Board Games

USAOpoly Announces Super Mario Level Up!

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April 17th, 2017

Coming soon from USAOpoly (in the United States and Canada only) you can join Mario and his pals as you advance them up the Mushroom Kingdom while challenging other players to gather the most coins and reach the castle at the top. That’s right; Super Mario: Level Up! The Board Game is coming soon to a retailer near you playing on all that console nostalgia!

Custom game pieces include a 3D game board, 13 Character Movers, Power Up cards and Block Chips.

Ages 8+ | 3-6 Players | MSRP $19.95

Ticket to Ride: Germany Announced by Days of Wonder

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April 16th, 2017

Ticket to Ride: Germany, a new stand-alone board game in Days of Wonders’ well-known Ticket to Ride series.

As in the other Ticket to Ride board games, players will build their own rail network, this time across a new beautifully illustrated board of Germany at end of the 19thcentury, to connect cities listed on their Destination Tickets. But that’s not all. Competitors need to watch out their opponents who might be trying to reach the same far-flung corners of the German empire and outwit them by collecting valuable Passenger Meeples from the cities faster than they can.

Using the route network previously seen in the Märklin Edition, Ticket to Ride: Germany introduces a new and exclusive passengers rule. Additionally, the game includes short and long Destination Tickets to choose from, making Ticket to Ride: Germany a simple and elegant variant to the original game, with new challenges which will please newcomers and veterans alike.

First Expansion for Sheriff of Nottingham, Merry Men, Due to Release

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April 11th, 2017

Sheriff of Nottingham’s long-overdue first expansion Merry Men adds a sixth player and plenty of optional modules

As they say: good things come to those who wait. Sheriff of Nottingham is now getting its first expansion, Merry Men.

First of all, Merry Men adds support for a sixth player. There’s more, in the form of several different game play variants and modules that can be mixed in as you see fit.

These include the introduction of deputies, two of which replace the Sheriff when playing with six people. The deputies can work together to search bags or allow players to pass through – sharing the benefits or punishments equally when in agreement, or splitting their decision to the potential gain (or loss) of just one.

Laws are also new, allowing the Sheriff to implement two laws each round for a greater variety of playing tactics.

The black market consists of an extra set of cards, all showing a particular illegal good. The first player to smuggle the good in successfully gets to claim those cards, offering a big cash bonus.

Similarly, there are also special orders, which are bonus cards but with both legal and illegal goods displayed – smuggling both displayed goods in the same bag gets the card and reward.

The eponymous gameplay variant, Merry Men, adds in characters from Robin Hood’s gang, who can be smuggled to unlock their special abilities.

Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men should be out this August from Arcane Wonders.

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Getting a Facelift and Re-Release

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April 10th, 2017

Ten fully revised cases for the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective line from Space Cowboys will soon be available with the newest standalone box, The Thames Murders and Other Cases.

Like the previously released Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures, The Thames Murders and Other Cases offers ten thrilling cases, each one drawing you into the mystery surrounding a deadly crime in the world of Sherlock Holmes. Whether you’re playing alone or with up to eight players, you’ll need everyone’s wits to solve the case.

The Thames Murders & Other Cases will be popped in a new drawer box to match the other Sherlock releases from Asmodee: revamped Consulting Detective sequel Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures and the more conventional board game Watson & Holmes.

It’s worth mentioning that the ten cases in Thames Murders aren’t new mysteries – they’re the original stories found in Ystari’s edition of the 1982 Spiel des Jahres winner, but retranslated and polished to buff out some of the errors and language issues that had affected the game. Apparently this even means that some of the cases’ ‘contents and solutions’ have changed, but we obviously don’t know much more than that thanks to the risk of spoilers.

Otherwise, the box includes freshened-up versions of the iconic London map, case books and The Times newspapers.

The exhaustively-titled Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective – The Thames Murders & Other Cases will be out in the third quarter of 2017.

Breaking Games Enters Barnes & Noble Retail Chain!

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April 9th, 2017

Breaking Games keeps on racking up the retail shelf space, this time scoring a deal with Barnes & Noble. Starting today, 650 B&N stores across the nation will have Game of 49, Game of Phones, Boomtown Bandits, Keep Calm, and MoonQuake Escape on their shelves.

While we may be living in the golden age of technology, when people come home from work and school, they crave human interaction. That’s why the board game market has risen for seven consecutive years to become a billion-dollar industry,” said Shari Spiro, CEO of Breaking Games. “Breaking Games produces tabletop games that are highly engaging, interactive and entertaining. We couldn’t think of a better like-minded partner than Barnes & Noble to help us share the joy of board gaming with five of our most popular titles. There is something for everyone!

Uwe Rosenberg’s Glass Road to Return This Summer to the US Market

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April 8th, 2017

Glass Road from designer Uwe Rosenberg is returning to the US market early this summer thanks to Mayfair Games picking up the licence!!

Glass Road puts the players in the role of medieval glass-makers and celebrates the tradition of Bavarian glasswork. Make the best uses of your resources and specialists to win the game!
This is a medieval economic game for 1-4 players, ages 12+.

Glass Road is a game that commemorates the 700-year-old tradition of glass-making in the Bavarian Forest. (Today the Glass Road is a route through the Bavarian Forest that takes visitors to many of the old glass houses and museums of that region.) You must skillfully manage your glass and brick production in order to build the right structures that help you to keep your business flowing. Cut the forest to keep the fires burning in the ovens, and spread and remove ponds, pits and groves to supply yourself with the items you need. Fifteen specialists are there at your side to carry out your orders…

The game consists of four building periods. Each player has an identical set of fifteen specialist cards, and each specialist comes with two abilities. At the beginning of each building period, each player needs to choose a hand of five specialists. If he then plays a specialist that no other player has remaining in his hand, he may use both abilities of that card; if two or more players play the same specialist, each of them may use only one of the two abilities. Exploiting the abilities of the specialists lets you collect resources, lay out new landscape tiles (e.g., ponds and pits), and build a variety of buildings. There are three types of buildings:

  1. Processing buildings
  2. Immediate buildings with a one-time effect
  3. Buildings that provide bonus points at the end of the game for various accomplishments

Mastering the balance of knowing the best specialist card to play and being flexible about when you play it – together with assembling a clever combination of buildings – is the key to this game.

Jabba’s Palace Skirmish Map for Imperial Assault

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April 8th, 2017

As the Jabba’s Palace Skirmish Map enters the tournament rotation for Imperial Assault, there’s no better way for you to experience these battles than with this neoprene playmat.

Measuring 26” by 26”, this play mat portrays the tangled corridors, Jabba’s throne room, and the rancor pit printed directly onto the mat, ensuring that your setup will never take more than a few moments.

Once your match begins, you’ll soon find that the spacious borders around the map give you plenty of room to place your Deployment cards, Command deck, and tokens, while keeping them out of the way of the action. The Jabba’s Palace Skirmish Map even includes extra copies of the Skirmish cards for this map’s missions, providing you with a quick and easy reference to objectives, special rules, and setup zones.

CMoN Announces Zombicide: Green Horde!

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April 8th, 2017

Zombicide has been dethroned as the biggest CMON campaign, but soon it will have a chance to retake its crown.

We hope you will join us again for our next Kickstarter campaign, coming at the end of May: Zombicide: Green Horde! This sequel to the smash hit Zombicide: Black Plague, will bring players back into a world of deadly medieval fantasy, this time filled with infected orcs and goblins who will put survivors to the ultimate test. This green menace is not only stronger than their human counterparts, but they also tend to gather into massive hordes that ambush the survivors when they least expect it. Uncover the many surprises the Green Horde has in store for you!