Board Games

Omens of the Pharaoh Is Now Available for Elder Sign

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Feb 11, 2018

Omens of the Pharaoh Is Now Available for Elder Sign from Fantasy Flight Games.

The time has come to set out into the land of Egypt and attempt to stop the rise of the dreaded Nephren-Ka, the Dark Pharaoh from an age long since passed from the memory and recorded history of mankind. Omens of the Pharaoh, an expansion for the cooperative dice game Elder Sign, is now available!

You’ve heard that the desert’s heat can play some terrible tricks on the mind. You desperately hope that the scene in front of you is one of those tricks, an illusion you can simply deny and forget. The air swims and shimmers all about the edges of your vision, as the sands before you bulge with the subterranean passage of innumerable slithering abominations. Spindly horrors with dozens of chirping, chittering mouths skitter between the yawning crypts that line your path on either side.

The entrance to the Lightless Pyramid is swarming with the awful minions of Nephren-Ka, but thankfully their attention is elsewhere. A booming howl, equal parts triumph and pain, abruptly bursts from every gaping passageway that leads deep within the ruins, and the gathered throng of monstrosities rushes underground. They vanish beneath the sand, and, in the strained and uncomfortable silence that follows, you almost convince yourself that it had been a trick of the heat. Almost, but not quite. You brace yourself for the descent even though you fear that you are too late, and Nephren-Ka has truly returned to Egypt…

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Asmodee Acquires Mayfair and Lookout Games

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Feb 10, 2018

Asmodee continues to acquire game publishers at an astronomical rate. This time it’s Mayfair and Lookout Games!

From Mayfair;

As of today, the management team at Mayfair Games, Inc. announces we will wind down game publishing. After 36 years, this was not an easy decision or one we took lightly, but it was necessary. Once we had come to this conclusion, we knew we had to find a good home for our games which is when we reached out to Asmodee.

We are pleased to announce that we have sold our games to Asmodee North America, who have acquired all the assets of Mayfair Games, Inc. This acquisition includes the product line for both Mayfair Games, Inc and Lookout Games, GmbH.

We would like to take a moment to say – Thank You!

Thank you to the many retailers, reviewers, customers, industry partners, and volunteers, who made us a success over the past 36 years! You helped bring our games to game stores and cafes, conventions, libraries, schools, kitchen tables, backyard patios, family vacations, and more… where thousands of fans have been introduced to this great world of board gaming. Thank you!!

Asmodee and Rebel Games Form Partnership

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Feb 8, 2018

The Asmodee Group have announced that talks on the takeover of Rebel Sp.  were successful.

Established in 2003 by Piotr Katnik and Pawel Piechota, Rebel is a distributor of board games and accessories, including products from the Asmodee Group and its partners for many years.

The combination of the Asmodee product catalog with Rebel’s capabilities in Poland will certainly translate into the possibility of spreading new games from the Asmodee group partners on this market.

Thanks to this operation, the Asmodee Group will have direct access to the fastest-growing market in Europe worth EUR 95,000,000 (PLN 395,000,000).

“We are happy to strengthen our position on the Polish market through a new level of cooperation with Rebel. We have been partners for over 10 years, but this step will allow us to transfer the release of board games in Poland to a new level.” – Stéphane Carville, general manager of the Asmodee Group.

“We are proud to join the Asmodee Group with which we share the same philosophy: focus on really good games. The Polish market is very demanding and needs top quality products. As part of the Asmodee Group, we will be able to expand and diversify our range of board and card games, thanks to which our offer will have a chance to reach an even larger group of recipients in Poland. ” – Piotr Katnik, CEO of Rebel

Way of the Fighter Available for Pre Order from Soda Pop Miniatures

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Feb 7, 2018

Post Kickstarter pre-orders are now available for Soda Pop Miniatures Way of the Fighter! Capture the look and feel of an arcade style fighting game on your tabletop!

Way of the Fighter SUPER includes five fighters; Ren, Jun, El Falcon, Alberdus, and Aurelia. Players can build their deck from multiple card techniques, allowing them to customize their favorite fighter to fit a play style that best suits them. Way of the Fighter TURBO includes five fighters; D’Shaun, Lumi, Faris, Kasi, and Severina. Combining Way of the Fighter Super with Way of the Fighter Turbo allows you to tag in two more players for even more action.

