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Kickstart Monday: Viscounts and Monks Make Great Games

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! On Kickstart Monday I scour crowdfunding platforms for two or more projects that I feel are worth looking at. This includes platforms like KickstarterGamefound, and Indigogo. Everything that is recommended on Kickstart Monday is oriented around tabletop gaming in some fashion.

This week I take a look at one of the hottest expansions to one of our favorite games and a game about making wine.

As a quick note, there will be no Kickstart Monday next week.

Viscounts: Gates of Gold and Keeper of the Keys

Viscounts of the West Kingdom from Garphill Games is the final game in the trilogy of West Kingdom games from designer Shem Philips. We originally reviewed this game and unboxed it on the blog around a year ago. Now there is a project for two great expansions to this game.

Keeper of Keys and Gates of Gold are two unique expansions for this game. Gates of Gold will introduce new card types, manuscripts (and a manuscript board), new leaders, new building bonus cards, and just more of the stuff that makes this game great. Meanwhile, Keeper of the Keys introduces updated player boards with slots for housing chest tiles. In addition, there are going to be three new public buildings you can compete to construct. Just looking at this, if you wait to retail this expansion seems to be the one you will want to add to the base game the most.

Of course, Garphill Games will also allow you to add a Collector’s Box which is just a larger game box that will hold the base game plus the expansions. There’s usually a little bonus in the Collector’s Box, and this one is no different with 12 promo items.

If you need to have all of the West Kingdom series games as we do, then this is a project you certainly should check out.

Dom Pierre

Dom Pierre from publisher R&R Games and designed by Rola and Costa is going to take you to the 17th-century French wine-making boom. This game looks to be another great crunchy Euro-style title you can add to your collection. Like so many games, the player with the most points at the end will be nominated as the winner.

The game consists of a number of rounds where on your player board you will move an action disc on your winery board up one spot and do the corresponding action. As the disc moves up a given track the actions become more powerful. Yet you need to balance the actions you are taking to be able to have your winery succeed. In addition, each action will cost you resources so the further you push an action disc up a track the more costly it will be to take that action.

The game will take you through all of the winemaking things you would expect as you manage your winery. You will plant and harvest crops in your vineyard. Produce champagne in your cellar. Don’t produce enough in your vineyard, then go to the village and purchase your neighbor’s (other players) crops. Of course, you also need to manage your logistics and build your sales network so that you can have the best sales of your products.

If the idea of running a winery sounds like fun, then you should check out Dom Pierre from R&R Games.

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Episode 80: 5 Of Our Favorite Miniatures and an Interview

Cthulhu In all His Glory
Courtesy of James Nettum

On this month’s episode of the WiscoDice Tabletop Gaming Podcast we cover 5 of our favorite miniatures and have an interview with James Nettum of Noble Knight Games. Find out what it’s like working in the store front at one of the largest online and game retailers in the US.

Don’t miss catching up with us on our hobby and recent games we have been playing.

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Hyped Up to Unbox Viscounts of the West Kingdom

Viscounts of the West Kingdom

My wife recently placed an order online for a few games and Viscounts of the West Kingdom needed to be one of the games.

This game made it into our The Best New Board Game Releases for your 2020 Holiday Shopping list for many reasons. Since we love the other two “West Kingdom” games so much, this was a no brainer to add to our order.

We have been anxiously anticipating the third game in this series. Since it was ordered we watched the tracking impatiently, frothing at how excited we are to try this game. When it finally arrived we immediately pulled it out of the box and dashed to the game table.

  • Players: 1-4
  • Playtime (with Setup): We find it between 90 and 120 minutes
  • Publisher: Renegade Game Studios
  • Designer: Shem Phillips and S J Macdonald

The Best New Board Game Releases for your 2020 Holiday Shopping

It’s the time of the year to be festive. With many of us, we are looking at our favorite online retailers this year to purchase and possibly ship gifts to our friends and loved ones. With so many games out there, WiscoDice is here to provide some guidance as to what to buy your board gaming friends.

It’s worth noting that we have not played any of these titles. These are games that we are excited about ourselves. After reading reviews, watching game play, and doing enough research to make ourselves a little jolly, this is the list that we settled on.

For this list, we have looked at the top games that have either just released or are expected to release before the Christmas (December 25th) holiday. The list will feature both stand alone board games as well as expansions to popular games. Gamers can be very difficult to buy for. Anything that has just released going into the holiday season is something your gamer just might not have in their collections yet!

I hope you are excited for our holiday board game top 10 shopping list!!!

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