Two new ready-to-play Ashes decks for Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn are available for pre-order from Plaid Hat Games. Each deck is available separately and is a mono deck using a single color of dice. These decks may be mixed with the base set and previous expansions for custom deck construction. Both expansions will be available at Gen Con on a limited basis, and are expected to have their regular release soon after. If you’re planning on picking this up at Gen Con, I’d make the Plaid Hat Games booth an early stop because this could sell out very quickly.
The Roaring Rose deck, with new Pheonixborn Leo Sunshadow contains 42 cards and requires 10 Charms (pink) dice to play. Leo’s special ability allows him to summon a Glow Finch as a side action. This gives the player a huge amount of strategic options for how to use his other units. His Unique card make your opponent choose between lose of life or lose of cards in hand and dice in action pool.
- 1 Leo Sunshadow – Phoenixborn
- 1 Glow Finch – Conjuration
- 5 Nightshade Swallow – Conjuration
- 5 Orchid Dove – Conjuration
- 3 Anguish – Action Spell
- 3 Change Psyche – Action Spell
- 3 Dispel – Action Spell
- 3 Mind Probe – Action Spell
- 3 Beast Tamer – Ally
- 3 Amplify – Alteration Spell
- 3 Remorse – Reaction Spell
- 3 Memory Theft – Ready Spell
- 3 Summon Nightshade Swallow – Ready Spell
- 3 Summon Orchid Dove – Ready Spell
The Duchess of Deception deck, with new Phoenixborn Victoria Glassfire contains 38 cards and requires 10 Illusion (purple) dice to play. Victoria’s special ability and unique card allows you to refresh already used dice, and choose the side of each dice when you do. This ability gives versatility to the player and lets them keep all their options open.
- 1 Victoria Glassfire – Phoenixborn
- 3 Shadow Hound – Conjuration
- 4 Shadow Spirit – Conjuration
- 3 Illusionary Cycle – Action Spell
- 3 Body Inversion – Ally
- 3 Flash Archer – Ally
- 3 Figures in the Fog – Reaction Spell
- 3 Particle Shield – Reaction Spell
- 3 Vanish – Reaction Spell
- 3 Secret Door – Ready Spell
- 3 Summon Shadow Hound – Ready Spell
- 3 Summon Shadow Spirit – Ready Spell
- 3 To Shadows – Ready Spell
For more information on Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, you can go to Plaid Hat Games site by clicking here.
Coming in July from AEG is the next expansion for the Doontown Reloaded LCG called A Grand Entrance, so they have decided to do a couple previews to give you a thematic feel to the expansion. Right now they have two previews up which tell a short story based on two of the 21 new cards in the set, Lighting the Fuse, and Bacillus Pasteuria. The stories are a short read and offer some thematic flair to the card game, and of course you can just look at the card itself if you aren’t into all that. You can see the Lighting the Fuse story here, and the Bacillus Pasteuria story here, and you can pre-order the expansion directly from the AEG site.
Last year Fantasy Flight Games rebooted the Game of Thrones LCG with a 2nd edition, and today they have announced the second deluxe expansion for the game, Lions of Casterly Rock. This expansion will mainly focus on the Lannister family and will expand their forces, from the announcement;
Within this expansion, the Lannisters explore new themes, launching an ambush with their Clansman allies, redoubling their focus on the intrigue challenge, and sending out marauders to pillage the lands of Westeros. You’ll also find new versions of the most iconic Lannister characters, including Tywin Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Ser Jaime Lannister, and Tyrion Lannister.
You can check out the full preview on FFG’s site and look forward to the release of the expansion in quarter 3 of 2016.
Fantasy Flight Games’ latest preview article concerning Star Wars: The Card Game shows us a glimpse of the Rebel Alliance Objective Set from the Galactic Ambitions expansion.
In the war against the galaxy-spanning Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance is unquestionably outgunned. Their resources, fleets, and recruitment all dwindle in comparison to the might of the Imperial military machine. Yet against all odds, the Rebellion has won victories—by striking quickly and fading away, by sabotaging Imperial emplacements, and by following the commands of some of the galaxy’s greatest tacticians.
The new Galactic Ambitions expansion offers five new objective sets for both the Sith Lords and the Rebel Alliance and offer plenty of new strategies. The other four affiliations in the game each receive a single new objective set to supplement their own decks. The article Rogue Squadron, Reporting In posted on FFG’s website offers a detailed look at one of the Rebel objective sets from this new expansion.
The Alliance’s Elite is the objective set for this expansion, and is centered around the elite Rebel starfighter team Rogue Squadron and its pilots. Cards such as Rogue Squadron, Alliance X-Wing, and Corellian Slip present new abilities and tactics focused on these types of cards from the game.
