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Dice Tower News has previously announced the formation of Gamegenic Ingenious Supplies, a branch of Asmodee dedicated to creating board game accessories. Now, the proverbial elephant in the room has announced that the first project for Gamegenic will be accessories for the immensely popular collectible deck game Keyforge: Call of the Archons.

Keyforge, by designer and gaming demi-god Richard Garfield, hit the scene by storm in 2018, delivering on its unbelievable promise of a game based on completely unique card decks. Each and every pack of Keyforge has a one of a kind name, logo, and set of cards. The game itself is the next evolution of the one-on-one CCG card battle, with players summoning creatures, collecting Æmber, and creating the eponymous keys to win the game. The hook is that cards are based in one of 4 houses, and players can play as many cards as they like, as long as they all belong to the same house.

Gamegenic has announced they will be bringing official deck boxes, sleeves, and other accessories for Keyforge. CEO Adrian Alonso stated, “KeyForge has not only a unique game concept but also special requirements in terms of accessories, which we have incorporated into our product design. As we are all enthusiastic KeyForge players ourselves, we can promise that there will be some truly special products.” The new Keyforge products will be revealed at the traditional Fantasy Flight Inflight Report before Gencon 2019, and the official launch date is August 1. For more information, check out the press release from Asmodee here.

On May 22, 2019, Asmodee announced the launch of the Gamegenic studio, which has declared its mission to be delivering “amazing accessories that protect, support and enrich players’ experiences.” Gamegenic is going to be headed by Adrian Alonso, the man behind the Ultimate Guard products.

The Gamegenic studio is going to be responsible exclusively for gaming accessories such as the traditional sleeves, deck boxes, playmats and dice sets. The new studio also promises to “add new class to the market with accessories for various games and licensed products.”

For further information regarding Gamegenic studios, check out the News section of Asmodee’s website here.

For die-hard fans of Asmodee board games longing for further adventures from beloved characters such as Sparky the Stunt Dog or Blue the Monkey, your wishes have been fulfilled. Aconyte has announced that they will be publishing works of fiction based on the many fantastic worlds from Asmodee. Although details are scarce, from the web site it appears the properties deserving of literary expansion include Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Arkham Horror, Keyforge, Dead of Winter, and Legend of the Five Rings. Aconyte has stated that they are aiming for a monthly publication schedule starting in Summer 2020. Aconyte is being heralded by Marc Gascoigne, most recently publisher from Sci-Fi imprint Angry Robot Books, a property of Osprey Games. For more information, you can read the official press release from Aconyte here.

I know this news is about as surprising as hearing that the sky is blue, but Asmodee has acquired another company in their quest to be the biggest and best game company out there.  This time around they acquired the company Bezzerwizzer Nordic, publishers of their name-sake game Bezzerwizzer and the party game Hint.  Bezzerwizzer is a trivia style game with some added mechanics, and is a favorite of Eric Summerer, and Hint is a party game about getting others to guess what you are hinting at without saying the forbidden word.  Bezzerwizzer saw an English language release back in 2008 and Hint has not been released in English.  Also with Asmodee already distributing for Bezzerwizer Nordic, it will be a quick jump to distributing their games to all the other countries Asmodee is present in.  So a new edition of Bezzerwizzer and an English language version of Hint may be on the horizon.  See the press release below for more information.

 

BEZZERWIZZER NORDIC JOINS ASMODEE
Asmodee Group has announced today the acquisition of the game studio Bezzerwizzer Nordic.

Established in 2006 by Birgitte and Jesper Bülow, Bezzerwizzer is one of the leading game publishers in the Nordics with its main titles Bezzerwizzer and Hint. Asmodee already
distributes both games in Nordic countries.

“We are excited and proud to become part of Asmodee. Having built a strong Nordic position in trivia and party games, we are ready to bring our games to players in other parts of the world
as a member of the Asmodee family, who shares our dedication to high quality board games.” said Jesper Bülow, Bezzerwizzer Nordics CEO.

Bezzerwizzer becomes Asmodee’s 14th studio and brings its expertise in developing successful trivia games with creative developing & marketing teams to the Group.

Asmodee has offices in 18 countries: USA, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Poland, Chile, Belgium, Brazil, Taiwan and
China. The company also relies on 14 publishing studios spread around the world and distributes products in over 50 countries.

“We are delighted to welcome Birgitte, Jesper and the Bezzerwizzer team into the Asmodee family. Thanks to our global distribution network we will bring the studio’s products to new players around the world.” said Stéphane Carville CEO of Asmodee Group.

