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Panini Games, the publisher of the Dragon Ball Z card game since it’s reboot 3 years ago, has announced that they will no longer be publishing the game.  The reason for this is that a new collectible card game based on the new anime series, Dragon Ball Super, will be released later this year and they don’t want to over-saturate the market.  In the mean time they are working to remove all the bugs and card conflicts for the game so that it can continue to be played, even though official support for the game will end.  You can check out the blog post on Panini’s site, and look forward to the new Dragon Ball Super CCG.

OMEN: Reign of War is a highly rated two player, area control card game where two sons of Zeus are fighting over three cities in a bid to gain his favor.  On any given turn you will be drawing cards or gathering coins, and with those coins play down the various cards you have.  They can be special ability cards, feat cards, reward cards, or the core card of the game, soldier cards.  The soldier cards are what you play to each individual city and once a certain threshold is reached the city becomes war-torn.  At that point the strengths of the troop cards are totaled and whoever has the highest gets to take a reward form the city.  Each city has a stack of three reward cards and once two of the cities have been depleted the game will end.  You will get points for each reward card based on where it is and each completed feat card, whoever has the most points is the winner.

This edition being Kickstarted is a straight reprint of the last edition, the Omega Edition, which brought the entire game into one box.  What makes this one special is that the box will be black with embossed gold art and lettering, and the coins have been upgraded from cardboard to custom metal coins.  The campaign is super short so if you haven’t already checked it out, I suggest heading over to the campaign page before it ends on the 18th.

A unique tableau-building game where players hire adventurers from a tavern to complete epic quests and gain glory for their guild!

Daily Magic Games has announced the successful funding of their new set-collection game, Quests of Valeria, in which players play the role of a Guild Master, recruiting Citizens to fulfill the requirements to complete quests for Victory Points.

Quests of Valeria is a stand alone game set in the world of Valeria and takes place just after Valeria: Card Kingdoms. Amid the onslaught of monsters and petty squabbles of the Dukes and Duchesses, the Guild Masters of New Shilina work behind the scenes to make sure the Kingdom prospers. As one of the famous Guild Masters of Valeria, you conduct most of your business in the glorious Gutrot Tavern located in the heart of New Shilina. It’s not enough to hire the best citizens to send on quests – you must also leverage their skills to gain the upper hand.
Outwit your fellow Guild Masters by creating a cascade of fruitful actions to bring prestige to your guild and win the admiration of the King and the citizens of Valeria!

A copy of the game includes:

  • 84 Citizen Cards
  • 32 Quest Cards
  • 6 Guild Master Cards
  • 5 Player Reference Cards
  • 7 Card Cost Tokens
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 2 Action Tokens
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Beautifully Illustrated Box

Quests of Valeria is for 1-5 players and plays in 45-60 minutes.  For more information, visit the publisher’s 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.

Grail Games would like to announce the publication of new editions for two classic Reiner Knizia game in 2017: King’s Road and Stephenson’s Rocket.

The following is an excerpt from the official press release:

King’s Road is a re-implementation of Imperium, last published in 2001. It is due to be released mid- 2017, and will feature art by Vincent Dutrait (Medici, Lewis & Clark, Broom Service, etc.) Stephenson’s Rocket, last published in 1999, will feature artwork from Ian O’Toole (The Gallerist, Vinhos, Lisboa, etc.) Grail Games also plans to produce a previously un-released expansion map for Stephenson’s Rocket that features the eastern United States. Both titles are from famed board game designer Dr Reiner Knizia (Medici, Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Ra, etc.)

Stephenson’s Rocket, a route-building and bidding game, has a devoted fan-base. Widely considered to be Knizia’s best design not to be re-printed since its original release, this new edition of Stephenson’s Rocket will be highly anticipated. The game, its mechanisms, and goals, will be refreshed and presented in a clear and beautiful art style from famed board game illustrator Ian O’Toole.

“I am very excited to announce the upcoming release of these titles,” said publisher David Harding. “The new presentation of Stephenson’s Rocket and its expansion will please current fans and attract new ones, while King’s Road, with its fast play time and meaty choices, will deserve a place in any gamer’s collection. We are so pleased to be able to continue releasing great games from one of our greatest designers.”

For more information, and to read the entire press release, visit the publisher’s website.

