It's 3! 3! 3 Kickstarters in 1! That's what Calliope will be bringing to Kickstarter next week with their Game Night Extravaganza. Longtime readers know my love of games you can just throw in your gaming backpack and take anywhere. That's what you're getting here with these three games.
From the announcement:
Calliope Games is thrilled to announce The Calliope Game Night Extravaganza! Made up of three card games, this project allows players to celebrate an entire evening of unique and fun gaming. The Calliope Game Night Extravaganza! runs on Kickstarter from TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th until FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11th and includes three amazing new card games: Allegory, Enchanted Plumes, and Mass Transit. During the Kickstarter campaign, backers can get all three titles for only $40, and a pledge is available for retailers who wish to support the project.
Aaaaaaall aboard! <train whistle>
Calliope Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Station Master, a new card game all about the life of train stations. Add cars to trains. Make sure they're filled with passengers. And send them on their way. You can go check out the Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Station Master is a train-themed card game for 2-6 players. In the game, players are working at the station, attaching railcars to Locomotives and boarding passengers on trains, trying to score the most Efficiency Points to win!
We have restored this timeless train game, creating stunning all-new artwork based on classic locomotives, railcars, and railroad history. In addition, we have refined and streamlined the rules for modern audiences, as well as adding in upgrades and new material to create the greatest possible Station Master experience!
The campaign's just over half-funded with 24 days left to go.
I really enjoy Tsuro from Calliope Games. It's that type of abstract strategy game that I just adore. Well, a new version is up on Kickstarter now in honor of Calliope's 10th Anniversary. It's Tsuro: Rising Phoenix, and it adds in new concepts like diagonal movement, a molded board, and the ability to rise again from the ashes like the titular bird of flame.
From the campaign:
At Calliope Games, we are thrilled to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary! Over the past decade, our library of gateway and filler games have entertained, inspired, and provided an opportunity to make memories around the game table, and it all started with our flagship title, Tsuro: The Game of the Path. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this 10 year milestone than by returning to the series that started it all - so we welcome you to the launch of a brand new Tsuro game!
Long ago, a vengeful god stole the stars from the night sky. To illuminate the night, brave people released glowing paper lanterns toward the heavens. This act of hope summoned clever magical phoenixes, who soared through the sky and raced toward the lanterns.
In Tsuro: Phoenix Rising, an exhilarating new entry in the classic Tsuro series, each player is a phoenix, soaring across the board in an effort to reach glowing lanterns and transform them into new stars in the night sky. The first player to collect seven star tokens wins the game!
Tsuro: Phoenix Rising builds upon the foundation of classic Tsuro – you must play tiles to extend your path, traverse the board, and be aware of your surroundings – but it adds exciting new features such as double-sided path tiles that allow for diagonal movement and can be flipped and rotated to choose your destination, as well as a revolutionary new molded board. As a phoenix, you also have the astounding ability to rise from the ashes and return to the board once per game!
The campaign's closing in on 4x funded with still 29 days left to go.
From the Kickstarter:
In this explosive press-your-luck game, you'll be robbing rooms and dodging booby traps that go boom! Al Mansky, the most ruthless and illustrious Mob Boss ever, has never shown our Family the respect it deserves! Well... Big Al is away on vacation and it’s time to even the score! We are breaking into his mansion and absconding with all his loot!
During THE MANSKY CAPER, you will take turns navigating through Big Al Mansky's mansion, cracking safes to reveal valuables, explosives, and thrilling plot twists. Share your loot with others in your room, call in favors to perform skillful actions, and above all, make sure you stash your share at the getaway car before you hear a BOOOOM!
Work together to help yourself... just don’t get blown up!
The campaign's about 1/3 of the way to their goal with still 29 days left to go.
From the announcement:
Do you like animals? The old west? Building cities? Trains? If you answered yes to any of those things, you’ll love our new game Capital City, designed by James Ernest. Available in fine game stores everywhere now!
Isn't that just grand? I certainly think it is. Hope you've got yourself some gaming lined up, because... I mean, that's the way things should be, amirite?
Anyway, let's get to those reviews I know you so desperately desire.
Today we have: Manaforge, Magmeda Monsters, Menu Masters, Coal Baron, Model Box – The Monthly Subscription Box for the Miniature Hobbyist, City of Kings, Saboteur, Morocco, They Who Were 8, and 7 Wonders: Duel Pantheon Expansion.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this paid video you can find out about Manaforge by Mystic Tiger Games.
Magmeda Monsters Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Magmeda Monsters by Rapid Leaf Productions.
Board to Death TV:
Menu Masters Review
It’s a fine dining frenzy! In Menu Masters, you are a world-class chef, brimming with ideas for the greatest menus ever crafted, but the only way to become the Menu Master is to beat the other chefs to Market Street for the freshest, most delicious ingredients! You may choose to open a store to earn some money…or just grab your shopping basket and be the first in line at the market. It’s the only way to get the best selection! But beware of the other chefs as they drive up demand and increase prices! Earn your stars in this deliciously fun race to gourmet supremacy, proving you are the greatest of menu masters!
Drive Thru Review:
Coal Baron Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:07); final thoughts and review (12:44)
Meeples & Miniatures:
Model Box – The Monthly Subscription Box for the Miniature Hobbyist Review
Model Box is a monthly subscription box designed for wargamers, collectors and painters. Similar to other subscription boxes (like Loot Crate), each month’s box is based on a theme. Our boxes contain at least 1 miniature, paints and a mixture of other accessories for our hobby such as brushes, scenery, terrain materials etc.
City of Kings Kickstarter Review
Thankfully, I am more than happy to say that City of Kings is actually pretty damn good. There, I said it. I don’t even feel dirty. Well, no more than usual. Frank was good enough to take me and the rest of the motley “Polygon Colander” crew (nice to see we left an impression on him) through the game at Airecon. Approaching the game, it’s very visually striking. The artwork is fantastic and it’s obviously got a lot going on. Frank had partially set the game up as we sat down, assuring us that he’d not spend ages telling us the rules and how to play, we’d just learn it as we went along. He then proceeded to spend ages telling us half the rules and what each of the counters was for. Nice one Frank.
Magmadea Monsters Kickstarer Review
We recently received Magmeda Monsters from Andre at Rapid Leaf Productions; a card game centred on a galaxy containing a lot of Monsters in the Magmeda Galaxy. Pretty self-explanatory really and in keeping with the complexity of the game overall. The aforementioned monsters are sat on two sides of a war – the Liberation side or the Oppression side, each represented by their own deck. If you can hear the resonance of a Star Wars-like theme, you’re not the only one, although the two sides is about as far as this likeness goes provided you don’t count the Force powers…er..I mean magic.
