Eric Lang

Rising Sun, Eric Lang’s highly regarded game that was published by CMON Limited in 2018 is getting its own comic book, to be published by IDW beginning in November 2019.

The comic book is to be written by “industry legend” Ron Marz and David Rodriguez, the co-authors of IDW’s Skylanders, with illustrations by
Martín Cóccolo, who has previously illustrated web comic compilations as well as Star Trek: Year Five that were published by IDW.

According to the press release, “IDW’s Rising Sun storyline introduces Chiyoko of the Koi Clan, leader of a group of powerful warriors – the best each clan has to offer – on a mission to save Japan from dragons and monsters. But perhaps the greatest threat she faces is not the many monsters who are ravaging the country… but her very own team!”

The initial 3-book miniseries and the following issues will also provide exclusive content that promises “to enhance the game-playing experience” for the game’s many fans.

For further information and to check out some of the artwork, be sure and take a look here.

CMON and CD PROJEKT RED announce Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game. You may recall the splash Cyberpunk 2077 made earlier this year at E3 when it was revealed that Keanu Reeves stars as a non-player character in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game.  This will be the first collaboration between the two companies, with plans for more to follow.

Longtime Cyberpunk RPG fan, Eric M. Lang (Blood Rage, Rising Sun, Arcadia Quest) teams up with Andrea Chiarvesio (Kingsburg, Hyperborea) to design Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game, a game that thrusts players into the dark alleyways of Night City, where ruthless gangs clash with corporations in an endless war for money, power, and control.

In Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game, players become Fixers, the databrokers and masterminds who recruit cyberpunks, equip them with gear, and send them out on missions. The game uses a drafting mechanic and special dashboard to provide players the opportunity to decide whether to spend limited funds to add the card to their team or to sacrifice the card to build capital. Player must balance between what they can afford and what they need to ensure a successful mission. Their Street Cred, the only currency that truly matters, is riding on this. Each successful mission raises the player’s Street Cred and mission survivors become Veterans, imparting their knowledge and experience to newer recruits.

Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game will be released in 2020.

Wizkids announces an ultimate edition of Quarriors!, a fast-paced dice pool game where your dice summon creatures, cast spells, and captures more powerful creatures to add to their pool, all in the quest for the most Glory. Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition! Is truly an ultimate edition.  It includes all four expansion: Quarriors! Rise of the Demons, Quarriors! Quest of the Qladiator, Quarriors! Quarmageddon, and Quarriors! Quartifacts.  If that was not enough, it also includes every promo card ever produced for Quarriors! (including the never-before-printed Ghost of X-Mas Past, Present, and Future!). Contents include 340 custom dice, 211 cards, a double-sided glory tracker, 4 glory markers, 4 quest markers, 4 felt dice bags, and rulebook. Look for Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition! at a friendly local game store near you soon.

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Fracture of Biel-Tan Campaign Box is the first, big box expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Battle for Ultramar. In Dice Masters, 2 players make use of a team of characters who are represented by cards, to combat each other through card effects and dice rolls. The Dice Masters engine was developed by Mike Elliott, and Eric M. Lang, when they originally created Quarriors! for WizKids.

This expansion features characters such as the Daemons of Chaos and Skarbrand the Ynnari, The Masque of Slaanesh, The Yncarne, and Yvraine. The Campaign Box includes Sidekick dice, Basic Action dice, rules, and dice bags for two players to create teams comprised of Daemons of Chaos or Ynnari, or a mixture of them both.

               

To further expand play options for the game, players can also purchase the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Blood Angels – Black Rage team pack. This expansion features the Blood Angels and special units such as Commander Dante, the Death Company, and Sanguinary Priests. If that’s not enough, the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Dark Angels — The First team pack adds the legendary Dark Angels. Special units such as Fallen Angel, Cypher, and the Deathwing Knight join the fray. Both packs contain 3 different versions of each character includes 24 cards, with 16 dice.

These expansions are expected to release around March of 2019.

Cool Mini or Not has a big batch of new products coming very soon. Announced via press release, CMON has updated their release schedule to show a large number of titles all being available for retail in time for Christmas. With such a wide variety of games suitable for players of all preferences, it’s safe to say this is one publisher ready to please for the holidays. The following list of games are all slated to release on November 23rd:

  • Narcos, the cooperative board game based on the hit Netflix original, pits players as characters from the show trying to manage a growing narcotics empire.
  • Newton, one of the hottest euro-games of the year, has players take on the role of young scientists following in the footsteps of the greatest minds of 17th century by traveling Europe, studying, earning money, developing new tools for the pursuit of knowledge.
  • Both versions of Railroad Ink, a striking roll-and-write challenging players to build networks on an ever shrinking dry-erase board of options. Each version includes two unique expansions, and both versions can be combined to mix up the options and the fun.
  • The Grizzled, Armistice edition, is the new CMON re-release of the favorite cooperative game now featuring a campaign mode and pre-painted miniatures.
  • 5 new products for A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. A Night’s Watch Starter Set brings many of the brave and grizzled watchers of the wall to the table, and they pave the way for 4 new add-on packs – The Sworn Brothers, the Ranger Hunters, the Stark Outriders, and the Lannister Halberdiers.

