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Fantasy Flight Games has announced the fifth Chapter Pack in the Conquest and Defiance cycle for the Game of Thrones LCG scheduled to release second quarter of 2014.

This Chapter Pack introduces a new keyword, Prized, and provides additional support to broader decks.  New, powerful cards are given to the Great Houses and eminent threats from over the wall rise against the Night’s Watch.  Quite a few cards like, Defenders of the Wall & Deserted Castle, carry rich theme by linking House Baratheon to the Night’s Watch.

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Kickstart Some Demigods

In the Time of Chaos, the God of War was the supreme ruler over all the other gods. When the Time of Peace came, it lasted so long that the God of  War started to lose his power. He grew weaker as the years went by and was pushed aside by the other gods. As his power faded and he felt that the end was near, he gave task to his four children, the demigods, to prove themselves as the most exemplary commanders on the field of battle. The one who emerges victorious will become the new God of War and bring the former glory to their name.

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Demigods Rising is a Skirmish-style board game in which players take the roles of the demigods, commanding armies of heroes to prove supremacy over others and ascend as the new God of War. As a demigod, a player initially has access to 20 heroes from which they can chose their army. With these choices made, a demigod then faces his opponent(s) on the sacred battleground.

The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 17 2014, the funding goal for the project is $49,000 and the current pledged amount is $7,354. Pledge $79 or more and you will become a Hero and receive one copy of Demigods Rising board game featuring 40 plastic miniatures. You will also receive a digital art book, a digital story book and access to optional reward.  The estimated delivery date is Dec 2014

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Stronghold Games Proclaims 2014 “The Year of Space Cadets”, Announces 3 New Game Titles in the Space Cadets line

Stronghold Games is proud to declare 2014 as “The Year of Space Cadets” as it announces 3 new game titles for their award-winning and best-selling Space Cadets line of games.
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Space Cadets: Away Missions is a standalone game in the Space Cadets universe. It is a cooperative, tactical action game for 1-6 players, artistically set in the Golden Age of science fiction, and thematically a prequel to the originalSpace Cadets.  Players take on the roles of adventurous human spacemen as they move outside the relative safety of their ship, exploring UFOs, acquiring Alien technology, and fighting hostile extraterrestrials.  Space Cadets: Away Missions contains 15 scenarios linked in a campaign story arc, and utilizes modular hexagonal map tiles to create the locations that the players explore on their Away Missions.  Cooperation and tactical planning are essential if the spacemen hope to overcome the relentless onslaught of Alien creatures.
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Space Cadets: Dice Duel – Die Fighter is the first expansion to last year’s smash-hit Space Cadets: Dice DuelThe Team vs. Team, Real-time, Dice-Rolling Game of Starship Combat!”, supporting 2 new play modes.  In Carrier Strikemode, each team will command a second ship on the board as well, which is a faster, more maneuverable, but more fragile Fighter-class ship. With 4 ships on the board, Carrier Strike mode will now support up to 10 players. In Fighter Duel mode, 2 players man fighters in head-to-head combat for quick and intense battles. Die Fighter expansion now provides support for 2 to 10 players.
Space Cadets: Resistance Is Mostly Futile is the first expansion for the original Space Cadets. In this expansion, each station has access to the Psycho-Acoustic Neural Interface Control (P.A.N.I.C.) button, which gives players new options if things aren’t going quite as expected. This expansion also includes new Missions, including quick play ones for a faster game, new enemies like the mysterious space beasts, new Map Tiles with new hazards, and other challenges that will test the most seasoned crew of Space Cadets.
“In proclaiming 2014 ‘The Year of Space Cadets’, Stronghold Games is sending a clear message to our fans”, said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “We will continue to support our major game lines like ‘Space Cadets’, as well as ‘Survive!’ and ‘Core Worlds’, bringing out new games and expansions for these great, highly-regarded game lines.  We are very excited to be working on these projects this year.”
“We are very excited to have ‘Away Missions’ be a part of the ever expanding Space Cadets universe. Many thanks to both the Engelsteins and Stronghold Games for this opportunity, and to artist Bill Bricker for turning our ideas into the coolest looking board game this side of Alpha Centauri”, said co-designers Dan Raspler and Al Rose. “And please, keep watching the skies!”
 
