WizKids

Wizkids has announced that their newest game, Lancelot, originally published in 2017,  is finally available to North American customers.

Licensed from Ergo Ludo Editions, Lancelot is a game that takes place in the world of King Arthur, where players are trying to amass more virtue points than any of the other players.

“In the Court of King Arthur, you are the Knights that prove their individual valor by performing heroic deeds, setting out on the quest for the Grail, and obtaining the Knightly Virtues…The goal? To be elected First Knight – Lancelot – he who will steal the heart of Queen Guinevere.”

Players move around the board, visiting certain locations to gain items or complete quests that will help them gain virtue. Each time around the board is one round, with the game ending after seven rounds.

You can move around the board at your own pace, but keep in mind that you are all racing for points, so don’t dawdle too much.

The winner of the game will be called Lancelot, with all the benefits that entails.

Those who have been anxiously awaiting this game in North America can finally pick it up without importing it.

 

Long before Dice Masters was a twinkle in WizKids eye, Quarriors!, designed by Mike Elliot and Eric M. Lang, was the granddaddy of Dice Building games. It followed traditional releases in the form of big boxes for each expansion.

Dice Masters followed later but with a different release system in that you bought starter boxes and booster packs to expand your collection. They started dabbling in mini-releases such as Team Packs (like Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage and Dr Strange) and even released two big box standalone expansions for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Given the demand for the standalone expansions, Wizkids will be releasing the Avengers Infinity and Warhammer 40,000 Campaign Boxes.

According to Wizkids:

By shifting the focus of how players buy Dice Masters to non-blind product, we’re trying to lower the barrier to entry for fans who are interested in trying the game fresh or maybe exploring one of the IPs in the game they haven’t tried yet. [source]

The campaign boxes offer a lot of value. Each one has 48 different character cards which could be used to build hundreds of different thematic teams. There are also 10 Basic Action Cards to add variety. Adding in Team Packs will allow players to customize their teams even further. Campaign Boxes are able to store over 300 dice and their matching cards which means it can accommodate the basic set along with 10 added Team Packs.

Cards in the Campaign Boxes are also going to have their Max dice based on the game play but tournament play will be kept in mind when these are released instead of the stifling maximum previously designed into previous non-blind releases.

For more details on the upcoming Campaign Boxes check out the Wizkids Dice Masters page for details.

WizKids forthcoming sci-fi game, Beyond the Edge, starts with players recruited to defeat space pirates who have blockaded the free planet of Orion, but it is beyond those pirates where this game becomes innovative.

Created by Ken Shannon, Beyond the Edge features the “Evolve/Beyond System” which allows players to keep everything they have obtained in each game for their next game. Each player’s character develops a unique story over the course of many games.  Fueling these rich stories, the game features unique storylines, including captains and characters the players can meet, written by RPG legends Richard Lee Byers and Ed Greenwood.

Adding further to the unique stories for each character, the game also features dynamic play experience in which the alliances the players make in each game changes their objectives, special abilities, and upgrades.

Beyond the Edge boasts an easy-to-learn game system with legacy type rules and story that develop over time, allowing new players to learn as they go.

Where this game really goes beyond the edge is the “Dry Dock System” which allows players to take their ship, captain, and missions to other players’ games.

For 2-4 players, ages 14 and up, the game takes approximately an hour to play.  The game contains 627 cards, 10 token sheets, 21 ship mats, a Threat board, a Faction alliance board, rulebook, 20 energy cubes, 4 dice, 2 sticker sheets, a cloth bag, and the “Dry Dock” envelopes to hold player materials between games.

Projected release date is April 2018!

Seal Team Flix is a new cooperative game coming from WizKids. In Seal Team Flix, 1-4 players battle against Gaia’s Hope, an eco-terrorist group. This is a game set in modern warfare and includes dexterity elements to highlight the importance of skill and speed in a wartime setting. Players have the option of playing the game in a non-linear campaign mode or a skirmish mode.  The game boasts wooden blocks/discs, 3D walls, multiple map boards, and standees. Seal Team Flix is scheduled to release in Jul7 2018 (Q3).

