Steve Jackson Games announced the following titles expecting to hit stores this October 2014:
Car Wars Classic
Car Wars Classic is a return to the original version of the game, designed back in 1981 by Chad Irby and Steve Jackson. Steve Jackson recently announced a line editor for the new version of the game (see “The Return of ‘Car Wars’”), so the re-release of the original is probably a precursor. Players travel the highways of the future, where the right of way goes to the biggest guns. Drivers choose their vehicles, customizing them with different bodies, weapons, armor, power plants, and suspension and take to the road. If the vehicles survive, drivers can earn money to improve them. There are also advanced rules for players to design their own customized cars, trucks and cycles. The game is for players 10 and up, can be played by any number of players (though 2 -8 players work best), and plays in 30 minutes.
The box includes 103 full-color game counters and separate Turning Key, a 2-sided game map with autoduel arena and raceway, and a 64-page rulebook with extra tables and record sheets.
Revolution! Anarchy is an expansion for the political bluffing and deduction game Revolution!, designed by Philip duBarry. The Anarchy expansion includes a new board overlay, new bidding boards, and two new sets of player components which allow for up to six players. As an expansion, it requires the base game to play. The base game is for 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in an hour.
Fans of Knightmare Chess may also enjoy this variation on the classic. Tile Chess is chess without the board. Instead, players use tiles which represent chess pieces, and connect the tiles to create the board. While the original Tile Chess published in 1999 boasted up to six players, this reprint recommends only “up to three opponents.”
Take the role of an Athilian, create your own units using endless strategies, overcome your rival and return to Athlas as a god. In Athlas – Duel for Divinity, each player takes the role of a young Athilian, a godlike being, outcast to the seven outer worlds to explore and uncover the secrets of creation laid by his ancestors.
While traveling the outer worlds, Athilians practice their abilities to manipulate time and space until they become powerful enough to be challenged by the Athilian council to open the portal back to Athlas, thus passing the final test to adulthood.
The closing date on Kickstarter is July 24, 2014, the current pledged amount is $10,232 and the funding goal for the project is $15,000. Basic pledges start at $75. Estimated delivery: Nov 2014
Chicago Express, a game designed by Harry Wu, is not a stranger to the board gaming community. It’s a fun route – building and share-trading game from Queen Games. Well Queen has began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new release of the base game along with the 1st expansion *and* a new module.
“Chicago Express is a family friendly train game for 2-6 players in which players take on the role of investors of late 19th century America. The Goal: Make as much profit as possible in the thriving railroad sector.
Take part in the development and the expansion of the 5 largest railway companies of the country. It is their aim to make high profits through the expansion of the rail network towards Chicago, the development of town and mountain hexes, and the purchase of company shares.
Chicago Express is the large scale release of Winsome Games’ Wabash Cannonball. Wabash Cannonball is the first game of Winsome Games’ Historic Railways System. German Railways (the funding reward for this project) is also part of the Historic Railways System.”
To learn more about the Kickstarter campaign you can click here.
Krynea Battlegrounds is a new tactical card game for 1-4 players that is up on Kickstarter from Smiling Goblin. It pits 2 people against each other where cards are plaid onto a battlefield between them.
“Krynea Battlefield is a 1-4 players tactics card game set in Krynea, a world of fantasy and magic, tough and realistic where constant clashes between armies, cities and alliances are solved on the battlefield.”
To learn more about the project as well as fund it you can click here to visit their Kickstarter page.
Gryphon and Eagle Games have posted a new Kickstarter campaign to raise $10k to fund a new Mystery Rummy game by Mike Fitzgerald and Andrew Korson. The Mystery Rummy series has been around for some time with such titles featuring Jack the Ripper and Jeckyll & Hyde.
“Alcatraz Island is home to one of the most formidable federal prisons ever conceived. Though many men have tried, no one has ever successfully escaped from “the rock”. In this Mystery Rummy card game based on real prisoners and actual events, it is your job to foil escape attempts by gathering information on plans and capturing the ringleaders.”
You can learn more on their Kickstarter page here.
Today, Mayfair Games announced that those very cool Limited Edition Promo Expansions will continue. If you have pre-ordered or obtained new board game in the game’s release month, then you might have been on the receiving end of this nifty bonus. Now, GTM and Mayfair have teamed up to include these promo expansions in the Game Trade Magazine.
Well, we are pleased to announce that we will be doing it again for the foreseeable future! In the months ahead, look to GTM to bring you promo-expansions for more than a dozen of our most popular titles. Gamer’s games like Asgard’s Chosen™, Lords of Vegas™, Steam™, Alchemist™, Global Mogul™, Urbania™ and Automobile™. But not just games for the dedicated gamer in your life. We will also be presenting new options for our classic family games such as Ablaze™, Downfall of Pompeii™, Road Rally USA™, Elk Fest™, Nuns on the Run™ and Bacchus’ Banquet™!
So look forward to the months ahead because now you will not only get the latest in gaming news and previews from GTM but your also going to get expansions for new and classic Mayfair Games covering our most popular titles along with brand new favorites that will become staples of your gaming shelf!
