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Imperial Assault is not lacking content, but Star Wars is an ever-expanding property that allows for growth in equal measure among the products utilize it. Fans can soon expect Star Wars Rebels to soon join the party as a small box expansion and four ally/villain packs introduce the crew of the Ghost and their adversaries to the campaign or skirmish matches. The Tyrants of Lothal small box expansion includes new characters and enemies which bring stories from the Lothal sector to the table, while the Spectres, the mercenary Hondo, and Grand Admiral Thrawn himself are all available separately to aid in combat or participate in unique scenarios. As described on it’s product page:

“Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Tyrants of Lothal, a new expansion for Imperial Assault, available for pre-order now from your local retailer! Tyrants of Lothal is not releasing alone either, so be sure to also pre-order the Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus Ally Pack, the Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios Ally Pack, the Thrawn Villain Pack, and the Hondo Ohnaka Villain Pack to upgrade your Imperial Assault experience!”

 

It’s very nice to see this show earn such an earnest inclusion to an already good game, and mechanically speaking there’s a lot to offer the competitive scene as well. Beyond the inclusion of powerful new characters, both allies and villains, there’s also more cards, abilities, and death troopers that will make skirmishes more interesting or the Imperial player more daunting, depending on the mode of play. Furthermore,since Rebels is canon and it has done a lot to bridge characters between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, there’s a lot of fun scenarios that could be made using other available characters, such as Darth Maul and Obi Wan for example, along with the Spectres. If you are interested in these expansions or future content for Imperial Assault, be sure to check out their product pages and the Fantasy Flight Games website for future announcements.

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.

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Entertainment media outlet ICV2.com reported this week that Modiphius, makers of role-playing games such as Achtung! Cthulhu, Conan, Mutant Chronicles and Infinity, plans to launch a new type of organized play for its RPGs.  This will be in the form of “living campaigns” called Frontiers, and will include regularly-released scenarios and missions the players will experience.  Players will then report their results to Mophidius, who will use this data to shape the future focus of the campaigns.

Dragonmeet Tabletop Convention in London in December, 2016 will host the first living campaign events, and local game stores will also be included via organized play events.  Stores have the opportunity to complete a survey on Mophidius’ website to share their opinions and ideas.

For more information, visit the article on icv2.com or Mophidius’s press release here.

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This War of Mine, the critically-acclaimed and heart-wrenching survival game from 11 bit studios, is now “a board game experience, carrying an important message: In war, not everyone is a soldier. Can you survive to see the end of the war?”

Awaken Realms and 11 bit studios introduces a board game adaptation of This War of Mine by Michal Oracz, designer of the much-loved Neuroshima Hex!, and Jakub Wisniewski, the storyteller behind Dying Light.  This new game will include features such as:

  • 430 high-quality components, including 12 figures
  • a companion mobile app
  • over one thousand unique stories
  • an open & play system that makes it easy to start playing without previous learning the rules
  • a save-game mechanism
  • the innovative Reality Impact system, introducing an enormous amount of meaningful plot, choices and consequences.

The Kickstarter for this project is now live, and the following is an excerpt form the Kickstarter game summary:

This War of Mine: The Board Game is a fully co-operative, open and play, survival experience. In this challenging, story-driven game for 1-6 players, you will play as group of civilians trapped in a city torn by a military conflict.  To survive, you will need to make tough moral choices, delivered in a role-playing style.

The start of the campaign will be accompanied by an extraordinary event via livestream on May 10 at 3pm PST.  Artists for major tabletop and collectible-card-game franchises like Star Wars, A Game of Thrones, and Magic: The Gathering will unite as an ArtistsOnBoard group to create a large-format acrylic painting that will grace the cover of This War of Mine.  Click here for the link to the live streaming.

For more information on this project, visit the Kickstarter page and the game’s official website.

From Publishers Kickstarter

Game wherever YOU ARE! Another SET of insanely small card games that you can play anywhere, with anyone, ANYTIME!

