upper deck logo 120Upper Deck has been extremely successful with their Marvel-licensed Legendary card game.  They have also been known for several other licenses, such as The Last Airbender, Call of Duty, Bionicle, and Digimon.  Well today they announced that they will be featuring the well-known world of The Crow!

Upper Deck Celebrates 20th Anniversary of “The Crow” with New License Agreement and Line of Products

Upper Deck to release Trading Cards, Trading Card Games, Limited Edition Posters and more around The Crow Films, Comic Books and TV Series!

Carlsbad, CA (April 2, 2014) – Upper Deck and Pressman Film, led by veteran producer Edward R. Pressman, are joining forces to bring the popular franchise The Crow to fans via trading cards, board games, limited edition posters, miniature figurines, collectible art and more.

The first product that Upper Deck is working on under the new multi-year agreement is a brand new game experience based on the new franchise release in March 2015. The company is planning to offer a full portfolio of products based not only on the original film, but from the movie sequels, TV series and comic books as well.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Upper Deck on the new line of products surrounding The Crow franchise and engaging our fans in a way they haven’t experienced before,” said Pressman.

Upper Deck Authenticated, the company’s memorabilia division, is planning to produce limited edition posters for The Crow that will be available later this year.  The company also plans to produce The Crow trading card set, which will release in 2015. More details and release dates for The Crow products are expected to be announced at Comic-Con International this summer.

The Crow franchise is an exciting new addition to our game and collectibles portfolio,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. “At Upper Deck we believe in quality over quantity, and have carefully selected The Crow as an investment that we know our collectors and gaming fans will enjoy for years to come.”

From the original film to 3 movie sequels, a TV series and an extensive line of comics, there seems to be an unlimited amount of content for new Upper Deck products surrounding The Crow.

“There is a very hard core and passionate fan base for The Crow, which we greatly appreciate,” said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck’s Entertainment Brand Manager. “We will be taking great care to keep true to the movie and comic characters, and plan to uphold this legacy to its fullest.”

The deal between Upper Deck and Pressman Films was brokered by Dan Kletzky of Entertainment Licensing Associates.

About Upper Deck

Upper Deck is the leading sports card and collectibles company, and produces some of the greatest gaming titles and motion picture trading cards. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit www.upperdeck.com.

About Pressman Film

Founded in 1969, Pressman Film has produced more than 80 world-class motion pictures and helped launch the careers of many of the most prominent figures in the movie industry. The company’s extensive body of work includes groundbreaking films by directors such as Oliver Stone, Terrence Malick, Sam Raimi, David Byrne, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Brian De Palma, David Mamet, Charles Burnett, Abel Ferrara, Wayne Kramer, Mary Harron, Jason Reitman, and Werner Herzog. Led by true industry veteran, Edward R. Pressman, the company is dedicated to producing quality theatrical motion pictures and will continue its 40-year tradition, forging new territory in both the independent and Hollywood arenas. For more information on Pressman Film, please visit www.pressman.com.

coup reformation

Reformation is an expansion to Coup. Reformation adds Allegiances – players are either in support of the government (Loyalists) or the resistance (Reformists).Reformation also includes the Inquisitor variant, and additional role cards to expand play up to 10 players. Originally introduced in a very limited edition at Essen 2013 that sold out in hours, Reformation is a perfect expansion to an already great game adding a new layer of manipulation and deceit for Coup fanatics.

Coup is a lightning fast game of bluff and manipulation for 2-6 players.  If you don’t already have Coup, you will need to get it in order to use the Reformation expansion.The Reformation & Coup KS pledge levels (starting at $30) is a great way to get both at the same time or to upgrade your retail copy to include all the nice little extras of the kickstarter edition (alternative art cards & foil coins). The closing date on Kickstarter is April 15, 2014, the current pledged amount is $77,694 and the funding goal for the project is $10,000. The estimated delivery date is Aug 2014.

wizkid asmodee

WizKids Games announced that the partnership with Asmodee Germany.

This means that many great titles will now be available overseas. Titles include Mage Knight, Attack Wing: Dungeon & Dragons, Quarriors!, and Star Trek: Attack Wing.

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WizKids Games has announced the following release date changes:

  • Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool Gravity Feed moved to April 30, 2014
  • Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool 10 count booster brick and Thunderbolts Fast Forces Pack moved to May 14, 2014.
  • Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 5 (Tactical Borg Cube, Interceptor Five, D’kyr) Expansion Packs moved to June 11, 2014.

A couple of organized play kits are delayed so check local retailers for updated event dates.

  • Marvel HeroClix Organized Play Kit moved to May 14, 2014.
  • Star Trek: Attack Wing Arena Episode Organized Play Kit moved to May 28, 2014.

last banquet

At GAMA this past week, Fantasy Flight announced The Last Banquet, an upcoming party game.  The Last Banquet will support a group of six to twenty-five players in this game of intrigue.

Players are given a role and divided into teams and seated around the table. Each role, or character card, has an ability that will manipulate seating order in some way. Character cards also have detailed information to aide in a little role playing as teams work to accomplish their goals. Assassinate the king or queen or rescue the princess, Last Banquet will come with six scenarios for players.

