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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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Cryptozoic Entertainment Announces The NHL Power Play – Team-Building Card Game

The NHL Power Play - Team-Building Card GameCryptozoic Entertainment have announced the release of the NHL Power Play – Team-Building Card Game on October 1, 2014.

This entertaining gaming experience is perfect for casual gamers who are also hardcore NHL fans. The easy-to-learn game sets up in minutes and mimics the draft mechanic of the NHL. Each game player can captain his or her own hockey team in the NHL Power Play – Team-Building Card Game. With the Captain card to guide game players, they are able to put together the best team they can with NHL players from across all 30 NHL teams.  Every card features NHL players in glorious high-resolution action shots. This family-friendly game also allows for either head-to-head or multiplayer action. No two games will ever be the same!

Paizo Announces Monster Codex for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

20 of Fantasy’s Most-Iconic Beasties Come to the Pathfinder Roleplaying GamePaizo has announced the Monster Codex for their popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The Monster Codex contains 20 of fantasy’s most-iconic monsters and a mountain of new rules and pre-made stat blocks to bring these creatures to the Pathfinder roleplaying experience. The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Monster Codex will be released October 22, but can be pre-ordered now.

A great tool for busy Game Masters, the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Monster Codex will provide a wide range of challenges for a variety of foes, from the nefarious drow to ruthless orcs. Each monster includes an in-depth look at its society and ecology, new rules like feats, spells, and magic items designed to complement the race, and archetypes built to give monsters a new edge. From a simple encounter to an entire campaign, the Monster Codex provides everything needed to make these monsters the center of the action.

First art peek - Drow, by artist Alexandre Chaudret.Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Monster Codex includes:

  • Comprehensive chapters for 20 iconic monsters, including the boggard, bugbear, drow, duergar, fire giant, frost giant, ghoul, gnoll, goblin, hobgoblin, kobold, lizardfolk, ogre, orc, ratfolk, sahuagin, serpentfolk, troglodyte, troll, and vampire.
  • Archetypes for each entry, allowing monsters of that race to be full integrated with their class choices.
  • Over 10 new stat blocks for each monster, utilizing the new rules from their entry in the book.
  • Advice and tips for Game Masters to include these monsters in their game, and simple templates to customize the monsters in countless ways.

Fantasy Flight Announces Lords of Nal Hutta for Star Wars: Edge of Empire

SWE11_book_leftFantasy Flight Games has announced Lords of Nal Hutta, a new sourcebook for the Star Wars: Edge of The Empire Roleplaying Game that allows you and your friends to escape the oppressive rule of the Empire and engage in devious schemes with the galaxy’s slimiest and most notorious gangsters: the Hutts.

In the 144 pages of Lords of Nal Hutta, game masters are given all the information they need to bring the most corrupt and lawless stretch of the galaxy to life. You get information on over a dozen planets, the history, culture, and points on interest in them.

There’s also new options for character creations with four more species options:

  • Sakiyans are unparalleled killers in the galaxy. Their predatory skill is unmatched, but protecting and defending their families and prides are their top priorities. While most show little to no interest in leaving their homeworld, Saki, those who do leave quickly become renowned as bounty hunters and assassins, finding their skills in high demand among the Hutt kajidics. Sakiyans are also noted for their distinct lack of humor as well as their intellectual and problem-solving abilities; they rarely take kindly to being proven wrong.
  • Niktos are hardy, stoic creatures known for being slaves to the Hutts. Reptilian humanoids with tough, leathery skin and standing roughly the height of an average human, the Niktos are a product of the environment of their harsh home planet, Kintan. All five of the Nikto sub-species are commonly found throughout Hutt Space and the Outer Rim. Most of them operate somewhere between illegal and immoral–doing dirty work for their powerful and devious employers.
  • A feared and mysterious species of mercenaries in the employ of the Hutts, the Ganks are among the most bloodthirsty killers in Hutt Space. Fur-laden carnivorous bipeds, they are clad from head to toe in high-tech battle armor, and are rarely seen in the flesh by non-Ganks. At their best as faceless thugs and enforcers, Ganks are almost exclusively bounty hunters, assassins, and bodyguards for Hutts and others willing to pay cold, hard credits for their unseemly services.
  • Hutts are large, slow-moving, long-living gastropods with remarkable physical and mental strength. Hutts can be found in nearly any profession, though the most infamous Hutts in the galaxy tend to be gangsters and crime lords. The massive slug-like creatures live for hundreds of years, and though they are slow, they are still physically powerful in their own right. Hutts also retain a great deal of societal power from the influence of the Hutt kajidics.

Because the Hutts are tied into black markets, the book also provides profiles for a wide range of new weapons, armor, gear, and even exotic weapons. If you’ve got the credits, you can get it all!

The book also has five modular encounters that run anywhere from thirty minutes to a full session perfect for game masters to run.

The book is scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Update Adds New Levels, A New Boss, Live Events and more

iOS_icon_TF4_1024DeNA has launched the first major update for Transfomers: Age of Extinction – The Official Mobile Game. To date, players have won more than 4.7 million boss battles, cleared over 100 million objectives, and defeated more than 1.8 billion enemies. The free game update features new iconic levels from the film including Hong Kong and Lockdown’s Ship, a new challenging boss, Stinger, the epic assault feature, the Chain Attack, and the introduction of Special Events Series to the game.

