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Kickstart Monday: The Thunder is Heard in the West Kingdom

Welcome to #KickstartMonday!!! Our weekly series that features two crowdfunded gaming projects. We try to find two projects every week on various platforms like Kickstarter and Gamefound that catch our interest. These could be dice, miniatures, board games, gaming accessories, furniture, or even role playing gaming products. This week we’ll dive into a board game and an expansion.

Architects of the West Kingdom: Works of Wonder

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Architects of the West Kingdom: Works of Wonder from designer Shem Phillips and published by Garphill Games is the second expansion to the hit game Architects of the West Kingdom. In the core game of Architects of the West Kingdom, which we reviewed on episode 76 of the WiscoDice Tabletop Gaming Podcast, you find a worker placement game where you start with an abundance of workers. As you place workers on locations, the more you have at a location the better the reward. However, if you have to pull back a worker you are not allowed to take any further action. There are mechanisms on the board to round up your workers more efficiently, or even capture your opponents workers. All the while, you are building the cathedral and other buildings that ultimately will score you points.

In the Works of Wonder expansion, players will find themselves back at it building the city for the king. However, new workers from far and wide have been drawn to help build five amazing wonderous monuments. There will be a new track to manage that tracks your influence. Players with more influence will certainly earn favors from the princess overseeing the construction of these monuments. However, the less noble profiteer will certainly award those who are looking to make a fast dollar on the kings expense.

If you love Architects of the West Kingdom this expansion looks to add onto the game with plenty of new mechanics. Owners of the base game should definitely look into adding this to their collection.

Thunder Rolls

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In Thunder Rolls from Zeroic Games you will take on the role of a race car team trying to win it all. This game is different then many race car games that have been on the market. Leveraging a dice worker placement mechanism, this game definitely reduces the luck factor that so many games like this feature. This game can play between 1-8 players, so be ready for lots of car racing fun with your friends.

The game consists of two phases. In the first phase you will roll your dice, form them into sets, and then place them on action spaces (in player order). Action spaces grant you additional abilities and maneuvers that will impact your position on the race track. During this phase you will also be able to obtain Thunder Cards which are key to the next phase.

In the Thunder Phase you will use the Thunder Cards you have collected to program what your car will do during this phase. Thunder Cards have a green number which is associated with movement of your car. In player order you will reveal these cards from left to right until all cards are revealed and resolved. If you can outdistance the rest of the field by the end of the game you will be the winner.

If you love stock car racing, looking for a race car game, or are interested in playing something that leverages dice as a workers then this game is definitely one you should check out. Thunder Rolls looks to be a brilliant, fun game that will see gaming tables delight in fast speeds, hot action, and possibly a few collisions.

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Board Game Brunch: Family Fun Riding the Rails

Board Game Brunch: Train Breakfast and Menu and Ticket to Ride game box
Board Game Brunch: Train Breakfast and Menu and Ticket to Ride game

This week we are riding the rails and enjoying the US trains. The basic Ticket to Ride game is paired with some breakfast options taken from an old train menu.

Gain the Favor of the Winter Queen

Winter Queen from CrowD Games

Winter Queen from CrowD Games is a recent Kickstarter project that is starting to hit backers game tables. We featured this game previously in our weekly Kickstart Monday series and our copy just hit our gaming table.

The game itself is sold as an abstract, family friendly, strategy game. We’ll dive into the game, the components, and give our thoughts on Winter Queen.

  • Players: 2-4
  • Playtime: 30 minutes
  • Publisher: CrowD Games
  • Designers: Yuri Zhuravljov

Episode 81: Lost Ruins Of Arnak Is Reviewed And A New Show Host Is Discovered

The Lost Ruins of Arnak!

In Episode 81 of the WiscoDice Tabletop Gaming Podcast, we discover our new host – Matt, aka Ghostwalker. Later in the show, the squad reports their findings on Lost Ruins of Arnak.

Join Ben (The Conesy with the Most), Brian (The Stark Raving Mad One), Justin (The Meeple’s Champion), and Matt (The Ghostwalker) in this month’s episode.

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Board Game Brunch: Out of this World French Toast with Ganymede

Today we went out of this world to play Ganymede by Sorry We are French and enjoy some brunch staples, French toast and mimosas.

Ganymede Box Art
Board Game Brunch: Ganymede Game Box

In 2019, I attended my first GenCon. Ganymede was a game I signed up to play after doing some brief online research. During our first game we went online and secured a copy.

Board Game Brunch: Ganymede Game Setup

In the game you are recruiting settlers from Earth to travel to Mars and then Ganymede. Today we played with the Moon expansion. This expansion adds additional opportunities to recruit advisors, which provide additional bonuses and help to achieve your goal. Check out our full review of the base game:

Board Game Brunch: Ganymede Mid-Game State

My company just couldn’t get into a rhythm and was left in the dust as my husband pushed his company. I may have lost hard in today’s game, but that won’t deter me from playing this again.

Board Game Brunch: Dog Enjoying Ganymede

Our dog had to see what was going on, we were having so much fun.

Board Game Brunch: French Toast and Mimosas

For brunch we ate French toast. To launch the entrée out of this world, we made it with Cinnamon Crunch bread and topped it with summer flavors. Toppings included real whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and of course our favorite maple syrup. This Cinnamon Crunch Bread looks complicated, but was one of the easier breads I’ve made. You can find the recipe here:

Board Game Brunch: Unbaked Cinnamon Crunch Bread

Looking for other Board Game Brunch Game and Food Parings? Check them out here: Have a game or food you would like paired for an upcoming Board Game Brunch? let me know via social media.

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