Asmodee Games

The Unlock series of card games from Asmodee and Space Cowboys each contain the essence of an escape room encapsulated into a coded deck of cards. Using an app and a timer, players look for clues on the cards, and solve puzzles. In Europe, these games are generally sold in packs of 3, and the newest collection has just been released, Unlock: Exotic Adventures from designer Cyril Demaegd. The stories in Exotic Adventures, which will likely be sold individually in North America at a future date, include Unlock! Night of the BoogeymenUnlock! Scheherazade’s Last Tale, and Unlock! Expedition: Challenger. Night of the Boogeymen follows a child William, who has been tormented by monsters from under his bed. Players need to fight off the monsters without waking William. Scheherazade’s Last Tale takes place at the last moments of the classic story. Scheherazade is about to tell the Sultan her last tale, but she is out of ideas and the scribe has gone missing. The players need to find the lost scribe and tell the final tale. Expedition: Challenger involves a Private Investigator, a woman with a missing friend, and a valley full of unseen monsters lost in time. Players need to find the mysterious Professor Challenge and the lost friend in time. Unlock: Exotic Adventures is available now in Europe. Previous trilogies included Unlock: Escape Adventures (2017), Unlock: Secret Adventures (2017), Unlock: Heroic Adventures (2017), and Unlock: Mystery Adventures (2017).

Plaid Hat Games has announced Stuffed Fables designed by Jerry Hawthorne,  will have a retail release date of February 1st, 2018. This is a slight delay from the December release date given when the game was announced at GenCon 2017.

For those who pre-ordered the game Plaid Hat noted:

Customers who pre-ordered from the Plaid Hat Games web store will receive their copies at their door on or around February 1st. 

Stuffed Fables is the first in the new StoryBoard line of products by Plaid Hat Games. In the first game in this new line, Stuffed Fables, players take on the role of stuffed toys that have been drawn into the Fall, a dark realm ruled by a master of nightmares.

Stuffed Fables is a unique adventure game in which players take on the roles of brave stuffies seeking to save the child they love from a scheming, evil mastermind. Players roll and assign color-coded dice to perform a wide variety of actions, from daring melee attacks, to leaping across conveyor belts, or steering a racing wagon down a peril-filled hill.

StoryBoard games will come with a large storybook that, when opened, will have one page acting as a the board for the game while the opposite page will act as a rules reference and story guide. Stories will play out over multiple adventures, with each adventure moving through multiple pages from the immersive Storybook.

Playtime is listed at 60-90 minutes for 2-4 players with a recommended age of 7+. Players eager to find out more about how the game works can already take a look at the rulebook posted on the Plaid Hat Game website.

Eric Summerer has provided a rules overview over on youtube. If Eric’s voice on the video seems familiar it may be because you’ve listened to some of the hundreds of audiobooks and other voiceover projects Mr. Summerer has worked on.

What’s in the Box?

While it’s release is only a few weeks away, for those anxious to begin their stuffed adventures know that you can look forward to a box full of content. Stuffed Fable includes:

  • 23 miniatures
  • 35 multicolored dice
  • 1 dice bag
  • 6 unique character cards
  • 100+ page storybook
  • 1 Sideboard
  • 29 Lost cards
  • 10 Sleep cards
  • 47 Item cards
  • 40 Discovery cards
  • Counters

The Worlds of Jerry Hawthorne

Stuffed Fables will be the second universe that designer Jerry Hawthorne has brought to Plaid Hat Games. Hawthorne is the designer of the popular Mice & Mystics world. Hawthorne is also credited as a designer on multiple Heroscape products.

Kristen Pauline and Regis Demy are the artists bringing the world of Stuffed Fables to life.

Plaid Hat Games

Plaid Hat Games was acquired in 2015 by F2Z Entertainment, and subsequently Asmodee in 2016 when Asmodee absorbed F2Z. Plaid Hat Games now functions as an independent design studio under the Asmodee umbrella.

Plaid Hat Games has announced Stuffed Fables designed by Jerry Hawthorne, the first in the new StoryBoard line of products.

In the first game in this new line, Stuffed Fables, players take on the role of stuffed toys that have been drawn into the Fall, a dark realm ruled by a master of nightmares.

