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.
There is an endless war between the celestials of Heaven and Hell, and the only way to stop it is to unite the forces of the dead in the Underworld to defeat the celestials restore balance in the universe and accomplish your own ulterior motives in the process. In Court of the Dead: Mourners Call, players are Mourners, an allegiant of Death, seeking to gain influence among the three factions – Bone, Flesh, and Spirit – and gain control of the strongholds and guilds in the Underworld. Players will need to spend Elthera, a power within mortal souls, to build their influence among the factions, but Elthera is also needed to pay tribute to the celestials. Mismanaging the Elthera risks arousing the suspicions of celestials and invoking the Dreadsgrip, a destructive force that may weaken a Mourner’s influence in the Underworld. Meanwhile, Death has a few tasks he needs his Mourners to accomplish. The game is a balance of cooperation and hidden objectives, area control and condition management. The player who contributes the most to the goals of the Underworld wins and serve as Death’s right hand in the conflict with the celestials.
Court of the Dead is a new rich and immersive setting developed by Project Raygun, a designer collectibles division under USAopoly. The world in the Court of the Dead has undergone development over the past couple of years. As Project Raygun developed the world, they created history, storylines, central figures in the world. Large vinyl statues were built to bring the central characters to life. Numerous comics and graphic novels told stories about the world. More about this world of the Court of the Dead can be found here.
Court of the Dead: Mourners Call plays 2-5 players, ages 14+
in about 90 minutes. Contents include Game Board, 48 Guild Figures, 1 Death
Figure, 1 Malavestros Figure, 40 Guild Mover Bases, 14 Court Cards, 27 Mourner
Cards, 36 Wallows Cards, 12 Objective Cards, 4 Reference Cards, 4 Player Boards, 50 Etherea Pieces, 45 Unity Tokens, 12
Faction Tokens, 1 Dreadsbane Token, 24 Wooden Trackers, 14 Tracker Pieces, 4
Dice, and Rules. The game is available
for preorder now or look for the game in your friendly local game store in
It seems like every board game publisher is providing their spin on the roll-and-write genre. The OP (formerly USAopoly) has partnered with Matagot to bring Dungeon Academy to the North American market.
Dungeon Academy looks like a roll-and-write crossed with a dungeon dive game. The game has 16 six-sided dice with different sides representing things like monsters and potions. The dice are rolled and arranged into a 4×4 grid which represents a floor of the dungeon. The floor is revealed to the players which then race to draw a path through the dungeon level. The game is played over four rounds/levels.
“Simultaneous play begins as students race to draw the most favorable route in, through, and out of each Level, taking hits to their energy from encounters with Monsters, while restoring it with every potion. If any player’s Health or Mana is depleted before their path is resolved, they fail the test and forfeit points, or Glory. The student with the most Glory after the four Levels earns the coveted Adventurers diploma to win!”
Each player has a hero which provides them with a special ability during the game. Loot cards provide bonus treasure which players can choose from once they’ve completed their route through the level.
Dungeon Academy is for 1-6 players, ages 10 and up, and will be available later this year. You can read the announcement from The OP here, as well as, learn more from the game’s product page on the publisher’s website.
USAopoly, in partnership with FOX Consumer Products, have announced their planned release of Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game. The Die Hard movie, which originally debuted in 1988, has never had a licensed board game so this would be the first for the franchise. It will feature asymmetric gameplay where one player is John McClane who needs to rescue the hostages from the thieves, played by the rest of the players, in the Nakatomi Plaza high-rise (which was featured in the original movie).
“Die Hard’s influence over the action-thriller genre is staggering, so we were beyond excited for the opportunity to harness the movie’s expert blend of action, intelligence and drama into a unique tabletop experience. We are developing a game that will deeply resonate with Die Hard enthusiasts, incorporating even the slightest details to create a rich and entertaining experience that properly pays tribute to arguably the greatest action movie of all time.” – Pat Marino, Lead Game Designer, USAopoly [source]
“The Die Hard board game from USAopoly provides an engaging touch point for fans seeking a nostalgic trip back to Nakatomi Tower and, three decades after the film’s release, allows a new generation of fans to play a unique game experience showcasing this incredible property.” – Federico San Martin, Vice President of Global Toys and Hardlines, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products [source]
Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will be available in the Spring of 2019 in select retailers. Check the USAOpoly website for more information. Now fans can debate whether this can be classified as a Christmas game!
