Category Archives: Games

Gen Con Extends Their Indianapolis Stay Even After Controversy

Gen ConGen Con has announced that it is extending its partnership with Indianapolis in a deal that will allow the convention to renew its contract annually. The convention will stay in Indy until 2021 in a one year extension. It was unknown what would happen to the “best four days in gaming” after controversy swirled within the state of Indiana in 2015 over legislation signed by then Governor Pence that would discriminate against LGBT individuals.

In 2015 Gen Con threatened to leave Indianapolis due to the passing of legislation SB 101 which discriminated against LGBT individuals in the form of “religious freedom.” The convention took a stand to protect LGBT attendees and fight discrimination against them by local businesses. At that time the convention announced it had a contract to stay in the city until 2020 with bidding as to what would happen after beginning this year or next. It was speculated by some the convention would use the controversy to get a better deal from the city to stay.

This coming year the convention will celebrate its 50th convention. The convention has an estimated $72 million economic impact for the region annually.

In 2016, Gen Con featured a record number of turnstile attendees, 201,852, a 2.5% year-over-year increase. Attendees came to Indianapolis from 64 countries, all 50 states, and each Canadian province. Last year, Gen Con also expanded into Lucas Oil Stadium, and due to increased space, also featured a record number of exhibitors (525).

Gen Con moved its annual convention to Indianapolis in 2003 and last completed an extension agreement in 2011. Since moving to Indianapolis, Gen Con’s attendance has more than doubled, from 23,000 unique attendees to a unique attendance record of more than 61,000.

The convention will return to Indianapolis on August 17-20, 2017, to celebrate the historic Gen Con 50.

WizKids Releases an Update about Star Trek: Attack Wing

star-trek-attack-wingStar Trek: Attack Wing is one of WizKids‘ popular game lines, a miniature game where you build a fleet of ships from throughout the Star Trek universe to do battle. Recently the company has been releasing new versions of previously released figures sometimes with a new repaint and with updated rules.

The company sent an email explaining it was taking a new direction with their releases:

First off, we’d like to thank you for all of your support over the last three years!  We’re excited to finally unveil some of the new things we’ve been working on this past year.

WizKids will be releasing a digital version of the revised rulebook. The digital version will contain refreshed rules that incorporate rulings and FAQs released online, providing an up-to-date comprehensive rulebook. No need to worry – all previously released STAW product will be compatible; no products will become obsolete in conjunction with this update.

Secondly, we are planning to release a new configuration of STAW products.  These products will have a lower price point and contain new content, but will not include ship models.  While the new configurations won’t include ship models, they will note the previously-released ships customers need to purchase. The new configuration will offer a more cost-effective option for players who already have many copies of an existing ship sculpt.  Aside from a lower price point, these packs will include a selection of updated content to support updated rules for ship models of the same type.

Third, we will be introducing faction packs. These packs will provide a ready to field fleet of ships from the same faction that will allow new players to field a team while providing a lower priced value (per ship) to new and veteran customers.

Fourth, we will continue to increase our paint quality across the line.  We hope you agree that our ships have never looked better.

Last but certainly not least, we’re excited to share that we’ve been exploring a process that will allow fans to submit their very own content ideas to WizKids. There may be limitations to this endeavor, but we believe the STAW community can provide many exciting ideas. There are many details that will need to be worked out before we can announce anything more specific about the submission process.

We want to thank you so much for your continued patience and support of WizKids and the STAW line of products. We hope these new initiatives will help the game continue to flourish until teleporters and replicators are a reality… (or at least until there’s a human colony on Mars).

Live long and prosper,

WizKids

So, for those that play, what do you think? Sound off in the comments!

Unboxing: The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniature Game Kickstarter Edition

The battle for survival from the smash hit The Walking Dead series comes to the tabletop. Mantic Games and Skybound have teamed up for this licensed tabletop miniature game featuring some of the most well-known characters from the comic series.

I crack open this Kickstarter edition of The Walking Dead: All Out War to show off what you get inside.

Stay tuned for some game play coming soon!

X-Men First Class Dice Masters in June 2017

2037170_first_classA new set for Dice Masters has appeared on WizKids‘ solicits page. June sees a brand new Marvel set, Marvel Dice Masters: X-Men First Class. The set is just listed as a gravity feed plus the bonus cards that go with it. That’s the second set focused on the X-Men, the first being Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men. Recently Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool was released which featured X characters.

2017 sees the continuation of primarily gravity feed releases which consists of foil packs that feature 2 cards and 2 dice. 2017 has solicited two starter sets, one team pack, one box set, and 3 gravity feeds in the first six months.

So far for 2017 we will see Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter set in February, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Heroes in a Half Shell Box Set in February, DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman gravity feed in February, Marvel Dice Masters: Defenders Team Pack in March, Marvel Dice Masters: Guardians of the Galaxy in February, DC Comics Dice Masters: Superman and Wonder Woman Starter set in May.

