A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: TABLETOP MINIATURES GAME

The CMON Expo 2019 is hosted in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown hotel over 3 days. This year multiple panels were organized with a number of them hosted online by Gloryhoundd on both Youtube, and Facebook, and moderated by Director of Marketing, Rhea Friesen. The day started with a bang with the crowds registering then picking up their swag bags of goodies.

Creating a Legacy in Trudvang Legends – Designer, Eric M. Lang, discussed the hotly anticipated adventure game, Trudvang Legends, designed by himself, Fel Barros, and Guilherme Goulart, and revealed it to be a 1-4 player, co-operative, story-driven board game. It’s based on Norse mythology (though with its own pantheon of gods instead of the traditional Norse pantheon), with a strong emphasis on epic stories which change the gaming world based on the outcomes of those stories. The game begins with a single, unlocked story which is played over a session. Obtaining an epic ending unlocks future stories which affect the overall game world depending on the sequence they’re played in and their outcomes. Its solo friendly and scales well in difficulty across all player counts, but its best played with more players for the full experience. Combat uses a push-your-luck, rune based system (wind, fire, water, earth, and demonic) which affects the available abilities (such as bash, or block) a character can use based on the drawn runes. Demonic runes trigger enemy abilities and can fail the heroic abilities. The Bestiary is represented by cards, and creatures’ abilities can change over the lifetime of the adventure based on story outcomes. Trudvang Legends is based on the role-playing game, Trudvang Chronicles, by Riot Minds. Game components on display were all in prototype form and are subject to change.

What’s Over the Horizon for the A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game – Designer, Michael Shinall, previewed upcoming releases and gave some sneak peeks. First on the list was an update to the Umber Champion, Gregor Clegane, Sandor Clegane, Jaime Lannister, Twyin Lannister, and Tyrion Lannister heroes who weren’t seeing enough tournament gameplay and needed to be adjusted. CMON constantly monitors tournament builds and outcomes, and listens to the community. The adjusted heroes will be available as printable cards from the CMON website and available in the War Council app. New releases include heroes for the Neutral Faction, the Baratheon Faction, and the Targaryen Faction. The Baratheons are characterized by a heavy armored, sieged style of play. The Baratheon brothers also introduce a “Loyalty” mechanism where certain units are loyal to the brothers. The Targaryens represent Daenerys Targaryen as the Khaleesi during her days with Khal Drogo. As such, the army is composed mostly of the Dothraki Horde who are expert cavalrymen and are focused on speed and blatant combat buffs. CMON also spoke of increased organized play support in the form of kits in stores.

Stopping Ragnarok in God of War: The Card Game – Designer Alexandru Olteanu, along with Head of Game Development, Eric M. Lang, gave a sneak peek of the hit PlayStation game converted into a card game. Santa Monica Studio, designers of the video game, were delighted to have CMON adapt the game into its card game form. God of War: The Card Game supports 1-4 players, who co-operatively attempt to stop Ragnarok, in 60-90 mins. Kratos, Atreus, Freya, Mimir, and the Blacksmith Brothers (Sindri and Brok) are playable characters who take part in a branching storyline of the video game. There are 4 possible endings (with accompanying final bosses), as well as 6 scenarios on the path to the Final Boss. A scenario is represented by cards arranged in an art mosaic, with 4 columns made of 8 cards, where objectives are achieved based on player positioning in the columns, and card play. At it’s core, the game is an action/puzzle/deck-building game which is easy to teach, has few core mechanisms, but deep strategy. The designer also made it clear the solo gameplay wasn’t slapped on but had its own design focus, as players use an alternate version of Kratos as their sole character, with alternate Mimir and Atreus support characters to handle the increased difficulty of solo play.

At the final panel of the day, a Q&A with CMON’s Designers, they also spoke of more family centric games on the way as they branch into bigger markets.

CMON hosted multiple tournaments and events which included demos, and learn-to-play sessions. The Dice Tower crew (Sam and Roy), were also in attendance. While Friday has the least number of people in attendance, this sold out event had very few open tables and even the Quiet Gaming area, a separate room, was busy. The CMON Expo will continue to run until Sunday.

