“The positive response from Disney fans and strategy board game enthusiasts for the growing Disney Villainous franchise has been overwhelming. In the last quarter of 2018, Ravensburger sold more than a quarter of a million copies globally of Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes It All, and it rose to Top 5 of Amazon’s Most Wished for Board Games. Even before it hit shelves last summer, we knew we had a winner and had already begun working on the next in the franchise, Wicked to the Core.” -Filip Francke, CEO of Ravensburger North America
In Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes It All, players take on the personas of classic, Disney, wicked characters who compete against their evil peers. Players can choose from Maleficent, Ursula, Jafar, Prince John, Queen of Hearts, or Captain Hook. Each of the villains have their own storylines based on events in the Disney films in which they appear including, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. The villains stay in their own story realm but are able to foil other villains by playing Hero cards, which hamper their paths to victory. A standalone expansion, Disney Villains: Wicked to the Core, was also announced and it expands the base game (allowing for 6 players) with 3 more villains, who can also be played on their own without the original game. The villains included in the expansion were voted for by Disney fans.
“To engage the fans in the process, we encouraged people to ‘Vote’ for the Disney Villain they’d like to play. We were thrilled to see that our next trio of bad guys (and gal) – Hades, Dr. Facilier and Evil Queen – made the top 10 list of Disney Villains as voted by our fans.” -Filip Francke, CEO of Ravensburger North America
Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core will be available from March 3rd, 2019.
CGE definitely has their holiday release schedule ready enough as-is, but as they’ve proven within the past few years – there’s always room for more word-based party games. That’s not me complaining, though, because CGE has been knocking it out of the park in that category, so it’s with great pleasure to share with you a few more coming quarter four of this year. The most exciting of the two releases is the all-new Trapwords – a party game inspired by the team vs. team play of Codenames with a slight twist thrown in. As described on CGE’s product page:
“Trapwords is a fun and fast-paced party game for two teams, who simultaneously prepare their lists of trapwords. The simple task of giving clues for your word is made fiendishly difficult by not knowing which words you can’t say. If you succeed, you advance to higher levels with more trapwords and additional challenges. Includes a set of regular words as well as a set with a fantasy theme.”
Codenames, on the other hand, does not need any introduction, but it’s still awesome to also announce that it’s Pictures version is getting the same XXL treatment that the base game has already gotten. There are no gameplay changes at all, just a giant version of the game this time featuring it’s unique and puzzling artwork on much bigger tiles. With this next step it is within reason to expect that Duet will receive the same treatment in the future, but I’m curious if the themed versions, such as Deep Undercover, Disney, and Marvel, will as well. We’ll have to wait and see! In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about these, and other, upcoming CGE releases, be sure to check out their website for updates.
Step into the mind of your favorite Disney Villain in Villainous (costumes optional – or not!) Play as Jafar, Ursula Maleficent and more as you plot against heroes and your opponents alike and play cards that change your story. Send minions to do your evil bidding and use Fate Cards to thwart the plans of the other villains in the game. Villainous made by Wonder Forge will be a family game night favorite for 2-6 players ages 10 and up.
Glenn Drover is a name known to most board game enthusiasts. He founded Eagle Games, designed many games, including Railroad Tycoon (AKA Railways of the World), Conquest of the Empire, and Age of Empires III.
The name Jason Kapalka may be less well-known in our circles, but his accomplishments are not. He is the co-founder and chief game designer at PopCap who make the insanely popular video games Bejeweled, Peggle, and Plants Vs. Zombies.
Those two luminaries are coming together to found Forbidden Games, and they are bringing their unique design aesthetic with them. PopCap Games turned casual gaming on its ear, investing as much into the lighter end of games as most companies did only with their premium games, and making their games visually and aurally superior to others in the same market in the process. Eagle Games made a similar mark, producing mid-weight board games with large, lovely boards, miniatures and attention to detail in components.
Forbidden Games promises to continue this trend, with a mission statement that reads, “We believe a great board game is something you should treasure and play for years to come.” For their first game, Railroad Rivals, which will launch on Kickstarter later this month, they have hired veteran Disney animator Brian Kesinger, who has worked on movies like Tarzan and Moana.
USAopoly is continuing their magic streak this year at GenCon. First off is an entry into the magical world of Disney with this version of Codenames, specifically Codnames: Disney Family Version which was being demo’d in their booth. Codenames was a *huge* 2015 hit from designer Vlaada Chvátil. Codenames: Disney Family Edition keeps the Codenames gameplay, while featuring characters and locations from a variety of Disney and Pixar films, with words on one side of the cards and images on the other. As mentioned the game is only being demo’d at the booth and will be available for purchase soon.
Continuing with their magical flare, USAopoly extended their winning streak with the release of the expansion to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle namely the Monster Box of Monsters Expansion. Before mentioning a single thing about the booth, however, it’s important to note that their demo area was, again, doused in theme with music playing and smoke brewing.
The Monster Box of Monsters expansion is just that, an expansion, and requires the base game to play.
Venture into the Forbidden Forest with The Monster Box of Monsters, the highly anticipated expansion to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Play as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville or Luna Lovegood as you face frightening creatures and challenging encounters. Beware of any wrongdoing that might earn you detention! Only working together to defeat the evil forces and protecting iconic locations will make the Wizarding World safe once and for all!
Luna Lovegood is now a playable character and can be used in the base game as well
Much like the base game, there is much to be discovered on your own in this game and I don’t want to spoil a thing. Pictured above is a small representation of some of the cards that will be featured. You’ll have to deal with adding “junk” to your deck which will require spells to remove.
Moving right along is Super Mario Bros the Power Up Card Game. In Power Up, players receive, every round, a secret level card at random, with these cards being numbered 1-12. After looking at their card, each player in order can swap their card with the one held by their right-hand neighbor. Will you get something better? Maybe! If someone has a castle card, they’re immune from trade or disasters this round. After everyone has traded or passed, players can play “? Block” power-ups to affect their strength or others. Whoever has the lowest score in a round loses one of their life tokens, and if you lose all four life, you’re out of the game! Both Power Up and Harry Potter are available for purchase at the USAopoly booth.
And if that wasn’t magical enough for you, there’s always Golden Girls…..
USAopoly Inc. has announced two themed versions of their highly acclaimed game Codenames inspired by Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel will be released this fall. Codenames is a popular party game in which teams compete to provide clues to cards to their partner(s). In this case, however, the clue-givers run the risk of having their team accidentally choose cards that belong to the opposing team. Additionally, a spy card needs to be avoided by both teams or the game is lost. Only the clue-givers know which cards belong to which team!
USAopoly President and CEO John M. Davis had this to say:
“We recognized that Codenames was perfect for pairing with the Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel franchises. We are confident the Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel versions of Codenames will complement our extraordinary portfolio of game brands,”
Codenames has won a number of accolades including Dice Tower Gaming Award’s 2015 Best Family Game and 2015 Best Party game. In 2016 it also won the board game industry’s most prestigious award: the Spiel des Jahres.
Codenames Disney Family Edition will feature characters and locations from Disney and Disney•Pixar films throughout the last 90 years. Codenames Marvel Edition will appeal to Marvel fans and will be more of a traditional party game. The game will incorporate many fan favorites, including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Avengers,Doctor Strange, and Spider‑Man.
Davis went on to say “We’re particularly enthusiastic about the artwork, as it includes a great mix of characters and locations that Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel fans will appreciate.”
Both Codenames Disney Family Edition and Codenames Marvel Edition will be available in Fall 2017. Both games are targeted for players 8 and up. They will be sold exclusively in North Americ
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