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IELLO‘s King of New York will be releasing in September, with a limited number of copies available at GenCon 2014, reported by Eric Martin.

Designed by Richard Garfield, this relative to 2012’s King of Tokyo is a standalone game that builds on Tokyo’s game play and offers new ways to play.  You can read more at our previous report, here.

Above is an exclusive look at one of the new power cards, Diva.

 

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Friday the 13th

First published in 2010 in China and Germany, this Reiner Knizia (Through the Desert, Ra, Tigris & Euphrates) family, card game will get treatment for English, French, and Dutch.  Friday the 13th has also been distributed under the name Poison and Baker’s Dozen.

Bad omens are all around you! Whether it’s black cats walking in front of you, walking under ladders or breaking mirrors, you will want to play your cards smartly to avoid all the bad luck or risk gathering as much bad luck as possible to pass the curse on to your adversaries and ruin their hands! And watch out for the “13th” cards because they are always bad luck!

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In a round, each player gets a hand of cards, with the cards coming in three suits that have values from 1 to 7 and a fourth “joker” suit in which all the cards have a value of 4. On a turn, a player discards a card from her hand onto a pile of the appropriate color (with jokers being playable on any pile) and gives the sum of all cards now in that pile. If the sum is higher than 13, then the player must first take all of the cards already in the pile, leaving only her card behind.

The round ends once all the cards have been played, then players compare how many cards they have in each of the three suits; whoever has the most cards throws them away, while everyone else scores 1 penalty point per card. Each joker is worth 2 penalty points. Whoever has the fewest penalty points after each player has started a round once wins!

Components include 50 cards.  Friday the 13th is for 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up and a play time of 30 minutes.

zombie 15

Zombie 15’

Designed by Guillaume Lémery and Nicolas Schlewitz, this real time, cooperative, zombie-themed game is expecting to release August 2014.

Zombie 15′ is a frantic, scenario-based survival game in which time is scarce and cooperation is key.  Set in an apocalyptic world where anybody that could have watched a NC-17 movie has been turned into a zombie, each player is a 15 year old teenager working as a team with the other players to survive.  The game comes with a 15 minute soundtrack that provides ambiance and timing and a 15 scenario campaign, Death at Your Heels.

zombie 15 pieces

Other components include 32 double-sided tiles, over 100 figures, over 100 cards, and a plethora of tokens.  Zombie 15′ is for 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up with a play time of 15 minutes.

Twin Tin Bots

Designed by Philippe Keyaerts (Small World, Evo) and originally published by Flatlined Games last year as a multi-lingual edition, Twin Tin Bots will be brought to the U.S. by IELLO.

Each players controls two harvester Bots trying to harvest the most crystals and bring them back to base. The Bots are programmed using simple orders but communications are limited.

Components include a dual-sided game board and crystal track, 18 plastic crystals, 12 plastic robots, 6 bases and programming boards and 6 x 6 order tiles for each player.

Twin Tin Bots is for 2 to 6 players, ages 13 and up and a play time of 50 minutes.

Heroes of Normandie Expansions

Heroes of Normandie designed by Yann and Clem and published with Devil Pig Games, is a World War 2, strategy miniature game minus the miniatures.  Two players control armies and assign tokens for initiative and bluffing.  The base game is required for all of the following expansions.

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Heroes of Normandie: Scenario Pack D-Day

This is the first expansion for Heroes of Normandie.  It adds three new scenarios (which can be combined for a complete landing campaign) and a new Landing-Scenario-Generator.  New recruitment options include US Engineers and German Festungskompanie.

Components include two new platoons with units, 6 double sided boards, and more counters.

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Heroes of Normandie: Terrain Pack – River

A minor expansion for Heroes of Normandie.  This pack introduces rivers to the base game.

Components include 5 double sided tiles and ruins and explosive counters.

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Heroes of Normandie: US Rifle Platoon

Another minor expansion pack that incorporates a Rifle Platoon onto the battlefield.

