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Cryptozoic has designed a new fast-paced, easy-to-learn card game engine that will be used in several new games in the near future.  With the GRYPHON card game engine, two to four players have a deck of 10 cards from which they will draw a hand of three cards.  Each round, players will select one card from their hand to play simultaneously with the others win the round.

Two games are currently announced to use the GRYPHON card game engine.  The first is Rick and Morty: The Look Who’s Purging Now Card Game, where players can play as Rick, Morty and others from the classic episode “The Festival” and rack up kills during the annual festival on an alien planet.   Players may play various weapon cards as either found items or Rick’s inventions to change the outcome of the round.  In addition to the four 10-card players decks, the game comes with 32 festival cards and 10 weakness cards to challenge the players.

The second game is Challenge of the Superfriends, where players can play as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, or Aquaman from the classic cartoon series Superfriends and capture villains from the Legion of Doom.  Players can call forth allies and super powers to change the outcome of the round.  In addition to the four 10-card players decks, the game comes with 32 objective cards and 10 challenge cards to thwart the players.

Each game plays 2-4 players, ages 10+, in about 25 minutes, and contains 82 cards.  Both Rick and Morty: The Look Who’s Purging Now Card Game and Challenge of the Superfriends are available for pre-order now.  Look for them in your friendly local game store in March 2019.  Stay tuned to Cryptozoic for more news about each game and the GRYPHON card game engine.

Cryptozoic has announced Crossover Pack 8: Batman Ninja is coming soon to the DC Comics Deck-Building Game. Based on the Batman Ninja animated feature, this expansion takes place in feudal Japan and lets players become Batman, Catwoman, Robin, Red Robin, Red Hood and Nightwing.

What would this expansion be without a cast of Super-Villains? The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Deathstroke and Two-Face are daimyos who battle from within giant castles that come to life. When the fifth Super-Villain has been defeated, the five castles merge to become one final monumental challenge. The card backs of the Super-Villains each form a portion of the giant merged castle, with The Joker’s head at the top (of course).

“Each Super-Villain has colors on its four sides matching the main card types: Hero, Villain, Super Power and Equipment. During your turn, if there is a card matching one of those types in the Line-Up, you must take the card and place it next to the corresponding side of the Super-Villain. When you defeat a Super-Villain, instead of placing it in your deck, you earn each card attached to it.”

The new keyword “Ninjutsu” provides the Super Heroes some much-needed help as they take on the might of the Super-Villains’ super castle!

In the box:
• 21 Main Deck Cards
• 6 Oversized Super Heroes
• 5 Oversized Super-Villains
• Rules Card
• 1 Randomizer Card and 1 Divider (for Multiverse Box)

Crossover Pack 8: Batman Ninja is 100% compatible with the original DC Comics Deck-Building Game, Heroes Unite, Forever Evil and Teen Titans.

Watch The Dice Tower coverage of DC Comics Deck-Building Game.

Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-Building Game  by Cryptozoic Entertainment is available for pre-order now! This Rick-diculous sequel to Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game can be played either as a stand alone game or mix it with the original for a wackier experience! This edition introduces Access Tokens which gives you access to votes. They are limited but you can relieve your opponent of them! Council Cards will create crazy scenarios that require players to vote – so make sure you have those Access Tokens.

Contents include: 84 Standard Main Deck Cards, 35 Genius Waves, 15 Smith Family Cards, 20 Morty Waves, 16 Portal Guns, 7 Nemesis Cards, which include Seal Team Ricks, 15 Location Cards, 9 Access Tokens, 1 Location Token, 6 Oversized Rick, Morty, and Summer Character Cards, 1 Rulebook and an oversized Promo Jerry card (first printing of game only!)

To be released in the 3rd Quarter of 2018.

Rooster Teeth’s popular, Youtube series Million Dollars, But…, will get an easy-to-learn game which has players put their morals and imagination to the test, posing the question, “What would you do for a million dollars?” The game was originally released as a successful Kickstarter project in 2016, which raised over a million Dollars, but will now be published by Cryptozoic. Million Dollars, But… The Game was designed by Brian Reilly, supports 2-6 (or more) players, aged 17+, and plays in roughly 30 minutes.

