You’ve opened the Cave of Treasures, now can you escape with the spoils?
Remember ol’ Ali Baba? Let’s see now, what were those magic words to open that cave door? You’d better remember them and escape, for thieves are approaching…
This summer, IDW Games will be bringing a brand new card game from celebrated designer and multi-Spiel des Jahres winner Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Takenoko, Tokaido, Rampage, Hanabi), Open Sesame. In Open Sesame, players take on the alternating roles of Ali Baba, treasure-hunter, and one of the 40 thieves who are guarding their precious Cave of Treasures. When playing the role of Ali Baba, you will be working to steal as much as possible from the cave and flee while you can, lest you get too greedy and get trapped. As a bandit from the notorious band of 40 thieves, your goal is to observe carefully what Ali Baba is stealing and recite exactly what he is attempting to escape the cave with.
Open Sesame is a press-your-luck and high-stakes memorization card game for 3-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes. The announced due date for placing orders is April 10, 2015 and shipping date is June 15, 2015. The game is scheduled to be available in stores on June 30, 2015.
IDW Games will be showing Open Sesame at the GAMA Trade Show on March 16-20, 2015.
Fire & Axe – A Viking Saga, originally published in 2004 by Asmodee, sets sail to raid and plunder once again in IDW’s May reprint. The game seats three to five players and is playable in 90 minutes.
This highly sought-after grail game will benefit from new art and a redeveloped game board, streamlining the game and making it easier to track multiple items of information.
“Also included in the game will be 70 minis, each new sculpt has striking detail and is sure to make even the most dedicated of gamers delighted.”
The street date for Fire & Axe is May 29th.
IDW Games has announced Rattus Cartus card game to be released in September.
From the press release, “The Rattus series has been a hit with gamers for a long time and Rattus Cartus brings a lot of new and interesting mechanics to the series,” Says IDW Director of Business Development, Jerry Bennington. “People are addicted, you could even say they’ve caught the Rattus Fever. Uh oh, they may actually want to get that checked out now that I think about it.”
Featuring almost 200 cards, including 12 unique buildings and six different classes, Rattus Cartus is a medieval worker placement, blind-bidding game for 2-5 players that can be played in 30 to 45 minutes. The variety of buildings and character classes means there’s plenty of replay value in this killer card game.
IDW Games announced that they will be releasing V-Wars in 2015. From the publisher, “Following a storyline that will both pull from and add to the ongoing comic’s universe, players in V-Wars will take up sides as either humans or vampires as they struggle for interspecies dominance. The game will be wrought with tension as players will never know exactly where they stand or who, if anyone, they can trust.” Deisgned by Rob Daviau and Jonathan Maberry, read more about V-Wars, here.
In addition, IDW has started a newsletter for game updates, general news, and free games.
Coming in October from IDW Games
Machi Koro: Harbor
The first expansion for the smash-hit, Machi Koro isn’t due out until late October, but be sure to check your local game store for prize-supported events with the full 5-player expansion contents more than a month early.
Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion will add 10 new establishments, 1 new starting establishment and 2 new landmarks (82 cards total). You will have access to powerful new cards like the Harbor, Airport, and more. Most importantly you will be able to add a fifth player to the game for the first time ever! With new mechanics and a new set-up variant, this expansion adds tons of variety to an already incredibly replayable game.
Game stores acquiring the event kits will also get an advanced copy of Diamonsters, the upcoming new card game by the Machi Koro design team of Masao Suganuma and Noboru Hotta scheduled for release this November!
Japan, 1605 – Hidetada Tokugawa has succeeded his father as the new Shogun, ruling from the great city of Edo, (now Tokyo). All the most powerful families in Edo are trying to curry favor with the new Shogun, and you must ensure that your clan will prove indispensable to him. Work from the shadows to acquire information about rival clans, kidnap those who might oppose your ascent and assassinate those who prove too great a threat. Beware, only your cunning will prevent your adversaries from doing the same to you. Find glory and honor in the eyes of this new Shogun – or failing that, end his rule by any means necessary.
Diamonsters (Coming November)
In Diamonsters, each player begins the game with the same hand, and the first player to collect three identical monsters or five diamonds wins. But it’s not so simple, some monsters are more valuable than others, and some will eat the diamonds you fought so hard for!
