News – Victory Point Games PRESS RELEASE -Villainous Vikings now available

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News – Victory Point Games PRESS RELEASE -Villainous Vikings now available

Your goal in Villainous Vikings, by designer Jeremy Stoltzfus, is to amass as many Valhalla Points as possible so that after Ragnarök occurs your Captain has the best seat in Valhalla to tell his tales of battle and drink his mead. You will gain Valhalla Points by raiding, trading, and battling the other Captains who are also vying for Odin the All-Father’s favor.
After one of the players has been declared the victor of Ragnarök, each player will tally up their Valhalla Points to determine their overall standing with Odin the All-Father and the other Gods; whoever is in the best standing is considered the greatest Viking(s) in history!
Click here for all the details on Villainous Vikings.

 

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News – Press Release -New game from designers of The Great Heartland Hauling Co. and Revolution! to launch on Kickstarter August 1st.

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New game from designers of The Great Heartland Hauling Co. and Revolution! to launch on Kickstarter August 1st.

 

Designers Jason Kotarski (The Great Heartland Hauling Co.) and Philip duBarry (Revolution!, Courtier, Canalis, Kingdom of Solomon) are working with Kotarski’s newly formed Green Couch Games to release their latest game, Fidelitas, a game of medieval meddling. The game is set for a late-Summer 2014 Kickstarter campaign launching August 1st with a Q1 2015 release. Players who love portable card games with elements of hand management and hidden agendas will get in on the action with pledges starting at $19 (includes free shipping in the U.S.) The campaign will also offer reasonable pledge levels for international backers as well.
About The Game

In Fidelitas, players take on the role of faithful citizens in a medieval city exerting influence in order to gain the credibility needed to lead the charge against the corrupt crown. Players play character cards to various locations that make up the city in order to meet conditions of hidden objectives. Each type of character card is associated with a unique action that manipulates cards in the game; use the Butcher to bully other characters to new locations, use the Student to gain more cards, use the Soldier to keep the peasants from loitering too long. In this game where keen maneuvering is key, attentiveness to the opposition may uncover hidden motives that seek to foil your bid for power. The first player to gain a certain number points depending on the number of players is determined worthy to lead the revolt, and also wins the game.

Fidelitas is a card game with a small footprint and a short playtime that packs a big punch. The game includes 50 Virtus Cards (characters), 20 Mission Cards (hidden goals), and 5 Location Cards with beautiful, fun illustrations by the talented Jacqui Davis (Belle of the Ball, Euphoria, Formula E, Epic Resort).
Number of Players: 2 to 4.

 

Recommended Age: 10 and up.

 

Time Required: 30 minutes.

About the Publisher:Green Couch Games is a new company founded by Jason Kotarski to release great little games that make great big connections. Jason is also a game designer and co-host of 20 Minutes of Filler, a Dice Tower Network podcast.
Contact Jason Kotarski for further inquiries:

 

jasonkotarski@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/greencouchtabletop

 

 

News – Canopy Walk from TF Verlag UG on Kickstarter

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News – Canopy Walk from TF Verlag UG on Kickstarter

Yep, this looks like my kind of Euro Game. Check it out on Kickstarter now!

Storyline
It is the year 1922. Recent rumours have it, that a very rare source of red diamonds has been discovered somewhere deep inside the Yungas tropical rainforest, in Valle Grande, Jujuy, Argentina. Though all coloured diamonds are incredibly rare, none are more so than the red diamond. Less than 20 exist today and most weigh less than half a carat. Based on these rumours the two largest Diamond Jeweller’s Corporations in the world, each send an explorer team on site.

Their route starts in southern Argentina, Buenos Aires, and leads them, first by plane, then by bus, and finally by boat all the way up Rio Paraná, to the north of Argentina and the borders of Valle Grande. It is only when the waters get too shallow and the brush too thick to continue by boat, that the teams realize the jungle crawls with creatures such as crocodiles, snakes, pumas, and jaguars. But the worst of all are the piranhas that infest the swampy jungle rivers. By now the teams cannot go back, so the only means of safely venturing further into the jungle is by building canopy walks to claim square by square of Valle Grande! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/225471133/canopy-walk

 

 

KICKSTARTER NEWS – 20/7/14 – IF I HAD THE CASH, I’D TAKE A LOOK AT

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KICKSTARTER NEWS – 13/7/14 – IF I HAD THE CASH, I’D TAKE A LOOK AT…

 

This week I lift the lid on Kickstarter Table Top Game projects to see if there is anything that actually attracts my attention. And to my surprise, there are a few games that have avoided the retread tropes and provided what appear to be cool games.

