Category Archives: Board Games

Cities: Skylines Goes From Screen to Tabletop

Cities: Skylines

Paradox Interactive, the creators of the classic PC game, Cities: Skylines has teamed up with the world-renowned board game producers, Kosmos to create a whole new physical experience for the beloved city-building game. 

Taking Cities: Skylines right off your screen and to your coffee table, the board game version brings the game to life by highlighting its most popular elements and at the same time, creating a real-time, person-to-person, board game experience. The completely cooperative board game lets players work together to plan, build, and manage a city. Just like in the PC version, players begin with a vacant plot to develop residential, commercial, and industrial areas, gradually creating new neighborhoods.

Players work together to plan, build, and manage a city. The key to a successfully developed city is a happy population; as players decide how and where to build, they must consider a variety of factors such as the environment, crime, traffic flow, education, and financial resources.

Cities: Skylines is for gamers age 11+ and retails for $49.95. 

Arcane Wonder’s Foundations of Rome Comes to Kickstarter

The city-building board game Foundations of Rome puts you into the role of an architect competing to own land and build magnificent structures! Build domūs and insulae, fountains, foundries, and more to increase your renown – gaining glory for yourself and the empire! With 96 wonderfully detailed miniatures in the base game, Foundations of Rome is a testament to the glory of Rome that you can bring to the table.

Foundations of Rome is the next, and biggest game to date, in the Dice Tower Essentials line and is designed by famed designer Emerson Matsuuchi.

On a player’s turn they select from purchasing a new lot, building a new building in the shared city of Rome, or collecting income!

Players collect Glory Points at the end of each round based on the population and commerce they have brought to the city as well as gaining glory for civic buildings that score not only based on their own buildings, but those of their opponents!

With a quick setup time and easy to learn to rules you will be on your way to achieving glory within Rome in no time!

Money Maker – Board Game for Anarchists and Bankers Alike

Money Maker –the economic family board game which puts you in the shoes of the inventor of banking– is now out in 4 languages. Set in 16th century Amsterdam you start as a trader who quickly figures out that you can create money by lending it out. But be careful that you do not lend too much, or a Bank Run may wipe you out!

Money Maker is suitable for gamers who like Monopoly, Catan, and Agricola, and like to build empires and amass wealth. As the only board game about the working of banks, it is loved by bankers and anarchists alike as how it relates to current events regarding Bitcoin and Quantitative Easing.

Stringamajig is Out this April from Fireside Games

Stringamajig

Fireside Games will release Stringamajig this April. Stringamajig is a party game that’s part drawing and part charades with a string. Each player is given 60 seconds to draw a shape with a loop of string, move it around, and interact with it, trying to help other players guess that word and as many other words in the time allotted.

Selecting the words to draw is constrained by the numbers on the back of the next card on the top of the deck. Sometimes the person drawing will be able to choose from among all 4 words on their card, sometimes between just 2 words, and other times the game decides which word must be drawn.

When the drawer is ready, they flip the sand timer, grab the string, and start drawing. They can make any kind of drawing and then start interacting with it, such as strumming a guitar, moving the tentacles on an octopus, and twirling the rotors on a helicopter. The drawer can’t make any noise, and part of the string has to remain touching the table while they animate their drawing. Otherwise, the drawer can get crazy with it. The game really shines with the creative drawings and funny interactions with the string.

Stringamajig

The other players call out their ideas and when a player guesses the word correctly, they are given the card, and the drawer quickly moves on to their next drawing.

When time is up, the drawer gets a point for each word that was guessed correctly, and each player scores 1 point for each correct guess they made.

There are also 3 types of Challenge Words in the game that are harder to draw, but worth 2 points if guessed.

  • 2-Player: Make the drawing in the air with another player.
  • Don’t Look: Draw with your eyes closed.
  • Forbidden Word: Guessing a certain word costs a card.

After everyone has had 2 turns as the drawer (or 1 turn in a 7+ player game), the game is over and the player with the most points wins.

Stringamajig is a great way to introduce new players to the hobby and provide experienced players with a creative challenge between heavier games. Stringamajig will hit stores in April 2020. The game plays in 20 minutes, seats 4–10 players ages 13 and up, and has an MSRP of $19.95.

Make history on your tabletop Vesuvius Media’s new game Pacific Rails Inc.

Game publisher Vesuvius Media has launched its new engine and route building, worker placement boardgame, Pacific Rails Inc., on Kickstarter.

In Pacific Rails Inc., players are the Presidents of their own railway company, with a contract to build a railroad from one side of the board to the other. To succeed, they need to hire specialists to build the most efficient economic engine, place workers wisely to collect and manage resources, and lay tracks to complete the link.

The Kickstarter campaign runs from January 10 to January 27.

Designed by Dean Morris with art by Damien MammolitiPacific Rails Inc. is for 2 to 4 players, ages 14+, and plays in 60 to 90 minutes. Both standard and deluxe reward levels are available on Kickstarter. The deluxe edition includes upgraded tokens and components.

Pacific Rails Inc.

