Cool Mini or Not

Cool Mini Or Not (CMoN) has announced that Jules Vautour has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), overseeing business in North America. Jules has working with CMoN since March 2016, previously working as Sales Director for Asmodee Editions from 2012-2015. You can read the full press release here.

ThunderGryph Games has announced a new partnership with Passport Game Studios for distribution of the Spanish game house’s recent releases. ThunderGryph made quite a splash recently with their Kickstarter games Tao Long, an asian-themed abstract game, and Dead Man’s Doubloons, a treasure seeking pirate game with fantastic components. The trick taking game Pot de Vin, a re-imagining of Sapotagem (2015) will join these two to be the first 3 games covered by the recent agreement. You can read the full press release from Passport here.

Last year at Gen Con, CMON released Bloodborne: The Card Gamedesigned by Eric M. Lang, and sold out before the show ended. This year at Gen Con, CMON announced an expansion to the game, titled The Hunter’s Nightmare, collaboratively designed by Eric M. Lang and Christopher Chung (designer of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival). Bloodborne: The Card Game can be played with 3 to 5 players in about 30 – 45 minutes and involves players exploring a Chalice Dungeon deck of monsters before facing a final boss. It’s a competitive game that contains hand management, dice rolling, and push your luck elements.

Return to the Chalice Dungeons in the upcoming Bloodborne: The Card Game – The Hunter’s Nightmare. In this expansion, players must survive against new, deadly bosses and monsters; however, new weapons will help Hunters along the way. The Hunter’s Nightmare also introduces two new gameplay features: Death Tokens and Runes, both of which will have lasting effects throughout your games. Bloodborne: The Card Game – The Hunter’s Nightmare arrives at your FLGS in Q1 2018. We’ll take a closer look at it before then, so keep your weapons ready.

Visit the CMON website for more information as the expansion gets closer to release.

Cool Mini or Not has announced that Universal Distribution will be exclusively distributing their games in English speaking Canada. This agreement is to take place immediately, and includes demo copies, Game Night Kits, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges. You can read CMoN’s press release here.

Renegade has announced new support for it’s fans in France. Renegade Game Studios and Origames have formed a partnership to localize and bring Renegade Games to the French market. The first games to be treated will be Clank! and it’s underwater expansion, Clank! Sunken Treasures. World’s Fair 1893 and FUSE will follow shortly thereafter, with all games in the Renegade line to eventually come to France. You can check out the Renegade France Website and Facebook Page, and read the official press release here.

Ares Games has announced an expansion to their 2016 camp-horror-movie board game, Last Friday. Last Friday – Return to Camp Apache will add support for up to 7 players, with two controlling the evil Demon and the Maniac. The expansion will also sport a new board, 5 new characters including 2 special characters, the Marshall and the Witch, 2 new chapters, new clues and equipment. The original Last Friday chapters can also be played with the new goodies in a “Survival Horror” game mode which introduces some real time constraints.  Read more details in the Ares Games press release here.

Cool Mini or Not has announced Sherlook, a board game interpretation of the “difference between the pictures” puzzles from children’s magazines. In Sherlook, two nearly identical crime scene pictures are placed out, and players need to guess how many differences there are between the photos. When only one player is left, they only have 3 more seconds to make a guess. The game continues over 10 rounds, in which crime scene photos can be arranged in very different ways, adding to the difficulty.  Sherlook comes with “40 nearly identical crime scene photos”, stumps 2-6 players in about 20 minutes, and should be available now. You can read more about the game in the CMoN press release here.

Z-Man Games has announced the 2017 Carcassonne Big Box, which contains the original 2001 Spiel Winner, along with 11 of the most essential expansions. This compilation, actually the 6th big box for Carcassonne, contains the first two expansions, Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders, considered indispensable. Also in the box are the mini-expansions Flying Machines, Messengers, Ferries, Gold Mines, Robbers, Mage & Witch, Abbot, River and Crop Circles. If this classic of modern board gaming has managed to escape your collection so far, this Big Box collection should be a must buy. You can read more details on the Z-Man website here.

CMON has announced a new game of gangster car racing, shooting and loot collecting, Gang Rush Breakout. In Gang Rush Breakout, 3-5 players race cars over a 3D suspension bridge board, trying to be the first to deliver their money to the boss on the other side. Players use a special dashboard to track their speed, maneuverability and damage. Gangsters can force other cars into obstacles, or cause them to drop their precious cargo, all the while outrunning the cops. Play is through a set of 5 custom dice which determine available actions, rerolled in a Yahtzee or King of Tokyo type manner. Individual cars have assymetric special abilities, and you can spend money for upgrades along the route.

Expect Gang Rush Breakout in stores on July 28, 2017, and you can read the official press release here.

Potion Explosion, published originally by Horrible Games and later by Cool Mini or Not, invited up to 4 players into it’s zany Harry Potter-esque potions class for a fun time using marbles and chain reactions. The game is unique in how it uses marbles and gravity with resource management and set collection, and it’s quite fun if not at least delightful to see on a table. Now the game’s first expansion, The Fifth Ingredient, is coming soon and once again players will return to the classroom for potion mixing madness. As per CMON’s announcement:

 “Professor Humblescore is back, and he has some new tricks to teach. The Fifth Ingredient adds new Potions, Professor tiles, Reward and Scolding tokens, a Ghastly Cauldron, and a wild new ingredient: Ghost Ectoplasm!”

