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BoardGameGeek, the repository of all things ludological, recently reported from Blizzard Entertainment’s  Blizzcon 2019 convention that the video game company and Asmodee are joining forces on a future board game: a World of Warcraft version of Small World. Not a lot of details exist at the moment, aside from pictures and a short announcement, but fans of the monumentally popular online game should be able to effectively scratch their board game itch.

Small World (2009), by designer Philippe Keyaerts is a multiple award winning critical darling, currently sitting in the top 250 games on BGG. In Small World, 2-5 players each merge a race with a power to create crazy hybrid troops in an area control board game across a, well… Small World. Players control the rise and fall of their troops, bringing in new races when their current army fades. From the photos, it appears that the Warcraft variant will follow the same path, showing races such as Humans, Goblins, Trolls and Blood Elves, coupled with powers such as Farmer, Herbalist, Ranger, or Enraged. The map in progress looks very small indeed, but is clearly labeled as a “work in progress”

Look for the World of Warcraft Small World project to come to light in Spring 2020, and a great thank you to our friends at BoardGameGeek for breaking this story.

Rising Sun has already shipped out to backers and is closing in on it’s retail release. The game has done very well among it’s backers and play-testers, currently sitting at #83 on BoardGameGeek’s top 100 – within a stretch of it’s older brother Blood Rage. Not unlike said sibling and other high-quality, high-strategy miniatures based games, CMON has expansions in mind and one is already slotted for retail release on March 30th. Dynasty Invasion adds several more options to Rising Sun and new way to shake up the strategy after it’s initial clans and monsters have made their mark. As described by CMON’s press release:

 “The Rising Sun: Dynasty Invasion expansion includes two new complete Clans to join in the war for the fate of Japan, seven Lucky Gods, and 15 Season cards. […] With new Clans, new Gods, and new Season cards, the Dynasty Invasion expansion offers a completely different challenge for Rising Sun. Players will have to adjust their strategies and learn the ways of these invaders if they hope to win the favor of the Kami and choose the future of Japan.”

The new clans add more variety and replayability to the game, featuring the inscrutable Moon clan who starts with low honor and twice the force, or their opposite – the noble Sun clan – who have high honor and use it as a weapon to take coins and victory points. Interestingly, neither clan can use the monsters available to the other factions in the base box and instead can only take on the new Lucky Gods which strategically contrast to the existing denizens of ancient Japan. With new seasons cards to bring about these new gods and new strategies, along with many new and excellent figures from CMON as we’ve come to expect, this is an excellent expansion for those with the retail release of the base game or for backers who may have passed on it during the funding campaign. If you are interested in learning more about Rising Sun, it’s expansion, or any future content from CMON, but sure to check out their website for current and future announcements.

The annual Jack Vasel Memorial Fund auction for 2017 is now LIVE!

As some background on this auction, back in 2010, Tom and Laura Vasel welcomed a baby boy into their lives, Jack, but unfortunately due to medical issues Jack would only be around for a few months before passing away in 2011.  So in honor of his memory, Tom started the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, a non-profit whose mission is to help gamers in their hour of need.  To fund this foundation The Dice Tower sells various promos and items through their website, and once a year they hold a charity auction with tons of awesome board gaming items.  This year’s auction will run from October 23rd until November 14th and will feature tons of items for sale from unreleased games, to boxes full of games, to gaming with folks like Rodney Smith, Geoff Englestein, and Jaime from the Secret Cabal Podcast.  Needless to say you can get some pretty unique items and have some great experiences with the items up for auction, so head on over to the BoardGameGeek website to check it out and place some bids!

For more information on the non-profit itself, you can go to the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund website.

Ultra PRO has announced the upcoming release of Stone Blade Entertainment’s popular card game Ascension, entitled Ascension: Gift of Elements.  The following is a quote from their Facebook Page:

We have great news for you, at the show we will have an advanced copy of Ascension: Gift of Elements slated to be released early next year. Come check out the future set of Ascension before it’s released and as ask the games designer, Justin Gary, questions about how he came up with the ideas for the newest addition to the Ascension family.

More information can be found on the game’s BGG page.

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We have some new games on the way from Steve Jackson Games, and only one of them has to do with Munchkin!  First on the list is the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Board Game where you are essentially playing out the movie, collecting historical figures to help you pass your test.  At the end of the game, whoever has the highest test score will be the winner.  You can check out Sam’s righteous Youtube review for more information and his thoughts on the game.

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Next is Munchkin: Moop’s Monster Mashup, this is a new entry in the Munchkin line that aim’s to bring in characters from the comic.  In the comic, Moop is a magician who likes to experiment with combining different animals into brand new ones like the the Feather Boa or Owligator.  The game plays the same as normal Munchkin so first person to level 10 is the winner.