Saboteur: The Duel Review
Saboteur: The Duel is played over three rounds. The object of the game is to be the dwarf with the most gold at the end of the game. To find all this gold you must skillfully deploy your cards to build pathways through the maze, while also blocking your opponent’s movement through the maze.
Board Game Quest:
In Morocco you are a trader in a market. I guess. To say the theme in this game is thin would be giving it too much credit. So, for starters, if you are a theme-first gamer you may want to look elsewhere. In Morocco, you get cubes and try to put your meeples in areas to control them and score points.
That isn’t to say Morocco isn’t exciting. The way you gather resources is unique. Those resources restrict which areas you can place your workers. And when sections of the market close, the workers “overflow” into adjacent areas changing how those areas are populated. There is a lot going on in a relatively simple game.
They Who Were 8 Review
A game of They Who Were 8 features multiple player partnerships with each partnership trying to become dominant through the playing of cards for victory tokens. However, the winner of the game is the player who is the weaker partner of the partnership. All of this is overlaid with a theme of ancient gods acting heroic or deceitful.
7 Wonders: Duel Pantheon Expansion Review
7 Wonders: Duel Pantheon expands the game environment of 7 Wonders: Duel to include a new board for placing gods of varying cultures, cards for god powers, additional Wonders, new Progress tokens, and alternate Age III cards representing Grand Temples to the gods. As the players progress from one Age to another, additional choices can be made as to which gods are available and then how they are utilized.
Just, y'know, what out for yetis as you're climbing. You don't think there's yetis? Should I remind you that the mountain you're about to climb is called Yeti Mountain? There's yetis, alright! And you should watch out for them (as well as other dangers of climbing a mountain) as you and your other mountaineers race to the top.
That's the story behind Dicey Peaks, a new board game from Calliope Games that's up now on Kickstarter.
From the campaign:
Dicey Peaks is a thrilling tile and dice game for 2-6 players, created by acclaimed designer Scott Almes (the Tiny Epic series, Harbour). Racing to the fabled flag atop Yeti Mountain, players take turns rolling dice and skillfully choosing whether to climb or rest. As you advance, you'll reveal tiles that can help or hinder your progress. Avoid avalanches and watch out for the Yetis… for when they attack, you might lose more than just your turn! If you crave adventure, suspense, and danger, then scale your way to the top of Dicey Peaks!
The Kickstarter is up and running now. It's about 1/3 of the way to their goal with still 29 days left to go.
And if you are ever concerned that the person giving you the demo for the game only got a 5-min speech about how the game works and then got pushed in front of you, you can get a demo of Running with the Bulls from Paul Peterson, himself! Yeah, I think it's fair to say that he knows how the game works.
You can check out a preview video of the game over on Calliope's website, along with a bunch of other games they'll be releasing soon as part of the Titan Series.
Hopefully you're having a good one. I'm working on putting together some Guild Ball minis.
Anyway, let's get right into the reviews.
Today we have: Parade, Incan Gold, X-Wing's Eighth Wave of Expansions, Booze Barons, Kakerlaken Poker Royal, Tsuro digital app, Pingo Pingo, Raptor, Hue, Battlecruisers, Celesta, Colt Express: Horses and Stagecoach Expansion, Super11, Quadropolis, Ominoes, Curse of Strahd, and Imperial Settlers: Why Can't We Be Friends Expansion.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Double Feature: Parade & Incan Gold
ou know double-yolk eggs? Those rarest of treasures that whisper “It’s all going to be ok” up from the pan? Well, today you get a double-review! Enclosed within the brittle shell of this article are not one, but TWO of the greatest card games we’ve ever played, full of fatty fun and caloric goodness.
Please ensure your credit card is secured in your official SU&SD fast-draw holster before continuing. We're serious. These games are very, very good.
Review: X-Wing's Eighth Wave of Expansions
As of March, the latest round of expansions for Fantasy Flight's enormously popular spaceship miniatures game, X-Wing, is finally and fully here. The first - er - wave of Wave 8 arrived in December, so a few of these ships and cards have had longer to bed in than others. Even so, it's time to round the lot of them up and force them to answer hard questions, like: WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE GAME? WHY ARE YOU NICE? WHY DO I FEEL COMPELLED TO OWN YOU? And: IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE FOR THE SAME WAVE TO ARRIVE TWICE? WOULD THAT NOT MAKE IT TWO SEPARATE WAVES, LIKE, IN BOTH A MARITIME AND A PHILOSOPHICAL SENSE?
The answer to that last one is evidently 'yes', by the way. Haha! Eat it, Heraclitus!
Board To Death TV:
Booze Barons Video Review
Booze Barons is a quick, team-based hidden identity and deduction game set during U.S. Prohibition where you are bootlegging a particular type of booze and secretly delivering it to speakeasies all over the city. Each time you make a delivery, you get a coin, but also reveal information about the type of booze you are bootlegging. Expose bootleggers of opposing mobs and help those who are in your mob since the mob with the most coins at the end wins!
Cockroach World Series (A Review Of Kakerlaken Poker Royal)
Kakerlaken Poker Royal is the European successor to the popular bluffing game, Kakerlaken or Cockroach Poker. It’s designed by Jacques Zeimet and published by Drei Magier Spiele. It can expose the cracked relationships of between 2 and 6 people, in just under half an hour.
Lay out the big blind, adjust your mirrored shades and outright lie to your friends to get into the mood for our review.
Are You Tsuro About That? (A Review of the Tsuro digital app)
The first thing you notice upon opening the Tsuro app is the slick 3D animation. Great care has been made to replicate the tactile experience of the physical version and give the visuals some gravitas. There is no immediate menu, no list of options. You literally open the game box to get things going. The board smoothly flies out and unfolds, the tiles float into a neat stack, and the dragon tokens slide into view. You can even see the creases in the board from the fold. There’s a solid attention to detail here.
Cute and Deadly (A Review of Pingo Pingo)
Pingo Pingo is a slapjack variant. Yes, a slapjack variant. As in if slapjack was actually fun and on steroids. Sure I could label it a real-time, dexterity game if some OCD gamer insisted upon categorizing such things. But essentially you’ll be slapping cards, shooting up the room with darts, running around, laughing, screaming, moaning, cursing and generally belittling each other for fifteen minutes. Categorize that! Simply put, you don’t play many board games like this. Or if you do, then I want to hang out with you!
Drive Thru Review:
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:12); final thoughts and review (10:26)
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:20); final thoughts and review (04:52)
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:09); final thoughts and review (07:55)
The best word I can find to describe Celestia is ‘delightful’; maybe even 'whimsical', how about delightfully whimsical. Celestia, a reprint of Cloud 9 with a slight re-theme and much better art, is a game of pushing your luck while navigating floating islands and searching for treasure.
But it's a dangerous journey, and you'll have to fend off pirates and murderous flocks of birds as well as the machinations of the fellow crew.
