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Watch your Back: Week February 19 to 25

Things are running smoothly with three new releases scheduled for next week: two games and one expansion. Let's take a look.


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D-Day Dice (Second Edition): Reinforcements is the latest expansion for the 1-4 player dice rolling wargame D-Day Dice (Second Edition).


It adds 10 new units from different nations to help the Allies advance along the beaches of Normandy. These units can substitute the ones included in the base game. The Kickstarter launch is on either February 21 or 23 (I see different dates on BGG and Facebook).

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: This expansion seems to be a good way to refresh D-Day Dice, if you've played through the content. I don't have the game but I think most people like it.


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Agueda: City of Umbrellas is a 1-5 player tile laying game in which you decorate the Portuguese city of Agueda with umbrellas in order to attract tourists.


In each round, you select one, two, or three umbrella tokens from the market, and place them on your board to gradually reveal the pieces of a mural. The revelation of the mural will unlock tourist meeples which in turn help you score points. In the solo mode, you are trying to beat the score of an AI opponent. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 21.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: A very colourful game with nice components but not my style.


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And the last one for today is Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Legends. This is a 1-4 player cooperative dice and hand management game in which you play as street fighters going against their rivals.


Both hero and enemy minis are placed on map boards. On your turn, you play two cards from your hand which determine what you are going to do: e.g. attack, or move and attack. You then roll your dice to perform the actions, and reveal a card from the enemy deck to activate the enemies. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 21.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Doesn't look bad for a fighting game but I remember being interested in Contra: The Board Game for this type of game instead. I wonder if that one ever hit the stores, I'll go check.

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JW
JW
Feb 22, 2023

I enjoy D-Day Dice, as you need to study the map of each beach to think of a good strategy before you start rolling dice. Then have a plan B ready, and probably think up plan C on the spot somewhere halfway. That said, the KS campaign for the second edition brought us so much content that I don't think I will be able to play it all - ever.


Curious what the new cards will bring though. I will probably back it, because, ehm. Just because.

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I'm there too; I've played a little but now the great stack of boxes is sitting there embarrassing me.

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Tina
Tina
Feb 20, 2023

Hooray, again nothing for me! 😊

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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
Feb 21, 2023
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😂

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
Feb 19, 2023

Hope you're feeling better now.


As far as the projects go, I'm fine in my not backing anything spot. I'm sure these are good games, just nothing for me and my limited time/space continuum.

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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
Feb 21, 2023
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I actually enjoyed my time with Streetfighter 5 (the video game). But, even then I can’t even imagine playing a board game about it.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 19, 2023

Thanks for the post!


Agueda is prettier than I expected, but it does not make me more interested in it. The other two games have themes that are instantly repulsive to me. A quiet week it will be.


By the way, I have the feeling that 2023 starts much more slowly than the previous few years. Not that I'm complaining (quite the contrary!), but I was wondering if I am deluding myself or if you have noticed it as well (maybe, as the pandemic becomes more distant, solo modes are less the rage? or does the economic crisis impact the smaller publishers, limiting their capabilities? I wonder).

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
Feb 20, 2023
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Hopefully it's still same/similar percentage split between small indie and big box games. I don't really like the "shipping is expensive, so bigger is better", cause maybe I'll save on shipping, but where will I store the huge games? We'll see. Less games in general on crowdfunding isn't necessarily a bad thing. And less forced solo modes, same story.

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