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Mantic Games is poised to expand the universe of the The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game with the new Here’s Negan! expansion with a scheduled release in November of 2018.

Reputation is everything as you experience the untold story of how Negan and the Saviors cleared the Sanctuary.

Here’s Negan is a will be a co-operative expansion to the board game with a competitive element for up to five players. Each of the 12 included scenarios will help tell the story of how Negan originally cleared the ‘Sanctuary’ and become the tyrannical leader of the group known as the Saviors.

Mantic Games CEO Ronnie Renton pointed to the success of the original game when announcing plans to release this follow up expansion.

The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game is our most successful retail product ever and we’re delighted to be working with Skybound Entertainment to explore this untold chapter of Negan’s history. Here’s Negan is a totally unique game that sees players working together but also gives them the opportunity to screw over their teammates to impress Negan. It’s co-operative and competitive so you’ll need to watch your back!

In the new expansion, each player will take on there persona of one of Negan’s lieutenants, either Sherry, Dwight, Laura, John or Tara. In order to win Negan’s favor the players must clear the Sanctuary of all of the threats, including some that might not be Walkers. Successful players will impress Negan and reap rewards. Those who fail will face the wrath of Lucille.

In addition to the scenarios and rules, the expansion will come with:

  • 19 detailed, pre-assembled plastic miniatures
  • 16 double-sided game tiles
  • All the dice and tokens required to play.

The Walking Dead: All Out War

Published in 2016, The Walking Dead: All Out War base game was a tactical head-to-head miniatures board game set in the Georgia countryside and is based on The Walking Dead comic series. Groups will be pitted against each other in a fight for both supplies and survival as walkers roam the countryside. There’s nothing in the game that might not want you dead.

Playable 2 player or solo, each player will control a group of survivors made up of the characters from The Walking Dead storyline, such as Rick, Shane, Michonne and more. Each upgradeable survivor is represented by a miniature as well as a character card. Using a measuring stick survivors will wander the board attempting to sneak up on other survivors, raid camps, and get supplies. A game controlled AI system will send walkers your way whether you are playing against another player or solo.

The original base game includes campaign rules as well as guidelines to build your own survivor characters.

The original game was nominated for the 2018 Origins award for best miniatures game.

In Kick-Ass: The Board Game, based off the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., is a  1 – 4 player game that can be played in 60 – 90 minutes. Players are working cooperatively to save New York City from the super-villain Boss and his minions. Each round, the players will travel to the different districts, beating up the minions, performing good deeds for the citizens, and trying to balance their crime-fighting and social lives. Once the players have successfully resolved three events (in a standard game, two for a shorter game), they’ll face off against the super-villain boss. If they can defeat the super-villain, they win and save New York City.

Players can choose one of seven unique heroes and one of five different bosses, each with their own evil plot, to fight in their game. All of the heroes, bosses, mini-bosses, and minions are all represented with miniatures (45 in total). You can watch a preview from the CMON Expo here.

IDW Games has just announced that they will be creating a board game based in the Wayward comic universe.  This will be a fully cooperative game that is being designed by Jon Gilmour, co-designer of the highly rated Dead of Winter.  Not much has been released yet about it other than the game being based in the universe of Wayward and featuring it’s iconic characters.  Wayward is a comic where “teenagers imbued with supernatural power are defending the world from Yokai, Japanese mythological creatures and spirits.”  The comic has been in print since 2014 and has even recently been optioned for a television series by Manga Entertainment.  Check back here for more info as the game continues it’s development, and read the press release below for more information.

 

San Diego, CA — IDW Games announced today that it is working closely with writer Jim Zub and illustrator Steven Cummings on an upcoming Wayward board game. Designed by Jon Gilmour, co-designer of Dead of Winter and Outpost: Siberia, Wayward is a fully cooperative board game where players assume the roles of the comic’s heroes working together to defeat villains controlled by the game itself.

