From the brilliant folks at Forbidden Games (Glenn Drover of Age of Empires III: The Board Game fame and Jason Kapalka, a co-founder and chief game designer at PopCap, makers of video games such as Bejeweled, Peggle and Plants vs Zombies, comes Raccoon Tycoon, launching on Kickstarter on June 19, 2018.
In Raccoon Tycoon, Astoria is a land bustling with productivity and growth! New towns, factories, and railroads are springing up across the land. A few savvy business tycoons (you and your opponents) are determined to make their fortunes on the crest of this wave. These tycoons start out as the producers of the key commodities: wheat to feed the growing towns and factories, wood and iron to build them, coal to fuel the trains and factories, and manufactured goods and luxuries to fill the insatiable demand of the animals of Astoria. Cornering the market for the most valuable commodities can create small fortunes that can be invested in the new businesses, turning them into huge fortunes. The sky is the limit during this Gilded Age!
In Raccoon Tycoon, players try to produce the most valuable commodities in an ever changing marketplace. They then use those commodities to build towns, or sell them at the best price to secure great profits that can be used to win auctions for the all-important railroads. The profits may also be used to buy powerful buildings that give the players power-ups or bonuses in production. Owning the best towns and railroads determines victory. There can be only one ‘top dog’ in Astoria. Is it you?
Game Time: 90 minutes
Players: 2 – 5
The game will launch on Kickstarter on June 19th so watch for it later in the month!
NO LIMITS, INC PRESENTS BATTLE OF SOULS, AN EXTENSIBLE CARD GAME
May 29th, Los Angeles, CA – Battle of Souls is an action-packed card battle game that combines what is great about the deck-building genre without being locked into starter decks or randomized booster packs. Why should collectors that can afford better cards dominate games? Battle of Souls equalizes the playing field and injects the purity of deck building strategy back into the game. Choose from a multitude of legendary historical warriors and pit them against one another in a battle of souls!
No Limit Games came up with the vision for Battle of Souls card game in 2015. The premise was to create the same feeling you gained from a standard “trading card game” but without the “pay to win” mechanism. Much like the game Othello, we wanted a play style that was challenging, easy to learn, has great replayability, and was fun without having to hunt down rare cards.
While we understand and appreciate that aspect of the trading card game market, we also felt there was an alternative approach that was lacking. Battle of Souls’ major selling point is that there are no starter decks, pre-constructed decks, or randomized booster packs. In some games, players that cannot afford to buy the expensive rare cards have a hard time playing against players with decks worth several hundred dollars. Battle of Souls’ concept is to remove the need to purchase overpriced single cards and hundreds of randomized booster packs with
hopes of getting the rare items they need in order to compete. Instead, with Battle of Souls, each set box that a player gets will contain all of the cards for that specific warrior group. Our game will be focused on the players’ deck building skills instead of how much money they put into the deck.
Playing the game is simple. Build your 40-60 card deck using no more then 4 copies of any single card and no more then 3 legendary warriors. Shuffle and start playing. In the game you have 7 types of cards: “Fighters” – Warrior, Elite Warrior, Warlord, & Legendary Warrior. “Support” – Tactics, Equipment, Battlefield.
The Warrior class cards don’t require anything special to play them. You can deploy one fighter per turn. When your warrior gets 3 kills then you can sacrifice it for an Elite Warrior. After 5 kills on your Elite Warrior you can sacrifice it for a Warlord. After 7 kills on your Warlord, you can sacrifice it, plus an Elite Warrior and a Warrior for a Legendary Warrior. Equipment and tactic cards can be played as many as you desire per turn, (up to 6 can be active at the same time). Lastly only one battlefield can be active on the entire field.
From our initial idea to the game we have today has been a process of refining through playtesting and feedback at numerous in-stores and conventions. Our goal was to have the game be focused on the player’s deckbuilding skills as opposed to how much money they have to build the perfect deck. We think we have met that goal.
This game was also shown on the Boardgame Babylon YouTube Channel:
The Kickstarter launched on May 29th, 2018. It will run for 40 days, ending on Sunday July 8th, 2018 with a goal of $11,000. The rewards each include our deluxe box that contains both Samurai and Viking sets in one box.
