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Road to Gen Con 2016: Fantasy Flight Announces Star Wars: Destiny

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new collectible dice game, Star Wars: Destiny. The game allows you to put a team together of famous characters from Star Wars and pit them against each other in dice battles. Along with a deck of cards, each character has unique abilities that you can use in battle.

The game features characters that run the entire history of Star Wars, so you can really pit any characters against each other.

The first chance to check out the game will be at Gen Con 2016 where demos will be run and extended art promo cards will be given out.

Road to Gen Con 2016: Czech Games Edition’s Codenames: Pictures

Codenames Pictures 1Czech Games Edition has announced that Codenames: Pictures will get a pre-release at Gen Con 2016. This is a follow up to Codenames – their best-selling, Golden Geek Award and Spiel des Jahres winning 2015 title.

Codenames: Pictures uses similar mechanics to the original game, but with a few differences:

  • There are nicely drawn pictures instead of words.
  • The grid is 5 × 4, instead of the original 5 × 5.
  • The rules for valid clues are simpler.
  • Each agent now has its own individual image underlining the spy theme.

The 280 black-gray-white pictures have been carefully picked and designed for interesting game play. The pictures usually contain two or more elements that create witty combinations, tell interesting stories, leave some space for imagination, while still being relatively simple for good playability.

They are the work of great artists like Tomáš Kučerovský, David Cochard, and others.

What are these strange symbols on the map? They are coded locations where spies must contact secret agents!

Two rival spymasters know the agent in each location. They deliver coded messages telling their field operatives where to go for clandestine meetings. Operatives must be clever. A decoding mistake could lead to an unpleasant encounter with an enemy agent – or worse, with the assassin!

Both teams race to contact all their agents, but only one team can win.

The game will be pre-released at Gen Con (CGE room 121, 4th–7th August). If someone wants to be sure you get a copy and becomes one of the very first owners of the game, the pre-order form could be used.

As a bonus for this event, you will get five additional agent and bystander tiles, enabling you to play with the original Codenames grids.

The general release date is September 2016 and will also be available directly from CGE at Spiel in Essen in October.

Codenames Pictures 2

Road to Gen Con 2016: White Wizard Games Brings Hero Realms, Star Realms United and more!

Hero Realms at Gen ConWhite Wizard Games is bringing a bunch to Gen Con 2016 including some debuts! Check out below what you’ll find at the convention and their booth #2647.

Hero Realms at Gen Con

Fans are very excited about White Wizard Games’ newest game, Hero Realms, a fantasy-themed deckbuilding game. They raised over $555,000 from nearly 6,000 backers on Kickstarter. The company will have Hero Realms on-site at Gen Con.

White Wizard Games also now have a Late Backer option for anyone who missed the Kickstarter.

Introducing Star Realms United!

 

Introducing Star Realms United! 

White Wizard Games will have the new Star Realms United expansion available for demos at Gen Con! There are five non-random expansion packs in the United Set. 

 

Promo Cards & Events at Gen ConPromo Cards & Events at Gen Con 

The company will be doing demos of Star Realms, Epic Card Game, and Hero Realms at our booth 2647 and giving out Epic and Star Realms promo cards.  They also have an extensive White Wizard Games event schedule at Gen Con. They’ll be running four Qualifiers for the $100,000 Epic Card Game World Championship. Star Realms fans can compete in their Star Realms Legend Series event to become a character on a card in the Star Realms universe. And they will be running fun, casual events for Star Realms, Epic Card Game, and Hero Realms through Gen Con with lots of cool prizes.

Road to Gen Con 2016: Arcane Wonders is Speechless

The fourth Dice Tower Essentials game Speechless is a party game designed by Mike Elliott, and will be pre-releasing at Gen Con! Arcane Wonders will have a limited supply of pre-release copies available, so make it a priority to stop over at the Arcane Wonders purple couch lounge in booth 839!

What is the purple couch lounge? Great question! The company will have two purple couches at the Arcane Wonders booth #839 where weary attendees can take a moment to rest and demo their Gen Con pre-release Speechless!

Speechless

Road to Gen Con 2016: Giant Killer Robot’s Road Trip

GKR: Heavy Hitters (GKR = Giant Killer Robots) is heading to Gen Con and will be showing off demos of the game along the way at various game shops. GKR is an augmented reality miniature board game from Weta Workshop, Cryptozoic, and Evolver Studios.

The year is 2150.

Mega corporations rule the world of GKR, fighting for control over cities long destroyed and abandoned after a devastating world war 100 years earlier.