Board Game Quest:
Colt Express: Horses and Stagecoach Expansion Review
Recently I reviewed one of my favorite action programming games, Colt Express. Set in the Old West, Colt Express pits players against each other as they try and rob a passenger train. As with any action programming game, Colt Express is filled with a good amount of excitement and plenty of chaos.
Recently, the designer of Colt Express decided to head back to the locomotive and bring us an expansion. Enter Colt Express: Horses and Stagecoach. As you might have guessed, this expansion brings horses and a stagecoach to your Colt Express game. How does it work well with the base game? Time to find out!
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my final thoughts on Super11.
In this video you can find out my final thoughts on Quadropolis by Days of Wonder.
Toucan Play that Game review of Ominoes from Yay Games.
Play Board Games:
Curse of Strahd Review
Curse of Strahd is Ravenloft for 5th Edition Dungeon and Dragons. This module revisits this classic adventure and gives you ways to add more horror to your current campaign.
Imperial Settlers: Why Can't We Be Friends Expansion Review
Why Can’t We Be Friends is a 55 card expansion. It adds more common and faction cards and introduces some deck construction to the game.
The event is being held Thursday, April 7th, starting at 7pm. It's being held at Seattle's Columbia Tower Club, up on the 76th floor (which I, as an acrophobic, find horrifying, but that's just me). Both General Admission and VIP Tickets are available. Come, eat, hang out with various game designers, play games, and win prizes! A game library will be available, but you're also free to bring your own games as well.
Get your tickets now to ensure the best price.
If you'd like to get Tsuro or Tsuro of the Seas, just use the code DRAGON during checkout to get 20% off your order. Because, you know, if you're going to have Appreciate a Dragon Day, you should play games that include giant dragons in them.
Well, ok, so there's Thanksgiving in there (personally my favorite holiday, but sadly often overlooked), but my Kroger has had the first few Christmas items up for a couple weeks for now. Well, if we're gonna get into the swing of things, we might as well start brushing up on our Christmas trivia. Do you know all 12 days in the 12 Days of Christmas? It's ok if you don't (I can't think of them all off the top of my head, but then again, I've got Led Zeppelin playing right now and it's a bit of a distraction... not that I mind). Calliope Games, though, is here to help.
They're coming out with a new version of 12 Days, the trick-taking Christmas game from James Ernest and Mike Selinker. This new version (the original is by Gamesmith) will have an updated look and components. That includes a linen-finished box and cards. The game will be available shortly after Thanksgiving.
All morning I've been posting galleries over on the TGN Facebook page. Because, well, this is the first year I've ever had the capability to do so as quickly and easily from the convention floor. No more running back up to the room to sort through an SD card full of several hundred photos.
There's a look at 100AD from Souljar, the new Dark Age releases from CMON, a preview of the production copy of Rise of the Kage from GCT Studios, a look at a prototype version of Thieves from Calliope Games, a general look around the Jasco booth, plus a look at the new Top Gun card game they are releasing, and (at least for now) a look into the Soda Pop Miniatures/Ninja Division display case.
Obviously, that's just barely scratching the surface and there'll be much more forthcoming. Now, to go type up an interview report with Stone Blade Entertainment.
In Thieves, you and your posse are looking to grab all the loot you can. However, the cops are close behind, and not everyone can make it out. Be the one with the biggest haul to show you're the craftiest thief of them all.
And as I mentioned, they will be at Gen Con this week. They've posted up a schedule of events they have planned, including meet-and-greets with some of the Titan Series game designers, as well as demos of all their games, giant-sized Tsuro, and more.
I know I'm ready to get there.
With the main funding goal reached, the first 9 games will be able to be made. The first stretch goal is also passed, which allows James Ernest to also make a game. The campaign is a pretty big savings over eventually purchasing the games at a store, costing only about 50% of the expected MSRP. Each game, as part of the campaign, is only $16.
The campaign ends at 10pm Eastern on the 30th. So you've got just over 2 days to pledge and be one of the first to get the Titan Series of games.
Game designers Rob Daviau, James Ernest, Mike Elliot, Mike Mulvihill, and Jordan Weisman are going to be hosting a set of 5 one-hour segments that will be posted online for backers of the Titans at the aforementioned levels. Such knowledge and shared stories of experience is invaluable for anyone who wants to follow their dream of designing and getting a game to market. But you'd better hurry. The Kickstarter only has 12 days left on it, and still needs about $6k to make it to their goal.
So, as we tend to do, we've collected some of the bite-sized stories together and present them to you now.
This installment contains: More The Fiver interviews from The Meeple Mechanic, Crates, Barrels, and Wine Casks 28mm Available from Castle Kits, New Miniature Building Authority items are now for sale, BluBot Masking Stencils Kickstarter Running Now, First "Queen Of The Dragons" WIP by Kabuki Models, Tabletop-Art Undead Ground Round Lip Bases Preview, Machi Koro Championships Announced, Fantasy8s Oddities Now Available from Aegis Studios, Free Terra-Blocks available at Salute, MidKnight Heroes reveals Yegdra art, Rack & Ruin Core Rulebook Now Avaiable in Digital, Dungeons & Dickery Webseries up on Indiegogo, Siren Miniatures published new concept arts - its ladies time, Micro Art Studios New releases - Update Token Set and more single Tokens, New 16mm Base released at 15mm.co.uk, and Merdian Miniatures previews Terramortis.
The Fiver with Andrea Tsang on Designing Mining Maniac
Hi, my name is Andrea Tsang. I am running a graphic design house in Hong Kong. While providing design service to worldwide corporations, we want to bring our work to the next level under the name of X-Axis Production. And that is to create new tabletop games for friends and families because we are gamers too. We want to make a contribution to the gaming industry, introduce interesting games to players, and meanwhile we have the fun creating and playing them ourselves.
The Fiver with Mike Elliot from the Titan Series
Hi. I am Mike Elliott, a professional game designer from Seattle. Probably the most interesting fact about me is that I have my own anime character, so I can attend Sakuracon as myself. Of course, the anime only appeared in Asia and my character looks like a cross between Elvis and Geordi LaForge, so I would mostly get blank stares of people wondering who I was.
Crates, Barrels, and Wine Casks 28mm Available from Castle Kits
A set of Crates, Barrels and Wine Casks is available from Castle Kits for $19.95 in 25-28mm scale cast in white Hydrostone plaster. There is a smaller set with one cask for $9.95.
Shipping outside the USA available on request at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Miniature Building Authority items are now for sale
Miniature Building Authority new Castle Kickstarter items are now for sale. We have fulfilled our first kickstarter project and delivered a month early. We now have these items for general sale. These are booth 28mm and 15mm items. They are made of heavy duty resin that is made to game with and come pre-painted and pre-assembled. Just open up the box and put them right into your games. No more projects. There are several brand new Eurovillage buildings, lots of new castle items, new middle eastern buildings as well. The castle items were a huge success and we have more limited quantities remaining after delivering to our kickstarter customers. So if you are looking to acquire these items they may go quicker than we planned.
