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The award-winning murder mystery board game Mysterium has been released for the iOS platform.  In this cooperative board game, one player takes on the role of the ghost of a murder victim who uses various types of cards to give clues to the other players (paranormal psychics) who will use those clues to ultimately solve the mystery of the murder.

The iOS digital version of the game features online multiplayer for up to 7 players and works cross-platform between the iOS, Android, and Steam versions. There is a solitaire and story mode as well.

Toucharcade.com has written an informative article with more information on this release.  You can read it in full here.

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Fans of the original adventure and survival game Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island will be interested to know what specific changes will be present in Portal’s new release of the game under the Portal banner.  According to Portal’s latest news release, the major notable changes will include:

  • a “typical” square game box, as opposed to the original’s coffin box
  • a fancier 1st Player Token
  • an additional 7th Scenario
  • Character Sheets on thick cardboard, as opposed to the thin sheets in the original
  • shaped wooden resource components, as opposed to the cubes in the original
  • redesigned Discovery Tokens with thematic names on them
  • character stickers for the wooden player pawns
  • a freshly-reworked rulebook (I like how Portal points out that the original “explains nothing” and the new one “explains everything”)

Preorders are currently being accepted, and this new release is scheduled for release in November of 2016.  For more information, visit Portal’s new release here.

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More than 13 years after the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired on TV, Lynnvander Productions has announced, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game. Lynnvander set out to make every play through of this game actually feel like an episode of this show, and the proposed 40 – 60 minutes play time certainly carries that point. Up to six players work together, selecting from a number of popular characters, including Buffy, Willow, and Spike to defeat the Master Villain and stop the Hellmouth from opening in Sunnydale. Characters each have a special ability to help them defend the residents of Sunnydale from vampires, demons, and whatever the big bad has cooking.

Jasco Games, Lynvanders partner on this project, has a countdown to its release here. It looks like a late October release, just in time for Halloween.

Read the full Lynnvander announcement here.

Elzra Games is currently running a Kickstarter to fund a new fantasy board game that can be played by itself or can expand Catacombs Third Edition.  This fast-paced dexterity game serves as an introduction to the Catacombs™ universe and features both cooperative and competitive play styles to engage all players through the game.

The following is a description of the game from the Kickstarter page:

Catacombs & Castles relates the story of Larra the Huntress’ journey to the region of Tellaryth, searching for clues to the whereabouts of her missing wolf companion. This land is governed by four mysterious matriarchs who jealously guard their powers and secrets, frequently from other each. Larra becomes involved with the desperate defence of Castle Mivorih from an invading army of undead warriors. They seem intent on capturing the mysterious keystone from the Hmikad arch, which helps support the east wall of the main keep of the castle. That Xaugorth, evil leader of the Wraith Knights, was motivated to leave his underground lair may be the bigger mystery. Perhaps the tales are true and one of the matriarchs has finally gone too far…

Catacombs & Castles uses Elzra Games’ Dexterity Game System, allowing a minimal learning curve for those familiar with Catacombs™ Third Edition.  Catacombs & Castles utilizes a streamlined rule set, faster play times, and some new mechanics, yet still is seamlessly compatible with Catacombs Third Edition and the upcoming Wyverns of Wylemuir expansion.

Catacombs & Castles is a game for 2-6 players ages 14 and up and plays in 30 minutes.  For more information on this project, visit its Kickstarter page.

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Cool Mini Or Not would like to announce the release of Waka Tanka, a bluffing card game by Bruno Faidutti.  In the game, players take o the role of Native American shamans working to prove their worth to the tribe–and sometimes, that means covering your mistakes and hoping no one will notice.  The following excerpt from the official press release sets the stage for the game:

During the Summer Solstice, the Sioux Tribes would send their most promising young wizards to the Great Shaman.

Each young apprentice had to try to become one with nature and ask Waka Tanka to make one of the Totemic animals of their tribe appear.