When the partnership between Wizkids and Games Workshop was announced, one of the things mentioned was the creation of a new dice game set in the Warhammer 40K universe.  People, me included, speculated that it would be a dice masters game given it’s success and ease of re-theming.  Well now we have confirmation, Warhammer 40K Dice Masters is coming in July of next year.  This will come in the form of a new starter set based around the battle for Ultramar campaign in the 40K universe, easily enough called Warhammer 40K Dice Masters: Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box.  Included in the set will be the Ultramarine faction and the Deathguard faction along with all the basic action cards and dice you will need to field a two player game.  Also being released at the same time will be two team packs, one called Orcs WAARGH! which brings in the uncontrollable Orcs, and the other called Space Wolves, Sons of Russ that brings in the Space Wolves Space Marine fighting force.  Each team pack comes with cards for that faction and all the dice for those cards, but they will have to be combined with the base game in order to play the game as they don’t have any basic dice or action cards.  One final thing to note, they did mention that these are compatible with all the other Dice Masters sets, meaning you can live the crossover dream and have Superman lead a team of space marines and ninja turtles into battle together!

You can find out more about the Dice Masters game on Wizkids’ website, through the many Youtube reviews of different sets from the Dice Tower, or just patiently wait 7 months for their release.

WizKids has two new games coming to shelves in March 2018, Spy Tricks and Letter Go!.

Spy Tricks is a new edition of the 3-4 player Japanese game Trick of Spy (2016) by designer Susumu Kawasaki (Traders of Osaka). Spy Tricks is essentially a trick taking card game, but players must use the information they gather to deduce the identity of the “secret document”, a face down card from the deck. Players then bet on what the secret document might be, trying to reserve guesses before the other players. Play rounds equal to the number of players, and highest score at the end wins.

In Letter Go!, players write words on their whiteboards, using letter cards available to all. However, the players only score their words under two conditions: They must claim letter cards before their opponents, and they must follow the rules on the changing “random ridiculous” rule cards. Letter Go! comes with 6 whiteboards, 26 double sided rule cards and 96 letter cards.

Wizkids has just announced plans to release Doppleganger in 2018, an adventuring-party card game with a traitor mechanic. Wizkids has been on announcing a pile of new games, and Doppleganger can now get added to that last. Doppleganger is scheduled for a May 2018 release. Players aged 14+ will spend 30 minutes figuring out which of the 4-8 players in the game are traitors.

In Doppleganger players are working together to find three Artifacts of Light. Things are never easy for an adventuring party, and in this case one or more of the players are hidden-traitor dopplegangers, trying to stop the party from finding three artifacts.

Wizkids has described the game as having mechanics similar to ResistanceBattlestar Galactica, and Dark Moon. While adventuring in Doppleganger players are invited to join an adventure and secretly throw cards into the pool. Players will also be required to choose which dice to use in the battles they encounter. Cards in the pool will help the adventuring part succeed (a weapon) or fail (who threw in the poison potion?!).

 

Content of the game will include:

  • 107 Cards (Heroes, Items, Quests, Loyalty, Reference)
  • 5 Dice
  • 1 Rule book
  • 1 Dice bag
  • Tokens
  • Damage counters
  • Exhaustion tokens

Wizkids is shifting into game making overdrive as they have announced four new games within the last week.  First game on the list is a reprint of a team style card game called Team Play.  This is a card game made up of a deck of number cards and goal cards, with the object of the game to score the most points with your teammate.  In the game you will have a hand of number cards as well as a goal card, the goal card will have some arrangement of numbers that you will need to have in your hand to score.  Some of the arrangements include 2 pairs of uneven numbers, having 3 low numbers, 5 consecutive red numbers, and so on.  During the game everyone will be passing cards between each other, without directly saying what it is they need, trying to get the numbers to satisfy their goal.  You will have to deduce what your partner needs quickly, because at the end, it’s the team with the most points that will be the winners.  Expect this game on store shelves in January of 2018.

