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Released in 2012, CGE now takes Pictomania and dresses it anew with its second edition! With a brand new design and at a lower price point, families will get to enjoy the fast paced game of drawing and guessing at the same time with this brand new edition!

Pictomania gives each player a certain word or phrase, then, simultaneously, everybody tries to draw it. Are you an artist? Do you draw bad? It’s fine! This game evens out talent by being a real-time game! Everybody draws and guesses what the other players’ drawings are, giving out points to everybody who finishes fast and guesses correctly.

Curious to know when this game will come out or what the changes are? Head on over to their website here for more details.

Today, Bézier Games announced that Ultimate Werewolf Legacy will be released at Gen Con in August.  Many are familiar with their game Ultimate Werewolf where players are given secret roles are either working together to identify the werewolves (if you’re a villager) or working together to get rid of all of the villagers (if you’re a werewolf).
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy adds elements that make decisions made in this social deduction game impact in future games.  In addition to a secret role, players will be given a family card that incentivizes players to work with their family members…as long as nobody in that family is secretly working against them.
Players are able to gain special abilities that carry on from game to game, too.  The players aren’t the only thing evolving throughout the game, though.  The village itself will change throughout the game.  Both of these elements lend to high variability in the game as you can play through the campaign multiple times with different results.
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy implements an 80+ page diary that walks the game moderator through each session.
The Diary has been designed so that players with no previous werewolf playing experience can both play and moderate. The Diary is structured into 5 distinct chapters with 3 game sessions in each chapter, as well as an introductory Preface game session. Players can jump in and out for individual sessions, but they’ll have the most fun if they player all the sessions in a chapter. Each chapter can be played in a single evening. At the end of the 16 game session campaign, the Diary will be a record of exactly what happened in your village, and who was ultimately responsible for what it became over time.
A replay pack is available for purchase for those who wish to get a fresh diary and new family cards in order to play the game again.
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy was co-designed by Ted Alspach, (Ultimate Werewolf, Werewords, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf) and Rob Daviau (Pandemic Legacy, Seafall, Betrayal Legacy, and Downforce).
 
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy and Replay Packs can be preordered at beziergames.com, and will ship in August 2018.

Eggertspiele has announced a new title for their catalog – Coimbra.  Coimbra is designed by Virginio Gigli and Flaminia Brasini and is illustrated by Chris Quilliams.  Coimbra is a set in the Portuguese city with the same name during the Age of Discovery (15th – 16th century).

As one of Coimbra’s oldest houses, your role is to seek prestige with the monasteries, universities, and fund explorations.  To do this, player’s will draft dice each round that can be used in multiple ways and taking dice can affect turn order, income, and the cost of bribery .  Whoever can optimize the use of the dice and the constant change of synergy with the monasteries, universities, and expeditions will be the winner.

Coimbra is a designed for 2-4 players and takes approximately 60-90 minutes.  Coimbra pre-orders will open April 16, 2018 and it will be released on August 2, 2018 at GenCon.

Renegade Games Studios have announced an expansion to Clank: A Deck-Building Adventure. It’s been almost a year since the last expansion, Clank! Sunken Treasures, which released March 2017. Players will explore a new pyramid themed board with a wandering mummy, which they have to avoid, and new monsters and tombs.

Untold riches await you inside the pyramids of the Ancients – but they are well protected. An undying Mummy guardian spreads a vile curse to those who would rob its tomb. And, inevitably, the treasure has attracted a dragon. Can you escape the fearsome Croxobek? [source]

In Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure, players venture underground to loot treasure as quietly as possible to avoid the dragon’s attention. When the dragon awakens he attacks those who have made the most noise. To win, players need to have the most valuable treasure and make it out of the dungeon alive!

Dire Wolf Digital designed and co-published the first expansion, Clank! Sunken Treasures, and was their first foray into board game publishing. They’ve designed this latest expansion and will co-publish it with Renegade Games.

Scott Gaeta, President of Renegade Game Studios:

The Mummy’s Curse ramps up the suspense as players try to avoid being cursed by the wandering monster. We can’t wait to share this with Clank! fans everywhere!

Clank! The Mummy’s Curse will see release in March 2018. The game is ideal for 2-4 players, aged 12+, and takes 30-60 minutes if players have a particularly good treasure run.

Arcane Wonders has announced the release of a new set of promotional items that will be available exclusively to brick and mortar retail stores. A box of 12 unique promotional items along with instructions will be available for use at in-store events.

The Arcane Wonders Retail Support Kit will include promos for Mage Wars Academy as well as four games from the Dice Towers Essentials line: SpeechlessRoyals, Onitama and Sheriff of Nottingham. The Dice Tower Essentials line of games are those that Tom Vasel the gaming godfather himself, believes are essential for any gamer’s collection.

The promotional kit, which will certainly help convince Sheriffs everywhere that there’s nothing in the bag but chickens, will only be available while supplies last and only is available to brick and mortar stores.

