Gale Force Nine

Legendary Entertainment and The Frank Herbert Estate have announced they awarding Gale Force Nine a license to begin creating new tabletop games based in the popular DUNE universe. Gale Force Nine have announced that they are ready to release a role-playing game in late 2019 with original table time games to follow.

Jamie Kampel, Vice President of Licensing & Partnerships for Legendary, commented that:

Gale Force Nine has consistently demonstrated a skill and passion for building successful tabletop game series alongside category leading partners and we are thrilled to announce this exciting addition to the Dune licensing program. Legendary looks forward to a fun and meaningful contribution to this revered legacy property.

The agreement allows Gale Force Nine to produce new tabletop games drawing from the entire scope of the Dune franchise. This will include drawing on publications not just from Frank Herbert but also works by Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson. New games will also feature direct tie-ins with the films being produced by Denis Villeneuve for Legendary.

A full slate of games, including role playing games, board games, and miniatures games, are planned for a release just prior to Legendary’s theatrical release of DUNE in 2020. John- Paul Brisigotti, CEO of Gale Force Nine, described this as just being a start for the new material, “This is only the beginning of our big plans in tabletop for this captivating franchise. Dune is a rich and wonderful universe, and we expect to produce an equally expansive and inspired line of games for years to come.”

Gale Force Nine isn’t planning on stewarding this planet of material alone. The license allows Gale Force Nine to partner with other companies to produce new products. The first collaboration is planned to be a tabletop role-playing game from Modiphius, who has published other IP based games including Star Trek AdventuresFallout: Wasteland WarfareConan, Achtung! Cthulhu, and Tales from the Loop.

About Dune

Frank Herbert published in the original Dune science fiction novel in 1965 as two separate serials in Analog magazine. The book was the first installment of the Dune series, and in 2003 was cited as the world’s best-selling science fiction novel.

The book is set in the distant future populated by a feudal interstellar society where noble houses control individual planets. Dune follows the story of Paul Atreides and the noble family that accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. Arrakis is the only source of the melange, a rare oracular spice, and the most valuable substance in the universe. The full story explores everything fro politics to religion and ecology to technology as factions seek control of Arrakis and melange.

Following the popularity of Dune, Herbert ended up writing five sequels. The first novel inspired a 1984 David Lynch film, computer games, board games, songs and more. In 1999 Kevin J Anderson and Frank Herbert’s son Brian Herbert began publishing a series os prequels and sequels to the original book.

Plaid Hat Games have had a great reception to their Stuffed Fables board game and have already made a Stuffed Fables Coloring Book available for free. This coloring book adds new Stuffies which can be added to the adventure. Now they’ve also released a stand-alone adventure for Stuffed Fables which can be added between chapters 3 and 4 and downloaded for free. In this adventure, players battle on the streets of their town against the dreaded Dollmaker.

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Looney Labs has partnered with Gale Force Nine for two new Star Trek Fluxx Games. The first will be based on Star Trek: The Original Series while the second will be based on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Each Fluxx will feature popular characters like Captain Kirk and Captain Picard. Fluxx is a card game with ever changing rules where play starts out pretty simple but the rules change over time as the players play their cards.

Andrew Looney, CCO of Looney Labs:

“I’ve been watching Star Trek since 1972, when I was 9 years old, tuning into the animated series on Saturday mornings. I’ve watched every series since, so it’s safe to say I’m a pretty big Star Trek fan. I’m VERY excited about working with this license!” [source]

Both Star Trek Fluxx games will support 2-6 players, aged 8+.

A new standalone expansion with 165 new cards called Boss Monster: Rise of the Minibosses is being released in July 2018 from Brotherwise Games. The bosses are back but this time they can added Mini-bosses to their dungeon which permanently modify Rooms. Players can now also earn coins, a new mechanism, through effective use of their Rooms and Spells. Those coins can be used to upgrade rooms or power up Mini-bosses. Also included are new bosses, spells, and heroes. The game will support 2-4 players, aged 13+, and plays in about half an hour. This expansion can also be combined with the original Boss Monster game.

