Board Games

WizKids Announce Tower of London Board Game Coming Soon!

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March 28th, 2017

Prepare to dispatch your Beefeaters, collect ravens, and fight for control in WizKids’s upcoming board game offering, Tower of London.

Designed by Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer, Tower of London lets players use their influence to occupy buildings and gather ravens all in an effort to control the tower and win!

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 designed for 3-5 players and is available for pre-order at your friendly local game store for $24.99 USD.

Asmodee Announce the Release of Watson & Holmes

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March 27th, 2017

Sharpen your mind, for the dark mysteries that once stood before the great Sherlock Holmes are now yours to solve.

In Watson & Holmes, two to seven players are presented with one of thirteen cases, each accompanied by a series of questions. Players must travel from location to location in order to obtain clues and information, competing to reach the most coveted destinations first and sabotaging their opponents along the way. Once a player feels they have successfully uncovered the truth, they may approach Watson and Holmes with their conclusion. If their answers are correct, they win the game, but if they miss the mark, the other investigators must continue the search until the case is solved.

Each of the thirteen cases included in Watson & Holmes provides the competing detectives with a collection of initial clues and information. The front of each case booklet indicates a card layout, forming the game board, while the back provides a short narrative, describing how the dynamic duo came to investigate the case and what little information they initially had to work with. Varying in difficulty, the amount of time and attention to detail required will be different on each case. With new and different locations to visit each and every time, none of the investigators will begin with any kind of advantage when tackling a new case.

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Dales RV Comes to The Walking Dead: All Out War

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March 26th, 2017

Mantic are pleased to unveil Dale’s RV – a new laser-cut MDF kit that’s the perfect size for games of All Out War.

The RV was one of the new product suggestions received from the community, so it’s great to see it come to life. It’s available to order from your local game store or you can pre-order from the Mantic website.

Along with the 3D Scenery Booster, Dale’s RV will be a great addition to your gaming boards and will really help to add a touch of realism. Unlike the Scenery Booster, however, this kit is made from laser-cut MDF so some assembly will be required. But there are clear instructions included with the kit and we’ll be producing an assembly video to offer some guidance too.

Although there are other RVs on the market, this is the only official Walking Dead-themed kit that’s the perfect size for the game (in fact it’s the same size as the cardboard template included with the Days Gone Bye expansion) and is identical to the version that appears in the comics.

Dale’s RV is available to pre-order now is due for release later this month.

Plaid Hat Games Introduces Crossfire, Available this Summer

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March 21, 2017

Deception and Negotiation are your greatest tools. Complete your mission, no matter the costs.

Plaid Hat Games introduces Crossfire, a game in the world of Specter Ops, coming to your FLGS this summer.

Emerson Matsuuchi has partnered with Plaid Hat Games again to take players back into the dystopian struggle between Raxxon and A.R.K. This time, players will be competitng in two teams to either protect or assassinate a Raxxon VIP, while trying to determine if other players at the table are really who they claim to be, all while the clock is ticking.

In Crossfire, players will use deduction, negotiation, and the limited information at their disposal to determine who the VIP is. The agents have been tasked with defending the VIP from hostile attacks, while the Assassins try to ensure that the VIP doesn’t make it to their destination. To complicate things further, Bystanders are also present near the VIP, making it even harder for Agents and Assassins to know who the real threats are.

After 3 minutes, each player must make a call and aim their weapon. After all the shots are fired, if the VIP is still standing, the Agents win. If the VIP has been eliminated, the Assassins claim victory. Be careful, though. Any player who shot a Bystander by accident automatically loses the game. Additionally, other roles might have their own unique victory conditions, meaning you can never be sure of who’s really on your side.

There are many roles that can be added to each game for a more varied experience, as well as other game modes which we’ll explore in future articles. Crossfire will be available for purchase from retailers and our own web store this summer. Be sure to check back soon for more information! The clock is ticking, and Intel is limited. Complete your mission.

Flip Ships Coming Summer 2017 from Renegade Game Studios

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March 20th, 2017

It was an ambush. That’s the only way to describe it. The mother ship appeared out of nowhere, creating a massive shadow over the city. Within seconds, wave after wave of fighters poured out of it, filling the sky.

