Cool Mini or Not has just started a Kickstarter campaign for a digital version of Eric Lang‘s 2015 mega-hit Blood Rage (BGG #27). The digital version is being produced by Exozet and looks amazing. Each region of the board looks different, with unique topology, climate and villages. All of the cards and figures are meticulously rendered in 3D, including new miniatures not seen before. The digital game includes network play for up to 4 players, solo play against the AI, and mixtures of the two. One of the most exciting aspects of the Kickstarter is the Physical Viking Pledge, which includes the actual miniatures for all of the new 3D assets along with the digital game. These include four new monsters: the Mountain Giantess, a new wolf called Garm, the Wolfwoman and the Seer Troll. Other models are the new Stag Clan with Mystics, 6 Golden Gods of Asgard miniatures, and new expansion cards for 5 players.
The Kickstarter for Blood Rage Digital continues through December 10, and is expected to deliver digital rewards in December 2019, and physical rewards in August 2019. Additionally, Kickstarter backers will be privy to a closed beta version of the game before release. For more information, check out the Kickstarter page or CMoN’s website.
Cool Mini or Not has a big batch of new products coming very soon. Announced via press release, CMON has updated their release schedule to show a large number of titles all being available for retail in time for Christmas. With such a wide variety of games suitable for players of all preferences, it’s safe to say this is one publisher ready to please for the holidays. The following list of games are all slated to release on November 23rd:
- Narcos, the cooperative board game based on the hit Netflix original, pits players as characters from the show trying to manage a growing narcotics empire.
- Newton, one of the hottest euro-games of the year, has players take on the role of young scientists following in the footsteps of the greatest minds of 17th century by traveling Europe, studying, earning money, developing new tools for the pursuit of knowledge.
- Both versions of Railroad Ink, a striking roll-and-write challenging players to build networks on an ever shrinking dry-erase board of options. Each version includes two unique expansions, and both versions can be combined to mix up the options and the fun.
- The Grizzled, Armistice edition, is the new CMON re-release of the favorite cooperative game now featuring a campaign mode and pre-painted miniatures.
- 5 new products for A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. A Night’s Watch Starter Set brings many of the brave and grizzled watchers of the wall to the table, and they pave the way for 4 new add-on packs – The Sworn Brothers, the Ranger Hunters, the Stark Outriders, and the Lannister Halberdiers.
Victorian Masterminds, on the other hand, is an exception and is instead slated to release January 25th, 2019. The hotly anticipated game from Eric Lang and Antoine Bauza where players take on the roles of famous villains attempting to realize their nefarious plans is only a few months away yet I’m positive the wait is well worth it. Of course all dates listed here are subject to change, which is par for the course as many of the titles listed here have had their street dates revised at least once before. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these releases, or further release updates from CMON, be sure to check out their website for announcements and details.
Here’s your chance to own and play what Tom Vasel has been calling one of his favorite games of all time. Project: ELITE is getting the deluxe CMON treatment with a completely revamped production.
Now live on Kickstarter,
Project: ELITE is a fast-paced cooperative board game for 1 to 6 players who take on the role of members of an ELITE squad recruited to stop an invading alien force. Featuring the frantic real-time action of the critically-acclaimed original this edition re-imagines Project: ELITE with vivid new art and amazing miniatures. In each Mission, you will have rounds of 2 minutes before the window of operations closes and time runs out!
Want to see it in action before committing? Tom, Zee, and Sam have already posted a few live play-throughs of the new CMON version of the game. After you check those videos out, head over to the Kickstarter page to learn more about CMON’s latest big box Kickstarter and see if you and your ELITE squad has what it takes to stop the alien invasion.
Horrible Games are making moves on the digital marketplace with two announcements. The first is Dragon Castle, which will be making it’s app debut next year. Now the tense, tactical, tile picking-and-placing game will be available on the go or PC and is sure to have some exciting multiplayer features. This is amazing news, as Dragon Castle is an excellent game that deserves the digital treatment and the exposure that comes with it.
“We’re doing it again! We’re happy to announce that we’re going to publish a digital version of Dragon Castle! The app version is now in development, and is planned for release in 2019. Originally developed by the terrific trio Lorenzo Silva / Hjalmar Hach / Luca Ricciand illustrated by Cinyee Chiu, the game will be converted to the digital format by Studio Clangore, the same development team behind the Potion Explosion app.”
The second announcement involves Potion Explosion, which already exists as an app, having it’s first expansion – The Fifth Ingredient – available for download today. It can be bought as DLC inside the app, and it’ll unlock all the great features added by the physical version. Now you can play with the titular fifth ingredient, the wild ectoplasm, along with the new professors, their scolding and reward tokens, and the new potion types as well. Horrible Games also boasts that the addition includes some new animations an updated soundtrack, and an interactive tutorial! If you’re interested in learning more about these announcements, be sure to check out Horrible Games’ website for further releases and updates.
