Capstone Games will be featuring a variety of new games and expansions at GenCon 2023 via booth #1659.
Ark Nova: Marine Worlds Expansion
Ark Nova: Marine Worlds, an expansion for Ark Nova, introduces multiple new elements to the game, such as sea animals that each have to be played in new special enclosures that must be built adjacent to water.
Roughly half the sea animals are reef dwellers, and whenever you add a reef dweller to your zoo, you trigger the ability of all reef dwellers in your zoo. To deal with the dilution of the deck, naturally caused by adding more cards, all sea cards feature a wave icon, and whenever it is revealed in the display, you discard the first card in the row, then replenish.
A new fourth university is available on the association board, and if you take it, you claim one of six special universities from the reserve that feature one research icon and one of six animal icons. When you take this registry, you reveal cards from the top of the deck and keep the first revealed card with an animal icon that matches your chosen university.
For each of the five action cards, four alternate versions with a little twist will be available. Players draft action cards at the start of play, replacing two of their standard action cards with these new ones, increasing the asymmetry in the game.
New bonus tiles and final scoring cards will also be included.
Also the expansion will include alternate wooden markers for the 3 tracks and cute animals to mark the conservation projects you support instead of using your regular player markers.
Age of Innovation: A Terra Mystica Game
Age of Innovation is a standalone game set in the world of Terra Mystica.
Twelve factions, each with unique characteristics, populate this world of varying terrains. Here you will compete to erect buildings and merge them into cities. Each game allows you to create new combinations of factions, homelands, and abilities so that each game isn’t the same as another.
You control one of these factions and will terraform the game map’s terrain into your homelands where you can erect your buildings. Proximity to other factions may limit your expansion, but it also gains you significant advantages in the game. This tension adds to the appeal of the Terra Mystica series.
Upgrade your buildings to gain valuable resources such as tools, scholars, money, and power. Build schools to advance in different sciences and collect books, which you can use to make innovations. Build your palace to gain a powerful new ability or build workshops, guilds, and universities to complete your culture.
Renature: Valley is an expansion to 2020’s Renature.
Something has changed in Renature valley: mushrooms are suddenly shooting up everywhere, completely changing the way the game is played! A mushroom allows areas to be connected and enlarged, allowing another player to take over an area!
Transform the polluted valley back into an intact ecosystem, let the animals move in again, and plant adjacent areas to get points. Use the advantages that the mushrooms bring to expand individual areas with their help or join areas occupied by other players. While Renature is challenging, it gets even trickier in Renature Valley.
The game includes 1 double-sided game board, 8 Mushroom tokens, and 2 Cloud tokens.
Wandering Towers Mini Expansion
In Wandering Towers, each year, the graduating classes of the Ravenrealm Magic School compete to demonstrate their mastery of magic. For the final exam, all the wizards of each class must assemble at the legendary Ravenskeep… but every last one of them has procrastinated, distracted by learning new spells. They’ve also used all their potions—they can’t show up unprepared, with empty potion bottles!
Help your wizards get to Ravenskeep as quickly as possible. Using their magic they could even move the very towers atop which they stand to get there more easily! But how can they refill their potion bottles along the way? Well, here’s a little secret: Trapping wizards allows you to capture some of their magical essence in a bottle…
The mini-spell expansion contains 2 spells: Retrieve A Card and Movement Swap.
Retrieve A Card Effect: Take the top card from the discard pile, even if it is the card you just played. Note: you will not draw to fill your had to 3 cards at the end of your turn until you have less than 3 cards. This is the same spell as the previously released “Re-Use A Card”.
Movement Swap Effect: Swap the movement values on the movement card you play. this has the following effect: For a card that can move either a tower or a wizard, their movement values are swapped. For a card that can only move a tower, it moves a wizard instead. For a card that can only move a wizard, it moves a tower instead.
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