Over a period of twelve intense turns, each player will control a fighter’s movement, manage the fighter’s energy, and decide on what actions to have the fighter perform against the opposing challenger. The game continues until one fighter is knocked out, or the time runs out; at which point one fighter will be declared the Champion!

Chimaera and Profundity Expansion Packs Available for Star Wars: Armada

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Feb 6, 2018

The massive space battles of the Star Wars saga are one of the most iconic pieces of the series and the Galactic Civil War. From the opening shots of the Tantive IV fleeing from a massive Star Destroyer to the ground-shaking battle above Scarif in Rogue One, these conflicts and the capital ships that define them are thrilling moments. Now, you’re about to have two more monstrous capital ships, crewed by thousands, that you can bring to the space battles on your table in Star Wars: Armada.

The Chimaera Expansion Pack and the Profundity Expansion Pack are now available from Fantasy Flight Games!

Even more than growing the Imperial and Rebel fleets with new capital ships, the two new expansion packs of Star Wars: Armada Wave VII are focused on their commanders. Grand Admiral Thrawn and Admiral Raddus define their expansions as much as any capital ship or fighter squadron, and with these new commanders added to the ships, cards and tokens in these expansion packs, you can be certain that your interstellar battles will never be the same..

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Stuffed Fables is Now Available in Retail

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Feb 5, 2018

Stuffed Fables is now available at retailers!Stuffed Fables is an AdventureBook Game from Plaid Hat Games.

In an AdventureBook Game all of the action takes place in the unique storybook – a book that acts as your rules reference, story guide, and game board, all in one!

Sworn to protect the little girl that loves them, a group of stuffed toys has been drawn into the Fall, an otherworldly, fantastic realm ruled by a brooding master of nightmares.

Stuffed Fables is an unusual adventure game in which players take on the roles of brave stuffies seeking to save the child they love from a scheming, evil mastermind. Make daring melee attacks, leap across conveyor belts, or even steer a racing wagon down a peril-filled hill.

Stuffed Fables delivers a thrilling narrative driven by player choices. Players explore a world of wonder and danger, unlocking curious discoveries. The chapters of Stuffed Fables explore the many milestones of a child’s life, creating a memorable tale ideal for families, as well as groups of adults who haven’t forgotten their childlike sense of wonder.

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Jellybean Games Announces Show & Tile Party Game

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Jan 29, 2018

Today, Jellybean Games announced the launch of the Show & Tile Kickstarter, a new game from the designers of Seikatsu.

Show & Tile is a party game for 3-6 players, suitable for all ages! Each player takes two sets of tangram tiles, picks a word, and starts building. At the end of 90 seconds, put your tiles down and try to guess everyone’s words!

Can’t draw? No problem! Tangrams have been around for centuries, and can be used to construct anything you can imagine!

“Ever since I was 8 years old I’ve been fascinated by Tangrams,” said Isaac Shalev. “For someone who can’t draw, being able to create visually feels amazing. Show & Tile is a joyous game about sharing your creativity and I can’t wait to show it to you!”

“When Isaac first showed me this game, I kept coming back to play it again and again,” said publisher Peter C. Hayward. “I must have played it hundreds of times by now, but I’m still discovering new ways to convey ideas. Everyone I play with bring something different to the game!”

As with all Jellybean Games, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Players simultaneously create images out of tangrams, and then try to guess what everyone else has made. Extra points are awarded to players who tackle harder words – the fun comes from the challenge of trying to represent simple objects in a restricted way.

The game contains twelve double-sided sets of tangrams, a mat for each player, a sand timer, a scorepad, and a deck of more than three hundred words. Show & Tile is for 3-6 players aged 8+, and will launch on Kickstarter on the 30th of January, 2018

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GAMA Early Release Program Launches With Decrypto From Iello

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Jan 28, 2018

As part of a new retailer-support program of the Game Manufacturers Association, Iello is providing member shops with roughly 2 months of exclusive early access to its upcoming title, Decrypto.

GAMA retail members will be able to sell the game beginning February 22nd, while other brick-and-mortar stores will have to wait until April 19th and online sellers until May 3rd.

Decrypto ($20 suggested retail) is a party game that combines word association and code breaking. Two teams are given displays of four words, each tied to a number (1-4). Then, one member of each team uses related but different words in an attempt to get their teammates to guess secret three-digit codes. If they make their clue words too obvious, though, their opponents may guess the code.

Other participants in the GAMA early release program should be announced at the GAME Trade Show in March.