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IELLO Games just released a teaser video of their upcoming battle game, Arena of the Gods, designed by Maxime Rambourg.

Welcome to the Arena of the all-powerful! With Arena: For the Gods!, dive into a universe in which heroes from 6 different mythos fight together for the entertainment of their Gods. Hand-picked by a divine hand for a battle to the death, you’re assuming the role of a powerful fighter.

Use your life points to bid for the best weapons and use the dice wisely to activate the most powerful attacks. The first player who dies puts an end to the game – and the surviving hero with the most life points left wins.

The plethora of equipment and choices in the game will bring a new experience to each replay!

Arena is due to release June 14, 2017

Table Tyrant Games is currently running a Kickstarter Campaign for Smiths of Winterforge, a board game in which 2-5 players compete as rival dwarven guilds to forge the best items and win the favor of the royal family. Players move around Winterforge and use an action selection mechanism to advance their guild. In the Tavern, players can hire crew with special skills and abilities.

Gain contracts and funds at the Guildhall, or Take out or settle loans at the Bank. Buy the best materials at the market, or try your luck at the Forge to create truly legendary items. Players can push their luck early on and roll for difficult to obtain items, or can build up their skill and supplies, making a more sure roll later on. The game comes with a beautifully detailed board, wooden pieces, component and contract cards, 14 dice and Kickstarter exclusive metal coins. Also available is an optional buy for Table Tyrants‘ previous game, Tavern Fame.

The Kickstarter for Smiths of Winterforge continues through April 24, and is expected to deliver in September 2017.

Ares Games has put out some interesting details about their next game in War of the Ring line, Hunt for the Ring. This new game takes place in the early chapters of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, in which one player controls Frodo and company, and are trying to get to Rivendell, while up to four others control the Nazgul, searching for the ring. The game plays in two radically different chapters divided by the hobbits’ arrival in Bree, with different boards and mechanics. In the first chapter, the hobbits use hidden movement while the Nazgul search for their location, but in the second chapter the hobbits’ movement is dictated by card draws from a Journey deck, giving many different routes to arrive at Rivendell in 16 turns. During this second chapter, the Frodo player will control Gandalf and try to draw the Nazgul away from the hobbits.

The Frodo player also has special ability cards for his companions, with separate first and second chapter abilities, however each card’s ability can only be used in one of the chapters, not in both. The Nazgul player also has special abilities, but these are dictated by use of special dice. If the Nazgul find Frodo and his companions, the Frodo player accumulates penalty points, known as Corruption, making the Nazgul’s strategy to slow and Corrupt the party, forcing Frodo to discard his ability cards and fail Corruption tests. Finally, game turns take place in three different hours, where Nazgul are weaker during the daylight, but stronger at night.

The Frodo player must get to Bree within 16 turns, with each extra turn bringing Corruption, while the Nazgul player must find Frodo and the Ring during their 16 turn trek from Bree to Rivendell, inflicting more and more Corruption, as they strive to escape. If a Corruption Test is called when Frodo has 16 or more Corruption Points, the Frodo player loses. You can read more about Hunt for the Ring at Ares website here.

The Hunt for the Ring is due to be released in Summer 2017, and is being developed by the designers of War of the Ring and Battle of Five Armies, Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, along with veteran hidden movement game designer Gabriele Mari (Letters From Whitechapel, Mister X).

First up is a new release which teams up USAopoly and Steve Jackson Games, and that’s Munchkin X-Men.  This continues to add to the plethora of re-skins for the Munchkin game, but if you are into X-men and don’t mind Munchkin, this might be a good buy.  The will feature tons of iconic people and items from the X-men universe including Lady Deathstrike, Colossus, Wolverine, and Magneto’s Helmet.  So grab your gear and ready those mutant powers, Munchkin X-Men is out on store shelves now!

Next was a tease from IDW Games at this year’s GAMA Trade Show called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Showdown.  The theme seems normal enough as the turtles are running through the city sewers being chased be Bebop and Rocksteady and so they have to figure out how to fight them.  The interesting part is that this is going to be done in the confines of a tile laying game.  I will be interested to see how they plan to pull this off, but we won’t know more until later this year as IDW Games releases more information about it.

Then we have a new card game coming out of Greenbrier Games called Overseers.  This is a drafting style game where you are collecting sets of cards in order to score the most point, pretty simple, but it does have some extra bits added on.  First is that each player has a special power they can use that allow them to break the rules, like keeping two cards instead of one during a draft.  Second is a voting system once everyone reveals their cards on who people think has the highest score.  Whoever gets the most votes then has a choice, admit they have the highest score or deny it.  If they admit it then they discard a card, if they deny they don’t have to discard anything.  However, during scoring if they denied and do have the highest score, they lose two of their highest scoring cards.  Most points at the end is the winner.  Look for this game on store shelves in April.

Last is a slew of upcoming release from Flying Frog productions for both Last Night on Earth and Shadows of Brimstone.  On the Shadows of Brimstone front they have tons coming with the Hellfire Succubi Mission Pack, the Feral Vampires Mission Pack, the Derelict Ship Expansion, and six new ally, enemy, and XXL enemy packs.  Most of these were KS extras so it will be good for them to hit general distribution later in the year.  Also they showed off posters for the upcoming 10th Anniversary Edition of the Last Night on Earth game, with no doubt all the bells and whistles you expect from such an edition.  Keep looking here as we find out more information as the year goes on for these releases, and check out Flying Frog’s Facebook page for pictures and information.

