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Dice Tower Now

Dice Tower Now is your source for the biggest news from the tabletop gaming world. Each week, the DTNow team brings you breaking stories, special reports, interviews, Kickstarters, new releases, and more.

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Dice Tower Now 719: February 8, 2021

This episode, we revisit the World's Fair, chill out on a frozen planet, get a psych evaluation, and familiarize ourselves with all available Exits. Plus, we've got part 3 of one game designer's all-too-true tale of terror.

 

TOP STORIES:

Secret Lair "Black is Magic" to benefit Black Girls Code. Publisher Bombyx partners with Luma Imports. Survive a frozen alien world in "Cryo." Barnes & Noble gets an exclusive edition of 2020 Spiel des Jahres winner "Pictures." "World's Fair 1893" gets a new more inclusive edition at Amazon. Five new "EXIT: The Game" titles heading to the US. Psychoanalyze your friends with "Rorschach." Hard-to-find titles from Oink Games now available on Kickstarter. Kid-friendly dungeon-crawler "CoraQuest" hits Kickstarter.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Red Rising Sleeping Gods Outlive Res Arcana Root: The Marauder Expansion My City Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition

 

KICKSTARTERS:

Kingdoms of the Deep Radlands Threepia Reload Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Collector's Edition Embryo Machine

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Hallertau Unmatched: Little Red Riding Hood vs. Beowulf Smash Up Marvel It's a Wonderful World: War or Peace

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey presents chapter 3 of a game designer's true horror story.

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com.
2021-02-08
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Dice Tower Now 718: February 1, 2021

This episode, Carcassonne gets spiffy, Caverna gets frantic, Sentinels get stylized, Krynn gets revisited after all, and we get rerouted to Llamaland. Plus, we showcase Kickstarters for the Button Shy Wallet Games reprint and "Human Punishment: The Beginning."

 

TOP STORIES:

Visitors of "Barenpark" and "Gingerbread House" can now head to "Llamaland." Spiel is a go for 2021. Get elemental with Uwe Rosenberg's "Sagani." "Caverna: Cave vs. Cave" gets the big box treatment. Orcs invade "Caverna: Frantic Fiends." "Agricola: Consul Dirigens Deck" completes previously released expansion decks. Isaac Vega and Lindsey Rode announce Rose Gauntlet Entertainment. New trilogy of Classic Dragonlance novels are back on. "Sentinels of the Multiverse: Definitive Edition" heading to Kickstarter. "Carcassonne" gets a 20th anniversary edition. Emma Larkins says goodbye to Ludology podcast. "Ticket to Ride: Europe" celebrates 15 years with new edition. "Monster Hunter World" makes the hop to tabletop. "Magic the Gathering" Black Lotus card breaks the record for single TCG card sale. "UNLOCK! Legendary Adventures" features Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes.

 

KICKSTARTER:

Button Shy Wallet Games Reprint Campaign 2021 Human Punishment: The Beginning

 

NEW RELEASES:

Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef Funfair Almanac: The Dragon Road For Glory Vintage Catanimals

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
2021-02-01
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Dice Tower Now 717: January 25, 2021

This episode, we take a look back at a week of reckoning for the hobby games industry and present chapter 2 of a game designer's real life horror story. Plus, we'll check out Kickstarters for "Epic Seven Arise: The Board Game" and "Bunny Party at Maple Valley."

 

TOP STORIES:

The hobby games community deals with the fallout after a week of controversy. Publisher dv Giochi acquires Ghenos Games. Reiner Knizia's "Equinox" joins Plan B's Century line. PortalCon 13 reveals a slew of new titles. "Castles of Mad King Ludwig" gets a collector's edition, now on Kickstarter. "Russian Railroads" gets a big box edition in "Ultimate Railroads." Find tiny people doing big bad in "MicroMacro: Crime City." Stop and smell the flowers in "Floriferous." Build bridges from island to island in "Hashi." "Summoner Wars" and "Magic the Gathering" launch new comics. Rare mint "Magic the Gathering" Black Lotus card set to break records.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Carnegie Primal: The Awakening Carpe Diem Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon Darwin's Journey Bloodborne: The Board Game

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey presents part 2 of the all-too-true horror story behind one designer's experience making their first game.

 

KICKSTARTER:

Epic Seven Arise: The Board Game Bunny Party at Maple Valley

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com.
2021-01-25
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Dice Tower Now 716: January 18, 2021

This episode, we present chapter one of a game designer horror story. Plus, "Terraforming Mars" launches a new expedition, Sagrada looks to its legacy, and Pokemon madness continues.

 

TOP STORIES:

PortalCon set to launch January 23. "The Vienna Connection" reimagines "Detective" as a Cold War spy adventure. "Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition" streamlines the TM experience. Set sail with Leder Games' pirate-themed "Ahoy." 2019 Cardboard Edison Award Winner "Umbra Via" coming from Pandasaurus Games. The mystery deepens for "The Initiative." Floodgate Games announces "Sagrada Legacy." First edition Pokemon Booster Set sells for $408,000.

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey presents the first installment in one designer's remarkable tale of making their first game.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition The King is Dead: Second Edition It's a Wonderful Kingdom Tinner's Trail Rococo: Deluxe Edition Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

 

KICKSTARTER:

The Dice Tower 2021 Fundraiser Alba CMON Presents: The Animation Collection

 

CONNECT:

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2021-01-18
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Dice Tower Now 715: January 11, 2021

This episode, "Wingspan" soars to the real world, the Spire gets slayed on tabletop, we add an extra room to the Tavern, and "7 Wonders Duel" crosses a wondrous milestone.

 

TOP STORIES:

Celebrating Birds turns the art of "Wingspan" into a ornithological field guide. "Slay the Spire" makes the jump from screen to table. Asmodee's new division Unexpected Games takes "The Initiative." "It's a Wonderful World" builds a 2-player "Kingdom." "Kingdom Rush: Elemental Uprising" coming to GameFound. Uwe Rosenberg's "Glass Road" gets a reprint. Add a "Free Room" to "The Taverns of Tiefenthal." Reiner Knizia's "L.L.A.M.A." gets a dice version. "7 Wonders Duel" sells over 1 million copies.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Darwin's Journey Dune: Imperium Lost Ruins of Arnak Dwellings of Eldervale ISS Vanguard Anachrony Beyond the Sun Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

 

KICKSTARTER:

Darwin's Journey

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Praga Caput Regni Nusfjord: Salmon Deck UNLOCK! Secret Adventures Yohei PARKS: Nightfall Expansion Anansi Polynesia Fairy Tale Inn

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com.
2021-01-11
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Dice Tower Now 714: January 4, 2021

In this short first episode of 2021, a game designer patches his latest title online, a mad king gets some deluxe new digs, architects work up some new wonders, and we see if kids can escape a locked room all on their own.

 

TOP STORIES:

"The Castles of Mad King Ludwig" gets a spiffy new collectors edition. Capstone's "Iron Rails #3" will be a rerelease of "Iberian Gauge." "Ginkopolis" to be reprinted with updated art. Space Cowboys' "Jodhpur" to be released as "Botanik." "Works of Wonder" expands "Architects of the West Kingdom." Wander Geisha's Road in "Hanamikoji 2." Stefan Feld updates the rules for "Castles of Tuscany." "TaZmania" expansion to delivery a tighter experience for one to two players in "AuZtralia." Invest and donate with a new version of "Hab & Gut." "UNLOCK! Kids" delivers app-less fun for younger players. Get chilly in "Aquatica: Cold Waters." Solve Cthulhu mysteries with "Bureau of Investigation." "Now of Never" to be the third title in Ryan Laukat's Arzium series.