The Hunted Survival Missions is the first in the series of Special Events in theTransformers: Age of Extinction game and promises big in-game rewards for high scoring players. Tied to a unique series of stories, each Special Event will be available for a limited time and will have players testing their skills as they take on waves of enemies in an attempt to survive as long as possible and score the highest on the leaderboards. The Hunted Survival Missions run through Wednesday, September 17th.

It’s been five years since the Battle of Chicago. The Autobots are in hiding and being tracked down by the bounty hunter Lockdown and his minions. The chase is on, survive as long as possible in this endless runner and be victorious against Lockdown and his cronies!

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Fantasy Flight Announces Their 2015 Store Championships

FFG-Logo-BlueFantasy Flight Games has announced Store Championships, the first major tournament season of their 2015 Organized Play schedule. Stores have until October 3rd to apply to take part and host games.

The 2015 Store Championship season will run for three months, starting January 1st through March 31st. This allows stores more flexibility in their scheduling, and also gives players a chance to play in larger local events.

Store Championships began in 2014 as part of Fantasy Flight Game’s Organized Play Program. They use the same structure as events such as Regional, National, and World Championships. And brought a competitive level to local events, allowing players to vie for the title of Store Champion. The winners of each event receive one bye at a Regional Championship of their choice. Players that finish high enough also receive a playmat, set of tokens, or other prices depending on their standing. The top 32 players will each receive an alternate art card.

Each store that is approved to host a Store Championship will have the opportunity to purchase an event kit containing prizes and support for hosting their event. Check out the links below to see what those kits are and get more information on each game.

Players who want to take part should encourage their store to apply! These exclusive items and alternate art cards in the kits are only available for the 2015 Store Championships.

For stores interested, applications close October 3rd at 23:59 CST.

DC Dice Masters Justice League Dice-Building Game

29621DCDiceMasters_1_LGIt should be no surprise at all considering Wizkids‘ past history with the Marvel and DC properties and their game systems. Today the company has announced the DC Dice Masters Justice League Dice-Building Game. The game will be released March 18, 2015, the game will initially be released with a Starter Set to retail for $14.99, and Foil Packs for $0.99.

The two player game will feature 30 heroes and villains, allowing players to customize their epic dice battles.

The DC Dice Masters Justice League Starter Set comes with 44 custom dice, 38 cards, 2 dice bags, and the complete Dice Masters rulebook. This is more than enough for two players to get started. Each DC Dice Masters Justice League Foil Pack contains two cards and two dice that players can add to the DC Dice Masters collection.

Stern Pinball Brings The Walking Dead To Life

Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today the availability of its Pro and Limited Edition models of AMC’s The Walking Dead pinball machine. As a big pinball fan, I couldn’t be more excited to see this beautiful machine.

AMC’s The Walking Dead, the most watched series among Adults 18-49, is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The drama tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. Stern’s The Walking Dead pinball features everything fans would want in a flesh-eating pinball world. Players fight to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside series icon, Sheriff Rick Grimes, by battling zombies and completing various game missions. The game includes multiple zombie toys for adrenalin-filled zombie battles at familiar locations from the show such as the Prison and Cell Block C. A brilliant high-definition zombie-filled art package heightens the player’s excitement.

The Limited Edition (LE) version of the game offers unique special effects such as a fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads and a motorized crossbow assembly that allows players to launch the ball anywhere in the game. The LE mirrored back glass with exclusive art adds to the dynamic pinball experience.

The limited edition model has a MSRP of $8,595, while the pro model has a MSRP of $5,995.

Check out the beautiful layout below!

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Wizkids Debuts the DC HeroClix: Gen13 John Lynch

d-018-john-lynch-1024x536Wizkids has begun to show off figures from the upcoming DC HeroClix: Gen13 2014 Monthly Organized Play kit! The kit will have 3 limited edition figures not found anywhere else, and all three figures can be used with the Gen13 or Villains for Hire team bases from DC HeroClix: The Teen Titans.

The first figure to be shown off is Gen13’s mentor and the leader of Team 7, John Lynch! The figure clocks in at 93 points with a range of six squares. Like any good leader, the figure works behind the scenes as support. His improved movement, called Working in the Shadows, allows him to ignore hindering terrain when he moves.

The trait, Double Agent, gives him and friendly characters with the Gen13 or Team 7 keywords access to either the Police or Underworld team abilities. Choose one of the team abilities at the beginning of the game.

John Lynch’s second trait, Field Leader, allows him to be played on the #T-004 Gen13 team base from the DC HeroClix: The Teen Titans set. Field Leader lets John Lynch replace #034 Grunge on the Gen13 team base. Additionally, while John Lynch is attached to the team base, instead of Grunge’s Asset power it uses the following one that prevents opposing characters within 4 squares from using Outwit.

The figure’s third trait is called Secret Spymaster, and lets friendly characters use Mastermind, but only to transfer damage to higher point friendly characters with the Gen13 or Spy keywords.

Lynch’s first click has Telekinesis to place the rest of his team into position while Sidestep lets him stay out of the way until he’s needed. In the damage slot is a special power called Decades of Tradecraft, which lets him use Leadership, Outwit and Stealth. In the defense slot, Toughness represents Lynch’s body armor.

Lynch’s second click has Combat Reflexes in place of Toughness. On the third click he switches out Telekinesis for Pulse Wave. Defensively, he picks up Energy Shield/Deflection.

Energy Shield/Deflection sticks around for Lynch’s last two clicks but Sidestep moves over for Stealth and Decades of Tradecraft disappears in favor of Enhancement. Telekinesis returns for a click before John Lynch closes out his dial with Pulse Wave.

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