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tabletop day

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!

iello gaes

IELLO has released an announcement that affects the way their preorders operate from this point forward.  Effective immediately, IELLO will be shipping out preorders for their products two weeks in advance of regular orders.  Additionally, new releases will not be sent to mass market or online retailers until after this two-week advance preorder period to allow brick-and-mortar retail stores the first opportunity at sales of these new releases.  This will be coupled with the company’s promo promotions as well.

For more information about this announcement, visit the news release on IELLO’s website.

monstrous

Good Games, founded in 2006, Australian game store chain with 24 company-owned and franchise stores in Australia, has announced that they would be expanding their company by adding a publishing division.  In January, Good Games revealed their plans to commence retail operation in the United States in 2016.

Good Games has released the following press release concerning these plans:

Good Games Publishing will bring a number of game titles to market in 2016, beginning with MONSTROUS, a Greek mythology-themed tactical dexterity game with deluxe art, in April / May.
“We look forward to bringing fun Australian games to the global market in 2016 and beyond,” said Kim Brebach, Director of Good Games Publishing, adding “We have games in the pipeline that appeal to gamers, families & their kids, and more social gamers too”.
Kim expanded about the company, “Excellence in game play, art and production quality will be a hallmark of our games. We also bring our retail and distribution experience into our vision of what our games can achieve.”
“Industry folk can find us at the upcoming GAMA trade show, and we look forward to bringing our best to Gen Con in August,” said Kim.

In addition to being a large game store chain, Good Games also operates Australia’s largest tabletop game distributor.  For more information on Good Games and their upcoming publishing endeavors, visit the Good Games publishing website here.

 

strategy

On August 25-28 of 2016, a new tabletop gaming event will make its debut at the Telford International Centre in the central United Kingdom: Strategy.  This event will be organized by MCM Central, and will offer table top gaming a superb platform to reach out to worldwide consumer visitors and industry.

From the official press release:

Positioned after Gencon Indy, Strategy provides an ideal opportunity for a European platform to showcase upcoming games and new releases. The show will feature board games, card games, miniatures games and roleplaying games – plus dedicated tournament and playing space. All in a 24-hours-a-day show opening Thursday and running through to Sunday evening.  Plans are also underway to include panels, special events and live evening entertainment for visitors wishing to make Strategy a weekend to remember. More news and announcements will be available via our website and social media platforms over the coming months.

For more information on Strategy, visit the website here.

brick party

Are you better at building with plastic bricks… or explaining how to do it? What if you have to build with your eyes closed or using only one hand? What if you must explain it without speaking? Can you still be faster than your opponents?

Renegade Game Studios will be partnering with Italian publisher Post Scriptum to bring Brick Party to North America.  Brick Party is a “funny and frenzied game of crazy building”, in which players will reveal special rules for each round, choose a teammate, grab the blocks and build the shape you choose faster than the others players.

“We are really excited to be working with Mario and his team at Post Scriptum,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “They put together something really special and we look forward to bringing it to gamers in North America.”

Brick Party will be available in stores in the early summer of 2016.  The games plays in 15-30 minutes and is for 2-9 players ages 5+.  It will be featured at the GAMA Trade Show in March of 2016 and will be available for preorder at the show.

For more information on Brick Party and this new partnership between the two companies, visit the Renegade Games website here.

cool mini or not banner

Cool Mini Or Not has released the following press release concerning its acquisition of new capital funds that will propel the company forward.  The official press release is as follows:

CMON Limited announced today that it has successfully secured US$5.3 million for its Series A Financing Round, in order to continue meteoric growth in the tabletop games space.

Specializing in premium games marrying high quality components and miniatures with great game design, CMON has published several award winning titles including smash hits like ZombicideArcadia Quest and Blood Rage.

CMON pioneered the use of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter to generate funding while creating demand for its games. With over US$20 million funded via Kickstarter thus far, CMON is one of the fastest growing companies in the industry.

“CMON’s goal is to create great games,” says Chern Ann Ng, CEO of CMON. “This capital gives us the ability to expand quickly by bringing in more talent, acquire established titles from other publishers, as well as pursuing licenses that have mass market appeal.”

Further financial terms of this deal have not been disclosed.

For more information on this funding news for CMON, visit their website here.

florian racky

The Hamburg Game Designers Award is a prestigious award provided by the Spielwerk Hamburg game designers build in northern Germany.  This year, more than 50 entries were submitted to this game design competition from designers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  The award was given to Florian Racky, a 44-year-old German designer for his minimalist card game Prince and Princess.

According to the official press release, “„Prince & Princess“ is a micro game for 4-10 players, consisting only of 18 cards. Players secretly take the role of courtly characters who strive to acchieve their own personal goal before the prince and the princess have their royal wedding. It is a game of hidden roles, bluffing and backstabbery that plays in 15 minutes.”  Prince and Princess is being closely examined for publication in the near future.

“The Spielwerk Hamburg is amazed by the creativity of all participating designers,” reports Shaun Graham, founder of the Hamburg Game Designers Guild and creator of the Hamburg Game Designers Award.  “It is a delight to see this vibrant community of designers growing. Therefore, we are eager to announce the next Game Designers Contest at the beginning of February.”

