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Modern board games are games created after 1900 or so, including early games such as Monopoly and Scrabble, to the latest games from Europe and around the world.

Tinker Tactics

I came across Tinker Tactics today, and was intrigued with the low component count and simple rules. All that’s needed to play are a few dice, and a tiny board for each player.

The rules are simple. Players roll their dice in secret, announce their total score, and all the other players switch their die faces to match the player with the highest score. The dice are then placed on the boards, and the boards of all the players are attached. From there players move their dice the number of spaces as indicated on the die. Land next to another player’s die to reduce it by 1. Reduce a die to zero and remove it from the board. Last player standing wins.

Tinker Tactics is free to print-and-play, and cheap enough to do so simply. I’ve already printed out some boards and gathered the appropriate dice for a 2 player game.

I can see this being a nice filler to play with the kids when we don’t have much time to get into something more involved, or when we don’t have much space to pack a larger game when we’re out of the house.

Room 25: Season 2

ASMROOM02Room 25: Season 2 is an expansion to Asmodee’s popular Room 25. This new pack includes 2 new characters, the Adventurer and the Psychopath, along with new rooms and character special abilities.

The game requires the original Room 25 to play, and retails for $39.99.

To tell you the truth, I wanted to play the original and had forgotten about it. Maybe now I can swing back around to it, and possibly will be able to try out the expansion.

Sentinels Tactics: Battle for Broken CityGreater Than Games will begin a pre-order of three “major” items for games set in its Sentinels of the Multiverse setting Monday, January 19th. A supervillain-centric expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse, titled Villains of the Multiverse, provides ten villains and two new environments for $29.95. Battle for Broken City ($39.95) is a standalone game for the Sentinel Tactics game line and can be combined with The Flame of Freedom core game and Uprising expansion. For Profit is a $19.95 expansion for both Sentinel Tactics’ Battle for Broken City and The Flame of Freedom. The pre-order period ends on March 12, 2015.

In a recently-cancelled Kickstarter campaign for a new game in the Sentinels setting, GTG’s Christopher Badell stated that after the Shattered Timelines expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse, they “would not run any more Kickstarters for Sentinels of the Multiverse products – that game is well established enough to support its own expansions. Since then, we have decided to go a step further and not run Kickstarter campaigns for expansions for any existing products.” For funding the production of expansions, the company has gone to a pre-order system, with orders placed via their website. In the fall of 2014, the company received nearly 4500 pre-orders for SotM’s Wrath of the Cosmos expansion.

Next week’s pre-order will be the company’s first for multiple products. Greater Than Games also mentions that there will be additional items to be pre-ordered, such as oversized villain cards, and pre-order promotional materials. Expected delivery is end of year, 2015.

dominion: adventuresRio Grande Games announced Dominion: Adventures, the ninth expansion for the Dominion card game. The game’s designer, Donald X. Vaccarino, suggests that Adventures is the first of a series of “occasional expansions” for the game line. In a 2012 interview with Andrea Ligabue of, Mr. Vaccarino stated that he saw Dark Ages and Guilds as the last of the regular expansions to Dominion, citing several factors including a desire to develop other games and caution at over-complicating the basic game. “…[E]xpansions get more complex over time,” the designer says. “Many people would prefer them not to be more complex. At the same time a spin-off – a standalone game that has the same core premise but adds some components and rules – can have new simple cards that involve the new stuff. ”

Adventures will have 400 cards, making it the largest expansion to Dominion. In addition to the 30 kingdom cards, the expansion adds event cards, tokens that modify cards, and “Reserve cards that can be saved for the right moment”. The title is scheduled for a 2015 release with a MSRP of $44.95.

Quinceañera Games

My QuinceaneraWhile waiting for that special day, girls can play the new My Quinceañera Countdown Game from the Cass Group. The first to collect a dress, necklace, shoes, and cake gets to wear the included tiara. And while rounding the board to do so, players may draw Tell-All cards, which ask them to share their quinceañera dreams, or Q cards, which bring on complications for the big party.

Another quinceañera-themed game from Cass is the Angry Old Godmother Card Game, which I gather is a an Old Maid variant. In this version, players want to avoid being stuck with the godmother, who’s angry because she didn’t get to have a quinceañera when she was 15.

[via Toy Dreamers]

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesMinden Games has a few discounted bundle offerings for the new year.

Father Geek is giving away two copies of Dark Horse from Knight Works.

Through mid-February in select stores, buy-one-get-one-free Legend of the Five Rings Ivory Arc Legal Boosters.

Find the secret page on Calliope Games’ website for a chance to win Roll For It.

For free shipping of parts and accessories orders of $25 or more, use coupon code “REFILLS25″.

The Best of the Brick contest being run by the National Museum of Play seeks photographs of original Lego designs. Two prizes of $50 museum shop gift cards will be awarded in each of three age categories.

NYC Munchkin Pop Up Store

shoulderRSteve Jackson Games is opening a pop-up Munchkin store in New York City, February 13-15, right around the time of Toy Fair 2015. The store will be called Munchkin World NYC, and will be at 353 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Steve Jackson games has posted a schedule of events taking place at the store on their website.

Since I’ll be in the area, I’m going to try and make it over to check it out, get some pictures, and see what kind of craziness SJG has in store.

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Wizard Dodgeball heads back to Kickstarter

That’s right! Wizard Dodgeball is currently on its way back to Kickstarter for a January 23rd launch.

The relaunch campaign will run for 60 days with a goal of $25k and includes:
  • new art for the wizard stat cards
  • stretch goals for new spell art and an extra set of dice (so you don’t have to share)

The launch will coincide with PAX South in San Antonio, TX, where you’ll be able to find Mind the Gap Studios at booth 1190.

I’m really hoping these guys see funding this time. I’d love to see a fully manufactured version of the game come to life.

Tiny Epic Galaxies Hits Kickstarter

It’s kind of funny how I was just writing about the upcoming release of Tiny Epic Defenders, then Gamelyn games hits me up via email with their press release for the Tiny Epic Galaxies Kickstarter! This time the 30 minute pocket game takes on a sci-fi theme and has players trying to become the most powerful galaxy in the universe. Note that this isn’t just a retheme of Tiny Epic Kingdoms, but a whole new game with fresh and interesting looking mechanics.

The best part about this whole project? It’s already funded! Pledge $16 to ensure yourself a copy of the base game, or $24 for the deluxe version that has some Kickstarter exclusives.

Gamelyn has been on a roll in my books, so I’m super excited to get my hands on this and give it a whirl.

Tiny Epic Defenders

GSGMGTINY02Coming in March, Tiny Epic Defenders is a followup game set in the world of Tiny Epic Kingdoms. The game is cooperative, having players band together to ward off a horde of monstrous foes. I’ve actually got a review copy of the game sitting right here, and hope to have a write up of it soon!

Tiny Epic Defenders is for 1-4 players ages 13+, and plays in 30 minutes. The MSRP will be $25.

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