Stuffed Fables is a unique adventure game in which players take on the roles of brave stuffies seeking to save the child they love from a scheming, evil mastermind. Players roll and assign color-coded dice to perform a wide variety of actions, from daring melee attacks, to leaping across conveyor belts, or steering a racing wagon down a peril-filled hill.

StoryBoard games will all come with a large storybook that, when opened, will have one page acting as a the board for the game while the opposite page will act as a rules reference and story guide. Stories will play out over multiple adventures, with each adventure moving through multiple pages from the immersive Storybook.

In addition to fighting minions, each page of the storybook offers numerous points of interest, charming characters to interact or trade with, as well as many unusual challenges. And each page is but one chapter that folds into a branching, overarching story with a multitude of items and a special discovery deck full of surprises.

Driven By Dice

On a players turn, they will draw 5 dice from a bag. The colors of the dice will determine what actions a player can take. White dice can re-stuff the stuffed heroes. Red dice and green dice perform melee and ranged attacks respectively. Yellow dice will allow for searching, blue dice will allow for special actions, and finally purple dice act as wild dice. Dice will help move items, use items and contribute to unique group tasks. Dice can even be stored for later to make stronger actions or multiple activations on a single turn.

A truly cooperative game, players can share dice or share stuffing, which acts as health in the game. As black dice are drawn minions emerge and attack, resetting the bag at the same time.

What’s in the Box?

Box contents include:

    • 23 miniatures
    • 35 multicolored dice
    • 1 dice bag
    • 6 unique character cards
    • 100+ page storybook
    • 1 Sideboard
    • 29 Lost cards
    • 10 Sleep cards
    • 47 Item cards
    • 40 Discovery cards
    • Counters

Playtime is listed at 60-90 minutes for 2-4 players with a recommended age of 7+. Players eager to find out more about how the game works can already take a look at the rulebook posted on the Plaid Hat Game website.

Gamers eager to help save their beloved child from a nightmarish land can preview and demo the game at GenCon 2017 in Plaid Hat Games booth #1537.

The Worlds of Jerry Hawthorne

Stuffed Fables will be the second universe that designer Jerry Hawthorne has brought to Plaid Hat Games. Hawthorne is the designer of Mice & Mystics as well as the subsequent expansions and Tail Feathers game. Hawthorne is also credited as a designer on multiple Heroscape products.

Mice & Mystics has proven to be both an evergreen title for Plaid Hat Games as well as being a critical hit. Awards for the game included:

Kristen Pauline and Regis Demy are the artists bringing the world of Stuffed Fables to life.

Plaid Hat Games

Plaid Hat Games was acquired in 2015 by F2Z Entertainment, and subsequently Asmodee in 2016 when Asmodee absorbed F2Z. Plaid Hat Games now functions as an independent design studio under the Asmodee umbrella.

Fantasy Flight Games has already started expanding the Runewars Miniature Game with Guardians of the Deepwood. Though the base has just barely hit stores already the Latari Eleves Army is already getting armed and ready for battle. Speedy and ferocious, one of the most powerful of the Terrinoth forces join an ever expanding battle. Fantasy Flight is expecting the Latari Eleves Army Expansion to hit retailers 3rd quarter (Q3) of 2017.

The Latari Elves call the Amyhelin Forest home. The largest forest in Mennara, the massive trees of Amyhelin stretch from Terrinoth in the North and west of the Ru all the way to the southern ocean. While the elves have built cities and palaces in and around the trunks of the Deepwood, the return of an old foe has pulled them into the battle for Terrinoth once again.

The Latari Elves enter the battle with four new units and eight new figure sculpts which is enough new content to field a full army in one of the battles of Terrinoth.

The Deepwood Archers

Are there any other archers with the mobility and range of the infamous Deepwood Archers? For years these archers have protected the Aymhelin Forest, now they join you in battle using shift actions to match enemy movements to position themselves perfectly for attach. With three different shift options they will be efficient and speedy in the battlefield, always in the perfect position to strike.

The Leonx Riders

Another new unit is the Leonx Riders. Passionate and rough, these riders will operate alone or in small family groups. Turning the tide of any battle, the Leonx Riders will serve as the calvary for your Latari Elves army. When making a melee attack the riders can use two surgeries to add a hit. Unique Surges is a new mechanic in the game, and can only be used once per combat, adding a mortal strike to a melee attack up to once per combat. Moving rapidly with three march options, a shift, and five blue modifiers, nobody will be safe.