Tales & Games: The Hare and the Tortoise
At the start of a race, each player secretly bets on two of four animals: turtle, rabbit, sheep, and duck. One animal is chosen at random for each player, then after receiving a hand of six cards, each player places one of his cards face-down (possibly the same animal) as an additional bet. Players then take turns laying down 1-4 cards, with all cards needing to show the same animal, then refilling the hand to five cards. As soon as seven total cards have been played or four cards of any one animal, the animals move (maybe).
Each animal has a distinct characteristic that players can use to their advantage. The turtle always moves one space, but it moves two if four of its cards were played. The rabbit always moves two spaces – unless four cards are played and it’s at the head of the pack, in which case it sleeps and doesn’t move. The duck moves as many spaces as the number of cards played. The sheep moves one more space than the number of cards played but if it reaches grass, it stops moving for the round. (The track consists of eleven road cards, two covered with grass.)
After the animals move, players start a new round of card-playing. A round ends when three of the four animals reach the goal, after which each player scores points based on the ranking of the animals and how he bet. After three rounds, the player with the most points wins.
Titanium Wars: Confrontation Expansion
When venturing in Limbo at the edge of the galaxy, scouts found a new form of energy: Titanium. First experiments showed it could push back the frontiers of technology, and even open new horizons for human capabilities. This news was more than enough to stir up the greed of humankind’s greatest factions. Each has sent fleets to take over nearby planets where Titanium is abundant – and even seems to be in constant expansion. From that point on, armed conflicts were bound to happen, and this war will be settled only by controlling the Titanium deposits…
As leaders of these great factions in Titanium Wars, players will purchase buildings to master new technologies and increase their earnings, build their own fleet of custom battleships to defeat their opponents, and expand their space empire. They will have to prove bold, insightful and tactful if they want any chance to win this fierce war.
This is the first expansion for Titanium Wars and adds the following game play elements:
- 6 new Arsenal cards
- 6 new Planets / Events
- 4 new Leaders
- New Tactic cards
- The Versus Mode: 1 vs. 1 or team vs. team
Twin Tin Bots
“A dream job!” That’s what the recruiting office told you and now you’re stuck with a couple of colleagues and all these robots in the middle of nowhere. But at least there is fun to be had with the Bots!
In Twin Tin Bots, each players controls two harvester Bots trying to harvest the most crystals and bring them back to base. The Bots are programmed using simple orders but communications are limited: you need to plan ahead as only one order can be changed each turn. Can you outwit, out-race and out-harvest your colleagues?
- 2-6 players
- Ages 13+
- 50 minute play time
- Rules Book
- Dual-sided game board
- Dual-sided crystal track
- 18 transparent plastic crystals
- 6 plastic bases and 12 plastic robots
- 6 programming boards
- 6 x 6 order tiles for each player
- 3 numbered countdown counters
- 1 ‘active base’ token (for advance variant)
- 3 rock tokens
- 3 blob tokens
- 6 teleport tokens
- 3 mud tokens
Warhammer 40,000: Conquest
Fantasy Flight Games shows us another preview of their upcoming release, Warhammer 40,000: Conquest.
Conquest is a living card game expected to release later this year designed by Brad Andres, Nate French, and Eric Lang.
This time, we are taken into a more detailed look at the combat players will experience each round.
Combat in Warhammer 40,000: Conquest is conducted over a series of merciless rounds. Combat begins at a planet when the player with initiative chooses one of his ready units to strike. Every unit has two numbers on the lower left border of its card. The upper number is that unit’s attack value, while the bottom number is its hit points. When you exhaust one of your units to strike, it deals damage equal to its attack value to an enemy unit chosen by you. If a unit ever has damage on it equal to or greater than its hit points, it is destroyed.
Android: Netrunner – All That Remains
The fifth data pack in the Lunar Cycle, All That Remains, has been announced for a third quarter 2014 expected release.
What will come of one Runner’s hunt for the net’s legendary source protocols? All That Remains explores this question with sixty new cards (three copies of each new card), including a new Criminal Runner identity, a new shard of the source protocols, and a host of assets designed to support the ambitions and secrecy of those Corporations that have the most investment in lunar development.
Continuing down the plethora of publishers partnerships, Level99 Games and Plaid Hat Games have come together to offer Prince Elien (Summoner Wars) in the next BattleCON.
In celebration of the upcoming Alliances Master Set for Summoner Wars, Plaid Hat Games and Level 99 have teamed up to bring you a BattleCON Promo Fighter: Prince Elien! After his alliance with the Fallen Kingdom, Elien has gained new dark powers and immortality. He brings these new powers to the arena by using both summoned allies and his own magic to duel in BattleCON!
Yestersday, WizKids Games announced a rejuvenated Event and Replacement system, effectively called WizKids Event System (WES) and WizKids Replacement System (WRS). It looks like these portals contain the current state functionality and are simply an aesthetic make-over to users at this time but new features will be coming soon.
For now, the new WES and WRS aim to replicate the same functionality of the old systems in a more intuitive and efficient manner. The goal is to make these systems easier to use and speed up your interaction with the system. The WES, in particular, will include some great new refinements and makes it easier to find events and stores, and for store owners and volunteers to report their events.
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