Asmodee Editions

Asmodee Editions has announced two new family games that are coming soon.

The first is Doctor Panic, a game for 2-9 players aged 8 and higher with a 12 minutes play time. In this game you are a surgical team working to save a patient before time runs out by completing various tasks. Tasks are assigned by an overseer and include finding combinations of drugs from a batch of cards, figuring out how much to administer and ‘stitching’ a board, etc. To win you need to complete the assigned tasks before the final heart attack on the soundtrack.

Secondly, there is Zany Penguins, for 2-5 players aged 7 and above and plays in 20 minutes. This is a card game where you are sending your strongest penguins out to conquer various locations (including jungle, desert and even the Moon!) and sending your worst recruits to interfere with the other players.

 

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The board gaming industry has been full of many recent mergers and acquisitions. Well, formally announced today is the grand-daddy of them all – Asmodee has announced that those games formerly published by Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, and Asmodee Editions will now be consolidated into Asmodee North America. Asmodee released the following information to their distributors:

“Beginning January 1st, 2016, the games formerly made available through Asmodee Editions, Days of Wonder, and Fantasy Flight Games, will be consolidated into one source: Asmodee North America.

These new terms and policies have been created with the goal of maintaining a healthy and thriving hobby games industry, and to allow to make additional investments in infrastructure and marketing to help you sell even more products.

Asmodee North America is committed to brick-and-mortar hobby market specialty retailers. We are very hopeful that our upcoming policy changes will balance the existing marketplace to reflect the value of those outlets providing outstanding customer experiences in a physical retail environment, and whom allow for so many gamers to enjoy events, demonstrations, and 
 in-store play.”

What impact will this have on the industry as a whole? Hopefully good things. Recent acquisitions have proven to be quite seamless. Keep your eyes out for future details about the specifics of the aforementioned merger.

 

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Asmodee Editions has four new upcoming games to announce, including three from Matagot.

Cardline: Dinosaurs

Compatible with the Cardline Animals series, Dinosaurs features a whole new set of 110 cards to test your knowledge of these behemoths as you attempt to rid your hand of cards.  As you play cards, you must correctly answer questions themed around dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.

A copy of the game includes:

  • 110 Unique cards
  • 1 Rule book
  • 1 Tin

Cardline: Dinosaurs is for 2-8 players ages 7 and up and plays in 15 minutes.  For more information on this game, visit the game’s page here.

Barony

On the outskirts of the Empire, the tension is palatable: in the race for power, your struggles take on more and more challenging proportions.

Designed by Marc André (Splendor), and illustrated by Ismaël Pommaz (Archipelago), Barony is a game in which players assume the role of one of four barons who, with their armies of knights, must colonize the most rich and fertile lands and defend them against the opposing barons.  Each player strives to climb the stairs of power with the ultimate goal of becoming the new king.

The game is played by first randomly creating the board for varied play each time.  Each turn, players will only choose one action from six possible actions, allowing for fast game play.  These six actions are Train, Move, Rally, Build Village, New City, and Gain Title.  Players will train knights, capture territories, and build upon various types of terrain that affect the types of resources gained.  As players trade off different resources, they will gain titles, and the first player to attain the title of Duke triggers the end of the game.  The player with the most points at the end of the game become king and is crowned the winner.

The game contains:

  • 36 Territory tiles
  • 1 Scoreboard
  • 80 Resource tokens
  • 1 First Player token
  • 112 Wooden Pawns:
    • 28 knights
    • 20 cities
    • 8 strongholds
    • 56 villages
  • 1 Score counter
  • 1 Player Reference sheet and rules

Barony is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 45 minutes.  The game is scheduled to be available to the public in May of 2015.  For more information, visit the Barony game page on Matagot’s website, or the game’s page on Board Game Geek.

Metal Adventures

Become a Space Pirate and attain Honor, Glory, and Wealth by exploring the Universe in a quest for victory.  Metal Adventures is a game of exploration, challenges, alliances, and epic battles in this sci-fi card and dice game.

The game box contains:

  • 1 Game board
  • 6 Astrolabes
  • 132 Cards
    • -6 Players ships
    • -34 Near space
    • -34 Deep space
    • -18 Trophies
    • -24 Improvement
    • -16 Help
  • 50 Galactic credits
  • 8 Dice
  • 1 Rule booklet

Metal Adventures is for 3-6 players ages 14 and up and has a play time of 45-60 minutes.  For more information, see the game’s page here.

Ultimate Warriorz

The Tribal Rumble is about to begin, and only the strongest warrior will be named chief of the legendary End of the World Island: the Ultimate Warrior!

Players will each select a unique warrior and then, either individually or in teams, will duke it out in an arena using a hand of action cards.  Using four characteristics of melee attack, ranged attack, speed, and initiative, players will select their action cards in secret and then reveal their moves based on initiative.  Dice affect the outcome of various attacks, and different attacks have different strengths and weaknesses.  Magical items also play a role in helping players achieve victory in the arena.

The game box includes:

  • 8 Ultimate Warriorz characters
  • 8 Warriorz sheets
  • 64 Action cards
  • 74 Life points/Popularity points tokens
  • 1 Skull token for Baobab
  • 2 Electroshock tokens for Burdock
  • 8 Lucky Charm tokens
  • 4 Wall pieces with columns
  • 1 Rounds trail
  • 1 Rounds counter
  • 6 Dice
  • 1 Rule book

Ultimate Warriorz is a for 2-8 players ages 8 and up and plays in 30 minutes.  For more information, visit the game’s page here.

Asmodee Editions based out of France will become the US distributor for german publisher Queen Games.  Asmodee has been a major distributor of US companies games in Europe and is currently the distributor for Queen Games Germany.  It should not be too much of a surprise that they are taking on the mantel of US distributor for Queen.

Queen has been in the US market since 2010 and had an exclusive distribution agreement with ACD distributors which will end on April 1st of this year.  At that time all distribution will be going through Asmodee.  Queen seems to have to have trouble settling on a distributor that they are pleased with.  After distributing the game themselves via multiple US distribution channels they went exclusive with ACD about the time that many larger companies started inking exclusives with the likes of ACD and Diamond/Alliance.

Hopefully this will be a positive change for Queen Games.  While it might not be an acquisition of the publisher by Asmodee this will have the two companies working together more closely and one could look into this as them testing the waters for how well they can work together.  Asmodee acquired one of their exclusive distribution parters Days of Wonder last year and it is not unreasonable to suggest that may happen again at some point in the not too distant future.

From the standpoint of the end consumer it is unlikely that you will see much of a change as a result of this deal.  This should however hopefully free up some resources on the part of queen to focus on wht they do best which is making award winning games.  If this story changes we will be sure to let you know.