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Devil Pig Games brings Heroes System Tactical Scale to the Warhammer 40,000 universe in Heroes of Black Reach. Designers Yann and Clem previously implemented the Heroes System Tactical Scale in Heroes of Normandie and Shadows over Normandie.  Heroes of Black Reach is being released with two expansions and a demo kit, all of which are available for pre-order now from Iello.

On the hive-world of Black Reach, the Ultramarines, commanded by Captain Cato Sicarius, fight the Waaagh! ork, commanded by the Goff Warboss Zanzag.  Like the previous Heroes System Tactical Scale games, units are represented by punchboard tiles.

Heroes of Black Reach is a game for 2 players, ages 14+ and plays in about an hour. The core game comes with rulebook, campaign with 8 scenarios, 6 terrain tiles, bunkers, Ork Units, Ultramarine Units, 100 cards (50 per Army), and 4 dice.

The Ultramarine Units in the core game include the following:

  • Sergeant Telion
  • Chaplain Elianu Trajan and his options
  • Veteran Sergeant Daceus
  • 1 Tactical Squad (Vandar) with its Rhino and options
  • 1 Scout Squad with its Land Speeder Storm and options
  • 1 Predator Tank
  • 1 Razorback Tank
  • Order tokens, Ultramarines 50-card deck, Wargear and Upgrade Options, Command Options, Vehicle Equipment and Personalisations

The Ork Units in the core game include the following:

  • Goff Warboss Rockbrakah
  • Snake Bites Weirdboy Gravebrakka and Psychic Powers
  • Evil Suns Mek Grugnoz and his Grot Oilers
  • Bad Moon Boyz with their Nobz, Trukk, and options
  • Goff Stormboyz with their Nobz, and options
  • Goff Nobz with their Trukk, and options
  • Death Skull Burna Boyz, with their options
  • 1 Deff Dread
  • 1 Battlewagon
  • 1 Trukk
  • 1 Warbuggy
  • 1 Mek Gunz
  • Order tokens, Orks 50-card deck, Wargear and Upgrade Options, Command Options, Vehicle Equipment and Personalisations

 

The Ork Reinforcements expansion tells the battles at the walls of Gospora Hive, and Zanzag’s escape and includes the following:

  • New rules
  • Campaign with 4 scenarios
  • Goff Warboss Zanzag
  • Death Skull Painboy Grimsnagga and his Grot Orderlies
  • Bad Moon Big Mek Kagbozak
  • Goff Boyz with their Nobz, Trukk, and options
  • Blood Axe Kommandos with their Nobz, and options
  • Goff Runtherdz and Gretchins with their options
  • Bad Moon Lootas with their options
  • Goff Meganobz with their options
  • Evil Sunz Tankbustas with their options
  • Battlewagon
  • Deff Dread
  • Trukk
  • 2 Warbuggy
  • Mek Gunz
  • Gorkanaut
  • Morkanaut
  • Killa Kan

 

The Ultramarine Reinforcements expansion tells the battles at Sulphora Hive, taking place during Telion’s hunt for Zanzag, and the final fight between Cato Sicarius and the Ork Warboss. It includes the following:

  • New rules
  • Campaign with 4 scenarios
  • Cato Sicarius
  • Brother Vandius, the company banner bearer
  • Honoured Brother Gaius Prabian
  • Apothecary Venatio
  • Tactical Squad (Octavian) with its Rhino and options
  • Terminator Squad (Helios) with its Land Raider and options
  • Devastator Squad (Tirain) with its Rhino and options
  • Assault Squad (lxion) and options
  • Bike Squad with its options
  • Dreadnought (Ultracius)
  • Vindicator tank
  • Razorback tank
  • Land Raider Redeemer
  • Land Raider Crusader
  • 2 Thunderfire cannons
  • Land Speeder

 

If you are not sure this game is for you, check out the Drop Zone Demo Kit.  It is a stand-alone game that will introduce players to the Heroes of Black Reach. Players will have to provide two six-sided dice, but the demo kit contains everything to play a full game in a scenario.  Drop Zone includes the following:

  •     1 booklet (containing the rules and 1 scenario)
  •     1 battleground poster

Ultramarines units:

  •     Brother Malcian
  •     1 Tactical Squad (Solinus) with its Rhino
  •     1 Dreadnought (Agnathio)
  •     Wargear and Upgrade Options

Orks units:

  •     Goff Boyz with their Nobz
  •     1 Killa Kan
  •     Wargear and Upgrade Options

 

To learn more about this game, visit the Heroes of Black Reach website where you can find videos explaining the game rules, descriptions of units, and other support for the game.

Eggertspiele has announced, on Facebook, the next expansion for the highly rated game Great Western Trail.  This expansion, called Rails to the North, adds a railroad system to the game, now giving you options to sell and trade with cities across the country.  But, with the expanded market comes additional competition, so you will need to endear yourself to the frontiersmen by helping set up towns and add new branches to the railroad.  There will also be an additional piece added to the player board adding more strategic choices to the game along with be station masters and more private buildings for you to build.  So if you have the base game and are looking for more, be on the lookout for this expansion at Origins this year, and you can check out the Eggertspiele Facebook page for more information.

