Zombicide

Based on the popular board game series, CMON Limited has partnered with Need Games! in Italy to bring you an RPG that will put your group right in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.  In Zombicide: Role Playing Game players will experience the excitement of creating and developing their characters while using the mechanics of the board game and the game master will use Zombicide dice to determine player actions, determine strength and actions of the enemy. The first adventure titled The Crossroad will have the players create their backstory and how they came to trust and protect each other. In the words of the creators,

The Crossroad is a fully-customizable entry point, created to allow for different play-styles and settings, whether a classic urban locale, an infested shopping mall or hospital, a remote scientific lab, and more.”

CMON and Need Games! are slating Z:RPG for Kickstarter for the 4th quarter of 2019.  Co-Designer Francesco Nepitello will be available at Gen Con 2018 booth 415

Zombicide: Green Horde: No Rest for the Wicked is an expansion to Zombicide: Green Horde that supports 1-6 players and puts you up against new otherworldly enemies.  Zombicide: Green Horde was kickstarted in June 2017 and had a highly successful campaign raising over five million dollars.  During this campaign as an optional buy you could pick up the full expansion.  It now has a retail release planned for those who missed out of the kickstarter.

The zombie plague is not limited to just humans and orcs. All manner of creatures are succumbing to the vile disease and launching an assault against the living. The rats that form into undead swarms are bad enough. Then there’s the ghostly Spectral Walkers that are only damaged by magic. But when there’s a zombie dragon to deal with, that’s a whole other category of terror! To take that out, the survivors are gonna need a bigger crossbow.

The expansion comes with over thirty-five miniatures including a huge dragon figure and is sure to add even more excitement to your game.  Zombicide: Green Horde: No Rest for the Wicked, published by Cool Mini or Not, is slated to hit retail during the third quarter of 2018.

 

 

Cool Mini or Not posted a nice retrospective of the early Zombicide franchise to their Feature Friday newsletter this week. The original “modern series” started with a Kickstarter in April 2012 for Zombicide: Season One, which introduced players to the frantic world of walkers, runners, fatties and abominations. Arguably the first introduction to CMoN Kickstarter campaigns, with their unbelievable amount of stretch goals, add-ons and exclusive items, 2-6 players could run through the streets as more and more zombies chased them down. The next year brought Zombicide: Prison Outbreak, which introduced Berserkers to the claustrophobic halls and rooms of the prison.  The final installment to the modern trilogy came in 2015 with Zombicide: Rue Morgue, bringing Skinner zombies, A-Bomb Abominations and more of the mayhem that made Zombicide great to a fallen hospital. If there just wasn’t enough, the games were supplemented by two official released expansions, The Toxic City Mall and Angry Neighbors. All of Guillotine Games’ Zombicide games are known for the overflowing bins of beautiful miniatures, tons of insane playable characters, and boards full of walking, creeping, oozing dead. Read all about the history of the first Zombicide trilogy on the CMoN website here.

CMoN has also announced some new components for their popular d20 28mm sci-fi skirmish game, Dark Age. Two new big boxes are coming soon, one for the Outcast and one for the Skarrd. The Outcast Starter Set includes a 500 point force, playable with any Outcast group. Other Outcast releases coming are the Outcast Faction Deck with 54 new cards, and the Outcast Brute Court of Freeton, containing infamous leaders for your squad. The new Skarrd Cult of Metamorphosis is a cult of grafted, mutated biological nightmares lead by the infamous Father Johann and his servants. Smaller releases, such as the Harpy Unit Box and the return of the Brood Spawn Howler round off units for the Skarrd. Read all about the upcming Dark Age sets on the CMoN website here.

CMON is returning to their Kickstarter roots in January for Hate, based on Adrian Smith‘s Chronicles of Hate graphic novels. Expecting a niche audience for a mature game, Hate will be available exclusively a kickstarter campaign launching January 16th and 3pm EST. While stores will able to order the game through the campaign to provide retail availability, that will be the only retail distribution of the game.

Hate all takes places in Adrian Smith’s dark universe, filled with tribes fighting for survival:

In our world, hate was an emotion to avoid. It distracted us, tied us up, and corrupted our souls. But our world is over. It was destroyed through the actions of man. The seas boiled, the forests died, and the Earth began to rot. Few survived, and for those that did, life had changed forever. The mighty rose and quickly subjugated the weak, turning them into servants. Tribes were formed and war raged across the land. There weren’t enough resources to go around, and to live, others had to die. In battles, there was no truce, no surrender. To survive, you needed to hate.

Hate has each player taking control of a Tribe in an effort to survive and possibly even thrive in a new dystopian world. Each of the tribes is comprised of a variety of members including Warriors, Shamans, and Princes. Each of the tribe members has a unique role and will develop member specific skills over the course of the game.

Tribe members may fall in the heat of battle, hopefully lying unconscious until the end of the clash. Opponents have the option of dragging these bodies back to their own village to meet a truly gruesome fate, being roasted in ovens to produce resources or sent to the torture chambers to produce hate. Tribe members lost this way are permanently removed from the game, and the tribe that lost them must then begin building a new member from scratch.

