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Wizkids has announced plans to release Fistful of Monsters, an expansion to their 2016 Dungeons & Dragons Game Rock, Paper, Wizard. Like the original game, the expansion allow 3-6 players to spend around 30 minutes to try and grab the most gold possible from a dragon’s hoard. The expansions is currently scheduled for an October 2018 release.

You have once again bested a dragon in its own lair and now comes time for your party to split the foul beast’s hoard accordingly… Can you deal with these Wandering Monsters and still come away with the most gold? Maybe that stash of magic items you left by the cave entrance will prove helpful…

Like the original game, the expansion is designed by Josh Cappel, Jay Cormier, and Sen-Foong Lim with artwork by Josh Cappel.

In this new expansion for Rock Paper Wizard, dastardly wandering monsters add a new threat. Each new wandering monster has a unique ability capable of forcing a wizard to move around the board, lose gold, end up injured. New magical items, used in combination with spells, might help players gain even more loot however.

The new box included with Fistful of Monsters features a deeper box so both the expansion and the original game can all be stored in a single box.

In the base game, Dungeons & Dragons: Rock Paper Wizard, a dragon has been slain, leaving behind a pile of treasure players will fight over.

A shared spell book will be placed on the table, with hand gestures representing various possible spells. Players will will choose spells simultaneously, moving a player closer or further away from the loot or affecting the game state in other ways. Players will need to carefully manage the chaos in an attempt to be the first to grab 25 pieces from the dragon’s hoard and win the game.

Maiden’s Quest, designed by Kenneth C. Shannon, III (known for Tournament at Camelot), is a card game for 1-5 players, aged 14+.

A maiden who wants to escape the tower can only wait so long to be rescued before she takes matters into her own hands. Escaping maidens play cards in their hands to fight enemies and overcome various obstacles. The difficulty ramps up as the game progresses and an innovative turn-and-flip mechanism allows each card to represent up to four items, encounters, or allies.

It plays in roughly 10-30 minutes for the full game though you can play a single round in 30 seconds or less. After each encounter you can stop and stow away the deck at any time then return and play another time and continue where you left off. Maiden’s Quest is played solely in the hand (no table space required) and includes a solo, co-operative, and 2-player version of the game. You can also combine multiple copies of the game to support more players.

Maiden’s Quest is expected to release June 2018.

King’s Struggle is a negotiation-focused, card game for 3-6 players (aged 14+), with elements of trick-taking and set collection. It’s designed by Robert Burke and plays in roughly 30-60 minutes.

Each player plays just 1 card per round and the game lasts 7 rounds. They compete to win cards and earn gold, which will score victory points, over the course of these 7 rounds. What makes King’s Struggle special is the ability cards that have been crafted to drive negotiation which are activated (or not) by players on their turn. A player’s action (or inaction) is up for sale and they need to analyze whether the ability they activate will most benefit themselves or someone else. Players will need to learn to play the other players more than the game.

King’s Struggle comes with 66 cards, and lots of tokens. Wizkids have slated it for release on November 15th, 2018 and it’s currently available for pre-order.

Fans of the classic Avalon Hill game Betrayal at House on the Hill know all too well the pain of loose clips on difficult player boards; those black markers that came with the game never seemed to fit right on the cardboard pentagons. Well fear no more, because Wizkids has announced the Betrayal at House on the Hill Upgrade kit, with 6 new player stat trackers and some pretty spiffy dice. The new character cards are double sided, like the originals, but sandwiched between the sides are rolling stat tracker wheels. The cards come with all new character art and a set of green pearlescent dice, displaying the familiar 0-2 pips from the original game. Look for the Upgrade kits in stores this September 2018.

Dungeon crawls are usually more serious affairs and can get rather involved with games like Gloomhaven, Descent, and Massive Darkness.  But what if you just want to have a silly time dungeoning in a short time span?  Then Fungeon Party is here to save the day.

Fungeon Party is a light dexterity, party game that plays in only 3 minutes, and can support up to 4 people.  In the game you will pull 6 quest cards from a quest deck, and it’s these quests that you have to accomplish in order to win the game.  Each player will pick a class like barbarian, cleric, ranger, or others, with each class having their own special abilities to accomplish quests, and stats that can increase over time.  But two questions remain, what do you do on these quests and how does it play in only 3 minutes?  Well to answer the time question is simple, you get 30 seconds to complete each quest for a total time of 3 minutes.  As for what quests you will be doing, you will be doing things like stacking dice on your forehead, knocking down a meeple surrounded by dice, balancing a meeple on a stick, bouncing dice into the box, and more.  Manage to complete all six quests and you win!

Fungeon Party is a random and frantic game that while may not exactly scratch that dungeon crawling itch, it would definitely be a fun opening game before the heavy stuff.  Look for it in stores in June, but you can go and pre-order the game today.  Check out Wizkids’ webpage for more information.

UK Games Expo is the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented under one roof. It will run on Friday, 1st June to Sunday 3rd June 2018. The UK Games Expo Awards were developed and introduced in 2007 to recognize the achievements of manufacturers and publishers of eligible games in a variety of game genres.

This is a shortlist of the games nominated in no particular order.