BluBot Masking Stencils Kickstarter Running Now
The BluBot Masking Stencils Kickstarter has successfully been funded after only 4 days! Now it's time to start adding new designs.
BluBot Masking stencils are a painting aid to help painters add complex designs and patterns to their models that would be nearly impossible with a brush. Ideally suited for use with an airbrush, spray paint and sponges can be used to give a different effect.
New Masking Stencil designs should start appearing on the BluBot Masking Stencil Facebook group early this week, and be added to the Kickstarter towards the end of the week.
If you haven't pledged yet, take a look at some of the designs you could get!
First "Queen Of The Dragons" WIP by Kabuki Models
Note: Nude model through link
This is the very first wip screen of the "Queen Of The Dragons" created by Reddraws and digitally sculpted by Alfonso Prieto Sarri.
She's 30mm (the pin-up) and will be cast in urethane resin.
Release date: Summer 2015
Tabletop-Art Undead Ground Round Lip Bases Preview
The Baseset "Undead Ground" is extended by the round lip Bases 30mm, 40mm, 50mm and 120mm.
Machi Koro Championships Announced
PHD, with the blessing of IDW and Panadsaurus, has launched the 2015 Machi Koro Championships! In this inaugural year, PHD are offing stores the chance to become a host location for the Championship qualifiers this May and June. Local store winners get the chance to compete in the finals at Gen Con 2015 and receive an amazing limited edition play mat marking them as Mayor of that store.
This includes how to become a host location and see what other cool stuff comes in the Machi Koro Championship store support kit. It's worth noting that the number of locations is limited
Fantasy8s Oddities Now Available from Aegis Studios
Fantasy8s Oddities is a collection of various systems, NPCs and creatures for use with the Crazy 8s Rules-Lite Universal Game Engine and the Fantasy8s setting expansion. This sourcebook provides new systems, races, creatures and magic items for use with Fantasy8s.
Free Terra-Blocks available at Salute
Sally 4th will be at Salute as part of the Wargames Illustrated stand running Terra-Block workshops.
We have two projects available.
The Science Lab
The Country House
Both of these projects are constructed from components of the Terra-Block system. Come along to a workshop and make one to take home with you. The workshops are completely free. Places on them can be booked through the Wargames Illustrated on the day. The kits have been provided free of charge by Sally 4th, and I will be their on the day to guide you through the straightforward construction and answer any questions you may have about the Terra-Block range.
MidKnight Heroes reveals Yegdra art
What is an Omega?
In our world Omegas are well, space dragons. They have the ability to function in space and on a planet. Because they can function in space they do not need to breath air to live, they are pure energy that has taken a solid form but, require biologic matter to keep them going. Because they are pure energy that has taken a form they are able to change that form to suit their needs (shapeshift) but, prefer to stay in their more natural from most of their life. Their natural form is that of what we know as a dragon. With that said every Omega is part of a "nest". Each "nest" has one female and she is the queen of that nest. All other Omega's in the "nest" are male and serve the queen. The queen of a "nest" is the largest of all the Omega's (HUGE) and is the most powerful; she is a force to be reckoned with. All the Omega's in a chosen "nest" share a common look to them, this look is based off of the queen, after all they are her children, meaning that the male Omega's will look allot like their queen but have their own features as well. This allows us to have different looking Omega's in our game from classic dragons, to Chinese influenced dragons and so forth, the sky is the limit!
Our first Omega that we have designed is Yegdra. He is or was one of the four generals or guardians to the queen. He was her right hand man so to speak for the most part. When she was killed by Elvia, Leonide, and Oda it sent the entire reaming Omega’s into hiding since they now had no direction. Yegdra like most of the Omega’s that where left took the form of one of the races and went into hiding. He now is planning his revenge on those who killed his queen.
Yegdra will be a 80mm x 150mm multi-part resin miniature sculpted by Fancagne Didier and be available as an add on if you make the base level pledge and is unlocked. If you back our Kickstarter at the ALL IN! or ALL IN PLUS! you will get him by default if he is unlocked.
His pose is not final this is just the concept art, but when he is sculpted it will be very menacing!
Look for our Kickstarter on April 27th to see if you can get him unlocked!
Rack & Ruin Core Rulebook Now Avaiable in Digital
Rack & Ruin, a campaign-based fantasy skirmish game, is now available for digital purchase from Wargame Vault.
Spiral Bridge Studios, which funded Rack & Ruin through Kickstarter late last year, is awaiting final proofing before also making a print version also available.
Designed to allow players to use the fantasy miniatures they already had in their collections, Rack & Ruin attempts to bridge the gap between campaign-based games and tabletop role playing games.
Using a streamlined 2d6 system, game play is fast paced and easy to use. However, players are presented with lots of options, allowing for massive character customization.
Each player creates his or her party, then up to four players can play against each other. The more players, the greater the rewards. As players use their parties the characters will gain experience and develop new skills and abilities.
Dungeons & Dickery Webseries up on Indiegogo
Dungeons & Dickery is a live action role playing web series with stop motion animated battles. Each episode is about 30 minutes where we play the roleplaying game Pathfinder. The four players role play their characters through a world that is out to kill them, controlled and conceived by the dungeon master. Whenever our heroes have a combat encounter we will see their characters fight in their stop motion form. For 18 episodes the heroes will fight to survive as they try to solve a dangerous mystery. When we release this series it will all be free on YouTube!
Siren Miniatures published new concept arts - its ladies time
We published sketches and paintings presenting design and concept of two incoming models. This time Siren Miniatures is going to release two women miniatures. But it wont be just usual girls. How about tall, beautiful but deadly looking succubus? Those who have seen our models should notice a striking similarity to one previously released model, if not look closely at Virgil.
Micro Art Studios New releases - Update Token Set and more single Tokens
We have just released the Update Token Set for Infinity
And many new single 25mm and 15mm Tokens:
New 16mm Base released at 15mm.co.uk
Our fantastic new 16mm round white metal base is ideal for 15mm wargame miniatures. Very durable and tight fitting to your miniatures it gives them a solid standing on the gaming table. You can select 20 Bases, 50 Bases saving 5%, 100 Bases saving 10% or the mighty 500 Bases saving a whopping 20% off list price.
Plus we are in the middle of our spring offers month with a fifteen percent off code and goody bag too. Click through to read more!
Merdian Miniatures previews Terramortis
Terramortis is a heroic scaled apocalyptic scifi range that I have been working on for the last year. Most of the WIP figures will be on display at Salute 2015, come check them out at stand TE20!
From the announcement:
We're a Kickstarter staff pick!
