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Beastly Terrors, Intrigue, and Evil Adventures Announced for the Pathfinder RPG

Pathfinder Ultimate IntrigueAs PaizoCon, the annual celebration of all things Pathfinder, comes to a close, Paizo Inc., publisher of the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, confirms today the news that Bestiary 5, Pathfinder Adventure Path: Hell’s Vengeance, and Ultimate Intrigue are in development for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

This Memorial Day weekend, nearly 1000 Pathfinder fans converged on Seattle for four days of gaming, seminars, special events, meet & greets with the Pathfinder design team, and to get exclusive previews of the new Pathfinder products in development for the coming year. Attendees of PaizoCon were the first to hear of the new Adventure Path for the Pathfinder RPG, Hell’s Vengeance. Hell’s Vengeance casts players in the role of villains in service to the devil-binding Empire of Cheliax, as they attempt to put down a surge of rebellions that threaten to topple the nation.

The Pathfinder Adventure Path is Paizo’s monthly, 6-volume story arc for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Each 96-page volume contains an in-depth AP scenario, stats for new monsters, and several support articles to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Hell’s Vengeance kicks off in February 2016 and runs through July, with several tie-in products and accessories throughout 2016.

The forthcoming Pathfinder RPG: Bestiary 5 was also announced at PaizoCon. Inside Bestiary 5 lurk hundreds of new monsters ready for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. From the death-dealing grim reaper, menacing deep ones, and the ground-shaking wood colossus, to allies such as whimsical leshi, inscrutable esoteric dragons, and the powerful aerial servant, players will face-off against creatures that threaten body and soul. Pathfinder RPG: Bestiary 5, scheduled for release in November 2015, is the fifth hardcover volume of monsters for use with the Pathfinder RPG, and includes:

  • More than 300 different monsters
  • Creatures that can warp the minds of their victims, including the caller in darkness, thought eater, and the bizarre brain mole
  • Two new types of creatures from the Great Beyond: the mysterious manasaputra, and the truly vile sahkil, alongside new types of angels, demodands, and devils
  • New familiars, animal companions, and other allies
  • New templates to get more life out of classic monsters
  • Appendices to help find the right monster, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat
  • Expanded universal monster rules to simplify combat
  • Challenges for every adventure and every level of play
  • And much, much more

The Pathfinder RPG is built on a history of wildly popular open playtests, and this year fans can contribute to the development of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Intrigue, the new Pathfinder hardcover that delves into the shadows, where charm, grace, innuendo, and insult may be more powerful than a sharp sword or spell. The Ultimate Intrigue Open Playtest will launch in mid-June, and details will be released on the Paizo blog soon.

WizKids’ Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes Set III, Out Now!

This week WizKids has released the third installment in the Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes figures series – which includes six new figures and a set of exclusive “Boon” cards specifically for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.  In the Iconic Heroes Box Set III, players will find fan-favorite characters including Alain the Human Cavalier, Alhazra the Human Oracle, Damiel the Elf Alchemist, Balazar the Gnome Summoner, his eidolon, Padrig, and Imrijka the Half-Orc Inquisitor!

Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes Box Set III is available now in North American gaming shops, and is priced at a suggested $29.99 USD. Head to your local FLGS and grab these wonderful new additions to the Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes series!

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Trambahn out this Summer 2015 from Mayfair Games

1076_43_DAh, Munich at the end of the 19th century: the new tramway is successful and needs expansion. New routes are introduced, stations are built, and existing routes with high demand are reinforced with additional trains.

In the end though, there can be only one tramway company.  Who will manage to defeat their competitor?

Trambahn features easy rules, quick play, multi-functional cards and historic images. The game is out this summer courtesy of Mayfair Games.

Trambahn contains:

  • 142 Cards
  • 1 Scoresheet
  • 3 rule book EN FR IT.

MFG3508 Trambahn™ $21.00
Ages 8+
For 2 Players
Playing Time 30  minutes
UPC 0-29877-03508-3-02100
Case Pack 6
Designer: Helmut Ohley
Artist: Klemens Franz
Made in Germany
Dimensions 201 x 201 x 47 mm

The Sixth Gun is Coming for Savage Worlds!

