NBC Nightly News released a 2 minute video clip (access may be limited by geographic location) in which their reporter, Peter Alexander, reports that sales of classic board games such as Monopoly, Operation, and The Game of Life was up by 10% in 2014. This does not take into account hobby games growth during that time. They note that more people are taking a break from their digital devices to spend time with people by playing board games.
Mr. Alexander visits Game Haus Cafe in Glendale, California, a board game cafe where patrons pay $5 to have access to over 900 different board games. He notes that similar cafes are popping up nationwide (in the USA).
“It may sound like child’s play but board games are back, big time. Some might even say this is a golden age of games.”
Sales are up 10% from last year and the industry now garners 1.5 billion Dollars. Monopoly sales are up 15%, Operation is up by 40%, and The Game of life is up 45%. Hasbro’s factory in Massachusetts pumps out more than 27 million games a year and 29 trillion Dollars in play money. The top 9 best selling games in the country were produced by Hasbro.
Towards the latter half of the video they highlight hobby games and the variety it adds for consumers to choose from. They also highlight the Tabletop web series and the 500 000 strong audience per episode it garners.
The video can be seen at the NBC News website.
Today, Bézier Games
announced that Ultimate Werewolf Legacy
will be released at Gen Con
in August. Many are familiar with their game Ultimate Werewolf
where players are given secret roles are either working together to identify the werewolves (if you’re a villager) or working together to get rid of all of the villagers (if you’re a werewolf).
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy adds elements that make decisions made in this social deduction game impact in future games. In addition to a secret role, players will be given a family card that incentivizes players to work with their family members…as long as nobody in that family is secretly working against them.
Players are able to gain special abilities that carry on from game to game, too. The players aren’t the only thing evolving throughout the game, though. The village itself will change throughout the game. Both of these elements lend to high variability in the game as you can play through the campaign multiple times with different results.
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy implements an 80+ page diary that walks the game moderator through each session.
The Diary has been designed so that players with no previous werewolf playing experience can both play and moderate. The Diary is structured into 5 distinct chapters with 3 game sessions in each chapter, as well as an introductory Preface game session. Players can jump in and out for individual sessions, but they’ll have the most fun if they player all the sessions in a chapter. Each chapter can be played in a single evening. At the end of the 16 game session campaign, the Diary will be a record of exactly what happened in your village, and who was ultimately responsible for what it became over time.
A replay pack is available for purchase for those who wish to get a fresh diary and new family cards in order to play the game again.
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy was co-designed by Ted Alspach
, (Ultimate Werewolf, Werewords, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf) and Rob Daviau
(Pandemic Legacy, Seafall, Betrayal Legacy, and Downforce).
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy and Replay Packs can be preordered at beziergames.com
, and will ship in August 2018.
Toy Fair 2018 is right around the corner. February 17-20 will mark the dates of this New York Trade Show. Cryptozoic Entertainment will be previewing a lot of new games at this year’s fair. Rick and Morty has been a popular IP recently and Cryptozoic is bringing three Rick and Morty titles along with them: The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Pickle Rick, and The Rickshank Rickdemption. In addition to the Rick and Morty games, Crypotzoic is adding two new entries to their DC Deck-Building series: Rebirth and Crisis Expansion Pack 4. They are also bringing The Arrival (Martin Wallace), a strategy board game where players assume the role of a tribe leader and Wallet, a 2-7 player party game where players need to convince the cops of their innocence. Cryptozoic will preview these games (and a few more) at its booth (#5344) during the Toy Fair.
“Red Falls. Darkrock. Two towns on opposite ends of the mesa. Two towns in the middle of God’s own nowhere. You step off of the train and feel yer boots hit the red dirt as you pound the dust from yer coat. You only have iron on yer hip and a few bucks to yer name. But that doesn’t mean folks should go underestimatin’ ya. The only question to answer now is how will you make them remember yer name?”
Kolossal Games has launched Western Legends, their debut game, on Kickstarter. Western Legends is an open-world sandbox tabletop game for 2-6 players (90-120 minutes) set in the American Wild West. It is the first game design for Hervé Lemaître with art from Roland MacDonald (Stop Thief, Battle Line). In Western Legends, players can play as a number of historical figures including Annie Oakley, Bass Reeves, Crazy Horse, and Doc Holliday.
Western Legends includes 12 characters, over 200 cards, a general store to display the item cards, gold nuggets, cubes, dice, chips, miniatures and player mats. The core game also includes hand sculpted miniatures (6 characters, 6 bandits, and hopefully a sheriff if stretch goals are met) crafted by Pure Arts (Kemet, Inis).
