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Are you ready Space Cowboy?  One of the best anime series has finally come to boardgames in the Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie from Jasco Games.  In Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie, players assume the roll of one of four misfit bounty hunters aboard the spaceship Bebop.  Each player has a session, a series of tasks drawn from the original anime series, that must be completed in order to win.  Completing the sessions requires woolong (money) and fuel to travel, make contacts, and pay for goods and services.  The struggling bounty hunters also need food!  This is a cooperative game, so despite how capable each of the bounty hunters are, they need help from the others to complete their sessions. Meanwhile, villains and challenging events can appear to throw the bounty hunters off their session. Players win when they complete their session. The game features stories, artwork and characters from the beloved anime classic.

Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie plays 1-4 players, ages 14+, in about 60-90 minutes.  Contents include gameboard, 5 planet boards, 4 character boards, 7 standees, 1 Bebop token, 23 tokens, and 165 cards. The game is expected to release in August 2019, and it is available for pre-order now.

Season 3 of the Exceed Fighting System brings us Streetfighter!  The Exceed Fighting System is a fast-paced two-player card game that brings the head-to-head arcade fighting games to your game table. Previous seasons feature the heroes and villains of Red Horizon and Seventh Cross.  Exceed: Street Fighter comes in three stand-alone boxes. The first is the Ryu Box, which contains the fighters Ryu, Sagat, Akuma, and Zangrief. The M. Bison Box contains the fighters Cammy, M. Bison, Ken, and Guile. Lastly, the Chun-Li Box contains Vega, C. Viper, Chun-Li, and Dan.   Each of the player characters can be played with all other releases of Exceed.  Each box contains 141 cards and rulebook.  The Ryu Box is first to be released in April 2019, followed by the M. Bison Box in June and the Chun-Li Box in July.  All three are available for pre-order now.

The collectible card game series Universal Fighter System is adding Soulcalibur VI to its system.   

The Soulcalibur VI CCG will consist of 108 different cards representing twelve characters from Soulcalibur VI: Groh, Ivy, Kilik, Maxi, Mitsurguri, Nightmare, Siegfried, Sophitia, Taki, Xianghua, Yoshimitsu, and Zasalamel.  Each 10-card booster pack contains 6 commons, 3 uncommons, and 1 rare or ultra rare card. There are 32 commons, 28 uncommons, 29 rare and 19 ultra rare cards in the set. Booster boxes of 24 booster packs are available for pre-order now, or look for them at your friendly local game store on April 5, 2019.

Fans of Street Fighter can expand their Universal Fighter System collection with two new Special Edition Tins: the C. Viper & Juri Tin and the Ryu Tin.  Both tins contain a Tin-exclusive Street Fighter foil card, 3 Street Fighter booster packs, 1 Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers booster pack, 1 Mega Man: Battle for Power booster pack, and 1 Capcom Platinum Series booster pack.  The Ryu Tin releases in April 2019, and the C. Viper & Juri Tin released in June 2019.


 

“Hello there” begins the iconic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous.  With the new starter sets for Star Wars: Destiny, players can recreate this famous duel.  The Obi-Wan Kenobi Starter Set features an elite version of Obi-Wan Kenobi with two die sides of melee damaged that can be boosted by his Power Action.  Teaming up with Obi-Wan is Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, who allows a reroll of a dice.  This starter set is full of blue and yellow cards to boost melee damage and upgrade and equip Jedi characters.

The General Grievous Starter Set brings two powerful Commando Droids to the aid of General Grevious.  The synergy amongst the droids can be terrifying.  General Grievous reduces the cost of activating droids as well as allowing any number of the droid dice to be rerolled.  The Commando Droids allow the player to activate other droids when the Commando dice are rolled. This is a set built to overwhelming the enemy, even a Jedi.

