Tile Placement Game


After the previous kickstarter success of Rising 5, Museum and Outlaws, Holy Grail Games have a new project arriving on Kickstarter. A civilization game that will have a “domino” effect, not only as a physical mechanism but also how your race develops it’s knowledge and how you construct you empire.

“Dominations: Road to Civilization is a 2 – 4 player game by Olivier Melison and Eric Dubus. In this domino-based Civilisation building game, players take on the role of a primitive tribe, which they will seek to grow into a Nation whose influence will echo through the ages…

Place your triangular Dominos carefully to expand your population and obtain the Knowledge that will determine how your society is shaped over time. You can use this Knowledge to build Cities and master Skills; thus creating the legacy for which your Civilisation will be remembered. Each time you master a Skill, it becomes one of the pillars of your society, opening doors to new possibilities and increasing your power. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!”

In detail, players have objective cards that relate to an early human race, like the Romans and Celtics, which need to be achieved by the third age. Each age is broken down into five rounds, in which you’ll be playing five of your seven, triangular shaped domino’s into the “Cradle Of Civilization.” Each domino will give you knowledge from the faces that are connected marking these on your knowledge track. Plus each domino creates a space for you to construct a city later in the game.  Knowledge comes in six forms, from science, trade, art, religion, government and craft. It is these assets that are use to build city’s and help construct wonders. And on top of that, you can spend them to build a tech tree that grants extra powers. But be careful not to spend all of your knowledge as it may give your opponents the upper hand in the next age, as the become experts in these fields where they have the most knowledge. Giving them an extra powers and points.

Three eras in, you will try to outbid the other player by boasting the number of objectives you have completed. Boast the most and gain extra points or loose them if you mistook your people as true followers of your cause. Add this to you current running  score with the bonuses for your city’s, tech tree, monuments and objectives to see who has domination of the other domains.

Running from the 28/6/2018 until 26/7/2018

For more detail, visit Holy Grail Games

or go direct to the kickstarter


Cacao is a tile placement and worker influence game for 2-4 players, aged 8+. Players are tribal chiefs in Mexico who must lead their people to prosperity through the trade and cultivation of cacao. Cacao: Diamante, also designed by Phil Walker-Harding, lets you expand the world of Cacao with four new modules: The Gem Mines, the Tree of Life, the Emporer, and the New Workers.

“Walking deeper into the mine it gets colder and darker. The rocks shift as you run your hand along the wall. Lifting your torch, the light reflects on something in the distance. You walk closer and see the edge of a gem embedded in the wall. With your tools and a bit of work to excavate it, a ruby falls from the rock into your hand. Just a few more gems to find before returning to the tribe.” [source]

The Gem Mines module lets you send workers to unearth valuable gems in the mines where players uncover colorful gem pieces from a three-dimensional mine cart. Once they’ve collected gems in all four colors they can be exchanged for gold and gem-encrusted masks which give you points.

“You push through the tangled vines, making your way through the thick jungle foliage. The leaves rustle above you, a flock of birds burst out and fly off into the distance. You see a giant tree root rising from the earth in front of you. You know you’re getting close. The Tree of Life is nearby.” [source]

The Tree of Life module lets you discover the mythical tree in the forest and reap it’s rewards. The New Workers module adds new workers to explore the different placement options and customize your set of worker tiles. The Emperor module provides a strategy to influence the Emperor and gain his favor.

Z-Man Games has the expansion available for pre-order on their website. The expected release date is still to be disclosed.

Another week, and another round of Kickstarters to deliver a pounding to your wallet.

First up is an expansion to an award winning game, and that is Beasts of Balance Battles.  Beasts of Balance is a hybrid game where you stack geometrically shaped animals on a platform, and those animals then appear in an app you run to play the game.  Throughout the game you will moving, combining, and stacking animals in an effort to have the highest score in the app by the end of the game.  This is because while you may just stack animals in real life, in the app each action has differing effects, making this dexterity game much more interesting.  What Battles adds to the game is cards that have effects that attack and remove your opponents animals.  There are also a volcano to contend with now and divine guardians that give you special abilities during the game.  So if you want to expand your Beast of Balance game, or jump into the game now, check out the Kickstarter.

