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Discover secrets and artefacts of ancient civilizations in Lost Ruins of Arnak from publisher Czech Edition Games

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Board Game: Lost Ruins of Arnak


Dust off the ol´ Stenson hat, sort out your maps and plot a course for adventure in Lost Ruins of Arnak, an upcoming 1 - 4 player of exploration and adventure designed by Min & Elwen and published by Czech Games Edition. As someone who grew up on a steady diet of 80´s adventure movies the likes of Indiana Jones, The Goonies and Romancing the Stone it is dihttps://cf.geekdo-static.com/images/editor/italic.giffficult to not get excited about the premise of Lost Ruins of Arnak as described by the publisher:

“On an uninhabited island in uncharted seas, explorers have found traces of a great civilization. Now you will lead an expedition to explore the island, find lost artefacts, and face fearsome guardians, all in a quest to learn the island's secrets.

Lost Ruins of Arnak combines deck-building and worker placement in a game of exploration, resource management, and discovery. In addition to traditional deck-builder effects, cards can also be used to place workers, and new worker actions become available as players explore the island. Some of these actions require resources instead of workers, so building a solid resource base will be essential. You are limited to only one action per turn, so make your choice carefully... what action will benefit you most now? And what can you afford to do later... assuming someone else doesn't take the action first!?

Decks are small, and randomness in the game is heavily mitigated by the wealth of tactical decisions offered on the game board. With a variety of worker actions, artefacts, and equipment cards, the set-up for each game will be unique, encouraging players to explore new strategies to meet the challenge.

Discover the Lost Ruins of Arnak!”


Board Game: Lost Ruins of Arnak

Section of the main board in Lost Ruins of Arnak. Photo: Czech Games Edition.


Originally intended to make its debut at this year’s Essen Spiel, Lost Ruins of Arnak is instead currently scheduled for a retail release in Q4 of 2020.
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Vanquish the forces of darkness in Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin from publisher Rock Manor Games

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Board Game: Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin


Publisher Rock Manor Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin by designer Todd Walsh, the stand-alone expansion to the original game released in 2019. In the upcoming expansion players will take on the role of mercenaries, individuals willing to lend their blade and allegiance to whoever is willing to pay. Recruited by the desperate king, this ragtag band of warriors must fend off the forces of evil known as the Unhallowed and vanquish this blight from the realm of mortals once and for all as described by the publisher:

“Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin is both a standalone game for 1 - 4 players and an expansion that can be combined with the original cooperative game. Featuring all new characters, this bunch of adventurers has to be motivated to work together. Every round you will visit all new locations and pick an adventurer to rest and get paid to take camp actions. You can use this coin to purchase powerful items from the new Merchant board and item deck. These items will assist the rest of the party on watch as they battle a line of all new creatures trying to make their way into camp. It is still a battle to keep the campfire burning! Use your wits and skill to fight for the light…or all will perish in the darkness.”

At the time of writing the crowdfunding campaign for Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin is live on Kickstarter with 21 days to go.

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The space themed strategy board game Galactic Era returns to Kickstarter, now with added solo play

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Board Game: Galactic Era


Publisher Seajay Games and designer Channing Jones is gearing up for a second attempt at bringing the strategy board game Galactic Era to fruition. The previous Kickstarter campaign which launched in December last year did not manage to reach the targeted funding goal. Since then, the designer has been hard at work developing several aspects of the game including the addition of an official solo mode. Similar to Twilight Imperium and Eclipse, Galactic Era is a “4X” science-fiction themed strategy game of exploration and conquest amongst the stars of the universe. The thing that separates this upcoming space opera from the rest of the pack is the implementation and emphasis of a moral alignment system for the player characters. Depending on which way their inner compass is pointing, players will be able to utilize certain aspects of the game in their favour. For example, champions of Light are able to ally with advanced civilizations that you might come across during your intergalactic travels. Alternatively, as a harbinger of Darkness you are rewarded for being more aggressive in your actions. There is even the option to switch alignment mid-game as a way to pivot in response to the evolving game state.

At the time of writing the Kickstarter campaign for Galactic Era has gone live.
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Cartographers Heroes, the sequel to the Kennerspiel des Jahres nominee is coming to Kickstarter

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Board Game: Cartographers Heroes


Publisher Thunderworks Games is returning to the realm of Nalos in Cartographers Heroes, the sequel to the highly acclaimed Kennerspiel des Jahres nominee Cartographers from last year. Sharing similar thematic ties to previous entries to the world of Roll Player, this stand-alone sequel from designers John Brieger and Jordy Adan allows 1 - 100 (!) players to take on the role of royal cartographers in the service of Queen Gimnax as they lead expeditions to chart undiscovered lands. But be careful, for these are troubled times as the forces of Dragul roam the war-torn countryside hellbent on overthrowing the monarch’s reign of Nalos. Cartographers Heroes introduces new map sheets and explore cards that can be played on its own or combined with the original Cartographers allowing for an even greater amount of variety and content. The upcoming Kickstarter campaign will also feature no less than three new map packs which can be incorporated with either version of the game.

