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Lion Forge Launches a Tabletop Gaming Imprint Quillion

Lion Forge has been a market leader and champion of authentic representation across genres, from the proprietary superhero universe of Catalyst Prime to multiple imprints encompassing comics for readers of all ages. Today, the St. Louis publisher announces plans to move into the gaming space with a new imprint and flagship hybrid publication: Rolled & Told!

The first release under the Quillion banner will be Rolled & Told, a publication combining the thrill of tabletop role-play with the storytelling of comics in a monthly comic book format. Rolled & Told brings a ready-to-play, fun adventure for one of gaming’s favorite tabletop role-playing games, alongside beautiful illustrations, comics coinciding with each full adventure, as well as instructive articles. Rolled & Told enhances gameplay for new and old game masters alike.

Fans of comics and gaming alike will get their first taste of this exciting new publication at Comic-Con next month, where Rolled & Told will premier in a special free issue No. 0, featuring a “barcrawl” like no other! It’s not every day you find a tavern with a dungeon challenge built in its basement! “The Thunderlock Barcrawl” puts players in an adventure that is part proving ground, part extreme sporting event, in the hope of adding their names to the illustrious “Wall of Crawlers.”

Rolled & Told No. 1 will be solicited in Diamond’s July dated PREVIEWS catalog, to be released in September, just in time for back-to-school Friday night gaming!

Space Goat Productions is Launching an Equity Fundraising Campaign

In a move to allow fans to become even more invested in a company they support, Space Goat Productions is launching a fundraising campaign via equity crowdfunder Wefunder.com. Investors will join a community of other investors who seek to help SGP expand their presence in the board game and comic book marketplaces–and own micro shares of the publisher in the process. The fundraising campaign will run for a period of 45 days.

In the announcement Founder and CEO Shon Bury said:

We want to make cool stuff with and for fans. It’s a core tenant of our mission. Equity crowdfunding provides the perfect opportunity to show our fans how sincere we are. We aren’t the first comic-book company to ever offer shares to fans, but we are taking it one step further by allowing anyone to buy a micro share for just $100 and by offering our Kickstarter backers a 20% discount if they elect to buy-in at this funding round. We are also offering a great perk to comic book retailers. That’s how much our crowdfunding community and retail partners mean to us.

On May 2016, thanks to a law called Regulation Crowdfunding, it became legal for everyone to invest small amounts of money in the companies they believe in. Wefunder was created to provide an easy avenue for regular people, not Wall Street experts, to actually become stakeholders with the companies they already support with purchases. This form of funding fit perfectly into the long range plans and overall vision of Space Goat Productions and its CEO Shon Bury. This next step has been in the works for over a year.

Pre-PAX East Quick Reviews

With PAX East coming up in a few days and GDC only just having passed, there’s a lot of games that have been or will be announced, demoed, teased, and released. Here’s a few indie titles I’ve gotten to check out that will have booths at PAX East.

Witch It!

Witch It is a standalone prop hunt game by Barrel Roll Games similar to the PropHunt mode for Garry’s Mod. However, Witch It comes with a high dose of charming low poly graphics that refuses to take itself too seriously and go a long way to set the mood. Currently in Early Access and always being improved upon, you play as either speedy little transforming witches or oafish hunters using unconventional methods to track them down. With each round, the nine maps are randomly filled with objects the witches can transform into if they choose while the hunters use chickens, potatoes, pickles, and the impact of their own body weight after a fall to discern who’s what. If you’re a streamer who enjoys playing with your audience or you always seems to have too many people for most team games, this is definitely one to consider.

Available now for $14.99 on Steam Early Access for Windows. Find it at Booth #22055.

Minit - Oasis

Minit

The core concept behind this amazing little rogue-lite pixel-based gem created by JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom and published by Devolver Digital is simple: you have sixty seconds to try to complete your quests. The charming characters and small mundane adventure keep you engaged but the short bursts of play don’t force you commit too much time to runs. The only thing that could make it more perfect would be if it were available on mobile devices or the Switch in addition to Steam, PlayStation 4, and XBox One. As it is, this is a great game to fill the queue gaps when playing things like League of Legends, Overwatch, and similar games.

Available now for $9.99 on Steam, PS4, and XBox One. Find it at Devolver Digital’s Booths #18090 and #18096.

