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Keyforge: Call of the Archons, the deckbuilding game where every deck available for purchase is completely unique, just had a massively successful launch with tons of buzz and decks seemingly flying off the shelves.

Hoping to capitalize on the excitement, Fantasy Flight Games has for sale a total of 8 playmats to enhance your deckbuilding battles.

Available now is the larger, two-player gamemat:

The Architect’s Vault Two-Player Gamemat features a 26” x 26” play surface to keep your cards organized and protected during your clashes for control of the Architects’ Vaults. With marked sections for your keys, deck, Archon card, archive, and discard pile, this mat keeps the focus on your games as you match wits with your opponent without worrying about the safety of your unique deck.

Also available are seven unique, beautiful playmats featuring characters from the seven different houses in the game. To give just one example,

The Mighty Tiger Playmat features a battle between two of the powerful creatures of House Untamed. This House is tended by the mechanical faeries the Architects built ages ago and while they have kept balance in the wilds, they have made no effort to keep the wildlife separate. As such, new deadly species of flora and fauna have evolved, and some have even learned to use Æmber to bend the natural world to their will. The Crucible may be inhabitable to all creatures, but it certainly is not safe.

Also available are the Brute Force, Into the Underworld, Positron Bolt, Martian Madness, Raiding Knight, and the Finishing Blow Playmats.

Pickup your Keyforge: Call of the Archons playmats at your local retailer today or online through the Fantasy Flight website.

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, by Fantasy Flight Games, is a cooperative, card game where teams of heroes from The Lord of the Rings lore take on the Dark Lord and his influences, represented by encounter cards. The goal of the game is to complete all of the stages in a scenario before players lose all their heroes or the threat becomes too great.

“In The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, you have taken part in adventures spanning across Middle-earth, from the scorching deserts of Harad to the seaport of the Grey Havens, from the streets of Minas Tirith to the wilds of Rhovanion, and along the way you have battled all manner of monsters, and even the host of Mordor itself. But now, for the first time, the power is in your hands to create your own story and define your own journey.” [source]

Unlike the other adventure packs, which provide a linear quest, The Wizard’s Quest and The Woodland Realm custom scenarios allow players to craft their own adventures. These sets are also compatible with each other and can be combined for more options or played on their own. Each Custom Scenario Kit comes with seven quest cards which can be used to shape the narrative of the adventure, and guide which encounter cards fit the story. Once the quests are setup, players can choose between a Quick-build (allowing adventure construction in minutes), or Advanced-build (which allows greater customization).

In a 2-player game, players can play against each other’s scenarios in a competitive, solo challenge called Race Against the Shadow. Alternatively, you can do the same challenge in a 4-player game in teams of two.

The scenarios were originally available at the Gen Con 2018 and Fellowship 2018 events but will soon be available at retail.

Related: The Dice Tower videos featuring The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

Mossbark Games is bringing Morels to your phone or tablet in just a few weeks.

Morels is a card game that takes mushroom foraging as its theme. Players forage, sell, and cook varieties of mushrooms to outscore their opponent. The digital adaptation includes asynchronous cross-platform multiplayer, pass and play, 3 AI difficulties and more!

Partnering with designer Brent Povis and Two Lantern Games, Mossbark Games founder, Brian Laager, says,

It’s such an easy game to learn and play but has a depth of tactical and strategic decisions. I also love the unique theme. Living in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years has given me such an appreciation for wild edible mushrooms that I go out a few times a year myself to find them!

Look for Morels in the App Store or Google play on November 29th but in the meantime, check out a video of the app in action over on Youtube.

Hero Realms Journeys is the latest Kickstarter project from White Wizard Games, which adds six new expansions to the existing Hero Realms card game. Hero Realms was designed by Ben CichoskiRobert DoughertyDarwin Kastle, and Daniel Mandel and is a fantasy-themed, deck-building, card game featuring competitive play for 2-4 players. Players attempt to reduce each other’s health to zero, after recruiting help from a market deck that includes champions, weapons, spells, and events. Multiple expansions have since been released which dramatically changes game play, and includes the ability to play various characters (such as a Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Thief, or Wizard), or fight cooperatively against a Boss, or compete in a campaign mode.

Hero Realms Journeys features four, 12-card packs. There is the “Hunters” and “Travelers” packs which feature new Champions and Actions for the market deck, and the “Conquest” and “Discovery” packs which each contain 6 new Quests and 6 new Relics. At the beginning of the game each player is given a random quest, which can be shared with teammates, but are unknown to opponents. Relic cards are also dealt into a “relic pile” for each quest card in the game, while the rest of the relics are added to the market.

The Ancestry Pack adds 20 cards which allows players to be a Dwarf, Elf, Ogre, Orc, or Smallfolk, who all have their own strengths and weaknesses. These can be combined with any character packs or played by themselves. So, if an Elven Ranger or Dwarven Fighter was always your jam, Hero Realms has you covered with multiple race-class combinations. Each race comes with an Ancestry card which shows health modifications and special rules, an Ancestral skill or Ability card, and two cards which modify the starting deck.

The Lost Village Campaign Deck features a full color adventure book and over 100 cards, including 12 over-sized Master cards.

The Hero Realms Journeys Kickstarter campaign has multiple tiers to allow backers to fund only a few of the expansions, all the way up to everything which currently exists for the Hero Realms game. The project is seeking funding until Thursday, December 6th, 2018, is already well over 100% funded, and is expected to deliver in December of 2019.

