Antoine Fortuin

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Bitten by a common house spider, Antoine emerged with the uncanny ability to buy more games than he had time to play. While living in the hills of Tennessee, USA, he tries to balance software development, family, and his multiple, competing hobbies. He hopes to someday discover a pocket dimension in which to store his games.

Daily Magic Games are running a Kickstarter to expand Valeria: Card Kingdoms, and add a completely standalone dice game. Valeria: Card Kingdoms is designed by Isaias Vallejo, with art by Mihajlo Dimitrievski (a.k.a. The Mico), and is a tableau-building building game for 1-5 players. Players compete to earn the most Victory Points by recruiting citizens, buying domains to expand the kingdom, and vanquishing monsters who lay siege to the land.

Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Crimsons Seas is a full expansion for the base game and adds maps to far-off lands beyond the borders of Valeria which allow players to import goods to increase victory points. There are also options to purchase Tomes of great power to augment resource production, or rescue captured Nobles, or plunder wealth from a cursed isle. Sea monsters impede travels and sow chaos across Valeria. The expansion adds new icons, tokens, card types, and mechanisms, in addition to adding new cards for all existing card types with a nautical theme.

Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Ward Towers is an expansion pack for the base game and lets players contribute towards building a Ward Tower which, when added to a row of monsters, reduces their cost to be slayed.

Corsairs of Valeria is a new, standalone dice game where 2-5 players are Corsairs who have set out to win a challenge to become the new Commodore. Players will sail the Valerian Isles to gather enough treasure to fill six treasure chests in order to meet the challenge. Players roll dice to determine available actions which allow them to earn silver, re-roll their dice, fire cannons to attack opponents or merchant ships, or move their ships forward. Curses can also be rolled which removes silver coins because they’re lost to Skull Island.

The Kickstarter project for Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Crimson Seas is close to ending on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, with around 1700 backers allowing it to reach 3x its funding. Estimated project delivery is November of 2019.

USAopoly, in partnership with FOX Consumer Products, have announced their planned release of Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game. The Die Hard movie, which originally debuted in 1988, has never had a licensed board game so this would be the first for the franchise. It will feature asymmetric gameplay where one player is John McClane who needs to rescue the hostages from the thieves, played by the rest of the players, in the Nakatomi Plaza high-rise (which was featured in the original movie).

“Die Hard’s influence over the action-thriller genre is staggering, so we were beyond excited for the opportunity to harness the movie’s expert blend of action, intelligence and drama into a unique tabletop experience. We are developing a game that will deeply resonate with Die Hard enthusiasts, incorporating even the slightest details to create a rich and entertaining experience that properly pays tribute to arguably the greatest action movie of all time.” – Pat Marino, Lead Game Designer, USAopoly [source]

“The Die Hard board game from USAopoly provides an engaging touch point for fans seeking a nostalgic trip back to Nakatomi Tower and, three decades after the film’s release, allows a new generation of fans to play a unique game experience showcasing this incredible property.” – Federico San Martin, Vice President of Global Toys and Hardlines, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products [source]

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will be available in the Spring of 2019 in select retailers. Check the USAOpoly website for more information. Now fans can debate whether this can be classified as a Christmas game!

“For the last 8 billion years, the O.P. Arena has been floating at the center of the M82 galaxy providing a battleground for the most intense fights of all time. Players from across the multiverse send their champions in search of glory and riches, but only a handful make it out alive.” [source]

Players will send their Dudes into the O.P. Combat Arena where they will fight with their overpowered abilities to unleash hot death on their opponent’s Dudes. To win, players need to obtain 30 VPs by doing damage, or killing Dudes. Tokens can also be earned which nerf abilities, shields abilities, or allows re-rolls.

Expect O.P. Arena to be released by WizKids in May of 2019.

The Marvel Dice Masters: Spider-Man Team Up Campaign Box continues the new format for Dice Masters after their move away from blind booster packs. Dice Masters is a 2-player game where teams of
Marvel Comics’ heroes and villains face off against each other in dice and card-based combat.

WizKids have announced that Spider-Man and his amazing friends such as the Heroes for Hire, and Cloak and Dagger, as well as enemies such as Gorgon, The Hand, and Typhoid Mary will be included in the standalone expansion.

The campaign box includes Sidekick dice, Basic Action Dice, rules, and dice bags. Marvel Dice Masters: Spider-Man Team Up will be released in November of 2019.

Games Workshop made a number of announcements at the 2019 GAMA Trade Show.

First up is Warcry, a new skirmish game designed by the same team who created Warhammer 40K: Kill Team and Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. However, this isn’t just an Age of Sigmar reskin of any of their existing games. Warcry features new game mechanisms, and features character driven campaigns where warbands of Chaos grow and develop through their own journey. All models for the game are brand new and highlights the diversity in the Chaos faction who make their dark pilgrimage to the Varanspire.

The Games Workshop and Steve Jackson Games mashup continues as they’ve announced Warhammer Age of Sigmar Munchkin. Now players can kick down doors and fight the forces of Chaos with a dollop of good humor splashed in.

