The Captain is Dead: Lockdown is the latest episode in the Captain is Dead co-op adventure game that finds you and up to 6 other crew mates battling aliens and scrambling to keep your star ship functioning.
Even without the help of the late Captain, the crew was able to escape the alien attack in our last episode! However, the hasty repairs to the jump core did not hold, and now the crew finds themselves locked in an alien prison! Now the crew must use all their skills to hack into the alien prison’s systems, while staying hidden and avoiding alien patrols…
Also coming from AEG is a new Smash Up set titled, Oops You Did It Again.
Smash Up has turned the asylum over to the inmates yet again! After the success of It’s Your Fault, we decided to let the fans choose the factions that would make up the latest set of Smash Up, and they went for some powerful choices! A huge field was whittled down to the top four, and here they are: Cowboys call out opposing minions for shootouts, Samurai face their noble end in battle to bring glory to their player, Ancient Egyptians bury secrets deep in the sands, while the Vikings… well they just take other people’s stuff!
It looks like the fans nailed it this time with some of the best genres from pop culture represented in one expansion box.
Keep an eye out for The Captain is Dead: Lockdown in August and Smash Up: Oops You Did It Again in early September.
Hot on the heels of Asmodee Digital’s announcement to bring popular board game titles to the Nintendo Switch™, Nomad Games announced they had acquired the rights to bring more of your favorite board games to the digital world.
Exclusive digital rights to Mystic Vale, Cat Lady and Space Base were acquired from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), in an effort to increase the number of games they’ll offer on a digital platform.While no dates were provided as to when you can start downloading these titles, they’ll join Smash Up (AEG), Talisman: Digital Edition (Games Workshop), and Fighting Fantasy Legends (Livingston & Jackson) for development on PC, mobile devices, and consoles including Nintendo Switch™ & and PlayStation® 4.
Nomad Managing Director, Don Whiteford:
“ This is an exciting year for us, building on the success of our established titles, and it’s a key point in our plan to bring together the growing worlds of cardboard and digital gaming. We are fortunate to have found excellent partners who share our vision. As well as classic franchises like. Fighting Fantasy and Talisman, we will be working with new cutting-edge game designs that are breaking new ground in the tabletop world. ”
For more information, head over to Nomad’s website.
Beginning today, Mara Johannes-Graham is Alderac Entertainment Group‘s (AEG) Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Mara has worked with Greater Than Games and Ninja Division and is widely known for her ability to create programs and systems which uplift sales for the lines she manages.
“At AEG Mara will have responsibility for managing the company’s sales & marketing efforts including managing our relationships with wholesale and retail accounts, overseeing the creation of advertising, promotions, and support programs for our game lines, improving our communication with players, retailers, wholesalers, licensors, licensees and members of the press including a wide variety of influencers, reporters and editors.” -Alderac Entertainment Group
AEG is excited to have Mara join their team as she brings fresh ideas, more diversity, and a track record of success.
Love Letter, a popular card game of social deduction and player elimination, has been acquired by Z-Man Games.
“We are thrilled to have Love Letter join Z-Man’s diverse catalog,” says Steve Kimball, Head of Studio at Z-Man Games. “This gem of a card game packs a lot of fun in a tiny box (or velvet bag) and fits perfectly with the many other acclaimed card games that have been a hallmark of the Z-Man brand. I’m excited to work closely with Seiji Kanai to help Love Letter reach new audiences and realize its full potential.”
Love Letter was designed by Seiji Kanai in 2012 and has been reimplemented with various themes including Adventure Time, Batman, The Hobbit, and Lovecraft Letter.
“Love Letter and Lovecraft Letter have been a pure joy to develop and share with our customers,” says John Zinser, CEO of Alderac Entertainment Group. “We would like to thank Seiji Kanai and our partners at Japon Brand for entrusting us with the smallest but most valuable of treasures. Our friends at Asmodee have the capability to take Love Letter and Lovecraft Letter to even greater heights and we are excited to watch the games make this transition. We are sure that everyone who has sought the favor of the Princess will be delighted with Asmodee’s stewardship of these great games.”
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced the upcoming release of War Chest, a 2-4 player hex grid game with an easy ruleset but complex strategy. Players draw unit coins from their bag each turn, representing 3 actions they can perform. Cards define how the units move and attack, almost in the manner of abstract games such as Onitama. The game continues until one player has managed to place all of their control markers on the board. War Chest comes in a beautiful box decorated to look like an heirloom old style chest, and is pitched as “an ancient game, newly rediscovered and presented as it would have once been presented to the sons and daughters of kings…” Warchest will come with gameboard, 16 cards, 79 high quality poker chip units, 4 player bags and cardboard tokens. More details are available on AEG’s website here. Look for War Chest in stores in July 2018.
Fans of Smash Up, its more than 12 expansions and 50 factions, rejoice! Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is bringing to market the Bigger Geekier Box to hold all of your countless Smash Up products. The Bigger Geekier Box will have 4 large rows for cards, many foam blocks to fill in the empty holes, dividers for all known factions, a closable token holder, which was noticeably absent from 2014’s Big Geeky Box. Also included is a comprehensive rulebook, containing rules for all of the unique factions, and select clarifications for those unusual cards. The Bigger Geekier Box will come with the Geeks Faction Deck (included in the original Big Geeky Box) and the All Stars Faction, which was available in tournaments and event kits. The Bigger Geekier Box should be available at your FLGS in June 2018.