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Heroes of Normandie: US Rangers

Another minor expansion pack that incorporates US Rangers, a close combat unit, onto the battlefield.

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Heroes of Normandie: German SS Panzergrenadier

Another minor expansion pack that incorporates the SS troops and an evil leader, Heinrich Von Kamptz.

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Heroes of Normandie: Extra Units (US and Germany)

Another minor expansion pack that incorporates more weapons and vehicles to gameplay.  Duel weapon and multi-player rules can be found here.

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Heroes of Normandie: Army Box German

This army box has a counter tray that helps to bring order to your collection and has extra components for the Panzer-Lehr-Division.  It includes 3 new units Panzergrenadiere, Sturmpioniere, Panzergruppe High Command (Artillery, Airstrike, Smoke, Directives), 3 new heroes, 15 wooden order tokens, and 2 dice.

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Heroes of Normandie: Army Box US

This army box has a counter tray that helps to bring order to your collection and has extra components for the Fourth Infantry Division.  It includes 3 new units: Recon Platoon, Sherman Platoon and Weapon Platoon High Command (Artillery, Smoke, Directives), 3 new heroes, 15 wooden order tokens, and 2 dice.

Coming in August from IELLO Games.

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King of New York

There’s always something happening in the city that never sleeps. Maybe it’s the lights, maybe it’s the energy, or maybe it’s the giant monsters trying to demolish the place!

King of New York is a standalone game from designer Richard Garfield that keeps the core ideas of King of Tokyo while introducing new ways to play. As in King of Tokyo, your goal is to be the first monster to collect 20 victory points (VPs) or to be the last monster standing. On your turn, you roll six dice up to three times, then carry out the actions on those dice. Claws cause damage to other monsters, hearts heal damage to yourself, and energy is stored up so that you can purchase power cards that provide unique effects not available to anyone else.

What’s new in King of New York is that you can now try to become a star in the big city; more specifically, you can achieve “Fame”, which nets you VPs, but superstar status is fleeting, so enjoy your time in the spotlight.

The game board for King of New York is larger than in King of Tokyo with each monster occupying a district in the city and everyone trying to shine in Manhattan. When you attack, you can displace a monster in another district, whether to escape military forces or to find new smashing opportunities. That’s right, smashing – you can now destroy buildings and get bonuses for doing so! But be careful: the more destruction you cause, the more intense the military response!

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Night of the Grand Octopus

Long ago, the Grand Octopus, one filled with cosmically divine powers, reigned over the entire world – until an unfortunate combination of circumstances imprisoned it at the bottom of the ocean. Idle under miles of water, it fell asleep dreaming of the day when its time would come once again.

In Night of the Grand Octopus, you are one of the Elect and have been recruited by the Illuminati to form a cult to glorify the tentacled one. What’s more, your dreams have told you that the time has come, the stars have aligned so that you can perform the “Ritual of Appeal” and bring the Grand Octopus to surface once again. To perform the ritual, however, you need the right magical components, components to be found in a famous English university for young wizards and witches – and you’re not the only one seeking them.

In each round, players secretly place their cultist and monster tokens on locations, then reveal those locations at the same time. If only one cultist group occupies a location, that cult gains strength – but if two or more cults want the same spot, they must negotiate or both lose cult strength. If, on the other hand, a rival monster occupies the location, the cultist is eliminated. Gulp!

  • 3-5 players
  • Ages 7+

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Guardians’ Chronicles

Guardians Chronicles is a superhero-themed miniatures game in which you play as one of the members of the Liberty Patrol or as the group’s archnemesis, Professor Skarov.

To set up, the Skarov player arranges the nine double-sided game board tiles into a 3×3 grid, with his control room in the center space. Each player takes her character sheet, miniature and 7-10 action cards. These characters enter the grid on one of the side tiles and need to advance around the square – confronting minions and traps along the way – in order to achieve whatever objectives are in place for this game, such as thwarting a nuclear missile attack.

