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Today on the Spiel des Jahres website, the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2014 was announced.

Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister!, a co-operative fantasy adventure game, is designed by Brian Yu and published by Mattel Games.

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In the old house the spirits are on the loose. Nevertheless, four daring treasure hunt master trust into it. Finally there eight precious jewels are hidden. The given but only those who are blessed with skill, luck and team spirit. The players are obliged in this thrilling cooperative game to cooperation. Almost every move they make on the game board, evokes new spirits; for the special cubes provide. There are three ghosts in a room is haunted there. Hainted six rooms, the game for all involved is lost.That’s why you have to constantly weigh whether to save a jewel to the outside or raises the danger in a thrilling dice duel. The basic game enthusiastic elementary students. In the advanced version of the whole family with a fever. Jury: Do not worry, with teamwork provides you everything, and if it’s still as scary approaching: Brian Yu creates a ghostly atmosphere that inevitably draws you into the game. If the threat too overpowering, it represents the co-existence in the foreground, because only together can we turn away from evil. At the same time the game bridges the gap between generations. Due to variations that can be introduced gradually, increases the duties – and with them the player.

treasure chest

 

Ever get tired of the same old wooden cubes to represent your clay, ore, gold, wood, livestock, etc?  There’s several options out there for you but we found one, on Kickstarter, that really looks very good.  Treasure Chest, being Kickstarted by Stonemaier Games, is a real unique solution comprised of both resin and metal resource tokens (see below).

treasure chest resourcesYou can visit their page by clicking here.  The pledge amounts are fairly reasonable and I think this is a great way to personalize your games!

 

rebel aces

Fantasy Flight Games posted a preview of their upcoming release, Rebel Aces.

Rebel Aces is an expansion pack for Star Wars X: Wing Miniatures featuring two new ships for the Rebel Alliance, an A-wing and a B-wing.  Both will feature new, unique paint schemes and everything needed to get them onto the battlefield.

rebel aces cards

In this preview, FFG takes us into the versatility of the A-wing.

nyc playtest

Introducing the first annual ProtoSpiel NorthEast playtesting convention!

NYU (New York University) is hosting a charity event to raise money for the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, an organization that helps treat diseases in poorly-populated areas.  What’s so interesting about a charity event and why am I posting it as an item of news related to board games?  Well, because the charity event will be in the form of a playtesting convention.  Here’s a little more information:

“It’s been a bit since we’ve talked, and I’ve got a lot to tell you! In addition to getting Cultists of Cthulhu ready for outside reviews, adding a lot of cool stuff to Save the Singularity, and running Murder Most Foul dinner parties, I’ve also been organizing the first annual ProtoSpiel NorthEast! This is a one day convention, July 19th at the NYU Game Center in Brooklyn, dedicated to designing and playtesting games. Whether you’re an aspiring game designer, an industry veteran, a publisher looking for the next big thing, or a player wanting to check out the new hotness before anyone else, you’re going to love this convention.”

You can purchase tickets on their website here.  Tickets are only $20 at the door and FREE to any NYU student.

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Rampage

Last year’s Essen release, Rampage will be re-branded as “Terror In Meeple City” due to similarity with an existing trademark product.  Nothing is changing with the game play, only the name.

Coming in July!

hotel tycoon

Hotel Tycoon

Everyone may start off equal – but it won’t take you long to change that. With a little luck and whole lot of money, drive your opponents into outright bankruptcy and claim the top spot in the high-stakes world of luxury hotels.

On your turn, you’ll roll to move your plane to your next destination. Will you buy the land or improve your existing properties? Can you bribe the planning commission for the right to add to your luxury hotel? Can you strike just the right balance between spending extravagantly and saving for a rainy day? Time your moves and spend wisely to ruin your competition and win the game!

Highlights:

* Sculpted, three-dimensional hotels and miniature airplanes
* Colorful and eye-catching art
* Easy to learn for kids and adults

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Madame Ching

It is the year 1808, and the Sea of China is ripe with plunder. Command a pirate junk as you sink the Emperor’s ships, loot the port of Hong Kong, and learn the skills to take command of The China Pearl, the grandest ship in the fleet of the infamous Madame Ching.

