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Playroom Entertainment’s best-selling party game, Geek Out!, is getting a fourth edition based on the popular comedy sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Warner Bros. Television and Cryptozoic are teaming up with them to bring this latest installment to the table with all the quality and humor that fans come to expect from both the Geek Out! series and the hit CBS show. For those unfamiliar with Geek Out!, it is at default a trivia game that asks players to list as many things that they can pertaining to a given category, such as Comic Books, Science Fiction, and Games among many others. The two editions of Geek out that have spawned from it’s original release, Pop Culture and TableTop, further delve into those particular categories. As announced in the press release, the addition of The Big Bang Theory to the series is almost a no-brainer:

 “With subjects including, Comics, Games, SciFi, Fantasy and questions about Warner Bros. Television’s hit comedy series, Geek Out! The Big Bang Theory edition will be great for the show’s fans and those knowledgeable about tons of geeky subjects. […] Using the simple, yet competitive game mechanic, Geek Out! lends itself to amazing social interaction play that is perfect for fans of The Big Bang Theory.”

It’s not easy to say where the series will go from here, but it is a very entertaining idea to mix all the sets together to form an interesting challenge for those seeking to out-geek one another. It also calls to question what other franchises might we see for Geek Out! in the future…but only time will tell. For further information, check out Playroom’s and Cryptozoic’s website for  updates on Geek Out! and similar upcoming products.

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Continuing with the trend of more and more board games becoming digitized, the latest offering to be released on Steam is AEG‘s Smash Up designed by Paul Peterson.

Smash Up is a card game that takes a deck of 20 cards of a faction, and combines them with another deck of 20 cards of another faction.  Each faction has a special ability associated with it, so the combinations when mixing various factions is almost endless.  These cards are shuffled to make your deck, and you use that deck to attempt to Smash a base.  Points are awarded for the first, second, and third most power on that base.

Smash Up on Steam is currently in what Steam calls an ‘Early Access Game’.  This grants you early access to the full game in its current state allowing you to play as is, with more content added as the developer completes it.  If you buy into the game during Early Access, you’ll receive a discount as well as access to additional content as it’s completed.

A link to what the developers of the game have to say can be found here.

More info on Smash Up the board game can be found here and here.

Just as Essen was getting underway, Portal games gets the convention started by announcing four new games that will be made available in 2017.  Three of these are expansions to existing games and the fourth is a new card game.

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The First up is the expansion to the 51st State: Master set entitled 51st State: Scavengers from Ignacy Trzewiczek.  51st State: Scavengers is based on a previous 51st State expansion called Ruins.  This re-do brings back favorite cards from Ruins in addition to introducing new locations and a brand new mechanism to the game.  With Scavengers, you’ll have the ability to search the discards and retrieve those valuable cards for use within your State.

Are you willing to scavenge to have the best state?

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The second up is an expansion to one of the hottest games of 2016…Cry Havoc entitled Cry Havoc: Aftermath.  Cry Havoc: Aftermath expands upon the base game, adding 5 new skills and 3 new structures to each faction.  In addition to the skills and structures, there is a new game mode that allows for a full 5 round game.  This game mode introduces new scoring abilities when an event token is passed instead of its removal, further increasing your options for scoring victory points.

Will your faction be the one left standing in the wake of the aftermath?

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The third expansion is for the all new Stronghold Second Edition entitled Stronghold: Undead by Ignacy TrzewiczekStronghold: Undead is a re-balancing release of the original Undead expansion to be compatible with Stronghold Second Edition.  This expansion introduces new rules for terror, casting spells, and gathering mana.  New buildings and abilities for the Defender to help ward off the Attacker on a new map with new routes.

Can you hold back the undead, or will your Stronghold fall?

 

Last but not least is a new game from Marcin Ropka and Viola Kijowska entitled Alien Artifacts.  Alien Artifacts is a 4x style of card game, where you take on the role of an interplanetary corporation exploring uncharted space in hopes to gain knowledge and power.  Alien Artifacts boasts a true 4x experience in under 1 hour!

Does your corporation have what it takes to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate the other corporations?

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Portal Games has stated that these new titles will follow Portal’s first release of 2017 entitled First MartiansAlien Artifacts will be released at Gen Con 2017. Price and contents will be announced at a later date as well as the details for all other titles.

For more information, you can visit Portal’s website here.

Successfully Kickstarted back in 2014, Grimslingers is a sci-fi and fantasy wild west card game where you are either dueling it out from between 2 to 6 players, or working together on a campaign for 1-4 players.  The game was to be self published by the creator Stephen Gibson but was later picked up by Greenbrier games to be published by them instead.  As described by Greenbrier games, Grimslingers is;

A strategic, sci-fi fantasy western themed card game, featuring two different modes of play – versus and co-op. In versus, players will go head to head in teams or a free-for-all using a wide selection of spells, items and abilities.

In co-op, players will work together through a narrative campaign composed of four 60-90 minute play sessions, battling strange creatures, overcoming intense challenges, collecting loot, gaining levels and exploring a truly unique wild west.

The pledge manager for the Kickstarter just launched so there is time for you to get in on the game that way, but if not, Greenbrier Games will be bringing copies of a micro version, Grimslingers: Duel, to demo at GenCon.  Grimslingers: Duel comes with everything you need to play the versus game with two people so it will serve as an introduction to the game ahead of it’s release in September of 2016.  Check out the full ICv2 article for more information.

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Two years ago we saw the release of the giant Borg Cube for Star Trek Attack Wing, it is an imposing figure on the table with the cube taking up most of it. It is even considered the most ridiculous game component by Dice Tower’s Sam Healy.  So why not make another one?

