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CMON recently announced that they will be adopting a Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy (MAPP) that will go into effect on June 1st.  This means that all CMON products will have a minimum price that retailers, both online and physical, can advertise their games at.  This move is being adopted as a step to level the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar stores, with the former typically having lower prices than the latter.  Along with Asmodee and Privateer Press, this is now the third major board game company to take this step.  In addition to this new policy, CMON is changing who they distribute through and so will now be using ACD, Alliance, and Peachstate Hobby Distribution.  Will these steps and changes make for a better CMON and better board game business world?  I hope so.

You can read the entire announcement on the CMON site.

CMON, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK have entered into an agreement to be able to publish the worldwide, English language version of the game Banana Bandits.  This fast playing game is all about being the first to get three of the golden banana coins and become the new king of the Banana Bandits Gang.  The game will be played out on a 3D tower that you construct in the box, and has you doing simple actions like move, attack, grab coins, or draw cards.  Fighting is easy and is done with a roll of the dice, with the dice being modified by cards allowing for rerolls and the like.  Manage to grab two coins of different colors you can convert them into a golden banana coin, putting you one step closer to winning.  Once someone hits that mark of 3 coins the game is over, and they are crowned the new king.

The game looks good on the table with an impressive 3D tower and gorilla tokens that hang off the tower.  You can read more about the partnership in the press release below, and look for this game to hit shelves in quarter 2 of 2017.

 

CMON Limited, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK Ltd. Partner to Publish English Language Banana Bandits

CMON Limited, Mandoo Games, and Capstone HK Ltd are pleased to announce they have entered into a licensing agreement for the exclusive, worldwide, English language rights to the upcoming game Banana Bandits. This fun, tactile, fast-paced game of ape action is sure to be a great addition to everyone’s collection and draw an eye or two thanks to its unique, 3D tower.

In Banana Bandits, players are vying to become the new leader of the Banana Bandits gang, a group of highly-trained, banana-loving, Gorilla Bandits. To do so, players will literally climb their way to the top of a unique, 3D cardboard tower, fighting with and stealing from other hopeful Bandits. Once a player has stolen enough Gorilla Coins and converted them into 3 Golden Banana Coins, they instantly become the new gang leader and win the game. To steal those coveted Gorilla Coins, the Bandits must attack each other using an intuitive dice system and various cards that will add bonuses during the fight. Each game is fast-paced, lasting around 30 minutes.

Kevin Kichan Kim, owner of Mandoo Games, says, “We’re so happy to work with CMON. We’re fans of their amazing projects and are excited to join in on the journey to bring Banana Bandits to the English speaking market.” David Preti, Creative Director of CMON, says “We’re excited to work with Mandoo Games to bring Banana Bandits to gamers’ tables. It offers a unique experience that is easy to pick up and has a fun presence on the table, like the recently released Potion Explosion. It’s perfect for the ever-expanding family of CMON board games.”

Banana Bandits will include a 3D Banana Bank Tower, 4 sets of Gorilla cardboard figures and tokens, 44 Gorilla Coins, 10 Golden Banana Coins, 8 dice, 40 cards, and 1 rulebook. It supports 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, and is due to release in Q2 of 2017.

About CMON Limited

CMON Limited is an international publisher of board games, tabletop games and apps. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON has grown into a multinational group that publishes several award winning games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage and more. Follow CMON on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Mandoo Games

Mandoo games is a Korean board games publisher and consulting company working with several game studios. Mandoo Games presented Rising 5, Slide Blast, Lucien & Edgar, Sherlock 13 and several other titles at Essen Spiel 2016.

About Capstone HK Ltd

Capstone HK Ltd is a game publisher located in Hong Kong. Capstone has developed several nice HK style games, such as Internal Affairs, Pinocchio and Wooolf!.

lorenzo

CMON and Cranio Creations’ first collaboration, Unusual Suspects, has hits stores and already they are liking the buzz they are getting, so they want to continue the relationship with two more games.  The first game is a Lorenzo il Magnifico, in it “players control prominent families during the Italian renaissance, aiming to become the most influential among the other players. To do so, they must earn victory points by sending the members of their families out to gather resources, gain development cards (representing a multitude of different things, such as new territory, influential people and more), and put those development cards to use. Of course, the families must also pay their respect to the Church or face hard penalties when the time comes.”  The game was showcased at Essen 2016 and was well received and so they will publish it in English with the same art and mechanics.

council-of-4

The second game is an updated and revamped version of the game Council of Four, one that Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower tried to get for the Dice Tower Essentials line of games.

In the Council of 4, players take on the rolls of rich merchants in a prosperous Empire that’s divided into three Kingdoms. The Kingdoms are each ruled by a council of four nobles. Players will do whatever it takes to obtain building permits for their Emporiums within the Kingdoms’ cities. Bribery and political power struggles abound; even the Queen is not above being swayed, overlooking the need for permits from time to time. The player that gains the most points through connecting Emporiums, having the most in a Kingdom’s cities, obtaining permits, or increasing their rank on the nobility track will win the game.

