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Slugfest Games, makers of all things red hued and dragony, has announced a Kickstarter Campaign to reprint of its first games, the out of print but oft requested En Garde! (2005). En Garde, by designers Cliff BohmGeoff Bottone, and Colleen Skadl, is a card game of thrust, parry, riposte and touche, simulating the back and forth elegant sword fighting of a more noble age. 2-6 players take turns dueling with one chosen adversary, playing back and forth until one player submits. Players lose poise over the game, and a player with zero poise is liable to be eliminated. This Kickstarter is unique in that the game is ready to print, and supporting the campaign will simply pre-order you a print on demand copy of the game. The one big stretch goal is to turn the game into a full print run manufactured release, with improved box, cards, player mats and markers. The Kickstarter Campaign for En Garde continues through December 10, and the print on demand game is ready to deliver in January. If the full print run stretch goal is met, delivery is scheduled for May 2019.

Mossbark Games has released a digital version of the award winning classic card game Morels from Two Lanterns Games and designer Brent Povis. Morels has players march down a line of cards foraging for mushrooms. Sets of like mushrooms can be cooked in a skillet for points, and additions such as butter can up the points further. Mushroom cards skipped over go to a waste pile which goes bad over time. Scavenge for those rare full moon mushrooms, but be careful of poisonous death angels which can ruin your whole batch. Mossbark worked closely with the designer to make a truly beautiful rendition, plus the digital version sports goodies such as 2 player asynchronous play, 3 levels of AI, local pass and play and achievements. Morels is available now for both Android and iOS.

USAopoly has announced Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe, a joint effort with Steve Jackson Games, bringing classic Munchkin game play into the magical world of Harry Potter. Players choose whether to be in houses Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, then dungeon crawl their way to level 10 collecting items and abilities along the way. Munchkin Harry Potter solemnly swears to retain the take-that nature of a classic Munchkin game, allowing players to cast spells, drink potions, or give each other detention. Munchkin Harry Potter comes with 92 Door Cards, 76 Treasure Cards, 6 double sided House Cards (allowing more than one player to be in a specific house), 12 player standees, a custom die, game board and rules. For more information, check out the game web page at USAopoly.

Fans of the classic Vlaada Chvátil game Mage Knight (2011) rejoice, for Wizkids has announced a new Ultimate Edition of the critically acclaimed exploration and adventure card game. Mage Knight has been an evergreen release, inspiring a Star Trek re-implementation in 2016, and staying in the top 25 at Board Game Geek.

With this comprehensive Ultimate Edition, we will be releasing Mage Knight in English, Spanish, Polish, Czech, German, French, Russian, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, and Italian! Now you can get Mage Knight in your preferred language and make your playing experience that much easier!*

In Mage Knight, 1-4 players take on the role of  the Mage Knights, role-playing by drafting cards and deck building, in order to create an army to take over their corner of the Atlantean Empire. Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition contains the base game, expansions The Lost Legion (2012), Krang (2013) and Shades of Tezla (2015), a new comprehensive instruction set, miniatures with alternate paint jobs, as well as 5 new cards.  For more details, check out the WizKids web page here, and look for Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition this December.

The official Harry Potter edition of Vlaada Chvátil‘s wildly popular and award winning game Codenames is now available in your friendly local game store. Codenames: Harry Potter is actually more a variation on Codenames Duet, being a cooperative puzzle game for 2 wizards. Players take turns trying to locate 15 hidden members of the Order of the Phoenix among a 5×5 grid of both picture and word cards, using their side of the key card. Players give single word clues, along with a number referencing how many cards relate to the clue. The clue receiver can pick multiple cards, but must stop after an incorrect pick. But beware, because the game is instantly lost if the Black Card is picked, leading the players down Knockturn Alley to the waiting Death Eaters. Players win if they find all 15 members before 10 incorrect guesses.

Codenames: Harry Potter is available now, and more information is available on the USAopoly webpage here.

Little Monster That Came For Lunch And Stayed For Tea is a new game coming from Strawberry Studio, designers Robin Lees and Steve Mackenzie (Beyond Baker Street), and artist Anna Kędzior. Little Monster is a light racing game, in which 2-4 players each use cards to feed their 2 strange, hungry monsters, moving them to the end of the lunch table first. Players either draw or play cards on their turn, hoping to combo their skills and abilities. Easy to teach, Little Monster comes with 14 unique monsters, each with special skills, and plays in about 20 minutes. Read more about Little Monster on Strawberry Studio’s website, and look for the game in stores in late November 2018.