 

 

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Renegade Game Studios has announced an exclusive early release program for the upcoming expansion Lanterns: The Emperor’s Gifts. The full launch isn’t scheduled until Quarter One, but brick and mortar stores who sign up for this limited offer will receive 12 or more copies to sell in time for the Holiday shopping season.

Sara Erickson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Renegade Game Studios explains the intent behind the program:

“When we released Lanterns in 2015, local hobby stores embraced it and we owe a lot of its success to the enthusiasm of these businesses. We’re very excited to be offering these same stores an exclusive chance to sell the expansion during the holidays.”

Check out Renegade Games Studio’s website for the full announcement.

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Many things can be said about California, but no longer will it include “Home of Victory Point Games“. VPG posted a melancholy announcement on their site Monday explaining their reasons for relocating, as well as what a relocation will mean for their company and customers. It’s an informative and entertaining read, so be sure follow the link here to get the full scoop.

Effective immediately, New Jersey based Stronghold Games and Germany based 2F-Spiele entered into a strategic partnership for Stronghold Games to co-publish, in English, all new future 2F-Spiele titles. Stronghold games have released many games including “Survive: Escape From Atlantis!”, “Core Worlds”, and “Space Cadets” (plus many, many others). 2F-Spiele is known for “Power Grid, “Fearsome Floors”, “Felix, the Cat in the Sack”, and a personal favorite of mine “Friday”.  The two companies worked together on the 2015 hit “504” which creates 504 different games from the 9 modules contained in the box.

Two giants in the gaming community, Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games and Friedemann Friese of 2F-Spiele, have both expressed excitement in this project and what it could mean for both companies moving forward. What this means for hobbyists in North America and the rest of the world is they will see an almost simultaneous English release of 2F-Spiele games, while maintaining the high quality components both companies are known for.

To kick off this Strategic Partnership, the following titles will be co-published by Stronghold Games with an expected street date of October 2016:

Fabled Fruit (Stronghold Games title) / Fabelsaft (2F-Spiele title)

While living in a bountiful forest of amazing fruits, players will try to be the first to quench their thirst by making the most delicious juices. Various forest dwellers will help players in a variety of ways. Fabled Fruit is being debuted as a “Fable Game” which Stronghold and 2F-Spiele describe as:

A new and unique concept in game experiences, where the gameplay changes over time. The game starts in an initial, simple state, but as you explore deeper into the game system, the mechanisms and gameplay will evolve over time. Unlike in a Legacy game, however, the game is never permanently changed. This Fable Game will remain just as playable on the 20th play as it was on the first plays of the game.”

Fuji Flush (Stronghold Games title) / Futschikato (2F-Spiele title)

Fuji Flush is a 15 minute, easy to learn card game in which you try to get rid of your hand of cards before any other player. Work with other players to beat cards other players lay down, or play the highest card to beat your colluding opponents.

 

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Adding to a growing list of popular licensed games USAopoly will be releasing new versions of Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Jenga in July.

Monopoly: Attack on Titan:

Inspired by anime series Attack on Titan, this game features people, banners and events on the board, replacing the usual location themed spaces. This game also includes Command and Tactics instead of Community Chest and Chance cards, and custom Wall Sections and Gate Marias replace houses and hotels. Six collectible tokens include Sword, Key Necklace, Supply Wagon, Cannon, Flare Gun, and Omni-Direction Mobility Gear.

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Yahtzee: Ghostbusters: Slimer

This version of Yahtzee will feature custom green dice displaying Ghostbuster items Ecto-1, Proton Pack, Trap, PKE Meter, Goggles, and Ghostbusters Logo. The set also will include a Slimer shaped dice shaker cup, custom score pad and pencil.

Yahtzee: Fallout: Vault Boy

This Fallout edition of Yahtzee will include dice with six factions from Fallout 4: Railroad, Vault-Tech, Minute Men, Atom Cats, Brotherhood, and Institute. Also included is a Dice cup shaped like the head of the Vault Boy, custom score pad and pencil.

Jenga: The Walking Dead

This edition contains 54 wood blocks. With a twist on classic Jenga, printed on the blocks are specific tasks the players must complete. There is also space for player created custom actions.

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Reiner Knizia’s classic game Ra has now been released. New art and components described by Steve Kimball, head of Windrider Games, as deserving of a “premium touch” has set high expectations for the look and feel of this board game. He continues by adding “Just run your fingers over the board when you get it—especially the hieroglyphs” In addition to the premium components, Reiner has updated the rules organization to bring this reprint to life. Windrider Games is Asmodee‘s newest studio, and Ra will be their first title.

In Ra, players compete over three ages (each age called an epoch) to create the most successful society. Through auction style bidding and set collection, each player builds a balanced culture to avoid destructive disasters, and keep their civilization progressing through each age.

Whether you’re a fan of Ra, Reiner Knizia, or just the Ancient Egyptian theme, this is something you’ll want to check out later this year.

Read the full interview with Steve Kimball here. For the launch you can visit Asmodee’s site here.