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Cooperative Game Scheduled for Fall Release

There has been a disturbance in the Force as a rare, non-FFG Star Wars-themed game has been announced today. USAopoly (who also goes by the name ‘The OP’) and Disney Consumer Products UK have publicized the pending release of Star Wars: Dark Side Rising, a new cooperative card and dice game that is set during the events immediately prior to and during Star Wars: A New Hope. The game is designed for 2-4 players for ages 10 and up and has an estimated game time of 45 minutes.

In this light strategy game, each player will lead their own Rebel cell, led by their starting Team Leader (either Captain Cassian Andor, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker or Hera Syndulla), as they work together to recruit other iconic characters (such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Admiral Raddus) and prevent the construction of the original Death Star to thwart the Empire’s overall plans for domination of the galaxy. A custom-sculpted 3D Darth Vader bust is featured on the game board that commands the Imperial forces trying to either wipe out the Rebels or make the Death Star operational. The Rebels win by defeating enough Imperial agents before the Empire is able to either successful bring the Death Star online or eliminates too many of the Rebellion’s assets.

The game will be released in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions in the fall. It is unclear from the announcement whether this game will be exclusive to the EMEA regions or will receive a North American release at a later date. However, The OP has stated that Star Wars: Dark Side Rising was designed specifically for EMEA.

Admittedly, the look of the game from the images released and the described game-play sounds very similar to The OP’s earlier board game Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War. The shared use of the term ‘Rising’ in both titles also suggests that Star Wars: Dark Side Rising may be the latest entry in a unofficial board game series begun with Thanos Rising.

Star Wars: Dark Side Rising will also be showcased at the UK Games Expo as well as DISTOY 2019 in London.

More information about this release is available here.

Army of Darkness: The Board Game is an upcoming major release from Lynnvander Studios and Dynamite Entertainment covering the cult-classic third film in the Evil Dead trilogy. While not a lot is known about the game yet, prepare for chainsaw and S-Mart jokes for 1-4 players wreaking havoc for an hour to 90 minutes, with an intended age of 10 or older.

Not to be confused with either the 1993 board game called Army of Darkness, nor the 2004 game Army of Darkness Card Game, Army of Darkness: The Board Game (2018) will bring in highly detailed miniatures and all-new boomstick battles against the Deadites! Plus, the Board Game Geek (BGG) page states that players…

“…play as Ash and his allies, and work together to fight off swarms of Deadites commanded by Evil Ash and Evil Shiela.” 

BGG also lists the game as dice rolling, co-op, and involving programmed movement, which leads to an exciting combination of game mechanisms that will need some clarification once everything is finalized to have an idea of exactly how it will all come together – but so far, sounds groovy.

Designed by the team of Josh Derksen, Thomas M. Gofton, and Aron Murch who have been published many times by Jasco Games in the past, collectively working on titles such as:  Albion’s Legacy, Cyber:Run, and another game handling a beloved intellectual property in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game.

While no official release date has been announced, more about Army of Darkness: The Board Game can be learned from Nerdist’s article by clicking here.

Agents of Mayhem, the latest game in the Saints Row series, was released in 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. It continued the franchise’s trademarks of high-octane first-person action, wild story missions, and absurdist humor. Now in the midst of the first quarter of 2018 the series is making it’s first leap into the board game scene bringing all of those qualities to the tabletop world. Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon is on Kickstarter now and brings the game to life with a 3D board. As described on the campaign page:

   

 “Agents of Mayhem – Pride of Babylon is a team vs. team skirmish boardgame for 2 to 4 players. The game is played on a modular 3D board that is fully destructible. You and your opponents will play through a radiant story where every choice you make will have effects that ripple throughout the campaign.”

However, I’m pleasantly surprised by what I see as it does appear to be a thoughtfully made skirmish game with excellent looking miniatures and a tempting campaign structure, and with it being (as of writing this) over 300% funded it appears the public agrees with me! The 3D terrain really works as an attention-getter, and it seems like they’ll be getting the best use in this game than any of the few other games to have such a feature. If you are interested in Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon, check out this link to it’s Kickstarter page to learn more.

casual game revolution

Casual Game Revolution has published on their site a 2016 Tabletop Game Convention “comprehensive list” for the convenience of board gamers everywhere.  The list is primarily gaming conventions in the United States, but also contains names of major conventions occurring elsewhere.  As of January 12, 2016, the list has been opened to the general public for editing, with the hopes that the list will grow to be as complete and accurate as possible.

To check out this list, or to add or edit information about an upcoming convention near you, visit the Casual Game Revolution website here.