Cool Mini or Not posted a nice retrospective of the early Zombicide franchise to their Feature Friday newsletter this week. The original “modern series” started with a Kickstarter in April 2012 for Zombicide: Season One, which introduced players to the frantic world of walkers, runners, fatties and abominations. Arguably the first introduction to CMoN Kickstarter campaigns, with their unbelievable amount of stretch goals, add-ons and exclusive items, 2-6 players could run through the streets as more and more zombies chased them down. The next year brought Zombicide: Prison Outbreak, which introduced Berserkers to the claustrophobic halls and rooms of the prison. The final installment to the modern trilogy came in 2015 with Zombicide: Rue Morgue, bringing Skinner zombies, A-Bomb Abominations and more of the mayhem that made Zombicide great to a fallen hospital. If there just wasn’t enough, the games were supplemented by two official released expansions, The Toxic City Mall and Angry Neighbors. All of Guillotine Games’ Zombicide games are known for the overflowing bins of beautiful miniatures, tons of insane playable characters, and boards full of walking, creeping, oozing dead. Read all about the history of the first Zombicide trilogy on the CMoN website here.
CMoN has also announced some new components for their popular d20 28mm sci-fi skirmish game, Dark Age. Two new big boxes are coming soon, one for the Outcast and one for the Skarrd. The Outcast Starter Set includes a 500 point force, playable with any Outcast group. Other Outcast releases coming are the Outcast Faction Deck with 54 new cards, and the Outcast Brute Court of Freeton, containing infamous leaders for your squad. The new Skarrd Cult of Metamorphosis is a cult of grafted, mutated biological nightmares lead by the infamous Father Johann and his servants. Smaller releases, such as the Harpy Unit Box and the return of the Brood Spawn Howler round off units for the Skarrd. Read all about the upcming Dark Age sets on the CMoN website here.
Cool Mini Or Not has a new Kickstarter Campaign for HATE, a brutal combat board game based on the “Chronicles of HATE” graphic novel by Adrian Smith. HATE is designed by Guillotine Games, the creators of Zombicide in all its incarnations, while being overseen by Eric Lang. In HATE, 2-6 players each control their team of 11 characters from a single tribe: 2 Youngbloods, 6 Warriors, 1 Shaman, 1 Champion and 1 Towering Prince, a massive character from a more evolved line of humans. Each character has its own stats and abilities, and each tribe also has a unique deck of 8 cards which add bonuses to battle.
Fallen characters, if captured, can be tortured to accumulate Hate, or can be consumed for resources. HATE is a game for mature audiences, and features dark violence, brutally detailed miniatures, as well as some nudity. Additionally, HATE will not be moving to retail stores, selling exclusively through the Kickstarter Campaign. HATE core set will initially come with 4 asymmetric tribes, although CMoN has stated the game will support 6 players as more tribes are introduced.
The Kickstarter campaign for HATE will continue through February 7, and is expected to deliver in January 2019.
Cool Mini or Not has starter a Kickstarter Campaign for The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch. In the same universe as On Her Majesty’s Service, Rise of Moloch is a victorian steampunk adventure board game for 2-5 players using a one-versus-many game mechanic. Made by the same team as Zombicide and Massive Darkness, the game features the CMON standards of beautifully detailed miniatures and many stretch goals. The kickstarter campaign continues until February 2, 2017 and expects to deliver in January of 2018.
CMoN has been publishing Zombicide for quite a while now, and during that time the branding and IP rights have been with Guillotine Games. Now that relationship is changing with CMoN acquiring all those rights from Guillotine Games for the Zombicide line. This allows CMoN to now design and publish Zombicide content apart from Guillotine Games, however, the two companies will still work closely with each other. Guillotine Games will still be designing other games and will continue to work with CMoN to publish them, so look forward to future titles from the partnered companies. You can read more about the change on the CMoN site.
