WizKids‘ dice game Dice Masters is getting another new set. The company has announced a new set Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers Age of Ultron. The new set will be released on May 6, that’s the week after Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out in theaters.
The new set will feature brand new characters never released before such as Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, and Kang. It’ll also include new versions of characters such as Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Thor.
The Starter set comes with 44 dice, 38 cards, two dice bags and a rulebook. The Starter set retails for $19.99. There’s also be a 90-Ct Gravity Feed which will feature 30 new characters and retail for $0.99 a pack.
This is the third Dice Masters set based on Marvel properties. The first had a rocky start with shortages that are only being rectified now. A new set, Uncanny X-Men, was set to be released soon, but shipping delays have resulted the product to be delayed a few weeks.
The game will also see two other franchises adapted, DC Comics and Dungeons & Dragons.
WizKids Games is partnering with Perfect World Entertainment, Inc. to offer free in-game content to players of Perfect World’s free-to-play action MMORPG, Neverwinter, set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe from Wizards of the Coast. Starting this fall, WizKids will include a variety of unlock-codes for Neverwinter digital items inside the packaging for its various D&D product lines, beginning with the D&D Attack Wing Organized Play Month One event. These codes can be redeemed by players for an array of digital in-game items in the Neverwinter MMORPG. Likewise, Perfect World will begin offering promo items from the WizKids D&D-themed products to Neverwinter players in the coming months.
To launch this promotion, WizKids is offering unlock- codes to fans who take part in its upcoming D&D Attack Wing OP Month One event starting November 12. Players who take part in the first OP event at retail stores will automatically receive a Vanguard Starter Pack for the Neverwinter MMORPG, while winners of the First, Judge and Fellowship Prizes will also receive a Fey Wolf Mount.
The Guardians of the Galaxy for the Legendary Deck Building Game is the sixth release in this series, and the fourth expansion for the core game. This is the first expansion released in what is presumably trying to tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this expansion adds in new mechanics to the game while adding the core characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy – Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Rocket Racoon. Along with the new characters come new kinds of cards, infinity gems and artifacts. The game does play out pretty well, particularly focusing on what is to date the most powerful of the line’s villains in Thanos. The new scenarios also add to the overall challenge of the game, which has a tendency to be a little easy for most of the typical scenarios in a lot of the cases. In this sense this expansion is the best since the release of the Fantastic Four expansion which had introduced some harder scenarios and more challenging villains. Having only played this version as a standalone with the base rules, a player that was after a more challenging game could throw in the Heralds of Galactus into the villain deck for a near impossible challenge.
There are a few drawbacks to this game. Perhaps the most obvious is the natural evolutuion of deck building games. Most eventually come to resemble one another, and in so doing this expansion takes on aspects of other popular deck building games such as Dominion and the DC Deck Building Game. As well, this expansion had been rumored to include a sixth character, which is absent, but it feels as though the developers could have thrown another in there – Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel or Nova – just to expand the game a little as well. Another problem is that with the introduction of artifacts, that fans are going to wonder why this was not include earlier as artifacts are essentially just equipment, and fans of the comics are likely to want to see a lot of artefact tie-ins in the future, be them web-shooters, Captain America’s shield or even Wolverine’s claws.
On the whole though, this is a good expansion and keeps the core of the game relevant while adding a bit of new mechanics to make the game just a little different. That this was released to closely tie into the movie is also hopefully not a coincidence, and is rather an attempt by Upper Deck to tie into all Marvel movies a lot more closely which means that we will see a steady progression in this series to include most of the Marvel Universe.
Wizards of the Coast have announced the Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game. Believe it or not this is the first-ever Magic board game featuring epic spellcasting and tactical movement-based combat.
As a Planeswalker, you summon armies and cast game-changing spells to outmaneuver your foes. As you complete arena objectives to establish board control, you position yourself to launch your final strike.
