Hero Realms

Want more content for entries in the White Wizard Games catalog? They are running a Kickstarter for an Epic Card Game expansion that also offers add-ons for their other titles.

The new Epic Card Game content is: (1) Duels – a two player starter set for Epic Card Game, designed for new players, (2) Jungle – a two player box set that can be played on its own or combined with any other Epic set, and (3) The Lost Tribe – a set of four fifteen card packs, combine any two to create a ready-to-play deck. All of the new content features the same design duo (Robert Dougherty, Darwin Kastle) and artist duo (Kaile Dutton, Vito Gesualdi) as the base game. The campaign also provides access to all previous Epic Card Game content: cards, playmats, sleeves, and promos.

For the other White Wizard games, this campaign has add-ons to acquire:

  • Hero Realms – playmats and promos
  • Star Realms – promos, playmats, and expansions, including the new High Alert packs before they hit retail
  • Sorcerer – expansion packs

Everything has an estimated delivery date of July 2020. The Kickstarter project has already funded and runs until 10:00 pm EST on September 19th.

Hero Realms Journeys is the latest Kickstarter project from White Wizard Games, which adds six new expansions to the existing Hero Realms card game. Hero Realms was designed by Ben CichoskiRobert DoughertyDarwin Kastle, and Daniel Mandel and is a fantasy-themed, deck-building, card game featuring competitive play for 2-4 players. Players attempt to reduce each other’s health to zero, after recruiting help from a market deck that includes champions, weapons, spells, and events. Multiple expansions have since been released which dramatically changes game play, and includes the ability to play various characters (such as a Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Thief, or Wizard), or fight cooperatively against a Boss, or compete in a campaign mode.

Hero Realms Journeys features four, 12-card packs. There is the “Hunters” and “Travelers” packs which feature new Champions and Actions for the market deck, and the “Conquest” and “Discovery” packs which each contain 6 new Quests and 6 new Relics. At the beginning of the game each player is given a random quest, which can be shared with teammates, but are unknown to opponents. Relic cards are also dealt into a “relic pile” for each quest card in the game, while the rest of the relics are added to the market.

The Ancestry Pack adds 20 cards which allows players to be a Dwarf, Elf, Ogre, Orc, or Smallfolk, who all have their own strengths and weaknesses. These can be combined with any character packs or played by themselves. So, if an Elven Ranger or Dwarven Fighter was always your jam, Hero Realms has you covered with multiple race-class combinations. Each race comes with an Ancestry card which shows health modifications and special rules, an Ancestral skill or Ability card, and two cards which modify the starting deck.

The Lost Village Campaign Deck features a full color adventure book and over 100 cards, including 12 over-sized Master cards.

The Hero Realms Journeys Kickstarter campaign has multiple tiers to allow backers to fund only a few of the expansions, all the way up to everything which currently exists for the Hero Realms game. The project is seeking funding until Thursday, December 6th, 2018, is already well over 100% funded, and is expected to deliver in December of 2019.

In collaboration with Toys for Tots and Ronald McDonald House, White Wizard Games also plan to donate games to a children’s charity to brighten their lives over the holiday season. You don’t even have to back the project to participate. Each person who signs up for their newsletter, which will provide information about the progress of the Hero Realms Kickstarter and other news from White Wizard Games, will add a game to be donated.

Related: The Dice Tower reviews Hero Realms, Hero Realms: The Ruin of Thandar, and Hero Realms Boss Deck – The Dragon

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) award the Origins Awards at the Origins Game Fair each June. Nominees are picked in March and the academy votes on the games in the different categories based on excellence in game design. Well, the winners for the 2018 Origins Awards have been announced! Let’s see who they are!

Congratulations to Cephalofair Games as Best Board Game, Fan Favorite and Game of the Year goes to Gloomhaven! As Best Card Game and Fan Favorite we have both Renegade Game Studios’ Ex Libris and Hero Realms by White Wizard Games.  For Best Miniatures Game and Fan Favorite we have WarHammer 40,000 (8th edition) by Games Workshop. Best Collectible Game and Fan Favorite goes to Star Wars Destiny: Awakenings Booster by Fantasy Flight Games. As for Best Family Game and Fan Favorite we have Azul by Plan B GamesThe Best Role-Playing Game Supplement and Fan Favorite is Dungeons & Dragons Xanathar’s Guide to Everything by Dungeons and Dragons. As for Best Role-Playing Game we have Adventures in Middle Earth – Cubicle 7,  and finally, we have the Fan Favorite Role-Playing Game winner:  Starfinder– by Paizo.

