worker placement

Scott Almes is adding to the “Tiny Epic” series from Gamelyn Games, this time with Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, a worker placement/resource management game for 1-4 players which plays in about 30-60 minutes. The game is funding on Kickstarter now.

In Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, the players are ranchers trying to run the most successful dinosaur ranching farm. They do this through 6 rounds, each of which contains several phases during which they will harvest resources, put their ranching team to work buying new dinosaurs, tending those dinosaurs, improving the ranch for those dinosaurs, and hopefully breeding those dinosaurs. The player who most successfully accomplishes all that – scoring the most victory points – wins the game.

Tiny Epic Dinosaurs has already funded and unlocked several stretch goals. The game has about 3 more weeks to go in its Kickstarter campaign. If you are interested in further information about this campaign, check it out here.

Starling Games has launched a Kickstarter for 2 new expansions for its popular game, Everdell. Both expansions are designed by the original game’s designer, James A. Wilson. The artwork for both expansions is supplied by the game’s original artist, Andrew Bosley.

The first expansion, Everdell: Spirecrest, allows the players to go beyond the borders of their beloved Everdell to explore the world outside their own. Adventure awaits the players who dare to go beyond – allies to acquire, weather to survive, ancient ruins to explore, and more awaits as players encounter the Spirecrest Mountains.

The second expansion, Everdell: Bellfaire, sees Everdell celebrating the 100th year since its founding. This expansion allows for 5-6 players, rather than the 1-4 of the base game. It also introduces variable player powers, Special Events, new end game goals and more.

If you are interested in Everdell, this Kickstarter has you covered, allowing players to purchase the base game, the first expansion Everdell: Pearlbrook, plus the two new expansions. You can take a look at the Kickstarter page here.

Breaking Games has brought a new worker placement fantasy game, Dwellings of Eldervale, designed by Luke Laurie to Kickstarter! This 1-5 player game will have you each controlling a unique faction including Air, Earth, Water, Fire, Light, Darkness, Order, and Chaos. The game combines worker placement with tableau/engine building mechanisms as each player summons special units, dwell in Eldervale to gain points as well as combat advantages, battle other players or even monsters with dice driven combat that can be mitigated, play magic cards, and advance your elemental power.

The standard box includes 8 sets of player wooden components, 8 player boards but 11 factions, 8 monster cards, 49 magic cards, 8 jumbo starter cards, 72 adventure cards, 24 elemental hexes with unique artwork on every tile as well as 7 ruin hexes, 100 treasure tokens, 54 dice, 9 glass orbs, cardboard resources, and a board of elements. The game also comes with storage trays.

To find out more, visit their Kickstarter campaign here.

Keep Exploring Games has announced the upcoming release of Old Masters, a 2-4 player painting-themed game by first-time designer Nicolas De Oliveira. In Old Masters, players will take on the role of talented painters participating in a competition held by Le Bateau-Lavoir,a Parisian painters’ studio in the Montmartre district, to see who will be the named the top painter, and (hopefully) become as renowned as the preceding legends, such as Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.

Old Masters is a worker placement engine building game in which the board moves one space each turn. Players are allowed to leave a worker on the board between turns, and they are faced with the challenge of predicting what other players need while thinking ahead to what will be available on the next and future rounds. Players will be trying to fulfill orders while also building up and improving their tools and technique.

The game will be released in late September 2019, and you can find more information on Keep Exploring Games’s official page here.

Set in another dimension filled with alien life, Darwinauts, designed by Chris Bryan (Lanterns Dice Game, Favelas, and Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell) and illustrated by the prolific Vincent Dutrait, puts you and up to 3 other players in the role of brave researchers tasked with venturing through a portal into this new land to discover, research, and record new species of life.

In Darwinauts, which the publisher describes as a “light-to-medium weight Euro-style game of tile-laying, worker placement, set collection, and action selection,” players take 2 actions on their turn; they can place an explorer, place a tile, replenish tiles and remove explorers, discover a species, or record a species (which then triggers one of five possible bonus actions). Gameplay will continue in this manner until The Rift Tile is revealed, after which the new world will become unstable and players will dismantle the landscape they built and race to complete their tasks and return home before the game draws to a close.

The campaign includes a Standard Explorer pledge which includes just the game and stretch goals, as well as a Decorated Explorer pledge which includes a playmat in addition to the game and stretch goals.

For more information on the game, you can find the official Kickstarter campaign page here.

Egizia: Shifting Sands, being published by Stronghold Games, is now live on Kickstarter. The game promises to give us not only a new, updated edition of the game, but also includes the classic game as one of its Kickstarter exclusives.

