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Unboxing: Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool

The next release for WizkidsDice Masters is a set based on Marvel’s Deadpool!

Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool not only features characters from the world of Deadpool, but also Weapon X, X-Men, and more. It also features the debut of Inhumans!

Also included in this set are foil cards!

We crack open 10 booster packs to show off what’s inside and you can expect. The set is out November 2016.

Wizkids provided Graphic Policy with FREE product for review.

Master of Orion: The Board Game to be released by Cryptozoic and Hobby World in the USA

master-of-orion-the-board-gameCryptozoic Entertainment and Hobby World have announced that they are partnering to release Master of Orion: The Board Game in the U.S. in early 2017

Based on the classic strategy video game, the competitive tableau-building game requires 2-4 players to choose from several races (Humans and various alien races), build systems using their cards, and manage their resources in order to win. Designed by Ekaterina Gorn and Igor Sklyuev and adapting the art style from the 2016 reimagining of the video game, Master of Orion: The Board Game has been one of the moss buzzed about games prior to and during this year’s Essen Spiel board game trade fair.

In Master of Orion: The Board Game, each player begins with a board that has four tracks: Food, Fleet, Production, and Loyalty. The starting numbers on these tracks depend on the race a player chooses, with choices including fan favorites the Darloks, Psilons, and Humans. Each round, players gain resources and a number of actions, as determined by their board. Players spend their action cubes on each turn to manage their resources (Food, Fleet, Productions) and build systems. Since this is a tableau-building game, players use the cards in the deck to build up to four systems, each comprised of a maximum of five cards that represent various Structures, Ships, and Planets. Victory Points are gained by playing cards, creating matched sets, attacking opponents, and having certain resources and cards at the end of the game.

The game’s end is triggered in one of three ways: when a player has 0 Loyalty, a player has five cards in each of their four systems, or eight rounds of play have been completed. There are different paths to victory as players can focus on military means—training spies and attacking alien planets—or the path of creation—controlling the weather and constructing space fleets. The winner is the player with the most Victory Points, who is deemed the leader of the most developed civilization and therefore appointed as the Emperor at the Galactic Council.

The game will be released in early 2017.


Knight Models Teases New Mr. Freeze for the Batman Miniature Game

Knight Models has begun to tease their next releases for their Batman Miniature Game. Thought the teaser isn’t specific it looks like a new Mr. Freeze figure will be added to the game based on the Arkham video games. It’s most likely we’ll get Freeze and a crew to form a new gang for release. A lot of the major characters in Batman have gangs tailored to them with Mr. Freeze being one of the few who currently don’t.

There is currently only one other version of Mr. Freeze for the game, an original concept that I can’t think of having ever appeared in the comics and generally a disliked figure in the range.


WizKids Shows Off Agent Carter, Lady Deadpool, Angela, Blind Al, and Bob from Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool

The latest Dice Masters set, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool sees release in early November and WizKids is showing off some of the cards we can expect from the new set. On their Instagram account, the game publisher has shown off three new cards, Agent Carter: Answered the Call, Lady Deadpool: Earth-3010, and Angela: Raised by an Angel. That’s two rares and a super rare that’ll be in the set and all three characters are new to the game.

Yesterday the company showed off a common and uncommon in Blind Al: Stay in the Deadhut and Bob, Agent of Hydra: Hydra Doesn’t Offer Dental.

Blind Al is a 3 MASK to purchase that deals damage to an opponent when Blind Al is dealt damage. There’s a mechanic in there where you could ping Blind Al yourself and deal your opponent damage due to that. It looks like the card is cheap to field too, but makes this an interesting thing to explore.

Bob, Agent of Hydra is a 3 FIST that gives Deadpool Teams Fast when Bob is fielded. It’s an interesting card, but really is only useful if you’re running a Deadpool team, which I expect we’ll see a bunch of when the set is released.

Agent Carter is a cheap cost 2 to purchase and is a cheap die to field with good attack and defense stats and the ability to increase the cost to field Sidekick as characters while she’s active. Depending on the purchasing cost, this could be a good card to cripple decks that rely on Sidekick characters. I can see this character becoming a regular in games.

Lady Deadpool is a 5 SHIELD to purchase and we can only see the first two fielding costs. The wording of the card is a little funky, but it seems to allow you to use an action die twice. It says “bursts” which is what’s confusing to me, but that means you’re getting the double amount of energy to spend or double the ability, which could be devastating in a game.

Finally, Angela is a cost 4 BOLT again with cheap fielding and solid stats. This is an interesting card that allows you to deal 1 damage to target character die or player for each Angela die you rolled that shows an energy face after each Roll and Reroll Step. There’s an interesting mechanic there, but for the 4 BOLT cost to field it may be too weak to really make a major impact considering there’s other ways to do similar and greater damage.

Cryptozoic Announces Mighty Meeples Distribution Partners

Cryptozoic Entertainment announced today that it will be working with Diamond Comic Distributors and GTS Distribution as their exclusive hobby retail distribution partners for their Mighty Meeples line of figures, which will first be released in December. Diamond Comic Distributors will be distributing Mighty Meeples to comic book stores and GTS Distribution will be delivering the figures to hobby gaming stores.

