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Keyforge: Call of the Archons, the deckbuilding game where every deck available for purchase is completely unique, just had a massively successful launch with tons of buzz and decks seemingly flying off the shelves.

Hoping to capitalize on the excitement, Fantasy Flight Games has for sale a total of 8 playmats to enhance your deckbuilding battles.

Available now is the larger, two-player gamemat:

The Architect’s Vault Two-Player Gamemat features a 26” x 26” play surface to keep your cards organized and protected during your clashes for control of the Architects’ Vaults. With marked sections for your keys, deck, Archon card, archive, and discard pile, this mat keeps the focus on your games as you match wits with your opponent without worrying about the safety of your unique deck.

Also available are seven unique, beautiful playmats featuring characters from the seven different houses in the game. To give just one example,

The Mighty Tiger Playmat features a battle between two of the powerful creatures of House Untamed. This House is tended by the mechanical faeries the Architects built ages ago and while they have kept balance in the wilds, they have made no effort to keep the wildlife separate. As such, new deadly species of flora and fauna have evolved, and some have even learned to use Æmber to bend the natural world to their will. The Crucible may be inhabitable to all creatures, but it certainly is not safe.

Also available are the Brute Force, Into the Underworld, Positron Bolt, Martian Madness, Raiding Knight, and the Finishing Blow Playmats.

Pickup your Keyforge: Call of the Archons playmats at your local retailer today or online through the Fantasy Flight website.

Tiny Ninjas is a two-player, dice-rolling, head to head card game that’s designed to play right inside of the box!”

Currently live on Kickstarter, Tiny Ninjas, by 2niverse Games, lets you battle on the go from the comfort of your very own board game box. Roll the custom engraved shuriken and kunai dice to attack and defend the varied selection of whimsical ninja characters; the Ninja Panda is my personal favorite.

As of right now, Tiny Ninjas plans to be a Kickstarter exclusive. Check out the other ninjas and the how-to-play video over on the campaign page.

It is the middle of the 5th century AD, and the gods are dying. In parallel to the unrest rotting the foundations of the Roman Empire, pantheons of deities across the globe see their temples profaned and their followers lament. Belief ebbs from the world….The once-mighty gods, now desperately scheming to collect remaining scraps of faith, seek a way to endure the coming Dark Age – an inevitable future pressing through time with the weight of a singularity – and every god must meet these final tests or perish forever to legend.

Victory Point Games has announced their upcoming game Twilight of the Gods: Age of Revelation, a two-player expandable card game.  Each player will wield a modifiable 50-card deck, taking on the role of one of the ancient deities from the universal pantheon of mythology.  On each turn, players will “draw two cards, acquire resources from other players, and use them to summon Creatures, Schemes, Fortifications, and Intrigues.”  A player wins if he or she manages to deplete the other player’s “life”, or deck of cards.

A copy of the game will include 4 pre-constructed, balanced decks, featuring the deities Mars, Hera, Enlil, and the Reader of Portents.

The project is set to fund on Thursday, January 6, 2017.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.

tides of madness

Portal Games, Polish publisher of such games as 51st State, Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Neuroshima Hex, and Tides of Time, announced a new two-player drafting game based on the award-winning card game Tides of Time.  This new game builds on Tides of Time‘s drafting and set collection strengths by introducing Madness to the equation.

Not only will players be working to draft the highest scoring set possible, they will need to be constantly watching their Madness level each round.  When drafting powerful scoring cards, you will also be gaining higher levels of Madness.  If you draft too much Madness, you will go insane and lose the game immediately.

The following is an excerpt from Portal’s press release:

“Tides of Time was a huge, worldwide hit of 2015,” says Portal Games CEO Ignacy Trzewiczek. “Having a chance to work on this title again and play with tweaking rules to come up with new mechanisms was a pure pleasure. I cannot wait to surprise our fans again with this epic and yet small game!”

Tides of Madness is for 2 players, ages 12 or older, and takes approximately 20 minutes to play. It is a stand-alone game and does not require a working knowledge of Tides of Time to play. It includes 18 large-format cards (80mm x 120mm), 20 Madness tokens, score pad, pencil, and a rules sheet. Tides of Madness will be released in August at Gen Con 2016 and will be available worldwide at the same time.

For more information, you can visit the Tides of Madness page on the Portal Games website.

odins ravens

Ahead of  a February release, Osprey Games has made available new photographs of components for Odin’s Ravens.  From the product page on Osprey’s website:

Every morning Odin sends his ravens, Huginn and Muninn, across the entire world to bring back news of what life is like on Earth. Naturally, after thousands of years, they’ve gotten a little competitive. Race through the landscape in opposite directions to be the first to return to Odin. Focus on speed, or enlist the help of the trickster god Loki to create shortcuts and hinder your opponent. Can you be certain Loki’s changes won’t help your opponent instead? There’s only one way to find out!

The photographs provided show a vibrant array of cards with new art by Johan Egerkrans as well as the two raven player pieces.  If these images entice you to explore the world of Norse mythology from a bird’s eye view, watch for this to release in February.

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The Ravens of Thri Sahashri is a two player asymmetrical game in which one player is trapped in a coma, her memories being devoured by ravens, and the other can share her dreams.  Both players must work cooperatively to free her from the coma.  Originally published in Japanese, Osprey Games will be publishing an English language edition.  The new version will feature the same beautiful art work of the original printed on over-sized cards in an embossed slipcase.  The development team at Osprey has also added three mystery envelopes that may be opened when a game is completed but only if certain qualifications are met.

Being a connoisseur of two-player games, this has been on my radar for a long time and I’m very excited to finally be able to acquire a copy!  The game’s developer, Duncan Molloy, had this to say:

What makes this game special is the fusion of a truly heart-rending story and extremely elegant and nuanced game mechanics. It is a game is like no other I’ve ever played, combining hidden information with a deteriorating deck, as the Ravens destroy memory cards between rounds. Only one player has access to the deck of memories, while only the other player knows which cards they need.

Osprey has an expected release window of May 2016.