Last Banquet is expected to release third quarter of this year.

foul play

Woohoo! Fantasy Flight Games announced Foul Play, an expansion for Blood Bowl: Team Manager expected to release third quarter of this year.

foul play cards

The expansion will come with the Putrid Players’ Guild, introducing three new teams: Nurgles, Chaos Dwarfs, and Lowdown Rats each with their own foul flare. New penalty tokens are added that will come with stricter punishment. A referee will move from around the matches and is “comfortably corrupt.”

steve jackson games

Coming in May From Steve Jackson Games

munchkin 2 apocalypse

Munchkin Apocalypse: Sheep Impact

Have even more fun bringing about the End Times with 106 new cards for Munchkin Apocalypse! Sheep Impact is an expansion set; you will need Munchkin Apocalypse (SJG1503) to play.

Contains:

  • 106 new cards for Munchkin Apocalypse

munchkin kill o meter

Munchkin Apocalypse Kill-O-Meter

The best Munchkin fights are the ones where everyone plays cards to keep the levels bouncing up and down! But it can be hard to keep track. Now you’ll never have to stop and recount again!

With the Munchkin Apocalypse Kill-O-Meter, whenever a card hits the table, you turn the dials to keep track of your new total. You don’t have time to stop and count when the world is coming to an end…

The Munchkin Apocalypse Kill-OMeter comes with two special Munchkin Apocalypse bonus cards and since the dials can be read from either side, we put the munchkin survivors on one side and their foes on the other.

Contains:

  • 1 two-sided combat counter
  • 2 Munchkin Apocalypse cards

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Zombie Dice 3: School Bus Expansion

The living call it the School Bus. The zombies call it a lunch wagon.

Add the School Bus die to your Zombie Dice game and add all sorts of craziness! The School Bus is full of tasty brains, but those kids are packing shotguns, too. You might find yourself chowing down on a brain buffet, chasing runners off the bus, getting run over, or getting multiple shotguns!

This is an expansion for Zombie Dice and requires the base game to play.

  • 2-4 players
  • Ages 10+
  • 10-20 minute play time

Contains:

  • 12-sided school bus die
  • 14 brain and shotgun counters
  • Rule sheet

praetor

NSKN Games is proud to announce Praetor, our first board game release in 2014 and our largest hobby release to date.

Praetor is a strategy board game designed by NSKN Games and published in cooperation with 8 other publishers in 7 languages. Designed and developed in English, Praetor will also be released in German, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Romanian.

About Praetor

praetor components

In Praetor players will take the role of Roman engineers working together to build a magnificent city and competing for the title of Praetor. Each player will manage workers which are gaining experience throughout the game to build districts in the Roman city of Segedunum, while using the same districts to recruit new workers, gain resources, praise the gods and gain Caesar’s favor. In the end, the most skillful of them will win the game and become Praetor.

200 copies available through pre-order

The first 200 copies of Praetor (English edition) can be pre-ordered directly from NSKN Games until April 21st, with multiple delivery options (worldwide shipping, UKGE and Spiel’14 Essen pick-up).

Release dates

The official European release will take place on June 1st, 2014 at the UK Games Expo (Birmingham, UK) and the game is planned to reach the majority of hobby retailers throughout Europe in June 2014.

The English edition will be carried by major hobby distributors in the United States and although a North American release is not planned yet, we expect Praetor to make its debut at GenCon in August 2014.

port royal

The savvy card game Port Royal from publisher Pegasus Spiele requires readiness to assume risks.

FRIEDBERG, March 28th 2014 – In the golden age of piracy, it takes courage to sail through the Caribbean as a mere merchant. But the prospect of wealth and influence justifies great risks. In the card game Port Royal, players must dare a lot to win it all – but those who are too greedy might remain empty-handed.

port royal cards

In the game of Port Royal, players must go all out to get to hire a capable crew and to fulfill the requirements of profitable expeditions. In order to do so the active player may flip as many cards as he likes. But each card raises both the opportunities and dangers to which he exposes himself. And with every card he also increases the chances of his ever lurking rivals to benefit from his voyage of discovery , as they may buy cards from his display at the end of his turn. Regardless his handling of this dilemma: If he ever encounters a ship he cannot repel, his entire turn is wasted.

Port Royal won the Austrian Game Designers Competition of the Wiener Spiele Akademie in 2013 as “Händler der Karibik”. It is a fast-paced, appealing Push-Your-Luck Game full of pirate flair. Two to five Players from ages eight and up can proof their courage within 30 minutes in a game of Port Royal by designer Alexander Pfister.

allegiance realm divided

The continent of Anstrus has been warring within itself for generations. With its nations locked in a struggle for power, a sudden invasion of dark forces from unknown lands is sweeping across the realm. While war rages, chaos reigns, and no ties of loyalty are left unbroken. Out of the turmoil, powerful heroes have arisen and are gathering forces to fight for their cause – some fight for good, some for evil, and some for purposes unknown. Choose your hero and emerge victorious, in Allegiance: A Realm Divided.

allegiance components

Allegiance: A Realm Divided is a fantasy-themed, fully self-contained tabletop game for 2 to 4 players. It is a unique board-game/card-game hybrid that is deeply strategic in nature, and usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes to play. In Allegiance, each player assumes the role of one of 10 powerful heroes fighting in a realm divided by war. Each hero represents a different fantasy character class, and plays according to that character’s style, strengths, and weaknesses. Players can customize and level-up their hero’s unique abilities, enlist allied units, and play tricky action cards to defeat their enemies.

The closing date on Kickstarter is April 28, 2014, the current pledged amount is $13,391 CAD and the funding goal for the project is $50,000.  Pledge $55 to get a Copy of Allegiance + Mercenary Promo. Estimated delivery: Feb 2015.