Board games based on IPs are getting better, while in the past they were usual lazy cash grabs, recent incarnations of well known IPs haven’t been so bad. With Harry Potter we had the Hogwarts Battle deck building game, which was well received and is sitting within the top 400 on Boardgamegeek. Now we have Knight Models throwing their hat into the ring with their own game, Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game. This is going to be a full scale miniatures game where you will pick your characters and then fully outfit them with potions, artifacts, and a dizzying array of spells. From there you will take your team and start exploring the iconic areas of the wizarding world like Hogwarts, the Forbidden Forest, the Chamber of Secrets and more. You will be working to complete quests and overcome challenges in order to win. No doubt there will also be plenty of magic fueled battles between wizards, so don’t think this will be a walk in the park.
The core box (or tin I should say) will have everything you need to play the game, with more figures to be added as time goes on. Knight Models will fund this game with a Kickstarter, so be on the lookout for that in the next few months.
We previously reported on the formation of Room 17 Games, and their inaugural game is now on Kickstarter, Museum Rush. In Museum Rush you are some haphazard thieves trying to get the biggest score from the museum. You will have to avoid guards and cameras, as well as do a bit of code breaking in order to steal the most valuable artifacts. If you get caught then you get your loot confiscated and you are tossed out on your ear, but manage to hold on to your stash until the last time card comes out and you will be the winner. On your turn you will draw two cards, and then move up to three spaces with your thief. You have to avoid cameras and guards along the way and so those cards will become useful as they will distract guards, put them on the trail of the other thieves, or just get you out of a tight spot. You also secretly have a buyer who wants something specific, and if you can get that something and hold onto it, then you get extra points at the end. So work hard to sneak around, collect loot from the museum and your other thieves in order to pull the greatest museum heist and win the game.
The game sounds like silly fun, and the art of the game matches that feel with goofy looking thieves and their code names. There are two levels you can pledge for, one where you get the base game, exclusive extra thief and any stretch goals, and the second where you get the same in addition to a limited edition Egyptian expansion. This expansion ups the crazy with new mummy guards, new loot, new rooms, and even trinkets to collect for more money. So if this games sounds like something you would like, check out the Kickstarter today.
While the 7th Continent Kickstarter is the big thing right now, hauling in multiple millions of dollars, there are still others that are worth consideration. First up is the second printing of a excellent cooperative minis game, and that is Fireteam Zero. Fireteam Zero is a cooperative game where you are a squad of military fighters, heading out to combat the occult as they try to overrun the world. On your turn you can perform two actions from the choices of move and attack. Moving is simply in that everyone has a speed of two, attacking is where you have to start playing cards. And it’s these cards that are one of the neat aspects of this game because each card has two uses, a reaction or tactic effect, and an attack. Tactic effects are game altering, but also leave you at a disadvantage so you have to use them wisely, reaction effects allow you to bolster allies or yourself when certain things happen. However, the main use for the cards are attacks, and you can play cards in sets to be able to roll move dice when in melee, shooting, or lobbing grenades. You will roll custom dice with different numbers of each symbol in order to see how much damage you inflict. Fight off the monsters and accomplish your objective to be able to move on, and hopefully take out the boss. So if you are looking for an excellent cooperative “dungeon” crawl type game, check out the Kickstarter today.
I have to be honest, what caught my eye on this Kickstarter was the cheese minis that they are offering, they just look awesome! Ratland is an interesting game where you are trying to grow your pack or rats to be the largest, but be careful, that is a lot of mouths to feed. On your turn you will be allocating all your rates to different spots to either game more cheese, attack other players to take their cheese, or to spawn more rats. Each area you can gather from will have different amounts of cheese based on the card drawn at the start of the round. Also it will be the person who sent the fewest rats that will draw first, but you only draw as much cheese as rats you sent, so there a bit of a balancing game there. At the end of every round though you will have to feed your rats, and any rats that can’t eat will starve and count as negative points against you at the end. Most rats at the end is the winner. So if cheese minis, or this game sound interesting, check out the Kickstarter.
Next is an interesting card game called End of the Trail, where it’s all about trying to stake your claim on the biggest pile of gold. In this game the cards are used in three different ways, first as money for the bidding round. In this round sets of cards will be available to be bid on, and the money you have to use for that is on the cards in your hand, discarding the amount that you pay for the auction. Next they are used for the prospecting phase where depending on which card you play will determine what tiles you can look at to see what value they are. You can claim that tile, or, waiting and see if you can find something better, but be careful, if you find something worse you bust and have to claim that lower valued tile. And finally, the cards are also used to form a poker hand at the end of the game. In each round of the game you will be setting aside cards to form this final hand, and if you have the best hand then you get to make one more claim before final scoring begins. Have the highest value of gold in your clutches and you win. So if you like games with multi-use cards and don’t mind a little memory to go with it, check out this Kickstarter.
