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.
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.
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.
Well, 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, 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=”//www.youtube.com/embed/Th22kn-wsxg?list=UUiwBbXQlljGjKtKhcdMliRA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen][/iframe]
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.
In a press release today, Eagle and Gryphon Games announced that CoolStuffInc.com 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
CoolStuffInc.com 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, CoolStuffInc.com 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 CoolStuffInc.com. “This partnership means our
customers have better access to some of the top titles in the industry. “
Founded in 2002, CoolStuffInc.com has become the premier on-line retailer in the
industry. Based in Orlando, FL, and with storefronts in four locations throughout the
state, CoolStuffInc.com 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, “CoolStuffInc.com’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
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.
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.”
The Walking Dead: “Don’t Look Back” Competitive Dice Game
Kat Metzen reports that Walkers have clawed through a board game, card game, and now a dice game. Themed around AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead, players will take on the role of Rick, Daryl, Michonne, or Glenn and compete to survive and score the most Walker kills.
Don’t Look Back is expected to release on August 13 and components include 4 over-sized character cards, 4 pawns with bases, 24 cards, 7 dice, a game board, 4 location tiles, and 25 tokens.
Naruto Shippuden Deck-Building Game
Metzen reports, here, that the first edition printing will be ready soon and the special promo card, Minato, is available to pre-order. In this card game, players use their character’s specialized ninjutsu powers to defeat their enemies. The game also introduces a new source of energy, Chakra Points, for characters. Components include 7 over-sized character cards and over 200 cards. Naruto Shippuden will be available on August 20.
Days of Wonder announced the upcoming release of the English edition of a Tactics & Strategy guide authored by Alexis “Praxeo” Beuve for their popular game Memoir ’44.
“Lavishly illustrated, this book contains over 500 pages of tactical and strategic advice. Novices and veterans alike will improve their Memoir ’44 play thanks to this guide’s use of core principles to understand and retain key concepts; and the careful study of the 139 scenarios and 4 annotated games included in the book.”
It’s been available in French for some time. You can read snippets on their website here.