The game also contains a modular board and different options for gameplay are chosen at the beginning, making this a highly varied and replayable game.  While the mechanics of the game remain largely untouched, they have updated the art of the game and included miniatures, because what is a CMON game without minis?  Look for both of these games on store shelves in the second quarter of 2017.

gateway uprising

In yet another market move, CMoN has entered into a partnership with Fishwizard Games to publish their upcoming game Gateway: Uprising.  Gateway: Uprising is billed as an area control deck building game set in a steam punk world where magic exists, but has been all but outlawed.  As described in the press release;

Gateway: Uprising places players into the roles of competing factions of rebellious wizards attempting to re-take their city, one district at a time from the oppressive Chancellor and his regime, who have outlawed magic for everyone but themselves. And although the players’ objective is to expel the City Guard from the Districts, they must also contend with a horde of monsters called the Druegger, whose sole purpose is to destroy the city.

The game has amazing art and will support up to 4 players ages 14 and up.  The release date is currently set for the first quarter of 2017 so we still have some waiting to do before this game is available to buy.  You can read the full press release on CMoN’s website.

zombicide rue morgue

CMoN has been publishing Zombicide for quite a while now, and during that time the branding and IP rights have been with Guillotine Games.  Now that relationship is changing with CMoN acquiring all those rights from Guillotine Games for the Zombicide line.  This allows CMoN to now design and publish Zombicide content apart from Guillotine Games, however, the two companies will still work closely with each other.  Guillotine Games will still be designing other games and will continue to work with CMoN to publish them, so look forward to future titles from the partnered companies.  You can read more about the change on the CMoN site.

monstrousunfair

Another change for CMoN recently is that they have entered into a partnership with Australian company Good Games Publishing.  With this agreement CMoN becomes their distributor to all French and English countries outside of Australia and New Zealand.  The first games that fall under this new agreement will be the upcoming game Monstrous, slated for release this quarter, and Unfair, which is scheduled for Kickstarter launch August 16th.  This announcement also coincides with Good Games setting up a store in the Indianapolis area, thus setting up for their expansion into the US market.  You can read the press release below for more information and look forward to the wider release of their games through CMoN.

August 4, 2016
CMON.com

CMON and Good Games Publishing Announce Strategic Relationship

CMON Limited and Good Games Publishing are proud to announce a strategic relationship beginning today, Thursday, Aug 4 2016. CMON will co-brand, market and distribute the new Australian publisher’s board games in all French and English territories outside of Australia and New Zealand.

The partnership begins with Good Games’ upcoming Monstrous, releasing Q3 2016, and Unfair, heading to Kickstarter on August 16, 2016 with a planned retail release of Q4 2016.

“We are excited to help CMON diversify their hobby game line. Australian design sensibilities are eclectic and hybridised. We share a global vision for game publishing with CMON, along with Kickstarter and retail savvy. We look forward to CMON’s help in getting our games to the broadest audience possible,” said Kim Brebach, Director of Good Games Publishing

“CMON is excited to work alongside Good Games Publishing to help bring new board games like Monstrous and Unfair to a wider audience outside of Australia and New Zealand. With Good Games’ innovative, creative and high-quality titles, the partnership is a perfect match, and we’re sure our fans will agree once they play these new games,” said Chern Ann Ng, CEO of CMON Limited.

“We bring more eclectic games, and they bring a wealth of experience in various areas of development, production and marketing we can tap into. CMON is a perfect partner to help us straddle the Kickstarter and retail dimensions of game marketing. This relationship will be a series of wins,” Brebach added.

Monstrous and Unfair will be on show during Gen Con Indy 2016 at Good Games Publishing’s booth #2500.

About CMON Limited

CMON Limited is an international publisher of board games, tabletop games and apps. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON has grown into a multinational group that publishes several award winning games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage and more.
CMON.com

About Good Games Publishing

Good Games Publishing specializes in creative, innovative and eclectic games with the highest possible art, graphic design and components standards. Good Games also runs a chain of 27 hobby game retail stores and a large hobby game distribution company in Australia, with its first US store opening in downtown Indianapolis after Gen Con Indy 2016. Find us at Gen Con Booth #2500

First was Rumble in the House, then the fight was moved underground to Rumble in the Dungeon, now they are back home but the elder gods have joined in Cthulhu in the House.  Gameplay for the game is much the same where you either move or fight, trying to keep your identity secret and be the last one standing.  Like the Dungeon version of the game, this one has a new mechanic added in the form of portals.  What the portals do is allow you to jump around the board quickly, instead of one space at a time, and even alter the outcome of fights.  Can you survive to the end and be crowned the toughest?  Well you will have to wait until GenCon to find out as CMoN will be releasing the game there.

 

You can read the full press release below.

