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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.

How much influence do you have? That will be determined in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar-The Rise & Fall of Anvalor WizKids brings a new event to the Warhammer: Age of Sigmar series and many possibilities of play! As a representative of 1 of 6 factions you “officially” are tasked to contribute to the building and defense of the city of Anvalor – BUT! behind the scenes you are scheming to gain the most influence for your faction. By blocking the other factions and being the most resourceful  you can alter the course of the game.  However, all factions have mutual enemies that must be dealt with or the entire city will crumble.

“The Rise and Fall of Anvalor, designed by Rustan Hakansson, offers many different combinations of play: each faction has four Aspects to choose from and the three different enemies have four different difficulties. Add to this the ability to play solo, and The Rise and Fall of Anvalor will offer many hours of varied and challenging gameplay.”

A tile laying, resource management, take that- but semi-cooperative game. Play as 1 of 6 factions. Use all your powers of strategy and cunning to reign supreme. With a solo-play option you can even hone your skills before laying waste to your frienemies.

“The Rise and Fall of Anvalor releases April 2019, so be sure to preorder it at your friendly local game store today!”

WizKids has just announced Thrown by designer Adam Porter (Pikoko), a new spin on trick taking games, substituting dice rolling for traditional card play. In Thrown, the lead player rolls 1-3 dice in one of 4 colors. The color of the dice represents the suit played, and players follow the same rules as traditional trick taking games – you must follow suit, the highest of the lead suit wins, and off-suit dice do not count. Players can try for trump if they do not have the proper color, which means rolling a 6 of any color. Thrown also includes cards for player powers, allowing re-rolls, dice flipping, automatically winning with certain rolls, etc. Thrown comes with 40 dice, gold tokens, 26 cards, 4 cubes, and rules, and is scheduled for release in February 2019. For more information, pictures, and rules, check out Wizkid’s webpage here.

Marvel HeroClix is a tabletop combat game, published by WizKids, where players pick a team of characters from collectible, miniature figures of heroes and villains from the Marvel Comics universe. Marvel HeroClix: Earth-X is the latest expansion for the game and features characters from a dystopian vision of the Marvel Universe where everyone had super powers.

Completely new characters to be included in the game include Spiders-Man, Venom (May Parker), Fancy Dan, The Skull, King Britain, Stegron, Clea , Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin), and Mister Negative. Earth-X incarnations of existing, better known characters are also to be found.

To get players started, they can buy a Starter Set which includes 3 heroes and 3 villains, the Earth-X Wakanda and Stark Tower location maps, tokens, and dice. To expand their collection, players can purchase Marvel HeroClix booster sets. This expansion is expected to release on February 6th, 2019. For more information, visit the Marvel HeroClix Earth-X product page.

Wizkids announces K’uh Nah, a quick-playing, push your luck card game where players attempt to efficiently build a Mayan temple that will withstand the test of time. On a player’s turn, two cards are available for selection.  Each card represents a pyramid block and contains two colorful animal Mayan icons and a number. The number indicates the weight of a block.  Lighter blocks must be placed on top of heavier blocks unless the animal symbols on upper block is matched.  To avoid adding an unsuitable block to their pyramid, players may pass on the two choices available by placing one of their pieces of jade on the card. If they run out of jade, then they have to select a card and place it in their pyramid.  At the endo the game, a player’s score is the total value of all cards not supporting other cards minus the number of jade token. The player with the lowest score is the winner.

K’uh Nah plays 2-6 players, ages 14+, in about 20 minutes.  The game contains 50 cards, 48 tokens, and a rules sheet.  It is available for pre-order in mid-December and will be released in March 2019.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar is a universe created by Games Workshop where, traditionally, miniature war games have been set. Recently, however, Games Workshop have branched out and partnered with other publishers to produce games in non-traditional form, such as Warhammer 40k Dice Masters by WizKids, and now Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – The Rise & Fall of Anvalor as revealed at Essen 2018. This game is intended for 1-4 players, is designed by Rustan Håkansson (known for Nations, Dungeon Rush, and Tribes: Early Civilization), and is also produced by WizKids.