Blue Moon City, the Spiel des Jahres nominee for 2006, designed by Reiner Knitzia and Spaghetti Western Games, is getting a reprint from Cool Mini or Not. In Blue Moon City, 2-4 players take over after the events of the 2 player hit Blue Moon, with the titular city, created from building plan tiles, ready for reconstruction. The players use cards with the races of Blue Moon to construct buildings on their plans, then eventually reconstruct the large crystal Obelisk in the center of the city. Players who help complete buildings earn crystals and Dragon Favors, with the majority contributor getting a bonus. Dragon Favors earn the player crystals, and the crystals are used to gain Markers at the Obelisk. The first player to earn a specified number of Markers wins the game. Blue Moon City comes with 4 player and 3 dragon miniatures, 40 player markers, 80 cards, 54 tokens, 21 tiles and a rulebook. For more information and pictures, check out the CMoN web page here. Look for the second edition of Blue Moon City in late October 2018.
CMoN has also announced Sugar Blast, a board game take on the casual video game “candy crush” genre. In Sugar Rush, a plastic frame holds round candy tokens in a 6 by 6 grid, each space holding one of 6 candy types. 2-4 players take turns swapping two adjacent tokens, trying to make a string of 3 or more identical candies vertically or horizontally. Matching tokens are removed, and the unique tilted frame will allow pieces to slide down and fill the empty space. New pieces are drawn from a bag to fill in the top. Players race to complete objective cards for the victory. Sugar Blast comes with the plastic frame, 32 tokens, 72 colored chips, 24 cards, cloth bag, and the rulebook. Look for Sugar Blast in late October 2018.
Finally, CMoN also announced 4 new boxes of Lannister Armies coming for the Song Of Ice And Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. The Knights of Casterly Rock have spared no expense on equipment and training, and are fast and hard-hitting units on the field. The Lannister Guardsmen make up in defense what they lack in strength and speed, and can effectively wear down advancing opponents. The Lannister Crossbowmen provide deadly ranged attacks, and may be expensive to maintain, but Lannisters certainly can afford to keep armies strong. The Lannister Heroes Box I contains such famous commanders as the Hound, Tyrion and Lord Tywin Lannister, causing devastation on the field. Maester Pycelle and the High Sparrow work their influence politically, well away from the main battle. Look for all 4 new Lannister boxes in stores at the end of September 2018.
CMON is launching their smash hit Arcadia Quest into space! Set in the same universe as the Arcadia Quest series, Starcadia Quest is a stand-alone game that builds upon the gameplay from the original games. 2-4 players control Crews of Heroes that must defeat the foes of the Starcadian Alliance. The alien monsters react to the heroes’ actions, so there is no Game Master roll. Nevertheless, it is still a chaotic situation – players battle each other as well as against the alien enemies.
“Heroes come from all quadrants of the Galaxy, each bringing unique abilities (not to mention their charming personality!) to their Crews. But it’s not all fun and adventures in Space. Supreme Commander Thorne, a cold-hearted mastermind has assembled an army of some of the most nefarious creatures to do his bidding and the Alliance is the only thing standing in his way to bring “order” to the Galaxy.”
The introduction of a modular Monster Dashboard allows players to deploy a variety of different monsters, which makes each play session unique. In addition, many elements of the board are conveniently displayed on the Game Tiles, and all information needed to prepare a scenario comes in a single setup card, ensuring players are ready to roll in an instant!
Players attempt to defeat enemies and collect new gear while accomplishing quests across a variety of scenarios that span a branching campaign. These quests have to be completed in order, unfolding the story being played.
What’s in the box?
The Starcadia Quest core box comes with:
- 30 Highly-Detailed Plastic Figures
- 10 Game Tiles
- 10 Custom Dice
- 8 Counter Bases
- 4 Crew Dashboards
- 4 Crew Shuttles
- 1 Monster Dashboard
- 220 Tokens
- 77 Cards
- 1 Campaign Sheet Pad
- 1 Rulebook
What about the expansion?
In addition to the Core Box, backers can also pledge for Arrrmada Expansion. This plug-and-play expansion box adds a completely new set of perils to the game – a gang of space cowboys pirates. Under the capable command of Captain Wet Willy, these pirates have found their way to the Starcadian Alliance and have plans to board the station and loot it completely. Wait a minute! Then there will be nothing left for you!
Luckily, two new Heroes have followed this band of scoundrels and they are ready to join your crew.
In addition to the above-mentioned heroes, six new scenarios, new upgrade tokens and game tiles, the ARRRmada expansion adds the Pirate Corvette, a new dashboard to hold cards and miniatures of enemies. This dashboard also tracks and activates the Pirate Assault cards, a special deck that governs the Pirates’ dastardly actions against the space station.