Jamie Kiskis, VP of Marketing & Product Development at Cryptozoic Entertainment:

“At Cryptozoic, we’re huge fans of Rooster Teeth’s content and have loved playing Million Dollars, But… The Game at our game nights for a while. So, when we saw an opportunity to partner with them to get the game into hobby stores, it was a no-brainer. It has already been a ton of fun to work with their team. We think it’s a partnership that will benefit both companies and lead to more collaborations in the near future.” [source]

Burnie Burns, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Rooster Teeth:

“I’m thrilled folks will be able to buy Million Dollars, But… wherever they shop for games thanks to this partnership with Cryptozoic. Imagining friends and families gathering over a round of Million Dollars, But… makes me happy but I want to be perfectly clear that I accept no responsibility for what it does to their personal relationships. By reading this quote, you agree to this.” [source]

In the game, each player takes four black Trigger cards and four gold Rule cards. One player is chosen as the judge and the others combine a Trigger and Rule card from their hands to create a scenario. The scenario presents a situation where someone can earn a million Dollars if they do something distasteful. The judge then reads these scenarios while the other players glorify or downplay them. The winner of the round is decided upon by the judge, who selects the scenario they find most distasteful to earn a million Dollars. The overall winner is the player who is first to win five rounds.

Million Dollars, But… The Game will be available at retail in July, 2018. For more information see the original article on the Cryptozoic Entertainment website.

Castles of Burgundy is a classic euro game that sits in the BoardGameGeek top ten, and with a card game version already created, why not create a dice version?  Coming later this month you will finally be able to play Castles of Burgundy the Dice Game,  a roll and write style game.  The core of the game is still there with the familiar hex board, the ability to buy and sell goods, different actions you can take on tiles, and bonuses you get for completing areas of the board.  But now instead of rolling dice and assigning workers to slowly do these actions, now the roll of the dice will immediately let you get silverlings, mark off spots on the board, get goods, and other things.  This means you will be able to play a game very quickly, and still get a bit of the experience you have from the big game.  Look for this game to hit store shelves by the end of the year.

Next we have a new game coming from Cryptozoic based on the highly popular Rick and Morty cartoon called Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game.  This game is a unique engine building game in that you will be using energy from the different levels of the multiverse in order to build and operate you inventions, but there is more to it than that.  If you go into the lower multiverses you will get first dibs on energy to be able to power/build things, but because that universe is more primitive, the things you can build are more limited and more unreliable.  Stay in the higher ones and you will be farther down the list when comes time to give out energy, but you will be able to build the best stuff, so plan wisely.  Whoever can “collect” the most tech by the end of the game will be the winner.  Look for this game to be released in April of next year.

The last physical game we will be talking about is the unique game called Wallet, which uses a literal wallet as the main component.  The story is that you are surrounded by the cops, and to escape you need an ID and some cash form the boss, but he just took off in a helicopter.  Lucky for you, he dropped his wallet with all of the IDs and cash left inside.  So on your turn you will be searching the wallet trying to find a plausible ID and some cash to either get out of town, or bribe the cops to look the other way.  But be careful, there could be an undercover cop in your midst if they find their badge in the wallet.  Rounds are quick at only 10 minutes and the whole game is over in 30 minutes, with the person who scored the most points being the winner.  So if you want to get your hands on this game with a very thematic and unique component, you will have to wait until June of next year.

And finally, we have the two App releases for the day, the first being an update to the Carcassonne app and the release of the updated Abalone app.  Carcassonne is the perennial favorite tile laying game that most games and even non-gamers know about, and it has done very well as an app in the past.  But this new release of the game makes it look stunning by introducing fully 3D tiles to the game.  This will give the classic game a lot of pop and make it look really impressive.  Check out the new version here and then download it from Google play (sorry iPhones) or steam today.

The second app that has been release is Abalone, a classic abstract strategy game of pushing marbles to corner and remove your opponent’s pieces.  The game looks great and bringing it to the app space means you will be able to practice and work on your strategies against an AI before challenging other players.  Plus the ability to vary aspects of the game like how many marbles you need to remove to win, or setting a time limit, allows you to add more challenge to the game if you are a seasoned player.  So if you are interested you can find out more about the game here, and then download it from your particular app store or steam today.