A full campaign, or Chronicle, will involve multiple Tribes that clash one on one with each other. Results from each clash will impact future encounters, and once every possible clash has been played a winner will be declared.

Kickstarter

CMON launched itself to fame as a gaming company through wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns. The various Zombicide campaigns alone pulled in almost $15,000,000,  with CMON raking in total Kickstarter sales over $38,000,000.

If you’re anything like me, which since you’re here and most likely interested in board games that means you’re not far off the mark, you’re probably also interested in mobile and Steam versions of popular board games. Digital board games have been a growing market, apps flying out of their little digital shopping carts so-to-speak, and those licensed by publishers also tend to have extra polish and features which make them even more attractive. That’s why the word about several new releases coming from Asmodee Digital is particularly exciting. The list, announced at Gen Con and cited from their press release, is as follows:

Coming very soon:
Ticket to Ride: First Journey (Steam, Mac, iOS & Android)
Carcassonne (Android & Steam)
Smash Up (Steam, iOS & Android)

To be released before the end of 2017:
– Abalone (Steam)
– Milles Bornes (Steam, iOS, and Android)
-A new text adventure game set in the much-loved Catan universe, called Catan Stories (iOS & Android)

Slated for 2018:
Zombicide
Scythe
Terraforming Mars
Bananagrams
Gloom

Digital games are wonderful for their ease and convenience. I use them especially as tools to help learn and teach games very effectively, or to preview games before deciding on purchasing the physical version. I especially welcome digital versions of Scythe and Terraforming Mars which will allow a new audience of gamers to experience those games for themselves without having to invest too much into them up-front. If you’re interested in learning  about these and future app releases, be sure to visit Asmodee’s website and social media pages for more information.

More than likely to coincide with the launch of their latest Zombicide Kickstarter, CMON has released a companion app for the Zombicide: Black Plague game.  This app effectively removes the need for a survivor board and will track all the needed information about your character on your device.  There are also other additional features that make this app special, such as:

• A virtual deck of equipment cards allows you to easily control your survivors’ inventory, switching cards around with a flick of the wrist and no fear of cards slipping around.

• You can also let the app control the Zombie spawning deck, for an even easier time!

• As you gain experience and new Danger Levels, your new Skill options are automatically displayed, and the app incorporates any pertinent new game effects.

• Having a hard time keeping track of your actions as you gain new free ones? With the Action Bar, you can tick off each specific action as you take it, so you always know what actions you have left.

• Roll virtual dice for any of your equipped weapons, automatically calculating successful hits according to any combat skills you may have (and with sound effects to boot!)

• Choose any of the Survivor characters, including the promos. Up to 24 Survivors can be managed on the same device.

• Network capabilities! Each player can use their own device if preferred, and the app will maintain the whole game-state gracefully!

With a list of features like that, I don’t know why you wouldn’t get the app.  You can find it in both the App Store and Google Play, and you can check out the article on CMON’s site for more info.

As mentioned in the Wallet Kickers post, this campaign is pretty much the most talked about board game Kickstarter right now.  With already $1.5 million raised, 24 stretch goals knocked down, and still nearly 4 weeks left to go, Zombicide: Green Horde is going crazy.  Which makes sense because this game continues where Zombicide: Black Plague left off, using the same mechanics but with an undead orcish enemy.  It will still be you and your friends against the undead orc horde, but you have some new tricks up your sleeve this time around.  In this box are brand new characters, items, maps, spells, and more.  Even more awesome is that every box will come with a trebuchet mini for putting some serious hurt on those zombies.  As a bonus for those backing the Kickstarter, you will also get a ballista and a feral dragon mini, because dragon bile has to come from somewhere.  Fight through wave after wave of zombies to survive, and hopefully stop whatever has been bringing them back to life.

Zombicide: Green Horde will work as both as a stand alone game for new people coming into the Zombicide line, or can be easily combined with the previous game to take the variability to the nth degree.  So go check out the Kickstarter today and snag your copy of the game, which by the end my be a solid brick of plastic with all the bonus minis being included.

CMON Limited and Ankama Products have announced the end of their partnership which had CMON Limited distributing Ankama Products in the US.

CMON Limited and Ankama Products originally entered a partnership together to release Krosmaster: Quest. Following the successful release of Krosmaster: Quest CMON Limited went on to also distribute Krosmaster Arena 2.0, Kromaster Collection: Cemetery Park, 75 Gnom’ Street as well as other Ankama titles.

The final game to be released under the current distribution deal will be Gang Rush: Breakout on June 23, 2017. CMON Limited will continue to sell all the remaining stock they have of Ankama Products past the June 23rd date as while supplies last.

CMON Limited did note in their announcement that Ankara Products will have a forthcoming announcement regarding a new US distribution partner.

