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Fantasy Flight Opens up X-Wing Mission Control

mission control screenFantasy Flight allows anyone to recreate the dramatic space battles in Star Wars with their X-Wing miniatures game. You’re able to control squads of Rebel or Imperial ships and the game allows for tons of customization and a wide range of options.

That individual customization is now going community wide with the announced beta release of X-Wing Mission Control. The free online community resource allows individuals to design and share their own missions for X-Wing.

Coordinate a daring assault run along the Death Star trench, confront the Rebel fleet outside of Endor, or dodge asteroids in pursuit of the Millennium Falcon. X-Wing Mission Control’s custom editor allows you to easily create any play scenario you can imagine, whether it’s drawn from the Star Wars trilogy or completely unique.

Simply select the size of your play area and define the ships you wish to permit. You can create mission-specific squad-building rules, or you can identify any number of specific ships and upgrades. If you use Mission Control to track your collection, it will even identify any mission components not included in your X-Wing collection.

mission control map editorThe editor also allows individuals to select components from all of the available X-Wing products. You’re also able to quickly create maps, define terrain elements, add deployment zones, and any mission-specific rules.

After you’ve created your scenario you’re able to share it with others by publishing them to the site. Other individuals are then able to download the missions, play them, and then vote for their favorites.

The center is in beta, and does not work on mobile devices. It is compatible with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, and Fantasy Flight is looking for feedback, including technical issues via their forums.

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Wizkids Moves Its World Championship to Origins Starting in 2015

road-to-worlds-logo-2015-300x246At Gen Con, Wizkids held the 2014 Heroclix World Championship and first ever Heroclix Team-Up World Championship which saw Patrick Yapojoco and “Team Majestix Apex Predators” crowned champions. “Team Majestix” was made up of Kevin Afrooz, Patrick Yapjoco, and Justino Jimenez. This tournament saw officially sanctioned international events feeding into the World Championship Final event at Gen Con for the very first time.

But, things are changing for 2015. As announced today on their blog, starting in 2015, all of Wizkids’ World Championship events will be held at Origins Game Game Fair which takes place June 3-7, 2015 in Columbus Ohio. This consolidates the championship events for Heroclix, Attack Wing, and Dice Masters all in to one location.

This move provides the company with more space to spread out and host larger sized events. The company has also announced they are moving to a ticketing system (or something close to it) to manage the lines at their booth. The specifics of that have not been finalized.

The company has promised more news to come, but this changes the time frame for individuals to prepare and plan.

Warmachine: Tactics Early Access Beta Now Available in Standard Edition on Steam!

warmachine tacticsPrivateer Press Interactive has announced that the Standard Edition of Warmachine: Tactics is now available on Steam Early Access for $39.99.

Based on the award-winning Warmachine tabletop miniatures game, Warmachine: Tactics is a turn-based, squad-level strategy game for PC and Mac developed in cooperation with WhiteMoon Dreams and published by Privateer Press Interactive. The multiplayer beta pits two forces against each other in a deadly close-quarters encounter featuring a variety of steam-powered robots and spell-slinging warriors. Funded through Kickstarter a year ago, the campaign reached nearly 300% of the project’s goal and remains one of the top 40 funded Kickstarters of all time. Pre-release versions of Warmachine: Tactics were demonstrated at PAX East, E3, and San Diego Comic-Con, and the game will be at the Privateer Press booth at PAX Prime.

The Beta Standard Edition of Warmachine: Tactics includes beta access and all the features and content of the Standard Edition, including all updates as they become available. Also currently available is the $64.99 Deluxe Edition, which includes the same content as the Standard Edition plus additional downloadable content to be released over the upcoming months.

warmachine tactics screen shotCheck out below the jump to see what you get with each edition.

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Magic: The Gathering Makes Major Release Changes

magic the gathering logoWizards of the Coast has some big changes coming for Magic: The Gathering beginning in the fall of 2015. The game’s releases will be shifting, moving from a three block set to a two block, twice-a-year format.

This change will be due to perceived limitations and concerns with the current plan, including how to keep interest up as blocks progress, the needs of new players and experienced vets, and the overall story among other things.

This change means the elimination of the core set, and the rotation of Standard format cards every 18 months instead of 24. This change will affect the Khans of Tarkir release, which will be the last of the three set blocks. This changes how long cards from that set will be legal for the Standard format.

The yearly format will now include a large fall expansion and small winter expansion in “World 1,” and then a large spring expansion and small summer expansion set in “World 2.”

Standard will be changing a lot, so this’ll be interesting how it all shakes out in tournaments. In 2016 the format will play three two-set blocks instead of two three-set blocks.

Can’t wait to see where this goes!

(via ICv2)

Amazon Purchases Twitch.tv

After long rumors of a buy-out by Google, Twitch has been purchased by Amazon for $970 million. The service which allows live video streaming of video games started a little over 3 years ago. According to reports, Twitch will be “keeping most everything the same,” and that the company will remain independent from Amazon. The acquisition will close in the second half of the year.

Twitch is the latest company to be purchased by the giant. Earlier this year Amazon acquired comiXology, the leader in digital comics.

Now, to dream up what Twitch might bring to the table for comiXology…..

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Gold Ahoy! Courtesy of Mayfair Games

MFG3504-cxThe Treasure Hunt is on! Gold Ahoy! is a two person game hitting shelves on September 11 from Mayfair Games.

Today is the day: Pirate Golden Hook’s legendary gold treasure has appeared.  Only when the tide occurs at exactly the time of death of the pirate, the fabled treasures can be found.  Get the majority of paths to the sandbanks and water channels to claim the most treasure chests!

Gold Ahoy! contains

  • 36 Big Treasure-tiles
  • 1 linen bag
  • 1 rule book.

Get more details below the jump!

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The Walking Dead: Season Two Finale – Episode 5 – ‘No Going Back’ Trailer

Winter is setting in. Time to find food and shelter is running out. And with a newborn infant to sustain, walkers are a greater threat than ever. As pressure builds and tensions reach breaking point, your choices will decide Clementine’s fate in the gripping conclusion of The Walking Dead: Season Two.

8/26 – PC/Mac, PlayStation 3 & PS Vita North America
8/27 – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & PS Vita Europe
8/28 – iPhone & iPad via the App Store

D&D Icons of the Realms: Tyranny of Dragons Miniatures Out Now!

D&D Icons of the Realms Tyranny of DragonsWizKids Games has announced that the inaugural wave of D&D Icons of the Realms miniatures, based on the iconic Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game from Wizards of the Coast is available in select stores now!

Inspired by the new Tyranny of Dragons storyline, players can expect to find dragons, kobold fighters, bugbears, wraiths, mind flayers, and many more iconic Dungeons & Dragons characters guaranteed to level up their tabletop RPG experience. Collect all 44 miniatures found in the D&D Icons of the Realms: Tyranny of Dragons booster packs today!

Just getting started with your collection? Wizkids recently announced the launch of the D&D Icons of the Realms Starter Set, a perfect supplement to the new Starter Set for the D&D tabletop roleplaying game. The 6-Figure miniatures Starter Set includes the 5 player characters featured in the tabletop roleplaying game Starter Set and  are some of the most iconic classes and races from the Dungeons & Dragons universe, including the dwarf cleric, human ranger, Halfling rogue, Northlands fighter, elf wizard, and the famous drow ranger, Drizzt Do’Urden.

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