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Coming this summer from Games Workshop is a next generation TGC  Warhammer Age of Sigmar Champions. 2 players battle it out to win favor from the gods as they use their armies and champions, units, abilities and spells to defeat their enemies, protect themselves and be the last one standing. The Campaign decks consist of 38 cards in a 3 tier rarity system (Common, Uncommon, Rare) and will include 4 Champions, 4 Blessings and 30 Action Cards you will use to strike down your opponent. Booster packs will contain 13 cards, including: 6 common cards, 3 uncommon cards, 1 rare card, 2 guaranteed Champion or blessing cards, and 1 guaranteed foil card. The rotating card mechanic used in the game creates a concise method for tracking damage and other things normally done by counters and dice.

Upon release Warhammer: Champions will boast 274 cards split across 4 Grand Alliances: Order, Chaos, Destruction and Death. The Founders Pack (only 1,000 available) is available for pre-order now and will include 4 Campaign decks, 4 Founder’s Exclusive Foil cards, 10 Booster Packs, damage counters, and other great exclusive content! The game is easy to learn but promises in depth strategy in deckbuilding and the positioning mechanic used in gameplay.

Warhammer: Champions is unique in that the game is fully playable as a physical card game, and as a digital game on both Android and iOS, but your physical cards can get scanned onto your app giving new dimension to your gameplay.  And be on the lookout for organized/competitive play events in the future! The game is set to launch on August 2nd so pre-order yours now before they’re gone!

EPIC is a two to four player card game by White Wizard games, makers of Star and Hero Realms, where you duke it out as gods to see who is the greatest.  This game brings back the play and feel of trading card style games that have been around for years, but without the costly need of buying randomly packaged booster packs.  EPIC comes ready to go out of the box, and only adds cards in an LCG style where each pack has the same cards as every other pack of the same name.  Previous packs have added new characters you can play as called Tyrants, or just added new cards to the game in Uprising.  Well now they are adding new characters to play as in the form of a Pantheon.  The first of the two packs features Furios, Father Nature and Maligus, the Dark One, each coming with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack so you can play as either deity. Furios is revered by all in the forest, except for Maligus that is, and he seeks to overthrow Furios.  But when Furios summons you to his defense, you obey.

The second features Helena, the Valiant and Zaltessa, the Huntress, each also with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack.  Zaltessa will hunt anything and everything under the sun, includes the other gods, but Helena has the bravery and courage to stand up and hunt Zaltessa instead.  Look for both of these packs to be on store shelves in January of 2018. You can click here for details on pre-ordering.

Steve Jackson Games has announced the release schedule for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game.

Three fixed starter sets will get released in February 2018. Each starter set will include one randomized 12 card booster set. The three starter sets will features:

  • Ranger versus Warrior
  • Wizard versus Bard
  • Cleric vesus Thief

May 2018 will see the first cycle of 12 card randomized boosters being released: The Desolation of Blarg.

The second cycle of 12 card randomized boosters, Fashion Furious, will be released in August 2018.

Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson have been co-designging the Munchkin Collective Card Game with artist John Kovalic. Designed for competitive level play, the game still maintains the level of goofy that players expect from Munckin games.

Eric Lang described the differences between the original Munchkin game and the new Collectable Card Game:,

Munchkin TCGis a very different game from Munchkin. Imagine all the awesome humor of Munchkin as a short, competitive head-to-head slugfest.

The game will play as combat game form 2-4 players who level up while putting loot into play, attack (or bluff) against other players in an attempt to eliminate them first.

 

 

Wizkids seems to be all about the hype train as of late with the teasing of a new DnD Adventure game, and now it’s a new Dice Masters set.  This new set will be set in the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons and Dragons.  It will have all new spells, adventurers, and monsters, plus a new draft pack format to allow for tournament play.  Each pack will come with enough cards and dice that when two packs are put together, you have everything you need for a game.  Look for this new set to appear on store shelves in September of this year.

Bushiroad, known for other TCGs like CardFight!! Vanguard, are getting ready to release a new TCG designed by Mike Elliot called Dragonborne – Rise to Supremacy.  What makes this game interesting beyond the setting and art is that dice are being introduced to enhance in-game effects.  You will be able to use the dice to defend your forts, strengthen your units, or enhance your spells, making them better.  You can check out more on Dragonborne’s Facebook page, and look forward to it’s release in August of this year.

Last, IDW Games is reprinting a highly rated abstract strategy game called Torres.  In Torres you are the sons of the king, vying for prestige in order to be crowned the next ruler of the land.  To do that you will need to rebuild the kingdom with the most impressive castle you can.  In the game you will use action points to build up your castle, but you have to not only build it tall, but also spread it out across the land.  Plus you will also be playing cards and placing knights to help earn you points, and whoever has the most at the end is the winner.  Look for this game on store shelves in August.

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Bushiroad has announced this year’s major tournament series to be held in a record 25 cities. Starting in August, tournaments will be held worldwide including newcomer hosts Chile, Surabaya, and Indonesia. Players will have a chance to win exclusive, first ever English edition promotional goods, including a vertical deck case, cards, and lapel pins.

There will be four English edition Trading Card games featured in the World Championship, including the first appearance of Bushiroad’s newest TCG Luck and Logic, as a side event. The other games will be Cardfight!! Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz, and Future Card Buddyfight.

The World Finals will be held in Tokyo, Japan following the regional and continental level tournaments. In addition, there is a new Store Championship Circuit in the United Kingdom and Germany that will offer winners a bye in the first two elimination rounds of the regional level tournaments.