Unicards is a Card Game for Unicorn Lovers.
Long Island, NY, May 29 – Amanda Cappa of Unicards, LCC launches Unicards – A Unicorn Card Game on Kickstarter.
Unicards is a simple and fun card game for ages 6 and up. The game can be played with two to four players, and it takes about ten minutes to play. Be the first player to collect four Unicards and you win!
There are seven Unicards in the deck. Set these at the center of the table and shuffle the remaining cards. There are 42 Unicorn Playing Cards, 2 Wild Rainbow Unicorn Cards, and 1 Dark Horse Card.
The dealer is the player who loves Unicorns the most. Each player is dealt five cards. The remaining cards get set facedown on the table, with the top card flipped over.
Players take turns drawing card and trying to create a Unicard. How does one do this? Simply collect color matching horns, manes, and hooves to create a Unicard. If you can create one, shout “Unicard” on your turn and collect it.
There are two of these in the deck! If you pick one up, you are magical! Use your Wild Rainbow Unicorn Card to replace any color or part of a unicorn that you need.
Uh-Oh! You drew or were dealt the Dark Horse Card. Put all of your cards in the discard pile, including the Dark Horse Card. Draw five new cards from the deck, and your turn is over. If you collected any Unicards before drawing the Dark Horse Card, those go back to the center of the table.
What are people saying about Unicards?
“A fun, easy to learn card game for all ages. I love playing this game with my 6 year old granddaughter and her parents. The colors of the cards are so vibrant and inviting. Even my husband enjoys this game, and he’s not much of a game player” ~ Karen (Retired Conductor, LI)
“I’m so glad I’ve found this game! It’s great to play with my kids (ages 4 and 7)! We take it out when adults are over for game night too. It’s fast paced, easy to learn, and the right amount of luck vs. strategy!” ~ Amanda (Middle School Orchestra Teacher, NY)
“It’s truly the perfect game for unicorn lovers. I was so excited to get my very own copy that I wanted to play it all the time. My husband and I brought it to a bar and played it with random strangers. We made new friends, had lots of laughs, and were able to continue conversation while playing!” ~ Kaitlyn (Hotel Manager, VA)
“As a teacher, I think Unicards is a great game for both kids and families. It is a simple game for young children to understand, but also engaging enough for the whole family! You’re guaranteed to have a great time playing Unicards! I cannot wait to get a copy of my own so I can bring it into my classroom for my students to enjoy” ~ Dana (Elementary Teacher, NYC)
About Amanda Cappa
Amanda was born and raised on Long Island. She went to Northwestern University to receive her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Saxophone Performance. Amanda earned her masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Music Education. Amanda is a music teacher, unicorn lover, and new business owner. She is in her fourth year of her career, and is about to release her very first card game, which is Unicorn-related, of course!
“I am overjoyed by the support of my family, friends, and Unicorn lovers. I love everything about this game. My heart and soul have gone into it, and I can only hope that you will love it too. This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to produce Unicards on a larger scale. This press release will help spread the word about Unicards so everyone can get their own game soon!”
This project is LIVE on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2xwmuD1
Unicards On Twitter: @unicardsgame
Hillside, NJ – May 14, 2018 – WizKids is excited to announce a new game that puts the Fun in dungeon, Fungeon Party! Designed by Brian Lewis, David McGregor, Marissa Misura, and Tom Jones, this is a fast-paced, quest completion game which takes a traditional dungeon party and puts them in a truly untraditional dungeon crawler.
2 to 5 players pick a class from a list of classic adventure choices; such as Barbarian, Cleric, Ranger, and Wizard, just to name a few. Each class has their own stats, which can be upgraded as experience points are earned, as well as a special ability that will help the party complete a pile of at least 6 quests.
Quest cards are drawn from a stack and placed in the middle of all players. Using a cell phone or stopwatch, a timer is set for 30 seconds per quest, so 6 quests would be a 3-minute timer. Someone yells “GO”, the top quest card is flipped over, and the goal is to complete all quests before the timer runs out! Sounds simple, but is it?
