Board Games

The Masks of Nyarlathotep Expansion for Eldritch Horror Available Now

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Feb 21, 2018

When the Ancient Ones have occasionally turned their attention to our tiny corner of the universe, it has often been due to a small subset of wrongheaded worshippers calling out to the cosmos for power.

Now, the stars have aligned to amplify this call in Masks of Nyarlathotep, the newest expansion for Eldritch Horror, now available from Fantasy Flight Games.

There is very little light in the cavern, and you’re certain that he hasn’t noticed you following him. You shiver as the silhouette of Nyarlathotep himself stands before the round, dark pool of liquid not more than twenty feet from where you are hiding. For a moment, he looks like a normal man as he sets the tips of his fingers to the surface of the pool. A sour-smelling phosphor seeps out from his touch and spreads across the liquid. The sickly light deepens shadows and casts a lurid sheen into the dank corners of the cave. Voices echo on all sides as the water ripples and flexes, and you can see Nyarlathotep’s form shift and flow effortlessly from one grotesque visage to the next. Its head snaps, stretches, and gibbers at each shadow in its turn. You lose track of how long the barrage of uncanny sound continues, when suddenly, silence reigns. Acutely aware of your labored breathing, you try to calm your fraying nerves and remain hidden. “It won’t matter, you know,” says Nyarlathotep crisply, and your mouth goes dry. It’s hard to tell in the darkness, but you’re sure he’s looking directly at you. “You can struggle and rage against their arrival, but they will come. Your world is forfeit… but I will savor your pathetic efforts.” With that, you can just see the figure Nyarlathotep bend bonelessly and slip into the inky pool as you sprint towards the cavern’s exit.

IDW Announces Galaxy Hunters

Feb 21, 2018

IDW Games and Taberna Jogos announces Galaxy Hunters, a game of giant robots and massive monsters. This sci-fi worker placement game puts players in the role of mercenaries hired by Megacorps to hunt and harvest rampant mutations. Featuring an inventive pilot and mech combination system that unlocks new abilities and powers, Galaxy Hunters is a blend of crafting a unique character with the strategy of euro-game style worker placement.

Designed by Daniel Alves, Galaxy Hunters lets 2-4 players dive deep into piloting their mech to fight against giant monsters and harvest the beasts for resources and money. Players upgrade their mechs with new weapons and items, giving them the ability to personalize their mech’s combat style while facing increasingly difficult monster mutations. It will take the galaxy’s best weapons, armor and wits in order to become the most renowned Galaxy Hunter. The game includes 4 Mega Mech figures, 14 ship miniatures, 4 player boards and a whole galaxy of cardboard tiles and game elements.

Galaxy Hunters is coming to Kickstarter on March 28th, and will be available in stores in August 2018.

Mystic Vale Conclave Announced

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Feb 20, 2018

AEG has announced the April release of Mystic Vale Conclave with an MSRP of $49.99.

The ultimate Mystic Vale Storage System that expands the game to 6 players and adds even more expansion content.

As the struggle to restore the Valley of Life intensifies, the ranks of those combating the curse continues to swell. Druidic clans from across the land heed the call, including the Frostcaster and Nightvale clan.

Mystic Vale: Conclave provides the ideal storage solution designed to hold all of the previous releases, with room to spare for future expansions! The new Equinox mechanic allows players to greatly speed up gameplay and can even scale up to 6–player games with the two additional starter decks provided. The new conclaves grant players the option to customize the starting decks of advancements and vales, creating a new play experience each game. Unique totem cards imbue players with awesome abilities they can use each turn, to truly feel the power of Gaia’s blessing. Spirit counters provide a way for players to track their spirit symbols during their turn.

Key Features

  • Incredible collector box for Mystic Vale, like the Smash Up: Big Geeky Box.
  • Includes dividers for easy sorting.
  • Includes all-new cards and mechanics!
  • Additional starting cards for up to 6 players.
  • The base game is required to play.

13 Clues Now Available from CMON

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Feb 16, 2018

13 Clues is now available from CMoN.

London 1899. Just before the turn of the century, the city is gripped in the throes of a crime wave. Scotland Yard is overrun with cases, so they must rely on outside help. That’s where you come in. As one of the world’s best detectives, you must interpret the clues and solve the case before your competition. Did the Countess commit an unspeakable act in the Theatre? Perhaps the Duke made use of a Crossbow in the Museum? Dangerous criminals are on the loose and the game is afoot!

In 13 Clues, you take on the role of a master detective trying to solve your own case. You’ll need to identify the culprit responsible for the crime, the location it took place in, and the weapon they used to carry it out. 

13 Clues puts your reputation as a master detective to the test. Listen to the responses you get, read the information at your fingertips, and above all, observe everything. The answers to your case are all around you, but do you have the skills to find them?

USAopoly Announces Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time Board Game

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Feb 16, 2018

Be a Warrior with A Daring Adventure Game Coming This March

From folks who may remember it as required reading, to young sci-fi fans who love an in-depth story, Disney A Wrinkle in Time is a tale that stands out with its captivating imagery and unforgettable characters. So just in time for a new generation to experience the journey comes a unique cooperative dice game sure to gather families around the table—Disney A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game is coming to stores in March!

Inspired by the upcoming live-action Walt Disney Pictures film starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and more, this must-have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skill-focused game lets players take on the roles of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin as they explore different locations to rescue Mr. Murry! Use clever geometric Flex Enfolders to help solve puzzles, code different patterns that will determine your path, and read through Mrs. Who’s Quizzing glasses to decode secret messages! Every challenge reflects the spirit of teamwork found in the book and film, so all players must work together to win the game!

