Kickstarter News 23/8/14 – If I had the cash, I’d look at…



Kickstarter News 23/8/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at…

There was nothing of interest last week but this week we have…






Dead Men Tell No Tales from Minion Games


Now this looks pretty cool and loads of fun I must say. That is, if you like cooperative games like I do.

Dead Men Tell No Tales (DMTNT) is a cooperative game where players take on the role of a Pirate crew, boarding the doomed Skelit’s Revenge for one purpose: to take the loot. You need to deal with the spreading fire and explosion potential as well as the enemies left on the ship. But what’s a little risk for the plunder!

Nothing else really captured my attention this week…


Review – Dragon Slayer from Indie Boards & Cards


Dragon Slayer: The Odds are in your Favor

by Benny Sperling

Note – This review is of the Kickstarter edition, the retail version may differ.

Dragon Slayer is a push-your-luck dice game with a twist. That twist? Direct player interaction! Or at least 1 round of it for each player. I’ll explain the game first, then we’ll talk about the player interaction.


Dragon Slayer has 12 custom dice, they are embossed so there is less chance to get worn out (I’m looking at you first edition of King of Tokyo). There are 3 Hero dice with 3 axes, 2 shields and 1 flame per die. The odds are in your favor as you’ll need Axes more than anything. The flames are bad and need to be shielded, the axes are used to kill a dragon. Any flames not shield cost the player one of their dice. This is where it can get bad, lose all three dice and you are dragon chow.


Speaking of dragons, there are 3 dragons, each with its own set of 3 dice.


The player must assemble the whole dragon and have an axe in order to defeat it. 

The Blue dragon, considered the easiest and worth 2 points, has a head die, a wing die and a tail die. Each die has 4 of its body parts and 2 mountains. , odds are still in your favor, the Blue dragon isn’t scary as the only damage you’ll take is from your own hero dice. The Green dragon, worth 4 points, still keeps the odds in your favor though there is 1 flame, 1 mountain and 4 of the body parts per die. Even the Red dragon worth 6 points, is still basically in your favor to get the parts assembled, but 2 flames per die can be deadly! In a recent game, I rolled the 3 Red dragon dice and the 3 hero dice… 3 flames, 3 axes. That was the end of my turn.


Each turn you can try to fight as many of the dragons as you want, you only score if you defeat a dragon and stop. If you engage a dragon, you must defeat it or lose all of your hero dice. If you defeat all 3 dragons, you can then continue and fight each one again, but you cannot fight the same dragon until each of the 3 are defeated.


But that’s not all, remember the player interaction? Once per game, you can challenge an opponent to press their luck. They can stop and score, but you earn 5 points. If they keep going and lose, you earn 5 points. If they keep going and win, they earn double the points for that Dragon! And you get 0. This can be a well timed move, but only when played carefully.

The game ends when a player earns 40 points, each player gets an even number of turns.


Overall, I quite enjoyed Dragon Slayer, it’s short, about 15 minutes, the dice are great, the scoreboard and cubes are nice to keep track and the reverse of the 2nd scoreboard shows a map of the dragon and what dice get rerolled. It fits nicely with the other Press-Your-Luck games like Zombie Dice or Incan Gold. I would take this one over those two though. Sold game, well done Indie Board and Cards.


Note: this copy was received as part of my backing the Kickstarter campaign.


For more information –

News – Tenka: Shogun – Victory Point Games PRESS RELEASE


News – Tenka: Shogun – Victory Point Games PRESS RELEASE

Whether in the royal court or on the battlefield, the lords of feudal Japan fight a never-ending struggle for power amidst the chaos of a faltering Empire. You will vie for provincial control as order crumbles around you, hoping to secure enough holdings before the entire country is enveloped in the fires of revolution.