Set in modern Tokyo, Wayward is an ongoing series published by Image Comics featuring teenagers imbued with supernatural power defending the world from Yokai, Japanese mythological creatures and spirits. Since launching in August 2014, Wayward has gained critical acclaim and a dedicated readership. The first volume of the series, “String Theory,” made the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2016 List of ‘Great Graphic Novels for Teens’ and has been favorably reviewed by many outlets, including Kirkus. In addition, Wayward was recently optioned by Manga Entertainment for development as a television series.

Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development, said, “IDW Games is ecstatic about working with Jim Zub, Steven Cummings, and Jon Gilmour on a project with as much recognition and fandom as Wayward. As a lifelong tabletop gamer, Jim’s creativity goes beyond just managing the IP. His input and feedback about gameplay and design have been invaluable to us, and will surely produce a product that embodies the soul of the comic series.”

Jim Zub said, “Wayward is a passion project for Steven and I, and games are near and dear to our hearts, so getting the chance to bring both of those wonderful elements together with Jon and the rest of the IDW Games crew is an absolute thrill.”

Zub is a Harvey and Shuster Award-nominated comic writer (AVENGERS, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, SAMURAI JACK, FIGMENT), and the creator of the original comic series GLITTERBOMB and SKULLKICKERS.

Cummings is an American comic book artist based in Japan (DEADSHOT, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, STREET FIGHTER, FORAGER).

IDW Games is well known for its excellent tabletop adaptations of beloved intellectual properties. Their licensed board games include X-Files, Back to the Future, and the upcoming Planet of the Apes and Atari series of games.
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About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.

Cover art illustrated by Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree

Oni Press has announced they have teamed up with Plaid Hat Games, and are publishing a comic book based on everyone’s favorite zombie tale, Dead of Winter. Described as “a hilarious mix of The Walking Dead and Air Bud”, the comic will follow the adventures of Sparky the Stunt Dog, and features the talents of writer Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty) and artist Gabo (The Life After). Dead of Winter #1 will be on shelves August 2, and will be available from ComiXology.

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Like the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and GreaterThanGames is taking that approach to the Sentinels of the Multiverse card game.  Having had wonderful success with the super hero themed card game since 2011, on it’s 5th anniversary the final expansion for the game, OblivAeon, is now live on Kickstarter.  This new expansion promises to bring more of what you want in the form of heroes, villains, and environments along with some new items.  First is the addition of a mission system that will gain you allies and additional tools to aid in you in your fight against the mighty OblivAeon, the toughest opponent you will ever face.  Another addition is that you will be fighting the battle on two fronts now, with two environments as you fight back the Scions and Aeon to get at the final big bad.  Also new is that since the whole of existence is in jeopardy, villains you have fought in the past have come back as allies such as Baron Blade coming in as Luminary, and The Matriarch coming back as The Harpy.  All this is shaping up to make this exit of the card game a high note.

Now as for the campaign itself, already it is having meteoric success in raising over $375,000 within the first day and blowing past 14 stretch goals, unlocking things like a comic, new hero variants, and new environments.  Also available in this campaign is a mega collectors box to hold every single Sentinels card that has been released, and you can buy the Hero’s pack, which is a collection of every hero variant that has been released to date.  No more paying out big bucks for those limited early variants, now you will be able to get them all with fresh new artwork.  If you want to jump on the bandwagon like over 2900 other people (me included), head on over to the campaign page to pledge now.

Image from Leagureofgamemakers.com

Image from Leagureofgamemakers.com

Christina Major, a board game player, designer, and comic book artist, has gone through a lot of artists’ portfolios in order to recommend artists for illustrating games. She’s noticed five key things in a portfolio that make it great for board game projects:

  1. Character Portraits – diverse and stylistically distinct pieces
  2. Random Objects – good for tiles and icons
  3. Landscapes and Maps – postcard-like pictures of cities, planets, farmlands, etc, and stylized maps
  4. Strong Composition – engaging art for box covers
  5. Email address – not just DeviantArt, Etsy, Tumblr, Twitter

These are just the basic things that Christina looks for in an illustrator, but other designers may prefer other qualities. It’s always good to have variety, but sometimes artists don’t have everything in their portfolio. In that case, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a specific thing you want.

If you’re an artist or game designer (or just interested in the topic), check out the full article here, including some links to artist portfolios in the comments.