Batman

The company known for their collectible Pop figures is publishing a line of board games using their brand aesthetic. The Funkoverse Strategy Game, designed by Prospero Hall, will be a line of standalone games sold in two and four character sets that you can mix and match. Each set will include exclusive Funko Pop figures, along with the necessary board, cards, tokens, and dice for the included scenarios. The announced sets (with pictures) include characters from Batman, Harry Potter, The Golden Girls, and Rick & Morty. The mix and match element means you can enter a scenario with Harley Quinn versus Blanche versus Morty versus He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named….how’s that for ambitious crossovers?

The Funkoverse Strategy Game will hit retailers in October, but Gen Con attendees will have the opportunity to demo and purchase the game through the events listed here.

USAopoly have partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (on behalf of DC Comics) to bring Talisman: Batman – Super-Villains Edition to life. The game allows players to be one of Gotham City’s Super-Villains who sneak and fight through 2 floors, and the central tower, of Arkham Asylum. The first evil-doer to subdue Batman and release the other, dangerous inmates, wins the game.

In true Talisman fashion, players upgrade the Health, Strength, and Cunning of their characters before they face off against their ultimate objective, Batman, in the center of the map. While there can be only one winner, players can cooperate as they make their way to their foe. The game features artwork from the “New 52” era, 13 plastic character figures, more than 100 Encounter cards, six-sided dice, and character boards.

Talisman: Batman Super-Villain Edition allows for 2-6 players, aged 13+. Expect it’s release in June of 2019. For more information, visit the USAopoly website.

Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege, from IDW Games will be the first in a series of tabletop games based on the Warner Brothers cartoon franchise. This is a game for 1-5 players who play as Batman and his allies protecting Gotham from his Rogues Gallery. It’s designed by Richard Launius (known for Elder Sign, Arkham Horror) and Michael Guigliano, intended for players aged 14+, and plays in 45-60 mins.

Gotham’s heroes will make use of dice allocation and threat management to defend the city against bosses and their henchmen. Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege includes all new artwork, character miniatures, and 3D city buildings.

This appears to be the first in a series of games based on the franchise, though it’s not clear if future games will be expansions for this game, or entirely different games.

“Subsequent releases in the series will capture and celebrate the Batman Animated universe, packed with heroes and villains, featuring them in settings new and still familiar to fans and gamers. Developed with renowned artists and designers, IDW Games is excited to bring these beloved characters to the tabletop for fans of Batman: The Animated Series to enjoy for years to come.” [source]

Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege will be available in August 2018 and previewed at Origins Game Fair 2018.

Monolith Board Games is no stranger to Kickstarter or board games. In early 2015, Monolith ran a very successful Kickstarter campaign that rose over $3.3 million dollars to fund a miniatures board game set in the Conan universe. Conan was full of gorgeous miniatures but it wasn’t just the miniatures that set this game apart from other similar adventure games. Conan featured a unique play-style that included beautifully crafted dashboards to store player components. Additionally the art work was superb. You can view the Dice Tower review of the game here.

Using a very similar, but much improved, dashboard as well as a similar game mechanism, Batman: Gotham Cities Chronicles seems to push the boundaries set forth by its predecessor.

Batman™: Gotham City Chronicles is a scenario-based miniatures board game where 2 to 4 players control the Dark Knight and his allies in their never-ending battle against crime through an asymmetrical and open game system.

Each game involves an action-packed fight where two sides face off. One of the players assumes the role of the Villain and controls the most notorious criminals of Gotham City. The remaining players take control of the Heroes, who must work together as a team to foil the Villain’s plots. Each side takes turns, pitting their strategies against each other in order to achieve their objectives.

The game comes with two boxes (1 Hero box and 1 Villain box) chock full of minis and many beautifully drawn scenario tiles. As of the writing of this article, the campaign has raised nearly $2 mil with 31 days left. The base game pledge is $140 however there is a $320 pledge that gets you the game and all the expansions. There’s even a Batmobile!

Any Batman fan is bound to really enjoy this. It’s a solid theme, wonderful components, and a great game system. You can visit Kickstarter here to view the campaign.

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Time is ticking, like a timebomb set up by an arch nemesis to destroy your city. But that ain’t going to happen today… Because you’re Batman… And you will stop it. Or maybe you Robin! Or Nightwing!

The time of heroes will be arriving on February the 27th for Batman: Gotham City Chronicles – a miniature board game from designer Frédéric Henry. In this game, one player will mastermind a crime, with an army of goons and grunts abd lead by a well known Arkham inmate while other players will be donning their cowls as the Dark Knight and his companions (and maybe some unexpected characters from the DC comic book universe).