Each turn, the hero players play 1-2 action cards; each card shows both a special power and modifiers to that hero’s inherent statistics – movement, attack, defense and mental – and the played cards can be used for either the special power or the modifiers. Each hero player has four actions in a round, and the players can play in any order they wish; the actions are move across the base, attack an enemy, or use a special power on a played action card or the hero’s character sheet.

Professor Skarov then receives a number of action points based partially on the heroes’ actions, and he uses these to activate himself, his minions, or his robots, with these figures also performing move, attack, or special power actions.

As the players complete (or fail to complete) objectives, the newspaper’s report on who did what, and the sum of those reports determine who comes out on top.

  • 2-5 players
  • Ages 14+

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Tales & Games: The Hare and the Tortoise

At the start of a race, each player secretly bets on two of four animals: turtle, rabbit, sheep, and duck. One animal is chosen at random for each player, then after receiving a hand of six cards, each player places one of his cards face-down (possibly the same animal) as an additional bet. Players then take turns laying down 1-4 cards, with all cards needing to show the same animal, then refilling the hand to five cards. As soon as seven total cards have been played or four cards of any one animal, the animals move (maybe).

Each animal has a distinct characteristic that players can use to their advantage. The turtle always moves one space, but it moves two if four of its cards were played. The rabbit always moves two spaces – unless four cards are played and it’s at the head of the pack, in which case it sleeps and doesn’t move. The duck moves as many spaces as the number of cards played. The sheep moves one more space than the number of cards played but if it reaches grass, it stops moving for the round. (The track consists of eleven road cards, two covered with grass.)

After the animals move, players start a new round of card-playing. A round ends when three of the four animals reach the goal, after which each player scores points based on the ranking of the animals and how he bet. After three rounds, the player with the most points wins.

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Titanium Wars: Confrontation Expansion

When venturing in Limbo at the edge of the galaxy, scouts found a new form of energy: Titanium. First experiments showed it could push back the frontiers of technology, and even open new horizons for human capabilities. This news was more than enough to stir up the greed of humankind’s greatest factions. Each has sent fleets to take over nearby planets where Titanium is abundant – and even seems to be in constant expansion. From that point on, armed conflicts were bound to happen, and this war will be settled only by controlling the Titanium deposits…

As leaders of these great factions in Titanium Wars, players will purchase buildings to master new technologies and increase their earnings, build their own fleet of custom battleships to defeat their opponents, and expand their space empire. They will have to prove bold, insightful and tactful if they want any chance to win this fierce war.

This is the first expansion for Titanium Wars and adds the following game play elements:

  • 6 new Arsenal cards
  • 6 new Planets / Events
  • 4 new Leaders
  • New Tactic cards
  • The Versus Mode: 1 vs. 1 or team vs. team

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Twin Tin Bots

“A dream job!” That’s what the recruiting office told you and now you’re stuck with a couple of colleagues and all these robots in the middle of nowhere. But at least there is fun to be had with the Bots!

In Twin Tin Bots, each players controls two harvester Bots trying to harvest the most crystals and bring them back to base. The Bots are programmed using simple orders but communications are limited: you need to plan ahead as only one order can be changed each turn. Can you outwit, out-race and out-harvest your colleagues?

  • 2-6 players
  • Ages 13+
  • 50 minute play time

Contains:

  • Rules Book
  • Dual-sided game board
  • Dual-sided crystal track
  • 18 transparent plastic crystals
  • 6 plastic bases and 12 plastic robots
  • 6 programming boards
  • 6 x 6 order tiles for each player
  • 3 numbered countdown counters
  • 1 ‘active base’ token (for advance variant)
  • 3 rock tokens
  • 3 blob tokens
  • 6 teleport tokens
  • 3 mud tokens

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IELLO has been hinting at the next “King of..” game since last year.  Building on the same foundation as King of Tokyo, designer Richard Garfield’s new game of monster dice fighting will pit players at being the hit of Manhattan.  IELLO released some samples of new power cards found in King of New York.

