Today, we’d like to show you 3 different dice based tabletop games, that are planned for release in 2019. Each of them offers an unique set of mechanics, and tries to create something new out of one of the oldest game components ever.
Abar Depth – 2019
This unique game by Crimson Rage Revolution was created as a homage to old school RPGs for computers and consoles of the 90s. The box of Abar Depth hosts of a set of 15 custom dice, character reference cards and a plenty of coins and tokens. Dice are divided into character classes (Warrior, Mage, Rogue, Cleric) and have different methods of getting a player closer to victory.
The game is set in a cursed place called Abar Depth – a shipwreck filled reef lying close to a dangerous seashore. Players explore endless caverns filled with traps, forgotten treasures, damp corridors and cruel monstrosities.
Events happening each turn are determined by two special dice. Exploration die dictates the challenge one has to face in his or her turn, while the reward die describes prizes received if they survive their turn. After rolling both, players strategically create a combination of character dice (3 out of 8) that fits their challenge, and try to get the desired results.
Comparing to other games in the genre, the dice in Abar Depth don’t just work as damage numbers or slot machine. Instead they cover various actions related to gold, special items, manipulating your loot and negative interaction. Certain dice sets have the potential to unleash insane combos that can ruin other players or give you a huge gold advantage.
Daimyo’s Fall: Dice Tuners – Spring
A new title by Axis Mundi is about to hit Kickstarter soon. The game is set in the same world as the original Daimyo’s Fall, but belongs to a completely new genre. Authors took inspiration from martial arts, which resulted in creating a title utilizing… real life position by the table as vital part of the gameplay.
Daimyo’s Fall: Dice Tuners mixes elements known from card and dice games together. 2 to 4 players can play against each other and the matches last from 20 to 40 minutes. At first everyone recruits heroes to fight for them. Next: players draw strategy cards and start picking and rolling dice. Apart from dealing damage, dice correspond with requirements shown on cards, and can activate special abilities.
Players keep rolling and passing the remaining dice until everyone has exactly 3 of them. Afterwards they have to choose where to put their dice: front, left and right sides of the hero. These directions are related to actual positions by people at the table (front of you, right side of you etc.). You pick your target this way or can guard a certain spot. Combat is resolved by comparing dice and modifying them with additional cards.
Dice Throne: Season 3 – Summer 2019
Dice Throne is one of the most successful dice games on Kickstarter. The initial campaign launched in January 2017 and got to $181.000. It was followed by a “Season Two” a year later, and supported by over 7700 backers pledging $700.000 during the campaign.
The game has powerful heroes combat each other in deadly fights. So far, each season has focused on a new group of adventurers. Each player controls one character, and they come equipped with their own sets of custom dice. Every hero plays differently, and has access to different skills. These can be activated by getting required results on your hero’s dice and are upgradeable with cards. Cards are also used to alter the rolls and lower the randomness.
Season 3 is planned for second half of 2019 and just like the other two is going to be a standalone game, compatible with older installments. We can expect at least 4 new heroes getting introduced, but the main focus seems to be on a completely new co-op mode where players will work together to complete scenarios, uncover terrain tiles, fight randomly generated monsters, defeat bosses while getting new equipment and power ups as rewards.