Make Sail

This is a cute if sometimes frustrating sailing exploration game from Popcannibal that places the player as one of the sole survivors of a ship wreck that is trying to return a set of mystical chimes. While the story isn’t terribly deep or important to the gameplay, it does give some reference and framework to the game as a whole. It also models its physics and densities on their real world equivalents, giving anyone with practical sailing or boat design experience a leg up. Make Sail also includes some Twitch integration, which makes it another solid choice for variety streamers who want a quieter atmosphere. If you like the premise of Sea of Thieves but want a more relaxed and laidback approach and something more akin in visuals to Breath of the Wild, Make Sail is definitely worth considering throughout the rest of its development.

Available now for $19.99 on Steam Early Access for Windows.

There’s a lot to see at PAX East this weekend and it’ll be impossible to see everything. Even if you can’t attend, keep an eye out for these.

Oni Press Reveals The Tea Dragon Society Card Game Box Art!

Renegade Game Studios and Oni Games have announced The Tea Dragon Society Card Game, an innovative deck-building game by Steve Ellis and Tyler Tinsley. Based on the Oni Press graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill, readers and tabletop fans will appreciate the detail and care to stay true to the heart of the story.

Discover the ancient art form of Tea Dragon care-taking within this enchanting world of friendship and fantasy. Create a bond between yourself and your Tea Dragon that grows as you progress through the seasons creating memories to share forever.

Each player’s deck represents their own Tea Dragon. From turn to turn, players will choose to draw a card, triggering effects and strengthening their position, or buy a card, improving their deck or scoring points.

The game takes place over four seasons, starting in spring and ending in winter. At the end of winter, the player who has the most points is the winner.

Features:

  • Based on the Oni Press graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill.
  • Beautifully illustrated with cute little dragons. Light card game with some deck building concepts.
  • No hidden information makes it kid-friendly.
  • Competition for Market and Memory cards, but no direct player-on-player nastiness.
  • Perfect for families.

Contents Summary:

  • Rulebook
  • Comic quick-start rules
  • 4 Tea Dragon cards
  • 1 Mentor card
  • 24 Memory cards (6 cards each for spring, fall, winter, and summer)
  • 28 Market cards
  • 48 Starter cards (12 cards each in 4 decks)

The Tea Dragon Society Card Game is in hobby stores summer 2018. This card game will have an MSRP of $20, is designed for 2-4 players to enjoy in 30-60 min., and will captivate gamers ages 10 and up.

(via our sister site Board Game Today)

Monolith Board Games Launches Batman: Gotham City Chronicles

Monolith has launched their much anticipated Batman: Gotham City Chronicles board game on Kickstarter. The game for 2 to 4 players is exclusive to the crowdfunding site and has blown past the initial goal of $500,000.

$140 is the “Base Game Pledge” which nets you the “Heroes Box,” “Villains Box,” and rulebook. Miniatures included are 7 heroes, 20 allies, 8 civilians, 9 villains, 32 goons, and everything you need to play like tiles, boards, dice, tokesn, scenarios, and more. You also get stretch goals.

For $320 you get the “Base Game Pledge” plus a copy of the “Wayne Manor Expansion,” “Arkham Asylum Expansion,” “Batmobile add-on,” a copy of “Versus,” and one dice pack. All of those items can be purchased on their own.

The “Wayne Manor Expansion” includes 7 heroes, 3 allies, boards, tiles, tokens, and cards.

“Arkham Asylum” features 6 villains, 14 goons, tiles, boards, and more.

The “Versus Mode” features 12 allies, command board, tiles, disks, scenarios and rules.

The “Batmobile add-on” features the Batmobile miniature, tile, tokens, scenarios, and rules.

The game is an improved ruleset of Monolith’s Conan Board Game. A scenario-based miniature board game where 2-4 players control the Dark Knight and his allies in their battle against crime in an asymmetrical and open game system. One player takes on the heroes and the other takes on the villains which helps ease the setup of the game. Each side takes turns, pitting their strategies against each other.

You’re able to play as Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, Catwoman, and more. They’ll go up against classic characters like the Joker, Riddler, Clayface, Bane, Scarecrow, and more. All of them rendered as miniatures set on textured bases.

All of the content offered on the campaign is exclusive to Kickstarter and will not be available at retail. The campaign ends March 31.

(via our sister site Board Game Today)

Space Goat Productions Has Announced a New Executive Team

Space Goat Productions has announced the promotions and additions of key personnel to their executive team. The changes are needed to handle the current growth of the company and expansion into markets beyond comic books and graphic novels.

Founder Shon C. Bury will remain as CEO and Publisher of Space Goat Productions. He will continue to oversee daily operations, financials, and growth of the company.

