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Stonemaier Games Announces My Little Scythe

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May 9, 2018

My Little Scythe is a competitive, family-friendly game designed by Hoby Chou and his daughter Vienna, in which each player controls 2 animal miniatures embarking upon an adventure in the Kingdom of Pomme.

In an effort to be the first to earn 4 trophies from 8 possible categories, players take turns choosing to Move, Seek, or Make. These actions will allow players to increase their friendship and pies, power up their actions using upgrade tiles, complete quests, learn magic spells, discover precious resources through an innovative dice mechanism, deliver gems and apples to Castle Everfree, and perhaps even engage in a pie fight.

Some of My Little Scythe’s mechanisms are inspired by the bestselling game, Scythe. It caught the eye of Stonemaier Games as a fan-created print-and-play game in 2017 (it went on to win the BoardGameGeek 2017 award for best print-and-play game).

Release Details

  • Pre-orders are available for a limited time from Stonemaier Games
  • Pre-release available at Gen Con and Gen Can’t events
  • Retail release on August 17, 2018 (MSRP: $50; SKU: STM800)
  • Available in several non-English languages later in 2018

August Release set for Wendake from Renegade Games

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May 8, 2018

Renegade Games has announced the August release of Wendake.

“Wendake” is the name that the Wyandot People use for their traditional territory. This population, also known as the Huron Nation, lived in the Great Lakes region together with the Iroquois, Shawnee, Potomac, Seneca, and many others. In this game, you explore the traditions and everyday life of these tribes during the 1756-1763 period when the Seven Years War between the French and the English took place in these territories.

But this white man’s war is really only a marginal aspect of the game; the focus is on life in the Native villages, fields, and forests. In this game, you won’t find the traditional teepees since those were used by southwestern tribes who moved their camps to follow the herds of buffalo. The Natives of the Great Lakes were sedentary, living in long houses. The women farmed beans, corn, and pumpkins, while men hunted beavers in the forests, mainly to sell their pelts as leather.

In the game Wendake, you are placed in the shoes of a chief of a Native American tribe. You have to manage all of the most important aspects of their lives, earning points on the economic, military, ritual, and mask tracks.

The core of the game is the action selection mechanism: You have the opportunity to choose better and better actions over seven game rounds, and the winner will be the player who can find the best combinations of actions and use them to lead their tribe to prosperity.

Hellboy: The Board Game on Kickstarter from Mantic Games

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May 2, 2018

Inspired by the legendary tales of horror, myth and folklore by Mike Mignola, Hellboy: The Board Game is a fully cooperative experience for 1 to 4 players. You become a member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence (BPRD), ready to investigate occult threats that threaten our very existence. You will explore gothic locations, hunt down clues, discover artefacts, fight horrific creatures and face off against terrifying bosses.

Designed by James M. Hewitt – the brains behind the likes of DreadBall, Blood Bowl 2016, Necromunda: Underhive, and Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower – Hellboy: The Board Game features incredibly detailed, pre-assembled PVC plastic miniatures that capture the unique look and feel of Mike Mignola’s visionary work.

Late Pledges Open for Into the Black: Boarding Party

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April 17, 2018

Did you miss out on backing Into the Black: Boarding Party on Kickstarter?
Never fear! We have opened up Late Backing through Pledgemanager!

Preorder your copy of Into the Black: Boarding party and the two expansions, “Increased Crew (5-6 Player Expansion)” and “EPIC Encounters” for the same Kickstarter backer bargain price only until June 29th. Once we hit that go-go button with our manufacturer this deal will disappear!

Into the Black: Boarding Party is a 1-4 player (5-6 with Expansion) semi-cooperative Space Pirate “dungeon” crawl with a traitor element that was successfully funded through Kickstarter on March 30th by 426 enthusiastic backers!

Board an enemy star ship, loot and plunder, complete your objectives and survive!
Take on the role a fierce band of space pirates who have boarded an enemy vessel, set on accomplishing your mission while each pirate also has their own secret goal to fulfill.

Explore and loot the vessel of its bounty, fend off a seemingly unending wave of enemy defenders and encounter a potentially lethal series of events around every corner; All this while keeping morale high as the clock ticks down to your potential capture.

Be wary of the possible traitor lurking among you, out for personal glory at the expense of the rest of the crew!

Will you make it off the ship with all of your goals accomplished and your crew intact? Find out in Into the Black: Boarding Party!

Quick Player Turns – With 2 actions per turn it will be your turn again in no time!
Re-playable – 10+ player boards,14 personal goals, 7 primary missions and a completely modular game board mean no two games are likely to be quite the same!
Semi Cooperative – Players must work together to complete the primary mission while also dealing with their own personal goal, complete with the possibility of a traitor in your midst!
No Player Elimination – Everyone is in the game to the end!
Solo Play Integrated – With a complete enemy AI system, Into the Black: Boarding Party is fully playable solo, by design!

