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Brain Games ran a contest from October 1st, 2018 to January 15th, 2019 where contestants could submit a trickshot video for ICECOOL to win a two-person trip to visit real penguins in Antarctica.  The contest received 262 entries from 27 territories, with South Korea submitting the most entries with 86 followed by USA with 65 entries.  Serving on the global judge’s panel was Dice Tower’s own Tom Vasel, Joachim Ulbrich (Amigo Spiele CEO), and Egils Grasmanis (Brain Games CEO).  There were some amazing submissions and each region had their own assortment of prizes.  The grand prize-winning contestant submitted a skillful and creative musical trickshot. Check out the winning video and all the other submissions at https://www.icecoolantarctica.com/ .

Eric Summerer (with Noah and Evan) Teaches us some Tips

If you are wondering how Stuffed Fables plays with young children, Plaid Hat Games has enlisted Eric Summerer and his sons to provide an answer in a new video.

In Stuffed Fables, players take on the role of stuffed toys that have been drawn into the Fall, a dark realm ruled by a master of nightmares.  This storyboard adventure game is designed for 2-4 players, ages 7 and up, to be played in 60-90 minutes.

In the video, Eric provides some tips on playing Stuffed Fables with children as young as five.  His sons Evan and Noah share their experiences and reactions to the game, and Eric demonstrates his tips during gameplay.  Eric’s tips will help ensure you and young children have an enjoyable game of Stuffed Fables.

Eric Summerer previously provided a rules overview over on youtube.

If Eric’s voice on the video seems familiar it may be because you’ve listened to some of the hundreds of audiobooks and other voiceover projects Mr. Summerer has worked on.

Stuffed Fables, designed by Jerry Hawthorne, will be available February 1st.

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This War of Mine, the critically-acclaimed and heart-wrenching survival game from 11 bit studios, is now “a board game experience, carrying an important message: In war, not everyone is a soldier. Can you survive to see the end of the war?”

Awaken Realms and 11 bit studios introduces a board game adaptation of This War of Mine by Michal Oracz, designer of the much-loved Neuroshima Hex!, and Jakub Wisniewski, the storyteller behind Dying Light.  This new game will include features such as:

  • 430 high-quality components, including 12 figures
  • a companion mobile app
  • over one thousand unique stories
  • an open & play system that makes it easy to start playing without previous learning the rules
  • a save-game mechanism
  • the innovative Reality Impact system, introducing an enormous amount of meaningful plot, choices and consequences.

The Kickstarter for this project is now live, and the following is an excerpt form the Kickstarter game summary:

This War of Mine: The Board Game is a fully co-operative, open and play, survival experience. In this challenging, story-driven game for 1-6 players, you will play as group of civilians trapped in a city torn by a military conflict.  To survive, you will need to make tough moral choices, delivered in a role-playing style.

The start of the campaign will be accompanied by an extraordinary event via livestream on May 10 at 3pm PST.  Artists for major tabletop and collectible-card-game franchises like Star Wars, A Game of Thrones, and Magic: The Gathering will unite as an ArtistsOnBoard group to create a large-format acrylic painting that will grace the cover of This War of Mine.  Click here for the link to the live streaming.

For more information on this project, visit the Kickstarter page and the game’s official website.

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Moonrat Media has just announced the second season of the hit comedy web series “Board with Life,” arriving this February of 2016.  “Board with Life” follows a group of board game geeks during their regular game nights.

The following is an excerpt from Moonrat Media’s YouTube channel, in which the show is described: “Join the gang every week as they vie for power in 1840’s New York City, establish dominance over the isle of Catan, and sometimes work together to save the world from global disease and infection. Alliances will forge, rivalries will emerge, and everyone will end the night Board with Life.”

This new season promises seven new episodes that will appeal not only to fans of the show, but also will be a great entry point to new viewers.  As the show’s channel jokingly quips, “Miss the 1st Season?  Skip It.  Catch up later.”

The YouTube channel also contains reviews, how to play videos, comedy sketches and more enthusiastic enthusiast content.

To check out the “Board with Life Season 2 Trailer”, follow the direct link here.

You can also check out the show’s YouTube channel by following this link.

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For a great start to your Halloween gaming, check out this Dead of Winter Youtube video by Geek & Sundry (the makers of Tabletop). It’s a short skit featuring Felicia Day and Brandon Routh, and it takes you into the theme of Dead of Winter as five characters struggle to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Speaking of Dead of Winter, the Dead of Winter: Crossroads App was released for Android (it will come to iOS soon). The app replaces the crossroads cards in the game, with Eric Summerer (co-host of the Dice Tower Podcast) narrating the text on each card. Also, it presents the information in stages, so you can immerse yourself in the story, not knowing the outcome of your actions when you make a choice. Check out the Android version and be on the lookout for the iOS version!

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Plaid Hat Games released a quick video of the box art for their upcoming release, Summoner Wars Alliances Master Set.  Designed by Colby Dauch, the expected release is October 2014.

Summoner Wars is a fast-playing, action-packed 2-4 player card game. Players take on the role of Summoners: powerful beings who harness the power of mysterious Summoning Stones to lead their race to conquest on the war-torn planet of Itharia. These Summoners wield terrible magic on the battlefield, freezing their foes in place, draining their enemies of power, and even bringing rains of fire down from the heavens. But most notoriously, they summon their great race’s hordes of warriors to the battlefield, to clash in the never-ending struggle for supremacy.

Summoner Wars: Alliances Master Set, a big box starter set for Summoner Wars akin to the Summoner Wars Master Set, features eight complete faction decks and can be played on its own or combined with other Summoner Wars products. All sixteen factions in the SW world are represented as each new summoner is a hybrid of two existing factions, blending the themes of the two factions and expanding deck-building possibilities. The factions are:

Fallen Phoenix: Phoenix Elves/Fallen Kingdom
Cave Filth: Filth/Cave Goblins
Tundra Guild: Guild Dwarves/Tundra Orcs
Swamp Mercenaries: Swamp Orcs/Mercs
Vargath Vanguard: Vanguard/Vargath
Sand Cloaks: Cloaks/Sand Goblin
Deep Benders: Deep Dwarves/Benders
Jungle Shadows: Shadow Elves/Jungle Elves