Eric Lang

CMON is flying high with their recent offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange, and some of that elation is from a big upcoming release from the current hot designer, Eric Lang.  That game is The Godfather: The Board Game, based off the iconic film with all the names and faces you expect, even the infamous Don Corleone.  It is being touted as a confrontational worker placement game, with miniatures, where different mafia families are trying to take over the city.  To do that you will have to control different rackets, scheme behind your fellow player’s backs, rub out your competition, and even gain the favor of the Don himself.  Whoever can best manage the city’s seedy underbelly will be the one to come out on top and be the winner.

Just looking at the cover, the art is looking really good for this game, so props to Karl Kopinski who is doing it all.  Release of the game is still a way’s off with a planned 3rd quarter release in 2017.

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Deadpool seems to be all over everything geeky these days, and some places in the main stream culture, so of course games about him are coming too.  Well, maybe not a game, but an expansion to a highly popular game and that is Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool.  This will bring our beloved anti-hero into the game along with other characters like Lady Deadpool, Dogpool, and Evil Deadpool.  Also mentioned is that this set will bring in the “Inhumans, new characters from the Spider-Verse, and more characters from the pages of What If?“.  So if you need a bit more sass and breaking of the 4th wall in you dice masters set, then look for these boosters on store shelves in November.  For more information you can check out the Wizkids page for preview images of the new cards in the set.

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The Diana Jones Award is designed to reward any combination of achievement, innovation, and anything that has benefited or advanced the hobby and industry as a whole; or which has had the greatest positive effect on games and gaming; or which, in the opinion of the judging committee, shows or exemplifies gaming at its best.

This is the description given by the Diana Jones Awards website when asked what they mean by excellence.  Thus, in light of the above requirements, they have decided to give this year’s award to Eric Lang for being both prolific and excellent in his designs.  This year saw the release of four new games bearing his name, Bloodborne: The Card Game, The Others: 7 Sins, Arcane Academy, and HMS Dolores.  And while producing a lot of games can be good, what makes him great is that with each game he designs, they seem to get better and better.  This fact can be seen in the consistently high ratings of previous releases like Blood Rage and Dice Masters.  So congratulations to Eric Lang, they couldn’t have picked a better person to receive the award.  To read more about his winning and to see the other nominees, you can head over to the Diana Jones Awards website.

While not as prolific as other designers like Eric Lang or Reiner Knizia, Goro Hasegawa did make his mark by designing the modern version of the game Reversi that we call Othello.  As of last Monday, June 20th, Goro Hasegawa passed away in his home, he was the current chairman of the Japan Othello Association and was planning on attending the World Othello Championship in November, hosted by his organization.  To read more on his passing you can look at the article on the Japan Times website.

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Mutant Chronicles – Siege of the Citadel is a cooperative miniatures game that was released back in 1993 and was bore a very similar play style and look to Heroquest, but with a distinctly sci-fi theme instead of fantasy.  Now, 23 years later, Modiphius along with Cabinet Entertainment is going to be reprinting the game with the help of big name designers Richard Borg, Kevin Wilson, and Eric lang.  Not much has been released on the game besides the box cover and some pictures of the board and figures but a Kickstarter for the game will be coming this summer so look forward to that.  Until then you can view some of the proposed content below.

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With the original game engine rebuilt and growling to life, Siege of the Citadel has everything you need to recreate the famous battles of Alakhai’s citadel – just imagine you can be Doomtroopers like Sean Gallagher or Big Bob! Get a FREE Plasma Carbine and armoured shoulder pads with every box whilst stocks last.

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Get ready to face the devastating Praetorian Stalker, which now joins the existing forces of the Citadel’s Dark Legion including Undead Legionnaires, Necromutants, Centurions, Razides, and the terrifying Nepharite and Ezoghoul!

New rules let you master the Citadel’s terrible machinery, the Dark Legion gain defensive and destructible terrain, whilst terrifying story based mission features and other exciting new developments will push you to the limit of your humanity!

 

 

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The Duelyst, a digital collectible card game, has left open beta.

Why are we discussing a digital game? Because one of the designers was board gaming’s very own super star Eric Lang!

