Smash Up

Over the next several months, AEG is releasing additional material for their popular games.

First up is World Tour: International Incident, which add four new factions from four corners of the world to Smash Up: Luchadores from Mexico, Musketeers from France, Mounties from Canada, and Sumo Wrestlers from Japan. This expansion kicks off the World Tour 2019, which offers event kits for stores this summer where players can find an exclusive Penguin faction and have a chance to win Smash Up card sleeves.  Look for World Tour: International Incident in stores on 22 March 2019.

Next is Mystic Vale: Harmony, which not only adds new advancements and vales but also powerful leaders and amulets.  Amulets grant you mana tokens new abilities.  When you spoil, your amulet can be “evoked” for its special power.  Look for Mystic Vale: Harmony in stores on 3 May 2019.

Final, the next episode of The Captain is Dead arrives in a stand-alone game: The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet.  In The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet, the crew has escaped the alien prison in Lockdown and have landed on an abandoned alien planet inhabited by giant bugs.  The crew must explore the tunnel system in search of alien relics that might serve as the key to peace between the aliens and Spacefleet.  Meanwhile, the crew must hold off the onslaught of bugs and keep their shuttle safe.  The Dangerous Planet tunnel system is modular to create easier or harder challenges.  Look for The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet in stores on 12 July 2019.

The Captain is Dead: Lockdown is the latest episode in the Captain is Dead co-op adventure game that finds you and up to 6 other crew mates battling aliens and scrambling to keep your star ship functioning.

Even without the help of the late Captain, the crew was able to escape the alien attack in our last episode! However, the hasty repairs to the jump core did not hold, and now the crew finds themselves locked in an alien prison! Now the crew must use all their skills to hack into the alien prison’s systems, while staying hidden and avoiding alien patrols…

Also coming from AEG is a new Smash Up set titled, Oops You Did It Again.

Smash Up has turned the asylum over to the inmates yet again! After the success of It’s Your Fault, we decided to let the fans choose the factions that would make up the latest set of Smash Up, and they went for some powerful choices! A huge field was whittled down to the top four, and here they are: Cowboys call out opposing minions for shootouts, Samurai face their noble end in battle to bring glory to their player, Ancient Egyptians bury secrets deep in the sands, while the Vikings… well they just take other people’s stuff!

It looks like the fans nailed it this time with some of the best genres from pop culture represented in one expansion box.

Keep an eye out for The Captain is Dead: Lockdown in August and Smash Up: Oops You Did It Again in early September.

 

 

Fans of Smash Up, its more than 12 expansions and 50 factions, rejoice! Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is bringing to market the Bigger Geekier Box to hold all of your countless Smash Up products. The Bigger Geekier Box will have 4 large rows for cards, many foam blocks to fill in the empty holes, dividers for all known factions, a closable token holder, which was noticeably absent from 2014’s Big Geeky Box. Also included is a comprehensive rulebook, containing rules for all of the unique factions, and select clarifications for those unusual cards. The Bigger Geekier Box will come with the Geeks Faction Deck (included in the original Big Geeky Box) and the All Stars Faction, which was available in tournaments and event kits. The Bigger Geekier Box should be available at your FLGS in June 2018.

First on the list is the latest in the Outpost series of games from IDW Games, and that is Outpost: Amazon.  Like it’s predecessor you will be working together with your fellow players to survive the harsh jungle of the Amazon in order to capture strange and unusual creatures that have been sited.  You will have to deal with a harsh environment and a slew of animals that want to eat you, mush less be captured.  All cards are double use with one half being the event/threat, and the other half being useful supplies to help you deal with those threats and events.  Play is simple in that you draw cards for your self, then you draw other cards that you have to deal with in some way.  Manage to survive the entire deck and you all win.  Look for this small box card game to hit store shelves in March of this year.

Second we have an announcement as surprising as finding out that water is wet, and that is a new expansion for Smash Up called That 70’s ExpansionSmash Up is called a shuffle building game where you take two factions, like ninjas, dinosaurs, ghosts, sheep, etc., and shuffle them together to form your army.  Then it’s a competition to see who can take over as many high valued bases as possible to get to the goal score of 21 points.  That 70’s Expansion adds more factions to the game with the addition of 70’s styled truckers, vigilantes, disco dancers, and kung fu fighters.  Grab this groovy new expansion at your friendly local game store in the later parts of March.

If you’re anything like me, which since you’re here and most likely interested in board games that means you’re not far off the mark, you’re probably also interested in mobile and Steam versions of popular board games. Digital board games have been a growing market, apps flying out of their little digital shopping carts so-to-speak, and those licensed by publishers also tend to have extra polish and features which make them even more attractive. That’s why the word about several new releases coming from Asmodee Digital is particularly exciting. The list, announced at Gen Con and cited from their press release, is as follows:

Coming very soon:
Ticket to Ride: First Journey (Steam, Mac, iOS & Android)
Carcassonne (Android & Steam)
Smash Up (Steam, iOS & Android)

To be released before the end of 2017:
– Abalone (Steam)
– Milles Bornes (Steam, iOS, and Android)
-A new text adventure game set in the much-loved Catan universe, called Catan Stories (iOS & Android)

Slated for 2018:
Zombicide
Scythe
Terraforming Mars
Bananagrams
Gloom

Digital games are wonderful for their ease and convenience. I use them especially as tools to help learn and teach games very effectively, or to preview games before deciding on purchasing the physical version. I especially welcome digital versions of Scythe and Terraforming Mars which will allow a new audience of gamers to experience those games for themselves without having to invest too much into them up-front. If you’re interested in learning  about these and future app releases, be sure to visit Asmodee’s website and social media pages for more information.

