War Games

On the same day no less, both Spartan Games and Tor Gaming have made announcements that they will be closing their doors.  Spartan Games is known for Firestorm Armada (a spaceship war game), Dystopian Wars (a victorian scifi naval war game), and the Spartan Scenics (a line for miniature scenery).  Tor Gaming is best known for their fantasy war game, Relics.  Both press releases mention the ever growing board game industry, and with growth comes more competition.  And unfortunately the splintering of their respective customer bases was too much for them, and they had to cease operations.  This announcement comes as especially bad news for the backers of the Dystopian World Expansion Kickstarter that is still in the process of being fulfilled.  It is always a sad day to see companies go, and we wish the best for all those involved.

You can read the Spartan Games announcement here, and the Tor Gaming announcement here.

The convention season is definitely in swing and the Dice Tower is there with all sorts of interviews and shows. Here’s some pics that Sam Healey was able to share.

New Arms for Age of Sigmar: Kharadron Overlords (coming in April)
       – completely new dwarven army
       – 3 different-sized airship units
       – regular infantry units
       – assault infantry units
       – HQ units
Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire
       – a board game that is “very different than anything we’ve done”
 
New Skirmish-level game: Shadow War: Armageddon (coming in April)
       -sets comes with scouts and orks
       -fully plastic modular terrain makes up the bulk of the volume of the box
       -basically a classic Necromunda rules set

EBS CMON

CoolMiniOrNot (CMON) has released a statement that EBS Hobbies will be their hobby miniatures distributer in the UK. While CMON has a large line of game products that use miniatures as components, EBS Hobbies will exclusively handle CMON’s two miniature war game lines: Dark Ages and Wrath of Kings. CMON’s CEO, David Doust, had this to say:

“We’re excited to have EBS Hobbies supporting these two brands and helping to get these products onto the tables of fans of miniature war games. We believe with the reach and relationships that EBS Hobbies have built that this partnership will help continue to grow these two already strong and exciting properties.”

Brian Edwards of EBS Hobbies adds:

“We here at EBShobbies are proud to be partnering with CMON for the exclusive distributorship of their miniature gaming lines of Wrath of Kings and Dark Age. Wrath of Kings is the new game not to be missed in the gaming industry and Dark Age is a rivaled favorite. CMON have the highest quality miniatures and accessible rules and are by far the best gaming company around today and we are thrilled to be representing them in the UK.”

Dark Ages and Wrath of Kings are two of many games that have successfully funded on KS by CMON. Both lines have been received well in the miniatures market due to their gameplay and well done minis. Dark Ages is a tactical skirmish game that uses a d20 system while Wrath of Kings is a full scale miniatures war game that uses a d10 system. Gamers in the UK can hope for easier access to these titles in the future through EBS Hobbies.

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GMT Games has released their latest update newsletter in which they chronicle the latest news and upcoming releases.   The following is discussed at length:

  • a brief account of the Consimworld Expo, in which record-breaking attendance was noted (over 300).
  • Mr. President: a new game design that is currently in its prototype phase.  Mr. President is a solitaire gaming experience in which the player takes the role of the President of the United States and simulates the actual governing of the country.
  • Designer Kurt Keckley has created a full-featured solitaire system for his Fields of Despair WWI BLOCK GAME design.
  • A call for playtesters on the following projects: The MBT VASSAL playtest module and Mitch Land: Silver Bayonet 25th Anniversary Ed.
  • Updates on the progress of Won by the Sword; proofing is almost done.
  • An ongoing series replay of The Dark Sands (The Dark Valley system) by Developer Tim Wilcox in InsideGMT.
  • Digital versions of Dominant Species and Twilight Struggle updates.
  • Links to recent InsideGMT articles.
  • Information about the Fall GMT Weekend at the Warehouse on October 15-18, 2015.

Visit this link to view the update in full.

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Deep-Cut Studio, a Lithuanian manufacturer, produces a line of high-quality gaming mats made of PVC and cloth.  Their newest release, the Aerial Bay mat, offers a satellite aerial view of a bay with land, perfect for historical war-games.  All of Deep-Cut Studio’s battle mats are of varying sizes and with many different themed backgrounds available, including settings for historical war-games, space backgrounds for sci-fi miniature games, post-apocalyptic and fantasy RPG settings.  Any of these mats can be custom manufactured with any size grid or hex as well as custom sizes to fit your gaming table.  The two types of material, PVC or cloth, include the following features:

PVC mat:
– Made from high durability PVC
– Non textured gaming surface with high quality printed picture
– Resistant to scratch and tear as well as dirt stains
– Compatible with water based pens
– Shipping tubes can be used as easy storage
– The choice for a sturdy and cost friendly battlefield

Cloth mat:
– Made from lightweight synthetic cloth
– The paint is soaked into the material and will never scratch or fade off
– Can be machine washed or ironed with steam
– The choice for an ultra-portable battlefield

For more information about these gaming mats, visit Deep-Cut Studio’s website here.

ve day

With the passing of the 70th anniversary of VE Day May 8th Days of Wonder is releasing 4 new scenarios to let you play out some of the final epic push by the allies from the east and west to subdue the German Wehrmarcht.  These include “Hatten & Rittershofen”, “Reichswald & Nutterden”, “Hitdorf”, and “Seelow Heights”.