Ariana of Summersong

Champion on the Leonix Riders will be Ariana of Summersong. Ariana will be commanding riders into battle with a Moonblade and Mount Wildcat. Ariana will be adding a mortal strike to all melee attacks, in addition to her Impact 2 keyword which will strike two panic tokens into the heart of her enemies. Ariana will whip around the battlefield with three march options and give white modifier options along with a green shift modifier allowing for a 4 speed march.

The Aymhelin Scions

The final new unit joining you in battle will be the Aymhelin Scions. While Aliana represents speed, the Scions represent the power of the Latari Elves. Living trees, the Scions are “the will of the forest made manifest.” The command dial of the Scions features both ranged and melee attacks, making them a threat from all angles. A shield icon modifier adds to defensive actions while the red hit modifier will add to offensive strikes. Two charge options allow the Scions to throw immobilizer tokens onto anything the Scions collide with… or that collide into it. A stun token added using two surges during melee or ranged attacks makes the Scions that much more dangerous.

Tactical Advantage

In addition to new units, new keywords and mechanics are also being added with this expansion. Latari elves will take advantage of the Overgrow keyword when overgrowth tokens are placed on environment pieces on the map. The Lethal keyword, as the name suggests, adds additional hit points to a damage pool. On the defensive side Protect keyword will remove damage from the pool before being assigned.

With plenty of new tactics and units to explore, Fantasy Flight Games looks to be expanding the Runewars Miniature Game universe rapidly.

asmodee

Asmodee has announced an exciting set of games which will be released in December in their Advanced, Core and Family game lines, making them perfect for Christmas presents.

abyss kraken

Abyss Kraken (Advanced Game Line)

Abyss designed by Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier set in an undersea world of giant sea creatures will get an expansion called Kraken. Xavier Collette who did the evocative artwork for the base game which won the Dicetower Award for Best Game Artwork 2014 has done the artwork for Kraken.

“The new ally race, the Kraken, are wild but will earn you black pearls. New Locations allow you to raid the loot deck for treasure.”

raptor

Raptor (Advanced Game Line)

Raptor is an asymmetrical two player game by Bruno Cathala and Bruno Faidutti where one player controls a team of scientists tracking down the Raptor babies of the opposing player. This is a fast paced card driven game where the scientists try to capture the Raptor babies whilst evading the mother Raptor.

Zombies vs Cheerleaders (Advanced Game Line)

Zombies vs Cheerleaders is a two player game from Richard Toquet with the Cheerleaders controlled by one player and the Zombies by their opponent. Using an action point system and card based powers, the Cheerleaders aim to defeat the Zombie horde whilst the Zombies try to eat one of the Cheerleaders.

“It will take all your brain power…or lack there of, to win this hilarious, horror-filled battle!”

kemet ta seti

Kemet Ta-Seti (Core Game Line)

Hemet Ta-Seti designed by Jacques Bariot and Guillaume Montiage is the first expansion for the Game Kemet, where players battle each other’s Egyptian tribes for control of temples and territories.

“The shadow of Ta-Seti lingers on the black soils of Kemet. Where new and terrifying creatures come into play.”

colt express horses

Colt Express – Horses and Stagecoach (Family Game Line)

The popular Colt Express game by Christophe Raimbault where you are robbing a train and shooting your way to victory gets an expansion called Horses and Stagecoach. Just like the base game this contains 3D cardboard playing pieces which adds to the theme and makes the game look so enticing on the table.

“Horses will allow you to move around the train and to the Stagecoach to nab one of the Hostage characters. Hostages can earn you ransom, but many of them will give you a negative effect as well.”

crossing

Crossing (Family Game line)

Crossing is a simultaneous action selection game by Yoshiteru Shinohara where players try to collect the most gemstones.

“Each round, players square off in a duel. You can grab Life Stones from mushrooms as they appear or steal Stones from your opponents’ stash.”

 

        

Colt Express a game released in November of last year received, on March 3rd, 2015, the  As d’Or – Jeu de L’année 2015. This is the French award for the most prestigious game.  The As d’Or – Jeu de L’année was established in 2005 and it’s mission is to draw attention to great game design and show the games as a true cultural asset. Past recipients of this award have been games like Ticket To Ride (2004), Dixit (2009), and Concept (2014).

