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Have you ever wanted to bring your iPad into a massive, dark dungeon? Well, now you can. CMON has launched an app that lets you leave your physical Hero Dashboard in the box.

The Massive Darkness Companion App keeps track of each character’s inventory, experience, and skills. Choose any of the Hero characters, including promos, and the app does all your paperwork for you. As you reach higher levels, new skill options are displayed and the app incorporates pertinent new game effects.

Beyond character tracking, the app offers some extra features as well.

• A virtual deck of equipment cards allows you to control your heroes’ inventory.
• An Action Bar that keeps track of each action as you take it.
• Networking capabilities that allow each player to use their own device and synchs them to create a common game-state.
• Virtual control of the Monster, Equipment, Door and Event decks.

The Massive Darkness Companion App is currently available for the iPad and iPhone via the iTunes App Store (requires iOS 7.0 or later) as well as Google Play for Android users (requires Android 5.1 and up).

More details on Massive Darkness are available here. Take a look at Sam Healey’s review of the Massive Darkness Core Box here.

Dungeon crawls are usually more serious affairs and can get rather involved with games like Gloomhaven, Descent, and Massive Darkness.  But what if you just want to have a silly time dungeoning in a short time span?  Then Fungeon Party is here to save the day.

Fungeon Party is a light dexterity, party game that plays in only 3 minutes, and can support up to 4 people.  In the game you will pull 6 quest cards from a quest deck, and it’s these quests that you have to accomplish in order to win the game.  Each player will pick a class like barbarian, cleric, ranger, or others, with each class having their own special abilities to accomplish quests, and stats that can increase over time.  But two questions remain, what do you do on these quests and how does it play in only 3 minutes?  Well to answer the time question is simple, you get 30 seconds to complete each quest for a total time of 3 minutes.  As for what quests you will be doing, you will be doing things like stacking dice on your forehead, knocking down a meeple surrounded by dice, balancing a meeple on a stick, bouncing dice into the box, and more.  Manage to complete all six quests and you win!

Fungeon Party is a random and frantic game that while may not exactly scratch that dungeon crawling itch, it would definitely be a fun opening game before the heavy stuff.  Look for it in stores in June, but you can go and pre-order the game today.  Check out Wizkids’ webpage for more information.

Tis the season for giving with Hanukkah upon us and Christmas close behind, but not everyone is in the know on what board games are good for different people so CMON is stepping in by offering a gift giving guide.  While the list they offer is not exhaustive, it does touch on some key personality traits like people who are artsy, adventurous, a social butterfly, and even the know it all smarty pants.

For the artsy person in your life, CMON suggests either Reiner Knizia’s classic Modern Art, or their newly released game called Dream OnModern Art is an auction style game where each player will be putting a piece of art up for auction, hoping that other players will buy it from him.  If they buy it then he gets their money, but if no one buys it he can buy it from himself, but then he has to pay his money to the bank.  This continues until all paintings are sold, and in the end each painting is valued by how many of it sold and the richest player is the winner.  So while the game is a solid auction style game, the art of the cards is beautiful and feature a lot of classic and modern works, plus there is an included guide book in the instructions that talk about all the different works of art in the game.  Then there is the fact that since this is an art game, you can find different versions of the game form all over the world, featuring art from that region, making it something truly unique for a world art lover.  Dream On is a very different game but still taps into that creative side by being a group memory game with story telling and excellent art.  In the game you will play down a card, each of which have beautiful abstract art, while telling a story about it, then the next person will do the same, continuing until everyone has played down their cards.  Then it’s time to try and remember the dream by going around the table and saying what the next card that had been played is, so the more memorable a story you tell, the easier the memory part will be.  Based on how far you get will determine your score, so the game definitely caters to those more creative people.

For the adventuring type, CMON recommends two of their newer dungeon crawl style games with Massive Darkness and Gateway: Uprising.  Both games feature characters that you will be able to play through a campaign with, leveling up and gaining new abilities and gear as you go along.  You will be fighting all sorts of evil and monsters as you journey through the game to it’s conclusion.  The question is, what kind of adventure do you want to go on?  If you want to be lightbringers fighting against the oncoming darkness, pushing back against the great evil trying to overthrow the world, then pick up a copy of Massive Darkness.  Does fighting against an oppressive rule in your city that has outlawed magic in a bid to concentrate power into their own evil hands sound more like you?  Then Gateway: Uprising is the game you are looking for.

For the social butterfly we have some brand new party games you can get int he form of Sherlook and Raise Your GobletsSherlook is an interesting party game in that you are famous detectives trying to solve a case, but while you were away from the crime scene a rookie cop messed it all up.  Now it’s up to you and your fellow detectives to put things back where they were.  In the game there  will be two pictures, the original and what the room looks like now, and it’s a race to pick out all the differences between the two before everyone else.  Raise your Goblets is more of a social deduction, party game that resembles a popular scene from the movie Princess Bride.  In the game everyone is vying to become the next ruler, and is willing to eliminate all the competition to achieve their goal.  Each round someone will secretly give out drinks with some being poisoned, and others being just wine, and on your turn you either drink what is in front of you, or swap it with someone else.  Once everyone has either drunk or swapped, everyone drinks what is front of them and those who were poisoned are out.  Last one standing is the winner.