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
2021-01-04
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Dice Tower Now 713: December 21, 2020

This episode, Cthulhu Wars goes 2-player, Concordia goes solo, and Unmatched turns Marvelous. Plus, we'll dive into the campaign for "ISS Vanguard" on Gamefound's new crowdfunding platform.

 

TOP STORIES:

Study up with Geoff Engelstein's new book, Game Production: Prototyping and Producing Your Board Game. New game in the works within the greater "Terraforming Mars" universe. Four Marvel-licensed "Unmatched" sets coming in 2021. "Lost Ruins of Arnak" gets harder and more interactive. Battle one eldritch terror at a time in"Cthulu Wars: Duel." "Cyberpunk Red: Combat Zone" hopes to do better than the plagued "Cyberpunk 2077" video game. The senate rules in "7 Wonders Duel: Agora." Take on "Concordia" by yourself with "Solitaria." "Duel of Wands" brings card combat to "Kids on Brooms."

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Dune: Imperium Beez Wingspan: Oceania Expansion

 

KICKSTARTER:

ISS Vanguard

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
2020-12-21
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Dice Tower Now 712: December 14, 2020

This episode, we'll talk about Robin Hood, a new massive sci-fi campaign from Awaken Realms, and find out which heady libation goes best with sheep.

 

TOP STORIES:

Dice Tower West might be cancelled, but Dice Tower Winter Spectacular is going on right now. ISS Vanguard crowdfunding campaign expected to launch on Gamefound this week. Kosmos announces "The Adventures of Robin Hood" from "Legends of Andor" designer. Catan the Beer is a real (but not officially licensed) product. Expand "Era: Medieval Age" with "Rivers and Roads." Eric Lang and Exploding Kittens looking for playtesters. "Tharos" joins the Dilluvia Universe. "The Boys" to battle scandalous supes on your tabletop. "On the Underground" adds maps for Paris and New York. "Flash Gordon" saves every one of us in a new board game.

 

KICKSTARTER:

Alhambra: Big Box (Second Edition) Vindication: Chronicles

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Honey Buzz Deranged The Lord of the Rings LCG: The Search for the Dreadnaught Arkham Horror LCG: War of the Outer Gods Monasterium

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
2020-12-14
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Dice Tower Now 711: December 7, 2020

This episode, Board Game Arena becomes an Advent app, and Japanese themes take center stage.

 

TOP STORIES:

The two largest US puzzle companies become one. American Booksellers Association challenges merger of PRH and Simon & Schuster. Board Game Arena releasing one game per day for December. Battle for Middle Earth with "War of the Ring: The Card Game." Twogether Studios keep sales of "The Adventure Zone: Bureau of Balance" friendly and local for the holidays. "Brass: Birmingham" wins the 2020 Gra Roku. "Frogger" hops to tabletop. Game Brewer serving up "Stroganov." New version of "Iki" scheduled in 2021. Rebuild the Emperor's "Eternal Palace." Collect autumn leaves with "Momiji."

 

THE HOTNESS:

Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road Inhuman Conditions The Castles of Tuscany Everdell

 

KICKSTARTER:

Momiji Mission Catastrophe

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Unmatched: Little Red Riding Hood vs. Beowulf Scythe Complete Rulebook (Hardcover) Unicorn Fever Crystal Palace: Newspaper Cards Gates of Mara Last Aurora

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Take a gander at Barry's wares at BrightBearLaser.com. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com.
2020-12-07
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Dice Tower Now 710: November 30, 2020

This week, we talk probability, CMON financial reports, and the game everyone's clamoring for this holiday season.

 

TOP STORIES:

"Queen's Gambit" leads to a run on chess sets. Scott Almes' "The Ugly Gryphon Inn" coming soon. First edition Pokemon set sales for $360,000. Penguin Random House acquires Simon & Schuster. "Assassin's Creed: Valhalla" dice game becoming reality. Free "Catan: First Adventure" available now. "Root: Militants" expansion teased. Revisit the Labyrinth with "Ready, Steady, Worm!" "Kids on Bikes" gets a board game. "Dune: Adventures in the Imperium" RPG coming in 2021. Build your civ with dice in "Origins: First Builders." "Nemo's War" expansion now on Kickstarter. Construct ziggurats in pre-Columbian Oaxaca in "Zapotec." Zenobia Award hopes to get more underrepresented designers into historical games. "Terraforming Mars: The Dice Game" appears on BGG.

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Jesse takes a look at CMON's long-awaited 2019 financial results.

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Paris Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Patchwork: Christmas Edition Paleo Aquatica Spyfest

 

KICKSTARTER:

Creature Comforts Harry Potter: Catch the Snitch

 

OUTPUT RANDOMNESS:

Corey talks probability and what those percentages look like in reality.

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Take a gander at Barry's wares at BrightBearLaser.com. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-11-30
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Dice Tower Now 709: November 23, 2020

This week, The Crew goes underwater, we try fair-trade cat poo coffee, and the worlds of baking, television, and gaming cross-pollinate.

 

TOP STORIES:

Brew up some complex fun with "Coffee Traders." "The Crew: Tiefsee" delivers a trick-taking deep sea sequel. "Oh, Brother," there's a new expansion to "Stuffed Fables." GAMA Expo 2021 goes virtual. AEG announces "Mighty Micros" mini expansions for its most popular games. Adapt to more "Oceans" with the "Legends of the Deep" expansion. "Kim Joy's Magic Bakery" cooks up sweet co-op card cakes. Food Network airs "Candy Land" cooking competition. "Uno" makes a play for its own game show. "Gloria Mundi" finds glorious new life. Atomic Mass takes over Asmodee's Star Wars miniatures games. Asmodee gives its MAP policy a holiday.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy Etherfields Beyond the Sun Altar Quest USS Freedom

 

KICKSTARTER:

Etherfields Macaron Bardsung

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Sidereal Confluence: Remastered Edition Century: Golem Edition - An Endless World Wingspan: Oceania Expansion Glasgow

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Take a gander at Barry's wares at BrightBearLaser.com. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-11-23
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Dice Tower Now 708: November 16, 2020

This episode, we catch up on crowdfunding, poke our noses in the Pokemon secondary market, and take a look at just how random those dice rolls and card shuffles really are.

 

HEADLINES:

Gamefound to take on Kickstarter for tabletop crowdfunding. Pledge managers BackerKit and Crowd Ox merge. BoardGameTables.com to publish Cwali games. CMON's next Kickstarter gets animated. Build a hotel in Nemo's anemone with "PIXAR Monopoly." Upcoming auction set to break Pokemon record. Explore the seas with "Dive!" Jacob Fryxelius' "Star Scrappers: Orbital" live on Kickstarter. Make challenging moral choices with "Agemonia."

 

THE HOTNESS:

burncycle Etherfields Hallertau Dune: Imperium Lost Ruins of Arnak Pax Pamir (Second Edition) Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

 

KICKSTARTER:

The Mariana Trench burncycle

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Viscounts of the West Kingdom Kitara Chronicles of Crime: 1400 Whistle Mountain Tiny Towns: Villagers

 

OUTPUT RANDOMNESS:

Corey shares some random thoughts about the random nature of randomness.

