Hunting for the best games (Gamerati News Update)

Hunting for the best games (Gamerati News Update)


To celebrate 45 years of Dungeons & Dragons
and 5 years of the 5th edition of the game,
Wizards of the Coast is selling a special
edition of sapphire dice. Nathan Stewart,
VP of the D&D Franchise at Wizards of the
Coast, said that “When the D&D team realized
the sapphire is the traditional anniversary
stone for both five years and forty-five years,
and that adding a laboratory-created sapphire
to a 20-sided die wouldn’t jeopardize the
integrity of a roll, we couldn’t pass up
the chance to make something really cool to
celebrate the milestones.” The special box
includes cool art and updated stats for the
sapphire dragon. The D&D Sapphire Anniversary
Dice Set includes 11 custom-designed aluminum
dice and of the d20s houses a sapphire inside.
It comes in a dice box and matching dice tray
displaying the D&D ampersand. 1,974 sets
were made, each costing $299 to start sales
on 12 December, only from Wizards of the Coast
website.
Steamforged Games have made Godtear available
through retail. The miniatures skirmish board
game was successfully crowd-funded last year
through Kickstarter. Godtear is a fast-paced,
high-action combat game for two players, in
which each player takes their warband of Champions
and Followers and battles rival warbands for
control of the precious Godtears scattered
across the land. Every game of Godtear offers
you an intense tactical challenge, full of
cinematic moments. Thanks to a completely
factionless system, you’ll have total freedom
to choose your warband from any of the myriad
Champions and their Followers, and build your
own unique path to victory. The Borderlands
Starter Set will be available from Steeamforged
webstore starting 6 December with an MSRP
of 50. The box includes 12 highly-detailed,
pre-coloured and pre-assembled miniatures,
a double-sided battlefield, 10 dice, 24 objective
hexes, 6 profile cards, 3 dashboards, and
85 tokens.
Alderac has released Ecos: First Continent,
a world-building board game that asks the
question: what if the formation of Earth had
gone differently? Players are forces of nature
molding the planet, but with competing visions
of its grandeur. You will have the chance
to create a part of the world, similar but
different to the one we know.  Which landscapes,
habitats, and species thrive will be up to
you. Ecos is simultaneous and plays to 2-6
players.  Each round one player will reveal
Element tokens from the Element Bag, giving
all players the opportunity to complete a
card from their tableau and shape the continent
to their own purpose. Elements that cannot
be used can be converted into Energy cubes
or additional cards in hand or added to your
tableau, to give you greater options as the
game evolves. Ecos: First Continent has an
MSRP USD 60. Right now, AEG’s site is out
of stock with replacements coming on the first
quarter of 2020 but I bet you can still find
it on your FLGS.
Bézier Games is taking pre-orders for Suburbia
Collector’s Edition. This strategic tile-laying
game has been updated with 3-D artwork, city-specific
recessed borough boards, oversized tiles,
and a giant tile tower. In Suburbia, players
use hex-shaped building tiles to create their
own unique city. These tiles include residential,
commercial, civic, and industrial areas, as
well as special points of interest that provide
benefits and take advantage of the resources
of nearby places. Your goal is to have your
city thrive and end up with the greatest population.
During play, players compete for unique goals
that offer additional population boosts, and
with the many varying buildings and properties,
you’ll never play the same game twice. Pre-orders
for Suburbia Collector’s Edition are open
for USD 149.95 straight from Bézier Games.
Link in the video description.
Nocturnal Creatures is the latest expansion
for Rune Stones, the deck-building game by
Queen Games. It’ll add both allies and enemies
that dwell in the shadows of the night. Some
of the new creatures featured are banshees,
who can be summoned for new abilities, and
wisps, who grant their captor magical powers.
During set up, a Wisp token is placed face
down every 5 points on the scoring track,
up to space 50. Then, all of the tokens are
turned over, and the 2-3 “Wisp” tokens are
left on their space on the score track. Whenever
a player reaches or passes over that space
on the track, they may choose from one of
the face up Wisp tiles, which gives them an
immediate bonus. The expansion also comes
with 16 banshee cards, 1 in each color for
each of the 4 reward types. If possible, all
players must give a gem of the corresponding
color to the player. And you can search the
discard pile and take a card of your choice
(placing in in your discard pile as normal).
Rune Stones: Nocturnal Creatures is already
available through
you FLGS for USD $25.
That’s it for this week from Gamerati News
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And since you’re here on the Internet, check
out Routinely Itemised, the weekly RPG news
summary from our partner Geek Native. There’s
a link for it down below in the video description.
See you next week!

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