After that we have the latest in a growing line of movie to board game conversions, and that is T2029: Terminator 2 the Board Game. This is an officially licensed game so it has the same look as the classic action movie with the tanks, attack ships, and of course, the T-800s and T-1000. In this game you are protecting John Connor as he makes his way to Skynet to hack in and shut it down for good. Along the way you will have to fight back against oncoming robots attacks, protect John Connor, and keep the T-1000 from infiltrating your ranks. On your turn you will be rolling dice and assigning those dice onto your board to perform actions like getting more soldiers, attacking bots on the board, and manipulating the cards controlling the game. These card decks are going to be your main headache as they will dictate where Skynet focuses it’s attention as well as show you what John Connor is up against. If you are able to keep him alive, get him to Skynet, roll and the right hacking combination, AND reprogram the T-800, then you will finally claim victory. But it is also just as easy to lose to the robotic onslaught, so work together and roll well. For more information and to back the gamine, check out the Kickstarter.
Last and certainly not least, we have the campaign for the 2nd Edition of Tiny Epic Defenders along with an expansion, The Dark War. The second edition of the Tiny Epic Defenders does little to change the rules, but what it does do is upgrade the components. After the success and great popularity for the IteMeeples that were created for Tiny Epic Quest, they are bringing them into this game. So now when you get your artifact card, you will be able to take the corresponding artifact piece and attach it to your meeple, on the front or the back. So now you will see the epic items on the board instead of just sitting in front of you on the card. But this upgrade is not all that is new, there is an expansion being offered called The Dark War. This expansion adds more of what you want in the form of new heroes, artifacts, epic foes, and dire enemies. In addition to that extra content, the expansion will add new features in the form of a campaign mode with enemy generals, skills that the heroes can learn, and even advanced regions and caravans. So if you want to expand and upgrade you Tiny Epic Defenders game, check out the Kickstarter today!
Scott Rogers, a regular contributor on the Dice Tower Network podcast, has been working on a retro styled board game for quite some time now, and it’s getting close to release. This fall you will see his game Rayguns and Rocketships on store shelves, transporting you back to the art and style of the 1930’s Sci-Fi television series. You will play as one of the four different factions in the game, the action packed Astro-Rangers, the scheming Star Pirates, the villainous Blaarg, or the honorable Zard. After picking your faction you will then load up to battle across the stars in your rocket ships. Each round has four phases with the first two being rocket ship movement and battle. You will play cards to maneuver your ship to be able to blast your opponents with your rayguns. Next is the crew movement and battle phases where your crew can jump out airlocks and rocket over to fight in space, or board the opposing rockets to do battle there. As you play cards, fight, and take down each other’s crew you will be earning points, once a player is completely eliminated everyone will total up their points and whoever has the most is the winner!
The game looks like a fun battle royale and sports a spiffy 1930s comic book look to the game. So look forward to it’s release in the fall of this year.
The recent delivery of the Arcadia Quest Inferno Kickstarter means that the items in that campaign will be making their way to stores, and man is there a lot of them. Hitting stores first by the end of the month is the Frost Dragon Expansion. This figure pack allows you to add a giant frost dragon to the game along with an additional two stage scenario to fight it, even higher level items, and dragon AI cards and tiles. The scenario is a little different in that the first stage is a typical Arcadia Quest game. However, the second stage of the fight has you going from semi-cooperative, to fully cooperative to take down the hulking beast.
Next, coming out in late April, is the cute and furry expansion for Arcadia Quest and that is Arcadia Quest: Pets. This adds in little pets to go with your heroes to help out in various ways. The box comes with 12 different pets and all the pieces needed to add them into your game. It also includes a scenario book where you fight against the evil Vexia as she tries to utilize the pets to cause all sorts of trouble in Arcadia.
Also coming in April is the Chaos Dragon Expansion for Arcadia Quest. This one works much like the Frost Dragon box but includes a chaos dragon instead that will behave and attack in a very different way. As with other dragon expansions it comes with everything you need for the dragon as well as the additional two stage scenario, higher level items, and the tiles and AI cards to fight the dragon.
Next in May we have the third in the series of dragons, the Fire Dragon Expansion. It’s another big dragon, two stage scenario, all the figures and cards you need, same as above.
