Flat River Group is a US distributor of various geeky and otherwise unique merchandise, and Impressions is a long standing distributor of board games. So one acquiring the other makes sense to further grow their network, which is precisely what happened recently. Flat River Group announced they will be acquiring Impressions, with the change taking effect on January 1st. Flat River Group and Impressions have had a long working relationship and the acquisition started out as just a conversation about how they could better help each other. But as time went on that conversation turned into a proposal of Flat River Group just outright buying Impressions. Both companies will continue operating under their respective names, but now resources and connections will be pooled between the two companies.
What does this mean for us as consumers? Well for us it just means that distribution (getting the game from warehouse to store) will go more smoothly. But for game producers and Kickstarter creators, this means even more services will be offered by the respective labels making for better and easier distribution of their games.
From Level 99 Games, this is their new one-on-one fighting game utilising fighters from the RED HORIZON universe. Originally a Kickstarter product, this is the first of four duel deck products, with more along the way using different IPs in the future.
This expansion to Matt Leacock’s cooperative Thunderbirds game will bring about new disasters for your team to avert as you continue to face the nefarious The Hood. This expansion features new cards, playable characters, machines and models of 14 pod vehicles that requires the base game to enjoy.
The popular hidden role deduction game Good Cop Bad Cop is getting its second expansion: Undercover. On top of discovering the true allegiance of the other players, you now have a unique ability in the form of your undercover assignment as well as 12 new Equipment cards and more!
The last game I’ll mention here is Dead Last, a ‘social collusion’ game based on a tontine which often leads to murder. This game has players plotting who to murder, calling bluffs to counter with ambushes, stealing a bit of the pot, and hoping to be the last one standing to claim all the spoils.
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Every year we have Free RPG Day put on by Impressions Game Distribution, and this year is no different with Free RPG Day happening this Saturday, June 18th. There will be a number of modules available from Paizo’s goblin campaign, to Feng Shui 2, the Valiant RPG, and other odds and ends, even some dice. You can check out the Free RPG Day website for more info on what you can find as well as where you can find it.
Impressions Game Distribution Services announces their shipping update for December 8, 2015 with the following new releases:
Schrödinger’s Cats: a strategic card game for 2-6 players featuring “bluffing, deduction, and cute cat pictures”. In the game, players will take on the role of a Cat Physicist such as Albert Felinestein or Sir Isaac Mewton in order to solve the mysteries of the universe and one-up the other Cat Physicists.
Holiday Module: Advent of the Avalanche Lords: In this 3rd-annual Dungeon Crawl Classics module, players will embark on a Level 3 adventure that “evokes the holiday-themed television specials of childhood, with a particularly nasty spin”.
Peloponnes Card Game: Lead one of the proud city-states through the ages over eight rounds, developing your civilization and avoiding disasters. From Iron Games.
Pixel Tactics 4: An expansion of the Pixel Tactics franchise with the new Trap mechanic, which can aid players and keep their opponents on their toes.
Codex of Aihrde: A Castles & Crusades supplement in which the complete world of Aihrde is unfolded for players into a rich, detailed campaign, purportedly “the most complete campaign setting on the market today”. Full color throughout, hardback. An expansion, The Darkenfold, as well as an Aihrde full-color map set, is also scheduled for release on February 16, 2016.
Impressions Game Distribution Services has announced an April 20th distributor ship date for the following new releases!
In this cooperative card game for 2-7 players, you are one of a group of laboratory scientists working for a giant chemical research conglomerate. In a series of experiments, your group has accidentally released a deadly toxin. You and the other players must work together to discover the antidote before it’s too late. When all your cards run out, everyone must drink their antidote and hope that it’s the right one…
In Forge War, players take on the role of leader of fledgling adventurer’s guild, and the king has tasked the guilds with ridding the hordes that are taking over the lands. Guilds will be collecting resources such as metals and precious gems, as well as developing weapons to successfully meet the king’s demands. Forge War is a competitive game of economic management and spatial reasoning in a high fantasy theme, and features much player interaction and many meaningful decisions. The core game lasts about 1 hour, with a longer 3-stage game for a full epic experience.
Metamorphosis Alpha: Book of Handouts
This book contains 16 illustrations that can be shown to players to supplement a game of Metamorphosis Alpha, to be used at the game master’s whim.