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has put the call out to fans of the classic board game Smash Up. Smash Up and its expansions are famous for having numerous crazy faction decks to pick from, including dinosaurs, bear cavalry, cyborg apes, and grandmas. The next expansion, Oops, You Did It Again, will consist of factions chosen by the fans, much like the It’s Your Fault! Expansion from 2016. Currently, AEG is taking nominations for new factions, the most popular of which will be put up for vote.

Oops You Did It Again is due for release in 2018. You can nominate your fantasy team for the expansion on the AEG website here.

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced several upcoming releases for 2017

Vale of the Wild, a new expansion for Mystic Vale, promises to add new elements to the card crafting game, and is due to be released in April 2017.

Custom Heroes, by John D. Clair, uses the card crafting system from Mystic Vale in a trick taking game. The theme is heroes gearing up for battle, and the card crafting is used to modify your unique hero cards. The game is being released at Game Market Tokyo in May 2017  as part of AEG’s Big in Japan 2017 line. Custom Heroes is due to come to America later in the year.

The Captain is Dead, originally a kickstarter project by The Game Crafter, is seeing a reprint from AEG in 2017. This humorous cooperative game has the players take on familiar sci fi tropes, such as Admiral, Chief Engineer or Janitor,  on a starship moments after a disaster has left the ship near destruction and the captain dead. The Captain is Dead is due out May 2017.

Unicornus Knights is a cooperative adventure with an anime theme where the players help a princess retake her father’s kingdom. The princess is game-controlled and can be headstrong, so the players need to guide and advise her on her mission. The board changes each game, depending on the heroes the players use. Unicornus Knights will be released as part of the Big in Japan 2017 line in August 2017.

Cutthroat Kingdoms is a strategic social game for up to 6 players. Using social manipulation and troop movements, the players must get their noble house ahead by any means necessary. Cutthroat Kingdoms has a release date of September 2017.

Smash Up: Big in Japan is the latest expansion for the hit card game Smash Up. Featuring Kaiju and magical girls, with art suggesting powerful spandex-clad ranger-type people and pocket-sized ball-bound cartoon creatures, this expansion should appeal to lots of people. Another in the Big in Japan collection, Smash Up: Big in Japan has a release date of September 2017.

Finally, AEG has announced the release of Sakura Arms by Bakafire, the hit designer of Tragedy Looper and Code of Nine. Sakura Arms is a 2 player fighting card game with incredible brush style art. The players combine two megami into a team to battle other pairs under the Sakura tree. Also in the Big in Japan line, Sakura Arms is due out October 2017.

There’s a TON of awesome Smash Up content coming this year!  Smash Up from AEG allows you to “smash up” various factions such as Alien-Ninjas, Wizard-Zombies, Pirate-Dinosaurs, and more.

In March, a new set titled “Smash Up: What Were We Thinking?” will bring Explorers, Grannies, Rock Stars and Teddy Bears! These factions add new strategies from classic cards to base control.  Look for it at your friendly local game store in March!

This summer, get ready for the Smash Up All-Stars Event Kit! This event will give you the chance to get the new “All-Stars” faction. This faction is a specifically chosen mix of existing Smash Up minions and actions that have formed an all-star team to play basketball… in Space! Visit your local retailer for details on how to get these decks.

This fall, four more incredible factions join the mix from the far east in “Smash Up: Big in Japan”

“Baaaaaaaaa winter!” some may say, but for Smash Up that means a Sheep Deck is joining the party. To get this deck, all you need to do is complete the 2017 Smash Up Survey and AEG will send you the deck. Sheep obediently and harmlessly follow other minions around from base to base.  (Then they mercilessly crush their opponents with a wave of minions no one can stop).

Finally, if that’s not enough Smash Up to satisfy your craving, you can now play Smash Up on your computer with Nomad Games and AEG’s Smash Up Digital. Visit Steam to get the game and check out all the new content coming out regularly from Nomad!

Continuing in the line of creative naming of their expansions, AEG has announced the next Smash Up expansion called What Were We Thinking?.  Like all the others this will bring four new factions to the game with Explorers (think Tomb Raider), Rock Stars, Grannies, and Teddy Bears.  Just the thought of Granny Ninjas or Steam Punk Grannies further reinforces the appeal of this game to throw together random combinations to see what comes out.  With this expansion the full count of factions for the game is now 50, and so to reach that milestone you can grab this expansion when it hits store shelves in March of 2017.

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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.