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Aconyte Books and Cross Cult Announce German Translations of Marvel Books

Aconyte Books, the novels imprint of global games publisher Asmodee, have announced the latest fruits of their ongoing relationship with noted German publishing house Cross Cult. In spring 2021, a new strand will be launched in Germany to publish translated editions of Aconyte’s range of adventure novels set in the Marvel Universe.

Brand new stories of characters famous from the Marvel comics line, from the X-Men to the Heroes of Asgard, will be published starting April 2021, with a new title appearing every two months.

The Ludwigsburg-based publisher Cross Cult has been publishing comics since 2001. At the beginning of 2008, prose novels joined the publishing program, with manga joining the ranks in 2018. As a specialist for tie-in comics and novels based on the world-famous movie, TV, and game universes, Cross Cult is the natural choice to produce the novels for Marvel’s popular Super Heroes. The publishers are already planning a line of German translations of Aconyte’s range of novels set in Asmodee’s most popular and fantastical game worlds, as announced at the end of 2020.

CMON’s Comic Imprint Guillotine Press Brings Asmodee’s Twilight Imperium and Android to Graphic Novels in 2021

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CMON LTD and Asmodee Entertainment have entered into a licensing partnership to bring two of the most famous boardgame universes of all time to the pages of comics! The best-selling game worlds of Twilight Imperium and Android are slated to make their graphic novel debut in 2021. The deal is the latest example of Asmodee Entertainment’s continued expansion into licensed publishing opportunities. For CMON, this deal secures the first-ever licenses for their newly minted comics arm, Guillotine Press.

CMON has seen some of their games turned into comics through IDW Publishing and recently Kickstarted three graphic novels “CMON Comics – Vol. 1.” That project raised $501,632 from 12,261 backers and featured not just print comics but expansions for CMON’s popular tabletop board games. It’s slated to be delivered in February 2021.

As with CMON’s first set of graphic novels, these new books will be created by veteran writers and artists, who will bring their immense talents to the projects. Scheduled to be launched on Kickstarter in 2021, the books will be paired with tie-in game components designed to delight long-time fans of both franchises.

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Twilight Imperium, the genre-defining 4x strategy game immersing players into interstellar conquest and diplomacy for over 20 years, is set against the backdrop of a sweeping, epic space opera filled with iconic races, locations, ships, and characters. Twilight Imperium was first released in 1997 and has seen four editions released with the latest in 2017. The game was designed by Christian T. Petersen with art by Bill Heagy.

Meanwhile, the cyber-noir setting of Android explores a future where megacorporations compete across the globe and cyber-espionage is just business as usual whilst criminal gangs fight for dominance in the overcrowded streets below gleaming corporate starscrapers. Android has been explored through board games, card games, and roleplaying games for over a decade. Android was released in 2008 by designers Daniel Clark and Kevin Wilson. It features art by Julie Dillon, Henning Ludvigsen, Stefan Morrell, Aaron Panagos, Didier Poli, and Zoe Robinson. 2012 saw the release of the popular card game Android Netrunner by Richard Garfield and Lukas Litzsinger which featured art by Bruno Balixa, Ralph Beisner Del Borovic, Adam S. Doyle, Amelie Hutt, Thomas Lishman, Henning Ludvigsen, Ed Mattinian, Dallas Mehlhoff, Adam Schumpert, Mark Anthony Taduran, and Matt Zeilinger. That release saw numerous expansions well into 2018.

Both the Twilight Imperium and the Android game lines are products of Asmodee’s Fantasy Flight Games studio.

Aconyte Books Announces New Marvel Stories

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Aconyte Books is a book publishing imprint for Asmodee Entertainment, a company mostly known for board games. While they’ve been releasing books based on their board games, the publisher is also dipping its feet into the world of Marvel.

Releasing in the Fall of 2020, they’ve teased four new titles launching from the publisher.

The titles are:

  • Domino: Strays
  • Legends of Asgard: The Head of Mimir
  • Dr. Doom: The Harrowing of Doom
  • Legends of Asgard: The Sword of Sutur

Asmodee releases numerous games based on Marvel properties through their various game imprints.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

Around the Tubes

ThinkTankCD04_CoverASo, anything going on in geekdom? We’re still at San Diego Comic-Con, so make sure to follow us for lots of announcements and cool stuff!