USAopoly have partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (on behalf of DC Comics) to bring Talisman: Batman – Super-Villains Edition to life. The game allows players to be one of Gotham City’s Super-Villains who sneak and fight through 2 floors, and the central tower, of Arkham Asylum. The first evil-doer to subdue Batman and release the other, dangerous inmates, wins the game.
In true Talisman fashion, players upgrade the Health, Strength, and Cunning of their characters before they face off against their ultimate objective, Batman, in the center of the map. While there can be only one winner, players can cooperate as they make their way to their foe. The game features artwork from the “New 52” era, 13 plastic character figures, more than 100 Encounter cards, six-sided dice, and character boards.
Talisman: Batman Super-Villain Edition allows for 2-6 players, aged 13+. Expect it’s release in June of 2019. For more information, visit the USAopoly website.
Love it or hate it, the board game Talisman is an important part of modern dungeon-crawl board game history. First produced in 1983 by Games Workshop and designer Robert Harris, Talisman is a roll and move game with multitudes of characters to play, items to find, monsters to slay, and expansions galore. The game has seen versions migrate through various companies, most notably the 4th edition published by Fantasy Flight Games jointly with Games Workshop. After the split between those two companies in 2017, the future of the game franchise was unknown, but a recent press release has revealed that the newest publisher to jointly produce the “Magical Quest Game” will be USAopoly. Details are few, but it does appear to be the nostalgic game back again from the dead, rather than the offshoot game recently released from Pegasus Spiele. However, the press release discusses “two new licensed editions”, which could mean Harry Potter, Disney, or even James Bond, all of which have been put into games by USAopoly in the past. For more details, check out the official press release from the New York Toy Fair.
USAopoly announced a new game based on the forthcoming theatrical release of Marvel’s Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls is a social deduction game where players take on the roles of the characters from the film, each with their own special powers. Incorporating the mechanics from Bang!, players will also have a hidden role as either an ally or as shapeshifting Skrull or a Skrull defector. While Captain Marvel is known by all, each other player will have to deduce who their allies are and attempt to defeat their opponents before being exposed. Colorful graphics on the cards and player boards are in keeping with the Marvel art style in the comics.
Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls plays 4-7 players, ages 8 and up. Contents include 7 Alliance Cards: 1 Captain Marvel, 2 Ally, 3 Skrull, 1 Skrull Defector; 13 Character Identity Cards; 80 playing cards, 7 reference cards, 7 player cards including a double-sided card for captain Marvel, 46 health tokens, and rules. Look for Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls in your friendly local gaming store soon.
USAopoly has announcedMunchkin Harry Potter Deluxe, a joint effort with Steve Jackson Games, bringing classic Munchkin game play into the magical world of Harry Potter. Players choose whether to be in houses Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, then dungeon crawl their way to level 10 collecting items and abilities along the way. Munchkin Harry Potter solemnly swears to retain the take-that nature of a classic Munchkin game, allowing players to cast spells, drink potions, or give each other detention. Munchkin Harry Potter comes with 92 Door Cards, 76 Treasure Cards, 6 double sided House Cards (allowing more than one player to be in a specific house), 12 player standees, a custom die, game board and rules. For more information, check out the game web page at USAopoly.
The official Harry Potter edition of Vlaada Chvátil‘s wildly popular and award winning game Codenames is now available in your friendly local game store. Codenames: Harry Potter is actually more a variation on Codenames Duet, being a cooperative puzzle game for 2 wizards. Players take turns trying to locate 15 hidden members of the Order of the Phoenix among a 5×5 grid of both picture and word cards, using their side of the key card. Players give single word clues, along with a number referencing how many cards relate to the clue. The clue receiver can pick multiple cards, but must stop after an incorrect pick. But beware, because the game is instantly lost if the Black Card is picked, leading the players down Knockturn Alley to the waiting Death Eaters. Players win if they find all 15 members before 10 incorrect guesses.