Dice Hate Me Games is a special game company because company head honcho Chris Kirkman is a good friend and I get to game with him on a regular basis. So it is only natural that I launch What’s New…! with DHMG.
Chris made several BIG announcements last week. DHMG has signed three new games to the family.
First is no real surprise. It’s Viva Java: The Dice Game from T. C. Petty III the designer of DHMG’s Viva Java: The Coffee Game. VivaJava Dice, is the successor to the well-received 2012 release of VivaJava: The Coffee Game. Just as in its predecessor, players of VivaJava Dice take on the roles of employees at the VivaJava CoffeeCo., scouring the globe for the best beans to keep the company on top while keeping themselves one step ahead of the rest of the executives.
Next up is Brew Crafters. From the DHMG site – Brew Crafters, players assume management of a local craft brewery, working hard to manage resources, use their workers wisely, and develop their brewing line to create the best local brews. Brew Crafters honors the tradition of classic Euro games such as Agricola and Puerto Rico, but at its heart beats a unique brewery processing system that must be constantly improved, monitored and manned in order to keep the beloved beverages rolling off the line.
Lastly is my favorite, Belle of the Ball from Daniel Solis. It’s my favorite cause Daniel is a good friend and it’s the only one I’ve actually played. Oh, and it’s a REALLY fantastic game. It’s accessible, anyone can play this one. Daniel has been working on this one for a loooonngg time and it shows. It’s a smooth, easy to learn, easy to play. I am really glad Chris picked this one up. It’s going to be very successful I know. Here’s some info on it from DHMG. In the card game Belle of the Ball, players take on the roles of party hosts, seeking the best mix of guests to make their gala the greatest by the end of the night. In order to ensure that they stay one step ahead of the other hosts, players will have to carefully watch the growing line of guests at the door, inviting those in that seem to share passions with party-goers already inside, all the while handing out their precious stash of Regrets to those who should seek refuge elsewhere. Of course, other hosts may find it advantageous to invite a rejected guest inside just to collect their accumulated Regrets for later use.
In addition to these games, Chris will be delving into video reviews as well as increasing his review output.
It’s looking like everything is coming up sixes for Dice Hate Me Games.
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Yes, this announcement was great news, a real trifecta for DHMG. I haven’t played T.C. Petty’s VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game, but I love its predecessor VJ:TCG, and have heard only good things about its dice-driven descendant.
I’ve had the opportunity to try out both Brew Crafters and Belle of the Ball. I’m enamored of both games for entirely different reasons. BC is a meaty worker-placement in which Ben Rosset has introduced some really nice innovations that make it a top-notch game. And as you wrote, Daniel Solis’s BotB is an accessible and smooth card game, a real pleasure to play.
It’s a big year for Chris K. and DHMG!
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