Asmodee has founded HeidelBÄR Games, the first German Studio to join the Asmodee family. They were originally founded as Heidelberger Spieleverlag in 1989 and brought their first successful game to the market in 1992. The studio then published several games and partnered with Fantasy Flight Games and Czech Games Edition to expand its sales network. Then, at the start of 2017, Heidelberger Spieleverlag merged with Asmodee Group as Asmodee Germany.
Carol Rapp, CEO of Asmodee Germany:
“We are very happy that the combination of Asmodee and the former Heidelberger Spieleverlag brings together the best of two worlds. The studio’s creative freedom combined with the strong marketing and retail efforts of Asmodee promises great potential for all sides. That HeidelBÄR Games is the first German studio in this family is a great step into the future of our group.”
The new studio is managed by Heiko Eller-Bilz who had this to say:
“For us it is a great honor to take a place among the other successful Asmodee studios like Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, Space Cowboys, and Z-Man. As a studio we want to focus on games that build a bridge between family games and hobby games. On games that have that special something.”
HeidelBÄR Games is based in Miltenberg, Germany and the studio is already working on its new games. Visit www.heidelbär.de for their new website to see a catalog of their games and upcoming projects.
Long time board game publisher Mayfair Games has announced it’s closure as a publisher.
After 36 years, this was not an easy decision or one we took lightly, but it was necessary.
Board game publishing giant Amodee has purchased all the assets of the former company, including the product lines of both Mayfair Games, Inc and also Lookout Games, GmbH.
Once we had come to this conclusion, we knew we had to find a good home for our games which is when we reached out to Asmodee.
This news marks the latest addition to Asmodee’s now very impressive arsenal who have been aquiring other high-profile publishers over the past few years.
Thank you to the many retailers, reviewers, customers, industry partners, and volunteers, who made us a success over the past 36 years!
With such household names as Catan and Agricola under their belt, Mayfair Games have left an undeniable mark on the industry of board gaming and introduced a generation of fans to what this wonderful hobby has to offer. For me personally the thanks, is very much mutual.
The Asmodee Group has announced that they’re in exclusive discussions with Polish board game and hobby product distributor, Rebel SP. Z. O.O.
Rebel was founded by Piotr Katnik in 2003 and already has a long-standing relationship with Asmodee Group studios and partners. The deal would strengthen Asmodee Group’s ability to access the fastest growing game market in Europe.
Stéphane Carville, CEO of Asmodee Group said:
“We are delighted to establish a deeper partnership with Rebel and strengthen our position in Poland. Rebel and Asmodee have been partners for more than 10 years and this next step will allow us to bring our boardgames and those of our publishing partners to a new level in Poland.”
Piotr Katnik, CEO of Rebel said:
“We are proud to join the Asmodee Group, with which we share the same philosophy: a focus on great games. The Polish market is very demanding and wants top quality products and service. As a part of the Asmodee Group we will be able to strengthen and diversify our boardgame and cardgame ranges enabling us to bring the very best games from the hobby market to the largest possible audience in Poland.”
Asmodee’s Unlock series of escape room games will be thrilled to hear that there will soon be even more adventures to solve.
Asmodee has announced three new exciting challenges in the Unlock series coming later in 2018, including a returning adversary.
“Like the six previous Unlock! adventures, each of these new Secret Adventures captures the exciting and challenging puzzles of an escape room and brings it to the tabletop with just a deck of cards and the companion app. While the companion app counts down the time and provides hints along the way, you and a group of your (hopefully) most clever friends have to use deductive logic and reasoning to discover the solutions to escape! “
In “A Noside Story,” players will be attempting to figure out just what Dr. Noside’s nefarious plans are and defeat him once again. Is he out for revenge? Or is there something else he’s plotting?
In “Tombstone Express,” players are trying to stop a train robbery in progress. Will you be able to stop them before they get off the train with their precious cargo?
Finally, in “The Adventures of Oz,” you will be helping Dorothy and her companions as they try to escape the Wicked Witch of the West!
You’ll be able to pick up all three of these exciting new Unlock adventures in the second quarter of 2018.
Just a few days ago there was a theft of Pokemon Ultra Prism pre-release stock from Asmodee UK, not from the warehouse, but while it was in transit. This is a terrible thing and markedly diminishes the initial stock of this new set of Pokemon cards being released next weekend. While Asmodee UK is working hard to regroup and get new stock produced, it has already impaired their ability to supply stores with stock for the release event. In total 80 stores have been affected by this and Asmodee UK gives a full list of the stores on their news site. Hopefully if you are in the UK your store isn’t on this list, but you can rest assured that Asmodee will do all that it can to get the cards into your stores as soon as possible.
Asmodee has a new press release featuring one of the ten cases from the new Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective standalone box, Carlton House & Queen Park. “The Demise of a Teatotaller” sets up a brutal stabbing, a devastated widow, and her best friend, found with the murder weapon in hand. To make things more complicated, Scotland Yard has demanded Sherlock update them on a second case at the same time.
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is a series of 1-8 player games in which players solve cases through the use of detailed clues and gorgeous components, including newspapers, maps, paper scraps and booklets. The game originally came out in the early 1980s, moved its way through video game implementations, and had a beautiful revision from Space Cowboys and Asmodee in 2016. Standalone versions with 10 cases each followed, starting with the original Thames Murders & Other Cases (2016), then Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures (2017), and the upcoming box Carlton House & Queen Park (2018) due out in February. Be aware that due to the long history of the series, some of the mysteries in the new box were originally done in the Ystari version of the game in the 1980s, although Asmodee states details and solutions have been changed.