The miniatures games is being co-developed by WotC and Hasbro’s “team responsible for Risk Legacy and Heroscape.” The game is meant for 2-5 players and take between 25-45 minutes. While it doesn’t use the collectible cards themselves, it does incorporate mechanics from it such as “deathtouch, “flying,” and “first strike.”
Taking place in the world of Shandalar and players take the role of an iconic Planeswalker. You then design the battlefield with a map, terrain, and power glyphs. Miniatures are then moved around the board, and spells cast to battle opponents.
The game will be out in Fall of 2015. Be the last Planeswalker standing!
Stern Pinball, Inc. has announced the availability of four licensed and custom-developed pinball accessories for its latest release, AMC’s The Walking Dead.
In response to market demand, Stern is now offering unique, game-specific accessories that further enhance the appeal of its pinball machines and enable pinball fans to customize their games to suit their personal tastes.
The Walking Dead accessories include:
- A fish tank topper full of three fully detailed zombie heads designed and sculpted by Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead. The topper is accompanied by game-integrated lighting that attracts players and adds zombie ambiance to any room
- An authentic zombie head shooter knob that adds tactile art to a player’s first interaction with the game
- Custom-designed, artistic inside-panels that add dimension to the pinball playfield area
- Blood splattered side-armor that further enhances The Walking Deadpinball experience
Retail Pricing and Availability:
The Walking Dead Pinball Backbox Topper: $399.99 U.S.
The Walking Dead Pinball Zombie Shooter Knob: $79.99 U.S.
The Walking Dead Pinball Playfield Side Art Panels: $79.99 U.S.
The Walking Dead Pinball Side Armor Trim: $499.99 U.S.
The Walking Dead accessories will be available in November 2014, initially through the Stern Store and select authorized Stern distributors and dealers.
As announced on Dark Horse’s Powered By Creators panel at New York Comic Con, Brian Wood will be penning a brand-new miniseries based on EVE: Valkyrie, the video game in development by CCP Games.
With art by Eduardo Francisco, this tale will tell the origin story of pilot Rán and the rise of the Valkyrie.
In development at CCP’s Newcastle studio, EVE: Valkyrie is a multiplayer dogfighting shooter set in the EVE universe that uses virtual reality to give players the sense of being real pilots in EVE Online spaceships. It is based on the EVE-VR tech demo that won several major awards at E3 2013.
CCP Games, a leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games and creators of EVE Online, has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to deliver amazing books as epic as the online universe from which they are spawned: EVE: True Stories, EVE: Source, and EVE Universe: The Art of New Eden.
EVE Online is a captivating science-fiction game in which hundreds of thousands of players compete for riches, power, glory, and adventure in a single universe.
Eve: Valkyrie #1 is on sale June 3, 2015.
Upper Deck’s Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game has become the company’s top gaming property with two core sets (Legendary & Villains) and three expansion sets (Dark City, Fantastic Four & Paint the Town Red) in the market. Now Upper Deck brings Marvel fans even more excitement with the fourth expansion in the series. With content dedicated exclusively to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy cast of characters, comic fans have enjoyed over the years and that Marvel movie fans have come to know and love as well. Legendary fans are going to be thrilled to add their favorite Guardians of the Galaxy characters to their decks as this expansion will include 100 all new playable cards featuring original artwork.
This expansion will feature the five key heroes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon) as they get help from Nova to do battle with one of the evil masterminds; The Kree Supreme Intelligence. New game mechanics, schemes and tactics will add to the gameplay and these new cards will all be playable with cards from the previously released sets!
Gamers can play with or against each other in Upper Deck’s latest Legendary expansion for Guardians of the Galaxy when it releases on October 15, 2014.
For the second year in a row, Dungeons & Dragons will be returning to the Extra Life fundraising/gaming event! On October 25-26, members of the D&D team (and friends!) will run the second annual D&D game marathon, helping to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
The tabletop roleplaying game will be live-streamed on the D&D Twitch TV channel starting at 8 AM PST on Saturday, October 25. Senior Producer for D&D R&D, Greg Bilsland, will serve as Dungeon Master, running a rotating group of players through the recently released Hoard of the Dragon Queen tabletop adventure for 24 hours using the D&D fifth edition rules set.
