press release below

Gliwice, Poland – April 13th, 2015. Today, Portal Games announced Tides of Time, a new micro card game set in the ancient world of man as kingdoms rise and fall.

Tides of Time combines the ease of play of a micro game with the strategic depth of set collection and drafting for a unique two player experience. The players are dealt a hand of 5 cards and draft one card at a time, passing their hands between them after each selection. Each card has a suit as well as a unique scoring rule that may score the player points based on the suits of cards drafted. At the end of each round, the players select one card to keep in their kingdom for future rounds as a Relic of the Past and one card to remove from the game. After three rounds, the most prosperous Kingdom is declared the victor.

This is Portal Game’s first micro game and first two player only game in the English market. “Kristian approached me at Essen Spiel with a prototype and when we played it, I knew immediately that it was a perfect fit for Portal Games,” said Portal CEO Ignacy Trzewiczek. The play is more streamlined than our usual games, but each decision is rich and difficult. Each choice, you must choose between building your Kingdom or sabotaging your opponents plans… and sometimes, you can do both with a single action!

Tides of Times is for 2 players, ages 8 and older, and takes approximately 10-20 minutes to play. It includes 18 large-format cards (80mm x 120mm), Relic tokens, score pad, pencil, and a rules sheet. Tides of Time will be released in July at Gen Con 2015 and will be in retail distribution worldwide in August.