Like MODERN DAY GLADIATORS GIANT KILLER ROBOT battles are broadcast across the globe as entertainment for the masses.

These sponsored robot armies battle in proxy as a way to humiliate and financially break their competition, as well as profit off the entertainment advertising and promotion during these global events.

What’s even more fun is the GKR crew are showing off their travels. If you get a chance, absolutely check out a demo and if you’re not able to, we’ll have coverage at Gen Con.

SDCC 2016: ThinkFun Inc. Brings the Escape Room Sensation

Escape the Room Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor 2ThinkFun is heading to Gen Con – North America’s largest table top gaming convention that takes place in Indianapolis!

Our booth at Gen Con will feature an escape room adventure based on our recently released game, Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor. The game, which features a never before seen storyline that acts as a prequel to the events in the game, will be held in Booth #1460, where you can purchase Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor. What sets the game apart is that you can escape from this room in the convenience of your home – it’s a board game! In the Gen Con version players will have 20 minutes to escape the ‘manor’ using scene cards, sealed envelopes, and a solution wheel – your job is to unlock clues and try to solve the puzzles before time runs out!

The Premise: It’s been a year since the Astronomer went missing. Grab your friends and family to investigate what’s happened to the decaying Stargazer’s Manor using puzzles and clues. But be quick! There’s strange things happening within the manor and if you stay too long, you may be trapped forever!

Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor is for ages 10 to adult, and is best played with two or more players. The game will retail for $21.99.

Road to Gen Con 2016: Boss Monster in Virtual Reality at Premieres

Brotherwise Games announced the convention premier of the Virtual Reality (VR) version of their hit tabletop card game, Boss Monster, at this year’s Gen Con, Aug. 4-7 in Indianapolis. Convention goers will be able to experience the tabletop game in virtual reality.

Brotherwise partnered with VR pioneer AltspaceVR to bring Boss Monster to the virtual table. AltspaceVR made waves in the gaming community in 2015 with their VR Dungeon & Dragons sessions, but Boss Monster VR represents the first virtual reality version of a tabletop game with complex pieces, cards, and interactions.

The tabletop game market has been experiencing double-digit growth for several years, and the population of gamers continues to grow. VR offers a new frontier for game developers, and AltspaceVR allows multiple people to be together in virtual space, which is ideal for tabletop games.

Brotherwise and AltspaceVR will demonstrate Boss Monster VR at booth #2343 during Gen Con.

The game is already available online. You can sign up, sign in, and play now. Boss Monster can be played in AltspaceVR in full VR mode using Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Samsung Gear VR. Players without VR devices can play Boss Monster in desktop mode on their PC or Mac, using an audio headset with a microphone.

Boss Monster in Virtual Reality

Road to Gen Con 2016: Paizo Announces Hundreds of Pathfinder Events

Paizo_logoPaizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, has announced the line-up of events and promotions planned for Gen Con 2016. With hundreds of activities for players of all levels, Pathfinders will experience a Gen Con like never before.

Pathfinder Society’s takeover of the Sagamore Ballroom is now the stuff of legends, with hundreds of gaming tables arrayed wall-to-wall across Gen Con’s largest and most luxurious gaming space. Highlighted Roleplaying Guild events include Thursday night’s pre-generated character special Serpents’ Ire (a follow up to last year’s Serpents’ Rise) and Saturday’s pre-generated character special Through Maelstrom Rift. Also highlighted is The Cosmic Captive, Friday night’s massively multiplayer 1,000-hero Special kicking off the Year of the Stolen Storm, Season 8 of the world’s largest organized play campaign! Join the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild in the Sagamore Ballroom for hundreds of games for every level of play, 3 new scenarios, 6 new quests, and a silent auction for valuable boons to raise money for Gen Con’s charity, The Pourhouse. All are welcome, no experience necessary!

Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild returns to the Sagamore Ballroom as well, with four days packed full of adventure. On Friday, cards and dice come together in The Cosmic Captive. This is a world-premier event, incorporating a card game component into the interactive special. Throughout Gen Con, players can join the 2nd annual Open Tournament, where teams of four go head-to-head to proclaim themselves champion. Attendees may play through all of the Season of the Runelords organized play campaign, or pick up games from past campaigns the Season of the Shackles and the Season of the Rightous. Loaner decks are available for new players, so come on out and give the cards a try!