CMON continues to ramp up support for A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. Coming soon will be three new hero boxes with some of the most recognizable characters from the fantasy book series.

Stark Heroes 1 includes Rodrik Cassel, Howland Reed, Brynden Tully, Eddard Stark, and Bran Stark along with his pet direwolf, Summer, and loyal companion, Hodor.

Lannister Heroes 1 brings the Hound, Tyrion, Lord Tywin, Maester Pycelle, and the High Sparrow to the combat and political arena.

Only loyal only to themselves, Roose Bolton, Ramsay Snow, Theon Greyjoy (looking more Reek than ironborn), Petyr Baelish, and Lord Varys come included in the Neutral Heroes 1 box.

All boxes come with five highly detailed miniatures while the Stark box comes with the additional miniature of Summer, the direwolf.

Look for more information on these boxes along with all announced starter sets and unit boxes over on CMON’s product page for A Song of Ice And Fire.

 

Well it’s a cornucopia of news today, with an influx of announcements across the board (board? see what I did there?), so hold on to your Top Hats, and let’s go.

Catalyst Games have announced not one, not two, actually yes, two Shadowrun games.

  • Shadowrun Zero Day – is a head-to-head card game, quick fire and heading for launch in June at GenCon
  • Shadowrun: The Board Game – this may stir some memories, originally planned for 2014, this game has gone through a heavy redesign and is also planned for a GenCon release. Build your team, level and gear up your runners, go on missions, sounds like a solid strategy.

Fantasy Flight Games launches the sixth wave of Armada expansions. This brings us the Imperial Light Carrier Expansion Pack and the Hammerhead Corvettes Expansion Pack draw inspiration from Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One.

Three new ships – one Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier and two Hammerhead corvettes – will shake up your fleet nicely, and with a host of upgrades, they will encourage you to get up close and personal with your foe.

Steve Jackson Games are also in the news. Continuing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ever popular OgreSteve Jackson Games are re-releasing digital versions of three classic, hard-to-find Ogre supplements: Shockwave, Ogre Reinforcement Pack, and Battlefields.

New units in Shockwave include a devastating Cruise Missile, a Laser Tower to shoot it down, two new types of GEV; and the Superheavy Tank!

You want more news? Well OK then.

Cryptozoic have said they have three titles coming soon

  • Ghostbusters 2 – is due out in Q3 2017. Hot on the heals of a very successful Kickstarter, this will be hitting Retail stores soon. So if you want a copy, Who you gonna call? That’s right, your FLGS!
  • Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Melee at Murdershroom Marsh (to use its full title) is the latest addition to the Epic Spell Wars series. Fully compatible with the previous releases, and as a standalone addition this new game will surely take you on a trip!
  • Finally, the DC Deck Building continues with DC Deck-Building Game Crossover Pack 6: Birds of Prey. One of DC’s most popular super-hero team ups, the Birds of Prey are made up of fierce, intelligent and brave superheroes who operate in the shadows to protect the citizens of Gotham City and beyond.

In case you have missed it – CMON have also been in the news recently, announcing a new miniatures game based on A Song of Ice and Fire (that’s The Game of Thrones books, in case you weren’t aware) – A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game (think the clues in the name).

This will be heading to Kickstarter in Q3 of 2017 and retail stores in 2018.

Just a couple more….

Genius Games‘ next game is on KickStarter right now. Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game has already passed its modest funding goal. Winner of the 2016 Stonemeier Design Day Highest Rated Game award, this worker placement game takes place inside a human cell.

This game is in very real danger of educating you, while you have fun! You have been warned.

Last, but certainly not least – Ultra Pro have announced three games ‘coming soon’

  • Fetch – Is all about helping your animal friends get their treats, not by moving them around, but by moving the Park!
  • Battle Kittens – The name says it all. Gear up your Moggies and let the fur fly!
  • Iron Curtain – Just when you thought it couldn’t get any cuter…it didn’t. A micro game of super powers assering their influence, and dominating battlegrounds to ensure their political victory.

And there we go, a bumper crop for you to feast on!