 

Gamewright, makers of great games like Forbidden Desert, Sushi Go Party, and Qwixx, are rolling out with no less than nine games/reprints for 2017.  The games Gamewright usually put out are very family friendly and often include the younger kids as well, so no doubt their new releases will follow suit.  And they are:

  • Cha-Cha Chihuahua – A vibrant new “get up and dance” preschool game with some adorable doggies.
  • Go Nuts for Donuts! – Our next sure-fire hit family card game about picking the donuts that no one else will pick
  • Cardventures #3 and #4, Vanished & Time Raiders – Two new installments in this interactive story series.
  • Qwingo – A fast paced dice game that the whole family can enjoy.  Another in the line of roll a die and cross off something on a pad.
  • Rory’s Story Cubes Fantasia – A 9-cube fantasy themed version of our best-selling creativity tool.
  • Tiki Topple (reprint)  A revamped look and feel to this simple to learn game of getting your tiki’s to the top.
  • Loot (reprint) – Deluxe Tin – An old favorite sporting a new look, can you be the pirate with the most loot?
  • Think ‘n Sync – The new Port-a-Party game where great minds think alike, pick a category and a partner and see if you both are on the same wavelength.
  • PDQ (reprint) – An update of this “all-play” word-building game.

All these great games are coming out in spring of 2017, so look for them on store shelves then.

New content is coming soon to the TIME Stories game in the form of Expedition: Endurance, an adventure that sends you back to 1914 aboard the doomed ship Endurance.  The boat has been trapped in the ice now for a while, heat and food are running low and crew’s sanity is starting to slip away.  You have to be extra careful this time out because while you haven’t endured what they have, their loosening grip on their mind is affecting you as well.  There will be a fourth stat to keep track of this time, willpower, and the adventure will constantly test your will.  If you should fail that test enough you will go insane, drawing an insanity card with some very nasty and lingering effects.  Can you fix the temporal anomaly before you lose your mind?  This new expansion will be on shelves soon, and until then you can check out Asmodee’s preview of the expansion.

Star War Destiny has been a very successful launch for Fantasy Flight Games. Following the collectible nature of Wizkids Dice Masters series, SW Destiny supports collectible booster packs that contain several cards and a single die. Starter sets provide players with the necessities to get started, however the game doesn’t really flourish without investing in boosters.

The next series of boosters has been announced and, apparently, will include characters from the recently-released Rogue One movie.

With the new Spirit of Rebellion Booster Packs for Star Wars: Destiny, 160 brand-new cards enter the game, incorporating elements from every movie in the saga, but with a special focus on the newest Star Wars movie: Rogue One. You’ll find plenty of characters from Rogue One within this set, including Jyn Erso, Chirrut Îmwe, Mon Mothma, and Director Krennic, alongside other iconic characters from across the Star Wars story. The spirit of rebellion has ignited—prepare to bring the feverish battles and kinetic action of Rogue One to your games of Star Wars: Destiny!

For more on the booster packs you can head over to FFG’s website here.

Renegade Games continues it’s line of cute pattern matching games, which started with Kitty Paw, with their latest addition, Shiba Inu House.  In Kitty Paw you were arranging cats in different ways to match the goal card, in Shiba Inu House you are trying to do the same but with dog houses.  On each card in the top corners are one side of a house with a pattern on it, at the bottom of the card is the top of a dog house with an adorable Shiba Inu on top of it.  On your turn you will be playing down cards to try and form a complete dog house matching a pattern on one of the goal cards.  Goal cards will have patterns for one, two, or three houses that if you complete will be worth an increasing number of points.  Whoever has the most points at the end is the winner.

As a Shiba Inu owner I find this game beyond adorable and may get me to buy it just based on that.  However, if you are wanting a cute pattern matching game in the line of Kitty Paw, then this is your game as well.  Look for it on store shelves in March.

We reported previously that Button Shy Games was going to condense their wallet game series into quarterly Kickstarters, and so the Kickstarter for Q1 of 2017 has launched.  In this Kickstarter you will find Avignon: Pilgrimage, Turbo Drift, and Find Your Seats. Avignon: Pilgrimage is an expansion to the previous Avignon game, as well as being stand alone, where you are trying to attract three people into your congregation.  You will be moving these people through card play of the different characters in the game with this version having all different characters to the original.  Turbo Drift is the racing card game where you are laying down track and moving along it, then at some point you have to risk it all and “go turbo” to zoom down the track, hopefully crossing the finish line and not crashing.  Last is Find Your Seats, a set collection type game where you are drafting guests to seat at your tables in the best way possible.  As you seat guests they could turn cards face down or back face up.  At the end of the round you will score points based on your seating arrangement, the one with the most points wins the round, win two rounds and you win the game.

The Kickstarter is off to a great start with it already past it’s funding goal, having options to pledge for individual games, bundles, or even both Avignon games and their promos.  Head on over to the campaign page to check it out and pledge for some of these games.