GTS 2015

Day 3 of GAMA trade show started with a lot of new exciting family, action, and dexterity games.

Mayday Games has a new dexterity game, Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000 (CDMC 3K). In this 2-3 player game, players compete to grab specific wooden tokens from a bowl using only their chopsticks. CDMC 3K was funded by Kickstarter in April of last year and had some delays in shipping, but it is available now.

R&R Games will be releasing Cup-a-Cup next week. In this action/dexterity game, players race to grab the correct cup after rolling the dice.

   

North Star Games was showing off a couple games at GAMA. Wits & Wagers, a party trivia game where players get points for both guessing answers correctly and for betting on the right answer, has a deluxe edition coming in June. The deluxe edition has nice poker-like chips for the player chips. Evolution, a strategy card game where players adapt and evolve their species to survive, has a second edition with newer and more colorful art.

Kosmos has a new 3D stacking game called Dimension that’s available now. In this puzzle game, players try to stack balls to match all the tasks shown on the playing cards before time runs out.

Queen Games was showing off Parfum, their new game where players roll Aroma dice to create unique perfumes and sell them to their clients. Parfum was funded by Kickstarter on March 11, and is estimated to be delivered in July of this year.

Stay tuned for more news from GAMA trade show!

 

Asmodee announced at the Gama Trade Show that they will be entering the realm of organized play coining it AsmOPlay . Organized Play is usually tournament style play that takes place in FLGS’s and/or conventions. It is commonly found with CCG’s and role playing games and can include prizes and player rankings. To start the popular games Splendor, 7 Wonders, and Cash ‘n Guns – Second Edition will be supported in the from of tournaments, casual play, and weekly leagues.

AsmOPlay kits come jam packed with amazing, exclusive swag for award winning games like Splendor, 7 Wonders, and Cash’n Guns – Second Edition. The perfect addition for people who want to deck out their games! Each AsmOPlay kit includes two demo copies of the games, promo items and everything you’ll need to run casual play nights, organized tournaments and even repeated weekly in-store gaming  events. You will also receive promotional posters to create buzz for your event, sign-up sheet templates to help with organization, and everything you will need to successfully execute your in-store events.
This is an exclusive program and will only be offered for a very limited time, so sign-up before the opportunity passes you by. Retailers make a one-time program commitment and receive three different AsmOPlay kits, distributed throughout the year, for Splendor (Q2/2015), 7 Wonders (Q3/2015), and Cash’n Guns – Second Edition (Q4/2015). Program enrollment can only be made through select distributors and is limited to two programs per brick and mortar store location. Membership definitely has its advantages!

Be sure to talk to your local game stores if you want to make sure they take part in this program.

Check out the full article here.

More news from the GAMA Trade Show:

New boardgame publisher Voodoo Bunny Co. is at GAMA to promote their recently released game, Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis.  This is a Steampunk card game for 1-5 players that uses deck building, exploration and resource management mechanics. Players have to gather a team for their expedition, discover new locations, overcome challenging encounters and race to be the first to discover the Lost City of Atlantis.

You can find more information on its Board Game Geek page here.  Or check out the publisher’s own website, here

Jasco Games was also on hand to provide a look at their upcoming release Megaman: The Board Game. Based on the classic video game series from Capcom, this is a game for 2-8 players in which players compete to be the first to defeat the dastardly Dr. Wily. Players play cards from their hand to overcome challenges or to interfere with the other players’ challenge attempts.

Jasco expect the game to hit shelves this July, but for now you can feast your eyes on these gorgeously painted figures from their booth at the Trade Show:

Find more information on its Board Game Geek page here.

Old school Dungeons & Dragons role-players will instantly recognized the setting for the fourth entry of the D&D Adventures System board games. This popular D&D turned co-operative dungeon crawler series produced by Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has visited an undead ridden crypt in Castle Ravenloft, a cavernous dragon mountain in Wrath of Ashardalon, and the Underdark with Legends of Drizzt. Now, in partnership with WizKids, WotC will have parties of 1-5 rolling their d20s, flipping over inter-connecting tiles and reveling in all the goodness of the classic module of the same name, Temple of Elemental Evil. Expect the box to include:

  • 40 figures
  • 8 Hero cards
  • 4 Villain cards
  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 adventure book
  • 20-sided die
  • 4 double-sized interlocking tiles
  • 55 interlocking tiles
  • 200 cards
  • 168 tokens

If you are unfamiliar with the D&D Adventure System of boardgames, you are in for a treat. The rules are streamlined, the co-opperative component is highlighted, and the adventures are unending (due to the plethora of user made content). Ironically, this cult following was born in part due to a disadvantage with the core game: between adventures the characters would reset to 1st level and would never “progress.” To remedy this, count on posters over at the board game enthusiasts’ site BoardGameGeek (BGG) to share some smart and fun additons to this modular game. If having to add to a game is not your cup of caffeinated beverage, you may need to pass but if creating you own “D&D-lite” dungeon master-less boardgame to meet your specifications sounds incredibly cool, head over to the BGG link over here to find out more.