And we're celebrating with exclusive Titan Series box art!
All Titan Series backers at the Muse, Titan, and Mt. Olympus levels will now receive exclusive backer-only box art. World-class artists Echo Chernik (Shadowrun), Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons), Andrew Hepworth (Exalted, Love Letter), and John Kovalic (Munchkin) have already been recruited, and we're looking to our backers to see what other artists they'd like to see join the Titan team.
If you haven't joined the Titans, back today for your chance to help us create the Titan Series and receive the games at nearly 50% off the retail price! Backers will help us tweak gameplay, select themes and artwork, and create game content. In short, this may be your best chance to work alongside some of the industry's greatest talents!
Or maybe it's not so bad for you. Maybe Thursday and Friday are like puppy-dogs. That'd be nice. I love puppies. But now we're getting off-topic.
On-topic, we've collected some bite-sized stories for you and present them now.
In this grouping we've got: New Carthaginian Shield Transfers from Victrix, More WIPs pics of the Queen Of Hearts by Kabuki Models, New Magnetic Foil 32mm Rounds from Tabletop-Art, some more episodes of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, The Nexus Terror from Icarus Miniatures Artwork Preview, Meet Brunhild and The Flag for War of Wonders Miniatures Game, Kromlech New Release - Hobby Drill and Super Glue Activator, New Ogre Cossacks Band from Scibor, New 15mm Hippogriff Aerodyne pre-order from Darkest Star Games, and Previews of the Harlequin Burglar for ShadowSea.
New Carthaginian Shield Transfers from Victrix
New Carthaginian Citizen shield transfers are now available on the Victrix website.
More WIPs pics of the Queen Of Hearts by Kabuki Models
From the pencils of Alessandro Trombetta and the digital chisel of Greg Onychuck the Queen is almost done, currently we're working on the pose and the last finishings on clothes.
New Magnetic Foil 32mm Rounds from Tabletop-Art
High quality self-adhesive magnetic sheet. The set includes 25x punched circles in diameter of 32mm.
Please also check out also our magnetic foil range, we have many other sizes and shapes :)
The Fiver with Matthew O’Malley on Designing Knot Dice
Hello! My name is Matthew O’Malley (yes, it’s Irish). I live in Takoma Park Maryland with my wife Margaux and our two kids. I try to spend most of my time playing around (playing games and playing music), but in my day job I develop websites for nonprofits.
I’ve been designing tabletop games for many many years, but only recently did I start trying to get them published, and that’s been pretty successful. Diner has been published by Dice Hate Me Games, Between Two Cities (co-designed with Ben Rosset) just finished its Kickstarter with Stonemaier Games and will be released late this year, and The Princess Bride: A Battle of Wits will be released this summer.
The Fiver with Mike Selinker from the Titan Series
Hiya. I’m Mike Selinker, a game and puzzle designer from Seattle. I’m the president of the design company Lone Shark Games, which has been responsible for games like the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Lords of Vegas, and Unspeakable Words. We’re in the midst of launching a Kickstarter campaign for our next big-box game, the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game.
The Fiver with David Gerrard on Designing JunKing
I’m David Gerrard, I’m just a dad that decided to make a game that I could play with my kids and my adult friends alike. My day job is a Subject Matter Expert on Nexxus Marketing. Not the most exciting thing, but the people I work with are great to be around, about 40% of them are gamers making it very easy to playtest games and iterate multiple times in a day if needed.
The Nexus Terror from Icarus Miniatures Artwork Preview
Icarus Miniatures have released the latest piece of concept art for their upcoming sci fi skirmish wargame, The Icarus Project. This time, they're showing off the Nexus Terror. An alien unit that raids towns and villages and steals their children to break the will of a population before an invasion.
In-game, they rely on fear to disrupt the enemy and force them to flee the battle.
Meet Brunhild and The Flag for War of Wonders Miniatures Game
Hello! Today we'd like to show you some pics of the first Meta-Human miniatures for War of Wonders Miniature Game. They're the German Lab Prodigy Brunhild and the US Adventurer The Flag. They're the first Meta-Humans that will be released through the incoming Kickstarter campaign for this weird WW II skirmish game, and they will lead special squads of Arischer Corps and US Rangers respectively.
Brunhild and The Flag are 30mm, 3D printed and casted in white metal.
Brunhild will have two head choices, with and without helmet.
We hope you would like them!
Kromlech New Release - Hobby Drill and Super Glue Activator
our line of hobby products gets new stuff today.
Kromlech Hobby Drill
Kromlech Superglue Activator *this one is only available in UE
New Ogre Cossacks Band from Scibor
These 8 models are made of high quality resin and provided with 8 x40mm square scenic bases. It is unpainted and requires assembly.
New 15mm Hippogriff Aerodyne pre-order from Darkest Star Games
Darkest Star Games has just put up a new pre-order model for the 15mm Spec-Sec line: the Hippogriff Attack Aerodyne.
This model is a 13 piece resin kit (including weapons) and is up for pre-order for $15usd (regular $18usd) until April 19th, 2015.
A resin aerodyne weapons pack is also available for pre-order whichcontains 4x single missiles, 4x double missiles, 4x rocket pods, 4x cruise missile/drone, and a double barrel canon for under chin mounting.
Don't let your troops go without air support! Pick one up today!
Thank you for looking, and for your support!
Previews of the Harlequin Burglar for ShadowSea
The Harlequin Burglar for the Draconid Legion, sculpted by Paolo Fabiani, is coming out soon for ShadowSea - Conquest of the Underground World. This tricksy little fellow stands 25mm the eye and comes separate from the scenic base, making it easy to use on other base types.
As for us here at TGN, it's another Sunday. So as my arm heals from getting my werebear tattoo colored in and my roux for the gumbo I'm making starts to brown, here's another set of bite-sized stories we collected over the last few days.
In this batch we have: 1p40k Beginner's Guide & One Page Rules Anniversary, some more editions of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, New Armada accessories from CorSec Engineering, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm March Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, Stoelezel's Structures launches the Underlooked Inn, New Angry EON Mini from Hitech Miniatures, and Final Day for Olleys Armies Scrunt Empire on Kickstarter.
1p40k Beginner's Guide & One Page Rules Anniversary
Today we are celebrating the one year anniversary of OPR, but first we have a new and exciting update for you!
When we started OPR one of our main goals was to create a simple and fast way for veterans gamers to introduce new people into the hobby, and we thought that only they would find our rules, and then they could “hand-hold” newbies through the first steps of playing a miniatures wargame. What we had not predicted however was just how many novice gamers would find our rules and start playing without the aid of a veteran gamer.
Whilst we are very happy to see newbies take initiative, we understand that learning a wargame by yourself can be very hard, especially when you have never played one before. In order to help novice gamers out today we are introducing the 1p40k Beginner’s Guide.
