Conan

“Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow.”   — Akiro

Now Conan fans can command Hyborian legends in epic combat and see their enemies driven before them. In Conan: Savage Legends, from S7 Games, players assemble a warband and engage in combat with highly sculpted 32mm miniatures.   Warbands are composed of powerful Legend characters, two highly skilled companions, and a handful of minion. Each round, players will activate a character in their band and spend action points to activate a variety of actions. Each character has unique abilities that can be upgraded and augmented by relics and treasure. Turn order is determined by tactics cards which also apply special effects for that round.  Players maneuver their warband around the battlefield, maximizing the effects of the terrain and tactics, accomplishing their objectives and defeating opponents, until one warband emerges as the victor. The core game comes with 18 miniatures and supports up to four players.  A double-sided terrain board and assorted terrain tiles to add variety to the arena.  Stretch goals offer additional terrain tiles and more miniatures. To learn more, check out the Kickstarter campaign which runs until August 8th, with a delivery in November 2020.

The cult-favorite barbarian, Conan, is going to receive more tabletop-gaming love over the next year or so. Shinobi 7, a publisher who specializes in pop-culture IPs, announced that they required the rights to Conan for two upcoming games. The first of which, a miniatures game, will hit Kickstarter in early 2019 while the second, a competitive card game, will head straight to retail at an unspecified time that same year.  As quoted from the press release:

As a lifetime fan of Conan, I am honored to take part in the ongoing legacy of Robert E. Howard’s phenomenal body of work,” says Jason DeAngelis, publisher of Shinobi 7. “Our team of game industry veterans is developing a line of games that’s sure to delight and surprise fans of Conan and Robert E. Howard.

It’s an interesting time to be a fan of Conan, especially after the well-received Monolith-produced miniatures adventure game and it’s expansion. I’m very curious how Shinobi 7 will differentiate their miniatures game from it’s already well-known predecessor. I’m also curious if the competitive card game will capture the same sort of pulp adventure that is synonymous with the brand, given that it’s described as involving characters within that world fighting for glory. Unfortunately, details beyond that are scarce, so only time will tell. If you are interested in learning more about either Conan-related releases, be sure to keep an eye on Shinobi 7’s website as they say that further details, components, and release dates will be on their way.

Legendary Entertainment and The Frank Herbert Estate have announced they awarding Gale Force Nine a license to begin creating new tabletop games based in the popular DUNE universe. Gale Force Nine have announced that they are ready to release a role-playing game in late 2019 with original table time games to follow.

Jamie Kampel, Vice President of Licensing & Partnerships for Legendary, commented that:

Gale Force Nine has consistently demonstrated a skill and passion for building successful tabletop game series alongside category leading partners and we are thrilled to announce this exciting addition to the Dune licensing program. Legendary looks forward to a fun and meaningful contribution to this revered legacy property.

The agreement allows Gale Force Nine to produce new tabletop games drawing from the entire scope of the Dune franchise. This will include drawing on publications not just from Frank Herbert but also works by Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson. New games will also feature direct tie-ins with the films being produced by Denis Villeneuve for Legendary.

A full slate of games, including role playing games, board games, and miniatures games, are planned for a release just prior to Legendary’s theatrical release of DUNE in 2020. John- Paul Brisigotti, CEO of Gale Force Nine, described this as just being a start for the new material, “This is only the beginning of our big plans in tabletop for this captivating franchise. Dune is a rich and wonderful universe, and we expect to produce an equally expansive and inspired line of games for years to come.”

Gale Force Nine isn’t planning on stewarding this planet of material alone. The license allows Gale Force Nine to partner with other companies to produce new products. The first collaboration is planned to be a tabletop role-playing game from Modiphius, who has published other IP based games including Star Trek AdventuresFallout: Wasteland WarfareConan, Achtung! Cthulhu, and Tales from the Loop.

About Dune

Frank Herbert published in the original Dune science fiction novel in 1965 as two separate serials in Analog magazine. The book was the first installment of the Dune series, and in 2003 was cited as the world’s best-selling science fiction novel.

The book is set in the distant future populated by a feudal interstellar society where noble houses control individual planets. Dune follows the story of Paul Atreides and the noble family that accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. Arrakis is the only source of the melange, a rare oracular spice, and the most valuable substance in the universe. The full story explores everything fro politics to religion and ecology to technology as factions seek control of Arrakis and melange.

Following the popularity of Dune, Herbert ended up writing five sequels. The first novel inspired a 1984 David Lynch film, computer games, board games, songs and more. In 1999 Kevin J Anderson and Frank Herbert’s son Brian Herbert began publishing a series os prequels and sequels to the original book.

Batman GCC

Time is ticking, like a timebomb set up by an arch nemesis to destroy your city. But that ain’t going to happen today… Because you’re Batman… And you will stop it. Or maybe you Robin! Or Nightwing!