In 2014, Pack O Game Set 1, a series of small card games with a surprising amount of gameplay, strategy and fun, released to great success.  Now, the game’s publisher Perplext has started a new Kickstarter project for the Set 2 in the series, featuring middle-weight games, for gamers, that present games with more depth of gameplay.  This set includes four new games of varying complexity and length, listed as follows:

  • Gym:  Unique Team “Picking” (just like those gym class days!) with interesting strategy and manipulation during the event playing phase.
  • Rum:  Quick turns, “Press your luck”, set collecting with stealing.
  • Sow:  “Mancala” meets secret goal/set collecting farming game.
  • Orc:  A short, 2-player battle of hand management and timing.

Also included at various pledge levels in the campaign is a POD, a custom zipper-pouch that officially stores your Pack O Games.

All four of these new games are also playable on the digital gaming platform Tabletopia.

The project is set to fund on April 3, 2016, and reached it’s funding goal in the first day.  For more information on the project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

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Privateer Press has announced the Kickstarter for their new cooperative adventure for 2-4 players, Widower’s Wood.  In this tabletop adventure board game with miniatures, players take on the role of monsters, inhabitants of the swamp, working together to survive the horrors of the impending doom.  The game is set in the dark wilderness of the Iron Kingdoms, and “the inhabitants of Widower’s Wood find themselves trapped in the grim maw of ghoulish horrors, their last hope is a team of ravenous monsters with the cunning and ferocity to bite back.”

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The Kickstarter project for Widower’s Wood will run until March 19, 2016.  A copy of the game will include:

  • Campaign Guide with 7 Linked Adventures
  • 43 Plastic Figures
  • 4 Hero Character Sheets
  • 202 Cards
  • 202 Tokens and Markers
  • 8 Dice
  • 16 Map Tiles
  • Game Board
  • Villain Reference Sheet
  • Rulebook

A German edition of the game will also be available through the Kickstarter via Privateer Press’ partnership with Ulisses Spiele.

Widower’s Wood is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 60-120 minutes.  For more information on this game and to support the Kickstarter, visit the Kickstarter page here.

Image from Rob Daviau's Twitter feed

Image from Rob Daviau’s Twitter feed

According to a somewhat cryptic and simple tweet from game designer Rob Daviau (Risk Legacy, Pandemic Legacy) today, the long-awaited “legacy-style” board game known as Seafall was delivered to its publisher, Plaid Hat Games, on January 20, 2016.

The tweet read simply this:

For those of you who picked Jan 20, 2016 as the day I delivered Seafall to the publisher, please collect your prize. Pencils down!

Fans of Daviau and legacy-style games, or games that create a campaign-styled experience for players in which the game changes and grows as it’s played, will rejoice at this news.

Visit the tweet in its its entirety here.

Modiphius Entertainment announces two new releases: Achtung! Cthulhu: Dark Tales from the Secret War and Dust Adventures: Operation Apocalypse.

Dark Tales from the Secret War

This is a collection of 13 stories that mixes the H.P. Lovecraft mythos with mankind’s finest and darkest hour in World War II.  This series of stories expand and expound the Achtung! Cthulhu universe, allowing players to “peer deeper into the sinister cult of the Black Sun, the terrifying technology of Nachtwolfe and gain valuable insight into the brave men and women of Section M and Majestic who oppose them, in a series of tales which will thrill and delight and even inspire even more Achtung! Cthulhu adventures.”  Dark Tales is available in print or in PDF format.

Operation Apocalypse

This is a 136-page campaign for the Dust Adventures RPG series that will take players to the pre-Mayan ruins in the Amazon jungle.  Highlights of the campaign include:

  •  A globe-trotting story that will take you to such places as South America, Turkey, Thailand, and the Philippines.
  • The introduction of a new alien species fighting the Vrill, as well as the secret history of their intergalactic war.
  • All-new information on the three blocs.
  • Epic action set-pieces, including a battle aboard a top secret Axis aircraft carrier.
  • Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare scenarios for the large-scale battles of the campaign.

