The core game of Middara features an 80+ hour campaign where you can fully customize characters from the ground up using over 110 different abilities and over 160 different items. The box is packed with 44 miniatures and 36 double-sided map tiles. The narrative in Middara is driven by its 482 page adventure book that can be experienced in its spiral bound form or through an audio app. You can also play single scenarios separate from the main campaign in Crawl Mode.
Combat in Middara is dice-driven utilizing action points. The custom dice include numbers, which you will compare to your target’s defense, as well as symbols that trigger abilities. The different between your attack roll and your target’s defense equates directly to how much damage you do. Enemy cards lay out their abilities and individualized AI. For more on gameplay, check out the Dice Tower’s Testing Tuesday playthrough.
The new content available through the Kickstarter project consists of acts two and three continuing the story from the core game. Each additional act is a 40+ hour campaign adding around 40 new miniatures. They also include more map tiles, character abilities, gear, and Crawl Mode scenarios. If you are still looking for more, the project offers add-ons for new scenarios, alternate enemy cards, and additional miniatures. The project runs through 11:00 am EST on July 24th. The estimated delivery for wave 1 content is May 2020, and for wave 2 is December 2021. The original Kickstarter delivered three years after its estimated delivery, and you can read about that journey through the original project updates.
Shinobi-7 announces the card game based on the wildly popular anime: My Hero Academia: The Card Game. Interact with your favorite characters from the show! For 2-4 players age 8 and above- play to recruit Students to your Hero Agency. Select the best Students along with the best combinations of Quirks (Super-Powered Abilities) to complete your missions and become the ultimate Hero Agency.
To be released in the Fall of 2018- the game will include – 60 Student Cards, 60 Action Cards, 40 Mission Cards, 10 Recruiter Cards, and 1 Rulebook.
Renegade Game Studios will be releasing a new dexterity game in September that is all about cats and explosives… but has nothing to do with that other game about explosive felines. A new addition to the collection of pet-themed games by artist and designer Aza Chen, Fireworks! pits one cute little Anime-style cat against another in an effort to create the best pyrotechnic display. To create the display, you ‘launch’ a die into the game box full of tiles using a cute decorative dice cup. The die (hopefully) flips over several tiles and the pips on the die tell you how many of the revealed tiles you can take to place on your player mat. End game points are awarded based upon the number and completeness of the bursts that you have placed.
Fireworks! plays 2-4 players in about 20 minutes and is recommended for ages six and up. Fireworks! will retail for around $25 U.S and will be available starting in September, but the studio is taking pre-orders now for pickup at Essen.
We’ve already reported about the upcoming Spyfall expansion that Cryptozoic is putting out, but that’s not all they have coming. The first game coming is the first licensed game for the Attack on Titan anime series and that is Attack on Titan the Deck Building game. This is a cooperative game where you will be playing as characters like Eren, Mikasa, and Armin as you build up your deck to fight against the unstoppable titans as they attack the last human settlement. This game will use the Cerberus Engine that is used by the DC Deck Building Game so those who have played that game will be familiar with how the game goes. One major difference is that there is a positional element to the game in that you have to be in the right place in addition to having the right cards. Look for this to hit store shelves in a just a few weeks.
Next will be the retail release of the second Ghostbusters board game, Ghostbusters II the Board Game. This game expands on the concept from the first game and has you playing the Ghostbusters against all the ghouls and ghosts from the second movie. Hopefully you have what it takes to stop Vigo before he comes back to enslave the world. Look for this on store shelves in December of this year.
Coming in January of next year is a new social deduction game in the Batman animated series universe called Batman: Almost Got ‘im. In the game you are playing villains around a poker table playing poker and reminiscing about the times they almost got Batman. The thing is, Batman is in their midst, and so you need to figure out who it is before he is able to subdue everyone. An interesting twist to this game is that you will be playing poker in this game, and the hands you are able to craft will dictate the actions to take during the night phase. Look for this on store shelves in 2017.
