PRESS RELEASE: Palm Trees is coming from WizKids

PRESS RELEASE: Palm Trees is coming from WizKids

Flaunt Your Fronds in Palm Trees—Coming Soon!

Hillside, NJ – March 19, 2019 – WizKids is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Palm Trees, its new dexterity game of lush leaves and fabulous fronds!


In this dexterity game of quite literal “hand management,” players compete to grow the most verdant trees on a tropical island. To start, players will place their elbows on the table, arms straight up, forming the trunk of their palm tree.  Each player holds a number of cards, representing fronds and coconuts, in their hand. Each card indicates the way in which the player must add it to their hand. Frond cards are simpler, while coconut cards tend to have more difficult rules players must follow.

Each turn, a player will select one of three available cards on the table to have an opponent add to their tree. Each card has a rule on how it must be held: frond cards are simpler, while coconut cards have more difficult rules. Some cards require a player to hold them between two specific fingers, or potentially between their fingers and their palm. When a card is added to a player’s palm tree, they must continue to follow the rules indicated on all the other cards in their hand. Breaking any of these rules would be considered dropping a card, which ends the game.

If the game ends with a dropped card, the player who dropped the card will not score any points for that game. The game also ends when all cards have been placed in all trees. When the game ends, players add up the points on each of the cards in their respective hands, and the player with the most points wins!

The game can also be played teams of two, with one player acting as the tree while the other adds the fronds and coconuts. In this alternate way of playing, each team simultaneously builds their tree instead of taking turns. The game ends as normal. For extra fun, 6 tree trunk tattoo sleeves have been included with the game—these can be worn by players for extra immersion into the mind of an island tree. Palm Trees will release in June 2019, so be sure to preorder at your Friendly Local Game Store or online today!

Renegade Game Studios Partners with Funtails to bring Glen More II: Chronicles to Enthusiasts Worldwide

Renegade Game Studios Partners with Funtails to bring Glen More II: Chronicles to Enthusiasts Worldwide

San Diego, CA (March 13th, 2019) —In partnership with German publisher, Funtails, Renegade Game Studios is excited to announce that the upcoming Glen More II: Chronicles, will be available in English worldwide. Renegade Game Studios, a premier board game publisher, works closely with an extensive network of distributors and retailers that can help Glen More II: Chronicles reach fans across the globe. It is expected to go to print later this year. 

In Glen More II: Chronicles, each player represents the leader of a Scottish clan from the early medieval ages until the 19th century, a leader looking to expand their territory and wealth. The success of your clan depends on your ability to make the right decision at the right time, be it by creating a new pasture for your livestock, growing barley for whisky production, selling your goods on the various markets, or gaining control of special landmarks such as lochs and castles.

Glen More II: Chronicles is a sequel to Glen More, expanding the gameplay substantially compared to the original game.


Features:

  • Lead your clan while expanding your territory and increasing your wealth in the Scottish Highlands
  • Create pasture for your livestock, grow barley, sell goods, and gain control of landmarks!
  • Includes eight expansions that are freely combined to add new gameplay to the base game.
  • Carefully crafted for 2-4 leaders ages 12+ to conquer in 90-120 min.

From the Media: 
Glen More II: Chronicles delivers a great new twist on the classic game.  There are some really smart tweaks to the gameplay as well as plenty of new additions to make this one a must own game for both new gamers and fans of the original.”
Jeremy D Salinas, Man Vs Meeple
 
“The original Glen More out of the gate already has tooooons of replayability even if you see the same tiles every time just based on the order they came out in but that combined with these Chronicles just puts it through the roof! It’s absolutely amazing.”
Richard Ham, Rahdo Runs Through

Glen More II: Chronicles will hit shelves late 2019.  Make sure to join the Renegade Society and be the first to find out more about Glen More II: Chronicles later this year! 

PRESS RELEASE: Renegade Game Studios and Oni Press to release The Aquicorn Cove Board Game

PRESS RELEASE: Renegade Game Studios and Oni Press to release The Aquicorn Cove Board Game

San Diego, CA (March 11th, 2019) —Renegade Game Studios and Oni Press are proud to announce The Aquicorn Cove Board Game designed by Steve EllisTyler Tinsley, Ben Eisner, and Tim Eisner.  Adapted from the Oni Press original graphic novel by Katie O’Neill, The Aquicorn Cove Board Game will encourage players to dive into an underwater conservation adventure. This delightful board game is expected to release in late 2019. 

