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WizKids announces Last-Second Quest and El Maestro coming in July

WizKids has announced 2 new games coming to North American retail this July 2020.

“You only have seconds to prepare for your next Adventure! Can you grab everything you need in time?”

Last-Second Quest by designer Christian Giove ( Origami ) is a social, real time polyomino game where 2-5 players frantically grab tetris-shaped equipment tiles from a central pool, in anticipation of a quest. All of the grabbed pieces must fit into the player’s board, and the Quest card dictates what type of equipment...

Portal Games updates publishing plans for remainder of the year

We've already seen most board game conventions get canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, which impacts publishers ability to promote new games, but the pandemic also effects their ability to produce and ship games. More and more publishers are identifying delays in the release of new products. Portal Games has recently provided an update on their publishing plans for the remainder of 2020.

Both Million Dollar Script and Vienna Connection , which Portal had planned to release this year, have been postponed to 2021. However, Detective: Signature Series - Dig Deeper, Imperial Settlers: Rise...

Standalone expansion for Nemesis set on Mars lab bursts onto Kickstarter

Awaken Realms has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a standalone expansion to their Alien-themed semi-cooperative narrative hit Nemesis . In Nemesis: Lockdown , 1-5 players are thrust into a multi-level Martian lab infested with alien monsters. To make matters worse, the power is out and must be restored to make rooms and elevators operational. The gameplay is very similar to the original game. Players explore the lab, revealing room tiles and generating noise that can attract alien attack. Players are given two objective possibilities and during the game will select which one they wish to...

Stronghold announces Big Box storage solution for Terraforming Mars

“In games there are rules, but in life the rules keep changing. You could put your bishop out there to mate the other guy’s king, and he could lean down and whisper in your bishop’s ear, and suddenly it’s playing for him, and moving like a rook.”

― Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars

And now, a very special announcement for fans of Terraforming Mars , and I know there are many. Terraforming Mars hit the gaming scene by storm when it was released in 2016. This card-driven board game for 1-5 players...

Strategy game titan Kemet is getting a new edition in Blood and Sand

Still arguably the most popular of the Matagot's mythology series , Kemet has been a strategy game staple for years now due to it's compelling asymetrical gameplay and card-based combat. While it received a version 1.5 rules update mere months ago, the love and support behind the game has motivated Matagot to really push this game to a second edition. Kemet: Blood and Sand , now on Kickstarter, is a total upgrade of the game unhindered by older components. An updated board, cards, art, miniatures, iconography, and some strategically vital...

Imperial Settlers Roll & Write

We all know that roll & write board games have gained popular momentum in the last year. With all that's going on with social distancing and working from home, roll & writes are easy to set-up, typically very easy to play and make for a great family game during these difficult times. Imperial Settlers , designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek, has been a wildly successful and popular franchise from Portal Games . It has spawned a new implementation ( Empires of the North ) that has been rated quite highly over at The Dice Tower along...

Marvel and Funko team up for collectible Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones

Marvel , in association with Funko , have announced Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones, a collectible miniature battle game for 1-4 players. The game system combines dice, cards, and figures in a Marvel themed battle system. Each Battle Ball contains two collectible Marvel characters, hero cards, battle cards and a pair of dice. Game play specifics are not known at this point, but players team up to defeat Thanos across worlds build from the hex shaped cards. Announced heroes in the Battle Balls include Iron Man , ...

Under Falling Skies, an award-winning solo game, is being published by CGE

Remember that old arcade game, Space Invaders ? That's kind of the setting for an upcoming solo release from Czech Games Edition (CGE). In Under Falling Skies , the alien mothership is descending on Earth and filling the skies with dropships. You are Earth's last hope, shooting down ships from your bunker while researching technology upgrades to help stave off the invasion. You will roll dice and assign them to action spaces. More powerful action spaces require higher numbered dice. Each action space is linked to enemy dropships, causing them to descend when you take each...

Days of Wonder releases free print-and-play expansion, Ticket to Ride Stay at Home

“Designed during the great lockdown of 2020, Ticket to Ride Stay at Home is a fun, quick and beautiful new version of the classic Ticket to Ride which will guarantee some amazing family moments around the gaming table.”

Days of Wonder have felt the pain of all those isolated indoors, and as a gift for all these housebound people, the company has released a free print-and-play expansion for their most popular game. Spiel des Jahres winner Ticket to Ride (2004), by designer Alan Moon , has players collect colored train cards from...

Temple Gates Games announces free beta for Roll for the Galaxy digital app

“Since winning the Meeple’s Choice award when the physical board game launched in 2014, players have eagerly awaited a digital adaptation to play on the go.”

Temple Gates Games , the designers of notable board game apps for Ascension and Race for the Galaxy , have announced a free beta testing for their upcoming Roll for the Galaxy app . Roll for the Galaxy (2014) is the highly regarded, award winning , dice variant on Race for the Galaxy (2007) by Rio Grande Games and designers...

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