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Dice Tower Now is your source for the biggest news from the tabletop gaming world. Each week, the DTNow team brings you breaking stories, special reports, interviews, Kickstarters, new releases, and more.
Dice Tower Now 710: November 30, 2020
This week, we talk probability, CMON financial reports, and the game everyone's clamoring for this holiday season.   TOP STORIES: "Queen's Gambit" leads to a run on chess sets. Scott Almes' "The Ugly Gryphon Inn" coming soon. First edition Pokemon set sales for $360,000. Penguin Random House acquires Simon & Schuster. "Assassin's Creed: Valhalla" dice game becoming reality. Free "Catan: First Adventure" available now. "Root: Militants" expansion teased. Revisit the Labyrinth with "Ready, Steady, Worm!" "Kids on Bikes" gets a board game. "Dune: Adventures in the Imperium" RPG coming in 2021. Build your civ with dice in "Origins: First Builders." "Nemo's War" expansion now on Kickstarter. Construct ziggurats in pre-Columbian Oaxaca in "Zapotec." Zenobia Award hopes to get more underrepresented designers into historical games. "Terraforming Mars: The Dice Game" appears on BGG.   SPECIAL REPORT: Jesse takes a look at CMON's long-awaited 2019 financial results.   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Paris Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Patchwork: Christmas Edition Paleo Aquatica Spyfest   KICKSTARTER: Creature Comforts Harry Potter: Catch the Snitch   OUTPUT RANDOMNESS: Corey talks probability and what those percentages look like in reality.   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Take a gander at Barry's wares at BrightBearLaser.com. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Nov 30
28 min
Dice Tower Now 709: November 23, 2020
This week, The Crew goes underwater, we try fair-trade cat poo coffee, and the worlds of baking, television, and gaming cross-pollinate.   TOP STORIES: Brew up some complex fun with "Coffee Traders." "The Crew: Tiefsee" delivers a trick-taking deep sea sequel. "Oh, Brother," there's a new expansion to "Stuffed Fables." GAMA Expo 2021 goes virtual. AEG announces "Mighty Micros" mini expansions for its most popular games. Adapt to more "Oceans" with the "Legends of the Deep" expansion. "Kim Joy's Magic Bakery" cooks up sweet co-op card cakes. Food Network airs "Candy Land" cooking competition. "Uno" makes a play for its own game show. "Gloria Mundi" finds glorious new life. Atomic Mass takes over Asmodee's Star Wars miniatures games. Asmodee gives its MAP policy a holiday.   THE HOTNESS: Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy Etherfields Beyond the Sun Altar Quest USS Freedom   KICKSTARTER: Etherfields Macaron Bardsung   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Sidereal Confluence: Remastered Edition Century: Golem Edition - An Endless World Wingspan: Oceania Expansion Glasgow   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Take a gander at Barry's wares at BrightBearLaser.com. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Nov 23
20 min
Dice Tower Now 708: November 16, 2020
This episode, we catch up on crowdfunding, poke our noses in the Pokemon secondary market, and take a look at just how random those dice rolls and card shuffles really are.   HEADLINES: Gamefound to take on Kickstarter for tabletop crowdfunding. Pledge managers BackerKit and Crowd Ox merge. BoardGameTables.com to publish Cwali games. CMON's next Kickstarter gets animated. Build a hotel in Nemo's anemone with "PIXAR Monopoly." Upcoming auction set to break Pokemon record. Explore the seas with "Dive!" Jacob Fryxelius' "Star Scrappers: Orbital" live on Kickstarter. Make challenging moral choices with "Agemonia."   THE HOTNESS: burncycle Etherfields Hallertau Dune: Imperium Lost Ruins of Arnak Pax Pamir (Second Edition) Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion   KICKSTARTER: The Mariana Trench burncycle   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Viscounts of the West Kingdom Kitara Chronicles of Crime: 1400 Whistle Mountain Tiny Towns: Villagers   OUTPUT RANDOMNESS: Corey shares some random thoughts about the random nature of randomness.   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Nov 16
27 min
Dice Tower Now 707: November 9, 2020
