This week, we belatedly announce the winners of the Spiel des Jahres, Happy Salmons are now Exploding Salmons, Bruno Cathala is the next great designer to drink the roll-and-write Kool Aid, and STOP… Hammer Time.

 

TOP STORIES (1:35)

  • Micromacro: Crime City wins Spiel des Jahres, Paleo wins Kennerspiel
  • North Star Games sells Happy Salmon to Exploding Kittens
  • GAMA announces fund for underrepresented publishers and retailers
  • Roll and Write Trek12 coming from Bruno Cathala and Pandasaurus
  • Dental based battle game coming from Bright Eye Games
  • Ravensburger announces audio based escape room game Echoes
  • Two new games coming from Inka and Markus Brand
  • HABA loudly announces Hammer Time
  • Follow-up on rumors around Stonemaier Games and Libertalia

 

CROWDFUNDING (9:10)

 

NEW RELEASES (16:05)

  • Dice Miner from Atlas Games
  • CATAN: Treasures, Dragons and Adventures by CATAN Studios
  • Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets and Soirees from Stonemaier Games
  • Coffee Traders by Capstone Games
  • Brew from Pandasaurus Games
  • Rocketmen from Phalanx Games and Martin Wallace

 

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This week, UK Games Expo tightens it’s mask, Jamaica gets more beautiful, and Uwe Rosenberg has a fever... A fever for tulips.

 

TOP STORIES (2:10)

  • Imperial Steam announced from Capstone Games
  • UK Games Expo announces tighter COVID precautions
  • Three Little Wolves coming from Renegade Games
  • Jamaica getting new edition from Space Cowboys
  • Animal Crossing Monopoly coming soon and sold out
  • War Machine is the next hero pack for Marvel Champions
  • Tulip Fever and Oranienburger Kanal coming from Uwe Rosenberg in 2022
  • Two expansions announced for Defenders of the Crown
  • Exploding Kittens entry level box coming soon

 

CROWDFUNDING (8:15)

 

THE HOTNESS (12:45)

  • Imperium: Classics
  • Meadow from designer Klemens Kalicki
  • Bantam West by Ike Brunicardi
  • ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo by designer Scott Rogers
  • Dune Imperium
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Descent: Legends of the Dark
  • Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
  • On Mars: Alien Invasion - A Somewhat Cooperative Expansion from Vital Lacerda

 

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This week, GenCon and Essen conventions specify rules regarding COVID, new versions announced for Machi Koro, Crossbows and Catapults, and Berried Treasure, and expansions are coming for a Last Aurora Middle Earth Dune Bonfire.

 

TOP STORIES (1:40)

  • Restoration Games press conference announcements
  • Crossbows and Catapults and Thunder Road coming from Restoration Games
  • Sid Saxon’s Buried Treasures becoming Berried Treasures
  • Asmodee not attending Spiel 2021
  • Journeys in Middle Earth and Last Aurora get expansions
  • Blizzard announces World of Warcraft Lair of the Lich King Pandemic
  • Dice Tower Summer Spectacular Announcements!
  • Machi Koro 2 from Pandasaurus
  • Artians of Splendent Vale from Nikki Valens
  • Queens Dilemma from Horrible Guild
  • Arcane Wonders bringing Picture Perfect to US
  • Paint the Roses coming from North Star Games
  • First Expansion for Dune Imperium, Rise of Ix from Dire Wolf Digital
  • Bonfire expansion Trees and Creatures announced from Stefan Feld
  • Stephan Buonocore monumentally embarrassed
  • Dice Tower Awards 2020 announced

 

CROWDFUNDING (9:50)

 

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This week, everything is coming up Walker-Harding, Lost Ruins has Found Leaders, Asmodee and Amazon fight crime onine, and super mega lucky box, super mega luck box, super mega. Lucky box.

