*Press Release* The prestigious Charles S. Roberts Awards have posted the 2010 CSR Awards Games of the Year ballot for public voting.

*Press Release* The prestigious Charles S. Roberts Awards have posted the 2010 CSR Awards Games of the Year ballot for public voting.

The Charles S. Roberts Awards are presented annually for excellence in the historical wargaming hobby. You are absolutely spoiled for choice as the nomination lists are very extensive and you can find them and vote here

http://www.alanemrich.com/CSR_pages/voting.php

For more information about the history of the awards go to –

http://www.alanemrich.com/CSR_pages/CSR_Awards_Home.htm

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Review – Dwarf King’s Hold: Dead Rising from Mantic Games

Review – Dwarf King’s Hold: Dead Rising from Mantic Games

Designer – Jake Thornton

Artist – Tears of Envy

note – Many thanks to Mantic Games for providing a copy of this game for review

It’s clobberin’ time yet again as we enter yet another arena of catacombs, dungeons, vaults, etc. in our never ending quest to do battle with evil minions. This time around we have a group of hearty, but vertically challenged and beardy Dwarves, Shieldbreakers and their trusty Mastiff as they take on the Skeletons, Skeleton Hounds and Revenants of the Necromancer, all in a game called Dwarf King’s Hold: Dead Rising from Mantic Games. This is a 2 – player game for ages 10+ and comes with 6 scenarios of progressing difficulty.

The components are relatively typical of the “Dungeon bash” type of games – Dungeon floor tiles, information counters, dice, rules and miniatures. Note – the figures come on plastic sprues and need to be detached and put together, which is very reminiscent of earlier games like Advanced Heroquest by Games Workshop. Also, they are nice looking models but unpainted. The colorful artwork is very nice and evocative of the fantasy theme and gives you a good dungeon as your playground. As with similar games, having a selection of different tiles provides you with opportunity to create your own home-brew scenarios. I would have lives the card-stock of the floor tiles to have been thicker and more robust but otherwise the quality is good.

Gameplay

The game process is nice and simple and should be ideal for introducing newbies to the genre.

1) Activate your models to move and fight by spending activation tokens. So there is an important planning element as you may not have enough tokens to activate all your models. The token mechanic is the simple yet subtle heart of the game. Its all about using your actions effectively and managing them for best effect.

2) Follow-on tokens can give a dwarf model and extra move or attack action – can be a bit of a tricky decision as you may risk a dwarf becoming isolated but it may be worth it

3) Discard unwanted tokens – Dwarf player only

4) Produce new Skeletons from the Pits of Souls – Necromancer player only and no action costs – those pesky skeletons keep popping up

5) Utilize the Baleful Gaze ability – Necromancer player only and mightily glad they will be for it to keep the Dwarves under pressure

6) Replenish action token pool

Things are very straightforward. You move and/or fight. That’s it. No magic, no special moves. Very little in the way of surprises other than Skeletons that pop up. Nothing complicated, nothing overly challenging. Easy to learn, easy to play. Kinda like a Dungeon Bash 101 game.In fact I would say that this is game does exactly does what it says on the tin.

The scenario time ranges from 15-60 minutes so you can replay a couple during a gaming session without much of a problem.This is a light, very playable game.

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VPG Press Release – Best of Chris Taylor, Vol. 1 pack!

He Wants You (to check out his games)!

http://victorypointgames.com/details.php?prodId=167

That’s right, we here and VPG just can’t get enough of designer Chris Taylor and his games! We have brought forth his first volume of his line of games, ranging from the vast raches of space to the coldest, darkest dungeons. Each game is filled with many treasures, discover it for yourself in the Best of Chris Taylor, Vol. 1 pack!

The bundle includes:

•    Astra Titanus
•    Legions of Darkness
•    Loot and Scoot
•    Loot and Scoot expansion kit
•    Toe-to-toe Nu’klr Combat with the Rooskies

Click here for all the details and to order the new Best of Chris Taylor pack, Vol. 1
Chris Taylor not included.


