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Everything Epic is Bringing Agents of SMERSH: Epic Edition to Kickstarter

Everything Epic has revealed Agents of SMERSH: Epic Edition, their next Kickstarter.

Agents of SMERSH was originally released in 2021 and has agents racing across the globe to thwart the plans of the sinister Dr. Lobo. The game is for 1-4 players ages 13+. The game had a positive reception upon release receiving awards and positive reviews.

Agents of SMERSH: Epic Edition is one of the largest narrative storytelling choose-your-own-adventure-like games of all time! With a 394-page Encounter Story Book and another over 120-page Epic Showdown Story Book, and 2000 encounters it’s one of the most replayable games ever! This “Epic Edition” also features updated art and edits.

You can sign up to receive a notification of the games’ launch.

A Gentle Rain is a relaxing puzzle of a game

Take a deep breath, and relax… we’ve done unboxing and “how to play” videos for A Gentle Rain and now it’s time for the review!

A Gentle Rain is a meditative solo or cooperative strategy game designed to instill calm and tranquility. It’s a beautiful game that’s simple to learn, quick to play, and as relaxing as it intends to be.

The game from Kevin Wilson and Mondo Games is available now from MondoShop.com and will be available in retail stores nationwide beginning May 2021.


Mondo Games provided Board Game Today with a FREE copy for review

How to Play: A Gentle Rain

Take a deep breath, and relax… Mondo Games has announced A Gentle Rain, a meditative solo or cooperative strategy game designed to instill calm and tranquility. A visually beautiful game, this little box of calm is simple to understand, yet hard to master.

We show off how to play the game… and of course, do our worst while doing so (we swear we’ve scored higher!).

The game from Kevin Wilson and Mondo Games is available now from MondoShop.com and will be available in retail stores nationwide beginning May 2021.

You can watch our unboxing video now.


Mondo Games provided Board Game Today with a FREE copy for review

Unboxing: A Gentle Rain

Take a deep breath, and relax… Mondo Games has announced A Gentle Rain, a meditative solo or cooperative strategy game designed to instill calm and tranquility. A visually beautiful game, this little box of calm is simple to understand, yet hard to master.

We open up and show off this simple but beautiful game from Kevin Wilson and published by Mondo Games.

A Gentle Rain retails for $22 and is shipping now from MondoShop.com and will be available in retail stores nationwide beginning May 2021.


Mondo Games provided Board Game Today with a FREE copy for review

Hellboy: The Board Game is Getting Expansions and Dice Game through Kickstarter

Mantic Games has more to come for their popular Hellboy: The Board Game. While specifics are still coming, the game is getting four new expansions plus an all-new dice game based on the character and comics created by Mike Mignola.

Mantic launched the original campaign for Hellboy: The Board Game in April 2018. It went on to raise £1,454,343 from 12,716 backers. A follow-up roleplaying game based on the property was also Kickstarted in August 2020 raising £360,519 from 6,071 backers.

The campaign is coming soon and you can sign up to get notified.

Hellboy: The Board Game

Unwind Your Mind with A Gentle Rain from Mondo Games and Kevin Wilson

A Gentle Rain

Take a deep breath, and relax… Mondo Games has announced A Gentle Rain, a meditative solo or cooperative strategy game designed to instill calm and tranquility. A visually beautiful game, this little box of calm is simple to understand, yet hard to master.

First created as a holiday gift for friends and family, A Gentle Rain was designed by acclaimed game designer Kevin Wilson to create a feeling of calm during the often stressful holiday season. The game was a hit, with many recipients still playing the game years later due to its simplicity, portability, and the soothing and compelling game ritual.

A contemplative solo or cooperative game, the goal of A Gentle Rain is to place game tiles in such a way that reveals eight types of blooming lilies before your tiles run out. Each new tile drawn is placed next to a tile already in play, making sure to match the colors of all the tile edges touching the newly played tile. With each complete square of four touching tiles, a blossom appears between them and a point is scored.

A Gentle Rain includes 28 tiles and 8 wooden tokens featuring art by Chris Bilheimer and is conveniently sized to travel anywhere. A Gentle Rain retails for $22 and is shipping now from MondoShop.com and will be available in retail stores nationwide beginning next month.

Learn how to play below and check out more of the game.

Go Greece Lightning and Push Your Luck with this Racing Game

Greece Lightning

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of Greece Lightninga push-your-luck racing game set in Ancient Greece from Kathleen Mercury and Mark Sellmeyer!

You are the Captain of a sleek, speedy trireme, racing in the famous Hydra Regatta. Steer around whirlpools, shifting currents, and fickle gods. Avoid the hungry Hydra and win a place among the stars!

In Greece Lightning, players race around a circular track, trying to be the first to complete two laps. You’ll roll two dice to move your boat—but you can risk going faster by rolling a third die. Careful! If you roll lower than your second die, you’ll lose them, and only keep your first die!

