W. Eric Martin
Curt Covert at Smirk & Dagger Games has passed along the publisher's plans for the next few months.
August 2011 will see two release from S&D, the first being Sutakku, a push-your-luck dice game that will debut at Gen Con. Says Covert in a press release for the game, "We're known for our 'stab a friend in the back' style game play, but in Sutakku, there's more of a 'screw yourself' vibe as you try to pull ahead or catch the current leader." Here's a short game description:
The general rule: Roll three dice and add two of them to an ever-climbing stack of dice. You can choose to stop rolling and score your stacked dice at any time, but pushing your luck will net you more points if you succeed. Continue as long as you dare. But like the Stonecutter of legend, who was never satisfied, you may find yourself with naught, right back where you began. The wise will distinguish ambition from reaching beyond one’s means.
And more from Covert from the press release: "We felt it was important that we really up the ante on game components – to craft the game with classic Japanese design aesthetics and authentic art. Chiyo Nagahara Romei is a very gifted brush artist and painted the Japanese and English letter forms for the logo, box art and the dice themselves. Speaking of the dice, we made our own and went all out. They are engraved with Japanese brush character numbers and are much larger than most dice. They are a hefty 3/4", which makes them ideal for stacking into towers reaching 12 dice high (which sounds easier than it is). But Sutakku isn't a dexterity game. The difficulty in stacking them comes from the laws governing your ability to do so. Still, smaller dice just didn't have the same appeal or stability."
Sutakku's back cover
The other August 2011 release is a new adventure module for Cutthroat Caverns with "The Daggers of Strife" from Jonathan Lavalee and two mini-adventures from Covert.
Arriving in September/October 2011 is the second edition of Run for Your Life, Candyman!, which is somewhat changed from the first edition. Says Covert, "You can look forward to shorter game play, a few updated/added rules, sexy new die cut tokens with art unique to each cookie character, and 18 new cards. The box will be labeled as Second Edition and is graphically covered in black licorice, so you can easily see this is the new game."
He adds, "For those who have a copy of the original and just want the extra card set, I'll have a limited supply of cards for sale."