The Sixth Gun Roleplaying GameOni Press has announced a partnership with Pinnacle Entertainment Group, creators of the award-winning, best-selling Savage Worlds roleplaying game system. The companies are developing a licensed tabletop RPG based on the critically acclaimed ongoing series The Sixth Gun, by writer Cullen Bunn, artist Brian Hurtt, and colorist Bill Crabtree.

Bunn is a long time RPG player himself and collects games. The comic has a mix of genres including fantasy, horror, action, and—of course—gunslingers a-plenty. The series has created an in-depth world, perfect for the gaming experience.

Debuting for retail later in 2015, The Sixth Gun roleplaying game launches a Kickstarter starting on May 26th, to give fans of both The Sixth Gun comic and tabletop gaming an opportunity to pre-purchase the game with exclusive incentives and gaming accessories related to The Sixth Gun RPG. The highest tier reward, True Fan of The Sixth Gun ($600, limited to 5), offers backers one of everything, plus a few cool extras which aren’t possible in normal distribution channels—like the chance to play in a game at Gen Con Indianapolis Game Mastered by Cullen Bunn! For backers looking solely for digital game content, the reward tier is $25.

Gen Con Sets New Event Registration Record

gen con featuredGen Con has announced that their 2015 Event Registration grew to a new all-time high this year with an opening day increase of more than 24%. Event Registration, which went live Sunday, May 17, saw a record number of attendees purchasing event tickets, corresponding to increasing 2015 badge sales. Gen Con 2015 will take place July 30 – August 2, 2015 at the Indiana Convention Center and throughout numerous participating venues around Indianapolis.

Last year, Gen Con hosted attendees from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 40 countries. The 2014 convention saw a weekend turnstile attendance of 184,699 and a unique attendance of 56,614.

Gen Con 2015 Event Registration opened with more than 12,500 events – 3000 more than the 2014 launch. New events will continue to be added throughout the summer. Gen Con 2015 will also feature a record number of exhibitors, expanding to more than 400 companies.

The attendance and excitement over this year’s convention will be very important for Gen Con. Earlier this year, the convention stepped up during the battle over Indiana’s SB 101, Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The passing of the legislation, and subsequent discussion with Governor Pence concerning it, caused the convention to halt the expansion of the convention into Lucas Oil Stadium, and plans for further expansion into other hotel convention spaces. This threw the future of the convention into the air as far as where it may be hosted in the future. Gen Con’s contract with Indianapolis has the convention there until 2020, however bidding for such contracts usually begin about 5 years out. So, for 2021’s convention, when their contract is up, will begin within a year or so. This year’s stats will be a key metric other states and towns will measure how important it is to bid on Gen Con’s business. So, expect a lot of positive metrics in the next few months and after the convention.

Badges are available with a pre-registration discount until June 14. A 4-Day badge costs $80 (plus tax) until June 14, when the Pre-Registration discount will end. Prospective attendees can purchase badges at gencon.com and on-site in Indianapolis.

Wizkids Announces Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron in July

Marvel Dice Masters age of UltronWizKids has announced the release date for its latest release in its wildly popular Dice Masters line – Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron. Set for a July 2015 release, Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron has you battling it out with a friend, using Super Heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe, and features fan favorites like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and more!

The release will be supported with four releases a starter set, gravity feed foil packs, a playmat and collector’s box.

Marvel Dice Masters Age of Ultron LooseThe Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron Starter Pack will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 USD, and will include 44 custom dice, 38 cards, two dice bags and a rulebook – everything a new player needs to launch themselves into two-player dice-battling fun in the Marvel Universe.

The gravity feed set features 30 new characters (and their dice) to add to your game. Pack retail for $0.99 and features two dice and their cards in each pack.

The playmat features new artwork for the Age of Ultron theme, and features all the information you need for your games including a life meter, areas for character dice, areas for basic action cards and dice, and each area is color-coded for ease of play. The playmat retail for $19.99.

Cryptozoic Entertainment Expands their Partnership with Publishing Services, Inc.

CryptozoicCryptozoic Entertainment has announced they are expanding their partnership with Publisher Services, Inc. (PSI). This will allow for increased distribution of Cryptozoic’s game products. The sales plan with PSI opens up new channels for distribution, delivers enhanced supply-chain methods, brings new key accounts and provides an expert view of the retail landscape.