For more details on this new expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game, read the full preview article on FFG’s website.
AEG has announced two new expansions and one new game coming out in the month of May. First is the next expansion pack for the LCG Doomtown Reloaded, THE CURTAIN RISES, this expansion will add 84 new cards to the game, 4 copies of the 21 new types, and will arrive on store shelves May 23rd. You can check out the game website for more info and some preview images of the cards.
Next is the second expansion for the shufflebuilding game Epic PVP, appropriately named Epic PVP Expansion 2. This expansion will add Halflings, Cat Folk, Clerics and Dark Knights to the mix and give you even more options for race and class combinations. Look for this expansion to hit store shelves on May 16th.
Last is a new game coming from AEG called Dice Heist. Dice Heist is a thieving dice game where each player will play as a thief trying to rob one of four different museums, with each museum having a different level of difficulty. On your turn you will reveal an exhibit card that gets added to a specific museum, then you choose to either attempt a heist or recruit a sidekick to help you. If you attempt a heist you roll your thief die and as many of your collected sidekick dice as you want, if any of your dice show a value higher than the security for that museum, you succeed and take everything there. If all your dice show lower than the security value then you fail and take all your dice back. This will keep going around until you run out of items to steal, at which point you count up points, not monetary value, and whoever has the most points wins. You can check out the rulebook on the AEG site and look for the game on store shelves May 23rd.
The designers of Legendary Encounters Ben Cichoski and Danny Mandel have designed a new game that combines an expandable card game with a collectible toy: H.E.A.D. Hunters. The official press release for this game describes the gameplay in this way:
In this tabletop game for two or more players, each player controls his or her very own Hero of Every Age & Dimension (H.E.A.D.) Hunter. Each toy features its own deck of cards, position platforms, measuring string and combat dice to attack and defend against other Hunters as it moves around the table for position and opportunity. When the game is over, all the components fit back inside the head while the toy sits patiently (and attractively) on your shelf, waiting for its next opponent.
In 2007, Gut Shot Games created the idea of an expandable card game in the head of a toy, but the initial game needed work, and either the game itself was not compelling enough or the timing was not right. When the idea was presented to Cichoski and Mandel, they were enthusiastic about the idea. “The concept is so unique that we wanted to match that innovation in the game play,” according to Cichoski. “The game fuses the best of combat card games and miniatures games for an entirely fresh take on a tabletop game. It’s truly aH.E.A.D. of its time!”
Gut Shot Games anticipated the game to be a very innovative gaming experience. Some of the highlights of H.E.A.D. Hunters are:
- Heroes of Every Age & Dimension! Play as an old Norse Viking, a Robot Assassin, a 19th century pugilist or another of the 10 best Hunters across time and space.
- Customizable Decks! Mix and match cards from other H.E.A.D. Hunters to customize your deck to match your own play style.
- Position Yourself for Advantage! As you are up against the most notorious Heroes of the past or future, where you attack from is as important as what you attack with.
- Create Infinite Battlefields! Each character has unique starting terrain and buildings that can be placed in a multitude of positions and layouts to create unlimited fields of battle.
- Play With Your Toys! Instead of a box where game parts are stashed away, everything you need to play H.E.A.D. Hunters is stored inside the toy. And when you’re not playing, you have a cool display piece to show off.
Gut Shot Games will be launching a Kickstarter project for H.E.A.D. Hunters in the fall of 2016.
For more information, please visit the game’s website here or follow Gut Shot Games (@gutshotgames) on Twitter.
Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) would like to announce its upcoming product list for March, 2016. The list of products includes the following:
- A Game of Thrones LCG: Wolves of the North 2nd Edition
- A Game of Thrones LCG: No Middle Ground
- Lord of the Rings LCG: The Thing in the Depths
- Elder Sign: Omens of Ice
- Talisman: The Cataclysm
- Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: What Lurks Below
A Game of Thrones LCG: Wolves of the North 2nd Edition
Long ago, before the dragons came, the Kings of Winter ruled from Winterfell. Perhaps it’s past time those days returned. Call upon the iconic characters and unyielding strength of House Stark, and enter a new era of the war for Westeros!
This deluxe expansion focuses on House Stark, as well as additional plots and allies for various factions.
A Game of Thrones LCG: No Middle Ground
In the aftermath of the Tourney for the Hand, Eddard Stark searches for answers to the questions that caused Jon Arryn’s death. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen rides across the Dothraki sea to Vaes Dothrak with a massive khalasar and her husband, Khal Drogo. The Great Houses stir restlessly across Westeros, watching and plotting their own bids for power. From the sands of Dorne to the icy forests beyond the Wall, tension grows with every passing day.
