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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.

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Gen Con 2014 Breaks Records

gen con featuredGen Con 2014, which ran from August 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center, saw another year of record attendance numbers and unprecedented growth. That makes it the fourth consecutive year, Gen Con grew by more than 10%. This year saw 14% year-over-year growth with a weekend turnstile attendance of 184,699 and unique attendance of 56,614. 2013’s previous record was 49,530 unique attendees. Since 2009, Gen Con’s annual attendance has more than doubled.

Another new record in 2014 also was set for donations to Gen Con’s Official Charity Partner. Gen Con raised more than $40,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana’s BackSacks program, which provides weekend food to children at-risk for hunger. This donation includes a $20,000 check provided by Mayfair Games’ Cones of Dunshire event, a charitable game played Saturday, August 16 on Georgia Street.

Due to Gen Con’s expansion throughout the Indiana Convention Center, the show also featured record numbers of exhibitors (370+) and events (14,000+).

Gen Con 2015 returns to Indianapolis July 30 – August 2, 2015! And we’ll be there!

Gen Con 2014: Golem Arcana, the Hot Game… That Has Some Bugs

Copy of logo_GolemArcanaOne of the hot releases at Gen Con 2014 has been Golem Arcana the successful Kickstarter game project by Harebrained Schemes. Golem Arcana is a point-based army building game that blends the physical fun of tabletop gaming with the power of digital technology. It “seamlessly” connects a smartphone or tablet to the game’s figures, board, and cards via a Bluetooth-powered stylus designed specifically for tabletop gaming. Simply tap any of the game pieces with the stylus to send information to the app, or tap the board to make a move.

That “seamlessly connects” and blending technology with physical miniatures is both the best, and worst part of the game. On the floor of the show, with nice tablets, and big screens, I received a seamless demo of how the game worked. Using a stylus, you’re able to control figures, with no need of a rulebook to memorize, dice to role, and an endless possibility to the game play. Myself, and those with me, were so excited about the game, and the demo was so good, we (myself and some other friends) decided to buy the game, $120 worth of it.

Product 15Back to the hotel that evening to play, we opened the game, attempting to sync it with our iPad. It turns out, though we were told that the app worked on a generation 2 iPad or higher, in fact we needed a third generation and higher. Luckily we also had an iPhone 4S handy, one of the devices listed on the apps page. If your game relies on a device, you probably should know the device it can work on, we lucked out (I have a first generation iPad myself so no game for me I guess until the PC app is released down the road). The internet was slow, but we downloaded it to play the next day.

After our second day, we excitedly got back to our room to play. Every few minutes, the iPhone crashed. With each reload, a new synch of the stylus was needed. We’d click some screens, and a crash again. After many attempts of this, we gave up, frustrated. Add this on top of the small screen, and you can see how our excitement was dimmed quickly. We couldn’t get past the first turn of the first player in the tutorial.

golem_arcana_requirementsGo to the Golem Arcana app page and at the end of the list of devices that it should work on is “This app is optimized for iPhone 5.” So, here’s the issue…. on top of the $120 spent on the game (main game, plus two figure packs), we’re left in a quandary. To actually play, what is an amazing game, we’d need to invest another few hundred to get the right device to be able to do so.

The irony in the end is, by using technology to free us the gamers from massive physical rulebooks, that same technology has also made it impossible to actually enjoy the game.

Gen Con 2014: Day 3 in Pictures

Day 3 of Gen Con has wrapped up, and while my feet hurts, it was well worth it! Here’s photos from the third day.

 

Gen Con 2014: Day 2 in Pictures

It’s Friday, and that’s a wrap for day two of Gen Con. For us, it was busy meeting with various publishers, trying games, and just regular amounts of crazy.

Here’s photos from the day!

Gen Con 2014: Upper Deck Makes a Splash

Upper Deck is rocking Gen Con with a life size alien lording over the crowds as they walk by the booth. That’s to help kick off the pre-launch of Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game.

The company has also teased the return of the Vs. system, which they’ll release more details on as the convention continues.

To celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary they’ve got a lot going on during the convention.

Facebook-Legendary-Alien-Deck-Building-Game-EncountersWhat fans seem to be most excited about is the new Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game. Upper Deck will be offering the product on presale there before fans can get it in stores for just $60 and we will be hosting demos of the game all weekend long for fans to give it a try. Fans who score the Legendary Encounters game can also score a FREE Alien “Legendary Hugs” slingpack!