Cryptozoic has announced two new games set in the DC universe, both of which are scheduled to release in June of 2018.
DC Spyfall
The wildly popular social deduction game Spyfall gets some licensing love from DC with DC Spyfall. Now 3-8 players will take on roles other than beach-goer or cruise-ship-captain and instead fill the roles of DC superheroes in more familiar fictional locations.
In this Spyfall variant up to 8 superheroes are planning a secret meeting at iconic locations including the Fortress of Solitude, the Daily Planet, and the Batcave. The only hiccup in this plan is one of them is secretly The Joker in disguise. Using traditional Spyfall mechanics players take turns asking and answering questions to suss out who the real superheroes are and who the traitor is before The Joker figures out where the meeting is.
The Joker always has a sidekick. Harley Quinn has followed the Joker, and knows where the meeting is taking place. In each of the rounds one player might have a Harley Quinn image on the card. If that’s the case, that player needs to secretly feed The Joker information without actually knowing who The Joker is. In this case if The Joker wins both The Joker and Harley score points!
You wouldn’t be a superhero without some super-abilities. Ability cards add a new twist in the game. Special ability cards include the power to dodge a question, require answers to be three words of fewer, and many more.
Multiverse decks have the superheroes in eight different locations, rather than one unified location, but players won’t know if they are in a Multiverse until the end of the round. Sounds like the makings of a wild round with incoherent answers, just like The Joker likes it.

The final twist – all Jokers. In this round all the questions and answers are based on no information at all. It’s the makings of a house of mirrors!

DC Deck-Building Crossover Pack 7: New Gods

The ever expanding DC Comics Deck-Building Game received an jumbo Multiverse Box this summer, and now some additional content is coming to help fill it via the New Gods Crossover Pack.

If you are Darkseid, you seek to conquer New Genesis…but so do your fellow Super-Villain players. The Super Heroes, conversely, compete to conquer Apokolips.

A new keyword has also been added to the game: Protector. Reveal the protector card to attempt to thwart an invasion on your Homeworld.

Instead of Super-Villain stacks, two new stacks of Homeworld cards have entered the game. Each Homeworld has a special ability that any player can take advantage of. If the Level 3 New Genesis or Apokolips is conquered the game ends and the player with the most victory points wins.

Both the DC Crossover 7 expansion and the DC Spyfall game are scheduled for a June 2018 release.

Well it’s a cornucopia of news today, with an influx of announcements across the board (board? see what I did there?), so hold on to your Top Hats, and let’s go.

Catalyst Games have announced not one, not two, actually yes, two Shadowrun games.

  • Shadowrun Zero Day – is a head-to-head card game, quick fire and heading for launch in June at GenCon
  • Shadowrun: The Board Game – this may stir some memories, originally planned for 2014, this game has gone through a heavy redesign and is also planned for a GenCon release. Build your team, level and gear up your runners, go on missions, sounds like a solid strategy.

Fantasy Flight Games launches the sixth wave of Armada expansions. This brings us the Imperial Light Carrier Expansion Pack and the Hammerhead Corvettes Expansion Pack draw inspiration from Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One.

Three new ships – one Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier and two Hammerhead corvettes – will shake up your fleet nicely, and with a host of upgrades, they will encourage you to get up close and personal with your foe.

Steve Jackson Games are also in the news. Continuing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ever popular OgreSteve Jackson Games are re-releasing digital versions of three classic, hard-to-find Ogre supplements: Shockwave, Ogre Reinforcement Pack, and Battlefields.

New units in Shockwave include a devastating Cruise Missile, a Laser Tower to shoot it down, two new types of GEV; and the Superheavy Tank!

You want more news? Well OK then.

Cryptozoic have said they have three titles coming soon

  • Ghostbusters 2 – is due out in Q3 2017. Hot on the heals of a very successful Kickstarter, this will be hitting Retail stores soon. So if you want a copy, Who you gonna call? That’s right, your FLGS!
  • Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Melee at Murdershroom Marsh (to use its full title) is the latest addition to the Epic Spell Wars series. Fully compatible with the previous releases, and as a standalone addition this new game will surely take you on a trip!
  • Finally, the DC Deck Building continues with DC Deck-Building Game Crossover Pack 6: Birds of Prey. One of DC’s most popular super-hero team ups, the Birds of Prey are made up of fierce, intelligent and brave superheroes who operate in the shadows to protect the citizens of Gotham City and beyond.

