AEG announces Nemesis,
the latest expansion for Mystic Vale, adding
new advancement and vale cards for more card-crafting options. Leaders in Nemesis take the form of
Titan that have powers that can be upgraded. Curse tokens, a mechanic introduced in Twilight
Garden, make their appearance again in this expansion. Most significant change is the introduction
of Nemesis cards which allows for a new variant for a solitaire game! Mystic Vale: Nemesis comes with 108 Advancements,
36 Vales, 8 Leaders, 13 Nemesis, 1 Corruption track, 1 Hourglass marker, 46
curse tokens, and rule book. There is plenty
of room for this new expansion in that giant Conclave
box. Mystic Vale: Nemesis is available
for pre-order now and releases on February 29, 2020.
Over the next several months, AEG is releasing additional material for their popular games.
First up is World Tour: International Incident, which add four new factions from four corners of the world to Smash Up: Luchadores from Mexico, Musketeers from France, Mounties from Canada, and Sumo Wrestlers from Japan. This expansion kicks off the World Tour 2019, which offers event kits for stores this summer where players can find an exclusive Penguin faction and have a chance to win Smash Up card sleeves. Look for World Tour: International Incident in stores on 22 March 2019.
Next is Mystic Vale: Harmony, which not only adds new advancements and vales but also powerful leaders and amulets. Amulets grant you mana tokens new abilities. When you spoil, your amulet can be “evoked” for its special power. Look for Mystic Vale: Harmony in stores on 3 May 2019.
Final, the next episode of The Captain is Dead arrives in a stand-alone game: The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet. In The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet, the crew has escaped the alien prison in Lockdown and have landed on an abandoned alien planet inhabited by giant bugs. The crew must explore the tunnel system in search of alien relics that might serve as the key to peace between the aliens and Spacefleet. Meanwhile, the crew must hold off the onslaught of bugs and keep their shuttle safe. The Dangerous Planet tunnel system is modular to create easier or harder challenges. Look for The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet in stores on 12 July 2019.
GAMA is done and over, but the announcements continue to come for companies in attendance, one such company was Steve Jackson Games. At the trade show they showcased a number of their newer and upcoming games, the biggest draw of which was the Munchkin CCG. But of note here are is the new crossover that they have going with Slugfest Games to bring Red Dragon Inn items into Munchkin, and to get the Munchkin characters into The Red Dragon Inn. Munchkin: The Red Dragon Inn will feature many of the favorite characters and items from the game, and bring them into the munchkin universe. Conversely, Red Dragon Inn Allies: Spyke and Flower will bring the two title characters of Munchkin into the Red Dragon Inn universe, allowing them to drink all their worries away. Look for both on store shelves later this year.
Next we have the latest expansion for AEG’s flagship card crafting game, Mystic Vale. This expansion is called Twilight Garden and does like more of the other expansions and adds more cards in the form of advancement cards, vale cards, leader cards, and of course a new mechanic. This time the mechanic is curses, which can give you a boost during the game, but come the end you will have to pay the price. Use them or don’t, but this new expansion will hit store shelves in July of this year.
Sleeving cards has been a part of hobby gaming for years, yet John D. Clair turned the idea into a game mechanism and has been running with it brilliantly. Starting with Mystic Vale, the act of creating cards wrought several interesting ways to effect decisions in the long term. Continued with Custom Heroes, we saw how simple choices by one player change the ongoing experience of the game for everyone involved. Ever since the release of the first card-crafting game, Edge of Darkness had been advertised as the next step coming sometime in the future and it prevailed in the minds of fans captivated with the thought of something more. Now it is here, seeking funding on Kickstarter and described as follows:
“Edge of Darkness combines Card Crafting, Worker Placement, shared deck-building, and a whole new Threat Challenge system in a medium-weight euro-style boardgame of 60 to 120 minutes for 2 to 4 players. […] Each Guild vies with the others to become the leaders of the Aegis in a desperate struggle against great evil. But the Guilds must also work together because the dangers facing the city can harm them all.”
Edge of Darkness is an incredible offering deserving of its exposure with the nearly-bulging seams of its imposing box. The idea of it just being another spiritual successor to Mystic Vale is frankly laughable, because the game has so much more than just card crafting. The cards being double-sided representing your efforts in the city and also the threats against it, the attention-grabbing threat tower, the unique back and forth between guilds competing over locations…all come together to form something that probably couldn’t exist outside the power of Kickstarter. So if you’re interested in this ambitious new game from AEG, be sure to check out the Kickstarter for more information, gameplay, and updates.
Mystic Vale, the card crafting game that continues to get bigger and bigger, is taking a different approach with their next expansion in December, called Mystic Vale Conclave. This new expansion will of course add more cards, but it also add new rules and is meant as a box to hold all of the Mystic Vale cards released to date, and more. The new rules are called the Equinox rules that allows for much faster game play, and the box will include two more starter deck to bring the max player count up to 6 players. Also included are Conclaves that allow you to customize decks of advancement and vales, totem cards to give you unique abilities, and spirit counters to help keep track of what symbols you generate each turn. All in all you will get a great box to hold all of your Mystic Vale, and more goodies to include in your games to keep them fresh, look for it on store shelves in December of 2017.
The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design presented the Origins Awards Saturday June 17th at the annual awards show held at the GAMA hosted convention Origins in Columbus, OH. As part of this winners were announced in seven categories along with a fan favorite award in each category as well.
We would like to extend congratulations to all award winners.