Those whose spell had no effect would lose their authority forever. That’s why some apprentices began masking their misfortune with any possible trick. But the other apprentices are watching…

More information about the game and its gameplay summary can be seen on BoardGameGeek’s page for this game.  Wake Tanka’s street date is May 20th, 2016.  For more information about the game and its release, visit Cool Mini Or Not’s website.

MAGE Company would like to announce two new additions to their “Family Zone” line of party games for friends and family, Carrotia and The Cohort.

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CARROTIA

Carrot supplies are getting low and the rabbits must brave the wilds to collect enough to feed the colony! Time is short, the pathways long and the birds are circling overhead, looking for easy prey.

In Carrotia, players work together collaboratively to build three different mazes of increasing size.  One of the players is the Master Rabbit, whose job is to dash from entrance to exit within a specific number of moves, as outlined by the current mission card.  As he does so, he will be scooping up precious carrots while avoiding the owl, hawk and other birds as they swoop low over the zones, causing mayhem and mischief.  The other players take on the role of supportive rabbits, lending their unique special abilities to assist the team and and thwart the hungry predators.

Carrotia is for 1-6 players, and includes the following components:

  • 40 tiles (70x70mm)
  • 3 hourglasses (30, 60, 90)
  • 27 quest cards (70x70mm)
  • 6 character cards (70x70mm)
  • 6 bird tokens
  • 30 carrot tokens
  • 2 arrow tokens
  • 1 wooden rabbit
  • 6 custom dice
  • 1 Ruleset

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THE COHORT

It is time to polish your armor and sharpen your sword, for mighty Caesar has called for his legions to assemble.  So snap them into line as quickly as you can, disrupt the plans of your fellow commanders and show Caesar that your Legion is the greatest in all the Empire.

In The Cohort, players must race to be the first to assemble a Legion and show Caesar you are the greatest of his commanders.  Each Legion is made up of 3 different Cohorts and seven different types of units: Praetorians, Catapults, Centurions, Sagittarii, Equites, Legionaries and Velites.  Each turn, players draw two cards, keep one and give the other to another player.  This card can be kept in hand, or triggered to create a Cohort.  Until a Cohort is complete, however, their rowdy behavior works against the recruiting player.

The Cohort includes the following components:

• 6 Primus Pilus cards

• 18 Praetorian cards
• 18 Centurion cards
• 18 Catapult cards
• 24 Sagittarii cards
• 24 Equites cards
• 30 Legionary cards
• 30 Velites cards

• 1 Rulebook

Both games feature brief play times and are accessible to ages 8 and up.  You can learn more about Carrotia and The Cohort by visiting the MAGE Company website.

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The Naruto Shippuden Board Game, a cooperative game based around the travels of Naruto and his friends, will now be coming to the English market via the combined efforts of Japanime Games and Yoka Games.  Yoka Games is a division of Tsume Art, which is known for its unique style of quality art and packaging, and this style is captured distinctly in this game.

In the Naruto Shippuden Board Game, players take on the role of the main characters from the series, fighting against the incursion of the Akatsuki to save the world. The game promises a unique experience, with 3 levels of play and a variety of enemies to fight.  Japanime Games and Yoka Games expect the game to be a huge success due to its high quality components, solid game play, and a successful anime property.

Eric Price of Japanime Games commented: “We are proud to work with our new partners in bringing Naruto to our fans.  We are sure they will love the game as much as we do.  We look forward to future collaborations with Yoka and to help them take advantage of the licenses they have.”

For more information on this and other releases from Japanime Games, visit their website here.

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Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) would like to announce its upcoming product list for March, 2016.  The list of products includes the following:

  • A Game of Thrones LCG: Wolves of the North 2nd Edition
  • A Game of Thrones LCG: No Middle Ground
  • Lord of the Rings LCG: The Thing in the Depths
  • Elder Sign: Omens of Ice
  • Talisman: The Cataclysm
  • Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: What Lurks Below

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A Game of Thrones LCG: Wolves of the North 2nd Edition

Long ago, before the dragons came, the Kings of Winter ruled from Winterfell. Perhaps it’s past time those days returned. Call upon the iconic characters and unyielding strength of House Stark, and enter a new era of the war for Westeros!

