Fantasy Flight Games has announced that Marvel Champions: The Card Game is getting an expansion! The Green Goblin Scenario Pack introduces two new scenarios that players can take on that focuses around Norman Osborn and his alter-ego, the Green Goblin.

This scenario pack includes 78 cards centered around taking down businessman, Norman Osborn, the long-standing arch-nemesis of Spiderman. This pack will also come with four modular encounter sets to mix into the scenario included.

Players will work together to bring down Osborn’s Criminal Enterprise attempting to not let him manage to obtain a Hostile Takeover, but if Osborn grabs hold of the new Stark tech through a Corporate Acquisition, then all is lost for our heroes.

For more information, check out Fantasy Flight Games site here.

Genius Games, publishers of science-themed titles such as Cytosis and Subatomic, has acquired Artana – publisher of history and technology themed games such as Tesla vs. Edison, Lovelace & Babbage, and Einstein: His Amazing Life and Incomparable Science. It’s a perfect match, frankly, with each catalog complementing the other to cover more ground in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) focused line of products. Genius games does intend to keep Artana’s branding and will continue to publish games under their name in order to maintain a marketing strategy of publishing games rooted in history under their banner. As per Genius Founder and CEO John Coveyou:

“Artana is a perfect strategic acquisition for us. Like Genius Games, they specialize in telling stories about the real world – in Artana’s case exploring topics in history as well as science and technology. Our Science-focused games have proven a hit in both casual gaming as well as academic and educational settings, and Artana’s varied catalog expands and enhances this appeal. The two companies are a natural fit.”

It’s not often that you see acquisitions like this that make as much sense as Genius’. The two publishers complement each other very well, as both have been laser focused on the kinds of games they push out for the past 5 years. My sincere hope is that this partnership will yield even greater STEM-themed games because their remains nearly unlimited benefits from their success. If you’re interested in learning more, check out Genius Games or Artana Games websites for news posts, products, and more.

Sleeping Gods, a story-driven cooperative game, designed by Ryan Laukat and published by Red Raven Games, is available on Kickstarter now. The game has now fully funded 10 times over and multiple stretch goals have been unlocked.

Sleeping Gods is a game in which 1-4 players play as a steamship captain and her crew in 1929. The world in which they get lost is a strange one and just trying to get home is a massive challenge as they encounter new characters, fight strange beasts and explore mysterious islands along the way.

The chief features of the game are the 26-map atlas and the “novel-length” storybook that guide the players as they play the game. During the game, the characters can be leveled up and the decisions they make will have long- term consequences for Captain Sofi and her crew.

If any of this sounds of interest to you, be sure and check out the Kickstarter campaign here.

Marvel: Crisis Protocol, designed by Will Pagani and Will Shick is a new miniatures game that features Marvel super heroes! This game is for 2 players that should last around 90 minutes in an all-out skirmish.

Each player will take on the role of either the heroes or the villains competing in a tactical combat. Players will aim to complete narrative missions on a tabletop that features interactive terrain that allows characters to throw, smash, and collide with. Power seems to be a resource in the game that allows the characters to utilize awesome super powers.

You can build your roster of iconic Marvel characters to battle against your opponent. The core set will come with 10 character miniatures that are unassembled and unpainted to allow players to build and paint their teams themselves.

For more information, check out the announcement here.

Asmodee has pre-order information for one of their hottest games of GenCon 2019, Black Angel. Only the most dedicated line-sitters were able to nab one of the few copies of this spectacular game at the show, as it consistently sold out at the start of the convention each day.

“Humanity, through its irresponsible behavior, has rendered Earth uninhabitable. The greatest nations are forced to share their knowledge in order to create the largest spacecraft ever constructed: the Black Angel. Its mission: Transport the genetic heritage of Humanity to a new home planet.”

Black Angel is the loving brain child of Pearl Games designers Sébastien DujardinXavier Georges, and Alain Orban  – the creators of the cult dice drafting favorite Troyes (2010). In Black Angel, 1-4 players take on the roles of competing A.I. brains, guiding the eponymous unmanned starship on its thousand year mission to deliver mankind’s DNA to a distant world. The game is a dice drafting game, wherein the players have their own dice pool, used to drive action on and around the starship. However, other players’ dice are free game, and can be bought with resources. Dice come in 3 colors, defining the actions they can trigger, with the number of pips on the die being the strength of the triggered action. Actions allow the player to repair the ship, fight back the evil ravager attackers, gain new technological programs, or execute missions in the planets surrounding the traveling Black Angel. Exterior missions are accessed by beautiful robot meeples, which fly around space in small round saucers.  The player board holds a 3×3 grid of technology tiles, which can be activated in unique ways throughout the game. The Black Angel itself “flies” along a conveyer belt board of chevron shaped hex tiles; Strips behind the ship are removed, flipped, and placed in front, propelling Black Angel forward on its journey to a new home world. Mission cards previously played in the disappearing wake of the ship are left behind in space (discarded), giving benefits and scoring opportunities to their owners. All together, Black Angel is a heavy, dice drafting, engine building euro game, sure to be a hit seller once inventory can catch up with the overwhelming demand.

Black Angel comes with game board, 7 chevron space strips, 4 player boards, 64 robot figurines with 20 saucer ships, 18 custom dice, 60 technology tiles, 60 mission cards, 20 ravager cards, clear gem “resource” tokens, red “debris” tokens, scoring discs, and player aids. The game is enhanced by Ian O’Toole‘s fantastically colorful yet minimalistic sci-fi art. A solo mode is included, and the game should be available for purchase in 3rd quarter 2019. For more information, check out Pearl Games’ website on Black Angel here.

