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Ascension: A Deckbuilding Game has been around for almost 10 years and has continued to maintain popularity throughout the years.

Ascension’s popularity has now brought it to a a major motion picture, Good Boys. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it is a comedy about a group of 3 boys going through middle school in the modern age. These 3 friends will be shown playing Ascension where they will come to a dilemma of whether to sell their very limited Ascension promo card.

This promo card will actually be produced and available to fans of Ascension after the release of the film on Friday, August 16!

Check out the trailer for Good Boys here.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced that Marvel Champions: The Card Game is getting an expansion! The Green Goblin Scenario Pack introduces two new scenarios that players can take on that focuses around Norman Osborn and his alter-ego, the Green Goblin.

This scenario pack includes 78 cards centered around taking down businessman, Norman Osborn, the long-standing arch-nemesis of Spiderman. This pack will also come with four modular encounter sets to mix into the scenario included.

Players will work together to bring down Osborn’s Criminal Enterprise attempting to not let him manage to obtain a Hostile Takeover, but if Osborn grabs hold of the new Stark tech through a Corporate Acquisition, then all is lost for our heroes.

For more information, check out Fantasy Flight Games site here.

Obscurio, designed by L’Atelier, is a 2-8 player game that places players in a Sorcerer’s Library with the need to escape!

Players will need to work cooperatively to find the exit from the Library as one player takes on the roll of the clue giver utilizing cards with various images on them to guide the players out of the Library. However, there is a traitor among them trying to prevent them from finding that exit! Their are a wide variety of traps throughout the Library that players will need to overcome if they are ever going to escape.

For more information, check out their site here.

CMON and CD PROJEKT RED announce Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game. You may recall the splash Cyberpunk 2077 made earlier this year at E3 when it was revealed that Keanu Reeves stars as a non-player character in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game.  This will be the first collaboration between the two companies, with plans for more to follow.

Longtime Cyberpunk RPG fan, Eric M. Lang (Blood Rage, Rising Sun, Arcadia Quest) teams up with Andrea Chiarvesio (Kingsburg, Hyperborea) to design Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game, a game that thrusts players into the dark alleyways of Night City, where ruthless gangs clash with corporations in an endless war for money, power, and control.

In Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game, players become Fixers, the databrokers and masterminds who recruit cyberpunks, equip them with gear, and send them out on missions. The game uses a drafting mechanic and special dashboard to provide players the opportunity to decide whether to spend limited funds to add the card to their team or to sacrifice the card to build capital. Player must balance between what they can afford and what they need to ensure a successful mission. Their Street Cred, the only currency that truly matters, is riding on this. Each successful mission raises the player’s Street Cred and mission survivors become Veterans, imparting their knowledge and experience to newer recruits.

Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game will be released in 2020.

Fluttering Souls from Good Games Publishing is an abstract card game where the players score points from the different set of butterflies they have collected.  The game is played over 3-5 rounds, and the player who scores the highest points in each round earns a white butterfly token.  The player who collects three while butterfly tokens first is the winner.

Fluttering Souls is based on a Japanese legend that butterflies carried messages from departed loved ones.

Five different types of butterflies are represented on 21 cards. Each butterfly has a different rarity and point value based on the number of butterflies of that type collected.  The cards are arrayed on the table in overlapping layers, some face up and some face down, according to the set-up diagram.  Players take turn selected available card (a card that does not have another card overlapping it) until all the cards are taken. Collections are scored and the winner is awarded a white token.  For each subsequent round, the cards are reshuffled and set-up according to the new layout card drawn at the end of the round. There are 15 different layout cards, so the strategy to collect butterflies will always change. Each layout also only supports 19 cards, so two hidden butterfly cards are not in play.

Fluttering Souls plays 2 players, ages 13+, in 15-20 minutes.  Contents include 21 Butterfly Cards, 15 Layout Cards, 5 Butterfly Tokens, and Rules. Look for Fluttering Souls at your friendly local game store Q3 2019.

Fairy Season from Good Games Publishing is a trick-taking card game where the players (goblins) seek to collect the most fairies.  Fairies come in four seasons (suits) and range in value from 1-8.  Fairies must be played in progressively higher numbers or in progressive seasons.  Fairy cards played each round create a fairy swarm, and the player who is able to play the last card in the swarm wins the trick and can put the fairies in their stash.  Depending on the season of the fairy, the fairy cards enable players to draw cards or stash cards in their points pile. Players may also play goblin cards, which functions as sort of a wild card to keep a swarm gathering.  Players may also play trap card, collecting swarms even quicker. There are four Royal Fairies that players can play to disable traps and prevent traps and goblins from being played.  However, they are very valuable and any players who collects all four Royal Fairies immediately wins the game. The player who collects the most fairies is the winner.

