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Fantasy Flight Games are releasing the final Force Pack in the Alliances cycle for Star Wars: The Card Game, a game designed by Eric M. Lang. In Star Wars: The Card Game you command legendary characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader and launch strategic assaults against your opponent’s objectives. In this two player game, you tempt fate with Edge battles and either ally with the Force or master it’s power for the Dark Side.

The Promise of Power Force Pack includes ten new objective sets and rewards players for melding affiliations together in a single deck. It also includes plenty of characters from Star Wars Rebels, the animated TV show, with a new version of Ezra Bridger, Cikatro Vizago, and more Inquisitors being added to the game.

While this is the final Force Pack for this cycle it is also the final release for Star Wars: The Card Game. Over the past five years the game has seen five deluxe expansions and six cycles of Force Packs. With the game now complete, the Star Wars World Championships in May will be the final Organized Play World Championship for the game.

Fans of Arkham Horror: the Card Game are always on the lookout for new content, new mysteries to explore, new monsters to fight.

Sometimes, though, returning to the old can be good too.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the release of a new upgrade expansion for Arkham Horror: the Card Game, this time returning to one of the core set campaigns.

Return to the Night of the Zealot takes investigators back to the Night of the Zealot campaign from the core set, adding new challenges, new encounters, and new boons as well as upgrading cards from the original campaign. While it may seem like you are reliving the nightmare you started with, new terrors await you.

“In Return to the Night of the Zealot, the stars may have aligned to open a door to your past, but things are not precisely as they were. The evils you defeated once have become stronger. It seems if they have been lying in wait for this moment to occur, to get another shot at destroying you, and this time they are not alone. This upgrade expansion features new scenario cards for each of the three scenarios in the campaign: now marked as Return to The Gathering, Return to The Midnight Masks, and Return to The Devourer Below. While these titles may sound like a resurgence of the familiar, the experience is anything but. Return to the Night of the Zealot also stacks your encounter deck with two new encounter sets, filled with monsters and treacheries more terrifying than any you have faced. Ghouls from the Ghouls encounter set are replaced by Ghouls of Umôrdhoth and Cultists who once belonged to a Dark Cult now align with The Devourer’s Cult.”

The upgraded expansion also includes a premium box that can be used to store all of your Night of the Zealot content, both old as well as the expansion. It comes with dividers marked for each encounter, allowing you to organize things neatly for easier access. This box will also contains a list of achievements that will add to the challenge. Perhaps you’ll manage to keep a weapon from breaking through multiple encounters, or stay in the house long past the time when others would go insane.

All of this will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2018, and is available for pre-order now.

Find out more in the Fantasy Flight article.

Phil Eklund‘s original version of Neanderthal was released in 2015 while Greenland was released in 2014 and both sold out within a few months at the time. They’ve both since been difficult to obtain so these new editions are being released by Sierra Madre Games on Kickstarter so that more people can experience them.

Greenland and Neanderthal are part of Phil Eklund’s “Dominata” series in which important periods in the evolution of humanity are explored through the game.

In Neanderthal, 1-3 players are one of the human species existing after millions of years of evolution. They’re developing complex language, forming tribes and building villages. The game system enables players to follow their tribe’s evolution as well as the environment in which they live.

Greenland is linked to Neanderthal in that the tribes who migrated West populated Europe while those who migrated East populated Asia, and ultimately, the Americas. The first time these waves of migration crossed paths was on the inhospitable island of Greenland about 1,000 years ago, when the Vikings met the Tunit people. In Greenland you play as one of the peoples who attempt to colonize Greenland during the Middle Ages. The little-known Sea Sami expansion pack is included in this edition of the game and features the Sea Sami as a playable tribe and allows for up to 4 players instead of the original 1-3 player count.

You can get Neanderthal or Greenland for a pledge of $29 (excluding shipping) or both games for $49. The campaign will end on Friday, February 9th 2018, and is currently 724% funded. You can check the Kickstarter project page for more information.

The X-Files was a long running sci-fi style TV show about Agents Mulder and Scully investigating outlandish claims that were classified as X-files.  In the show they often found the outlandish claims were in fact true, but when reporting to their superiors, Scully would take the side of science while Mulder would always tell the truth, no matter how crazy it was.