Renegade Games is bringing Circadians: First Light to retail in September, and you can pre-order your copy now. Circadians is a sci-fi strategic dice-placement, resource management and engine building game for 1-4 players. It was designed by S J Macdonald, a co-designer of Architechts of the West Kingdom, and successfully kickstarted in January 2019 by Shem Phillips (Garphill Games), the other co-designer of Architechts.

In the game, players are leading research teams with variable powers on the planet Ryh, collecting samples while negotiating favor with the three local clans. The game has a vibrant color palette and distinctive artwork by Sam Phillips.

The only difference between the Kickstarter version and the retail version of the game is the former includes the small Allies Expansion pack with four additional player factions, which will be getting a limited retail release. Both versions feature linen finish, black core cards, premium wooden tokens, thicker box, translucent dice, plastic molded insert, and a solo mode. If you missed the Circadians: First Light Kickstarter, now is your chance to snag a copy.

There’s definitely been an onslaught of gaming accessories on the scene within the past couple of years and board game bags are among some of the best getting attention!

Game nights are an important part of every board gamer’s routine and there’s definitely a need to come up with a way of transporting them to the fun. Games, as you know, come in all shapes and sizes from the traditional sized box of something like Arkham Horror to that of the large-sized Gloomhaven. But don’t forget your board game fillers such as your typical Roll-and-write or something simple like Jaipur or Tea Dragon Society.

Enter – GeekOn!

“GeekOn! was created in 2018 when a group of like-minded people came up with a better way to transport a hoard of games to game night. Along with the highest quality boardgame bag on the market we pride ourselves in creating the most innovative and useful gaming accessories matched only by our first rate customer service! “

GeekOn makes a variety of game bags and game bag accessories in not only a variety of colors, but with unique features you won’t find anywhere else right now! Pictured on the left you can see the size of the bag without being expanded – large enough to fit several games back-to-back. However, with their unique zippering system, you can expand the pack to hold much more if you have the need (pictured on right and below).

Additionally, there are quite a few pockets to fit smaller games on either side as well as a really nifty compartment on the top of the bag.

The bag system comes with quite a few extras as well, including game mat cases, wrist straps, and dice trays (check them out here).

GeekOn has a Kickstarter campaign planned for 4th quarter of 2019 with some new carrying solutions as well as several really cool accessories that complement their current line of accessories! They probably have the most innovative bag on the market right now!

Ravensburger, which has 3 titles coming out in the third quarter of this year, has preorders available for them now. The games include Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared, the Castles of Burgundy, 20th Anniversary Editionand, Las Vegas Royale, 20th Anniversary Edition.

Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared plays 2-3 players, ages 10 and up. The game can either be either played as a stand alone game or in combination with the other Villainous games, Villainous: The Worst Takes it All or Villainous: Wicked to the Core. Three new villains are introduced in the new game: Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective, Scar from The Lion King, and Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove.

Castles of Burgundy: 20th Anniversary Edition plays 2-4 players, ages 12 and up. The game includes all of the expansions previously released for the modern classic, Castles of Burgundy, plus one new expansion that is exclusive to this edition.

Las Vegas Royale, 20th Anniversary Edition plays 2-5 players, ages 8 and up. The new edition of the game includes both the classic game and some exciting new additions designed to make the players want to keep playing.

For further information and to preorder any of these games, please check here.

Just in time for your wallet to have recovered after GenCon!

Time to start looking in the couch for loose change! Board and Dice have announced that in September they will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to publish a deluxe master set version of Yedo.

Originally published in 2012, Yedo is a thematic worker placement game set in 16th Century Japan during the Tokugawa Shogunate. Players play as heads of competing clans trying to gain influence with the Shogun by managing resources and performing missions to gather prestige points, while also thwarting the efforts of their rivals.

The Deluxe Master Set for Yedo will include the expected updated components with extra polish based on years of player feedback. Specifically, the updated components for the Deluxe Master Set will include: i) a bigger box that will contain all new components; ii) borderless cards with new artwork; iii) custom wooden screen-printed disciples; iv) a updated version of the classic Yedo board; v) new double-layered clan boards with new art and designed for better play and vi) updated and deluxified versions of game components, tokens and coins.

More excitingly, this deluxe set will also include new, extra content created specifically for the Deluxe Master Set by original designers Thomas Vande Ginste and Wolf Plancke. This new content will include the ability to create your own preferred game experience based on your play style and the preferences of the other players by modifying facets of the game such as length, difficulty level, and interaction type. Additionally, two new modules entitled ‘Specialist’ and ‘Teahouse’ will be included.

Watch for the launch of the Kickstarter on September 9th, 2019 to learn more details (including the practically mandatory bevy of Kickstarter stretch goals) for this exciting new edition.

The next big thing designed by Jamey Stegmaier is Tapestry, a 1-5 player civilization game that plays in 90-120 minutes. The game was revealed on Stonemaier Games’ weekly livecast video on Facebook.

In Tapestry, you start from nothing and advance on any of the 4 advancement tracks (science, technology, exploration, and military) to earn progressively better benefits. You can focus on a specific track or take a more balanced approach. You will also improve your income, build your capital city, leverage your asymmetric abilities, earn victory points, and gain tapestry cards that will tell the story of your civilization.

Stonemaier website

The game features art by Andrew Bosley, of Everdell fame, and sculpts by Rom Brown. The first English print run of 25,000 is complete and the game is sailing from production to fulfillment centers now, with each box individually numbered. Tapestry will be available for preorder through Stonemaier’s website in early September, and will be for sale at Essen Spiel.

Some tidbits from the video: Tapestry is not tied to real world history. The rulebook is only four pages long. The factions have asymmetrical starting points. The solo mode is by Automa Factory. The game includes a spatial placement element somewhat similar to A Feast for Odin.

Over the coming weeks, additional game details will be revealed through the Tapestry Facebook group and the Stonemaier website.