July 17, 2018
WizKids is excited to announce the release of its newest game of intrigue, Spy Tricks, designed by Susumu Kawasaki! In this trick taking game of intelligence and espionage, players are spies from different countries seeking to learn the information contained within the Secret Document – information that has the potential to influence the entire world!
In order to deduce what the Secret Document is, players will need to use their hands as well as observe the other players’ actions. There is even an element of gambling as they bet on the content of the Secret Document – each bet on the content locks out other players from guessing the same thing. At the end of 5 rounds of betting and guessing, the Secret Document is revealed. Players receive points based on how accurate their guess was, and a new round begins. When all players have been the start player once each, the game ends, and players add their points together to determine the winner.
Think you have what it takes to be the world’s greatest spy?
July 14, 2018
You glance down at the diagram on your clipboard before looking back at the zoo beginning to take shape in front of you. The herbivore enclosure will fit perfectly in the top corner of the grounds. Maybe a large topiary should go next to it. You look at the diagram again, making a few changes to optimize the layout. Adding another section for the monorail track to zoom guests around the zoo would be a good idea. You adjust your plan and hurry off to talk to the workers. You can’t wait for opening day.
It’s your job as the director to plan and construct a dinosaur zoo to surpass any others. Strategically select the features you want and race against the clock to quickly piece together your zoo’s layout in this real-time card game. Mesozooic is available for pre-order now and will be available in stores in Q4.
July 14, 2018
Fantasy Flight Games is happy to announce New California, a new expansion for Fallout: The Board Game!
The New California expansion brings all-new challenges to the irradiated landscape inspired by Bethesda’s blockbuster video game series, inviting you cover even more ground when you return to the four scenarios you experienced in Fallout: The Board Game or enter sunny New California in two brand-new scenarios. While you’re on these adventures, you can visit some of the most memorable locations from throughout the Fallout series, plumbing the depths of The Hole, breaking into the Lost Hills Bunker, or venturing into the imposing Cathedral.
A new land of opportunity awaits you. It might also be filled with radiation and hideous monsters, but what’s an accomplishment without a little challenge? It’s time to head into the wasteland. Welcome to New California!
July 6, 2018
Evil haunts strange, far-flung places in Horrific Journeys, the newest expansion for Mansions of Madness available for Pre order now from Fantasy Flight Games!
Reality has begun to deteriorate in the New England countryside, danger rains from the skies, and even the seas are not safe as evil emerges from the depths. In the countryside, a speeding train desperately flees from a threat that defies all laws of reality. In the clouds, a dirigible’s voyage is interrupted by a vicious murder as a storm rolls in. And on the waves, a luxury ocean liner has been sabotaged by some madman planting explosives to sink the vessel.
In this latest expansion for Mansions of Madness, the investigators of Arkham find themselves far from the comforts of home, and the danger increases with each step they take away from their beloved city. To stand against the coming darkness, Horrific Journeys calls upon four new investigators from a wide variety of backgrounds, including a sailor, a spy, a musician, and a waitress. These brave men and women are each more than meets the eye, and the unique backstory on the back of their investigator cards tells you what has led them to this point—how they went from living the life of an average citizen to being thrust into the world of Elder Gods and monsters beyond comprehension.
To help them fight against and survive the mythos, each investigator has a special ability gained from their personal travels and years of living in a sleepy town on the edge of madness. The sailor Silas Marsh may not have much experience with the supernatural, but he is willing to push himself further than anyone to aid his allies, flipping his horror cards faceup to reroll his dice during a test. Meanwhile, Trish Scarborough, the skilled spy, finds it easy to succeed while performing a search action. Jim Culver is one of the world’s most talented musicians and he begins each game with his treasured Golden Trumpet. Finally, Agnes Baker is a waitress with dark powers that she is only beginning to understand, starting each investigation with her own signature spell.
When you choose to step into the shoes of these investigators and bring them to life, you’re accepting the responsibility of defying maddening monsters with the knowledge that you will never receive thanks or even an acknowledgement that your fight exists. Arkham holds its secrets close. Most of its citizens insist that their sleepy town is the very definition of normal, but those who dare to look closer know that all is not right in Massachusetts. Now, as the evil that rots Arkham from within spreads beyond the city limits, you have little choice but to chase down the darkness and bring it to heel.
Wherever evil emerges, the investigators of Arkham will be there to fight back the darkness and protect our world from the terrors that thrive beyond our reality. Should you join them, there is no guarantee that you will survive the journeys that await, and even if you can survive, you will not be unchanged. But the call to take a stand is not one that you can deny. Pack your bags, climb aboard, and steel your nerve for the horrors ahead!
