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River Horse Launches The Hunger Games: Mockingjay The Board Game Kickstarter

Oct 6, 2018

Riverhorse has launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Hunger Games: MockingJay the Board Game!

Panem is in revolt. After Katniss escaped from the quarter quell to the mysterious District 13, she joined an all-out rebellion. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – The Board Game is a strategic board game where two to four players must employ all their wits in order to free or control Panem.

At first glance, the Capitol seems to have the upper hand with larger resources and the support of most of the districts. As the resistance spreads, the Capitol will find that their iron fist can only crush one assault at a time. This forces them to choose the most important targets and make tactical decisions in order to break through to the heart of the resistance, District 13, before the rebellion overwhelms the entirety of Panem.

Each round, the districts that are not uprising give the Capitol power and the Capitol will move its forces to shore up the districts or prepare an offensive against District 13. The Resistance can spring up anywhere and must choose between spreading thin to sow rebellion or staying safe in larger numbers.

Each player has control of Mission or Operation cards which are played into districts to bolster defenses, add rebellion or even move units out of an unfavorable situation. These actions are not guaranteed success however and your heroes must be placed wisely to give your side the upper hand. Will you focus on your own agenda or try to disrupt your foe?

Combat in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – The Board Game is quick, the resistance make their rolls and the remaining Capitol units fight back meaning that districts can have a mix of Capitol and Resistance forces by the end of a turn.

Finally, the districts have rebellion tokens added to them or taken away depending on the forces and effects in play. The more rebellion tokens a district has the higher the chances of its uprising. If enough Districts join the Resistance they win the game!

Brains! Launches from Jellybean Games

Sept 24, 2018

Jellybean Games has launched their kickstarter campaign for Brains!, a zombie-themed card game for all ages.

Brains! is the third game in the Treasure Hunters series; a set of games that can all stand alone, or be shuffled together. The first game – Scuttle! – was pirate-themed, and made more than $87,000 on Kickstarter in 2016. The follow-up – Ninjitsu! – featured ninjas and cute woodland animals, and earned over $120,000 at the end of last year.

From the designer of Dracula’s Feast and The Lady and the Tiger, ?with stunning art provided by Kelly Jo (Hidden Panda), the game introduces a novel ‘graveyard-building’ mechanic. Cards can have a special effect when discarded from your hand or from your collection; the timing of discards can be a powerful tool, and a key to victory.

“Kelly Jo has done such a great job with the art of Brains!,” said designer Peter C. Hayward. “It fits perfectly with the gorgeous, watercolors of the previous games, while bringing its own unique energy. Perfect for families!”

As with all Jellybean Games, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Each turn, players either draw two cards, play a card from their hand, or bury the top card of the deck and move it straight to the top of their graveyard. Cards can be played either for their ability, or as a treasure. The first player to have twenty-one points of treasure in front of them is the winner. An expansion is to be released alongside the game: Burial! adds fifteen unique cards and an additional suit to the deck, allowing it to serve as a set of playing cards. The new cards play heavily on the graveyard building aspects of Brains!, and ensure that every game is unique.

Brains! is for 2 to 5 players aged 8+, and is currently on Kickstarter. A retailer pledge level is available.

A free print-and-play version of the game is available on the publisher’s website,

Galactic Scoundrels Sci-Fi Western Storytelling Game On Kickstarter

July 1, 2018

Galactic Scoundrels is a game made by and for people who love science fiction stories from the morally questionable end of the galaxy.

From Firefly to Cowboy Bebop to Star Wars to Rick and Morty, the game has a trope for just about every scoundrel story out there, but it tilts toward the space western genre more than most.

You have one goal in the game: to become the richest swindler in the galaxy, while telling some beautiful stories along the way. You’ll attempt this by agreeing to some not-very-nice jobs. Whether it’s an assassination, a kidnapping, or just an old-fashioned smuggling run, everyone playing tells the tale of each job one event at a time. Every action taken, every roll of the dice, every card played advances the story, complicating the adventure of the scoundrel who’s trying to make it to payday. Adventures can be serious or silly, tame or wild, absurd or plausible, whatever the players in your game decide. Along the way, the game will have you gambling, bluffing, negotiating, and occasionally tricking other players for a bit of extra profit.

It’s a wild, woolly mess of a galaxy out there, and it’s filled with stories. See if you have what it takes to survive them in Galactic Scoundrels from Little Rock Games.

Hidden Panda Comes to Kickstarter from Jellybean Games

June 12, 2018

The world’s cutest social deduction game has arrived on Kickstarter, with Jellybean Games launching the campaign for Hidden Panda, a hidden roles game for 5-8 players of all ages.

“I love social deduction games, but they always have such dark themes.”
said the designer, Peter C. Hayward. “Dystopian governments, witch hunts,
the criminal underworld… I wanted to make a game that you could play with
your kids, or anyone who enjoys a more upbeat theme. There’s no
werewolves or murder in this game; it’s about collecting baby pandas, and
Grandma handing out tea.”

From the designer of Dracula’s Feast and The Lady and the Tiger, ?with stunning art provided by Kelly Jo (Scuttle!, Ninjitsu), the bright colors and light-hearted theme breathe fresh air into the typically-gloomy genre.

“We told Kelly we wanted to break records in cute. As soon as she got to
work, we knew we’d made the right choice. My favorite piece of art in the
game is the ‘5 baby pandas’ token, which shows them lolling about in a
panda cuddle puddle. It’s impossible not to fall in love with it.”

