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D&D Assault of the Giants Board Game is Out Now

dd-assault-of-the-giants-board-game-2WizKids has released the Assault of the Giants Board Game which is now available throughout North America.

Based on the story first presented in the Storm King’s Thunder adventure from Dungeons & Dragons, Assault of the Giants is a new board game designed by Andrew Parks for 3-6 players. Players will need to command armies of giants as they wage war throughout northwest Faerûn. Order your giants to assault small folk villages and cities to score points and secure resources including food, artifacts, ore, and runes.

Each player represents a different giant race (hill giants, stone giants, frost giants, fire giants, cloud giants, or storm giants), each with a different agenda. For example, storm giants seek to restore their lost monarch, King Hekaton. Cloud giants search for an ancient dragon treasure trove, while hill iants seek an abundance of food with which to feed their massive monarch, Chief Guh.

Will you be able to restore the ordning? Find out on the tabletop today!

Contents include 12 Giants miniatures, measuring from approximately 60mm to more than 90mm in height, and three Giantslayers!

WizKids is now offering two versions of the game, Standard (SUK: 72185) and Premium editions (SKU: 71616):

Get your own copy of Assault of the Giants Board Game, now available at friendly local game stores near you!

A Different Kind Of PAX

pax_unplugged_logoDuring PAX South, a new PAX focused solely on tabletop gaming was announced in the ever-growing lineup. PAX Unplugged will be taking place in downtown Philadelphia, PA at the Pennsylvania Convention Center November 17th-19th of this year. Badges have yet to go on sale but are set for Spring.

If you’ve been to a PAX in recent years, you’ve seen the tabletop areas rapidly grow in size and popularity thanks to the current resurgence tabletop gaming is experiencing. The mainstream giants of Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons sit next to indie darlings like Munchkin, Dungeon World, and the Burning Wheel with games you probably haven’t even heard of yet peppered between them all. You can find all of it and the table space to give them a try if you have the time. You can even chat with creators and talk to them about the games they’ve made. More and more panels have been dedicated to tabletop gaming and game design as well. Not to mention panels like Adam Koebel’s Office Hours giving GMing advice and others like live Critical Role, RollPlay, and Acquisitions, Inc. It was only natural that this aspect of gaming would even get its own PAX.

PAX Unplugged isn’t the only convention of its kind though. There’s GenCon in Indianapolis, IN at the Indiana Convention Center August 17th-20th that will be celebrating its 50th year and competes with it for size. It’s the largest and longest-running con in the tabletop gaming arena. On the flipside, Go Play NW is a much smaller con in Seattle, WA at Seattle University July 8th-10th.  It focuses more on fostering growth and camaraderie in tabletop gaming as a non-profit and gives space for creators who want to test their story-based games. Dozens of others definitely exist worldwide but few can compare in scope to an offering from Penny Arcade and Reed Pop while providing a basis for a community . Head over to the official PAX Unplugged site to subscribe and keep up to date or follow PAX on Twitter.

Master the forces of nature in Element this March!

elementFire. Water. Earth. Wind. These four Elements have driven mankind’s mythology, philosophy and science for thousands of years. Now master these primal forces in this easy-to-learn but deeply strategic game.

Element, the latest release from the creative minds at Rather Dashing Games, is a unique strategy game for 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up. Players take turns drawing and placing Element stones to encircle their opponents’ Sages (player pieces).  Each Element has unique properties used to block an opponent’s movement. Feed walls of flame, move raging rivers, raise impenetrable mountain ranges and even bend wind to your command.

Transform one Element into another with the Rule of Replacement or sacrifice stones to help your Sage avoid capture. Understanding the subtle, diverse and powerful nature of the four Elements is the key to surrounding your opponent and claiming victory.

Interactions between the four Elements and the Sages ensure that the game never plays the same way twice. Element’s rich gaming experience makes it perfect for tournaments and organized play.

The game will be released in March 2017 and retail for $34.99, games last about 30 minutes.

Each game includes:

  • Game Board
  • 4 Unique Sages
  • 120 Element Stones
  • Embroidered Bag
  • Element Rule Book

Le Havre coming soon from Mayfair Games in Early 2017!

le_havre_rzyemrMayfair and Lookout Games are returning Le Havre to the tabletop with a new release for some time in early 2017.

