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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.

Fans of the classic Vlaada Chvátil game Mage Knight (2011) rejoice, for Wizkids has announced a new Ultimate Edition of the critically acclaimed exploration and adventure card game. Mage Knight has been an evergreen release, inspiring a Star Trek re-implementation in 2016, and staying in the top 25 at Board Game Geek.

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!*

In Mage Knight, 1-4 players take on the role of  the Mage Knights, role-playing by drafting cards and deck building, in order to create an army to take over their corner of the Atlantean Empire. Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition contains the base game, expansions The Lost Legion (2012), Krang (2013) and Shades of Tezla (2015), a new comprehensive instruction set, miniatures with alternate paint jobs, as well as 5 new cards.  For more details, check out the WizKids web page here, and look for Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition this December.

According to Reuters, the board gaming super-giant, the 800 pound gorilla, Asmodee is investigating a sale to an unknown buyer. Asmodee, the France based company owned by private equity firm Eurazeo SE, is currently worth an estimated 1.5 Billion euros (almost 1.8 billion US dollars). Among other things, Asmodee owns the board game companies Fantasy Flight Games and  Days of Wonder, F2Z Entertainment properties Z-Man Games and Plaid Hat Games, and the French publishing rights to the Pokemon Trading Card Game and Wizkids!. This includes the rights to some of the most popular games on the market, such as  Catan, Ticket to Ride, and X-Wing. The identity of proposed buyer(s) has not been disclosed at this time, pending further deliberations. For more information, you can read the original Reuters article here.

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 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 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.

Releasing in April, Tower of London is available for pre-order today. For additional information, please visit the WizKids Tower of London web page.

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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.

WizKids Games has released Wave 4 of the Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing miniatures game, and after a long wait while the West Coast port congestion was resolved, these expansions for the game are finally available.  The three figures in Wave 4 include:

  • THE GARGOYLE: a “narrow-niche specialist,” the Gargoyle, while a flying creature, actually fights better on the ground with such benefits as a boost to its Primary Weapon Value and its Freeze ability.

  • THE STONE GIANT: a well-balanced giant with more survivability in exchange for a slightly weaker offensive capability.  They prefer to strike from a distance with their rocks and wield such abilities as Rock Catching, Stone Bracers, and Stoneskin.

  • THE GOLD DRAGON: the strongest of the dragons, Pacatus is a good dragon who possesses an inspiring and selfless battlefield presence, allowing friendly units or itself to heal.  Also included are upgrades such as Fire Breath, Weakening Breath, and Fair Warning, as well as additional spells.

For more details on the figures and upgrades in this Wave, visit this article at WizKids Games.