Brady Sadler

Konami has reached licensing agreements for boardgames to be developed based on two of their iconic video game titles: Contra and Bomberman.

Blacklist Games and Kess Co. will publish a cooperative 1-4 player game inspired by the Contra video games in 2020. The designers at Blacklist Games are Brady and Adam Sadler. They designed Street Masters, Brook City, and Altar Quest. All three of those games feature the Sadler brothers’ signature modular deck system. Implementing that system for Contra will allow players to select a unique commando deck, stage, and enemy.

IDW Games will publish a boardgame based on the Bomberman series of games, specifically 2017’s Super Bomberman R. This will IDW Games’ second implementation of a Konami video game to a board game, as they also are publishing the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game. The Bomberman video games traditionally have both cooperative and competitive modes of play, so it will be interesting to see if the board game version follows suit.

Blacklist Games has launched the Kickstarter campaign for the newest design by Adam and Brady Sadler, Altar Quest. Altar Quest promises to be a cooperative fantasy adventure playable solo or with up to 4 players.

Altar Quest features the same modular deck system that the Sadler brothers introduced into their previous games Street Fighter and Brook City. According to the game’s description, the players each choose a unique hero who comes with their own cards and equipment decks. Then the players choose a quest, villain, and threat deck with which to play. There are no decks that the players need assemble – each of these decks is fixed – but the players may choose to mix and match.

For more information on the game’s Kickstarter campaign and all the goodies that come along with it, check here.

Brothers Adam & Brady Sadler (known for co-designing Star Wars X-Wing and Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game), have designed an expansion to Street Masters. Its on Kickstarter right now and adds 4 new fighters, 4 new stages, and 2 new enemies. Street Masters is a 1-4 player, cooperative board game inspired by classic fighting video games like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. All fighters and enemies have unique decks and custom dice and each game is setup using a modular system. Street Masters Aftershock also adds Missions and Showdowns.

“Ransom City is no more. A missile strike from an unknown origin has turned it to rubble, killing millions in the process. Those that survived emerged from the destruction only to be greeted by V.A.N.D.A.L.; a mysterious mutagen that had terrifying effects on those exposed.” [source]

The mission deck speeds up multiplayer games by allowing players to gain powerful mission tokens which can be used in other players’ turns to support them. Showdowns are a new type of story deck which adds a villain working against the fighters and can be used in the story mode game. Enemy upgrade cards are also included in the mission decks and can be used to increase difficulty in arcade games. Street Masters Aftershock also comes in a huge storage box which holds all existing Street Masters content with ample room for future content.

The Super Street Masters Combo Tier includes all existing content for the game but backers can also pledge for the Aftershock (only new content) and Street Masters (core box content) tiers. The Street Masters Aftershock Kickstarter project is almost completely funded and will end on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018. The expected delivery date for all pledge tiers is October of 2019.

Related: Check the Dice Tower’s coverage of Street Masters

Brook City is a co-operative board game for 1-4 players in which players are heroic cops (inspired by action movies) who have to protect the city from ever increasing crime. Brook City is designed by Adam Sadler and Brady Sadler who both helped design blockbuster games such as Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition, Star Wars: X-Wing, The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary and Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game. That’s some serious design cred coming from these two designers who have done a lot of work for Fantasy Flight Games. Artwork is handled by Henning Ludvigsen, also an FFG heavyweight, who has worked on Android: Netrunner, Arkham Horror, Cosmic Encounter, and many more acclaimed titles.

“A mysterious criminal element has taken root in Brook City. Known only as “The Syndicate,” this collection of ruthless murderers, clever thieves, corrupt politicians, and dirty cops has given rise to a new era of crime. The Brook City Police Department needs the best of the best to clean up the streets of this once peaceful metropolis. So here’s your gun and badge…get to work, officer.” [source]

Each game is dictated by the chosen criminal and case deck. The board represents the city in which the cops have to run or drive to locations to bust up crimes. Cops start off with a standard police cruiser but they can commandeer vehicles on the streets of Brook City.

Each cop has a unique deck and plays differently and includes encounter cards, ability cards, and tactic cards. The prime suspect is represented by a criminal deck along with crew members and other cards which interfere with the investigation. Case decks represent the overall progress of the game and how cops can interact with clues and evidence.

Brook City is currently up on Kickstarter and the base pledge of $89 at the “Rookie Tier” for Brook City includes 51 miniatures and stretch goals. You can also add the Brook City: Delta Keys expansion and a Cops and Robbers miniature pack for $30. Shipping is an added cost. The project will run until Tuesday, May 29th 2018 and it’s expected delivery date is May 2019. It’s already close to it’s funding goal of $60,000.

no sanctuary

Walkers are coming at you from all sides.  Your group has handled worse, but you’ve made some questionable decisions and you’re not sure they still trust you.  Will they run or fight beside you?  WILL YOU SURVIVE???

If you are a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you know how tense things can get when you are in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.  Cryptozoic Entertainment‘s The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary will simulate those tense moments as you play as some of your favorite characters from the television series, such as Daryl, Glenn, Andrea, and of course, Rick Grimes (“Coral!”). The Kickstarter campaign for this game just launched last week, so you still have time to back it and help the campaign reach all of it’s stretch goals, like more minis…including Shane!

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Designers Adam and Brady Sadler (whose previous works include Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition, and Star Wars: X-Wing) bring you this exciting co-op game that puts 1-4 players in situations taken directly from the show against many different enemies–both alive and dead–all with distinct movements and motivations.  With the new leadership mechanic each player will get a chance to lead at some point in the game, which can greatly alter the team’s strategy.  If players trust the leader, they can utilize some unique abilities; however, if they lose trust and defy the leader, stress and decreased morale can add to the dangers all of the survivors face.

Retail game components will include:

  • Over 30 miniatures, including walker figures and survivor figures based on characters from the show
  • Character boards and decks for each survivor that reflect their personalities on the show
  • Over 200 cards, including Event Cards, Search Cards, and Location Cards
  • 12 double-sided map tiles that create memorable locations from the show
  • Over 100 tokens
  • 10 custom dice

The Kickstarter campaign unlocks even more content, including many more miniatures, cards, and two expansions:  “The Killer Within” prison expansion and “What Lies Ahead” farm expansion.  So what are you waiting for?  Go back this amazing game on Kickstarter now!

For more information on this and other products, click here.


warhammer quest

Join forces with legendary heroes to brave the many dangers of a cavernous dungeon. Wield potent weapons and magic. Conquer hordes of vile monsters. Discover fabulous treasures. Glorious battles and astonishing riches await you with the upcoming release of Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game!

Fantasy Flight Games announces the upcoming revival of the classic dungeon-crawl board game, Warhammer Quest, in the form of a cooperative adventure card game.  In this game, 1-4 players will select from four hero types (Bright Wizard, Ironbreaker, Waywatcher, or Warrior Priest) and enter the tunnels together underneath the fantasy city of Skompf to fight monsters that threaten the city’s very survival.  Behind the havoc of the monsters in the dungeon is the quest’s deadly nemesis, whom the hero must confront and defeat to win the quest.

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Each player will control his or her hero using four different action cards: Attack, Aid, Explore, and Rest.  While each hero possesses the same four action types, the effects of taking the action and amount of dice rolled varies between the different heroes based on the role they play in the party.  When executing an action, players will exhaust the appropriate card to take the action.  Exhausted action cards cannot be used again until the player refreshes all actions.

Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game is for 1-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 30-60 minutes.  It is scheduled for release late in the third quarter of 2015.  For more information on this exciting new release, visit the game’s pages on the FFG website here.