winter

51st state

Your goal is to build a new State in this post-apocalyptic world. Whether you command merciless Mutants or brave New Yorkers, your aim is always simple and clear – conquer new lands, incorporate new regions, and destroy everyone who is of no value. How will you achieve this? It’s pretty simple – the highest score wins the game. Pretty novel, huh?

Portal Games is currently running a preorder campaign for the revitalization of their hit card game 51st State in the form of the 51st State Master Set.  51st State is a competitive game that takes place in the unforgiving, post-apocalyptic work of Neuroshima Hex.  In the game, players take control of a faction such as New York, Appalachian Federation, Mutants Union, or the Merchants Guild and, by levying the power of his faction, build a new state: a 51st state.

51st state comp

The core design and mechanisms of the game resemble that of Portal’s popular game Imperial Settlers, which is itself a redesign of the core mechanisms of the original 51st State card game.  The new 51st State Master Set will include a complete redesign of the original version of 51st State, as well as new editions of New Era and Winter, the original expansions for the game.  The boxed set includes:

  • 1 Victory Point Board
  • 200 Cards
    • 88 Base Set Cards
    • 12 Connection Cards
    • 50 New Era Cards
    • 50 Winter Cards
  • 4 Victory Point Markers
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 4 Faction Boards
  • Goods Markers
    • 38 Brick resource pieces
    • 38 Fuel resource pieces
    • 30 Gun resource pieces
    • 38 Iron resource pieces
  • 38 Workers pieces
  • 10 Shield Tokens
  • 13 Bullet Tokens
  • 9 Development Tokens
  • 20 Red Contact Tokens
  • 20 Blue Contact Tokens
  • 30 Grey Contact Tokens
  • 7 Universal Contact Tokens
  • 4 Multiply Tokens
  • 1 Rulebook

The preorders will be closing on this item soon.  To learn more about the details of the game and what’s included in the preorder, visit the Portal Games website here.

duelist library

Level 99 Games is excited to announce Duelist Library, a collection of 5 two-player games that will debut as a single collection in late 2016.  The company will be expanding their line of well-known productions such as Pixel Tactics, BattleCON, Sellswords, and RESISTOR_ with these 5 new games, which will be available both individually and as a complete bundle.  

Here is an excerpt from the official press release from the GAMA Trade Show at Las Vegas 2016:

In 2013, Level 99 Games released the Minigame Library, containing 6 different games across multiple genres, group sizes, and play lengths. Duelist Library aims to continue this tradition, while improving component quality and focusing on a core theme of 2-player games. Rather than being available exclusively as a collection, four of the games will also be designed and packaged as fully-fledged individual releases. The complete collection will come with an exclusive bonus game, and a package of additional expansion cards that tie the various games together.

The titles and the descriptions of the new games will be released over the next few months via the Level 99 Games newsletter and on our homepage. Each game in the library is primarily designed for two players, and has a different theme, play length, and designer, to ensure that gaming groups of two have a game on hand for any mood or situation.

 This summer, 2016, the Kickstarter will launch to fund this project, with an estimated fulfillment date of winter 2016.  For more information and to stay abreast of this upcoming release, visit the official news release on the Level 99 Games website here.

wolves of the north

Game of Thrones: The Card Game second edition debuted with much excitement at Gen Con in August and Fantasy Flight Games is building on that excitement with the first deluxe expansion: Wolves of the North.  From the announcement:

In this expansion, House Stark takes the spotlight as they gain new cards to guide your Stark decks in new and unexpected directions. You may use Direwolves to cow and overpower your foes, rush to victory with the aid of House Tully, or draw strength from the Winter itself. Throughout the box, you’ll find new versions of iconic characters like Eddard Stark, Catelyn Stark, Jon Snow, and Arya Stark, alongside characters entering the game for the first time, including The Blackfish, Shaggydog, and Rickon Stark.

Not to be outdone by the Starks, each other faction in the game will also see new cards, as well as the addition of six new neutral plots to be used in any deck.  Some of these plots will feature a new keyword: Winter.  Many of the new cards interact with these plots allowing players to use the cold of the north to their advantage, chilling enemies in their tracks!  Keep an eye out for Wolves of the North in the second quarter of 2016.