Gale Force 9 has announced two new expansion for Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats that will allow the players to add new crewmembers to the Serenity. The Respectable Folk set includes Inara Serra and Shepherd Book, while the Wanted Fugitives set includes Simon Tam and the River Tam. Each expansion comes with four Crew miniatures (Casual and Heroic poses for each character), two double-sided Crew cards, ten Equipment cards, and two new Jobs.  The box bottoms also double as new buildings.

These expansions will be available later this year.

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Gale Force 9’s highly rated Firefly board game is getting some new shiny’s added in.  The first is a booster pack of cards called Crime & Punishment Game Booster which adds a host of new cards to the Misbehave deck and adds some new elements for the Alliance in the game.  One of the new elements are priority alerts for the Alliance, this makes certain aspects of misbehaving very difficult ranging from shutting down a supply planet to forcing contacts to lay low.  Also included are two new story cards and two new setup cards, adding more variety and replayability to the game.

The other pack being released is the Big Money Deluxe Accessory, this is a cosmetic upgrade which improves the quality and look for the money included in the game, or any game for that matter.  It also includes a new denomination, $5000, for when you really hit the big time!  You can preview both of these packs on the Firefly game website, and look for them on store shelves in early 2017.

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Boldly go where no one has gone before. In Star Trek™: Ascendancy, you control the great civilizations of the Galaxy, striking out from your home worlds to expand your influence and grow your civilization.  Will you journey for peace and exploration or will you travel the path of conquest and exploitation?  Command starships, establish space lanes, construct starbases, and bring other systems under your banner. With more than 200 plastic miniatures and 30 star systems representing some of the Star Trek™ Galaxy’s most notable planets and locations, Star Trek™: Ascendancy puts the fate of the Galaxy in your hands.

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Gale Force Nine proudly announces the upcoming summer release of Star Trek: Ascendancy, a “strategy board game of exploration, expansion and conflict between the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire.”  The game draws its thematic material from the vast 50-year history of Star Trek, and will featured a modular board to explore that will provide the game with a great deal of variability.

The game is set to release this summer, with two expansion sets, Cardassian Union and Ferengi Alliance, planned for later this year.  Gale Force Nine will be releasing informative articles on the game over the coming weeks.  For more information about the game, visit its page on Gale Force Nine’s website.

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Some images have emerged of the latest DnD game from Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine, and it’s shaping up to be an area control type game instead of the previous adventure style games that have come out.  From the description, each player will be taking control of a Drow house and you will be vying for control of the different areas and regions in the Underdark and whoever controls the most at the end wins.

You will do this through playing cards and building your deck by recruiting newer and more powerful cards from the central market.  It looks to be an interesting game designed by Peter Lee, Rodney Thompson, and Andrew Veen, with a player count of two to four and play time of about an hour.  Look for it’s release in May of this year and you can look at the Merchoid pre-order page to see all the pictures, description and to pre-order.

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Tyrants of the Underdark is a new board game set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe. It is designed by the pair behind Lords of Waterdeep – Peter Lee & Rodney Thompson – and published by Gale Force Nine.

As heads of a Drow house, players will recruit monsters, cultists and demons to help them in their quest to control locations (such as Menzoberranzan and Blingdenstone), while managing resources to try to infiltrate enemy strongholds and kill enemy troops to gain control of their areas.

The game is for 2-4 players and will take around an hour. It revolves around players battling to win territory in Underdark and gameplay comprises of a mixture of deck-building and board control.  It is expected to release in Spring 2016.

To learn more visit here for the announcement.

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Fluxx, the ever changing card game launches a brand new and “shiny” version to cater for fans of the cult TV series “Firefly” coming in 2016.

