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An Award Winner Reprinted

Martin Wallace’s classic game Tinners’ Trail has been taken in hand by Alley Cat Games, in partnership with Martin Wallace, and redesigned for modern game audiences. The game, which was originally published in 2008, has launched a Kickstarter campaign that is already fully funded. The new version of the game includes a solo mode, has expanded the player count up to 5 players, showcases beautiful new art by Ossi Hiekkala and Javier González Cava , and features increased strategy while decreasing the luck factor. The game plays in 60-90 minutes and is designed for players aged...

Unexpected Games teases their first game The Initiative

“In 1994, four teenagers find a mysterious game at a yard sale. As they play it, they discover it is strangely connected to their lives. What will they risk to unravel the secrets of The Initiative?”

Corey Konieczka , besides having a fantastic first name, is the designer behind such huge hits as Twilight Imperium 4 , Battlestar Galactica , and Star Wars Rebellion . In July 2019 , Asmodee gave Corey his own studio, Unexpected Games , and not much was heard from them, until...

Unlock the secrets of Umbra Via...

Pandasaurus Games is pleased to announce the imminent publication of Umbria Via , the winner of the 2019 Cardboard Edison Award, the yearly award run by and for game designers . The game is the first published for designer Connor Wake, with artwork provided by Eddie Schillo. The game plays 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, in 30-45 minutes.

Umbria Via is a game that uses blind bidding, tile placement, and area control as its primary mechanics. Players compete to control and complete paths as they bid on tiles and then create paths...

Voting is Underway!

Casual Game Revolution, publishers of Casual Game Insider magazine, are requesting that the public vote on the Best Casual Game of 2020. The award “recognizes the most innovative, fun, and uniquely entertaining casual game published during the previous calendar year.” The finalists from 2020, which were nominated by Casual Game Revolution’s 11 judges (a panel of board gaming industry personalities) include Calico , Back to the Future: Back in Time , and My City .

The vote is open to anyone who chooses to take part. Previous award winners include Sagrada , Welcome To....

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...

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