Victorian Masterminds, on the other hand, is an exception and is instead slated to release January 25th, 2019. The hotly anticipated game from Eric Lang and Antoine Bauza where players take on the roles of famous villains attempting to realize their nefarious plans is only a few months away yet I’m positive the wait is well worth it. Of course all dates listed here are subject to change, which is par for the course as many of the titles listed here have had their street dates revised at least once before. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these releases, or further release updates from CMON, be sure to check out their website for announcements and details.

This year, WizKids have switched the Dice Masters release model from that of blind booster pack purchases to a defined set in the form of expansion packs or campaign boxes. Recently their first campaign box, Avengers Infinity Dice Masters, was released (and you can get more information on it in Tom’s review of the game). However, it sorely lacked many of the beloved mutant superheroes so X-Men Forever Dice Masters seeks to rectify that situation and is packed full of characters from the X-Men, Brotherhood, Hellfire Club, and other beloved mutant teams.

Dice Masters was originally designed by Eric M. Lang and Mike Elliot and is a 2-player dice game where players pit teams of heroes and villains against each other in dice battle. The set will contain more than a dozen characters and their dice and is intended for players aged 14+. Games last roughly 30 minutes.

Expect the X-Men Forever Dice Masters Campaign Box to be released on November 1st, 2018.

Cool Mini Or Not has a new Kickstarter Campaign for HATE, a brutal combat board game based on the “Chronicles of HATE” graphic novel by Adrian Smith. HATE is designed by Guillotine Games, the creators of Zombicide in all its incarnations, while being overseen by Eric Lang. In HATE, 2-6 players each control their team of 11 characters from a single tribe: 2 Youngbloods, 6 Warriors, 1 Shaman, 1 Champion and 1 Towering Prince, a massive character from a more evolved line of humans. Each character has its own stats and abilities, and each tribe also has a unique deck of 8 cards which add bonuses to battle.

Fallen characters, if captured, can be tortured to accumulate Hate, or can be consumed for resources. HATE is a game for mature audiences, and features dark violence, brutally detailed miniatures, as well as some nudity. Additionally, HATE will not be moving to retail stores, selling exclusively through the Kickstarter Campaign. HATE core set will initially come with 4 asymmetric tribes, although CMoN has stated the game will support 6 players as more tribes are introduced.

The Kickstarter campaign for HATE will continue through February 7, and is expected to deliver in January 2019.

CMoN has announced they will be publishing Victorian Masterminds from acclaimed designers Eric M. Lang and Antoine Bauza in 2018. Originally announced by Space Cowboys in 2016 (french video here, english here), Victorian Masterminds has 2-4 players take on the roles of evil geniuses in the 19th century, wreaking havoc on an unprotected London after the disappearance of the protector Sherlock Holmes. Players need to send their henchmen into the city, completing missions, destroying buildings, and collecting pieces to build their ultimate evil contraption. When a player has finished their contraption, or the Secret Service can control this villainy, the game ends, with victory going to the player with the most points. Victorian Masterminds features highly asymmetric characters with unique abilities and contraptions. Gameplay involves placing tiles representing individual agents (Henchmen, Machine, Saboteur, Pilot or Number 2) face down on locations within the city. When a location gets 3 tiles, they are immediately revealed and executed in order.

Read the full press release on the CMoN website here.

Steve Jackson Games has announced Munchkin Clowns, a new booster pack of 15 cards, is coming to the standard Munchkin collection. A little creepy, a little funny, Munchkin Clowns will feature art from Len Peralta, the artist behind Bill and Ted’s Excellent Boardgame.

The Munchkin CCG is finally coming to stores this February. The brainchild of the incredible designers Eric M. Lang (Blood Rage, Dice Masters) and Kevin Wilson (Game of Thrones, Descent), Munchkin CCG has been talked about for several months now. The CCG allows players to enter as one of 6 characters, hiring monsters, attacking opponents and collecting loot. The big mechanism of the new game is the ability to bluff – players play their cards face down, allowing their opponent opportunity to run, face the proposed attack, or just simply cheat. Three starter decks will be available along with booster packs of 12 random cards each.

Both these Munchkin related pieces of gaming goodness are coming February 2018. For the full newsletter about these bits of Munchkin goodness, check out Steve Jackson’s Daily Illuminator here.

Last year at Gen Con, CMON released Bloodborne: The Card Gamedesigned by Eric M. Lang, and sold out before the show ended. This year at Gen Con, CMON announced an expansion to the game, titled The Hunter’s Nightmare, collaboratively designed by Eric M. Lang and Christopher Chung (designer of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival). Bloodborne: The Card Game can be played with 3 to 5 players in about 30 – 45 minutes and involves players exploring a Chalice Dungeon deck of monsters before facing a final boss. It’s a competitive game that contains hand management, dice rolling, and push your luck elements.

Return to the Chalice Dungeons in the upcoming Bloodborne: The Card Game – The Hunter’s Nightmare. In this expansion, players must survive against new, deadly bosses and monsters; however, new weapons will help Hunters along the way. The Hunter’s Nightmare also introduces two new gameplay features: Death Tokens and Runes, both of which will have lasting effects throughout your games. Bloodborne: The Card Game – The Hunter’s Nightmare arrives at your FLGS in Q1 2018. We’ll take a closer look at it before then, so keep your weapons ready.

Visit the CMON website for more information as the expansion gets closer to release.