A pledge of $60 will get you the core game and the Fistful of Extras Expansion (All Unlocked Stretch Goals). $75 will get you the core game, the Fistful of Extras Expansion (All Unlocked Stretch Goals), and The Good the Bad & the Handsome Expansion. The top tier pledge at $84 will get you the core game, the Fistful of Extras Expansion (All Unlocked Stretch Goals), The Good the Bad & the Handsome Expansion, and a 52 card poker deck. You can check out the Western Legends Kickstarter here.
Legend of the Five Rings is a 45-90 minute living card game for 2 players that hit the shelves courtesy of Fantasy Flight Games earlier this year. This game is a reimplementation of the Legend of the Five Rings Collectible Card Game, published by AEG in 1995.
Over the weekend, Fantasy Flight Games announced the new Phoenix Clan Pack for Disciples of the Void.
The mystical Phoenix mediate between worlds—the physical and the spiritual, appealing to the very soul of the land. Mountains collapse at their whispered requests, dry rivers are convinced to flow again, plagues are banished, restless ghosts return to slumber, and crops flourish in previously barren wastelands. More than that, the Phoenix are the caretakers of the Emperor’s soul. In tune with the spiritual side of Rokugan, they would be the first to know if things were to fall out of balance…
The Disciples of the Void Clan Pack contains 78 new cards (three copies each of twenty-five different cards and one copy each of three different cards). These cards include a new role card, a legion of Shugenja, and the game’s highest cost card to date.
Fantasy Flight Games has already started expanding the Runewars Miniature Game with Guardians of the Deepwood. Though the base has just barely hit stores already the Latari Eleves Army is already getting armed and ready for battle. Speedy and ferocious, one of the most powerful of the Terrinoth forces join an ever expanding battle. Fantasy Flight is expecting the Latari Eleves Army Expansion to hit retailers 3rd quarter (Q3) of 2017.
The Latari Elves call the Amyhelin Forest home. The largest forest in Mennara, the massive trees of Amyhelin stretch from Terrinoth in the North and west of the Ru all the way to the southern ocean. While the elves have built cities and palaces in and around the trunks of the Deepwood, the return of an old foe has pulled them into the battle for Terrinoth once again.
The Latari Elves enter the battle with four new units and eight new figure sculpts which is enough new content to field a full army in one of the battles of Terrinoth.
The Deepwood Archers
Are there any other archers with the mobility and range of the infamous Deepwood Archers? For years these archers have protected the Aymhelin Forest, now they join you in battle using shift actions to match enemy movements to position themselves perfectly for attach. With three different shift options they will be efficient and speedy in the battlefield, always in the perfect position to strike.
The Leonx Riders
Another new unit is the Leonx Riders. Passionate and rough, these riders will operate alone or in small family groups. Turning the tide of any battle, the Leonx Riders will serve as the calvary for your Latari Elves army. When making a melee attack the riders can use two surgeries to add a hit. Unique Surges is a new mechanic in the game, and can only be used once per combat, adding a mortal strike to a melee attack up to once per combat. Moving rapidly with three march options, a shift, and five blue modifiers, nobody will be safe.
Ariana of Summersong
Champion on the Leonix Riders will be Ariana of Summersong. Ariana will be commanding riders into battle with a Moonblade and Mount Wildcat. Ariana will be adding a mortal strike to all melee attacks, in addition to her Impact 2 keyword which will strike two panic tokens into the heart of her enemies. Ariana will whip around the battlefield with three march options and give white modifier options along with a green shift modifier allowing for a 4 speed march.
The Aymhelin Scions
The final new unit joining you in battle will be the Aymhelin Scions. While Aliana represents speed, the Scions represent the power of the Latari Elves. Living trees, the Scions are “the will of the forest made manifest.” The command dial of the Scions features both ranged and melee attacks, making them a threat from all angles. A shield icon modifier adds to defensive actions while the red hit modifier will add to offensive strikes. Two charge options allow the Scions to throw immobilizer tokens onto anything the Scions collide with… or that collide into it. A stun token added using two surges during melee or ranged attacks makes the Scions that much more dangerous.
In addition to new units, new keywords and mechanics are also being added with this expansion. Latari elves will take advantage of the Overgrow keyword when overgrowth tokens are placed on environment pieces on the map. The Lethal keyword, as the name suggests, adds additional hit points to a damage pool. On the defensive side Protect keyword will remove damage from the pool before being assigned.
With plenty of new tactics and units to explore, Fantasy Flight Games looks to be expanding the Runewars Miniature Game universe rapidly.
Geek & Sundry have just partnered with Campaign Coins
to create a series of gaming metal coins based on the popular TableTop board game show. King of the Castle Games Company signed a licensing agreement with Geek & Sundry to release the coins. Now Tom can finally replace all the paper money he loathes with some quality metal coins!
Mark Morrison of Campaign Coins discussed the coins as being the next level of components for the celebrities that frequent Will Wheaton’s TableTop show:
On TableTop, Wil and his friends show what is so wonderful about board gaming: getting together and having fun. Adding metal coins to the mix adds an extra level of immersion. It’s the way they clink!