The Beginner’s Guide is a 10 page explanation of the 1p40k core rules, plus an introduction to basic wargaming mechanics such as how to move miniatures or roll-off. It takes players through every step of the gaming process with pictures and explanations, and generally reads like a “complete” ruleset.
The Fiver with Kevin Bishop on Designing Norsaga
Hello, travellers! My name is Kevin Bishop and I’m one half of the Bishop twins, along with my brother Matthew. We grew up in Germany and Maryland as homeschooled classmates, building worlds when we’re not doing homework. Professionally, we’ve both landed in engineering disciplines, but our hearts are in gaming. Matthew likes everything from Panic Station to Sentinels of the Multiverse, while I’m drawn to the freeform madness of Dungeon World.
The Fiver with Paul Peterson from the Titan Series
Hello! I’m Paul Peterson. I’m a game designer, and you may know me from such games as Smash Up, Guillotine, and Unexploded Cow.
I got my start as a designer at Wizards of the Coast, working on Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, and about a dozen other CCGs. Since then I’ve bounced back and forth between digital and physical games working on MMOs, facebook and mobile games, and of course board and card games.
New Armada accessories from CorSec Engineering
CorSec Engineering has release a full set of accessories for Star Wars -Armada.
Range Ruler - Price $8.99
Fighter Movement Ruler - Price $8.99
Fighter Activation Slider Set - $5.99
Command Dial Set - Price $2.99
Objective Marker Set - Price $5.99
Shield Dial Set - Price $2.99
Ship Dial - Price $4.99
Location Marker Set - Price $4.99
Repair Command Token - Price $2.99
Squadron Command Token - Price $2.99
Concentrate Fire Tokens - Price $2.99
Navigation Command Tokens - Price $2.99
Turn Dial - Price $2.99
Deluxe Turn Dial - Price $14.99
As a limited time special replace all the components in the core set for a discounted price.
Core Set Upgrade Kit - Price $74.99 (over $87 separately)
Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm March Releases Arrive at PicoArmor
PicoArmor (Oddzial Osmy’s exclusive North American distributor) is pleased to announce that Oddzial Osmy’s new 3mm releases are now in stock.
SA-6115 MT-LBM 6MB (15 pcs) - MT-LB with 30mm gun
SA-6116 SA-15 Gauntlet (9K330 Tor) (15 pcs) - short range SAM system
MN-636 M41-DK1 (15 pcs) - Danish modified Walker Bulldog tank
UK-636 Land Rover 101FC (15 pcs) - small 4x4 truck
US-693 M60 AVLB (5+5+5 pcs) - assault bridge on M60 tank chassis
US-694 AV-8B Harrier II (8 pcs) - VTOL ground attack aircraft
FR-623 AMX VTT (15 pcs) - APC on AMX-13 tank chassis
CH-615 PTL-02 TD & PLL-05 SPM (7+7 pcs) - wheeled tank destroyer and self-propelled mortar
WWH-6110 PzKpfw II Ausf. L Luchs (15 pcs) - German light recon tank
WUS-649 P-51D Mustang (8 pcs) - 'bubble-top' version of this famous fighter
Stoelezel's Structures launches the Underlooked Inn
“Some places are like people: some shine, and some don’t”
Welcome to the Underlooked Inn. The hotel was built in 1970 by first generation immigrant Vito Lorenzo. His ties with the Lorenzo crime family were far from secret. The grand opening was held on New year’s eve 1970 and was attended by many politicians and top crime figures. The hotel was closed in 1974 after it was raided while a top Mafia meeting was being held on the premises. This raid resulted in the arrest and incarceration of Joe "the butcher" Lorenzo, and sky rocketed the Hotel into world news, and scared away all business.
The hotel was reopened in 1979 under new management. Hoping to distance the hotel from its sketchy past, the new owners sought out This landmark building has, over the years, has been home to many sports, film, and Tv stars. Its most famous resident being the now missing union boss frank Kelly who is rumored to be a permanent resident in the hotels concrete foundation.
In this project you will find the images and instructions needed to construct the 30 by 24 inch hotel out of 5 mm thick foamcore (not included). Comes with ground floor, middle floor and rooftop plans. Build as many floors as you like, for one impressive high rise.
All our projects are designed with gaming inside your terrain as first priority. And like all other Stoelzel’s Structures projects, our units come fully furnished you will find pages of furniture and decorations needed to set up the interior of this two screen theater. Even more, we’ve thrown in ground tiles to build an expansive parking lot around the Hotel. Big enough to be its own skirmish board, or place alongside our existing and compatible line of ground tiles and buildings.
New Angry EON Mini from Hitech Miniatures
BERSERKERS ArchFather "Angry EON"
Multipart ( 12 pieces) 28mm scale miniature represent "Angry EON" - Powerful ArchFAther of Berserkers army.
This is a high quality resin miniature, which comes unpainted and requires assembly.
Feet to eyeline dimension: 50mm
1) Body 2) Left arm 3) halberd 4) halberd back blade 5) halberd torch 6) Right hand with carcass 7) left shoulderpad 8) right shoulderpad 9) left hand decorations 10) right hand decorations 11) spikes 12)scenic base
Final Day for Olleys Armies Scrunt Empire on Kickstarter
We are in the final hours of Olleys Armies Kickstarter "Armies of the Scrunt Empire", the campaign has seen stretchgoal after stretchgoal reached and more than 80 miniatures are now unlocked!
All the miniatures in this Kickstarter have been sculpted by Bob Olley, of Iron Claw GW Squats fame, they will be moulded and cast by Griffin Moulds Ltd renowned for their top quality castings .
There's still time to join in , just visit our Kickstarter project now to view all the rewards and make a pledge.
Anyway, we've got another set of bite-sized news stories for you for today.
In this bunch we have: Hydra Miniatures posts Retro Raygun Preview Video, Recon Force Alpha PDF From Finger and Toe Models, Alewood - A Modern Tabletop Drinking Game Preview, some new installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, Sally 4th Releases Public House from range of photorealistic building kits, Tabletop-Art Previews Upcoming 32mm Bases, Queen of Hearts WIP & New Bases for your miniatures by Kabuki Models, Kromlech New Release - Legionaries Pistols, New Release: 15mm Stalingrad/Russian Buildings from Novus Design Studios, New 6mm scale superheavy tank pre-orders from Gregster's Lab, and New Steampunk Bases From Fat Spider.