Last on the list is the second Attack on Titan game with the Attack on Titan: The Last Stand – Tactical Board Game. This is board game you will be playing on a 3D surface in the form of the castle walls as well as the Titan himself. One player will play as the titan and will be playing down two cards, one hidden and one revealed that indicate what actions he will be taking. Everyone else will be playing the characters like Armin and Eren as they prepare and attack the Titan with all they got. Players though will have to be careful because with one Titan card being face down, there is always uncertainty of where the Titan will strike, and being unprepared will be your death. Look for this game to hit shelves in January of next year.
CMON has announced the release of Krosmaster Arena 2.0, releasing Friday, 10/21/2016, at Friendly Local Game Stores. The second edition of Krosmaster Arena features “eight exclusive characters from DOFUS the movie, each represented by highly-detailed and fully-painted miniatures. The arena itself is transformed into a three-dimensional battlefield full of obstacles and scenery that will have you stretching your tactical muscles to gain an advantage.”
What kind of craziness ensues when cartoon worlds collide?
Cryptozoic would like to announce the release of the Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game, a new game that is compatible with other Cerberus Engine Games, which released on April 13, 2016.
The following description of the game is from the publisher:
Cartoon Network’s mischievous nemeses are loose and it’s up to the players to stop them. Play as beloved heroes from Cartoon Network’s past and present original shows including Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Clarence, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Regular Show, Samurai Jack and Steven Universe to take them down. Every main deck card is unique and brimming with Cartoon Network characters. Included with the first print run is a promo oversized Dee Dee Character Card (from Dexter’s Laboratory).
A copy of the game includes:
206 Game Cards
9 Oversized Character Cards
1 Promo Oversized Character card
The Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game is for 2 players ages 15 and up and plays in 30-45 minutes. For more information on this new release, visit the publisher’s game pages here.
The Naruto Shippuden Board Game, a cooperative game based around the travels of Naruto and his friends, will now be coming to the English market via the combined efforts of Japanime Games and Yoka Games. Yoka Games is a division of Tsume Art, which is known for its unique style of quality art and packaging, and this style is captured distinctly in this game.
In the Naruto Shippuden Board Game, players take on the role of the main characters from the series, fighting against the incursion of the Akatsuki to save the world. The game promises a unique experience, with 3 levels of play and a variety of enemies to fight. Japanime Games and Yoka Games expect the game to be a huge success due to its high quality components, solid game play, and a successful anime property.
Eric Price of Japanime Games commented: “We are proud to work with our new partners in bringing Naruto to our fans. We are sure they will love the game as much as we do. We look forward to future collaborations with Yoka and to help them take advantage of the licenses they have.”
Heart of Crown from Japanime Games is launching on Kickstarter on 16th. February 2016.
Heart of Crown was originally released in 2011, and it is being launched on Kickstarter to give the opportunity for more people to get hold of this game. From designer Gingko this a a two to four player deck building game using the popular anime style graphics and plays in around 30 minutes.
In Heart of Crown “The Emperor has suddenly passed away, leaving seven heirs to the throne. Who will you support as his successor? Which powerful Princess will save the land from chaos and a war for the Crown!?”
The aim of the aim os to be the first player to get their Princess onto the throne, using both the abilities of their Princess and the combinations of the cards in their hand.
At the recent Steve Jackson Games Open House, retailers were able to to demo the latest release from SJG that left them laughing hysterically and requesting preorders.
Simon Tofield’s popular YouTube series, “Simon’s Cat”, has achieved over 680 million views, and continues to entertain with its adorable art and charming humor about a fate white cat and his long-suffering owner.
Now, designers Randy Scheunemann and Sam Mitschke have brought us a new card game based on this beloved animated series. In this lighthearted romp, 3-6 players will “go around the table playing cards to escape Simon’s attention. Get caught and you get Blame. Get too much Blame and you get fed last. No one wants that.”
Simon’s Cat release date has yet to be announced. For more information on Steve Jackson Games and to keep an eye on this game’s news, visit the SJG website HERE.