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Cryptozoic Entertainment Announces DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil

DC COMICS DECK-BUILDING GAME FOREVER EVIL boxCryptozoic 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

DC COMICS DECK-BUILDING GAME FOREVER EVIL contents

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Dungeons & Dragons: Monster Manual, Out Now!

Monster Manual Cover ArtThe second of three core rulebooks, Wizards of the Coast‘s Dungeons & Dragons: Monster Manual provides the framework for players to experience the detailed encounters with the numerous iconic monsters of D&D. The manual unearths creatures that characters might encounter over the course of their adventures.

The Monster Manual presents a horde of classic Dungeons & Dragons creatures, including dragons, giants, mind flayers, and beholders–a monstrous feast for Dungeon Masters ready to challenge their players and populate their adventures.

The monsters contained herein are culled from the D&D game’s illustrious history, with easy-to-use game statistics and thrilling stories to feed your imagination.

The book is beautiful with amazing art, and a layout that contains tons of information but at the same time is easy on the eyes.

Check out some of the interior art of some of the monsters contained within.

And check out pages from the book of the information provided.

It’s an essential resource for Dungeon Masters who want to add tons of excitement to their gaming experiences. Check out our unboxing video below as we get a first look at the book!

October’s Arcade Block Has Star Power

october arcade block star powerThis month’s Arcade Block is including some Star Power this month with a Super Mario Bros item!!

Street Level Characters to the Rescue of Zombicide

zombicideLike most table-top gamers I have a huge problem with purchasing versus playing. By that I mean that I am likely to buy interesting looking games and then let them languish unopened on my shelf for months. In the past year I have either been given or bought a lot of high-profile games that I still haven’t had a chance to get into – for instance Twilight Struggle, Dominion, Clash of Cultures and Ticket to Ride. Part of the problem is time, as each game takes a certain amount of time to learn and then to play. Another problem is being behind in terms of the medium itself.  When I was a kid I kind of prided myself on a collection of board games numbering more than 100. After a while I lost interest, and so too did most of popular culture.  Tabletop gaming was being rapidly replaced by video games, which allows better player immersion and topical stories.

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I pity the fool that plays this

It was not until I wandered by our city’s first board game café that I realized how much had changed. Certainly games based on any topic or theme were gone, but table top strategy games were making a resurgence. Though these had always been part of the medium, tracing as far back as with Axis and Allies or earlier games, the new wave of games were aimed at a different crowd. The days when games littered the walls of department stores were gone, but in their place were games that were either more intelligent or more entertaining and usually both.  Out was the Mr. T board game, in came Settlers of Catan.

The problem with being behind the curve in games though is also the fact that the gaming industry has changed. Where once the games were mass-produced for a huge market, now they are niche entities. A lot of games rely not only on fan participation through purchasing but also through just getting the things started in the first place. Kickstarter became a major avenue by which game producers could get their product financed, and true to Kickstarter, financial support by fans often led to thank you in the form of exclusive content. Being a late-comer to the resurgence meant that I missed the opportunity to get involved at all with these Kickstarter campaigns, and in a lot of cases I lost a chance at exclusive material, the only other viable source for the material being on eBay, where complete sets of exclusive material can run in the hundreds of dollars.

ivyLast night I decided it was time to crack open a new game and to give it a try. I had been leaning heavily towards Thebes, a game about the golden age of archaeology, but I ended up on a completely different topic. After a quick video tutorial from Youtube I dived into Zombicide.  his is another Kickstarter funded game and one which has a fairly fun premise – guiding survivors through a zombie apocalypse. The first game ended in failure as my wife and I died pretty quickly, but in the second game we figured out a pretty good system and managed to beat the first scenario. This left us wanting a little more (despite that it was well past midnight.)  I got into researching the game and found out to my disappointment that the game’s expandable content, other than two expansions, was mostly all exclusive to Kickstarter supporters that was never released and never would be.

leaMost of this content was just additional player characters, and most of these were based on pop culture.  For instance, Ivy an assassin turned housewife is a direct rip-off of Angelina Jolie’s character from Mr. and Mrs. Smith. While not necessary to play the game, the additional character certainly would make it more fun, but the price would not be able to justify the benefit to the game. It is perhaps that the game makers (Guillotine Games) knew this. Among the other giveaways to the game, the company also produces blank character cards for individual customization. I looked up some of these and for instance certain people on DeviantArt have created some interesting looking characters. For someone artistically challenged as I am though, I came up with a different inspiration namely to mix two mediums of which I am a fan – board games and comic books.

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The cover for Angel and Faith Season 10 #7

This is a much easier enterprise as comics has done all of the work for me in an artistic sense. Browsing through the new releases for the next few weeks I came across an image of Faith with a flamethrower. That Faith has not been ripped off yet is a bit surprising (though the character Lea is close enough to being Buffy). Being based in a universe where they battle all kinds of supernatural creatures, living such characters through a zombie apocalypse is a fun idea, and the expansion of this game to most street-level characters is a pretty natural one. Even such characters as for instance Sally of the Wasteland, from Titan Comics would be a great fit. In a sense therefore, the company has allowed me a chance to catch up as well, only one fueled by a bit of research and my own creativity.

Join the Aces with Star Wars: X-Wing

The Rebels now have some more firepower courtesy of the Rebel Aces Expansion Pack for Star Wars: X-Wing. The set is out now and features one A-wing miniature and one B-wing miniature – both of which boast alternative paint schemes.

The expansion not only features two new miniatures to add to your fleet, but also a new mission Jump to Subspace, as well as new pilots and upgrades.

Rebel Aces Expansion Pack for X-Wing content
Check out a better view of both the A-wing and B-Wing miniatures.