The time of heroes will be arriving on February the 27th for Batman: Gotham City Chronicles – a miniature board game from designer Frédéric Henry. In this game, one player will mastermind a crime, with an army of goons and grunts abd lead by a well known Arkham inmate while other players will be donning their cowls as the Dark Knight and his companions (and maybe some unexpected characters from the DC comic book universe).

This scenario based game will be coming right from the pages of some of the most well known Batman comic story lines. You will be tracking down the mastermind of many strange crimes with your detective skills as in “Hush.”  You will be fighting against an enemy that has been sent out to destroy you and your family, as in “The Court Of Owls.” You may also encounter a criminal who, through no fault of his own, falls (or possibly doesn’t if you save him) into a vat of acid, as in “The Killing Joke.” And if you don’t want a scenario based game, there is a head to head mode in which both players draft an army and fight it out on the streets and dark places in Gotham.

An impressive line of characters have been revealed on The-Overlord.net  including Robin, Commissioner Gorden, Catwoman, and the Riddler. And because this is a miniature game on Kickstarter, there will be a ton of unlock-able goodness. With over 100 different sculpts confirmed by DC, this game will pack a punch in plastic but won’t rob you blind. Estimated at around $120 for a base pledge and around $300 if you want everything, this game will have plenty to offer you and keep you coming back for more.

You can follow along all the latest news, images and videos on Monolith’s Facebook page

 

Monolith Editions are getting suited up for crime fighting in the city of Gotham. As they have announced that they will be bring Batman to your tabletops… And he won’t be alone.
Players will be dropped into the crime ridden street, warehouses and sewers of Gotham, to take on another player, as they control a DC villain and his mooks, as the act out their dastardly plans. Not only is it a One Vs Many game, but it is also will come with a Player Vs Player mode. As you will get to draft a group of villains or heroes and go head to head.
The game system (THS) that was featured in Monoliths previous title Conan, will be the base engine for this game. Frédéric Henry, the designer of both titles, has made some changes to the game, to make it fit into the DC Universe. As this will not be a hack a slash title, but a strategic battle of wits, brains and brawn. With new skill, like intelligence and new special powers that match each of the iconic heroes and villains. Frédéric is currently touring France, demoing the prototype. And there is a possibility that there will be a tour in the UK, later this year.

The game has been inspired by the comic book, in particular those draw by Jim Lee, David Finch and Greg Capullo. So don’t expect any nipple George Clooney’s. 

Monolith, who brought us the highly successful Conan and Mythic Battles:Pantheon to Kickstarter, are working toward this next big hit…”POW!” Which should be coming at the end of this year or the beginning of the next.
To keep an eye on “The Bat” you can follow along Monolith on Facebook here or you can go to (now available in English) The Overload (a fan site, which has members of the Monolith team post articles and answer your questions) here.

It’s that time of year again, the Dice Tower has announced their nominees for the best games of 2016.  These are the best of the best according to the panel of judges on games released in English in 2016.  You can see previous winners along with this year’s nominees and their pictures on the Dice Tower Awards website, and look forward to the winners being announced at Dice Tower Con later this year.  And now, your nominees:

Best Game from a New Designer  (The game has to be the designer’s first or second published game to qualify for this award)

Best Artwork

  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game – illustrated by Christopher Hosch, Ignacio Bazán Lazcano, Henning Ludvigsen, Mercedes Opheim, Zoe Robinson, and Evan Simonet; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Inis – illustrated by Dimitri Bielak & Jim Fitzpatrick; published by Matagot
  • Islebound – illustrated by Ryan Laukat; published by Red Raven Games
  • Kanagawa – illustrated by Jade Mosch; published by Iello
  • Scythe – illustrated by Jakub Rozalski; published by Stonemaier Games

Best Theming

  • Black Orchestra – designed by Philip duBarry; published by Game Salute
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Roll Player – designed by Keith Matejka; published by Thunderworks Games
  • SeaFall – designed by Rob Daviau; published by Plaid Hat Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Best Two-Player Game

Best Reprint

Best Expansion

Best Party Game

  • Codenames: Pictures– designed by Vlaada Chvátil; published by Czech Games Edition
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Happy Salmon – designed by Ken Gruhl & Quentin Weir; published by North Star Games
  • Junk Art – designed by Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim; published by Pretzel Games
  • Secret Hitler – designed by Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges, & Max Temkin; published by Goat Wolf & Cabbage

Best Cooperative Game

Best Family Game

  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – designed by Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Kami Mandell, & Andrew Wolf; published by USAopoly
  • Ice Cool – designed by Brian Gomez; published by Brain Games
  • Junk Art – designed by Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim; published by Pretzel Games
  • Karuba – designed by Rüdiger Dorn; published by HABA
  • Sushi Go Party! – designed by Phil Walker-Harding; published by Gamewright

Best Strategy Game

  • A Feast for Odin – designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Z-Man Games
  • Great Western Trail – designed by Alexander Pfister; published by Stronghold Games & eggertspiele
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Best Board Game Production

