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AFTERSHOCK – by Ticket to Ride designer, Alan R. Moon, and designer Bobby West, now live on Kickstarter!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Back on Kickstarter…With changes you have requested, it’s…

Designed by Alan R. Moon (designer of Ticket to Ride) and Bobby West!

The world has been hit with mega earthquakes. The worst destruction has devastated the Venice & San Francisco Bay areas. It is a time of rebuilding to restore these areas to their former glory.

Aftershock: San Francisco & Venice is an area-control and resource management game for 2-5 players that plays in 60 minutes.

For Overview and How to Play videos, plus all of the game and Kickstarter campaign information, click here!

We’re excited to relaunch Aftershock: San Francisco & Venice with the following changes:

  • We are launching with the Venice components included, which allow for more dynamic and interactive games at lower player counts
  • We are also including the previously optional District 6 expansion with every pledge
  • No deluxe components, which lowers weight, shipping & production costs
  • Updated name to help differentiate from other games with similar titles

Stronghold Games Release Schedule – 2018/1Q’2019

Friday, December 7th, 2018

The Stronghold Games 2018 / early 2019 Release Schedule!

We are proud to announce, and keep you updated on, the Stronghold Games Release Schedule!

Regardless of the type of gamer you are, we have something here for you…and the year has just started!  We’ll compare our games proudly against any other
publisher’s releases!

As always, if you want to be the FIRST to get your game – with FREE SHIPPING in the USA ($15 off shipping to Canada and Mexico) – be sure to watch for our PREORDER announcements! To find out when our games go on preorder, please:

  1. Sign up here for our Newsletter (look to the right, in the middle)
  2. LIKE us on Facebook:
  3. FOLLOW us on Twitter: @StrongholdGames

You’ll be the first to hear about Preorders starting, as well as all other things STRONGHOLD GAMES!

Our latest releases!  Watch for the Preorders to begin to get FREE SHIPPING:






(Retail Date)


Indian Summer


Jan. 24, 2018


Flamme Rouge: Peloton
– expansion 1


Feb. 7, 2018


The Pursuit of Happiness:
– expansion 1


Mar. 7, 2018


The Bottle Imp


Mar. 7, 2018




Mar. 21, 2018


Dungeon Rush


Apr. 4, 2018




May 2, 2018




May 30, 2018


Whoosh: Bounty Hunters


June 13, 2018


Gold Fever
(#TomVaselDoesntLikeFun :) )


June 27, 2018


Kitchen Rush


July 11, 2018




July 25, 2018


Paper Tales – Early
Launch Kit (FLGS only)… and then:

Paper Tales (worldwide release)


July 25, 2018, then:

August 8, 2018


Terraforming Mars: Prelude
– expansion #3


August 22, 2018


Fist of Dragonstones: The
Tavern Edition
(The Great Designers Series #10)


Sept. 5, 2018


Spring Meadow


Sept. 19, 2018


Paper Tales: Beyond The
- expansion #1


Oct. 3, 2018




Oct. 17, 2018


(The Great Designers Series #11)


Nov. 14, 2018


Terraforming Mars: Colonies
- expansion #4


Nov. 21, 2018


Kanban: Driver’s Edition
(The Great Designers Series #9)



Nov. 28, 2018


Fortune (Fast Forward Series #4)



Nov. 28, 2018





Dec. 12, 2018


Forum Trajanum



Jan. 23, 2019


Fields of Green: Grand Fair
- expansion #1



Jan. 23, 2019


Ganz Schon Clever



Feb. 6, 2019





Feb. 6, 2019


CO2: Second Chance



Feb. 20, 2019


Flamme Rouge: Meteo
- expansion #2



Feb. 20, 2019


The Boldest



March 6, 2019 (tentatively)


Kitchen Rush: Piece of Cake
- expansion #1



March 6, 2019 (tentatively)


Fine Sand



March 20, 2019 (tentatively)





March 20, 2019 (tentatively)


Astro Drive



April 3, 2019 (tentatively)


Space Freaks: Violet Morass
- expansion #1



April 3, 2019 (tentatively)


NOTE: All dates and other information are subject to change.

Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games Merge

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games Merge

New Entity Created: Indie Game Studios - Distinct Company Brands to be Maintained

California, USA and Florida, USA – August 3rd, 2018


Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games are proud to announce the pending merger of these two great publishers, and the formation of a new force in the hobby game industry: Indie Game Studios. Action Phase Games, previously acquired by Indie Boards and Cards in 2016, will also be folded into the new entity and the three distinct brands will be maintained moving forward.

Following the merger, the new Indie Game Studios becomes one of the largest hobby board game companies in the world.

“I am delighted to join forces with Stronghold Games,” said Travis Worthington, CEO of Indie Game Studios. “Stephen is a tremendous individual that has grown a loyal following over the past decade and we’ve had a long running relationship of working together over the years. Our skill sets are very complementary, and I look forward to even greater growth as we work together as one team in the future. The timing was critical for both our companies. As the industry consolidates around a few major corporate players, we needed to get bigger in order to compete as an independently owned creator of the world’s best board games.”

“We have entered a new era in the hobby board game industry,” said Stephen M. Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “We cannot simply operate as we did 10 years ago. To grow our business, we must acquire ‘mindshare’ via increasing visibility of our brands, additional customer focus, and hiring new talent. This merger will do exactly this. Indie Game Studios will allow us to increase our global reach, better fulfill gamer needs, and enhance our product development efforts throughout all of our brands. Indie Game Studios is uniquely positioned as an independent entity, ready to battle the giant corporate owned conglomerates of the hobby board game industry.”