College Park, MD – September 10, 2015 Looney Labs is thrilled to announce the newest, out-of-this-world version of Fluxx: Firefly Fluxx! Join Mal, Wash, Zoë, Inara, Kaylee, Jayne, Simon, River, Book, and more as Fluxx enters the ‘Verse at full speed. With the rules constantly changing, Firefly Fluxx is just as unpredictable as misbehaving in space!

“We love the adventures of the crew of the Serenity,” stated Andy Looney, Chief Creative Officer of Looney Labs “and welcoming them into the Fluxx ‘Verse has been wonderful. It’s a natural fit, as both Mal and Fluxx players have to constantly adapt the rules in order to win!”

“We are excited to introduce the Browncoat Nation to Firefly Fluxx. We have been playing Fluxx for years and this version of the card game with ever-changing rules will not disappoint” says John Kovaleski of Gale Force Nine. “It’s fast, fun, and Shiny!”

A game of strategy, skill, and the luck of the draw, Firefly Fluxx echoes the aesthetics of the futuristic western. Featuring sumptuous art by Adam Levermore, Firefly Fluxx is perfect for fans and collectors of both Firefly and Fluxx! Firefly Fluxx will be in stores in early 2016, with an MSRP of $20.

( Preliminary cover image can be found here: http://looneylabs.com/FireflyFluxx-PRimage.png )

About Looney Labs:

Looney Labs was founded in 1996 by Kristin & Andrew Looney, a husband and wife team that gave up successful careers as aerospace engineers (they met while working at NASA) to pursue their hobby business full time. They could tell early on the true hit potential their card game Fluxx had, so they took the jump and quit their day jobs so they could dedicate all their energy to making and promoting Andy’s games. With the creation of new and exciting versions of Fluxx, the popularity of the game has spread worldwide and spawned numerous international publications. The Looneys believe one of the most important things they create is the fun people have while playing their games. Andy Looney continues to create Looney Labs games, from those with lighter play, like Fluxx and Just Desserts, to more strategic games like Chrononauts and the Looney Pyramids game system.

About Gale Force Nine:

Gale Force Nine, LLC. (GF9) is the premier gaming accessory company producing counters, markers, tokens, templates, and terrain for use with the most popular miniature games in the world. In 2012 Gale Force Nine entered into the world of hobby boardgames specializing in rich strategic play with games licensed from fan-favorite television and media properties. GF9 is located in Earlysville, Virginia. Gale Force Nine is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Battlefront Group. Visit www.gf9.com for more information.

About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products:

A recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Television, and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, one of the top suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast networks.

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Gale Force Nine, publisher of games like X-Men: Mutant Revolutions, Firefly, posted an announcement on their site to highlight the games they will be releasing during Gen Con 2015, the biggest gaming convention in the United States.

This latest post concentrates on the games they will have available for demo at Gen Con. They begin the post with talk about their upcoming game Superstar Showdown. This is a wrestling game where players can control some of their favorite wrestlers in a team match style play.  Some of the wrestlers you can control are Apex Predator, Randy Orton, or dynamic Submission Specialist, Daniel Bryan.

The next game is Firefly. They will have their new customizable ship set available, as well as a playmat that combines the base game map with the other two expansion maps from the Blue Sun and Kalidasa expansions, making this map a 50″ X 20″ size playmat.

Lastly they will have a full line of D&D game accessories and Collector’s Series miniatures. The Collector’s series is a fully painted line that can be used during your D&D campaigns.

For more on these post and to learn about the other Gale Force 9, click here.

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Gale Force Nine posted a preview of their upcoming game based on the Showtime television series Homeland, providing more details and images for this hotly anticipated game of clandestine intrigue.

“Players assume the roles of CIA analysts, directing agency resources to combat the rising tide of global terrorism. Be warned, not everyone is what they seem. Stay alert, be vigilant, and trust no one.”

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Homeland: The Game is schedule to release in February, and more previews are coming soon. Check out Gale Force Nine’s website and Facebook page for more on Homeland.