Old School and Mutant School: Wizkids Partners for Both at GAMA 2015

March 20, 2015 - 1:32pm

Old school Dungeons & Dragons role-players will instantly recognized the setting for the fourth entry of the D&D Adventures System board games. This popular D&D turned co-operative dungeon crawler series produced by Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has visited an undead ridden crypt in Castle Ravenloft, a cavernous dragon mountain in Wrath of Ashardalon, and the Underdark with Legends of Drizzt. Now, in partnership with WizKids, WotC will have parties of 1-5 rolling their d20s, flipping over inter-connecting tiles and reveling in all the goodness of the classic module of the same name, Temple of Elemental Evil. Expect the box to include:
  • 40 figures
  • 8 Hero cards
  • 4 Villain cards
  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 adventure book
  • 20-sided die
  • 4 double-sized interlocking tiles
  • 55 interlocking tiles
  • 200 cards
  • 168 tokens
If you are unfamiliar with the D&D Adventure System of boardgames, you are in for a treat. The rules are streamlined, the co-opperative component is highlighted, and the adventures are unending (due to the plethora of user made content). Ironically, this cult following was born in part due to a disadvantage with the core game: between adventures the characters would reset to 1st level and would never "progress." To remedy this, count on posters over at the board game enthusiasts' site BoardGameGeek (BGG) to share some smart and fun additons to this modular game. If having to add to a game is not your cup of caffeinated beverage, you may need to pass but if creating you own "D&D-lite" dungeon master-less boardgame to meet your specifications sounds incredibly cool, head over to the BGG link over here to find out more. Expect to see Temple of Elemental Evil hit shelves in late April. Like X-Men? Were you one of the ones pleasantly surprised what Gale Force Nine was able to do with a TV show license with Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery? Then wow does Wizkids, who already has done so much with their Marvel license with their Heroclix and Dice Masters lines, and Gale Force Nine have some exciting plans for you! Enter the product of their recent partnership X-Men: Mutant Revolution! Based on the Spartacus game, players will now, according to Wizkids press release, be able to:
Play as Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, or Storm as they lead their school with unique powers and abilities. Recruit heroes and students. Train your team. Send them on missions to spread your vision for mutants to the world.
The game will be for 2-4 players and include 4 prepainted HeroClix miniatures. X-Men: Mutant Revolution is expected in late March to April. Find out more from WizKids here, including a components list.