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Etherfields is a new miniatures board game designed by Michał Oracz and published by Awaken Realms. This is a 1-4 player cooperative/solo campaign driven game that produce an experience the publisher calls a Dream Crawler.

This games seems to play on your intuition, deduction skills, and emotional intelligence as players develop their characters through a story-driven campaign using deck-building mechanics and exploration. From the same designer as This War of Mine: TGB, you can bet this game will go deeper than just playing a board game, but provide an emotional experience in this living, breathing world. Players interactions and choices will leave lasting marks and lead to a variety of consequences as they progress throughout the campaign.

For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.

crystal hunt

Everyone likes helping animals, and when the animals are as cute as Final Fantasy Universe’s Chocobos, it’s no wonder why players are willing to help them on their hunt. Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt is coming from Square Enix. Although it plays three to five players the publisher recommends four, ages five and up. Featuring all original artwork, this self-contained game includes Chocobos, Fat Chocobos, four types of crystals, and two types of monsters.

Players use cards to send adorable Chocobos out to steal crystals from you opponents, before yours are stolen. This quick to play, family friendly game is slated for October, but Square Enix warns of a potential release delay pending shipment through customs. For more information, check out Square Enix’s blog.

coup brazilian art

Indie Boards & Cards (Flashpoint: Fire Rescue, The Resistance, Coup) announces a project to fund a special edition of Coup, the internationally acclaimed game of bluff and deception, with beautiful Brazilian art.  Coup has been published in many languages around the world, and many of these international versions feature unique art, inspired by a diverse set of local artistic culture.

Artist Weberson Santiago and publisher Funbox are collaborating with Indie Boards & Cards to release an English language edition of Coup featuring the beautifully unique artwork from the Brazilian version of the game.  This will be a limited release and will include the Allegiance and Inquisitor mechanics from the Reformation expansion in a single box called the Coup Deluxe Edition – Brazil Art. 

The publisher is currently running a very brief, 15-day Kickstarter project for this new version of the game.  For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page.

captain america

Upper Deck has announced its latest expansion for the Marvel Legendary card game series, Captain America 75th.  In this small box expansion, players will be able to recreate 75 years of Captain America history with 5 new Heroes, 2 new villain groups, 2 new Masterminds, and multiple new schemes to expand the game.  The game will feature five new characters, all taking up the mantle of Captain America with the same level of strategy, depth, fun, and replayability fans have come to rely on in Marvel Legendary.  Each expansion set will include 100 playable cards, featuring all original art, including 4 pieces of unique art per hero.

The Marvel Captain America 75th Legendary Small Box Expansion has a scheduled release date of February 2016.  For more information on this new release, visit the publisher’s website HERE.

ladybugs box

Selecta has released some fantastic children’s games over the years, including Viva Topo! (a favorite in my house!).  Now, thirteen great children’s games previously released by Selecta are now being published by Pegasus Spiele, featuring a whole new box design illustrated by Anne Pätzke.

ladybugs comp

This new design features new, loving illustrations that will greatly appeal to children.  Additionally, a colored dots-scheme for the background of the game boxes will reflect the age-level of the game: green (from 3 years old on), blue (from 4 years old on), yellow (from 5 years old on) or red (from 6 years old on).  The games will still feature the same excellent wooden figures from Selecta.

Pegasus Spiele has announced the first four games of this new series release:

  • Viva Topo! 
  • The Ladybug’s Costume Party
  • the nominated Zoowaboo
  • Bouncing Bunnies

These new games from Pegasus Spiele will be presented at the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL in Essen from October 8 through October 11, 2015 at booth GA-31.

For more information on the new design and release of these children’s games, visit the announcement on Pegasus Spiele’s news page.

clue to die for

Perhaps the most well-known and successful movie about a board game was Clue (1985), a movie by Jonathan Lynn in which the houseguests and house staff work together to solve a mystery.  This year celebrates the movie’s 30th anniversary, and Gallery 1988 brings an entire collection of original collectible artwork for fans.  This collection includes prints, 3D wall pieces, and sculptures.

An announcement was made about this new collection here on slashfilm.com, or you can view the prints on the official Gallery 1988 website.

magic planeswalkers

In an article recently published by IGN.com, the official title was revealed for the previously announced board game by Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro based on the Magic: the Gathering card game: Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers.  The game is a strategy battle game that features five Planeswalker figures:  Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren, Nissa Revane, Liliana Vess, and Gideon.

The game box will include:

  • Six modular board pieces
  • Four plastic terrain pieces
  • Three plastic glyphs
  • Two temple ruins
  • Five painted Planeswalker mini figures
  • 30 squad mini figures
  • One 20-sided die
  • Eight combat dice
  • 30 damage counters
  • 60 spell cards
  • 10 Squad stat cards
  • Five Planeswalker cards

The game is set to release in June of 2015.  For more details on this announcement and to see some of the artwork samples for the game, view the full article here.