July 4, 2018
Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham City Under Siege from IDW Games is a cooperative game where each player takes on the role of a powerful hero and must battle against the multitude of villains threatening Gotham City. Each hero has their own skills and abilities in defense of the ever increasing threats to corrupt and leave Gotham City in ruins. The players must work together as they move through the four Acts of the game, with each Act introducing new and more villainous threats to the city!
Designed by Richard Launius and Michael Guigliano, and Batman – The Animated Series: Gotham City Under Siege is a cooperative game for 1-5 players. Each player takes on the role of Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon or the Gotham City Police Department, along with the unlikely aid of Catwoman. They must defend the city over the course of four acts, with each act inspired by episodes from the first season of the show. Players will need to work together to find the right balance between completing challenging story cards, or taking down the villains and masterminds running rampant in the streets.
Releasing in September 2018.
July 1, 2018
The age of the dinosaurs is back—this time safely behind glass! Draw in guests from far and wide to see dinosaurs at your zoo. Select features to build and race against the clock to quickly construct your zoo’s layout in this real-time card game. Perfect for parties and family game nights, Mesozooic is available for preorder from Z-Man Games now!
Dinosaurs are back and the world is clamoring to see them! In Mesozooic, it’s your job as the director to plan and construct a zoo that will surpass any others. Fill your zoo with a variety of crowd-pleasing features: wow your visitors with towering dinosaur enclosures, entertain them with prehistoric attractions, and let them travel around the zoo in style on a network of monorails.
Over the course of three rounds, players will draft the most desirable features into their hand, piece their zoo together in real-time, and score each layout to see who has created the best zoo.
After drafting your favorite features, you’ll have to organize them in your zoo—but things won’t always go as planned! Race against time by frantically sliding the cards one at a time to match up features and optimize your zoo’s layout. Complete dinosaur enclosures, connect monorail tracks, and maintain your attractions to score points. The zoo with the best layout will score the most points!
Careful planning and quick thinking can give you the edge. Astonish guests with the amazing creatures from a land before time. Will guests flock to your dinosaur zoo?
June 26, 2018
Are you ready, class? In Fall 2018, Japanime Games is bringing you the humorous yet tactical harem anime board game Love Battle! High School. From designer Brett Finnell of LPR Games and artist Adam Swanson, Love Battle! High School is a perfect homegrown addition to Japanime Games’ impressive title line up.
Love Battle! High School is a competitive board game for 2-4 players in which players aim to bring 5 girls together with their high school crush, Hiroshi. Gameplay takes roughly 30-60 minutes to play and is recommended for ages 13+.
Players get to control the bumbling Hiroshi, in addition to the five lovely ladies (Rin, Katsumi, Yuki, Sakiko, and Aika) who are competing for his attention. Vote for your favorite One True Match or Love Triangle, and then spend seven class periods of frantic action gathering Ki Points and playing Match Maker.
President of Japanime Games Eric Price stated, “The Japanime Games Team is excited to be working with Brett to have Love Battle! High Schooljoining our library. Brett has done a fantastic job in capturing the tropes and themes of the Harem Anime Genre into a tabletop experience that we know our fans will love.”
Japanime Games will be kicking off the pre-sale of Love Battle! High School by hosting demos of the game with Brett at their booth at various conventions in 2018, including GenCon. Love Battle! High School will be available through retail, distribution and on the Japanime Games Website.
June 23, 2018
IELLO’s 8-Bit Box is a splicing of arcade gaming and board games, with controller-like components used to emulate cabinet inputs and a shared play-space in the form of the board, representing the screen.
In what is probably the most pure fusion of earlier forms of gaming, IELLO’s upcoming 8-Bit Box manages to fuse together early gaming and board-gaming in a way which cleverly emulates synchronised, same-screen play while keeping the slower, observed, tactical nature of turn-based board-game play.
Pixoid, the first of the three games planned to be included in the core box, is an homage to Pac-Man. Including asymmetric multiplayer gameplay — one character racing around the grid while the others hunt them down. It’s easily the strongest example of how turns play out in most of the planned games, with each player analysing the playing field as it stands before tweaking the dials on their controller (secretly) to reflect their planned next move. Players then reveal their controllers for the turn resolution and act out the moves.
While certainly a little disjointed in its removal of the frantic pace of the arcade title, the concealment and reveal of player intent adds a layer of both suspense and tact to the game. Where players in the arcade title were running on reflex spliced with mild foresight, reflex in 8-Bit Box’s Pixoid is instead populated with chess-like forward anticipation and calculation. It’s clever, to say the least.
As it stands, the 8-Bit Box is definitely in the late prototyping stage, although it has already received a light showcasing while at the Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier on in the year.
The 8-Bit Box is currently expected to release before the end of 2018.