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Organized play is the new big thing with publishers today, it’s their answer to the question of how to drive more business into the stores and not online retailers.  So Iello has started to set up organized play for popular games like King of Tokyo/New YorkSea of Clouds, Big Book of Madness, and Medieval Academy.  That means there will be new promos for the games as well as opportunities for tournament play and events to take place in stores for said promos or other prizes.  So be on the lookout for these events that will be coming to your FLGS, and if you run a FLGS you can visit the Iello Organized Play website to be able to order promos and other materials to host these events.

Continuing in the line of creative naming of their expansions, AEG has announced the next Smash Up expansion called What Were We Thinking?.  Like all the others this will bring four new factions to the game with Explorers (think Tomb Raider), Rock Stars, Grannies, and Teddy Bears.  Just the thought of Granny Ninjas or Steam Punk Grannies further reinforces the appeal of this game to throw together random combinations to see what comes out.  With this expansion the full count of factions for the game is now 50, and so to reach that milestone you can grab this expansion when it hits store shelves in March of 2017.

Space Goat Productions, the same publisher that is putting out the Evil Dead 2 game, has managed to get the licensing rights to produce the Official Terminator Board Game.  This will be a partnership with Studio Canal, Oak Productions, and Creative Licensing to bring this game to Kickstarter in February of 2017.  Not much has been said about the game but what they have released is very interesting, especially since the writer of the original movie is involved.  On one side will be the machines controlled by one player, on the other will be the humans played by the rest of the players.  The game will take place in both 1984 and 2029, with events happening in 1984 having ripple effects on the board in 2029.  If this is done right this could be an awesome strategy game, so look forward to the Kickstarter next year and you can find out more on the Space Goat Productions website.

Matryoshka are also called Russian nesting dolls and are the famous dolls that contain smaller and smaller dolls inside in a descending size order.  Some of these dolls can be very valuable and are a national handicraft of Russia, so a game about collecting these dolls is not far off of reality.  In Matryoshka you are trying to collect the most valuable set of dolls, but what you have is random scattered pieces, you will have to trade to create complete sets.  In each of the four rounds you will put up cards for trade as a set, and then each other player will secretly offer something to you in trade.  You will then pick a trade offer you like and make the trade.  This will go around all players and then you will play out some of your collection to the table, allowing others to see who is collecting what and make better deals.  At the end, whoever has the most valuable collection will win the game.

Terra Nova Games has partnered with White Goblin Games to bring this game to the U.S. from the Netherlands. Matryoshka is designed by Sérgio Halaban, designer of Sheriff of Nottingham and Quartz. Look forward to this release in Q1 of 2017, and at the very least check out the great art of the game.

Coal Baron was released a few years ago by R&R Games and was all about mining coal and building an industry around that to gain the most money.  Now Stronghold Games is going to be releasing the card game version of the game called Coal Baron the Great Card Game.  The game promises to play quicker and easier than it’s full sized brother, while still retaining the aspects of it that people enjoyed.  The German version of the game is out but the English release will be coming in February of 2017, so look forward to it.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is currently running a Kickstarter project to fund Lisboa, a new game from designer Vital Lacerda in which players will “reconstruct the great city of Lisboa after the 1755 earthquake, tsunami and fires.”

On November 1, 1755, Lisboa suffered an earthquake of an estimated magnitude of 8.5–9.0, followed by a devastating tsunami and 3 days of raging fires that nearly destroyed the city.  Lisboa is a game about the reconstruction of the great Portuguese capital city after a series of terrible catastrophes.

In rebuilding the city, players will make use of the Royal Builder, who works with the architects to build Lisboa anew, while the Marquis will provide aid in the development of commerce. The King will provide players with political help in re-opening the beautiful new city. But the true reason you are rebuilding the city is not for greatness, or even fame or fortune. As a nobleman or noblewoman of Lisboa, your primary motivation is the acquisition of Wigs–a most important trading commodity of the Era, and the means of scoring points in the game. 

A copy of the game will include:

  • Gameboard
  • Rulebook & Player Aids
  • Player Boards
  • Goods Tokens
  • Coins
  • Plans
  • Public Buildings
  • Large & Small City Tiles
  • Scoring Tiles
  • Royal Favor Tiles
  • Clergy Tiles
  • Cardinal Meeple
  • Political Cards
  • Ship Cards
  • Decree Cards
  • Rubble Cubes
  • Treasury Marker
  • Meeples & Tokens in Player Colors
  • Starting Player Tile
  • Clergy Tile
  • Rubble Bags

This project is set to fund on Thursday, December 15, 2016.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.

