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Coming from Wiz Kids in June is Europa Base Alpha, a 2-4 player game with a play time of 45 minutes that combines cards and dice game play.

Players compete to build a network of bases on Jupiter’s moon Europa, with Missile Silos, Communication Towers, Global Command Centers, Personnel Bunkers and Intergalactic Transports, using cards/dice to build their own bases and mess with other players. Whoever has the most points from their moon bases will win.

The game comes with 36 dice and 92 cards, tokens and 4 player boards.

It is meant for ages 14 and up. It is from Garrett Herdter.

Coming this August from Wiz Kids is Sovereign’s Chain, a strategic cutthroat card game, that uses strategy, skill and luck.

For 2-4 players ages 14 and up with an average play time of 30 minutes, class cards are played in front of players, creating a chain. Players can play cards on their own chain or an opponents, some being played faceup and using abilities, and some facedown to be used later. Cards come in two suits of stars and planets, and in order to win, once someone’s chain reaches seven cards, a player must have the highest difference in points between the two suits.

There is also a small deck of event cards that will affect the game play.

The game comes with 70 class cards, 15 event cards, and several types of tokens.

Coming in June from WizKids is Andrew J. Smith’s Palm Trees.

For 2-6 players ages 10 and up, this card game has 78 cards made up of fronds and coconuts, all of which have a specific way you must hold them; for example, by the thumb and pinky only. Players will pick cards for their opponents in the hopes that they will drop the cards. The best tree will win. In the teams of two version, one player will grow the palm trees in their hands, and their partner will try to place the cards into the “trees.” The first team to place 6 cards in each tree will win. The game also includes trunk tattoo sleeves for players to wear on their tree-arm.

The game has a playing time of 20 minutes and looks to be a family game.

WizKids is releasing Smash City, an action-packed game of Kaiju combat!

“Toss your giant monster dice at your foes to perform devastating attacks! Crush cities and spread fire, electricity, poisonous gas and radiation! Throw cars and destroy tanks! Inflict maximum carnage like a true Kaiju!”

Aim well and roll your monster dice into the city to knock down buildings and attack anything and everything in your reach. Each Kaiju has special powers and each favors a particular energy type. Use your strengths effectively to crush your foes and smash the city to pieces!

As your Kaiju destroys the city, you gain SMASH! Cards. Use these cards together with your special powers to beat your foes and win the game!

In the box:

• 4 x Large Foam Monster Dice
• 1 x City Map
• 3D buildings
• Army Tiles
• Car Tiles
• Player Boards
• Smash! Cards

Smash City is planned for release in March, 2019

If you’re a fan of dice and dice games, WizKids has got your back this fall!

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First up is Blank White Dice. Designed by Jonathan Leistiko, Blank White Dice has players simply rolling their dice and activating the abilities shown on the faces. What makes this game unique is that when a blank face is rolled, players can draw their own icons on to the dice, which will provide your dice with new abilities. I suppose you could call it a face-building game as you roll your way to victory.

The game comes with “wet-erase” markers that are not as easy to rub off as dry-erase markers. The dice are of a very high quality, nice and weighty, bulky – and the die faces are recessed so that the markings don’t easy rub off upon rolling. I will say that you’ll need a wet cloth around to remove markings as the felt tops of the markers are not enough to remove what is marked upon the die. The game comes with many different cards featuring abilities that may be played upon the die (upon placing their icons on them–see below).

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Secondly we’ve got Burke’s Gambit. Designed by Robert Yates, Burke’s Gambit is sci-fi themed game of hidden roles and sabotage. One of your crew has been contaminated by a parasitic organism, and to make things worse another member of your crew has sabotaged to ship on a crash course to Earth! Players will take the roles of different members of the ship, roll dice to determine their actions (e.g. attacking other players, healing themselves, scanning for the parasite, etc.), and ultimately vote to eject someone out of the airlock!

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Lastly, we have Dice Stars. Designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, players are collecting sets of dice that represent multi-coloured shooting stars. On their turns, players can add dice to the pool before rolling them, taking either all the dice of one colour or the dice of one value. Dice taken will help you score in different ways, and the highest score wins!

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Look forward to this slate of dice games in October (Blank White Dice), November (Dice Stars), and December (Burke’s Gambit). Additional information can be found on WizKid’s website.

One of the trains that was involved in the in the head-on train collision that happened June 28th in Texas was transporting a large shipment of the new HeroClix. This shipment had been intended to fulfill orders for the upcoming Pre-release events around the world. Due to the unknown condition of this product, Wizkids has cancelled the Marvel HeroClix: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man Pre-Release event until further notice.

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The release of the regular product will move forward as planned; Wizkids is still able to ship sufficient quantities to proceed with the launch of the product.

While the loss of a nationwide event for the gaming community is unfortunate, the bigger impact is to those who have lost their loved ones and my thoughts and prayers go out to them.

To read the whole story from Wizkids click here.

Wizkids has announced another expansion for the TMNT line of Heroclix figures called Shredder’s Return, set for release in March of 2017.  This set will just be boosters and a Fast Forces pack (a single pack containing 6 figures) and will feature over 30 new characters pulled from the entire universe of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and cartoon series.  There will be a couple subsets within the entire set such as the Purple Dragon street gang and even variants of the turtles from when they were adventuring in space.  The Fast Forces pack will include all new dial variants for the four main turtles as well as Rocksteady and Bebop.  Look for all of this to arrive in stores come March 2017, and you can read more about the announcement on the ICv2 site.

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Wiz Kids announced that it will be releasing Star Trek Frontiers, designed by Andrew Parks and based on Vlaada Chvátil’s Mage Knight board game. Here’s the official press release:

Star Trek: Frontiers Board Game – Coming Soon from WizKids
HILLSIDE, NJ – August 14, 2015 – WizKids, maker of quality board games and miniatures, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Star Trek: Frontiers. Designed by Andrew Parks, Star Trek: Frontiers puts a new spin on the bestselling board game Mage Knight, by Vlaada Chvátil.“Like the Mage Knight board game, Star Trek: Frontiers allows players to explore areas that are new and different each time they play. I can’t wait for Star Trek fans to start commanding their Federation and Klingon ships as they encounter Romulan Warbirds, send carefully chosen away teams down to unknown planets, and challenge the might of the Borg,” said Frontiers game designer, Andrew Parks.

“The Star Trek universe opens up a huge variety of thematic options for a designer, and I specifically hope fans of Star Trek will enjoy the work that Andrew has done to bring the system to the world of Star Trek,” said Vlaada Chvátil, creator of the original Mage Knight.

Similar to Mage Knight, in Star Trek: Frontiers, players will follow multiple scenarios leading them on a journey into the unknown. They will earn Experience Points and further their Reputation as a Captain while commanding their Ship, recruiting new Crew Members and encountering some of the undiscovered mysteries of space.

The Star Trek: Frontiers board game features both competitive and cooperative scenarios and is designed for 1 to 4 players. Solo game scenarios are also included at the end of the Full Rulebook.

For more information on Star Trek: Frontiers, and other great games by WizKids, visitWizkidsGames.com.