Other members of the D&D Extra Life team include Rodney Thompson (designer for the D&D fifth edition tabletop roleplaying game rules set and the Lords of Waterdeep board game), Chris Dupuis (D&D game designer), Emi Tanji (D&D graphic designer), James Wyatt and Gavin Verhey (game & experience designers, Magic: The Gathering), all from Wizards of the Coast. Special guests include Keith Baker (creator, Eberron setting), Erin M. Evans (author of the upcoming, Fire in the Blood novel) Jeremy Petter (LoadingReadyRun) and Mike Selinker (president, Lone Shark Games).
Visit the Dungeons & Dragons Extra Life page for more information on joining or contributing to the team.
Every adventuring party needs a quest, and the quest on October 25-26 is to help kids!
ESL, the world’s largest, independent eSports brand, has announced their next groundbreaking Dota 2 tournament will be held in The Theater at Madison Square Garden October 9-10, serving as the crown jewel of interactive entertainment for ReedPOP‘s inaugural New York Super Week. As the largest in-person competitive gaming event ever held on the East Coast, thousands of video game enthusiasts will watch the top eSports teams in the world compete in the finals of a global Dota 2 tournament. In partnership with Twitch, the world’s leading online video platform and community for gamers, the event will be live broadcast on ESL’s Twitch channel. In addition, joinDOTA will once again join the team as ESL’s coverage partner, providing on-air talent for the show.
Combining the world’s most passionate fans with the innovators of the eSports industry, ESL, Twitch and ReedPOP will present the largest eSports event ever in New York City – and a cornerstone of New York Super Week, a 10 day long festival with over 60 nerdy, geeky, cool pop culture events across all five boroughs of NYC in the lead up to this year’s New York Comic Con! This prestigious event will feature eight of the top Dota 2 teams in a battle for $100,000. Details about the roster and information about invitees and qualification will be released in the coming weeks.
The event comes off the back of ESL One Frankfurt, which took place on June 28th-29th this year. Competition saw eight teams take to the stage in a World Cup Football stadium (Commerzbank-Arena, Germany) for an event that broke viewership and attendance numbers worldwide. Over 12,500 visitors attended the stadium each day to watch the action unfold live on a 412m2 screen, with an additional peak of over 500,000 concurrent viewers watching the show online.
Twitch has worked with ESL since 2011. Since that time, enthusiasts from over 180 countries have tuned in to watch ESL’s content on Twitch. Twitch recorded a peak of over 280,000 concurrent viewers on a single stream during IEM Cologne in 2013. This was broken only a few months later during the IEM Katowice 2014, when the concurrent viewership in the Western world peaked at 643,000 across all games at the event.
Cryptozoic Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and DC Entertainment have announced the third installment of the successful DC Comics Deck-building game franchise, Forever Evil. Fans can play the game as the most infamous Super-Villains in the DC Comics universe.
This highly anticipated expansion to the DC Comics Deck-building game line offers up new tactics, more dangerous Attacks, rugged Defenses and dozens of unique ways to challenge opponents. Forever Evil also introduces Victory Point tokens to the DC Comics Deck-building Game. Now earn Victory Points throughout the game. Strategize as a favorite Super-Villain, then turn the tables on the Justice League and other Super Heroes. The Forever Evil Super-Villain theme takes the treachery to all new heights. It’s fun to be bad!
Forever Evil can be played as a standalone experience right out of the box. It is also fully compatible with the original DC Comics Deck-building Game and the second DC Comics Deck-Building Game, Heroes Unite for even more complexity of play.
The DC Comics Deck-building Game: Forever Evil will be available in December of 2014 at the suggested retail price of $40.00