Congratulations to these amazing game designers and the hard work they have put into making the games that have become staples in our homes and board game cafes around the world!

 

 

EPIC is a two to four player card game by White Wizard games, makers of Star and Hero Realms, where you duke it out as gods to see who is the greatest.  This game brings back the play and feel of trading card style games that have been around for years, but without the costly need of buying randomly packaged booster packs.  EPIC comes ready to go out of the box, and only adds cards in an LCG style where each pack has the same cards as every other pack of the same name.  Previous packs have added new characters you can play as called Tyrants, or just added new cards to the game in Uprising.  Well now they are adding new characters to play as in the form of a Pantheon.  The first of the two packs features Furios, Father Nature and Maligus, the Dark One, each coming with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack so you can play as either deity. Furios is revered by all in the forest, except for Maligus that is, and he seeks to overthrow Furios.  But when Furios summons you to his defense, you obey.

The second features Helena, the Valiant and Zaltessa, the Huntress, each also with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack.  Zaltessa will hunt anything and everything under the sun, includes the other gods, but Helena has the bravery and courage to stand up and hunt Zaltessa instead.  Look for both of these packs to be on store shelves in January of 2018. You can click here for details on pre-ordering.

All three of these games have had many expansions already put out for them, so publishers figured that some more would be just what people want.  First on the list is the Omens of the Pharaoh expansion for the dice game Elder Sign.  What is interesting about this expansion is that it started as an expansion for the digital game only, but proved popular enough to be brought to the physical game as well.  This new expansion will be a new adventure deck to the game of all new horrors you have to face, this time against an Egyptian back drop.  One thing that does work in your favor is that this expansion will bring artifacts into the game, giving you a leg up by being able to re-roll dice without spending clues.  You can read more about the expansion on the FFG website, and look for this release on store shelves in the first quarter of 2018.

Next are two more characters to add to the already long list of characters trying to drink each other under the table at the Red Dragon InnAllies: Adonis vs. The Lich King brings the hunky bard and the undead fiend into the game.  Adonis will be another character you can play as, with several musical instruments at your disposal to either lull your opponents to sleep, or bash them over the head.  Either way you can carry a tune and looking to take everyone else down.  The Lich King is a new boss, and by far the most defensive boss, that you and all your friends can “fight” against.  He brings a lot of magical prowess to the table so you will have to dodge his spells and strike when the time is right to keep him from drinking you all under the table.  Look for this expansion to hit shelves in January of 2018.

And finally, we have some upcoming releases for the Hero Realms deck building game.  First of those is a new campaign box called The Ruin of Thandar, which turns this competitive game into a cooperative adventure style deck building game.  You will be working together with your friends to defeat these new evils, acquiring experience points and better cards as you go along until you can defeat the final boss.  Look for this in the last quarter of this year.

The other two expansion are boss decks which add new characters that you can play as to the game.  One is the Dragon Boss Deck and the other is the Lich Boss deck, each giving you a full starting deck for the respective bosses, allowing you to play as them instead of a hero.  Look for both of these to hit stores in the fourth quarter of this year.

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White Wizard Games have made two announcements, the first being the launching of the Kickstarter campaign for their next deckbuilding game, Hero Realms, and a new expansion in production for Star Realms called Star Realms United.  Hero Realms is a new fantasy themed implementation of the Star Realms game and so with the base box you can play the same style of game everyone has come to love in a fantasy setting.  But the differences start to show up in the expansions as you can buy expansions that give you starting decks for different fantasy classes like cleric, ranger, rogue, warrior, and so on.  There are also expansion packs for typically evil characters as well like the Lich and the Dragon, but the game really comes into it’s own with the campaign expansion.  With the campaign expansion now it is a fully cooperative game where you are fighting against the forces of evil and gaining experience points, then with these experience points you can upgrade your character and get better gear making it a campaign style deckbuilding game.  All said and done you can get everything including the first year’s worth of promos at the $72 pledge, but there are other levels to get just the base game or certain expansions, head on over to the Kickstarter page to pledge today.

Next is the Star Realms United expansion, this expansion adds more cards to the game but brings something new, hybrid factions.  Now you can have cards like the Blob Bot which have both the Blob and Machine Cult faction symbols and ally abilities, thus allowing for more synergy between factions in your deck.  This expansion is currently in production and will be out later this year!