WizKids

“For the last 8 billion years, the O.P. Arena has been floating at the center of the M82 galaxy providing a battleground for the most intense fights of all time. Players from across the multiverse send their champions in search of glory and riches, but only a handful make it out alive.” [source]

Players will send their Dudes into the O.P. Combat Arena where they will fight with their overpowered abilities to unleash hot death on their opponent’s Dudes. To win, players need to obtain 30 VPs by doing damage, or killing Dudes. Tokens can also be earned which nerf abilities, shields abilities, or allows re-rolls.

Expect O.P. Arena to be released by WizKids in May of 2019.

The Marvel Dice Masters: Spider-Man Team Up Campaign Box continues the new format for Dice Masters after their move away from blind booster packs. Dice Masters is a 2-player game where teams of
Marvel Comics’ heroes and villains face off against each other in dice and card-based combat.

WizKids have announced that Spider-Man and his amazing friends such as the Heroes for Hire, and Cloak and Dagger, as well as enemies such as Gorgon, The Hand, and Typhoid Mary will be included in the standalone expansion.

The campaign box includes Sidekick dice, Basic Action Dice, rules, and dice bags. Marvel Dice Masters: Spider-Man Team Up will be released in November of 2019.

Relic fell out of publication when Fantasy Flight Games lost the licensing rights from Games Workshop. WizKids have now picked up the rights to produce the competitive, Warhammer 40k board game, which is based on the Talisman game system.

The Antian sector is facing untold horrors and 2-4 players venture forth to protect it from certain doom. Players choose from 10 unique characters who come from different factions and have different abilities. A scenario is then randomly chosen which affects the rules and objectives of that game. The players then compete to gain rewards and experience based on threats they encounter during missions, as they journey from the outer tiers of the board and make their way to the inner tier where the ultimate objective resides. Their progress inwards becomes harder and leveling up their characters becomes critical to their success. Games typically last 2-3 hours and are designed for players aged 14+.

WizKids are releasing a Standard and Premium Edition of Relic. The Premium Edition features 10 pre-painted, plastic busts for the characters, while the Standard Edition has unpainted, plastic busts. For more information, visit the WizKids product overview page on their website. Expect it’s release in June of 2019.

WizKids has announced a licensing deal to bring the sci-fi television series, The Orville, to their HeroClix line of games. The initial game content will include the primary crew members of the show, and is due out later this year.

” The first product to release will be a Jumbo Starter Set featuring the main crew, including Captain Ed Mercer, played by actor Seth MacFarlane, along with Commander Kelly Grayson, Dr. Claire Finn, Lt. Alara Kitan, Lt. Gordon Malloy, Lt. Commander Bortus, Lt. Commander John LaMarr, enabling HeroClix players and fans to embark in interstellar combat with their favorite characters. “

There were not many additional details provided in the press release, but you can read the full announcement here.

WizKids has announced a new social deduction game set on the place of Ravnica in the Magic: The Gathering universe. In Ravnica: Inquisition, players take on the role of a representative of a Ravnican guild that is either loyal to the Gatewatch or an Agent of Bolas.  The Gatewatch loyalists are tasked with discovering who the Agents of Bolas are, while the Agents simply need to survive in order to further the schemes of Nicol Bolas.  During the game, the players will elect leaders for each of the 5 colors. Each color leader has a special power they can use to further their goals, so it is important to gain those positions and keep the opposition from gaining control.  Once all the color leaders have been elected, a vote is held to eliminate 1 player. Once the dust has settled, players will reveal their roles, and if the Agents of Bolas were eliminated, the Gatewatch wins!

Ravnica: Inquisition plays 5-10 players, ages 14+, in 15-30 minutes.  Contents includes 10 role cards, 10 guild cards, 5 color leader cards, 5 targeting cards, ablaze marker, ultimate price marker, notepad, pencil, and a rulebook. Look for Ravnica: Inquisition at your friendly local game store in June 2019.

Merlin’s Beast Hunt tournament comes alive through WizKids with players acting as competing mages, rolling their share of 80 dice to hold semi-transparent cards that represent fences of bamboo, lightning, thorns and water that they will use to capture magical creatures like unicorns and centaurs. The winner scores the most points through fences and creatures.