First appearing over 15 years ago, the “meeple”—short for “my people”—possesses a distinctive shape that has made it a popular choice for player pieces in a variety of tabletop games. These oversized 1” tall wooden figures will showcase fan-favorite characters from DC Comics and Ghostbusters franchises.

This December will see the first release of any Mighty Meeples product with Mighty Meeples: DC Comics Series 1. The figures in the series will be sold in blind bag assortments that each contain three figures for a suggested retail price of $2.99. Also in December, the Mighty Meeples: DC Comics Justice League Collection Tin will be available for $14.99. The 30 distinctive figures in Series 1 offer a large variety for collectors to show off and gamers to play with in their favorite board games.

Next year, Cryptozoic will release more from its Mighty Meeples line, including figures for other DC Comics characters and the Ghostbusters-themed Mighty Meeples Ecto-1 Tin, which will arrive in stores in early 2017. GTS Distribution and Diamond Comic Distributors will be the exclusive distributors of these items—as well as any other future Mighty Meeples releases—for gaming and comic book hobby stores, respectively.

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WizKids Begins to Tease Their Deadpool Dice Masters Set

Out in November, the next Marvel Dice Masters set is based on the world of Deadpool. WizKids has started to tease what we can expect in the set by showing off by the uncommon Dogpool and common Deadpool. The set gives us a “Deadpool” team (shocker) with cards that’ll play off of that, and it looks like at least one new keyword “Deadly.”

They’ve also revealed the first Inhumans card, Lockjaw! The common card looks to be an interesting spin on the name the die mechanic that can do some serious damage to weenie swarm builds.

The set not only features characters from the world of Deadpool and Weapon X, but also some Spider-Verse characters and the first appearance of Inhumans. Super rares will continue the “What If?” theme. The set also features foil versions of every card like the recent DC Comics Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash.


Batman Miniature Game Suicide Squad Box Set plus Affleck Batman and Harley Bombshell

After weeks of teasing Knight Models has opened up the pre-order for their first game box for the Batman Miniature Game.

The Suicide Squad Game Box is the first two-player game box for the Batman Miniature Game, containing everything you to fight out vicious street-battles between the Suicide Squad and the Joker’s crew.

Pre-order this box now to get the free Batman (Ben Affleck version), and they even have one last surprise!

There are two versions of the game box! The regular box retails for 99.95 € which is about $112 US (much cheaper than I expected). There’s also a version with an exclusive Harley Quinn Bombshell figure which retails for 109.99 € / about $123.

The company has also revealed the two buildings included (printed on both sides) in the game can be stacked to create a taller building. In total you get 13 figures and character cards, rule book including a special campaign, 2 full-color die-cut card buildings, 4 lamp posts markers, 4 sewer markers, “take the lead” and objective counters and dice.batman-miniature-game-box-set-featured14195922_867128563387463_861287282804533640_o batman_miniature_game_harley_quinn_bombshell_preorder batman_miniature_game_suicide_squad_batman_affleck_preorder

Marvel Dice Masters: Doctor Strange Team Pack Out Now. Check Out our Review!

The Marvel Dice Masters: Doctor Strange Team Pack lets players build their own team of heroes or villains! Featuring Doctor Strange and his supernatural cast of characters – Clea, Wong, and even the villainous Dormammu! Make your next Dice Masters more mystical than ever before.

The Marvel Dice Masters: Doctor Strange Team Pack is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh! A Team Pack can be paired with any Starter Set to give a player everything they need to build a highly focused team for thematic play!

You’ll need two team packs to max out the dice for the characters included in the set which retails for $9.99. Check out the video below of the overview of what you get and initial thoughts on the cards.

Knight Models Reveals the Batman Miniature Game Suicide Squad Two-Player Game Box

The Suicide Squad: a team of incarcerated super-villains coerced into performing high-risk operations for the US Government in exchange for commuted sentences. Formally known as Task Force X, the squad’s actions are highly classified, and the team itself is highly expendable.

Knight Models has revealed a new deluxe box set is the first two-player game box for the Batman Miniature Game, containing everything you to fight out vicious street-battles between the Suicide Squad and the Joker’s crew.

The new box set features 13 figures and character cards, rule book including a special campaign, 2 full-color die-cut card buildings, 4 lamp posts markers, 4 sewer markers, “take the lead” and objective counters and dice.

This is the first box set for the game. Up to this point, figures have been sold individually and in four-man gangs and the rules have been available in a hard cover book.

A price hasn’t been announced, but I’d expect it to be about $125 to $150. The wording from the announcement also makes it sound like we may see more box sets in the future.


Games Workshop’s Eisenhorn is Coming to Comics

TPub Comics, in partnership with Pixel Hero Games and Games Workshop, have announced their newest comic Eisenhorn: Xenos.

An original prequel to the recently released video game, based on the novels of the same name from the Black Library. Written by Ryan O’Sullivan, with art from Anthony Spay, Anthony Fowler, and newcomer Andre Campos, Eisenhorn: Xenos follows the exploits of one of Games Workshop’s most popular and enduring characters.

O’Sullivan has been a long time fan of Games Workshop playing the extensive collection of various games including Warhammer 40K, Inquisitor, Necromunda, Gorkamorka, and more.

For fans not prepared to wait until February 2017, Eisenhorn: Xenos is available as part of the Deluxe Game Edition from Pixel Hero Games (Available on PC & iOS), as well as ComiXology.


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