Organized Play

The War for Cybertron enters the second stage of its trilogy in the Transformers Trading Card Game by Wizards of the Coast.  While the Autobots may have an upper hand in the first wave, the Decepticons are pulling out all the stops to release their most dangerous weapon…the mighty Titan, Trypticon.

Each War for Cybertron: Siege II booster pack contains one large character card, 1 small character card, and six battle cards. The booster display comes with a single Trypticon pack, which contains one Titan-sized Trypticon Character Card and three large character cards as his minions: Brunt, Full-Tilt, and Wipe-Out!

If you haven’t played Transformers: TCG yet, check out your friendly local game store for the organized play to learn the game.  War for Cybertron: Siege II is available for pre-order now and will release on November 8.

Z-Man Games has announced the 2019 season of Pandemic Survival. Survival takes the classic game, but standardizes the roles played, the initial infected cities, the player deck and the infections deck. This means that each and every game session of the 2019 season will start at the same place, allowing for fair tournament play.  This is the 5th year Z-Man has organized Pandemic Survival, and once again players can compete for prizes and the elusive Pandemic Survival World Championship. The ultimate champion will win a trip to any city on the Pandemic board.

Pandemic (2008) by Matt Leacock is the poster child for all great cooperative games, dominating “best of” lists, sitting in BordGameGeek’s top 100, and collecting more awards than one can count. In this classic game, players act to stem the four diseases taking over cities all over the globe, as more and more infections relentlessly appear. Players take on specific roles, such as Medic, Scientist or Operations Expert, each with a special ability. The evil infections deck denotes which cities gain infection cubes each round, and cities with 4 or more cubes will “explode” into neighboring areas, quickly taking down the whole map. Players win or lose as a team by either allowing the world to succumb to infection, or curing all 4 diseases.

There are a few changes in this year’s competition – players must bring their own copy of the original base game, however the card decks will be pre-stacked and sorted, allowing for quicker setup, and “ease of assembly”. For more details, rules for this unique style of tournament play, and the schedule of games, check out Z-Man’s press release here.

Fantasy Flight Games, the Darth Vader to Asmodee’s Palpatine, is getting ready for the launch of the Second Edition of their supremely popular Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game line on September 13. On their website, Fantasy Flight has given a list of retailers that will be having launch parties for the release, with 3 short fast paced events, prizes and more. These Launch Parties are just the beginning for a community supporting Organized Play events. In another article, Fantasy Flight talks further about the Scum and Villainy faction in X-Wing, the neutral third party alongside the Rebellion and the Empire. Lando’s Millenium Falcon, Slave I, and the Fang Fighter will all be available at launch, as well as the Scum and Villainy Conversion Kit for 1st edition miniatures. This article also focuses on the abilities of droid pilots IG-88, Guri and 4-LOM. Check out Fantasy Flight’s articles about the Second Edition Launch and the Scum And Villainy Additions on their website.

Fans of Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game soon will have a new way to play the game. Fantasy Flight has introduced in-store organized play to bring more players together to enjoy a deeper and more rewarding experience of the game and the world of Rokugan.

Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game is a two-player collectible card game where players assume leadership of one of the Great Clans in the mystical world of Rokugan and battle another clan.  In organized play, players team up with other members of their clan to compete against members of the other clans for control of the stronghold, which is the store hosting the organized play.

Retailers can pre-order Season One Stronghold Kits for Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game now.  Each Stronghold Kit supports up to 32 players over a period of three months.  Retailers can decide how to conduct the events: weekly events, monthly events, or a combination of the two.  Reinforcement Kits are also available for groups larger than 32.

Each kit is packed full of rewards: promotional Patronage Cards, participation prizes, prizes for the top competitors, and prizes for the top players from each Great Clan. The 2018 Season One Stronghold Kit contains 247 extended art cards, 13 metal fate tokens, 7 clan specific first player tokens, 7 plastic Dragon Clan-themed Imperial Favor cards, 4 custom playmats, and 1 acrylic honor dial.

Fantasy Flight is releasing four Stronghold Kits each year and retailers can order one of each.  Each of the Stronghold Kit releases will include bonus events ranging from welcoming events for new players to competitive events for experienced players.

Retailers will pick an end date for the Stronghold Control contest, and the clan with the most net victories at the end of the Stronghold Control contest gains control of the stronghold along with local bragging rights, the chance to decorate the store with your clan’s colors and iconography, and any future benefits that may come with the control of your stronghold.  At least until the 2019 Battle for the Stronghold contest.

CMON Games has announced CMON Play, an organized play program exclusive to brick and mortar stores. Stores can enroll in CMON Play for free by signing up at the CMON website, and get exclusive access to Game Night Kits, Pre-Release Kits, Demo Copies and Kickstarter Retail Pledges. Game Night Kits will be available every other month and allow stores to run events for the popular CMON titles, and will offer exclusive game content not seen before. The first Game Night Kit will be for Zombicide: Black Plague in June. Pre-Release Kits will allow retailers to sell certain CMON games 2 weeks before they are otherwise available, starting with The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire by Eric Lang. Demo Copies will be available at a discount through the program. Finally, Retailers will be able to order core pledge levels and optional buys from Kickstarter through CMON Sales in quantities of 6, 9 or 12.

