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Long ago, in a remote village at the edge of the kingdom, lived a Troll. This Troll roamed the streets demanding a toll from any traveller he met; if they refused to pay, he would steal their trousers.One day the Troll stopped a merchant travelling along the road. As usual, he demanded the merchant pay the toll in order to pass undisturbed otherwise he would steal his trousers. The merchant, who was very cunning, made the Troll a proposal…Welcome to Trade & Troll!
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
April 17th, 2017
A.E.G.I.S. Combining Robot Strategy Game is a tabletop tactics game from Zephyr Games where players use teams of five combining robots to face off against each other in combat. Your squad of robots share energy and fight as one united front, and engage in intuitive dice-based combat. Combine your smaller robots into bigger more powerful ones to change the tide of battle! There are over 80 different robots in five different Classes (Assault, Evasive, Guard, Intel, Support), and finding the right strategy and combos are the keys to victory! It’s designed to be more accessible than your average tactics game, with the same huge depth of strategy. Quick to play, easy to learn and with infinite possibilities, newcomers to the strategy game scene and wargaming veterans alike love this game, and you will too! It’s Pokemon meets Power Rangers meets Advance Wars!
The game is launching with one box and it will contain OVER 80 robots for tons of team building and combining action! 2-4 players is available right out of the box, for the Kickstarter price of $50.
UPDATE: A.E.G.I.S. Combining Robot Strategy Games’ Kickstarter is delayed a couple of weeks! Check back for more details on when they relaunch.
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.
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.
April 9th, 2017
Ares games has announced a series of changes to their popular World War 2 game Wings of Glory, including a new Starter Set and a new format of airplane releases: Squadron Packs.
Battle of Britain Star Set
The Battle of Britain Starter Set will be a new entry point for the Wings of Glory game. The set will include four pre-painted ready-to-play models, rulebook, scenario book, counter, rulers and console boards. Axis and Allies will square off with the four planes included in the set: two versions of the Supekrmarine Spitfire MK.I and two versions of the Messerschmitt Bf.109 fighter.
WW2 Squadron Packs
Along with a new starter set comes a new way to expand the game. WW2 Squadron Packs will each feature one ready-to-play pre-painted model and a decal sheet to mark the plane from any of a series of famous squadrons. Each pack will also include a base with game stats, altitude stands and a deck of game cards.
The first wave of Squadron Packs will be:
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I (610 Squadron)
- Messerschimitt Bf.109 E-3 (Jagdgeschwader 2)
- Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (303 Polish Squadron)
- Junkers Ju.87 B-2 “Stuka” (Sturzkampfgeschwader 77)
The new Wings of Glory Starter Set and Squadron Packs are expected to release in the second quarter this year (Q2 2017).
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!”
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:
- Processing buildings
- Immediate buildings with a one-time effect
- 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.