Next up is a new tile placement and area control type game called Overworld.  This game aims to capitalize on the nostalgia of Super Nintendo era RPG games, evident in their choice of box design and the similarity of game pieces to quintessential RPG characters.  In this game you are slowing building out the map, and whenever you completely surround an empty square, that becomes a dungeon.  Who controls the dungeon is determined by who holds a majority in all orthogonal directions.  At the end of the game you will trace a route through all your dungeons and however many spaces it takes will be your final score, and most points is the winner.  One other things to mention about this project is the puzzle lock system they came up with for the tiles, essentially making it so that if the pieces fit together, it’s a legal placement of the tile, a nice innovation to help simplify the game.  So if you are interested, head on over to the Kickstarter page to check out this 16-bit themed game.

After that we have a family weight game called Pepper and Carrot, the Potion Contest.  Pepper and Carrot is a tile manipulation game in that each turn you will be using action cards on the table or in your hand to manipulate tiles on your board.  What you are trying to do with those tiles is get the right ingredients connected together to form one of the three recipes on the main board.  Be the first to complete all three recipes and you are the winner.  There are also additional game modes including solo mode and Chaosah mode, where one player plays as an old witch needing only to complete one recipe, but they are at a disadvantage to the other players.  Art is excellent and very light, making this a great looking game.  Check out the Kickstarter today.

Next we have the latest game from Victory Point Games, a deck builder with a board type game called Renegade.  This is a cooperative game where you are playing hackers, fighting against the tyranny of the SMCs (super massive computers) that have brought the world to the brink.  You will use cards to generate resources on the board, and with those resources you can perform various actions to combat the SMCs.  As you generate resources, if you have three of the same kind in a spot you can convert it into an installation, allowing you access to more and stronger abilities.  As with other deck builders there will be a hackers deck that allows you to buy upgraded cards with better resources and abilities.  Can you stop the machines?  Check out the Kickstarter page for more information and to pledge.

Now we get to the smallest of the Kickstarter offerings I will be talking about, and that is Twin Stars by Button Shy Games, part of their Wallet Series of game.  These are a pack of solo game scenarios featuring the same game system, which utilizes four dice, some tokens, and three cards.  The path to victory in each game is very different, but the core of the game is dice rolling to get combinations of symbols to activate abilities.  The choices in the game come from deciding which dice to re-roll, can you accept a bad symbol combination resulting in a penalty, and how will you assign the dice to get the best effect possible.  Some of the scenarios have been released in other Kickstarters like the Rule the World and Escape the Brig, but here you will be able to get everything in one spot, including some unreleased scenarios.  Add in potential stretch goals and you could have lots of solo gaming for not much money.  Check out the Kickstarter page, and you can pledge for just the cards, supplying your own tokens and dice, or go deluxe and get everything you need to play in one package.

Finally we come to the last project I will mention, and that is an expansion to Explorers of the North Sea called Rocks of Ruin.  Explorers of the North Sea is a viking exploration game where you are sailing around in your longships, raiding towns, picking up livestock, deliver the livestock, and building outposts.  There are lots of ways to score points in the game and it came with 48 tiles giving it a play time of about an hour.  Rocks of Ruin adds new things to the game in the form of a 5th player, 24 more tiles that increase the map size by 50%, more buildings, fortresses, and shipwrecks that you can salvage.  So if you like Explorers of the North Sea, this expansion will just give you more of what you love, with the option of adding another friend to the game.  Also being included in this Kickstarter is a mini expansion for Runesaga, adding a fifth player to that along with three runestones and three inscription tiles.  So if you are interested in these expansions, head on over to he Kickstarter page.

Action Phase Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Beeeees, a new real time dice rolling and placement game for 2-5 players. In Beeeees, players have 5 dice with a few custom sides, and a stack of hexagonal flower tiles showing dice values. In a manner similar to Fuse, players need to roll and place their dice on the flowers in real time. However, as in Between Two Cities, players can play on their own stack , or on the opponents’ stacks to their right or left. If a flower is completed, the tile is flipped to the honeycomb side, and goes to the player who placed the majority of the dice, expanding their ever growing honeycomb. Other players who also had dice on a completed flower receive eraser-type bee tokens good for victory points. There is a color matching element to honeycomb tile placement, and special helper bee and killer bee dice facings allow players to use wild dice and steal flowers respectively.

The Kickstarter campaign for Beeeees continues through March 23, and is expected to deliver in August 2017.