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duelist library

Level 99 Games is excited to announce Duelist Library, a collection of 5 two-player games that will debut as a single collection in late 2016.  The company will be expanding their line of well-known productions such as Pixel Tactics, BattleCON, Sellswords, and RESISTOR_ with these 5 new games, which will be available both individually and as a complete bundle.  

Here is an excerpt from the official press release from the GAMA Trade Show at Las Vegas 2016:

In 2013, Level 99 Games released the Minigame Library, containing 6 different games across multiple genres, group sizes, and play lengths. Duelist Library aims to continue this tradition, while improving component quality and focusing on a core theme of 2-player games. Rather than being available exclusively as a collection, four of the games will also be designed and packaged as fully-fledged individual releases. The complete collection will come with an exclusive bonus game, and a package of additional expansion cards that tie the various games together.

The titles and the descriptions of the new games will be released over the next few months via the Level 99 Games newsletter and on our homepage. Each game in the library is primarily designed for two players, and has a different theme, play length, and designer, to ensure that gaming groups of two have a game on hand for any mood or situation.

 This summer, 2016, the Kickstarter will launch to fund this project, with an estimated fulfillment date of winter 2016.  For more information and to stay abreast of this upcoming release, visit the official news release on the Level 99 Games website here.

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Asmodee gave an exciting new announcement this week at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas: a new edition of Reiner Knizia’s fast-paced auction game, Ra.  In the game, players compete to build the best Ancient Egyptian civilization by using actions to acquire tiles.  Tiles collected represent cultural achievements, architectural wonders, Ancient Egyptian deities, and even the Nile itself.  Player turns involve either adding to the pool of tiles or “invoking Ra” to hold an auction to bid on tiles.  The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.  The game is for 2-5 players and plays in under an hour.

The game will be released by a new publishing studio in the Asmodee Group, WindRider Games.  This new edition features an all new graphic design based on the art of Ancient Egypt, and is the third game in the Euro Classics line, which WindRider is taking over from Fantasy Flight Games.

Steven Kimball, head of WindRider Games, expressed his excitement that Ra would be WindRider’s first release.  “It’s one of Dr. Knizia’s most beloved designs because of its high amount of player interaction and the difficult decisions that create tense, dramatic gaming moments,” said Kimball.

Ra is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2016.

ogre

Steve Jackson has release a “soft” announcement that they will be releasing a 6th edition of Ogre that will be set in the Ogre Designer’s Edition Scale.  It is important to note that this edition will include only the Ogre map (which is the same as the one in the Ogre Designer’s Edition), Ogre rules, and a large collection of counters for the game.

The full announcement for this new edition of the game will likely come at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas this spring.  SJG has admittedly cut down the rules set for the game, and is therefore welcome game fans to proofread the new ruleset.  To find out more information about this new edition, as well as access a PDF of the ruleset for proofreading, follow this link to the SJG website.

brick party

Are you better at building with plastic bricks… or explaining how to do it? What if you have to build with your eyes closed or using only one hand? What if you must explain it without speaking? Can you still be faster than your opponents?

Renegade Game Studios will be partnering with Italian publisher Post Scriptum to bring Brick Party to North America.  Brick Party is a “funny and frenzied game of crazy building”, in which players will reveal special rules for each round, choose a teammate, grab the blocks and build the shape you choose faster than the others players.

“We are really excited to be working with Mario and his team at Post Scriptum,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “They put together something really special and we look forward to bringing it to gamers in North America.”

Brick Party will be available in stores in the early summer of 2016.  The games plays in 15-30 minutes and is for 2-9 players ages 5+.  It will be featured at the GAMA Trade Show in March of 2016 and will be available for preorder at the show.

For more information on Brick Party and this new partnership between the two companies, visit the Renegade Games website here.

Alderac Entertainment Group would like to proudly announce its releases for February 2016.  These game releases will become available this February, 2016.

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Doomtown: Reloaded Saddlebag Expansion: Bad Medicine

It’s time for a hostile takeover!
Gears continue to grind along as plans for Gomorra’s future develop, including a feverish deal that promises to change the face of the Morgan Cattle Company forever. Plus, a secret about Sloane’s past is revealed.

Doomtown: Reloaded, AEG’s fast-paced expandable card game set in the Deadlands universe, is receiving its eighth Saddlebag Expansion, Bad Medicine.  This expansion will add 21 new cards to further customize your Doomtown decks.  Visit the AEG website for more information on this expansion.

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Ravenous River

In this game designed by Isaac Shalev, each player takes on the role of an animal attempting to cross the river.  This is a hidden role game, and players will not know who is predator or prey.  Predators will attempt to trap their prey on the same boat as it crosses, and prey will use their cunning to slip away deftly.  Players will attempt to earn the most points by crossing the river, eating their prey, and avoiding being eaten.