Le Havre is a game about managing a harbor, building ships and constructing buildings. On each turn, players must decide whether to take good of one type or to carry out a building action.  The number of goods on offer varies from turn to turn. New goods of each kind are added regularly, building up until a player takes them. Wood, clay and iron are building resources. Fish, grain and cattle are used to feed your dock workers. Actions in buildings allow goods to be upgraded — just turn the tokens over to show the reverse side.  At the end of the game, the player with the largest fortune is the winner. This is the total of the player’s cash and the value of his or her ships and buildings.

The game by Uwe Rosenberg can be played by 1-5 players, either in a shortened version or as a full game that can last anywhere from 30 minutes to hours, ensuring that it provides the right level of challenge for any game table. The game itself is packed with materials include cards, tokens, and more.

This Belongs in a Museum – Coming April 5 from Rather Dashing Games!

rdg-tbim_promo-05Rather Dashing Games is pleased to announce the expansion of the popular Drawn & Quartered series of tile-laying games this spring with This Belongs in a Museum!

In This Belongs in a Museum, players compete to become the most revered archeologist in the world. Traverse seas and mountains, and use airports to connect dig sites to your base camp with the goal of creating the largest connected section of the board. Collect valuable artifacts for extra victory points and outwit your rival colleagues in this easy-to-learn, strategic tile-laying game.

Explore dig sites, discover artifacts, and sabotage your enemies… but BEWARE THE MUMMIES that can be used to block your path and disrupt your plans.

This Belongs in a Museum is intended for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up. Players take turns laying tiles, moving their archeologist or mummy, and adding revealed artifacts to their collections. Play time runs around 20-30 minutes and the game has a suggested retail price of $24.99.

Each game includes:

  • 4 Archeologists with stands
  • 4 Mummies with stands
  • 1 Tomb Tile
  • 4 Base Camps
  • 54 Dig Site Tiles
  • 32 Artifacts

Release date: April 5, 2017
Average game play: 20-30 minutes
MSRP:  $24.99
SKU: RDG704002
UPC: 06446514002
ISBN: 978-1-62700-460-2

This Belongs in a Museum expands Rather Dashing Games’ popular Drawn & Quartered series of tile-laying games – Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies and Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses – and the wider catalog of easy-to-play, hard-to-win games including Element, We Come in Peace, Four Taverns and Dwarven Miner.

Space Goat Announces The Howling Comic and Board Game

Space Goat Productions is partnering with Studiocanal and Creative Licensing to produce a 4-issue comic book miniseries and board game based on the 1981 Joe Dante classic horror film, The Howling.

The comic book series will be written by two-time New York Times best-selling author and former  Blizzard Entertainment lead writer Micky Neilson. Neilson describes the film as his “favorite all-time werewolf film” and one that has led to his obsession with werewolves.

Line art for the comic book series will be provided by industry veteran Jason Johnson, who has worked on fan-favorite books like Wetworks, Gen13, and Knight Rider.

The 4-issue comic book mini-series The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen is scheduled to be released in Summer 2017, and will take place directly after the events of the first film. The release date of the board game will be announced at a later date.

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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!

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.

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Twisted Brother Studio joins MAGE Company

MAGE Company has announced a partnership with Twisted Brothers Studio for the development of its games.

The partnership aims to bring gaming a higher level. MAGE Company hopes that game rulebooks will be more consistent and that the Twisted Brothers Studio will help combine fun and solid mechanics into future products.

The collaboration between MAGE Company and the Twisted Brothers Studio started not long ago. The first project as part of MAGE Company was the rules for Carrotia’s expansions that were Kickstarted recently. Also during the past few weeks they have been working hard on the 2.0 version of Aether Captains.

Right now they are working hard on 12 Realms: Dungeonland, one of their biggest projects yet.

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Unboxing: Board Game Bento “The Past”

The folks behind the top notch Comic Bento have launched a new service geared towards fans of board games, Board Game Bento.

We open up the eighth box of the service and give our thoughts on what’s inside. The theme is “The Past” so lots of games throughout certain time periods in the past.

For a breakdown of prices to see if the box is worth it:
High Noon Saloon – $29.99/$21.20
World’s Fair 1893 – $23.72
The Manhattan Project – Chain Reaction – $14.99/$13.34

Value: $58.26 to $68.70

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