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Cult: Choose Your God Wisely is a worker placement game by Cryptozoic Entertainment and Igrology. The game is designed by Konstanin Seleznev with art by Anton Kvasovarov (both known for Master of the Galaxy). In Cult: Choose your God Wisely, players choose from 8 gods around whom to form a cult following to curry favor with their Dark Entity and bring them total domination over the world’s populace. Each god has their own strengths and weaknesses and includes Cthulhu, Janus, Fafnir, and Arachne.

To win, players will need to either summon their god, build 5 altars to their god’s greatness, or rouse 4 fanatical mobs to dominate the Eternal City. The game has two phases. The Intention Phase, where players place their free Priests onto locations on the board, and the Resolution Phase, where a winner is determined in each location based on the player’s Priests influence there. Miracle and Intrigue cards are used to alter the outcomes of each conflict. Players who win a location are able to use its benefits, while other players with lesser influence receive alms in the form of coins. As the cult grows they gain access to more locations to choose from.

Cult: Choose your God Wisely supports 2-5 players, aged 12+, and plays in 45-90 mins. It’s expected to release before the end of the year. For more information, visit the Cryptozoic website.

There’s another crisis in the DC Deck-Building universe, and the Teen Titans are responding to the call!

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have announced release dates for the upcoming Crisis Expansion Pack 4 for the DC Deck-Building Game. The expansion will be available as a limited release at Gen Con, August 2-5, while the retail release will follow closely on August 8, 2018.

Crisis expansions for the DC Deck-Building Game can be combined with any base set to provide additional gameplay elements, including a cooperative mode, new keywords, and fresh mechanics. Crisis Expansion 4 focuses on DC’s Teen Titans, a team of younger heroes, as well as the Titans, original Teen Titans who’ve grown up. “Unity” is a new keyword in the set that encourages teamwork, benefiting from Ongoing Unity cards that your teammates have in play. The emphasis on teamwork is strengthened by Personal Crisis cards that affect only one player, but could threaten to bring down the entire team if not dealt with collectively.

Crisis Expansion Pack 4 is for 1-5 players, ages 15 & up, with a playtime of 60-120 minutes. The set was designed by Matt Dunn and Richard Brady, and requires a copy of the DC Deck-Building Game, or one of the other base sets (Heroes Unite, Forever Evil, or Teen Titans), to play.

The expansion contains 32 main deck cards, 12 Personal Crisis cards, 13 Super-Villains, and 14 oversized Super Heroes. The 8 Crisis Super Heroes showcase Teen Titans like Raven and Superboy, while the 6 non-Crisis Super Heroes feature the Titans: Nightwing, The Flash, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Omen, and Tempest.

If you are attending Gen Con, Cryptozoic’s booth (#601) will have limited quantities available for sale before the retail release on August 8.

Random factoid: the Teen Titans lineup (Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven) made popular by the 2003-2006 animated series is quite different from the earlier comics incarnation (Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Wonder Girl) of the Teen Titans in the 1960s.

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.

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Panic at the Pleasure Palace is the newest entry from Cryptozoic Entertainment in the popular, spell-casting card game. Panic at the Pleasure Palace “introduces Magically Transmitted Diseases,” or MTDs, which is about all you need to know to decide whether this fourth game in the Epic Spell Wars series is a fit for your particular sensibilities.

Coming Q3 2018, Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Panic at the Pleasure Palace brings more of the inventive art and imaginative characters to the series while ratcheting up the vulgarity, swears, and mature themes. For more details on this game by Corey Jones and Matt Hyra, with art by RS Bixby, check out Cryptozoic’s website.

While the Marvel universe dominates the box office, the DC universe is getting a little bigger with the release of The DC Deck-Building Game:  Rivals—Green Lantern vs. Sinestro from Cryptozoic Games.

A new stand alone game using the DC Deck-Building Game mechanics, the latest itteration places players into the never-ending conflict between Hal Jordan and Sinestro. The game will feature two different paths depending on what role the player takes. The Sinestra role is focussed on attacking and forcing opponents to take bad cards. The Green Lantern role will focus on drawing cards and features a strong defense.

The game comes with 98 cards that includes new heroes, villains, equipment, locations, and constructs. It includes six over-sized character cards with variable cards associated with them. Each character in the game will have unique abilities and will become more powerful when defeated, gaining access to additional abilities, until at the end of the game one ring-bearer is finally triumphant.

