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Attack on Titan Deck-Building Game Out November 9th from Cryptozoic

attack-on-titan-deck-building-game-2Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced the November 9 release of the Attack on Titan Deck-Building Game. The 1-5 player card game is based on the hit anime series in which heroes try to protect the walls of the last remaining human city from the onslaught of giant carnivorous Titans. The game uses Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine with the addition of movement, as well as other unique gameplay features that place players inside the world of Attack on Titan. In addition, this is the first Cerberus deck-building title to offer cooperative play from the start, without requiring an expansion.

As with other Cerberus games, in the Attack on Titan Deck-Building Game there are always five areas of cards available for players to acquire at any one time. What is different is that each of these five areas represents a “District,” which is in turn protected by a Wall. Cards that the Heroes can buy are placed on the inside of the Walls, while Titans that appear are placed on the outside of the Walls.

Players become Heroes from the anime, including Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, each of whom has a unique special ability that helps the team. Along with a Hero Card, players have a Hero standee, since movement is a factor in the game, as utilized through cards with movement values. Players must move Heroes from District to District to buy needed cards, such as Ally, Equipment, Location, and Maneuver Cards. When they’re ready, Heroes can be moved over Walls to fight off Titans or protect Walls from being destroyed.

The Titans appear out of the main deck in the game, coming into play at semi-regular intervals. Archenemy Titans—like the fan-favorite Colossal Titan—usually require the whole team to combat since they have Hit Points. When players attempt a kill shot on an Archenemy Titan, it lashes out with a Titans on Attack Card, causing an unexpected event that might hamper a team’s ability to get the kill or make it a very costly victory. There are 10 different Archenemy Titans, making the four that appear during any play session very unpredictable. These Titans are broken up into levels, so the later they appear, the stronger they are. As a result, players need to focus on building a stronger deck—making their characters stronger—to have a chance to defeat them.

To win, players must defeat all four Archenemy Titans. They lose if the main deck runs out of cards, all five Walls fall down, or two Heroes die (three Heroes in a 2-3 player game).

The Attack on Titan Deck-Building Game will be available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $39.99. The game gives fans a chance to relive the adventures of Season 1 in a complex deck-building experience before the premiere of Season 2 in 2017.



WizKids and Lookout Games Announce Partnership!

WizKids has announced a new licensing partnership with Lookout Games GmbH to expand on their global hit board game, Agricola. The new product line (Agricola Upgrade Kits) will include new cards designed by Uwe Rosenberg and five highly detailed pre-painted figures for use with the Agricola base game. Each of the six expansions will contain figures for one player, and unique cards in each of the expansions.

Designed for 1-6 players, the revised edition of Agricola features all-wood components, new imagery and an updated card selection. The Agricola Upgrade Kit is great for both veteran players looking for a quality upgrade and new players jumping into the game fresh. Players can expect to find the new Agricola Upgrade Kits at their friendly local game store beginning in 2017.


Master of Orion: The Board Game to be released by Cryptozoic and Hobby World in the USA

master-of-orion-the-board-gameCryptozoic Entertainment and Hobby World have announced that they are partnering to release Master of Orion: The Board Game in the U.S. in early 2017

Based on the classic strategy video game, the competitive tableau-building game requires 2-4 players to choose from several races (Humans and various alien races), build systems using their cards, and manage their resources in order to win. Designed by Ekaterina Gorn and Igor Sklyuev and adapting the art style from the 2016 reimagining of the video game, Master of Orion: The Board Game has been one of the moss buzzed about games prior to and during this year’s Essen Spiel board game trade fair.

In Master of Orion: The Board Game, each player begins with a board that has four tracks: Food, Fleet, Production, and Loyalty. The starting numbers on these tracks depend on the race a player chooses, with choices including fan favorites the Darloks, Psilons, and Humans. Each round, players gain resources and a number of actions, as determined by their board. Players spend their action cubes on each turn to manage their resources (Food, Fleet, Productions) and build systems. Since this is a tableau-building game, players use the cards in the deck to build up to four systems, each comprised of a maximum of five cards that represent various Structures, Ships, and Planets. Victory Points are gained by playing cards, creating matched sets, attacking opponents, and having certain resources and cards at the end of the game.

The game’s end is triggered in one of three ways: when a player has 0 Loyalty, a player has five cards in each of their four systems, or eight rounds of play have been completed. There are different paths to victory as players can focus on military means—training spies and attacking alien planets—or the path of creation—controlling the weather and constructing space fleets. The winner is the player with the most Victory Points, who is deemed the leader of the most developed civilization and therefore appointed as the Emperor at the Galactic Council.

The game will be released in early 2017.


Burke’s Gambit – Coming Soon from WizKids!

Burke's Gambit 2WizKids has announced the upcoming release of Burke’s Gambit. Designed by Rob Yates, Burke’s Gambit is a game of bluffing and social deduction, and will release in stores this December.

Players will be speeding through space on Burke’s Gambit, a rugged company freighter on an extremely important mission. Your crew has been tasked with finding powerful alien technology, but what you find instead is something unexpected… a dangerous parasitic organism somehow made its way into the ship and inside the body of one of your crew members.

Join the crew of Burke’s Gambit on a wild space adventure with hidden affiliations and a hidden (even to themselves!) infected player. Split into two teams and take on the roles of Captain, Marine, Comms Officer and more in an effort to discover each crew member’s hidden agenda and who has been infected.

Let paranoia run rampant in this thriller, great for large groups of 4-8 players! Using only your dice and your wits, you must discover the truth before enough engine power-ups are rolled and the ship reaches Earth, where a vote must be made. Choose the wrong player to be spaced and your team (or even the entire planet) will lose!

Around the Tubes

March Book Two CoverIt’s a brand new week and we’ve got more interviews, convention coverage, and more coming your way!

While you wait for things to kick off, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Outhousers – Marvel to Promote STEAM to Kids by Making Money for Marvel with Variant Covers – Be nice if some of the money was donated to programs.

The Beat – When Stan Lee stops going to real conventions he’ll go to online conventions – This could be cool!

ICv2 – Owner of Awesome Con, Play Fair Acquired – Interesting…

ICv2 – Square Enix Enters North American Tabletop Games Market – Also interesing.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1

Comic Attack – Blood & Gourd #12

Talking Comics – Briggs Land #1

Talking Comics – Cursed #1

Talking Comics – Demonic #1

Deseret News – Dendo

BlogCritics – March Book Two

Talking Comics – Spawn Kills Everyone

Talking Comics – Suicide Squad #1

Talking Comics – Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Unboxing: Board Game Bento “Sports”

The folks behind the top notch Comic Bento have launched a 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 “Sports” so lots of board game spins on physical games.

For a breakdown of prices to see if the box is worth it:
Fisticuffs – $20 / $11.99
Bowling for Zombies!!! – $9.40  / $8.99
Icons of Awesomeball – $25 (via Kickstarter)
NHL Ice Breaker – $24.99 / $18.12
Chalk Board – ???

Value: $64.10 to $79.39

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Unboxing: Battle Bin “Get Out and Game” July 2016

Battle Bin is one of the monthly geek boxes focused on board games. This month’s theme is “Get Out and Game.”

For only $30 a month you can get game night delivered directly to you! Each month the bin could include board, card, miniatures, and video games from some of the biggest names in gaming as well as a few you may not know. They even get exclusive items and games that you cannot get anywhere else.

Check out what’s inside this month’s box!

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!


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.

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