Then there are the Convergence booster packs. While booster packs have always been a way to add new upgrades (as well as new characters) to a deck, Convergence introduces a new type of card to the game: downgrades, cards that you attach to your opponents.  Just like it sounds, downgrades harm your opponents, but they can also confer a bonus when the attached character is defeated.  For example, Yellow contains a host of bounties that reward a player with additional resources or cards when they defeated a character with a bounty on it.  Of course, there are plenty of synergies to be found in the Convergence booster packs also, but catering to the type of character being played, not just its type and color.  For example, Captain Phasma not only enables troopers to inflict melee damage, but she also always has First Order Stormtroopers with her to deploy.  On the Jedi side, Mace Windu has the ability draw from the deck and play upgrades. If that upgrade is emplaced on a Jedi, then he also gives the Jedi a shield.  One of upgrades available in Convergence is Mace Windu’s Lightsaber, one of the most powerful weapons in the game.

While no official release date has been announced from Fantasy Flight Games, these are available for pre-order. Keep a lookout for them in your friendly local gaming store soon.

 

 

Steve Jackson Games has announced the release schedule for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game.

Three fixed starter sets will get released in February 2018. Each starter set will include one randomized 12 card booster set. The three starter sets will features:

  • Ranger versus Warrior
  • Wizard versus Bard
  • Cleric vesus Thief

May 2018 will see the first cycle of 12 card randomized boosters being released: The Desolation of Blarg.

The second cycle of 12 card randomized boosters, Fashion Furious, will be released in August 2018.

Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson have been co-designging the Munchkin Collective Card Game with artist John Kovalic. Designed for competitive level play, the game still maintains the level of goofy that players expect from Munckin games.

Eric Lang described the differences between the original Munchkin game and the new Collectable Card Game:,

Munchkin TCGis a very different game from Munchkin. Imagine all the awesome humor of Munchkin as a short, competitive head-to-head slugfest.

The game will play as combat game form 2-4 players who level up while putting loot into play, attack (or bluff) against other players in an attempt to eliminate them first.

 

 

Magic the Gathering is going to be celebrating it’s 25th anniversary next year and so there are lots of new things coming down the pipe in celebration.  To kick it off they have their Community Mananger Nate Price interview several folks about the upcoming Hour of Devastation and Ixalan sets that will be releasing in July and September respectively.  Also being announced are:

To read the full announcement you can head over to the Magic the Gathering site to help stoke that hype train for all these upcoming releases.

Two years ago we reported on the sale of the Legend of the Five Rings IP by AEG to Fantasy Flight Games, and now that transfer has born the expected fruit.  In the fourth quarter of this year FFG will be releasing the first set in the Legend of the Five Rings LCG, bringing L5R back into print.  The new version of L5R will bear some resemblance to the CCG version of the game, but there have been some major changes and revamping as it made the transition.  You can read more about the changes between the versions on FFG’s L5R LCG game page, but suffice to say, it’s a whole new game now.

Legend of the Five Rings LCG is an interesting card game set it an fantastical version of feudal Japan, with samurai, ninjas, monks, and all sorts of other characters.  In the game you will pick one of the seven clans and build your deck around that clan.  Each game has you laying out four provinces that you control as well as your stronghold, these are the areas you must defend at all costs.  Each round you will gain fate tokens, which will be used to recruit/activate cards from your hand and activate abilities.  You will be attacking your opponent’s provinces with these recruited units and use conflict cards to help tip the battle in your favor.  Getting conflict cards can be tricky, as you will bet your honor, giving the difference to your opponent and pushing them closer to an honor victory, and pushing you closer to an honor loss.  But conflict cards are important because if you can’t defend your provinces, they can be broken, if too many provinces are broken your stronghold then becomes vulnerable.  And if you lose your stronghold, then you also lose the game.  Needless to say the game has a lot going for it both in game play and in it’s art style.  Check out FFG’s preview page for more information as well as background story on where the game stands in the universe’s fiction.

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.