In Tenka: Shogun Edition, you will work to fill your Court with all of the tools necessary to rule Japan’s various provinces. Power can come from winning over Priests, lesser Lords, and Knights, or you can push for bringing Japan’s unique aspects to your side. No matter the direction you choose, you’ll be racing against time to restore order before Chaos breaks out.

Only one can seize enough Provinces or retrieve the Imperial Regalia (the three Sacred Treasures of Japan) to control the realm. Will it be you?

Click here for all the details on Tenka: Shogun.


Gen Con News – If I had the cash to be at Gen Con 2014, I’d look at…


Gen Con News – If I had the cash to be at Gen Con 2014, I’d look at…

I’ve been following the goings on at Gen Con 2014 and I watched a number of BGG broadcasts showcasing new games. I also looked at the BGG new release list.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there are only a handful of new games that I really think are interesting.


X-Files from IDW Games and Pandasaurus Games

From BGG – As a long time fan of the TV show, I’m pretty interested in this game. It sounds like they’ve got loads of references to the show. Hopefully it has the feel of the episodes.

In The X-Files, players take on the role of Mulder, Scully, and the X-Files team as they work to uncover global conspiracies and threats while going up against various members of the Syndicate. In game terms, 1-4 agent players team up against one opponent who controls the Smoking Man and his nefarious network.

The X-Files board game will focus on material from the first three seasons of the television series, giving fans a chance to start from the beginning of the phenomenon.


 Dead of Winter from Plaid Hat Games

Yes, there are far too many zombies games around. But this one stands out as something different and much more about the characters. Sounds fun.

From BGG - Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, the first game in this series, puts 2-5 players in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity is either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.

Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means players are working together toward one common victory condition — but for each individual player to achieve victory, he must also complete his personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that’s fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or (worst of all) vengeance against the colony! Certain games could end with all players winning, some winning and some losing, or all players losing. Work toward the group’s goal, but don’t get walked all over by a loudmouth who’s looking out only for his own interests!

Dead of Winter is an experience that can be accomplished only through the medium of tabletop games. It’s a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. The survivors are all dealing with their own psychological imperatives, but must still find a way to work together to fight off outside threats, resolve crises, find food and supplies, and keep the colony’s morale up.

Dead of Winter has players making frequent, difficult, heavily- thematic, wildly-varying decisions that often have them deciding between what is best for the colony and what is best for themselves.


Sentinel Tactics from Greater Than Games

I enjoy Sentinels of the Multiverse and a game with minis based on it sounds great.

From BGG -Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom is a tactical combat game that uses a hex grid map to represent terrain. Each player controls one or more heroes or villains, each of which has unique powers. Combat is based on the rolling of six-sided dice. Whereas Sentinels of the Multiverse is a fully cooperative game,Sentinel Tactics is a team-based game. Groups of players will cooperate against either a villain player or against another team of players, so while the game is competitive, cooperation and teamwork are still vital to the gameplay.


Samurai Spirit from FunForge

Seems fun and very silly but could be fun.

From BGG -

Samurai Spirit is a co-operative game in which each player is a fierce samurai defending a village surrounded by a horde of bandits. The game plays out over three turns during which each player takes turns drawing bandit cards, then choosing whether they want to fight the bandit, defend the village, or let the bandit pass in order to help the other samurai.

The challenge of the game consists of balancing your choices: Should you fight each enemy to quickly reach your beast capacities, while also coming closer to the death and risking further loss by not defending the village sufficiently? Should you mainly defend or help the other samurai, taking the risk of remaining human too long and therefore weaker, when you know that weakness will be a major problem when facing the lieutenant and the villain bosses? Each enemy presents a tough choice to you, your team, and ultimately the whole village! Each turn ends with farms and fences being destroyed, and since those aren’t unlimited, you must do what’s necessary to end the game with at least one undamaged farm and enough farmers to tend it. Do you have what it takes to stand against evil and become a true hero?

