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Split Second Games has announced their June 26th Kickstarter for Paradox, an innovative, multi-dimensional, sci-fi puzzle game where players take on the role of scientists to repair the timelines (past, present, and future) of various worlds.
From the press release:
In the near future, a space-time disturbance referred to only as The Quake is fracturing entire worlds’ timelines and removing these worlds from existence.  Players take on the roles of scientists working quickly to repair these worlds’ connections to their past, present, and future by making new time strands — however, every repaired connection ripples through time and fuels the Quake to fracture more worlds.  When the storm’s power fades, the most successful scientist will be hailed as a hero throughout the multiverse.
Paradox takes familiar boardgame elements such as card drafting and resource management, then adds a Bejewelled-like grid of colorful disks for each player to manipulate, along with a universe of worlds that must be protected by game’s end.  As a result, Paradox is simple to learn yet challenging to master as players navigate three interlocking systems to protect these worlds from the chaotic forces of the Quake.
In addition to the unique mechanics, there is also great artwork – the illustrations on the cards line up to create a panoramic picture when the cards are arranged in order.
Paradox is a family-friendly game for 2-4 players, and it’s about 20 minutes for player. It has streamlined play for casual audiences as well as challenging options for strategy gamers.
With the fantastic artwork and the innovative mechanics, it’s clear there was a lot of thought put into this game, and it’s worth checking out when it comes to Kickstarter on June 26th! For more information, visit Split Second Games’ website.

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.

Impressions Game Distribution Services has announced an April 20th distributor ship date for the following new releases!

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Antidote

In this cooperative card game for 2-7 players, you are one of a group of laboratory scientists working for a giant chemical research conglomerate.  In a series of experiments, your group has accidentally released a deadly toxin.  You and the other players must work together to discover the antidote before it’s too late.  When all your cards run out, everyone must drink their antidote and hope that it’s the right one…

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Forge War

In Forge War, players take on the role of leader of fledgling adventurer’s guild, and the king has tasked the guilds with ridding the hordes that are taking over the lands.  Guilds will be collecting resources such as metals and precious gems, as well as developing weapons to successfully meet the king’s demands.  Forge War is a competitive game of economic management and spatial reasoning in a high fantasy theme, and features much player interaction and many meaningful decisions. The core game lasts about 1 hour, with a longer 3-stage game for a full epic experience.

Metamorphosis Alpha: Book of Handouts

This book contains 16 illustrations that can be shown to players to supplement a game of Metamorphosis Alpha, to be used at the game master’s whim.

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Dungeon Crawl Classics #84 and #85: Peril on the Purple Planet, The Making of the Ghost Ring

Two new modules will be released in the Dungeon Crawl Classics line, Peril on the Purple Planet (#84) and The Making of the Ghost Ring (#85).  In #84, players will be striving to conquer the alien world known as the Purple Planet without falling to its traps.

Peril on the Purple Planet is a 32-page adventure module with gatefold map and wraparound covers, and includes the following components:

• The Purple Planet Companion, a 64-page supplement detailing a Purple Planet campaign.
• Escape from the Purple Planet, a 12-page starter adventure for 0-level characters.
• Lost Tombs of the Ancients, a 24-page collection of five more short adventures.
• A three-panel judge’s screen.
• A 16-page Player’s Guide.
• A 12-page book of handouts.

In #85, a level 4 adventure, players will be coming to the aid of a ghostly enchantress, which will lead them to a quest to create a magic ring.  A separate version of module #85 will be available, which features original sketches by the artist.

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Pax

Enter Rome at the time of the slave uprisings under Spartacus! The escaped rebels have managed to gain influence and power. Rome is attempting to undermine the stronger armies of the slaves in order to restore “pax”, or peace – but only for personal gain. Will the Empire collapse under the strain, or will their promises to insurgents succeed in drawing them to their side?