In April Cryptozoic announced that its relationship with Alliance Game Distributors for board games had been modified to “allow for additional distribution through a select number of other companies.” That was the first sign that the company was looking to expand their distribution elsewhere.

Earlier this month Cryptozoic also announced it would cease direct to consumer sales of trading cards and binders, allowing for more product to be available with stores.

All of these taken together show Cryptozoic is focused on strengthening their distribution channels and relationship with stores to enhance the sale of all of their products. Should be interesting to see how this might translate as things go on.

Retail Edition of Ghostbusters: The Board Game Ships in October

Ghostbusters the Board GameFollowing on the heels of the tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign for Ghostbusters: The Board Game, comes the retail consumer edition. The first officially licensed Ghostbusters tabletop game in nearly 30 years will be distributed to retailers in October 2015. Initially offered by Cryptozoic Entertainment via Kickstarter to an overwhelming response, the game will be released through both hobby and mass-market channels at a retail price of $85.00.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game is a game for 1-4 players, ages 15 and up. Players choose one of the four Ghostbusters character figures (Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz) and then select from one of the game’s pre-written scenarios, beginning a game session that lasts from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the chosen scenario(s) and degree of difficulty. Each of the Ghostbusters has unique traits and talents that can assist the entire team, with highly cooperative gameplay. As players gain experience from banishing spirits, the Ghostbusters level up, gaining new abilities that help them take on greater challenges. The team can also hop in the Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ converted ambulance, to help them quickly move through the city.

Developed by a talented group of board game professionals with decades of combined experience, the team is led by Matt Hyra (Lead Game Design & Acquisitions), Mataio Wilson (Associate Game Designer) and Adam Sblendorio (Vice President, Creative) along with additional developers and support from skilled playtesters and the passionate family of Ghostbusters fans.

Mayfair Games’ lsle of Skye: From Chieftain to King out this Summer

MFG3509-cIsle of Skye, one of the most beautiful places in the world: Soft sand beaches, gently sloping hills, impressive  mountains: the landscape of Isle of Skye is breathtaking and fascinates everyone.

In this tile-laying game 2 to 5 players are the chieftains of 5 famous clans. The players try to build their little kingdoms to score as many points as possible. But in each game only 4 of the 16 scoring cards will be scored. Each game is different and leads to different tactics and strategies.

To have enough money is useful in all games: In each turn the players can buy a tile from another player. The seller determines the price, but to do it wisely is the most interesting part of this game: A high price will lead to wealth, if someone buys this tile, but if there’s no buyer, the seller will lose the money spend on this tile.

And in the end the player with the best kingdom will become the sovereign of the island, not the richest player!

Isle of Skye is a gateway game for the whole family. With a playing time around 45 minutes , a huge variability and easy rules it’s a perfect game for all players. The awesome illustrations by Klemens Franz brings all the atmosphere of the Scottish island on your table.

Check out the full details of what you get with Isle of Skye.

Components List:

  • 1 game board
  • 16 Scoring cards
  • 72 landscape tiles
  • 1 cloth bag
  • 5 score markers (wood)
  • 5 bag markers
  • 5 player screens
  • 1 round marker (wood)
  • 1 start player marker
  • 80 coins

MFG3509 lsle of Skye™: from Chieftain to King $37.00
Ages 8+
For 2-5 Players
Playing Time 45  minutes
UPC 0-29877-03509-0-03700
Case Pack 6
Designer: Alexander Pfister & Andreas Pelikan
Artist: Klemens Franz
Made in Germany
Dimensions 274 x 190 x 68 mm

DC Heroclix: Brainiac Skull Ship Retail Variant in September

Brainiac’s Skull Ship is one of the DC Heroclix summer exclusives that you can pick up at conventions this year. If you’re not lucky enough to do so, don’t worry because Wizkids has announced that a retail variant is hitting shelves in September.

The Brainiac Skull Ship is equipped with awesome offensive and defensive capabilities — including its super strong tentacles— making it a weapon to be fear ed by all life­ for ms across the stars. The Retail Variant DC HeroClix: Brainiac Skull Ship is a great way to enhance your  HeroClix experience!

The DC HeroClix: Brainiac Skull Ship features a new paint scheme and all new dials!

The Retail Variant DC HeroClix: Brainiac Skull Ship contains one figure, 8 tokens and 1 character card.

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