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CMON Reveals Exclusive Brick and Mortar Retail Program CMON Play

At the GAMA Trade Show 2017, CMON Limited unveiled CMON Play, a new retail program exclusive to brick and mortar stores in North America, including Canada. This new program is designed to help promote the growth of retail stores by offering exclusive access to Game Night Kits, Pre-Release Kits, Demo Copies, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges from CMON’s wide library of titles. CMON wants to ensure our retailers have the tools they need to keep their businesses and communities thriving.

Signing up for CMON Play is completely free and can be done through CMON.com by clicking on “CMON Play” at the top of the page. Once a store has applied and the CMON sales team has ensured it is a physical store, members have access to several great offerings, all exclusive to the CMON Play program.

Game Night Kits allow stores to run events for popular CMON games, such as Zombicide: Black Plague, Blood Rage, Potion Explosion, and Bloodborne: The Card Game. Kits will be available every two months, beginning with Black Plague in June, and will offer game content that has never been available before. Running these Game Night Kits as events also allows stores to earn points that can be spent through CMON directly.

Continuing the retail-first philosophy of CMON Play are the Pre-Release Kits. For specific, high-profile games, CMON is offering retailers the ability to sell the title two weeks before any non-CMON Play store and online retailers, beginning with the highly-anticipated The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire from designer Eric M. Lang.

Stores can also order Demo Copies of CMON’s core games at a discount, allowing for a store to better sell games by educating customers and staff. The final CMON Play offering is exclusive access to CMON’s Kickstarter Retail Pledges for popular titles like Rising Sun. Members can join the Kickstarter through CMON’s Sales Department, gaining access to the core pledge level at increments of 6, 9, and 12. Optional Buys are also available for purchase in the same amount pledges are ordered in.

To help promote the different CMON Play offerings, members will have access to advertising content that can be used on social media, store websites, and more. Members will also have their stores posted on the “Store & Events” section of the CMON website, so customers can find locations near them and see what type of events are being hosted. To remain a member of the program, stores need to only utilize three offerings in any combination, such as three demo copies; a demo copy, pre-release kit, and a game night kit; or any other combination that fits the store’s needs. Ordering these is easy as well.

Stores can order from any of the CMON Play partner distributors, including Alliance, ACDD, Southern Hobby, PHD, and GTS, or CMON directly. Members can choose to order from any distributor or CMON at any time, so they are not locked into just one.

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Panini America Reveals a Justice League TCG

At the GAMA Trade Show, Panini America revealed it’ll be launch a new trading card game, Meta-X Justice League TCG. The game will debut at San Diego Comic-Con with a retail release after.

The game will use are from the New-52 era of DC Comics and the first set will be over 250 cards. The game is a part of a bigger plan for Panini in their use of the card game engine. The Meta-X engine will be able to be used with multiples IPs and future games will use it allowing for multiple IPs to be used in the same game. It’s a similar idea as WizKids’ Dice Masters which has one game engine that’s used across intellectual property which allows you to mix and match.

The focus is an “easy entry into the game” where new players can learn the game in five minutes. The game will be sold in Starters and Boosters.

(via ICv2)

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game from Renegade Game Studios and Oni Press

Renegade Game Studios and Oni Press are bringing Scott Pilgrim to tabletop games. Scott Pilgrim‘s Precious Little Card Game is an innovative deck-building game by Keith Baker and based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Baker focused on the detail to stay true to the heart of the series, something fans will appreciate.

Being a grown-up is HARD and maybe not worth it? You might rather spend time tweaking your band’s set list until it’s guaranteed to get you that big gig opening for legit rockstars. Perhaps you’re better off dating someone a bit younger than chasing a fairytale romance with the age-appropriate girl (or boy) you met at a party. Maybe the drama constantly engulfing your pals feeds you, even if it is bringing your friends down. And don’t adults just sit at desks all day worrying about how bread makes you fat? Do adults ever even get attacked by random robot ruffians determined to pick a fight? Huh. Maybe there is something to getting it together…

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game is a deckbuilding game that challenges you to grow up and prepare for your finest hour. Players assume the roles of their favorite characters in the Scott Pilgrim universe, each of whom comes with a unique starting deck. Innovative double-sided cards let you decide whether to solve your problems with hard work and empathy, or whether to embrace the unpredictable world of gratuitous video game violence.