These battles while at the end of the war were still bitterly fought for your not truly out til your out.  These scenarios will be available to download from DoW’s website, through their store (free plus S&H), and at conventions.

Download here Order here

Publishers description below

On May 8, 1945, after 6 years of war, the German Wehrmacht surrendered to the Allies in Berlin. War in Europe was finally over. 1945, however, saw the final throes of a powerful military; as the American and British forces pushed forward on the western front, Soviet forces advanced tirelessly from the east, closing in on Berlin. Struggling to defend their homeland, German soldiers proved to be fierce warriors, even when outnumbered or encircled. The war would not end as easily as expected.

Now, 70 years after the end of the war in Europe, Richard Borg & the Days of Wonder Team are happy to offer you four new scenarios to commemorate the last battles of 1945. Relieve the men of the 79th US Infantry trapped in the two encircled towns of Hatten & Rittershof; take command of the 44th British Brigade and its flamethrower tanks during Operation Veritable; cross the Rhine with the men of the “All American” 82nd Airborne; or gather your friends to assault – or defend – the infamous Seelow Heights, last line of defense before Berlin, in a massive Overlord battle.

Irongames has announced some exciting new releases for the month of April, and here we are offering a glimpse at these new titles!

Peloponnes

In Peloponnes, each player is trying to establish one of seven different civilizations in 1,000 BC. To do this, they must erect buildings and annex land to be developed, thereby increasing both their wealth and their population.

In this game designed by Bernd Eisenstein, players will bid on tiles and gather income, after which disaster tiles will be revealed that could affect all players.  Land tiles, building tiles, and inhabitants are all worth victory points.  The winner will achieve the most points, thus making them the most dominant civilization on the peninsula at the start of a new millennium.  Peleponnes is a game for 1-5 players ages 10 and up, and plays in 15-50 minutes.

PAX

Enter Rome at the time of the slave uprisings under Spartacus! The escaped rebels have managed to gain influence and power. Rome is attempting to undermine the stronger armies of the slaves in order to restore “pax”, or peace – but only for personal gain. Will the Empire collapse under the strain, or will their promises to insurgents succeed in drawing them to their side?

In PAX, players take on the role of the escaped slave underground.  Using their cards, they will attempt to undermine the Roman establishment and increase their sphere of influence.  Players will win the game by developing more strength than Rome (and any other player).  This game involves tricky tactical decisions, and a player can, through deception and intrigue, side with Rome to aid in a victory over the slave revolt.

PAX is for 1-4 players ages 10 and up, and plays in 30 minutes.

PAX Expansion will also be released, including 30 new cards:

The slaves are re-arming themselves and Rome, too, does not remain idle. With the new cards; Militia, Scouts, and Adversaries, additional tactics are possible for the slaves as well as for Rome!

Pergamemnon

They were the most powerful nations of their time: the Carthaginians, Romans, Hellenes, Egyptians and Persians. Pergamemnon assembles all of these peoples for an epic showdown.

Pergamemnon is a deck-builder in which players will become on of the most powerful nations in antiquity, and through direct conflict, will vie for victory.  Nations will also be able to conjure mythical creatures to influence the battle in their favor.

Pergamemnon is a game for 2-5 players ages 10 and up, and plays in 45 minutes.

Pergamemnon Expansion will also be released, including 32 new cards:

Out of the Abyss come the Germans and the Macedonians, two more powerful nations to compete with the others. In addition to the specific skills of each people, all players now have the option to acquire additional skills.

Panthalos

Titans, the demi-gods of the underworld, threaten mankind, spreading mischief and chaos in the world but the humans are prepared to defend themselves by creating their own Titans to withstand these attacks from the underworld.

Players play as these humans, attempting to carry on the business of normal life by acquiring goods, upgrading their merchandise, and delivering them to ships and dealers.  All the while, players will be strengthening their titans and troops to gain the military advantage.

Panthalos is for 2-5 players ages 12 and up and plays in 60 – 90 minutes.

Palmyra

In this tactical tile-laying game, players will be striving to acquire valuable land and riches for the Roman Empire.  Players will need to balance their tax collection strategies, as a greedy tax policy will limit the influx of riches later in the game.  By placing land tiles and moving their armies and censors, players will attempt to collect the most coins to achieve victory.  The game ends when 120 coins have been collected.

Palmyra is a game for 1-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in 30-45 minutes.