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-11-16
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Dice Tower Now 707: November 9, 2020

This episode, a new trilogy of DragonLance books gets slayed before seeing the light of day, an eXciting eXpansion heads to "Marvel United," and we take a look at the Lycanroc of Wall Street.

 

TOP STORIES:

Rachael Blaske steps down from her role at Poketto. Authors sue WotC over cancelled DragonLance books. CMON teases a certain "X"-based team coming to Marvel United. Pokemon secondary market is hot thanks to influencers. Protect the world from demons in "Rift Knights." Scarlet Witch joining Marvel Champions: TCG. "Primeval Peril" to tide over backers of "Sleeping Giants." Artist works in media of board game components. Trade in the Andes with "P'achakuna." "How to Host a Game Night" hits bookshelves. Rebuild and scare kids in "Spook Manor."

 

KICKSTARTER:

The King's Armory D20 Soap Freedom Five: A Sentinel Comics Board Game

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Cubitos UNLOCK! Star Wars Troyes Dice New York Zoo The Court of Miracles Blue Skies Durian

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-11-09
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Dice Tower Now 706: November 2, 2020

This episode, Critical Role takes on a new ... role, D&D sets off on a quest to your living room, and we look at some random data on Reiner Knizia. Plus, we showcase Kickstarters for "Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game," "Fox Matters," and "Townsfolk Tussle."

 

TOP STORIES:

Spiel.Digital successfully drives online traffic. Critical Role launches publishing house. Blizzard execs launch board game development studio. Tilt 5 brings augmented reality to your tabletop. "Mr. Jack in New York" is back with a vengeance (and a reprint). Hasbro shops multiple D&D TV series. "Kokopelli" hopes to do right by the culture it references. Newly revealed card shakes the "Magic: The Gathering" secondary market. Can you wait for "Marshmallow Test" from Reiner Knizia? Corey looks at some fun Knizia-related numbers.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Endless Winter: Paleoamericans Dune: Imperium Lost Ruins of Arnak

 

KICKSTARTER:

Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game Fox Matters Townsfolk Tussle

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Atheneum: Mystic Library Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game Beyond the Sun Photosynthesis: Under the Moonlight Tales of Evil Scape Goat

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-11-02
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Dice Tower Now 705: October 26, 2020

This episode, we "Descend" into that dungeon once more, good friends, "Diplomacy" shapes political careers, and sheep are coming for your feet. Plus, Chris and Kitty discuss Kickstarters for "Veiled Fate" and "Project L: Finesse."

 

TOP STORIES:

Fantasy Flight gives us a peek at "Descent: Legends of the Dark." ForeignPolicy.com publishes a story about the impact of "Dipomacy" on one of their reporters and his childhood acquaintance's careers in the political arena. "Schotten Totten 2" on the way. "Gloomhaven" novel series in the works. "Dungeon Scrawler" fantasy roll-and-write coming from Alley Cat Games. "FLUXX" goes full fantasy. GoFundMe page set up for a scholarship for the son of the late North Star Game's co-president Satish Pillalamarri. "Pathfinder Arena" to bring iconic monsters to tabletop miniatures game. AEG announces small expansions for "Space Base" and "Alma Mater." Fight super villains in "Freedom Five: A Sentinel Comics Board Game." "Nova League" reinvents the classic vibrating football game. Build an industrial empire in the 19th century with "Furnace." Deliver luxury goods in the Hanseatic Age in "Novgorod." Celebrate the classic arcade game's 40th anniversary with "Pac-Man: The Card Game." "For Sale" gets a new edition and expansion. Sport your love for "Catan" with new footwear from Plainview Shoes.

 

KICKSTARTER:

Veiled Fate Project L: Finesse

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire Raiders of Scythia Silver Dagger Aeon's End: Outcasts Escape Tales: Children of Wyrmwoods Mysterium Park Dragonland

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-10-26
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Dice Tower Now 704: October 19, 2020

This episode, Corey examines the job of rulebook editor, we catch up with various developments at CMON and GAMA, and Kitty and Chris showcase Kickstarters for "Windward: Treacherous Skies" and "Dungeon Fighter."

 

TOP STORIES:

CMON releases some of the findings from the investigation into their 2019 audit issues. Pokemon card sells for over $220,000 to retired rapper Logic. North Star Games searches for new direction. GAMA seeks equality across its membership. Confusion over 2020 Origins Awards explained. Stefan Feld to bring "Kokopelli" to life.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game Lost Ruins of Arnak Project L Etherfields Frostpunk: The Board Game

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey explores the tricky role of rulebook editor.

 

KICKSTARTER:

Windward: Treacherous Skies Dungeon Fighter

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Warp's Edge Tiny Epic Galaxies: BLAST OFF! The Lord of the Rings: Anniversary Edition Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game Sagrada: The Great Facades - Life

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-10-19
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Dice Tower Now 703: October 12, 2020

This episode, more board game properties make the leap to long-form fiction, Christmas comes early, we preview some titles still in the design stage, and Chris discusses Kickstarters for "High Rise: The UltraPlastic Edition" and "Cartographers Heroes."

 

TOP STORIES:

Aconyte to publish novels based on "Zombicide" and "Terraforming Mars." The gaming world says goodbye to designer and North Star Games co-president Satish Pillalamarri. Uwe Rosenberg's "Hallertau" rulebook now online. Sequel to "Core Worlds" on the way. New industry game "Carnegie" heading to KS. Countdown to Christmas with an Advent Dice Calendar. North Pole shenanigans are afoot in "The Kringle Caper." "Monstrosities" attack "Atlantis Rising." Defend the Krabby Patty in "SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton Rising." Baratheons and dragons coming to "A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game." "La Granja" designer working on a sequel. Stonemaier Games teases expansion for "Viticulture." "Portals" in the works for "Gaia Project."

 

KICKSTARTER:

High Rise: The UltraPlastic Edition Cartographers Heroes

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade Inca Empire: The Card Game Aliens: Bug Hunt EXIT: The Enchanted Forest Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-10-12
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Dice Tower Now 702: October 5, 2020

This episode, Corey talks about not talking in games with communication limits. Chris and Kitty showcase Kickstarters for "Cascadia" and "Plunderous."

 

TOP STORIES:

Origins Awards announced. Amazon Prime Day, Target Deal Days, Walmart Big Save, and Newegg FastasTech: Round 2 all coming mid-October. Artovision to produce art pieces for Asmodee titles. Renegade Game Studios to develop new titles based on Hasbro I.P. 2020 Kinderspiel winner "Robots" heading to US hobby retail. "Pipeline: Emerging Markets" to be the game's first expansion. "Groundhog Day" rules released. "Tinner's Trail" to get remastered version. "High Rise" getting a component upgrade on Kickstarter. Ares Games to distribute "The Thing: The Boardgame."

 

THE HOTNESS:

Wingspan: Oceania Expansion Feierabend Grand Austria Hotel: Let's Waltz Dune: Imperium

 

KICKSTARTER:

Cascadia Plunderous

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Pendulum Splendor Marvel Escape the Dark Sector Calico Jurassic Parts Arkham Horror: TCG - The Innsmouth Conspiracy Marvel Champions: TCG - The Once and Future Kang

 

OUTPUT RANDOMNESS:

Corey gives his microphone meaningful looks while talking in code.