Expect to see Temple of Elemental Evil hit shelves in late April.

Like X-Men? Were you one of the ones pleasantly surprised what Gale Force Nine was able to do with a TV show license with Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery? Then wow does Wizkids, who already has done so much with their Marvel license with their Heroclix and Dice Masters lines, and Gale Force Nine have some exciting plans for you! Enter the product of their recent partnership X-Men: Mutant Revolution!

Based on the Spartacus game, players will now, according to Wizkids press release, be able to:

Play as Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, or Storm as they lead their school with unique powers and abilities. Recruit heroes and students. Train your team. Send them on missions to spread your vision for mutants to the world.

The game will be for 2-4 players and include 4 prepainted HeroClix miniatures.

X-Men: Mutant Revolution is expected in late March to April. Find out more from WizKids here, including a components list.

 

 

After their latest 7 Wonders expansion: 7 Wonders: Babel, released late in 2014 Asmodee announced a new game in this popular world.

7 Wonders: Duel

The picture, taken at GAMA 2015, is of the prototype. The game will be released later this year.

    

Elysium

In this 2-4 player title you are playing the role of an up and coming demigod.  Your goal is to get yourself elevated to the status of Legend so that you can proudly stand next to Zeus.  This title is being designed by Space Cowboys.

 

Mage Wars is a huge hit for Arcane Wonders and designer Bryan Pope. Released in 2012 the game helped put the company on the map and solidified its position as a premier head-to-head skirmish card game pitting magic user vs magic user. Think of it as a card driven system (like Magic: the Gathering) that is played on a tactical board adding a huge spatial component. As apposed to Magic: the Gathering there are no sets and releases to collect, only the core game and several expansions adding new magic user types, all with no redundancy of cards. The core has not changed very much between reprintings, just rulebook spiffings and a couple of card erratas, but the fourth reprint will have one huge nomenclature change. To differentiate from a new upcoming play style Mage Wars core, which is Mage Wars as we currently know it, will now be know as Mage Wars: Arena. According to the Mage Wars website preview, this reprint will include:

  • 2 New Spellbook designs
  • New Arena Board design
  • Alternate Art for Bear Strength, Dispel, Dissolve, Minor Heal and Rhino Hide
  • New Artwork for Battle Fury, Force Push, Hand of Bim Shalla, Teleport, and Temple of Light
  • Plus, 14 additional spell cards have been added to make spellbook building easier, including Dispel, Dissolve, Force Push and others.

If you already own Mage Wars and have no need for the redundant components (Action Markers, spell books, extra cards for multiple deck builds, etc) then beyond the smaller box and new board, there will not be much need for you to pick this up. If you are brand new to the game or want an easy way to pick up the extra cards and components, this new reprint is the way to go.

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Why make the distinction of Arena title? Well because there will be a new way to play Mage Wars. One of the gripes of the core game is its steep learning curve and long playing times. Enter: Mage Wars: Academy. Think of this new system as a better way to get new players into the world of Mage Wars and also a way for veterans for fans of Arena to grab even more options for their combatants in the core game. As Arcane Wonders puts it, Academy:

will be a 2 player starter set that comes with 2 Mages, 2 Spellbooks and a new gameplay design that is completely “board-less” offering players more portability and faster gameplay (Games average 20-30 minutes) all for roughly half the price of the current Core Set!

Expect the Arena core reprint in April 2015 and the new Academy products around Q3 but one can hope for a Gen Con sneak peak!

For more information for both Mage Wars product lines, visit the Arcane Wonders website.

P.S. There will also be Mage Wars: Arena Battlegrounds expansion that will feature a Domination mode, but that is for a different place and different time my friend!

Blue Panther Games, LLC teased two new products at the 2015 GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, Flat Dice and Dead Things.

Blue Panther Games will be releasing “Flat Dice” at local game stores on Free RPG Day, Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Blue Panther Games also announced their upcoming game Dead Things.