While a stand alone game, the game is also fully compatible with earlier DC Deck-Building Games games including Rivals—Batman vs. The Joker and the Confrontations set. The game is made for 2 players age 15+ and takes around 30 minutes to play.

DC Deck-Building Game

The DC Deck-Building Game:  Rivals—Green Lantern vs. Sinestro from Cryptozoic Games is built on the original DC Deck-Building Game system which was released in 2012 by Cryptozoic Games. In the system each each player chooses a hero with a special power and starts the game with a deck of ten cards. On each turn a player will use the five cards in their hand to acquire or conquer the five types of cards in the game: heroes, villains and super-villains, equipment, super powers, and locations. Players will defend themselves from attacks while attempting to defeat super-villains in an attempt to gain the most victory points.

The Rivals systems was introduced in 2014 with Rivals – Batman vs The Joker as more direct combat was introduced with confrontation rules that allow players to attack their opponents and block cards that ward off confrontations.

In Rivals the first player to drop the opponent three times wins, though if the deck runs out of cards the player with the most victory points wins.

Cryptozoic Entertainment will preview Pantone: The Game at GAMA Trade Show. This is an easy-to-learn, competitive, party game designed by Scott Rogers to be released later in 2018.

Adam Sblendorio, Vice President of Creative at Cryptozoic:

“Pantone: The Game embodies the idea that a picture speaks a thousand words. By reducing characters to simple representations, the game captures the child-like feeling of wonder and accomplishment that comes from visual recognition, being able to identify someone or something with just a look. We feel that the game will appeal to a really wide audience.” [source]

In Pantone: The Game the player who is currently the Artist chooses the character card and then designs a representation of that character using only color swatch cards. The other players then take turns guessing who it is. If nobody can guess the character then a hint is given at the start of the next round with the player and artist receiving less points based on the number of hints used. Both the artist and the winning guesser score points. The winner is the player with the most points after each player has taken a turn being the artist three times.

The game features 132 character cards and supports 2-20 players, aged 8+. It plays in 15-30 mins.

 

Toy Fair 2018 is right around the corner.  February 17-20 will mark the dates of this New York Trade Show. Cryptozoic Entertainment will be previewing a lot of new games at this year’s fair. Rick and Morty has been a popular IP recently and Cryptozoic is bringing three Rick and Morty titles along with them: The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Pickle Rick, and The Rickshank Rickdemption.   In addition to the Rick and Morty games, Crypotzoic is adding two new entries to their DC Deck-Building series: Rebirth and Crisis Expansion Pack 4.  They are also bringing The Arrival (Martin Wallace), a strategy board game where players assume the role of a tribe leader and Wallet, a 2-7 player party game where players need to convince the cops of their innocence.  Cryptozoic will preview these games (and a few more) at its booth (#5344) during the Toy Fair. 

Somewhere out there, a nerd is crying because I am about to talk about a DC Deck building release and Marvel Legendary release in the same article.  Anyway, first of the two releases I will be talking about is the upcoming DC Deck Building Game: Confrontations.  This is a stand alone game and plays similar to the Rivals set where it was Batman vs. Joker, but expands the roster on both sides and expands the player count up to 2 vs 2.  On the heroes side you will be able to choose from Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, or Zatanna, and on the villain side you will have your choice of Lex Luthor, Circe, Ocean Master, or Felix Faust.  You can even combine this with the Rivals set to expand the options and gameplay.  You can read more about the upcoming release on Cryptozoic’s website, and look for it on store shelves towards the end of the month.

The second release we have is from Upper Deck for Marvel Legendary, and that’s Marvel Legendary: Champions.  This set takes it’s heroes and cards from a very recent addition to the comic book universe, specifically the Champions series which debuted at the end of last year.  This set will bring in a selection of younger heroes with a more cooperative and less violent bent to them.  You will see the return of the keyword Versatile, as well as the addition of a new keyword, Cheering Crowds (yes it’s two words but work with me here).  The cheering crowds mechanics allows you to return a bystander you rescued to be able to activate that card a second time, opening up new options for gameplay.  There are also lots of new strategies to be had with characters like Viv Vision being able to rescue bystanders while recruiting.  So if this sounds like something you want to add to your Legendary collection, look for it on store shelves in early 2018, and you can check out Upper Deck’s website for more information.

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.

