Wizkids has announced the first English version of the popular Japanese horror game Hako Onna (“Box Woman”, or “Lurking Girl”) by designer 江神 号 (Go Ejin). In Hako Onna, one player plays the titular evil spirit, hiding in a randomly constructed house made of 9 tiles, waiting to kill the other players, who are unsuspecting visitors. The visitors have to search the house for items to help defeat the ghost, or keys to escape the house. The Hako Onna moves in secret, masquerading as an object in the room while the visitors close their eyes, except when she screams, revealing her location but allowing her to play a powerful card. Visitors on their turns use a dexterity mechanic to stack “noise tokens” while searching. If the stack falls or gets too high, the noise alerts the Hako Onna, who immediately gets a turn, much to everyone’s chagrin. For more information check out the press release here, and Wizkid’s dedicated Hako Onna page here. Expect the English version of Hako Onna to come to stores in September 2019.
Wizkids Games has just announced the new social deduction game Chiyo’s Secret from designer J.B. Howell (Reavers of Midgard). In Chiyo’s Secret, players are trying to determine the identity and location of the wanted lovers Chiyo and Fusanobu in feudal Japan. One player takes on the role of Motonaka, the lovers’ son, trying to save his parents and help their escape. The rest of the players are either Allies, seeking to capture the pair for execution, Usurpers trying to lure Fusanobu into a trap and seize power, or Betrayers trying to betray the Daimo and use the pair as a gift for the Shogun. Players gain information by moving locals between establishments, or by questioning Motonaka, who may lie about his parents once per game. Players roles, excepting Motonaka, are secret, so exact intentions are unclear. The game ends when a player has met his or her winning conditions. Chiyo’s Secret is due to be released in February 2019, but for more information check out WizKids’ web page here.
“With this comprehensive Ultimate Edition, we will be releasing Mage Knight in English, Spanish, Polish, Czech, German, French, Russian, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, and Italian! Now you can get Mage Knight in your preferred language and make your playing experience that much easier!*“
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).
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 Resistance, Battlestar 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?!).
WizKids has two interesting new games coming to shelves in February 2018.
Dark.Net is a card game set in the techno future in which 4 mega-corporations battle for dominance. Players each take control of one corporation, collecting information by intercepting transmissions. Players then use fences to buy and sell information, boosting their abilities. Reputation can be gained by gaining credits, hiring informants, extending a players network or making contact. Information on Dark.Net is limited, but click here for distributor information about this upcoming game.
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Kung-Fu Zoo is a dexterity dice flicking game in which 2-4 players take on the roles of the Elephant, Zebra, Cheetah or Gorilla. Each role has its own dice and abilities. Players take to battle on a vacuum form arena board, with each player trying to knock the opponents’ animals into cages or onto their backs.
Zendo, the rule guessing abstract game is finally getting an update and reprint. Zendo is an easy game to play, the active player will come up with a rule, like two pyramids must touch at the tip, and then the other players start building layouts tying to guess the rule. As the go along the rule maker will answer questions and let you know if you built something that satisfies the rule. Once someone figures out the rule they win.
When the Pyramid Arcade was announced and Kickstarted, everyone was clamoring for the game Zendo to be added to the list of games in the box. However, Looney Labs kept saying no, and then we found out that this was because they would reprint the game separately. And now we have a date to go with that, so look for the game to be back on store shelves in December of this year.
Wizkids has announced a new expansion to the Star Trek: Frontiers game, a re-theme and update to Mage Knight, called The Return of Khan. This expansion adds a whole new scenario to the game where Khan has returned and is looking to rule the galaxy with power he can steal from the Borg. It’s up to captains from across the Star Trek series, Picard, Kirk, Sisko, and more, to work together and stop him before he can complete his plans. This expansion you will give you all the tokens, tiles, and cards needed for this new scenario, as well as rules and tokens to be able to add a 5th player to the game. You can find this game on store shelves in November of this year, and you can head over to Wizkids’ website to read more about it.
Last from WizKids as well is the colorful euro style building game, Favelas. In this game you are building your own Favelas, a multi-level house painted all sorts of colors in order to beautify and rejuvenate the town. However there is a catch, the council over seeing this effort, and the one determining the point values, is notoriously fickle and will change their minds each year, changing the value of each color. So over three years in the game you will build up your town with colors that get you the most points before the council’s mood changes. The person with the most points at the end is the winner. Favelas looks like an interesting and colorful game, and it should arrive on store shelves in October of this year. Until then you can read more on Wizkids’ website.
In Tower of London by WizKids players will compete for victory by collecting ravens, dispatching Beefeaters, and fighting to control the tower. The game is designed by Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer, and supports 3-5 players with a play time of about 45 minutes.
In Tower of London, on each turn, players play two cards: the first card determines which building their Beefeater (guard) goes into, and the second card has a special power that triggers from the perspective of the Beefeater just placed.
At the end of a round, certain areas of the tower are scored based on who controls the majority of buildings by having the most Beefeaters in each. The game is over at the end of three rounds or when a player collects 7 ravens, in which case the game ends immediately.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Dice Masters just released and already there has been an announcement for an expansion. In December of this year Wizkids will be releasing the Heroes in a Half Shell set of Dice Masters which will feature 4 new variations on the iconic turtles as well as 8 new characters to choose from. The set will have enough to be a stand alone game but can also be integrated with all the other Dice Master sets to build the team of your geeky dreams. You can read the announcement on ICv2’s site.