In the game X-Files: Conspiracy Theory – Everything is Connected, you will play as Mulder as you try to explain the crazy things to your superiors with the evidence you collected.  On a player’s turn they will pull a prompt card from the deck, and with that prompt and the different evidence cards in your hand, try to weave together a story that the rest of the players will believe.  The rest of the players will be playing their superiors and will vote, not according to if they believe the story or not, but according to how they think everyone else will vote.  That’s because “the only thing worse than being an outlier is being a nut-case like Fox Mulder“.

Look for this game to arrive on store shelves in the later half of March, and then ask yourself, do you believe?

Renegade Game Studios has announced that players everywhere will be able to shed the winter chill and go gardening on January 10th, 2018 when they officially release Topiary. The game is for 2-4 garden enthusiasts aged 10+ and plays in 15-30 minutes. Topiary is designed and features artwork by Danny Devine.

It’s a fabulously sunny day – the perfect occasion for folks to visit the new topiary garden on the outskirts of town! Nothing spells a relaxing weekend like enjoying sculptures created with the assistance of nature herself.

 
Topiary is an abstract strategy/puzzle game where players are positioning their visitors meeples along the edge of a  topiary garden represented by a 5 by 5 grid of cards. Visitors will jockey for position to view the closest topiary sculpture and any behind that topiary along the same sight line that are larger than those in front. Visitors who are fortunate enough to to see multiple topiaries of the same type will score bonus points.
The garden can get quite crowded at times, though, so it’s up to you to make sure your visitors have a good experience with these beautiful botanicals. You’ll want to place your visitors in the best positions along the outer edge of the garden and rearrange the sculptures strategically to give your visitors the most spectacular view of the landscape!
Players slowly fill in the garden by placing tiles and visitors while manipulating sculputures.
A possible award season favorite, the game has already been nominated for the 2017 Italian Game of the Year. This will be the English North American release of the game originally released by Fever Games.
What’s in the Box?
 The game box contains:
  • 40 Topiary Tiles
  • 32 Visitor Meeples
  • 1 Scoreboard
  • 4 Scoring Tokens
  • 1 Rulebook

EPIC is a two to four player card game by White Wizard games, makers of Star and Hero Realms, where you duke it out as gods to see who is the greatest.  This game brings back the play and feel of trading card style games that have been around for years, but without the costly need of buying randomly packaged booster packs.  EPIC comes ready to go out of the box, and only adds cards in an LCG style where each pack has the same cards as every other pack of the same name.  Previous packs have added new characters you can play as called Tyrants, or just added new cards to the game in Uprising.  Well now they are adding new characters to play as in the form of a Pantheon.  The first of the two packs features Furios, Father Nature and Maligus, the Dark One, each coming with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack so you can play as either deity. Furios is revered by all in the forest, except for Maligus that is, and he seeks to overthrow Furios.  But when Furios summons you to his defense, you obey.

The second features Helena, the Valiant and Zaltessa, the Huntress, each also with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack.  Zaltessa will hunt anything and everything under the sun, includes the other gods, but Helena has the bravery and courage to stand up and hunt Zaltessa instead.  Look for both of these packs to be on store shelves in January of 2018. You can click here for details on pre-ordering.

Blood Bound is a new social deduction game that is coming from Fantasy Flight Games that aims to bring you into the back-stabbing politics of rival vampire clans.  But for this game, the back-stabbing part is quite literal, as on each turn you will be attacking and wounding other vampires representing the players.  In the game everyone will have a role card which tells them their clan affiliation, Gargoyle or Phoenix, their rank within the clan, and their special ability.  The object of the game is to capture the rival clan’s elder, the one who has the lowest rank number on their card within that game.  On a turn you will attack another player and they will take a wound, upon receiving that wound they have to reveal something about themselves, either one of their clan affiliation tokens or their rank.  Revealing a token could confirm or confuse people on which side you are on, revealing your rank allows you to use your special ability.  These are powerful special abilities that can alter the game, and help you grab victory at the opportune time.  But be careful, make sure you are going after the right person before you strike the final blow to capture them, else you may have put yourself in a dangerous spot.

You can find out more about the game on the preview page, and look for the game on shelves in the new year.

Renegade Games has been partnering with Dire Wolf Digital to bring some of their physical games into the mobile space, such titles include Lotus and Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.  So to kick off the holiday season they have announced updates to their digital games of Lotus and Lanterns as well as a new update to their companion app.

