Upper Deck and Marvel Entertainment have announced the latest expansion in the Marvel Legendary series of card building games Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. This title based on the popular comic book and the biggest movie hit of the summer. Being an expansion this will require the base game. It is to be available on Wednesday October 15th which due to how close it is to this announcement indicates that it is unlikely it will miss this release date.
Upper Decks variety in the versions of Legendary that have been released since June of this year ranging from the ignoble Villains to Encounters (based on the Alien) series of movies) and finally returning to the noble side with this expansion Guardians of the Galaxy.
Read the Publishers description below
Upper Deck’s Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game has become the company’s top gaming property with two core sets (Legendary™ & Villains) and three expansion sets (Dark City, Fantastic Four & Paint the Town Red) in the market. Now Upper Deck brings Marvel fans even more excitement with the fourth expansion in the series. With content dedicated exclusively to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy cast of characters, comic fans have enjoyed over the years and that Marvel movie fans have come to know and love as well. Legendary™ fans are going to be thrilled to add their favorite Guardians of the Galaxy characters to their decks as this expansion will include 100 all new playable cards featuring original artwork.
This expansion will feature the five key heroes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon) as they get help from Nova to do battle with one of the evil masterminds; The Kree Supreme Intelligence. New game mechanics, schemes and tactics will add to the gameplay and these new cards will all be playable with cards from the previously released sets!
“Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, and with that, Legendary™ fans have been inquiring about when they could add content of this misfit band of interstellar heroes to the game,” said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck’s manager of entertainment brands. “We couldn’t be more excited to give our fans what they want. Not only will the cards be a great addition to the game, but the original artwork really makes this set stand out.”
Gamers can play with or against each other in Upper Deck’s latest Legendary™ expansion for Guardians of the Galaxy when it releases on October 15, 2014.
An advertisement during the Pro Tour: Khans of Tarkir broadcast teased viewers with a graphic that read, “Magic: The Gathering, Strategy Board Game” and showed a release date of 10.16.14 at Essen. No other information is available at this time but we’ll keep you updated. Being as the release is scheduled on the first day of Essen Spiel it shouldn’t be too much longer before we get more news! Stay Tuned…
Calvin Patten, a participant in the Marvel Legendary Deck Building Championships at GenCon earlier this year, gives us an inside look at the event as he documents it from start to finish.
There was only one Legendary event at GenCon this year and 1st place would take home an Iron Man trophy along with a $10,000 grand prize!
“I Woke up and started the day just like any other big event day. Planned ahead, knowing that the tournament starts at 10:00 am. After breakfast I made my way back to the room to get a little prep work withthe Villains set. So many things to take into account for the tournament. I have had my share of bigger events. Last year I had the chance to play in both of the Gen Cons 5K tournaments. I was able to make the top 10 the first one and top 25 the second one. This event is a little different as it is only (1) event and it is for $10,000. While coming in the top 5 would be great, I was really just looking to have fun as that much prize money brought out some serious gamers.”
If you’ve ever been curious to see what playing in a large event is like through the eyes of a player, you can read more about the experience here.
Tiny Wooden Pieces releases a new web comic.
Tiny Wooden Pieces has released another web comic strip for our enjoyment. What’s best used in battle for a Space Hulk Terminator? Well, a double-voltage, custom grip, diamond-coated head power hammer, of course! This is fun stuff, for more visit Tiny Wooden Pieces.
From Fantasy Flight Games comes Star Wars: Imperial Assault, designed by Justin Kemppainen and Corey Konieczka. Imperial Assault will place players in the middle of the war between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance.
Playing 2-5 players in about 90 minutes, Imperial Assault will offer two different modes of play. In the Campaign game, players will be able to play through an arc that is set in the Star Wars Universe. The Galactic Empire will be controlled by one player and others will team up to form the Rebel Alliance using sabotage and stealth to achieve victory. Players who continue to play through the story arc will will see their characters grow and gain new abilities to use in future missions. But beware, the controller of the Galactic Empire will gain new abilities as well and will attempt to thwart your progress at every turn!
Skirmish mode offers two players the chance to go at it in tactical combat, both competing for the same objective.
If you want to read more about Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Fantasy Flight Games has written an article previewing some fundamentals of the game. Movement, Mission interaction and Combat are explained in detail here.
Hurry! The fate of the galaxy rests in your hands!
If you remember recently I posted about Ares Games acquiring the right to the Age of Conan Strategy Board Game here. Having only announced their acquisition of the rights to the game about 2 weeks ago they wasted no time getting this game launched on Kickstarter. Having already received pledges for five times their goal of $10,o00 this project is basically guaranteed to fund at this point.
Also included in this Kickstarter is the expansion Adventures in Hyboria which is described by Ares Games as follows.
The expansion, Adventures in Hyboria, is designed to improve and expand the role of Conan in the game. It adds a new dimension to his adventures: Conan’s stature grows from warrior and thief, to general, and finally, king. His abilities grow as well, making his presence in the game more visceral and more important.
Ares Games addresses in the Kickstarter the fact that they have been working for nearly three years to get the rights to this game and finish off development of this expansion. With a hopeful publication date of April 2015 this game appears to be ready to go to production. They have indicated that this will likely not be the last expansion being offered of the game.
For more information head over to the Kickstarter here.
Gary Ray, at Black Diamond Games, writes an excellent article where he discusses the frustrations of product availability taken from a retailer standpoint.
As a consumer, I found it to be an excellent read and it really opened my eyes to the balancing act that store owners have to go through when it comes to supply and demand.
That’s where retailers are right now. No more cookie money. The hottest games of the year are worth nothing to us if we can’t put them on the shelves. We can’t even call them hot, really, because we don’t know the depth of the demand. Being the last man standing when it comes to inventory is great, but it doesn’t build your confidence in a product line. There is a sense of a “ceiling of success” when there’s a supply ceiling that can’t satisfy demand. It’s not greed, but a perceived limit to what’s possible with hard work.
Will the next Dice Masters or X-Wing release be hot? Who knows? Some say Dice Masters is done. Some have massive pre-orders in. Not only do we not know our own depths of demand, but the lack of product overall perverts the local market, driving people to our store to suck up the last dice pack or space ship. When supply is plentiful, those people are not our customers. So without a way to plumb the depths, we’re reluctant to take chances, to dive deep, on the next release, which means pre-orders are low, and the process repeats itself. Madness.
You can read about it here.
I know many of you are excited for Star Wars: Armada by Fantasy Flight Games and it will be here, all in good time.
In the meantime however, Fantasy Flight has posted an article giving gamers a preview of the combat system, mainly focusing on ship to ship combat this time around. If you’re wanting to be the best Fleet Admiral in the Imperial or Rebel fleets then stop on by and give their article a read.
USAopoly Game Announcements
Monopoly: The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy
This Monopoly version will be based on the recent film trilogy. It will feature locations from the story in their quest to regain the home of Erebor.
Bang!: Heroes of the Storm
This game is based on the Blizzard Entertainment’s new online team brawler. The game pits heroes and villains from World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft against each other.
This is based on the Supernatural show… I think, I’m not sure since I’ve never seen the show but it seems to be that way. Well, either way you will use the Ouija Board to find the answers you seek by contacting otherworldly realms. You may grab and pose your questions using the planchette that is included.
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