Origins is one of the biggest conventions in the US for gaming, and they have been giving out their awards for the best each year.  The different categories include family games, role-playing games, card games, game accessories, board games, collectible games (CCG, TCG, etc.), miniatures, and finally a Game of the Year.  Some of the past winners include great games like Codenames, Imperial Assault, and 7 Wonders Duel, so you know bad games aren’t getting these awards.  But that’s enough background information, here are the nominees for the 2017 Origins Awards:

Family Games (6 Nominees)

Role-Playing Game (10 Nominees)

  • 7th Sea: Second Edition by John Wick Presents (designed by John Wick, Mike Curry, Rob Justice, Mark Diaz Truman, Jesse Heinig)
  • Curse of Strahd by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
  • No Thank You, Evil! by Monte Cook Games (designed by Shanna Germain and Monte Cook)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Fantasy Flight (designed by Tim Flanders, Corey Konieczka, and Sam Stewart)
  • Shadowrun-Seattle Sprawl by Catalyst Game Labs (designed by Raymond Croteau, Jason Hardy, James Meiers, O.C. Presley, Scott Schletz, R.J. Thomas, Malik Toms, Thomas Willoughby, CZ Wright, and Russell Zimmerman)
  • Symbaroum by Järnringen and co-published by Modiphius Entertainment (designed by Martin Grip, Mattias Johnsson, Mattias Lilja and Johan Nohr.
  • Storm King’s Thunder by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jenna Helland, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
  • Star Wars: Edge of the Empire-Special Modifications by Fantasy Flight (designed by Blake Bennett, Tim Cox, Jordan Goldfarb, Sterling Hershey and Monte Lin)
  • The One Ring: Horse: Lords of Rohan by Cubicle 7 (designed by Shane Ivey, Andrew Kenrick, T.S. Luikart, Francesco Nepitello, and James Spahn)
  • Volo’s Guide to Monsters by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Ed Greenwood, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Kim Mohan, Christopher Perkins, Sean K. Reynolds, Matthew Sernett, Chris Sims, and Steve Winter)

Traditional Card Games (8 Nominees)

Game Accessories (4 Nominees)

  • Blood Rage Organizer by The Broken Token (designed by Greg Spence)
  • Dungeon Morph Dice Adventurer Set by Inkwell Ideas / Q-Workshop (designed by Joe Wetzel, Dyson Logos, Matt Jackson, Shane Knysh, Tim Ballew, Dave Millar, Sigurd Johansson, AJ Stone)
  • Flip ‘N Tray Mat Case by Ultimate Guard (designed by Adrian Alonso)
  • Improved D Total by Gamescience (designed by Dr. A.F. Simkin, Col. Louis Zocchi, Frank Dutrait)

Board Games (10 Nominees)

  • Blood Rage by (designed by Eric M. Lang)
  • Clank! by Renegade Games (designed by Paul Dennen)
  • Cry Havoc by Portal Games (designed by Grant Rodiek, Michael Oracz, Michael Walczak)
  • Feast for Odin by Z Man Games/Asmodee (designed by Uwe Rosenberg)
  • Islebound by Red Raven Games (designed by Ryan Laukat)
  • Mansions of Madness by Fantasy Flight/Asmodee (designed by Christopher Burdett, Anders Finér, Henning Ludvigsen)
  • Scythe by Stonemaier Games (designed by Jamey Stegmaier)
  • Star Wars Rebellion by Fantasy Flight (designed by Corey Konieczka)
  • Terraforming Mars by (designed by Jacob Fryxelius)
  • World’s Fair 1893 by Renegade Game Studios and Foxtrot Games (designed by J. Alex Kevern)

Collectible Games (5 Nominees)

  • Yu-Gi-Oh Breaker of Shadow Booster by Konami (designed by Konami Digital Entertainment)
  • Pokémon XY11 Steam Siege Booster by Pokémon USA (designed by The Pokémon Company)
  • Magic the Gathering: Kaladesh Booster Pack by Wizards of the Coast
  • Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men Booster Brick by WizKids (designed by WizKids)
  • Cardfight Vanguard Fighters Collection by Bushiroad

Miniatures (5 Nominees)

  • Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team by Games Workshop
  •  Konflikt ’47 by Warlord Games (designed by Clockwork Goblin Miniatures)
  • Dragon Rampant by Battlefront/Gale Force Nine
  • TANKS by Battlefront/Gale Force Nine (designed by Andrew Haught, Chris Townley, Phil Yates)
  • Dropfleet Commander by Hawk Wargames (designed by Andy Chambers and David Lewis)