In case you have missed it – CMON have also been in the news recently, announcing a new miniatures game based on A Song of Ice and Fire (that’s The Game of Thrones books, in case you weren’t aware) – A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game (think the clues in the name).

This will be heading to Kickstarter in Q3 of 2017 and retail stores in 2018.

Just a couple more….

Genius Games‘ next game is on KickStarter right now. Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game has already passed its modest funding goal. Winner of the 2016 Stonemeier Design Day Highest Rated Game award, this worker placement game takes place inside a human cell.

This game is in very real danger of educating you, while you have fun! You have been warned.

Last, but certainly not least – Ultra Pro have announced three games ‘coming soon’

  • Fetch – Is all about helping your animal friends get their treats, not by moving them around, but by moving the Park!
  • Battle Kittens – The name says it all. Gear up your Moggies and let the fur fly!
  • Iron Curtain – Just when you thought it couldn’t get any cuter…it didn’t. A micro game of super powers assering their influence, and dominating battlegrounds to ensure their political victory.

And there we go, a bumper crop for you to feast on!

 

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Playroom Entertainment’s best-selling party game, Geek Out!, is getting a fourth edition based on the popular comedy sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Warner Bros. Television and Cryptozoic are teaming up with them to bring this latest installment to the table with all the quality and humor that fans come to expect from both the Geek Out! series and the hit CBS show. For those unfamiliar with Geek Out!, it is at default a trivia game that asks players to list as many things that they can pertaining to a given category, such as Comic Books, Science Fiction, and Games among many others. The two editions of Geek out that have spawned from it’s original release, Pop Culture and TableTop, further delve into those particular categories. As announced in the press release, the addition of The Big Bang Theory to the series is almost a no-brainer:

 “With subjects including, Comics, Games, SciFi, Fantasy and questions about Warner Bros. Television’s hit comedy series, Geek Out! The Big Bang Theory edition will be great for the show’s fans and those knowledgeable about tons of geeky subjects. […] Using the simple, yet competitive game mechanic, Geek Out! lends itself to amazing social interaction play that is perfect for fans of The Big Bang Theory.”

It’s not easy to say where the series will go from here, but it is a very entertaining idea to mix all the sets together to form an interesting challenge for those seeking to out-geek one another. It also calls to question what other franchises might we see for Geek Out! in the future…but only time will tell. For further information, check out Playroom’s and Cryptozoic’s website for  updates on Geek Out! and similar upcoming products.

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Train Heist is a game designed by Sean Dallas McDonald that was recently and successfully Kickstarted. Train Heist is a cooperative game where 2-4 players join together to rob a train.

Well, in a formal press release from Cryptozoic, they will be partnering with Tower Guard Games to release the game in 2017. The following was announced:

Cryptozoic Announces Partnership with Tower Guard Games to Release Train Heist Board Game

After Successful Kickstarter Campaign, Acclaimed Game Will Receive Wide Retail Release in 2017
Lake Forest, CA – October 7, 2016 – Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, today announced its partnership with Tower Guard Games for a wide release of Train Heist in early 2017.

In this cooperative board game of “rightin’ wrongs and robbin’ trains,” 2 to 4 players take the role of a band of cowboys who work together to stop the corrupt Sheriff and the rich folks of Notting County from stealing all of the townsfolk’s earnings. Creator Sean McDonald ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the game in 2015 that earned double its initial funding goal. Reviews for the game were overwhelmingly positive and it stayed on BoardGameGeek’s “Hotness” list for most of 2015. As the publisher for the game, Cryptozoic will provide a widespread retail release and help it find a much larger audience.

You can visit the closed Kickstarter page here to learn more about the game.

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Previously we reported on how Cryptozoic is releasing a meeples line based on superheroes and other IPs, and this is another addition to that line.  Just announced was the next collectors tin to be released of the mighty meeples line, and that is the Batman Rogues Gallery.  This Batman shaped tin will contain the 7 most iconic Batman villains; The Joker, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and the Penguin.  The release of this set is still quite a ways off with a February 2017 release, but you will be able to find these characters in the booster packs being released next month.  So you might get lucky and get a full villain set before the release of the tin.