Travis Worthington will become the CEO of Indie Game Studios and oversee the operations of all studios within the new entity. He will continue in his role as President of Indie Board and Cards and Action Phase Games, directly managing these studios. Stephen M. Buonocore will continue to be the President of Stronghold Games, managing all personnel and functions within this studio, and maintaining and growing relationships with strategic partners worldwide. Additionally, Stephen will become the spokesperson for all the brands within Indie Game Studios. Nick Little will be promoted to Vice President of Game Development and Manufacturing. There will be no changes to the Distributor or Retailer terms and conditions for any product lines as a result of this merger.

Indie Game Studios will be managed from its current Oakland, California office. Stronghold Games will be managed from its new offices in Boynton Beach, Florida. Each of the brands under Indie Game Studios will continue to have a large presence at all major conventions around the world, including Gen Con, Spiel, Origins, BGG.con, Geekway to the West, Dice Tower Con plus the UK Games Expo and many others in the future.

About Indie Boards & Cards

Indie Boards & Cards started in 2009 with the hand-made release of 100 copies of Triumvirate. Over the years we have had the good fortune to work with many great game designers, illustrators, graphic designers, manufacturers, foreign publishers, and thousands of retailers to expand beyond our humble beginnings. By focusing on the simple motto of “Making games that people enjoy playing”, Indie Boards & Cards has become a multi-million dollar business with over one million games sold. Indie Boards & Cards best known titles include The Resistance, Coup, Aeon’s End and Flash Point Fire Rescue.

About Stronghold Games:

Stronghold Games LLC is a publisher of high-quality board and card games in the hobby game industry. Since 2009, Stronghold Games has released many highly-regarded games, including the best-selling “Survive: Escape From Atlantis!”, the most innovative deck-building game, “Core Worlds”, the hit game line of “Space Cadets”, the smash-hit and top-rated “Terraforming Mars”, and many others. Stronghold Games publishes game designs developed both in-house and in partnership with publishers around the world.


Travis Worthington
CEO, Indie Game Studios

Stephen M. Buonocore
President, Stronghold Games


Figure 1: Indie Game Studios – New Entity structure

Figure 2: Hi-res Logos for the Indie Game Studios and each Brand within





PRESS RELEASE: Stronghold Games Unveils New Logo, New Staff Members, New Location

Monday, February 12th, 2018

After its most successful year, Stronghold Games reveals the new company and look

Boynton Beach, Florida – February 12, 2018

Stronghold Games is proud to announce several changes within the company for 2018:

New Staff Members
Two new full-time members of the Stronghold Games team have been onboarded:

Bill Bricker will become the new Director of Art & Marketing at Stronghold Games.  Bill is veteran of the games i ndustry, starting in the mid-1980s as a freelancer on Dungeons & Dragons products and White Wolf Magazine. More recently, Bill has done work for Arcane Wonders, Dead General’s Society, Eagle Gryphon Games, Gamelyn Games, R&R Games, and many more. Bill has been working part-time at Stronghold Games for the past 5 years, and now has been promoted to full-time Director status. Bill has been married for 30 years to his high school sweetheart and has two children.

Pauline Milano will become the new Director of Administration at Stronghold Games. Pauline, an avid gamer for well over 20 years, is new to the game industry.  Pauline brings a strong background in office management, customer service, bookkeeping, social media, and marketing.  Pauline has her BFA in Theater Production from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Pauline has been assisting Stronghold Games with conventions and customer service activities for several years, and now has been promoted to full-time Director status. Pauline is the proud mother of a 22-year-old gamer.


New Location
Stronghold Games has moved its office from Somerset, New Jersey to Boynton Beach, Florida. The office is now in a temporary location in this city, and will move to its permanent location in Boynton Beach, Florida by the end of March.

New Logo
Stronghold Games is introducing a new logo for 2018 and beyond.  Designed by Bill Bricker, this logo reimagines the original logo, which has been used by Stronghold Games since the company’s inception in 2009. The new Stronghold Games logo retains the look of a looming castle as well as the bold red and black colors, both of which have been a hallmark of the company. The new Stronghold Games logo is a more modern, cleaner design. This new vector-based logo also will be more easily reproduced at any size.

“This is an important moment in Stronghold Games history, as we exit our most successful year”, said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “With the continuing growth of the company, it is time to add new talent with both an eye toward diversity and insider/outsider industry knowledge. We mark this moment as well with a new logo – a new representation of Stronghold Games.”

Happy Holidays from Stronghold Games! – PLUS: Holiday shipping and office closure information

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Holiday Shipping Information:

Orders from the Stronghold Games website received by Sunday, 12/17/2017 at 11:59pm ET will ship prior to Christmas Day.

Any order received after this time will be shipped most likely the first week of January 2018, due to our warehouse closure. Of course, we cannot guarantee delivery times from USPS and UPS, which are our primary shippers, and we sadly cannot offer any expedited shipping means at this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Stronghold Games office closure:

The offices of Stronghold Games will be closed beginning on Monday, 12/18/17.  We will reopen on Tuesday, 1/2/18.

During this time, we are moving our office (and our residence) from New Jersey to Florida.  Therefore, we will not be able to perform any of the following in a timely manner:

  • process orders
  • respond to emails
  • perform fulfillment requests

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Happy Holidays!

We at Stronghold Games wish you, your friends, and your families the very best that the holiday season has to offer!

Be well, stay safe, and happy gaming to all!