bestial forces

Bestial Forces was announced back in May for a third quarter 2014 release.  This is the second expansion for 2012’s wizardry fighting game with player elimination, Wiz-War.  Bestial Forces is designed by Christopher Hosch and Jason Little.  Yesterday, Fantasy Flight Games release a preview one of the three new schools of magic, Mythology, and its creatures and relics.

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Catalyst Games Labs have issued a press release indicating they have acquired the rights to produce merchandise based on the History Channel television series “Vikings.”

The first game will be Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, based on the critically-acclaimed game The Duke. This exciting new game brings a slew of new tiles for players to master, even allowing players to place their Vikings tiles directly against The Duke tiles determining the real conqueror! Catalyst Game Labs will publish Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game at the end of this year.”

Jarl sounds like it will be The Duke with a Viking theme based on the game’s description.  “In Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, players move their tiles around the board and flip them over after each move. Each tile’s side shows a different movement profile. If you end your movement in a square occupied by an opponent’s tile, you capture that tile. Capture your opponent’s Jarl to win!

Vikings: The Board Game will be an exploration and raiding game based on the show.  Players will scheme their way to resources and heroes and plunder ships at sea and foreign lands.





It appears that Z-Man Games will be rereleasing Chinatown in September.  Originally published in 1999 and recommended by Spiel des Jahres committee the same year, this classic negotiation game set in the 1960s has players moving into Chinatown as immigrants.  In addition, the game has been awarded the multi-player nominee of 2000’s International Gamers Awards for General Strategy  and 2008’s Årets Spill Best Family Game Nominee. Chinatown, designed by Karsten Hartwig (Lucky Loop, Augsburg 1520), is a 3 to 5 player game that plays in about an hour.  Components will include 171 cards, 90 tiles, 151 markers, a game board, and linen bag.

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F2Z Entertainment

According to a press release yesterday, Z-Man Games, Filosofia Distribution, Filosofia Editions, and F2Z Digital Media are all merging to become F2Z Entertainment.  F2Z is the company that brought the digital version of Pandemic.  Filosofia started out as a distribution company and has become a developer of French editions of many titles.


The press release can be found here.


secrets of lost tomb

Everything Epic Games made their publishing debut on Kickstarter this January with Secrets of the Lost Tomb, a 1930s set cooperative dungeon crawl. The team is now back on Kickstarter to replace the game’s original cardboard character tokens with plastic miniatures.

Secrets of the Lost Tomb has mechanics inspired by games like Arkham Horror and Mice and Mystics. You fight your way through randomized tombs and try to complete specific objectives. Combat utilizes a “One Roll” system, which means that you calculate the damage done to you and the damage you deal without requiring one of your partners to roll against you. The Kickstarter also states that Secrets of the Lost Tomb features an impressive use of artificial intelligence for the enemies. For more information about how the game plays, check out the Dice Tower preview.

The Kickstarter for the base game received double its funding goal back in January. Although the game was expected to ship in May, it was delayed and still has not shipped. Christopher Batarlis of Everything Epic Games has confirmed that the base game is currently in production phase, and that the game has not been delayed because of the second Kickstarter campaign.

The funding period for the miniatures campaign ends Wednesday, August 20 and if funded, is expected to ship this November. You can order just the miniatures if you already backed the base game, and there are also options for you to order the base game along with the miniatures if you missed the first campaign.

armada shipsWell, for those that have been keeping their X-Wing Miniatures games up-to-date and wondering how they would ever introduce a Star Destroyer into the mix (with other smaller, ships already being so large) – FFG announced their upcoming release of Star Wars Armada.  Armada will be a two-player miniatures tactical game set in the Star Wars universe.  Wait, don’t we already have that? Well Armada appears to be a much smaller scale where certain ships, X-Wing for example, are represented with multiple ships per “stand” (See Picture above).

There is a new template that will be used with this game that is interesting:


“In Star Wars: Armada, you assume the role of fleet admiral, serving with either the Imperial Navy or Rebel Alliance. You assemble your fleet and engage the enemy. Using the game’s unique maneuver tool, you steer your capital ships across the battlefield, even while squadrons of starfighters buzz around them. Then, as these ships exchange fire, it’s your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and, perhaps, the fate of the galaxy.”