Legend of the Five Rings is a 45-90 minute living card game for 2 players that hit the shelves courtesy of Fantasy Flight Games earlier this year. This game is a reimplementation of the Legend of the Five Rings Collectible Card Game, published by AEG in 1995.
Over the weekend, Fantasy Flight Games announced the new Phoenix Clan Pack for Disciples of the Void.
The mystical Phoenix mediate between worlds—the physical and the spiritual, appealing to the very soul of the land. Mountains collapse at their whispered requests, dry rivers are convinced to flow again, plagues are banished, restless ghosts return to slumber, and crops flourish in previously barren wastelands. More than that, the Phoenix are the caretakers of the Emperor’s soul. In tune with the spiritual side of Rokugan, they would be the first to know if things were to fall out of balance…
The Disciples of the Void Clan Pack contains 78 new cards (three copies each of twenty-five different cards and one copy each of three different cards). These cards include a new role card, a legion of Shugenja, and the game’s highest cost card to date.
Space Cowboys has announced that the work of Sherlock Holmes is not done yet. The world of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is expanding again with Carlton House & Queen’s Park in the first quarter of 2018.
The fog creeping its way through the streets of London envelopes you in mist. The streets are lined with gas lit lamps, highlighting the various shops and other establishments. Victorian London is known for its greatness, but within the dark streets, devious acts of crime are committed far too often. Outcries from the beautiful Queen’s Park can be heard, warning all that are within earshot that something is perpetually amiss. Whispers in dark taverns mention the mysterious Carlton House Mansion—the crimes that have been committed inside are both unspeakable and incredibly difficult to solve.
As in each of the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective games, this edition includes 10 cases for you to solve as you enter the world as one of Victoria London’s Baker Street Irregulars. The games plays co-operatively for multiple players to work on the same case together.
The new stand alone expansion includes some of the most rare and long out-of-print expansions from the original game by Ystari. These cases have been updated and revised, correcting errors that existed in previous edition.
Playing the Long Game
Space Cowboys has indicated that the Carlton House & Queen’s Park includes some of the longest cases in the series to date.
Each case provides an introduction but the rest is up to you. Provided with a map, directory, and newspapers, you have the freedom to go wherever you want to chase down clues and solve these mysteries. In addition to the traditional maps of London, Carlton House & Queen’s Park collection provides two new locations to explore. Irregulars can now explore the grounds of Carlton House and inside the house itself, as well as a map of Queen’s Park.
In the Box
Like in previous iterations of the game, boxes will include:
- 10 Case booklets
- Additional resources to aid you in your journey
This release is the third in a series of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective re-releases by Space Cowboys. The first in the most recent editions of the series was Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures released in early 2017. This was followed by Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases also released in 2017.
Asmodee North America and Fantasy Flight Games have announced the formation of a new division, Fantasy Flight Interactive, which will be focusing on bringing full video games based on popular board games to various platforms. Fantasy Flight Games will continue to produce hybrid board games with digital elements, such as Descent and Mansions of Madness, but Fantasy Flight Interactive will strive to create “more expansive video game products”. Fantasy Flight Interactive will be lead by Tim Gerritsen, whose resume includes such video game hits as Bioshock Infinite, Prey and Rune. You can read the full press release on Fantasy Flight’s website here.
In further Asmodee news, the corporate giant is undergoing a new business facelift, driven by brand consultant Havas Paris. Firstly, Asmodee has adopted the new brand statement “Great Games, Amazing Stories”, conceptualizing the company’s goal to offer a narrative experience around their intellectual properties. Secondly, Asmodee has changed their visual identity, adding a family of new, clean logos for its family of board game companies. Lastly, Asmodee announced a new corporate webpage presence at corporate.asmodee.com. You can read the full press release from Asmodee here.
Fantasy Flight Games has begun following the antics of your favorite Arkham Horror investigators in a new series of novellas as they confront the unknowable horrors that drive people to madness. Hour of the Huntress, the first title in the series, is available now.
In addition to the story, each novella will also come with a full-color insert filled with notes, fliers, newspaper clippings, book excerpts, letters and more that the investigators in the book have used to find their clues. Each novella will also include five exclusive cards for us in Arkham Horror: The Card Game. The cards will feature one rules card, one alternate art investigator and alternative art mini-card, and two investigator signature cards that feature the “replacement” keyword that allow you two use them in place of the normal signature card.
You’re possibly already familiar with the investigators through their impressive work in Arkham Horror, Elder Sign, Mansions of Madness (2nd Edition), and the Arkham Horror: The Card Game LCG. The new novellas will follow the investigators popular in all these games into rich new stories.
Heavily influenced by the work and world of H.P. Lovecraft, the new novellas are also set in the roaring 20s, placing investigators in New England where they investigate the truths revealed when the thin veil between our world and another constantly shifts. Unlike so many Lovecraft novels, the protagonists in these stories are willing to face this danger and see just how immortal the old ones really are.
Hour of the Huntress
The first novella features “Jenny” Barnes.
Guinevere “Jenny” Barnes never guessed that she would be returning to America so soon, or under such circumstances. Arkham, Massachusetts, is a far cry from Paris, but after her sister’s regular correspondence became increasingly deranged—then ceased entirely—Jenny couldn’t shake the feeling that something terrible had happened to Ozzie. As Jenny begins the search for her sister, she quickly realizes that Isabelle isn’t the only girl in Arkham who has gone missing. How might the disappearances be connected? And why do the flyers for the local harvest festival depict the face from a medallion Jenny sent to her sister?
Written by Dave Gross, the novella follows Barnes on her quest to find her missing sister in the mysterious town of Arkham.
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