Gale Force 9 has announced two new expansion for Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats that will allow the players to add new crewmembers to the Serenity. The Respectable Folk set includes Inara Serra and Shepherd Book, while the Wanted Fugitives set includes Simon Tam and the River Tam. Each expansion comes with four Crew miniatures (Casual and Heroic poses for each character), two double-sided Crew cards, ten Equipment cards, and two new Jobs.  The box bottoms also double as new buildings.

These expansions will be available later this year.

Z-Man Games recently provided a preview of Tea & Trade, their forthcoming expansion to Fields of Arle.

Tea & Trade adds a third player to Fields of Arle.  Tea is a new upgradable resource that improves the actions of your workers.  The expansion also comes with a new Harbor Board, along with fishing cutter and trade ships which allow players to gain additional food, upgrade resources, and import tea.  The higher the quality of your tea, the better its effectiveness of your actions.  The expansion also adds a new “Ditcher” action which dehydrates the land to make it easier to plow and provide more land for livestock.

Tea & Trade is designed by Tido Lorenz and Uwe Rosenberg.

Contents include 1 Home Board, 1 Supply Board, 1 Action Board, 1 Overlay, 1 Travel and Barn Board, 3 Harbor Boards, 4 Building Displays, 30 Wooden Ditches, 10 Wooden Peat Tokens, 13 Wooden Tool Indicators, 6 Wooden Good Indicators, 4 Wooden Workers, 23 Buildings & over 50 other Tiles, 1 Sticker Sheet, 1 Scoring Pad, 1 Rulebook, 1 History Book.

Tea & Trade is available for pre-order now.

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire is quickly becoming a very popular variation of the Games Workshop mainstay, Warhammer 40k.  The game focuses on small arena style combat and so sets up and plays much quicker than the bigger brother.  After the game’s release they have added some additional armies to help expand your options, and they have just announced a new one, the Chosen Axes.  This is a fan favorite army in that you essentially play a band of berserker dwarves with giant axes, which sounds like fun!  Not much else has been released about them, but you can check out the announcement video on Facebook, and look forward to their release.

Next we have two new expansions to the Star Wars Legion game, with the first one bringing the iconic Leia Organa into the fight.  With Leia as a commander in your army, you now have a lot more options to performs actions at the right time, even if it’s not on your turn.  She is inspiring and so helps her fellow soldiers to fight better under pressure, and her clout as a princess can help bring in the heavy guns when needed through aerial bombardments.  Overall she has a lot to offer so adding her to your army would only make them more flexible and deadly, check out FFG’s preview of her for more information.

 

And finally, with Leia joining the battle, so does her trusty Fleet Troopers.  While these rebel troopers are more at home on a starship, they aren’t slouches when it comes to fighting on the ground either.  Their blasters do have a shorter range, but put out a higher volume of fire to make up for it.  They are also used to biding their time, and so have the ability to put off an action until later when the enemy gets closer.  Add in the ability to arm them with heavy weapons and you have some versatile and useful troopers on your hands.  You can find out more in FFG’s preview of the expansion, and look for them on shelves along side Leia in the second quarter of this year.

First on the list is the latest in the Outpost series of games from IDW Games, and that is Outpost: Amazon.  Like it’s predecessor you will be working together with your fellow players to survive the harsh jungle of the Amazon in order to capture strange and unusual creatures that have been sited.  You will have to deal with a harsh environment and a slew of animals that want to eat you, mush less be captured.  All cards are double use with one half being the event/threat, and the other half being useful supplies to help you deal with those threats and events.  Play is simple in that you draw cards for your self, then you draw other cards that you have to deal with in some way.  Manage to survive the entire deck and you all win.  Look for this small box card game to hit store shelves in March of this year.

Second we have an announcement as surprising as finding out that water is wet, and that is a new expansion for Smash Up called That 70’s ExpansionSmash Up is called a shuffle building game where you take two factions, like ninjas, dinosaurs, ghosts, sheep, etc., and shuffle them together to form your army.  Then it’s a competition to see who can take over as many high valued bases as possible to get to the goal score of 21 points.  That 70’s Expansion adds more factions to the game with the addition of 70’s styled truckers, vigilantes, disco dancers, and kung fu fighters.  Grab this groovy new expansion at your friendly local game store in the later parts of March.