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-10-05
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Dice Tower Now 701: September 28, 2020

This episode, Corey hops into the host seat, and Kitty and Chris dive into the "Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin" and "7th Citadel" Kickstarters.

 

TOP STORIES:

"HeroQuest" returns and lights up Hasbro's crowdfunding site. "The Last of Us" creeps toward your tabletop. CMON to publish comics based on Asmodee properties "Twilight Imperium" and "Android." CMON's "Trudvang Legends" delayed. The classic electronic vibrating football game gets new life as "Nova League." Cards Against Humanity sells its new board game cafe. "Cartographers Heroes" charts a path to Kickstarter. Boarderlands 2's fake RPG becomes reality. "CoraQuest" offers dungeon crawling for the whole family. Quicksilver joins "Marvel Champions: TCG." "Agropolis" visits its city cousin, "Sprawlopolis." GAMA partners with Toys for Tots. "The Dragon and Flagon" gets a new expansion. Digimon is back as a trading card game. Plaid Hat announces free companion app for "Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein." Reiner Knizia's "Dragonland" gets a new edition.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Ten Suns The 7th Citadel HeroQuest Dungeon Universalis Machina Arcana (Second Edition) Shaolia: Warring States

 

KICKSTARTER:

Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin The 7th Citadel

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Cóatl Vaesen Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle - The Charms and Potions Expansion The Battle of Road Island

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-09-28
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Dice Tower Now 700: September 21, 2020

This episode, Corey wraps up his look at the role of board game graphic designers, and Chris and Kitty showcase Kickstarters for "Flourish" and "Type 7."

 

TOP STORIES:

"The Crew" wins the 2020 Deutscher Spielepreis. "Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion" comic book coming soon. On Steam, "Gloomhaven" adds online co-op mode. "Blood Rage: Digital Edition" adds "Mystics of Midgard" DLC. 2009's "Tobago" gets its first expansion. Team up with a friend and your favorite Disney heroes in "Disney Shadowed Kingdom." Avoid hitchhiking ghosts in "Disney: The Haunted Mansion - Call of the Spirits Game." "Shadows of Brimstone" gets two revised core sets. Reiner Knizia's "Sumatra" takes players on an Indonesian expedition. WizKids to release cursed artifacts from "D&D Icons of the Realms."

 

THE HOTNESS:

Tellstones: King's Gambit The Search for Planet X The 7th Citadel Dune: Imperium

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey takes a deeper look at the relationship between graphic designers and the games to which they lend their skills. With contributions from Travis Hill, Glenn Drover, Peter Vaughan, Travis Chance, and Matt Paquette.

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game - Season One Barkham Horror: TCG - The Meddling of Meowlathotep Arkham Horror (3rd Edition): Under Dark Waves Celtic

 

KICKSTARTER:

Flourish Type 7

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
2020-09-21
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Dice Tower Now 699: September 14, 2020

This episode, Chris showcases the Kickstarter for "The Reckoners: Steelslayer," and Corey digs into the online drama surrounding a certain upcoming Eurogame.

 

TOP STORIES:

Avalon Hill management moving to Hasbro. Mysterious "HeroQuest" countdown appears. FryxGames announces "Angel Fury." AEG offering purple butterfly "Mariposas" promos for charity. Decorate your big game trophy room with a life-size owlbear head. "The 7th Citadel" takes a turn into dark fantasy. "Wasp Hero Pack" flies to "Marvel Champions: TCG." "Noch Mal! Kids" offers roll-and-write fun for the whole family. "Crash Octopus" swimming to Kickstarter.

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey looks into "Last Light," which is definitely a Eurogame ... unless it's absolutely not.

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Small World of Warcraft Marvel Champions: TCG - The Rise of Red Skull Clank! Adventuring Party 7 Wonders (Second Edition) The Great Zimbabwe

 

KICKSTARTER:

The Reckoners: Steelslayer

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
2020-09-15
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Dice Tower Now 698: September 7, 2020

This episode, we roll down the Ganges, strike Silver, and get our games delivered in 30 minutes or less. Chris and Kitty take a look at Kickstarters for Plantopia: The Card Game and Mercado de Lisboa. And Corey remembers the 80s.

 

TOP STORIES:

"Rajas of the Ganges" gets a roll-and-write. It's the "Year of Moloch" for "Neuroshima Hex!" Impress the Pharaoh in Friedemann Friese's "Faiyum." BGG's #1 kids game gets a sequel in ?Zombie Teenz Evolution.? "Silver Dagger" adds zombies to the series. Battle vampires alongside fellow werewolves in "Armata Strigoi." "Vaesen Nordic Horror: RPG" adds a new expansion and components. "Magic: The Gathering" gets a life-size pyromancer. "Philosophia: Floating World" takes the series to Edo-period Japan. The FAA grants Amazon's request for unmanned drone delivery.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Cóatl Mercado de Lisboa Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun Raiders of Scythia Rurik: Dawn of Kiev

 

KICKSTARTER:

Plantopia: The Card Game Mercado de Lisboa

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun Divvy Dice Truffle Shuffle Fairy Trails Smartphone Inc.: Status Update 1.1 Robinson Crusoe: Treasure Chest

 

OUTPUT RANDOMNESS:

Corey remembers a simpler time when things were more complex.

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-09-07
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Dice Tower Now 697: August 31, 2020

This episode, Corey takes a look into the world of board game graphic designers, and Bree talks to Poketto CEO Rachael Blaske about why and how to rebrand a game company.

 

TOP STORIES:

Eric Lang steps down as CMON's Head of Game Design. "Tasha's Cauldron of Everything" brings a host of new rules to D&D 5E. "Gloomhaven" in talks to become a comic book. "Just One: Neue Begriffe" to be the game's first expansion. "Dinosaur Island: Rawr 'n Write" stomping to Kickstarter. Create a sustainable food chain in "Gods Love Dinosaurs." Archon Studio announces "Masters of the Universe: Fields of Eternia - The Board Game." "Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape" brings in more than $3.8 million on Kickstarter. Silent RPG "Alice is Missing" coming to retail. Defend the kingdom once again with "Paladins of the West Kingdom: City of Crowns." "Maracaibo" goes digital. "Mercado de Lisboa" streamlines Lacerda's "Lisboa"

 

SPECIAL REPORTS:

Corey explores the role of graphic designers in board game creation with help from Matt Paquette, Jonny "Pac" Cantin, Travis Chance, and Paul Grogan. Bree talks with Rachael Blaske about rebranding Five24 Labs to Poketto.

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Mariposas Alma Mater Last-Second Quest Catan: 25th Anniversary Edition

 

KICKSTARTER:

Northgard: Uncharted Lands Deck of Wonders

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
2020-08-31
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Dice Tower Now 696: August 24, 2020

This episode is all about new game announcements and updates. Chris discusses the Kickstarter for "Glen More II: Highland Games." And Corey talks about the unwritten rules of gaming.