This episode, a new trilogy of DragonLance books gets slayed before seeing the light of day, an eXciting eXpansion heads to "Marvel United," and we take a look at the Lycanroc of Wall Street.   TOP STORIES: Rachael Blaske steps down from her role at Poketto. Authors sue WotC over cancelled DragonLance books. CMON teases a certain "X"-based team coming to Marvel United. Pokemon secondary market is hot thanks to influencers. Protect the world from demons in "Rift Knights." Scarlet Witch joining Marvel Champions: TCG. "Primeval Peril" to tide over backers of "Sleeping Giants." Artist works in media of board game components. Trade in the Andes with "P'achakuna." "How to Host a Game Night" hits bookshelves. Rebuild and scare kids in "Spook Manor."   KICKSTARTER: The King's Armory D20 Soap Freedom Five: A Sentinel Comics Board Game   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Cubitos UNLOCK! Star Wars Troyes Dice New York Zoo The Court of Miracles Blue Skies Durian   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Nov 9
19 min
Dice Tower Now 706: November 2, 2020
This episode, Critical Role takes on a new ... role, D&D sets off on a quest to your living room, and we look at some random data on Reiner Knizia. Plus, we showcase Kickstarters for "Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game," "Fox Matters," and "Townsfolk Tussle."   TOP STORIES: Spiel.Digital successfully drives online traffic. Critical Role launches publishing house. Blizzard execs launch board game development studio. Tilt 5 brings augmented reality to your tabletop. "Mr. Jack in New York" is back with a vengeance (and a reprint). Hasbro shops multiple D&D TV series. "Kokopelli" hopes to do right by the culture it references. Newly revealed card shakes the "Magic: The Gathering" secondary market. Can you wait for "Marshmallow Test" from Reiner Knizia? Corey looks at some fun Knizia-related numbers.   THE HOTNESS: Endless Winter: Paleoamericans Dune: Imperium Lost Ruins of Arnak   KICKSTARTER: Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game Fox Matters Townsfolk Tussle   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Atheneum: Mystic Library Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game Beyond the Sun Photosynthesis: Under the Moonlight Tales of Evil Scape Goat   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Nov 2
22 min
Dice Tower Now 705: October 26, 2020
This episode, we "Descend" into that dungeon once more, good friends, "Diplomacy" shapes political careers, and sheep are coming for your feet. Plus, Chris and Kitty discuss Kickstarters for "Veiled Fate" and "Project L: Finesse."   TOP STORIES: Fantasy Flight gives us a peek at "Descent: Legends of the Dark." ForeignPolicy.com publishes a story about the impact of "Dipomacy" on one of their reporters and his childhood acquaintance's careers in the political arena. "Schotten Totten 2" on the way. "Gloomhaven" novel series in the works. "Dungeon Scrawler" fantasy roll-and-write coming from Alley Cat Games. "FLUXX" goes full fantasy. GoFundMe page set up for a scholarship for the son of the late North Star Game's co-president Satish Pillalamarri. "Pathfinder Arena" to bring iconic monsters to tabletop miniatures game. AEG announces small expansions for "Space Base" and "Alma Mater." Fight super villains in "Freedom Five: A Sentinel Comics Board Game." "Nova League" reinvents the classic vibrating football game. Build an industrial empire in the 19th century with "Furnace." Deliver luxury goods in the Hanseatic Age in "Novgorod." Celebrate the classic arcade game's 40th anniversary with "Pac-Man: The Card Game." "For Sale" gets a new edition and expansion. Sport your love for "Catan" with new footwear from Plainview Shoes.   KICKSTARTER: Veiled Fate Project L: Finesse   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire Raiders of Scythia Silver Dagger Aeon's End: Outcasts Escape Tales: Children of Wyrmwoods Mysterium Park Dragonland   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Oct 26
21 min
Dice Tower Now 704: October 19, 2020
This episode, Corey examines the job of rulebook editor, we catch up with various developments at CMON and GAMA, and Kitty and Chris showcase Kickstarters for "Windward: Treacherous Skies" and "Dungeon Fighter."   TOP STORIES: CMON releases some of the findings from the investigation into their 2019 audit issues. Pokemon card sells for over $220,000 to retired rapper Logic. North Star Games searches for new direction. GAMA seeks equality across its membership. Confusion over 2020 Origins Awards explained. Stefan Feld to bring "Kokopelli" to life.   THE HOTNESS: Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game Lost Ruins of Arnak Project L Etherfields Frostpunk: The Board Game   SPECIAL REPORT: Corey explores the tricky role of rulebook editor.   KICKSTARTER: Windward: Treacherous Skies Dungeon Fighter   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Warp's Edge Tiny Epic Galaxies: BLAST OFF! The Lord of the Rings: Anniversary Edition Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game Sagrada: The Great Facades - Life   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Oct 19