Next up is a light, solo type game called Maiden’s Quest, where the princess is tired of waiting to be rescued so decides to fight her way out.  On a given turn you will be faced with some obstacle or enemy, and you will have to use cards from your hand to overcome it.  As you go along the encounters will get harder and harder, but once you conquer them all you are free!  One interesting aspect of the game is that the cards have multiple orientations and are double sided, meaning each cards represents up to four items, encounters, or allies.  Plus you have the ability to save the game mid way through, allowing you to pick the game back up later if you have to put it away.  Look for this game to be released around May of next year.

After that is the silly dungeon quest game called Fungeon Party, where you will be doing all sorts of strange “quests”.  This game definitely fits the silly bill as you will have 30 seconds per quest to complete the, with the average game having six quests to complete.  What are these quests you ask?  They are stacking dice on your forehead, bouncing them into the box, hitting a meeple surrounded by dice, and so on.  Whoever can complete the most quests in the given time will be the winner.  So if you like silly games like Dungeon Fighter, this one might be right up your alley.  Check it out on store shelves in June of 2018.

And last, but certainly not least, Wizkids is trying their hand at the room escape game with Curio: The Lost Temple.  The story in the game is that a sink hole appeared near the Tigris river that exposed a previously unknown temple to the world.  As explorers you are answering the call to go into this lost temple to explore the mysteries it contains, but the second you all walk through the doors they shut, and sand starts pouring in around you.  You and your fellow explorers will have to work together to solve all the different puzzles in order to unlock the doors and escape.  One thing that Wizkids is trying to do with this game is not make it a one-time use game, but with a module system they intend for it to be playable over and over, even with the same group of people.  Being a fan of other room escape games like EXIT and Unlock, this has me highly intrigued.  Look for this to hit store shelves in May of 2018.

WizKids and Wizards of the Coast have announced expansion plans for a Magic: The Gathering product partnership. The new products are expected to include a line of Magic: The Gathering miniatures as well as a forthcoming board game. Wizards of the Coast and Wizkids had already worked on a line of products together based in the Dungeons & Dragons universe.

“We’re introducing a long-time, beloved brand to an all new medium,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids. “Producing high-quality miniatures and bringing to market captivating board games is at the heart of WizKids. We could not be more excited to extend our relationship with Wizards of the Coast with Magic: The Gathering.”

The initial product line will include pre-painted sculpted miniatures that will focus on token creature cards. Players enjoying the Magic: The Gathering card game will now be able to bring 3-d sculpts of their favorite figures to the table with them. Prepare to be intimidated!

The board game will pull content from the original universe of the trading card game. Players will take on the role of Planeswalkers as they explore Dominaria and try to establish connections to mana sources. Planeswalkers will have to act fast in  gathering power before their opponents while building a hand full of spell cards.

Both the new miniatures and the board game are currently scheduled for a Fall 2018 release date.

WizKids 
WizKids/NECA, LLC is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher. WizKids first moved into the hobby with pioneering of the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, which went on to sell over 750 million game figures worldwide. Wizkids moved deeper into the hobby with tabletop games that included the award-winning Mage Knight, as well as the Dice Building Game mechanic used in both Quarriors! and the subsequent Dice Masters series of games.

Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC is a subsidiary of gaming giant Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). Wizards of the Coast is home to some of the biggest brands in gaming, including Magic: The Gather, Dungeons & Dragons, and Avalon Hill.

Kung Fu Zoo is a new dice flicking dexterity game coming soon from Wizkids and designer Charlie Price. In Kung Fu Zoo, after all the employees have gone home, the animals escape and engage in martial arena combat! 2-4 players take turns flicking their selected animals’ dice, attempting to knock their opponents out of the arena, and back into their cages. Players choose between gorilla, elephant, zebra and cheetah dice, each with its own abilities and powers. Kung Fu Zoo comes with 16 dice, 4 animal sheets, an arena board, and a vacuum formed arena for battle. You can read more about Kung Fu Zoo on Wizkid’s website here, and expect the game on selves this February.