 

TOP STORIES:

Take your dino park off the island with "Dinosaur World." "The Stefan Feld City Collection" Kickstarts its tour with "Hamburg" and "Amsterdam." "CloudAge" to take flight as a shorter and lighter Pfister entry. Build the famous "Hadrian's Wall" with a new game from Garphill Games. "7 Wonders" adds new editions for 3 expansions. "Magic: The Gathering" gives every dog its day. "Arkwright: The Card Game" streamlines one of the heaviest games around. Games Workshop announces "Space Marine Adventures: Rise of the Orks" and "Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Crypt Hunters." "Sniper Elite" makes the leap from PC to tabletop. Join the B.P.R.D. in "Hellboy: The Roleplaying Game."

 

KICKSTARTER:

Glen More II: Highland Games

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North - Barbarian Hordes In the Hall of the Mountain King: Cursed Mountain Mystery House: Adventures in a Box - Back to Tombstone Chronicles of Crime: 1400

 

OUTPUT RANDOMNESS:

Corey talks rules, magic circles, sumo, and the spirit of the game.

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com.
2020-08-24
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Dice Tower Now 695: August 17, 2020

This episode, we take another look at the board game documentary GAMEMASTER, this time talking with the film's director about what you didn't see on screen.

 

TOP STORIES:

The bestselling hobby board game of this spring was "Pandemic," while "Codenames" was the number 1 selling hobby card and dice game. Teotihuacan's new expansion will be (fittingly) "Expansion Period." "Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF!" offers a new take on the original. "Ashes" rises once again. The "Legends of Greyskull" RPG makes you a master of the universe. Alexander Pfister's "CloudAge" soars into view. "Pathfinder Foam Replica: Life Sized Goblin" is ready to party.

 

THE HOTNESS:

"The Castles of Tuscany" rulebook now available. Face the Fire Swamp and rodents of unusual size in "The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game." "Harry Potter: House Cup Competition" weaves worker placement magic. The "Jagged Earth" expansion to "Spirit Island" is now in Kickstarter fulfillment. The first expansion for "Tapestry" titled "Plans & Ploys" coming in September. "Fort" preorders arriving but retail release delayed.

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Jasper talks with GAMEMASTER director Charles Mruz about interviewing Eric Lang and Reiner Knizia, trash talking, and fashion.

 

KICKSTARTER:

Board Game Design Starter Kit Western Legends: Blood Money

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Ctrl High Rise Solar Storm Court of the Dead: Dark Harvest New York Zoo

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com.
2020-08-17
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Dice Tower Now 694: August 10, 2020

In this episode, Bree and Jesse discuss the phenomenon of Kickstarter backer outrage and what companies can do to avoid it. We also report on the legal battle between Wizards of the Coast and ACD Distribution, while Chris and Kitty run down Kickstarters for "The Umbrella Academy," "Quest," and "Massive Darkness 2."

 

TOP STORIES:

Wizards of the Coast and ACD Distribution appear to cut ties following a lengthy legal battle. AEG CEO John Zinser hospitalized after emergency surgery. "That's So Clever" gets even more so the third time around. "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" brush up on their alchemy. "Keyforge" dives deep with "Dark Tidings." Ant Man goes big with "Marvel Champions: The Card Game." "Dungeons & Dragons: Adventure Begins" board game aims to introduce new players to D&D. "The Great Dalmuti" gets a D&D makeover for its 25th birthday. "SNØ" hits the ice for "The Magnificent." Stefan Feld lights it up with "Bonfire." Dire Wolf teases plots within plots of "Dune: Imperium."

 

BUSINESS BREAKDOWN:

Bree and Jesse discuss backer outrage, highlighting some of the complaints surrounding AEG's recent Kickstarter for "Dead Reckoning," and discussing how companies can avoid having angry backers derail their campaigns.

 

KICKSTARTER:

The Umbrella Academy Quest Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Undaunted: North Africa The Lord of the Rings LCG: The Land of Sorrow Legend of the Five Rings LCG: Campaigns of Conquest Marvel Champions LCG: Hulk Hero Pack Arkham Horror LCG: Return to the Forgotten Age Bar Barians Midnight Brunch Smiles and Daggers Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (now in general distribution)

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com.
2020-08-10
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Dice Tower Now 693: August 3, 2020

This episode, Corey wraps up his exploration into the role of board game developers, we take a look at some of the big announcements out of Gen Con Online, and Kitty and Chris discuss the Kickstarter campaigns for "The Fuzzies," "Petrichor: Collector's Edition" (and "Cows" expansion), and "Clash of the Cryptids."

 

TOP STORIES:

Build the Big Apple in "Santorini New York." "7 Wonders" gets a fresh look. "Dinosaur Island: Roar N' Write" and "Dinosaur World" mark their territory. Establish the Port of San Francisco with "Embarcadero." "Epic Encounters" brings big monsters to your TTRPG. "Tidal Blades: The Roleplaying Game" in the works. TTS offers a spoiler-free demo of "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0." "Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game" to get an exclusive window at hobby game stores. "X-Men: Mutant Insurrection" coming in early 2021. Groot and Rocket Raccoon take "Marvel Champions: TGC" into deep space. "Prophecy of Kings" grows the galaxy of "Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)." "Descents: Legends of the Dark" teased by Fantasy Flight. Hobby game sales up in 2019. "Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles" and "Dead Reckoning" go big on Kickstarter. Mythic Games settles IP dispute over "Time of Legends: Joan of Arc." Cold-blooded "Lizard Wizards" are hot.

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey discusses who does and does not need a developer on their board game.

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Fallout Shelter: The Board Game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game Philosophia: Dare to be Wise Kids on Brooms The Magnificent

 

CONNECT:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-08-03
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Dice Tower Now 692: July 27, 2020

This episode, Bree talks to designer Erica Bouyouris about switching to Plan B in the time of COVID, and Kitty gets spooky with "The Night Cage" and "The Shivers" Kickstarters.

 

TOP STORIES:

"Pictures" takes home the 2020 Spiel des Jahres, and "The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine" wins the Kennerspiel des Jahres. Giant "Catan" field opens in Germany. "Last Light" from the Dice Tower's Roy Cannaday promises 8-player 4X space action in under 90 minutes. Upper Deck announces "Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game - Into the Cosmos." Starling Games alum launch development house Quillsilver Studios. "The Umbrella Academy" gets its own card battling game. Amazon to crack down on counterfeiting. "Usagi Yojimbo Hero Pack" coming to "Arcadia Quest." Wizards of the Coast powers down "Transformers Trading Card Game."

 

THE HOTNESS:

Cairn Renature Under Falling Skies Fort Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Bree Goldman discusses "Steven Universe: Beach-A-Palooza Card Battling Game" with designer Erica Bouyouris.

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Scooby-Doo! Betrayal at Mystery Mansion Meza A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game - Bloody Mummers Zorse Riders Unit Box Harlem Unbound (2nd Edition)

 

KICKSTARTERS:

The Night Cage The Shivers

 

OUTPUT RANDOMNESS:

Corey explores the concept of fun in gaming.

 

LINKS:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
2020-07-27
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Dice Tower Now 691: July 20, 2020

In this episode, Corey takes a look at the trials and tribulations of being (or working with) a board game developer. Plus, Chris discusses the ?Ascension Tactics: Miniatures Deckbuilding Game? and ?Roar and Write!? Kickstarters.