Another change for CMoN recently is that they have entered into a partnership with Australian company Good Games Publishing. With this agreement CMoN becomes their distributor to all French and English countries outside of Australia and New Zealand. The first games that fall under this new agreement will be the upcoming game Monstrous, slated for release this quarter, and Unfair, which is scheduled for Kickstarter launch August 16th. This announcement also coincides with Good Games setting up a store in the Indianapolis area, thus setting up for their expansion into the US market. You can read the press release below for more information and look forward to the wider release of their games through CMoN.
August 4, 2016
CMON and Good Games Publishing Announce Strategic Relationship
CMON Limited and Good Games Publishing are proud to announce a strategic relationship beginning today, Thursday, Aug 4 2016. CMON will co-brand, market and distribute the new Australian publisher’s board games in all French and English territories outside of Australia and New Zealand.
The partnership begins with Good Games’ upcoming Monstrous, releasing Q3 2016, and Unfair, heading to Kickstarter on August 16, 2016 with a planned retail release of Q4 2016.
“We are excited to help CMON diversify their hobby game line. Australian design sensibilities are eclectic and hybridised. We share a global vision for game publishing with CMON, along with Kickstarter and retail savvy. We look forward to CMON’s help in getting our games to the broadest audience possible,” said Kim Brebach, Director of Good Games Publishing
“CMON is excited to work alongside Good Games Publishing to help bring new board games like Monstrous and Unfair to a wider audience outside of Australia and New Zealand. With Good Games’ innovative, creative and high-quality titles, the partnership is a perfect match, and we’re sure our fans will agree once they play these new games,” said Chern Ann Ng, CEO of CMON Limited.
“We bring more eclectic games, and they bring a wealth of experience in various areas of development, production and marketing we can tap into. CMON is a perfect partner to help us straddle the Kickstarter and retail dimensions of game marketing. This relationship will be a series of wins,” Brebach added.
Monstrous and Unfair will be on show during Gen Con Indy 2016 at Good Games Publishing’s booth #2500.
About CMON Limited
CMON Limited is an international publisher of board games, tabletop games and apps. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON has grown into a multinational group that publishes several award winning games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage and more.
About Good Games Publishing
Good Games Publishing specializes in creative, innovative and eclectic games with the highest possible art, graphic design and components standards. Good Games also runs a chain of 27 hobby game retail stores and a large hobby game distribution company in Australia, with its first US store opening in downtown Indianapolis after Gen Con Indy 2016. Find us at Gen Con Booth #2500
Massive Darkness is the latest title from Guillotine Games & Cool Mini or Not to arrive on Kickstarter with a bang!
This game is a fantasy dungeon crawler whose design is based upon Zombicide Black Plague and extends to include a campaign and leveling up your characters and their skills and abilities.
The game is fully cooperative and requires no game-master. Also notable it that it also features massive roaming monsters and the ability to use the dark to avoid them or weaken them in combat.
Of course, being from Cool Mini or Not it’s already smashed it’s funding goal of $200,000 within minutes (and currently sitting on $1,037,396 at time of writing around 36 hours in). It also has LOADS of stretch goals already unlocked, adding LOADS and LOADS of great new miniatures to the game, with more to come.
For more information see the Kickstarter
Cool Mini or Not and Guillotine Games have put forth a press release (read below) announcing the upcoming Kickstarter of Massive Darkness – a brand new dungeon crawl sporting wonderful miniatures (as we’ve come to expect from CMON/Guillotine) and will be based upon the Zombicide game system (which was also jointly published by both companies).
Official Press Release
CoolMiniOrNot and Guillotine Games are partnering up again to bring you the ultimate dungeon crawl board game experience with Massive Darkness! Massive Darkness brings the classic fantasy RPG experience to modern board gaming, with an action-packed campaign chock full of gorgeous miniatures and a streamlined system that keeps the focus on the heroes’ actions, with no need for a game master to control the enemies.
Using the popular Zombicide system as a starting point, Massive Darkness adds all the richness of a dungeon crawl RPG. Pick your hero, choose a class, decide on what skills to spend your XP, get loot by searching the dungeon or killing special enemies that can use the equipment against you! Face a multitude of different enemy types, coming in all shapes and sizes, whose behavior is resolved automatically. Or you can try to sneak around enemies by taking advantage of dark areas of the map.