The classic Egizia was set in ancient Egypt, as is the new game. In both games, players are attempting to fulfill requests from the pharaoh in order to earn victory points. The new edition of the game, Egizia: Shifting Sands, introduces two new monuments to the game, the Colonnade and statues.

For more information on this classic game with new twists, check out the Kickstarter page here.

If you’ve ever liked low-budget films, have you also every wondered how fun it would be to make them? There’s a carefree joy to them that’s infectious. Movie Empire, designed by Karsten Schulmann and featuring art by Allan Ohr, reminds me a lot of that, and it’s now on Kickstarter. If you’ve every actually wanted to try your hand at making B-movies, or if you just like classic movies tropes and worker placement games, this project will be worth the look.

“Movie Empire is a mix of worker placement and set collection for 1-4 players. And as Hollywood is a shark tank, you have 2 styles of play with the (completely optional!) black dossier variant, that adds a take that mechanic to the gameplay. Let the clubbing and stabbing commence!”

Mechanically speaking, it’s built on solid tried-and-true mechanisms and proudly lacks an auction mechanic, so that alone is attractive to particular tastes. However, it’s not just all that wrapped up in a fun theme – It’s got a solo mode and optional variants too! The illustrations are fun and spoofy, so there’s a lot here to like. Seeing that this game has already reached it’s funding goal, there’s more than enough people who agree with me! If you would like to learn more about Movie empire, check out it’s Kickstarter page for more information, rules, FAQs, community feedback, and updates.

Ares Games is joining forces with Spaceballoon Games to distribute the Euro-style board game Brides & Bribes in the United States and non-European countries. Brides & Bribes is a worker placement and resource management board game for 2-5 players. The game is set in Genoa during the Renaissance period where each player assumes the role of one of five families struggling to increase their power and become the new Doge – Lord of the city.

Brides & Bribes uses an innovative hidden worker placement mechanic, which gives players the feeling of being part of a Renaissance Genoa full of intrigue and deception. Using a deck building system, players hire new employees, growing their power during the game.

In each round, players secretly plan to send a family member with the right skills into the Genoese boroughs to perform one of the five possible actions: hire new employees, collect money, get new workers, increase influence points or convince the local Lord that their family is worth a marriage with his beautiful daughter.

Brides & Bribes was created by Andrea Gallazzi, Elisa Lenardi, Pietro Navarotto, and published by Spaceballoon Games. It was originally funded on Kickstarter in late 2016 and shipped to Kickstarter backers in late 2017, but it was not distributed to retail in the USA.

The distribution of Brides & Bribes by Ares Games will start in April 2019.

Elf Creek Games is re-releasing their cooperative, worker placement game Atlantis Rising. The gods are angry with the Atlanteans and are trying to destroy their island- but the leaders of Atlantis have other ideas!  Using worker placement and resource management strategies use what you collect to build 10 machines to thwart the gods and save the island of Atlantis from imminent destruction.  The stunning artwork of Vincent Dutrait, and the ‘race against the game’ intensity will have you returning to Atlantis Rising again and again!

Atlantis Rising is on Kickstarter until November 30, 2018 and the game is available in standard and deluxe editions.

Grey Fox Games brings more goodness from Midgard. Set in the same universe as Champions of Midgard, currently sitting at #103 on Board Game Geek, Reavers of Midgard places players once again as leaders of a Viking clan in search for glory.  While, at first, this new game features some similar mechanics as its sister game – dice rolling combat, worker placement, and set collection – these mechanics are used differently along side a card drafting mechanism to build engines toward victory. One of the differences in Reavers of Midgard is the single worker each player may place that activates an action all the other players get to take, but the closer the other players are to the acting player, the more beneficial the action. Reavers are a new addition to the Midgard universe, and they are represented by beautifully illustrated cards that players can recruit.  Each Reaver immediately provides the recruiting player dice to add to their player board (which is depicted as a Viking Longship). Additionally, each Reaver can be used in one of three ways – Rally, which adds more dice to your player board; Lead, which activates abilities printed on the player board that aligns with the card’s faction symbols; and Specialize, which triggers special actions on the player board anytime a corresponding action is played by any player. Every decision has an effect on other players. The rest of the game features all the things that Vikings do: conduct raids, pillage farms, conquer territories, battle sea serpents, and fulfill prophecies – all to bring glory to the clan. The player with the most glory at the end of six rounds is the winner.

Reavers of Midgard plays 2-4 players in about 90 minutes.  For Kickstarter backers, most of the components will be upgraded to wooden tokens. The final design of the tokens for the retail version does not appear to have been completed as of this report.  The Kickstarter campaign runs through 20 November with an estimated delivery in June 2019.  Check out the Kickstarter campaign to learn more.