IDW Games announces a new tile-laying game by HG Game Worx. In Amoeba, designed by Heidi and Greg Preslicka, players draw and place tiles in order to build the biggest amoebas then claim those amoebas by placing their nuclei markers on them. But here is the twist, players can place tiles on top of completed amoebas to split them up and reduce their opponent’s score. There are 12 unique tiles that will require pattern recognition and strategic thinking to grow the biggest amoeba. The game ends when all tiles are played, and the player with the biggest amoeba wins.
Amoeba plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in about 30 minutes. Contents include 84 Amoeba Tiles, 40 Nuclei Markers, 1 Custom Die, and a multilingual rulesheet. Amoeba is scheduled for release in June 2019.
During the 2018 PAX Unplugged Conference, IDW Games announced that there would be a Metal Gear Solid board game designed by Emerson Matsuuchi. The board game community went wild with speculation as no other details were revealed … until now.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will be a fully cooperative, miniatures board game for 1-4 players, which follows the story of the first Metal Gear Solid video game. Artwork is to be provided by Kenneth Loh, and Francesco Orrù. Players take on the roles of Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja. Each character has their own unique skill sets that allow them to avoid detection. The game will feature a dynamic A.I. system and sandbox game play where missions can be completed in multiple ways. Numerous objectives will need to be completed across campaign scenarios.
“I’m probably the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid. Ever since playing the first Metal Gear Solid, it has forever altered the way I view games. The story it told was so memorable and the gameplay experience so rich that it has shaped my expectation of games as both a designer and gamer. So the opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the table has been an honor and dream come true. I’m excited to be able to capture the tactical stealth action that is the hallmark of the franchise as well as create a new experience and story for the Snake fans. Age hasn’t slowed him down one bit.” – Emerson Matsuuchi [source]
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will debut at E3 2019 where IDW Games will allow the media to book play sessions. The general public will be able to demo the game at Origins Game Fair 2019, Dice Tower Con 2019, San Diego Comic Con 2019, and Gen Con 2019. Expect the game to be released in late 2019.
IDW Games have steadily been adding licensed properties to their board game portfolio and the addition of Metal Gear Solid, as announced via Twitter at PAX Unplugged, has many fans excited. Emerson Matsuuchi has been tasked with the game’s design, which makes perfect sense considering he also designed the stealth driven game, Specter Ops (and it’s follow-up, Specter Ops: Broken Covenant), from Plaid Hat Games. Up until now, fans of the franchise had to settle for the lesser known Risk: Metal Gear Solid board game, which completely ignored the stealth aspect of the video game.
PAX Unplugged is a tabletop games focused event organised by the same team who run the more video game oriented conference, PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). Metal Gear Solid is an action-adventure stealth game written and produced by the legendary Hideo Kojima, developed for the Playstation by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan.
IDW Games and Nickelodeon have joined forces to create Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Pizza Party, a fast, fun card game for 2-6 players.
You’re the chef of honor at the party but you have your work cut out for you. These turtles are pizza-scarfing machines and they like their pizza extreme! Players race to create non-traditional pizzas for the Turtles and their friends. Work fast and be creative. Satisfying these heroes means using crazy ingredients like toasted marshmallows, banana slices, cheese puffs, popcorn and more.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Pizza Party is delivered in a collector’s tin and includes 60 pizza slices with a wide range of crazy topping choices. Designed by Prospero Hall (Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, Hullabaloo) for fans of all ages, get ready for action in the kitchen and make a pizza for your favorite Turtle! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Pizza Party will available in March 2019.
In June of 2019 the Men in Black movie, from Sony Pictures, will hit cinemas at the same time Ghostbusters celebrates its 35th Anniversary. Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion will be the first of many games for both franchises in 2019.
Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion will be loaded with miniatures and will feature Peter Venkman, Egon Spangler, Ray Stanz, and Winston Zeddmore, as the Ghostbusters, and Agent J, Agent K, Agent L and Zed, as the MIB team. Together, they’ll tackle the threat of the Ecto-terrestrials who attempt to overwhelm earth’s defenses, but there’s always enough time for friendly competition when stomping invaders. A combination of rolling dice and take-that card play form the core of the mechanisms utilized while highly detailed miniatures from Ninja Division (known for Super Dungeon Explore) will add table presence.
“We are excited to bring these two iconic properties together along with an amazing group of development partners. We love the fun story we are telling with this game and hope fans will bring it to the tabletop again and again.” -Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development [source]
The Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion board game features art by Derek Laufman, is designed by Panda Cult Games, and published by IDW Games. It will see release in late 2019 with additional stand-alone games for each franchise slated for later that year.
The Dice Tower Live Show (8/3/2018) will be featuring quite a few news releases during the event. Below is a brief summary of what will be announced.
Stronghold Games New Game Announcement
Not much is known, at this time, about the game other than it will be part of Stronghold’s Designer Series and designed by Alan R Moon and Bobby West.
Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games Merge
New Entity Created: Indie Game Studios – Distinct Company Brands to be Maintained
California, USA and Florida, USA – August 3rd, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games are proud to announce the pending merger of these two great publishers, and the formation of a new force in the hobby game industry: Indie Game Studios. Action Phase Games, previously acquired by Indie Boards and Cards in 2016, will also be folded into the new entity and the three distinct brands will be maintained moving forward. Following the merger, the new Indie Game Studios becomes one of the largest hobby board game companies in the world.
Pandasaurus Games New Game Announcement
Pandasaurus Games is announcing Machi Koro Legacy. The game will be designed by Rob Daviau and Suganuma-san with artwork from Nobura Hotta (the original Machi Koro artist). It’s a really fun, 10 mission campaign that leaves you with a fully playable game when finished.
