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War of the Ring 2nd Edition Anniversary Edition was the latest edition to be released of this highly rated game, and included no less than 205 fully painted miniatures.  Needless to say, a game this popular with a special edition like that sold out in no time, but now Ares Games is offering something for those that missed it.  The Anniversary Release Deluxe Set will include the anniversary edition rule book, over-sized game board, and companion guide.  Essentially you will be getting the upgraded components of the game minus the game box and all the painted minis.  This is great for two reasons, the first is that miniature painters that already painted their set no longer have to shell out for a boatload of pre-painted minis.  Second, those who missed the original release can now get all the upgraded rules and map to upgrade their existing copy.  Cost differs based on where it is being shipped but will run you around $70 plus shipping, so hurry to Ares Games’ website to order before the window closes on October 5th.

Have you ever wanted to build your own little circus? In this great little game, Little Circuses, you can recruit various daring circus acts and amazing attractions to turn your little venture into a big crowd-attracting spectacle.

Published by IDW Games with an expected release date of 09/14/2016, Little Circuses is a 1-7 players, worker placement, tile placement circus building game. Designed by renowned designer Kevin Wilson, playing time takes 45 minutes even with full complement of players and includes a John the Ringmaster Mega Meeple and 60 audience meeples!

Little Circuses is available now for pre-order.

Find out more information on IDW Games site here.

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On June 29, Stone Blade Entertainment announced a new deck-building game in their Ascension line of games, Ascension X: War of Shadows, is available for pre-order.  If you pre-order now, you’d receive a free promo card, Chaos Rider.

Ascension X: War of Shadows is the 10th installment in the award-winning franchise, designed by Gary Arant & Justin Gary.  As a standalone game, it can play from 1 to 4 players, or it can be used in combination with other Ascension releases to play up to 6 players.

The War of Shadows continues the struggle for control of New Vigil.  To battle against the coming darkness, new Heroes and Constructs of increased power and dual-cost to bolster the forces of Dark and Light.  Mirroring the difference between the Dark and Light forces, cards will now also have differing powers depending on whether it’s daytime or nighttime.

If you’d like to learn more or place a pre-order for the game, click <here>.

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Portal Games has opened up pre-orders for their latest game, Cry Havoc.  Cry Havoc is

an intense area control game with four unique factions and 48 detailed miniatures. As with all our games the factions in Cry Havoc are unique and offer players different strategies and options to earn victory points. Additionally, Cry Havoc introduces a unique battle resolution system called the Battle Objectives Resolution. Every battle is different as the players must decide how to spread their forces among the three Battle Objectives: Region Control, Capture Prisoners, and Attrition.

Pre-ordering is open now on the Portal site, and unlike the 51st State Master Set pre-order there are no Kickstarter like stretch goals, but you do get free shipping and a set of promo objective cards.  You can read the press release below for more info on the game and look forward to it’s release at GenCon.

Portal Games opens pre-orders for Cry Havoc

An intense strategy game from designes Grant Rodiek, Michał Walczack and Michal

Gliwice, Poland – June 8, 2016. Today, Portal Games opens pre-orders for the summer release, Cry Havoc, from designers Grant Rodiek, Michał Walczak and Michal Oracz. Cry Havoc is an asymmetric, card driven, area control game for 2 to 4 players. Each player controls one of 4 factions battling for resources on a planet full of riches. As the game develops, the players will customize their factions deck of cards, build powerful structures, and leverage their faction’s unique skills to emerge victorious.

Cry Havoc is an intense area control game with four unique factions and 48 detailed miniatures. As with all our games the factions in Cry Havoc are unique and offer players different strategies and options to earn victory points. Additionally, Cry Havoc introduces a unique battle resolution system called the Battle Objectives Resolution. Every battle is different as the players must decide how to spread their forces among the three Battle Objectives: Region Control, Capture Prisoners, and Attrition.

Pre-orders are now open for a limited time for fans who wish to receive the game early. Shipping options include free pick-up at Gen Con 2016, free shipping for US and Canadian customers, and reduced shipping worldwide. Customers who pre-order will also receive a set of 8 promotional Objective cards to enhance the game.

Cry Havoc is for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 or older and takes approximately 60-120 minutes to play. The game includes 84 cards, 1 game board, 1 battle board, 4 faction boards, 48 miniatures, over 170 cardboard tokens, 30 plastic crystals, and 1 rulebook. Cry Havoc will be released at Gen Con 2016 in August and will be available worldwide shortly after. For more information, you can visit the Cry Havoc page on our website at http://portalgames.pl/new_en/all-game-list/cry-havoc/

About Portal Games

Portal Games is a publisher of award-winning games such as Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Tides of Time, Legacy, and Neuroshima Hex. Founded in Poland in 1999, Portal Games has developed into one of the most renowned European game publishers and design teams. Their commitment is to produce only the highest quality Board Games That Tell Stories.

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Tasty Minstrel games have just released their latest newsletter detailing their plans in the run up to GenCon.

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First up is the first expansion to their hot game Scoville – Scoville: Labs coming to kickstarter from August 11-20th.  The expansion will come in the smaller box size like Harbour with minimal components but a maximum amount of depth being added to the game.  Each player gets their own new 3×3 lab board that you can plant peppers on which no-one else can use.  It comes with additional wooden peppers, new recipe cards and pepper multiplier tokens.  You can sign up for text message notifications for Scoville: Labs here

TMG are also present at GenCon and are offering a text messaging service with last minute news and events here

cthulhu realms

They are also pleased to announce that Cthulhu Realms is waiting for them at GenCon but stock of these few pre-release copies is expected to sell fast.  It’s a family friendly Cthulhu game with funny artwork capturing the spirit of the mythos but in a funny way and is described as a child of Star Realms.

flip city

Flip City should be on retailers shelves soon.  This unique deck builder works without a hand and cards played directly from the top of the deck.  You play one at a time and can then buy a new card with any money you may have earned from those played cards.  You could end up playing bad cards as well as good but don’t play too many unhappy ones or your turn will end.

steam works

Steam Works is on pre order and is a steampunk themed worker placement game where you build machines using clockwork, steam or electricity.  You can get text notifications about when the game is available for pre order here

gold west

Gold West a resource management and area control game about building mining empires while you compete over the precious metals is nearing pre order.  Resources are managed using a mancala style supply track.  You can register for text updates about the pre-order here

 

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Victory Point Games “The Little Game Company That Could” has announced their new system for determining what games will be distributed via traditional channels. Because of the way the company operates they have identified that they could potentially over-saturate the market with games that they are trying to keep in constant distribution to game stores.

To combat this problem they have elected that for future releases they will be selling games in a system akin to GMT Games P-500 system. If you do not know how GMT’s system works they will put up a game for pre-order on their website and when they get around 500 orders they will charge those that have committed to pre-order and then print up and ship out the game. Victory Point Games has identified that they don’t need to wait for that many pre-orders to send out games but they have determined that they will wait until they have somewhere between 500-1000 print on demand orders for a game before they start selling it to wholesale distributors.

With this system in place they anticipate being able to still offer as many new titles as previously. But hope that as a result of this new system they will not alienate game stores which have limited ability to carry inventory beyond a certain quantity. They describe this system as being a means to season the game so that there is an established demand for stores to see before copies are hitting their stores.

to read the full post by Victory Point Games head over to their site here.