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settlers of catan

Mayfair Games Press Release

Mayfair Games is happy to announce the locations of the Canadian Catan WorldChampionship (CWC) Qualifiers. The winnerof each qualifier will represent Canada atthe 2014 World Championships in Berlin,Germany.

Western Canadian Championship

The Western Canadian Championships willtake place at the Trilogy Gaming Club May31, 2014. Information about Trilogy GamingClub can be found at Pleasecontact them for further information aboutthe format of the tournaments. Specificevents are also listed on the Mayfair Gameswebsite.

Pre-Qualifier Events for the WesternCanadian Championship:

  • February 28 – March 2, 2014 GottaCon
  • March 29, 2014 Trilogy Games
  • March 29, 2014 Meeples Board GameCafé April 19, 2014 Trilogy Games

Eastern Canadian Championship

The Eastern Canadian Championships willtake place at Games for All August 24, 2014.Information about Game Summit can befound at Pleasecontact them for further information about the format of the tournaments. Specificevents are also listed on the Mayfair Gameswebsite.

Pre-Qualifier Events for the Easter CanadianChampionship:

  • August 28 – 31, 2013 Fan Expo Canada
  • April 6, 2014 Games for All
  • April 12, 2014 The Dam CharityTournament
  • May 9 – 11, 2014 Ottawa Comic Con
  • May 16 – 18, 2014 Rideau Curling Club

heavy steam board

Jeff Gracia, at Greenbrier Games, has a new, exciting, steam punk game available to Kickstart now.  Here’s the details:

Set in a steampunk universe, Heavy Steam is a game about piloting a giant mechanical humanoid war machine of doom. As a pilot you use the steam titan’s resources to strategically complete scenario objectives. More often than not it’s to defeat your opponent, but you’ve never shied away from a fight, have you?

  • In Heavy Steam you play the role of a pilot controlling your steam titian’s systems from the command center inside its head.
  • Fully customize your steam titan: choose a robot, recruit your pilot, then customize with weapons of your choice.
  • Plan ahead if you want to power your legs, weapons or other systems.
  • The battle board is abstracted with easy to master combat.
  • Event cards, terrain cards and other cards keep the game fresh and new every time you play.
  • Number of Players:  2 – 4  ( Supports more players with multiple copies and upcoming expansions.)
  • Time Required: 60 min
  • Recommended ages: 12+


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ascension theme pack

Stoneblade Entertainment has announced the upcoming release (May 14th) for theme packs to their very successful deck building game, Ascension.  The following was announced:

Ascension: Theme Packs feature 12 game cards that can be added to any Ascension expansion to put a new twist on exisiting gameplay!

 Embrace the chaos with Rat King and Rat Queen, chase Pots of Gold with Leprechaun, or take part in Samael Claus’s gift-giving mischief!

Each Theme Pack Contains:

  • 12 game cards
  • 1 rule card


  • 24 pack per display
  • 6 of each of the packs


custom dice

Interested in custom dice to spruce up a game? Perhaps you have a game design you’re working on and would like to include some of your own custom-made die. Maybe you just want those Yahtzee die to be more interesting. Well this Kickstarter project is for you. Here’s a press release from Custom Game Lab explaining the project.

My name is John Warren, and I’d like to introduce Custom Game Lab, a company focused on making game customization easier and more affordable.

On April 8th, we’re launching a Kickstarter project to make customized dice available to the masses. We have several examples of dice that can easily be created through our project, but even more exciting than the designs we’ve created are the designs YOU can now create.

Our website will be loaded with thousands of stock graphics to use in your designs and which can be edited right in your browser. Of course, you’re also free to use your own graphics and/or software and upload to our site.

Once you’ve designed your dice, you have the option of making them available for others to order. That way even non-designers can pick out their own awesome dice – and the original designer gets rewarded when their design is purchased. We expect to have hundreds of unique custom designs available very quickly, each one with the ability to be further customized with the available color options.

Our initial goal is to buy a laser engraver and enough dice and supplies to fulfill pledge rewards for all of our backers. But as we hit additional stretch goals, we want to expand by offering full color printing as well as additional styles of dice to engrave on.

We’ve got a lot of other products in mind which we can help you customize for a richer gaming experience, and we’re excited to share those with you too. But we’re starting with custom dice, so funding this project is the first step in bringing the Custom Game Lab into reality.

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51st state ruinsPortal games announced the upcoming release of an expansion for 51st State entitled Ruins.