From the Eisner Award-winning author of The Tea Dragon Society and Princess Princess Ever After comes Aquicorn Cove, a heartfelt story about learning to be a guardian to yourself and those you love.

When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a big storm, Lana remembers how much she’s missed the ocean—and the strong, reassuring presence of her aunt. As Lana explores the familiar beach, she discovers something incredible: a colony of Aquicorns, small magical seahorse-like creatures that live in the coral reef. Lana rescues an injured Aquicorn and cares for it with the help of her aunt, who may know more about these strange creatures than she’s willing to admit. But when a second storm threatens to reach the town, choices made many years ago about how to coexist with the sea start to rise to the surface. Lana realizes she will need to find the strength to stand on her own, even when it means standing up to the people who she has always relied on to protect her.


Aquicorn Cove is a cooperative game for 2-4 players. In the game, players take on the roles of members of a small fishing village struggling to survive while maintaining a balance with the natural world. To win, the villagers must feed and grow their village, and help restore the health of the reef and aquatic ecosystem. The villagers are fortunate, though, and the waters of their cove are home to the beautiful and benevolent Aquicorns, as well as the wondrous reef guardian Aure, who can help them both to understand the impact humans are having on the environment, and to save the village.   
“As a graphic novel, I wanted Aquicorn Cove to encourage kids to engage with concepts of marine conservation, and make grown-up choices to protect the environment they’re going to inherit,”  said Katie O’Neill, author of the Oni Press graphic novel. “I’m thrilled that the game will provide another dimension to this, and bring to life how wonderful and important our oceans and reefs are.”

The Tea Dragon Society Card Game was a huge success and we can’t wait to share this game adaptation of Katie O’Neill’s most recent book with our fans,” said Scott Gaeta, president of Renegade Game Studios. “All of her books have such strong positive messages presented in a fun and magical way. We love what she’s done with these graphic novels and are excited to work with Oni Press to bring them to the board game community. ”

“Working with our design team within this wonderful world created by Katie O’Neill has been a pleasure,” said Steve Ellis, head of Oni Games. “Creating a family-friendly cooperative game with a strong environmental message resonated with both the story and the team at Oni. We hope that the game sparks both conversation and joy.”

The Aquicorn Cove Board Game is slated for release late 2019. The Aquicorn Cove graphic novel is currently available at all major booksellers. 

Make sure to join the Renegade Society and be the first to find out more about The Aquicorn Cove Board Gamelater this year! 

PRESS RELEASE: Nemo Rising coming from WizKids

PRESS RELEASE: Nemo Rising coming from WizKids

Experience Daring Adventures with Captain Nemo and the Crew of the Nautilus in Nemo Rising—Coming Son!

Hillside, NJ – March 4, 2019 – WizKids is excited to announce the upcoming release of Nemo Rising, a cooperative adventure game based on C. Courtney Joyner’s thrilling sequel to Jules Verne’s classic novel!


In this exciting 1-4 player adventure game, players become members of a reimagined version of the Nautilus’ heroic crew, and must carry out missions in order to successfully complete the requirements of one of two scenarios— The Undersea Grotto or the City in the Sky. Each scenario represents a unique location with its own geography, environment, and adventures.
 
Players work together to accomplish the Mission Goals outlined on the game’s Mission Cards. Each round consists of two phases, the Action Row Phase and the Player Phase. During the Action Row Phase, a number of Threat Cards will be placed face down in the Action Row, and then the same number of Action Cards will be placed face up on top of them. The Player Phase then begins. During the player phase, each player can move around the board, scout Adventure Tiles, attempt Tasks, and confront Enemy Tokens. Player turns can be taken in any order, and the order can change each round. The game may be played solo, with one player controlling a single Hero. In this case, there are always two stacks of cards in the Action Row during the Action Row Phase.

The game ends and the Heroes win if they complete all of the Mission Goals on the game’s two Mission Cards, secure at least 4 Adventure Tiles, and then return to the Start space. All Heroes must be on the Start space at the same time in order for them to win. The Heroes lose, however, if they run out of Mission Points on the Mission Track. 
 
With its exciting and unpredictable adventures, Nemo Rising is the perfect way to experience the escapades of Captain Nemo and his crew directly from the captain’s seat. Board the Nautilus and pre-order Nemo Rising, releasing this fall, from your Friendly Local Game Store today! Are you up for the adventure?