While you await it, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web!

Around the Tubes

LA Times – San Diego Police Department sniper monitors Comic-Con  – So crazy!

CBLDF – Turkish Leman Censored in Post-Coup Crackdown – Sad to see.

ICv2 – Asmodee Acquiring F2Z Entertainment – This is huge news going into Gen Con.

ICv2 – Hastings Closing All Stores – This could have a ripple affect.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – A-Force #7

Culture Vultures – Bullet Gal

Asmodee Acquires Catan from Mayfair

mayfair-games-logoThis is a pretty interesting way to start off 2016 for the gaming industry. Mayfair Games (MGI) has announced that Asmodee has acquired the license for the English language publishing and sales of the popular board game Catan. From this, Catan Studio, Inc. has formed and becomes the newest creative unit in the Asmodee group. Mayfair Games will continue to do business as an independent company publishing both Mayfair and Lookout Games products.

Mayfair Games will assist Catan Studio, Inc. and Asmodee North America in the promotion of the Catan brand including but not limited to the continued coordination of the 2016 Catan tournament schedule, Catan Day 2016 and the 2016 Catan World Championship.

MGI continues to retain a controlling interest in Lookout GmbH and Mayfair GmbH, providing a wide range of games worldwide, and distribution to the European marketplace. These efforts will be expanded with a new focus on multi-language and international products.

MGI has also announced the acquisition of several Martin Wallace games as permanent additions to the Mayfair game library. Those titles include Steam, Aeroplanes, Automobile, Test of Fire and Clash of Wills.

Moving forward, all of MGI’s distributor and retailer terms will remain the same. MGI will also be continuing its exclusive agreement with Alliance for all sales in the USA to the hobby market and with Esdevium for the UK market. MGI will be reevaluating and making some adjustments to its distribution strategy in Canada.

Asmodee has been on a role lately. Fantasy Flight Games merged with the company after the company had already acquired Days of Wonder. The company has also shifted how it distributes games causing mixed reactions. This latest acquisition further consolidates the industry around a few major publishers.

Mayfair had also recently done a rebranding of Catan updating the design of the packaging and creating a more universal look.

Fantasy Flight Games Merges with Asmodee

Asmodee-DOYAsmodee is gobbling up the game industry. The company has announced it will be merging with juggernaut Fantasy Flight Games. This is the second acquisition for Asmodee in six month. The company earlier this year acquired Days of Wonder.

Fantasy Flight Games brings a solid list of licensed games including Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and Sid Meier’s Civilization, and Games Workshop’s various worlds. It also helps Asmodee get a further foothold into North America, as Fantasy Flight has a great infrastructure with which they can build.

In return, Fantasy Flight gets better access and distribution in Europe. Asmodee oversees has distribution companies in the UK, Germany and the Benelux countries. They also act as a distributor for other brands not their own in various European countries.

FFG-Logo-BlueFantasy Flight Games will continue to operate as a fully independent publisher in the Asmodee Group out of its Roseville, MN headquarters and Fantasy Flight CEO Christian T. Petersen will continue in his current position, while also becoming a significant shareholder of the combined entity.

Most games will not be affected, though some games that are a better fit for Asmodee may shift over to them and vice versa.

Asmodee Gets a Ticket to Ride

Asmodee-DOYThis is news you might have expected to be announced at Gen Con, but a little over a week since the convention has ended it has been announced that Asmodee has acquired Days of Wonder in a merger. Days of Wonder will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Asmodee.

That means Asmodee will now be adding to their line of games hits such as Ticket to Ride and Small World. This gives Asmodee a bigger presence in the U.S. game market as well as Days of Wonder’s digital game expertise. The company has found massive success with their Ticket to Ride app.

Asmodee’s North American and European operations are quite different. In North America, the company is the publisher for it’s own games. In Europe, the company owns distribution companies and sells more than just its own games.

WizKids Partners with Asmodee for German Board Games!

WizKids Games today announced that the company has entered into an partnership agreement with Asmodee Germany to localize several award winning game titles.

Asmodee becomes WizKids German language partner in Europe for games including the Mage Knight Board Game, Attack Wing: Dungeons & Dragons, Quarriors! Dice Building Game and Star Trek: Attack Wing. This is just the beginning as WizKids said they’d be expanding their plans in the future.

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