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The Dice Tower 2021 Kickstarter is Live Now!

For those who value the contributions that the Dice Tower makes to the gaming community throughout the year and are able to help support us, the Dice Tower Kickstarter is live now. As most of you know, the Kickstarter campaign is the primary way that the Dice Tower brings in income for the year to support Tom Vasel and the rest of the crew so that they can continue to make quality content, purchase and upgrade equipment, and potentially expand to include new employees. The emphasis this year is going to be on the quality of their...

Stronghold Announces Ares Expedition, the Terraforming Mars card game

Stronghold Games has shaken the world and announced Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition , further subtitled “The Terraforming Mars Card Game”. 2016’s Terraforming Mars by Jacob Fryxelius is, of course, one of the most popular board games on the market today, currently sitting at 4 on the BGG rankings . Terraforming Mars’ combination of engine building, card play, and the immense variety of cards have made it an evergreen in the hobby, and earned it 5 expansions.

Ares Expedition is a standalone game being designed by Jacob Fryxelius, along...

I spy a standalone game inspired by Portal's Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

Portal Games has announced Vienna Connection , a standalone game inspired by Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game . Vienna Connection adds new rules and mechanisms to capture the Cold War espionage theme of the game. One to five players take on the role of CIA agents in 1977 sent to investigate a mysterious death of an American citizen in Vienna. Like in Detective, players will visit various locations and manage resources to uncover the circumstances of the death. However, Vienna Connection will also have players decoding secret messages and attempting to outsmart enemy spy agencies....

PortalCon 13 - Online - Is Coming!

Due to COVID restrictions, PortalCon will be held online this year. The annual convention, during which Portal Games will be announcing its publishing plans for this year, is going to be held on January 23rd, 2021, via Portal Games Twitch and YouTube channels.

Some of the highlights coming are upcoming on the 23rd are:

Ignacy Trzewiczek will present 30-minute Keynotes announcing 3 new major games to be released by Portal Games in 2021, as well as several follow-ups to the company’s games portfolio. 3pm CEST / 9am EST...

Ahoy There, Sailor!

Skybound Games has announced pre-orders for Pebble Rock Delivery Service , a pick up and deliver game for gamers and their families. The game is designed by Tristam Rossin, plays 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, in 30-45 minutes.

In Pebble Rock Delivery Service , players will play as one of 4 colorful captains delivering cargo to a variety of characters all over the islands. They must plan their routes well and manage their cargo all the while avoiding the sharks and the pirate ships patrolling the waters. The game is billed as “Simple enough to...

Hack & Slash: roll dice to complete quests

Steve Jackson Games has announced Hack & Slash as a 2021 release. The quick game promises to deliver dice-rolling quests for the family in a quick playtime. Three to six players will choose a quest to try and complete by rolling dice. The game comes with 21 quest cards, 50 meeples, and 3 six-sided dice. The quests have diferent requirements for successful completion.

Hack & Slash features art by Lar DeSouza. It is designed by Samuel Mitschke and Philip Reed. They are in-house executives at Steve Jackson games. They previously have collaborated on other SJG...

Matching Memories in a Strategic Manner

Keymaster Games, who published the game PARKS , which featured the U.S. National Parks, is back with a standalone game that again features those same parks. The new game, PARKS Memories , actually has 3 different editions, each of which features different parks. Collectively, the three editions include all of the U.S. National Parks. PARKS Memories is designed by Kyle Key, plays 2-8 players ages 8 and up, in about 20-30 minutes.

PARKS Memories encourages players to “Take a leisurely hike down memory lane in this strategic memory game featuring Park art.” The...

Whacky Races are in Your Future!

AEG (Alderac Entertainment Group) has announced the release of a new game by John D. Claire, the highly regarded designer of Mystic Vale , called Cubitos . Cubitos plays 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, and takes 30-60 minutes depending on player count. The artwork for the game is supplied by Jacqui Davis, Philip Glofcheskie, Ryan Iler, and Matt Paquette.

Cubitos is a game in which the players are in charge of whacky cube characters who are competing for the coveted Cube Cup. Cubitos uses a dice pool-building mechanism and...

Charlie Holmes Needs Help!

Loki, the new children’s division of IELLO, has announced a new family game, Detective Charlie . The game is designed by Théo Rivière with artwork provided by Piper Thibodeau. The game is for 1-5 players, ages 7 and up, and plays in about 25 minutes.

In Detective Charlie , the players work together to provide Charlie Holmes with some much needed help. You see, strange things are happening in the city and it is your job to help Charlie investigate. You must help interview the witnesses who hold the key to solving the mystery. Interviewing the...

Arcane Wonders is bringing new art to a thirteen card deduction game

Sherlock 13 is a deduction micro-game, originally published in 2013 as Holmes 13. The thirteen in the title refers to the game being centered around thirteen character cards. Players are attempting to unmask the famous thief Arsene Lupin, who has disguised himself as one of the thirteen characters. In setup for the game, one of the thirteen cards is set aside hidden. This is the moniker undertaken by Arsene Lupin for the game. The remaining cards are shuffled amongst the two to four players. Each card depicts a person with two to three characteristics each....

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