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The Expanse Board Game – Coming Soon!

The upcoming board game The Expanse, based on the Syfy hit television series by the same name, will be released this June as announced by WizKids president Justin Ziran.

Geoff Engelstein, whose credits include the popular board games Space Cadets, Dragon and the Flagon and the upcoming Fog of War, designed the new game. Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the authors of the best selling original book series published under the pen name James S. A. Corey, collaborated on the project.

The Expanse board game can be played with two to four players and focuses on politics, conquest and intrigue similar to the board game Twilight Struggle, although with a shorter play time. The card-driven game uses key images from the show along with action points and events that allow players to move and place “Fleets” and “Influence”.

Players represent Earth’s UN forces, the military of Mars, the rebels of the O.P.A. and the mysterious corporation Protogen Inc. Each player has special abilities that must be maneuvered to gain advantage. Players increase their control over the solar system using characters and events from the universe of The Expanse.

The board game will be available in stores this summer for $49.99 MSRP and includes a game board, Influence cubes, Fleet tokens, player mats, action cards, tech cards, misc. tokens and rules.

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Unboxing: DC Comics Deck-Building Game Crossover Pack 5: The Rogues

Asking for help is never a strong suit for villains, but sometimes they need a helping hand to snag a big score or take down a worthy hero. Villains like Captain Cold, Weather Wizard, Heatwave and the rest often need to work together to take down The Flash and his speedy allies. With DC Comics Deck-Building Game Crossover Pack 5: The Rogues, you become a Super-Villain who always has some help within reach, thanks to Teamwork.

“Teamwork” is a keyword found on each of the oversized Super-Villain cards and several new cards for the main deck. It allows you to play the top card of another player’s deck. The code “honor among thieves” usually applies here, as the player who you chose to assist you gets a piece of the action.

Speaking of action, every Rogues card in the set immediately grants you Victory Point tokens when acquired. These VP tokens will come in handy during the game. After all, it takes money to make money . . .

We crack open and show off this new expansion for the DC Comics Deck-Building Game.

You can order your copy:
Amazon
Cool Stuff Inc
Miniature Market

 

 

Cryptozoic provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Monolith’s Next Board Game is Based on Batman

Monolith, the French game publisher, has teased its next tabletop project: Batman: The Board Game. The company who has successfully Kickstarted games such as Conan and Mythic Battles: Pantheon, showed off a teaser on its Facebook page.

Little is actually known, but the picture shared is of the company’s booth at the International Games Festival in Cannes where a prototype will be demoed.

The art of the Joker art is by the artist Jock, but not sure on the Batman and Catwoman art. The image also says “Coming on Kickstarter.”

The company raised $3.3 million for their Conan game and $2.7 million for Mythic Battles (of which I was a backer). The company has said this won’t launch until after Mythic Battles is delivered which isn’t listed until December 2017. Expect this game in 2018.

WizKids Announces Set Rotation for Dice Masters and Bans Half-Elf Bard

Speculation has run rampant that eventually, WizKids would begin to rotate sets for their popular Dice Masters game. The game is a cross between a collectible card game and deck-building where players build teams of cards and dice based on properties from DC Comics, Marvel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Dungeons & Dragons.

The company has announced that beginning June 1, 2017 there will be two types of events, “Modern Age” and “Golden Age.”

“Golden Age” will feature the ability to use every set minus the currently banned cards.

“Modern Age” rotates out some sets and promos. Sets no longer able to be used include

  • Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
  • Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters Series 1
  • D&D Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice League
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron

For a full set of what’s still legal check out the Wizkids announcement. In addition to the rotated out sets, WizKids has also banned Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance from use in “Modern Age” games.

The concept of set rotation is a common one, and this was expected. What will be interesting is to see how this impacts the price of cards and what changes to the meta we’ll be seeing in the latter half of the year.

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Two New Rick and Morty Tabletop Games Announced by Cryptozoic and Cartoon Network Enterprises

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Cartoon Network Enterprises have announced that they are working together on two new tabletop games based on episodes of the popular Adult Swim Rick and Morty animated TV series: Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game and Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game.

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game is based on the first season episode “Anatomy Park,” in which Rick shrinks Morty and sends him into the body of Ruben, a homeless man in a Santa suit. It turns out that, in a joint venture with an eccentric and well-funded amoeba, Rick has built a microscopic amusement park inside a human body that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Morty’s mission is to save the very strange park before it is overrun by the diseases that are running rampant.

The strategy game puts 2-4 players into Anatomy Park, deep inside of Ruben’s body. After choosing from six characters, players must design the best park possible by placing tiles while simultaneously avoiding and fighting Diseases, such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis A. Certain actions (e.g., moving Ride Tiles around) shift around Ruben’s internal organs during gameplay and cause players to draw Bodily Reaction Cards, which result in unexpected effects and force players to act out embarrassing bodily functions. There are multiple game-ending conditions in which Ruben can live or die, affecting players and their final scores in various ways.

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Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game is based on the Season 1 episode “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind,” in which a group of Ricks from alternate realities arrive and accuse the show’s Rick of murdering other Ricks. After being taken to the Council of Ricks, Rick and Morty escape to track down the evil Rick who appears to be the one behind the murders and the kidnapping of numerous Mortys. However, the true motivations and identity of the villain turn out to be much more complicated.