 

TOP STORIES (2:10)

  • Trials and tribulations at TSR Games
  • Asmodee and Amazon go after game counterfeiters
  • Pessoa from Pythagoras Games and Orlando Sá
  • Super Mega Lucky Box from Gamewright and Phil Walker-Harding
  • Catan: Logik Rätsel coming from KOSMOS
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak: Expedition Leaders expansion coming Q4 2021
  • Andor StoryQuest: Dark Path from KOSMOS
  • Kingsbridge: das Spiel from designer Wolfgang Kramer
  • High Score - Challenge Accepted! Dice game from Reiner Knizia

 

CROWDFUNDING (9:50)

 

NEW RELEASES (17:00)

  • Summer Camp from Phil Walker-Harding
  • Llamaland from Phil Walker-Harding
  • Terraforming Mars Ares Project by Jacob Fryxelius, Sydney Engelstein and Nick Little
  • Juicy Fruits by Capstone Games and Christian Stöhr
  • Summoner Wars Second Edition by Plaid Hat Games and Colby Dauch

 

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

It’s the anniversary episode and Jasper and Jesse are back, celebrating one year of Dice Tower Now! This week, lots of infrastructure - Pipeline and Fort Expansions, plus Mountain and Wall Solo modes. Plus, a minimalistic take on Gloomhaven, and a new green, voiceless labiodental fricative train game.

 

TOP STORIES (3:05)

  • Stella - Dixit Universe from Libellud
  • Leder Games Fort gets a Dogs and Cats expansion
  • Wizkids announced Dungeon Scrawlers: Heroes of Undermountain
  • Calliope’s card game Enchanted Plumes embodies peacock courtship
  • Paolo Mori’s 2 player Caesar! Coming from PSC Games
  • Capstone teases Pipeline’s first expansion, Emerging Markets
  • Solo game Lux Aeterna coming from Capstone and Frosted Games
  • Print and Play game Gloomholdin’ does Gloomhaven with 18 cards
  • New details on Alexander Pfister’s Great Western Trail second edition
  • Official solo rules emerge for Whistle Mountain and Hadrian’s Wall
  • Free Ride is a light train and rail game from Friedemann Friese
  • Clever Cubed, the three-quel to That’s So Clever coming from Stronghold
  • Reiner Knizia comments on Grail Games

 

CROWDFUNDING (14:05)

 

THE HOTNESS (19:45)

  • Gloomholdin
  • Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition
  • Free Ride
  • Great Western Trail
  • 6: Siege
  • Summer Camp
  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game

 

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

In this episode, Dragomino wins the Kinderspiel des Jahres award, Lucky Duck’s Chronicles gets a version for kids, Res Arcana becomes pearlescent, and more Dune is less Dune.

 

TOP STORIES (1:50)

  • Capstone to distribute Orleans and expansions for DLP
  • Dragomino wins the Kinderspiel des Jahres
  • The Game of 49 reskinned to Zillionaires on Mars
  • Ares Games and Ole Steiness to release dice zombie game Last One Alive
  • Lucky Duck Kids to release Kid’s Chronicles: Quest for the Moon Stones
  • Megacorpin Games announces Awkward Guests sequel, ScandalOH!
  • New holiday themed 18 card escape rooms coming from Grand Gamers Guild
  • Asmodee to distribute games from Supermeeple, including Tikal
  • Second expansion coming for Res Arcana, Perlae Imperii
  • Marvel Champions gets another guardian, Nebula
  • Gale Force 9 making faster, streamlined Dune game

 

CROWDFUNDING (10:10)

 

THE HOTNESS (16:35)

  • Unfathomable
  • ADELE
  • Dune: Imperium, Lost Ruins of Arnak, Imperium: Classics
  • Forests of Pangaia
  • Scarface: 1920
  • Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile, Destinies
  • 6: Siege

 

THE BOARD ROOM (19:30)

  • The Board Room part 4 - Interest with Barry Figrim

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

In this episode, Dragomino wins the Kinderspiel des Jahres award, Lucky Duck’s Chronicles gets a version for kids, Res Arcana becomes pearlescent, and more Dune is less Dune.

