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Digital Galaxy Trucker and Through the Ages

If you missed the update last month, Czech Games Edition provided an updated to the digital port of Galaxy Trucker and announced the upcoming digital Through the Ages. CGE states that they want " To make everything we develop as polished as possible. So although the game is almost ready for release now, we decided to revise and improve our online multiplayer system, because we believe that comfortable and stable multiplayer is essential for any digital boardgame implementation ." The expected release of Galaxy Trucker has been pushed to September 2014 and is being developed...

Designer Grant Rodiek Discusses Design and Ambitions

Picture Courtesy of Happy Mitten Games

Grant Rodiek (Farmageddon, Sol Rising, Battle for York) opens up and discusses " raising the bar ." " The soul of a designer ," Rodiek states, is " when a game is pitched, self-published, or on a shelf, should be at peace. Rejection should come from customers who don’t enjoy this type of game, or publishers for whom the game isn't the right fit. But, you should not be restless, uncertain, reckless, or overly introspective ."

Trains: Rising Sun, Now with Bonus Cards!

Alderac Entertainment Group posted a little more information on their upcoming expansion, Rising Sun, for 2012's Trains. Trains: Rising Sun is designed by Steve Ellis (II) and Hisashi Hayashi and will come with Bonus Cards that will " claim more points by completing specific routes," cited on their Facebook post.

Kickstart Custom Meeples to Make Tiny Epic Defenders More Epic

Meeple Source currently has a Kickstarter for 23 custom character meeples designed to be used with Scott Almes’ (Kings of Air and Steam, Martian Dice) recently funded Kickstarter micro-game Tiny Epic Defenders from Gamelyn Games. For people who follow board game releases on Kickstarter, this new campaign may sound like déjà vu. Back in March, Meeple Source had a Kickstarter campaign where you could buy custom character meeples for game like the then-recently-Kickstarter-funded micro-game Scott Almes’ Tiny Epic Kingdoms. Tiny Epic Defenders is a cooperative micro-game...

T.C. Petty III Gives Advice to Reviewers

Picture Courtesy of Dice Hate Me Games

T.C. Petty III is a game designer of 2012's VivaJava: The Coffee Game and last year's dice variant, VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game. Last week he posted an interesting article on tumblr , '7 Reviewer Tactics That Could Kill You.' Petty states that " This, my dear readers, is a list of traps and logical fallacies for reviewers to avoid; some helpful criticism that may jog your creative muscles or make you swoon with indignation ."

You're Invited to Castle Panic's 5 Year Birthday Celebration

If you are in the Austin, Texas area this coming weekend, Fireside Games will be at the Emerald Tavern Games and Cafe on Sunday, July 27. They will have demos of all their games and giveaways so check out their website for more information. Also on their site, Fireside announced that on Saturday, September 13 they will be hosting a day long celebration of Castle Panic's 5 year birthday in Austin and " wherever you are ." More information can be found here . To help you party anywhere, Fireside put together...

Coming Soon from Mindware Games

Coming Soon from Mindware Games . Qwirkle Expansion Boards These new double-sided expansion boards will feature powerful star tokens that allow you to remove a tile from the board and add it to your hand and other opportunities for points by connecting starter tiles. Castle Blast In this medieval dexterity game, players armed with wrecking balls attack their opponents' castles and attempt to retrieve treasure, defeat the dragon, and, of course, save a princess. Tokens are earned for each successful feat and the first player to three wins. Components include 26 solid wood...

Dungeon Fighter: The Big Wave Preview

Fantasy Flight Games posted a preview of their upcoming expansion to the dexterity dice game, Dungeon Fighter: The Big Wave. The setting of this second expansion will introduce new watery monsters and equipment. Featuring the legendary Black Lagoon Creature, oxygen tokens (that track player's breath), and healing spells, designers Aureliano Buonfino, Lorenzo Silva, and Lorenzo Tucci Sorrentino will still get players caught in the tide with a new choking ability and a new hero, Jack Parrot. The Big Wave is currently available for pre-order and is expected to release soon.

Star Realms Play Mats

White Wizard Games will be releasing play mats for Star Realms next month. Star Realms, designed by Robert Dougherty and Darwin Kastle, is a spaceship combat deckbuilding game that offers all the thrills of traditional trading card game style combat, combined with the fun of a deckbuilding game. Play powerful ships, destroy enemy bases or blast your opponent directly on your way to victory! The new Star Realms War World and Battle Mech play mats provide the perfect surface for playing Star Realms with 2-6 players!

The Belated Week in Review - July 14-20

Spiel des Jahres 2014 Last week’s Dice Tower Awards went so well that it’s not surprising that other organizations have jumped on the bandwagon of naming a game of the year. No hard feelings though, I’ve heard that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But seriously, the Spiel des Jahres (German for Game of the Year) is probably the most important award of gaming. Without this award, the gateway greats that introduced most of us into this hobby (like Ticket to Ride, The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Dominion) may not...


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