Look forward to the crowdfunding campaign for Cartographers Heroes and the new map packs launching on Kickstarter October 6th.
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Squire for Hire is coming to iOS and Android courtesy of publisher Letiman Games

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Board Game: Squire for Hire


Back in 2019 when table for ONE was in its infancy, one of the very first news articles I wrote featured Squire for Hire; the incredibly charming solo playable card game designed and illustrated by Jon Merchant. Behind every successful hero there stands a squire, a loyal subject in charge of collecting and arranging the loot collected throughout your master’s journeys. The game features an inventory, tile-laying mechanism where cards representing various loot and trinkets is arranged in such a way as to cover up junk items whilst trying to create matching sets.

Since its original release the game has expanded to include a 2nd edition and also a standalone expansion called Squire for Hire: Mystic Runes which is scheduled to be delivered to backers later this year as a result of a successful Kickstarter campaign. And now there is also the option to enjoy Squire for Hire in a digital format on both iOS and Android. Well, technically the app is currently in closed beta but will be readily available on September 29th and publisher Letiman Games is currently accepting pre-orders at a discounted price of just $2.99. Considering the fact that the app includes all four squires from the base game, the expansion content from Mystic Runes and several unlockable game modes you are certainly getting your money’s worth in terms of solo digital content.
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Publisher Osprey Games invites you to Village Green, a game of pretty gardens and petty grudges

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Board Game: Village Green


Publisher Osprey Games is bringing Village Green to fruition, a 1 - 4 player game of “pretty gardens and petty grudges” from designer Peer Sylvester whose previous work includes The King Is Dead, The Lost Expedition and Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth. Featuring lovely watercolour paintings by artist Joanna Rosa, in Village Green players take on the role of rivalling gardeners competing to win the most coveted horticultural award of them all:

“It's the first day of spring, and there's only one thing on everyone's mind — the Village Green of the Year competition! In just a few months, the judges of this prestigious contest will be visiting, and the village council have finally put you in charge of the preparations. With your newfound authority, you can show those snobs from Lower Aynesmore just what a properly orchestrated floral arrangement looks like!

In Village Green, you are rival gardeners, tasked by your respective communities with arranging flowers, planting trees, commissioning statues, and building ponds. You must place each element carefully as time is tight and the stakes couldn't be higher! Split your days between acquiring and installing new features for your green and nominating it for one of the competition's many awards. Will your village green become the local laughing stock, or make the neighboring villages green with envy?”
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Publisher Final Frontier Games launches Kickstarter campaign for Monsters On Board

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Board Game: Monsters on Board


Publisher Final Frontier Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming game Monsters On Board, a ghoulish dice-drafting game for 1 - 4 players designed by Ivo Neskovic, Aleksandar Mikic and Samoil Petreski. Featuring the distinct artstyle of Mihajlo “The Mico” Dimitrievski, in Monsters On Board you set out to host the most scary and grandiose party for all the terrifying creatures and monsters known from folklore. There is only one slight problem: you are all out of Spook Juice, the crucial ingredient in every monster cocktail which is extracted from human fear!

“It’s close to midnight...one week before the Blue Moon Monster Mixer at Spook Manor. To throw a proper monster mash, you only need one thing—Spook Juice—and you’re gonna need an awful lot of it for these party animals. Spook Juice is a powerful spirit distilled from human fear, and the main ingredient in every popular monster drink. The bad news is that you’re completely out of it. The good news is that the nearby town, Startleton, is a great place to scare some up. You need to send your Monster disciples to scare up some of that sweet Spook Juice. So dust off your Fearmobiles and get your scariest Monsters on Board!

Monsters on Board is a dice-drafting game that takes place over six rounds. Each round, players will draft Monster Lords (dice) arriving from out of town in Fearmobiles, trying to fulfill their Prophecy cards. After each player drafts four Monsters, they will send them to the Order of Spider Jack. Monsters sent here will give players actions, as well as Spook Juice when Spider Jack is summoned. The higher the die’s number, the scarier the Monster, which means the more Spook Juice they will scare up for you. However, scarier Monsters have fewer and less powerful actions, while less frightening Monsters have more powerful actions (they try harder)— so choose wisely!

Drafted Monsters also move their matching colored Grunt (Monster miniature) through the Town of Startleton, scaring the townspeople with the help of their little Minions (miniatures). In doing so, Grunts will award players bonus actions. If the Grunts terrorize the town well enough, they will grant bonus Spook Juice during final scoring. Additionally, players will draft Arch Monsters and Ghosts that will help them achieve their goals.