In Tower of London by WizKids players will compete for victory by collecting ravens, dispatching Beefeaters, and fighting to control the tower. The game is designed by Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer, and supports 3-5 players with a play time of about 45 minutes.

In Tower of London, on each turn, players play two cards: the first card determines which building their Beefeater (guard) goes into, and the second card has a special power that triggers from the perspective of the Beefeater just placed.

At the end of a round, certain areas of the tower are scored based on who controls the majority of buildings by having the most Beefeaters in each. The game is over at the end of three rounds or when a player collects 7 ravens, in which case the game ends immediately.

Releasing in April, Tower of London is available for pre-order today. For additional information, please visit the WizKids Tower of London web page.

Wizkids seems to be all about the hype train as of late with the teasing of a new DnD Adventure game, and now it’s a new Dice Masters set.  This new set will be set in the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons and Dragons.  It will have all new spells, adventurers, and monsters, plus a new draft pack format to allow for tournament play.  Each pack will come with enough cards and dice that when two packs are put together, you have everything you need for a game.  Look for this new set to appear on store shelves in September of this year.

Bushiroad, known for other TCGs like CardFight!! Vanguard, are getting ready to release a new TCG designed by Mike Elliot called Dragonborne – Rise to Supremacy.  What makes this game interesting beyond the setting and art is that dice are being introduced to enhance in-game effects.  You will be able to use the dice to defend your forts, strengthen your units, or enhance your spells, making them better.  You can check out more on Dragonborne’s Facebook page, and look forward to it’s release in August of this year.

Last, IDW Games is reprinting a highly rated abstract strategy game called Torres.  In Torres you are the sons of the king, vying for prestige in order to be crowned the next ruler of the land.  To do that you will need to rebuild the kingdom with the most impressive castle you can.  In the game you will use action points to build up your castle, but you have to not only build it tall, but also spread it out across the land.  Plus you will also be playing cards and placing knights to help earn you points, and whoever has the most at the end is the winner.  Look for this game on store shelves in August.

We all know some roll and write games, Dice Stars, Can’t Stop Express, OctoDice, and more, each with minimal theme and lots of dice throwing.  Well Nevermore Games thought that was a waste, and so they teamed up with Jason Tagmire of Button Shy Games to launch The Spiel Press.  What they hope to do with this new label is produce premium roll and write games that will have a lot more theme and more replay value with legacy type elements.  Each book, yes book, will have dozens of pages of full color game sheets to play on, and when you finish playing the game you can move to another page to play again.  But in a legacy type fashion, the games before will affect the games after, making changes to the play area and giving you a new experience.  In the first book, Blood Royals, this means the political map of the game will change as different factions fight.  In the second book, Star Maps, this means the map you play on will change and evolve as you explore the galaxy.

Both of these sounds like great ideas and hopefully the execution is as high quality as they are making it sound.  You can head over to The Spiel Press’s introduction page to read more about it, and then look forward to future Kickstarters for these books coming this summer.

Academy Games, known for their excellent and historically accurate games, is Kickstarting their latest offering, 878 Vikings – Invasions of England.  This is an area control game similar to their other war games where the invading armies of the Vikings are striking at the heart of England.  The game plays 2 to 4 players with one side being the English nobles defending their country, and the other side playing the Vikings trying to pillage the countryside.  You will play cards to move your troops, invade different areas or the board, build forts, or place out more troops.  After a while players will have the option to call for the Treaty of Wedmore, which will end the game, and whoever controls more land at that point will be the winner.

The Kickstarter has flown through the stretch goals unlocking more cards, miniatures for the armies instead of cubes, wooden card holders and more.  They are also offering multiple add-ons you can pledge for in the form of their other games, expansions for 878 Vikings, and limited edition figures.  Needless to say if you are interested in historical games, or games featuring vikings, check out their Kickstarter page today.

Scott Pilgrim is a popular graphic novel series that was released back in 2004 that still enjoys popularity today, mostly due to characters and situations readers can relate to.  So now in 2017, Renegade Games along with the publisher of the comic, Oni Press, are creating a deck building game based on the franchise.  The game is called Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, and is a deck building game all about making different choices as you live your life.  You will be able to play different characters from the comic and each one will have a different starting deck, giving you some variability between players.  Then as you build your deck and fill out your plot line, you will decide how you want to handle situations, either like an adult, or with typical video game violence.  This effect is accomplished by all the cards being double sided, with each side corresponding to a way to handle that situation.  Will you be able to defeat all the evil ex’s and win over Ramona’s heart?

You can find out this summer when the game is released, and until then you can check out the preview on Renegade Games’ site.

The new game pieces for Monopoly have finally been revealed, after a 4.3 million people voted on their most and least favorite pieces. In addition to losing the thimble, the wheelbarrow and the boot, Hasbro has added (drum roll please)…

The T-Rex, the Rubber Duckie, and the Penguin. It seems that there was a bird theme to the new picks. People should be relieved that the Scottie Dog, the Cat, Top Hat, Race Car and Battleship will be returning. Hasbro has been using the voting process to publicize the new Token Madness Monopoly, which includes 16 total tokens.