The game is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up with a play time of 45 minutes. It comes with 80 Custom dice, 18 Beasts with bases, 35 Tokens, 64 Clear fence cards and the game board.

WizKids has a new family weight game now available at a store near you. In Bumúntú, 2-to-5 players act as African tribal leaders, seeking wisdom from the animals of the wilderness. Players will move carefully across a grid seeded with various animal tiles, each one with different movement abilities (a la Hive). Collecting these animal will gain their favor, a value determined on a leaderboard that all players affect. Strategy and planning are thus key in this game and what could be a gentle stroll through the wilds will end up being a tense skirmish for supremacy.

“A common theme in African folklore is that animals are wise creatures who teach humans to do good and moral things. In Bumúntú, based on the Bakongo culture of central Africa, you are a tribal leader seeking to befriend the animals. Trek through the jungle, follow the animals’ guidance, and earn their favor. Successfully earn the most favor and the animals will help bring your people to prosperity.”

The comparison to Hive is the most apt I can make, although this is much more a family weight game with set collection rather than a head-to-head competition to trap the opponent. Bumúntú has a wider variety of animals and variable scoring that can swing each round, making this a good game for teaching pattern recognition, long-term planning, and spatial movement to children and new gamers alike. If you are interested in learning more about Bumúntú, check out WizKids’ product page for more pictures, full rules, and a full list of local and online retailers.

Follow the adventures of Captain Nemo and the crew of the Nautilus, as reintroduced by C. Courtney Joyner in his novel, Nemo Rising, in Nemo Rising: Robur the Conqueror, from WizKids. It’s a co-operative board game where 1-4 players assume the roles of Captain Nemo, Sara Duncan, Adam Fulmer, or Ulysses S. Grant. Together, they explore either the Undersea Grotto or City in the Sky scenarios. It’s designed by Matthew Cattron, and Andrew Parks (known for Core Worlds and Assault of the Giants), with art by Mirco Paganessi, and Nicoleta Stavarache.

In the Undersea Grotto, players leave the Nautilus to gather supplies while they avoid sea hydras, deep sea scavengers, and the mechanical Kraken. In City in the Sky, they fight against Robur the Conqueror and his army of foot soldiers, war dogs, and steam-powered creations. The game includes various tokens, a game board, custom attribute dice, adventure tiles, hero tokens with plastic bases, and a rule book.

Nemo Rising: Robur the Conqueror is best suited for players aged 14+ and plays in 30-60 mins. It’s expected to release in September of 2019.

 

WizKids has announced Kibble Scuffle, a cat themed card game for 2 to 4 players.  In Kibble Scuffle, each player receives a deck of cards comprised of different types of cats (think tom cat or fat cat, not calico or Siamese).  On their turn, a player will play one of the cat cards from their hand to one of three food bowl locations on the table.  Each cat type has a different attribute which manipulates how the card interacts with other cards, location around food bowls or how much food they receive when it is time to eat.  At any point there are five or more cats at a given food bowl, the placement of cats is paused and the food at that bowl is distributed to cats based on turn order and attributes of the cats at the given location.  Food cubes placed in the bowl location during the game are drawn from the box and vary in point value based on color.

There are also some items cards in each player’s deck which can be used as one-time effects.  The game’s rule book also lists a few gameplay variants.  No specific release date for Kibble Scuffle was given, only that it is “coming soon.”  You can learn more about the game on the publisher’s product page, or read the announcement here.

Wizkids announces an ultimate edition of Quarriors!, a fast-paced dice pool game where your dice summon creatures, cast spells, and captures more powerful creatures to add to their pool, all in the quest for the most Glory. Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition! Is truly an ultimate edition.  It includes all four expansion: Quarriors! Rise of the Demons, Quarriors! Quest of the Qladiator, Quarriors! Quarmageddon, and Quarriors! Quartifacts.  If that was not enough, it also includes every promo card ever produced for Quarriors! (including the never-before-printed Ghost of X-Mas Past, Present, and Future!). Contents include 340 custom dice, 211 cards, a double-sided glory tracker, 4 glory markers, 4 quest markers, 4 felt dice bags, and rulebook. Look for Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition! at a friendly local game store near you soon.