And finally, we come to the recommendations for the intellectual of your group, with a heavier game like Lorenzo Il Magnifico, or a tough cooperative game like The GrizzledLorenzo Il Magnifico is what come call a crunchy game, something will lots of choices but not enough actions to be able to do everything you want.  Plus there is a lot of things to juggle as you “gather resources, construct buildings, conquer territories, make powerful allies, and pay homage to the church” in a bid to become the most prestigious family.  The game is undoubtedly fun, but it’s going to give you a mental workout as you play this game.  The other game, The Grizzled, is difficult in a different way as playing the game is very simple, either play a card or withdraw from the round.  The thinking part of it comes with how far can you push your luck?  Who do I need to support to eliminate a troublesome negative effect?  How many cards do we need to play in order to reduce the deck while not failing the mission?  It’s all these questions and working with your friends to beat this game that makes it both tough and satisfying as you work towards victory.

You can read more about all of these games in CMON’s game guide article, and pick up any you might need at your friendly local game store.

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Image From www.polygon.com

Board games and Kickstarter have been inseparable since the first board game was successfully Kickstarted, and that relationship has only grown.  Kickstarted games from major companies like Massive Darkness, Dark Souls, and Arcadia Quest Inferno have hit their goal and soared past it into the millions of dollars range.  Now that the numbers for the first half of the year have been released by ICO Partners, board game fundraising is so far outpacing video games by a 6 to 1 margin.  In a summarizing report from Polygon, they note that board game Kickstarters are funding more often and at higher numbers than their video game counterparts.  What’s interesting is that while video games from small publishers are still funding as often at they did last year, the lack of a couple big name projects is most likely the reason for the marked decline in value.  But either way the board game market on Kickstarter is thriving and is on track to log a record breaking year.

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Massive Darkness is the latest title from Guillotine Games & Cool Mini or Not to arrive on Kickstarter with a bang!

This game is a fantasy dungeon crawler whose design is based upon Zombicide Black Plague and extends to include a campaign and leveling up your characters and their skills and abilities.

The game is fully cooperative and requires no game-master. Also notable it that it also features massive roaming monsters and the ability to use the dark to avoid them or weaken them in combat.

Of course, being from Cool Mini or Not it’s already smashed it’s funding goal of $200,000 within minutes (and currently sitting on $1,037,396 at time of writing around 36 hours in). It also has LOADS of stretch goals already unlocked, adding LOADS and LOADS of great new miniatures to the game, with more to come.

For more information see the Kickstarter

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Cool Mini or Not and Guillotine Games have put forth a press release (read below) announcing the upcoming Kickstarter of Massive Darkness – a brand new dungeon crawl sporting wonderful miniatures (as we’ve come to expect from CMON/Guillotine) and will be based upon the Zombicide game system (which was also jointly published by both companies).

Official Press Release

CoolMiniOrNot and Guillotine Games are partnering up again to bring you the ultimate dungeon crawl board game experience with Massive Darkness! Massive Darkness brings the classic fantasy RPG experience to modern board gaming, with an action-packed campaign chock full of gorgeous miniatures and a streamlined system that keeps the focus on the heroes’ actions, with no need for a game master to control the enemies.

Using the popular Zombicide system as a starting point, Massive Darkness adds all the richness of a dungeon crawl RPG. Pick your hero, choose a class, decide on what skills to spend your XP, get loot by searching the dungeon or killing special enemies that can use the equipment against you! Face a multitude of different enemy types, coming in all shapes and sizes, whose behavior is resolved automatically. Or you can try to sneak around enemies by taking advantage of dark areas of the map.

Players begin their adventure in Massive Darkness by picking a Hero – each with two special starting skills – and pair them with a Class of their choosing. Depending on the combination, another skill can be unlocked, giving players a wide range of choices and play styles. In Massive Darkness, the created Heroes will go on Quests, killing monsters, collecting loot, and gaining XP. Players will spend their XP to unlock new Skills, growing more powerful as the Quest progresses.

Throughout the game, players encounter different monsters, including Minions, Agents, Roaming Monsters, and Bosses. A unique mechanic of the game is the Guardian. Any of the monster types have a chance of spawning as a Guardian, meaning it will use a random piece of equipment in the fight against Heroes. However, if players are able to overcome this difficult encounter, they will acquire that piece of loot!

Massive Darkness is coming to Kickstarter in a few months. There will be more news and surprises uncovered as we get closer to the launch of the campaign