Wil Wheaton offered plenty of praise for the design that designer Daniel Solis came up with for the coins:
Daniel is such a wonderful designer, and Campaign Coins are so beautifully crafted. I’m just thrilled to have them coming together to make something special for TableTop fans.
Daniel Solis designed the coins, so they can almost be guaranteed to have long-lasting appeal. Solis and his wife are the founders of the Thousand-Year Game Design Challenge. The challenge was a $1,000 competition to create a game that could be enjoyed for the next 1,000 years, encouraging designers to think about eh sustainability and universality of games, designing for longevity. Solis has done graphic design and layout for a variety of both board and role playing games.
The final designs Solis created for the coins are very much in keeping with his preference for classic design, featuring timeless motifs, styles and shapes intended to be suitable for any board game regardless of the genre. The coins are clearly marked in dominations with a different size for each demonization, and are produced in a flat design for easy stacking.
Imprinted with standard tabletop game images, the dominations of the antique finished coins are marked and minted as:
- copper 1 coin with imprinted with a meeple
- silver 5 coin imprinted with a hand of cards
- bronze 20 coin imprinted with a D20
- gold 100 coin imprinted with a table and board game
The back side of each coin includes the TableTop logo.
The coins are available now. Keep an eye out on the current season of TableTop, with new episodes being released now through June 7 2017, for coins to make possible appearances.
Fans of science fiction and the role-playing system Fate may be familiar with Bulldogs!, the fast and furious space-faring campaign setting. Where Fate is a more in-your-face style of tabletop role-playing, so too does Bulldogs! skip much of the math and buggery to produce instead more action-packed sequences of heroics and daring-do.
Yet like space exploration, even in a pulp-style narrative, it becomes necessary to broaden horizons and Heart of the Fury seeks to do just that. The recently released supplement book adds a lot more to see, fight, and deal with in Bulldogs! adventures, as explained via the press release:
“This 260-page adventure campaign includes a dozen different adventures and new rules for Bulldogs! campaigns. Heart of the Fury adds a new Psychic skill and stunts to add mental powers to the game, three new playable alien species, and an excellent example of how to craft a full arc campaign to players’ own Bulldogs! game.”
Developed with the help of Gareth Hanrahan, Heart of the Fury is thicker than the core book and runs on the latest version of the Fate Core System to deliver long-lasting stories for those that seek them. As said by Hanrahan himself, “The Bulldogs! setting has a number of guns built into it, and I took great and unbridled glee in running around pulling as many triggers as I could. Now, it’s up to the player characters to start dodging.” For those interested, check out publisher Galileo Games’ own website to find all the appropriate avenues of procuring a copy and expanding your Bulldogs! adventures.
Games Workshop has announced the release of a new game carrying the name of a nostalgic classic to many gamers: Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. Rumors have been permeating web-based tabletop news sources about this new title, discussing what might be familiar from the classic game as well as what will be new.
Belloflostsouls.net featured this announcement this week, including a teaser video, and includes speculations on which heroes might be featured, such as Stormcast Eternal, Human Barbarian, Priest of Sigmar, and Dwarf Warrior. Some new and familiar foes are also rumored to be included, though very little information is available at this time on any other details.
The release date for the game has been set for May 21, 2016. Keep your eyes on Dice Tower News for more details as they become available.
International Tabletop Day is tomorrow, and one of the great things about the day, beyond the scores of people playing games, is that there are some sweet Geek and Sundry themed promo items to be had. Below are a list of the different promos you can run into on your trips to game stores tomorrow:
- Castle Panic – like last year they are offering a alternate tower token, this time with the ability to rebuild it by returning creatures to the board
- Awesome Kingdom – a character inspired by Felicia Day with accompaning reference sheet
- Star Realms – an event card called Admiral’s Tabletop which allows you to shuffle your deck and discard together, or gain back 5 influence
- Schmovie – two new schquid trophies showing Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day
- Birds of a Feather – the cards needed to add an Undomesticated Owl Bear to the game
- Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre – two new characters featuring Wil Wheaton and the lovable Dr. Hannah (check out the Last Night on Earth Tabletop episode)
- Heroes Wanted – new hero cards based off Wil and Felicia along with two characters from their Titansgrave series
- Superfight – set of 3 black cards and 6 white cards themed around Geek and Sundry
- Tanto Cuore – a new maid card
- Don’t Turn Your Back – a new law card featuring a variation of Wheaton’s Law and an advertising postcard
- The Red Dragon Inn – a new drink card featuring Grandma’s Sweat Stout from the Titansgrave series
- and lastly there are also metal coins from Campaign Coins and Trophy of Awesome cards to give out as awards
Overall a good assortment of promos for games I can’t help but see as right up Wil’s alley, look for them all tomorrow at a participating FLGS. Have a happy Tabletop Day!
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