  • Conan – designed by Frédéric Henry, Antoine Bauza, Pascal Bernard, Bruno Cathala, Croc, Ludovic Maublanc, & Laurent Pouchain; published by Monolith
  • The Others – designed by Eric M. Lang; published by Cool Mini or Not
  • Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Most Innovative Game

Best Game from a Small Publisher  (The published must have published five or fewer games at the beginning of 2015)

  • Arkwright – designed by Stefan Risthaus; published by Capstone Games
  • Cottage Garden– designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Edition Spielwiese
  • Not Alone – designed by Ghislain Masson; published by Geek Attitude Games
  • Roll Player – designed by Keith Matejka; published by Thunderworks Games
  • Vast: The Crystal Caverns – designed by David Somerville; published by Leder Games

Game of the Year

  • Adrenaline – designed by Filip Neduk; published by Czech Games Edition
  • Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot
  • Cry Havoc– designed by Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, & Michał Walczak; published by Portal Games
  • A Feast for Odin – designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Z-Man Games
  • Great Western Trail – designed by Alexander Pfister; published by Stronghold Games & eggertspiele
  • Inis – designed by Christian Martinez; published by Matagot
  • Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games
  • Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

Conan the Barbarian, the Cimmerian, has seen a huge resurgence lately in both video and board gaming since the release of Conan Exiles and Conan respectively. The latter, having only been released a handful of months ago, now has a cool new expansion coming the second quarter of 2017. Nordheim will take players to the frozen north, where Aesir and Vanir hang out with giants who make a living being menacing and prone to smashing things. As described by Asmodee on their product page:

 “Through four scenarios deeply inspired by Robert E. Howard’s short story, The Frost-Giant’s Daughter, you and your friends will battle atop snowy, blood-drenched fields; cross swords with giants; and travel snow-covered forests in pursuit of the legendary Frost-Giant’s daughter.”

The expansion comes with 24 miniatures, a double sided-game board, a scenario book, and more cards, tiles, and tokens. A new dual-weilding hero is also included to partner with Conan as he charges headlong into more hordes and perils. All of that looks to be quality ice-ing on the cake for fans of the dauntless barbarian.  Plus, what game this year hasn’t been improved by the inclusion of vikings? Be sure to visit the product entries on Asmodee’s site for more information on this expansion and future Conan products.

kushite-witch-hunter

Conan is out, and so the steady march of expansions continues as Asmodee releases everything that was unlocked during the Kickstarter campaign.  This time around it’s an extra dice pack and the Kushite Witch Hunters, deadly warriors and spell casters for the overlord to employ in his armies.  The Witch Hunters are dangerous because not only do they have solid dice for their attacks, they also have the precision strike ability meaning they get to ignore armor.  But Afari is the most dangerous of the group because when you attack him in melee, he gets to strike back at your for free.

Look for these extra warriors and dice to join your army in the first quarter of 2017, and you can read more about them in the preview on the Asmodee website.

The Conan board game is slowing making it’s way to store shelves, and so to continue the hype train, Asmodee has announced two new expansion packs for the game.  Since Conan is a one vs. many style game, one expansion will add to the one side, and the other adds to the many side.  First are the Crossbowmen expansion, this adds a new enemy type to the game for the overlord to use.  They can be deployed as devoted warriors who will use their ranged attacks to harass the enemy, and if the going gets tough they are not afraid to sacrifice themselves to save their leader.  The other way you can deploy them is as snipers who ignore the first point of armor, making them that much more dangerous.

The other expansion pack is the Yogah of Yag hero pack, which adds all the necessary pieces for you to be able to field this huge monster of a hero.  This hero’s figure is over twice the height of the other characters and so brings a lot of force to bear in both melee and with spells.  He also carries an ability to be able to strike at enemies beyond the grave with one final attack before he is taken off the board.

We still have a while to go before you see these on store shelves, but you will find them in the first quarter of 2017 and you can go to Asmodee’s site to read more about them.

conan game

Take on the mantle of the legendary barbarian, Conan, in the upcoming release by Asmodee: Conan! Based on the original fantasy novels of Robert E. Howard and designed by Frederic Henry and Adrian Smith comes this one vs. all cooperative game packed full of miniatures and dice.

In Conan, one player controls the Overlord and his minions while one to four other players control Conan and his allies through different scenarios. On their turns, players can expend energy to perform different actions, but the catch is that not all energy is regained at the end of your turns, so you will have to gauge when is the proper time to make a massive push. To make this balance even more interesting, damage from enemies draws from your energy pool as well, reducing your total available energy.

This game comes with:

  • 74 plastic miniatures
  • 4 hero sheets
  • 1 Book of Skelos
  • 45 tiles
  • 9 custom dice
  • 75 plastic gems
  • 39 asset cards
  • 16 spell cards
  • 148 tokens
  • 1 hero rulebook
  • 1 Overlord rulebook

Look for Conan in the 4th quarter of 2016! As this game was originally a Kickstarter release, there has been no mention currently of whether or not stretch goals or other add-ons will be available in the future. For additional information, visit Asmodee’s website here.