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Theomachy Kickstarter


A co-production of Petersen Games and Historical Games Factory, Theomachy is a deck-building game that combines elements of mythology and Texas Hold’em Poker. Each player chooses to represent an ancient god, decides to call, raise or fold, and aims to stand as the absolute power in the final showdown.

In the current Kickstarter campaign, the game is divided into two sets, namely The Warrior Gods and The Ancient. The former includes pantheons from Celtic, Norse, Slavonic, and Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones, while the latter represents Greek, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Lovecraft’s Outer Gods. The two sets are different from each other but can be mixed and combined for play.

Theomachy plays 2 to 4 players (up to 8 players if both The Warrior Gods and The Ancient sets are used) in around 45 minutes. The campaign has now raised $38,911 over its initial $20,000 goal with 32 days to go.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters

Released today, Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters is a new Dice Building Game put out by WizKids. The two player starter set contains 44 dice, 22 cards, two dice bags and a rulebook for a suggested retail price of $14.99.

Play mats and additional dice packs are to follow soon.

R.A. Salvatore Launches Kickstarter for Solo Play RPG

R.A. Salvatore DemonWar- AllheartFantasy writer R.A. Salvatore, best known for his novels based on the Forgotten Realms campaign in Dungeons & Dragons, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the first expansion to his popular DemonWars: Reformation tabletop role-playing game, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter last August.

The AllHeart campaign is designed specifically for small-group, or even solo play, which is something rarely heard of in the world of tabletop RPGs.

R.A. Salvatore and his band of merry game makers is seeking crowdfunding to get the game ready for mass production. You can back the campaign with a base pledge of $25 for a digital copy, or $45 for a hardback book, plus a digital copy.

The game will feature a random dungeon generator, which will allow a player to create and play through an entire dungeon without the need of a game master.

The jousting system will allow players to set up and play through tournaments by using their character as one of the jousters. If the game consists of you and a bunch of NPCs, the results are determined by a single die roll.

R.A. Salvatore DemonWars- Allheart 2

The Fiefdom system allows the player to manage a small village, growing it into a full-fledged city.

These systems can be played as a stand-alone mini game, or incorporated into a DemonWars campaign. Players will need the DemonWars: Reformation Core Rule Book, or the DemonWars Basic Rule Book in order to play this expansion game.

Shipping is expected in November of 2015.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesMonte Cook Games is running a Recursion Design Contest for The Strange RPG. I’m not sure what a recursion is but the winner will have his published in an upcoming book, and get a $25 gift certificate to the company store.

iSlaytheDragon is giving away Hyperborea and other games to four winners.

Save 60% on all Troll Lord Games ebooks at DriveThruRPG.

For free shipping on all parts and accessories from, use coupon code “REFILLS25″.

Babyhaven is giving away Bean Boozled, the Jelly Belly spinner game.

Mama to 5 Blessings is giving away Feed the Woozle from Peaceable Kingdom.

Second Look—Kromore Roleplaying Game

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.I don’t know if it’s a Kickstarter curse, or not, but this is the second roleplaying game coming off a successful Kickstarter project that just felt a bit too rushed. While Kromore’s world and mechanics are much, much better than my previously reviewed Traveller 5, the spelling and grammatical errors in the book were jarring. More than a few times I’d get in a good groove reading only to be halted by the how something was written, or by some other error. The first paragraph of the rules was enough to make me have to read it several times over to make sure it wasn’t just my eyes playing tricks on me.

RGK0001 altThat being said, the book impressed me in may ways. The world of Kromore, the characters, mechanics, art, and “completeness” of the book make me think that a bit more editing of the content would have made this system shoot out of the gate like a rocket. That magic system alone is worth the cost of the book.

The mish-mash of content in the book may turn off some readers, but I kind of liked all the options provided within. It brought me a certain sense of nostalgia, and it’s one I can certainly see running a campaign in.

Love Letter: Batman and The Hobbit

AEG5113bannerWe’ve already warned you about Love Letter: Batman, but Alderac Entertainment will be releasing Love Letter: Batman, and Love Letter: The Hobbit too, in March for $10.99 each. Round up the villains of Gotham and lock ‘em up in Arkham Asylum, or find The Arkenstone while avoiding the terrible dragon Smaug.

While I see the appeal of both versions, I’ll stick to my Love Letter – Kanai Factory Edition.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Playing Cards

Recently released by Dark Horse, is a standard deck of cards with art from Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Dragon Age Inquisition Playing Cards

Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters Battle for FaerunLate but not lost, WizKids plans to begin shipping next month Battle for Faerun, the first set of the Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters line. Starter Sets will retail for $20 and include 44 dice, 38 cards, and two dice bags. There will also be $1 Foil Packs, with two dice and two cards each.

Battle for Faerun will include such iconic D&D monsters as dragons, beholders, stirges, and gelatinous cubes, plus of course, character dice in various classes, and even NPC dice (which have no levels or special powers).

Human Interface 2A new cyberpunk style board game is in the works right now. While there still is not a plethora of information about the miniatures based game set in a “dark, high-tech, and quite near future,” the development company has been releasing tasty tidbits about it on Facebook for the past week.

From the developer’s description, Human Interface – Nakamura Tower is intended for fans of Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix, Dues Ex, and other such science fiction based action stories.

The game is supposedly going to feature highly detailed miniatures, a couple of which have already made an appearance on Facebook.

It will also include photorealistic art, a “huge amount” of cards, tokens, and accessories, and unique gaming mechanics featuring network-based combat, character sheets, and more.

The game is designed for two or more players, but is possible to take on as a solo adventure.

Human Interface 1From the description offered in the About section of the game’s Facebook page, players will be able to create teams for specific tasks with special equipment, implants, chips, and weapons. Teams will “break the firewalls of corporate terminals and gain supremacy in battle.”

There is no official information as to when the game will launch. However, the company has started a campaign to get people talking by posting images and storyline details every day for the past week. Check out the Human Interface official Facebook page to stay up to date on the game’s launch.


Monopoly City of Lagos EditionBestman Games, the license-holder for localized versions of Monopoly in Africa, is partnering with international real-estate company, Lamudi, on the development of future game releases. The two companies announced that they will work together to incorporate local knowledge and real market data as Bestman rolls out Monopoly in 48 countries.

[via The Guardian]

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