ARRRmada comes with:
- 12 Highly-Detailed Plastic Figures
- 3 Game Tiles
- 41 Cards
- 22 Upgrade Tokens
- 1 Pirate Corvette Dashboard
- 1 Campaign Sheet Pad
The Kickstarter campaign is (of course) already fully funded and runs until September 12th. There are two pledge levels available. Stretch goals and Kickstarter Exclusive figures are offered to backers. Shipping is planned for August 2019.
Watch the Dice Tower preview of Starcadia Quest by Mark Steed.
Newton, from CMON, is set in 18th Century Europe where players take on the role of students. The game, designed by Simone Luciani and Nestore Mangone, supports 1-4 players, aged 14+, and plays in about 90 minutes. Art is by the renown Klemens Franz.
“The 18th Century is a time of unparalleled advancement in science and technology. The world is being settled. Great thinkers and philosophers are penning their seminal works. New inventions are being created daily. Many eager young students long to be the next Newton, or Copernicus, or Galilei. But who will add their name to the list of greats and be remembered throughout time?” [source]
Cards are played from hand over 6 rounds in order to perform actions where players attend Universities across Europe, visit cities, work to earn money, research using dusty tomes, and train their own students. Their goal is to become the greatest mind of that time by having the most Victory Points.
Newton is set to release on November 30th, 2018.
Related: Dice Tower Interviews designer Simone Luciani
Back in December we reported on a newly formed partnership between Steve Jackson Games and CMON in order for CMON to produce Munchkin themed board games. Well now we have seen the announcement of the first fruits of that labor, and that is Munchkin Dungeon. This is going to be a dungeon crawl board game set in the Munchkin universe, featuring the same classic Munchkin art, and includes a healthy dose of take that just like the other Munchkin games. Art will be handled by Munchkin veteran John Kovalic, and the design of the game will be in the talented hands of Eric M. Lang and Andrea Chiarvesio. In the game you will be exploring the dungeon and trying to gain the most treasure and levels, but you will have to take risks because whenever you flee you have to take shame which counts against you. You will also have plenty of opportunities to try and through your fellow players under the bus so betrayal will be sudden and inevitable. The person who has the most combined levels and treasure at the end will be the winner.
Look for this game to hit Kickstarter in 2019 and feature lots of Munchkin jokes, a pile of detailed minis (this IS CMON afterall), and hopefully lots of fun. You can find out more on CMON’s website and follow their Facebook page for more updates.
Project Elite, designed by Konstantinos Kokkinis and Sotirios Tsantilas, was originally released back in 2016 by Artipia Games and Drawlab Entertainment. It is a co-operative, real-time, speed-dice, tactical, tower-defense-like game and was awarded one of the top games of 2016 by The Dice Tower.
Cool Mini or Not has just announced that they will be producing an updated version of the game in the following press release:
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 – CMON Limited announced today they are producing an updated edition of the widely-acclaimed board game Project: ELITE by designers Konstantinos Kokkinis and Sotirios Tsantilas. Originally released in 2016, Project: ELITE is a unique real-time, cooperative board game like no other.
In Project: ELITE, players are members of the ELITE squad on a mission to stop the invading forces of an alien empire. Stopping the invasion will require players to speedily roll dice as they take part in real-time, 2-minute combat rounds against waves of terrifying enemies. Once the ELITE members take their turn, the aliens will react. The game continues in this fast-yet-tactical series of rounds until the scenario is won or the aliens take the Earth.
CMON’s new edition was developed based on community feedback from the initial release. Players can expect all-new art by Stefan Kopinski, Saeed Jalabi, and Henning Ludvigsen, all-new miniatures by Studio McVey, with personal oversight by Mike McVey, new card designs, new weapons, new ELITE members, new enemies, and more. Beyond the base game, CMON will also introduce expansions and more through a Kickstarter campaign set for Q4 2018.
CMON’s Production Manager, Thiago Aranha recalls, “When Project: ELITE released, gamers loved it. We saw their feedback and knew CMON could take the game to the next level with a new edition that upped the production value to match the high-quality gameplay.”
Project: ELITE will launch on Kickstarter in 2018 and release to retail stores in 2019. More information will be available on CMON.com in the near future!
Dick Dastardly and Muttley will be jumping in the cardboard driver’s seat thanks to CMON. The old Hanna-Barbera characters are getting new life in the form of Wacky Races: The Board Game. CMON has announced they have partnered with Warner Bros. to publish Wacky Races: The Board Game in 2019.
Designed by Andrea Chiarvesio and Fabio Tola, with art provided by Warner Bros., Wacky Races: The Board Game is for two to four players, with races lasting 10-15 minutes. The game will be released in both regular and deluxe editions, with the deluxe version getting pre-painted miniatures.
The original Wacky Races cartoon started in the 1960’s. It did get a limited reboot in 2017, so it will be interesting to see if a board game featuring these characters will connect with younger audiences, or if this is more of a nostalgia play for older audiences.
You can read CMON’s announcement here.
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