 

Image from Asmodee Facebook page

Image from Asmodee Facebook page

Asmodee posted a series of images on their Facebook page showing off new concept art, designs, and title treatments for their 2014 BoardGameGeek Con surprise hit Mysterium. This cooperative deduction game, originally published by Portal Games as Tajemnicze Domostwo, has been generating a great deal of buzz despite of limited availability and uncertain U.S. distribution.

This joint Libellud and Asmodee announcement confirms that the next iteration of Mysterium will be making its debut at Gen Con next year, and that it might just be the most polished edition yet.

“The art and the game play is being reworked to improve the overall experience.”

Check out Asmodee’s Facebook post and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

titans

Titans releases next month from Asmodee Games and is designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc.  Previously reported here, this is the second expansion for Cyclades and features conflict around neighboring islands and 6 great, ancient Greek cities.  The game includes a double-sided game board, an offerings board, a large Kronos tiles, 5 Divine Artifact figurines & cards, 5 Special Metropolis cards tiles & cards, and 7 prosperity markers.

titans pieces

rampage 2

Rampage

Last year’s Essen release, Rampage will be re-branded as “Terror In Meeple City” due to similarity with an existing trademark product.  Nothing is changing with the game play, only the name.

Coming in July!

hotel tycoon

Hotel Tycoon

Everyone may start off equal – but it won’t take you long to change that. With a little luck and whole lot of money, drive your opponents into outright bankruptcy and claim the top spot in the high-stakes world of luxury hotels.

On your turn, you’ll roll to move your plane to your next destination. Will you buy the land or improve your existing properties? Can you bribe the planning commission for the right to add to your luxury hotel? Can you strike just the right balance between spending extravagantly and saving for a rainy day? Time your moves and spend wisely to ruin your competition and win the game!

Highlights:

* Sculpted, three-dimensional hotels and miniature airplanes
* Colorful and eye-catching art
* Easy to learn for kids and adults

madame ching

Madame Ching

It is the year 1808, and the Sea of China is ripe with plunder. Command a pirate junk as you sink the Emperor’s ships, loot the port of Hong Kong, and learn the skills to take command of The China Pearl, the grandest ship in the fleet of the infamous Madame Ching.

Players will manage hands of navigation cards and match symbols to gain skills, play increasing numbers to complete missions, sack Hong Kong, and reach the end of the world. To win the respect of Madame Ching, you’ll need to carefully play your cards and outwit your opponents.

Highlights:

* Clever rules with surprising depth
* Innovative card play
* Beautiful art and pieces
* From master designers Maublanc and Cathala

Coming in August!

world of tanks

World of Tanks: RUSH

A squadron of tanks rumbles across the field of battle to assault the enemy stronghold. Wily commanders recruit the strongest and smartest to carve a swath of destruction across the homelands of those who oppose them. Powerful tanks from all over the world meet to do battle in World of Tanks: Rush.
Players will start with a simple set of barracks cards and race to build the best deck of tanks and armored vehicles. Use the abilities of your tanks to manipulate the field to your advantage, or press those tanks into service and send them to destroy the opposing bases. A thrilling deck-building game with plenty of action, World of Tanks: Rush will leave everyone begging for one more game.

Highlights:

* Based on the wildly popular online game
* Exciting deck-building game that is heavy on interaction
* Easy to learn and quick to play, but with plenty of depth

Coming August 14 from Asmodee Games!

mille bournes

Rev the engine eagerly, waiting for the green light to send you hurtling across the countryside. Keep the tank full, find your way around the speed limit, and avoid the accidents that will slow you down. Keep the pressure on full, and be the first to make it 1,000 miles!

Mille Bornes is the classic card game of cross-country racing. Keep a green light handy in case you get stopped and play a tire puncture on your opponent to keep him from getting ahead. Protect yourself with safety cards, and save one for the classic Coup Fourré. Play your cards right, and you’ll be the first to cross the finish line and be the master of the Mille Bornes!

The deck contains 110 cards, a mix of hazard, remedy, safety, and distance cards.

  • 2-6 players
  • Ages 7+
  • 10 minute play time