What types of quests would you expect in a Fungeon? Stack dice on your forehead, bounce dice into the box, knock down a meeple surrounded by dice, balance a meeple on a stick. These and many more wacky quests await the brave adventures that travel through the corridors of a Fungeon!
Gather your party and check out this quick, easy, and FUN game to learn and play! Fungeon Party will be available at your Friendly Local Game Store June 2018 for $29.99. Pre-order today!
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Escape from Dulce is the first in a trilogy of collaborative, sci-fi dungeon crawler for 1 to 5 players. Choose from one of 8 hilariously bizarre characters, who have been imprisoned on the bottom level of Dulce Base and have just awoken after a Cryo-Pod malfunction. The players must blast their way through a base full of self strategizing human and non-human enemies, as they attempt to traverse the seven nefarious levels of Dulce and escape to freedom. Along the way you’ll collect zany items, incredible weapons and level up your characters, while constantly working to keep the alarm from reaching critical levels and releasing the dreaded Man in Black. The game is more than just blasting enemies though, as a tale slowly unfolds in the form of story themed Encounter Cards, randomly drawn every time the players enter a new room.
The story portion of the card describes the room and what happens to the players while in that room, while the business portion of the card dictates what traps or puzzles and enemies the players must overcome. The Encounter Cards create the feeling of a lived in world and allow for maximum replayability and role-play fun. Will you play as Snippy Von Bell, a two-headed mutant cow that can strap machine guns on its back, or Amelia Earhart, a pilot who disappeared in 1937 over the Pacific? Maybe you’ll meet a helpful Sasquatch or have to decide if you should release an Atlantean fishman from his aquarium cell. Tentacle monsters, robot ninjas, a game of lizard man chess and even a mini black hole await you! Good luck escaping. You’re going to need it.
About Sentient Cow Games: While Secret Unknown Stuff is our first venture, it is far from our only idea. We all grew up with games; From building forts and play fighting with sticks in the backyard, D&D and Adventure on the Atari, to Zombicide, Settlers of Catan, the Fallout series, and many more. Games have not just been an undercurrent in our lives, but the main current. Our goal is to make games that you’ll enjoy playing, as much as we had creating them. Sentient Cow Games is based in Los Angeles, CA and was born from three friends love of games and built on the belief that with passion and hard work any dream is possible to achieve.
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Funforge has launched a new Kickstarter for MONUMENTAL: The Board Game, an epic game of civilization, conquest and expansion by Matthew Dunstan. Per the Monumental FB page, here is a brief description of the game:
“In Monumental: The Board Game, each player leads a unique civilization. How will you shape your destiny, and how will history remember you? Dare you succeed as a warmonger, as a pioneer of cultural and scientific progress, or an architect of a great city and remarkable Wonders? Only the player with the most impressive civilization at the end of the game will win!
The aim of the game is to develop your civilization, by constructing new buildings and wonders in your City, achieving new scientific knowledge and cultural development, and using your military power to conquer new provinces.”
Stay up to date about Monumental: The Board Game with Funforge social channels:
No word on review copies but many gameplay videos are online showing off the game being played. The miniatures alone are worth a look. Hoping to play it at the Gathering of Friends in a few weeks’ time but the campaign will be over by the time I reach Niagara Falls…
New game from Brandon Rollins, launching on Kickstarter on March 26.
Preview of Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1357102631/398908912?ref=446495&token=cdf958a1
Experienced game designer, Brandon Rollins and freelance artist, James Masino, are coming to Kickstarter in hopes to fund the printing of Highways & Byways. Long-time lovers of Ticket to Ride and neophyte gamers alike will enjoy the approachable, nostalgic, friendly world of Highways & Byways.
Highways & Byways is great for board gaming couples and families. It takes only 10 minutes to learn, yet there are multiple paths to victory. Don’t let the simplicity fool you – it’s also very re-playable!
Highways & Byways is a completed game, launching with all artwork and a fully tested design. It has been available as a Tabletop Simulator app for ten months. Casual gamers and experienced designers alike have helped refine the game through online testing and in-person games. Testing has been coordinated through social media, the Pangea Discord server, and Protospiel Atlanta.