– Gen Con 2016 launches Pathfinder Society Academy, Pathfinder Society’s newest program designed to introduce kids ages 6 and up to the world of Pathfinder. Pathfinder Society Academy includes Kid’s Track Beginner and Advanced scenarios, as well as Transitions —5 new adventures to get players to level 2 and ready to join Pathfinder Society— and youth-friendly versions of some favorite Pathfinder Society scenarios.

– Paizo is proud to launch the new summer Pathfinder RPG hardcover book each year at Gen Con and this year will be no exception with the release of Pathfinder RPG: Horror Adventures. Horror Adventures takes game masters and players into the darkest reaches, where madness and death lurk around every corner. Horror Adventures is available for pre-order now.

– Stop by the Paizo booth in the exhibit hall (#103) to meet Pathfinder cover artist Wayne Reynolds and many of Paizo’s designers, artists, and other team members, collect daily buttons, and participate in a demo of the upcoming Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy’s Mask for a free Reta Bigbad promo card.

– Cheer on Team Pathfinder in the Live RPG Plus event, where Erik Mona, Jason Bulmahn, Crystal Frasier and F. Wesley Schneider face off against GM and Dicestormers host Benjamin Loomes who will be attempting a Total Party Kill on our fearless adventurers. Tickets are available from Gen Con for $2.

– Post a picture to social media with a Pathfinder goblin, tag it with #GoblinHorde, and join the community chronicling the adventures of Pathfinders’ mischievous mascots.

– Visit Scotty’s Brewhouse, the official Pathfinder clubhouse of Gen Con, for a food menu straight out of Golarion and enjoy a pint of the limited edition Pathfinder Cthulhu Brew. Wednesday, Scotty’s plays host to the Pathfinder Society in a spin-up to the launch of Gen Con on Thursday.

Road to Gen Con 2016: Mythic Battles: Pantheon to Make its North American Debut

Mythic Battles PantheonMythic Games, the new game studio from co-creators of the Conan Board Game, has announced the company’s highly anticipated first release, miniatures board game Mythic Battles: Pantheon, will make its North American debut at Gen Con August 4 – 7, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN.

Gen Con attendees will be the first gamers in North America to play as a famous god of Greek mythology, assemble warriors, lead troops into battle, create their own Pantheon and become the new ruler of Olympus in Mythic Battles: Pantheon. Learn-to-play games of Mythic Battle: Pantheon are scheduled in the Event Hall from 10am – 8pm each day and tickets are available on gencon.com for $4 each. Players will also receive an exclusive set of four collectible buttons of iconic Olympic gods.

The mighty Titans of Greek lore awoke and unleashed a massive attack on Olympus. While the Titans were ultimately defeated, the world is ravaged and the surviving Olympians now mere mortals. As the former Gods awake to a broken world, Mythic Battles: Pantheon begins their adventure through Olympus, Styx and the Labyrinth of Minos to regain the glory left decimated by the wrath of the Titans. Playing as Zeus, Athena or any number of Greek gods alongside an army of heroes such as Achilles and Hercules and monsters such as the Hydra, Cerberus and Medusa, in victory players will be a god.

Mythic Battles: Pantheon launches on Kickstarter autumn 2016 with an anticipated release date for hobby gaming stores worldwide summer 2017.

Road to Gen Con 2016: “What’s in the box…..” Arc Dream Announces Festivities

Delta Green Gen ConArc Dream Publishing has a plethora of announcements for Gen Con 2016. More than two dozen role-playing games of Delta Green will be run, along with six games of Godlike and three of Monsters and Other Childish Things. Event information can be found online

Creators will be on hand to sign Better AngelsA Dirty World, Godlike, Monsters and Other Childish Things, the Reign EnchiridionWild Talents, back issues of The Unspeakable Oath, and a number of Delta Green fiction anthologies. Arc Dream even has a new Delta Green T-shirt.

Want to get the first look at the Puppetland RPG? Get your sneak first peak at the color proof in its entirety from Arc Dream at Booth 623. Make sure and get your copies of Delta Green’s Need to Know and Agent’s Handbook as they are currently up for three Ennie Awards: Best Writing and Best Supplement for the Agent’s Handbook, and Best Free Game for Need to Know.

Gen Con is the longest-running, best-attended gaming convention in the country and runs from August 4–7, 2016.

Arc Dream has something special in mind for only the bravest of gamers, a chance to Open the Green Box. This is a must for any Delta Green fan but it’s an amazing chance for any Gen Con attendee. Sign up at Booth #623 and get a chance to Open the Green Box. The Green Box will have…things inside. Delta Green fans may like them. Delta Green fans may fear them. The Green Box will be opened Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 5pm. You must be at the booth at that time to participate.

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