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Next is I Hate Zombies, the round table rock-paper-scissor game published by BoardGameGeek itself.  The original print run was available only on the BGG store, now the retail edition will be coming to stores.  Gameplay will still be the same of playing rock-paper-scissors TO THE DEATH, only now you will see the Steve Jackson Games name on the box.

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Last is a game for the younger gamers called Muertoons Mix-up, based on the popular kids cartoon Muertoons.  This is a simple game of playing cards in numerical order with some extras included to help shake things up.  The name and the art all play off of the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Mexico so expect lots of festively decorated skeletons all over this.

And that’s it, no specific date is given on when they will be released, but given that advanced review copies have gone out it shouldn’t be long.  You can check out the entire list on the ACD Distribution Newsline site.

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Ryan Laukat of Red Raven Games announces a sequel to the story-driven “civ-building”, or actually town-building, game, Above and Below entitled Near and Far.  In Near and Far, up to four friends are searching for the Last Ruin, which purportedly contains a legendary artifact that grants their greatest heart’s desire.  In the game, players will be recruiting adventurers, hunting for treasure, and competing to be the most “storied traveler”.  Players will need to manage their food and equipment to survive the long journey, and sometimes special encounters will befall a player, in which another player will then read from the Book of Encounters.  Players will read over ten game sessions to reach the end of the story.

A Kickstarter project to fund this new game is expected later in 2016.  For more information on the game, visit Red Raven Games’ website or the game’s page on BoardGameGeek.com.

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The winners of the 10th annual Golden Geek Awards were announced this Monday, and both the winners and runners up were outstanding titles deserving of the reward. Pandemic: Legacy, the smash hit of 2015 which swiftly climbed the top games list, collectively walked away with 4 awards, including Board Game of the Year! Congratulations for Codenames and Mysterium for winning their most appropriate categories. I’m VERY surprised that 504 did not win most innovative title, but I suppose that’s a discussion best left to the BGG forums.

Hit the link to view the full list, including the RPGGeek and VideoGameGeek winners or, if you’re curious who came close to podium finish, click here to view the full list of nominees.

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The iconic American hero Captain America will be celebrating his 75th anniversary this year, and Upper Deck will be releasing a small box expansion for the Legendary Deck Building Game dedicated to the captain.  The new expansion will include new Heroes and Villains, as well as two new Masterminds and four challenging new Schemes.

Upper Deck would like to reveal the first “spoiler” for the new expansion, the keyword Savior. This keyword appears often on the cards of this set, and ask you to look at a player’s victory pile.  Here is a description of the keyword in detail:

If you have three or more Bystanders in your victory pile, then you are a “Savior.” Many cards, such as Liberate the Prisoners, will give a player a benefit if he or she is a Savior. In this case, if you are a Savior, you get to draw a card. It’s as simple as that.

There is one rule that should be mentioned regarding Savior. You will notice there’s one other effect on Liberate the Prisoners above. If you’ve already played an Avengers card before you play Liberate the Prisoners, you get to rescue a Bystander. What if you have two Bystanders in your victory pile, then you play a different Avengers card, and then you play Liberate the Prisoners after that? Does that third Bystander count towards being a Savior or not? The answer is that it does. The general rule is if a Hero card rescues a Bystander, that counts towards any Savior ability on that Hero.

More “spoilers” from this new expansion set will be released soon.  To read more about this expansion, visit the forums on BoardGameGeek.com here.

Image from BGG Twitter Feed

Image from BGG Twitter Feed

BoardGameGeek just announced, via Twitter, that designers Matt Leacock (Pandemic) and Chuck D Yager (Rise of Cthulhu) will be launching Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu at Gen Con 2016 and available from Z-Man Games. More details should be forthcoming soon. Can you imagine, viruses replaced by Elder God corruption?? Sounds like this will be one of the big hits this year at Gen Con!

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An announcement was made by Ralph Anderson, on BoardGameGeek forums, stating that the dispute over Brass rights (between designer Martin Wallace and publishing company Eagle Gryphon Games) is over and that Wallace now owns rights for said game.

The dispute largely became public after Wallace posted, on his Treefrog Games website, the matter of the dispute over who held rights. After “too many to count” threads on BGG initiated by users and even the parties involved, came to light the dispute seemed to be centered around the belief that Wallace believed said rights had been transferred back to him due to breach of contract issues while EGG believed no breach had been made and they were legal owners of the Brass rights. Each side was quite vocal in their views.

Those that are fans of the game will be happy to know that Brass was recently released on iOS and is available for download and play here.