Keith Champagne will be joining the team as Editor-In-Chief. Keith is a comic book industry survivor and veteran creator/writer/inker/artist best known for his work at DC Comics on titles such as Green  Lantern, JSA, and Superman as well as creator-owned titles The Mighty, Armor X, Death Valley and the upcoming The Switch: Electricia. He’s a 1994 graduate of the Joe Kubert School and former COO of Sabrage Entertainment.

Recently hired Director of Business Development, Steve May, will take on the title of VP of Sales and Marketing. The new title more aptly describes the duties May has been overseeing since joining the company in the fall of 2017.

Jacob Bascle has been promoted to Production Manager for Space Goat. Bascle has been wearing many hats since joining SGP and this official title reflects his broad range of duties for the comic books, board games, and apparel business lines.

The company earlier announced the addition of Michael Murphey as Lead Game Designer. Murphey will be overseeing the completion of both the Evil Dead 2 and Terminator board games as well as future licensed and original projects.

iVerse Founder Michael Murphey Joins Space Goat Productions to Oversee Their Board Game Division

Space Goat Productions has announced that Michael Murphey, CEO and founder of PlayGrim Games and iVerse Media, has joined the company as Lead Game Designer and Production Manager. Murphey is a well-respected industry veteran and entrepreneur in both the digital comic book and board game markets.

Murphey will oversee the final production stages of both the Evil Dead 2 and The Terminator board games. Additionally, Murphey will be instrumental in future Space Goat Productions game launches, including The Howling, and other licensed and original properties.

The chance to work on these properties brought Murphey to the company and he’ll continue his CEO duties at iVerse Media and PlayGrim.

Space Goat has Kickstarted The Terminator and Evil Dead 2 board games. The Terminator: The Official Board Game raised $220,456 from 2,126 backers. Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game raised $722,622 from 6,143 backs. You can pre-order both now.

iVerse Media, LLC is a digital content distributor for mobile platforms. Established in 2008 the company specializes in digital comic books. PlayGrim Games is a casual tabletop game comapy. Established in 2015, the company has released Grim a “roll for your life” dice game.

(via our sister site Board Game Today)

Unboxing: Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School Brick

The X-Men get the focus in a brand new Marvel Heroclix set from WizKids.

Celebrate the release of Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School with an unboxing of a complete brick.

Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School features X-Men, X-Factor, Generation X, Age of Apocalypse, and more!

We open up and show off each pack!

Out this February, you can order them now.
Booster Pack
Booster Brick
Booster Case

 

WizKids provided Board Game Today with FREE product for review

Unboxing: Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School Fast Forces and Dice & Token Pack

The X-Men Get the focus in a brand new Marvel Heroclix set from WizKids.

Celebrate the release of Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School with an all-new Fast Forces Set and Dice & Token Set!

The Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School Fast Forces includes six figures with all-new dials, ready to play as a 300-point team! Not only does it feature fan-favorite mutants like Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Jean Grey, but it also contains two characters never-before-seen in HeroClix – Rusty and Skids!

The Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School Dice & Token Pack (Time Displaced) contains 2 custom dice featuring an X-Men icon and 6 action tokens featuring time displaced versions of the original X-Men and Professor X!

We open up and show off each pack!

Out this February, you can order them now.
Dice & Token Pack
Fast Forces

WizKids provided Board Game Today with FREE product for review

(via Board Game Today)

Shinobi 7 Goes Exclusive with Diamond/Alliance and Completely Acquired by Seven Seas Entertainment

Shinobi 7 has announced an exclusive distribution deal with Diamond/Alliance for all sales channels. Under this agreement, Diamond/Alliance will distribute all upcoming Shinobi 7 products to the hobby gaming market, specialty comic shops, bookstores, and mass market. Current products already released by Shinobi 7 will soon be relisted with Diamond/Alliance.

In conjunction with the deal, Seven Seas Entertainment has acquired the complete ownership interest in Shinobi 7, which was initially formed as a joint venture between Seven Seas Entertainment and Ninja Division Publishing. Shinobi 7 is now a subsidiary of Seven Seas Entertainment and will operate under an independent management and production team.

Shinobi 7’s main focus continues to be the production and publishing of high quality tabletop games based on exciting licensed brands. To date, Shinobi 7 has released the following product lines, which are available through Ninja Division Publishing until March 15, 2018:

Tokyo GhoulThe Card Game, a deck-building game adapted from the hit anime franchise about an alternate reality where monstrous ghouls and humans coexist.

My Little Pony: Tales of Equestria, a complete pen-and-paper roleplaying system based on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic franchise.

(via Board Game Today)

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