Hydra Miniatures posts Retro Raygun Preview Video
We have begun our countdown to the launch of our Retro Raygun rules on Friday, April 17, 2015. Retro Raygun is a tabletop adventure game that uses our 32mm retro sci-fi miniatures. This full-color, 102 page rulebook is full of evocative artwork and lavish photographs that caprture the feel of the Golden Age of Sci-Fi. The book features the full game mechanics, force lists for Galacteers, Robot Legion and Valkeeri, six scenarios, and a Galactic Bestiary featuring an assortment of slithering aliens. Retro Raygun will retail for $40.00 and will be available from the Hydra Miniatures webstore and Wargames Emporium, our retail partner in the UK. Hobby shops who want to stock our Retro Raygun rules and miniatures can get them from our distributor Warpath Games (Golden Distributing). We've had a blast developing Retro Raygun and we hope you enjoy it as well!
Recon Force Alpha PDF From Finger and Toe Models
Across the laager bikers were reclining into their seats, closing the cockpit canopies, logging on to the squadron net. Lt Van Steem hummed to himself as icons representing his team began to turn on. In a moment he blinked at the all-squadron icon, signaling ready status to Dragoon Operations. It was time.
When you need fast, stealthy recon then you need the Mk VII Cheetah armored bike armed with a Gatling and a missile launcher in each of its two wing pods. Unlike contemporary ninja-style bikes, the Cheetah’s driver’s reclines in an armored cockpit like a modern fighter pilot. When the Cheetahs function as light cavalry pursuit, they can be equipped with a Mk IV missile turret capable of carrying eighteen multi-function missiles. Each bike has a quad-rotor drone slaved to it. Opposing the bikes is the Omni-Planet Industries Moray Monowheel. Fast and maneuverable, the Moray is paired with a Skate Monowheel drone. The four Recon Force Alpha models come in six color versions: two solid colors (gray and olive drab); three camouflage (urban, desert, and multi-use), and an un-textured version for coloring to match your forces.
Alewood - A Modern Tabletop Drinking Game Preview
Alewood takes drinking games to a sophisticated level! Like many older gamers, I enjoy have a few beers during my all night gaming sessions. I wanted to make a game where you can drink a pint but the amount you drink or don't drink changes how you play the game. As if the pint glass was a component of strategy.
I made a few dozen versions but this is the one that stuck. Alewood–A Wild West tabletop drinking game where your pint is your six shooter!
Basic overview is that you work together to add hit points onto outlaws but only 1 of you can win the trophy by dishing out the final blow. There are three major resources in the game; Beer, Money & Abilities. Many of these resources are shared and must be recycled back into the community for forward momentum, thus giving the game a fragile balance of power. It’s all about teamwork, deception, resource management and well-timed executions... and you might get a little tipsy during the process.
The game is in its in the final stages of testing/balance adjusting. The kickstarter will launch April 21st. I will also have a booth at C2E2 that weekend to promote the game and campaign. It's open to heavy drinkers and non-drinkers, you get to bluff/lie & role play and it's growler friendly:)
Alewood is 2-6 players and takes an average of 30-45 minutes to play.
The Fiver with James Ernest from the Titan Series
Hi, I’m James Ernest. I’ve been inventing tabletop games for about 20 years, publishing most of them through my company, Cheapass Games, and also creating games and doing freelance work for most of the major hobby game publishers.
I started in the hobby game business as a technical writer for Wizards of the Coast, helping draft four versions of the Magic: the Gathering rulebook. I launched Cheapass Games in 1996 as an outlet for a handful of unpublished board games, and over the next 15 years I released about 100 games through Cheapass. These included Kill Doctor Lucky, Lord of the Fries, Button Men, BRAWL, Give Me the Brain, and many others.
The Fiver with Seth Johnson from the Titan Series
Hello! My name is Seth Johnson, and though I’m originally from Wisconsin I spent around a decade working with WizKids and other game companies in the Seattle area before hitting the road as a freelance game designer. As in literally on the road: my wife and I lived and worked in 188 square feet of Airstream trailer for a couple years (somehow managing to squeeze in more than one game per square foot!) and only settled down a year or so ago after the birth of our newest playtester, my daughter, and our move to the San Francisco area.
I might be best known to gamers as the long-time lead designer on HeroClix, or to Calliope Games fans as the designer of Double Double Dominoes, but I’ve been working in the game industry for about twenty years.
The Fiver with Matt Forbeck from the Titan Series
I’m Matt Forbeck, and I’m a best-selling and award-winning author and game designer. I started out editing and designing games about 26 years ago, and I co-founded and ran Pinnacle Entertainment Group a while back. We published games like DEADLANDS, BRAVE NEW WORLD, and lots of others.
Sally 4th Releases Public House from range of photorealistic building kits
The kit cost £17.50.
Walls are made from 3mm Medite, base and roofs from 2mm MDF, forming a good solid structure. The base measures 200mm x 300mm, the building 150mm x 200mm.
The roof is removable to allow figures to be placed inside.
Tabletop-Art Previews New 32mm Bases
The following bases will be available soon:
Crystal Tech 32mm, Crystal Tech 32mm blank and Trench Warfare 32mm.
Queen of Hearts WIP & New Bases for your miniatures by Kabuki Models
Lots of cool and new Bases available at Kabuki Models!
Soon you will see Little Red Riding Hood available in our store and in the meanwhile we're working on the next Big Sister, the "Queen Of Hearts".
54mm as usual, designed by Alessandro Trombetta and digitally sculpted by Greg P. Onychuck, currently done at 60%, we are working on pose and facial expression.
Next update the complete sculpture!
Kromlech New Release - Legionaries Pistols
we have a new release today.
More weapons for Legionaries:
Legionary Thunder Pistols
and CM72 Plasma Pistols
those are also suitable for human sized warriors
New Release: 15mm Stalingrad/Russian Buildings from Novus Design Studios
Our newest release for 2015 takes us to the Russian Front-specifically the summer of 1942 in the Don Basin/Stalingrad region.
We have created 8 new 15mm models which represent structures commonly found not only in the Stalingrad area of operations but are typical to the entire Soviet Union during WW2.
The release includes 2 factory ruins (Nail Factory w/lift out floors & Red October Tractor Factory) Russian farm house, Peasant House and a rural workshop-all feature lift off roofs and detailed interiors. Our Stalingrad release rounds out with a primitive wooden bridge typical to all of WW2 Russia and a 2pc set of plank board livestock enclosures.
1073 – Russian Peasant House $16.00
1074 – Russian Farmhouse $18.00
1075 – Russian Workshop $16.00
1078 – Livestock Enclosures – 2ea $10.00
1079 – Red October Factory Ruin $36.00
1080 – Nail Factory Ruin $41.00
1081 – Timber/Wood Bridge $15.00
1082 – Low Stone Wall – 6ea $10.00
The series is now available for order from our website-wholesale inquiries welcome.
New 6mm scale superheavy tank pre-orders from Gregster's Lab
Gregster's Lab is proud to present the new 6mm scale superheavy tank with 6 turret options and 2 missile launcher options.
The Tempest Maul superheavy tank is now available in the catalogue!