In every village you enter, you find inhabited ruins. You hide in them when you need shelter. You search them for food, for clothing, for equipment. You make business there and you rest.

 Ruins are your whole life.

Ruins is the first card pack for 51st State/New Era – it opens a new series of small expansions for the base games. It contains 40 new cards (including new Leaders, Locations and Contact cards). Ruins expansion introduces new abilities for cards, with a possibility of recovering discarded cards. There are also new locations which allow not only to store resources, but also provide other.

Playing with Ruins, 51 State / New Era takes on a completely new character.

seventh heroAEG released a new web site dedicated to the launch of their upcoming “Seventh Hero”, a set collection and hand management game by designer Kuro.  You can click here to visit the site.  It provides a downloadable rule book and more details about the upcoming release.


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Coming Soon From Playroom Entertainment

pop culture

Geek Out! Pop Culture Party!

Geek Out! Pop Culture Party is the game of mind-altering fun that finds out once and for all which player is the most knowledgeable about your favorite pop culture subjects! You don’t have to be a geek (but it helps!) to win this amazing social interaction and bluffing party game!
  • 2+ players
  • Ages 10+
  • 20 minute play time
  • Over 1000 Topics on 205 List Cards
  • 20 Penalty Chips
  • One 6-Sided Die
  • Instructions

core worlds

Stronghold Games Press Release

Stronghold Games and BrokenMyth Studios are proud to announce jointly the release of Core Worlds Digitalthe digital implementation of the very successful and highly-acclaimed deck-building card game by award-winning game designer Andrew Parks.
The release of Core Worlds Digital will coincide with the release of another expansion for the Core Worlds base game, Core Worlds: Revolution. Furthermore, the Core Worlds Web Comic will be launching within the same timeframe.  All 3 of these projects are slated for the fourth quarter of 2014, ensuring a very enjoyable holiday season to all the fans of Core Worlds.
Core Worlds Digital will provide a new venue for experiencing this great game. Core Worlds Digital will not only give the ability to play Core Worlds remotely, but it will allow for a new streamlined, interactive, and engaging cinematic experience for all users. Core Worlds Digital will include multiplayer support via Game Center, AI opponents, pass-and-play, tournament play, match play, in-game rewards, limited edition cards, and in-app purchases that will allow you to customize the look and feel of your deck. Core Worlds Digital will be initially released for the iOS platform.
To kickoff development of Core Worlds Digital, BrokenMyth Studios and Stronghold Games will launch a Kickstarter campaign in April 2014. The campaign will offer unique support levels and incentives that will only be available on Kickstarter. Watch the social media outlets for details of this campaign.
Core Worlds: Revolution, the second expansion for the Core Worlds base game, allows players to delve deeper into the story of the Core Worlds universe. Players will build incredible Advancements on their conquered Worlds, employ Heroic Tactics keyed to specific Heroes in a separate Heroic Deck adjacent to their regular draw decks, and take command of new Heroes.
Core Worlds Web Comic will provide fans with an ongoing look into the characters and events in the Core Worlds universe. The first ten page web comic will introduce the universe and potential plot lines to the readers. Additional five page installments will then be made every six weeks, taking fan feedback into consideration for future chapters. Core Worlds Web Comic will be presented on Inkbot.Net.
Core Worlds is the most thematic and rich of all the deck-building card games”, said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “The great expertise of BrokenMyth Studios will deliver a cinematic experience for the fans that is second to none. Fans will also continue to enjoy the thematic richness with the Core Worlds: Revolution expansion and take it to the next level with the Core Worlds Web Comic.”
“We are thrilled to be in a partnership with Stronghold Games”, said Jeff Roeters, VP of Business Development of BrokenMyth Studios. “We at BrokenMyth have loved playing Core Worlds since its release. We have a personal interest in delivering a phenomenal digital version of this game, and we plan to do exactly that.”
About Stronghold Games LLC:
Stronghold Games LLC is a publisher of high-quality board and card games in the hobby game industry. Since 2009, Stronghold Games has released many highly-regarded games, including the best-selling “Survive: Escape From Atlantis!”, the most innovative deck-building game, “Core Worlds” and its expansion “Core Worlds: Galactic Orders”, and the latest smash-hit game line “Space Cadets” and “Space Cadets: Dice Duel”. Stronghold Games publishes great game designs developed both in-house and in partnership with European publishers. Stronghold Games LLC is a Limited Liability Company formed in the State of Delaware, USA.
About BrokenMyth Studios:
Founded in 2007, BrokenMyth Studios is a digital design and custom application firm that is deeply rooted in gaming. As a developer of both corporate focused solutions, and gaming industry solutions, BrokenMyth has an excellent list of loyal clients that rely on them for leading them through the ever-evolving world of technology. BrokenMyth focuses on finding creative ways to solve challenges using gaming technology and strategy. BrokenMyth Studios LLC is a Limited Liability Company formed in the State of New York, USA

