Dark Moon

Wizkids has just announced plans to release Doppleganger in 2018, an adventuring-party card game with a traitor mechanic. Wizkids has been on announcing a pile of new games, and Doppleganger can now get added to that last. Doppleganger is scheduled for a May 2018 release. Players aged 14+ will spend 30 minutes figuring out which of the 4-8 players in the game are traitors.

In Doppleganger players are working together to find three Artifacts of Light. Things are never easy for an adventuring party, and in this case one or more of the players are hidden-traitor dopplegangers, trying to stop the party from finding three artifacts.

Wizkids has described the game as having mechanics similar to ResistanceBattlestar Galactica, and Dark Moon. While adventuring in Doppleganger players are invited to join an adventure and secretly throw cards into the pool. Players will also be required to choose which dice to use in the battles they encounter. Cards in the pool will help the adventuring part succeed (a weapon) or fail (who threw in the poison potion?!).

 

Content of the game will include:

  • 107 Cards (Heroes, Items, Quests, Loyalty, Reference)
  • 5 Dice
  • 1 Rule book
  • 1 Dice bag
  • Tokens
  • Damage counters
  • Exhaustion tokens

Munchkin: Rick and Morty is coming soon from Steve Jackson Games. This standalone version of Munchkin has all the great art and humor you expect from the hit animated show. Munchkin: Rick and Morty is due out at the end of the year.

The Kickstarter project Bitten is coming to retail from Play Grim Games. Dubbed a survival game for 2-4 players, players in Bitten have 5 minutes to gather enough supply cards to leave the group, or else discover which among you has been bitten. Bitten is due to be released July 2017.

Dark Moon: Shadow Corporation is coming from Stronghold Games. The first expansion for Dark Moon (2011), Shadow Corporation adds new characters, actions and events. There are also new ways the game can end, and two optional modules to add to the paranoia. Dark Moon: Shadow Corporation is due out at the end of 2017.

A new expansion to Galaxy Defenders (2014) is coming from Ares Games – Galaxy Defenders: Final Countdown. Three new agents are added to the game, with new classes, powers and items. Scandium, the guerilla warrior ignores class restrictions. Additionally, Scandium has such a hatred towards alien robots that she gains bonuses. Xeno-Warrior is an alien, but is driven by the thrill of the fight. Xeno-Warrior gets to pick a target race at the start of the mission. Finally, Vanadium the bounty hunter has a growing fury that increases his damage with bladed weapons. Galaxy Defenders: Final Countdown is due out August 2017.

Klondike Rush is coming from Ryan Laukat and Red Raven Games. Described as a bidding/stock game set during the gold rush, 2-5 players build mines along routes, and can gain a big bonus if they kill the wild monster scaring off the miners. Klondike Rush is due out at the end of 2017.

Stronghold Games is bringing the first expansion to City of Spies: Estoril 1942. City of Spies: Double Agent brings new spies with new abilities which can infiltrate Estoril or the new map of Lisbon. Double Agent allows for a 5th player, contains 7 new characters, a new nationality, a new mission card, and of course the new ability to be a double agent. City of Spies: Double Agent is due out at the end of 2017.

van ryder games

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Van Ryder Games has issued a press release concerning an addition to its staff.  The following is the press release in full:

Van Ryder Games announced today that Evan Derrick, designer of the hit 2015 Stronghold Games release Dark Moon, has formally joined the company as partner and will assume the role of Vice President and Creative Director. In this role, Evan will oversee and manage art direction and graphic design, implement marketing strategies, and help with game development, in addition to other duties.

A.J. Porfirio, President of Van Ryder Games, comments: “I am very excited to officially have Evan join the company. Not only does he bring many useful talents and skills to improve our growing brand, but he is also well-known in the industry and a great up and coming designer. This puts us in a great position to expand our library of thematic games in 2016 and beyond.”

Evan has been working with Van Ryder Games on an interim basis since the middle of 2015. He has contributed to the upcoming 2016 releases of Salvation Road (graphic design) and Saloon Tycoon (art direction and graphic design). Additionally, Van Ryder Games will be publishing Evan’s next design to be announced at a later date.

Evan’s reaction to joining Van Ryder Games: “Highly thematic games that give players an immersive, unforgettable experience are my favorite games to both play and create, so I could not imagine a better company to be working with. I’m thrilled to be a part of expanding existing games like Hostage Negotiator, as well as helping to develop VRG’s upcoming releases.”

Van Ryder Games was established in 2011 for the purpose of bringing thematically immersive board and card games to the market. Van Ryder Games continues to grow each year and will be releasing their first big box game, Salvation Road in 2016. For interviews or other media inquiries, please contact A.J. Porfirio at sales@vanrydergames.com.

Two eagerly awaited games are soon to be released and available for pre-order now from one of the industry’s top publishers: Stronghold Games.

dark moon

First up is Dark Moon a game of deception and betrayal in space. Dark Moon is based on a game called BSG Express designed by Evan Derrick that was released as a print an play game. BSG Express quickly became a hit and is said to be the most downloaded PNP game on BGG. Stronghold Games kept Evan Derrick as the designer for Dark Moon which also includes art by Evan and Viktor Csete.

You are a crew member on a deep space mining expedition to Titan, the dark moon of Saturn. During a routine excavation, an “incident” occurs whereby some of the crew become infected with an unknown virus, and become paranoid, deceitful, and violent, trying to destroy the others.

At the start of the game players are divided into two groups: Infected and Uninfected. Each player will know which team they belong to but will not know about the other players affiliation. Uninfected players simply need to survive till the end of the game to win and the infected players secretly attempt to destroy them. This game provides all the paranoia of Battlestar Galactica (BSG) in a fraction of the time and from all accounts I’ve come across so far it is an exceptional game.

Dark Moon plays 3 – 7 people and takes 60 -75 minutes. It should be available from you FLGS/OLGS on June 24th 2015 so if you’re interested keep an eye out or pre-order it today.

granja

Next up is La Granja, which made its first appearance at Essen Speil 2014 published by Spielworxx and was a huge hit. La Granja is designed by Michael Keller (II) and Andreas “ode.” Odendahl and includes beautiful art by Harald Lieske.

In La Granja players will control small farms on the island of Mallorca. Over 6 rounds players will expand their farms by adding fields, farm expansions, market barrows, and helpers while earning victory points by delivering goods to the nearby village.

La Granja is a fascinating game that requires careful planning. Timing and speed is crucial. However, successful players must cope with the uncertainty of events during the game. The player who has earned the most victory points at the end of the game is the winner and new owner of the La Granja estate!

La Granja requires 1 – 4 players to carefully plan and time their actions, keep watch on other players actions, and adjust strategy based on cards and dice. La Granja is considered to be a very approachable and streamlined euro that has already seen great success so no doubt this game will do very well for Stronghold Games. It is one of the most anticipated games to come out of Speil 2014 so if you’re interested definitely keep an eye out for it in July 2015 at your FLGS/OLGS or pre-order it today.