Beyond the video-game-style combo moves unique to each character, fans will also appreciate the innovative double-sided cards. Players will be faced to make hard choices about whether to fight or upgrade their life with each card placed into the Plot line. Defeating the Evil Ex and collecting Power-Ups will help players inch their way towards victory.

Create your perfect life with Scott Pilgrim‘s Precious Little Card Game in hobby stores summer 2017. This deck-building game will have an MSRP of $45, is designed for 2-6 players to enjoy in 45-60 min. per game, and will captivate gamers ages 13 and up.

Dungeons & Dragons Goes Beyond

At PAX East, Wizards of the Coast announce D&D Beyond an official digital toolset for use with the Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition rules. Partnering with Curse, the app goes beyond the pen and paper and provides rules, character building, digital character sheets, and more.

The app contains a D&D Compendium with official content, allows you to create, browse, and use homebrew content, manage characters, manage campaigns, news, articles, forums, and you’ll be able to access it anywhere on any device.

Its goal is to make management easier to play the popular roleplaying game. It’ll be available on any device and will empower by beginners and veterans.

DC Deck-Building Game Organized Play Kit Coming This Summer

Cryptozoic Entertainment will be releasing the first DC Deck-Building Game Organized Play Kit. Designed for the popular DC Deck-Building Game series, the kit includes instructions for retail stores to run tournaments, as well as prizes for participants. Cryptozoic and Warner Bros. Consumer Products plan to release kits biannually, launching this premiere kit alongside the DC Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box this summer and the subsequent kit in the late fall or winter of 2017.

The first DC Deck-Building Game Organized Play Kit will be sold exclusively to local game and hobby stores through PSI Distribution for $25. The instructions outline various options for tournaments (Single Elimination, Point-Based) and league play (Competitive League, Cooperative “Crisis” League). In addition, there are suggestions for how to configure tournaments depending on the number of players, spread the word about tournaments, and utilize the included limited-edition Playmat and 12 Vixen Super Hero Promo Cards as prizes. To help stores promote their organized play events, each kit also comes with a poster featuring DC’s Vixen that encourages players to sign up for an upcoming tournament.

Future kits will have similar content with a rotating roster of Promo Cards. The late 2017 kit will come with Black Lightning Promo Cards. Starting this year, players at Gen Con will have a chance to preview and win the following year’s DC Deck-Building Game Organized Play Kit Promo Cards before their wider release to stores via the kits.

Knight Models Reveals Aquaman, Supergirl, Nightwing, and More

Knight Models has revealed its March releases for their Batman Miniature Game and DC Universe Miniature Game. The releases include not only new figures but also a new campaign book.

There’s a couple interesting things of note with this release. The new Arkham Knight Campaign Book comes with an exclusive Arkham Knight (Jason Todd) with sniper rifle. The figure has three different heads to choose from.

This also represents the company’s first “DC Multiverse” release with Catwoman. These releases will include rules for use of the figure in both the Batman Miniature Game as well as the DC Universe Miniature Game.

Being releases this month includes the Batman Miniature Game Arkham Knight Campaign Book, Nightwing, Penguin and Street Demonz, Penguin Lieutenant, and Catwoman. All for use with the Batman Miniature Game.

For the DC Universe Miniature Game releases include Catwoman, Aquaman, Supergirl, and markers for Sinestro Corp, Green Lantern, and Superman.

IDW Games Steps into the Arena with King of the Creepies

Being King is good. But being the King of the Creepies is even better. And you’ve got to be King, or else you’ll just be… creepy.

King of the Creepies is a card combat game, where players draw and battle their Creepies in an effort to win enough Victory Crystals to be crowned the King of the Creepies! With Creepy combatants like Noctornal Manimal, Sherlock Bones, Edward Tankhands, and Nighty Knight, the narcoleptic man-at-arms, designer Jon Cohn’s tongue-in-cheek sense of humor shines through as soon as you draw your first card.The game takes place in an arena, where you will draft your Creepies to fight for you. You’ll place bets, wagering Monies on who you think will win, purchase gear and items to upgrade your Creepies, and play Mischief cards to spice up the arena and pull the wool over your opponents’ eyes. Grab as many Victory Crystals as you can, by either winning fights legitimately, or secretly completing hidden objectives. The first to five Victory Crystals wins the game in this epic player-versus-player smash.