From the publisher:

King of New York is a standalone game from designer Richard Garfield that keeps the core ideas of King of Tokyo while introducing new ways to play. As in KoT, your goal is to be the first monster to collect 20 victory points (VPs) or to be the last monster standing. On your turn, you roll six dice up to three times, then carry out the actions on those dice. Claws cause damage to other monsters, hearts heal damage to yourself, and energy is stored up so that you can purchase power cards that provide unique effects not available to anyone else.

What’s new in King of New York is that you can now try to become a star in the big city; more specifically, you can achieve “Fame”, which nets you VPs, but superstar status is fleeting, so enjoy your time in the spotlight.

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The game board for King of New York is larger than in KoT with each monster occupying a district in the city and everyone trying to shine in Manhattan. When you attack, you can displace a monster in another district, whether to escape military forces or to find new smashing opportunities. Yes, smashing because you can now destroy buildings and get bonuses for doing so, but the more destruction you cause, the more intense the military response.

The monsters from King of New York can be used in KoT and vice versa, but the power cards are specific to this game.

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An upcoming release for Ares Games, The Battle of Five Armies, will be published in seven different languages…French, German, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Spanish, and English.  Sorry, no Elvish, Dwarvish, or Entish.

The Battle of Five Armies is a fantasy, miniature game based on the climactic battle in the novel, The Hobbit and is designed by Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, and Francesco Nepitello.  All three all designed 2004’s War of the Ring.

Ares has partnered with IELLO (France), Heidelberger (German), Raven Distribution (Italian), Galakta (Polish), Devir Livraria (Brasil) and Devir Iberia (Spain).

Expected release is this year, July for the English edition and September for elsewhere.

From Ares Games:

The Battle of Five Armies – based on the climax of JRR Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit – pits the hosts of the Elvenking, the Dwarves of Dain Ironfoot, and the Men of the Lake led by Bard the Bowman against a horde of Wolves, Goblins and Bats led by Bolg, son of Azog. Will Gandalf turn the tide for the Free Peoples? Will the Eagles arrive, or Beorn come to the rescue? Or will Bilbo the Hobbit perish in a last stand on Ravenhill?

The Battle of Five Armies features a game board representing the Eastern and Southern spurs of the Lonely Mountain and the valley they encircle, and a number of plastic figures representing troops, heroes and monsters.

The Battle of Five Armies is a standalone game based on the rules for War of the Ring, which is from the same designers, but with the rules modified to function on a tactical level as they describe a smaller battle rather than the entire war. Ares Games plans to expand the Battles game system in the future, releasing expansions depicting other battles from the Third Age of Middle-earth narrated in The Lord of the Rings, such as the Siege of Gondor and the assault of Saruman against Rohan.

Piña Pirata

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As captain of a pirate crew, your ultimate goal is to find the most incredible treasure of all times: the Golden Pineapple. The map leading to it has been cut in parts long time ago, and hidden in different places of the Caribbean Sea. In order to win the game, you will have to face and overcome all the other pirates also searching the Golden Pineapple map. Play your cards wisely to find the treasure and become a pirate of legends!

 Piña Pirata is played in rounds. At each round, every player receives 8 cards. The goal is to be the first to get rid of all your cards.

At your turn, you must play one card, or draw one if you can’t. A card can be played if at least one of the pirates depicted on it is also on the top card of the play area. As soon as a player has no more card in her hand, she wins the round and gets a part of the treasure map. If a player has all 4 map parts, he wins the game!

 The tricky part come from the Adventure tiles: At the beginning of the game, 2 tiles are revealed. Each of those Adventures is a new rule that will change the gameplay. There are more than 40 different tiles with a lot of different rules. Use them as their best to play more cards than you should or prevent the other players to play theirs!

 At the end of each round, the winner chooses a new Adventure and adds it to the previous ones. The more the game is going, the more special effects are triggered for more and more fun!

Shinobi WAT-AAH!