Lastly, being released in May are lots of new figure packs and some of the upgrades that came in the Inferno Kickstarter. This include things like the Whole Lotta Lava box, which contains new cards, figures, and scenarios that you can use with Arcadia Quest Inferno. The plastic token upgrade pack as well as dice packs in the new guild colors of Inferno will be available for purchase. Then the figure packs Rosh & Mamba, Viola & Crash, Anvil & Valma, Yona & Kuruk, and Pet Packs 1 and 2 will be available as well. So as you can see, over the coming months you can significantly expand your Arcadia Quest and Arcadia Quest Inferno collection.
Wizkids is upping their board game catalog with a new release each month starting in the month of February. In February they will be releasing their big name title, Dungeons & Dragons: Assault of the Giants, in both a standard unpainted version and premium painted version. In this game you will take control of a giant and attempt to seize control of all giantkind by attacking settlements to score points and secure important resources, like food, treasure, ore, and runes. The game will also have some giant sized minis to go with it, with the tallest one’s standing 5″ tall, so expect this game to have some serious table presence. Look for this game on store shelves in February.
Next up is a small, cooperative card game called The Banishing, where you are a group of wizards trying to seal away the undead horde before it’s too late. On your turn you will be taking cards into you hand in an effort to complete different melds to cast, putting you a step closer to finishing the ritual of banishment. If you can seal them away before they manage to take you out, you win, so watch each other’s backs and press forward to victory. Look for this on store shelves in March.
After that is an area control game called Tower of London, where you are using your beefeaters (guards) to get majorities in different areas of the tower to score points and collect ravens. Play is simple with you only playing two cards on your turn, first to determine what location you are sending your guard to, and the second to trigger an ability based on his perspective. At the end of each round you will score different areas of the tower, and if you have the most points at the end of three rounds you will be the winner. That is, unless someone collects seven ravens, in that case the game would end immediately and they would win. Look for this game to be released in April.
Last is a new trick taking card game called Tournament at Camelot, where you are knights competing in a tournament to be the best. Each round you will play a trick and at the damage will be doled out based on the cards that were played, and if someone is eliminated then the game ends. But don’t despair if you are in last, there are godsend cards and companion cards that can help you turn things around. Whoever has the most health when someone is finally eliminated is the winner. This will be on store shelves in May.
The Conan board game is slowing making it’s way to store shelves, and so to continue the hype train, Asmodee has announced two new expansion packs for the game. Since Conan is a one vs. many style game, one expansion will add to the one side, and the other adds to the many side. First are the Crossbowmen expansion, this adds a new enemy type to the game for the overlord to use. They can be deployed as devoted warriors who will use their ranged attacks to harass the enemy, and if the going gets tough they are not afraid to sacrifice themselves to save their leader. The other way you can deploy them is as snipers who ignore the first point of armor, making them that much more dangerous.
The other expansion pack is the Yogah of Yag hero pack, which adds all the necessary pieces for you to be able to field this huge monster of a hero. This hero’s figure is over twice the height of the other characters and so brings a lot of force to bear in both melee and with spells. He also carries an ability to be able to strike at enemies beyond the grave with one final attack before he is taken off the board.
We still have a while to go before you see these on store shelves, but you will find them in the first quarter of 2017 and you can go to Asmodee’s site to read more about them.
The Kickstarter for the reprint of the popular Siege of the Citadel game successfully completed, and with it comes a completion of a deal as well. Modiphius has partnered with Fantasy Flight Games to co-publish the game after it has funded on Kickstarter. This new partnership will allow Modiphius access to FFG’s extensive knowledge of manufacturing miniature games as well as their distribution and localization infrastructure. This means a higher quality game and a wider and more broad release of the game once it comes time for fulfillment, which we can all appreciate that. You can read the full press release about the partnership below.
MUTANT CHRONICLES: SIEGE OF THE CITADEL SECURES DEAL FOR CO-PUBLISHING, GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION, AND LOCALIZATION WITH FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
LONDON, ENGLAND (October 5, 2016): Today Modiphius Entertainment, publisher of the Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Infinity, and John Carter of Mars roleplaying games, and Cabinet Entertainment (Conan the Barbarian, Kull of Atlantis, Solomon Kane, Mutant Chronicles, Mutant: Year Zero, Kult) announced a new partnership with Fantasy Flight Games for the global publishing, retail distribution, localization, and translation of the Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel miniatures board game.