Duelyst is a fast-paced collectible card game with a tactical battlefield. Matches last between five and ten minutes, focusing on thoughtful decision-making and rewarding players with new battle units every regular season. Assemble your deck from over 330 cards across 6 unique Factions and test your mettle against other players in ranked season ladder and draft mode tournaments.

Duelyst was designed by Keith Lee (Diablo III, Ratchet & Clank) and our own Eric Lang (XCOM, Blood Rage, Dice Masters, Warhammer, Game of Thrones, The Others: 7 Sins, Bloodborne). The game uses pixel art warriors to create a battlefield where players must use summons and spells to destroy the enemy general. The game feels very much like a collectible digital version of Summoner Wars where the play style revolves around not only building a good deck and playing cards at the right time, but also moving around the board and using strategic placement of units.

You can download the game for free by checking out their homepage: HERE.

The game is currently only for desktop computers, but mobile platforms are said to be coming soon.

 

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WizKids is pleased to announce the North American release of the latest version of their popular Dice Masters line, The Amazing Spider-Man.  This new set for the dice-building collectible line introduces new characters such as Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Kingpin.  Additionally, this new set premieres the Sinister Six, Allies, Underdogs, and other new and exciting mechanics.

One copy of Dice Masters:  The Amazing Spider-Man includes the following components:

  • 44 Custom Dice
  • 38 Cards
  • Two Dice Bags
  • Complete Dice Masters Core Rulebook

As with previous Dice Masters sets, the Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man Gravity Feed, Playmat, Collector’s Box and Team Box will all be available for players to purchase in order to complete their collections.

For more information on this new release, visit the product page here.

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Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel, a co-operative miniatures campaign board game, is getting a re-boot next year. Eric LangRichard Borg, and Kevin Wilson are among the team of designers developing the re-boot. The game was a major release in the 90’s, and the re-boot will build and expand on the original gameplay and campaigns.

Read about it in the press release below:

 Modiphius & Cabinet Entertainment have joined forces to re-boot one of the most epic miniatures boardgames, Siege of the Citadel.
Originally designed by the team at Target Games in Sweden and then developed by Richard Borg at Pressman Toys, Siege of the Citadel became a worldwide hit with its lavish components, high quality plastic figures and innovative rules.
Modiphius & Cabinet Entertainment have assembled an all-star team of designers to work on the re-boot including Richard Borg, Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson, along with cover artist Adrian Smith, and a sculpting team of Prodos Games and Paolo Parente.
Siege of the Citadel was a major release by Pressman Toys in the 90’s and is set in the Mutant Chronicles universe, where players control one of five corporations: Imperial, Cybertronic, Mishima, Capitol, or Bauhaus. Each player begins with two of their own unique Doomtroopers who both benefit from their Corporation’s special ability. The players must prevent the Dark Legion and one of its vile leaders, the vile Nepharite, Alakhai, from conquering the solar system.
Each successful mission brings news monstrous foes and terrifying events as the heroes explore the modular Citadel whilst events can help or hinder their missions. Promotion give credits to access more powerful weaponry and abilities whilst secret missions can cause chaos for the heroes!
In the new edition, narrative led designs will build on the original gameplay mechanics and campaigns based on major events from the Mutant Chronicles universe will expand on the much loved game. We will be unveiling more about plans for the game over the coming weeks and months, sign up to be the first to know!
Grab a Punisher Shortsword and Plasma Carbine, strap on your shoulder pads and make your mark in the Mutant Chronicles!
Siege of the Citadel will be launched at Essen 2016 and in retail from October 2016. Find out more about the original game on the BoardGameGeek page.

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It’s about that time again! WizKids is gearing up to release the latest installment of their wildly popular collectible dice game Dice Masters, designed by Eric Lang and Mike Elliot. An excellent 2 player (or 4 player if using team rules) combat/dice building game which feels like the perfect combination of Quarriors and Magic: The Gathering, Marvel Dice Masters plays in about 30 minutes and allows you to build your dream team of all your favorite Marvel superheroes (or villains), which each provide their own special abilities to help you crush your enemies.

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The newest set, The Amazing Spider-Man, is scheduled to hit stores in North America next month and will feature many classic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Kingpin and the Sinister Six.