Best Abstract Game

Best Children’s Game

  • BrainBox People at Work (The Green Board Game Company)
  • Don’t be a Donkey (John Adams Leisure Ltd)
  • Rhino Hero: Super Battle (Habermaass GmbH aka HABA)

Best Family Game

Best Miniature Range

Best Miniature Rules

Best New Accessory

  • Big Book of Battle Mats (Loke Battle Mats)
  • DMB Games Resin Dungeon Tile Core Set (DMB Games)
  • Blood Red Skies – Aces Accessory sets (Warlord Games)

Best New Boardgame (American-Style)

Best New Boardgame (Euro-Style)

Best New Boardgame (Strategic Style)

Best New Card or Dice Game

Best New Expansion

Best Party Game

Best Role-playing Adventure

Best Role-playing Expansion

Best Role-playing Game

After WizKids and Games Workshop agreed to a multi-year partnership they mentioned that Fury of Dracula would be reprinted in a 4th edition as part of the deal. Some more details have emerged based on a product listing though nothing has been forthcoming on either publisher’s website.

In Fury of Dracula, one player takes on the role of Count Dracula while the rest of the players are hunters trying to rid Europe of his influence. Count Dracula sires new vampires, lays traps, and tries to lead the hunters on a wild goose-chase using hidden movement and deduction mechanisms.

The WizKids edition includes a new, improved rulebook, larger poker-sized cards, and fully painted miniatures for Dracula and each of the hunters. Fury of Dracula is for 2-5 players, aged 12+, and plays in around 2-3 hours. Expect it’s release in October 2018.

WizKids announced it’s taking gamer’s on a bold new mission with Star Trek: Galactic Enterprises by designer Christophe Boelinger. In Star Trek: Galactic Enterprises, 3 to 8 players will take on the role of Ferengi buy and sell goods.

On the Deep Space 9 station, Ferengi wheel and deal legal and illegal items to gain the most profit. In this game, players jump into the role of a Ferengi merchant and work their way through the market in order to achieve the rank of First Clerk.

In the game players will buy and sell wares in an effort to build a monopoly in a product. Once other Ferengi traders get those same items up for sale the game switches to a negotiation. Will all the players work together to get an equal profit, or will you backstab your fellow traders and sell at a lower price? Special action cards in the game will disrupt business and trade, upending the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition.

Star Trek: Galactic Enterprises is scheduled to be released in June 2018. Demo copies available to try at the GAMA Trade Show fro March 13 to 14th 2018. For eager Ferengi copies of the rules are already available.
French designer Christophe Boelinger is well known for his dozens of designs that that include Dungeon Twister, Earth Reborn, and Archipelago. This is his first design set in the Star Trek universe.

Just revealed at the GAMA Trade Show in Reno, Nevada, two enticing new products are on their way from WizKids themed on the ever-popular Magic: The Gathering trading card game. The first, Heroes of Dominaria, is a euro-style board game where 2 to 4 players explore iconic regions from the series while collecting mana, recruiting heroes, and uncovering artifacts to press an advantage in this competitive game. There’s an element of territory control as planeswalkers will construct leylines and sites to capitalize on resources and locations in order to secure the most points and claim victory. As described in the press release:

     “In Magic: The Gathering: Heroes of Dominaria Board Game, players take on the role of a powerful Hero as they travel to the lands of Dominaria. As the player explores the ancient lands, they will need to build sites, rediscover lost artifacts, and confront the sinister Cabal in order to gain the resources needed to save the multiverse before rival Heroes do. […] The land of Dominaria is filled with adventure and excitement! In true Eurogame fashion, use strategy to score the most victory points and emerge victorious.”

Heroes of Dominaria will be releasing in two versions – a standard version and a premium version, the only difference being that the premium game will include 4 pre-painted miniatures. Speaking of miniatures, the second product revealed is the Magic: The Gathering Creature Forge: Overwhelming Swarm. This new line will start with 28 sculpts that are meant to be used as stand-ins for the most common creature tokens used in the card game. Magic players have been slightly spoiled for choice when it comes to token representation in their matches, but miniatures are not-at-all unwelcome and will surely be a compelling and eye-catching option. For more information regarding these two new products from WizKids, be sure to check out their press release and website for further updates.

WizKids announced the release of the ultimate edition of Mage Knight Board Game. If you’ve missed out on getting this game and its expansions this edition includes the base game and The Lost Legion, Krang, and Shades of Tezla expansions all in a single package which will dominate your board game shelf. Mage Knight Board Game is designed by Vlaada Chvátil and supports 1-4 players, aged 14+.

“The Mage Knight Board Game throws you and up to three other Mage Knights into the sprawling and ever changing world of the Atlantean Empire, a land that is but a distant memory since your transformation into a mysterious Mage Knight. Build your armies, defeat bands of marauding enemies, and eventually conquer cities in the name of the mysterious Void Council.” [source]

This edition also features comprehensive rules text for the base game and expansions as well as 5 all-new cards, alternate paint jobs, and a significantly reduced price. WizKids will also be teaming up with publishers around the world to release Mage Knight Board Game in English, Polish, Spanish, Czech, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. Considering the heavily strategic nature of this game having the content in the players native language will greatly add to its enjoyment.

Mage Knight Board Game: Ultimate Edition is expected to release in English in September 2018. Release dates for other languages have not yet been made known. For more information check out the WizKids website.