 
For more information, visit: https://wizkids.com/nemo-rising-robur-the-conqueror/ 

PRESS RELEASE: Decide the Conclusion of an Epic Love Story in Chiyo’s Secret

PRESS RELEASE: Decide the Conclusion of an Epic Love Story in Chiyo’s Secret

Hillside, NJ – February 27, 2019 – WizKids is excited to announce that Chiyo’s Secret, its new game of deduction and subterfuge in feudal Japan, is now available in North American Game Stores!


In Chiyo’s Secret, the game is centered around Chiyo and Fusanobu, a pair of lovers seeking to escape the wrath of the spurned daimyo. Players seek to achieve a variety of hidden goals, such as overthrowing the daimyo, capturing the lovers, or protecting them until the emperor arrives to grant them the freedom they seek

With over 140 components, Chiyo’s Secret will have players deciding the fate of these star-crossed lovers, the daimyo that pursues them, and, ultimately, the entire kingdom. Chiyo’s Secret is available at your Friendly Local Game Store or online today!

For more information, visithttps://wizkids.com/chiyos-secret

PRESS RELEASE: Dodoresque: Cherry Blossom is Live on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Dodoresque: Cherry Blossom is Live on Kickstarter

Within the Kickstarter campaign of Dodoresque: Jungle Fever in June 2018, the question came up if there was a way to play the game with more than just 4 players. The way to go was to simply combine two copies of the game.

Having mixed feelings about this, the designers/publishers came up with a second version of the game, playing pretty much exactly like the first version, but including all new artworks, characters, landscapes and new special actions – and to allow for up to 8 players on the table, when both versions of the game are combined.

Dodoresque is a funny, easy to learn and quick to play card game for 2-4 players. Each player takes the role of a Dodo, who tries to build the prettiest nest of all in order to find a mate.

To get the material cards for that nest, the Dodos have to go on adventures in card decks of 3 different difficulties. In order to get the materials, and not get eaten up by the dangers in the jungle, the Dodo players need the right action cards on their hands to counter certain effects. The game consists of 3 different actions: Adventure, Exchange and Building. On each turn only two of those actions can be played (also never the same action twice). With that the game is a constant circle of trying to get the right action cards in order to go on adventures to get better materials.

The game ends when one of the card decks is used up or one of the Dodo players has lost too many hit points to continue building a nest. To score points each material card has an individual value, it is also necessary to collect 3 different types of material and if possible, even of the same theme to score extra points.

Dodoresque: Cherry Blossom is now live on Kickstarter for just 7 days. Price starts at €15 for the game in the Early Bird Edition within the first 48 hours of the campaign.

For more Infos about the Game, check out https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/270229/dodoresque-cherry-blossom

or go right to the Kickstarter campaign page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/964263266/dodoresque-cherry-blossom-a-funny-and-fast-card-ga?ref=6f2svf

PRESS RELEASE: Exploration Board Game comes to Kickstarter from Pl.y Games

Pl.y Games is proud to introduce an exciting space exploration that utilizes familiar mechanics of deckbuilding and area control.
Exploration is not another 4X or Mars terraforming game.

Exploration has been blind-playtested by over 50 people across the world in more than 250 play sessions. The Kickstarter campaign features the game at $80 and includes a money-back guarantee to all Kickstarter backers.

About Exploration

In Exploration, touring near-Earth space is just one facet of achieving victory. Players must build fleets, collect resources, and of course, exert their dominance over the competition. Exploration boasts an array of ships—from transports to destroyers, and everything in between—letting you decide how to explore wild space. Some ships rely on speed and maneuverability, while others boast impressive shields and armaments. Build your fleet to your faction’s strengths to gain dominance of near-Earth space. Exploration will provide plenty of deep strategy for both new and seasoned gamers.

With a playtime of 60-120 minutes, Exploration is game that doesn’t require the dedication of a host of hours, as do other 4X games. With flexible strategies, Exploration looks to bring countless hours of new possibilities to the table for fresh gameplay every time it comes out. Complete with miniature models of the ships, Exploration’s quality and production value aims to be high-end.

