Gen Con 2019

Restoration Games is proud to reveal the artist whose work will grace their upcoming revamp of 1981’s Dark Tower – Qistina Khalidah. She is a Malaysian artist who has been doing full-time freelance work for 4 years for covers and tabletop games. Qistina was chosen from among dozens of artists because her voice lends to the kind of uniqueness that Restoration’s original fantasy setting needs. As per the publisher’s Visual Restoration Wizard, Jason Taylor:

“We knew immediately she was the right person for this project. Her work is striking and elegant. Her style of combining patterns and evocative poses with an almost illuminated somberness is perfect for the type of stories we want to tell with Return to Dark Tower.”

There’s no other words for it – Qistina’s work is breathtaking. You can view her portfolio at the following links, and this excellent Artists of Color interview series that is well-worth the read. In learning about her process and inspirations gives an intensity to her art that you just don’t see in a lot of board games today and it will surely be awe-inspiring for consumers. I applaud Restoration Games for including Ms. Khalidah on this project and letting an even wider audience experience and appreciate her craft. Some of Qistina Khalidah’s art for Return to Dark Tower will be featured at Gen Con 2019, so if you are attending be sure to stop by Restoration Games‘ booth #355 to check it out!

Bezier Games has released a temporarily-free app version of their card game Silver, designed by Ted Alspach. The physical version of Silver is for sale at Gen Con 2019, and will hit retail in October. In the game, 2-4 players are dealt five cards, each numbered 0-13. Players secretly know only two of their cards at the start of the round. Each card has a special ability that can trigger when drawn from the deck or be available if the card is face up in a player’s village. Each round players try to end up with the lowest total in front of them. The round ends when one player calls for a vote followed by each other player taking one last turn, or when the draw deck is depleted. The player with the lowest score after four rounds is the winner.

The only play mode in the app is to face off against an AI opponent, allowing you to learn the game and see if you want to purchase the physical version. The app is available on iOS and Android.

Take a look at the app preview video here. There is also a Facebook group for the Silver game.

The company known for their collectible Pop figures is publishing a line of board games using their brand aesthetic. The Funkoverse Strategy Game, designed by Prospero Hall, will be a line of standalone games sold in two and four character sets that you can mix and match. Each set will include exclusive Funko Pop figures, along with the necessary board, cards, tokens, and dice for the included scenarios. The announced sets (with pictures) include characters from Batman, Harry Potter, The Golden Girls, and Rick & Morty. The mix and match element means you can enter a scenario with Harley Quinn versus Blanche versus Morty versus He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named….how’s that for ambitious crossovers?

The Funkoverse Strategy Game will hit retailers in October, but Gen Con attendees will have the opportunity to demo and purchase the game through the events listed here.

Renegade Games Studios announced the next expansion for Clank! A Deck Building Adventure,  Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords.  Like the other expansion in the Clank! Expeditions series, Temple of the Ape Lords offers Clank! fans a new double-sided map board for adventures.  This one is set in the temple of a lost civilization deep in the jungle.  Inside, valuable relics reside, as does an undying mechanical guardian the Ape Lords left behind.  Mechanized passages will make for a tricky escape from the temple.  Included in the expansion is a new Ape Boss Marker and four player markers matching the theme of the expansion.  Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords is available for pre-order now with a release at Gen Con.  Or look for the game at your friendly local game store this September.

Fantasy Flight Games will bring a monster inspired by classic B horror movies to Gen Con 2019, in a new standalone scenario for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. The Blob That Ate Everything, designed by Matt Newman, will be run as an event where multiple groups of investigators will bring their own investigator decks and work together in an effort to defeat the giant enemy.

“In this scenario, the players still split into groups of 1–4 investigators, each with their own play area and encounter deck. However, there are several elements of the scenario which are shared across all of the groups, each of which are managed by an event organizer. Most important of these elements is the health of the scenario’s boss entity, Subject 8L-08.”

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Subject 8L-08 really can eat anything, which manifests through temporarily hindering an investigator in some way, such as reducing one of their skills to zero, preventing them from playing or using cards from another class, or preventing them from speaking coherently. Another element shared across all of the groups is a finite number of helpful countermeasures, which can be spent by any group. The listed Gen Con events for The Blob That Ate Everything currently are sold out, so you may have to wait for Arkham Nights or retail release to take on the ooze. The scenario can be played as a standalone or integrated into any campaign as a side-story.

Silver is the first in a series of card games by Ted Alspach (Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Suburbia, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf) that can be played as a stand along game or combined with other games in the Silver series.  Silver will debut at 2019 Gen Con and hit stores in September.  Silver Bullet will follow in time for Essen Spiel.

Silver is a werewolf themed card game where each player manages a village made up of five villagers beset by werewolves.  Each card shows a resident, their unique ability, and a number – which is how many werewolves that resident attracts.  However, villager cards are dealt to each player face down and the players do not know how bad the werewolf threat is to their village.   The game begins with everyone peeking at two of their five cards. On each turn a player chooses a villager to replace or activates a villager’s ability. There are fourteen special abilities which allow players to view more face down cards, trade with neighboring villages, protect cards, and more.  Once a player is convinced his or her village is the safest from werewolves (has the lowest sum of villager cards), that player can call for a vote. If correct, the winning player scores zero for the round.  If not, the player receives points equal to the sum of the villager cards plus ten!  All other players will receive the sum of their village points, and the player with the lowest score earns a silver medallion which grants the village some protection in the next round. After four rounds, the player with the lowest score wins.

Silver Bullet is similar to Silver and features fourteen brand new residents and special abilities. It can be played as a stand-alone game, or it can be combined with Silver by swapping villagers with the same card value from one deck to another, creating a whole new experience with the game.  Silver Bullet also comes with a silver bullet which allows a player to take aim at any villager after nightfall.

Future games in the Silver series will offer more residents, more special abilities, additional silver tokens to grant the winner a unique power during a round, and endless combinations for the series.