Pre-Release

Terraforming Mars has grown to be a very popular game in the hobby, currently sitting at number 5 on Board Game Geek’s rankings. The game has come a long way with the content that it has, seeing players take control of corporations who are trying to turn Mars into the coziest place they can (as well as satisfying their special interests). However these corporations were really just starting resources cards that also detailed some bonuses or special actions unique to them as well as a bit of flavor text to add in a dash of theme, but they were hardly anything more compelling. That is soon to change as, coming this Summer, the newest expansion for Terraforming Mars will bring more theme and power to each corporation. As announced by Fryxgames and shared by Stronghold Games shortly after:

     “Prelude is a small expansion that lets you kickstart your terraforming! It focuses on the early stages of Mars colonization and tells the background story of the corporations. When choosing corporation and starting hand, each player also draws 4 Prelude cards, and chooses 2 of them to boost their corporation. The expansion opens up powerful starting combos and increases player asymmetry.”

For those that love Terraforming Mars, this one appears to be a no-brainer. Expansions which just add more player power at setup tend to be exceptionally painless to integrate and often don’t require a lot of additional explanation, and in my experience they are typically the most sought after as well. While it will only be a handful of months until this expansion releases, there will also be a pre-release at Origins in June. For more information about this expansion release and future Terraforming Mars content, please check out Fryxgames and Stronghold Games websites.

Just a few days ago there was a theft of Pokemon Ultra Prism pre-release stock from Asmodee UK, not from the warehouse, but while it was in transit.  This is a terrible thing and markedly diminishes the initial stock of this new set of Pokemon cards being released next weekend.  While Asmodee UK is working hard to regroup and get new stock produced, it has already impaired their ability to supply stores with stock for the release event.  In total 80 stores have been affected by this and Asmodee UK gives a full list of the stores on their news site.  Hopefully if you are in the UK your store isn’t on this list, but you can rest assured that Asmodee will do all that it can to get the cards into your stores as soon as possible.

One of the trains that was involved in the in the head-on train collision that happened June 28th in Texas was transporting a large shipment of the new HeroClix. This shipment had been intended to fulfill orders for the upcoming Pre-release events around the world. Due to the unknown condition of this product, Wizkids has cancelled the Marvel HeroClix: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man Pre-Release event until further notice.

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The release of the regular product will move forward as planned; Wizkids is still able to ship sufficient quantities to proceed with the launch of the product.

While the loss of a nationwide event for the gaming community is unfortunate, the bigger impact is to those who have lost their loved ones and my thoughts and prayers go out to them.

To read the whole story from Wizkids click here.