Cryptozoic Announces the Release of The Arrival

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Feb 14, 2018

Cryptozoic Entertainment, in partnership with Game’s Up: Board Game Heroes, announced the February 21 release of The Arrival. Created by famed designer Martin Wallace, the strategy board game puts 2-4 players in the roles of Tribe Leaders as they vie with each other and the demon-like Fomori for control of ancient Ireland. The unique gameplay includes two different victory conditions as determined by whether the Tribe Leaders or the Fomori control more of the map at the end of play. Cryptozoic’s wide release of the acclaimed game, previously released in limited quantities at the Essen Game Fair in 2016, upgrades the art, improves various components, and adds a new Advanced Game variant.

The original release of Martin Wallace’s The Arrival earned the Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower, the highly regarded YouTube channel and audio podcast about tabletop games. Cryptozoic’s version adds brighter, more stylish art from Kamila Szutenberg that takes it inspiration from the game’s Irish fantasy premise. In addition, this release of the game makes adjustments to the board (including the placement of the Corruption and Round Tracks) and other components in order to improve the flow of play.

In The Arrival, each round is comprised of two phases of play. During the Earning Phase, each player decides which row of earnings to acquire across all four of his or her cards, even though the player is not able to see all of them. If players try to earn more Resources to help spread their Tribes, they also gain undesirable Corruption Points and Fomori in the process. In contrast, if players aim to acquire Honor Points, they also gain fewer Resources and therefore risk losing ground to the other Tribes and the Fomori. During the Action Phase, players can Build or Shield fortifications, Repel or Spread the Fomori, and more. Strategy is key as the winner is either the one with the highest Honor or lowest Corruption, depending on whether the Tribes or the Fomori control more locations at the conclusion of play.

Cryptozoic’s release of the game adds an Advanced Game variant that gives each player’s Tribe Leader a special ability, such as gaining extra actions, not paying the costs of some actions, or having extra-strong fortifications.

The Arrival will be available at retailers nationwide February 21 for a suggested retail price of $40.

North Star Games Announces MAPP and Restricts Amazon Sales

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Feb 12, 2018

North Star Games has introduced a new Unilateral Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy and restrictions to the Amazon.com sales channel.

In order to better serve its retail community, North Star Games, LLC is announcing two new sales policies. Effective today, North Star Games is adopting a unilateral Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy (MAPP). This MAPP will enhance the value of the North Star Games brand and provide long-term benefits to everyone who purchases its products, including both trade partners and consumers. Adherence to the MAPP is non-negotiable for all North Star Games’ resellers and will be strictly enforced to ensure the continued value of its brand.

North Star Games is also issuing a Channel Restriction Notice (CRN) to all its resellers, announcing that it has designated Amazon.com as a restricted sales channel. Effective today, North Star Games will limit its Amazon distribution to two authorized sellers on the Amazon Third-Party Marketplace. The CRN states that resellers who don’t participate in the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program have until February 13th, 2018 to deactivate their listings. Resellers who do participate in the FBA program should sell through any existing inventory by March 9th, 2018 and then stop restocking their FBA listings. North Star Games will work together with its authorized Amazon partners to monitor product listings and remove any unauthorized sellers.

“These two policies will allow our authorized retailers to remain competitive in an ever-changing and dynamic marketplace. We highly value our retail partners and their commitment to providing valuable instore experiences that create memorable moments for their customers and grow the gaming community”, states North Star Games Co-President Satish Pillalamarri. “We look forward to helping our partners grow their businesses by providing enhanced services such as game demos and organized tournaments. These partnerships will allow us to develop an even greater number of the exciting and engaging games that our customers love.”

DreadBall Season 2 Available to Pre Order from Mantic

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Feb 12, 2018

DreadBall Second Edition – the fast-paced, futuristic sports game – is available to pre-order now from Mantic, ahead of its retail release on March 19th.

The Second Edition introduces new teams, re-balanced stats and streamlines the rules to make it more action-packed than ever.

For those who are just starting their DreadBall career, the new Boxed Game provides the perfect entry point. Choose from the agile Ninth Moon Tree Sharks or the unstoppable Draconis All-Stars before taking to the pitch and going for glory. Outwit your rival coach with tactical set pieces, push your luck with daring plays, or just smash your opponent to the ground with brutal tackles. When the game begins, anything goes…

The boxed game comes with 29 miniatures (including two teams with 12 players each), a double-sided game board and rulebook to get you started in the game. What’s more, those who pre-order the game from the Mantic website before March 19th will receive a free, limited edition Blaine MVP! After March 19th, Blaine will become a show exclusive miniature.

Also available to pre-order now is the DreadBall Second Edition Collector’s Rulebook. This mighty 210-page tome is perfect for the experienced DreadBall player, as it contains rules for all the existing DreadBall teams, along with rules for giants, leagues and more. This will be a limited print run, so once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Talking of existing players, if you fancy picking up two brand new teams, then look no further than the Matsudo Tectonics and the New Eden Revenants. The Tectonics are a team of honourable space lizards that might play by the rules but don’t mind getting stuck in when it counts. Meanwhile the New Eden Revenants are a collection of famous DreadBall players brought back from the dead. They may be slow but they’re hard to stop!

Finally, if you want to add a little random fun to your games, then the DreadBall Event Deck is the perfect option. This set includes 26 Event Cards that trigger a range of wild events, like exploding balls, malfunctioning machinery and rioting fans. Mix these into the standard DreadBall deck and no two games will ever play the same! Plus, the Event Deck comes with the special resin Elmer & Dobbs card stand. Slot the current Event Card behind the commentators to make sure you’ll never miss any special effects.

All these products are available to pre-order now from the Mantic website or your local game store. They are due to launch on March 19th.