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It’s time to test the limits of your A-wings and B-wings. It’s time to put them through their paces, to race them across the battlefield, and to blast through screens of Imperial TIEs.

Infinite Crisis Champion Profile: Nightmare Robin

Slice through evil as Nightmare Robin, the scourge of vampires. He joins Infinite Crisis, the DC MOBA, as a lightning-quick Assassin trained by the likes of Batman and Talia al Ghul.

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Universe of Origin: Nightmare
Alignment: Hero
For millennia, the vampire Ra’s al Ghul used his League of Assassins to manipulate Earth-19 from the shadows. His daughter, Talia, also cursed with vampirism, desired her father’s power. All Talia’s efforts failed until she finally found the edge that she required, a man who was strong enough to challenge the Demon’s Head: Bruce Wayne.

Talia, knowing Bruce was Batman, spent years influencing him toward her ultimate goal of her father’s destruction. Yet she would leave nothing to chance. Talia created a child, the perfect union of her family’s vision and Bruce Wayne’s potential. She named the boy Damian, training him in secret before sending him to apprentice with her estranged lover, as Robin.

Here, once more, Talia’s plans met with frustration.

In the final confrontation between Batman and Ra’s al Ghul, Damian realized the depth of his mother’s depraved manipulation when Batman was infected by his grandfather. Damian watched as Batman, the man he loved and respected, became a ravening monster, succumbing to the curse of vampirism. The ashes of his father’s humanity kindled a burning certainty that the blood of al Ghul could only birth monsters.

Now, feeling the compulsion of his own vampiric curse, the young Damien fights a war to scourge the filth of vampirism from the world.

Infinite Crisis Champion Profile: Atomic Joker

Atomic Joker explodes into Infinite Crisis! Lob potatoes baked with TNT, toss irradiated banana peels, and hurl balloons full of acid, all from the safety of Gaggy’s hulking shoulders.

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Universe of Origin: Atomic
Alignment: Villain
When they broke into an abandoned military bunker, those blighted survivors of the nuclear war couldn’t have realized what they were about to unleash on themselves. Within its derelict walls, they discovered a hibernating computer system. Sensing their movements, the system activated and they found attached to it the head of the Joker suspended in a preservation vessel. The Joker welcomed them with a cackle and told them it was time to build the future.

The Joker told them that the military had wanted to use his unique mind to come up with nuclear war scenarios. Displaying a brutal pragmatism that the Joker appreciated, they put his head in a preservation vessel and got rid of the “superfluous” parts. Now that the “serious” world was dead and gone, he told the survivors, it was time to build a new “crazy” one. So desperate were the survivors that they decided to listen to the Joker and began building a new community within the bunker.

As the community prospered, the survivors increasingly followed the Joker’s orders without question, until they eventually had no will of their own. When the Joker commanded that his vessel be attached to the back of one of his minions, so that he could better see the world he was building, many vied for the honor.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense Revealed by DeNA, Disney and Lucasfilm

SWGD_Logo_bwDeNA, The Walt Disney Company, and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today the companies are collaborating on the development of Star Wars: Galactic Defense.

Available later this year for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices, Star Wars: Galactic Defense is the first free-to-play tower defense mobile game to include both prequel and classic Star Wars. This all-new tower defense game blends iconic characters, adrenaline-fueled battles, and strategic gameplay in an ever-evolving mobile experience. Players choose their side – light or dark – as they explore and battle across iconic Star Wars locations, gain powerful abilities to change the tide of battle, and connect online with their friends in real-time.

To unlock exclusive in-game content during launch week, players can earn points for tiered rewards by pre-registering and completing social media missions. Featured content includes powerful upgrades, in-game currency, and even Darth Maul himself!

Pre-register now to obtain these limited-edition free items and to be notified when the game is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Check out below for some screenshots, character art, and a development diary!

Talisman: The Woodland Expansion is Out Now!

Talisman The WoodlandTalisman Revised 4th Edition‘s latest expansion, The Woodland, is now available. For centuries it was closed to mortals, but now you can enter the faries’ forested home from the Outer Region of Talisman.

The Woodland features a corner board depicting a mysterious forest, governed by mischievous faeries and inhabited by all ilk of mystical creatures. You may encounter there not only mercurial faeries, but also enchanted animals that fight with Craft instead of Strength, and talking trees eager to share the secrets of the Woodland with you. Inhabitants included the infamous Puck, Baba Yaga, and more.

The Woodland also has fate tokens come into play. Those different sides, the golden and dark blue, cause different effects. The light fate token you get to reroll a die roll of your own, and the dark fate token you can reroll another player’s. Fate plays a big role, in that you can be judged by how much of it you have, another attribute you’ll need to build up if you’re to survive the woods.

The Woodland features three Path cards that gives characters advantages and disadvantages during your journey. The cards also determine your foe in the Meeting with Destiny space in the heart of the Woodland. Defeat that foe, and earn some help in the journey to the Talisman.

The game also features five new characters, including the Ancient Oak, the Leywalker, and the Spider Queen. There’s also alternate endings included in this expansion that makes the journey for the Crown of Command even more perilous.

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Days of Wonder’s Five Tribes is Here

Five-Tribes-Box-enDays of Wonder has released Five Tribes, which debuted at Gen Con. The game builds on the tradition of German-style games. The game twists the “worker placement” genre, starting with the pieces already on the board. Players mus maneuver them through villages, markerts, oasis, and sacred places that make up Nagala. How, when, and where you dis-place these Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers determine your victory or failure.

The game features 30 tiles depicted the Sultanate of Nagala, 22 Djinn, and 54 Resource cards. It also has over 100 wooden pieces, which includes 90 meeple which represent the 5 tribes. There’s also palm trees and palaces.

The game is designed for 2 to 4 players age 13+. Games should run between 40-80 minutes.

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