 

TOP STORIES (1:50)

  • Capstone to distribute Orleans and expansions for DLP
  • Dragomino wins the Kinderspiel des Jahres
  • The Game of 49 reskinned to Zillionaires on Mars
  • Ares Games and Ole Steiness to release dice zombie game Last One Alive
  • Lucky Duck Kids to release Kid’s Chronicles: Quest for the Moon Stones
  • Megacorpin Games announces Awkward Guests sequel, ScandalOH!
  • New holiday themed 18 card escape rooms coming from Grand Gamers Guild
  • Asmodee to distribute games from Supermeeple, including Tikal
  • Second expansion coming for Res Arcana, Perlae Imperii
  • Marvel Champions gets another guardian, Nebula
  • Gale Force 9 making faster, streamlined Dune game

 

CROWDFUNDING (10:10)

 

THE HOTNESS (16:35)

  • Unfathomable
  • ADELE
  • Dune: Imperium, Lost Ruins of Arnak, Imperium: Classics
  • Forests of Pangaia
  • Scarface: 1920
  • Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile, Destinies
  • 6: Siege

 

SPECIAL REPORT (19:30)

  • The Board Room part 4 - Interest with Barry Figrim

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, we play with clay Golems, Munchkin now lives in a pineapple under the sea, Capstone feels the Riftforce, Port Royal pillages a big box, and Monopoly, Monopoly, Monopoly, not Monopoly.

 

TOP STORIES:

 

More details on Cranio Creation’s Golem

 

Monopoly ironically has trademark problems

 

Ticket to Ride Task Switcher

 

AEG Big Game Night Kickstarter

 

Pandemic novels coming from Aconyte

 

Spongebob Squarepants Munchkin

 

Tales of Arabian Nights 3rd Edition reprinting

 

Riftforce from Capstone and 1 More Time Games

 

Love Letter: Princess Princess Ever After

 

Earthborne Games bringing Earthborne Rangers

 

Arkham Horror LCG changing release schedule

 

Port Royal Big Box coming from Pegasus Spiele

 

Newly announced Goonies: Never Say Die gets newly announced expansion

 

CROWDFUNDING:

Mosaic

Buurn

Lockup: Breakout

The Witcher: Old World

ADELE

Buru

 

THE HOTNESS:

Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread

Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile

Lost Ruins of Arnak

Summoner Wars second edition

The LOOP

The Witcher: Old World

Arkham Horror the Card Game

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Catan once again extends in all three dimensions, Disney Sidekicks get their day in the spotlight, and Arydia brings that Xia feel to fantasy RPGs.

 

TOP STORIES:

 

Arydia coming from Cody Miller and Far Out Games

 

UltraPRO bringing back 2 Lord of the RIngs Games

 

Zombicide Army of the Dead announced by CMON

 

Catan 3D Edition being reissued

 

Side Kicks announced from Spin Master Games and Eric Lang

 

Drawing game Doodle Dungeon from Pegasus Spiele and Ulrich Bloom

 

Capstone announces new Kramer and Kiesling Title Savannah Park

 

Expansion Ghosts of Saltmarsh for any D&D Adventure Game

 

Lucky Duck teases legacy god game Divinus

 

Shinkansen speeds into town from Ludonova and Llama Dice

 

The next Marvel Champions campaign expansion is The Mad Titan’s Shadow

 

Orange Nebula hints at the Vindication big box, Archive of the Ancients

 

CROWDFUNDING:

Unicorn Stew

Skyline Express

Castle Panic Deluxe

Chai: Tea for 2

Tussie Mussie Expansions

Paperback Adventures

Sound Box

 

NEW RELEASES:

Dungeons and Dragons Monopoly

Sheepy Time

Teotihuacan Expansion Period

Destinies

Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North - Egyptian Kings

Botanik

Vienna Connection

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, GenCon exhibitors are getting cold feet, MacroMicro: Crime City is soon being dealt a Full House, we learn almost nothing about Too Many Bones Elder Scrolls edition, and the Spiel nominees are announced.

