Board Games

CMON Inc Announces New MAPP

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May 29th, 2017

On May 24, CMON, Inc. announced it has adopted a unilateral Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy (MAPP) that will go into effect on June 1, 2017. Along with the new policy, CMON has restructured its existing hobby distribution network in the U.S. effective immediately. By unilaterally imposing restrictions on minimum prices advertised by CMON’s new distribution network and retail partners, CMON products’ perceived value in the customers’ eyes will be enhanced, which is in the best interest of consumers and CMON’s partners.

With the adoption of the unilateral MAPP, CMON has restructured their U.S. hobby distribution network to ensure efficient and effective distribution of their products to consumers in accordance with the new policy. As of May 24, 2017, the current hobby distributors CMON is working with include Alliance Game Distributors., ACD Distribution, and Peachstate Hobby Distribution (PHD).

The CMON MAPP will only apply to CMON branded products within the U.S., and products with a Minimum Advertised Price will appear on the current MAPP price list hosted on CMON.com. Adherence to the MAPP is non-negotiable for CMON product resellers, and will be strictly enforced by CMON to ensure the CMON brand maintains a high value in the consumer mindshare.

A copy of the CMON MAPP will be available at CMON.com/mapp and the CMON MAPP price list will be available at CMON.com/mapp_prices.

Ares Games and Galakta Announce Distribution Partnership

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May 29th, 2017

Ares Games and Polish company Galakta announce a new partnership to distribute Galakta games worldwide (excluding Europe). Ares Games will bring to its customers around the world several beautiful games recently released by Galakta in English – including Age of Thieves, Ragers Champions of the Arena, Zombie Terror, Andromeda, and King & Assassins, together with the upcoming This War of Mine The Board Game, tabletop adaptation of the award-winning video game, which was a Kickstarter hit last year. This War of Mine The Board Game is due to release in July 2017 in Europe, and in August in the rest of the world.

Ares and Galakta partnership started 5 years ago, when Galakta published the Polish edition of the strategy board game War of the Ring, and followed with The Battle of Five Armies and Jolly Roger.

“I think that the presence of Galakta’s great games in our catalog is a great opportunity for both our companies” said Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games. “Ares started developing a strong US and worldwide distribution for our products six years ago, and we now feel we are able to provide a good service to our customers, and to our partner Galakta, by promoting their games together with ours. Games such as This War of Mine The Board Game and Age of Thieves and the rest of Galakta’s releases are very consistent with our product and design philosophy, and we are committed to make them a success in the North American market and around the world.”

“This new part of our cooperation with Ares Games is a great extension of our relationship” said Dariusz Waszkiewicz, Galakta’s owner. “For the last 13 years, we have succeeded in building a very strong position on Polish board game market and a few years ago, we started developing our own titles. We have worked several times with the Ares Games team on some of their great titles, and at the same time, we could see how they were growing outside Europe. We are convinced that thanks to this extended relationship our games will become available to many board game fans all over the World.”

Plaid Hat Games Announces Crystal Clans 2 Player Battle Game

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May 28th, 2017

Choose your clan, maneuver your forces, and fight for the powerful crystals of the Crystal Clans!

Crystal Clans is a new 2-player expandable battle game from Plaid Hat Games by designer Andrea Mezzotero with additional design by Colby Dauch and J. Arthur Ellis. Featuring stunning art by Martin Abel, Crystal Clans is a breath of fresh air, engaging players with a captivating world and fascinating new gameplay mechanics.

Go to battle with 1 of 6 powerful and unique armies and lead your squads across the battlefield, competing to gain powerful crystals which hold the power to dominate their world.

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Z-Man Games Updates Components for Ricochet Robots

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May 27th, 2017

Guiding robots to their destination by bouncing them off walls and past obstacles just got an upgrade.

That’s right: the latest printing of Alex Randolph’s Ricochet Robots makes several improvements to the components. The game retains the same addictive gameplay, now with higher quality components that enhance the experience for veteran and new players alike.

With the most recent printing of Ricochet Robots from Z-Man Games, players can plot the robots’ trajectories across every board released for the game thus far. These eight two-sided boards can be combined for over 1,500 board configurations, providing unique challenges for every game. To increase their durability, the boards in the most recent printing are thicker than before. This update makes each board more sturdy and better able to withstand wear-and-tear.

Phalanx Games Announces HUNGER: The Show Board Game

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May 26th, 2017

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Do you have the wits to survive, with other participants, on a deserted tropical island? Or simply want to win $1,000,000? If so, HUNGER is searching for self-reliant contestants to attempt this bold adventure.

HUNGER is a fast paced family game with rich player interaction. To win, you have to predict your opponent’s actions. On the island, you can gather fruit and catch chickens to get more food. But to win, you also have to collect raft pieces. It’s a good thing that no one would ever think of stealing food and raft parts from other participants…

The casting starts at 2nd of June 2017, UK Games Expo, booth H2

HUNGER is a family/filler game for 2-6 players, ages 7 and above, lasting 20 minutes.

Players simultaneously choose their next action and destination on the island. To be successful, players need to predict the other players’ actions but also stay focused on their goal: having enough food to survive the next day (or otherwise being evacuated by the film crew according to the principle ‘your safety is our highest priority’) and building the raft as quickly as possible. Balancing those needs is key to winning the game. This is what makes the game so broadly appreciated among gamers but also non-gamers, families and children. The game is fast, smooth and easy to play and has no downtime, while allowing for a lot of player interactions. The better player will on average usually win most games but it is possible for a 7-year-old to win on occasion too, which makes the game a fun experience for everyone.

