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Announcing the cohosted Dice Tower and BGG convention - Virtual Gaming Con

Announced Monday, May 18th on Youtube , there will be a new online convention hosted by cooperation between The Dice Tower and Board Game Geek. Virtual Gaming Con will take place from June 24th to June 28th and will allow anyone to create virtual rooms to play games or host panels and welcome other congoers to play or attend. Tickets to the event are free if you already had a badge to Dice Tower East 2020 or BGG Spring 2020, with more able to be purchased as information becomes available. These 5 days of online gaming...

Hasbro and Pandora have made you a custom playlist for your family games

Do you like listening to music while you play board games? Maybe selecting some oddly appropriate tunes to some of your favorites, like "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel while playing Flash Point: Fire Rescue , or "We Built This City" by Starship when playing Suburbia ? Hasbro likes this idea too, and has made for you a special Pandora playlist for each of their most popular games. It's very easy to startup too - simply visit this link , select the game, log into or make your Pandora...

Gen Con 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 - Virtual Con Planned

In what is shaping up to be an unfortunate trend in these challenging times, the organizers of Gen Con, the largest annual boardgame convention in North America, have announced the cancellation of this year's convention in Indianapolis due to health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement comes on the heels of last week's news that Essen Spiel has also been cancelled for 2020 , along with the earlier cancellation or postponement of other board game conventions such as Origins Game Fair and Dice Tower East.

The decision to cancel Gen Con in 2020...

Maharaja Comes to Kickstarter

Cranio Creations has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling classic, Maharaja . The game has been re-designed by Simone Luciani of Tzolk'in fame. In addition, the graphics and components for the game have been improved and overhauled. The artists for this new edition are Klemens Franz and Samuele Gaudio. The game plays 2-4 players, ages 14 and up, in about 90 minutes.

In Maharaja , the players are each attempting to win the favor of their maharaja. They do this by building statues and raising shrines, making the visit of...

Spiel des Jahres Nominees for 2020 announced

The nominations for the illustrious Spiel des Jahres awards have just been announced from Germany. Spiel des Jahres, formed in 1978, gives three awards each year, plus a variable number of recognitions, recommendations, and special awards. These awards are generally considered the most respected in board games.

The original Spiel des Jahres is an award for the best family weight game, first given in 1979 to Hare and Tortoise by David Parlett . Recommendations for 2020 were Color Brain by Tristan Williams, The Fox in the Forest...

Essen Spiel 2020 Canceled

This year's International Spieltage SPIEL in Essen, Germany has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next Essen Game Fair will be in 2021, October 14th through 17th. The event organizers announced the postponement on the SPIEL website , stating:

"The health of our exhibitors, visitors, guests and employees is very important to us.

We have been observing the very dynamic national and international development regarding Covid-19 very closely over the last weeks and months and have explored all possibilities for the implementation of SPIEL ’20, also in coordination with the authorities. Unfortunately, this...

Days of Wonder Announces Small World of Warcraft

Days of Wonder, publisher of mega-hits such as Memoir '44 and some railroad game , have announced Small World of Warcraft , the first game to be released as part of its collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment. Small World of Warcraft combines the mechanics of Days of Wonder's hit game Small World with the setting of Blizzard's Warcraft universe.

Days of Wonder has worked closely with Blizzard to create a game that seamlessly brings together both universes. Originally previewed at Blizzcon 2019, Small World...

Unknown Aliens Are Attacking!

AV Studio Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Pulp Invasion and its expansion, Pulp Invasion X1 . Both the base game and the expansion were designed by Todd Sanders and feature retro artwork also supplied by Sanders. The base game is a solo only game, but the expansion adds a variant for playing with 2 players. The game is recommended for ages 12 and up and plays in about 30 minutes.

In both the game and the expansion, the player is trying both to explore new planets as one of six captains that come in the...

Seastead is a new game set in the world of Flotilla, from WizKids

Humanity clings four flotillas for survival in the vast ocean. Set in the universe of the 2019 release Flotilla , you and your rival are competing to become the leader of Seastead. The game can be played with two players or solo.

On your turn you either dive into the sea to collect resources, or use resources to construct a building on one of the flotillas. When you dive, you will draw a card with two amalgams of resources. You choose one to keep and the other goes to your opponent. Building a building will...

Days of Wonder announces Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam

“Welcome to the 17th Century. You are in the middle of the Gouden Eeuw, the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam is the beating heart of global trade and the wealthiest city on Earth. Goods from around the world are piling up on the docks, in ship holds, in warehouses, and on the banks of its countless canals.”

Days of Wonder has announced the latest in Sir Alan R. Moon ’s record selling series of locomotive driven board game classics, Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam . In this latest reincarnation, 2-4 players are setting...

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