This scenario based game will be coming right from the pages of some of the most well known Batman comic story lines. You will be tracking down the mastermind of many strange crimes with your detective skills as in “Hush.”  You will be fighting against an enemy that has been sent out to destroy you and your family, as in “The Court Of Owls.” You may also encounter a criminal who, through no fault of his own, falls (or possibly doesn’t if you save him) into a vat of acid, as in “The Killing Joke.” And if you don’t want a scenario based game, there is a head to head mode in which both players draft an army and fight it out on the streets and dark places in Gotham.

An impressive line of characters have been revealed on The-Overlord.net  including Robin, Commissioner Gorden, Catwoman, and the Riddler. And because this is a miniature game on Kickstarter, there will be a ton of unlock-able goodness. With over 100 different sculpts confirmed by DC, this game will pack a punch in plastic but won’t rob you blind. Estimated at around $120 for a base pledge and around $300 if you want everything, this game will have plenty to offer you and keep you coming back for more.

You can follow along all the latest news, images and videos on Monolith’s Facebook page

 

Monolith are not slowing down. In fact they are going full steam ahead and have big plans for the future. Hot of the heals of their Kickstarters, Conan and the, “very close to being on your door”, Mythic Battles: Pantheon, they have announced some changes they are making and some new titles they will be publishing. More about the titles later.

Recently mentioned on their Facebook  page (in French), they are expanding their team by two. They are looking for multi skilled people for their development team, who can analyse games, test and create scenarios, search and select new games and have mastery of Microsoft Office as well as other skills. And all in both French and English…Oh, it also helps that you live near their offices in Quimper, France too. Does this sound like a job for you?

Back to the new game announcements. Recently I reported on the next big Kickstarter project, that is Batman the Boardgame. And that has been shaping up nicely and you can see it yourself at GenCon this year, in Hall G 3063

 

But another supprise announcement was that they will be bringing Claustrophobia to Kickstarters as well. This is an already published game by Asmodee and designed by Croc, way back in 2009. And it looks like there will be some much loved passion being breathed into this remake. Many complained about the mini and lack of variety in enemy’s. This will all be changed with the power of Kickstarter. Croc, who is a long time, good friend of Frédéric Henry (designers of both Conan and Batman) will probably be involved in the redesign, bumping up the game from just two expansions and the base game, to many expansions and KS goodies.

We will unfortunately have to wait a while to find out more…

 

Monolith Editions are getting suited up for crime fighting in the city of Gotham. As they have announced that they will be bring Batman to your tabletops… And he won’t be alone.
Players will be dropped into the crime ridden street, warehouses and sewers of Gotham, to take on another player, as they control a DC villain and his mooks, as the act out their dastardly plans. Not only is it a One Vs Many game, but it is also will come with a Player Vs Player mode. As you will get to draft a group of villains or heroes and go head to head.
The game system (THS) that was featured in Monoliths previous title Conan, will be the base engine for this game. Frédéric Henry, the designer of both titles, has made some changes to the game, to make it fit into the DC Universe. As this will not be a hack a slash title, but a strategic battle of wits, brains and brawn. With new skill, like intelligence and new special powers that match each of the iconic heroes and villains. Frédéric is currently touring France, demoing the prototype. And there is a possibility that there will be a tour in the UK, later this year.

The game has been inspired by the comic book, in particular those draw by Jim Lee, David Finch and Greg Capullo. So don’t expect any nipple George Clooney’s. 

Monolith, who brought us the highly successful Conan and Mythic Battles:Pantheon to Kickstarter, are working toward this next big hit…”POW!” Which should be coming at the end of this year or the beginning of the next.
To keep an eye on “The Bat” you can follow along Monolith on Facebook here or you can go to (now available in English) The Overload (a fan site, which has members of the Monolith team post articles and answer your questions) here.

In news that is as surprising as the sun rising this morning, Asmodee has acquired another long standing “game” line, Rory’s Story Cubes.  Rory’s Story Cubes is not really a game per se, they are sets of dice that have symbols on each side with a theme, like Doctor Who, Batman, or the more generic Actions.  Each set of dice can be used in a story telling type activity where you roll the dice and tell a story based on what was rolled.  Even more recently a Kickstarter was launched to create a full board game around this story telling usage of the dice.  All of this now will fall under the purview of Asmodee and will be distributed by them worldwide, allowing for the dice sets to reach an even wider audience then before.  The folks at the Creativity Hub will still be involved a bit in development of new sets, but the design and release of them will be chiefly done by Asmodee.  You can read the announcement on the Rory’s Story Cubes website.

Steve Jackson Games seems to be on a roll with getting their games into stores other than game stores, and this time it’s their latest dice game.  Batman: the Animated Series Dice Game has just been released and plays like a variation of the Zombie Dice or Martian Dice games of matching symbols to try and get the most points.  The game will be available through the usual channels, but you will also be able to find the game in Hot Topic stores as well.  This means next to all the other apparel and items associated with the latest DC Comics movie, you will be able to find this dice game.  One thing to note is that this is not happening in every store, so head over to the Steve Jackson Games website to see if a store near you is listed.