Dungeon Crawl Classics #84 and #85: Peril on the Purple Planet, The Making of the Ghost Ring
Two new modules will be released in the Dungeon Crawl Classics line, Peril on the Purple Planet (#84) and The Making of the Ghost Ring (#85). In #84, players will be striving to conquer the alien world known as the Purple Planet without falling to its traps.
Peril on the Purple Planet is a 32-page adventure module with gatefold map and wraparound covers, and includes the following components:
• The Purple Planet Companion, a 64-page supplement detailing a Purple Planet campaign.
• Escape from the Purple Planet, a 12-page starter adventure for 0-level characters.
• Lost Tombs of the Ancients, a 24-page collection of five more short adventures.
• A three-panel judge’s screen.
• A 16-page Player’s Guide.
• A 12-page book of handouts.
In #85, a level 4 adventure, players will be coming to the aid of a ghostly enchantress, which will lead them to a quest to create a magic ring. A separate version of module #85 will be available, which features original sketches by the artist.
Enter Rome at the time of the slave uprisings under Spartacus! The escaped rebels have managed to gain influence and power. Rome is attempting to undermine the stronger armies of the slaves in order to restore “pax”, or peace – but only for personal gain. Will the Empire collapse under the strain, or will their promises to insurgents succeed in drawing them to their side?
In PAX, players take on the role of the escaped slave underground. Using their cards, they will attempt to undermine the Roman establishment and increase their sphere of influence. Players will win the game by developing more strength than Rome (and any other player). This game involves tricky tactical decisions, and a player can, through deception and intrigue, side with Rome to aid in a victory over the slave revolt.
PAX is for 1-4 players ages 10 and up, and plays in 30 minutes.
They were the most powerful nations of their time: the Carthaginians, Romans, Hellenes, Egyptians and Persians. Pergamemnon assembles all of these peoples for an epic showdown.
Pergamemnon is a deck-builder in which players will become on of the most powerful nations in antiquity, and through direct conflict, will vie for victory. Nations will also be able to conjure mythical creatures to influence the battle in their favor.
Pergamemnon is a game for 2-5 players ages 10 and up, and plays in 45 minutes.
Shadow of the Elder Gods
Shadow of the Elder Gods is a cooperative, card-driven game set in the Lovecraft universe, specifically in the city of Arkham. As the citizens of the Miskatonic Valley, 1-4 players will work together to wield the awful power of the Ring of Shadows to stop the dark forces threatening to end all.
Space Junk is a board game that depicts a futuristic reality show, in which the players contest to clean up the heavily-littered atmosphere of Earth by building the most ridiculous space ships they can out of the junk. What’s more, contestants will be jumping into hot-seated races against one another in their contraptions, making weapons out of whatever they can find to get an edge. Space Junk is a game for 2-6 players with many different cards to allow for a greater variety of gameplay.
Earlier this week Impressions, a game distributing service company, released Vidcast #36. The topic for this Vidcast is networking the game.
At the start of the show they cover some new products like some gripmats from Break From Reality Games for games like Star Wars X-Wing, Star Trek Attack Wing, and Dominion and more. Then they discuss the Kickstarter campaign of Exploding Kittens and how people are coming up to them wanting to do the same kind of game and/or Kickstarter campaigns, but what they don’t understand is that the majority of the success for the Exploding Kittens campaign is the popularity of The Oatmeal. This all leads to their main discussion topic of the importance of networking in the gaming industry. The discussion is about 15 minutes long and full of interesting points about networking. One of the main important points they mention is how important it is to attend gaming conventions.
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“Players will use identical sets of champions to battle over key locations, fighting for each and every victory point along the way. Rounding out gameplay is a unique tie-breaking mechanic, the Fatestone, which helps ensure that each game of Strife becomes an epic duel for the ages!”
If you’re interested in any of these titles, stop by your favorite game store and place an order.
Impressions Game Distribution Services, an Indiana-based board and roleplaying games distributor, put out their first new release announcement of the year. Among the restocks and recent releases, they included a handful of games releasing at the beginning of the second quarter. As always, board game release dates can shift based on many factors, but at the time of this announcement the following solicitations are scheduled for release in April 2015.