Fight with courage, smartly assist your teammates, defend the poor villagers, turn into a savage beast, and wreak havoc on the enemy lines — all of this is up to you! Ultimately it would be your honor to chose to die in a ultimate sacrifice in order to save the village. All of this is what makes the true samurai spirit!


1944: Race to the Rhine from Phalanx Games

Not totally convinced about this one as its not really a war game but maybe…

1944 Race to the Rhine is a new game experience. You can’t win this game without proper planning. Your tanks need gas to move and ammo to fight. But don’t forget to feed your GIs. So what would be your transport priority?

Will you follow General Patton’s strategy to discard ammo in order to bring additional fuel barrels along to move boldly forward? Would you risk your prestige and gamble on Market-Garden as Field Marshal Montgomery did? Would you cross the Rhine more quickly than General Bradley did, with the help of your hard work and a little luck?


War Stories: Liberty Road from Conquistador Games

Tactical war game with what sounds like a good simplified system with a good level of detail. However, I’m not thrilled about the art so maybe…

From BGG – War Stories combines the best of miniature gaming with the best of board gaming to create a fast-playing, rewardingly deep tactical battle system with wooden blocks — and optional museum-quality vehicle miniatures. Easy to learn for the casual gamer and difficult to master for the die hard wargamer, pushing infantry and gorgeous tanks around the board has never been this much fun! Liberty Road, the second entry in the War Stories series, features twenty scenarios chronicling the liberation of Europe by the Western Allies during World War II — from the beaches of Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge — Liberty Road puts glorious Shermans, Panthers, King Tigers and many more high-quality pre-painted miniatures at your disposal to achieve your objectives and outfight your opponent.

Kickstarter News 10/8/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at… Plus a rant at non-EU friendly Kickstarter project owners


Kickstarter News 10/8/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at… Plus a rant at non-EU friendly Kickstarter project Owners



Redacted from LudiCreations

Spycraft, intrigue, bluffing and betrayal in the cold war, for 002-006 agents. Turtleneck, one-liners & british accent not included.

This one looks pretty interesting.


Florenza from Mage Company
Become the most powerful family in the city of Florence during the Renaissance period by recruiting artists, architects and painters.

I am generally not a fan of Euro-style games but this should be of interest to those of you who are. And the art looks gorgeous. 


Sorry, folks but there is nothing else I’d bother with as the same old themes keep cropping up and there were a couple of others that looked interesting but were priced out by the European shipping.

Note to Table Top Game Kickstarter project owners…

Stop being short sighted and get your act together and work with distributors like Game Salute that will work with you to bulk ship to the UK and Europe, thereby keeping the cost of shipping down and avoiding import duties. If I don’t see an EU friendly guarantee on your project I most likely will not consider giving your project a look at all!

End of Rant…


News – Trifecta from Victory Point Games now available


News – Trifecta from Victory Point Games now available

Trifecta, from Zoran Dobrijevic, is a fast, competitive game made specifically for two players. Work your way to victory or spend your turns foiling your opponent just as they think they have a winning row.

Players take turns back and forth adding one card at a time to each of six rows. If a row has five cards in it and the total value of the cards is between or equal to 21 and 26, the owner of that row gains a point and the row is emptied. If the total value is a different number, the row is emptied and the owner gains no points.

Be the first to complete three successful rows of cards and victory is yours!

Click here for all the details on Trifecta.
- Victory Point Games

Kickstarter News – Pack O Game – TINY card games that are FUN to play ANYWHERE


Kickstarter News – Pack O Game – TINY Card Games That Are Fun To Play ANYWHERE

Ok so here we we have a newish project that seems to take the Micro-Game in a bit of different direction from the rest.

A whole new concept in portable gaming! Each game has been carefully designed and play-tested in order to take full advantage of the unique Pack O Game™ aesthetic, while providing maximum replayable FUN! 

Chris Handy has taken a fresh approach to the genre and offers a series of mini-games which suit most tastes. Looks fun!

Check it out here –

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