29 min
Dice Tower Now 703: October 12, 2020
This episode, more board game properties make the leap to long-form fiction, Christmas comes early, we preview some titles still in the design stage, and Chris discusses Kickstarters for "High Rise: The UltraPlastic Edition" and "Cartographers Heroes."   TOP STORIES: Aconyte to publish novels based on "Zombicide" and "Terraforming Mars." The gaming world says goodbye to designer and North Star Games co-president Satish Pillalamarri. Uwe Rosenberg's "Hallertau" rulebook now online. Sequel to "Core Worlds" on the way. New industry game "Carnegie" heading to KS. Countdown to Christmas with an Advent Dice Calendar. North Pole shenanigans are afoot in "The Kringle Caper." "Monstrosities" attack "Atlantis Rising." Defend the Krabby Patty in "SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton Rising." Baratheons and dragons coming to "A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game." "La Granja" designer working on a sequel. Stonemaier Games teases expansion for "Viticulture." "Portals" in the works for "Gaia Project."   KICKSTARTER: High Rise: The UltraPlastic Edition Cartographers Heroes   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade Inca Empire: The Card Game Aliens: Bug Hunt EXIT: The Enchanted Forest Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Oct 12
14 min
Dice Tower Now 702: October 5, 2020
This episode, Corey talks about not talking in games with communication limits. Chris and Kitty showcase Kickstarters for "Cascadia" and "Plunderous."   TOP STORIES: Origins Awards announced. Amazon Prime Day, Target Deal Days, Walmart Big Save, and Newegg FastasTech: Round 2 all coming mid-October. Artovision to produce art pieces for Asmodee titles. Renegade Game Studios to develop new titles based on Hasbro I.P. 2020 Kinderspiel winner "Robots" heading to US hobby retail. "Pipeline: Emerging Markets" to be the game's first expansion. "Groundhog Day" rules released. "Tinner's Trail" to get remastered version. "High Rise" getting a component upgrade on Kickstarter. Ares Games to distribute "The Thing: The Boardgame."   THE HOTNESS: Wingspan: Oceania Expansion Feierabend Grand Austria Hotel: Let's Waltz Dune: Imperium   KICKSTARTER: Cascadia Plunderous   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Pendulum Splendor Marvel Escape the Dark Sector Calico Jurassic Parts Arkham Horror: TCG - The Innsmouth Conspiracy Marvel Champions: TCG - The Once and Future Kang   OUTPUT RANDOMNESS: Corey gives his microphone meaningful looks while talking in code.   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Oct 5
22 min
Dice Tower Now 701: September 28, 2020
This episode, Corey hops into the host seat, and Kitty and Chris dive into the "Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin" and "7th Citadel" Kickstarters.   TOP STORIES: "HeroQuest" returns and lights up Hasbro's crowdfunding site. "The Last of Us" creeps toward your tabletop. CMON to publish comics based on Asmodee properties "Twilight Imperium" and "Android." CMON's "Trudvang Legends" delayed. The classic electronic vibrating football game gets new life as "Nova League." Cards Against Humanity sells its new board game cafe. "Cartographers Heroes" charts a path to Kickstarter. Boarderlands 2's fake RPG becomes reality. "CoraQuest" offers dungeon crawling for the whole family. Quicksilver joins "Marvel Champions: TCG." "Agropolis" visits its city cousin, "Sprawlopolis." GAMA partners with Toys for Tots. "The Dragon and Flagon" gets a new expansion. Digimon is back as a trading card game. Plaid Hat announces free companion app for "Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein." Reiner Knizia's "Dragonland" gets a new edition.   THE HOTNESS: Ten Suns The 7th Citadel HeroQuest Dungeon Universalis Machina Arcana (Second Edition) Shaolia: Warring States   KICKSTARTER: Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin The 7th Citadel   NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: Cóatl Vaesen Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle - The Charms and Potions Expansion The Battle of Road Island   CONNECT: Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty. Find Bree on Twitter and Instagram @BoardGameBree.
Sep 28
25 min
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