expandable card game

Various monsters from the Godzilla franchise are ready to throw down in a new expandable card game from Bandai. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Destoroyah, MechaGodzilla, Space Godzilla, Jet-Jaguar, and Burning Godzilla are featured in this video trailer. The game is designed by Ryan Miller, a co-designer of Epic PVP and Axis & Allies and Zombies. It is for two to four players and features the Chrono Clash system:

Instead of traditional turn-based play, in this system players share a power resource track, moving the token back and forth based on the power value of the cards they play.  The position of the token determines when play passes to the other player.


The Godzilla Card Game releases in September 2019, and subsequently, there will be store tournaments with prize support. The base game includes four pre-built decks of fifty cards and a communal sideboard of sixteen cards.

Although this will not be the first board/card game featuring Godzilla, many more would have to be released to catch up to the number of movies (35 as of 2019).

Plaid Hat Games has provided more details about the new organized play kit for Ashes coming this year.

While the play kit was announced and previewed in November, Plaid Hat is now talking about how fans and game stores can get the kit into their hands. Game stores can pre-order the kits so that they can offer tournaments and other organized play events in their stores. Fans are encouraged to notify their local game stores about this kit.

Even if you don’t have a game store near you, Plaid Hat is looking after you. They are currently working on making a version of the kit that will be available for individuals who wish to host an event near them. News regarding this option may be available in a month or two, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Each kit will provide enough material to support four 8-person events.

More information about these kits will be coming in the near future, but for now you can find out what news is available here.

war co

War Co. is a sci-fi expandable card game that plays 2 to 6 people in about 60 minutes.  In this game it is all about scarcity and managing what little resources you have to use from turn to turn.  In the game you will start with a deck of 50 cards, and it’s these cards that are your life.  In order to win you have to be the last one standing by forcing all your opponents to discard cards until they don’t have anymore.  This will mainly be achieved through attacking, if you attack their cards and destroy one, they discard another card, but attack them directly and they lose three.  There are also ways to defend yourself and your cards as well as lay traps in order to surprise your opponent.  But you also have to make sure you have the energy for all this, as you only get 10 energy to pass around to your forces on your turn, forcing you to pick and choose.  Then there is the fact you can only play 5 cards in a turn and you have to discard a card every turn, symbolizing the continuing decline in available resources.  So make your move or end up fading out.

The game was Kickstarted once before and garnered a lot of feedback and has come back to launch again with an improved game.  Initially there will be 6 different decks available to purchase, each with their own unique style of play from the hard hitting bruisers to the tricky conspirators.  You can head over to the campaign page to check it out and back for some or all of the decks available.

head hunters

The designers of Legendary Encounters Ben Cichoski and Danny Mandel have designed a new game that combines an expandable card game with a collectible toy: H.E.A.D. Hunters.  The official press release for this game describes the gameplay in this way:

In this tabletop game for two or more players, each player controls his or her very own Hero of Every Age & Dimension (H.E.A.D.) Hunter. Each toy features its own deck of cards, position platforms, measuring string and combat dice to attack and defend against other Hunters as it moves around the table for position and opportunity. When the game is over, all the components fit back inside the head while the toy sits patiently (and attractively) on your shelf, waiting for its next opponent.

In 2007, Gut Shot Games created the idea of an expandable card game in the head of a toy, but the initial game needed work, and either the game itself was not compelling enough or the timing was not right.  When the idea was presented to Cichoski and Mandel, they were enthusiastic about the idea.  “The concept is so unique that we wanted to match that innovation in the game play,” according to Cichoski. “The game fuses the best of combat card games and miniatures games for an entirely fresh take on a tabletop game. It’s truly aH.E.A.D. of its time!”

Gut Shot Games anticipated the game to be a very innovative gaming experience.  Some of the highlights of H.E.A.D. Hunters are:

  • Heroes of Every Age & Dimension! Play as an old Norse Viking, a Robot Assassin, a 19th century pugilist or another of the 10 best Hunters across time and space.
  • Customizable Decks! Mix and match cards from other H.E.A.D. Hunters to customize your deck to match your own play style.
  • Position Yourself for Advantage! As you are up against the most notorious Heroes of the past or future, where you attack from is as important as what you attack with.
  • Create Infinite Battlefields! Each character has unique starting terrain and buildings that can be placed in a multitude of positions and layouts to create unlimited fields of battle.
  • Play With Your Toys! Instead of a box where game parts are stashed away, everything you need to play H.E.A.D. Hunters is stored inside the toy. And when you’re not playing, you have a cool display piece to show off.

Gut Shot Games will be launching a Kickstarter project for H.E.A.D. Hunters in the fall of 2016.

For more information, please visit the game’s website here or follow Gut Shot Games (@gutshotgames) on Twitter.

ashes expansion

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, from designer Isaac Vega (Dead of Winter, BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia) and Plaid Hat Games, was one of the hits of Gen Con.  Since then, the question has lingered: “What’s next?”  That question was answered today when Isaac unloaded tons of new info on a grateful community.

To start with, in April, PHG will release two new expansions for Ashes, featuring two brand new Phoenixborn each with their own pre-made deck, much like those found in the base game.  These decks will be built around one type of magic, termed “mono magic” in the article.