 

TOP STORIES (2:07)

-Companies becoming wary of attending GenCon 2021

-Isaac Childres comments on social responsibility in games

-Board & Dice clarifies position on Daniele Tascini games

-Spiel des Jahres nominations released for 2021

-CGE releases Lost Ruins of Arnak solo campaign, free to download

-Micromacro: Crime City - Full House expansion teased by Pegasus Spiele

-Chip Theory Games to produce licensed Elder Scrolls game

-Temple Gates Games working on Dominion digital app

-The Goonies: Never Say Die announced by Funko

-Munchkin Russia and Munchkin Bosses coming from Steve Jackson Games

-Battle of Five Armies revised edition coming from Ares

 

CROWDFUNDING (11:50)

-Illuminati Confirmed

-Kiwi Chow Down

-Monstrosity the Card Game

-Catch Don Falconi

-Railways of Sweden, Australia and Rail Barons of the World

-Miniquest Adventures

-Vengeance: Roll and Fight

-Micro Dojo

 

THE HOTNESS (20:18)

-Fantasy Realms

-The Adventures of Robin Hood

-Destinies

-Frosthaven

-Lost Ruins of Arnak

-MicroMacro: Crime City

-Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Pokemon cards go on lockdown, those pesky kittens get another game, Maracaibo rises up with an expansion, Pandemic’s Hot Zone extends to Europe, and we celebrate with a fine bottle of Dom Pierre.

 

TOP STORIES (1:43)

  • Major retailers pull Pokemon cards
  • New publisher Bright Eye Games announces bee and termite games
  • Maracaibo expansion The Uprising announced
  • Isle of Cats: Explore and Draw added to Kittens Kickstarter
  • IELLO announces Last Message
  • Button Shy to release expansion pack for Tussie Mussie
  • Pandemic Hot Zone: Europe coming this summer
  • Ascension 10 year anniversary edition
  • Games Workshop announces Warhammer Age of Sigmar 3rd Edition
  • Lost Explorers coming from Asmodee and designer Cédrick Chaboussit
  • Renegade Studios releasing Transformers Deck-Building Game
  • Pile Up Games teases Champagne producing game Dom Pierre
  • Brian Boru: High King of Scotland coming from Peer Sylvester and Osprey Games
  • Details emerge about PureArts’ Orlog dice game

 

CROWDFUNDING (13:16)

 

NEW RELEASES (19:36)

  • Ecos: New Horizons
  • Merchants Cove
  • Keyforge: Dark Tidings
  • Simolo: Wild Animals and Simolo: Animals
  • Marvel Champions: Starlord and Gamora
  • Mandala Stones

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, BGG awards some golden geeks with golden geeks, Essen swears they are really really having a convention this year, Voids and Stations both Fall, and we worry prematurely and excessively about an Isle full of Kittens.

 

TOP STORIES (2:05)

  • Story Machine Games closing its doors
  • Essen Spiel still on target
  • BGG Golden Geek Awards
  • Marvel United: X-Men breaks records for CMoN
  • Snakesss coming from Phil Walker-Harding
  • Oink Games crowdfunding to bring its games to the Switch
  • Funko announces Disney themed It’s a Small World and Mickey and the Beanstalk
  • Dexterity Jane coming from Sit Down!
  • Stonemaier announces Between Two Castles Expansion
  • First expansion for The Isle of Cats coming to Kickstarter
  • Mindclash teases Voidfall
  • Wind the Film getting English and French release from Matagot
  • Art Decko is Rio Grande’s re-release of Promenade
  • Renegade reinvigorates Murder Mystery Parties with Crimes and Capers
  • MTG events coming back sooner than expected
  • A tribute to Warhammer Fantasy and Space Hulk co-creator Richard Halliwell

 

THE HOTNESS (13:49)

  • Voidfall
  • Stationfall
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Micromacro: Crime City
  • Merchant’s Cove

 

CROWDFUNDING (15:50)

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Hasbro reports on Wizard of the Coast earnings, both fungible and non-fungible, GenCon details the haves and have nots of pandemic era conventions, CMYK obtains both Quacks and catapults, and Sarah Shah takes over as crowdfunding correspondent.

