sons of anarchy back

Gale Force Nine has opened up pre-orders for their upcoming Gen Con release, Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem.

Sons of Anarchy is a negotiating and territory building game based on the FX televesion series designed by Aaron Dill, John Kovaleski, and Sean Sweigart.

In Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem players control rival clubs, competing to be the most successful outlaw club. Each turn, players choose what sites of interest to fight for and what territories to yield. Negotiate, threaten and ally with rival clubs when it serves your needs but be wary of the inevitable knife in the back. The club with the most cash at the end wins.

essen game

ESSEN at Essen…what the whah?!?

Get your head around this if you can. LudiCreations are running a campaign on Kickstarter right now, in which they plan to fund a game about selling games at the Essen trade fair, which will be on sale at the Essen trade fair! We are unsure if this will rip the space-time continuum.

In this euro-style game for 1-4 players, you take on the role of a board game publisher that is exhibiting at the world’s most famous trade fair. Designed by Harry-Pekka Kuusela, it is playable in 30-60 minutes, and can be played with up to 8 players by combining two copies of the game.

“I have put many years of my life into this game and can’t wait for players to get their hands on it. With your support I will be in a booth at Essen selling ESSEN, a game about selling games at Essen!” – Harry-Pekka Kuusela

In ESSEN, which is beautifully illustrated in pixel art and contains a plethora of inside jokes and references for board gamers, you have to make decisions like any publisher has to make – about staffing, managing your money, creating buzz, and much more! Each player board is themed after a certain type of board game publisher (eurogames, ameritrash, wargames, RPGs), with the reverse side showing even more types of games (abstract, children’s games, party games, LARP) for even more variety.

“I love meta—games about games, books about books—so ESSEN appeals to me. The logistics of balancing sales and income, future visitors and current buzz: it’s a bit of a brain-burner, too, but I like this sort of thing. If you like games about games and you’ve been to gaming conventions, this game may really click for you.” – Jonathan Liu from GeekDad

Last year the Spiel game fair had 156,000 visitors & 828 exhibitors from 39 nations. Right now you can back the campaign which allows you to take over a booth and outsell them all to be the best publisher in ESSEN! If you can’t come to Essen, then let ESSEN come to you!

hobbit unexpected journey

Cryptozoic Entertainment announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trading Card Set will be released on June 9, 2014.

Those with acquisition disorder…like me…look out because this is a 101 card base set with all sorts of fun stuff like Hand-Drawn Sketch Cards, Foil Chase Sets, and “The One Ring” Metal Card.  Prepare yourself for that last one because there is only one of those metal cards per print run.

hobbit cards

From the publisher:

AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins™, who is unexpectedly swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug™. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Collect their journey as it takes them into the wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs. Look for randomly inserted Art cards and Autograph cards.

progress Progress is your chance to experience a walk through mankind’s history of progress. You will forge your nation’s path not through magic, but through technology. Progress: Evolution of Technology is a card driven civilization game with focus on the development of technologies from the ancient times to the first industrial revolution. Each player guides his nation’s research efforts through a maze of technologies from the earliest signs of human development, moving progressively through the Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance until the first sparks of the Industrial Revolution. progress game box The closing date on Kickstarter is June 24, 2014, the current pledged amount is $25,660 and the funding goal for the project is $19,000. You can get your copy for $45 (or less if you will be at Essen 2014). Estimated delivery: Oct 2014

hammer and hold

Fantasy Flight Games posted a preview of their upcoming Hammer and Hold expansion for Warhammer: Diskwars.  Here’s a brief rundown of the expansion:

• fifty new disks
• three new races (Dwarfs, Lizardmen, and Wood Elves)

hammer and hold disc

Warhammer: Diskwars is an epic game of heroes, armies, and brutal warfare for 2 – 4 players. At the game’s heart art its disks, which represent heroes and units from the Old World. These maneuver across the battlefield by flipping end over end, and if any two disks overlap at the end of the round, they must fight!

spirits of rice paddy

Coming soon from APE Games, Spirits of the Rice Paddy is a game designed by Philip duBarry (Revolution!, Courtier, and Kingdom of Solomon).  In this farming and mythology game, players are rice farmers managing water conservation, animal placement, and tending to rice paddies.  In addition, spirits are present to bless players, granting special abilities.

APE Games released the cover art earlier this week by artist Ani Roschier and Jim Maxwell.  Jim has done two other game covers for us in the past – Rolling Freight and Island Siege, and also does art for motion pictures and television (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Borgias, The Vikings, etc.)

munchkin panic cards

Fireside Games posted a couple sneak peaks of the upcoming Munchkin Panic designed by Anne-Marie De Witt (Bears! & Bloodsuckers).  Munchkin Panic is a semi-cooperative game that blends Castle Panic with Munchkin and is expected to release 4th quarter 2014.

Munchkin Panic is for one to six players, ages 10 and up.

antlered crown

Fantasy Flight Games announced the conclusion to The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game Ring-maker cycle with The Antlered Crown.  This is the sixth expansion in the cycle and we’ll see the adventurers returning to Isengard and completing service to the White Council.

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The Antlered Crown will contain sixty new cards including a hero of Rohan and scenario that completes the journey to Isengard through warring lands of Dunland.  This expansion pack is expected to release 4th quarter of 2014.


king of new york kong

IELLO has been hinting at the next “King of..” game since last year.  Building on the same foundation as King of Tokyo, designer Richard Garfield’s new game of monster dice fighting will pit players at being the hit of Manhattan.  IELLO released some samples of new power cards found in King of New York.

From the publisher:

King of New York is a standalone game from designer Richard Garfield that keeps the core ideas of King of Tokyo while introducing new ways to play. As in KoT, your goal is to be the first monster to collect 20 victory points (VPs) or to be the last monster standing. On your turn, you roll six dice up to three times, then carry out the actions on those dice. Claws cause damage to other monsters, hearts heal damage to yourself, and energy is stored up so that you can purchase power cards that provide unique effects not available to anyone else.

What’s new in King of New York is that you can now try to become a star in the big city; more specifically, you can achieve “Fame”, which nets you VPs, but superstar status is fleeting, so enjoy your time in the spotlight.

columbia university

The game board for King of New York is larger than in KoT with each monster occupying a district in the city and everyone trying to shine in Manhattan. When you attack, you can displace a monster in another district, whether to escape military forces or to find new smashing opportunities. Yes, smashing because you can now destroy buildings and get bonuses for doing so, but the more destruction you cause, the more intense the military response.

The monsters from King of New York can be used in KoT and vice versa, but the power cards are specific to this game.

futbal strategy


Call it soccer, football, or fútbol, Conquistador Games, has Kickstarted a fun new sports game that combines tactics, card drafting, area movement, and action point allowance.

Here’s some info about the game:

Fútbol Strategy lets you take control of football/soccer teams with uniquely rated players in a tabletop game that is fast and fun while being realistic and strategic. Players move around the field as if it were a real game: passing, carrying, crossing, shooting, defending, and clearing. There are goals, corner kicks, goal kicks, free kicks, yellow and red cards, penalty kicks … the important moments play out just like in a real game.

You can pledge on the Kickstarter page here.