Ninja Division!

Ninja Division have not been fan favorites recently due to their recent financial troubles which blocks fulfillment of their Super Dungeon: Legends, Relic Knights 2nd Edition, and Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures Kickstarter projects. Admirably, they are trying really hard to fulfill on their Kickstarter promises by finding new streams of revenue. The Humble Tabletop Bundle is one of these opportunities, and also serves to help the Hospice of the Northwest charity with funds raised. The Humble Tabletop Bundle has 3 Tiers consisting of Player vs Player (PVP), Print and Play (PnP) games, worth over $300.

For $1 you can get Way of the Fighter: Turbo, Way of the Fighter: Super, and Karate Fight: Takoashi University.

For $8 you also get Relic Knights 2nd Edition (with printable standees), Super Dungeon Expansion: Emerald Valley Warband, Way of the Fighter Fighter Packs (Brahm vs Cobalt Fighter Pack, Way of the Fighter Packs (Mbirau vs Ying Pei Fighter Pack), and Rail Raiders Infinite.

For $15 you also get Super Dungeon Arena, Ninja All Stars, Super Dungeon Expansion: Dragonback Peaks Warband, Super Dungeon Expansion: Claws of the Wyrm Warband, Super Dungeon Expansion: Stilt Town Warband, Way of the Fighter Fighter Packs (Tala vs Victoria Fighter Pack), Way of the Fighter Fighter Packs (Aya vs Ranveer Fighter Pack), and Way of the Fighter Fighter Packs (Khubulai vs Wattana Fighter Pack).

Note that the Super Dungeon Expansion modules require models from the Super Dungeon Explore base game to play. The bundle will be available until the 28th of May, 2019.

In June of 2019 the Men in Black movie, from Sony Pictures, will hit cinemas at the same time Ghostbusters celebrates its 35th Anniversary. Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion will be the first of many games for both franchises in 2019.

Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion will be loaded with miniatures and will feature Peter Venkman, Egon Spangler, Ray Stanz, and Winston Zeddmore, as the Ghostbusters, and Agent J, Agent K, Agent L and Zed, as the MIB team. Together, they’ll tackle the threat of the Ecto-terrestrials who attempt to overwhelm earth’s defenses, but there’s always enough time for friendly competition when stomping invaders. A combination of rolling dice and take-that card play form the core of the mechanisms utilized while highly detailed miniatures from Ninja Division (known for Super Dungeon Explore) will add table presence.

“We are excited to bring these two iconic properties together along with an amazing group of development partners. We love the fun story we are telling with this game and hope fans will bring it to the tabletop again and again.” -Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development [source]

The Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion board game features art by Derek Laufman, is designed by Panda Cult Games, and published by IDW Games. It will see release in late 2019 with additional stand-alone games for each franchise slated for later that year.

Crystalia the land of Super Dungeon has some new characters both heroic and mischievous! Super Dungeon has a collection of different games for many modes of play. You can work together as a cooperative team in Super Dungeon: Arcade,  you can play one against many in Super Dungeon: Explore and you can have an all out brawl in Super Dungeon: Arena. all using the same miniatures – so its exciting to add new characters to the clans of Kagejima!

Clan Tanchyo love their forests and are sworn to protect it from the humans. They have close connections with the spirits that live in them. Karura is a tinkerer, building contraptions that help him move through the trees with speed and agility. The Moon Princess is cunning and powerful and loves an adventure- even if dangerous! The Dark Kitsune are wandering drifters using their herbalism and magic to make a living- even working with villains if necessary. The Tengu trade their magic/martial services for gold or other oddities they may be interested in.

Super Dungeon: Arena is available now to buy while the others in production. Super Dungeon: Explore and  Super Dungeon: Arcade are both available in the links above as a print and play.

Shinobi 7 has reached an agreement with Diamond/Alliance for exclusive distribution of all of its products.

This agreement means that Diamond/Alliance will be the sole distributor for Shinobi 7 products to all hobby markets, toy stores, comic shops, book stores, and other mass market outlets. Under the deal, current Shinobi 7 products will shortly be relisted by Diamond/Alliance. Current products will be released through Ninja Division until March 15, 2018.

Another part of the deal has Seven Seas Entertainment acquiring a complete ownership interest in Shinobi 7. Originally, Shinobi 7 was created as a joint venture between Seven Seas Entertainment and Ninja Division. Now, Ninja Division will be removed from the equation.

In the meantime, Shinobi 7 will continue its focus on “the production and publishing of high quality tabletop games based on exciting licensed brands.”