Aliens_HUGS Gen-Con-Indy-Alien-Legendary-Encouters-Hugs-Slingpack-Product-Upper-DeckUpper Deck will have a variety of Hello Kitty items at show special pricing. And any fans who purchase the new Marvel Legendary Villains game can score a set of four playable promo cards!

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Upper Deck will be hosting win-a-box tournaments at the booth from Thursday through Sunday. There will also be a free raffle each day as a way of saying thank you to their fans for 25 great years. Upper Deck will be offering up free birthday cake to fans at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday as folks sing, “Happy Birthday” before passing out the delicious dish!

On Friday fans will definitely want to check out the $10,000 Legendary tournament taking place from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Those who register will also earn four Gen Con exclusive promo cards! Come see who has what it takes to become legendary as Upper Deck offers up big bucks to the game’s best players.

Gen Con 2014: Day 0 and Day 1 in Pictures

Gen Con is underway and we’re already checking out some of the hot current releases and new releases coming up. Here’s yesterday and today in pictures.

IDW Games Announces Two Big Box Games

Fire & AxeIDW Games and Pandasaurus Games announced today at Gen Con 2014 that they will bring two cult-favorite titles to tabletops in 2015; Fire & Axe and WildcattersFire & Axe pits players as Viking warriors, racing to pillage, plunder, and conquer their way across Europe, while Wildcatters sees players as oil barons maneuvering their corporations to come out on top during the 19th century oil boom.

Fire & Axe seats three to five players, and is playable in roughly 90 minutes. Each round players take a turn that consists of seven in-game days to load their ships and send them out to trade with or conquer Europe. There is also a a unique mission system that gives all players a chance to complete tasks on mission cards, which when completed, awards bonuses that can tip the scales of battle.

Wildcatters is a deeply strategic economic game for three or four players, playable in roughly two hours.  Players work to develop oil fields, bid for oil rights, and build the equipment required to transport and refine their crude and take it to the market.  The game forces players to work together to find oil at a good price, and transport it to refineries, but only the player who delivers the most oil will come out on top.

Both titles will join a rapidly expanding lineup that features a mix of comic book adaptation games like CHEW, V-Wars, and 30 Days of Night as well as imported and original titles like Machi Koro and Diamonsters.

Gen Con 2014: Syrinscape Returns to Gen Con with Array of New Releases

Syrinscape, developer of the revolutionary sound design app that adds evocative ambient soundscapes and a movie-like soundtrack to tabletop gaming experiences, is thrilled to announce today its latest releases making their debut at Gen Con 2014.

The Skinsaw Murders SoundPackThe Skinsaw Murders SoundPack is a custom audio experience to accompany the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game’s popular Skinsaw Murders Adventure from the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path. The Skinsaw Murders SoundPack brings to life the Lost Coast’s most notorious haunted mansion, a dilapidated ruin that has become the lair of a monstrous murderer, the bustling streets of Magnimar, a noisy lumber mill, an insane asylum, and a fantastically unstable clock tower, where every step creaks as if it’s going to give way.

Syrinscape’s Sci-Fi PlayerSyrinscape’s Sci-Fi Player is a complete new player to provide the sound environments for Sci-Fi tabletop games like Star Wars, Shadowrun, and Monty Cook’s The Strange. The Sci-Fi Player SoundSets include blaster battles, massive spaceships, space docks, engine rooms, alien spacecraft, a self-destruct sequence, and many more favorite Sci-Fi scenarios.

The Syrinscape SoundSet CreatorThe Syrinscape SoundSet Creator is a simple to use sound toolset, which gives the user the power to create and customize fantastic sound environments. Creators will be able to import their own sounds, group them together in Elements, and determine their playback order, frequency, volume, and other auditory components. Players will also control the 3D positioning and the acoustic in which the sounds appear. To sign up for the Beta, visit syrinscape.com/creator.

With Syrinscape’s Fantasy Subscription Package, the greatest value for all of Syrinscape’s fantasy-themed SoundSets for $6.50/month, players will own every piece of Syrinscape’s Fantasy Content that is released, including the Pathfinder Adventure Path SoundPacks, as well as an unlock of Syrinscape’s entire back catalog.

Syrinscape is available for a wide range of devices, including PC, Mac, Android Tablets, and iPads, and the players can be downloaded via syrinscape.com.

Gen Con attendees can take advantage of special show-only promotions, including a free 30-day trial, a free Syrinscape art poster, and a code to receive the Icy Wasteland SoundSet free. Stop by the Syrinscape booth, #674, for more information.