Players will manage hands of navigation cards and match symbols to gain skills, play increasing numbers to complete missions, sack Hong Kong, and reach the end of the world. To win the respect of Madame Ching, you’ll need to carefully play your cards and outwit your opponents.

Highlights:

* Clever rules with surprising depth
* Innovative card play
* Beautiful art and pieces
* From master designers Maublanc and Cathala

Coming in August!

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World of Tanks: RUSH

A squadron of tanks rumbles across the field of battle to assault the enemy stronghold. Wily commanders recruit the strongest and smartest to carve a swath of destruction across the homelands of those who oppose them. Powerful tanks from all over the world meet to do battle in World of Tanks: Rush.
Players will start with a simple set of barracks cards and race to build the best deck of tanks and armored vehicles. Use the abilities of your tanks to manipulate the field to your advantage, or press those tanks into service and send them to destroy the opposing bases. A thrilling deck-building game with plenty of action, World of Tanks: Rush will leave everyone begging for one more game.

Highlights:

* Based on the wildly popular online game
* Exciting deck-building game that is heavy on interaction
* Easy to learn and quick to play, but with plenty of depth

wizkids con in your store

Today, WizKids announced the “Con In Your Store” program that will provide the opportunity for prizes and other exclusives you would normally find at a convention…at your local game store.

As its name implies, Con In Your Store brings the convention experience (except the long lines perhaps ; ) to participating friendly local game and comic shops by offering both desirable participation and competitive prizes as well as for-sale exclusives. There are three levels by which stores can participate in the Con In Your Store program, each with more content than the last, allowing stores to scale the in-store convention experience to the size they want.

con in your store

This particular Con In Your Store program is an Alliance Games Distributor-exclusive program wherein stores purchase a quantity of designated product at different tiers and then receive, at no additional cost, their Con In Your Store kit(s), each containing a number of participation and competitive prizes, and for-sale exclusives. 

Stores must be registered with the WizKids Event System (WES) and program kits will be available for the game store to procure. Here is an idea what you can expect in these kits:

DC HeroClix: White Lantern chase figures (Superman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan, Green Arrow, Ice, the Flash, Bart Allen, Superboy, Donna Troy, and/or Animal Man)
DC HeroClix: Wonder Woman convention exclusive figures
Marvel HeroClix: Horsemen of Apocalypse convention exclusive figures (War, Famine, and/or Pestilence)
Marvel HeroClix: Moonstone convention exclusive figure
KA2 HeroClix: Colonel Stars & Stripes chase figure

“Big” Kits are available based on the local game store’s WizKids product order.  If that order is $250 or more, then the “Big” Kits are obtainable and come with:

Marvel HeroClix: Shuma Gorath exclusive colossal figure
DC HeroClix: Trinity of Sin exclusive team base
Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends exclusive team base
Marvel HeroClix: Captain America Sentinel exclusive colossal figure

thunder alley

GMT Games announced that Joel Toppen will be demoing their upcoming Thunder Alley this coming Saturday, June 21 at 8:30 pm Eastern Time.

Thunder Alley is a stock car racing game for 2-7 players with the feel and flexibility of a card-driven simulation.  Designed by Jeff and Carla Horger, this game features drafting, teamwork, accidents, yellow flags, pit strategy, working to lead laps, and sprints to the finish are all included and bring the feel of racing to the game. Players control not one car, but a team of 3-6 cars. Thus, each race is not only a run for the checkered flag but an effort to maximize the score for every car on your team. Winning is important, but if only one car crosses the finish line, your team might end up outside the winner’s circle looking in.

The game includes four different types of movement, often with many cars moving with the play of a single card, and each type has its place and time:

  • Solo movement allows you to break away from the pack.
  • Draft and pursuit movement are best used for keeping your team of cars together.
  • Lead movement can create a pack of cars that moves toward the front.

Turns are fast, each play is important, and the track situation is fluid. The wrong movement in the wrong situation can be disastrous, with you possibly being left out of the draft and all alone. Experienced players will be able to identify the best type of movement for the current situation.