 

Ninja Division will be releasing Dance of the Fireflies, a new 2-6 player card game from designer Oliver Brooks and artists Amber Grundy and Victoria C. Hackett.

Tomkins, his Lordship’s longest serving and most trusted horticulturalist is retiring and the prized position of Head Gardener is up for grabs. Join his team of green-fingered underlings as you compete to create the most beautiful flower beds in the garden. The more flowers you plan, the more Fireflies will visit your patch and that’s a sure way to please her Ladyship and see your career blossom.

Players in Dance of the Fireflies start off with a hand of seven fireflies, one of them being a royal firefly which is more powerful than the regular fireflies. In each round players can bid on flowers located around a sundial using their hand of fireflies, plant a flower from their hand, big a royal firefly, or discard a card from their hand to bid a second firefly on the flower clock. Each of the flowers players are bidding on have their own special ability players will use to their advantage.

Once each player has taken their turn and drawn back up to three flowers in hand and the sundial has moved play continues. After all flowers have been exhausted the game ends and the player with the most flower bed points becomes the next royal gardener.

Dance of the fireflies is advertised as being for 2-6 players aged 8+ with a play time of 15-30 minutes. It is scheduled to release in November of 2017.

What’s in the box?

Royal Gardner will ship with a box full of gardening goodness, including:

  • Gardener’s Apprentice Card
  • Day/Night Sundial
  • 6 Orchid/Weed Cards
  • 84 Flower Cards
  • 36 Firefly Wooden Counters
  • 6 Royal Firefly Counters
  • Potting Shed Card
  • Compost Heap Mat
  • Rule Book (English)
  • Rule Book (German)
  • 6 Player Guides (English)
  • 6 Player Guides (German)

My wallet keeps taking a beating, but luckily I have a budget and a wife so I won’t spend too much, but lets take a look at some projects that might be worth your money.  First on that list are some giant dice in the form of 55mm spin down dice being brought to you by Todd Brammer, the maker of d20 earrings.  Both dice look great with the color options being molten gold or silver, and that is pretty much it.  You can get one for $8 or both for $15, just a no frills Kickstarter to get you some giant spin down dice.  So check out the Kickstarter page if you are interested.

Next we have another webcomic turned game and that is Heart and Brain the Party Game.  This is a card, party game which is a melting pot of different challenges that you will have to face in order to get the tokens you need to win.  On your turn you will draw from one of two piles, the heart deck or the brain deck.  The heart deck has mainly goofy challenges grouped into dares, double dares where you perform it with someone else, voting about different situations, or challenges which involve things like beating you in a mini game or making you laugh.  The brain deck is more about the mind with things like challenges on naming things, contests like who can name more famous comics, and true/false votes where you reveal something about yourself that is either true or false and everyone has to guess.  There are also cards to play a game similar to Cards Against Humanity where you are trying to play your best phrases to match a prompt that was drawn.  Overall if you like the humor and antics of the Heart and Brain comic, this kind of game will be right up your alley.  Check out the Kicktstarter today.

After that is a new worker placement game with dice called Dice Hospital.  In this game you are running a hospital, trying to cure patients to earn points.  At the start of the round there will be a pool of dice rolled and those will be distributed into ambulances, thus making up the patients you will draft for that round.  They are ordered in these ambulances by worst to best so while if you take the worst batch, you will get first pick on upgrades, while if you pick the best you will be picking upgrades last.  Once these dice are in your hospital you will pick out an upgrade which could be better rooms to add to your hospital, or new employees which give you special abilities.  Once you have picked an upgrade it’s time to treat your patients, with the pip value on the dice indicated how healthy your patient is (6 means ready to discharge, 1 means almost dead).  You will place out your nurses on different rooms to be able to treat your patients, and as you discharge them you will get points for how many you can discharge in a round.  At the end whoever has the most points is the winner.  The base game looks great, and the deluxe game upgrades with both a dice tower and 3D ambulance to hold dice, looks even better.  Check out the Kickstarter for more information and to pledge.

Next is a campaign to get some excellent minis for the Starfinder RPG being put out by Paizo.  The campaign is pretty simple in that there are two levels to pledge for, each getting you the same basic miniature package along with slots for you to customize your pledge.  Each pledge gets you figures for the legacy heroes like Seelah the paladin, Candy and Cola, and more generic sculpts like an elf operative, gnome mystic, or halfling pilot.  The slots in each pledge will allow you to pick from a lineup of seven enemy encounter packs, 25 different heroes, two fleets, and six different big enemies, allowing for lots of pledge customization.  Overall if you are wanting a good set of minis for Starfinder at about $3 a mini, you can’t go wrong with the ones in this Kickstarter campaign.

