car wars

AUSTIN, Texas (April 23, 2014) – Rev those engines and load up the rocket launchers – Car Wars is coming back, with old hand Scott Haring in the driver’s seat. Haring, the former editor or Autoduel Quarterly magazine, the developer of Deluxe Car Wars, and the author and editor of many more titles released in the game’s heyday, will serve as Car Wars Line Editor for publisher Steve Jackson Games.

When SJ Games launched the amazing Ogre Designer’s Edition campaign on Kickstarter, one of the stretch goals was a promise to produce a Kickstarter-backed edition of Car Wars. As line editor, Haring will be working with the Kickstarter contributors in moving Car Wars into the 21st century of game design and the 22nd century of game worlds.

“I’m thrilled to be back,” Haring said. “Car Wars was the game that got me started in the industry, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and all, so being part of the relaunch of this tabletop classic will be exciting beyond belief.”

“This has been in the works for quite a while,” said Phil Reed, Chief Operating Officer. “Steve and I knew we’d need a dedicated Car Warsperson if we were going to do the game justice, and we wanted someone we knew could handle it. Scott was the right choice.”

The first step will be a re-release of Car Wars 4th Edition and the Mini Car Wars starter pack while Haring begins working with the dedicated autoduelling fans from Kickstarter nation to bring the Car Wars experience back to prominence. Drive Offensively!

About Steve Jackson Games

Steve Jackson Games, based in Austin, Texas, has been publishing games, game books, and magazines since 1980. Its best-selling game is Munchkin, with well over 5 million copies of the games and supplements in print worldwide. Other top sellers are GURPS (the Generic Universal RolePlaying System), Zombie Dice, and Illuminati. Past hits have included Car Wars and Toon. Steve’s very first game, Ogre, originally released in 1977, drew almost a million dollars’ worth of Kickstarter support in 2012 for a super-deluxe edition, which was released in late 2013.

munchkin princess

Steve Jackson Games announced that the Munchkin line will get a royal make-over in August with Munchkin Princesses.  Designed by Andrew Hackard (Munchkin Pathfinder & Munchkin Apocalypse: Mars Attacks!),  this 15-card booster pack has cards for every Munchkin fan: new monsters (“Prince Charmless” and “The Eighth Dwarf”), new Treasures (“Glass Sneakers” and the “Genetically Modified Apple”) and, of course, the “Princess” card itself. In fact, two Princesses!

rebel transport

Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures: Rebel Transport

The first big ship has entered retail orbits and ready for battle.

As it introduces the game’s first huge ship, the Rebel Transport Expansion Pack marks the beginning of an exciting new era for X-Wing, filled with richer Cinematic Play experiences, Epic Play battles, and massive starships that maneuver and battle differently than the game’s smaller starfighters.

With new rules, one Rebel transport miniature, one X-wing miniature with an alternate paint scheme, and a wealth of new ship cards, upgrades, and missions, the Rebel Transport Expansion Pack allows you to recreate the drama of the Rebellion’s desperate escape from Hoth, pursue new tactics in tournament play, and wage massive battles that are destined to shape the fate of the galaxy!

forsaken lore

Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore

Forsaken Lore is an expansion for last year’s Elritch Horror, a cooperative, adventure game of Cthulhu terror.  Designers Corey Konieczka and Nikki Valens take players back into slithering peril with serpents and Yig, the Father of Serpents.

The fate of the world grows even more uncertain as the malignant influence of Yig, the Father of Serpents, extends across the globe. Previously defeated Ancient Ones attempt to reclaim the world once again, forcing Investigators to solve new mysteries to keep them at bay. All the while, terrible new Epic Monsters and dangerous new Encounters keep Investigators racing across the globe to stave off the collapse of the world.

Forsaken Lore adds over two hundred new cards to Eldritch Horror, including over one hundred new Encounter cards, twenty-four condition cards, and fourteen new mysteries.

honor and profit

Android Netrunner: Honor and Profit

Honor and Profit is the second deluxe expansion for Android: Netrunner hacking into stores with a total of 165 cards for runners and corporations.

Honor and Profit draws us into the conflicts between the Jinteki corporation and three notable Criminals. Both of these factions are known for their aggressive approaches to the game, and the tricks and traps that they uncork during their struggles will have resounding implications for the entire net. Players must tread carefully; all bets are off with this latest addition to the game.

realms unraveled

Ascension: Realms Unraveled introduces Multifaction cards which can belong to more than one faction, unlocking myriad combinations of powers and abilities! The new Multi-Unite keyword allows players to earn huge rewards for playing many Heroes of the same faction in a single turn!

ascension cards

Ascension: Realms Unraveled also expands upon the Transform mechanic from Ascension: Darkness Unleashed, allowing players to upgrade their cards permanently!

Play it as a stand-alone 1-4 player game or combine with other Ascension Deckbuilding Games to explore the world of Vigil with up to 6 players!

ars victor

Command a furious fighting force of the future in this fast-paced, head-to-head game! Introduce new players with Ars Victor’s easy-to-learn rules, and enjoy a game with strategy deep enough to satisfy even veteran wargamers and all within an hour play time!