As with all Jellybean Games, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Everyone is randomly given a role: If you’re a Panda, Keeper, or Grandma, you’re on the Panda Team. If you’re a Bandit, you’re on the Bandit Team. Only some players on the Panda team know who’s on their team, while each Bandit only knows their own role. Grandma plays face-up for the entire game; her role is to try to get baby pandas to her fellow teammates without giving their roles away. This unique addition to social deduction makes it perfect for family play – the Grandma role can be given to an adult to help guide younger players.

On their turn, each player hands out 3 baby pandas to other players. Then, they give one other player a piece of bamboo. When a player has 3 pieces of bamboo in front of them, everyone votes
on whether or not they should be netted. Netted players have their baby pandas taken away. If all the Pandas are ever netted, the Bandit team immediately wins. Otherwise, once everyone has
taken two turns, the team with the most baby pandas wins!

The game contains 8 role cards, 45 baby panda tokens, 16 bamboo tokens, 6 net tokens, and 1 cup of tea token. Kickstarter backers will get a free, exclusive set of wooden baby panda tokens.

A free print-and-play version of the game is available on the publisher’s website,

Crusader Kings The Boardgame Launched on Kickstarter

May 28, 2018

Brace yourself, the backstabbing and intrigue of medieval Europe is being brought to life in the real world. Sort of. This morning at PDXCON, Free League Publishing and Paradox Interactive announced a kickstarter to bring the best-selling and award-winning game Crusader Kings to life as a tabletop board game.

Crusader Kings The Boardgame will capture the strategy of the game and wreak havoc in homes all over the world as it is moved from the computer onwards to the tabletop. Let the people rejoice*!

The boardgame is created by Free League Publishing, the development team behind the award-winning tabletop RPGs Tales from the Loop, Coriolis – The Third Horizon and Mutant: Year Zero.

In this medieval strategy soap opera, your King or Queen will need to survive invasions, plots, crusades, and even marriage. Or at least have children, siblings or spouses standing by to take over the throne. Failure to raise a suitable heir could face you with the end of your dynasty. Oh dear!

As a ruler, you need to be shrewd in the realm of diplomacy and intrigue and make and break alliances with others. Grow your wealth and military power, build and develop your dominion, while at the same time fulfill your duty to partake in the crusades to the Holy Land. All the while experiencing events of the strange and dangerous life of a medieval ruler. While at the same time matchmaking your family tree in order to groom your dynasty’s traits over the generations.

Crusader Kings The Board Game on Kickstarter offers a banquet of information for all you Kings and Queens that seeks to gain wisdom about the gameplay and the core game mechanics


Villagers Launches on Kickstarter from Sinister Fish Games

May 15, 2018

Following up on the success of the Removable Sticker Set for Gloomhaven, Sinister Fish Games is very happy to announce its next game: Villagers, by designer and illustrator Haakon Gaarder. Villagers launches on Kickstarter on May 15th.

A game of card drafting and village building for 1-5 players, Villagers is a light to medium-weight Euro style card game that feels like it should come in a much bigger box.

Players are charged with building a village from scratch, populating it from a limited and changing selection of 55 different villagers, many of whom rely on others for their tools and raw materials. New villagers are drafted from a central “road” area, which also acts as a timer for the game. With no single winning strategy, the game rewards careful drafting and the balancing of food production, building capacity, and earning potential.

Villagers includes an intriguing solo mode, in which the player faces off against an AI opponent; the dreaded Countess, who seeks to restore her former glory at any cost. The early rounds take place in Summer, but fair weather does little to lull the fury of the Countess. And when Winter comes, she really loses her temper.

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The Villagers Kickstarter campaign, launching Tuesday May 15th, will aim not only to raise the funds needed to manufacture the game, but also to expand it. Several modular mini-expansions are planned for the campaign stretch goals, including new villager cards and new ways to score. Any unlocked stretch goal content will be included for backers of the game at no extra cost, and will be available for purchase seperately after the campaign ends.

Additionally, Kickstarter backers will have the opportunity to pledge for a heavily discounted set of 107 wooden coins in a funky magnetic treasure chest, designed to replace the cardboard coins included in the game. The coins will come in six denominations all of different size, and will be available separately both during and after the campaign.

  • Number of players: 1-5
  • Playtime: 15 minutes per player
  • Mechanisms: card drafting, tableau building, set collection, engine building, hand management.
  • Weight / complexity: medium
  • Designer & Illustrator: Haakon Gaarder
  • Publisher: Sinister Fish Games
  • Release Date: May 15th, 2018 (Kickstarter)
  • Contents: 131 villager cards, 107 coins, 2 market cards, 5 player aides, 5 village cards, 21 solo mode cards, 1 first player card and 1 rules booklet.
  • Optional extra: 107 wooden coins in a magnetically fastened cardboard treasure chest.

DIG 2nd Edition and DIG: Dragon! on Kickstarter for One More Week!

May 13, 2018

DIG and its expansion DIG: DRAGON! were designed with the following principles: simple mechanics, a mix of strategy and push-your-luck, an adventurous fantasy RPG atmosphere and a retro look from the golden age of console gaming.

The game has received positive reviews all around the world. While easy to learn, DIG and DIG:DRAGON! will challenge you to take some risks in order to enjoy them to the fullest. Whether you choose to dig carefully, alone or surround yourself with mighty Companions, the game will always feel different each time you play it.

A week left to get in on this revised edition of DIG and it’s expansion!

Hellboy: The Board Game on Kickstarter from Mantic Games

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.