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WizKids and Wizards of the Coast have announced expansion plans for a Magic: The Gathering product partnership. The new products are expected to include a line of Magic: The Gathering miniatures as well as a forthcoming board game. Wizards of the Coast and Wizkids had already worked on a line of products together based in the Dungeons & Dragons universe.

“We’re introducing a long-time, beloved brand to an all new medium,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids. “Producing high-quality miniatures and bringing to market captivating board games is at the heart of WizKids. We could not be more excited to extend our relationship with Wizards of the Coast with Magic: The Gathering.”

The initial product line will include pre-painted sculpted miniatures that will focus on token creature cards. Players enjoying the Magic: The Gathering card game will now be able to bring 3-d sculpts of their favorite figures to the table with them. Prepare to be intimidated!

The board game will pull content from the original universe of the trading card game. Players will take on the role of Planeswalkers as they explore Dominaria and try to establish connections to mana sources. Planeswalkers will have to act fast in  gathering power before their opponents while building a hand full of spell cards.

Both the new miniatures and the board game are currently scheduled for a Fall 2018 release date.

WizKids 
WizKids/NECA, LLC is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher. WizKids first moved into the hobby with pioneering of the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, which went on to sell over 750 million game figures worldwide. Wizkids moved deeper into the hobby with tabletop games that included the award-winning Mage Knight, as well as the Dice Building Game mechanic used in both Quarriors! and the subsequent Dice Masters series of games.

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Wizards of the Coast LLC is a subsidiary of gaming giant Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). Wizards of the Coast is home to some of the biggest brands in gaming, including Magic: The Gather, Dungeons & Dragons, and Avalon Hill.

It is the middle of the 5th century AD, and the gods are dying. In parallel to the unrest rotting the foundations of the Roman Empire, pantheons of deities across the globe see their temples profaned and their followers lament. Belief ebbs from the world….The once-mighty gods, now desperately scheming to collect remaining scraps of faith, seek a way to endure the coming Dark Age – an inevitable future pressing through time with the weight of a singularity – and every god must meet these final tests or perish forever to legend.

Victory Point Games has announced their upcoming game Twilight of the Gods: Age of Revelation, a two-player expandable card game.  Each player will wield a modifiable 50-card deck, taking on the role of one of the ancient deities from the universal pantheon of mythology.  On each turn, players will “draw two cards, acquire resources from other players, and use them to summon Creatures, Schemes, Fortifications, and Intrigues.”  A player wins if he or she manages to deplete the other player’s “life”, or deck of cards.

A copy of the game will include 4 pre-constructed, balanced decks, featuring the deities Mars, Hera, Enlil, and the Reader of Portents.

The project is set to fund on Thursday, January 6, 2017.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.

Ah, Unicorns – majestic and elegant creatures, or at least that’s what everybody believes! Did you know that there is a Kingdom where Unicorns are stupid beings that breed like bunnies?

Toulouse-based company Morning has announced their new board game, Kill the Unicorns, a strategic family game set in a crazy universe.  In Kill the Unicorns, players will play a character with special powers for the sole purpose hunting unicorns.

“Lure the Unicorns into piranha-infested lakes, or coax them into traps – with several combinations you have the opportunity to become the greatest Unicorn Hunter of all time!  Kill the Unicorns is the funniest movement game you will play. Using card to move around the map or annoying others with “take that” card, and don’t forget a Pigicorn can be hidden among the unicorn herd.”

The game is expected to launch on Kickstarter in June of 2017.  For more information about this upcoming game, visit the company’s website here.

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Announcement day was only a short while ago and in that they announced several new products and updates coming to Magic.  Here is what you have to look forward to in the coming year;

  • “Rise Among the Worthy” on the plane of Amonkhet. Discover a world ruled by Nicol Bolas when the first set of the Amonkhet block releases April 28, 2017.
  • Nicol Bolas is among the most powerful beings in the Multiverse—don’t face him alone! Much like the original Archenemy release, Archenemy: Nicol Bolas pits you and two friends against a single powerful foe where you must work together to survive—or fall to Nicol Bolas himself.
  • The second set in the Amonkhet block, Hour of Devastation, releases July 14, 2017.
  • In the same spirit as Duel Decks: Anthology and Planechase Anthology, Commander Anthology gathers four previous Commander products together in one convenient package, releasing June 9, 2017.
  • Draft like a master once more as we release Modern Masters 2017 Edition March 17, 2017—featuring cards from Eighth Edition through Magic 2014, including new trips through Innistrad and Return to Ravnica.
  • Brains or brawn? Cunning or strength? Test your guile and brute force with Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might, releasing in May of 2017.
  • Updates to Magic: The Gathering: Puzzle Quest are here, with Kaladesh content!

You can read our previous announcement day coverage for info on products that are about to hit stores.

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What is now being dubbed announcement day, Wizards of the Coast on May 16th announced several new releases coming to the Magic The Gathering CCG later this year.  This is part of their new announcement strategy where twice a year, announcements like this will be made to cover all the upcoming releases.  So without further ado, here are the list of announcements from the article on the MTG site:

  • “Invent your Tomorrow” as we explore the plane we first caught a glimpse of in Magic Origins—Chandra’s home plane of Kaladesh. Imagination, invention, and ingenuity await when we debut Kaladesh at PAX West on September 2, 2016, and release it in stores September 30, 2016.
  • In the follow-up to Kaladesh, “It’s Time to Take the Power Back” with Aether Revolt. Ingenuity will only get you so far when the revolt comes. Releasing January 20, 2017.
  • With Kaladesh come new ways to experience Magic. Mark Rosewater introduces and explains the new Bundle and Planeswalker Deck in his latest article.
  • Magic: The Gathering—Commander (2016 Edition) introduces a twist players have long clamored for—four-color legendary commanders. Choose your champion when the latest in the Commander series releases on November 11, 2016.
  • Much like Duel Decks: Anthology, the upcoming Planechase Anthology will gather previous Planechase products together in one convenient package. Planechase lets you travel from plane to plane as you battle your friends and foes—and now you can own every planar card ever printed, available November 25, 2016.
  • Relive the battle between Zendikar’s protector and its would-be destroyer. Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis pits two of the Multiverse’s most powerful Planeswalkers against one another—just as they were in Magic Story. Releases September 2, 2016.
  • Releasing with Conspiracy—Take the Crown, Magic players will be able to pick up a new Draft Pack in North American mass-market stores. The Draft Pack features three Booster Packs of the new Magic multiplayer Draft set, Conspiracy—Take the Crown. Pick one up on your way to yourConspiracy draft and get ready to start plotting against your fellow drafters. Look for Draft Packs in mass-market stores starting August 26

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Darkness is rising on the plane of Innistrad and its inhabitants need protecting from evil!  The new MAGIC: THE GATHERING ARENA OF THE PLANESWALKERS SHADOWS OVER INNISTRADtactical board game introduces new twisted terrain, powerful Planeswalkers and deadly battlefield scenarios.

Wizards of the Coast has just given the initial announcement for a new tactical board game set for a fall release, Magic: the Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers: Shadows Over Innistrad.  This is a continuation on the Arena of the Planeswalkers board game system, and follows the recent release of the first expansion for this system, Battle for Zendikar.  

This new major expansion for the game will be released in the fall of 2016.  More information will be released in the coming months as it is available.  Visit the Wizards of the Coast website for further information.

Titans, & Witches, & Bears! OH MY!

Last week at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, Fireside Games proudly announced three product releases for 2015: Castle Panic: The Dark Titan, Bears!: Trail Mix’d and The Village Crone.

Castle Panic: The Dark Titan

Castle Panica tower-defense cooperative board game in which players strive to defend their castle against an onslaught of monsters, will be receiving its second full expansion, The Dark Titan.  This expansion will add new monsters, new cards, and new support tokens, as well as Agranok, the Dark Titan who has escaped exile and returned to exact his revenge on your Castle.  The Dark Titan requires the Castle Panic core game to play, is fully compatible with the game’s first expansion, The Wizard’s Tower, and is scheduled for release on April 1, 2015.

Click here for the full story and further links on this new expansion.

Bears!: Trail Mix’d

Fireside Games’ dice roller, Bears!, is a fast-paced game in which players pair dice to avoid bears that are attacking their camp.  The game will now receive an expansion, Trail Mix’d, which will give players 6 new rules for the original game, as well as a die that is rolled before each round, changing up the rules that affect pairing and scoring for even more versatility and unexpected results.

Bears! is a game for 2 or more players ages 7 and up, and plays in 20 minutes.  Bears!: Trail Mix’d will be available in June of 2015.

The Village Crone

Finally, Fireside Games announces a brand new game, The Village Crone, where each player takes on the role of a witch in the medieval village of Wickersby.  Each player will vie for the venerable title of the Village Crone using worker placement and resource management to gather ingredients and cast spells on the villagers.  Players will achieve goals and score victory points by making the villagers fall in love, turning them into frogs, or teleporting them.  The game will also feature a solo play option.

The Village Crone is for 1-6 players ages 13 and up and plays in about 90 minutes.  It is scheduled for release in the fall of 2015.

For more information on any or all of these three new releases, visit the Fireside Games website to read the official announcement and visit the game pages.

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Movies such as The Prestige and The Illusionist gave us a taste of what life is like being a professional magician: the dedication, originality, science, and flair that it takes to be a stage performer in a time when magic shows were high entertainment.  Trickerion: Legends of Illusion, now on Kickstarter, seeks to provide that same experience, casting its players in the role of the awe-inspiring magician.  Trickerion is a worker placement game in which players manage apprentices and specialists, to gather the necessary supplies, research new illusions, and prepare for a weekly stage performance in order to gain fame, money, and shards of the mysterious Trickerion Stone.  From the campaign’s page:

Each turn, you will visit Magoria’s various Locations – the Downtown, the Market Row, the Dark Alley and the Theater – to expand your team, learn more and more intricate magic tricks, get components for them, and prepare them in your Workshop. Each turn concludes with a Performance phase in the Theater, when players may perform a breathtaking magic show for Fame points and money. After the sixth Performance phase, the player with the most Fame points wins the game, and becomes the next Legend of Illusion.

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Trickerion will feature eight different mages with unique powers and a built in Dark Alley expansion.  A secondary pledge level grants access to another expansion allowing illusionists to grow in power as they procure more Trickerion shards.  The campaign is close to breaking $200,000 of funding and is slated to close on February 28 at 8am.  Be sure to check out this opportunity before it disappears.

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Alex Kalish has a new project on Kickstarter designed for Magic the Gathering fans that play Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH), Commander, and other variants: 40-sided spindown dice used to track life points.

“No longer will you need to ask the table to pause as you fumble with multiple dice, recharge your phone, or grab another pen. Instead, our patent-pending forty-sided spindown die allows you to simply and quickly track your life while displaying your fondness for the format.”

The campaign is raising funds not only to start production on these unique dice, but to upgrade production from 3D printing to high quality injection molding. If you’re interested in these specialized dice, head over to the Kickstarter page for all the details.

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An advertisement during the Pro Tour: Khans of Tarkir broadcast teased viewers with a graphic that read, “Magic: The Gathering, Strategy Board Game” and showed a release date of 10.16.14 at Essen. No other information is available at this time but we’ll keep you updated. Being as the release is scheduled on the first day of Essen Spiel it shouldn’t be too much longer before we get more news! Stay Tuned…