Up next we have an “anime” turned board game from Rooster Teeth called RWBY: Combat ReadyRWBY: Combat Ready is a battling game where you will be taking on the roles of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang as you fight against the villain Roman and his minions.  This is a fully cooperative game and will be taking place in two areas, the sideline and center stage.  The player on center stage is battling the main villain of the scenario by playing cards and inflicting as much damage as possible.  The players on teh sidelines can use their cards to aid the player on center stage, or take care of the minions or other bad events happened all around them.  All of these will be played out using the cards you have, by playing the cards against the enemies you are facing.  You will then flip over both your card and the villain card and whoever is faster gets to deal damage.  If you are able to string consecutive hits together you can build up battle fury, making you faster and giving you access to an ultimate attack.  In the end if you eliminate the villain you win, but like most coop games, there are lots of ways to lose.  So if this RWBY inspired game likes interesting to you, check out the Kickstarter page.

And last, but certainly not least, we have Steamforged Games latest creation, Resident Evil 2 the Board Game.  This brings the iconic survival-horror genre video game to the tabletop, putting you and your follow players up against all the horrors and monstrosities that have been created by the Umbrella Corporation.  This game is a dungeon crawl game where you are venturing out into the streets of Raccoon City in a bid to escape the horror all around you.  This game brings a resource management aspect to the dungeon crawl genre as the Resident Evil games were known for giving you just barely enough to survive, so you can’t be frivolous with your bullets or medicinal herbs.  Plus there is a tension deck, telling you about strange sounds and figures that you see as you go down the streets and alleys.  Can you afford to explore that room?  Will you have enough bullets if the giant monster shows up?  You will have to keep answering that question as you play the game.  If this sounds like something you might be interested in, check out the Kickstarter page.

Those of you lucky enough to attend GenCon 50 know full well that it was a shopping extravaganza full of hot products that sold quickly. Paizo, Inc. has announced that Starfinder, the space based followup to the role-playing staple Pathfinder, was in fact the fastest selling product they have ever released. The core Starfinder book sold out in 6 hours, selling more copies than any other Paizo product, during all 4 days of previous years’ conventions. The entire Starfinder line is currently back-ordered, but stocks are expected to come back in October 2017.

Look for accessory products for Starfinder, such as miniatures from Ninja Division, and even an official soundtrack from Syrinscape.

Reforged and Ninja Division are partnering to Kickstart a new game called Warforged: First Contact.  Warforged bills itself as a skirmish level exploration game, similar to games like Descent or Shadows of Brimstone, but still very different.  This is a one vs many game where one person controls the Mantra, an alien race that is invading through a portal at the center of a shrine.  The many play as the Iron Legion, the military force sent to investigate the portal, with each player leading their own squad.  Play is simple in that on your turn you have two actions to take, and your available options are move or shoot.  Player order though is the interesting thing, as every figure has a card, and all the cards are shuffled into a deck, and drawing from that deck determines who moves.  This means you will need to coordinate very well, because luck may fall to where the enemy gets all their turns before you, making your job that much harder.  The map is also modular and hex based instead of square, allowing for more varied and eclectic map layouts.  Will the Iron Legion be able to stem the tide of aliens and reach the portal, or will the Mantra horde overrun them?

The game has some excellent art and some nice sculpts for the minis included in the game.  Gameplay is easy with all information on the characters contained on the turn order cards, and several scenarios ready to play right out of the box.  You can head over to the Kickstarter page to check out more, and you can even see a gameplay video produced by the folks at Let’s Play.

The Xenomorphs are back to ambush their prey in Ninja Division‘s second edition of Alien vs. Predator: The Hunt Begins. AVP: The Hunt Begins is a 1 to 3 player game that can be played in two distinct game modes. In the competitive mode, all races (Marines, Aliens, and Predators) fight against each other to complete missions and objectives. In the cooperative mode, the Marines and Predators have made a fragile alliance to combat the Alien threat.

The Hunt Begins” is a fast paced, claustrophobic, “express elevator to hell” miniature game of combat between three of the most dangerous races in the galaxy. Join the ranks of the brave men and women of the US Colonial Marines and arm yourself with state-of-the-art weaponry or take command of the elite cadre of Predators, an alien race of hunters that seek the finest prey to stalk, hunt and eliminate. The darkness holds more horrors than these two adversaries…the Xenomorphs, one of the deadliest of all known alien species with the potential to destroy and eradicate all sentient life.

The game includes 23 highly detailed miniatures, a modular map, and both basic and advanced rulesets. Gameplay typically lasts between 30 – 90 minutes. To read more about the game, visit Ninja Division’s website.