This fourth chapter pack in the Westerns cycle offers five new plots that follow the events in the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire–three faction-specific plots, and two neutral.
Lord of the Rings LCG: The Thing in the Depths
Having finally caught the Stormcaller after a harrowing pursuit across troubled seas, several of Middle-earth’s heroes prepare to board the Corsair ship in The Thing in the Depths, the second Adventure Pack in the Dream-chaser cycle for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. Their efforts to reclaim the Númenorean artifact the Corsairs had stolen erupt into fierce battles that quickly spiral into nightmare when the waters beneath the Stormcaller begin to churn and massive, tentacled arms erupt from the sea to grapple the ship and the sailors aboard it!
This expansion pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG offers sixty new cards, including a new Spirit hero and new allies for each of the four spheres.
Elder Sign: Omens of Ice
Deep in the Alaskan wilderness Ancient Ones are awakening whose diabolical forces cannot be fought within the safe confines of the Arkham Museum. You must brave the Tundra, solve the mysteries of native Inuit traditions, and make the treacherous ascent up the mountains of the Alaska Range. There, wild animals and monsters are far from the only dangers you’ll encounter, for frostbite and starvation are among the Ancient Ones’ deadliest weapons.
In this expansion for the cooperative dice game Elder Sign, players will receive a complete deck of sixty Alaskan Adventure cards and a new deck of Mythos cards. For the first time in this game, the season will matter as much as the time of day. This expansion also offers eight additional adventurers, as well as new allies, items, and spells.
Talisman: The Cataclysm
Decades ago an apocalypse destroyed the world, wrecking its cities, ravaging the land, and devastating the population. Now, after more than a generation, a new age dawns with The Cataclysm, an expansion for Talisman Revised 4th Edition. People are returning to establish settlements, nature is evolving in bizarre, unprecedented ways, and traces of the former civilization can be found everywhere. This is a time of chaos and possibility, of challenges and heroism.
FFG is proud to announce a new expansion for the classic game Talisman, that takes place one generation after a terrible apocalypse has devastated the land. A new center board opens up into an apocalyptic realm for players’ exploration.
Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: What Lurks Below
The planet of Sacaellum is torn asunder by warring factions. The Imperial Guard battle Dark Eldar raiders, Tyranid Genestealers ambush an Ork warband, and the warriors of Khorne battle any who stand in their bloody path. Which faction will you support in its battle for victory?
“What Lurks Below is the fourth pack in the Planetfall cycle, bringing another faction to bear on the fight for Sacaellum. Here, you’ll find cards that support the main themes of the cycle by bringing new significance to the planet type symbols and inviting you to fight for your faction’s unique goals.”
For more information on these exciting new releases, visit Fantasy Flight Games’ website here.
The Pokémon Company International would like to announce its excitement over the celebration of the brand’s 20th year. The company has announced that 2016 will be filled with special promotions and product launches, with a special featured ad during the Super Bowl.
The following is the detailed press release:
Pokémon is thrilled to announce that 2016 will be a year-long celebration of the past, present, and future of the 20-year-old brand. First introduced in Japan in 1996 with the video games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green for the Game Boy system, Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 275 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 18 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.
To kick-start the celebration, The Pokémon Company International announced today that it will air a new ad during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, which will encourage fans to Train On. In that spirit, fans are encouraged to share their favorite Pokémon memories on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using the hashtag #Pokemon20. On Pokémon Day, February 27, fans can join in on the fun at special events at participating retail locations across the country. More details can be found at Pokemon.com/20. Fans visiting the site throughout the year will find information about monthly Mythical Pokémon distributions, retail events, special products, messages from some of Pokémon’s biggest fans, and the upcoming Pokémon Photo Booth app.
In addition to all of these great ways to celebrate 20 years of Pokémon, there is much more to come in 2016. This spring, Pokkén Tournament (Pokemon.com/PokkenTournament) for the Wii U console will bring Pokémon to life in a way never seen before: Pokémon battle in direct response to the player’s actions. Pokémon GO (Pokemon.com/GO), a ground-breaking mobile game that will encourage fans to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon, launches later this year. To coincide with Pokémon Day on February 27, Nintendo will also make some of their best-selling Pokémon amiibo available again, at select retailers only. Fans should be on the lookout for Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, and Lucario to join Pikachu at stores nationwide.