WizKids is doing just that, but they aren’t just re-releasing the same cube, this one has a difference in that it includes a docking port for a Borg Sphere.  So now, not only do you get the raw might of the cube, but you also get the tactical advantage of being able to deploy a smaller ship that has the same firepower while only being marginally weaker in hull and shields.

This also marks the first appearance of support ships in Star Trek Attack Wing and so there could be some new possibilities on the horizon with these smaller ships aiding the bigger ones.  As usual there are also included all the tokens and cards needed to use these figures and additional Borg cards to bolster the other ships, look for this to hit store shelves this month.  In the mean time you can check out the preview of the new figures on the Star Trek site.

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Paizo has announced a new science fiction role-playing game entitled Starfinder, a universe set thousands of years in Pathfinder’s future.  Starfinder is a stand-alone RPG evolved from Pathfinder’s ruleset in which players take on the role of alien races both new and familiar as they explore the mysteries of a weird galaxy.  Your starship’s crew can be made up of such character archetypes as:

  • android assassins
  • ratfolk mechanics
  • lashunta technomancers
  • human pilots
  • and many more!

The Starfinder line will include:

  • a hardcover core rulebook
  • hardcover rules supplements
  • a monthly Starfinder Adventure Path with epic campaigns, expanded rules elements, and new monsters
  • integrates easily with the Pathfinder roleplaying game

The Starfinder system will release in August of 2017.  For more information, visit the product announcement here.

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Lead your team to the safety of the escape pods and leave station Argo before the Aliens kill you!

Push the others to make way in the cramped corridors, and use Astronauts from other teams to slow down the Aliens. Be careful however because if too many die, everyone will lose!

Bruno Faidutti (Citadels, Incan Gold) and Serge Laget (Cargo Noir, Mystery at the Abbey) have once again teamed up to bring a new game from Belgian publisher Flatlined Games: Argo.  In Argo, players are a team of space miners that have awoken in an unknown deep space mining station.  Am much as the team would like to know where they are and how they got there, there is no time, as alarms are blaring and predatory aliens are attacking the station.  There is nothing for it but to run to the nearest escape pods and escape the installation, avoiding the aliens’ terrible jaws.

Argo is a fiercely competitive game in which players adopt an every-man-an-woman-for-themselves approach, yet all the while not letting too many of their compatriots get eaten by aliens, lest they all lose the game.

As the players avoid horrific deaths at the mouths of the alien attackers, they reveal tiles as search for escape shuttles.  Players alternatively control the aliens as well as their own miners, and since there are not enough escape pods for everyone, some miners will be left behind…or eaten…

Argo is a game for 2-4 players ages 13+, and plays in about 40 minutes.  If successful, this project will fund on March 3, 2016.  For more information and to support Argocheck out the Kickstarter page for this project.

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Star Wars™: Rebellion is the board game of epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance for two to four players. Take control of the Empire and unleash your military might to snuff out the Rebel’s base, or begin a full-scale Rebellion focused on guerrilla tactics and sabotage.

Fantasy Flight Games has released a new article detailing the rules for combat and how battles can play a part of your strategy in the upcoming strategy board game, Star Wars: Rebellion.  In the article, the following points are outlined:

  • Theaters of War
  • Space Combat
  • Ground Combat
  • Retreat
  • Using Battles to Reshape the Galaxy

Theaters of War

There are two different theaters that battle can occur in: space battles, and planetary ground battles.  Each theater is independent of the other, and only units in a given theater can battle enemy units in that same theater.  It is possible for a player to win a space combat in a given planet’s orbit, yet lose the subsequent ground combat on that same planet.

Space Combat

In Star Wars: Rebellion, space combat occurs when one side’s units occupy the same space location as another side’s.  When a battle takes place in a planetary system, space combat is resolved first.  Each unit in the battle contributes certain dice to the player’s dice pool (a combination of black and red dice).  The custom dice faces provide combat results for the player when rolled, allowing him to allocate them strategically in the hopes of eliminating enemy units.

Ground Cambat

If ground units from two sides occupy the planetary surface, then a round of ground combat immediately follows a round of space combat.  Ground combat follows a similar system as space, but with differing unit types and abilities.

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Leaders play a strong role in the game, both in space and ground combat, as they add powerful bonus in combat and allow for the drawing and playing of tactic cards that can turn the tide of battle.

Retreat

After a round of space and ground combat are complete, each player has the option to retreat from combat by moving their units to an adjacent system.  If this occurs successfully, resulting in no remaining opposing units in the system, the combat is over.  Combat will also end if all opposing units are destroyed.

To discover more about how combat shapes a game of Star Wars: Rebellion, read the full article here.

 

From the Publisher

Eagle-Gryphon Games is proud to announce Glenn Drover’s Empires: Galactic Rebellion, the sequel to the hit Empires: Age of Discovery, coming to Kickstarter Saturday, December 12.

In the game, players will take on the role of leader one a rebel faction.  Players will recruit and train specialists, scientists to help you develop technologies, smugglers to build trade networks, diplomats to sway Senate decisions, Heroes to conduct covert missions, and Troopers to fight your battles across the galaxy.

Empires: Galactic Rebellion contains over 400 highly-detailed miniatures including 8 Capital Ship Fleet sculpts, 100 coins, and more.

When looking at the idea of a sequel to Age of Discovery, I wanted to create a game that would be familiar to fans of the original game, but was a unique game experience. The theme allowed for a new starting point and suggested many new mechanics that could make the game very different and interesting. The galactic senate, the imperial military (planet-side troops and fleets), covert missions, and lots more conflict (as you would expect in a Space Opera-Galactic Rebellion type game) make for a new experience that’s also tremendous fun,” says Glenn Drover, designer of Empires: Galactic Rebellion.

Watch for the release of the Kickstarter on December 12, 2015.