In a controversial piece of board gaming news, Michael Stackpole has resigned from the GAMA board of directors after many decades of service. Michael Stackpole is an Origins award winning designer, a video game writer and designer, fantasy author, and has been a vocal and active advocate on the side of board gaming for 30+ years. In a letter of resignation made public, Stackpole states “I have not reached this decision based on any political divide within the Board. I have come to it because the Board is broken.” He further goes on to cite recent problems within GAMA, including ineffectiveness to pass decisions, and the mismanagement of a highly publicized altercation between an officer and a security guard during Gen Con 2018. For more information, you can read Michael Stackpole’s letter on his webpage here.
Retailer Toys R Us has been battling problems for a while, and those now appear to be coming to a head. The game giant, once thought everlasting, has recently announced they will close all 800 of their US stores. The toy and game superstore declared bankruptcy six months ago, and despite efforts to reduce their sizable debt, Geoffrey the Giraffe’s home will soon be no more. Toys R Us currently owes $7.9 billion against their assets of $6.6 billion, mostly owed to Bank of New York, Mattel and Hasbro, although the list of creditors includes 100,000 entities. The Canadian arm of Toys R Us is in negotiations to be sold to a group of toymakers lead by Isaac Larian, chief executive of MGA Entertainment. You can read the full article from the Washington Post here.
Steve Jackson Games and Cool Mini or Not have announced a multi-year partnership to produce board games based on the popular Munchkin license. The two companies worked loosely together recently on the Munchkin Collectible Card Game (2018), co-designed by CMoN director of game design Eric M. Lang. The press release specifically mentions illustrator John Kovalic, whose iconic artwork is most associated with the early Munchkin games. The first game to be released under the new agreement will be based upon CMoN’s popular Arcadia Quest series, also by Eric Lang, and is expected to deliver in Fall 2018.
You can read the full press release from CMoN here.
Nomad Games and Asmodee Digital have signed an agreement to continue development of Talisman: Digital Edition. Talisman (1983) is a popular dungeon crawl board game, unfortunately now out of print following the separation of Asmodee / Fantasy Flight from Games Workshop last year. The digital edition of Talisman has been available since 2013, has over 10 expansions, and enjoys a dedicated following on iOS, Android, consoles and Steam. Nomad also announced a new expansion in development, the Harbinger, based on the Harbinger expansion for the board game. You can read the full press release on Nomad Games’ website here.
Cool Mini or Not has announced that Universal Distribution will be exclusively distributing their games in English speaking Canada. This agreement is to take place immediately, and includes demo copies, Game Night Kits, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges. You can read CMoN’s press release here.
Renegade has announced new support for it’s fans in France. Renegade Game Studios and Origames have formed a partnership to localize and bring Renegade Games to the French market. The first games to be treated will be Clank! and it’s underwater expansion, Clank! Sunken Treasures. World’s Fair 1893 and FUSE will follow shortly thereafter, with all games in the Renegade line to eventually come to France. You can check out the Renegade France Website and Facebook Page, and read the official press release here.