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Fantasy Flight Games has announced the 8th deluxe expansion for Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. A Shadow in the East brings you the normal three scenarios for expansions to the game, along with hobbits and The One Ring. The scenarios have your heroes (1) traveling the River Running, (2) investigating a series of abductions in Dorwinion, and (3) entering an ancient temple to save the kidnapped from a cult of Sauron. A Shadow in the East is the beginning of the Vengeance of Mordor cycle. However, with this many expansions you want to know what is new. A Shadow in the East introduces master cards, contracts, and the first double-sided hero.

In A Shadow in the East, The One Ring card is an attachment you can bestow upon any hero able to hold it. When The One Ring enters play, you may search your deck for a master card and add it to your hand. They provide a powerful effect at the price of increasing your threat (more details here).

“[C]ontracts are never included in a player’s deck and do not count towards a player’s minimum deck size. Instead, each player may choose one contract to put into play along with their heroes at the beginning of the game with its “A” side face up. When certain conditions are met, a contract is then flipped to unlock special abilities.”

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The first double-sided hero card in the game is Smeagol. When played you shuffle two cards into your deck that when drawn will flip Smeagol to his Gollum side and cause him to attack you.

A Shadow in the East releases in the third quarter of 2019. For anyone curious about Dorwinion’s place in LOTR lore, it is an agrarian region famous for wine. In the Hobbit, the escape of Bilbo and the Dwarves from the Elvenking is aided when the king’s butler and chief of the guards fall asleep after drinking Dorwinion wine.

Various monsters from the Godzilla franchise are ready to throw down in a new expandable card game from Bandai. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Destoroyah, MechaGodzilla, Space Godzilla, Jet-Jaguar, and Burning Godzilla are featured in this video trailer. The game is designed by Ryan Miller, a co-designer of Epic PVP and Axis & Allies and Zombies. It is for two to four players and features the Chrono Clash system:

Instead of traditional turn-based play, in this system players share a power resource track, moving the token back and forth based on the power value of the cards they play.  The position of the token determines when play passes to the other player.

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The Godzilla Card Game releases in September 2019, and subsequently, there will be store tournaments with prize support. The base game includes four pre-built decks of fifty cards and a communal sideboard of sixteen cards.

Although this will not be the first board/card game featuring Godzilla, many more would have to be released to catch up to the number of movies (35 as of 2019).

Chip Theory Games has launched a new Kickstarter project, Splice & Dice, for a variety of content offerings in the Too Many Bones universe.

First, there is the Splice & Dice expansion, which requires either the Too Many Bones base game or Too Many Bones: Undertow to play. Splice & Dice introduces a new Build-a-Tyrant option allowing players to customize their own big bad or develop the campaign boss over the course of the adventure based on the type of baddies defeated in encounters and the order in which they are defeated. This exponentially increases the variability of potential Tyrants. Splice & Dice also includes new pre-built Tyrants and hybrid Baddies that count as multiple enemy types.

Second, the campaign offers new content add-ons. Two new Gearlocs are available as playable characters. Dart, who rides a pigadillo, and has a double-sided playmat that can be flipped during battle to change her from a ranged attacker to a melee attacker, as well as changing how her skill dice operate (prototype playthrough video here). The other new Gearloc add-on is the Gearloc Council Internship Program, which is actually four mini-Gearloc mats that operate together. The final new content add-on is the Too Many Bones Trove Chest, which is a giant box with a future-focused design to hold all Too Many Bones content in one Kallax-friendly container, as well as providing new storage solutions for Gearlocs, loot, encounters, and Baddies.

Third, the campaign provides access to a full reprint of all previously published Too Many Bones products. The campaign closes June 14th and anticipates new content delivery in December 2019.

Investigators in Arkham Horror: the Card Game will be divided between reality and the world of dreams in the upcoming fifth expansion cycle. The Dream Eaters expansion includes 95 scenario cards, split between two different scenarios, and 56 player cards, including new investigator Luke Robinson, the Dreamer. The full campaign will consist of The Dream Eaters expansion box and six mythos packs to be subsequently released.

Each of the scenarios in The Dream-Eaters can be played on their own or combined with three of the six Mythos Packs in The Dream-Eaters cycle to form a larger four-part campaign. Alternatively, these scenarios can also be combined with all six of Mythos Packs to form a cohesive eight-part campaign. 

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The full campaign involves two parallel storylines, one in the Dreamlands and one in the waking world, each with their own campaign log. The expansion content brings back the keyword bonded, which was first introduced in the Before the Black Throne mythos pack of The Circle Undone expansion cycle. Bonded cards enter play through the use of a specific player card, but do not take up a spot in the investigator deck.

Fantasy Flight Games will open the Dreamlands for your group of 1-4 investigators to explore in the third quarter of 2019. This expansion is not standalone; a copy of the core set is required to play.

IDW Games is publishing a family update to their 2017 release Seikatsu. Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life features adorable artwork by Neytirix and reunites the design duo of Matt Loomis and Isaac Shalev for the same core tile-laying as the original.

In Seikatsu, players place tiles containing a bird of a certain color and a flower of a certain color in a shared garden. Players score groups of birds when tiles are placed, and score rows of matching flowers at the end of the game. Similarly, in Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life, players place tiles containing a type of animal and a color of pillow upon which the animal is sitting in a shared living room. Upon placing tiles, players will score for groups of the same type of animal. Then, at the end of the game, players score rows with pillows of the same color.

Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life has a player count of 1-4, and releases on August 30, 2019.

Fantasy Flight Games will bring a monster inspired by classic B horror movies to Gen Con 2019, in a new standalone scenario for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. The Blob That Ate Everything, designed by Matt Newman, will be run as an event where multiple groups of investigators will bring their own investigator decks and work together in an effort to defeat the giant enemy.

“In this scenario, the players still split into groups of 1–4 investigators, each with their own play area and encounter deck. However, there are several elements of the scenario which are shared across all of the groups, each of which are managed by an event organizer. Most important of these elements is the health of the scenario’s boss entity, Subject 8L-08.”

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Subject 8L-08 really can eat anything, which manifests through temporarily hindering an investigator in some way, such as reducing one of their skills to zero, preventing them from playing or using cards from another class, or preventing them from speaking coherently. Another element shared across all of the groups is a finite number of helpful countermeasures, which can be spent by any group. The listed Gen Con events for The Blob That Ate Everything currently are sold out, so you may have to wait for Arkham Nights or retail release to take on the ooze. The scenario can be played as a standalone or integrated into any campaign as a side-story.