 

TOP STORIES (1:45)

  • GenCon 2021 Health and Safety report
  • Hasbro releases first quarter profit report
  • 7 Wonders Mystery contest details
  • Alles auf einer Karte from NSV and Stefan Benndorf
  • Dexterity game Hurlyburly coming from CMYK Games
  • Noisy party game Soundbox coming from Horrible Guild
  • Second edition of Tyrants of the Underdark announced by Gale Force 9
  • Nicodemus by Bruno Cthala and Florian Sirieix coming from Bombyx Games
  • CMYK to publish Quacks of Quedlinburg and expansions
  • Scorpion Masque releases 2-player rules for Master Word

 

CROWDFUNDING (9:55)

  • It’s a Wonderful Kingdom
  • Hellboy Expansions and Hellboy the Dice Game
  • Transmissions
  • Pletrix
  • Koi Garden
  • One Card Wonder
  • Canvas: Reflections

 

NEW RELEASES (16:25)

  • Valiant Wars published by Strange Machine Games
  • Rush MD by Artipia Games
  • Masters of the Night by Ares Games
  • Chronicles of Crime: 1900 from Lucky Duck Games
  • Fantasy Realms: Cursed Hoard by WizKids
  • Nidavellir: Thingvellir by GRRRE Games

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Grail Games loses evil genius Knizia but gains all the “Minion”s, Board & Dice hires a fantastic Family, and Galaxy Trucker keeps on truckin'. And long time contributors Chris and Kitty deliver their final Kickstarter report.

 

TOP STORIES (2:15)

  • Christian Petersen Purchases Fantasy Flight Gaming Center
  • Deckscape Crew vs Crew
  • Capstone announces Imperial Steam
  • Slugfest Games creates Dungeon Decorators
  • Alley Cat Games follows up Dice Hospital with Dice Theme Park
  • Exploding Kittens announces A Little Wordy
  • UltraPRO brings legacy destruction with Cutterland
  • Egyptian Kings expansion to Empires of the North coming from Portal Games
  • Yokohama Roll and Write coming from OKAZU
  • IELLO is making giant King of Tokyo Monster Box
  • Galaxy Trucker reprint coming from CGE
  • Fallout: Wasteland Warfare Mojave Expansion announced by Modiphius
  • Upper Deck’s next Marvel Legendary expansion is Annihilation
  • Treasure, Dragons and Adventures scenario coming to Catan Seafarers
  • Grail Games loses Knizia classic games, but gains Minion Games
  • Board & Dice hires Mik and Starla from Our Family Plays Games

 

NEW RELEASES (14:44)

  • Rival Networks from Formal Ferret Games
  • King of 12 by Lucky Duck
  • Ruins of Mars from Aetheris Games
  • Galaxy Hunters by IDW
  • Sweetlandia from Ultra-PRO

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Barry and Corey are actually in the same house at the same time, recording live. BGG opens up nominations for the Golden Geek Awards, Board Game Atlas starts a board game review website, and game announcements galore.

 

TOP STORIES (01:41)

  • BGG takes Golden Geek Award nominations
  • Stonemaier Games releases 2020 stakeholder numbers
  • Stonemaier grabs trademark for Libertalia
  • Matt Leacock’s Climate Crisis is now titled Daybreak
  • 7 Wonders Mystery teased
  • IELLO announces For the King (and Me)
  • Atlas Games debuts Yukon Salon
  • Video game Reventure getting board game sequel Orbtale
  • Board Game Atlas creating centralized board game reviews
  • Tranquility coming from Lucky Duck
  • Delicious Games announces new Vladimir Suchy game Messina 1347
  • Buru coming from Crafty Games
  • AEG to release Whirling Witchcraft
  • Munchkin Enhancers coming in May from Steve Jackson Games
  • More rumors from IDW’s Metal Gear Solid board game
  • WizKids announces push your luck race game Greece Lightning

 

THE HOTNESS (11:45)

  • The Initiative
  • Marvel United
  • Hadrians Wall
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
  • Transmissions
  • Marvel Champions
  • Warhammer Quest: The Cursed City

 

KICKSTARTERS (13:22)

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, the Tokyo Spring Game Market is in full swing, Reiner Knizia has a magical point salad game, Fantasia announces a Sigmond Freud just for your mother, and plants take over Botanik and Verdant.