In PAX, players take on the role of the escaped slave underground.  Using their cards, they will attempt to undermine the Roman establishment and increase their sphere of influence.  Players will win the game by developing more strength than Rome (and any other player).  This game involves tricky tactical decisions, and a player can, through deception and intrigue, side with Rome to aid in a victory over the slave revolt.

PAX is for 1-4 players ages 10 and up, and plays in 30 minutes.

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Pergamemnon

They were the most powerful nations of their time: the Carthaginians, Romans, Hellenes, Egyptians and Persians. Pergamemnon assembles all of these peoples for an epic showdown.

Pergamemnon is a deck-builder in which players will become on of the most powerful nations in antiquity, and through direct conflict, will vie for victory.  Nations will also be able to conjure mythical creatures to influence the battle in their favor.

Pergamemnon is a game for 2-5 players ages 10 and up, and plays in 45 minutes.

Shadow of the Elder Gods 

Shadow of the Elder Gods is a cooperative, card-driven game set in the Lovecraft universe, specifically in the city of Arkham.  As the citizens of the Miskatonic Valley, 1-4 players will work together to wield the awful power of the Ring of Shadows to stop the dark forces threatening to end all.

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Space Junk

Space Junk is a board game that depicts a futuristic reality show, in which the players contest to clean up the heavily-littered atmosphere of Earth by building the most ridiculous space ships they can out of the junk.  What’s more, contestants will be jumping into hot-seated races against one another in their contraptions, making weapons out of whatever they can find to get an edge.  Space Junk is a game for 2-6 players with many different cards to allow for a greater variety of gameplay.

All of the games listed above are scheduled to be distributed to dealers on April 20, 2015.  For more information on these releases, visit the Impressions News page here.

nova cry 2

Originally funded in 2012, Nova Cry is a card-driven space 4X game by designer Steven Lykowski. After reclaiming the rights from a third party that failed to publish the original, Nova Cry is back with an updated version and an expansion.

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In Nova Cry, player draft cards to build their personal task forces consisting of a captain, crew, weapons, and a ship. From there, it’s a race to 15 victory points through a variety of varying objectives.

“Will you explore creature-infested planets? Race an opponent to an undiscovered planet? Challenge another captain to a duel? It’s all up to as you carve out a strategic path to victory in this remarkable universe of heroes, villains, and awe-inspiring spaceships.”

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Players explore planets by rolling dice against a Discovery Table, leverage their crew through the use of action cards, and do battle with one another through careful resource management.

Nova Cry supports 2-6 players and plays in approximately 30 minutes. If you’re interested in this game of space conquest, check out the Kickstarter page for all the details and a breakdown of the pledge levels.

specter ops

Plaid Hat Games has announced a new sci-fi board game, Specter Ops.  Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi (Volt: Robot Battle Arena, Cipher Ops), this stealth ops game is set to release in 2015.  If you will be at BGGcon this week in Dallas, Texas, look for the preview that will be at the show.

A secret agent of A.R.K. has infiltrated a top secret Raxxon facility, attempting to complete three mission objectives before they escape.  But they are hunted by genetically modified Raxxon Hunters.  Players can chose which side they wish to join.

According to ICv2, the game will come with…

 4 Agent figures, 4 Hunter figures, 4 Agent character cards, 4 Raxxon Hunter character cards, 4 Secret Role cards, 4 unique Agent equipment cards, 8 generic equipment cards, 1 Occupy Vehicle card, 23 tokens, 2 6-Sided dice, a game board, a rulebook, and a movement sheets pad.  The game is for 2-5 players, ages 9 and up, and plays in 1-2 hours.

 

space movers

Recently launched on Kickstarter is Space Movers a sci-fi themed cooperative game.

Space Movers is a cooperative board game with the same look and feel as the fun science fiction movies and television of yesteryear. Classics like Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future, and Battlestar Galactica were our inspiration. That inspiration mixed with innovative game mechanics gives Space Movers a ground breaking yet comfortable feel. Most importantly, Space Movers is firmly rooted in story, fun and adventure.