 

TOP STORIES:

"Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" features doctors, spies, and Cold War bio-weapons. Asmodee acquires Libellud. Giochi Uniti releasing US versions of "Bar Barians," "Smiles and Daggers," and "Midnight Brunch." Boss Tweed is back in a new edition of "Tammany Hall." The Stefan Feld City Collection to launch August 18 on Kickstarter with "Hamburg" and "Amsterdam." Three new sets on the way for "A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game." Gamegenic to produce new accessories for the 25th anniversary of "Catan." Upcoming deckbuilder "Fort" jumps to #1 on the Hotness.

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey Thompson speaks with Stronghold Games' Stephen Buonocore, Gaming Rules' Paul Grogan, Breaking Games' Peter Vaughan, and freelance designer/developer Jonny Pac Cantin about the challenges surrounding the role of game developers.

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Unmatched: Cobble & Fog Unlock! Epic Adventures Fafnir Babylonia Yukon Airways Monster Mansion

 

KICKSTARTERS:

Roar and Write! Ascension Tactics: Miniatures Deckbuilding Game

 

LINKS:

Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Find more of Corey's interviews at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
2020-07-20
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Dice Tower Now 690: July 13, 2020

In this episode, we talk to the producers of the new tabletop games documentary, GAMEMASTER, about how the film came to be.

 

TOP STORIES:

Tabletop games Kickstarter business up in 2020 despite fewer projects. BGG.CON 2020 replaced by a second Virtual Gaming Con. CMON investigating the audit issues surrounding its annual report. "Magic: The Gathering" in-store play temporarily suspended. "The Once and Future Kang" sets his sights on "Marvel Champions." "Back the Comeback" charity auction to support retail comic and game stores. "Southern Rails" rolling into Rio Grande's station. Solo rules let "Sanctum" players face their demons alone. "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" turns back the clock.

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Jasper talks with Jimmy Nguyen, Jason Rose, and Wally Schrass about the origins and challenges of making GAMEMASTER (Twitter: @GamemasterDoc), a new documentary about the world of tabletop games and the people behind them.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Pendulum Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles Dead Reckoning

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Spicy Keyforge: Mass Mutation Aztec Arkham Horror: TCG - The Blob that Ate Everything Scenario Pack Marvel Champions: TCG - Doctor Strange Hero Pack Legend of the Five Rings: In Pursuit of Truth Dynasty Pack The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth - Shadowed Paths Decipher The Great Cake Escape Black Rose Wars

 

KICKSTARTER:

Catapult Kingdoms Enigmas Sorcerer: Endbringer

 

LINKS:

Follow our Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Catch up with Chris and Kitty's Tabletop Game Talk podcast. Dig in with Corey at Dice Tower Dish. Connect with Bree @BoardGameBree on Twitter.
2020-07-13
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Dice Tower Now 689: July 6, 2020

This week, an ambassador for the hobby hangs up his hat, Corey takes us on a journey to learn what exactly a board game developer does, and Kitty and Chris discuss the Kickstarter campaigns for "Eila and Something Shiny" and "Hybris: Disordered Cosmos."

 

HEADLINES:

"Wingspan" takes home the Dice Tower Award for Best Game of the Year, with "Maracaibo" and "Horrified" winning Best Strategy Game and Best Coop respectively. Stephen Buonocore to retire as President of Stronghold Games. Get ready to welcome the King and Queen in a new card game based on the "Downton Abbey" movie. Go off the top rope with "WWE Legends Royal Rumble Card Game." Return to Middle-earth in Reiner Knizia's "The Lord of the Rings - Anniversary Edition." Will Wheaton takes a ride with Bicycle. Plan B announces the final game in the "Century: Golem" trilogy. "Sonora" from Pandasaurus Games arrives in retail.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Pendulum Lost Ruins of Arnak Dead Reckoning Godzilla: Tokyo Clash

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

Corey talks to industry leaders to get to the bottom of what exactly board game developers do.

 

KICKSTARTER:

Eila and Something Shiny Hybris: Disordered Cosmos

 

LINKS:

Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates @DiceTowerNow. Check out Corey's interview with "Century: Golem" trilogy designer Emerson Matsuuchi at DiceTowerDish.com. Kitty and Chris take a look back at metagaming on this week's Tabletop Game Talk podcast. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BoardGameBree. You can now find us listed along with all the other great podcasts in the Dice Tower Network.
2020-07-06
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Dice Tower Now 688: June 29, 2020

Welcome to our first episode as Dice Tower Now! Meet the team, and hear what we have in store for the future!

 

HEADLINES:

Reiner Knizia's "My City" gets an English-language release. Queen Games teases "Stefan Feld City Collection." Cards Against Humanity and Wizards of the Coast clean house. Live murder mystery musical based on "Clue" heading to Twitch.

 

HOTNESS:

Gloomhaven: Jaws of Lion Domination Roll Player Adventures Back to the Future: Dice Through Time Unmatched: Cobble & Fog

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Cosmic Encounter: Duel Freedom! Everdell: Bellfaire Everdell: Spirecrest Dune: Ixians & Tleilaxu

 

KICKSTARTER:

Canopy Roll Player Adventures

 

LINKS:

Follow us on Twitter @DiceTowerNow. Connect with Bree Goldman on Twitter @BoardGameBree. Corey Thompson serves up fresh interviews at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out TabletopGameTalk.com for more podcast goodness with Chris Steele & Kitty Langley.
2020-06-29
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Dice Tower Now 687: DTNews Becomes DTNow

Dice Tower News has become Dice Tower Now. With this great power comes great responsibility ... to bring you the biggest and best stories from the world of tabletop gaming.

Follow us on Twitter @DiceTowerNow.

2020-06-26
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Dice Tower News 686: June 22, 2020

Beginning next week, this podcast will be renamed Dice Tower Now. We've got a lot of great new stuff in store. Subscribers should automatically be updated to the new podcast, but if for some reason that doesn't happen, come find us!

HEADLINES:

"Hedgehog Roll" wins the 2020 Kinderspiel des Jahres. Unlock some adventure with "Star Wars Escape Game." Get ready to dive into "Aquatica." GAMA elects new officers. Dial up your deduction with "Ultimate Werewolf Extreme." Put on your princess crown in "Munchkin: Disney." The "Nemesis: Lockdown" KS finishes big. Matagot turns green into gold with their "Kemet: Blood and Sand" KS. "CMON Comics Vol. 1" breaks KS records.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Imperial Struggle Godspeed Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion Terraforming Mars Gloomhaven Wingspan Race for the Galaxy Monumental Root Terraforming Mars: Big Box

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Godspeed Endangered Detective: Signature Series - Dig Deeper Stringamajig

 

KICKSTARTER:

The Dead Eye Age of Atlantis
2020-06-22
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Dice Tower News 685: June 15, 2020

HEADLINES:

Origins Game Fair cancels after backup plans fail. Origins Online cancels following numerous drop outs. The Op joins with Asmodee to create licensed versions of "Drop It!" (AKA, "Dobble"). Race dice with AEG's "Cubitos" from John D. Clair. Wizards of the Coast bans seven Magic: The Gathering cards it deems racist or culturally offensive. Arcane Wonders and Greater Than Games announce "Freedom Five: A Sentinel Comics Board Game." Registration for BGG's and the Dice Tower's Virtual Gaming Con now open.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Terraforming Mars: Big Box Monumental Terraforming Mars Gloomhaven Disney's Jungle Cruise Adventure Game Heartland Wingspan Nemesis Brass: Birmingham The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Forgotten Waters Nevada City Succulent Marshmallow Test Modern Art: The Card Game Marvel Champions: TCG - Black Widow Hero Pack TLOTR: TCG - Under the Ash Mountains Adventure Pack Arkham Horror: TCG - Weaver of the Cosmos Mythos Pack