In a fitting tribute to where it all began, Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, and Pokémon Yellow Version will be released as digital downloads on Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on February 27. Pokémon Red Version andPokémon Blue Version will also be included in a New Nintendo 3DS bundle. The New Nintendo 3DS Pokémon 20th Anniversary bundle will come with Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version pre-installed, two unique cover plates featuring artwork from the original Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version game boxes and the Pokémon 20th logo, and a download code for an exclusive Nintendo 3DS Pokémon HOME Menu theme. The commemorative New Nintendo 3DS bundle will be available on February 27 at retail locations.
Pokémon TCG fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon with the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion (Pokemon.com/20). This special expansion covers every stage of a Trainer’s journey, from the choice of a first partner Pokémon to the most elite of Trainer battles. Featuring Pikachu, Snorlax, Ninetales-EX, Jolteon-EX, plus Mega Charizard-EX, Mega Blastoise-EX, and Mega Venusaur-EX, the Generations expansion will be available in February. Generations booster packs will be available within specially labeled and designed Pokémon TCG products released as part of the Pokémon 20th celebration, starting with the first Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection coming in late February. A total of 11 Mythical Pokémon Collections will be released throughout 2016, each containing two Generations booster packs. In addition, four Pokémon TCG: Red & Blue Collections focused on the original superstars of the Pokémon world, each containing four Generations booster packs, will be released in 2016.
The celebration continues with special retail events. Four Mythical Pokémon video game character distribution events will take place at participating GameStop locations throughout 2016, with one being distributed each quarter. Fans will need to have Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y, and a system from the Nintendo 3DS family to receive Mew, Darkrai, Arceus, and Genesect.
On Pokémon Day, February 27, at participating Toys“R”Us locations, fans can receive special foil Pokémon TCG cards featuring Pikachu and Magikarp from the Generations expansion, a Pokémon activity book, and a poster of the original 151 Pokémon, while supplies last. Toys“R”Us will also have an exclusive Generations-themed folio available for purchase to collect the new expansion.
Beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, 12 full-length Pokémon feature films will be available for digital download from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Among the releases will be digitally remastered versions of Pokémon: The First Movie and Pokémon the Movie 2000 and Pokémon 3: The Movie. In addition, Pokémon TV, available on Pokemon.com, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire platforms, will feature one film title per month to align with other Pokémon brand activities. The first three Pokémon films will also be available in both DVD and Blu-ray formatted bundles from licensee Viz Media.
A 48-page interactive digital reader will accompany Pokémon: The First Movie and can be viewed on any device that supports iBooks, including Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon in style with new apparel, accessories, and souvenirs available only at PokemonCenter.com. They can find everything from a special Pokémon 20th baseball cap by New Era to a commemorative pin and lanyard set. Pokémon 20th TCG accessories, such as card sleeves, deck boxes, playmats, and much more, are available for fans of all ages. Limited-edition Pokémon 20th figures and plush items from TOMY International, Pokémon’s master toy licensee, will also be available at participating retail locations.
For more information on the Pokémon franchise and other plans for their 20th Anniversary year, visit the company’s USA website here.
Game of Thrones: The Card Game second edition debuted with much excitement at Gen Con in August and Fantasy Flight Games is building on that excitement with the first deluxe expansion: Wolves of the North. From the announcement:
In this expansion, House Stark takes the spotlight as they gain new cards to guide your Stark decks in new and unexpected directions. You may use Direwolves to cow and overpower your foes, rush to victory with the aid of House Tully, or draw strength from the Winter itself. Throughout the box, you’ll find new versions of iconic characters like Eddard Stark, Catelyn Stark, Jon Snow, and Arya Stark, alongside characters entering the game for the first time, including The Blackfish, Shaggydog, and Rickon Stark.
Not to be outdone by the Starks, each other faction in the game will also see new cards, as well as the addition of six new neutral plots to be used in any deck. Some of these plots will feature a new keyword: Winter. Many of the new cards interact with these plots allowing players to use the cold of the north to their advantage, chilling enemies in their tracks! Keep an eye out for Wolves of the North in the second quarter of 2016.
Back in July Fantasy Flight Games started their previews of the latest expansion for the Star Wars living card game, Imperial Entanglements. This set has a focus to beef up the Imperial Navy and Smugglers and Spies factions of the card game while still giving some extra stuff to everyone else. This set will now allow you to use iconic characters like Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and Grand Moff Tarkin. It includes cards for the Imperial Navy to be able to redirect damage from your own cards to your opponents, allowing you to set up a devastating assault that could grant you victory. Overall more cards to give you more options and tactics to use in your decks for the Star Wars LCG.
You can head over to the FFG site to check out preview images of different cards and read the other previews, or, since this expansion has been released, you can opt to purchase it at your local store and see all the new cards in person.