Small Star Empires 2nd Edition on Kickstarter Now

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April 16, 2018

Already well over funding and 3 weeks left to go, Archona Games is crowdfunding the 2nd edition of their popular Small Star Empires PLUS 2 Expansions!

Small Star Empires is highly engaging, easy to learn, and quick to play area control game for 2-4 players. In this game, players colonize the galaxy using their ships, which they will move on a modular board, allowing for a different map and different experience each time you play the game.

The rules are simple: Each turn a player has to move one of his ships in a straight line, as many spaces (star systems) as he wants but he cannot go over systems controlled by other players. After his move, he has to place a Colony or Trade Station on that system, thus gaining control over that system for until the end of the game, for which he will get an amount of points. When all of the players placed their Colonies and Trade Stations, the game ends and points are calculated. The player with the most points is the winner!

With these extremely simple rules, players will get into the game from the very start and they will immediately immerse in the depths of the tactical and strategic choices they will need to make, in order to score more efficiently at the end of the game.

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Last One Standing Coming Soon

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April 15, 2018

Last One Standing is coming to Kickstarter May 1st, 2018.

In Last One Standing – The Battle Royale Board Game up to 8 players find themselves on an ever-shrinking map where they must move, loot and shoot their way to be the last one standing.

In the year 2025, a new reality television event has seized international attention called, Last One Standing. Participants from around the world compete for the title of world champion in this ultimate life or death battle. The competitors are parachuted onto an island where they will explore, loot, fight and kill for their own survival. Anyone can play, but in the end, only one can remain. Will you be the last one standing?

If you’re more of a team player, partner up and play the game in duos mode.

Whatever the case may be, Last One Standing is your chance to experience the thrill of battle royale around the table.

Renegade Game Studios Taking Preorders for Junk Orbit

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April 14, 2018

Junk Orbit from Renegade Game Studios is available for pre-order now on their website. Set to release in June.

Space. The final junkyard. Good thing one planet’s trash is another planet’s treasure! You’re a captain of your own scavenging spaceship, picking up space junk and transporting it to any city that will take it. Launch your junk… uh… *cargo* out of your airlock to propel your ship!  Race to deliver your cargo as you navigate the orbits of nearby planets and moons!  It’s astrodynamics for fun and profit!

Features:

  •  Captain your own salvage spaceship to collect Junk!
  •  Carefully navigate your ship using the gravitational pull of the planets!
  •  Deliver your cargo to collect profit!

2-5 players, ages 10+, plays in 30-40 minutes
MSRP: $35.00

Z-Man Games Taking Preorders for Taj Mahal

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April 14, 2018

Travel back to India at the height of the Mogul Empire, and join the Grand Mogul as he tours across the twelve provinces. Compete for the Grand Mogul’s approval, the loyalty of his advisors, and the wealth of the provinces. The court is yours to influence, and the future of India is within your grasp. You can now Pre-order your copy of Taj Mahal from Z-Man Games.

India has progressed and prospered, but that wealth could collapse at any moment. Instability and unrest plague the courts with petty concerns tearing the people apart. The Grand Mogul desperately seeks new leaders to carry India into a new age. Play your cards right and seize the opportunity to win the Grand Mogul’s favor as he tours across the beautiful provinces of India.

But beware! You aren’t the only one competing to seize power. As you travel with the Grand Mogul to the many beautiful provinces of India, keep an eye on your opponents. Pick your battles carefully and strategically time your withdrawal to claim your influence of particular members of court or save your cards for future confrontations.

Some provinces are richer opportunities than others, with bonus tokens and desirable commodities. You don’t want to be left without the means to influence the court at a more desirable new province. Strategically saving your influence cards could lead to victory in the best provinces.

A carefully placed word or the right gesture and the members of court will be at your feet. While touring each province, you must carefully spread your influence to master the dance of intrigue and defeat your opponents who are also seeking the court’s favor.

To influence the court, select a card from your hand and place it faceup in front of you. You may start ambitiously, playing a card with the Grand Mogul’s symbol on it to draw out other player’s cards. The next player can choose to spread their influence to the Grand Mogul as well, matching your influence, or they can play a card with a different symbol, going after other members of court or control of the province itself.

You must continue to spread your influence with cards that have the same background color. A yellow card can’t be played once you have started your influence with red, for example. Once you have spread as much influence as you can or as much as you choose to, you withdraw. For each member of the court you have influenced more than your opponents, you claim the corresponding tokens.

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