Yes, we have finally joined the zombie game club with our upcoming title – Dead Things – a cooperative escape from the zombies game.

Follow Blue Panther Games on Facebook for more details on these announcements.

This week at the GAMA trade show, Looney Labs – the creators of the popular card game Fluxx – have announced the release date of their newest game.

Just Desserts, a sweet card game about matching the right desserts to each (very picky) guest and trying to serve more guests than the other players, will hit stores on April 10th.

You can find more information on the game at Boardgamegeek, the online board game database:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18946/just-desserts

Or check it out at Looney Labs’ own website:

http://www.looneylabs.com/games/just-desserts

A lot of news is pouring out of GAMA Trade Show 2015 in Las Vegas this week, not the least of which coming from Fantasy Flight Games (FFG).

Company Updates

FFG made a big announcement at the end of 2014 that they would be merging with Asmodee.  Christian T. Petersen, CEO and founder of Fantasy Flight Games, said this about the merger and the rapid growth of FFG: “By joining forces with Asmodee, we’ll be able to continue that growth, expand our international marketing capabilities, and create additional career opportunities for our terrific staff. Most importantly, we can do this while staying true to our vision of creating great products for the global hobby games market.”  This week, FFG explained that this merger will allow them to forego much of the distribution and marketing of their products, leaving them more room to concentrate on game development.

To the gaming industry (and American retail in general), it is no secret that the West Coast port delays over the last half-year or so have been detrimental to game companies and distributors to bring products to store shelves.  FFG commented this week that these delays have become very severe since the summer of 2014, and it will take months to clean up the backlog.

FFG relies on its Organized Play events to bring gamers together with their games.  FFG states the following about this program:

Organized Play is your portal to connecting with other passionate players who play the games you love. Our goal is to help players join a global community and create memorable and exciting game experiences all over the world.  Seasonal Tournament Kits are the foundation of Organized Play. With three four-month seasons each year (Spring, Summer, and Winter), players can find a large variety of tournaments, game nights, and leagues at their local stores. Seasonal events are a place for newer players to experience organized tournaments and experienced players to try a new army or strategy.

As of the GAMA Trade Show this week, FFG has shipped over 25,000 organized play kits.

 

Game Updates

FFG recently announced their reprinting of the classic Reiner Knizia game Tigris and Euphrates.  This week, FFG stated that this reprint will include the original game as well as new game options.

Another announcement this week included FFG’s collaboration with Dragon Shield to make Matte Sleeves for their games.

What’s the latest update on the success of the hit game release, X-Com?  As of this week, the first print-run has already sold out.

FFG will be releasing multiplayer and a new DLC for Battlelore digital in a few weeks. They will also be releasing more material for the physical game of Battlelore 2.0 in 2015.

Some excellent news reported by FFG this week was that they had renewed their license to design and produce Star Wars licensed games for years to come–including the license for Star Wars Episode 7.

Along these lines, FFG had the upcoming Imperial Raider expansion ship for the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game on display at the GAMA Trade Show this week, as well as much news about their two latest hit games set in the Star Wars universe, Imperial Assault and Armada.

Star Wars: Imperial Assault Updates

FFG stated that Imperial Assault has been their biggest release in the company’s history.  The first wave of mini-expansions for the game, including such mini-expansions as Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the Rebel Troopers, were released in stores this week on March 18.

What’s more, FFG announced the first official full expansion for Imperial Assault, Twin Shadows.  This expansion will come with C3PO, R2D2 and Boba Fett.

Star Wars: Armada Updates

           

FFG’s upcoming space miniatures game, Star Wars: Armada, focuses on recreating epic capital starship battles from the Star Wars universe.  The ships from Wave 1 were shown at the GAMA Trade Show, and Wave 2 was also announced, including the Imperial Star Destroyer, Mon Calamari Cruiser and Imperial Raider.  A third faction, Rogues and Villains, will also be a future release, including the famed Millennium Falcon.

A New Game Announcement

Finally, this enormous volume of FFG news from GAMA 2015 finished with one final announcement: an upcoming game entitled Forbidden Stars, a Warhammer 40,000 space combat game.  At first glance, it is reminiscent of a full-scale space conquest game like FFG’s classic hit, Twilight Imperium 3. It will be a game for 2-4 players in which you can play as the Orks Eldar Chaos or Imperium.

This is the news from FFG as of Wednesday, March 18, from the GAMA Trade Show 2015, and there will likely be much more to follow.  Continue to follow us for more information on new releases and updates at GAMA 2015.