“We are thrilled about the reception that the Space Cadets games have received from players”, said Sydney Engelstein, designer of Space Cadets and Space Cadets: Dice Duel. Adds co-designer Geoff Engelstein, Away Missions and the new expansions give us the opportunity to make the Space Cadets universe a richer and more dynamic place, while keeping innovative cooperative play at its core.”

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Coming Soon from Nazca Games

cipher ops

Cipher Ops is a high-tech cat-and-mouse game between a spy and mercenary unit. One player takes on the role of a specially trained covert operative whose mission is to infiltrate a top-secret remote military base and disable their communication and defense systems. The other player controls the highly trained counter-espionage task force who must stop the infiltrator at all costs.

Cipher OPS is a ‘Stealth Action Game’ for 2 players scheduled to be released at GenCon 2014.

Nazca Games is a small game development company located in Brooklyn, New York. The vision and focus of the company is to create fun, entertaining, and engaging games for families as well as avid gamers. Nazca Games strives to marry interesting themes and fun game mechanics that immerse and challenge the players to create a memorable game experience.

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Hearts and Minds: The Vietnam War – 2nd ed.

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Hearts and Minds: The Vietnam War is a card driven area movement game that allows players to recreate the Vietnam War between 1965-1975 in the full campaign game or yearly scenarios starting and ending in any year.

Designed by John Poniske and Developed by Stan Hilinski. The game is playable in 1 hour for the scenarios to 3-6 hours for the campaign game.

HoldFast: Russia 1941-42

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On June 22, 1941, the German army attacked Russia in the largest land battle the world would ever know. Millions of soldiers and civilians would lose their lives in a vicious life or death struggle that would decide the fate of the Third Reich. The German army came within miles of capturing their main objectives in 1941 and 1942, each time to have victory snatched from them by a micro-managing leader, poor planning, poor supply, bad weather, and a Russian army that was determined to fight to the death. From 1943 onward the fate of Germany was sealed.

HoldFast Russia 1941-42 is our strategic World War II game on the Russian Campaign. It is the first of Worthington Games Campaigns of World War II series.

It uses wooden blocks for fog of war and hex movement. Clean mechanics and a manageable number of units allow for the entire campaign to be played in a evening. Objectives are clear. Hold two of the three victory location cities at the end of the game. But with mud and supplies a constant factor, German armor always a threat, and winter bringing a boost to Russian resources and manpower, it is not easy for either side to HOLDFAST. “The world will hold its breath…”

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IDW Games and Pandasaurus Expand Relationship

San Diego, CA (February 27, 2014) – IDW Games launched in a big way with recently announced games like Kill Shakespeare and 30 Days of Night. To help bolster a board game line already hotly anticipated by fans around the world, IDW is growing its games division by expanding its partnership with Pandasaurus Games.

This partnership includes bringing Pandasaurus’ vault of popular games into print, many of which are sold out. The first title in this partnership is Tammany Hall, launching in June, in which the players “take power, rule New York.”  Other titles to follow areRattus Cartus, the sold-out hit that pits players against each other and the Black Plague, and Yedo, Pandasaurus’ first game, which is a samurai-themed worker placement game from the designers of the upcoming Kill Shakespeare game, Wolf Plancke andThomas Vande Ginste. It also means that moving forward, IDW Games and Pandasaurus will be co-developing engaging board games that will excite existing fans of the genre and surely make new ones.

“We have a commitment to seeing incredible ideas come to fruition in the form of brilliantly themed, technically engaging and visually stunning board games above all else,” said Mary Wardlaw, Director Marketing at Pandasaurus Games, “And that commitment is the exact reason why we couldn’t be more delighted to have IDW Games as a partner in upholding and expanding the mission of breathing life into new endeavors, out-of-print lauded gems and beloved brands. Let the games begin!”

“Pandasaurus has done an excellent job building a catalog of rich, engaging and in-demand board games. They’re veterans in the industry and we look forward to developing some amazing titles together.” Said IDW Games Director, Jerry Bennington. “This is a partnership that will have an immediate positive impact for both sides and you can be sure you’ll be hearing big things from us soon.”