 

TOP STORIES (02:52)

  • Venom coming to Marvel Champions LCG
  • Day & Night from Piatnik and Andrea Mezzoterra
  • American Tabletop Award Winners
  • Vengeance: Roll and Fight from Mighty Boards
  • Whitechapel downloadable Dear Old Boss rule
  • Jodhpur Botanik 2-player tile game from Space Cowboys
  • Ares Games to publish and distribute for Ergo Ludo Editions
  • Unconscious Mind announced from Fantasia Games
  • Kroma lights up from Breaking Games
  • Witchstone, a new Reiner Knizia game from HUCH! And RnR
  • Houseplant growing game Verdant from Flatout Games
  • La Granja Deluxe Edition announced at Board and Dice Con
  • Tuned, next “Made in Wonderland” game, coming from Thundergryph Games

 

KICKSTARTERS (12:45)

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES (18:11)

  • The Initiative
  • Lions of Lydia
  • Aquatica: Cold Waters Expansion
  • Munchkin Critical Role
  • Cryo

 

THE BOARD ROOM (21:34)

  • Barry discusses the art of negotiation.

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

“Camel Up” takes a vacation, “Too Many Bones" gets a pop-up book, “Cytosis” goes all herbaceous, and Deadpool may or may not be in “Unmatched” (he really is).

 

TOP STORIES (02:51)

  • The Siege of Runedar from Reiner Knizia and Ludonova
  • Camel Up: Off Season from Plan B Games
  • The Automaton of Shale from Chip Theory Games
  • Cellulose from Genius Games
  • Deadpool expansion for Unmatched
  • Marvel Villainous: Mischief & Malice
  • Vivid Memories from Floodgate Games
  • Sam SJ Macdonald joins Garphill Games as full time designer

 

THE HOTNESS (06:54)

  • John Company: Second Edition
  • Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
  • The Siege of Runedar
  • Marvel United
  • Pax Pamir: Second Edition
  • John Company
  • V-Commandos

 

KICKSTARTERS (08:11)

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES (14:09)

  • Shifting Stones
  • The Key: Murder at the Oakdale Club
  • Equinox
  • Maharaja

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Matt Leacock plays with climate change, "Monopoly" plays with the community, "Lost Cities" gets a roll and write, and the EXIT games get more puzzley.

 

TOP STORIES:

  • "Pandemic" designer Matt Leacock developing "Climate Crisis."
  • Z-Man Games cancels Pandemic Survivor Series 2021.
  • "Monopoly" changing Community Chest cards.
  • 2020 Dice Tower Award Nominees announced.
  • "Little Town" designers expand operations with IELLO's "Little Factory."
  • Get lost again with "Lost Cities: Roll & Write."
  • Warchief Games announces "Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent" RPG.
  • "The Galaxy's Most Wanted" join "Marvel Champions: TCG."
  • "EXIT: The Game" adds jigsaw puzzles.
  • "Hall of the Mountain King" gets a prequel in "Fall of the Mountain King" from Burnt Island Games.
  • Quest-driven "Lands of Galzyr" from Snowdale Design coming to crowdfunding.
  • Escape the "Zombie Princess" and unlock the secrets of the Sphere in "Free Radicals" from WizKids.
  • Serve up the perfect "Square Meal" from Phantasio Games and Asmodee.

 

THE HOTNESS:

  • Oath
  • Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
  • Cubitos

 

KICKSTARTERS:

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

  • Annapurna (Fiat Lucre Games)
  • Whatnot Cabinet (Pencil First Games)
  • Imperium: The Contention (Contention Games)
  • Ginkopolis (reprint from Pearl Games)
  • Mekhane (Cranio Creations)

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, GenCon is on, White Wizard gets wise, Lucky Duck has ducklings, and we all escape from Middle Earth.