Kings of War is a tactical miniatures game and plays out much like you would expect, you each pick your armies according to points, and then try to destroy each other.  Battlefield Cards however seek to change this by adding in conditions, strategies, and objectives to the game.  At the start the person who won the initial roll off pulls a condition card, this will set the stage for the entire game by adding weather conditions or a varied setup.  From there you will place out objective markers that will work with the next set of cards, objectives.  Each player will pull two cards and each card will have a primary and secondary objectives that players will pick from.  These different objectives offer new and unique ways to get points like putting out a bounty on high cost units, or getting points for holding base objectives.  After selecting objectives you now get strategy cards equal to your army’s point value divided by 500 and rounded down, so a 1500 point army gets three cards, and so does a 1750 point army.  These strategy cards provide one time use benefits to give you the leg up in various situations.  Overall if you want to spice up your games of Kings of War, these cards are a good way to do it.  You can head over to the Mantic Blog to find out more information, and look for these at retailers soon.

Minion Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for the first expansion to the 2015 release Dead Men Tell No Tales which is entitled Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken.  Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken is designed by Kane Klenko and the artists are Jason D. KingsleyChris Ostrowski.

In this expansion, players will face the dreaded Kraken.  Adding the expansion adds a few new conditions to the game such as requiring players to kill the Kraken before they can escape the ship with their treasure and lives.  If the Kraken pulls the ship down or destroys it, the players lose.

Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken comes with 1 Kraken miniature, 15 tentacle miniatures, a new character with meeple and miniature, status tokens and board for the Kraken, 42 game tokens, 1 cloth bag, new cards, and 5 player aids.

The campaign also offers a set of 7 miniatures for the base game characters that can be purchased alone or as an add-on.  Finally a start board that is split apart so that it is easier to mark tiles exploded is available as an add-on.  This new start board can be used to replace older versions of the base game before the the start board was updated in later editions.

Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken campaign is running now and will end on February 15, 2018.  Please see the campaign page for any information on pricing.

The tactical miniatures community is still going strong, and with that we have updates a new releases in order to keep the game fresh and balanced.  First in line is a new supplement for the Kings of War game simply called the Clash of Kings Supplement.  This book is the result of the work that the rules committee does over the course of the year, making sure that no units emerge as overpowered, or are discarded because they are not usable or wroth while.  The list of units getting an update is lengthy so I won’t post it here, but this kind of tweaking for the game is what helps keep them alive and interesting for everyone.  Also included in the book will be a “conclusion to the Edge of the Abyss campaign, new units, new formations, and new and updated spells“.  So if you are a player of the game, be sure to check out Mantic’s blog post for the full list of units getting an update, as well as a link to pre-order the book.  Then keep an eye out for more updates from their blog as they preview the changes up to the release of the supplement.

Warhammer 40k has been going strong for over 20 years now, and they continue to change and update, which was especially evident in their latest 8th edition rulebook.  Games Workshop continues that trend with the latest supplement book, Codex: Adeptus Custodes, which updates and expands these elite units from the Golden Legion.  Not content with just putting out the Codex, they have also released four new units to be available to use with these new rules.  These units are going to be versatile with the ability to be equipped with various armor or vehicles, deadly with some big damage and even a double attack, and difficult to take down with high toughness and a good number of wounds.  You can read more about these new units and their stats on the Warhammer 40K Community post, and find these new models and books at your local Games Workshop retailer.

And finally we have CMON and their minis game, Dark Age, not slowing down one bit in the new year.  Dark Age is a d20 based miniatures game and touts the tag line, everything dies, and so is a fast and brutal game.  And like all the other games like these, CMON is continuing the game by adding a new Secondary Objectives Deck, as well as many new miniatures for the Skarrd and Dragyri factions.  Some of the highlights include Skarrd Decay Cult Faction Box which includes 8 new units, the Dragyri Air Caste or Shadow Caste Death’s Devices units, and the Dragyri Soul Wardens units.  So while the Skarrd and Dragyri factions get a lot of new figures, everyone gets something in the new secondary objectives deck, which adds new cards for all the factions to help tailor your deck to the faction instead of your fighting force.  All of these sets are available now so you can visit the CMON website to read the full release list, and then head to your local Dark Age retailer to pick them up.

    Leder Games has announced three new expansions for their 2016 asymmetrical game Vast: The Crystal Caverns.  These expansions will be available on January 30th.

    First is Vast: Miniatures which adds over 30 miniatures including minis for all the characters and for some of the hazards and spoils that can be encountered.

    The second expansion is Vast: The Fearsome Foes.  This expansion adds three new player roles which can allow for up to seven players.  Each role comes with a player mat, miniature, wooden meeple, and card set.  The new roles include the following:

    • Ghost: Use telekinetic powers to manipulate objects or possess other players to do your bidding.
    • Ghoul: Relentlessly stalk and terrorize other players, growing stronger with each battle.
    • Nightmare Unicorn: Attack and use magic to bring down the cave on those still inside.

    The last expansion is Vast: Bonus Cards which adds new additional Side Quests, Treasures, Events, Secrets, and a Monster.  It will also add all-new Schemes for the Goblins, Scales for the Dragon, and Upgrades for the Thief.

    For more information check out Leder Games website or Facebook page.