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The Empire of the Moon faces many threats. The Rift has reopened, providing passage for the creatures that have lurked in Shadow for millennia. But the danger also comes from within as the Emperor, son of the Moon, is getting old, and his formerly loyal lords are now trying to seize power. In order to do this, they make their appeal to the warriors known as ninjas, adepts of the way of Shinobi. The clans are finally prepared for war!

As a lord with a thirst for power, in Shinobi WAT-AAH! you plan to place your honorable posterior on the imperial throne. In order to do this, you will appeal to the large clans of ninjas, who will enable you to impose your military strength upon your enemies. To put it simply, your goal is to put a big WAT-AAH! in your enemies’ faces!

Shinobi WAT-AAH! includes two game modes:

  •   Grasshopper Mode lets you get started right away in the art of Shinobi with short games.
  •  Grand Master Mode trains you over the course of three rounds, leading up to a most surprising final confrontation!

Heroes of Normandie

heroes of normande

The time is summer 1944. The Sun shines on Normandie hedgerows. Gentle wind, fields of bright flowers, and in the background, the romantic staccato of machine gun fire in the morning. In these typical French countryside landscapes, thousands of men are about to fight. And die. Bravely like heroes, or cowardly like wussies. But only heroes really matters. Those you see in Hollywood Golden Age war movies. Here lies the inspiration for Heroes of Normandie; here is what the game has to offer: explosive and fast-paced battles; the pleasure of butchering your enemies through MG42 walls of lead; and the ability to crush Nazi bastards under tons of shells – basically, blood and guts.

A miniatures game without miniatures, Heroes of Normandie is a fast-paced WW2 strategy wargame inspired by Hollywood war movies. A tactical scale board-game opposing two players and two armies, with the Germans on one side and the Americans on the other. Players use order tokens to determine initiative and to bluff. While a single six-sided die determines combat, action cards are played to spice things up. Secretly plan your attacks and outwit your opponent. Block the opposing strategy and surprise the enemies. Deploy your units and don’t turn back!

Guardians Chronicles

guardians chronicles

Guardians Chronicles is a superhero-themed miniatures game in which you play as one of the members of the Liberty Patrol or as the group’s archnemesis, Professor Skarov.

To set up, the Skarov player arranges the nine double-sided game board tiles into a 3×3 grid, with his control room in the center space. Each player takes her character sheet, miniature and 7-10 action cards. These characters enter the grid on one of the side tiles and need to advance around the square – confronting minions and traps along the way – in order to achieve whatever objectives are in place for this game, such as thwarting a nuclear missile attack.

Each turn, the hero players play 1-2 action cards; each card shows both a special power and modifiers to that hero’s inherent statistics – movement, attack, defense and mental – and the played cards can be used for either the special power or the modifiers. Each hero player has four actions in a round, and the players can play in any order they wish; the actions are move across the base, attack an enemy, or use a special power on a played action card or the hero’s character sheet.

Professor Skarov then receives a number of action points based partially on the heroes’ actions, and he uses these to activate himself, his minions, or his robots, with these figures also performing move, attack, or special power actions.

As the players complete (or fail to complete) objectives, the newspaper’s report on who did what, and the sum of those reports determine who comes out on top.

funFarm

In February, IELLO is publishing a children’s, dice rolling, pattern recognition game of farm animal fun.

The animals have escaped from the farm! You need to bring them back before they get into trouble and you want to do so faster than your opponents so that you can save more than they can!

In the fast-catching game Fun Farm, players compete to spot and catch the animal shown on the cards before all their opponents. Each round, the active player reveals the top card from the deck, placing it next to any others still on the table. Each card depicts an animal, a black die (showing one color on this die), and a white die (showing one color on this die). The player then rolls the black die and the white die. If a die depicted on a card matches the color rolled on that die, players race to grab the animal toy from the table that matches the animal depicted on the card. Whoever does so first claims the card, and once the deck runs out, whoever has the most cards wins

Fun Farm is for two to ten players, ages six and up and plays in 15 minutes.