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You also have a chance to part of IDW Games and Pandasaurus’ first joint venture, Kill Shakespeare,on Kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/idwgames/kill-shakespeare?ref=home_location

The future looks very bright for board game fans with the return of some favorites and the release of new and exciting ones!  This year, IDW Games and Pandasaurus invite you to get in the game!

fireteam zero

Fireteam Zero is a fast and furious cooperative boardgame of brutal squad tactics versus a relentless onslaught of horrifying foes. Fireteam Zero is a cooperative game for up to four players who must cut a path through an endless swarm of deadly monsters in order to discover and defeat the ultimate evil behind them. Each player possesses a set of brutal combat skills that are represented by a deck of cards unique to that character. Play cards to devastate the creatures in your way, help your teammates survive the onslaught, or even reshape the tactical landscape with the proper application of explosive ordnance.

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Emergent Gamesgoal was to deliver heroes that were potent and whose actions were decisive and effective. If you’re going to fight unspeakable evil to save the world, competence is the bare minimum requirement for the job.

The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 1 2014, the funding goal for the project is $82,530 and the current pledged amount is $50,000. To receive a copy of the core game and save the world a pledge is $75.00 will make you a recruit. At this time the estimated date of delivery is October 2014.

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Coming in March from Game Salute

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Rockwell

The Rockwell company wants to develop drilling activities, but does not have the necessary teams in-house so Rockwell has decided to buy into specialized companies. In order to determine which company it will put on the most advanced and most profitable projects in the future, Rockwell has elected to make them work together on a single important project: drilling through the depths of the earth’s crust to the core.

Through three phases of gameplay, players will move their drill crews to Earth crust tiles to harvest the best minerals and resources and can improve their odds by deploying the vice president to corrupt opposing crews or high subcontractors to increase the drilling power. After four rounds, the mines laid on the drilled tiles provide the resources printed on the back of the tiles.

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These resources are then sold and bought through the vice president on the market which then leads into the phase where players can then make investments to get renown points and improve their drilling conditions in future rounds.

The end of the game is determined when the majority of the players have reached the center of the Earth with a drill crew or a player has completed the nine Achievement cards, each with various goals or tasks on them. The company who demonstrates the greatest expertise in the technical and financial management of this contract will ensure a bright future with Rockwell.

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Ruse

A murder has been committed in the Victorian steampunk city of St. Sebastian. You have made the short list of police suspects and the only way to retain your freedom is to prove that one of the others on the list is in fact the murderous culprit.

Players take turns making Accusations against the other players by placing Method, Motive, or Opportunity cards in front of them or providing Alibis against the Accusations made against them by other players. You must remember what has been played and craft your Accusations well to pin the murder on another player.

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 Ruse uses cards with specialized suits and amazing steampunk artwork to tell the story of murder and mayhem under the gaslights of St. Sebastian.

 As a bonus, the deck may also be used to play all of your favorite traditional card games.

 

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BoardGame Geek member Zopper-Alf’s Expedit-ed Collection

 

You’ve probably heard by now.  Bad news has issued forth from the land of Sweden, and the future is bleak for obsessive, storage-conscious board-gamers across the world.

That’s right, IKEA has cancelled the EXPEDIT.  First hinted at on the company’s German Facebook page, confirmed by the Huffington Post, and having spawned plenty of furor/sadness/randomness on BoardGame Geek and even a Facebook group to save the wonderful little shelving squares.

Thankfully, the EXPEDIT will be replaced in April with a new shelving unit called KALLAX.  Whether or not this lives up to the legend, and the exacting standards of the board gaming enthusiasts everywhere remains to be seen.

Let it be known that the EXPEDIT will remain on sale until they’ve sold out completely.  Considering the great gnashing of teeth that has issued forth from the hallowed halls of Twitter, however, you might want to empty your trunk and make way to the land of Billy the Bookcase and strange Swedish food.

New From Victory Point Games

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In Hapsburg Eclipse, from designer Darin A. Leviloff, you control the leadership of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, peripherally, the German Central Staff who assumes greater and greater control over their ally. The Austro-Hungarians have unique challenges as they try to survive the onslaught of the “Russian Steamroller” and try to conquer the Serbs in the South. The mission will be complicated by the perseverance of those enemies, the difficulties with new fronts in Romania, the Balkans, and the Italian border, and the difficulty of keeping the Empire’s restive nationalities from revolting against Hapsburg Rule.

In the end, the war was too much for the disparate nationalities of Austria-Hungary to take and when it became clear that the Central Powers could not win the war, the Austro-Hungarian Empire disintegrated. Can you succeed in keeping the Hapsburg Monarchy intact? Play Hapsburg Eclipse and find out!