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ladybugs box

Selecta has released some fantastic children’s games over the years, including Viva Topo! (a favorite in my house!).  Now, thirteen great children’s games previously released by Selecta are now being published by Pegasus Spiele, featuring a whole new box design illustrated by Anne Pätzke.

ladybugs comp

This new design features new, loving illustrations that will greatly appeal to children.  Additionally, a colored dots-scheme for the background of the game boxes will reflect the age-level of the game: green (from 3 years old on), blue (from 4 years old on), yellow (from 5 years old on) or red (from 6 years old on).  The games will still feature the same excellent wooden figures from Selecta.

Pegasus Spiele has announced the first four games of this new series release:

  • Viva Topo! 
  • The Ladybug’s Costume Party
  • the nominated Zoowaboo
  • Bouncing Bunnies

These new games from Pegasus Spiele will be presented at the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL in Essen from October 8 through October 11, 2015 at booth GA-31.

For more information on the new design and release of these children’s games, visit the announcement on Pegasus Spiele’s news page.

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Portal Games continues to release quality games with its latest announcement: Five Families, an expansion for the award-winning Legacy: the Testament of Duke De Crecy‏, a game in which players are managing the affairs of their wealthy, aristocratic families in pre-revolutionary France.

Portal Games released the following today in a press release:

Portal Games announces Five Families – an expansion for the award winning Legacy: the Testament of Duke De Crecy

The first expansion for Legacy from designers Ignacy Trzewiczek and Michał Walczak.

Gliwice, Poland – August 31st, 2015. Today, Portal Games announced Five Families, the first expansion for the award winning Legacy: the Testament of Duke De Crecy. This expansion by designers Ignacy Trzewiczek and Michał Walczak adds a new dimension to Legacy through the introduction of unique Families.

Five Familes allows the players to trade new family members and traits to the other players in exchange for their Favor, a new resource. Favor tokens are used to purchase new, powerful actions. Each family is unique and the individual family members offer powerful abilities to the player willing to trade their Favor. Additionally, Five Families adds new Patrons with unique scoring options, Birth Events with more drama, and a Daisy Track for a new solitaire challenge.

“Legacy has always been a thematic game that provokes players into telling jokes, and trash talking each other – with marriages, and having kids with ugly or greedy husbands being a fuel for pure fun. With this expansion I wanted to add even more of this discussion – and that’s how I came up with the idea of players offering their family members to the other players during something like a matchmaking phase! It worked from the very first play test – laughs, funny comments and each player praising his family members as a best choice for a husband or wife. This is hilarious phase and adds so much interaction and table talk to the base game!” says designer Ignacy Trzewiczek.

Legacy the Testament of Duke De Crecy is for 1 to 4 players, ages 10 or older and takes approximately 60-90 minutes to play. Five Families is an expansion which requires the base game to play. The expansion includes 105 cards, an action board, 60 Favor tokens, and a rulebook. Five Families will debut in October at Essen Spiel and will be in Europe retail distribution in October. Distribution in USA will begin in December. MSRP will be $25. For more information you can visit the Five Families page on our website at http://portalgames.pl/new_en/all-game-list/five-families/

About Portal Games

Portal Games is a publisher of award-winning games such as Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Pret-A-Porter, 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.

runebound

Welcome to Terrinoth, adventurer! You are one of a few worthy heroes, wandering across the realm and taking what quests you encounter. But now, a dark terror from centuries past has awoken, and it threatens to cast all of Terrinoth into darkness. Only a peerless hero – a hero such as you – can defeat this evil and save the realm. Perhaps you will be the one to save Terrinoth and have your name enshrined as a living legend!

Fantasy Flight Games released the hit adventure board game Runebound in 2004, then followed it up with a second, revised edition in 2005.  Now, ten years later, FFG has announced a fresh, new release of Runebound in its third edition!

In this new edition of Runebound, experienced players will discover familiar characters and villains from the previous versions of the game, as well as some familiar game design and mechanisms, such as terrain dice for movement.  However, this version of Runebound will hit players as a breath of fresh air, as many new innovative changes have been implemented.

runebound board

One such change from the previous versions in the method of engaging in combat.  Instead of using 10-sided dice in combat, players will cast or flip combat tokens to the table and take turns spending them to attack, shield from attack, affect their opponent’s tokens, or stack them for more power.  Surge abilities are also possible by spending surges printed on the tokens.

As in previous versions of the game, players will begin with an adventurer of humble status and must upgrade their hero throughout their adventurers.  They can do this by purchasing upgrades at the four Free Cities of Terrinoth and battling the minions of Margath the Dragonlord or Vorakesh the necromancer.

Runebound is a game for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 120-180 minutes.  It is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2015.  For more information on this new release of Runebound in its third edition, visit the game’s pages at FFG’s website here.

monopoly

Business Insider published an article this week announcing a new movie in the works…and with this title for the article:

If you weren’t convinced Hollywood has run out of ideas — here’s your proof.