Fantasy Flight Games announces the third deluxe expansion for the Game of Thrones Card GameWatchers on the Wall.  In this expansion, players will be able to explore the Night’s Watch’s new and existing themes, finding new ways to defend the Wall, conscript your opponent’s characters, and plenty of rewards for focusing on the three branches of the Night’s Watch: Rangers, Stewards, and Builders. Players will discover new men of the wall, as well as new versions of iconic characters such as Jon Snow, Old Bear Mormont, Maester Aemon, and Samwell Tarly.

Watchers on the Wall will be available in the second quarter of 2017.  For more information, visit the announcement on Fantasy Flight Games’ website.

It is the middle of the 5th century AD, and the gods are dying. In parallel to the unrest rotting the foundations of the Roman Empire, pantheons of deities across the globe see their temples profaned and their followers lament. Belief ebbs from the world….The once-mighty gods, now desperately scheming to collect remaining scraps of faith, seek a way to endure the coming Dark Age – an inevitable future pressing through time with the weight of a singularity – and every god must meet these final tests or perish forever to legend.

Victory Point Games has announced their upcoming game Twilight of the Gods: Age of Revelation, a two-player expandable card game.  Each player will wield a modifiable 50-card deck, taking on the role of one of the ancient deities from the universal pantheon of mythology.  On each turn, players will “draw two cards, acquire resources from other players, and use them to summon Creatures, Schemes, Fortifications, and Intrigues.”  A player wins if he or she manages to deplete the other player’s “life”, or deck of cards.

A copy of the game will include 4 pre-constructed, balanced decks, featuring the deities Mars, Hera, Enlil, and the Reader of Portents.

The project is set to fund on Thursday, January 6, 2017.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.

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Announcement day was only a short while ago and in that they announced several new products and updates coming to Magic.  Here is what you have to look forward to in the coming year;

  • “Rise Among the Worthy” on the plane of Amonkhet. Discover a world ruled by Nicol Bolas when the first set of the Amonkhet block releases April 28, 2017.
  • Nicol Bolas is among the most powerful beings in the Multiverse—don’t face him alone! Much like the original Archenemy release, Archenemy: Nicol Bolas pits you and two friends against a single powerful foe where you must work together to survive—or fall to Nicol Bolas himself.
  • The second set in the Amonkhet block, Hour of Devastation, releases July 14, 2017.
  • In the same spirit as Duel Decks: Anthology and Planechase Anthology, Commander Anthology gathers four previous Commander products together in one convenient package, releasing June 9, 2017.
  • Draft like a master once more as we release Modern Masters 2017 Edition March 17, 2017—featuring cards from Eighth Edition through Magic 2014, including new trips through Innistrad and Return to Ravnica.
  • Brains or brawn? Cunning or strength? Test your guile and brute force with Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might, releasing in May of 2017.
  • Updates to Magic: The Gathering: Puzzle Quest are here, with Kaladesh content!

You can read our previous announcement day coverage for info on products that are about to hit stores.

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Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new collectible dice and card game with a November arrival. Star Wars: Destiny allows players to create their dream team of Hero OR Villain partnerships (but not both on the same team). In this two player battle game, combine two characters from one side to create your team. Choose from characters spanning the entire Star Wars cannon from The Phantom Menace to The Force Awakens.

At launch there will be the Kylo Ren Starter Set, Rey Starter Set, and Awakenings Booster Packs. Starter set contain 24 fixed cards and nine premium dice, while booster packs contain 5 random cards and a premium die. In addition to the two characters and dice, each player will also have a custom deck containing event, support, and upgrade cards, some of which resolve and are removed, while others will persist from turn to turn.

Characters fall into three factions: Force, Command, and Rogue, and the choice of a players team, will focus their strategy. Players will each bring a Battlefield card to the game, and before the first turn will roll to determine who’s Battlefield the duel will take place. Using the Battlefield is an integral part of timing and strategy.

Head to Fantasy Flight’s website for more details and to read the full announcement. I for one, hope to see an epic battle between Han/Chewbacca and Boba/Jengo Fett.