 

KICKSTARTER:

Crash! Mini Rogue
2020-06-15
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Dice Tower News 684: June 8, 2020

HEADLINES:

The gaming community speaks out in support of diversity and Black Lives Matter. "Pandemic: Hot Zone - North America" to be the first in new series. Funko cuts 25% of its workforce. "Kemet: Blood and Sand" Cthulhu expansion sparks fury amongst backers.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Terraforming Mars: Big Box Terraforming Mars Merchants of the Dark Road Back to the Future: Back in Time Nemesis Gloomhaven Crystal Palace Brass: Birmingham Wingspan Root

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Space Battle Lunchtime Card Game Ride the Rails Deranged Adventure Mart Killer Bunnies Sheriff of Nottingham (Second Edition) My Little Scythe: Pie in the Sky

 

KICKSTARTER:

Merchants of the Dark Road Dice Miner Chai: High Tea
2020-06-08
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Dice Tower News 683: June 1, 2020

HEADLINES:

You'll have the power with CMON's "Masters of the Universe: The Board Game." Solve groovy mysteries with CMON's "Scooby-Doo: The Board Game." Run, Danny! From the Op's "The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel" Frosthaven's charitable acts ruffle feathers. "Warhammer 40,000" gets a 9th Edition. Board Game Expo sets its sights on 2021.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Nemesis Western Empires Merchants of the Dark Road Nemesis: Lockdown Terraforming Mars Gloomhaven Wingspan Kemet: Blood and Sand The Crew: The Search for Planet 9 Kepler-3042

 

KICKSTARTER:

Nemesis: Lockdown Kemet: Blood and Sand CMON Comics - Vol. 1

 

LINKS:

We love feedback! Please leave any you have on our BGG Thread. Find food, interviews with game designers, and Corey Thompson at DiceTowerDish.com. Connect with Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler. Check out TabletopGameTalk.com with previous hosts, Chris Steele and Kitty Langley.

 

2020-06-01
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Dice Tower News 682: May 25, 2020

HEADLINES:

Nominees for the 2020 Spiel des Jahres announced. Spiel and Gen Con canceled. The Dice Tower and BGG team up for Virtual Gaming Con. Search for pearls in Reiner Knizia's "Whale Riders." Funko Games adapting everything you love. "Gudetama: The Tricky Egg Card Game" slides this way. We look at Kickstarter fails from a new point of view.

 

THE HOTNESS:

My City Gloomhaven Terraforming Mars Nova Luna Nemesis A War of Whispers The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 Santa Monica Wingspan Cartographers: A Roll Player Game

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

The Mind Extreme Deep Vents

 

KICKSTARTER:

Euthia: Torment of Resurrection Railroad Ink Challenge

 

LINKS:

We love feedback. Please leave yours on our BGG Thread. Check out Dice Tower Dish for food and interviews with the game industry's top designers. Connect with Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler. Find previous hosts Kitty and Chris at TabletopGameTalk.com.
2020-05-25
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Dice Tower News 681: May 18, 2020

HEADLINES:

"Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Games" travels to Amazon's exclusive waters. Asmodee USA Distribution to release 40 new titles in June. CMON makes progress with its audit issues. Baby Yoda waddles to a table near you. "Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery" to get a second edition.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Small World of Warcraft Maharaja Tiny Epic Pirates Gloomhaven Under Falling Skies: A 9-Card Print-and-Play Game HEL: The Last Saga Terraforming Mars Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale Wingspan Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Santa Monica The Magnificent A Touch of Evil: 10-Year Anniversary Edition Western Legends: Ante Up

 

KICKSTARTER:

Battle of the Boybands Adventures in Neverland

 

LINKS:

Connect with Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler. Dig into DiceTowerDish.com with Corey Thompson. Check out TabletopGameTalk.com with former hosts Kitty and Chris. We love feedback! Please leave any on our Official BGG Thread.
2020-05-18
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Dice Tower News 680: May 11, 2020

HEADLINES:

BGG announces 14th Annual Golden Geek Awards. Alliance Game Distributors to resume operations. "Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion" sinks its teeth into Target. Days of Wonder peddles "Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam." Vladimir Suchy's "Praga Caput Regni" to break ground in 2020. Renegade Games buddies up to "Clank!: Adventuring Party." Kickstarter lays off 40% of workforce. Dice Tower Dish's Corey Thompson digs into the state of tabletop Kickstarter campaigns and the trouble with game awards.

 

THE HOTNESS:

TINYforming Mars Wingspan Gloomhaven Sapiens HEL: The Last Saga Mercado de Lisboa Terraforming Mars The Crew: The Search for Planet 9 Nemesis Spirit Island

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Babylonia Yukon Airways Monster Mansion Colt Super Express

 

KICKSTARTER:

Sea of Legends

 

LINKS:

Find Corey Thompson at DiceTowerDish.com. Connect with Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler. We love feedback! Please leave any on our Official Thread.
2020-05-11
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Dice Tower News 679: May 4, 2020

HEADLINES:

"Frosthaven" breaks another Kickstarter record. Hasbro reports substantial growth in games sales. Fantasy Flight announces "Arkham Horror: The Card Game - The Innsmouth Conspiracy." Capstone Games takes over publication for "Terra Mystica" and "Gaia Project." The OP announces "The Batman Who Laughs Rising." Gale Force Nine announces new expansions and an updated edition for "Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks."

 

THE HOTNESS:

Bargain Basement Bathysphere Gloomhaven Utopia Engine Under Falling Skies: A 9-Card Print-and-Play Supermarché Ankh: Gods of Egypt Wingspan Terraforming Mars Frosthaven Arkham Horror: The Card Game

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Tang Garden Sonora Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio (Third Edition) Traintopia

 

KICKSTARTERS:

Clinic: Deluxe Edition - COVID-19 Pandemic Tapeworm Resident Evil 3: The Board Game

 

LINKS:

Connect with Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler.

Check out TabletopGameTalk.com with former hosts Kitty & Chris.

We love feedback! Please leave any on our Official Thread.