The deck-building game uses Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine as various versions of Rick serve as both players’ oversized Hero cards and the Villainous Council of Ricks. Each player’s deck starts with the following cards: seven Genius Waves cards that give you Power, one Beth, one Jerry, and one Summer. The Beth, Jerry, and Summer cards do nothing, but can activate other cards. The “Kick” stack in other Cerberus games is now the Portal Gun stack. The Portal Gun activates the Portal deck, which transports a player’s Hero to a random Location from the episode or other popular places from the series. That player may then utilize that Location during his or her turn and has the option of paying the cost of the Location to put it into his/her deck.

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Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game will be released July 12, 2017 and Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game will be released during the fourth quarter 2017.

D&D Assault of the Giants Board Game is Out Now

dd-assault-of-the-giants-board-game-2WizKids has released the Assault of the Giants Board Game which is now available throughout North America.

Based on the story first presented in the Storm King’s Thunder adventure from Dungeons & Dragons, Assault of the Giants is a new board game designed by Andrew Parks for 3-6 players. Players will need to command armies of giants as they wage war throughout northwest Faerûn. Order your giants to assault small folk villages and cities to score points and secure resources including food, artifacts, ore, and runes.

Each player represents a different giant race (hill giants, stone giants, frost giants, fire giants, cloud giants, or storm giants), each with a different agenda. For example, storm giants seek to restore their lost monarch, King Hekaton. Cloud giants search for an ancient dragon treasure trove, while hill iants seek an abundance of food with which to feed their massive monarch, Chief Guh.

Will you be able to restore the ordning? Find out on the tabletop today!

Contents include 12 Giants miniatures, measuring from approximately 60mm to more than 90mm in height, and three Giantslayers!

WizKids is now offering two versions of the game, Standard (SUK: 72185) and Premium editions (SKU: 71616):

Get your own copy of Assault of the Giants Board Game, now available at friendly local game stores near you!

A Different Kind Of PAX

pax_unplugged_logoDuring PAX South, a new PAX focused solely on tabletop gaming was announced in the ever-growing lineup. PAX Unplugged will be taking place in downtown Philadelphia, PA at the Pennsylvania Convention Center November 17th-19th of this year. Badges have yet to go on sale but are set for Spring.

If you’ve been to a PAX in recent years, you’ve seen the tabletop areas rapidly grow in size and popularity thanks to the current resurgence tabletop gaming is experiencing. The mainstream giants of Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons sit next to indie darlings like Munchkin, Dungeon World, and the Burning Wheel with games you probably haven’t even heard of yet peppered between them all. You can find all of it and the table space to give them a try if you have the time. You can even chat with creators and talk to them about the games they’ve made. More and more panels have been dedicated to tabletop gaming and game design as well. Not to mention panels like Adam Koebel’s Office Hours giving GMing advice and others like live Critical Role, RollPlay, and Acquisitions, Inc. It was only natural that this aspect of gaming would even get its own PAX.

PAX Unplugged isn’t the only convention of its kind though. There’s GenCon in Indianapolis, IN at the Indiana Convention Center August 17th-20th that will be celebrating its 50th year and competes with it for size. It’s the largest and longest-running con in the tabletop gaming arena. On the flipside, Go Play NW is a much smaller con in Seattle, WA at Seattle University July 8th-10th.  It focuses more on fostering growth and camaraderie in tabletop gaming as a non-profit and gives space for creators who want to test their story-based games. Dozens of others definitely exist worldwide but few can compare in scope to an offering from Penny Arcade and Reed Pop while providing a basis for a community . Head over to the official PAX Unplugged site to subscribe and keep up to date or follow PAX on Twitter.

The Banishing – Coming Soon from Wizkids

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of a new co-operative card game, The Banishing. This March, the undead will threaten to take over the world. An unlikely group will join forces to fight against evil.  Find out who will be triumphant on the tabletop in The Banishing.

Designed by Sean Rumble, The Banishing brings players into a world being overcome by undead creatures. Players take on the roles of the guardians who must work together to banish the undead back through the Void.

As guardians, each player is a unique character with special abilities that can be activated by collecting cards and creating matches. The Sorcerer can conjure and enchant. The Fighter can taunt and imprison. The Healer can bless and revive. The Banishing introduces eight characters, each with six unique skills, for players to choose from.

Visit your friendly local game store to pre-order The Banishing for your game collection today!

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Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set Out Now. Check this Unboxing.

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WizKids has released Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set at friendly local game stores in the U.S.. Designed by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang, the Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set expands on the hit dice-building game, Dice Masters, and is sure to lead to blazing dice battles on the tabletop.

The Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set will be the first annual starter set that is not linked to a larger release. This set features fan-favorite characters like Iron Man, War Machine, Howard Stark, and Rescue and reveals versions of Iron Man’s armor NEVER-BEFORE SEEN in Dice Masters along with new takes on 8 Marvel Dice Masters heroes!

With game-play that supports two players in epic dice battles, the Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set will let players build their own teams of heroes and villains! A great set for both beginners and seasoned players!

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