CMON, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK have entered into an agreement to be able to publish the worldwide, English language version of the game Banana Bandits.  This fast playing game is all about being the first to get three of the golden banana coins and become the new king of the Banana Bandits Gang.  The game will be played out on a 3D tower that you construct in the box, and has you doing simple actions like move, attack, grab coins, or draw cards.  Fighting is easy and is done with a roll of the dice, with the dice being modified by cards allowing for rerolls and the like.  Manage to grab two coins of different colors you can convert them into a golden banana coin, putting you one step closer to winning.  Once someone hits that mark of 3 coins the game is over, and they are crowned the new king.

The game looks good on the table with an impressive 3D tower and gorilla tokens that hang off the tower.  You can read more about the partnership in the press release below, and look for this game to hit shelves in quarter 2 of 2017.


CMON Limited, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK Ltd. Partner to Publish English Language Banana Bandits

CMON Limited, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK Ltd are pleased to announce they have entered into a licensing agreement for the exclusive, worldwide, English language rights to the upcoming game Banana Bandits. This fun, tactile, fast-paced game of ape action is sure to be a great addition to everyone’s collection and draw an eye or two thanks to its unique, 3D tower.

In Banana Bandits, players are vying to become the new leader of the Banana Bandits gang, a group of highly-trained, banana-loving, Gorilla Bandits. To do so, players will literally climb their way to the top of a unique, 3D cardboard tower, fighting with and stealing from other hopeful Bandits. Once a player has stolen enough Gorilla Coins and converted them into 3 Golden Banana Coins, they instantly become the new gang leader and win the game. To steal those coveted Gorilla Coins, the Bandits must attack each other using an intuitive dice system and various cards that will add bonuses during the fight. Each game is fast-paced, lasting around 30 minutes.

Kevin Kichan Kim, owner of Mandoo Games, says, “We’re so happy to work with CMON. We’re fans of their amazing projects and are excited to join in on the journey to bring Banana Bandits to the English speaking market.” David Preti, Creative Director of CMON, says “We’re excited to work with Mandoo Games to bring Banana Bandits to gamers’ tables. It offers a unique experience that is easy to pick up and has a fun presence on the table, like the recently released Potion Explosion. It’s perfect for the ever-expanding family of CMON board games.”

Banana Bandits will include a 3D Banana Bank Tower, 4 sets of Gorilla cardboard figures and tokens, 44 Gorilla Coins, 10 Golden Banana Coins, 8 dice, 40 cards, and 1 rulebook. It supports 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, and is due to release in Q2 of 2017.

About CMON Limited

CMON Limited is an international publisher of board games, tabletop games and apps. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON has grown into a multinational group that publishes several award winning games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage and more. Follow CMON on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Mandoo Games

Mandoo games is a Korean board games publisher and consulting company working with several game studios. Mandoo Games presented Rising 5, Slide Blast, Lucien & Edgar, Sherlock 13 and several other titles at Essen Spiel 2016.

About Capstone HK Ltd

Capstone HK Ltd is a game publisher located in Hong Kong. Capstone has developed several nice HK style games, such as Internal Affairs, Pinocchio and Wooolf!.


First we had a campaign expansion for the Star Wars Armada game, and now FFG is releasing a campaign expansion for their best selling LCG, Android Netrunner.  The expansion is called Terminal Directive and follows the case of a serial killer who is heavily augmented, and people are beginning to suspect it’s the work of a Bioroid.  But that can’t happen, the First Directive prevents such a thing from occurring and if they can break that directive, things can get very messy very quickly.


In the campaign you will choose to be either the runner or the Corp, and that is who you will be for the entirety of the campaign.  Each side will have a deck of cards that they reveal at certain times like the deck inside Pandemic Legacy to give them new cards and objectives.  There is also a dashboard to keep track of your progress and changes you will have to make as you progress through the matches, turning Netrunner into a pseudo legacy style game.  So shuffle up those decks and get in some practice as you wait for the expansion to hit stores in Q1 of 2017, and you can check out the preview on FFG’s website.


Conan is out, and so the steady march of expansions continues as Asmodee releases everything that was unlocked during the Kickstarter campaign.  This time around it’s an extra dice pack and the Kushite Witch Hunters, deadly warriors and spell casters for the overlord to employ in his armies.  The Witch Hunters are dangerous because not only do they have solid dice for their attacks, they also have the precision strike ability meaning they get to ignore armor.  But Afari is the most dangerous of the group because when you attack him in melee, he gets to strike back at your for free.

Look for these extra warriors and dice to join your army in the first quarter of 2017, and you can read more about them in the preview on the Asmodee website.