Pathfinder Battles: Deadly Foes – Available Now!

WizKids has announced that Pathfinder Battles: Deadly Foes has arrived at an FLGS near you! The award winning Pathfinder Battles line of miniatures from Paizo returns with a new set of 52 characters in Deadly Foes. From Doppelganger to Gynosphinx, along with a legion of other high-quality monsters and heroes, this set brings to life another beautiful line of pre-painted miniature characters suitable for any fantasy roleplaying campaign.

Be sure to pick up your Pathfinder Battles: Deadly Foes miniatures at your FLGS today!

pathfinder-battles-deadly-foes-1

Rock Paper Wizard is Available Now!

rock-paper-wizard-2WizKids has announced the release of Rock Paper Wizard, a fast-paced, high-energy card game that combines strategy, luck and a wee bit of hand coordination! Rock Paper Wizard gathers some of the most iconic spells from Wizards of the Coast’s popular Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game for a spell casting challenge. The game is now available in North American retailers for $19.99.

In Rock Paper Wizard, 3 to 6 players take on the roles of wizards who must try to outwit their opponents in an epic race for loot!

Each player chooses their wizard’s spell and casts some magic by repeating one of the hand gestures found on the cards in front of them. Everyone says “Rock, Paper, Wizard” aloud, and upon saying “Wizard”, forms a hand gesture and points it towards a target. Each card describes the spell’s effect, which can push opponents towards the exit, advance themselves towards the hoard, or manipulate the coins that the wizards must collect to win.

The first wizard to collect 25 pieces of gold wins the game, but you’ll want to start right over and let the magic begin all over again!

Pick up Rock Paper Wizard today!

 

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

The X-Men Come to Munchkin

Steve Jackson Games and USAopoly have teamed-up for a brand new edition of Munchkin featuring the X-Men!

From the announcement:

It’s the game every mutant has been waiting for! Join the X-Men on a thrilling adventure to defend mankind from renegade mutants. MUNCHKIN: X-Men Edition combines Marvel’s beloved collection of X-Men comics with the role-playing fun of Munchkin. Players take on the role of students attending Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and team up with Professor X, Wolverine, and more super-charged mutants to take down the likes of Sabretooth, Juggernaut, and the almighty Magneto. The game will include 128 Door and Treasure cards, four player Role cards, four level trackers, game rules, and a custom die.

The game will be out March 2017. The company also publishes Munchkin: Marvel Edition and its two expansions, Munchkin Marvel 2: Mystic Mayhem and Munchkin Marvel 3: Cosmic Chaos and also has Munchkin Zombies: The Walking Dead. There are also Munchkin comics published by BOOM! Studios.

munchkin-x-men-edition

Skynet Lives Thanks to Space Goat and the Terminator Board Game

the-terminator-board-game-1Space Goat Productions has announced that they will be partnering with Studiocanal, Oak Productions, and Creative Licensing to make The Terminator: The Official Board Game, which will be launching on Kickstarter in February of 2017.

William Wisher, one of the screenwriters of the original 1984 film, has been brought on as a story consultant. The game will focus on the original film which is under production.

The Terminator: The Official Board Game is an asymmetrical strategy game played across two boards – one in 1984 and one in 2029. One player takes control of all the forces of the machines: Hunter Killer flying machines, Terminator endoskeletons , and new robots based on the classic 80s aesthetic. The rest of the players take the role of the human resistance, struggling against the impossible odds of the machine uprising.

Sign up for more information on the Kickstarter and email updates.

the-terminator-board-game-2 the-terminator-board-game-3 the-terminator-board-game-4

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Why Does Deadpool Wear the Red Suit?

Marvel‘s unconventional anti-hero joins the Play Arts Kai line! Customize or recreate your favorite Deadpool pose, and enjoy the weathering effects on the armor that call out the sharp contrast between Deadpool’s silly attitude and his serious badassery. Pre-order now! Marvel Universe Deadpool Variant Play Arts Kai Action Figure is out in 2017.

marvel-universe-deadpool-variant-play-arts-kai-action-figure

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool is Out Now and Here’s the Set List!

marvel-dice-masters-deadpool-2WizKids, Mike Elliott, and Eric M. Lang are at it again with their latest release, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool, now available in North American retail stores!

Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool features the debut of the Inhumans in Dice Masters! Another special feature in this set is that every card in Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool has a foil version.

Players can now collect foils for each of their favorite characters or just use them to deck out their favorite team.

I’ve unboxed a few packs already and will have my full thoughts on the set and key cards a little later. Check out the set list below!

The first feed featured 109 common cards, 51 uncommon, 17 rares, 1 super rare, and 23 foils. The second feed featured 111 common cards, 48 uncommon, 15 rares, 2 super rares, and 24 foils. Yes, I missed some cards somewhere, but the first box definitely had one super rare.

Check out the set list below!

« Older Entries