In collaboration with Toys for Tots and Ronald McDonald House, White Wizard Games also plan to donate games to a children’s charity to brighten their lives over the holiday season. You don’t even have to back the project to participate. Each person who signs up for their newsletter, which will provide information about the progress of the Hero Realms Kickstarter and other news from White Wizard Games, will add a game to be donated.

Related: The Dice Tower reviews Hero Realms, Hero Realms: The Ruin of Thandar, and Hero Realms Boss Deck – The Dragon

Aimed directly, and only, at experienced board gamers, Mechanisms: A Posh Party Game is a party game where the more knowledgeable you are about the board gaming hobby, the better you’ll be at the game. Designed by Daniel Zayas and Derek Funkhouser, Mechanisms “uses an assortment of component props to get you and your friends to guess game mechanisms.”

The designers are emphasizing that Mechanisms is for gamers in the know and not for newbies to the hobby. Quoting directly from the Kickstarter introduction video:

Mechanisms isn’t a party game for those who know games it’s for the rare breed who understands them. See, when a gamer becomes…”a gamer”…their game becomes Mechanisms.

For a more detailed look and explanation of the rules, be sure to check out the currently running Kickstarter.

 

 

IDW Games and Nickelodeon have joined forces to create Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Pizza Party, a fast, fun card game for 2-6 players.

You’re the chef of honor at the party but you have your work cut out for you. These turtles are pizza-scarfing machines and they like their pizza extreme! Players race to create non-traditional pizzas for the Turtles and their friends. Work fast and be creative. Satisfying these heroes means using crazy ingredients like toasted marshmallows, banana slices, cheese puffs, popcorn and more.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Pizza Party is delivered in a collector’s tin and includes 60 pizza slices with a wide range of crazy topping choices. Designed by Prospero Hall (Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, Hullabaloo) for fans of all ages, get ready for action in the kitchen and make a pizza for your favorite Turtle! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Pizza Party will available in March 2019.

Wizkids announces K’uh Nah, a quick-playing, push your luck card game where players attempt to efficiently build a Mayan temple that will withstand the test of time. On a player’s turn, two cards are available for selection.  Each card represents a pyramid block and contains two colorful animal Mayan icons and a number. The number indicates the weight of a block.  Lighter blocks must be placed on top of heavier blocks unless the animal symbols on upper block is matched.  To avoid adding an unsuitable block to their pyramid, players may pass on the two choices available by placing one of their pieces of jade on the card. If they run out of jade, then they have to select a card and place it in their pyramid.  At the endo the game, a player’s score is the total value of all cards not supporting other cards minus the number of jade token. The player with the lowest score is the winner.

K’uh Nah plays 2-6 players, ages 14+, in about 20 minutes.  The game contains 50 cards, 48 tokens, and a rules sheet.  It is available for pre-order in mid-December and will be released in March 2019.

Broken Hearts: The Unconventional Relationship Card Game is designed for breaking the ice with strangers, matchmaking within a group of friends, or families who want to spend quality time. The game is designed by Joey Teh, Keely Sim, and Seik Yee Thoo, and will test relationship skills and your personal boundaries as you build and break hearts to win the game.

To win a player has to form connections by linking a complete set of 5 unique heart cards. At the start of the game, players are dealt 7 cards and they can place any unique heart cards they have in front of them. If they have matching heart cards, they keep these in their hand. As 1 of their 2 actions they can play an ‘I like you!’ card to link to somebody else’s card, or link to their own card (in an act of self love) with a matching duplicate from their hand, or play an ‘I want you!’ card to steal a connection from somebody else. To confirm the connection, both players must perform the action as depicted on the heart card. These include the ‘ET Touch’, the ‘Blow Kiss’, the ‘Heart Sign’, the ‘Pinky Promise’, and the ‘Flirty Wink’. Players can also reject connections to their own heart cards or any other actions from players if they play an ‘I Hate You!’ card. There are also ‘Broken Heart’ cards which destroy existing relationships made by connections. To spice things up even further, there are 3 types of event cards which change up the game dynamics.

There are multiple pledge levels which adds more deluxe components the higher up the pledge levels you go. The Broken Hearts: The Unconventional Relationship Card Game Kickstarter project is almost 100% funded, and will end its funding on Friday, November 23rd 2018. Its expected to ship in May of 2019.

Become the best merchant of the century and conquer the route to America in this amazing auction euro style card game.

Sevilla 1503 by Delirium Games is currently live on Kickstarter. With eye-catching art set in the Middle Ages, this euro-style game features auctions and hidden bids as you

enter the port of Seville, the most important European city of the XVI century, and recruit the best crew with the support of the nobility. Dominate the famous trade route to the Indies between America and the Old World.

Head to the Kickstarter page to learn more about Sevilla 1503.

Upper Deck are pumping out Legendary content at a significant rate at the moment and Legendary: Venom, the 18th expansion, was probably inspired by the release of the recent Venom movie. This expansion requires a Legendary core set to play such as Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. In Legendary, 1-5 players recruit heroes through deck building in order to defeat the mastermind and their henchmen.

The Legendary: Venom expansion adds 100 new cards from the Marvel Comics Venomverse team consisting of 5 venomized heroes, 2 masterminds (including Poison Thanos), 2 new villain groups, and 4 new schemes. The Excessive Violence keyword returns along with new game mechanisms and new twists on old ones. For example, when a Symbiote villain ambushes the city they could bond with another villain to create a powerful adversary.

This small box expansion will feature comic book artwork and is not part of the recent movie sets which have been released. The expected release date is February 13th, 2019.

Related: Dice Tower content for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game