GAMA is done and over, but the announcements continue to come for companies in attendance, one such company was Steve Jackson Games. At the trade show they showcased a number of their newer and upcoming games, the biggest draw of which was the Munchkin CCG. But of note here are is the new crossover that they have going with Slugfest Games to bring Red Dragon Inn items into Munchkin, and to get the Munchkin characters into The Red Dragon Inn. Munchkin: The Red Dragon Inn will feature many of the favorite characters and items from the game, and bring them into the munchkin universe. Conversely, Red Dragon Inn Allies: Spyke and Flower will bring the two title characters of Munchkin into the Red Dragon Inn universe, allowing them to drink all their worries away. Look for both on store shelves later this year.
Next we have the latest expansion for AEG’s flagship card crafting game, Mystic Vale. This expansion is called Twilight Garden and does like more of the other expansions and adds more cards in the form of advancement cards, vale cards, leader cards, and of course a new mechanic. This time the mechanic is curses, which can give you a boost during the game, but come the end you will have to pay the price. Use them or don’t, but this new expansion will hit store shelves in July of this year.
Sleeving cards has been a part of hobby gaming for years, yet John D. Clair turned the idea into a game mechanism and has been running with it brilliantly. Starting with Mystic Vale, the act of creating cards wrought several interesting ways to effect decisions in the long term. Continued with Custom Heroes, we saw how simple choices by one player change the ongoing experience of the game for everyone involved. Ever since the release of the first card-crafting game, Edge of Darkness had been advertised as the next step coming sometime in the future and it prevailed in the minds of fans captivated with the thought of something more. Now it is here, seeking funding on Kickstarter and described as follows:
“Edge of Darkness combines Card Crafting, Worker Placement, shared deck-building, and a whole new Threat Challenge system in a medium-weight euro-style boardgame of 60 to 120 minutes for 2 to 4 players. […] Each Guild vies with the others to become the leaders of the Aegis in a desperate struggle against great evil. But the Guilds must also work together because the dangers facing the city can harm them all.”
Edge of Darkness is an incredible offering deserving of its exposure with the nearly-bulging seams of its imposing box. The idea of it just being another spiritual successor to Mystic Vale is frankly laughable, because the game has so much more than just card crafting. The cards being double-sided representing your efforts in the city and also the threats against it, the attention-grabbing threat tower, the unique back and forth between guilds competing over locations…all come together to form something that probably couldn’t exist outside the power of Kickstarter. So if you’re interested in this ambitious new game from AEG, be sure to check out the Kickstarter for more information, gameplay, and updates.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced that they will be releasing The Sword and the Spirits, a new novella by Robert Denton III set in the world of Legend of the Five Rings. Physical copies of the novella will include two exclusive alternate art cards for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game.
The novella will focus on the Phoenix Clan and their investigation into an elemental disturbance and the possibly dark secrets of a vassal family located in the mountains. While investigating the murder, Isawa Tadaka and Shiba Tsukune will stumble upon a conspiracy ancient in nature.
Shiba Tsukune wasn’t supposed to become the Champion of the Phoenix Clan, but their ancient sword chose her. Trained as a samurai warrior, she was to be the bodyguard of Isawa Tadaka, a powerful shugenja—and the man she loved. Although her new duties have drawn them apart, she refuses to stand by and watch as Tadaka falls to the darkness within him.
Tsukune follows Tadaka north to Cliffside Shrine, home of the Kaito family, where he must investigate the mysterious death of a prominent priestess. All around them, the shrine shows signs of decay and desecration, and the wards that have bound an evil demon for centuries are fraying. What secrets are the Kaito family keeping? And can Tsukune save Tadaka from descending down a dark path before it’s too late?
Sword in the Spirits will include over 100 pages of tales designed to compliment Legends of the Five Rings lore. It will be released to coincide with Disciples of the Void, a Phoenix Clan Pack for Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game.
In addition to the novella, The Sword and the Spirits will include two alternate art cards for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game.
Kaito Kosori will be an alternate art card for a card debuting in Disciples of the Void. The cards will be the first time a character from Kaito family makes an appearance in Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game. Kosori will honor the family tradition of bow use combined with mystical elements.
The Second card will feature extended art of Ofushikai, the sword that chose Shiba Tsukune as Clan Champion. Ofushukai is not included in Disciples of the Void, so for now will not be legal for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game tournament play until it is released in a Dynasty Pack later in 2018.
About Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game
Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game is a Living Card Game published by Fantasy Flight Games. The game is set in Rokugan, the original setting for the Legend of the Five Rings collectible card game published by AEG. Players create decks of clan specific cards from the base game and supplemental decks when preparing to do battle. Two players will battle for 45-90 minutes.
First on the list is the latest in the Outpost series of games from IDW Games, and that is Outpost: Amazon. Like it’s predecessor you will be working together with your fellow players to survive the harsh jungle of the Amazon in order to capture strange and unusual creatures that have been sited. You will have to deal with a harsh environment and a slew of animals that want to eat you, mush less be captured. All cards are double use with one half being the event/threat, and the other half being useful supplies to help you deal with those threats and events. Play is simple in that you draw cards for your self, then you draw other cards that you have to deal with in some way. Manage to survive the entire deck and you all win. Look for this small box card game to hit store shelves in March of this year.
Second we have an announcement as surprising as finding out that water is wet, and that is a new expansion for Smash Up called That 70’s Expansion. Smash Up is called a shuffle building game where you take two factions, like ninjas, dinosaurs, ghosts, sheep, etc., and shuffle them together to form your army. Then it’s a competition to see who can take over as many high valued bases as possible to get to the goal score of 21 points. That 70’s Expansion adds more factions to the game with the addition of 70’s styled truckers, vigilantes, disco dancers, and kung fu fighters. Grab this groovy new expansion at your friendly local game store in the later parts of March.
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