To win, you must reduce your enemy’s Glory to zero before they do the same to you. Your successes on the battlefield chip away at your enemy’s Glory. It never goes up, only down; so it’s always a tense, back-and-forth race to the bottom.

Your turn is simple: play a Command Card to activate one or more of your units. Move them across the battlefield, and try to slaughter the enemy. In the process, try to hold on to the three Capture Points in the middle of the board, and keep your Headquarters alive.

Combat is resolved in a single roll of multiple colored dice. Dice quantity and color can be affected by terrain, as well as unit Special Abilities. Simple icons on the dice show the results.

This Limited Edition game includes the first expansion: doubling the number of units, and adding an entirely new faction!

The Ars Victor Limited Edition contains over 3 pounds of components that you can use to crush your enemies:

  • 9 double-sided full-color mounted Map Tiles
  • 60 double-sided 1.5” Unit counters from the Empire of Man
  • 20 red and blue double-sided Banners
  • 6 hexagonal Capture Points
  • Two decks of 24 red and blue Command Cards
  • 12 red, white, and blue custom-molded Combat Dice
  • 14 red and blue Command Counters
  • 1 twenty eight page full-color Rulebook, chock full of rule examples and sample missions
  • 2 full-color double sided Quick Reference sheets

carmarace

In Carmarace, everyone on your block just won the chance to pick up a limited edition collectable at the convention being held on the other side of the continent. There is only one of these collectables up for grabs and the first person there gets it! The problem? None of you have a car…As players hit the streets, sky, and tracks, they will hop into different vehicles with different “Karma” values.  You might get really lucky and have a nice open road in front of you…or you might get a giant boulder, which can slow you down. In this race, what goes around comes around. You’ll run into speeding tickets, road blocks, jet fighters, trains, cars, planes, old ladies, and more! 

In Carmarace, you’ll need to strategize which cards to hold, and which to discard. Do you want to advance further into the race? Or deal out some bad Karma to the others in front? Which path should you take? Will you risk the high road and take a plane? Bluff your way past the others? So many choices to choose from.

2-6 players

Ages 8+

90 minute play time

arcadea quest
In Arcadia Quest, players lead guilds of intrepid heroes on an epic campaign to dethrone the vampire lord and reclaim the mighty Arcadia for their own. But only one guild may lead in the end, so players must battle against each other as well as against the monstrous occupying forces.
Arcadia Quest is a campaign-based game for 2 to 4 players, where each player controls a guild of three unique heroes, facing off against the other players and the various monsters controlled by the game. Players need to accomplish a series of quests in order to win each scenario and choose where to go next in the campaign.
Players are able to choose the path their campaign takes, navigating through six out of eleven available scenarios, so each time the campaign is played it can have a different configuration of scenarios. As the campaign progresses, the heroes are able to acquire new weapons, equipment and abilities that give them powerful options to tackle the obstacles ahead. Furthermore, by fulfilling specific quests in a scenario, players unlock exclusive features in subsequent scenarios.
2-4 players
Ages 13+

dogs of war

Dogs of War is a euro-style, soldier placement board game of deception, intrigue and shifting alliances for 3 to 5 players. Dogs of War is an elegant game set in a steampunk-influenced renaissance universe. Noble houses engage each other in a series of fierce battles, and it is up to the players and the Dogs of War they control to deploy their private armies in support of whatever house they wish to favour.

dogs of war components

Players take to the battlefield as one of the Dogs of War. As Captains of their own private army, each Dog of War has a special ability that will help them win influence, battles, or betray the house they’ve sworn allegiance to!

The closing date on Kickstarter is May 9, 2014, the current pledged amount is $36,017 and the funding goal for the project is $25,000.  Pledge $50 for a copy + The Kickstarter exclusive captain: Count Iago + applicable stretch goals! The estimated delivery date is Oct 2014.

isettlers_preview

Portal Games announces Imperial Settlers, which will be released at their booth at Gen Con 2014.

Imperial Settlers is a card game played over five rounds where players will take various actions to explore lands and build their empires.  Designer Ignacy Trzewiczek (Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island & Stronghold) built the core mechanism of the game from his 2010 release, 51st State, a city building, economic game of power.

zombies keep out

Privateer Press recently released Zombies Keep Out and is now available at retail locations.

Zombies Keep Out is a new cooperative board game for 1–6 players in which players act as fearless goblin tinkerers holed up in their workshop, frantically constructing zany contraptions to repel endless waves of attacking undead. Protect your workshop, but whatever you do, don’t get bit!

Designed by David Carl (Warmachine: High Command & Heap), Zombies Keep Out includes the following components:

• 1 Game board
• 15 Contraption cards
• 40 Terrible Things cards
• 55 Part cards
• 1 Token sheet
• 15 Grey Runners
• 10 Blue Leapers
• 10 Yellow Creepers
• 10 Red Brutes
• 1 Rulebook