On May 20th, Modiphius Entertainment announced The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms, a narrative miniatures game designed by Mark Latham (The Walking Dead: All Out War, The Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game) which builds upon the core mechanics of Modiphius’ Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, but rewritten and reworked to fit into the Elder Scrolls franchise and universe. Modiphius has planned a release date for the game of Christmas 2019.
The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms will have you and your band of heroes set out on narrative-driven scenarios, ranging from treasure-seeking dungeon delves to Tamriel battles, completing quests and objectives – and enjoying high quality 32mm resin miniatures each with its own custom base (including fan favorites such as Hadvar, Ralof, Yrsarald Thrice-Pierced, Marcurio, Mjoll the Lioness, Ulfric Stormcloak, Galmar Stone-Fist, General Tullius and Lydia).
In the first wave, players will lead their forces of the Stormcloaks or Imperial Legion – comprised of 1-5 heroes and 3-15 troops – to fight for the future of Skyrim in the civil war. This wave of releases will be a two player starter set and reinforcement sets of resin miniatures for the Stormcloaks and Imperial Army, as well as a Dragonborn single player set. Planned future releases include additional races and characters from across the Elder Scrolls franchise.
Leading up to the launch, Modiphius will be releasing promotional miniatures, including the Dragonborn miniature which is available in limited quantities online but will also be available at the UK Games Expo in June and GenCon in August.
more information, click here.
Days of Wonder today announced the latest addition to their Ticket to Ride line. Rails & Sails is a stand-alone Ticket to Ride game featuring not only trains, like previous editions, but now also features ships!
The double sided game board features a world map on one side, and the Great Lakes on the other. Both maps feature a new type of route on which only ships may travel. Shipping routes are built on just like you would build train routes in previous iterations, however you have to use the new, coloured ship cards rather than the regular train cards.
At the start of the game players receive their routes and then decide what proportion of ships and trains they start the game with. They can exchange later in the game if they find they need more of another type, but there will be a points penalty for that.
Another new feature is the ability to build a harbour. These are tricky to build, requiring both 2 special train and 2 special ship cards of the same colour but they give great benefits with bonuses for how many routes you have entering each harbour.
The game is expected to be released around August, and you can read the full press release here
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The UK Games Expo 2016 took place this past weekend and the organizers have published a Post Convention Press Release.
The convention, in it’s 10th year now broke all previous attendance records reaching 25,149 total attendance over the 3 day event with 12,636 being unique attendees. As expected, Saturday was by far the busiest day of the expo.
There were also awards for best game in various categories voted on by visitors – Winners included Isle of Skye, Star Wars Rebellion, TIME Stories, IceCool & Onitama.
The next show is scheduled for the 2nd to 4th June 2017 and will remain based at the Birmingham NEC & Hilton Metropole again – although word has it that it may be spreading out and getting even more space next year to cope with the increasing crowds!
Click here to see a copy of the full press release.
On a personal note, we attended for our first time and had an amazing time and got to meet Tom Vasel and Sam Healey who are two of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting! (They both were happy to pose for a photo with the kids). We’ve already booked for next year! 🙂
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
Asmodee released a news update, which includes several items of note:
- Two games and one expansion were released:
- Histrio, a game in which players tour the kingdom to recruit actors skilled in either comedies or tragedies, forming an acting troupe to hopefully please the King.
- StoryLine: Fairy Tales, a storytelling game in which you and your friends submit and select cards in order to tell a fantastic tale.
- Under The Mask, the third expansion to the wildly popular narrative adventure game, T.I.M.E. Stories.
- Two new family games were announced:
- Loony Quest, a wild and fast-paced game in which you briefly glance at a level of obstacles and traps and try to draw a safe voyage through them from memory.
- The Little Prince: Make Me A Planet, a turn-based planet-building game, in which you collect items and characters from The Little Prince universe in order to construct the most balanced and beautiful planet.
- Two new expansions were also announced:
For more information on these releases and upcoming titles, you can view the full news update here.
Games Workshop has announced the release of a new game carrying the name of a nostalgic classic to many gamers: Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. Rumors have been permeating web-based tabletop news sources about this new title, discussing what might be familiar from the classic game as well as what will be new.
Belloflostsouls.net featured this announcement this week, including a teaser video, and includes speculations on which heroes might be featured, such as Stormcast Eternal, Human Barbarian, Priest of Sigmar, and Dwarf Warrior. Some new and familiar foes are also rumored to be included, though very little information is available at this time on any other details.
The release date for the game has been set for May 21, 2016. Keep your eyes on Dice Tower News for more details as they become available.
Stonemaier Games today announced that they are working on their first Legacy style game, titled Charterstone.
Charterstone is a worker placement, Euro style game for where players will have unique, secret skills which they’ll use to build a village. Each building that players construct will become a permanent action space that all players can use and will carry over into future games.
Charterstone is for 1-6 players and, unlike most other Legacy style games, is less destructive and more constructive and will remain playable once the campaign is over – you will have a fully functioning game that is unique to you and your group.
There is no release date as yet, as the game is still in the early stages of development, but it is anticipated to be on Kickstarter by the end of 2016 with fulfillment sometime in 2017.
To view the official announcement, please visit the Stonemaier Games website here
The digital implementation of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game has finally arrived for tablet devices and is titled Pathfinder Adventures.
Pathfinder Adventures is essentially a role-playing game in card form featuring leveling up, a long campaign and everything else you’d expect. Each character is represented by a deck of cards which you can customize and includes equipment, weapons, armor, etc – additionally, each card represents your character’s life points, when your deck is empty you are defeated.
The game is a free download that comes with a tutorial mission and a 3-part taster mission. Additional scenarios, characters and treasure chests are purchasable with cash or gold that you earn through playing.
The game is very polished with excellent graphics and nice transition scenes. Currently only solo and pass & play modes are available but online play has been mentioned and may appear later.
Get it for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play
NSKN Games has announced the creation of a new games studio concentrating on publishing small, portable games for both families and gamers.
Strawberry Studio is founded by Agnieszka Kopera, Andrei Novac and Blaxej Kubacki of NSKN Games along with Rainer Ahlfors.
Their first title will be ‘3 Wishes’ which is scheduled to be released this summer in cooperation with Passport Game Studios. This game will be for 3-5 players aged 8 and above and will play in 3-5 minutes. Gameplay is based on wit and speed where you are trying to outsmart your friends with risk management and bluffing!
For more information please see the Strawberry Studio website here.
The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design has announced the nominees for the 42nd Annual Origins Awards. The Academy is a network made up of gaming professionals with the aim of promoting innovation and excellence in games.
The winner for each category will be voted on by members of the Academy. Additionally there is a fan favourite award in each category that is voted on by visitors to the Origins Games Fair. The winners will be presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on Saturday June 18th at 7:00pm at the show.
The full list of nominees is below or for more information please see http://www.originsawards.net
- Champions of Midgard
- La Granja
- New York 1901
- Star Wars: Imperial Assault
- 7 Wonders Duel
- The Grizzled
- Medieval Academy
- Welcome to the Dungeon
- Guild Ball
- Star Wars Armada
- Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
- Wrath of Kings
- DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light
- Force of Will
- Yugi’s Legendary Decks
- Me Want Cookies
The full list of nominees is below or for more information please see http://www.originsawards.net
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