It appears that Hasbro and Lionsgate are joining forces to bring to captivated audiences everywhere the latest film based on a board game intellectual property–arguably, THE board game IP.

In summary, here is the plot of the Monopoly Movie:

The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey. It’s about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and, of course, avoiding Jail time!

The movie concept has been discussed since 2008, and now it appears that Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) will be handling the screenplay.  No release date has yet been announced for the film.

It could be hoped that if we are to have a movie based on the famous Monopoly board game, they can deliver a cinematic delight at least on par with the classic “Clue” movie.

We shall see.

For the official press release, click here.

starfighter

Ystari Games has officially announced that their new game, Starfighter, will be in stores on June 27th. Starfighter is a quick (30 minutes) 2-player card game of space combat.

Take part in the Third Solar War: groups with divergent interests face each other for supremacy in space, or for a mineral-rich hunk of rock.

In 2115, war is a show. Gigantic cruisers fight through interposed fighters whose pilots are true super-media-exposed heroes. These are the Starfighters!

starfighter cards

In the game, each player is trying to damage the enemy’s Cruiser and cause its surrender. The game is played over a series of rounds with three phases: Reinforcements (draw Squadron cards), Deployment (play cards onto your Cruiser board), and Combat. The Squadron cards have upper and lower sections – the upper sections get covered up as other cards are played over them, but only visible sections of the cards can be used for combat. Cards also have effects when they’re played, such as movement, pivoting (switching upper and lower sections of the card), and destroying cards. During combat, players can move their entire Cruiser board, and it shifts relative to the other player’s board, so Squadron cards are constantly fighting against different sectors!

There are three different modes of play: Training, Skirmish, and Total War. Check out the rules on the game page at Ystari’s website to learn more about the gameplay.

Starfighter sounds pretty unique – the movement of the entire player board and the double sided cards sound like it will add a lot of strategy to a simple-to-learn game. See the announcement for the release here.

 

warriors of middle earth

The classic fantasy epic Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien can be experienced in a very immersive way in Ares Games’ War of the Ring, an epic board game in which players can play through Tolkien’s grand saga as they take on the roles of either the Free People of Middle Earth or The Shadow (forces of Sauron).  To date, War of the Ring has had only one smaller expansion, Lords of Middle Earth, but now Ares Games has announced a second expansion for the game, Warriors of Middle Earth.

In the core game, many additional characters appear other than the Free Peoples and the armies of the Shadow, but have not been “playable.”  Now, this new expansion will include Ents, Dead Men of Dunharrow, Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Corsairs of Umbar, Wild Hilmen from Dunland, and Giant Spiders.  Each of these character and creature groups will feature miniatures and special abilities.

In Warriors of Middle Earth, new game mechanisms will be introduced to the game, including Faction Dice and Faction Events.  As in the core game and first expansion, Warriors of Middle Earth will be illustrated by John Howe.  This new expansion is set for release in the Q4 of 2015, in or around November.

For more information on this new expansion for War of the Ring, please visit Ares Games’ website here.

Now all those worries of losing or damaging the Catan game components as you travel are over!  Mayfair Games has announced a travel edition of Catan that will feature a space-saving box that unfolds to reveal:

“The variable board. Roads, settlements and cities are safe in their locking drawers.  Cards are held securely in holder trays. Even the dice, thanks to the practical hex-shaped shaker cannot get dropped and lost.  CATAN compact is handy, fits easily into your luggage and contains all of the components and fun the “big” CATAN.

A copy of Catan Traveler will contain:

  • 1 folding tough plastic box
  • 6 double-sided plastic game board parts
  • 1 dice shaker
  • 97 plastic game pieces
  • 2 plastic card holders
  • 134 cards

It is important to note that this version of Catan, due to its unique design, will not be compatible with any of the Expansions or Extensions in the Catan line of products.  This new travel version is scheduled for release in the summer of 2015.

mage wards academy

Arcane Wonders announces a new addition to their successful Mage Wars family, Mage Wars Academy.  As a standalone game system, this new version of Mage Wars will be fully compatible with all other members of the Mage Wars game family.

Academy is designed with both new and existing players in mind.  New players will find it the perfect “jumping on point” to the rich and vibrant Mage Wars® universe.  Experienced players will be excited to find new spells that are all compatible with Mage Wars® Arena, offering them new options in their battles.  In addition, both player types will find Academy fast paced, strategic, and portable to take their duels wherever they want!

mage wars academy setup

The Academy Core Set is for 2 players ages 14 and up and plays in about 30 minutes.  Each Core set includes:

  • Two 4-Pocket Portfolio Spellbooks
  • 2 Status Trackers for life and mana tracking
  • 1 Initiative Marker
  • 2 mages (the Beastmaster and Wizard)
  • 2 Mage Ability Cards
  • 131 new Spell Cards
  • 2 Quickcast Markers
  • 6 Attack Dice
  • 1 Twelve Sided Effect Die
  • Condition Markers, Damage Counters, Guard Markers, and Tokens

Mage Wars Academy will be available in limited quantities at GenCon 2015, and plans for a full release in late September or early October.  For more information on this new set, visit the full product description here.