When I first got my chance to play Potion Explosion, I soon caught the rumor of an expansion that would add a wild ingredient to the mix and have been excited to hear about how it would affect the game. We know now that this new type of marble not only counts as any color of ingredient for potions, but it also consistently causes explosions when impacting with other ingredients to the dispenser. A cauldron is added that will mechanically work to exchange and carry ectoplasm, as well as allowing players to trade for them with certain actions. There are also new potions that can be made and imbibed throughout the game that interact with this new resource as well.

Perhaps the most interesting addition are the new professors. Each one comes with their own rules and tiles that affect a given game, some giving rewards or scolding depending on how well one adheres to their instruction. There’s a lot this expansion adds that can give a game with a good table presence and a unique mechanic the depth that it deserves and I definitely look forward to seeing it. Potion Explosion: The Fifth Element, will be releasing very soon (June 23rd by the CMON announcement) and if you’re interested in more information, be sure to visit CMON’s web page.

As mentioned in the Wallet Kickers post, this campaign is pretty much the most talked about board game Kickstarter right now.  With already $1.5 million raised, 24 stretch goals knocked down, and still nearly 4 weeks left to go, Zombicide: Green Horde is going crazy.  Which makes sense because this game continues where Zombicide: Black Plague left off, using the same mechanics but with an undead orcish enemy.  It will still be you and your friends against the undead orc horde, but you have some new tricks up your sleeve this time around.  In this box are brand new characters, items, maps, spells, and more.  Even more awesome is that every box will come with a trebuchet mini for putting some serious hurt on those zombies.  As a bonus for those backing the Kickstarter, you will also get a ballista and a feral dragon mini, because dragon bile has to come from somewhere.  Fight through wave after wave of zombies to survive, and hopefully stop whatever has been bringing them back to life.

Zombicide: Green Horde will work as both as a stand alone game for new people coming into the Zombicide line, or can be easily combined with the previous game to take the variability to the nth degree.  So go check out the Kickstarter today and snag your copy of the game, which by the end my be a solid brick of plastic with all the bonus minis being included.

CMON Limited and Ankama Products have announced the end of their partnership which had CMON Limited distributing Ankama Products in the US.

CMON Limited and Ankama Products originally entered a partnership together to release Krosmaster: Quest. Following the successful release of Krosmaster: Quest CMON Limited went on to also distribute Krosmaster Arena 2.0, Kromaster Collection: Cemetery Park, 75 Gnom’ Street as well as other Ankama titles.

The final game to be released under the current distribution deal will be Gang Rush: Breakout on June 23, 2017. CMON Limited will continue to sell all the remaining stock they have of Ankama Products past the June 23rd date as while supplies last.

CMON Limited did note in their announcement that Ankara Products will have a forthcoming announcement regarding a new US distribution partner.

In 2011 CMON, originally named Cool Mini or Not, entered the board gaming market with games including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Kennerspiel des Jahres nominated Blood Rage, Rum & Bones and more. CMON Limited stock can be purchased on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Growth Enterprise Market under stock code “08278.”

Ankama is self described as an “independent digital creation group” whose work includes both digital games as well as board games. Over 85 million accounts have been created for the online game DOFUS that Ankama created in 2004. Since then Ankama has also created physical game products in a move towards transmedia products.

 

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

The recent delivery of the Arcadia Quest Inferno Kickstarter means that the items in that campaign will be making their way to stores, and man is there a lot of them.  Hitting stores first by the end of the month is the Frost Dragon Expansion.  This figure pack allows you to add a giant frost dragon to the game along with an additional two stage scenario to fight it, even higher level items, and dragon AI cards and tiles.  The scenario is a little different in that the first stage is a typical Arcadia Quest game.  However, the second stage of the fight has you going from semi-cooperative, to fully cooperative to take down the hulking beast.

Next, coming out in late April, is the cute and furry expansion for Arcadia Quest and that is Arcadia Quest: Pets.  This adds in little pets to go with your heroes to help out in various ways.  The box comes with 12 different pets and all the pieces needed to add them into your game.  It also includes a scenario book where you fight against the evil Vexia as she tries to utilize the pets to cause all sorts of trouble in Arcadia.

Also coming in April is the Chaos Dragon Expansion for Arcadia Quest.  This one works much like the Frost Dragon box but includes a chaos dragon instead that will behave and attack in a very different way.  As with other dragon expansions it comes with everything you need for the dragon as well as the additional two stage scenario, higher level items, and the tiles and AI cards to fight the dragon.

Next in May we have the third in the series of dragons, the Fire Dragon Expansion.  It’s another big dragon, two stage scenario, all the figures and cards you need, same as above.

Lastly, being released in May are lots of new figure packs and some of the upgrades that came in the Inferno Kickstarter.  This include things like the Whole Lotta Lava box, which contains new cards, figures, and scenarios that you can use with Arcadia Quest Inferno.  The plastic token upgrade pack as well as dice packs in the new guild colors of Inferno will be available for purchase.  Then the figure packs Rosh & MambaViola & CrashAnvil & ValmaYona & Kuruk, and Pet Packs 1 and 2 will be available as well.  So as you can see, over the coming months you can significantly expand your Arcadia Quest and Arcadia Quest Inferno collection.