W. Eric MartinUnited States
Tanto Cuore – the Japanese deck-building game from Masayuki Kudou in which players aspire to become King of the Maids – will soon be available in U.S. stores via Japanime Games, a publishing name for online retailer Cardhaus. The game is available now through Cardhaus, with the bulk of the shipment in transit and expected to be available through distributors before the end of May 2011. Says Cardhaus' Eric Price, "We expect to have expansions later this year as well."
• Glenn Drover's Age of Empires III is getting a name change to Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery, and along with the name change comes word that the long-delayed expansion – the Builder Expansion, with bits for a sixth player, twenty new buildings and a new specialist – will also be forthcoming.
But wait, there's more! These two items are part of a series from Eagle Games that is dubbed – wait for it – Glenn Drover's Empire Series, with the next title in the series being Glenn Drover’s Empires: Ancient Empires, which uses a similar system for Empires: The Age of Discovery but with players controlling one of the civilizations from the Roman era. I should have more info on this series the week of May 9, 2011.
• Dutch publisher White Goblin Games plans to release a Dutch edition of Adam Kałuża's K2 in May 2011, according to Bordspel.com.
• Dan Manfredini's Venture Forth has gone live as a Kickstarter project from publisher Minion Games.
• Asmodee will release two titles from Matagot in May 2011 in North America: Double Agent and Jungle.
• Wizards of the Coast has announced a July 8, 2011 release date for Battleship Galaxies.
• Fantasy Flight Games has posted rules (PDF) for Twilight Imperium: Shards of the Throne.
• Atlas Games has posted a first look at the cover of Cthulhu Gloom – a nice marriage of Edward Gorey and ultra-slimy...
• Say Anything Family has been released and should be available throughout U.S. stores. by the end of May 2011.
• New titles – well, relatively new titles – in the BGG database that might be of interest include:
-----* Redakai, a new TCG based on a cartoon series that's co-designed by the Ascension team of Justin Gary, Brian Kibler and John Fiorello. Publisher Spin Master Ltd has been posting a series of YouTube videos on the game, including this game summary which oddly appears to have been filmed in a basement.
-----* South African Railroads from Winsome Games (although all copies of the current edition have been claimed).
-----* Space Maze, with aliens making their way through doors toward the coveted relic only if the doors are properly color-coded. Snobby aliens...
-----* Lords of Baseball, which sounds hugely involved, but perfect for those who want to dig deep in a baseball simulation.