 

TOP STORIES:

  • GenCon 2021 is a go.
  • France's As d'Or Awards announced.
  • R&D Games teases new titles in the Key series.
  • "Founders of Teotihuacan" announced.
  • White Wizard Games renames to Wise Wizard.
  • Asmodee to distribute ThunderGryph, Fantasia, and Tabletop Tycoon Games.
  • Lucky Duck partners with GameTrayz and launches Lucky Duck Kids.
  • Z-Man cancels Euro Classics line.
  • "Villagers: Shifting Seasons" announced.
  • Card game "TEN" coming from "Point Salad" designers.
  • Celebrate 5 years of escapes with "EXIT: Shadow over Middle Earth" and "EXIT: Return to the Abandoned Cabin."
  • GAMA officer, publisher, and retailer Brian Dalrymple passes.

 

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NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

  • Red Rising from Stonemaier Games
  • War Chest: Siege from AEG
  • Steampunk Rally Fusion from Roxley Games
  • Forgotten Waters: Kraken's Eye from Plaid Hat Games

 

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Direct download: DTNow-725.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Plan B succumbs to the gelatinous cube that is Asmodee, BGG acknowledges more board game professionals, and Clank adds more exclamation points to space.

 

TOP STORIES:

  • Asmodee purchases Plan B Games.
  • AEG Pitch Project 2021 seeks submissions from amateur game designers.
  • Restoration reveals winners of "Unmatched" Design Contest.
  • Rule a D12-themed fantasy realm in "King of 12" from Lucky Duck Games.
  • "Lorenzo il Magnifico" new edition to include all non-KSE content.
  • Clone yourself and steal arcade games in "Clank! In! Space! Adventures: Pulsarcade."
  • "Let’s Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game" announced.
  • "Ecos: New Horizon" expansion adds new animals and landscapes.
  • Roll and write your way to glory in "Drawn to Adventure."
  • Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction currently on BGG.
  • BGG adds new credit categories.

 

THE HOTNESS:

  • Stellaris Infinite Legacy
  • Super Fantasy Brawl
  • John Company: Second Edition

 

KICKSTARTERS:

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

  • Scarlet Witch Hero Pack for Marvel Champions: TCG
  • Tacocat Spelled Backwards
  • 7 Summits
  • Excavation Earth

 

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Direct download: DTNow-724.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Mark Streed from the Dice Tower co-hosts (Barry knows what he did), Terra Mystica gets fan made factions, COVID cancels more conventions, Small World’s Lost Tribes get a spotlight and Factories may become even funner.

 

TOP STORIES:

  • "Tiny Epic Dungeon" changes its art.
  • "Fantasy Realms: The Cursed Hoard" expansion announced.
  • "Dune: Imperium" adds Arakeen Scouts
  • "Terra Mystica" accepting fan made factions.
  • Comicon 2021 cancelled.
  • Dice Tower West 2022 dates announced.
  • BoardGameTables.com to Kickstart 3 new games.
  • Capstone becomes exclusive with ACD and Alliance distributors.
  • "Super Skill Pinball: Ramp it Up!" announced.
  • "Small World: The Lost Tribes' Crusade" free expansion.

 

KICKSTARTERS:

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

  • Genotype from Genius Games
  • After the Empire from Grey Fox Games
  • Maglev Metro from Bezier Games
  • Dominant Species: Marine from GMT

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

  • Barry Figrim’s "The Board Room" holds a meeting about risk benefit analysis.

 

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Direct download: DTNow-723.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Stardew Valley takes over the podcast, several big titles get new editions, Red Raven Games gets a documentary, and Hasbro allows Wizards of the Coast to share IPs.

 

TOP STORIES:

  • Dice Tower East 2021 cancels.
  • "Secrets of the Order" expansion for "Arkham Horror 3E" detailed.
  • "Ride the Rails: Australia & Canada" expansion coming from Capstone.
  • Four new announcements from Funko.
  • "Rat Queens" board game coming from Deep Water Games.
  • Crafting Arzium documentary on Kickstarter.
  • "Ragnarocks" coming from "Santorini" designer and Grey Fox Games.
  • Hasbro restructures and "Magic the Gathering" getting licensed IPs.
  • "Meeples and Monsters" coming from Ole Steiness and AEG.
  • "Suburbia (Second Edition)" coming from Bezier.
  • "Everdell" expansions "Newleaf" and "Mistwood" detailed.
  • Gamefound announces "Robinson Crusoe Collectors Edition" and "Skyrim" board game.
  • "Stardew Valley: The Board Game" announced.

