Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Panic at the Pleasure Palace is the newest entry from Cryptozoic Entertainment in the popular, spell-casting card game. Panic at the Pleasure Palace “introduces Magically Transmitted Diseases,” or MTDs, which is about all you need to know to decide whether this fourth game in the Epic Spell Wars series is a fit for your particular sensibilities.

Coming Q3 2018, Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Panic at the Pleasure Palace brings more of the inventive art and imaginative characters to the series while ratcheting up the vulgarity, swears, and mature themes. For more details on this game by Corey Jones and Matt Hyra, with art by RS Bixby, check out Cryptozoic’s website.

Dawn of the Archmage continues the rich fantasy world of Archmage Origins. Once the rulers of Sorcado, mages have fallen from power. Challengers arrive from every corner of the land. Knighted Paladins, land-hungry Lords…​ ​all seek to dethrone the mages. But mages don’t go down easily. It’s time to fight back!

SolarFlare Games announces their latest Kickstarter project, Dawn of the Archmage, a miniatures skirmish game in which each player controls a mage from a school of magic.  Each player will be summoning powerful monsters to the battlefield and pitting them against the other players in battle.  The winner of the game will rise above the other mages, ascending to the rank of Archmage.

Here’s a look at more from the press release for Dawn of the Archmage:

Each mage uses summoning powers to bring new and dangerous creatures to the battlefield. Expending massive mystical energy, their battle grows in frenetic power as monstrous beasts fight for the mages who control them, seeking to destroy all challengers in a magic-fueled frenzy.

In addition to summoning fearsome creatures to fight, mages possess a selection of powerful spells. With a single word, the battle can shift. Manipulating odds, controlling movement, and countering rival spells, the mage’s strategy will determine the supreme ruler of Sorcado.

The battle rages everywhere. Modular map tiles allow the mages to customize the battle area. Large, sprawling battlefields or close, confined ones…​ ​the fight is different every time. Will it be the Arena? The Forest? The Ruins? Or even Underground?

Dawn of the Archmage goes live on Kickstarter on August 1, 2017.  The project features two separate pledge levels, the first including one copy of the game, and the other including a copy of the game as well as the card game Archmage Origins.

Dawn of the Archmage is for 2-4 players ages 8 and up and plays in 40-80 minutes.  For more information on the project, visit the Kickstarter page here.


CMON has announced the release of Krosmaster Arena 2.0, releasing Friday, 10/21/2016, at Friendly Local Game Stores.  The second edition of Krosmaster Arena features “eight exclusive characters from DOFUS the movie, each represented by highly-detailed and fully-painted miniatures. The arena itself is transformed into a three-dimensional battlefield full of obstacles and scenery that will have you stretching your tactical muscles to gain an advantage.”

Krosmaster Arena 2.0 is compatible with previous Krosmaster figures, bringing an all-new, wider range of adventures for players.  For more information on this new edition of the game, visit the CMON page here.


When the kids are away, the toys come out to play…and FIGHT! Program your toys, then watch them dominate!

Bellwether Games would like to announce their latest game currently running on Kickstarter, Windup War: the Cutest Combat Card Game.  In Windup War, players will simultaneously program their toys for battle, then “release” them into combat with each other.  Players will need to be able to anticipate the other players’ moves or risk being caught off guard.

First, each player will select one of six toys to represent them in battle.  Next, players will assemble an army of three units according to each unit’s unique strengths and weaknesses.  Players will then program 5 actions at once into their toys, then reveal them simultaneously.  Actions are carried out in order, and then those that survive will reload for the next round.

Windup War is a game for 2-6 generals (players) and has a funding date of November 14, 2016.  For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page.


F2Z Entertainment, known for publishing popular brands of tabletop games such as Filosofia, Z-Man Games, Pretzel Games, and Plaid Hat Games, officially announces a new game in the line of Z-Man’s Merchants & Marauders, Broadsides.  Merchants & Marauders: Broadsides is a two-player, stand-alone game that puts players “in the boots of a fearless ship captain.”  In this confrontational game designed by Joshua Cappel, players will be working to survive a deadly battle by spending resources to defend and repair their ship whilst trying to destroy the enemy ship.

The following is an excerpt from the official press release:

Through your spyglass, you see a profitable sea lane, just waiting to be claimed.  But competition is closing in, and the battle is inevitable: Load your cannons!  Hoist the red flag!  Will you be able to sink the enemy before they send you feeding the sharks?

Merchants & Marauders: Broadsides is scheduled for release at Gen Con in August of 2016.  More details will be released soon as it becomes available.


Darkness is rising on the plane of Innistrad and its inhabitants need protecting from evil!  The new MAGIC: THE GATHERING ARENA OF THE PLANESWALKERS SHADOWS OVER INNISTRADtactical board game introduces new twisted terrain, powerful Planeswalkers and deadly battlefield scenarios.

Wizards of the Coast has just given the initial announcement for a new tactical board game set for a fall release, Magic: the Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers: Shadows Over Innistrad.  This is a continuation on the Arena of the Planeswalkers board game system, and follows the recent release of the first expansion for this system, Battle for Zendikar.  

This new major expansion for the game will be released in the fall of 2016.  More information will be released in the coming months as it is available.  Visit the Wizards of the Coast website for further information.

A six player political & military game of the 17th Century struggle that plunged Europe into one of its longest wars.  Control the major dynasties of the era, fielding armies and navies and engaging in diplomatic intrigue and bribery to decide who will exercise control over Europe!

One Small Step Games announces a new political and military board game that allows up to six players to take part in the battle for Europe during the Thirty Years War.  Designed by Mark McLaughlin, Holy Roman Empire sets a gaming environment that relies on complex economic and diplomatic interaction including alliances, naval actions, the Turko-Polish war, and military, economic, and diplomatic conflict.

The heart of the game is the game turn, which is divided into three main phases: Finance, Diplomatic, and Alliances.  After these phases follows movement and combat, the outcome of which will largely be determined by the effectiveness of players’ previous strategic actions.

Players will be donning the mantle of national leaders and not military commanders.  Therefore, to succeed in Holy Roman Empire, players will need to exercise more skill in diplomatic relations than in military strength.  Although most of the game strategy is carried out in the politician’s seat, combat does indeed occur, and can either be conducted via a detailed approach, including a battle map and individual troops, or with a simplified system that speeds game play.

A typical game rounds appears like this:

  1. Random Events
  2. Finances
    a. Receive Income
    b. Pay Maintenance
    c. Construction
  3. Diplomatic Bidding
  4. Alliances
  5. Movement
  6. End Turn

The game box for Holy Roman Empire includes the following:

  • One 22 x 34 map
  • One 11″ x 17″ Battle Map
  • One deck of 72 playing cards
  • 260 back-printed counters
  • One Rulebook
  • One Scenarios Book
  • Two Charts & Tables Folders

This project includes multiple pledge levels and stretch goals and has a primary funding goal of $7,000.  This project is set to end on Monday, April 13, 2015.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.