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Star War Destiny has been a very successful launch for Fantasy Flight Games. Following the collectible nature of Wizkids Dice Masters series, SW Destiny supports collectible booster packs that contain several cards and a single die. Starter sets provide players with the necessities to get started, however the game doesn’t really flourish without investing in boosters.

The next series of boosters has been announced and, apparently, will include characters from the recently-released Rogue One movie.

With the new Spirit of Rebellion Booster Packs for Star Wars: Destiny, 160 brand-new cards enter the game, incorporating elements from every movie in the saga, but with a special focus on the newest Star Wars movie: Rogue One. You’ll find plenty of characters from Rogue One within this set, including Jyn Erso, Chirrut Îmwe, Mon Mothma, and Director Krennic, alongside other iconic characters from across the Star Wars story. The spirit of rebellion has ignited—prepare to bring the feverish battles and kinetic action of Rogue One to your games of Star Wars: Destiny!

For more on the booster packs you can head over to FFG’s website here.

Plan B Games announced today the launch of it’s new boardgame publishing house. They’ve selected GTS Distribution as their distributor.

In their announcement they mention that their team will be comprised of nine individuals while mentioning that one of them will be none other than Matt Leacock, designer of the well known coop-Pandemic.

Their initial game release for 2017 will be Century:Spice Road, first in a trilogy of games to be set in the 15th century during the apex of the first commercial trade road. Spice Road is set to release in June 2017.

From the makers of the widely popular co-operative real time dice rolling, bomb diffusing game FUSE, comes FUSE: Flatline.  Flatline is a co-operative dice game set in the FUSE universe.  After saving your ship and diffusing all the bombs in FUSE, players now take on a medial role in FUSE: Flatline.  Players must roll their dice and work to combine them with other players in order to properly treat arriving patients. Every round, players are racing against a one minute timer, and must deal with the needs of each wounded crew members, as well as other emergencies within the ER.  Do you have what it takes to beat the clock?  Look for this gem to hit your friendly local game store March 2017.

Contents:

• 4 Corner Board Pieces
• 1 Center Board Piece
• 1 Life Support Dial
• 1 plastic connector
• 40 Medic Dice (8 in each of the 5 player colors)
• 2 Emergency Dice
• 20 large Patient Cards
• 29 Emergency Cards (18 standard Emergency Cards and 11 Stat Cards)
• 4 Double-sided Power Meter tiles
• 20 Cleared Tiles
• 10 Power Cubes
• 4 Lock-down tiles
• 1 Player Aid
• 1 Rulebook

Asmodee is announcing an army expansion for Kharnage due out early 2017 called Dark Rampage.  Kharnage is a fast fun fighting card game, set in a medieval world in which you are the warchief of the mighty humans, dwarves, the amazing horde of goblins, or the ferocious orcs. Your goal in Kharnage is to take control of a hill that is the envy of all races.

Dark Rampage, an Army expansion for Kharnage, brings a necromantic flair to your bloodthirsty battles.  Now, you can bring the Undead to your battles with all the unit cards and strategy cards that you need to add a new faction to your games. Even more, you’ll be able to add a 5th player to your carnage-filled battlegrounds.  Each game plays in 20-30 minutes for players ages 7 and up.

New from Level 99 games in January 2017 comes Anansi, an abstract strategy pattern building game, and Tomb Trader, a light real time adventure game.

Anansi and the Box of Stories is an abstract strategy game for 2 to 4 players inspired by Tibetan sand mandalas and named after a mythic spider from African folk tales.  In it players take on the roles of  archetypal animals drawing cards and attempting to keep the web pattern secret from the other players.  Each turn players place a stone on the intersections of the grid and attempt to recreate the web pattern on their own card.  Once a move is made, it cannot be undone.  If two player’s webs overlap, it then becomes a race to see who can capture those intersections first.  Points are scored based on the alignment of the stones and whether they coincide with your web or your opponent’s.  Once all stones have been placed, the game ends.  Each game is about 30 minutes.  Whoever has the most points wins.

Also from Level 99 comes Tomb Trader.  A real time light adventure game where you join an archaeological excavation team.  In this game however, your not in it to revel in the days of old or to rebuild history, your goal is simply to become rich!  Each round players go head to head to sneak into the tomb and be the most cunning, quick, and bountiful in smuggling out their loot.  After 6 or 7 rounds of exploring and stuffing their pockets, players have one minute to divide the treasure up between everyone in their same section.  If in that time all players cannot come to an agreement, all treasure is lost!     Tomb Trader plays 3-6 players in 5-10 minutes and is ideal for ages 6 and up.