Read the full press release below:

Web-Spinning and Dice Flinging – WizKids Unveils Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man

Hillside, NJ — October 6, 2015 – WizKids, maker of the popular Dice Masters series of tabletop dice-building games, is pleased to announce the newest game in the platform, featuring everyone’s favorite wall-crawler: Marvel’s Spider-Man! The new Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man collection will arrive in North American retail this November, and promises plenty of fun and awesome dice-building adventures for fans and collectors.

The Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man Starter Set features fan-favorite characters like Spider­-Man, Ghost Rider, Kingpin, and more! Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man also premieres the Sinister Six, Allies, Underdogs, and other exciting mechanics!

With game­play that supports two players in epic dice battles, Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-­Man will let players build their own team of heroes or villains! The Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-­Man Starter Set is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh!

Features:

  • 44 Custom Dice
  • 38 Cards
  • Two Dice Bags
  • Complete Dice Masters Core Rulebook

the others

Cool Mini or Not, Guillotine Games, Studio McVey, designer Eric Lang, and artist Adrian Smith have teamed up again to bring The Others: 7 Sins to Kickstarter. This is the same design team that brought us the soon to be released Blood Rage. Where Blood Rage was a viking themed game The Others is a horror board game featuring the 7 Deadly Sins.

In The Others: 7 Sins, the world stands on the brink of apocalypse, as the fanatics of the Hell Club have summoned the 7 Deadly Sins to lay waste to our reality. Slowly the Others have creeped into our lives, corrupting society from within. The city of Haven is the key to their invasion, but it will not go down without a fight, thanks to the actions of the paranormal organization known as F.A.I.T.H. (Federal Authority for the Interdiction of Transdimensional Horrors). Each session of The Others is played with one player controlling the forces of a single Sin, again st the other players who control a team of 7 FAITH heroes. The heroes cooperate to survive the Sin’s attacks and accomplish the missions set before them, while the Sin attempts to thwart the heroes in all ways (preferably by destroying them).

As to be expected with Cool Mini or Not involved there are some really fantastic miniatures but the gameplay definitely looks interesting as well…not surprising with Eric Lang involved. There is definitely a lot of variety in the box with different story boards that each play differently and have multiple map set ups that make each individual story unique as well as the different sins punishing the heroes in different ways.

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The box comes full of goodies and includes:

  • 47 Highly Detailed Figures Including:
  •   8 Hero Figures
  •   1 Pride Avatar and 1 Sloth Avatar Figures
  •   1 Pride Controller and 1 Sloth Controller Figures
  •   6 Pride Abomination and 6 Sloth Abomination Figures
  •   6 Corrupted Nun Acolyte Figures
  •   6 Corrupted Hobo Acolyte Figures
  •   6 Corrupted Doctor Acolyte Figures
  •   5 Hell Club Figures
  • 10 City Tiles
  • 6 Boards for the Sins Player (2 Sins, 3 Acolytes, and 1 Apocalypse Track)
  • 7 Hero Dashboards
  • 70 Cards
  • Over 70 Cardboard Tokens
  • 27 Sculpted Plastic Tokens
  • 7 Story Boards
  • 8 Colored Bases
  • 14 Custom Dice

The gameplay itself looks like there are some fun and difficult decisions to make during the game, you can watch a game play video on the Kickstarter project page or just click here. The game definitely gets more difficult as it progresses and I like that fact that heroes in the game will die. At the start of the game the non sin players choose 7 starting heroes with each controlling at least one to begin with (lower player counts may find one player controlling more than one hero) with the remainder in reserve. As the game progresses and heroes die a new hero from the pool is brought into the game, at any point if a hero dies and can not be replaced the non sin players loose. To win the non sin players must complete the missions on the story board chosen for that game.

Eric Lang has designed some amazing games that have been released lately like Arcadia Quest, Dice Masters, XCom: The Board Game just to name a few and Cool Mini or Not is known for high funding projects with lots of stretch goals so the expectations for The Others is quite high. While the rule book is not available the game play video does and excellent job of showing how the game works, even if it does run a on the longer side.

If what you read above interests you in any way I highly recommend going to the Kickstarter page to check it out you can find The Others: 7 Sins on Kickstarter here.