IDW Games New Game Announcements
Batman: Gotham City Under Siege, although not a new announcement for its release is going to be hitting retail very soon.
Designed by Richard Launius and Michael Guigliano, and Batman – The Animated Series: Gotham City Under Siege is a cooperative game for 1-5 players. Each player takes on the role of Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon or the Gotham City Police Department, along with the unlikely aid of Catwoman. They must defend the city over the course of four acts, with each act inspired by episodes from the first season of the show. Players will need to work together to find the right balance between completing challenging story cards, or taking down the villains and masterminds running rampant in the streets.
First-time announcing, however, is TMNT Adventures. More info will be coming soon.
IDW Games are publishing Nickelodeon’s Invader Zim Doomsday Dice Game. Invader Zim is an American, animated TV series which centres around an extra-terrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk. Zim, along with his malfunctioning, robot servant GIR, is determined to conquer the earth and is constantly thwarted by Dib, a young paranormal investigator.
In Invader Zim Doomsday Dice Game, 2-4 players play either as Zim or GIR working for the Almighty Tallest Irkin Lords, or as Dib or Agent Darkbootie working to protect the earth through The Swollen Eyeball Network. Players will draw cards to build a krazy machine to either destroy the earth (as ZIM or GIR) or save it (as Dib or Agent Darkbootie). Matching cards can be connected to earn power surges that let players roll a big Power Surge die. The more rolls they make the more power they can generate. There is also a tiny Special Die with its own abilities. However, rolling either die can end in a fizzle or malfunction which costs the players all the energy they’ve earned or can even break the machine. The first player to 100 energy wins.
Invader Zim Doomsday Dice Game comes in collectible, tin packaging and plays in 20-30 minutes. It’s designed by Spencer Reeve, caters for players aged 14+ and is expected to release September 26th, 2018.
IDW Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Nickelodeon Splat Attack, an all out food fight board game for 2-4 players, designed by Jonathan Ying (Doom: The Board Game, Star Wars: Imperial Assault). Players control a team of 4 characters from one of Nick’s well known shows, including Hey Arnold!, Invader ZIM, Spongebob Squarepants and Rugrats. Each team has 4 beautifully detailed miniatures, which move around the arena collecting food to throw. Characters get two actions, defined on their player card, and attacking involves rolling a number of dice equal to the character’s aim rating plus the food’s splat value. When a character is hit with food, they must draw a pentomino (think Tetris) “Splatter Tile”, and fit it on the grid on that character’s player board. If the piece doesn’t fit or the board fills up, that character is out, and the attacker gains a SUPER COOL point. Players gain and lose cool points by achieving objectives or getting hit, and the most cool points at the end of the game, when all the SUPER COOL points are gone, wins. As of this writing, Splat Attack contains 5 character teams (including a special TMNT team), 40 food cards, 4 player boards, 45 splatter tiles, dice and tokens. A special 5-8 player version is also available as its own pledge level.
The Kickstarter Campaign for Nickelodeon Splat Attack continues through June 7, and the game should hit backers’ doorsteps by November 2018.
Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege, from IDW Games will be the first in a series of tabletop games based on the Warner Brothers cartoon franchise. This is a game for 1-5 players who play as Batman and his allies protecting Gotham from his Rogues Gallery. It’s designed by Richard Launius (known for Elder Sign, Arkham Horror) and Michael Guigliano, intended for players aged 14+, and plays in 45-60 mins.
Gotham’s heroes will make use of dice allocation and threat management to defend the city against bosses and their henchmen. Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege includes all new artwork, character miniatures, and 3D city buildings.
This appears to be the first in a series of games based on the franchise, though it’s not clear if future games will be expansions for this game, or entirely different games.
“Subsequent releases in the series will capture and celebrate the Batman Animated universe, packed with heroes and villains, featuring them in settings new and still familiar to fans and gamers. Developed with renowned artists and designers, IDW Games is excited to bring these beloved characters to the tabletop for fans of Batman: The Animated Series to enjoy for years to come.” [source]
Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege will be available in August 2018 and previewed at Origins Game Fair 2018.
Distributors and retailers have announced that IDW Games‘ Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course board game is now available for pre-order. Sonic the Hedgehog is an iconic character from the video game franchise created by Sega. It spawned its own TV show and comics and has had a few board and card games created over the years with another one on the way later this year.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course will take place in the iconic Green Hill zone of the video game and players will race to collect the Chaos Emeralds as the player with the most of these wins. Characters from the franchise such as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnick are available as player characters. Through the race players will be able to heal damage though its not clear if this damage is caused by obstacles in the race or the other players.
The game seems fairly accessible as its for players aged 8+, plays 2-4 players, with an average game time between 30-45 mins. Estimated release date is July 25th, 2018.
IDW Games are also making Death Note: Confrontation available for pre-order. This is a card game based on the popular anime which in turn is based on the wildly successful manga.
“Based on VIZ Media’s popular anime series and recently adapted into a Netflix live action film, Death Note follows Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by Ryuk, a rouge Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?” [source]
In this two-player game, one player takes on the role of L who is trying to locate and deduce the true identity of the supernatural killer, Kira. The other player will take on the role of Kira who is punishing those who he sees as deserving the ultimate penalty. Each player has their own notebook which L uses to find Kira’s targets and track down Kira, while Kira uses his notebook to eliminate targets to gain victory points.
Death Note: Confrontation has a very mature theme and so requires players aged 16+. It plays in roughly 30 minutes and is expected to release March 16th, 2018.
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