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Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced Scorpius Freighter, an interesting hand management, rondel driven, space game from designers Matthew Dunstan (Elysium, Pioneer Days) and David Short (Automobiles). 2-4 players each select one of 7 factions, taking the 4 crew members specific to that faction, each with unique abilities. Each turn, players “assign” 1-2 of their crew member cards, tucking them underneath their player board. They then move one of the 3 motherships on the board in its dedicated orbit/rondel, a number of spaces equal to the number of assigned crew cards. The final landing space of the mothership determines the player’s action for the turn. However, unassigned crew still in hand give that action better, more powerful options, necessitating a balance between assigned and unassigned crew cards. If a player only has 1 unassigned crew card left, all crew are refreshed, otherwise assigned crew remain assigned for the next turn. Possible actions include upgrading crew, upgrading your ship, using your ships abilities, expanding storage space, picking up cargo, selling cargo on the side, or fulfilling government contracts. When a mothership makes a full orbit around its rondel, it confiscates cargo from the freighters, and the number of confiscated cargo cubes in motherships determines the end of the game. The player with the most victory points emerges victorious. Scorpius Freighter features beautiful artwork by Víctor Pérez Corbella (Champions of Midgard), Jay Epperson, and Matt Paquette (Mystic Vale), as well as multitudes of cards, tiles and pieces. For more details, including the full instructions, check out AEG’s website here. Scorpius Freighter will have a pre-release at Essen Spiel 2018, October 25-28.
Fans of deck-building and dungeon-delving will be delighted to hear that Alderac Entertainment Group will be launching the second Kickstarter for their celebrated game, Thunderstone Quest, on July 17th at 9:00 am PST. Pursuing their goal of transitioning to traditional brick and mortar stores, TQ will also be making its way into retail outlets in the fourth quarter of 2018.
New to this Kickstarter will be:
- Both solo and co-op rules (which will also be available on print-and-play)
- A 6th quest
- An add-on for more than 4 players
- A new (second) storage solution, as the old Champion box, massive as it was, “is effectively full if you sleeve and have Epic”.
Backers can purchase everything offered the first time around. The base game or the Champion level rewards (identical to the 1st Kickstarter) will both be available, or they can back for the new content only. Those who backed the Adventurer level the first time can get an add-on pack, giving them the content from the Champion level. The Champion level will feature the same 5 quests as before and Kickstarter will be the only place that someone can obtain the 2nd quest, Total Eclipse of the Sun. The retail version will not contain this quest.
The solo and co-op rules system will be bundled together with the 6th quest, What Lies Beneath, as a single add-on. Solo and c0-op will both use the same set of cards as the base game. The new solo and co-op rules will also be available in print-and-play, so it will be interesting to see what extras this add-on will have.
Regarding the new solo and co-op system, AEG stated,
The Thunderstone community also strongly communicated that they wanted a Solo & Co-Op experience for the game. Our design team has been working on a game experience that is way beyond just a simple set of rules and represents an entirely new way to experience Thunderstone. We think it is AWESOME!
Delivery for all backer levels is scheduled for “no later than April 2019“.
Timelines for retail releases:
- Core starter set, which, along with basic components, will contain Quest 1, Mirror in the Dark and Quest 3, Rise From the Mire
- Quest 4, At the Foundations of the World
Second Half of 2019:
- Quest 6, What Lies Beneath
Lastly, retailers joining the Kick It Here program can back the Champion Reward and the Solo/Co-op system with Quest 6 and have it before the regular retail release.
To see reviews and a playthrough of TQ, click here. For more TQ information and updates prior to the Kickstarter, click here.
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.
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.
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) continue their excellence into 2018 with some great games on the horizon.
Space Base is designed by John D. Clair (known for Mystic Vale, Custom Heroes, and Edge of Darkness) and has players assume the roles of Commodores in a space fleet. The order and types of cards a player buys for their space base has an impact on the economic engine which they build in order to become Admiral. Establish colonies in a sector, spread your cargo carriers, and expand your mining network to build your income and influence. The game will support 2 – 5 players and plays between 30 – 75 minutes depending on the number of players.
Details on Istanbul: The Dice Game are a bit thin but with a game designed by Rüdiger Dorn and art by Andreas Resch we can only expect great things. It will be a standalone dice game in which 2 – 4 players collect rubies in Istanbul’s bustling bazaar. Through clever use of the dice, players can make money and goods then exchange them for rubies to become the ultimate trader. Expect playtime of 20 – 40 minutes for ages 8+.
Joe Price and JT Smith expand on their hit game in 2018. In The Captain is Dead: Lockdown (Episode 2 in the AEG series, originally Episode 3 when released on Game Crafter) the Captain is still dead and the crew find themselves imprisoned on their own ship. Hostile aliens have taken control of the ship and the players must remain hidden and work together to regain control of the ship. You will need The Captain is Dead base game in order to play this expansion. The game supports 1 – 7 players, aged 12+, and plays between 90 – 120 mins depending on the number of players.
Mystic Vale, the card crafting game that continues to get bigger and bigger, is taking a different approach with their next expansion in December, called Mystic Vale Conclave. This new expansion will of course add more cards, but it also add new rules and is meant as a box to hold all of the Mystic Vale cards released to date, and more. The new rules are called the Equinox rules that allows for much faster game play, and the box will include two more starter deck to bring the max player count up to 6 players. Also included are Conclaves that allow you to customize decks of advancement and vales, totem cards to give you unique abilities, and spirit counters to help keep track of what symbols you generate each turn. All in all you will get a great box to hold all of your Mystic Vale, and more goodies to include in your games to keep them fresh, look for it on store shelves in December of 2017.
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