Coming soon from IDW Games is a deduction, adventure game based on the hit tv series, X-Files.
In The X-Files, players take on the role of Mulder, Scully, and the X-Files team as they work to uncover global conspiracies and threats while going up against various members of the Syndicate. In game terms, 1-4 agent players team up against one opponent who controls the Smoking Man and his nefarious network.
The X-Files board game will focus on material from the first three seasons of the television series, giving fans a chance to start from the beginning of the phenomenon.
Check out an interview here with the game’s designer, Kevin Wilson (Arkham Horror, Descent: Journeys in the Dark, & Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game).
San Diego, CA (May XX, 2014) – Today, IDW Games announced a small-box expansion for the hotly anticipated Machi Koro card game. Machi Koro: The Harbor Expansion will include 10 new establishments, one new starting establishment, two new landmarks (82 cards total), and the ability to play Machi Koro with up to five players. Machi Koro will hit shelves this July, and the expansion will follow before Christmas.
“There are so many exciting elements to this expansion,” said Pandasaurus Director of Marketing, Molly Wardlaw. “Get ready for more zany properties, more players, and even more fun!”
This is the second major announcement from IDW Games this month regarding Machi Koro. At the beginning of May, it was announced that five copies of an exclusive pre-order card would be included in each game headed to the Hobby Market. With today’s expansion announcement, it becomes clear that the exclusive pre-order card will be compatible with the new Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion. The expansion will offer players new game mechanics and a variant play option that changes which resources are available for purchase at the start of each game.
“Machi Koro has been a focal point for IDW Games,” said IDW Director of Business Development, Jerry Bennington. “There’s been nothing but positive response regarding us bringing the game to the U.S. and we hope this expansion announcement shows our commitment to supporting Machi Koro with everything we can do.”
This first expansion not only adds the ability to bring a fifth player to the table for your Machi Koro sessions, there’s also big changes to the strategy as players will be working to complete six landmarks instead of the four required to win the base game. Further changing the landscape of Machi Koro, the expansion changes how each game begins, as only 10 types of establishments will hit the table for any one game. This move should add variety to an already incredibly re-playable game.
The pre-order exclusive card offer ends on May 28th, so fans are encouraged to head to their friendly local game shop and put their order in today!
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IDW Games and Pandasaurus Expand Relationship
San Diego, CA (February 27, 2014) – IDW Games launched in a big way with recently announced games like Kill Shakespeare and 30 Days of Night. To help bolster a board game line already hotly anticipated by fans around the world, IDW is growing its games division by expanding its partnership with Pandasaurus Games.
This partnership includes bringing Pandasaurus’ vault of popular games into print, many of which are sold out. The first title in this partnership is Tammany Hall, launching in June, in which the players “take power, rule New York.” Other titles to follow areRattus Cartus, the sold-out hit that pits players against each other and the Black Plague, and Yedo, Pandasaurus’ first game, which is a samurai-themed worker placement game from the designers of the upcoming Kill Shakespeare game, Wolf Plancke andThomas Vande Ginste. It also means that moving forward, IDW Games and Pandasaurus will be co-developing engaging board games that will excite existing fans of the genre and surely make new ones.
“We have a commitment to seeing incredible ideas come to fruition in the form of brilliantly themed, technically engaging and visually stunning board games above all else,” said Mary Wardlaw, Director Marketing at Pandasaurus Games, “And that commitment is the exact reason why we couldn’t be more delighted to have IDW Games as a partner in upholding and expanding the mission of breathing life into new endeavors, out-of-print lauded gems and beloved brands. Let the games begin!”
“Pandasaurus has done an excellent job building a catalog of rich, engaging and in-demand board games. They’re veterans in the industry and we look forward to developing some amazing titles together.” Said IDW Games Director, Jerry Bennington. “This is a partnership that will have an immediate positive impact for both sides and you can be sure you’ll be hearing big things from us soon.”
You also have a chance to part of IDW Games and Pandasaurus’ first joint venture, Kill Shakespeare,on Kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/idwgames/kill-shakespeare?ref=home_location
The future looks very bright for board game fans with the return of some favorites and the release of new and exciting ones! This year, IDW Games and Pandasaurus invite you to get in the game!
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