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.
We’ve already reported about the upcoming Spyfall expansion that Cryptozoic is putting out, but that’s not all they have coming. The first game coming is the first licensed game for the Attack on Titan anime series and that is Attack on Titan the Deck Building game. This is a cooperative game where you will be playing as characters like Eren, Mikasa, and Armin as you build up your deck to fight against the unstoppable titans as they attack the last human settlement. This game will use the Cerberus Engine that is used by the DC Deck Building Game so those who have played that game will be familiar with how the game goes. One major difference is that there is a positional element to the game in that you have to be in the right place in addition to having the right cards. Look for this to hit store shelves in a just a few weeks.
Next will be the retail release of the second Ghostbusters board game, Ghostbusters II the Board Game. This game expands on the concept from the first game and has you playing the Ghostbusters against all the ghouls and ghosts from the second movie. Hopefully you have what it takes to stop Vigo before he comes back to enslave the world. Look for this on store shelves in December of this year.
Coming in January of next year is a new social deduction game in the Batman animated series universe called Batman: Almost Got ‘im. In the game you are playing villains around a poker table playing poker and reminiscing about the times they almost got Batman. The thing is, Batman is in their midst, and so you need to figure out who it is before he is able to subdue everyone. An interesting twist to this game is that you will be playing poker in this game, and the hands you are able to craft will dictate the actions to take during the night phase. Look for this on store shelves in 2017.
Last on the list is the second Attack on Titan game with the Attack on Titan: The Last Stand – Tactical Board Game. This is board game you will be playing on a 3D surface in the form of the castle walls as well as the Titan himself. One player will play as the titan and will be playing down two cards, one hidden and one revealed that indicate what actions he will be taking. Everyone else will be playing the characters like Armin and Eren as they prepare and attack the Titan with all they got. Players though will have to be careful because with one Titan card being face down, there is always uncertainty of where the Titan will strike, and being unprepared will be your death. Look for this game to hit shelves in January of next year.
Announced via press release for immediate publication, Batman: The Animated Series will join the One More Roll line of games being published by Steve Jackson Games and Cryptozoic Entertainment. Joining the ranks of Dino Hunt Dice, Trophy Buck, and Zombie Dice, this newest game is being published in partnership with DC Comics to bring an authentic experience of the beloved animated series to the gaming table. Designed by Sam Mitschke and Randy Scheunemann, the game will cast players as the villains trying to foil the caped crusader. As described by Rhea Friesen, marketing director for Steve Jackson Games, in the press release:
In Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, The Riddler, and The Joker are attempting bank heists all across Gotham City. Assume the role of one of these evil-doers and use your unique power to foil the World’s Greatest Detective and escape with the most loot!
I grew up on the Batman cartoon series and have always held a great fondness for it, and I imagine this newest dice game is designed to grab those like me with memories of that fantastic show. The game is sure to be lightweight, casual game that will capture some 90’s nostalgia with some of the artwork by series creators Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski. Fans and readers can look forward to it’s release this November, and be sure to check out Steve Jackson Games and Cryptozoic Entertainment for more information in the coming months.
The quick march of Dice Masters expansions is not stopping any time soon, and coming in February of 2017 we will have some more Batman on the scene. DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman is going to be bringing us more of our favorite caped crusader, but not in a base set this time, only in booster packs. So those of us who may be averse to the collectible aspect of the game may stay away, but I don’t think anyone will balk at more Batman and some new characters from Gotham City. You can read more about the upcoming release on the ICv2 site here.
WizKids’ epic dice building game reaches another expansion with DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light
In the War of Light Dice Masters set, players will be able to choose from a selection of more than 30 heroes and villains, both old and new, including Batman, Green Lantern, Sinestro, the Teen Titans and the Lantern Corps
The new starter set features 44 custom dice, 38 cards, 2 dice bags and rule book and is fully compatible with other DC Comics Dice Masters products.
Deploy the bat-signal for September 2015 North American release.
Cryptozoic has published a recap of their experiences at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas this past week, with product updates and upcoming releases.
First of all, the DC Deck-Building Game will be receiving a few new additions, including:
- Teen Titans, a new stand-alone game for the series
- a few more variations to the previously-announced JSA pack, such as the Crossover Packs for Arrow, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Watchmen
- DC Deck-Building Game Playmats featuring the box art from Heroes Unite and Forever Evil
Card Wars will also be seeing a few more expansions, including the Ice King vs Marceline and Lemongrab vs. Gunter decks.
Another announcement Cryptozoic made at the show was that they would be partnering with Looney Labs to create a Batman edition of the game Fluxx this year.
The staff of Cryptozoic thanks everyone who attend GAMA 2015 and stopped by to visit their booth. They were excited to be able to share and demo their games with so many and consider this year’s show to be a big success, with hit upcoming games such as Spyfall and Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Rumble at Castle Tentakill receiving a lot of play time in their booth.
To see more about Cryptozoic’s time at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, follow this link.
Batman Love Letter
In a recent post over in Facebook AEG announced/revealed Love Letter Batman Edition.
As AEG put it:
Early 2015 is looking a little more… dark… knight… ish.
I don’t know about you but they finally managed to catch my attention with this Love Letter variation; after all, Batman is my favorite superhero. I wonder if they will be using original artwork or reprising artwork from the comics? Either way, I am looking forward to this game.
To view their post click here.