Fairy Season plays 3-5 players, ages 10+, in about 20 minutes. Contents include 64 Season Fairies: Two of each number (1-8) for each of the four seasons, 4 Royal Fairies: King, Queen, Prince, Princess, 16 Goblins: Two each of eight different Goblins, 6 Traps, and rulebook. Look for Fairy Season at your friendly local game store Q3 2019.

Skybound Games, the makers of Superfight, have joined forces with Cyanide & Happiness, the makers of Joking Hazard, to bring to you the party game of moral dilemmas and trolley murder…Trial By Trolley.

While one player takes on the role as conductor, the remaining players split in to two teams each with their own track.  Both tracks start with a random “innocent” card and teams plays an additional innocent card on their track.  Each team then sabotages the other team’s track with “guilty” cards.  Modifier cards can then be played on either track and finally each team argues to spare the lives on their track forcing the conductor player to choose which track to murder.  Each player on the murdered team collects a spooky death token and after every player has been the conductor once, the player with the fewest death tokens is declared the winner.

The Kickstarter campaign has funded and includes numerous Kickstarter exclusives. Included in the campaign options are a retail edition, a Kickstarter exclusive expansion, a Kickstarter exclusive Derailed Edition which includes a “murder trolley” miniature as well as exclusive cards for Joking Hazard.  Plus there is a 10-card “thank you” pack for all backers.

See the Kickstarter page for more details from Tram Sam and Trolley Tom, several support videos, and a copy of the rulebook. The Kickstarter campaign ends Wednesday August 7 at 6:20PM CDT so hurry up and hop on board and get off the tracks!

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River Horse, who moves the stars for no one but has previously published Jim Henson’s Labyrinth The Board Game and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal The Board Game, once again invite players to once again choose down with Jim Henson’s Labyrinth The Card Game, based on everyone’s favorite 80’s fantasy musical.

Labyrinth The Card Game is essentially a family-weight trick-taking game, based on medieval era card games (but of course, things aren’t always what they seem to be). Players must work with their partner to win hands and claim mastery over the Labyrinth (or at least find their way to the center). There are also more advanced rules that add elements such as having to follow suit (It’s not fair!). The game features 80 tarot-sized cards with original art by Ralph Horsley based on the original character designs of Jim Henson and Brian Froud. No clear indications as to player count, but should be at 4-players based on the game play description.

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth The Card Game is currently available for pre-order from River Horse and should arrive some time this year. More details can be found here. Dance magic, dance!

IDW Games is announcing Naruto Shippuden Village Defenders card game for a November 2019 release.

While most of the ninja are out are away, Leaf Village is attacked leaving a handful of ninja and friends to defend the village. A team of 1-4 players take on the roles of their favorite TEAM 7 characters and are the last line of defense against classic villains. Players must cooperate to create powerful combos to fight back the invaders in a fast-paced game lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Escape the Dark Sector is the latest from Themeborne game studio but this time they offer a thematic departure from their previously successful Escape the Dark Castle series.

Following the same “narrative game engine” as its predecessor, Escape the Dark Sector has added new mechanics to represent a change in setting from retro fantasy to a science-fiction inspired Escape experience.

Players assemble a captured starship crew that begins their story in the detention block of a vast space station with the goal of making it back to their impounded ship. They must blast their way through combat scenarios, bypass traps and deal with terrors drawn from 48 illustrated chapter cards that make each new game a different experience. If the players manage to overcome every card in the mission deck and survive the final boss, they escape the station and win together.

Themeborne added some mechanical tweaks to suit the flavor of its new game. Progressively more challenging chapter cards, a redesigned ranged combat system, expanded combat actions and character enhancements are some of the newer features to make their way into this latest Escape title.

Castle found a following with its retro fantasy charm that called back to nostalgia like Fighting Fantasy books featuring monochrome art and immersive storytelling. Themeborne used inspiration from classic sci-fi and role playing games this time to put together Sector.

This is Themeborne’s third crowdfunding campaign following the original Escape the Dark Castle fundraiser and a second campaign to back a series of Castle expansions. With a July 1 funding deadline looming, some stretch goals remain to be unlocked and a series of bundles and add-ons are still available on their Kickstarter page.