Game of the Year
Scythe – Stonemeier Games
Board Game of the Year
Scythe – Stonemeier Games
Family Game of the Year
Happy Salmon – North Star Games
RPG of the Year
No Thank You, Evil! – Monte Cooke Games
Best Collectible of the Year
Pokemon XY11 Steam Siege Booster – The Pokemon Co.
As convention season is in full swing, new game announcements are going to be coming fast, so lets get to it. First up is a new expansion to add to the innovative card crafting game, Mystic Vale, called Mystic Vale: Mana Storm. This expansion continues the trend of adding more of what you want, more cards, leaders, and advancements, while still adding something new to the game. This time around it’s leaders that can be upgraded, giving them more powerful abilities, and amulet tokens which are just like mana tokens except that have unique powers associated with them. So if you enjoy Mystic Vale, I am sure this expansion will just make the game that much better. Look for it on store shelves in October of this year.
Next is a monster pack for the second edition of King of Tokyo featuring King Kong. While this isn’t as exciting, except for the fact you can have a three way monkey showdown now, what is also coming in the box is a new way to win the game. What way is that you ask? Well, I don’t know, but we will all find out when this pack hits stores in October of this year.
Next we have the big box expansion for Legends of Andor that finishes out the epic story, Legends of Andor: The Last Hope. Krahder has ended his raid, and in the process has kidnapped many of the citizens of Andor, so it is up the heroes to rescue them. They will venture beyond the Gray Mountains to fight the hordes of skeleton warriors with Krahder leading them. Eventually you will work your way to Krahder himself to defeat him once and for all, bringing the overarching story of Legends of Andor to it’s conclusion. While the German version of the game has been released, the English version of the game will be released in October of this year.
After that is the latest set in the BattleCon series and that is BattleCon: Trials of Indines from Level 99 Games. This set brings an additional 10 fighters into the game with more new combos, moves, and strategies to give you greater variety in your BattleCon games. This game was previously Kickstarted back in October of last year, and so this year will see it’s fulfillment to backers, and retail release. No firm date yet is given but they do expect the game to ship this year to both backers and retailers, so look forward to it.
Finally we have an expansion to the popular tile based Cthulhu war game, Shadows over Nomandie, called Desert Wrath. In this set it takes you out of the typical theaters of war for the time and sends you to Egypt. There you will “follow the adventures of the Section M and accompany Captain Harris Badger and the Corporal Akhee Singh in their fight against the Black Sun in search of the legendary city of Irem“. This expansion includes the new Section M faction as well as the typical new units, spells, heroes, etc. that you come to expect in a big box expansion. So if you enjoy the game, and don’t mind the change of scenery, then this expansion will just bring more variety and replayability to the game. Check your local game store in late July for this expansion.
Origins is one of the biggest conventions in the US for gaming, and they have been giving out their awards for the best each year. The different categories include family games, role-playing games, card games, game accessories, board games, collectible games (CCG, TCG, etc.), miniatures, and finally a Game of the Year. Some of the past winners include great games like Codenames, Imperial Assault, and 7 Wonders Duel, so you know bad games aren’t getting these awards. But that’s enough background information, here are the nominees for the 2017 Origins Awards:
Speechless by Arcane Wonders (designed by Mike Elliott)
Role-Playing Game (10 Nominees)
7th Sea: Second Edition by John Wick Presents (designed by John Wick, Mike Curry, Rob Justice, Mark Diaz Truman, Jesse Heinig)
Curse of Strahd by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
No Thank You, Evil! by Monte Cook Games (designed by Shanna Germain and Monte Cook)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Fantasy Flight (designed by Tim Flanders, Corey Konieczka, and Sam Stewart)
Shadowrun-Seattle Sprawl by Catalyst Game Labs (designed by Raymond Croteau, Jason Hardy, James Meiers, O.C. Presley, Scott Schletz, R.J. Thomas, Malik Toms, Thomas Willoughby, CZ Wright, and Russell Zimmerman)
Symbaroum by Järnringen and co-published by Modiphius Entertainment (designed by Martin Grip, Mattias Johnsson, Mattias Lilja and Johan Nohr.
Storm King’s Thunder by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jenna Helland, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire-Special Modifications by Fantasy Flight (designed by Blake Bennett, Tim Cox, Jordan Goldfarb, Sterling Hershey and Monte Lin)
The One Ring: Horse: Lords of Rohan by Cubicle 7 (designed by Shane Ivey, Andrew Kenrick, T.S. Luikart, Francesco Nepitello, and James Spahn)
Volo’s Guide to Monsters by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Ed Greenwood, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Kim Mohan, Christopher Perkins, Sean K. Reynolds, Matthew Sernett, Chris Sims, and Steve Winter)
It’s that time of year again, the Dice Tower has announced their nominees for the best games of 2016. These are the best of the best according to the panel of judges on games released in English in 2016. You can see previous winners along with this year’s nominees and their pictures on the Dice Tower Awards website, and look forward to the winners being announced at Dice Tower Con later this year. And now, your nominees:
Best Game from a New Designer (The game has to be the designer’s first or second published game to qualify for this award)
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has just announced a player survey, open to the public, in which you could win Mystic Vale Promo cards! Mystic Vale (2016) was AEG’s smash “card building” hit, in which players use clear cards and sleeves to create their own cards in a deck-building environment. AEG is interested in what the community thinks about Mystic Vale and Kickstarter campaigns. By answering a few simple questions (it took me only about 5 minutes) every participant will receive “three enhancements, the Sunshard Glebe, one for each of three card slots”. AEG will be mailing out the Promo Kit towards the end of 2017.
For more information about the AEG Mystic Vale Survey, click here.