For more information, visit the Modiphius website here.

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It is said that The Brood have always been with us, hidden out of view, waiting for the right opportunity to makes their presence known. When the world went black and the screaming finally stopped, they emerged from their places of hiding on and beneath the surface, cutting down and feeding on any living thing that stood in their way.

In the dark, Northern Wastes, known as Sector 44, danger lurks in the form of The Brood, a parasitic sect of creatures that dwell in subterranean systems beneath the ruined cities.  Only The Outlanders, a team of skilled individuals hired by the surviving settlements, are brave enough to enter the Black Zones to retrieve valuable supplies and technology.  In Blackout, players will take on the role of one of these Outlanders, selecting the specialization of either the Tracker, Engineer, Recon, or Slayer and seeking glory and renown.

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Blackout is a post-apocalyptic dungeon crawler for 1-4 players by Richard Broadwater.  The game features a mission-based leveling system that offers savage combat and exploration and offers 15-20 hours of solo and co-op play.  “In Blackout, players will use miniatures on a grid-based board to simulate exploration and combat. Each character is supported by a player card, item, and ability cards. Modifier tokens are used to alter starting stat values of your characters as the campaign progresses. Movement is handled using the grid spaces that are present on all hall or room components. Combat is resolved using fixed-range based on a particular ranged or hand weapon and determined by dice rolls and modifiers.”

Included in the game are the following components:

  • 32 high-quality plastic miniatures
  • 48-page Rulebook
  • 20-page Campaign Book
  • Double-sided room and hall sections (representing alleyways/abandoned buildings and underground tunnel/maintenance chambers)
  • Debris markers
  • Objectives
  • Status counters
  • Player cards
  • Enemy cards
  • Item cards
  • Event cards
  • 6 ten-sided dice

This project is currently on Kickstarter and is scheduled to fund on Friday, November 15, 2015.  The project currently has over 1,000 backers and has raised over $90,000 in pledges.  For more information on the project, visit its Kickstarter page here.

mutant chronicles

Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel, a co-operative miniatures campaign board game, is getting a re-boot next year. Eric LangRichard Borg, and Kevin Wilson are among the team of designers developing the re-boot. The game was a major release in the 90’s, and the re-boot will build and expand on the original gameplay and campaigns.

Read about it in the press release below:

 Modiphius & Cabinet Entertainment have joined forces to re-boot one of the most epic miniatures boardgames, Siege of the Citadel.
Originally designed by the team at Target Games in Sweden and then developed by Richard Borg at Pressman Toys, Siege of the Citadel became a worldwide hit with its lavish components, high quality plastic figures and innovative rules.
Modiphius & Cabinet Entertainment have assembled an all-star team of designers to work on the re-boot including Richard Borg, Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson, along with cover artist Adrian Smith, and a sculpting team of Prodos Games and Paolo Parente.
Siege of the Citadel was a major release by Pressman Toys in the 90’s and is set in the Mutant Chronicles universe, where players control one of five corporations: Imperial, Cybertronic, Mishima, Capitol, or Bauhaus. Each player begins with two of their own unique Doomtroopers who both benefit from their Corporation’s special ability. The players must prevent the Dark Legion and one of its vile leaders, the vile Nepharite, Alakhai, from conquering the solar system.
Each successful mission brings news monstrous foes and terrifying events as the heroes explore the modular Citadel whilst events can help or hinder their missions. Promotion give credits to access more powerful weaponry and abilities whilst secret missions can cause chaos for the heroes!
In the new edition, narrative led designs will build on the original gameplay mechanics and campaigns based on major events from the Mutant Chronicles universe will expand on the much loved game. We will be unveiling more about plans for the game over the coming weeks and months, sign up to be the first to know!
Grab a Punisher Shortsword and Plasma Carbine, strap on your shoulder pads and make your mark in the Mutant Chronicles!
Siege of the Citadel will be launched at Essen 2016 and in retail from October 2016. Find out more about the original game on the BoardGameGeek page.