To read the announcement you can head over to FFG here.



run fight die pieces   Run, Fight, or Die is a new Zombie game published by 8th Summit & Grey Fox Games and designed by Richard Launius (also Defenders of the Realm and Arkham Horror). RFD is a dice rolling game that features variable player powers and involves collecting “Follower” cards that help add special abilities to help you survive.  The game had an extremely popular Kickstarter campaign and, already there are several expansions available to add players, a solo campaign, and miniatures. The game was recently reviewed by Tom Vasel, Sam Healy, and Zee Garcia over at the Dice Tower.  You can watch the review by clicking on the image below. The game will be available at Gen Con or at your favorite hobby retailer in late August. [iframe width=”853″ height=”480″ src=”//” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen][/iframe]

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The Duke is back in stock from Catalyst Game Labs.  The Duke was initially released last year and is designed by Jeremy Holcomb and Stephen McLaughlin.  It is an abstract, tile strategy game that features a medieval, old-world theme.  Each player has a bag of wooden, double-sided pieces.  Each piece features an offensive or defensive posture, with each side utilizing different movement patterns and special abilities.  Capturing the opponent’s duke wins the game.  For more information, download the rules here.

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In a press release today, Eagle and Gryphon Games announced that will be their exclusive on-line retailer for their line of games.  Gerald Sunkin, CEO of CSI stated that “This partnership means our customers have better access to some of the top titles in the industry.”  The full press release has been attached below.

Episode 366 of the Dice Tower Podcast has Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer looking at their “Top 10” Eagle and Gryphon Games.


August 7, 2014 – Scottsdale, AZ/Orlando, FL – Eagle & Gryphon Games has named as the exclusive United States on-line retailer for its line of highly

successful and popular line of games, effective August 1, 2014. “As exclusive on-line

retailer, will have the ability to provide its tremendous customer base

with some of the most popular and sought-after games on the market, including Rococo

– a 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres Game of the Year nominee, Lords & Ladies, Nika, the

entire Mystery Rummy series, and Francis Drake, to name a few”, according to Eagle &

Gryphon Games’ CEO, Rick Soued.


“Eagle & Gryphon Games’ are the kind of high quality games that our customers

demand,” said Gerald Sunkin, CEO of “This partnership means our

customers have better access to some of the top titles in the industry. “

Founded in 2002, has become the premier on-line retailer in the

industry. Based in Orlando, FL, and with storefronts in four locations throughout the

state, has been dedicated to providing board and card gamers with the

largest selection of games in the industry.


Eagle & Gryphon Games creates some of the most recognizable games in the industry,

with perennial favorites such as Through the Ages, Age of Steam, Brass, Defenders of

the Realm, and the Railways of the World series. “We are now able to provide players

who do not have ready access to a local game store with a way to experience our vast

library of hit games”, Soued said. “We believe this is the perfect way to bring our games

to an even wider audience.”


According to Gerald Sunkin, “’s world class customer service in

combination with our extensive inventory provides customers around the world with

access to their favorite games. Adding the classic titles from Eagle & Gryphon Games is

a very exciting opportunity for us”

draw their fire cards

Fantasy Flight Games announced the second force pack in the Rogue Squadron cycle, Draw Their Fire.  Continuing the theme, “ace pilots and the starships they fly,” the objective sets, fate cards, and new starships bring it to the edge battles.

Draw Their Fire is expected to release fourth quarter 2014.


road darkens

Announced in April, The Road Darkens will add 165 cards to the Lord of The Rings themed living card game from Fantasy Flight Games.  Designed by Caleb Grace and Nate French, this is the second expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.


This preview features one of the developers, Grace, as he introduces us to the new hero card.  Caleb states, “there were many heroes that we could have chosen for this box, but the most exciting option was always Gandalf. We knew we wanted to make a hero version of the mighty wizard at some point, and this was the most logical time. I remember being excited when Elrond told Frodo that Gandalf would be a part of the Fellowship in the book.”