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Following in the footsteps of the popular Warhammer Quest: Silver TowerGames Workshop has announced a new game in the Warhammer Quest Line, Shadows Over Hammerhal. Taking place in the seat of the God-King Sigmar’s power, Hammerhal, 2-5 players control a band of heroes questing to nullify a Chaos plot in the dungeons under the great city. Shadows Over Hammerhal comes with 31 miniatures, a 72 page guidebook, adventure book, 55 cards, 18 double sided boards, 12 dice and a variety of tokens and counters.

Warhammer Quest: Shadows Over Hammerhal is available now for pre-order and is scheduled to ship February 25, 2017.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new expansion for Eldritch Horror, Cities in Ruin. Earthquakes, Typhoons and other natural (or unnatural) disasters are destroying the cities of the earth. Cities in Ruin brings in 4 new investigators to try to combat the Elder Gods, and the coming of Shudde M’ell, The Cataclysm From Below.  Shudde M’ell was once imprisoned in the ancient city of G’harne, but the wards have weakened and the ancient one now stirs, bringing ruin in its wake. The game even starts with Rome wiped from the map when Shudde M’ell stirs.

Cities in Ruin is scheduled to be released second quarter 2017.

USAopoly has been stepping up their game lately, and this time it’s the creation of a new division that will focus on higher end collectibles and games associated with them.  They are “about tapping into our emotions from our youth when thinking of our favorite toys, movies and experiences.”  

Initially they have some lines planned out for new vinyl figures like Forbidden Tikis, Iconauts, and The Tower Squad as well as other items that will be coming out later this year.  Also being talked about are partnerships with companies like MONDO and Slideshow to bring the licenses they own into the mix and release new products for them.  Needless to say I think this new direction for USAopoly could provide us with some solid new games on brand new IPs.  You can head to the USAopoly site to read the full press release.

Games Workshop has announced that the classic dungeon crawl Talisman will be getting a new edition. There were no details on the look or changes to the new edition, but Games Workshop did say the new edition is expected later this year. Talisman was originally published from Games Workshop in 1983, and revised extensively for the third edition in 1994, but with the 4th edition in 2007 became a joint venture between Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games. The future of Talisman became uncertain when Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop parted ways, and Fantasy Flight discontinued it’s production of Games Workshop games in February 2017.  Talisman also has a digital version available for many platforms.

Games Workshop’s Announcement on the future of Talisman can be read here.

Wizkids has announced a new 2-4 player board game based on the hit Syfy Channel TV show, The Expanse. The Expanse Board Game is being designed by Geoff Engelstein, creator of The Dragon & Flagon and The Fog of War. Compared to Twilight Struggle, The Expanse Board Game will be card driven and involve politics, conquest and intrigue. Players can play as the UN Forces, Military of Mars, the Rebels of OPA, or Protogon Inc., as they increase their control over the solar system. The Expanse Board Game is expected to release Summer 2017.

Grey Fox Games has started a Kickstarter for two expansions to Champions of Midgard, the popular dice management viking board game. The Dark Mountains adds a much requested 5th player to the game, as well as a new archer dice type, new adventures and new monsters. Dark Mountains also comes with a new character, a dark mountains board, and an expanded market board.

The second expansion, Valhalla, adds new leader dice, leader abilities and a new resource to manage. Valhalla also comes with its own board, a new character, epic monsters and more. There is even an option for a new box to hold the base game and both expansions comfortably. As is par with Kickstarters these days, stretch goals and Add-Ons abound.

Champions of Midgard: The Expansions is on Kickstarter until March 14, and is expected to deliver in June 2017. You can check out the campaign here.

In the words of the visionary Benjamin Franklin, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except more Munchkin content from Steve Jackson Games,” or something like that.  Steve Jackson Games has announced a new expansion to their crossover title, Munchkin Pathfinder, coming in June 2017, adding the Gunslinger class and a new faction, Razmiran Vision.  These additions also work with the Munchkin Pathfinder Guest Artist Edition.  See the publisher’s page here.  From the description:

The Gunslinger class specializes in firearms (always the best specialty for a fantasy character), and the Razmiran Vision faction lets players benefit from backstabbing.  It’s a 112-card expansion that draws on the rich Pathfinder lore.

With the beginning of summer, Steve Jackson Games will also be releasing Ghosts Love Candy, a card game in which players use teams of ghosts to possess trick-or-treaters on Halloween night and eat all of their candy, which may just realize the deep-seated desires of many.  See more of the game, including some of card art, here.  The game does come with a warning, though:

The player whose ghosts earn them the most candy points after 8 rounds wins. But be careful! When a Trick-or-Treater eats too much candy they get sick and become your burden if you were the one to push them past their candy limit.  The game is over when there is no more candy left to hand out, which is 8 rounds with 2-4 players and 6 rounds with 5-6.

Look for these new releases from Steve Jackson Games this summer.

 

 

Already having almost tripled its goal funding on Kickstarter, By Order of the Queen, by designer David Gerrard, touts itself as a 2-4 player cooperative fantasy adventure game that emulates an RPG experience in 90-120 minutes through an abundance of whimsical artwork.  In this game, the Queen of Tessandor has a lot on her agenda and has tasked players, as their respective Guilds, to complete quests, slay monsters, and fulfill the eponymous Queen’s orders, vying not only to win, but also having to work together for the good of the kingdom.

By Order of the Queen mixes simple card play, strong strategy, and RPG storytelling in a promise to engage the whole family.  Junk Spirit Games, which previously released JunKing in 2015, estimates delivery in October 2017 for backers of the Kickstarter campaign.  For more information, head over to the Kickstarter page here.

Green Ronin, publisher of the Mutants and Masterminds RPG, along with Greater Than Games, publisher of Sentinels of the Multiverse, are working together on a new game.  This new game will take much of the mechanics of the Sentinels of the Multiverse game and place it firmly in the Mutants and Masterminds RPG universe, titled Sentinels of Earth-Prime.  This means a whole new line-up of heroes, villains, and environments as well as new storylines to explore in this new game.  As a fan of Sentinels of the Multiverse, I am very looking forward to more original superheroes in a similar game type, hopefully with enough changes to make the two games distinct and worth owning both.

The current plans are for the game to be Kickstarted in April and then published in 2018 by Green Ronin.

Brotherwise Games, publisher of the 8-bit dungeon building game Boss Monster, has announced their next game, Unearth.  It’s going to be a dice-placement game designed by Jason Harner and Matthew Ransom, with art by Jesse Riggle.  In the game you are exploring the ruins of the great cities of old, trying to claim them as your own and build up places of power to restore a bygone age.  Play will use a set of 5 dice for each player, three 6 sided, one 4 sided, and one 8 sided die, each representing different explorers.

So far the game sounds great and more information will be released as time goes on, so look forward to it’s launch in August!