Netflix meet Asmodee.  Now that the introductions are over, it looks like Asmodee will be publishing Black Mirror: NOSEDIVE, a game based on the show’s episode of the same name.  Not many details are available about the game itself, only that it is a social game which also integrates with a smartphone app.  NOSEDIVE supports 3 to 6 players, ages 13 and up.

“NOSEDIVE features light social and strategic gameplay that is engaging, interactive, and accessible for new players.”

NOSEDIVE will be available at Target stores starting on November 25th.  The press release only indicated that the game launches at Target stores and Target.com, so it is not clear if NOSEDIVE will only be available through Target, or if this is just a timed exclusive.

Fantasy Flight Games, the Darth Vader to Asmodee’s Palpatine, is getting ready for the launch of the Second Edition of their supremely popular Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game line on September 13. On their website, Fantasy Flight has given a list of retailers that will be having launch parties for the release, with 3 short fast paced events, prizes and more. These Launch Parties are just the beginning for a community supporting Organized Play events. In another article, Fantasy Flight talks further about the Scum and Villainy faction in X-Wing, the neutral third party alongside the Rebellion and the Empire. Lando’s Millenium Falcon, Slave I, and the Fang Fighter will all be available at launch, as well as the Scum and Villainy Conversion Kit for 1st edition miniatures. This article also focuses on the abilities of droid pilots IG-88, Guri and 4-LOM. Check out Fantasy Flight’s articles about the Second Edition Launch and the Scum And Villainy Additions on their website.

Even in today’s market where there are more and more games to choose from than ever before, Days of Wonder releases still feel exceptional. Their quality control to deliver sweet and beautiful family-weight games is second-to-none and they’re always bringing something new to the realm of “gateway” weight games. Their newest title, The River, follows this trend bringing an interesting blend of tile placement, resource management, and worker placement in a quick, clean, charming package. Designed by Sébastien Pauchon and Ismaël Perrin, it plays 2 to 4 players and is expected to be available in time for Essen this October, later to hit retail in November. As described in Days of Wonder’s announcement:

     “In the game, you embody pioneers embarking down a river in search of a new lands to settle. As you explore the untouched frontier, you will have to work twice as hard to manage your workers as they start to settle down along the way. The player with the most impressive settlement will be declared the winner!”

I’m excited to see such a blend of mechanics enter at this gaming level, because I feel that there needs to be more gateway worker placement games than Stone Age that can do something a bit new with it. While resource management itself is nothing revolutionary, how that interacts with the tile placement here is unique since new tiles have to progress down the titular river and they cover up resources you’d been using up until that point. Deciding which tiles to pick at what time is just as important as where to place workers, and on top of that there are buildings that can be bought and reserved much like the cards in Splendor. There is a good mix here, and it’ll be a highlight of Essen to see how well it’s received. If you’re interested in learning more about The River, be sure to check out Days of Wonder’s news post and also their product page which features the full rules in 6 languages!

Asmodee has entered into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of Galapagos Jogos. This is a beneficial and exciting move for both companies

“With the acquisition of long-time partner Galápagos Jogos, Asmodee opens a direct presence in South America, strengthening its international presence alongside its offices in 14 countries across Europe, North America and China. The Group also relies on 13 publishing studios spread around the world.”

The CEO’s of both companies had great things to say about the plan, Yuri Fang, Galápagos Jogos’s CEO had this to say:

“Our purpose of getting people together through a fantastic entertainment experience will be strengthened as we become part of Asmodee. The passion for telling incredible stories is mutual. We are very happy and proud to be joining such a great and experienced team, and willing to continue writing history in Brazil,”

and Stéphane Carville, CEO of Asmodee Group said:

“After more than five years of successful distribution partnership we are delighted to have Galápagos Jogos joining the Asmodee family. We fully trust the Galápagos Jogos team to increase our catalogue presence on the market and to build our Brazilian platform,”

South America can expect a great line up of games from Asmodee!

An update to our story that Eurazeo had placed it’s stake in Asmodee up for sale – the unknown potential buyer has been announced. Released in a statement on Friday, Eurazeo is in discussions with PAI Partners, one of the largest private equity houses in Europe based in Paris, France. The sale, if it were to go forward, would have to go through an approval process as per French law and could be finalized by the end of 2018. The deal could mean a return of up to four times Eurazeo’s initial investment! We’ll post more information as the story develops.

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.