Lotus is a game all about forming beautiful flowers and using some area control to make sure that when the flowers finish and score, you are the ones getting the points.  The app version of this game brought the game into beautiful 3D with excellent graphics and animation, bringing this simple card game up to another level.  The update featured for the app is that the leader-board and friends list of the game is compatible with Lanterns, so now you can challenge friends from either game to either game you own.  You can purchase the app in the App Store or on Google Play.

Lanterns is a simple tile laying game where you lay down tiles in order to collection various colored lantern cards.  You will then use these lantern cards to make dedications and depending on which array of colors you turn in will net you different points.  Like Lotus the app version of Lanterns elevates the game by giving it some beautiful graphics and scenery along with great animation.  The app even has the expansion, The Emperor’s Gift, available for download as well.  The update featured for the app is that the leader-board and friends list of the game is compatible with Lotus, so now you can challenge friends from either game to either game you own.  You can purchase the app in the App Store or on Google Play.

And finally, Renegade games has updated their companion app, adding in some content for their latest game, Clank in Space.  Already the app includes content for the games FUSE, Flatline, and the original Clank game.  But with this latest update you will now be able to play Clank in Space solo, with you going against the AI as you explore Lord Eradikus’ starship alone.  The update has already been made so you can either check your app now, or download it for free from the App Store or Google Play.

Fantasy Flight Games have announced The Devil and the Dragon, the fourth Data Pack in the Kitara Cycle for Android: Netrunner. This Data Pack includes three copies of twenty new cards and focuses on the Criminal and Weyland Consortium identities.

The Sub-Saharan League in the world of Android is further explored:

“The establishment of the Sub-Saharan League has launched Africa to a new position as a center of technological advancement. Fueling this hotbed of innovation is the Weyland Consortium—with their SSO Industries subsidiary proven to be a profitable venture. Despite their contributions to the SSL, SSO Industries has been shut out of construction for the potential second beanstalk on the banks of Lake Victoria. What plans does Weyland have for this beanstalk, and will their focus distract them from the Runners on the fringe, waiting for a chance to strike?”

You will need to own a copy of the Revised Android: Netrunner Core Set in order to use this Data Pack in a tournament legal deck, or the original Android: Netrunner Core Set for standard play. It is currently available for pre-order from your local retailer or from the Fantasy Flight Games website.

Even though the holidays will soon be upon us, companies are already preparing for the next year with some new games.  First on that list is the next expansion for the Aeon’s End card game from Indie Boards and Cards. Aeon’s End is a card game in which each player has their own deck, specific to the breach mage they choose, and will have to work together with the other players to defeat the nemesis they have chosen.  You will have to work well together as the nemesis has their own deck and will be fighting back, quite viciously, to defeat you before you can cast them out.  The new expansion, called Aeon’s End: The Void, adds in two new nemeses and two new breach mages, as well as new gems, relics, spells, and minions.  So if you enjoy the game, be sure to check out this expansion when it hits store shelves in January of 2018.

Next we have two expansion decks coming from Plaid Hat games for the Ashes, Rise of the Phoenixborn card game.  The two new decks are The Goddess Ishra, and The Boy Among Wolves, each of which will require an Ashes base game in order to supply the needed dice.  These two decks just expand even more the options of cards you have for the game and bring two new phoenixborn into the game.  The Boy Among Wolves has the highest battlefield number in the game at 10, meaning he can have lots of units in play at once.  This is especially important because his abilities and cards lead to summoning a large number of units in a very short amount of time.  The Goddess Ishra is more about control, offering average stats but having a highly useful ability of being able to exhaust a unit when an attack is declared, either by your opponent or you.  She also continues this sense of control with her cards that specialize in controlling the actions of your opponent, and even so far as to controlling some of your opponent’s units.  Both of these decks will be hitting stores soon and you can find out more on the Goddess Ishra preview and the Boy Among Wolves preview on the Plaid Hat site.

Finally we have a new food truck themed game from Adam’s Apple Games, and that is Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy.  This is a simultaneous action selection type game where you will be picking where you will park your truck, and then trying to sell food there.  The game is played over five rounds and each round consists of picking where you park, and then picking your special action for the round.  For each location you will then roll their specified die, from a d4 up to a d20, and the result will be equally split among the trucks that are present there, earning each truck owner money.  At the end of five rounds the winner will be the one who managed to bring in the most money.  So if this light food truck themed game sounds good to you, look for it on store shelves in January.