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Dice Tower News 678: April 24, 2020

HEADLINES:

City of Games releases "The Isle of Cats Remote Edition." San Diego Comic-Con 2020 and Anime Expo 2020 cancelled. New "Magic: The Gathering" decks delayed. Game shop owner arrested for operating a non-essential business. The OP Games announces "Risk: Warhammer 40,000." This podcast is switching release days. Leave us your thoughts on our BGG Feedback Thread.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Pandemic: Hot Zone - North America Canvas Wingspan Cloudspire Gloomhaven Barrage Ankh: Gods of Egypt Terraforming Mars Marvel Champions: The Card Game Spirit Island

 

KICKSTARTER:

Final Girl Lords of Vegas: Underworld & Boss Bundle

 

LINKS:

Connect with Jesse on Twitter @TheJesse Wheeler. Listen to former hosts, Chris and Kitty, at TabletopGameTalk.com. Leave us feedback (or just say hi) on our BGG Thread.
2020-04-24
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Dice Tower News 677: April 17, 2020

HEADLINES:

Amazon to resume stocking non-essential items from third-party retailers. Fantasy Flights postpones Organized Play events. Alliance and Diamond furlough employees. Execs take a pay cut. The OP announces "Trivial Pursuit: Horror Ultimate Edition." AEG and The OP announce "Smash Up: Marvel." CMON stock suspended due to audit issues.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Ankh: Gods of Egypt Cloudspire Forgotten Waters Gloomhaven Terraforming Mars Wingspan Nemesis Spirit Island Arkham Horror: The Card Game Everdell

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Bees: The Secret Kingdom Musical Chairs The Mind Extreme Kingswood PQltistes free print & play (French instructions)

 

KICKSTARTER:

Ankh: Gods of Egypt

 

LINKS:

Connect with Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler

2020-04-17
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Dice Tower News 676: April 10, 2020

HEADLINES:

Origins 2020 rescheduled for October BGG.Spring 2020 cancelled Mayday Games starts distributing NK95 masks Stonemaier Games announces new products on April Fool's that turned out to be no joke Fantasy Flight announces Arkham Horror (Third Edition): Under Dark Waves and Marvel Champions: The Card Game - The Rise of Red Skull

 

THE HOTNESS:

Ankh: Gods of Egypt Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire Forgotten Waters Gloomhaven Pax Renaissance Air, Land & Sea Terraforming Mars Nemesis Wingspan Crypt

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Cosmic Encounter: Duel The One Hundred Torii Ripple Rush Aquelarre Crossed Words The Coldest Night One Small Step Inner Compass

 

KICKSTARTERS:

Excavation: Earth They Live: Assault on Cable 54

 

LINKS:

Connect with Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler

2020-04-10
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Dice Tower News 675: April 3, 2020

HEADLINES:

Alliance Game Distributors halts payments to vendors

 

THE HOTNESS:

Frosthaven Gloomhaven Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion Corinth Winter Kingdom Terraforming Mars Wingspan Everdell Spirit Island The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

Unmatched: Jurassic Park - InGen vs. Raptors King of Tokyo: Dark Edition Planet Apocalypse

 

KICKSTARTER:

Frosthaven

 

LINKS:

You can follow Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler Check out the TabletalkGameTalk podcast with former hosts Chris & Kitty
2020-04-03
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Dice Tower News 674: March 27, 2020

HEADLINES:

Fantasy Flight announces Investigator Starter Decks for "Arkham Horror: The Card Game." "Pandemic" designer Matt Leacock writes an opinion piece for the New York Times. Alliance Game Distributors temporarily shuts down operations, but ACD Distribution expects to keep running. Asmodee USA and Renegade Game Studios delay new releases. Fireside Games delay party game "Stringamajig" and their Kickstarter campaign for "Castle Panic: Deluxe Edition." The Tokyo Game Market event for April has been canceled. WizKids pulls out of Origins and UK Games Expo 2020.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Frosthaven Gloomhaven Everdell The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 Terraforming Mars Dark Ages: Heritage of Charlemagne Arkham Horror: The Card Game Wingspan Pax Pamir (Second Edition) Rallyman: GT

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

The Isle of Cats The Isle of Cats: Late Arrivals Core Connection: Rise of Atlantis VIAE: Roads of Rome Nevada City Starcadia Quest: Showdown Starcadia Quest: Build-a-Robot

 

KICKSTARTER:

Trekking the World Moonshine Empire Lawyer Up

 

YOUR HOSTS:

You can find previous hosts Chris & Kitty at TabletopGameTalk.com. And you can follow Jesse on Twitter @TheJesseWheeler.
2020-03-27
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Dice Tower News 673: March 20, 2020

HEADLINES:

Origins Game Fair announces awards nominees for 2020 2020 Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction now live Z-Man Games announces "Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game" "Pandemic" is in the news

 

THE HOTNESS:

Gloomhaven Pandemic Dark Ages Paris Pax Pamir Museum: Pictura Rallyman: GT Wingspan Terraforming Mars Everdell

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 Oriflamme The Shining Staka The Big Book of Madness: The Vth Element

 

KICKSTARTERS:

Mint Control Bold Made

 

LINKS:

What's new with you during the Coronapocalypse? Let us know on our BGG Thread.

Find Previous hosts Chris & Kitty at TapletopGameTalk.com.

2020-03-20
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Dice Tower News 672: March 13, 2020

HEADLINES

Asmodee USA Distribution to distribute directly to retailers Asmodee clarifies its parts replacement policy Price increases announced for 27 Asmodee titles CMON Expo 2020 cancelled The Hulk is coming to "Marvel Champions: The Card Game" Uwe Rosenberg announces "New York Zoo"

 

THE HOTNESS

Pax Pamir: Second Edition Nemesis Gloomhaven Spirit Island Marvel Champions: The Card Game On Mars Rallyman: GT Terraforming Mars Museum: Pictura Root

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES

Afternova Trial of the Temples Robotech: Brace for Impact Robotech: Cyclone Run Stalingrad Besieged

 

KICKSTARTER

Who Goes There? Second Edition Monuments Erune Rival Restaurants: Back for Seconds Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage "Game"

 

LINKS

We'd love to hear from you - feedback, suggestions, whatever - on our BGG Thread.

Find previous hosts Chris and Kitty at TabletopGameTalk.com.

2020-03-13
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Dice Tower News 671: March 6, 2020

HEADLINES:

Plaid Hat Games claims its independence with "Forgotten Waters." "Ripple Rush" from Stronghold Games coming soon. "Chronicles of Crime" launches on Kickstarter. "Castle Panic: Deluxe Addition" to be Fireside Games' first Kickstarter. Emerson Matsuuchi streamlines social deduction with his latest design.

 

THE HOTNESS:

Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy Spirit Island Nemesis Viscounts of the West Kingdom Marvel Champions the Card Game Rallyman GT Gloomhaven Terraforming Mars Museum: Pictura Brass: Birmingham

 

NEW & UPCOMING GAMES:

Gorilla Marketing Dungeon Mayhem: Monster Madness Stellar 7 Souls Karekare

 

KICKSTARTERS:

Lost in Valhalla Ruins: Death Binder

 

LINKS:

Leave us feedback on our BGG Thread

Listen to previous hosts Kitty and Chris on TabletalkGameTalk.com

 

 

 

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Dice Tower News 670: February 28, 2020

HEADLINES:

"Oriflamme" wins the As d'Or "Pictionary Air" wins the Toy of the Year: Game of the Year award Asmodee announces new 3D version of Catan Avalon Hill announces "Betrayal at Mystery Manor" Blue Orange Games to release 20 new games to celebrate its 20th anniversary

 

THE HOTNESS

Brass: Birmingham Viscounts of the West Kingdom Raiders of Scythia Gloomhaven Terraforming Mars Tang Garden Wingspan Chronicles of Crime: 1400 Rallyman: GT Marvel Champions: The Card Game

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES

Sanctum Nova Luna Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Amazons Philadelphia 1777 Shiloh 1862 Struggle for Europe 1939-1945

 

KICKSTARTERS

Gladius Slip Strike

 

LINKS:

Tell us how we're doing and what suggestions you have for the show on our BGG Thread.

Check out former hosts Chris and Kitty at TabletopGameTalk.com.

2020-02-28
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