Here’s the story so far:

“Many previous attempts to build a lasting fortification at Anvalor have failed. Its strategic location on the Great Parch, a particularly arid region of Aqshy, the Realm of Fire, is of supreme importance. However, each new effort to establish a significant foothold has also irked a new foe, an enemy who rises to the challenge of thwarting the attempt. Equally distant from Anvilgard, Hammerhal Aqsha and the City of Brimstone, the competing factions of those great cities have put their quarrels aside and committed to a final push to rebuild Anvalor together. Whoever can secure the new stronghold will also dominate the Great Parch, significantly strengthening their influence in all the Mortal Realms.” [source]

In The Rise & Fall of Anvalor, players are tasked to build and defend Anvalor from enemy assault but are secretly working to gather the most Influence and secure dominance over Anvalor, even though it may cause the fall of the city. Players obtain Influence by constructing City Buildings and defeating enemies during assaults.

The game consists of:

  • Over 180 tiles
  • 6 different player factions
  • 3 different enemy factions

There is another 4-player variant included for additional game play content. Expected released date is the end of April 2019.

WizKids have published multiple games using their Adventure System which makes them all compatible with one another. Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage Adventure System Board Game is the latest release for this system. Other releases for this game system include Castle RavenloftThe Legend of DrizztWrath of AshardalonTemple of Elemental Evil, and The Tomb of Annihilation. 

“In the city of Waterdeep rests a tavern called the Yawning Portal, named after the gaping pit in its common room. At the bottom of this crumbling shaft is a labyrinthine dungeon known as Undermountain, domain of the mad wizard Halaster Blackcloak, who has seeded his lair with monsters, traps, and mysteries.”

This game includes multiple scenarios, challenging quests, and game play designed for 1-5 players, ages 14+. There are also new Environment and Bane/Boon cards, and Trap and Spell decks. The other significant improvement is that players can now reach level 4 with their characters and gain even more powers … so you can finally tackle the earlier, harder games with characters more capable of handling them (I’m looking at you Wrath of Ashardalon).

As with previous incarnations of the Adventure Game System, the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage Adventure System Board Game will also release with a Premium Edition which features pre-painted miniatures. This game will be available in March of 2019.

 

Kodachi is a card game designed by A.B. West and produced by WizKids. A kodachi is a small sword used by the samurai in Feudal Japan. The game designer has described Kodachi as a streamlined version of Ninjato (which he also designed) which features a push your luck invasion mechanism at its core. Kodachi will support 2-4 players, aged 14+, and will play in roughly 45 mins.

“In 12th century Japan, you rested after the Gempei War, retiring your ninjato sword, desiring a life of peace. But, once again, the ruling families call for your special skills to establish their honor. You will need stealth and strength, cunning and intrigue, and the swiftness of a Kodachi sword!”

Players are called upon to acquire treasures by facing guards with either strength or stealth. Guards are overcome when playing cards of higher numbers when testing strength or overcome when playing lower numbers when testing stealth. Treasures can be used to generate rumors, bribe envoys, and strengthen skills. Clan tokens, when gained by playing envoys, advance the game until the last clan token is taken and the game ends. The player with the highest score wins the game.

Kodachi is expected to release in May of 2019.

The Expanse: Doors and Corners Expansion contains five new modules for the base game, each adding to the strategy and gameplay. The modules can be used independently or in any combination together with the base game.

The five modules are:
• Leaders – your leaders move with their fleets and can add influence
• New Tech – earn new powers, which adds variety and surprise based on what is available
• Resource tokens – these can be spent to help pay CP costs, add AP to a card or move up the initiative track
• Protomolecule – adds a new scoring opportunity
• Variable setup – allows fleets and influence to be placed anywhere during game start

Expansion contents include:
• 16 Action cards
• 36 Tech cards
• 4 Leader standees
• 12 Power Play sector tokens
• 12 Power Play point tokens
• 16 Resource tokens
• 1 Suppression token
• 1 Protomolecule standee
• 5 Base Destroyed tokens
• 1 Resource reference card
• 1 Leader reference card
• 1 Protomolecule owner card
• 1 Revised game board & ship tokens

Before it was a board game, The Expanse was a sci-fi book series by James S.A. Corey and a popular space opera TV series broadcast on Syfy for three seasons. The Expanse Board Game was designed by Geoff Engelstein and is a game for 2-4 players, ages 14+. Watch the Dice Tower’s coverage of The Expanse here.

The Expanse: Doors and Corners Expansion can be preordered and has an expected release date of February 2019.