Z-Man Games has announced Narabi, a cooperative card game for 3-5 players. The cards in Narabi range from 0 to 9, along with blank cards. Each player receives a subset of the cards, along with a “restriction card” which governs how the cards can be swapped with other cards. Players can ask each other yes or no questions in an effort to deduce the various movement restrictions and arrange the cards in numerical order in as few turns as possible.
“In Narabi, numbered stone cards will be randomly sleeved together with restriction cards that control how a stone moves. Players must exchange stones, working toward the correct arrangement one move at a time while still following the rules on each stone.”
With numerous card combinations and rule variations, Narabi appears to offer varying degrees of difficulty in a relatively quick playing card game.
Z-Man’s announcement indicates that Narabi will be available early 2019. You can learn more at the Narabi product page on Z-Man’s website.
Earlier this year Kolossal Games successfully funded a new edition of the John Clowdus game, Omen: A Reign of War. Now, Kolossal Games and designer John Clowdus are teaming up once again to bring Mezo to Kickstarter.
Mezo is a big box game which taps into Mayan mythology. It’s an area control game featuring asymmetric player powers, which gives each player a variety of ways to manipulate and benefit from conflicts. Oh, and it has miniatures!
“The first big box game from Small Box Games designer John Clowdus (Omen, Hemloch, Neolithic), Mezo redefines area control and conflict-driven game play. The game features massive god miniatures, each with vastly asymmetrical strategies, as well as numerous ways for players to achieve victory: most strength in the conflict, most shamans in the conflict, and most warriors in the conflict.”
The Kickstarter for Mezo has three pledge tiers. The base game of Mezo (2-4 players), starting at $80, includes miniatures, a game board, tarot size cards, and a host of other tokens and components. Other pledge tiers provide components for a fifth player, as well as, more game content, including additional god characters and their associated miniatures.
You can see a live play through of Mezo here, featuring Tom, Sam and Zee. Also, Tom had an opportunity to interview John Clowdus and Travis Chance from Kolossal Games about Mezo, which you can see here.
WizKids has announced a licensing agreement with the WWE. The agreement will allow WizKids to bring WWE content to their popular line of games, such as HeroClix and Dice Masters, as well as, other board games. The press release indicates the agreement includes the likeness rights to current and former WWE superstars.
“The partnership will bring the likeness of popular WWE Superstars, including John Cena®, The Rock®, Charlotte Flair®, Roman Reigns® and The Undertaker®, in addition to WWE Hall of Famers such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin® and Trish Stratus™ to several gaming platforms, including Dice Masters, HeroClix and Boxed Strategy Games.”
It appears the first WWE branded content from WizKids will arrive in 2019.
You can read the full press release here.
Listen… you smell something? There have been several Ghostbusters themed board games over the years. Now, Renegade Game studios, in conjunction with Albino Dragon and Sony Pictures, has announced Ghostbusters: The Card Game.
There is presently no Board Game Geek entry for the game, and not many game play details were provided in Renegade’s announcement. So, what do we know? It’s a card drafting and set collection game for 2-5 players, ages eight and up. The game was designed by Daryl Andrews and Erica Bouyouris, and the cards feature a cartoon aesthetic with original illustrations by Jacqui Davis and Todd Bright.
“Compete against your friends and family to collect ghosts from the Ghostbusters universe. You’ll call upon your favorite Ghostbusters to help you set your ghost trap and capture the highest point ghosts on the board.”
The announcement and product page indicate that the game is due out this Fall.
Guardians, the forthcoming game from Plaid Hat Games, will be receiving a hero expansion. The Uprising hero pack expansion will be released later this year and includes four additional heroes, along with their associated power deck and ultimate cards.
Guardians is a card game for two or four players featuring variable player powers. Each player creates a team of three heroes which are then used to combat the other opponents. The Uprising expansion will add to the available roster of heroes to form your team. Uprising will also introduce “blast damage” to the game.