Copies of the game will be available at $49, with free shipping to backers in the USA. The campaign is EU-friendly, Canada-friendly, and Australia-friendly, meaning rewards will be shipped from within those respective regions and no extra customs fees will be incurred. The campaign will conclude after 25 days. Backers are expected to receive their rewards in August 2018.
Race across the United States in your first used car. You’re on a mission to explore all places beautiful and forgotten before your vacation is over!
Plan your route by choosing byways. Then travel across the country a little bit every day, planning around highway construction, moody weather, and your car’s pesky tendency to break down!
Number of Players: 2-4
Time per Game: 45-60 minutes
Highways & Byways Website: http://bywaysgame.com/
Board Game Geek Listing: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/246142/highways-byways
Cat Rescue – The Game of Saving Cats is a cooperative puzzle game for families and board gamers alike.
Los Angeles, CA, March 20, 2018 – Sunrise Tornado Game Studio, fresh off shipping their last funded Kickstarter game Kung Pao Chicken, has just launched a new cooperative family game inspired by the plight of our feline friends everywhere, Cat Rescue.
In the game, players work together to save as many cats from the street and their individual foster homes as possible, in order to score the most points and do the most good for these furry friends.
Featuring the charming artwork of Kaiami and designer Ta-Te Wu’s knack for creating fun micro-games that are perfect for opening or closing your game night, Cat Rescue is also ideal for families to play with their kids since everyone plays together to help re-home the lovable cats featured on the cards. The game is now live on Kickstarter: http://bit.ly/catrescuegame
Designed for 1-4 players working as a team, Cat Rescue plays in 15-20 minutes and its positive message of helping save animals has been championed by many early reviewers.
“Cat Rescue is a great 10-15 minute cooperative game. Behind the cute design is a surprisingly challenging puzzle game.” – The Game Shelf
“It’s quick, it’s simple, it’s fun….. It’s a great game, great concept, and it promotes helping animals.” – Joshua Burall of Logan Chops Reviews.
“Overall, Cat Rescue is pretty solid! It’s a super-cute microgame that a few friends and I have been playing over lunch all week, and it’s definitely suited to a lunch game.” – Eric Yurko, What’s Eric Playing?
About Sunrise Tornado Game Studio: Sunrise Tornado Game Studio is designer Ta-Te Wu and his collaborators. STGS is responsible for over a dozen board and card games. Working with publishers like Z-Man Games and Cross Circle Games in the early days, Sunrise Tornado Game Studio now primarily publishes games through crowdfunding, having launched several successful titles on Kickstarter like Kung Pao Chicken, Di Renjie, The Battle of Red Cliffs, and Glory of the Three Kingdoms. Learn more at: http://sunrisetornado.com/
To learn more about Cat Rescue, please contact:
BGB Tabletop Media
Editor’s Note: We previously reviewed Team Play here on Boardgame Babylon when it was only available via Schmidt Spielebecause we’re big fans of this clever game. I’m thrilled that WizKids picked it up for US distribution because this is a really fun, approachable game you can play with just about anyone. Check out our full review here.
Hillside, NJ – January 31, 2018 – WizKids is excited to announce the card game, Team Play, is now available in North American game stores! Licensed from Schmidt Spiele, you and your partner work together to complete your mission cards and earn points before the other team(s). These missions are various combinations of numbers and/or colors, such as 2 pairs of uneven numbers, or having 3 low numbers, or 5 consecutive red numbers, etc.
Unable to directly say what your goals are, you and your teammate must be able to read each other’s needs, helping to accomplish missions by passing crucial cards. The other team(s) are also trying to accomplish missions, so you must work smart and fast in order to score the most points. You are hard pressed to do this on your own, so team work is the key to winning!
Don’t have an even number of players? That’s okay, the rule book goes over an odd player count version of the game. Players have a larger hand count, but cannot pass cards between anyone. You are a team of one in a 3 and 5 player games, but the goal remains the same. Complete missions and earn more victory points then the other players.
Think you and a friend have what it takes to work together and fulfill the various missions? Or are you looking for an easy “pick up and play” party game?
Be sure to pick up Team Play from your FLGS today for $19.99! Or order on Amazon.