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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.

Award winning designer Eric Lang tweeted that he’s working on an expansion for Bloodborne: The Card Game. Bloodborne: The Card Game was unveiled at Gen Con 2016 and sold out during the conference.  Published by CMON Limited, the game is based on the difficult, yet rewarding PS4 video game. It supports 3 to 5 players and contains card drafting, dice rolling, hand management, and press your luck mechanics.

“I got permission to mention that I’m working on a Bloodborne card game expansion. Co-designed with [Chris Chung] @FlashForwardCo. Hoping for Q4 release :)” – Eric Lang @eric_lang

Chris Chung designed Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and is the brains behind Flash Forward Games, where he designs games focusing on simplicity.

I’m extremely excited to see what Eric and Chris come up with to make this already wonderful game even better!

Cool Mini or Not (CMON) announces the release of a new competitive action selection game in Kingz, published by CMON and Ankama from designer Antonin Boccara.

Players enter a battle arena by simultaneously selecting and revealing action cards from their hands to have their chosen (and originally named with dry erase marker!) animals spar for the vacant seat on the jungle throne.  Anticipating, countering, and defending against other players by playing the right card is key, but players may nevertheless find themselves pinned to the ground on the precipice of defeat.  That player’s chances are not all lost, however, as the pinned player can try to strike a deal with the attacker to let them take another shot at the crown.  The most reputation points at the end of seven rounds will name a new king.  Click here for more information on Kingz from Game Trade Magazine and here for more information directly from CMON.  Kingz was released on January 20, 2017.

 

Cool Mini or Not has starter a Kickstarter Campaign for The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch. In the same universe as On Her Majesty’s Service, Rise of Moloch is a victorian steampunk adventure board game for 2-5 players using a one-versus-many game mechanic. Made by the same team as Zombicide and Massive Darkness, the game features the CMON standards of beautifully detailed miniatures and many stretch goals. The kickstarter campaign continues until February 2, 2017 and expects to deliver in January of 2018.

Funding for the 13th season of The Dice Tower is now alive and running on Indiegogo right now! The Dice Tower, and Dice Tower News by extension, can only operate on the generosity of all of our readers, viewers, and fans. It is through your kindness and support that we are able to bring to you all the latest in board gaming releases and reviews. Plus, the money made through these fundraisers allows the Dice Tower to grow and better serve the board gaming community with increased quality and content.

As with every year, the fundraiser offers awesome incentives for donations in the form of gamer swag, promos, and exclusives! This year is no exception, as there are a ton of promos for hot games that have released in the past few years. Some notable examples to get excited about are promotional cards for Scythe, Millennium Blades, Onitama, Coup, Clank, Adrenaline, 7 Wonders: Duel, and many many more! We can’t forget the awesome figures and cards coming from Cool Mini or Not: Chuck for Arcadia Quest: Pets and  Eric Summerer for Zombicide: Black Plague.

                   

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CMON has just announced that they are now a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong stock exchange, this means you can now buy shares in the company.  This has just been another step in their rapid growth in the board gaming industry, and with the additional money coming in from the shares, they will be able to grow even faster.  They made sure to note that control and decision making within the company will remain unchanged, but the additional funds will help them to acquire licensing for other games, expand into other geographic markets and much more.  You can read more about the move one CMON’s website, and look forward to even better games in the future, like Rising Sun.

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CMON has announced the release of Krosmaster Arena 2.0, releasing Friday, 10/21/2016, at Friendly Local Game Stores.  The second edition of Krosmaster Arena features “eight exclusive characters from DOFUS the movie, each represented by highly-detailed and fully-painted miniatures. The arena itself is transformed into a three-dimensional battlefield full of obstacles and scenery that will have you stretching your tactical muscles to gain an advantage.”

Krosmaster Arena 2.0 is compatible with previous Krosmaster figures, bringing an all-new, wider range of adventures for players.  For more information on this new edition of the game, visit the CMON page here.

international gamers awards

Each year the International Gamers Awards are given out to the multiplayer and 2 player games that are deemed the best for that year.  Some notable previous winners are games like Twilight Struggle, Agricola, and Terra Mystica.  All highly rated and well respected games, so the nominees for this year are the cream of the gaming crop.  One note is that while this is the 2016 award, the games eligible are those that have been released between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  And the nominees are;

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GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – Multi Player category

Blood Rage – Eric M. Lang, Guillotine Games / Cool Mini or Not

Codenames – Vlaada Chvatil, Czech Games Edition

Food Chain Magnate – Jeroen Doumen, Splotter Spellen

Grand Austria Hotel – Virginio Gigli & Simone Luciani, Lookout Games

Isle of Skye – Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games

Mombasa – Alexander Pfister, Eggertspiele

Nippon – Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What’s Your Game?

Pandemic Legacy – Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games

Quadropolis – Francois Gandon, Days of Wonder

T.I.M.E. Stories – Peggy Chassenet & Manuel Rozoy, Space Cowboys

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GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – 2 Player category

7 Wonders Duel – Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala, Repos Productions

Patchwork – Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games

Raptor – Bruno Cathala & Bruno Faidutti, Matagot

Star Wars: Rebellion – Corey Konieczka, Fantasy Flight Games

Trambahn – Helmut Ohley, Lookout Games

Interesting fact, 9 out of the 15 titles being nominated are in the top 100 of games in the entire BGG database.  To see the list as well as previous year’s winners you can head on over to the International Gamers Awards website.