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CGE makes a Deal With the Devil

During the Summer Spectacular , Czech Games Edition announced Deal with the Devil , a new euro-style trading and building game from Matúš Kotry , the designer of Alchemists . Players need to build up a medieval city, and that requires resources and cold hard cash. Each player in Deal with the Devil is assigned a secret role. Will you be mortal, with a complete soul of 3 pieces, a cultist with only 2 parts of their soul intact, or the Devil, who is of course without a soul, but starts...

Dire Wolf heads back to Dune for Immortality

Dune Imperium by Dire Wolf Games and designer Paul Dennen released in 2020 to critical and public acclaim. The hybrid deck-builder and worker placement game has players use certain cards to allow worker access to matching spaces on the board. Unplayed cards then contribute to purchasing more cards at turns end. The first expansion Rise of Ix brought the already thematic title further into Frank Herbert's Dune Universe , adding more cards and board spaces themed to the technologically advanced world of Ix.

And now, during...

"All your base are belong to us" in Star Realm: Rise of Empire

Wise Wizard Games has launched their latest Kickstarter project for Rise of Empire , a stand-alone expansion for the immensely popular game Star Realms . Star Realms: Rise of Empire is designed by original game designers Robert Dougherty and Darwin Kastle .

Star Realms, originally published in 2014, is a deck-building, deep-space combat game where players use their currency to purchase new cards to add to their deck, while using combat points to chip away at the health of their opponent. Star Realms quickly gained recognition as...

CMoN and Rob Daviau are reuniting for Stranger Things

As part of the Dice Tower Summer Spectacular Mega Announcement Video, publisher CMoN revealed their upcoming release Stranger Things: Upside Down, a cooperative board game by Rob Daviau , in which players try to save Hawkins from the Upside Down. Stranger Things: Upside Down is scheduled for a retail release in 2023.

Daviau and CMoN previously teamed up for the cooperative adventure Cthulhu: Death May Die , co-designed by Eric Lang . Daviau's other designs include the Pandemic Legacy series ( Season 1 , Season 2 , and...

Prove you're the better builder in Portal Games' reprint of Basilica

Portal Games has announced the reprint of Basilica by designer Lukasz M. Pogoda with artwork by Mariusz Gandzel and Lukasz M. Pogoda. The Basilica base game was originally published in 2010 by REBEL.pl , as was the 2012 Festum Fatuorom expansion.

Basilica is a tile placement, area majority game where each player takes on the role of an architect overseeing the construction of a great cathedral. Players will place tiles to increase the size of the cathedral as well as place their builder pawns on...

15th Annual Dice Tower Awards - The Best Games of 2021!

The 15th Annual Dice Tower Awards have been announced! Watch the announcement here .

These awards are for games released in the USA in 2021. They were voted on by a wide array of reviewers, podcasters, many of which are not affiliated with The Dice Tower. The voting does NOT include Tom Vasel. Votes are tabulated and scored in Jason Levine's secret hideout. Full disclosure, I (Jordan Shoenberger), did vote on these awards, but it does not appear that many of my selections won in their respective categories. But thus is life.

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Hickory Dickory Dock, Plaid Hat rules the clock

Plaid Hat Games has announced Hickory Dickory , a new worker placement, or rather worker “rotation”, title from designer Sawyer West. King Cuckoo has invited all the mice to the Royal Scavenger Hunt. Worker mice ride on the rotating minute hand of the great cuckoo clock, and players can jump off at various action spaces to collect item tiles. Place tiles on your personal scavenger hunt bingo card to score points. But be careful - too many mice on the minute hand, and someone might get pushed off. Plus that pesky house cat...

Smirk & Laughter contains a Tesseract

Also a Spectacular announcement , publisher Smirk & Laughter has announced Tesseract by designer James Firnhaber . Tesseract is a cooperative game centered around a block of 64 custom d6 dice, 4x4x4. The dice come in 4 colors, and have the standard values of 1-6. Players take actions each turn with the goal to collectively bank 24 unique dice, one of each color and number. Possible actions on a turn include taking a visible die into their lab board, manipulating lab dice to a certain value, or...

Split and choose with The Great Split by Horrible Guild

Just revealed on the Dice Tower Summer Spectacular , Horrible Guild and designers Hjalmar Hach and Lorenzo Silva have announced The Great Split . Collect the best gems, gold, artwork, and tomes by drafting and using a unique I-Split-You-Choose mechanic. Each turn, place a set of cards in your wallet, a foldable sleeve. Place a separator card in the group, creating two sets. Pass the sealed wallet to your neighbor, and receive one from the other side. Then pick one of the sets and...

Parks: Wildlife The safe way to get close to bison without being injured

Keymaster Games have announced Parks: Wildlife , the second expansion to the award-winning game Parks by designers Henry Audubon and Mattox Shuler , with artwork being provided by Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series .

The Parks: Wildlife expansion adds 16 new park cards including the new park, New River Gorge, which also includes artwork from the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series. Also in the box are 16 new gear cards, 12 canteen cards, 10 season cards, 4 trail sites, and a bison meeple token named "Barry", who is used...

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