Brainwave is a New Board Game Line Focused on Improving Memory

Brainwaves: The Astute Goose

With brain function being a major concern amongst adults, Thames & Kosmos has created Brainwaves, a new board game line that focuses on improving memory and is unlike any other game previously released by the company. The game series was developed by experienced game designers and was scientifically tested by neuroscientists. Their conclusion was, that regardless of the player’s age, Brainwaves: The Astute Goose, The Brilliant Boars, and The Wise Whale all test different parts of the brain, including, fluid intelligence, working memory, and episodic memory. In just 15 minutes, users can train, challenge and test their brains in a fun and exciting way. 

Brainwaves: The Astute Goose

In Brainwaves: The Astute Goose, players must identify a burglar hiding in a crowd. What did the culprit look like? What color were their clothes? And what animal accomplices did they have with them? Suspect cards are assigned a number, from one to six. Players look at these cards, then turn them face down. On a turn, a player rolls the two dice: one showing a number, the other a characteristic of a burglar card. If the player can identify the correct item on the correct burglar card, they claim that card as a reward, and then put a new card in its place. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.

Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar

In Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar, each player takes cards showing different animal portraits on their reverse sides into their hands. They can look at the cards briefly when they draw them, but then must face the cards away from them. On a player’s turn, they can either take the top card from the deck into their hand or play one of their cards onto the table, attempting to make as many pairs as possible from the card just played and those already face-up on the table. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.

Brainwaves: The Wise Whale

In Brainwaves: The Wise Whale, players lay nine cards showing different colorful sea creatures face down after trying to memorize which creatures are on which cards. During a player’s turn, they reveal a new card from the deck. Then, they must reveal a card that matches either the creature or the color on this new card. If they do, they claim this card and then lay out a new card face down in its place. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.

CMON and Spin Master Games Team-Up for Marvel United Coming to Kickstarter

CMON and Spin Master Games are starting the new year by denting our wallets with a new board game coming soon to Kickstarter.

Marvel United is CMON’s next campaign and looks to be based on the popular Arcadia Quest board game but with Spin Master involved, maybe aimed at a younger crowd.

No date has been announced for the launch of the campaign.

The Evil Dead 2 The Board Game Has Kicked Off on Kickstarter and Benefits Original Burned Backers

Evil Dead 2 The Board Game

Jasco Games and Lynnvander Studios have launched The Evil Dead 2 the Board Game on Kickstarter. The “resurrection” brings back the game which had previously launched on Kickstarter under a different publisher but was never fulfilled to backers.

The “heartthrob” campaign means if it successfully funds, all previous backers from the first campaign will get a free copy of this Evil Dead 2 The Board Game.

Evil Dead 2 The Board Game is a wild romp through the cult classic film. Players will fend off Deadites, search the cabin for items and Necronomicon pages, and attempt to close the portal before evil is unleashed upon the world. But Beware! You can’t trust everyone, and at a moment’s notice, you might find that your allies are working for evil!

The campaign ends on September 13 with the only pledge featuring the game at $59 plus shipping and it will retail for $80 when it comes to stores.

Classic co-op tactics in Jagged Alliance the board game!

Modiphius has announced the release of the Jagged Alliance board game, plus its first expansion, Jagged Alliance Underground.

Both Jagged Alliance the board game and Jagged Alliance Underground are available on Modiphius.net as part of our Board Games collection.
Here are the details on these exciting new titles:

Jagged Alliance: the board game

A rich and variable solo or co-operative tactical game for 1-4 players true to its digital predecessor with hours of re-playable campaign and several different dictators to topple.

Take the role of your favorite Jagged Alliance mercenaries and fight the armies of an evil dictator to free the nation of Arulco from oppression. Equip your mercs, gain allies and buy weapons from A.I.M. to liberate sector after sector in an extensive campaign, while keeping an eye on the dictator’s counter-strikes, extra missions and your own rebel supporters. JA:TBG is full of tough choices, always keeping you and your team on the edge of victory or defeat.

Jagged Alliance: the board game

Jagged Alliance Underground Expansion

The UNDERGROUND! add-on box expands the Jagged Alliance base game with a new scenario and the Crepitus Queen dictator. Descend into underground sectors such as caves, mineshafts and secret research facilities, that hold new dangers and rewards. Employ powerful tech weapons like Lasers and the infamous Rocket Rifle. New sector tiles and rules can be integrated into the base game, bringing a whole new level of mayhem to Arulco!

Requires Jagged Alliance board game to play.

Jagged Alliance Underground

Land on Cyber Station 11 in Clank! In! Space! – A New Expansion Coming in November

Clank! In! Space! Cyber Station 11

Renegade Game Studios and Dire Wolf Digital have announced that Clank! In! Space! Cyber Station 11 will be coming in November!

Episode XI
Cyber Station 11 

Eager to prove her worth to Lord Eradikus, Commander Preon has built a research station on the edge of civilized space. There, she’s developing strange and powerful Cyberware — and using all the best of it to augment her own half- mechanical body. 

SKULK around an all-new game board!
INSTALL Cyberware for abilities that last the whole game!
EVADE Commander Preon using her own Executive Escape Pods! 

Whether it’s illegal, hazardous, or just plain fun, you’ll find it on Cyber Station 11. 

This expansion requires Clank! In! Space! to play.

Clank! In! Space! Cyber Station 11 contains: 

  • New Cyber Station 11 Game Board
  • 1 Double-Sided Game Board Module
  • 40 Adventure Deck Cards
  • Commander Preon Boss Marker
  • 2 Executive Escape Pod Tokens
  • Rules sheet
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