This deluxe expansion focuses on House Stark, as well as additional plots and allies for various factions.

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A Game of Thrones LCG: No Middle Ground

In the aftermath of the Tourney for the Hand, Eddard Stark searches for answers to the questions that caused Jon Arryn’s death. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen rides across the Dothraki sea to Vaes Dothrak with a massive khalasar and her husband, Khal Drogo. The Great Houses stir restlessly across Westeros, watching and plotting their own bids for power. From the sands of Dorne to the icy forests beyond the Wall, tension grows with every passing day.

This fourth chapter pack in the Westerns cycle offers five new plots that follow the events in the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire–three faction-specific plots, and two neutral.

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Lord of the Rings LCG: The Thing in the Depths

Having finally caught the Stormcaller after a harrowing pursuit across troubled seas, several of Middle-earth’s heroes prepare to board the Corsair ship in The Thing in the Depths, the second Adventure Pack in the Dream-chaser cycle for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. Their efforts to reclaim the Númenorean artifact the Corsairs had stolen erupt into fierce battles that quickly spiral into nightmare when the waters beneath the Stormcaller begin to churn and massive, tentacled arms erupt from the sea to grapple the ship and the sailors aboard it!

This expansion pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG offers sixty new cards, including a new Spirit hero and new allies for each of the four spheres.

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Elder Sign: Omens of Ice

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness Ancient Ones are awakening whose diabolical forces cannot be fought within the safe confines of the Arkham Museum. You must brave the Tundra, solve the mysteries of native Inuit traditions, and make the treacherous ascent up the mountains of the Alaska Range. There, wild animals and monsters are far from the only dangers you’ll encounter, for frostbite and starvation are among the Ancient Ones’ deadliest weapons.

In this expansion for the cooperative dice game Elder Sign, players will receive a complete deck of sixty Alaskan Adventure cards and a new deck of Mythos cards.  For the first time in this game, the season will matter as much as the time of day.  This expansion also offers eight additional adventurers, as well as new allies, items, and spells.

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Talisman: The Cataclysm

Decades ago an apocalypse destroyed the world, wrecking its cities, ravaging the land, and devastating the population. Now, after more than a generation, a new age dawns with The Cataclysm, an expansion for Talisman Revised 4th Edition. People are returning to establish settlements, nature is evolving in bizarre, unprecedented ways, and traces of the former civilization can be found everywhere. This is a time of chaos and possibility, of challenges and heroism.

FFG is proud to announce a new expansion for the classic game Talisman, that takes place one generation after a terrible apocalypse has devastated the land.  A new center board opens up into an apocalyptic realm for players’ exploration.

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Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: What Lurks Below

The planet of Sacaellum is torn asunder by warring factions. The Imperial Guard battle Dark Eldar raiders, Tyranid Genestealers ambush an Ork warband, and the warriors of Khorne battle any who stand in their bloody path. Which faction will you support in its battle for victory?

“What Lurks Below is the fourth pack in the Planetfall cycle, bringing another faction to bear on the fight for Sacaellum. Here, you’ll find cards that support the main themes of the cycle by bringing new significance to the planet type symbols and inviting you to fight for your faction’s unique goals.”

For more information on these exciting new releases, visit Fantasy Flight Games’ website here.

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It is said that The Brood have always been with us, hidden out of view, waiting for the right opportunity to makes their presence known. When the world went black and the screaming finally stopped, they emerged from their places of hiding on and beneath the surface, cutting down and feeding on any living thing that stood in their way.

In the dark, Northern Wastes, known as Sector 44, danger lurks in the form of The Brood, a parasitic sect of creatures that dwell in subterranean systems beneath the ruined cities.  Only The Outlanders, a team of skilled individuals hired by the surviving settlements, are brave enough to enter the Black Zones to retrieve valuable supplies and technology.  In Blackout, players will take on the role of one of these Outlanders, selecting the specialization of either the Tracker, Engineer, Recon, or Slayer and seeking glory and renown.