At the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio this week, WizKids announced that they will be partnering with Nickelodeon to create two new games set to release later in 2015–and they will be themed with the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

The two games that are planned will be a TMNT version of the HeroClix collectible figure-battling game, and a TMNT version of the Dice Masters Dice Building game.  Representatives from both WizKids and Nickelodeon both have shared their excitement over this new venture.  These two new games will be released to the public later this year.

You can read the entire announcement here.

Z-Man Games has announced that they will be releasing 4 new titles at GenCon 2015 this July.  Brief descriptions are given below, along with links to further information about each title.

Code of Nine

Mankind is No More! You are an automaton awakening to the ruins of the world 100-years after the fall of humanity. Yet, the will of Mankind is still pulsing in your memory – but, that memory is fading! Can you retrieve it?

Code of Nine is a game of mystery and deduction in which you play as automatons who are attempting to discover the final will of humanity, now long lost.  Your goal is to discover humanity’s last will, divided into eight fragments, use powers that are offered by the various locations in the game, and find out what memories are in play.

Code of Nine is a game for 3-4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 40 min.  The game box includes:

  • 28 cards
  • 1 Game Board
  • 31 Item Tokens
  • 12 Player Pawns
  • 4 Will Markers
  • 4 Player Sheets
  • 4 Memory Lists
  • 1 Round Marker
  • Score Sheets
  • 1 Rulebook

View more information about Code of Nine here.

Apocalypse Chaos

We are in grave danger! Enemies are swarming around the ship and they will not go down without a fight. We’ll have to work together in order to get out of this one alive. We’re going to need a plan, and we need it fast! Let’s not let these things outsmart us, outnumber us, and certainly not outshoot us! I need you all to do what you do best. Got it? Let’s do this!
 In Apocalypse Chaos, your ship is being attacked by hostile aliens, and you and your crew must do everything it takes to survive while securing scientific artifacts, rescuing survivors, and destroying the alien leader.  This cooperative game allows players to create their own missions via modular components in addition to the included scenarios.
 Apocalypse Chaos is a game for 1-4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 60 minutes.  The game box includes the following:
  • 20 6-sided custom dice
  • 5 Standees
  • 4 Player Boards
  • 10 Room Tiles
  • 31 Enemy/Equipment Cards
  • 90 Various Tokens
  • 8 Plastic Pillars

View more information about Apocalypse Chaos here.

Dragon Farkle

The long enjoyed peace of Yon has been disrupted by a ferocious and mean-spirited dragon he’s terrorizing the locals and eating their livestock without their permission. Fortunately, a few wannabe heroes (that’s you!) have risen to the challenge of slaying the beast. Get yourself a brave companion, gather a powerful army, and enter the Dragon’s Keep. For cheese and country!

In Dragon Farkle, you are recruiting soldiers to build an army in order to fight a dragon.  The game is fast and features a push-your-luck dice-rolling mechanism.

Dragon Farkle is a game for 2-5 players ages 13 and up and plays in 30 minutes.  The game box contains:
  • 30 Soldier Dice
  • 1 Event Die
  • 10 Companion Cards
  • 20 Magic Item Cards
  • 5 Player Mats
  • 1 Dragon
  • 5 Damage Counters
  • Rules

Read more about this release here.

Flick ‘Em Up!

The cities in the West are not the safest place to be. In the disc-flicking game Flick ’em Up!, you can become an outlaw and rob banks, free prisoners, attack innocent bystanders…or become the Sheriff and try to protect the people of your city from these bandits! Relive the great adventures of the West, face your enemies in street duels, use different guns and tactics to get what you want. You can follow the scenarios or create your own – the choice is yours, cowboy!

Flick ‘Em Up is a game with equal amounts of dexterity and strategy and ten different scenes for play.  This game includes high quality wooden pieces, including bullets and dynamite, which are being flicked at the opposition.  Many other actions are available depending on the scenario.

Flick ‘Em Up is a game for 2-10 players ages 8 and up and plays in 45 minutes.  The game box includes:

  • 12 Figures
  • 12 Removable/Reversible Hats
  • 10 Cowboy Tiles
  • 6 Buildings
  • 1 Gallows
  • 72 Tokens (dynamite, pistols, rifles,etc.)
  • 36 Wooden Pieces (cactuses, barrels, etc.)

For more information on this new release, read here.