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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.

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June saw the release of Star Trek Panic from USAopoly and Fireside Games. This game continues the cooperative tower defense style play seen in Castle Panic and Dead Panic, both from Fireside Games. In this version, each player takes on the role of one of the members of the bridge crew from Star Trek: The Original Series. Enemy ships will advance and fire on the Enterprise each turn. Players will have to mitigate these threats by firing back and repairing damage, while committing cards to successfully complete five missions before being destroyed.

Contents:

  • 31 Threat Tokens
  • 62 Enterprise Cards
  • 18 Mission Cards
  • 7 Character Cards
  • 1 Enterprise Model (Assembly Required)
  • 6 Shields
  • Damage/Destroyed Indicators
  • Custom Game Board

Fans of the Panic series of game and fans of Star Trek should check out this game. Read full product detail on USAopoly’s site here.

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Two new ready-to-play Ashes decks for Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn are available for pre-order from Plaid Hat Games. Each deck is available separately and is a mono deck using a single color of dice. These decks may be mixed with the base set and previous expansions for custom deck construction. Both expansions will be available at Gen Con on a limited basis, and are expected to have their regular release soon after. If you’re planning on picking this up at Gen Con, I’d make the Plaid Hat Games booth an early stop because this could sell out very quickly.

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The Roaring Rose deck, with new Pheonixborn Leo Sunshadow contains 42 cards and requires 10 Charms (pink) dice to play. Leo’s special ability allows him to summon a Glow Finch as a side action. This gives the player a huge amount of strategic options for how to use his other units. His Unique card make your opponent choose between lose of life or lose of cards in hand and dice in action pool.

  • 1 Leo Sunshadow – Phoenixborn
  • 1 Glow Finch – Conjuration
  • 5 Nightshade Swallow – Conjuration
  • 5 Orchid Dove – Conjuration
  • 3 Anguish – Action Spell
  • 3 Change Psyche – Action Spell
  • 3 Dispel – Action Spell
  • 3 Mind Probe – Action Spell
  • 3 Beast Tamer – Ally
  • 3 Amplify – Alteration Spell
  • 3 Remorse – Reaction Spell
  • 3 Memory Theft – Ready Spell
  • 3 Summon Nightshade Swallow – Ready Spell
  • 3 Summon Orchid Dove – Ready Spell

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The Duchess of Deception deck, with new Phoenixborn Victoria Glassfire contains 38 cards and requires 10 Illusion (purple) dice to play. Victoria’s special ability and unique card allows you to refresh already used dice, and choose the side of each dice when you do. This ability gives versatility to the player and lets them keep all their options open.

  • 1 Victoria Glassfire – Phoenixborn
  • 3 Shadow Hound – Conjuration
  • 4 Shadow Spirit – Conjuration
  • 3 Illusionary Cycle – Action Spell
  • 3 Body Inversion – Ally
  • 3 Flash Archer – Ally
  • 3 Figures in the Fog – Reaction Spell
  • 3 Particle Shield – Reaction Spell
  • 3 Vanish – Reaction Spell
  • 3 Secret Door – Ready Spell
  • 3 Summon Shadow Hound – Ready Spell
  • 3 Summon Shadow Spirit – Ready Spell
  • 3 To Shadows – Ready Spell

For more information on Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, you can go to Plaid Hat Games site by clicking here.

 

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According to GTS Distribution, Soda Pop Miniatures will be releasing a deluxe warband compatible with both Super Dungeon Explore and Ninja All-Stars. Super Ninja Ambush! adds game play options for both games and is expected for distribution on July 13th.

Contains:

  • 1 Mochizuki model with card
  • 1 Komuso model with card
  • 1 Momotaro model with card
  • 18 Elemental Shrine Ninja
  • 2 Oni (Mini-Bosses)
  • 4 Elemental Shrines
  • 6 Samurai
  • 32 Super Dungeon Cards

Read the full article from GTS Distribution here.

For more information on both Super Dungeon Explore and Ninja All-Stars visit Soda Pop Miniature website here.

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IELLO has released an announcement that affects the way their preorders operate from this point forward.  Effective immediately, IELLO will be shipping out preorders for their products two weeks in advance of regular orders.  Additionally, new releases will not be sent to mass market or online retailers until after this two-week advance preorder period to allow brick-and-mortar retail stores the first opportunity at sales of these new releases.  This will be coupled with the company’s promo promotions as well.

For more information about this announcement, visit the news release on IELLO’s website.