Stronghold Games Announces the Publication of the Village Line of Games

Licensed English Editions of My Village, Village, Village Inn, and Village Port coming in 2016

New Jersey, USA – November 18, 2015
91So-KtWoOL._SL1500_Stronghold Games is proud to announce the publication of the Village line of games, under license and co-published with the great German publisher, Eggert-spiele. The Village line of games currently includes Village, My Village, Village Inn, and Village Port.

 
Village, which is the original game in this line, was originally published in 2011. The innovative game play and rich theme quickly garnered Village numerous board game awards including the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres (2012), Games Magazine Best New Advanced Strategy Game (2013), Deutcher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game (2012), as well as many other awards and nominations.

 
In Village, players take the reins of a family where the members become merchants, clergy, politicians, or travelers, all in search of fame and glory. Players spend time to perform actions. Since time will not stop for anyone, your people will pass on. Strategic time-management determines if your family will be immortalized in the village chronicles to bring honor and victory to your family.

 
My Village, a new standalone game in the line, was released at Essen 2015. Each player is in charge of their own village, controlling its entire fate. The popular themes, places, and characters of Village are joined by new elements like dice drafting, individual Grim Reaper figures, and rat invasions. My Village is a whole new experience with a similar game weight to Village.

 
pic2613941Village Inn is the first expansion to Village, adding two new buildings, the Brewery and the Inn. The Brewery is a new craft building where you can acquire a new good, beer. At the Inn, you meet influential people that have unique abilities. Village Inn includes all necessary components for a fifth player as well.

 
Village Port is the second expansion to Village, enabling players to travel the seas, trading goods and foreign commodities. Family members can become missionaries and dig for treasure on distant lands. Life goal cards are introduced, enabling your family to pursue careers such as writer, historian, or even knight.

 
The Village line of games was designed by the noted team of Inka and Markus Brand, who are responsible for many other great games, such as A Castle for All Seasons, La Boca, Murano, and others. The Village line also features the gorgeous artwork of the talented artist Dennis Lohausen, whose work has been featured in many games such as Terra Mystica, Dominion: Intrigue, The Voyages of Marco Polo, Hansa Teutonica, Fields of Arle, Glass Road, AquaSphere, Hawaii, Camel Up, and others.

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The release of the Village line of games strengthens the commitment of Stronghold Games to partner with publishers globally, bringing their very best games to North America and the rest of the world, as well as to continue to publish top-tier euro-game designs. The Village line of games follows the success of other major euro-games in 2015 from Stronghold Games, such as La Granja, The Golden Ages, 504, and Porta Nigra also with Eggert-spiele.

 
Stronghold Games will release Village and Village Inn for the GAMA Trade Show in March 2016. Stronghold Games will then release My Village and Village Port in time for the Origins Game Fair in May/June 2016. The Village line of games will be printed at Ludofact Germany, the leading printer of hobby games in the world.

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Check Us Out in “Boards Alive Podcast Monster Mash-Up – Episode 1”

boards alive logoWe contributed to the inaugural episode of “The Boards Alive Podcast Monster Mash-Up” and you gotta check it out!  Josh and I discuss gaming food & drink and make fun of our Canadian Comrades!  Here are the details:

 

The Boards Alive Podcast Monster Mash-up – Episode 1

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In the first episode of this new show, we have some GenCant floor interviews, the Brawling Brothers Board Gaming Podcast Bad Ass Bohnanza, some Linsae Reviews segments, a comedic segment from Nick Mariner, Odd Thoughts with Quinten, a Tabletop Tall Tale, tips on Surviving Solo with Jacob Coon, and our Games of the Month.

This episode is sponsored by Crash Games & Quiche Games

Billy Williams: Man on the Street – GenCant Floor Interviews – 2:03

Brawling Brothers Board Gaming Podcast Bad Ass Bohnanza – 13:18

Linsae Reviews: Village – 32:10

Nick Mariner – 33:05

Crash Games Sponsorship: Council of Verona 2nd Edition – 42:11

Linsae Reviews: Cards Against Humanity – 43:33

Odd Thoughts with Quinten – 44:04

Tabletop Tall Tales: Castes of Mad King Ludwig – 51:24

Surviving Solo with Jacob Coon – 57:32

Linsae Reviews: Pathfinder the Adventure Card Game: Skulls & Shackles – 1:06:06

Game of the Month – 1:06:37

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Level 99 Games announces Exceed Fighting System

We at Level 99 Games are excited to introduce EXCEED, the newest series in our family of dueling card games! After nearly two years of work and countless revisions, we are finally ready to bring EXCEED to life!

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EXCEED is a 2-player fighting card game that simulates the flow of 2D Fighting Games, with a focus on insightful play, calculated risk, and fast-paced tactics. In EXCEED, each player chooses a 30-card deck representing a single fighter, or mixes together two decks to form a Tag Team, and then uses their fighter or team to do battle and defeat their opponent.

As they fight, players’ hands will constantly change as options increase and decrease, and individual options become stronger and weaker based on your position and the opponent’s position. Will you press your advantage as your opponent’s hand shrinks, or take the opportunity to bolster your own options or set up a better position? Each card can be used as an attack, or as a powerful boost action that gives you more choices in combat. As you fight, hitting your opponent will increase your Gauge. Accumulate enough Gauge and you can unleash powerful Ultra Moves, or permanently upgrade your character by going into Exceed Mode!

