In this week's news; Board and Dice unveil the latest entry in the Escape Tales series, AEG announce Ecos: First Continent, and we open our brand-new store in Norwich.
Ecos: First Continent
Ecos: First Continent, a two to six-player world building game designed by John D. Clair (Mystic Vale), has just been announced by AEG. The world of Ecos is made up of tiles representing desert, water and grassland which are laid to build the world. Each player will also have a tableau of cards that grants the player additional tile placements of certain terrains such as mountains and forests or animals.
To activate these cards certain elements are needed which are drawn from a bag. Any unused elements are converted in to energy or additional cards that can be added in to a player's tableau. This world building, tile laying aspect gives the game a lot of variety as the world will be different for each game. Points are awarded from cards in your tableau and the first player to score 80 wins the game.
Ecos: First Continent is due to be released October 2019.
Escape Tales is Back
Board and Dice have announced the next Escape Tales game: Escape Tales: Low Memory. Low Memory is the next entry in their escape room collection and is set to be premiered at Essen Spiel 2019.
Low Memory is not a follow-on game from Escape Tales: The Awakening and players are not required to have played the previous title. This version features more cards and riddles to the game as well as three stories with an overarching plot. It also has three different characters that can play the story and offer three different perspectives.
If you were a fan of The Awakening then this is a game that you must check out.
IDW Games have announced that they are publishing a more family themed update to their 2017 release Seikatsu. In Seikatsu players where placing tiles containing birds of certain colour and flower on to a shared garden. Players score points for groups of birds when they are placed and score points for rows of matching flowers at the end of the game.
In Seikatsu: A Pet's Life, players are placing tiles containing a certain type of animal and colour of pillow that it is sitting on in to a shared living room. Animals score points when placed (as per flowers in Seikatsu) and score points at the end of the game for rows of like coloured pillows (as per flowers in Seikatsu).
Seikatsu is basically a re-theme of the original game, and is potentially more suited to a younger family audience. It's set to be released in August 2019.
Altar Quest is Live
Blacklist Games have launched Altar Quest on Kickstarter. It is the latest design by Adam and Brady Sadler, and is a co-operative fantasy adventure that can be played solo or with up to four other players.
The game has the same modular board design that was used in their previous games; Street fighter and Brook City. Players can choose a unique hero that comes with their own set of unique cards and equipment decks. There are quests, villain and threat decks that the player chooses to use for the game giving added replay-ability.
Brand-New Zatu Board Game Cafe
Last Tuesday (May 28) we opened our brand-new board game cafe. The store was officially opened by non-other than Mr. Tom Vasel and Zee Garcia - Two prominent game reviewers from The Dice Tower. The grand opening caught the eye of the local media too, with members of the team appearing on BBC television and radio.
The new store is full of fantastic board games to play and buy, with food and drink also available. If you're in the local area, be sure to pop by and say hello:
Unit 15 Bowthorpe Shopping Centre,
After the special launch event, Tom posted a video of his day on The Dice Tower YouTube Channel.