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:

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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:

 

CONNECT:

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

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:

 

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.

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 3:38am EDT

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:

 

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

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:

 

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.

 

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

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:

 

NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:

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

 

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Direct download: DTNow-695.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 8:43am EDT

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)

 

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Direct download: DTNow-694.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 7:19am EDT

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

 

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Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 5:32am EDT

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:

 

OUTPUT RANDOMNESS:

  • Corey explores the concept of fun in gaming.

 

LINKS:

Direct download: DTNow-692.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 5:45am EDT

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:

 

LINKS:

Direct download: DTNow-691.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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:

Direct download: DTNow-690.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 5:24am EDT

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:

Direct download: DTNow-689.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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:

Direct download: DTNow-688.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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Direct download: DTNow-687.mp3
Category:Weekly News from the DTNow Team -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

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