upper deck logo 120Upper Deck has been extremely successful with their Marvel-licensed Legendary card game.  They have also been known for several other licenses, such as The Last Airbender, Call of Duty, Bionicle, and Digimon.  Well today they announced that they will be featuring the well-known world of The Crow!

Upper Deck Celebrates 20th Anniversary of “The Crow” with New License Agreement and Line of Products

Upper Deck to release Trading Cards, Trading Card Games, Limited Edition Posters and more around The Crow Films, Comic Books and TV Series!

Carlsbad, CA (April 2, 2014) – Upper Deck and Pressman Film, led by veteran producer Edward R. Pressman, are joining forces to bring the popular franchise The Crow to fans via trading cards, board games, limited edition posters, miniature figurines, collectible art and more.

The first product that Upper Deck is working on under the new multi-year agreement is a brand new game experience based on the new franchise release in March 2015. The company is planning to offer a full portfolio of products based not only on the original film, but from the movie sequels, TV series and comic books as well.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Upper Deck on the new line of products surrounding The Crow franchise and engaging our fans in a way they haven’t experienced before,” said Pressman.

Upper Deck Authenticated, the company’s memorabilia division, is planning to produce limited edition posters for The Crow that will be available later this year.  The company also plans to produce The Crow trading card set, which will release in 2015. More details and release dates for The Crow products are expected to be announced at Comic-Con International this summer.

The Crow franchise is an exciting new addition to our game and collectibles portfolio,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. “At Upper Deck we believe in quality over quantity, and have carefully selected The Crow as an investment that we know our collectors and gaming fans will enjoy for years to come.”

From the original film to 3 movie sequels, a TV series and an extensive line of comics, there seems to be an unlimited amount of content for new Upper Deck products surrounding The Crow.

“There is a very hard core and passionate fan base for The Crow, which we greatly appreciate,” said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck’s Entertainment Brand Manager. “We will be taking great care to keep true to the movie and comic characters, and plan to uphold this legacy to its fullest.”

The deal between Upper Deck and Pressman Films was brokered by Dan Kletzky of Entertainment Licensing Associates.

About Upper Deck

Upper Deck is the leading sports card and collectibles company, and produces some of the greatest gaming titles and motion picture trading cards. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit

About Pressman Film

Founded in 1969, Pressman Film has produced more than 80 world-class motion pictures and helped launch the careers of many of the most prominent figures in the movie industry. The company’s extensive body of work includes groundbreaking films by directors such as Oliver Stone, Terrence Malick, Sam Raimi, David Byrne, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Brian De Palma, David Mamet, Charles Burnett, Abel Ferrara, Wayne Kramer, Mary Harron, Jason Reitman, and Werner Herzog. Led by true industry veteran, Edward R. Pressman, the company is dedicated to producing quality theatrical motion pictures and will continue its 40-year tradition, forging new territory in both the independent and Hollywood arenas. For more information on Pressman Film, please visit

coup reformation

Reformation is an expansion to Coup. Reformation adds Allegiances – players are either in support of the government (Loyalists) or the resistance (Reformists).Reformation also includes the Inquisitor variant, and additional role cards to expand play up to 10 players. Originally introduced in a very limited edition at Essen 2013 that sold out in hours, Reformation is a perfect expansion to an already great game adding a new layer of manipulation and deceit for Coup fanatics.

Coup is a lightning fast game of bluff and manipulation for 2-6 players.  If you don’t already have Coup, you will need to get it in order to use the Reformation expansion.The Reformation & Coup KS pledge levels (starting at $30) is a great way to get both at the same time or to upgrade your retail copy to include all the nice little extras of the kickstarter edition (alternative art cards & foil coins). The closing date on Kickstarter is April 15, 2014, the current pledged amount is $77,694 and the funding goal for the project is $10,000. The estimated delivery date is Aug 2014.