Cow

Heifer Heist from Cow & Duck Studios

A family game with aliens stealing cows from an angry farmer. This looks like a nice-priced, Euro-friendly game. It is a “pick up and deliver” game which appears to play fast, has player interaction and lovely artwork. Check it out.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1855392870/heifer-heist?ref=discovery

 

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27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails from Purple Games

27th Passenger: A Hunt On Rails is a unique deduction game for 3 to 6 players that plays in 30-45 minutes. This game looks cool with a nice film noir setting.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/purplegames/27th-passenger-a-hunt-on-rails?ref=discovery

 

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Hostage Negotiator from Van Ryder Games

I do like me a Solitaire game and this one looks sweet. You are a hostage negotiator trying to talk down an abductor and save the lives of the hostages. Sounds tense. And fun!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1459655047/hostage-negotiator?ref=discovery

 

 

News – Desert Fox from Shenandoah Studio now available for the iPad

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Press release from Shenandoah Studio   Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein

Can you outwit the Desert Fox?

Now on iPad Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein is a new historical strategy game from the award‐winning creators of Battle of the Bulge.Through fast, turn‐based

gameplay, players take command of this turning point of WW2.

Desert Fox puts you in the shoes of Monty and Rommel in their grand dance across

the desert.

Hold the line as the Commonwealth or push for Cairo as the Axis. Players command

pieces that represent actual military units on a detailed battlefield map. Desert Fox,

designed specifically for iOS, features award‐winning UI design and leverages

touch controls, Game Center, and more.

Combat 2

A Grand Campaign Battle across a grand campaign as commander, making key choices and controlling the final engagement. Horde supplies In the oppressive

heat of the desert, water and ammunition are in short supply.

Plan each attack with care! Take the Battle anywhere with challenging AI opponents,

face-to-face games, and Game Center online, you can enjoy Desert Fox on the go or

in long sessions.

Accessible to Rookies and Veterans a tutorial, full rules, and online forums help you learn to play and explore the game’s subtleties.

Honoring History

Included historical commentary sets the stage, describing the situation, generals, and

weaponry from the conflict.

Stand Together

Desert Fox features online game chat, player rankings, and options to share your

battles on Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Bradley Cummings

brad@shenandoah‐studio.com

http://www.shenandoah-studio.com/

 

News – Shenandoah Studios joins the friends of Boardgames in Blighty

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News – Shenandoah Studios joins the friends of Boardgames in Blighty

I am proud and honoured to add Shenandoah Studio to my list of awesome “Friends of Boardgames in Blighty” which includes brilliant game publishers, Victory Point Games, Columbia Games and Backspindle Games (see the links on the left-hand column).

Hang on, this is a board gaming blog right?

Well indeed it is, but there’s always an exception and Shenadoah Studio is exactly that. A wonderful exception and here is why –

From the website –Shenandoah is a development studio focused on turn-based strategy games for the iPad. We bring decades of experience in game and interface design, graphic production, and software development to the unique challenges and opportunities of this wonderful gaming platform.

These guys are experienced war gamers, creating awesome war games for the ipad and with designers including some of whom that will be familiar to us war gamers, its no wonder that the games already published are excellent.

Some of the designers that I am familiar with include: John Butterfield, Joe Miranda, Darwin Leviloff, Eric Lee Smith, Ted Raicer, Nick Karp and Mark Herman, a veritable who’s who of veteran war game designers.

So far, Shenandoah Studio have published Battle of the Bulge,

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/battl…

Drive on Moscow

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drive…

and they now have a new release – Desert Fox – The Battle of El Alamein.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/deser…

Next up will be Gettysburg – The Tide Turns.

I highly recommend that if you have an ipad, you must purchase these awesome games.

Check them out at – http://www.shenandoah-studio.com/

Kickstarter News – 13/7/14 – If I had the cash, I’d take a look at

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Kickstarter News – 13/7/14 – If I had the cash, I’d take a look at…

Another week, another new game project on Kickstarter, or 2, or 3, or…

ONE of actual interest…

Battle for Hill 218 and Sector 219

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Chad Ellis has produced some good games so this interest me for sure. Through his company he is looking to do a reprint of the well received 2-player card game, Hill 218 and add a Sci-fi version called Sector 219.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/36468537/battle-for-hill-218-and-sector-219?ref=discovery