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IDW Games is announcing Naruto Shippuden Village Defenders card game for a November 2019 release.

While most of the ninja are out are away, Leaf Village is attacked leaving a handful of ninja and friends to defend the village. A team of 1-4 players take on the roles of their favorite TEAM 7 characters and are the last line of defense against classic villains. Players must cooperate to create powerful combos to fight back the invaders in a fast-paced game lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Two years ago a game based on the movie Evil Dead 2 was Kickstarted by Space Goat Productions, the game garnered quite a bit of support and earned over $700,000 from 6,000+ backers.  But unfortunately the story doesn’t have a happy ending as through poor planning and bad money management, Space Goat Productions have since stated they can’t deliver on the games.  So after discussing internally and then securing the rights to the game, Jasco Games and Lynnvander Studios are going to resurrect the Evil Dead 2 Official Board Game on Kickstarter.  Also, even though they have no relation to the original failed game, they have promised that for each game of the new campaign that gets purchased, they will send a copy of the game to a backer of the failed game.  This will be a first for a project that has failed on Kickstarter and should help soothe some anger.  There is a caveat though, the game is going to have similar components as the Space Goat version, but it will be a new design created by Lynnvander and Jasco.  Will this be a good thing?  Will it flood the market with a mediocre game?  We will have to wait and see when the Kickstarter comes.

You can read the full announcement on Jasco Games’ website.

Army of Darkness: The Board Game is an upcoming major release from Lynnvander Studios and Dynamite Entertainment covering the cult-classic third film in the Evil Dead trilogy. While not a lot is known about the game yet, prepare for chainsaw and S-Mart jokes for 1-4 players wreaking havoc for an hour to 90 minutes, with an intended age of 10 or older.

Not to be confused with either the 1993 board game called Army of Darkness, nor the 2004 game Army of Darkness Card Game, Army of Darkness: The Board Game (2018) will bring in highly detailed miniatures and all-new boomstick battles against the Deadites! Plus, the Board Game Geek (BGG) page states that players…

“…play as Ash and his allies, and work together to fight off swarms of Deadites commanded by Evil Ash and Evil Shiela.” 

BGG also lists the game as dice rolling, co-op, and involving programmed movement, which leads to an exciting combination of game mechanisms that will need some clarification once everything is finalized to have an idea of exactly how it will all come together – but so far, sounds groovy.

Designed by the team of Josh Derksen, Thomas M. Gofton, and Aron Murch who have been published many times by Jasco Games in the past, collectively working on titles such as:  Albion’s Legacy, Cyber:Run, and another game handling a beloved intellectual property in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game.

While no official release date has been announced, more about Army of Darkness: The Board Game can be learned from Nerdist’s article by clicking here.

Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops is a competitive, worker-placement board game which features a dice-rolling, push-your-luck mechanism. Catalyst Game Labs launched the Kickstarter with a project funding goal of $25k and have funded in their first week. It’s designed for 3-4 players though higher pledge levels unlock 5-6 player and cooperative options.

In Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops, players lead a team of shadowrunners looking for a big score in the Seattle Metroplex in the year 2080. Players hire more seasoned runners, upgrade the weapons and enhancements of their team, and take on tougher contracts with greater payouts. All players are competing for the final, big score against the megacorporations and have to build up their teams enough so that they’re able to attempt the mission before their rivals can.

“Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops takes place across a number of rounds, with each player taking actions in turn. The players lay out the gameboard, the various cards and dice, and randomly select one of the Final Mission cards. Then each player starts by selecting a shadowrunner team—taking the appropriate markers and player mat—and placing three starting shadowrunners in their player area.

Each player has a number of actions based upon how many shadowrunners they have on their team; all start with three, but you’re able to hire up to four. Beginning with the first player in a turn, each player places one of their shadowrunner markers on a location on the gameboard, immediately resolving the effects there.” [source]

The Runner pledge of $50 gets you the base game and all stretch goals (excluding shipping). The Prime Runner pledge adds the 5-6 player expansion pack and turns the base game into a Deluxe Edition. The Mr. Johnson level adds the Co-operative Conversion Kit and Collector Shadowrun coin (both exclusive to Kickstarter), and they’re also throwing in a Digital Fiction Combo-Novella. You can also add the Co-operative Conversion Kit to the other pledge levels.

Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops has an estimated delivery date of October 2018. The Kickstarter campaign runs until Tuesday, June 19th, 2018.

Dynamite Entertainment and Lynnvander Studios have announced that Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy is available for pre-order and will release in April 2018. Red Sonja is a sword-and-sorcery, comic-book heroine created for Marvel Comics in 1973, and is partially based on Robert E. Howard’s “Red Sonya of Rogatino” character in his 1934 short story. Marvel had the license to create Conan comics at that time, so she joined Robert E. Howard’s Conan universe as part of the Hyborian Age in their comics. She is currently published by Dynamite Entertainment and appears in their monthly series.

Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy is a cooperative, adventure game for 1-4 player. This game crosses over with existing Legacy games in the Lynnvander Studios line and features a modular tile-based map. You and your allies choose from many quests before travelling through the realms in search of artifacts, treasures, monsters and adventure. Combat is done using dice and cards. It features characters from the current Red Sonja comics such as Red Sonja herself, Ayla & Nias, Rat, Gamble, Suumaro, and Osin.

Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy accommodates players aged 14+, and plays in 60-90 mins.