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced the first DC Deck-Building Game Organized Play Kit. Coming in late fall or winter 2017, this kit will give your FLGS instructions to run tournaments as well as promotional prizes. Cryptozoic plans on releasing new kits biannually, with the first kit releasing concurrently with the DC Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box. The premier kit is slated to contain 12 promo cards, 1 playmat, tournament instructions and a poster.

Organized play is the new big thing with publishers today, it’s their answer to the question of how to drive more business into the stores and not online retailers.  So Iello has started to set up organized play for popular games like King of Tokyo/New YorkSea of Clouds, Big Book of Madness, and Medieval Academy.  That means there will be new promos for the games as well as opportunities for tournament play and events to take place in stores for said promos or other prizes.  So be on the lookout for these events that will be coming to your FLGS, and if you run a FLGS you can visit the Iello Organized Play website to be able to order promos and other materials to host these events.

With the release of the latest adventure path set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Wrath of the Righteous, some changes have come to the game and organized play.  The Pathfinder ACG is a cooperative card game that distills down the tabletop RPG into a card game that doesn’t need a DM, freeing up that player to adventure with everyone else.  In Wrath of the Righteous you are going off and fighting the minions of demon lord Deskari on your way to fighting him and becoming mythic heroes.  The major difference aside from story for this set from the rest is the introduction of the d20 into the dice pool.  Once you have determined which type of mythic hero you will become you will gain access to mythic charges which allow you to roll the d20 instead of your normal dice, thus introducing the possibility for edge of your seat victories and epic failures.  Add in new characters to try from the perplexing summoner to new hybrid classes like the bloodrager and you have a whole different experience waiting for you.

On the organized play front, along with the season of the righteous adventures they have introduced a guide to the organized play which provides information on how to run or play in an organized play setting.  The guide also details the new tier system for the characters which prevent characters from playing scenarios that are too low or too high for them as well as how they can get deck upgrades.  The tier system simplifies the upgrading of the character and also adds in a new dice bump mechanic which allows you to change the result of a check up or down by 1, but be careful, these dice bumps are one time use and while several can be used at once, you will only ever get 6 of them since you acquire 1 per completed adventure.  And lastly they include some pre-generated deck lists to get you started and information on how to include the promo cards from the miniature packs into your class deck.

Overall I am very excited for this new set and look forward to having new adventures with both the regular game and the organized play and rolling that big d20.

Publishers Press Release Below

Paizo Inc., publisher of the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today the release of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (PACG): Wrath of the Righteous, the newest base set for the wildly popular, cooperative card game.

In Wrath of the Righteous, the hellish Worldwound opens, unleashing a horde of demons from the post-apocalyptic Abyss. Players will battle the malevolent minions of the demon lord Deskari, and along the way, will become mythic heroes that rival the greatest legends the world of Golarion has ever know.

Says Tanis O’Connor, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Designer, “Season of the Righteous will take the gleeful insanity of the Season of the Shackles, and turn it up to 11. Demons, cultists, and much more will await your party of adventurers in the dangerous of wastelands of the Worldwound.”

The PACG: Wrath of the Righteous Base Set includes:

  • More than 500 cards, featuring a new set of boons for your characters to collect, new monsters, and barriers of a decidedly abysmal nature
  • 7 character classes, including the all new arcanist, cavalier, inquisitor, and summoner
  • The Worldwound Incursion Adventure Deck, a 110-card deck that begins theWrath of the Righteous Adventure Path
  • A complete set of 6 polyhedral dice, including the first d20 in the PACG

As with all PACG Base Sets, gameplay can be supplemented with additional decks, such as the Character Add-On Deck, and monthly Adventure Decks (sold separately).

With the launch of the new Base Set comes the kick-off of The Season of the Righteous, Season One of the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild Organized Play Program. New features for this season of organized play include:

  • Allowing characters to use promo cards from WizKids’ Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes miniatures line as part of the player’s class deck
  • New advancement system for ease in table-mustering at small- and medium-sized events
  • A brand new PFSACG Guide to Organized Play

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous is available at hobby game stores nationwide

ffg world

Are you the galaxy’s greatest starfighter ace? Can you slip through corporate servers like a ghost? Or, perhaps, you’re ready to make your bid for the Iron Throne…

Whatever your game, the FFG World Championships are your chance to prove yourself against the world’s best!

This year, Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) is hosting its World Championships on November 4-8, 2015 at Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville, MN. For five days (one day longer than previous years), players will be competing in the following games:

See the schedule for the tournaments here.

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Anyone who attends will get a bunch of swag – a t-shirt, deck box, and an alternate art card for each game. Anyone who plays through the full Swiss rounds of a World Championship tournament will also get two additional copies of the alternate art card for that specific game. The winner of each tournament will win the chance to work with the game’s developers to design a card for future release! Also, the top players of each event will get custom prizes.

In addition to World Championship competitions, FFG has Organized Play for its various games, as well as a variety of side events. There will be warm-up tournaments, wrap-up tournaments, draft tournaments, X-Wing Epic Play, and more, all with additional prizes and giveaways!

In order to attend, you must pre-register; there will be no on-site registration. FFG will be reserving seats for World Champions and Regional Champions, so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to get a pass. Passes go on sale starting 12:00 PM CST on June 15 here.

For more information about the FFG World Championships, including more details on registration for specific tournaments and for Regional/National Champion registration, check out Fantasy Flight’s website here.