In 2011 CMON, originally named Cool Mini or Not, entered the board gaming market with games including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Kennerspiel des Jahres nominated Blood Rage, Rum & Bones and more. CMON Limited stock can be purchased on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Growth Enterprise Market under stock code “08278.”

Ankama is self described as an “independent digital creation group” whose work includes both digital games as well as board games. Over 85 million accounts have been created for the online game DOFUS that Ankama created in 2004. Since then Ankama has also created physical game products in a move towards transmedia products.

 

Here we have a trio of new game announcements from some notable names in the industry, Asmodee, CMON, and Plaid Hat Games.  First we have Asmodee and Space Cowboys with a new edition of the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective game, which was last printed by Ystari back in 2015.  This new edition contains the same ten cases as before, however, they have retranslated and revised all the cases so the solutions and clues in some of them will have changed from the Ystari version.  So while it may not be much new content for the owners of the original, this still brings the game back into print for those wanting a mind melting challenge.  Look for this new edition on store shelves in the third quarter of this year, and you can check out the preview on Asmodee’s site.

Next from CMON we have the announcement of the next game in their Zombicide line, Zombicide Green Horde.  They are staying in the middle ages with this one and so will be a sequel to the wildly successful Zombicide Black Plague.  The terrors will be numerous and overpowering for our warriors in this game, but together they just might be able to pull through.  “If Zombicide: Black Plague gave you nightmares, Zombicide: Green Horde will make them come true.”  You can see the announcement for the game on CMON’s page, and look forward to the Kickstarter later this year.

Finally we have a new game being developed by Plaid Hat Games called Crystal Clans.  This is going to be a two player tactical card game in a similar vein to Summoner Wars with different armies, card based units, and included maps to deploy on.  However, in the comments of the announcement they have stated that is where the similarities end, and that Crystal Clans is going to have fresh new mechanics to make it stand out.  The game is being designed by Colby Dauch, Andrea Mezzotero, and J. Arthur Ellis along with illustrations by the talented Martin Abel.  You can check out the announcement on Plaid Hat’s site to see some of the excellent art being put together, and then prepare yourself for it’s planned fall release.

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CMoN has been publishing Zombicide for quite a while now, and during that time the branding and IP rights have been with Guillotine Games.  Now that relationship is changing with CMoN acquiring all those rights from Guillotine Games for the Zombicide line.  This allows CMoN to now design and publish Zombicide content apart from Guillotine Games, however, the two companies will still work closely with each other.  Guillotine Games will still be designing other games and will continue to work with CMoN to publish them, so look forward to future titles from the partnered companies.  You can read more about the change on the CMoN site.

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Another change for CMoN recently is that they have entered into a partnership with Australian company Good Games Publishing.  With this agreement CMoN becomes their distributor to all French and English countries outside of Australia and New Zealand.  The first games that fall under this new agreement will be the upcoming game Monstrous, slated for release this quarter, and Unfair, which is scheduled for Kickstarter launch August 16th.  This announcement also coincides with Good Games setting up a store in the Indianapolis area, thus setting up for their expansion into the US market.  You can read the press release below for more information and look forward to the wider release of their games through CMoN.

August 4, 2016
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CMON and Good Games Publishing Announce Strategic Relationship

CMON Limited and Good Games Publishing are proud to announce a strategic relationship beginning today, Thursday, Aug 4 2016. CMON will co-brand, market and distribute the new Australian publisher’s board games in all French and English territories outside of Australia and New Zealand.

The partnership begins with Good Games’ upcoming Monstrous, releasing Q3 2016, and Unfair, heading to Kickstarter on August 16, 2016 with a planned retail release of Q4 2016.

“We are excited to help CMON diversify their hobby game line. Australian design sensibilities are eclectic and hybridised. We share a global vision for game publishing with CMON, along with Kickstarter and retail savvy. We look forward to CMON’s help in getting our games to the broadest audience possible,” said Kim Brebach, Director of Good Games Publishing

“CMON is excited to work alongside Good Games Publishing to help bring new board games like Monstrous and Unfair to a wider audience outside of Australia and New Zealand. With Good Games’ innovative, creative and high-quality titles, the partnership is a perfect match, and we’re sure our fans will agree once they play these new games,” said Chern Ann Ng, CEO of CMON Limited.

“We bring more eclectic games, and they bring a wealth of experience in various areas of development, production and marketing we can tap into. CMON is a perfect partner to help us straddle the Kickstarter and retail dimensions of game marketing. This relationship will be a series of wins,” Brebach added.

Monstrous and Unfair will be on show during Gen Con Indy 2016 at Good Games Publishing’s booth #2500.

About CMON Limited

CMON Limited is an international publisher of board games, tabletop games and apps. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON has grown into a multinational group that publishes several award winning games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage and more.
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About Good Games Publishing

Good Games Publishing specializes in creative, innovative and eclectic games with the highest possible art, graphic design and components standards. Good Games also runs a chain of 27 hobby game retail stores and a large hobby game distribution company in Australia, with its first US store opening in downtown Indianapolis after Gen Con Indy 2016. Find us at Gen Con Booth #2500