 

 

 

Mine all Mines is a light fantasy set collection card game in which you control a clan of dwarves to fill orders of precious minerals.  Send your workers down into the mines of the rocky highlands to collect and forge the precious minerals found deep in the mountains.  Each round you delve deeper and deeper and into the mines all while becoming richer and richer.   Your friendly dwarves can either be of much help or reap the benefits of  YOUR hard work.  Win the game by filling the necessary orders and gain a reputation of being the best craftsmen and pleasing the Dwarf King.  Coming February 2017, will you pick the pockets of your fellow miners or stay on the straight and narrow?   Plays 2-5 players, in 30-45 minutes, for ages 14 and up.

 

In case you were wondering if you could customize your game of Cards Against Humanity with your own content, your curiosity has been satisfied…

Being released from Cards Against Humanity LLC is a card pack entitled “Your S****y Jokes”   This pack will come with 50 blank cards, 40 White / 10 Black, allowing you to add whatever content to the game you wish creating a customized version of your game.

Does your group have a lot of inside jokes that would be served well in this game?  Do you feel the content is too extreme, and you need to ‘lighten the mood’ by adding some tamer material?  Do you feel the game isn’t raunchy enough and you can do better?  All of these things are now possible with this expansion.  CAH’s website states that this also comes with a guide to help you create content for the game that ‘doesn’t suck’.

Love it or hate it, Cards Against Humanity isn’t going anywhere and this pack of blank cards allows you to create content for your game in any way you see fit.

Cards Against Humanity: Your S****y Jokes contains:

  • 40 White Cards
  • 10 Black Cards
  • Instructions for writing your own cards

For more information on Cards Against Humanity, please follow the link here

As the release of Ogre Sixth Edition draws near, Steve Jackson Games has announced they will start supporting organized play in 2017.  Fans of Ogre will have the ability to battle it out at their Friendly Local Gaming Store for Ogre Sixth Edition rewards in addition to fame and recognition throughout the Ogre community!

Starting in January, players will be able to sign up and start learning all about the program.  On February 11th, 2017, SteveJacksonGames is inviting stores to host the first ever #PlaySJGames Event to showcase the new Ogre Sixth Edition.  Ogre Launch Kits will be made available to SJG’s retailers, and the first 200 stores that request one.

Contents of the Launch Kit include:

  • Demo copy of Ogre Sixth Edition
  • Ogre Blueprint poster
  • Ogre Dice Sets of varying colors
  • Uncommon Ogre Counter Sheets
  • More items yet to be revealed!

If you are a fan of Ogre, and seek to have organized play in your area, encourage your FLGS to sign up for a kit and get registered for Organized Play!

Further information on timing, awards, and store participation is forthcoming.  You can stay up to date by following Steve Jackson Games here

It’s kind of funny that a game known more for its amazing production values than its gameplay has made the way to a medium in which cardboard doesn’t exist. How do you recreate the utter coolness of Colt Express‘ 3D train on a 2D touchscreen? Turns out Asmodee can do it pretty well, as the newly released digital version of Colt Express looks downright amazing.

That’s right, Colt Express, the 2015 SdJ winner was released for iOS, Android, and PC today. It includes online multiplayer for maximum chaos, but it also has a single-player story mode with a 30 mission campaign. Buried within the campaign are digital-only variants to unlock which will mix up what you know about Colt Express, and you might even find a variant in online multiplayer mode as well.

If you haven’t played Colt Express, it’s a programmed movement game in which each player plays a card to a central pile. Some of the cards are face up so you can see what the other players are planning, but some are face down and these tend to screw up your best laid plans. Once all cards are played, the pile is picked up and flipped over and revealed card-by-card, and now the actions are played out on the aforementioned 3D train. It’s a chaotic, yet incredibly fun, mess. Don’t sign up if you’re looking for a deep strategic or tactical experience.

Colt Express is available right now for iOS Universal, Android, and PC via Steam. It’s $7 on mobile and $10 for PC.

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Sit Down Games, publishers of Goths Save the Queenhave announced an upcoming February release of their next game, Magic Maze. Magic Maze is a real-time cooperative game for 1-8 players. The game states it to be for people aged 8 and above and will play in 3-15 minutes thus making the recipe for what appears to be a fun family game.

It turns upside down players’ habits by its unique mechanics : there are no “game turns”, everyone can play with any pawn at any time… but can only carry out specific actions, that other players can’t take. Everyone needs everyone as the actions are split between the players, so they need to find out what other players want to do and agree on a common strategy… without communicating; they must also understand by themselves when they are expected to play.

With only needing a 3 minute sand-timer, players can visit Sit Down Games’ web site here to download everything you need to play the initial scenario of the game to familiarize yourself with the mechanics prior to it’s upcoming release.