You are playing the role of a crew member on the “merchant” ship Liberty.  You and your compatriots clandestine origin story is told in the included comic book Finding Liberty.  Ending right where the game begins.  This is slated to be the first of many comic books continuing the story of the game with others coming along with game expansions in the future.

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Throughout the game you will be trying to reach objective which are continuations of the story started in the comic and featuring art of a similar style to the comic as well.  Throughout the course of the game you will need to be pick up and deliver cargo in order to receive the necessary resources to keep your ship running.  Additionally you are trying to avoid detection of scouts as you are galavanting through the galaxy.  Once scouts have you detected you there is a skill check required to lose them.

Additionally the designer touts a new style of dice rolling specifically aimed at effecting the outcome of your previous rolls.  You roll one dice at a time needing to score a 5 or higher on a 10 sided dice.  By having you roll one dice at a time that allows you to try to get dice to interact with each other knocking dice which would not pass a skill check onto a different face.  You finish off your dice rolling with a blank six sided die.

This project seems to have received positive reviews from everyone who has done a preview on it and is still waiting on a preview from one of the member of the dice tower’s own preview team.  With what appears to be decent components right out of the gate.  Included with this is a soundtrack that should add a good deal of tensions and excitement to the game.  Stretch goals revealed so far seem like they will improve the aesthetics of the game but are not make or break components.

to read all of the details and possibly join in as a backer check out the Kickstarter here.

galaxy defenders

Galaxy Defenders is a cooperative tactical board game, inspired by the classical Sci-Fi movies and video games of the ’80s and ’90s. The exciting Season 2 of the cooperative science-fiction board and miniature game has just launched. Now it’s time to fight Aliens on their home planet! Miniatures do not require any assembly – The game is ready-to-play out of the box. Painting them is optional.

The closing date on Kickstarter is June 7, 2014, the current pledged amount is $198,227 and the funding goal for the project is $40,000. Full pledge packages at $120. Estimated delivery: Feb 2015

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Last Saga is a skirmish game set in a sci-fi universe, represented by miniatures of high quality metal. Last Saga is a wargame based on 32mm miniatures. Different factions fight against each other in a science-fiction universe where humanity has reached the starts and must fight against various alien races in order to survive. Games portray confrontations between two small groups of units, filled with action and where tactics are key to victory.

The closing date on Kickstarter is June 15, 2014, the current pledged amount is £11,159 and the funding goal for the project is £4,500. Pledge £43 to get Two Starter Packs of your choice and one exclusive Kickstarter edition miniature. The estimated delivery date is Nov 2014.

fireteam zero

Fireteam Zero is a fast and furious cooperative boardgame of brutal squad tactics versus a relentless onslaught of horrifying foes. Fireteam Zero is a cooperative game for up to four players who must cut a path through an endless swarm of deadly monsters in order to discover and defeat the ultimate evil behind them. Each player possesses a set of brutal combat skills that are represented by a deck of cards unique to that character. Play cards to devastate the creatures in your way, help your teammates survive the onslaught, or even reshape the tactical landscape with the proper application of explosive ordnance.

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Emergent Gamesgoal was to deliver heroes that were potent and whose actions were decisive and effective. If you’re going to fight unspeakable evil to save the world, competence is the bare minimum requirement for the job.

The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 1 2014, the funding goal for the project is $82,530 and the current pledged amount is $50,000. To receive a copy of the core game and save the world a pledge is $75.00 will make you a recruit. At this time the estimated date of delivery is October 2014.

counterblast

Counterblast is an adventure battle game set in an alternate Earth future past where humans join forces and technologies with several alien species to protect freedom throughout the Milky Way galaxy, particularly a region of space known as the Outer Reaches.. COUNTERBLAST mixes classic pulp sci-fi adventure with fast paced action and cinematic thrills, evocative of the serials and pulp anthologies that have captivated the imaginations of previous generations. Counterblast features the high-quality work of Bombshell Miniatures.

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Counterblast is on Kickstarter until March 15. You can get a 2-faction starting pack for $100.