Number of players:
 1-5

Time required:
 60-120 min

Recommended ages:
 14+

To see full details, click here: https://kck.st/2tnaMWm

PRESS RELEASE: Gamewright Celebrates 25 Years

New games for this big anniversary include a fruity frenzy, a blooming bouquet, a rock -n- roll card game, and Sushi dice!

Newton, MA – Gamewright, a leading publisher of award-winning tabletop games, has been in the game of making “games for the infinitely imaginative” for 25 years. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, the company will roll out the red carpet for a pair of “rolling” releases based on two of their best-selling titles: Sushi Roll, a dice version of the hit card game Sushi Go!; and Rat-a-Tat Roll, a board game based on the million-selling Rat-a-Tat Cat. Additional new releases include This Game Goes to Eleven, a rock and roll themed card game that cranks up the fun; Whozit?, a cooperative “guess who?” party game; and Bloom, a new signature “roll and write” dice game where picking colorful flowers is the key to victory. These, along with six other new titles, will launch at Toy Fair in New York City this February 16-19. 

New Games at a Glance:

  • Guju Guju – a fast-playing “fruit frenzy” card game, sold in a tin.
  • Rat-a-Tat Roll – a follow-up board game to the best-selling Rat-a-Tat Cat.
  • Sushi Roll – A dice version of the million-selling Sushi Go! card game.
  • This Game Goes to Eleven – a rock ‘n roll themed card game that “cranks it past 10”.
  • Punto – a neat twist on “in-a-row” games, packaged in a miniature flip-top tin.
  • Bloom – a flower themed dice game, to complement the best-selling Qwixx.
  • Whozit? – a cooperative “guess who?” party game.
  • Hello My Name Is – a new Port-a-Party game designed around the well-known name tag.

Editor’s Note: Boardgame Babylon congratulates Gamewright on their Silver Anniversary. It’s a great game company that has made family games that delight casual gamers as well for a long time, and I appreciate the quality and ingenuity they bring to their productions. Here’s to another 25 years (and more) of success!

Guju GujuTM 
The Fruit Frenzy Card GameThis card game is bananas! And lemons! And strawberries! Take turns flipping cards and guessing which of four fruits will appear. When you guess right- it’s a fruit frenzy! Everyone frantically flips cards, racing to cover the matching fruit. Be the first to get rid of your cards and victory is ripe for the taking! Players: 2-5 Ages: 6+Time: 10 minutes S.R.P.: $15.00 Availability: Now Shipping
Rat-a-Tat RollTMA Fun Numbers Dice Game – Roll around the world with Rat-a-Tat Cat! The best-selling game returns with a fresh new spin-dice! Move around the board trying to collect low cards (cats) while avoiding high cards (rats). Choose one, two, or three dice, keeping re-roll tokens handy in case you miss your mark. All along, look out for peeks, swaps, and especially the chancy “wild” spots, where things could really get dicey! Get the lowest score and Rat-a-Tat Catapult to victory! Players: 2-5  Ages: 6+ Time: 15 minutes S.R.P.: $18.00 Availability: Summer 2019

Twin It! TM
The Double-Dashing Card Game – On the double! In this game of fast reflexes, quickly reveal pattern cards featuring over 100 dazzling designs. Spot an identical pair and race to grab the match. But beware – some patterns are deceivingly close and others can be stolen if a third match appears! Features three ways to play including head-to-head, team vs. team, and even cooperative mode, where everyone works to beat the clock. No matter which one you choose, you’ve got to be in it to Twin It! Players: 2-6 Ages: 8+Time: 10 minutes S.R.P.: $15.00 Availability: Now Shipping

Sushi Roll TMThe Sushi Go! Dice Game – Rice and dice! Roll with your favorite Sushi Go! characters in this dice version of the best-selling card game! Load up the conveyor belts with savory sushi dice – ­­­­ then pick one and pass the rest! Earn points for winning combos like two tempura or a set of sashimi. Grab a menu to re-roll your dice or use chopsticks to swap with an opponent. And of course –  save room for pudding at the end!  Pick up the most points and you’re on a Sushi Roll! Players: 2-5Ages: 8+Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $24.00 Availability: Spring 2019

BloomTM
The Wild Flower Dice Game – Flowers are power in this freshly-picked dice game! Roll the dice, choose a color, and then circle the number of matching flowers. Each roll offers a bouquet of possibilities: should you try to snag all of a certain color, or attempt to fill a “mixed dozen” instead? Choose wisely— the dice you pass might score for your opponents! With a little luck and a lot of pluck, you’ll be the blooming best! Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $11.00 Availability: Spring 2019