“The Frostdale Giants” will be a mono natural magic deck, and “The Children of Blackcloud” will be a mono ceremonial magic deck. Pre-orders will go up in early February here in the [Plaid Hat Games webstore] along with the PHG webstore exclusive Phoenixborn Lulu Firststone, who will just her own unique card rather than a full deck.”

ashes expansion cards

These two new decks will be translated into French, German, Italian, and Polish with more to come.  The expansion schedule will continue with two more Phoenixborn, plus decks, released at Gen Con 2016 and a new box set in November that will include four new Phoenixborn and two new types of dice.

PHG also talked about upcoming plans for Ashes Organized Play including kits with alternate art cards and playmats.  These kits will be available in April, but they are quick to remind readers that they can start running Ashes tournaments at their FLGS right now to help build interest.

There’s a lot more info in this update, including an expansion launch party, partnered with Team Covenant, and community connections, so be sure to jump over to the announcement on their website for all the details we can’t fit here.

Rob Dougherty and Darwin Kastle and White Wizard Games, the creators of Star Realms, are now bringing to you another Kickstarter for a small-box card game: Epic. Don’t be deterred by the name – they actually thought of “Epic” in the name previously – this is a reimplementation of Epic Trading Card Game, made in 2009.

Epic is a fantasy card game for 2-4 players that provides draft, sealed, and constructed play right out of the box. In draft and sealed play, players get to choose cards to go into their decks out of a selection of cards. For constructed play, the box will come with 4 colors: yellow (good), red (evil), blue (sage), and green (wild) – each can be a pre-made deck. If you have played trading card games like Magic: The Gathering, you may be familiar with this type of game. But instead of being a trading card game, this game will be more like a Living Card Game (or Expandable Card Game) – you get all the cards in the box, and there are no random packs or rare cards. This makes the game much more affordable than Magic.

The gameplay for Epic is fast – games last around 20 minutes. In the game, each player has a 30 card deck and starts with 30 health. To win, you can reduce your opponents’ health to 0. What makes Epic unique is that you can play any card in your hand – you don’t need resources in order to play them. Instead, you get 1 gold each turn, and you choose which card to play with that gold (all cards either cost 1 or none). That’s what makes the game epic – you start out at full power!

If you’re interested in a fantasy themed anti-trading card game, then check out the Kickstarter here for  more information.


Big announcement from Plaid Hat Games today, Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn will be going up for pre-order on April 9th. Plaid Hat Games is the publisher that brought us exciting titles like Summoner Wars, Mice and Mystics, and last year’s huge hit Dead of Winter. They look like they may have another hit on their hands with Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn designed by Isaac Vega who also designed BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia and was a co-designer of Dead of Winter.

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn is an expandable card game that will allow 2-4 players to take the role of one of the Phoenixborn, powerful demi-gods and magic wielders. Players will battle it out in a back and forth battle summoning terrifying creatures and loyal allies to become the last one standing. Player turns will be short and quick and will leave them with the chance to adjust as the round progresses. Players will be able to carefully choose their targets and easily react to their opponents actions. This should provide a unique game play experience with constant back and forth action. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough you can also say goodbye to mulligans because Ashes will allow players to choose their starting hand of 5 cards! Personally I don’t know of another game like this that gives you the choice of what cards to start with. This alone has my interest in the game at the maximum level.

ashes cards

Ashes will not be limited to just cards though, players will also have a dice pool that will give them the resources needed to fuel their magic and summon creatures as well as provide interesting powers on their own. Plus the dice pool should provide enough resources to start casting powerful spells immediately. Combined with the ability to choose your starting hand Ashes should deliver the all the thrills and excitement of a magic duel right from the start, no build up time needed.

If all that doesn’t have you ready to throw your money at the screen (don’t bother I tried it and it doesn’t work) then maybe this will help. There are three ways you can play Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn:

  • Choose a pre-built deck – Ashes will come with 6 pre-built decks and assigned dice, just jump right in and start playing.
  • Build a deck – choose from over 247 cards and 40 dice. Your build options will be nearly limitless.
  • Draft a deck – the drafting rules promise to allow players to build fun and interesting decks quickly.

You would think all that would be enough and Plaid Hat Games would stop there. But in their typical fashion they left nothing to be desired and had illustrator Fernanda Suarez create some absolutely stunning artwork for the game. Fernanda did a terrific job on last year’s Dead of Winter but she really outdid herself on Ashes. The box alone could be framed and the artwork on the cards is some of the best I’ve seen. She is truly making her name known in the board game world.

So if you, like me, think that a magic dueling card game with dice that has you immediately casting powerful spells while providing three ways to play, quick paced act/react turns, a truly innovative mechanic that has you choosing your starting hand, and mind-blowingly gorgeous  artwork sounds like your kind of game then keep an eye on your FLGS/OLGS and be ready to pre-order Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn. You’ll just have to get in line behind me.








Pre-order your Summoner Wars card sleeves now

summoner wars card sleeves

Plaid Hat has announced card sleeves for their hit Summoner Wars game.

Sized specifically for Summoner Wars, each pack comes with 40 opaque-backed cards, plenty for any one deck.
If you’ve ever had trouble getting your sleeves to fit just right, this is the solution for your Summoner Wars collection!

For more information go to Plaid Hat Games