Mike Elliot

This year, WizKids have switched the Dice Masters release model from that of blind booster pack purchases to a defined set in the form of expansion packs or campaign boxes. Recently their first campaign box, Avengers Infinity Dice Masters, was released (and you can get more information on it in Tom’s review of the game). However, it sorely lacked many of the beloved mutant superheroes so X-Men Forever Dice Masters seeks to rectify that situation and is packed full of characters from the X-Men, Brotherhood, Hellfire Club, and other beloved mutant teams.

Dice Masters was originally designed by Eric M. Lang and Mike Elliot and is a 2-player dice game where players pit teams of heroes and villains against each other in dice battle. The set will contain more than a dozen characters and their dice and is intended for players aged 14+. Games last roughly 30 minutes.

Expect the X-Men Forever Dice Masters Campaign Box to be released on November 1st, 2018.

UltraPro Entertainment has three new games due for release this January.

Fightin’ Words from designer Mike Elliot (Dice Masters, Thunderstone) is a variant of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, in which 2-6 players bet on who can make the largest word. Five face up cards are common to all players, with a secret two card hand held in reserve. Cards also have western themed “suits” which can be collected for tokens and bonus points. The first player with seven or more of one token type triggers the end of the game, and the most coins wins the game. Humorous “Wanted Posters” dictate special scoring for each round.

Shadow Blocks has players putting together three dimensional tetris like pieces, trying to create an object which matches the printed shadows as seen from two angles. Challenge cards with shadows come in three different difficulties, and the game contains enough blocks for 4 players.  Shadow Blocks comes with 20 blocks, 72 challenge cards and 4 player boards.

Zircles is an abstract game in which players put magnetic triangular pieces onto a board, trying to complete circles of their color. Complete you own circles or sabotage an opponent; the most points from completing circles wins the game. Zircles comes with both solo and two player rules.

Check out more details about these games on the UltraPro Website here.

ShutterBug, by designer Mike Elliot (Dice Masters) and Calliope Games, pits 2-6 players in the back woods of America, looking to be the first to take pictures of the mysterious hidden creatures roaming there. Players take turns over 8 rounds, moving their pawns and collecting tip cards, leading them to their quarry. Trade tips with other players and score points, all while fulfilling side jobs and trying to achieve your secret assignment. Most points at the end of 8 rounds wins. Look for Shutterbug in November 2017.

In Capitol City, by James Ernest (Kill Doctor Lucky) and Calliope Games,  players have 4 rounds (seasons) to build the best wild west town. Each season the train brings in new workers, some good and some bad, to help develop main street. Players bid for priority on the upcoming season, choose characters from the train and then purchase building cards. Attach characters to buildings to gain money or points, and gain special bonuses for related kinsfolk – either your own or other players’.  Capital City is due for release in November 2017.

 

 

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Deadpool seems to be all over everything geeky these days, and some places in the main stream culture, so of course games about him are coming too.  Well, maybe not a game, but an expansion to a highly popular game and that is Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool.  This will bring our beloved anti-hero into the game along with other characters like Lady Deadpool, Dogpool, and Evil Deadpool.  Also mentioned is that this set will bring in the “Inhumans, new characters from the Spider-Verse, and more characters from the pages of What If?“.  So if you need a bit more sass and breaking of the 4th wall in you dice masters set, then look for these boosters on store shelves in November.  For more information you can check out the Wizkids page for preview images of the new cards in the set.

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It’s about that time again! WizKids is gearing up to release the latest installment of their wildly popular collectible dice game Dice Masters, designed by Eric Lang and Mike Elliot. An excellent 2 player (or 4 player if using team rules) combat/dice building game which feels like the perfect combination of Quarriors and Magic: The Gathering, Marvel Dice Masters plays in about 30 minutes and allows you to build your dream team of all your favorite Marvel superheroes (or villains), which each provide their own special abilities to help you crush your enemies.

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The newest set, The Amazing Spider-Man, is scheduled to hit stores in North America next month and will feature many classic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Kingpin and the Sinister Six.

Read the full press release below:

Web-Spinning and Dice Flinging – WizKids Unveils Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man

Hillside, NJ — October 6, 2015 – WizKids, maker of the popular Dice Masters series of tabletop dice-building games, is pleased to announce the newest game in the platform, featuring everyone’s favorite wall-crawler: Marvel’s Spider-Man! The new Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man collection will arrive in North American retail this November, and promises plenty of fun and awesome dice-building adventures for fans and collectors.

The Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man Starter Set features fan-favorite characters like Spider­-Man, Ghost Rider, Kingpin, and more! Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man also premieres the Sinister Six, Allies, Underdogs, and other exciting mechanics!

With game­play that supports two players in epic dice battles, Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-­Man will let players build their own team of heroes or villains! The Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-­Man Starter Set is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh!

Features:

  • 44 Custom Dice
  • 38 Cards
  • Two Dice Bags
  • Complete Dice Masters Core Rulebook

titan series

Gateway games – the fun, easy-to-learn games that suck people into the hobby, are a very important part of growing the board gaming hobby. In order to make games accessible to anyone, Calliope Games has decided to create The Titan Series. From the Kickstarter:

The Titan Series is a line of gateway games—casual, family-friendly tabletop gamesbeing created by some of the best game designers (“Titans”) in the world. Each a legend within the gaming industry, these Titans are responsible for such wildly popular games as Magic: The Gathering, King of Tokyo, Shadowrun, MechWarrior, HeroClix, Quarriors!, Risk Legacy, and many more.

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Their plan is to release nine (or more) gateway games over the next 3 years. If you back the entire project, it will average around $16 per game – significantly less than the $30 retail price that they’re aiming for. Calliope is also relying on the backers to help with the game creating – honing the rules, choosing art, and voting on names.

Currently, the first three games (coming out in year 1) are:

  1. A worker placement game by Zach (Golem Arcana, Got ‘Em!) & Jordan Weisman (BattleTech, HeroClix, Shadowrun) with bidding, bluffing, and deduction
  2. A risk management game by Paul Peterson (Guillotine, Smash Up) where you move and manage your dice along pathways
  3. A party game by Richard Garfield (Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, King of Tokyo) where you get points for responding the same way as other people

Calliope plans for year 2 to have games by Eric Lang (XCom: The Board Game, Quarriors!), Seth Johnson (HeroClik, Golem Arcana), and Mike Selinker (Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Axis & Allies, Betrayal at House on the Hill). Year 3 will feature Mike Elliot (Dice Masters, Thunderstone), Rob Daviau (Betrayal at House on the Hill, Heroscape, Risk Legacy), and Mike Mulvihill (BattleTech, Shadowrun). Additional games will be unlocked in the stretch goals.

If you’re interested in the Titan Series, check out the Kickstarter here.

 

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Thunderstone Advance: Into the Abyss

Battling to the heart of Doom’s kingdom, surrounded on every side by Undead, new powerful Doomknights, and countless monsters of the Abyss, can the heroes finally put the ancient evil to rest?

Thunderstone Advance: Into the Abyss continues the story of survival in the forsaken realm.

This set showcases a blend of 381 cards from the first six Thunderstone releases, together with some new heroes, spells, items, villagers, and monsters. It also incorporates alternate uses for experience tokens and fourth level heroes for this set and the companion set, Worlds Collide.

This set is an expansion and requires a Thunderstone Advance base set (such as Worlds Collide) to play.

Contents:
381 cards plus experience tokens and a rule sheet

Number of Players: 1-5
Playing time: 60 minutes
Ages: 14 & Up

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Smash Up – Big Geeky Box

For some time Smash Up fans have cried out, “Give us a better storage box!  The cardboard awesome is overflowing from this incredibly well-designed and amazing game* your wonderful and generous company** created.”

And we heard you!  This summer you’ll be able to buy The Big Geeky Box!  This oversized box features three long trays for holding your Smash Upfactions, as well as high quality dividers for sorting.  It also comes with the really cool foam spacers that people loved in Thunderstone and Nightfall. Organization was never this hot!

Not only that, but the box comes with a bonus faction, the Geeks!  Featuring Geek and Sundry, this deck will allow you to geek out like never before.  Geek Dinosaurs, Geek Spies, you name it!  Look for the box and the cards this fall.

* OK maybe we exaggerated that bit.

** And that bit too, but you get it.

Contents 
20 Minion & Action Cards
2 Base cards
27 Dividers Token Sheet
Foam blocks

Expected release for both expansions is August 2014.