Now on Kickstarter is a card game that is ready to put the BRAINS! in battle. In Ready Set Battle Zombies by Mark Kiedrowski, players are either the zombies or the human.The humans must defend against the zombie attacks, with military strength and the zombies must try to make bigger and better attacks each turn, and try to turn opponent’s cards into zombies.

Players use character cards to attack others, and upgrades to improve those characters. Instants can be played at any time. Gold tokens are received from gold cards and missions, and the gold tokens are used to buy other cards. The winner is the player that gets their opponent’s life to zero.

The core set comes with the zombie deck and the human deck, including 18 character cards, 20 starter cards, 3 instant cards, 18 gold cards, 15 upgrade cards, 2 elite cards, and 10 mission cards, as well as, tokens and dice. The expansion is anime-themed, that allows for healing and deal damage over time, as well as 2 secret elite cards. It includes 9 character cards, 9 upgrade cards, 10 starter cards and 9 gold cards, as well as tokens.

More information about the Kickstarter can be found here.

Z-man Games has announced a new game called, Miaui (MEOW-ee), from designer Bruno Faidutti.  The theme is based on anthropomorphic cats fishing in a lagoon.  Miaui appears to be a light, family-friendly card game for 3-6 players aged 8 and up.

“As the tide changes on the island of Miaui, it’s time for the fishing festival! Dive into the depths to catch the most valuable fish for the evening feast.”

Miaui is played over twelve rounds. Each player has a hand of cards, numbered from one to twelve.  The number on the card represents how deep you are willing to dive in the lagoon when you play it.  In the center of the table there are three cards which represent the available catch for a given round.  The “catch” can range from valuable fish to negative jelly fish.  Each round players choose one card from their hand and simultaneously reveal their choice.  The highest card played dives deepest in the lagoon to get the card at the bottom, whereas, the lowest played card takes the top card.

Read more about Z-Man’s new game.

Legendary fans rejoice, for the next expansion for the classic Marvel Deck Building Game is nigh, and it is both massive and minuscule – Legendary: Ant Man. The Ant Man expansion from designer Devin Low, and Upper Deck Entertainment, brings the world of Hank Pym’s Ant Man and The Wasp to the famous deck builder with 100 new cards, including 5 new heroes, 2 masterminds, 2 villain groups and 4 schemes. Not surprisingly, the “size-changing” keyword, previously used in Legendary: Civil War and Legendary: Champions is back, modifying costs and effects of other cards. The Ant Man Expansion brings this keyword to the very extreme with “Microscopic Size-Changing”, which can stack the keyword, sometimes as many as three times. This ability can reduce a cards recruit cost into negative values, allowing the player to gain recruit points by using it. The same can happen to a villain’s fight value, and a villain with a negative fight value actually gains the player more fight power. But be careful, the Microverse can be an unpredictable place where the very laws of physics do not make sense any more.

For more information on Legendary: Ant Man, check out Upper Deck’s website here. Look for the new expansion in stores on November 7, 2018.

Atlas Games is set to release Cogs and Commissars from designer Matt Haga to your FLGS this November. Originally a Kickstarter Project from January 2018, Cogs and Commissars is a casual take-that style card drafting game, with the varied feel of a deck builder. 2-6 players each take on the role of one of the Glorious Communist Robot Leaders before the Robot Revolution, each with a unique ability, then either draft a deck of cards, or use a preset deck designed for that leader. The goal is to increase the size of your citizen army by gaining or stealing Proletariat (1 point each), Bourgeois (2 points) or Commissars (3 points) – thank you spell checker. Once a player has reached 15 points they can play their revolution card, winning the game. But be careful, powerful blitz cards can be played by anyone out of turn to interrupt actions, or send precious units to the Gulag. Each leader’s deck plays slightly different, and with 6 leaders to choose from, there is a high degree of replayability. The game comes with 192 cards, 84 cardboard tokens for citizens, and a deluxe version is available. For more details about Cogs and Commissars, and instructions on how to get promo cards at release, check out Atlas Games’ website here.