For more information on these new releases and on Irongames, visit Irongames’ website here.

Your airborne troops are landing in Normandy on D-Day!

Gather your brothers and move out. The success of the invasion rests on your shoulders!

In this solitaire, deck-building card game from Stratamax Games, you take on the role of the commander of the 101st Airborne unit on D-Day.  Will you lead your troop to victory by making it through the Mission or Drop Deck and overcoming the enemy?  Or will your troop accumulate so many “Disorganized” cards that they are no longer effective–or worse, captured?

On each turn in Airborne Commander, you will draw four cards from the Mission Deck–this becomes the Axis opposition for that turn.  You will have three choices on how to play cards from your hand:

  • to face off against the four enemy Axis units,
  • to support your Allied units in combat, or
  • to recruit new Allied units to your player deck.

You will win the game if you make it through to the end of the Mission or Drop Deck.  If you do, you will tally up your score.  Scoring 12 points at the end of the game will secure a total victory and the Medal of Honor.

You will lose if you draw all of the “Disorganized” cards into your player deck, or if you fail to defeat enough static defenses.

A pledge at the $25 funding level will secure supporters with one copy of the game, which includes the following:

  • 44 101st Airborne Cards
  • 10 Disorganized Cards
  • 8 Mission Albany Objectives
  • 38 Mission Albany Axis Units
  • 8 Mission Albany Terrain Cards
  • Airborne Commander Rules

Airborne Commander has a primary funding goal of $3,000, and over $11,000 has been raised at this point.  The project will fund on Fri, April 3, 2015.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

 

old school tactical

Fast and furious battles for 2 players. Tanks, planes, artillery, machine guns, and the soldiers to man them. All in 16 pages of rules.

Flying Pig Games is currently running a Kickstarter for their latest project, Old School Tactical.  This will begin a series of fresh, tactical war-games that utilize the “Old School Tactical” (OST) system, designed by Shayne Logan, and is characterized by “attack-factor-minus-defense-factor-equals-firepower combat.”  Another aspect of OST’s rule system is the impulse system, which requires gamers to decide which among their myriad of units to activate.

old school tactical map

OST simulates, through an easily-learned game system, small unit engagements on the Eastern Front during 1941-42.

The base game comes with:

  • 2 sheets of 3/4” unit, weapon, and condition counters
  • 1 sheet of 7/8” vehicle counters.
  • 2, large 30″ x 41″ mounted game maps, hexes are 1″.
  • 18 Luck cards, such as Shell Shocked, Evasive Manuevers, Field Repair, and Tank Hunters.
  • 36 Unit data cards.
  • 24 scenarios.
  • 16 page color rule book.
  • 4 dice.
  • box.

The primary funding goal for this project is $16,000, and currently over $15,000 has been raised.  For more information and to back this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

battlelore

Fantasy Flight Games posted a preview of one of their upcoming Battlelore 2nd Edition expansions, the Warband of Scorn Army Pack, adding more bloodthirsty demons to the fearsome Uthuk Y’llan faction.

“With adrenaline coursing through her veins and the taste of Daqan blood on her tongue, the Blood Sister leaned back on the barricade and began chanting the summons. It wasn’t long before the earth began to quake with a low rumbling, and then it broke open as a giant, spined, insect-like demon crawled out of the ground.”

Warband of Scorn includes army and ability cards, new terrain tiles, more scenario cards, and 30 new miniatures representing Blood Harvester reinforcements and four brand new units. In this latest preview, Fantasy Flight Games takes a look at these new powerful combatants.

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Blood Sisters

“The Blood Sisters are the powerful and cruel priestesses of the Uthuk Y’llan: practitioners of blood magic, demon tamers, and ritual murderers.”

These dark spell casters can target units as far as three hexes away with damaging spells, and can Bleed adjacent units using lore results lowering their attack dice by one. On a heroic roll, any damaged units nearby serve to heal these wicked sorcerers.

Grotesque

“So much demon blood flows through the veins of the Grotesque that little humanity is left in them. Their limbs are transmogrified and their very bones have become weapons.”

A twisted take on the Blood Sisters, these units can Bleed their targets as well as hit units at range their Bone Blast ability, shooting bone shards up to two hexes away.

Berserkers

“Insanity makes them unpredictable: their Deranged ability allows you to reroll a die in every combat roll a unit of Berserkers makes.”

In addition to rerolls, their Thousand Cuts heroic ability deals damage to all adjacent units regardless of the original target.

Doombringer

“A ravenous, creeping, six-legged demon drawn into war by its insatiable hunger.”

The Doombringer uses its very presence to freeze enemy units in fear, and on a heroic result, may even devour infantry and cavalry units in one fell swoop.

There’s a great deal more information in the article, including images of the new miniatures and a breakdown of army builds. Check out the full preview for all the details. To learn more about Battlelore 2nd Edition, check out our review.