In a joint statement issued by Fredrik Malmberg, president and CEO of Cabinet Entertainment and Chris Birch, publishing director of Modiphius Entertainment, “FFG’s global reach is unsurpassed in the hobby game industry and their expertise allows us the opportunity to focus on the game’s design and development. We’re thrilled to be working with them to bring Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel to friendly local game shops everywhere.”
Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel [Kickstarter Link] has currently raised more than $280,000 in a highly successful Kickstarter campaign with more than 2200 backers and three days to go. The retail version of Siege of the Citadel will be released worldwide after the delivery of the Kickstarter rewards, which are due to be shipped Q4 2017.
Siege of the Citadel, originally designed by Richard Borg and published by Target Games and Pressman Toys in the 1990s, was one of the first games of its kind to offer character development and the unique rotating Dark Legion player, among other groundbreaking ideas. Conceived by Sweden’s gaming powerhouse Target Games, Siege of the Citadel was advertised on television in the US and hundreds of gamers still own much loved copies across the world.
This new edition reboots the classic game with balanced and updated rules, 40 new sculpted minis, new double-sided tiles, new creatures, and an A-List design team of Richard Borg, Eric M. Lang and Kevin Wilson.
For more information, visit the Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel Kickstarter campaign, running now through 16:00 British Standard Time, October 8, 2016.
About Fantasy Flight Games
Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) is a pioneering publisher of board games, Living Card Games®, miniatures games, roleplaying games, and digital games. Established in 1997, it has earned a reputation for its top level production values, epic themes, and immersive gameplay. Many of FFG’s most popular titles are based on beloved licenses, including Star Wars. Fantasy Flight Games is a subsidiary of Paris-based Asmodee Group, a leading global publisher of games. For more information, visit our website at www.fantasyflightgames.com. You can also find us on Facebook and follow @FFGames on Twitter.
About Modiphius Entertainment
Modiphius Entertainment is a London, England-based entertainment publisher of tabletop games and related hobby merchandise. The company launched its first game, the Achtung! Cthulhu Roleplaying Game, in 2013 via a highly successful Kickstarter, followed by 5 additional projects that were among the biggest in the Kickstarter tabletop games category. A slew of games are in development with licensed properties including the forthcoming Star Trek Adventures RPG & Miniatures, Mutant Chronicles RPG, DUST Adventures RPG based on Paolo Parente’s DUST universe, Infinity Roleplaying Game, Matt Leacock’s Thunderbirds, a cooperative board game based on the classic 60’s show and the official Kung Fu Panda Boardgame.
Modiphius Entertainment seeks to inspire with its tales of heroism, adventure and courage and is built on strong principles of fair business practices. Modiphius Entertainment also works to combat global child trafficking through raising awareness of and funds for Vision Rescue. For more information, please visit modiphius.com.
About Cabinet Entertainment
Cabinet Entertainment owns and develops global entertainment franchises in all forms of media, including motion picture, television, and the gaming, publishing and toy/collectibles industries. Our portfolio consists of such well known brands as Conan the Barbarian, Kull of Atlantis, Solomon Kane, Mutant Chronicles, Mutant: Year Zero, Kult, and many more. For more information, please visit cabinetentertainment.com.
Not to leave a new movie out of the fun, FFG has added two more ships to the 10th Wave of X-Wing from the upcoming Rebel One movie. The two new ships being added is the troop transport ship called the U-Wing and an agile tie fighter called the TIE Striker.
The U-Wing is a large base fighter and offers versatility in having multiple crew cards assigned to this one ship. Also available are systems and torpedo upgrades and the Pivot Wing title which can either aid maneuvering or combat.
Not to be out done, the TIE Striker is all about maneuverability and speed, allowing you to make extra moves in addition to you chosen one. Using Adaptive Ailerons, the TIE Striker can execute a white bank turn or straight move before doing your dial movement. Then even after that they can use the barrel roll action to re-position itself even more, making it very fast and maneuverable.
For more information you can check out the FFG preview on their site.
Zpocalypse 2: Defend the Burbs was successfully funded on Kickstarter just over a year ago, and we are finding out it will hit retail in spring of 2017. Zpocalypse 2 is a tower defense type board game where each person is controlling a group of survivors outfitted with weapons, food, and various items. Each day you will plan what your survivors will do such as foraging for food, upgrading the safe house, guarding the safe house or just resting. Once you assign your people then the day comes and it’s time to do what you set out to do while contending with limited food and radiation poisoning. Can you outfit your safe house to defend against hunger and zombies to survive in the Zpocalypse? Find out next year.
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