Ravenous River is for 2-7 players ages 14+ and plays in about 20 minutes.  Visit the AEG website here for more information.

With this Imperial Assault Villain Pack, you have the chance to hunt down the Rebel leaders in a campaign or skirmish game. Take up the hunt with Dengar and decapitate the Rebel Alliance before it can regroup and oppose the Empire once more!

Dengar is one of the heinous bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, and he makes his appearance as a ruthless killer in this villain pack for Fantasy Flight Games’ Imperial Assault.

The Dengar Villain Pack includes the Dengar miniature to replace the token from the Return to Hoth expansion, as well as a variety of cards to expand gameplay.  Also included are three new Agenda cards, new Command cards and two unique skirmish missions using the Hoth Battle Station map in the Return to Hoth expansion.

Dengar possesses several abilities as a character that highlight his ruthless nature.  The Contempt ability allows him to apply +1 SURGE when attacking a figure with no Harmful Conditions.  His Punishment ability allows him to repeatedly use SURGES in a single attack to give a target Harmful Conditions of Dengar’s choice.

The Dengar Villain Pack is on pre-order status at the current time with a scheduled release of December 2015 or January 2016.  For more information about this expansion pack, visit the Fantasy Flight Games website here.

Impressions Game Distribution Services announces their shipping update for December 8, 2015 with the following new releases:

schrodingers cats

  • Schrödinger’s Cats: a strategic card game for 2-6 players featuring “bluffing, deduction, and cute cat pictures”.  In the game, players will take on the role of a Cat Physicist such as Albert Felinestein or Sir Isaac Mewton in order to solve the mysteries of the universe and one-up the other Cat Physicists.
  • Holiday Module: Advent of the Avalanche Lords: In this 3rd-annual Dungeon Crawl Classics module, players will embark on a Level 3 adventure that “evokes the holiday-themed television specials of childhood, with a particularly nasty spin”.
  • Peloponnes Card Game: Lead one of the proud city-states through the ages over eight rounds, developing your civilization and avoiding disasters. From Iron Games.

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  • Pixel Tactics 4: An expansion of the Pixel Tactics franchise with the new Trap mechanic, which can aid players and keep their opponents on their toes.
  •  Codex of Aihrde: A Castles & Crusades supplement in which the complete world of Aihrde is unfolded for players into a rich, detailed campaign, purportedly “the most complete campaign setting on the market today”.  Full color throughout, hardback.  An expansion, The Darkenfold, as well as an Aihrde full-color map set, is also scheduled for release on February 16, 2016.

For more information on Impressions releases, download the latest Impressions product list here.

From BGG

Rio Grande Games announces a new board game themed on Oktoberfest festivals, aptly named Oktoberfest.  In the game, players are artisanal brewmasters working to provide the annual festival with the most popular types of beer–but you can’t just make the beer, you have to get it into the mouths of the festival attendees.

The game consists of three rounds: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening.  On a player’s turn there are three options: start an auction of supply cards, sell a barrel card, or close a tent.  Several mechanics in the game include a closed money system that forces players to vary their auction strategies, as well as the fact that all players contribute to the various tents, making the closing of one a tense decision.  Only the players who supply the most popular beers in a tent receive victory points for them.  After the tenth tent is closed, the player with the most points is the winner.

Oktoberfest is a game for 3-5 players and plays in about 90 minutes.  The release date for Oktoberfest is yet to be announced.  For more information, visit the game’s page at Rio Grande’s website.

simons cat cards

At the recent Steve Jackson Games Open House, retailers were able to to demo the latest release from SJG that left them laughing hysterically and requesting preorders.

Simon Tofield’s popular YouTube series, “Simon’s Cat”, has achieved over 680 million views, and continues to entertain with its adorable art and charming humor about a fate white cat and his long-suffering owner.

Now, designers Randy Scheunemann and Sam Mitschke have brought us a new card game based on this beloved animated series.  In this lighthearted romp, 3-6 players will “go around the table playing cards to escape Simon’s attention. Get caught and you get Blame. Get too much Blame and you get fed last. No one wants that.”

Simon’s Cat release date has yet to be announced.  For more information on Steve Jackson Games and to keep an eye on this game’s news, visit the SJG website HERE.

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WizKids is pleased to announce the North American release of the latest version of their popular Dice Masters line, The Amazing Spider-Man.  This new set for the dice-building collectible line introduces new characters such as Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Kingpin.  Additionally, this new set premieres the Sinister Six, Allies, Underdogs, and other new and exciting mechanics.

One copy of Dice Masters:  The Amazing Spider-Man includes the following components:

  • 44 Custom Dice
  • 38 Cards
  • Two Dice Bags
  • Complete Dice Masters Core Rulebook

As with previous Dice Masters sets, the Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man Gravity Feed, Playmat, Collector’s Box and Team Box will all be available for players to purchase in order to complete their collections.

For more information on this new release, visit the product page here.