Players begin their adventure in Massive Darkness by picking a Hero – each with two special starting skills – and pair them with a Class of their choosing. Depending on the combination, another skill can be unlocked, giving players a wide range of choices and play styles. In Massive Darkness, the created Heroes will go on Quests, killing monsters, collecting loot, and gaining XP. Players will spend their XP to unlock new Skills, growing more powerful as the Quest progresses.
Throughout the game, players encounter different monsters, including Minions, Agents, Roaming Monsters, and Bosses. A unique mechanic of the game is the Guardian. Any of the monster types have a chance of spawning as a Guardian, meaning it will use a random piece of equipment in the fight against Heroes. However, if players are able to overcome this difficult encounter, they will acquire that piece of loot!
Massive Darkness is coming to Kickstarter in a few months. There will be more news and surprises uncovered as we get closer to the launch of the campaign
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.
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.
Tabletop Gaming News (TGN) has an excellent preview of ‘The Others: 7 Sins‘ by Cool Mini Or Not and Guillotine Games. The Others is miniatures game designed by Eric Lang who brought us huge hits like Marvel Dice Masters and Arcadia Quest as well as the soon to be released Blood Rage. It is a horror board game that plays 2-5 players in a 1 vs. many format. One player will play one of the 7 Deadly Sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride) trying to trigger the Apocalypse while the other players are a team of supernatural heroes trying to save the day.
In this game, the 7 Sins have become hideous monsters incarnate. These monsters attempt to destroy cities and wreak havoc. In the game, players are the last bastion for humanity in these cities. Each “Sin” monster (of 7 different deadly sins) plays a little bit differently. One player plays as the monsters with the goal of corrupting the city, and advancing the doomsday tract. Other players attempt to dispel the contamination of evil, but the power they use has a corrupting factor.
In the article they start to delve into two of the sins Pride and Sloth as well as some of the minions you’ll see in the game. They have pictures of the models which are fantastically hideous and disgusting. While we’ve only gotten a glimpse of it the artwork in the game looks stunning as well and is done by Adrian Smith (lead designer/artist), Karl and Stefan Kopinski, Paolo Parente, Richard Wright, Jacopo Camagni, Miguel Coimbra and Georges Clarenko.
The Others will be on Kickstarter starting 9/10/2015 and if CMoN’s and Guillotine Games other projects are any indication it will be a huge hit. I for one am extremely excited about it and will most likely be backing it. The combination of horror theme, Eric Lang, and CMoN/Guillotine Games miniatures has me itching to hit the pledge button. Eric Lang is on fire with his amazing games that have come out recently and if there is one thing that both these companies do well it’s putting out great miniatures. Add in the fact that the horror theme is somewhat missing in my collection and I have always been a fan of the genre this should be a win/win/win for me.
If any of this has you interested head on over to TGN and check out the article here. This article is only one in a series of articles so while you’re there be sure to check out the rest of them if you have any interest in this game.
If you haven’t been following the Dice Tower on Twitter, Tom Vasel has been posting some great pics from Origins 2014.
Hall just before opening
Paradox from Split Second Games
Pre-production copy of Video Game High School from Plaid Hat Game
Kremlin from Jolly Roger Games
Family Vacation from Jolly Roger Games
Giant Tsuro from Calliope Games
Box mockup for Legendary: Villains
Box mockup for Pandemic: The Cure
Pandemic: Contagion from Zman Games
Battle at Kemble’s Cascade from Zman Games
Guillotine Games has announced a storage solution for fans.
Each Zombicide Storage Box can hold:
- Up to 50 Survivor ID Cards. Keep your entire survivor squad in one place, protected from moisture, hits and zombie bites!
- An Equipment deck and a Zombie deck, sleeved or not.
- Dice and experience trackers. More than a storage box, a real arsenal!