As you play, the seas shift and transform. You’ll pick up Racecourse wedges that you can place anywhere in the circle (except on top of ships, or at the start). Use these to make your path easier, or to place a Hydra directly in your opponents’ way! You’ll also collect Favor of the Gods cards, granting you powerful abilities. Speed through the course to win the favors of the gods, traverse whirlpools of fate, and collect fish to feed the Hydra. After two laps around the whirlpool, whoever sailed the furthest wins!

Greece Lightning is for 2-4 players ages 12 and up. Games take about 45 minutes.

The game includes:

  • Lap Counter Board
  • Starting Line wedge
  • Central Whirlpool
  • 28 Racecourse wedges
  • 4 player boards
  • 8 ship meeples
  • 4 wake tokens
  • 4 custom navigation dice
  • 8 movement dice
  • 36 Favor of the Gods cards
  • Golden Fleece token
  • Rulebook

Retailing for $34.99, Greece Lightning will be release in June 2021.

Greece Lightning

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Rollacrit Announces The Heroes of Barcadia Kickstarter

Sorry dragons, but the best thing that goes with dungeons is drinking and a new board game promises to bring the two together in a way you’ve never seen before. Heroes of Barcadia is a newly announced board game published by Rollacrit.com, a tabletop lifestyle brand from a team of former ThinkGeek.com ronin. Heroes of Barcadia was inspired by a past April Fool’s day product, but this time it’s no prank. The game is for real, and the Kickstarter for the full version launches soon along with a digital edition on Roll20!

In Heroes of Barcadia, two to six players take on the roles of Barcadian champions to battle monsters and bosses, collect Power-Ups with mystical abilities, and race to collect the elusive Drink Hoard hidden in the dungeon! There is a special twist to this drinking game: your character’s health is measured by the liquid in your cup. Getting hit by a monster forces you to take a drink, slowly sipping down your health pool until it’s back to square one.

With the design of the game and prototype finished, Rollacrit will be launching a Kickstarter to help fund the production and distribution of the project. Visit HeroesofBarcadia.com and sign up to be notified when the campaign begins. If you sign up now, you’ll also receive an exclusive Power-Up in your copy of the game when you back it. Love a good party game but not close enough to play them with your friends? No problem! Rollacrit will be releasing the game on Roll20 after the Kickstarter reaches its funding goal!

Want to know how to play?

Heroes of Barcadia features a fun and cartoony art style, with dozens of unique monsters like The Wicked Witch of the Yeast, Hopgoblins, and the fearsome Mimosasaurus. The game mixes luck of the dice with strategic decisions in a ruleset that’s easy to pick up but still allows for higher-level play. The dungeon itself is tile based and built by the players at the start of each game, making each session different for a high level of replayability.

Choose from Barcadian champions like Sir Drankalot the Inebriated, or Intoxica the Necromixer, taking their character glasses and moving them around the board, revealing dungeon tiles and fighting monsters in your search for the Drink Hoard. Use devious Loot Cards to ruin your opponent’s plans, all the while making sure your Health Bar Cup doesn’t run dry. Nice guys finish last in this fast-paced, ever-changing, pun-tastic party game for fantasy and beverage connoisseurs alike.

The first player to defeat the Grand Drink Guardian and secure the Drink Hoard is crowned the true hero of Barcadia and wins the game! In the end, only one hero may claim the treasure, so it’s a scramble to mess up your opponents’ plans while keeping your own character on the right path.

Mondo Announces Unmatched: Deadpool

Last year, Mondo and Restoration Games announced an entire Marvel line for Unmatched, the head-to-head miniatures skirmish game system for two to four players. When Deadpool learned of the plans, he decided he needed to be the first hero out of the gate.

Unmatched: Deadpool contains a sculpted hero miniature, health dial, and 31 cards. The expansion can be used with any full set in the Unmatched system; which announced four upcoming sets featuring Marvel heroes earlier this year. 

Unmatched: Deadpool is on sale now at MondoShop.com with a retail price of $18.00.

Unmatched: Deadpool

Build Shrines for the Ages in Jinja Coming Soon from WizKids

Jinja

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of Jinjaa colorful worker placement game about building shrines across Japan!

In Jinja, players must place workers at key locations around Japan to activate one of 13 different actions or build at one of seven territories. To earn the highest honor, you must plan your strategy, time your construction, and be a little bit lucky. The game takes place over five seasons as players work towards their unique goals.

The game features high replayability, with variable goals and events, as well as secret goals, called Omikuji, or “fortunes”, which score you bonus points if your shrines are on key locations. The game also includes Kitsune cards, which are randomly chosen for each game and provide different discounts, bonuses, and abilities that change with the seasons.

Jinja features evocative illustrations and high-quality components, including custom plastic miniatures to represent the shrines, screenprinted score trackers, and a custom multicolor Mask die! This breathtaking game, with its complex-yet-accessible thematic gameplay and stunning table presence, is sure to be a game night hit! Pre-order Jinja from your Friendly Local Game Store or online today!

Jinja
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