The preorder phase will start now and will end on 25 April. Production will start after the pre-order phase is over.
New Steampunk Bases From Fat Spider
Fat Spider have added "Steampunk" to their range of Lipped Resin Bases, available in 30, 40 and 50mm and in pack sizes similar to their existing range. Best Painted with lots of Brass, Copper and Steel.
Fat Spider have also added a 30mm regular round base to their ever popular Cracked Earth and Rock Design.
The campaign is set to run for another 59 days.
From the campaign:
The Titan Series is a line of gateway games—casual, family-friendly tabletop games—being created by some of the best game designers (“Titans”) in the world. Each a legend within the gaming industry, these Titans are responsible for such wildly popular games as Magic: The Gathering, King of Tokyo, Shadowrun, MechWarrior, HeroClix, Quarriors!, Risk Legacy, and many more.
Now Calliope Games is harnessing the talents of the Titans to create games you can play with anyone, regardless of age or skill level. Not only will you be able to play Titan games with your regular gaming group, but your friends and family—who might rarely touch a die—will also love playing them!
... You know, not nearly enough Kickstarter campaigns have an add-on of a leather bomber jacket. Other game companies should take note.
So be sure to look at their campaign and let them know if there's anything you'd like them to change about it.
From the campaign:
We’ll be releasing nine gateway games over the next three years. Once per year a package of three games you helped create will be delivered to your doorstep. Though each game is expected to retail for approximately $30, backers of this Kickstarter can get them for just $16 each. As an added benefit, you won’t have to wait for the games to arrive to enjoy them—you’ll be an integral part of the creation process: honing rules sets, choosing art and art styles, identifying themes, and voting on game titles and character names. As a backer, you’ll get the opportunity to help shape different parts of the series all along the way.
The Titans are already hard at work crafting these tabletop experiences. Our goal is to offer games that fall within different categories: a party game, a word game, a worker placement game, a light strategy game, a dice game, a game of luck, a card game, and more. We anticipate releasing the first set of games within 12 months of the Kickstarter funding. Current games include:
Zach & Jordan Weisman: In this worker placement game, players take turns bidding on items that form sets. Each bid increases the cost of an item, making desirable items more difficult to obtain. Instead of bidding, players may also choose to gain purchasing power by collecting the bids of other players. Balancing bids on needed items while collecting purchasing power is key to winning. The first player to complete a given number of sets wins!
Paul Peterson: This risk management game challenges players to get from one side of the board to the other, where locations of different point values await. Players move and manage dice along passage ways according to their rolls. Event cards can help or hinder players’ movement. The players navigate the board three times, managing and risking dice along the way and gaining victory points at the end of each round. The player with the most points at the end of three rounds wins!
Richard Garfield: This is a simple yet thought-provoking party game where players try to think as one when responding to queries. Players receive points for responding the same way as other players—regardless of whether the other players provide a correct response. The players with the fewest points are given strikes, and the first player to earn a given number of strikes loses the game.
Each of the games is intended for adults, but will be accessible by children as young as 8. The games will support 3-5 players (sometimes up to 8), play in 60 minutes or less, and be packaged in boxes similar to Tsuro (9"x9"x2") or Tsuro of the Seas (9.5"x9.5"x3").
Our plan is to release games by Eric Lang, Seth Johnson, and Mike Selinker in year two. Games by Mike Elliott, Rob Daviau, and Mike Mulvihill will follow in year three. Beyond that, we’ll see where our stretch goals take us!
Ravage: It looks like you’re forming the Avengers of game designers. How did you pull off getting all of these talented people to work on the Titan series?
Ray Wehrs: We asked nicely. Just like Black Widow. (Well, maybe not exactly like Black Widow. We didn’t bat our eyelashes.)
Seriously though, most of the Titans haven’t had the opportunity to work on a lighter, gateway game, and they’re excited about the challenge this type of design presents. The hardest part of building the team was selecting which designers we wanted. There are so many talented designers out there. In the end, we went with folks we feel have an outstanding track record and who really connect with the gaming community.
Ravage: Do you feel gateway games still offer something for the experienced board gamer?
RW: Absolutely. In addition to serving as a recruitment tool, good gateway games fill multiple needs for gamers. Still waiting for your friends to show up? Get voted off the island in a player elimination game? Brain fried after a two-hour fight against an Elder God? Try a gateway game! They’re the palette cleansers, appetizers, and desserts of the gaming world. We recommend three servings a week.
Ravage: Do you think the people gateway games are targeting will be a large part of backing the games on Kickstarter? Or do you think core gamers will carry the project?
RW: Core gamers will absolutely be the majority of our backers, and we love them for it. The gamer community on Kickstarter is comprised of game evangelists, without whom the board game industry would not exist. They’re the folks who recognize value in all games and who strive to further their hobby. That’s the best part of the Titan Series—gamers will be able to use gateway games crafted by their favorite designers to introduce their friends and family to their hobby.
Ravage: Did you have input into the style of the games the designers are to be working on, or was it more a “make whatever you want” format? Or, with the different personalities involved, was it “a little from column A, a little from column B?”
RW: Beyond fulfilling the requirements for a light, fun, and affordable Calliope-style game that plays at least six people, we didn’t give the designers specific assignments. This is their chance to put their personal brand of design into a lighter game. This project is as much about them fulfilling a dream as us fulfilling ours.
Ravage: How have you worked to keep the complexity of a Kickstarter that’s looking to fund nine games manageable? Are you worried such a thing might be intimidating to potential backers?
RW: Only if they’re intimidated by fun!
We’re not worried. It’s a lot of work, but we have a plan in place and we’ve run successful Kickstarters before—both Tsuro of the Seas and Roll For It! were Kickstarter projects. The Titan designers are also successful and established. We believe Calliope’s experience combined with the Titans’ skills and track records will put backers at ease, and that they’ll be excited about rather than intimidated by the scale of the project.
Ravage: Do you have a tentative date for the release of the first game?
RW: Assuming all goes as planned, the first game(s) will be released in the third quarter of 2015.
CEO of Calliope
Ravage: Do you think Eric Lang would win in a fight with a panda?
RW: It depends. Are we talking a Takenoko panda or a Kaosball panda? We feel like we have to give Eric the benefit of the doubt with any creature that lives exclusively on bamboo. But a Kaosball panda? No way. You can’t touch that.
Either way, unless Eric is going up against a panda that can match his considerable game design skills and replace him as one of the Titans, we’d prefer he just steer clear of them altogether.
Ravage: A big thank you to Ray Wehrs, president of Calliope Games. I’m really excited to see the Titans’ games later this year.
So there you have it. Be sure to check out Ravage US Issue 18 for the complete interview and keep an eye out for the launch of the Titan Series on Kickstarter (I'm sure we'll let you know about it here ;) ).