Each crazy Creepie has their own personality. Not only will they make you laugh out loud (happens to me all the time), but they’ll wreak havoc on your opponents. The Frigid Witch, for example, can give you the Cold Shoulder, which increases her attack value.

You can beer and pretzels it, or you can take the game seriously. Combining Creepies with unique Gear and Ability cards gives the combat an extremely robust and strategic depth. The brilliance of the game is that it takes a stout gladiator-styled system, and imbues enough simplicity and comedy that the game attracts a broader scope of players, while still keeping hardcore gamers happy. You can even negotiate deals and alliances while you’re in the arena, making it a highly social game perfect for a bar or board game cafe.

Everything in this game is a joke, except the game itself. With a light-hearted pop-culture parody-themed coating, and a competitive light strategy game core, King of the Creepies is out for blood at $39.99 in June 2017.

Diamond Signs Green Ronin to List of Publishers

Diamond Book Distributors has signed a deal with Green Ronin Publishing to be their exclusive distributor.

Seattle based Green Ronin Publishing is dedicated to the art of great games. Since the year 2000 Green Ronin has established a reputation for quality and innovation, publishing such roleplaying game hits as Dragon Age, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, and Mutants & Masterminds, and winning over 40 awards for excellence. For an unprecedented three years running, Green Ronin won the prestigious GenCon & EnWorld Award for Best Publisher.

Green Ronin Publishing has recently released their new Fantasy AGE Encounter: Ancient Shadows for player levels 5-8. Fantasy AGE is a tabletop RPG featuring a three core character class and level system with specializations and a magic system built around combat, exploration, and roleplaying stunts.

In addition, their latest installment for Pathfinder has been announced and is available for pre-order. Pathfinder: Freeport Bestiary is a 180-page, full color sourcebook that includes a wide variety of threats from class Freeport adversaries such as serpentmen and fire spectres while also introducing new enemies like corsair drakes and witch beasts. This installment is the perfect complement to Freeport: The City of Adventure and can be used with any Pathfinder Roleplaying Game campaign.

IDW Games Teams Up with Atari for New Tabletop Games

Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, and IDW Games, announced today that they have entered into a partnership to produce a line of tabletop games based on several classic Atari videogame titles. Centipede, Asteroids, and Missile Command are all headed to the tabletop by way of Jon Gilmour, co-designer of Dead of Winter, and his hand-picked crew of up-and-coming co-developers.

Set to capture the feel of these classic titles, the Atari line of board games are fun, intense and fast-paced. While each game in the series will play differently from the others, they will all have you nostalgic for the days of being hunched over a CRT in a dark arcade with your eyes on the prize: top of the high-score chart.

The Atari series of games will launch with Centipede in the Fall of 2017 with future titles releasing intermittently shortly after.

Privateer Press Launches Community Integrated Development Program

Privateer Press has announced that they are implementing a new process called Community Integrated Development or CID, for playtesting the Warmachine and Hordes tabletop miniatures games. CID gives Warmachine and Hordes players the opportunity to playtest and provide feedback on the rules for new model releases before those models launch. Privateer’s goal with the CID initiative is to ensure players are getting exactly what they want in their new model releases by soliciting their feedback during the development process.

The CID process will be conducted through a new Community Integrated Development Forums. These CID forums will contain materials required for the current playtest cycle, including concept art, current model stats, and playtest direction. Each playtest cycle will last four to six weeks, though some projects may be given more or less time as needed.  Playtest cycles are expected to begin at the time product solicitations for the new releases are sent to distributors but may also include previously released models related or integral to these testing cycles.

Additionally, beginning with new products releasing in July 2017, WARMACHINE and HORDES products will no longer contain stat cards. Privateer Press currently offers the War Room 2 companion app and has announced plans to provide free PDFs of all model cards online as well as to make cards available through a Print-on-Demand service with a partner to be announced.

Community Integrated Development begins with the newest Hordes faction announced February 17, Grymkin: The Wicked Harvest. First appearing in the Monsternomicon published in 2002, the Grymkin are a collection of horrific nightmare creatures rooted in the folklore of the Iron Kingdoms.

Grymkin: The Wicked Harvest models will debut at Lock & Load GameFest 2017 in Bellevue, Washington, to be held at the Meydenbauer Center from July 14–July 16.  Tickets and hotel information for this event can be found at pplockandload.com. The Grymkin models will be released in waves from July through September 2017.

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