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress will also get a Traitor Command adventure pack which sends players into darkness to crush a growing Chaos threat. New hostiles include the Traitor Commissar and Chaos Ogryn. Traitor Command can be tackled as a standalone expedition or added to the main quest.

The immensely popular Warhammer 40K: Kill Team also gets an expansion in Kill Team: Elites which brings the deadliest troops to skirmish combat in the 41st Millennium. Players will be able to add Terminators and Crisis Battlesuits, including the Vanguard Space Marines from Shadowspear, Mandrakes, and Striking Scorpions. A new faction, the Adeptus Custodes, the most elite Kill Team in the game, also make their debut. Players can also expect a host of boxed expansions with themed, ready-to-go warriors to be added to the game.

For more information on these games and a number of other announcements for their miniatures products, you can check the coverage on Games Workshop’s website for more information.

At the recent GAMA 2019 Trade Show, Asmodee North America announced that they entered into an agreement with CMON Limited to exclusively distribute the publisher’s board and tabletop games in North America.

CMON’s game library includes hit titles such as Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage, Rising Sun, and A Song of Ice & Fire Miniatures Game. The distribution deal will go into effect in the Spring of 2019. CMON will continue to run their Kickstarter campaigns, and provide support for them to regular and retail backers. Asmodee North America will handle support for non-Kickstarter related issues.

For more information regarding the announcement you can read the full statement on the Asmodee website.

Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky is set against the backdrop of the Harvest Festival, an Asian time of celebration. Players act as artisans who decorate the lake with floating lanterns and launch fireworks to light up the sky in honor of the best harvest festival yet. The emperor is not easily impressed and the player who earns the most honor in the emperor’s eyes wins the game. The game supports 2-4 players, aged 10+, and plays in 30-45 mins.

In the game, players roll dice then choose which colored lanterns to fill in on their scoresheets. They can earn gifts which allow them to perform special actions, fill in additional colored lanterns, and create powerful combinations. Fireworks tiles are used to cover completed shapes to score points.

Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky is designed by Chris Bryan (known for Favelas), with art by Beth Sobel (known for Viticulture, and Wingspan), and is expected to release in May of 2019. For more information, check the Renegade Game Studios website.

Eagle Games are Kickstarting a deluxe edition of Age of Steam, which is artistically recreated by Ian O’Toole. In Age of Steam, 2-6 players are U.S. railroad pioneers who build track to transform the American economy. Players are challenged to finance their rail network and locomotives, while calculating which routes will give the best returns on their costs. All the while, aggressive creditors will push to be paid while your competition tries to grab the best shipments.

The fundamental game rules remain unchanged. The base game includes 3 double-sided game boards of the Rust Belt, Western U.S., Southern U.S., Germany, Barbados, and St. Lucia. New maps of France and Poland have already been unlocked through Kickstarter stretch goals, with Hungary and Finland as additional stretch goals still waiting to be unlocked. Poker chips have replaced the paper money, and track ownership disks replace the original plastic trains (though wooden varieties are available as an upgrade). The box has also been upgraded to effectively store and provide easy access to the components.

The Age of Steam Kickstarter project has already met 4x its funding goal, with over 1700 backers. The funding deadline is Friday, March 22nd, 2019, with project delivery expected in October of 2019.

USAopoly have partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (on behalf of DC Comics) to bring Talisman: Batman – Super-Villains Edition to life. The game allows players to be one of Gotham City’s Super-Villains who sneak and fight through 2 floors, and the central tower, of Arkham Asylum. The first evil-doer to subdue Batman and release the other, dangerous inmates, wins the game.

In true Talisman fashion, players upgrade the Health, Strength, and Cunning of their characters before they face off against their ultimate objective, Batman, in the center of the map. While there can be only one winner, players can cooperate as they make their way to their foe. The game features artwork from the “New 52” era, 13 plastic character figures, more than 100 Encounter cards, six-sided dice, and character boards.

Talisman: Batman Super-Villain Edition allows for 2-6 players, aged 13+. Expect it’s release in June of 2019. For more information, visit the USAopoly website.

In many Eastern cultures, the Milky Way galaxy is known as The Silver River, which is the setting of this full-featured 4X game. It’s designed for 2-4 players who play as one of the 8 civilizations, who each have their own strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. The Silver River is designed by Nate Bivins (known for Sundae Split), and Robert Burke (co-designer of Draco Magi). Expect the game to play in 90-160 mins, depending on the number of players.

There are 4 Ages where players complete public and personal objectives, build wonders, do domestic investments, and other smaller tasks to gain accomplishments which translate into Victory Points. There is also an anomaly at Sagittarius A where deadly, moon-sized monsters can emerge which need to be taken down.

Pledge levels are available for the core game by itself, or the core game and the expansion which increases the player count to 5 and adds 2 new races and upgraded components. The Kickstarter project is currently at around 50% of its funding goal, will end on Friday, April 5th, 2019, with project fulfillment expected in January of 2020. You can see a preview and live-play-through recently done by the Dice Tower team for more information.