 

KICKSTARTERS:

 

THE HOTNESS:

  • Stardew Valley: The Board Game
  • Alien: Fate of the Nostromo
  • Everdell
  • Sleeping Gods
  • City of the Big Shoulders
  • Great Western Trail
  • Tiny Epic Dungeons
  • Root: Marauders
  • Radlands

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

  • Stardew Valley: The Board Game
  • Tak 2nd Edition
  • X-Men Mutant Insurrection from Fantasy Flight
  • Code 3 plus Expansions
  • Crisis Deluxe Edition
  • Royal Visit from IELLO

 

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Direct download: DTNow-722.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, "Great Western Trail" gets a Great Western Trilogy, the "Terraforming Mars" card game hits Kickstarter, dungeon crawlers become much more tiny and epic, and "On Mars" gets an expansion. Plus Barry Figrim gives business-based board game advice in The Board Room.

 

TOP STORIES:

  • IDW fires Pete Walsh and cancels "Metal Gear Solid."
  • "Summoner Wars (2nd Edition)" dated by Plaid Hat Games.
  • "Great Western Trail" Trilogy announced by Plan B.
  • "Paper Dungeons: A Dungeon Scrawler" coming from Alley Cat Games.
  • "A Noble War" announced by Guildhall Games.
  • "Cape May" announced by Thunderworks Games.
  • "The Game: Face to Face" coming to the US from Pandasaurus.
  • "Uno Remix," a “legacy Uno” announced.
  • "Paris" being reprinted with expansion in 2021 Kickstarter.
  • Two new game announcements from Pinchback and Riddle.
  • "Tiny Epic Dungeons" from Gamelyn Games heading to Kickstarter.
  • First Expansion for Vital Lacerda’s "On Mars" detailed.

 

THE HOTNESS:

  • Great Western Trail
  • Tiny Epic Dungeons
  • Stroganov
  • Hansa Teutonica
  • Red Rising
  • Terraforming Mars: Ares Project

 

KICKSTARTERS:

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

  • "Cubitos" from AEG
  • "Overboss: A Boss Monster Adventure" from Brotherwise Games
  • "Island Siege: Second Edition" from APE Games

 

SPECIAL REPORT:

  • Barry describes getting a competitive advantage in The Board Room.

 

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Direct download: DTNow-721.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This episode, Barry is back! Asmodee gets into the arcade business, Zombicide goes West, and Corey takes over the airwaves. Plus, the finale of a board game horror story.

 

TOP STORIES:

  • Asmodee purchases Board Game Arena.
  • Designers Sorentino, Acquati, and Luciani purchase majority stake in Cranio Creations.
  • The Witcher: Old World Announced.
  • Zombicide: Undead or Alive coming to Kickstarter from CMoN.
  • Gravwell second edition slinging to stores soon.
  • 4th Villainous standalone sequel Despicable Plots announced.
  • Renegade announces Aggretsuko: Work/Rage Balance.
    Three new Games Workshop games announced.
  • Gale Force 9 and Wizards of the Coast Settle regarding Dungeons and Dragons.
  • Hasbro reveals board games earnings report for 2020.

 


KICKSTARTERS:

 


NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

  • Waddle from Wizkids
  • Renature from Capstone Games
  • UNLOCK! Mythic Adventures from Space Cowboys
  • Marvel Champions: TCG - Quicksilver Hero Pack from Fantasy Flight
  • Treasure Island: Captain Silver Revenge Island Expansion from Matagot

 


SPECIAL REPORT:

  • Corey presents the 4th and final chapter of a game designer’s true horror story.

 


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Direct download: DTNow-720.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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:

 

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.

 

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Direct download: DTNow-719.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 4:37am EDT

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:

 

NEW RELEASES:

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

 

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Direct download: DTNow-718.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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.

 

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Direct download: DTNow-717.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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

 

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Direct download: DTNow-716.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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

 

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Direct download: DTNow-715.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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.

 

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Direct download: DTNow-714.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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