Project Raygun

There is an endless war between the celestials of Heaven and Hell, and the only way to stop it is to unite the forces of the dead in the Underworld to defeat the celestials restore balance in the universe and accomplish your own ulterior motives in the process.  In Court of the Dead: Mourners Call, players are Mourners, an allegiant of Death, seeking to gain influence among the three factions – Bone, Flesh, and Spirit – and gain control of the strongholds and guilds in the Underworld.  Players will need to spend Elthera, a power within mortal souls, to build their influence among the factions, but Elthera is also needed to pay tribute to the celestials. Mismanaging the Elthera risks arousing the suspicions of celestials and invoking the Dreadsgrip, a destructive force that may weaken a Mourner’s influence in the Underworld.  Meanwhile, Death has a few tasks he needs his Mourners to accomplish. The game is a balance of cooperation and hidden objectives, area control and condition management.  The player who contributes the most to the goals of the Underworld wins and serve as Death’s right hand in the conflict with the celestials.

Court of the Dead is a new rich and immersive setting developed by Project Raygun, a designer collectibles division under USAopoly. The world in the Court of the Dead has undergone development over the past couple of years.  As Project Raygun developed the world, they created history, storylines, central figures in the world.  Large vinyl statues were built to bring the central characters to life.  Numerous comics and graphic novels told stories about the world.  More about this world of the Court of the Dead can be found here.

Court of the Dead: Mourners Call plays 2-5 players, ages 14+ in about 90 minutes. Contents include Game Board, 48 Guild Figures, 1 Death Figure, 1 Malavestros Figure, 40 Guild Mover Bases, 14 Court Cards, 27 Mourner Cards, 36 Wallows Cards, 12 Objective Cards, 4 Reference Cards, 4 Player Boards,    50 Etherea Pieces, 45 Unity Tokens, 12 Faction Tokens, 1 Dreadsbane Token, 24 Wooden Trackers, 14 Tracker Pieces, 4 Dice, and Rules.  The game is available for preorder now or look for the game in your friendly local game store in August 2019.

USAopoly Inc. have teamed up with Adult Swim and Project Raygun to release the first board game based on the Samurai Jack license. Samurai Jack: Back to the Past is set to release in the summer of 2018. The game is based on an action-adventure animated show which is on the Adult Swim channel with a time travel premise in which a samurai is sent to a dystopian future to fight a shape-shifting demon.

Accompany Samurai Jack on his quest to vanquish the Shape-shifting Master of Darkness, Aku.  As beloved companions from Jack’s adventures, players strive to gain the most Honor by helping him gather Allies, Weapons, and Traits. [source]

Samurai Jack: Back to the Past will be based on the fifth, and final, instalment of the series where the title character’s mission is to return to the era before the reign of the evil demon, Aku. Jack’s friends accompany him to various locations from the series to defeat villains and finish with the most Honor.

Andrew Wolf (co-designer of the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle) is the designer and the game will feature custom, painted, vinyl sculptures for Jack, Aku, Ahi, The Scotsman, Monkey Man, Sir Rothchild, and Max. Game play will be for 2-5 players, aged 13+ and will only be for sale in the USA.

Mondo and Project Raygun’s first collaborative game has a release date now, October 2017.  This is the first game being put out by the designer game division of USAopoly that was launched at the same time as the game was announced.  Infection at Outpost 31 takes it’s theme directly from the movie “The Thing”, and featuring the characters of the movie as well like MacReady, Childs, and Garry.  The game itself is a hidden identity game where The Thing has infiltrated the outpost and created perfect imitations of the crew there.  It’s up to you to gather gear, battle The Thing, and take out the imitations among you before you escape the outpost and warn McMurdo Station.

This game is going to be coming in two editions, there is the wide print edition and a Mondo exclusive edition that they will sell on the MondeTees.com site.  The Mondo edition will feature different box cover art designed by Jock, two additional minis not in the standard edition, a Mondo print, and a enamel pin.  Another thing that makes it exclusive is that only 1,982 of them will be made, in honor of the movie’s original release date.  So whether you want the standard edition or the Mondo edition, look for them both in October of this year.

USAopoly has been stepping up their game lately, and this time it’s the creation of a new division that will focus on higher end collectibles and games associated with them.  They are “about tapping into our emotions from our youth when thinking of our favorite toys, movies and experiences.”  

Initially they have some lines planned out for new vinyl figures like Forbidden Tikis, Iconauts, and The Tower Squad as well as other items that will be coming out later this year.  Also being talked about are partnerships with companies like MONDO and Slideshow to bring the licenses they own into the mix and release new products for them.  Needless to say I think this new direction for USAopoly could provide us with some solid new games on brand new IPs.  You can head to the USAopoly site to read the full press release.