Cars suffer wear over the course of a race and need to take pit stops. Tire wear, suspension difficulties, fuel issues, and major engine and transmission problems are all modeled in the game. If you feel lucky, you might try to hold it together just a little bit longer in hopes that a yellow flag will come out and cause a mass rush into the pits. Waiting on a yellow that never comes can be maddening as the rest of the pack moves by your worn-out car. What’s more, an events deck can make your strategy pay off or punish you for your failure to take precautions. Accidents, yellow flags, worsening track situations, and deteriorating cars are all part of the game. Could all of your perfect strategy be derailed by those incoming rain clouds?

 

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Designed by Bruno Cathala, Five Tribes is the new big box board game coming from Days of Wonder this fall. Five Tribes is a bit more of a “Gamers’ Game” than Days of Wonder’s standard fare. The game builds on a long tradition of German games with wooden Meeples in a unique twist on the Worker Placement game genre. While the rules are quite easy to learn and understand, implementing a winning strategy will take a calculated approach. In this worker displacement game, you score by carefully maneuvering the Five Tribes of Meeples over the tiles that make up the ancient city-state of the Sultanate of Naqala. You need to look ahead to determine what moves will not only position you to score well, but put your opponents at a disadvantage. It’s when, how and where you dis-place the Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants & Viziers that will determine your victory or failure!

The game will be available worldwide in September, 2014. We expect to have a limited number of copies available to sell at Gencon in August. Also the game’s designer, Bruno Cathala will also join us at Gencon to demo the game and be available for interviews.

dc deck

Coming later this year from Cryptozoic Entertainment is a new DC deck-builder for two players, Rivals: Batman vs Joker.

Rivals: Batman vs Joker is a 98 card set based on Cryptozoic’s Cerberus system, which is the same system used in DC Comics Deck-Building Game.  Through game play, each player adds cards to their deck, arming themselves.  When they feel the time is right, players will attack each other and the first to make their opponent fall three times wins the game.  But look out, because as the rivals fall, Batman and Joker get boosts to their abilities.

Rivals: Batman vs Joker is expected to release in December with 98 cards and six oversize “Hero” cards.

plants vs zombies

Yahtzee: Plants vs. Zombies Collector’s Edition

Collectible Conehead Zombie die cup and dice featuring Crazy Dave, Sunflower, Wall-nut, Squash, Peashooter and Jalapeño!

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Connect 4: My Little Pony

Play with checkers featuring your favorite characters from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV show with the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Connect 4 Game!

Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and more characters from the TV series go head-to-head when players race to drop their custom checkers in the grid to try and make a line upwards, sideways, or diagonal. The first player to get 4-in-a-row wins!

treasure trax

Treasure Trax

Search ‘n’ find activity game for preschoolers! An exciting play ‘n’ learn game where kids search for clues to find hidden animals. In just minutes, parents can set up the cards around the house and even hide a surprise at the end. Whether it’s a rainy day or an everyday afternoon, Treasure Trax is a creative and fun way to keep kids entertained and active indoors.

  • Ages 3-5
  • 2+ players
  • 5-10 minutes play time

big bang monopoly

Monopoly: Big Bang Theory

1# Primetime Comedy and Emmy nominated series now comes to Monopoly!

Game board features locations from the show along with seven game tokens of Leonard’s Glasses, Sheldon’s Spot, Howard’s Space Helmet, Raj’s Dog Cinnamon, Penny’s Wine Glass, Amy’s Tiara and Bernadette’s Microscope! Community Chest and Chance cards are now renamed Roommate Agreement and Fortune Cookie Cards!

  • 2-6 players
  • Ages 8+

tmnt monopoly

Monopoly: TMNT Cartoon Version Collector’s Edition

Game board features iconic locations from the television series!

  • 2-6 players
  • Ages 8+

 

Puzzle: A Christmas Story

Featuring a die-cut puzzle in the shape of the iconic leg lamp. Nearly life-size!

Contains:
500 pieces