Tag Archives: board games
March 28th, 2017
Prepare to dispatch your Beefeaters, collect ravens, and fight for control in WizKids’s upcoming board game offering, Tower of London.
Designed by Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer, Tower of London lets players use their influence to occupy buildings and gather ravens all in an effort to control the tower and win!
In Tower of London, on each turn, players play two cards: the first card determines which building their Beefeater (guard) goes into, and the second card has a special power that triggers from the perspective of the Beefeater just placed.
At the end of a round, certain areas of the tower are scored based on who controls the majority of buildings by having the most Beefeaters in each. The game is over at the end of three rounds or when a player collects 7 ravens, in which case the game ends immediately.
Releasing in April, Tower of London is designed for 3-5 players and is available for pre-order at your friendly local game store for $24.99 USD.
March 27th, 2017
Calliope Games has launched a Kickstarter Campaign for their new game, Dicey Peaks.
Dicey Peaks is a thrilling tile and dice game for 2-6 players, created by acclaimed designer Scott Almes (the Tiny Epic series, Harbour). Racing to the fabled flag atop Yeti Mountain, players take turns rolling dice and skillfully choosing whether to climb or rest. As you advance, you’ll reveal tiles that can help or hinder your progress. Avoid avalanches and watch out for the Yetis… for when they attack, you might lose more than just your turn! If you crave adventure, suspense, and danger, then scale your way to the top of Dicey Peaks!
March 27th, 2017
Sharpen your mind, for the dark mysteries that once stood before the great Sherlock Holmes are now yours to solve.
In Watson & Holmes, two to seven players are presented with one of thirteen cases, each accompanied by a series of questions. Players must travel from location to location in order to obtain clues and information, competing to reach the most coveted destinations first and sabotaging their opponents along the way. Once a player feels they have successfully uncovered the truth, they may approach Watson and Holmes with their conclusion. If their answers are correct, they win the game, but if they miss the mark, the other investigators must continue the search until the case is solved.
Each of the thirteen cases included in Watson & Holmes provides the competing detectives with a collection of initial clues and information. The front of each case booklet indicates a card layout, forming the game board, while the back provides a short narrative, describing how the dynamic duo came to investigate the case and what little information they initially had to work with. Varying in difficulty, the amount of time and attention to detail required will be different on each case. With new and different locations to visit each and every time, none of the investigators will begin with any kind of advantage when tackling a new case.
March 22nd, 2017
At 16:00 GMT on Tuesday 28th March, The City of Games will launch their latest board game on Kickstarter: The City of Kings.
The City of Kings is a 1 – 4 player cooperative fantasy adventure featuring tactical (deterministic) combat against procedurally generated creatures, resource gathering, trading, role playing side quests, exploration and full character customisation.
Set in The City of Kings universe, you will play through a series of 7 stories as you are introduced to the world, and find yourself at the centre of the War of Cloud Keep. Whether you want to charge into the battle, defend your party, care for the wounded, or build out infrastructure far from the battle, you can tailor your role to your own style of play. Whilst you try to survive against the devastating creatures of Vesh, where you must use the environment and work together to find ways to overcome the creatures’ terrifying abilities.
March 21, 2017
Deception and Negotiation are your greatest tools. Complete your mission, no matter the costs.
Plaid Hat Games introduces Crossfire, a game in the world of Specter Ops, coming to your FLGS this summer.
Emerson Matsuuchi has partnered with Plaid Hat Games again to take players back into the dystopian struggle between Raxxon and A.R.K. This time, players will be competitng in two teams to either protect or assassinate a Raxxon VIP, while trying to determine if other players at the table are really who they claim to be, all while the clock is ticking.
In Crossfire, players will use deduction, negotiation, and the limited information at their disposal to determine who the VIP is. The agents have been tasked with defending the VIP from hostile attacks, while the Assassins try to ensure that the VIP doesn’t make it to their destination. To complicate things further, Bystanders are also present near the VIP, making it even harder for Agents and Assassins to know who the real threats are.
After 3 minutes, each player must make a call and aim their weapon. After all the shots are fired, if the VIP is still standing, the Agents win. If the VIP has been eliminated, the Assassins claim victory. Be careful, though. Any player who shot a Bystander by accident automatically loses the game. Additionally, other roles might have their own unique victory conditions, meaning you can never be sure of who’s really on your side.
There are many roles that can be added to each game for a more varied experience, as well as other game modes which we’ll explore in future articles. Crossfire will be available for purchase from retailers and our own web store this summer. Be sure to check back soon for more information! The clock is ticking, and Intel is limited. Complete your mission.
March 20th, 2017
It was an ambush. That’s the only way to describe it. The mother ship appeared out of nowhere, creating a massive shadow over the city. Within seconds, wave after wave of fighters poured out of it, filling the sky.
We’re launching the ships we have ready, but it isn’t much. Our pilots fight bravely, defending the planet, while we ready the rest of the fleet. Explosions fill the sky, and we’ve taken some hits, but we won’t give up. Will you?
Flip Ships is a cooperative dexterity game for 1-4 players being published by Renegade Game Studios where players take on the roles of brave pilots defending their planet from an onslaught of firepower. Flip your ships to take out the encroaching enemies, and to take down the powerful mother ship before it’s too late.
March 19th, 2017
Wu Wei from Grey Wolf Games launches on Kickstarter tomorrow!
Wu Wei has been in development for over 6 years and has gone through rigorous play testing including three years at Indy GEN CON in the First Exposure Play Test Hall and 1 year at Dallas BGGCon in the Unpub room.
In this tabletop adventure, martial arts masters secretly train students to become lineage holders while an ambitious new emperor tries to unify his people under one banner. Deeply rooted in Chinese philosophy and martial arts strategy, this game carries with it the concepts of yin and yang, the four seasons, chi (energy), and the eight directions.
Lead your student on a journey to receive training from kung fu masters across the land, gaining animal cards that represent your student’s skills. Once your student has all five animal cards, bring your student and master back to the center tile to pass on your martial arts lineage to the next generation.
Beware the emperor, who will try to clear paths for his generals to conquer the four corners of the earth. If the emperor secures towers in the four corners of the board before you secure your lineage, only his lineage will prevail.
March 16, 2017
Get Off My Land! is a game of “Close Quarters Farming” by First Fish Games, where farmers compete for limited space and resources. The game takes place over the course of one year as you expand your farm from a humble farmhouse and build it up to generate enough money to proclaim yourself the most successful farmer!
Each farmhouse starts the game surrounded by forest. The first step is to clear the forest, providing land to expand your farm and wood to build fences. By fencing off cleared land you create areas to grow crops or raise animals.
Plant Crops, Raise Animals, Borrow from your Neighbour, become successful!