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Hasbro Makes a Takeover Offer for Mattel

Hasbro has made a takeover offer for their rival Mattel. The deal would bring the two biggest U.S. toy makers together.

The terms haven’t been revealed and the deal may go nowhere.

Hasbro has properties such as Star Wars, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, and Transformers as well as the Marvel toy license while Mattel has Monster High, Masters of the Universe, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Barbie, and the DC Comics toy license.

When it comes to board games, Mattel has properties such as Uno, Apples to Apples, and Pictionary. Hasbro has games such as Monopoly, Battleship, Operation, and more.

 

Mattel hasn’t been doing well this year and has a market value of $5 billion while Hasbro’s stands at more than #11 billion. Mattel shares have fallen 47% this year while Hasbro has gained 18%.

(via The Wallstreet Journal)

Gen Con 2017: Cory Jones talks QST the new Tabletop Gaming Subscription

Gaming industry veteran Cory Jones has announced the creation of tabletop gaming subscription service QST and the launch of the QST Kickstarter campaign. Pronounced “Quest,” the service offers a brand-new, small form factor tabletop game directly to subscribers every other month. Each game is a collaboration between three creative visionaries from different fields who work together to deliver the different elements of the game: concept, design, and art.

We got a chance to talk to Jones at Gen Con 50 about this new venture and bringing together so many different creators to such a product.

Why does this matter for a comic site? Numerous comic creators have been announced as part of the first wave of creators involved and it’s an amazing list. If you’re into comics and games, this is a must.

(via Board Game Today)

The United States Playing Card Company Launches New Tabletop Games Studio

The United States Playing Card Company has launched a new tabletop game studio. Their first game, Nailed It! is being previewed at this week’s historic Gen Con, which celebrates the conventions 50th birthday! The United States Playing Card Company is the company behind Bicycle Playing Cards.

The mission of this new publishing arm is to serve as a cutting edge game development lab, teaming up with creators who have a keen understanding of what modern tabletop players are looking for in terms of unique game design, artwork and quality. Games brought to market under the Bicycle Games brand will emphasize entertaining face-to-face social engagement in the adult party, party, and light strategy categories. In keeping with the rich heritage of Bicycle cards, games produced will feature superior quality, artfully designed components and be primarily manufactured in the United States.

Attendees at Gen Con will be able to preview Nailed It!, the first game to be launched under the Bicycle Games brand. This adult party game invites players to create their funniest, most outrageous stories related to over 56 different stereotypes, everything from a Cat Lady and Conspiracy Theorist to a Surfer Dude and Trust Fund Baby. Players are dealt hands of category cards with one player serving as judge for a single round. The judge rolls the oversized foam die to determine a category – like Location, Food, Clothing or Ailment – then flips over a stereotype
card. Each player then gets a chance to say why a category item in their hand is the best fit for that stereotype using the funniest, most logical, simplest or most complex story they can come up with on the spot. The judge picks his or her favorite and awards the winner of the round that stereotype card. Drop the Hammer cards appear at random and can change the outcome of a round.

Easy to learn, with game play lasting 30-40 minutes, Nailed It! will also be available to playtest throughout Gen Con at locations near the convention center, including bars, hotels and several game stores including Good Games (111 S. Meridian St.), Game Paradise (1110 Prospect St.) and Downtown Comics (11 E. Market St.). The game will be available for purchase starting in November 2017.

Panini’s Justice League Trading Card Game Overview

At San Diego Comic-Con we were excited to come across the Justice League Trading Card Game, one of our most anticipated games to be coming out.

Panini hooked us up with four starter decks and 12 booster packs which we opened up and show off. Now, our sister site Board Game Today is giving an overview of the game and the cards before some game play.

Starter Decks retail for $14.99 and Booster Packs are $3.99.

You can order yours now!

Panini America provided Board Game Today with free product for review and promotion

Oni Press Announces Oni Games

The comic publisher Oni Press is branching out with the launch of Oni Games, a new gaming imprint dedicated to bringing Oni Press titles to the growing tabletop market.

With the response to Renegade Game Studios’ Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley and designed by Keith Baker, the positive critical and fan response to the recently launched Dead of Winter comic series based on Plaid Hat Games’ hit board game, as well as our previous collaboration with Pinnacle Entertainment Group in bringing Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s The Sixth Gun to the Savage Worlds role-playing system, Oni Press felt it was time to capitalize on the momentum for a more official entry into the world of gaming.

The focus of the Oni Games imprint will be on partnering with both new and veteran game designers and established game publishers to bring the unique characters and vibrant worlds of their original creator-owned comics to the world of games.
Joining Oni Press to help manage this initiative is industry veteran Steve Ellis. Ellis has worked in the gaming industry across a variety of capacities for almost 20 years, including retail as the founder and owner of Rainy Day Games, and a long list of credits in game design and development on projects like Dicey Goblins, the Trains series, and many others.

Panini’s Justice League Trading Card Game First Look

At San Diego Comic-Con we were excited to come across the Justice League Trading Card Game, one of our most anticipated games to be coming out. The Justice League Trading Card Game uses Panini‘s MetaX game system.

Panini hooked us up with four starter decks and 12 booster packs which we open up and show off.

Starter Decks retail for $14.99 and Booster Packs are $3.99.

You can order yours now!

Get more gaming news at our sister site Board Game Today!

 

Panini America provided Board Game Today with free product for review and promotion

Knight Models Reveals the Crime Syndicate, Atrocitus, and more for the DC Universe Miniature Game

Courtesy of our sister site Board Game Today, Knight Models has revealed their August releases for the DC Universe Miniature Game and it’s full of new models and some repackaging of old ones. All of the new releases are focused mainly on the DC Universe Miniature Game but a few can also be used for the Batman Miniature Game as well.

New for the game are the Crime Syndicate (a team featuring Ultra Man, Superwoman, and Power Ring), Owlman, and Johnny Quick. It’s unknown if other members such as The Outsider, Sea King, deathstorm, or Atomica will be seen down the road. Also new is Atrocitus bring the Red Lanterns to the game. Owlman and Johnny Quick are “Multiverse” figures and can be used for the Batman Miniature Game as well.

We also have three “new” teams packaging together older figures that can be used in both games. The Suicide Squad features Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, and Katana. The Teen Titans featurs Kid Flash, Starfire, and Cyborg. Finally, Birds of Prey features Black Canary, Hawkgirl, and Huntress.

Check out the the Crime Syndicate below and head to Board Game Today to see the rest.

Crime Syndicate

Unboxing: Marvel Dice Masters Guardians of the Galaxy

This August sees the newest release for WizKidsDice Masters, Marvel Dice Masters Guardians of the Galaxy, the newest Marvel set with a focus on the cosmic! Featuring Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Avengers, and more, we open up 20 packs and get a good idea as to what to expect when it’s released.

Check out what’s inside as we initially go over the set with our thoughts.

You can order yours through Potomac Distribution

 

WizKids provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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