“This hero pack also introduces a new way bring the pain to your opponent’s heroes: Blast Damage. When a player is dealt blast damage, she must allocate it to heroes she controls. Place it all on a single hero or distribute it evenly, but be careful not to leave your team vulnerable to future attacks! Blast damage adds a new element of strategy and tactics to Guardians, so take cover and brace for impact!”
Click here to read the announcement from Plaid Hat Games. Additional information on Guardians can be found on Plaid Hat’s product page by clicking here.
In 2017 designer Jonathan Ying, of Imperial Assault fame, successfully crowdfunded Bargain Quest. Since its release Bargain Quest has garnered positive reviews. Now, the game has returned to Kickstarter for a second printing, along with a new expansion, entitled The Black Market.
Bargain Quest is a card drafting, hand management and auction game for 2-6 players. If you are a hero in need of equipment before you go out to face the monster menacing the town, where do go? In Bargain Quest the players are shopkeepers of a fantasy item shop trying to sell their wares to heroes that will be attempting to save the town from pesky monsters. Will the heroes defeat the monster? It doesn’t really matter as long as you are running a profitable business.
In addition to the reprint of the base game, the Kickstarter includes new expansion content. The Black Market expansion includes additional heroes, employees for your shop and a new deck of black market items. The black market items can be accessed by players by spending their reputation.
The Kickstarter campaign for this reprint of Bargain Quest and The Black Market expansion includes several reward options, including just the new content for those that already have the base game. The campaign also includes three bonus packs which contain additional content for backers.
In 2017, Renegade Game Studios and dlp games released Altiplano, a bag-building game from designer Reiner Stockhausen. Renegade has announced that Altiplano will be getting an expansion, Altiplano: The Traveller.
When you are visiting alpacas in the South American highlands The Traveler will provide more resources, locations and a public trading point for assets. The expansion is designed by Reiner Stockhausen, along with Louis and Stefan Malz, and features more artwork from Klemens Franz. The estimated release date for Altiplano: The Traveler in North America is October.
You can read Renegade’s full announcement here. The game page for the expansion on the publisher’s website can be found here. The original base game of Altiplano received a Seal of Excellence from the Dice Tower, and Tom Vasel’s review can be seen here.
Dick Dastardly and Muttley will be jumping in the cardboard driver’s seat thanks to CMON. The old Hanna-Barbera characters are getting new life in the form of Wacky Races: The Board Game. CMON has announced they have partnered with Warner Bros. to publish Wacky Races: The Board Game in 2019.
Designed by Andrea Chiarvesio and Fabio Tola, with art provided by Warner Bros., Wacky Races: The Board Game is for two to four players, with races lasting 10-15 minutes. The game will be released in both regular and deluxe editions, with the deluxe version getting pre-painted miniatures.
The original Wacky Races cartoon started in the 1960’s. It did get a limited reboot in 2017, so it will be interesting to see if a board game featuring these characters will connect with younger audiences, or if this is more of a nostalgia play for older audiences.
You can read CMON’s announcement here.
North Star Games previously announced Most Wanted, a poker and western-themed card game. Now, North Star has provided an October 1st release date for the game.
In Most Wanted, the players are bandits competing to be the most notorious outlaw. Players acquire notoriety (points) by participating in actions, like robberies or challenging fellow bandits to duels, then simplified poker hands are used to resolve the actions. Those players that lose a particular action must pay bail, which means they forgo some of their points. First player to 13 points wins.
Two of the designers of Most Wanted are Ken Gruhl and Quentin Weir, which designed another North Star game, Happy Salmon.
Most Wanted is for two to eight players, ages 10 and up. You can read the original announcement here and view the updated product page and release date information here.
Pandasaurus Games has announced they will be bringing the 2015 Spiel des Jahres nominated card game, The Game, to Target stores in August. This will be an exclusive version for Target and will feature new box and card art from acclaimed illustrator Kwanchai Moriya.
You can learn more about this variant of The Game and see some of the new artwork on the Pandasaurus website and Facebook post.
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