For more information about this award and Spielwerk Hamburg, visit their web site here.

magination kids

Creativity starts with Magination. The game consists of different magnetic pieces that can be used to play a variety of games. You can think of Magination like a magnetic deck of cards, where you’re not only getting one game, but a toolset that allows you to play an unlimited amount of games. Unlike a deck of cards is it much easier to be creative and find unique ways to play. You can also use the pieces to build magnetic structures and experiment to find new ways to embrace the magnetic force.

Have you ever taken those round, circular magnets from the refrigerator and fiddled with them, watching them push each other apart, finding the perfect distance at which they would suck themselves together?  If so, then you will instantly relate to this brand new, innovative game system coming from Norway known as Magination.

magtension

Magination currently consists of three types of magnetic components: the Single, Double, and Triple.  Each component contains one or more magnets specially designed to interact with each other in smooth, consistent, and fascinating ways.  Players can push, pull, shoot, connect and stack the magnets upon each other, which leads to an endless flow of possible games and activities.

The Magination system currently contains a variety of standard games to play with the magnets, including magCURLING (just like it sounds, tabletop curling with magnets), magTENSION, and magTHROW (bouncing and tossing the magnets over a magnetic bridge).  Magination is designed to promote player creativity, and will include a web-based forum for uploading new games, rating games submitted by others, and accessing a pool of new ways to play on a regular basis.

Magination is sold in modules, each being specially balanced to interact well with all components in the module.  Kickstarter backers can pledge at multiple levels, each level containing various assortments of modules.  Various stretch goals are also included in this project, including backer-selected color schemes and additional components.

All components for Magination are designed and produced in Norway, with an emphasis on the quality and safety of the components.

This project is set to fund on December 18, 2015, with a delivery date of April 2016.  For more information and to support the Magination project, visit the Kickstarter site here.

age of reprint

The official NSKN Blog chronicled this week on an interesting topic: the increasing prevalence of reprints in the board gaming hobby.

Do you remember that game you played as a kid? The most awesome game ever? The one game you would like to play again, but you can’t because the copy you played wasn’t yours? Or maybe it actually was your copy, but your parents threw it away while cleaning the attic, and now you have to pay an arm and a leg to get off ebay?

I believe many hobby gamers with just a little bit of distance between now and their childhood could admit that they have sought to play these kinds of nostalgic treasures once again.  The blog suggests, however, that though the power of nostalgia is strong, the desire to relive these old games is driven more by the positive memories of them, or “nostalgia goggles”, rather than the actual quality of gameplay.

NSKN also posits the emergence of a new type of game: reimaginings of older games of yore, or perhaps also called “spinoffs”.  These games, while not identical reprints, use the older game as an idea and then create a new game from it.  A good example is the very recent Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, which uses the classic Warhammer Quest as a basis for a new card game.

To read the article in full, visit the NSKN Blog here.

xwing force awakens

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce that The Force Awakens™ Core Set has now arrived for X-Wing!

On Friday, September 4, 2015, Fantasy Flight Games released The Force Awakens Core Set for the popular X-Wing Miniatures Game in select retail stores, some stores even opening in the wee hours of the morning to sell this new core set along with lots of other Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise.

The Force Awakens Core Set includes a similar assortment of basic components needed to get your X-Wing collection started and to the table right away.  However, this new core set includes the following additions to the game:

  • New Resistance pilots and starships that can be combined with pre-existing Rebellion fleets
  • New First Order pilots and starships that can be combined with pre-existing Imperial fleets
  • Includes 1 Resistance T-70 X-Wing with new pilots and upgrades, such as the Weapons Guidance tech upgrade
  • Includes 2 First Order TIE/fo Fighters with new pilots and upgrades

xwing force awakens stuff

 All the components needed for a full game of X-Wing including:

  • 3 Plastic Ship Bases
  • 6 Plastic Pegs
  • 8 Ship Tokens
  • 3 Maneuver Dials
  • 11 Maneuver Templates
  • 1 Initiative Token
  • 4 Evade Tokens
  • 4 Focus Tokens
  • 6 Target Lock Tokens
  • 7 Shield Tokens
  • 3 Stress Tokens
  • 6 Asteroid Tokens
  • 5 Satellite Tokens
  • 6 Mine Tokens
  • 34 Assorted Tokens
  • 13 Ship Cards
  • BB-8
  • R5-X3
  • Proton Torpedoes
  • Weapons Guidance
  • Wired
  • 1 Poe Dameron
  • 1 Blue Ace
  • 1 Red Squadron Veteran
  • 1 Blue Squadron Novice
  • 1 Omega Ace
  • 1 Epsilon Leader
  • 1 Zeta Ace
  • 2 Omega Squadron Pilot
  • 2 Zeta Squadron Pilot
  • 2 Epsilon Squadron Pilot
  • 1 Range Ruler
  • 3 Red Attack Dice
  • 3 Green Defense Dice
  • 1 Learn to Play
  • 1 Rules Reference
  • 1 Mission Guide

Fantasy Flight Games will be publishing a series of articles over the next several days that will “more closely examine the Resistance’s signature T-70 X-wing, the First Order’s TIE/fo fighter, and what The Force Awakens Core Set means for the future of X-Wing Organized Play.”  Keep watching for these articles as Dice Tower News brings them to your attention, and on FFG’s website.

While this new core set is currently only available at select Force Friday locations, it is now shipping for wider release, and should be available later this month at your favorite local game store.  For more information on this new release, visit FFG’s website here.