We’re launching the ships we have ready, but it isn’t much. Our pilots fight bravely, defending the planet, while we ready the rest of the fleet. Explosions fill the sky, and we’ve taken some hits, but we won’t give up. Will you?

Flip Ships is a cooperative dexterity game for 1-4 players being published by Renegade Game Studios where players take on the roles of brave pilots defending their planet from an onslaught of firepower. Flip your ships to take out the encroaching enemies, and to take down the powerful mother ship before it’s too late.

FFG Announces Wave XI for Star Wars X-Wing!

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March 16, 2017

From the Core Worlds to Kashyyyk and beyond, the Force connects all living things and binds them together. Pirates, Imperial cadets, and Wookiees. No matter who they are or where they go, they’re all connected by the Force. They’re all drawn together by the eternal struggles between the dark side and the light…

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of three new X-Wing™ starship expansions!

  • Auzituck Gunship Expansion Pack
  • Scurrg H-6 Bomber Expansion Pack
  • TIE Aggressor Expansion Pack

In the Star Wars galaxy, seemingly minor events can alter the fates of countless worlds. A Tatooine moisture farmer purchases a pair of droids. A freighter pilot learns that his YT-1300’s negative power coupling needs to be replaced. A hungry Wookiee reaches for a dead animal skewered on a wooden stake…

Who would have expected the moisture farmer’s nephew would become a powerful Jedi? Or that the repairs to Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon would draw the attentions of an infamous bounty hunter, a crime lord, and even the Dark Lord of the Sith? What would have happened to the Rebellion if Chewie and his Rebel allies hadn’t befriended the Ewoks on Endor?

The Star Wars galaxy is full of these little twists of fate. The Galactic Civil War was shaped by them. And you’ll soon have your chance to pursue more of these twists in your games of X-Wing.

With its trio of ships, Wave XI follows these twists toward a host of explosive new possibilities—all nestled comfortably within the game’s existing mechanics. High-tech bombers. Fighters capable of filling highly specialized roles. Double-slotted upgrades. Unlimited ordnance. And a wealth of abilities that encourage dynamic and interactive new ways to fly!

WH40K Shadow War: Armageddon Announced at GAMA

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March 15th, 2017

A brand new boxed game has just been announced by Games Workshop at the Gama Trade Show;  Shadow War: Armageddon.

Some of the Warhammer Community team are currently at the huge trade show in Las Vegas, and are showcasing some of the exciting new releases on the way over the next few months. The first of these is Shadow War: Armageddon.

Right now we don’t have a huge amount of detail on this set (though we will, very soon), but what we do know is that it is a squad-level game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The specific setting is the hive cities of War Zone: Armageddon, and the two forces pitted against each other are Space Marines Scouts from the Blood Angels Chapter and ferocious Ork Boyz.

CMON Hires Eric Lang as Director of Game Design

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March 14th, 2017

CMON Limited is happy to announce award-winning game designer Eric M. Lang is joining the team as Director of Game Design beginning April 1, 2017. Beyond continuing to design new games for CMON’s growing library, Eric will lead the development team, growing CMON’s vision of putting out fun, engaging, high-quality gaming experiences.

Eric is an industry veteran, having created tabletop games for over 20 years. During his time in the industry, he has worked with several high-profile companies, including Wizards of the Coast, WizKids, and Fantasy Flight Games, and has designed games based on Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones. In 2016, Eric was the recipient of the Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming, and other accolades include multiple The Dice Tower Awards and five Origins Awards.

Eric’s history with CMON includes fan-favorite titles Blood Rage, Arcadia Quest, Bloodborne: The Card Game, and more. “CMON is truly a visionary leader in the game industry. Even with all these amazing games, I feel like there is so much exciting potential for the future, and it’s a great honor to join the team and navigate this future together,” said Eric.

CMON’s Creative Director, David Preti, has worked with Eric on several projects and explains, “Having Eric as part of the team is huge. Not only is he a friend, but I have worked with him, side-by-side, on projects like Rising Sun, Blood Rage, and The Others and seen the craft and dedication he brings to his work. As CMON’s Director of Game Design, I know he will help take the company and its library of games to a new level, and I can’t wait for fans to see what’s coming up.”

Eric is attending the GAMA Trade Show 2017 on March 13-17 and will also appear at CMON Expo 2017 from May 12-14. His current project, Rising Sun, is now on Kickstarter.