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EXCEED uses some of the key resolution mechanics from the hit game BattleCON, but remixes them for a completely new experience. EXCEED is designed to be enjoyed by both new players and fighting card game veterans alike, and will exist alongside BattleCON as an ongoing series available from Level 99.

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Soon, Level 99 Games will be bringing to life the first “season” of EXCEED. Each month, we’ll be releasing a new Duelist Deck featuring four different fighters. Four of these decks will comprise a season of the game, and each season will feature a new license, introducing a different world of characters.

Their first season features the fighters of Red Horizon, a property first introduced by Jasco Games in their Universal Fighting System Collectible Card Game. Future seasons will feature different properties from video games, anime, and other tabletop worlds, as well as all-new original Level 99 Games properties.

Want to try EXCEED for yourself and see what all the fuss is about? You can download two complete demo decks here and try it for yourself!

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Level 99 Games be running a Kickstarter project in the next few weeks for those who want to get in on the ground floor of EXCEED and score some extra promotional cards and fighters.

Thanks for checking out EXCEED! What do you think? Come post on Board Game Geek and share your experience with the demo decks!

 

 

EXCEED ©2015 by Level 99 Games LLC. Red Horizon is ©2015 Jasco Games LLC

 

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Boardgames That Tell Stories 2 – Now on Kickstarter!

Portal Games announces Boardgames That Tell Stories 2 – the second book by Ignacy Trzewiczek.

Gliwice, Poland – June 9th, 2015. Today, Portal Games announced Board Games That Tell Stories vol.2, a new book by Ignacy Trzewiczek and its launch on Kickstarter!

Two years ago Ignacy Trzewiczek had a dream. A dream where he is sitting in a library and writing new stories and essays about board games. Then, in his mind, a new idea was born to collect all of the stories on his blog and make one book. A book where people can find articles about Board Games That Tell Stories. That dream came true and thanks to Kickstarter he released his first book „Board Games That Tell Stories”. Ignacy, returns with a new volume of stories picked from his blog! New stories, new anecdotes, and lots of fun!

This time the book contains the best stories from Board Games That Tell Stories during the years 2013 and 2014. Volume 2 will also include new essays which were written exclusively for the book and unique photos of early prototypes of Ignacy’s games! The project launched on Thursday, June 4th and runs through Monday, July 6th.

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nm escape room

ESCAPE ROOM New Mexico’s First and ONLY Escape Room!

NM Escape Room, New Mexico’s first and only escape room

, is proud to announce that their Grand Opening will be held on June 20th, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
You may be asking yourself “What is an Escape Room?” Hopefully we can give you all the right clues to figure it out! NM Escape Room is a local, family, and woman-owned small business that will be bringing a new level of excitement to Albuquerque, NM!

Like other escape rooms across the nation, NM Escape Room is an entertainment venue that offers a 60 minute experience for groups of two to eight (2-8). The objective is simple: work together, find clues, decode messages, and solve puzzles to unlock the door to freedom. If you can complete the pre-determined requirements in the allotted time of sixty (60) minutes you achieve success! If you do not complete all of the requirements, or if you do not finish in the sixty (60) minute window, you are let out of the room and you are unsuccessful in your escape attempt.

The initial experience is called “The Blood Map” and is set in a Victorian-themed room that takes place in the Wild West. The brief synopsis that follows can also be found on the official website www.NMEscapeRoom.com.

If you’ve never played a live escape scenario experience before, this Victorian themed room is the place to start!

The Blood Map Synopsis: Bob Ford, the man charged with the murder of Jesse James, has found Jesse James’ map to some hidden treasure. Before Ford could find the treasure, he was murdered and the map was never seen again. Rumor has it that the map is hidden somewhere inside Ford’s home office; however, the building is set to be demolished. You must find the treasure map before the building is destroyed. There is only a small window of time (1 hour) to see it through. Unfortunately, you don’t know the whole plan, but luckily there were clues left for you to find. You will just have to figure it out. Do you have what it takes to find the map before time runs out?

NM Escape Room is opening their first location at 3916 Carlisle Blvd. NE Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87107 located on Carlisle, just North of Comanche. The primary location will open its doors with one themed room, but there are plans to expand the location to include three, separate themed rooms.

The fun begins the week of June 8th through June 11th, and continues through the week of June 15th through June 19th, during the soft-launch weeks leading up to the Grand Opening weekend (Saturday June 20th, 2015). The second soft launch week is open to all those in the media and VIP guests. If you are interested in attending during this week (Primary Days for VIPs and Media: Tuesday June 16th through Friday June 19th), please contact Sky Carlisle, Marketing & Media Director at 505-453-1323, or sky@carlislemediaconsulting.com to schedule your time.
The first days open to the public will take place on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th. Information on booking can be found at www.nmescaperoom.com/book-now.

 

The official Grand Opening will take place on Saturday June 20th, 2015 at the location listed. During the hours of 11am-3pm we will have a citywide scavenger hunt that challenges teams from all over the City of Albuquerque to solve puzzles, put the clues together and get back to the NM Escape Room location. In addition, on June 20th we will have our official ribbon-cutting ceremony and be providing tours to city officials, media, VIPs, and our friends in the chambers and other local support systems that have helped launch such an incredible entertainment venue.  More details to come in the following days.