CMON Limited Publishing Cthulhu in the House

CoolMiniOrNot, Spaghetti Western Games and Flatlined Games bring board game fansCthulhu in the House, a new title based on the popular Rumble in the Dungeon andRumble in the House games from Flatlined Games. Featuring all-new art from legendary artist John Kovalic and new gameplay mechanics, Cthulhu in the House is a brand new, yet familiar, experience.

Cthulhu in the House is a royal rumble to see which Old One has the staying power to outlast their opponents. Players will hide their identities and compete over three rounds of battle to determine who is the toughest! Cthulhu in the House adds a new feature to the Rumble series: Portals. These eldritch gateways will let players teleport around the board and change the outcome of fights, bringing a new level of strategy to the series.

CMON, Spaghetti Western Games and Flatlined Games are pleased to have fan-favorite illustrator John Kovalic working on the game. His style and sense of humor brings life to every Old One. John will be at CMON’s booth during Gen Con 2016, where the game will debut for MSRP $24.99, to sign copies of the games, with times to be announced soon on CMON’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, as well as its official website.

About CMON Limited

CMON Limited is an international publisher of board games, tabletop games and apps. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON has grown into a multinational group that publishes several award winning games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage and more.
CMON.com

About Spaghetti Western Games

By working with several well-established designers such as Eric M. Lang and Paolo Mori, Spaghetti Western Games has consistently designed games that achieve critical praise upon release. Their games include Arcadia Quest, Kaosball, Dogs of War and more.

About Flatlined Games

Flatlined Games is a board game publisher based in Brussels, Belgium. Founded in 2008 by Eric Hanuise, Flatlined Games publishes and develops board games with strong themes and multiple game mechanics, for demanding players as well as simple games for the wider family audience, including Rumble in the Dungeon and Rumble in the House.
FlatlinedGames.com

Krosmaster Arena has enjoyed a good amount of success, and a legion of expansion packs, so now might be time for a 2.0 edition.  Thus coming this summer, to coincide with the Ankama’s first animated movie, Krosmaster Arena 2.0 will be released will all new content and updated rules.  The rules aspect is going to be the biggest change as tweaks have been made over the years to the Krosmaster Arena game that some people don’t know about.  So for new and old players alike, the new set will include rules that integrate all the FAQs and erratas that have been released over the years into one book.  Also in the new set is a new board to play on with different set pieces like market stalls, bags of goodies, and the trusty old crates.  Lastly it will also include 8 brand new characters to play with, and with a more even distribution of point cost, allow for better team building right out of the box.  So if you are looking to get into the game, this set would be a good place to start.  You can see the previews of the game on the Krosmaster site here, here, and here, and look for it’s release this summer.

hero box 1

As the Hordes of zombies continue to spread death and terror to the survivors in Zombicide: Black Plague, a beacon of shines as reinforcements join the fight. Now available from Cool Mini of Not is the Hero Box-1 containing five new heroes to hold back the tide of evil:

  • Lord Arnaud
  • Glynda Battlestout
  • Julian the Thief
  • Captain Sylvia Samedi
  • Father Tucker

zombie bosses

Fortunately hope isn’t the only thing CMON is releasing into the world. The Abomination Pack contains three new Zombie Bosses:

  • The Abominatroll: Huge and not as adorable as he sounds, only Dragon Fire can take him down.
  • The Ablobination: Attacks all zones in Range 0-1 with a Giant Arm
  • Abominotaur: Not stopping for walls or doors, this boss deals 2 wounds per attack

paul bonner

Last but certainly not least, Paul Bonner, whose fantasy art portfolio includes designs for Games Workshop, work on Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and more, has contributed four special heroes in an all new expansion. The Special Guest Paul Bonner Box includes:

  • Klom, an Ogre Survivor
  • Inquisitor Mizar
  • Lord Bazak
  • Genevieve

CMON’s full announcement is available here.

zombicide tabletop sim

Tabletop Simulator is one of two major digital sandboxes that have been created to bring board games into the digital space, and now CMoN has released Zombicide Season 1 for this platform.  There isn’t any word on if extra promo characters will be included, but regardless you will have access to the entire contents of the Zombicide Season 1 game including the rules and FAQs to help you learn the game quicker.  The minis will all be colored and the play area is set up to look like you are playing the game during a zombie outbreak so the digital game will look just as good, if not better, than the physical incarnation.  You can read more on the CMoN site and purchase the new DLC through Steam.

dtawards

The Dice Tower Awards are only a couple months away in July at Dice Tower Con, so to ramp up to that day we are releasing the nominees for each award category.  And the nominees are:

BEST BOARD GAME COMPONENTS

BEST CO-OP GAMES

BEST FAMILY GAMES

BEST GAME ARTWORK

BEST GAME EXPANSIONS

BEST GAME FROM A NEW DESIGNER

BEST GAME OF THE YEAR

BEST GAME REPRINT

BEST GAME THEMING

BEST PARTY GAME

BEST SMALL PUBLISHER GAME

BEST STRATEGY GAME

BEST TWO PLAYER GAME

MOST INNOVATIVE GAME