Gen Con 2014: Golem Arcana Debuts

HBS_logo_xlargeGen Con 2014 has yet to start and Harebrained Schemes has launched their much anticipated digitally-enhanced miniatures board game Golem Arcana. The game is now available at retail stores, and the accompanying free mobile app can be downloaded for Android smartphones and tablets from Google Play and for iPhone and iPads from the App Store. Five additional expansion sets are also available.

Golem Arcana is a point-based army building game that blends the physical fun of tabletop gaming with the power of digital technology. It seamlessly connects a smartphone or tablet to the game’s figures, board, and cards via a Bluetooth-powered stylus designed specifically for tabletop gaming. Simply tap any of the game pieces with the stylus to send information to the app, or tap the board to make a move.

Copy of logo_GolemArcanaThe story for Golem Arcana begins after the meteoric rise and fall of the Great Khan. In the ensuing chaos, conquered tribes and clans rise up to reclaim their sovereignty, and neighboring empires mobilize to reclaim lost territory and honor, as the heirs of the Khan battle each other for control of the Gudanna Dominion.

Playing the Game

In Golem Arcana, players assemble armies looking for the best combination of attributes and special actions that will allow them to unleash havoc on the enemy.  Each player fields an army consisting of Golems, Knights (sorcerers who “pilot” the Golems), Ancient Ones (powerful gods that might intervene on the army’s behalf) and Relics (powerful magical artifacts that can be carried and deployed by Golems).

Product 15Key Features

  • Depth of play and socialization.  For a generation raised on video games more than board games, Golem Arcana brings the convenience they expect from video and mobile games to the tabletop.
  • Easy to Learn and Accessible.  No need to read or memorize complex rules – the app does all the math, but also shows players the breakdown.
  • Fast Playing Time.  Standard scenarios play in about thirty minutes, for larger games it’s under two hours.
  • Gameplay Evolves in Real Time.  The app regularly downloads new scenarios. Knights and Ancient Ones are digital playing pieces that are released regularly and can be purchased instantly.
  • Organized Play (OP) Support. The app makes organizing and running events a snap. The app alerts players to in-store OP events in their area.
  • Living World. Players control the fate of the world of Eretsu. The results of each game are automatically tallied and applied to the greater conflict. Major developments in the Golem Arcana story are triggered by the collective results of all the individual games.

The Base Set

The Golem Arcana base set is priced at SRP $79.99 and includes six modular terrain tiles, a TDI (Tabletop Digital Interface) stylus, two ten-sided dice, two control cards, a quick-start instruction and lore book, and six pre-painted, large-scale Golem miniatures. The free mobile app comes pre-loaded with more than 80 digital characters, with many more soon to be available for sale.

Expansions

Several expansions are available to enhance a player’s strategic options and new expansions will be added regularly starting in September. Players can create new armies and add new tactical options with an expanded selection of Golems and Relic cards. Expansion sets with additional figures and relic cards are available for $34.99 each and a set of six double-sided game boards is available for $24.99. The four expansion sets now available include:

  • The Durani: The Khan’s Pyre Expansion  includes the Jeweled Harpy, the Winged Preserver, the Fire Ram, three banner stands, three TDI Golem Cards, two double-sided Blessing and Curse tokens, four new Relic Cards, the Bulwark of Vajra, Daku’s Lens, the Peridot of Hantra and the Idol of Preyas.
  • The Gudanna Terrors of the Steppes  includes the Sand Lion, the Dune Viper, the Devil Djinn, three banner stands, three TDI Golem Cards, two double-sided Mana Well tokens, four new Relic Cards, Baylr’s Dagger, Zyama’s Censer, Santapa’s Ward and the Gauntlet of Ganna.
  • The Urugal Keepers of the Pyre Expansion  includes the Horned Blight, Plague Bringer, Carrion Raptor, three banner stands, three TDI Golem Cards, two double-sided Blessing and Curse tokens, four new Relic Cards, the Bone Scarab, the Lamp of Dusaka, the Bone Gate Totem and Zayla’s Cauldron.
  • The Zikia Spirits of the Wildwood Expansion includes Bramblehorn, the Woodguard, the  Wildwood Dryad, three banner stands, three TDI Golem Cards, two double-sided Mana Well tokens, four new Relic Cards, the Tendrils of Smera, the Tree of Life, the Rooted Road and the Cistern of T’Lo-Lu.
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