Punto The Point-to-Point Card Game – Get to the points! Flip your top card and add it to the grid – or cover an opponent’s card showing lower points. Be the first to get four-in-a-row and end up on top! Players: 2-4  Ages: 8+ Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $8.00 Availability: Spring 2019

This Game Goes to Eleven The Game That Cranks it Past Ten Turn it up! In this fully-amped card game, the goal is to crank up the volume and stick other players with cards. Play number cards to a center pile, adding up the total along the way. Make the pile hit exactly 11 and hand the whole heap to another player. But crank it too loud and you get stuck with the headache! End the game with the fewest cards and you totally rock! Players: 2-6Ages: 8+  Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $13.00 Availability: Shipping Now
                                                                                     
Whozit?TMThe Cooperative Guess Who Game – Six unusual suspects, two debatable clues, one hilarious party game!Take turns secretly picking a character from the lineup, then tip off your teammates by rating how well a pair of clues applies to your choice. Would Darth Vader drive an expensive car? Could Lady Gaga make a great babysitter? You’ll crack up as you crack the case, but your team can only win by eliminating all of the unlikely suspects and correctly guessing – Whozit?! Players: 2+Ages: 10+Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $20.00 Availability: Summer 2019 


Hello My Name IsTM Party Game – Meet this hilarious new party game that’s full of personality! Can you name an actor who’s short, blond, and musical? How about an athlete that’s bearded and married? Play trait and then race to name someone – real or fictional – who fits the description. Use your creativity to win the most cards and hello… your name is champion! Players: 3-8  Ages: 12+ Time: 15 minutes S.R.P.: $10.00 Availability: Summer 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Plan B Games Announces Century: A New World!

PRESS RELEASE: Plan B Games Announces Century: A New World!

Plan B Games invites players to the conclusion of the Century series in Century: A New World! Created by acclaimed designer, Emerson Matsuuchi and illustrated by Chris Quilliams and Atha Kanaani, Century: A New World propels players to the North American continent during the 16th century.  Players serve as merchants seeking fortune in the bountiful American continent. Only the most shrewd merchants will strike out to explore the foreign land, trade with local inhabitants, journal their findings, and hunt and gather to survive.

Century: New World

Existing Century fans will be happy to discover Century: A New World is fully mixable with Spice Road or Eastern Wonders or both! This will provide the biggest Century fans even more ways to immerse themselves in the breathtaking Century universe! 

Century: New World

Century: A New World is expected to debut at Origins 2019 and was designed for 2 – 4 explorers aged 8 and older. While settling in the New World took at least a Century, a game of Century: A New World should only take about 30 – 45 minutes.

Ed. Note: I’m quite fond of the Century series and look forward to the completion of the trilogy. While I think the experience of the combined game might be slightly less appealing than the full game, the designer has done a wonderful job streamlining the games to work together. I’m excited to see the final combo.

PRESS RELEASE: Eggertspiele Announces Era: Medieval Age, a Roll & Build game!

PRESS RELEASE: Eggertspiele Announces Era: Medieval Age, a Roll & Build game!

Eggertspiele is excited to announce its next great game, Era: Medieval Age!  Designed by the world famous designer, Matt Leacock (Pandemic series, Roll Through the Ages) and illustrated by Chris Quilliams (Coimbra, Azul), Era: Medieval Age serves as a spiritual successor to Roll Through The Ages.  While Roll Through The Ages was a pioneer for Roll & Write genre, Era will serve as a pioneer for Roll & Build!

Era

In Era, your dice represent different classes of medieval society as players attempt to build the most prosperous city.  The “Build” comes into play as players actually build their cities on their boards – you will use beautifully modeled three-dimensional components, such as walls, keeps, farms, and other structures.  By the end of the game, each player will have designed their own unique city.  Get your cameras out for this one, you’ll definitely be sharing pics with your friends!  However, the most exciting news is that Era: Medieval Age serves as the first in a series of collaborative Roll & Build games between Matt Leacock and Eggertspiele!

Era: Medieval Age was designed for lords and ladies, aged 12 and older.  While building a domain often took several generations, a game of Era typically takes about 45 minutes.  Era is expected to debut at GenCon 2019 and should in retailers shortly after!