VPG Press Release 5/26 – Legions of Darkness expansion kit: Book of Magic released

From the depths of sorcery, coated with a film of dust, Chris Taylor unveils (from his “secret” library) the Legions of Darkness Expansion kit #1: Book of Magic. From the popular solitaire, fantasy States of SiegeTM game, the Book of Magic introduces new and spells, a new type of hero, and fierce enemy bosses to wreak havoc on your castle’s defenders. There’s even talk of a necromancer who walks the lands, constantly raising the dead to infest the high castle walls.

Can you use these new spells wisely against the fearless undead and frightening beasts? Discover it for yourself and open up the Book of Magic!

Note, the Legions of Darkness Expansion Kit 1: Book of Magic is not a ‘stand alone’ game. You must own a copy of Legions of Darkness to use this expansion kit.

Click here for all the details and to order the new Legions of Darkness expansion kit: Book of Magic.

Press Release from Out of the Box Games – Games a Key Opportunity in 2011 Hot Holiday Toy Lists

Press Release from Out of the Box Games – Games a Key Opportunity in 2011 Hot Holiday Toy Lists

Windsor, Wisconsin –With families more focused on saving money and relishing the time they spend together, party games will be an integral part of 2011 hot holiday toy lists.

In recent years, families are spending more on products that allow them to be together. Party games offer a prime opportunity in the burgeoning tween and teen markets.

“When I started in this business I had no idea how much games would affect me personally, but after raising five kids I‟ve seen how playing games together really improves family relationships!” says Al Waller, President of Out of the Box Publishing.

Out of the Box Publishing just released two new party games that fit the demand perfectly for this holiday season. Both Faux•Cabulary and Shake “N Take can be learned in minutes, played in less than a half an hour and will appeal to kids and adults alike. If you are looking for great party games to add to your holiday lists these two will fit the bill perfectly.

Press samples available now! Contact leah@otb-games.com.

Faux•Cabulary™
The Outrageous Game of Wild New Words

First, a crazy definition is read to the group. Next, players use the wacky word parts to create wildly funny new words to fit the definition. Each new word is read out loud, and the “Wordmeister” picks the best one!
Faux•Cabulary—it‟s where new words come from!
Ages 13 and up, 3-7 players, $29.99 suggested retail, Available now at Amazon.com and specialty toy stores nationwide.

Shake ‘n Take®
The Fast and Frantic Search for Aliens!

Grab the marker and start capturing aliens. But beware, other players will try to stop you. When the alien face appears in the shaker egg the next player takes the marker right out of your hand! Then, that player captures as many aliens as possible before the marker is taken once again. Be the first player to capture all of your aliens and win!
Ages 8 and up, 2-8 players, $27.99 suggested retail, Available now at Amazon.com and specialty toy stores nationwide.

About Out of the Box Publishing
Since 1999, Out of the Box Publishing has created Award Winning games that can be learned in minutes, played in less than and hour, and enjoyed for a lifetime. Headquartered in Windsor, WI Out of the Box produces a gamut of party games, quick-play card games, and engaging strategy games to delight the entire family. Inspiring fun has always been our mission, and happiness can be found…right Out of the Box!

Visit www.otb-games.com to learn more.

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2011

Leah Sugar
Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.
800-540-2304 x 20
Leah@otb-games.com

2011 Spiel des Jahres Nominees

Here are the nominations for this year’s Spiel des Jahres Award for Germany’s Best Family Board Games. This is the most influential Board Game award currently available.

The nominees are:

Quirkle by Susan McKinley Ross (Mindware) I haven’t played this one…

Forbidden Island by Matt Leacock (Gamewright)

Here is my mini- review –

https://rivcoach.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/forbidden-island/

Asara by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling (Ravensburger)

Here is my review –

https://rivcoach.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/review-asara-from-ravensburger/

http://www.spiel-des-jahres.com/cms/front_content.php?idcat=175