New Releases Available in May from CMON

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May 25th, 2017

May is a month of change and rebirth. What’s old is new again and we tend to contemplate the past, even as we look towards the future.

There are a number of different CMON games hitting your FLGS this month that encapsulate that sentiment. From the cobblestone streets of Florence, to the high tech world of a future sport, to a fiery encounter with some new enemies, the May releases from CMON will transport players to a variety of new realities!

Florence during the Renaissance period was not a bad place to be for a noble family, but the desire to earn more prestige was ever-present. The problem is that you have to rely on your family to raise your social standing, and they’re not always the most dependable bunch. In Lorenzo il Magnifico, you’re the head of your family, and you’re seeking to develop your standing in the community, while still paying the proper tribute to the church. Over the course of six rounds, you send out your family members to conquer territory, construct buildings, make powerful allies, and go off on exciting ventures. The value of the different family members is determined by the roll of the dice, but no matter what you do, you’re always stuck with the black sheep of your clan. Resources and money are tight, so you may have to make sacrifices along the way, but don’t forget about the church or you risk excommunication. Lorenzo il Magnifico is a fun, strategic exploration of the power of family.

We next go from the Renaissance period to the not-too-distant future, where the underground sport of bot battles has become all the rage and people travel great distances to compete in the arena of champions. In Gekido: Bot Battles, you take control of your very own bot and enter it in the ring to duke it out with other metal gladiators. Each bot is represented in the arena by a highly detailed, pre-painted miniature figure. The arena itself plays a role in the combat, with elements like laser turrets, hot grills, and energy stations all affecting battles. On your turn, you’ll roll the Attack dice, attempting execute an assault on your target. Roll successfully and you can deal out some massive damage, but misfire and that may result in damage to your own bot. Tech cards can come in handy for both Attack and Defense. Use them wisely and your bot might come out on top. Only one bot will be left standing at the end of the match. With clever play, strategic attacks, and a little luck, it just might be yours!

There are also a slew of new goodies being released for Arcadia Quest today. Whole Lotta Lava introduces two new challenging scenarios for Arcadia Quest: Inferno. The Heroes will have to face off with new foes like Ignos, the son of a fire and earth elemental, who has a bit of a hot temper. Also challenging the Heroes will be the Hellcats and the Fallen Angel. Just when you thought your Inferno campaign was over, they drag you back down to the depths. Speaking of hot challenges for the Guilds of Arcadia, the Fire Dragon box is hitting your FLGS today. Mog’dor has chosen the main square of Arcadia as a pretty good site for his coming of age party, and only some brave Heroes can stand in his way. The Fire Dragon box can be added as an exciting climactic battle to any campaign. The Guilds will have to put aside their differences or Arcadia will burn! Rounding off the Arcadia Quest releases for this month are the Hero and Pet packs, the Guild Dice, and Inferno Plastic Token packs. Every adventure could use new Heroes and now you can add some like Viola and Crash, Yona and Kuruk, or Anvil and Valma. The Pet packs 1 & 2 include some new cuddly critters that can be added to your Arcadia Quest adventures. The Guild Dice pack will allow each different Guild to have their own set of dice. No more sharing! Finally, the Inferno Plastic Tokens pack completely upgrades the 57 cardboard tokens from Arcadia Quest: Inferno. These highly detailed tokens are durable and beautiful, and they’re the perfect compliment to your Inferno set.

CMON’s releases in May transport players to different worlds, different timelines, and different adventures. Whether you’re looking for a tense strategy game set in a classic period, a no-holds-barred beat ‘em up set in the future, or some exciting new additions to world full of adventure, we’ve got you covered. Get down to your FLGS to check out some of these hot new titles!

Z-Man Games Announces NMBR9

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May 24th, 2017

Z-Man Games is thrilled to announce NMBR 9, a puzzling game of number stacking for one to four players.

In NMBR 9, players score points by creating their own displays of uniquely shaped number tiles. The higher a tile is in the display, the more points it’s worth—and the most points wins! To score big points, you’ll need to plan ahead and place your tiles carefully. Visualize your future moves to reach higher levels and solve this intriguing puzzle.

With just a deck of cards and a pack of number tiles, NMBR 9 presents a unique and varying challenge every time you play. At the beginning of each round, a number card is drawn from the top of the deck, indicating the number tile players must add to their display that round. From there, it’s up to you to decide where that tile is placed in your display.

There are many factors to consider when placing a tile. Each of the ten types of number tiles cover a different amount of space, which must be taken into account when deciding where it will go. What’s more, players must adhere to a basic set of rules when placing them. Tiles on the same level must share an edge, and a tile on level one or higher must overlap two or more tiles on the level directly beneath it. Most importantly, once a tile is placed, it cannot be moved. Choose where to place your tiles carefully while keeping an eye towards future scoring opportunities.

IDW Games to Release Board Game Based on the Wayward Comic Series

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May 23rd, 2017

IDW Games announced that it is working closely with writer Jim Zub and illustrator Steven Cummings on an upcoming Wayward board game. Designed by Jon Gilmour, co-designer of Dead of Winter and Outpost: Siberia, Wayward is a fully cooperative board game where players assume the roles of the comic’s heroes working together to defeat villains controlled by the game itself.

Set in modern Tokyo, Wayward is an ongoing series published by Image Comics featuring teenagers imbued with supernatural power defending the world from Yokai, Japanese mythological creatures and spirits. Since launching in August 2014, Wayward has gained critical acclaim and a dedicated readership. The first volume of the series, “String Theory,” made the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2016 List of ‘Great Graphic Novels for Teens’ and has been favorably reviewed by many outlets, including Kirkus. In addition, Wayward was recently optioned by Manga Entertainment for development as a television series.