During final scoring, players will gain additional Spook Juice based on how well they completed their Prophecy cards, scared the Town, and appeased the Arch Monsters. The player with the most Spook Juice wins!”
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Board Game: Monsters on Board

3D render of a game of Monsters On Board. Image: Final Frontier Games


At the time of writing the targeted funding goal has been surpassed by a wide margin with 17 days left of the crowdfunding campaign. For more information about the ghoulish game Monster On Board head on over to the official Kickstarter page.
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Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn now has an official solo mode courtesy of designer Tony Fanchi

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Board Game: Civilization: A New Dawn


Now this is an interesting, and admittedly surprising, piece of news: publisher Fantasy Flight Games has announced an official solo mode for Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn, the most recent board game adaptation of the incredibly popular series of strategy computer and video games. Designed by James Kniffen, in Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn players take on the role of history’s most influential leaders as they set about to shape the world to their vision by expanding and advancing their civilization throughout the ages. Now, thanks to the design work of Tony Fanchi the game can also be enjoyed solitary by introducing an Automated Player as described by the designer:

“The Automated Player (or AP) uses an unused player’s components and focus bar, with the focus row essentially functioning as a highly simplified version of the code that operates the AI opponents in the Civilization video games, providing a series of instructions for how the AP functions. On the AP’s turn, it will resolve the focus card in the “5” slot of its focus row and reset that card to the “1” slot. To assist with that, the AP has its own set of unique focus cards, designed specifically to remove decisions from the AP’s turn so that you won’t feel like you’re playing for the AP yourself.

As an opponent, the AP is predictable—you can always see what it will do on its next turn and any number of turns down the line. In spite of its predictability, or perhaps even because of it, the AP proves to be a compelling opponent because it presents the human player with a puzzle to solve, a puzzle that is not unlike playing against a human opponent. For example, you might know that the AP is going to take that prime city space on its next turn, but you are still left with a decision about whether to settle that spot first, forcing the AP to settle elsewhere, or let them take the spot and upgrade your military focus card so you can take the newly-settled city by force—or any number of other choices!”


As icing on the cake is the fact that the Automated Player can also be included in a 2 or 3 player game as an additional opponent to compete against. In order to play Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn solitaire simply download the focus cards and rulebook from Fantasy Flight Games and start building your solo empire.
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Publisher Nauvoo Games launches Kickstarter campaign for Steelslayer, the first expansion to The Reckoners

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Board Game: The Reckoners: Steelslayer



Publisher Nauvoo Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign to secure funds for Steelslayer, the first expansion to the 1 - 6 player cooperative dice based game The Reckoners from designers Brett Sobol and Seth Van Orden. Based on the popular book series by author Brandon Sanderson, The Reckoners presents an alternate reality where certain individuals have been blessed with superhuman powers. Unfortunately, rather than adhering to uncle Ben’s advice “With great power comes great responsibility” the demigods decide to make the world their own through use of sheer force and carnage. You take on the role of a Reckoner, a member of the freedom fighters trying to reclaim the world and end the tyrannical reign of the Epics. The Steelslayer expansion introduces several new modules that can be added separately or mixed together to enhance the core game experience including a new set of Reckoners and equipment. The expansion also includes not just new Epics but also revised versions of several bosses featured in the core game box.

Board Game: The Reckoners

Digital representation of the base game The Reckoners. Photo: Nauvoo Games


For more information about this upcoming expansion, head on over to the official Kickstarter page for The Reckoners: Steelslayer.
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Become the best ramen chef the culinary world has ever seen in Ramen! Ramen! from publisher Japanime Games

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Board Game: Ramen! Ramen!


Publisher Japanime Games has announced the upcoming game Ramen! Ramen!, a 1 - 4 player game from first-time designer Brendan Hansen. Featuring art by David Bock and Eveen Kwan, in Ramen! Ramen! players are competing to serve the most delicious ramen thus becoming the most successful restaurant the world has ever seen:

“You've landed a spot on the line at one of the best ramen shops in the world — at least to the locals. It's a cozy three-seat where the ramen better be worth the wait, so you need to work quickly and carefully to send bowls flying.

But there's a catch: You've agreed with your fellow line cooks that whoever serves the most (and the best) bowls of ramen gets to walk away with all of the day's tips. Now it's time to fire up the noodle boilers and get to work on crafting the most delicious ramen possible — and engage in a bit of soup-subversion while you're at it!

Each turn in Ramen! Ramen!, players add ingredients to the ramen bowls waiting to be served, trying to build the highest point count before serving, while trying to avoid giving their opponent an opportunity to steal the points! Once the draw pile is empty, players rush to finish bowls, then count up points to see who is the best ramen chef.”


Publisher Japanime Games is taking pre-orders for Ramen! Ramen! which is currently scheduled for a November release.
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