For more details visit Bushiroad’s website.

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Yokai Watch is the current hotness when it comes to anime aimed at young kids and has a successful toy line already going, so why not expand it a bit more?  In the fall Hasbro will be releasing the trading card game based on Yokai Watch in America, this launch will include booster packs, starter sets, play mats, and even an exclusive Yokai Watch medal to go with an already existing line of toys.  The TCG will be aimed squarely at kids with a recommended minimum age of only 6, and there will even be a Walmart exclusive collection box that will include boosters inside a box to carry all your other cards.  Will this new trading card game be a success?  We will have to wait and see, but if the popularity numbers from Japan carry over into the US, it just might be a hit.  You can read the announcement on the ICv2 site and check out the game on the official website.

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The Pokémon Company International would like to announce its excitement over the celebration of the brand’s 20th year.   The company has announced that 2016 will be filled with special promotions and product launches, with a special featured ad during the Super Bowl.

The following is the detailed press release:

Pokémon is thrilled to announce that 2016 will be a year-long celebration of the past, present, and future of the 20-year-old brand. First introduced in Japan in 1996 with the video games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green for the Game Boy system, Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 275 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 18 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.

To kick-start the celebration, The Pokémon Company International announced today that it will air a new ad during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, which will encourage fans to Train On. In that spirit, fans are encouraged to share their favorite Pokémon memories on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using the hashtag #Pokemon20. On Pokémon Day, February 27, fans can join in on the fun at special events at participating retail locations across the country. More details can be found at Pokemon.com/20. Fans visiting the site throughout the year will find information about monthly Mythical Pokémon distributions, retail events, special products, messages from some of Pokémon’s biggest fans, and the upcoming Pokémon Photo Booth app.

In addition to all of these great ways to celebrate 20 years of Pokémon, there is much more to come in 2016. This spring, Pokkén Tournament (Pokemon.com/PokkenTournament) for the Wii U console will bring Pokémon to life in a way never seen before: Pokémon battle in direct response to the player’s actions. Pokémon GO (Pokemon.com/GO), a ground-breaking mobile game that will encourage fans to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon, launches later this year. To coincide with Pokémon Day on February 27, Nintendo will also make some of their best-selling Pokémon amiibo available again, at select retailers only. Fans should be on the lookout for Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, and Lucario to join Pikachu at stores nationwide.

VIDEO GAMES

In a fitting tribute to where it all began, Pokémon Red VersionPokémon Blue Version, and Pokémon Yellow Version will be released as digital downloads on Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on February 27. Pokémon Red Version andPokémon Blue Version will also be included in a New Nintendo 3DS bundle. The New Nintendo 3DS Pokémon 20th Anniversary bundle will come with Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version pre-installed, two unique cover plates featuring artwork from the original Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version game boxes and the Pokémon 20th logo, and a download code for an exclusive Nintendo 3DS Pokémon HOME Menu theme. The commemorative New Nintendo 3DS bundle will be available on February 27 at retail locations.

POKÉMON TCG

Pokémon TCG fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon with the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion (Pokemon.com/20). This special expansion covers every stage of a Trainer’s journey, from the choice of a first partner Pokémon to the most elite of Trainer battles. Featuring Pikachu, Snorlax, Ninetales-EX, Jolteon-EX, plus Mega Charizard-EX, Mega Blastoise-EX, and Mega Venusaur-EX, the Generations expansion will be available in February. Generations booster packs will be available within specially labeled and designed Pokémon TCG products released as part of the Pokémon 20th celebration, starting with the first Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection coming in late February. A total of 11 Mythical Pokémon Collections will be released throughout 2016, each containing two Generations booster packs. In addition, four Pokémon TCG: Red & Blue Collections focused on the original superstars of the Pokémon world, each containing four Generations booster packs, will be released in 2016.

RETAIL

The celebration continues with special retail events. Four Mythical Pokémon video game character distribution events will take place at participating GameStop locations throughout 2016, with one being distributed each quarter. Fans will need to have Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y, and a system from the Nintendo 3DS family to receive Mew, Darkrai, Arceus, and Genesect.

On Pokémon Day, February 27, at participating Toys“R”Us locations, fans can receive special foil Pokémon TCG cards featuring Pikachu and Magikarp from the Generations expansion, a Pokémon activity book, and a poster of the original 151 Pokémon, while supplies last. Toys“R”Us will also have an exclusive Generations-themed folio available for purchase to collect the new expansion.

ANIMATION

Beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, 12 full-length Pokémon feature films will be available for digital download from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Among the releases will be digitally remastered versions of Pokémon: The First Movie and Pokémon the Movie 2000 and Pokémon 3: The Movie. In addition, Pokémon TV, available on Pokemon.com, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire platforms, will feature one film title per month to align with other Pokémon brand activities. The first three Pokémon films will also be available in both DVD and Blu-ray formatted bundles from licensee Viz Media.

A 48-page interactive digital reader will accompany Pokémon: The First Movie and can be viewed on any device that supports iBooks, including Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

MERCHANDISE

Fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon in style with new apparel, accessories, and souvenirs available only at PokemonCenter.com. They can find everything from a special Pokémon 20th baseball cap by New Era to a commemorative pin and lanyard set. Pokémon 20th TCG accessories, such as card sleeves, deck boxes, playmats, and much more, are available for fans of all ages. Limited-edition Pokémon 20th figures and plush items from TOMY International, Pokémon’s master toy licensee, will also be available at participating retail locations.

For more information on the Pokémon franchise and other plans for their 20th Anniversary year, visit the company’s USA website here.