On The Horizon: Charterstone, Dice Forge, Unlock! and AshesMonday, April 3rd 2017 Greg Badder

With such a wide variety of games available, it’s hard to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest. In this new segment - On The Horizon - we take a look at the upcoming titles releasing this year and you can lock down your pre-order copy by following our links below.

In this article, we are taking a closer look at Charterstone, Dice Forge, Unlock and the Ashes Deluxe expansions.


Stonemaier Games is at it again - bringing us such incredible titles like Scythe and Viticulture - now comes Charterstone! Charterstone is a competitive legacy game for 1-6 players where players build and improve a shared village.

While it features 12 campaigns with over 85 “crates” of unique goodies to open, the game doesn't end there. Throughout your campaign you will permanently alter the game board by placing building stickers that act as action spaces. Once you complete the missions, you are left with a one of a kind worker placement game that you created!

Some of the other unique aspects of the game (among others) include: no rulebook - start playing and the game guides you as you go; legacy elements where decisions you make affect the long term outcome of the game; a secret, unique component that hasn’t been seen before!

With the incredible success and amazing fun Stonemaier Games has brought us, Charterstone is sure to be a massive hit that you will want to be a part of! Do NOT wait to pre-order your copy as supplies at release may be limited as with most Stonemaier releases!

Pre-order your copy of Charterstone here
To learn more about Charterstone visit here

Dice Forge

Are you tired of dice games where you never seem to roll what you want? Well those days are over! Asmodee is bringing us the answer - Dice Forge is an innovative dice crafting, resource management game where you design your own dice. As the game progresses, you will be able to upgrade and customize your dice by replacing the faces with more desirable resources.

In Dice Forge, you compete against your rivals to defeat the enemies of the Gods. Only one seat is open and the mightiest hero will come out victorious. You will need to utilize the most optimal combination of faces on your dice to overcome the ordeals the Gods send your way.

There are many paths to victory in Dice Forge, which one will you take to claim the glory of the Gods?

Pre-order your copy of Dice Forge here
To learn more about Dice Forge visit here


Have you ever tried an escape room? They are thrilling, challenging and most of all exciting! Space Cowboys brings us Unlock! - recreating the experience of an escape room in a card game. This easy to transport exciting game brings the thrills of the escape to your table - so whether you’ve done one before, or are new to the genre, there is something here for everyone!

We got to demo a copy from GAMA 2017 and will be doing a more in depth write-up on Unlock! So look out for that.

Pre-order Unlock! Squeek & Sausages here
Pre-order Unlock! The Formula here
Pre-order Unlock! The Island of Doctor Goorse here

Learn more about how Unlock! works here

Ashes Deluxe Expansions

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn has so far released four deck expansions adding in new cards and strategies utilizing monochromatic dice pools from the base game. In the upcoming deluxe expansions - The Laws of Lions and The Song of Sokesend - each one will introduce an entirely new dice type as well as come in a convenient box that will store your cards, dice and tokens with its custom insert.

The Laws of Lions introduces the Phoenixborn Odette Diamondcrest, a virtuous crusader utilizing the new Divine dice type. The Song of Sokesend introduces the Phoenixborn Namine, who utilizes the new musical Sympathy dice type, playing softly to support her allies, or increasing the tempo to bring a crashing storm upon her enemies.

While full details of the cards are not yet available, you won’t want to miss out on these exciting new additions to the Ashes universe!

Pre-order your copy of The Laws of Lions here
Pre-order your copy of The Song of Sokesend here
To learn more about Ashes: Rise of the Pheonixborn visit here

by Greg BadderGreg is a student and works at 401 Games as a Board Game Specialist. While he enjoys many hobbies, board gaming has been his life long passion. When he's not studying, Greg is busy creating content for his board gaming news site www.devetosgaming.com. Check it out if you're interested reading more of his board game reviews.