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Blackout is a post-apocalyptic dungeon crawler for 1-4 players by Richard Broadwater.  The game features a mission-based leveling system that offers savage combat and exploration and offers 15-20 hours of solo and co-op play.  “In Blackout, players will use miniatures on a grid-based board to simulate exploration and combat. Each character is supported by a player card, item, and ability cards. Modifier tokens are used to alter starting stat values of your characters as the campaign progresses. Movement is handled using the grid spaces that are present on all hall or room components. Combat is resolved using fixed-range based on a particular ranged or hand weapon and determined by dice rolls and modifiers.”

Included in the game are the following components:

  • 32 high-quality plastic miniatures
  • 48-page Rulebook
  • 20-page Campaign Book
  • Double-sided room and hall sections (representing alleyways/abandoned buildings and underground tunnel/maintenance chambers)
  • Debris markers
  • Objectives
  • Status counters
  • Player cards
  • Enemy cards
  • Item cards
  • Event cards
  • 6 ten-sided dice

This project is currently on Kickstarter and is scheduled to fund on Friday, November 15, 2015.  The project currently has over 1,000 backers and has raised over $90,000 in pledges.  For more information on the project, visit its Kickstarter page here.

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Welcome to a world where creation is but a simple step away from ingenuity and a few simple resources imbued with ancient elements – this is the world of Alkemia. Prepare to harness the primal art of alchemy and join the ranks of creators who have been shaping and reforming the raw world of Alkemia into a thriving livelihood centered around a grand city of Alchemy, Crasis. Governed by a circle of seers and a single Grand Alchemist, who wields boundless talent and protects the ancient secrets of the Greater Elemental Spirits, Crasis currently seeks it’s next Grand Alchemist; this position will be held by one of few summoned to prove their abilities and will be tasked to synthesize the legendary Crest of Creation. This crest, a fabled mysticism documented to usher in the age of alchemy, can only be crafted by one skilled alchemist able to harness the 6 elements – earth, fire, water, air, ether, and fortune.

Alkemia is a resource-management game by KinSoul Studio featuring a modular board and both cooperative and competitive game play.  In the game, players are working to become the Grand Alchemist by being the first to collect the elements needed to craft the fabled Crest of Creation.  Players will choose from six possible alchemist roles: The “Atelier Magnifico”, The “Charismatic Barkeep”, The “Bog Witch”, The “Gifted Homunculus”, The “Imaginative Tinkerer”, and The Vibrant Healer”.

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Alkemia features the following characteristics:

  • resource management, item synthesizing, modular board game for 3 – 6 players ages 14+
  • A good balance between luck and strategy that provides you with many possible paths to take.
  • High replay-ability: Draft style Field creation, Item recipes shifting around the Bazaar, a different Crest recipe every time, and seemingly endless combinations of abilities will keep you coming back again and again.
  • Elements of cooperative and competitive game play, with the focus mainly on your Alchemist’s journey of growth.
  • Beautiful original artwork to help you get into the Alkemian spirit.
    – Check out a closer look at our characters plus some samples of the artwork (both sketches and finished versions) here.
  • An immersive story that you can get in to as much or as little as you desire.

In Alkemia, “players will spend their turns, or phases, either gathering Reagents in the Foraging Field or acquiring Item recipes in the Bazaar.  Each turn, the player can choose which zone they wish to interact with, where each zone presents actions that allow for the player to do different things.”  In order to craft the Crest of Creation and win the game, players will need to first collect the items necessary to satisfy the revealed recipe, and unlock both of their objects of myth, known as Artifacts.  For a look into the mechanisms of the game, visit the rules in PDF form here.

The Alkemia Kickstarter project needs $36,000 to become successful.  If its minimum pledge goal is achieved, it will fund on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.  For more information on this project, visit its Kickstarter page here.