Board Games

WizKids Announces Favelas

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August 29, 2017

WizKids is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Favelas, a fast moving Euro style game, designed by Christopher Bryan, coming to North American retail this October.

In Favelas, 2 – 4 players are in the running to oversee the beautification of the iconic Favelas of Rio de Janeiro. These neighborhoods, highly-stacked and ever-evolving, face many socio-economic challenges, but have benefitted greatly from recent beautification and growing artist communities.

The bad new is that the council who will approve the funding is fickle and constantly returning with different suggestions that alter the value of the colors used in the beautification.

If you win the council’s favor it will all be worth it, but it will require a lot of careful consideration. Over three rounds (years), players will collect Victory Points by building different colored Favelas on their Player Boards. Each color has a different point value as dictated by the Beautification Council Guidelines. Collect the most Victory Points to win the game!

 

Days of Wonder Announces the Release of Ticket to Ride France and Old West

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August 27, 2017

Days of Wonder has announced Ticket to Ride Map Collection Volume 6 : France and Old Westa new expansion  in the Ticket to Ride series.

This expansion will challenge the players’ existing habits, as this time, before claiming a route, you will need to build the tracks and choose their colors. This simple variation adds a new twist to Ticket to Ride and makes the France map completely unique. The double-sided board also features a map of Old West, where up to six players can develop their railway networks starting from their Home Cities. Claiming routes along the way will make players face a dilemma: every time a player takes a route which leads to a city controlled by an opponent, that opponent scores the points.

Ticket to Ride – France includes a oversized, double-sided map. The French map is designed for 2-5 players and includes 58 Destination Tickets cards, 2 Bonus cards, and 64 Track Pieces. The Old West map is designed for 2-6 players and includes 50 Destination Tickets cards, 2 Bonus Cards, 40 White Train Cars, 18 City Markers, and 1 Alvin the Alien Marker. Both of these maps require the trains and the train car cards from either Ticket to Ride® or Ticket to Ride® Europe. This expansion is scheduled to be available at Essen and in Europe late October followed by a early November release in the USA, at a suggested retail price of €40-$44.99.

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WizKids Announces the Release of Lancelot

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August 27, 2017

As a Knight in the Court of King Arthur you must prove your valor in Lancelot, WizKids’ upcoming board game release, coming this October.

Perform heroic deeds, set out on the quest for the Grail, and obtain the Knightly Virtues to steal the heart of Queen Guinevere and be elected First Knight – Lancelot.

Lancelot brings the lands of ancient Britain to your tabletop. Begin your adventure at the Round Table and visit 10 other sites on your journey including the Joust, the Dragon and the Grail. Fulfill quests and prove your Strength, Heroism, Charisma, and Honor along the way to learn your Knightly Virtues.  You will meet the Lady of the Lake and, if you’re lucky, she will gift you the legendary sword of Excalibur. Merlin can be a useful ally but keep a look out for your true enemy, Morgana. Collect maces, magic and more along your adventure to obtain the most Virtue Points and be declared the winner!

 

Cryptozoic Announces Master of Orion: The Board Game

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August 26, 2017

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hobby World have announced the September 6 release of Master of Orion: The Board Game.

Based on the classic Master of Orion video game series and utilizing art from 2016’s Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars, the competitive tableau-building game requires 2-4 players to choose from several races (Humans and various alien races), build Systems using their cards, and manage their resources in order to win. Designed by Ekaterina Gorn and Igor Sklyuev, the tabletop game captures the essence of a 4X empire-building video game like Master of Orion in which players “eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate,” but streamlines it into an experience that takes an hour or less.

In Master of Orion: The Board Game, each player begins with a board that has four tracks: Food, Fleet, Production, and Morale. The starting numbers on these tracks depend on the race a player chooses, with choices including fan-favorite alien races the Darloks, Psilons, and Meklar. Each round, players gain resources, as indicated on their cards, and a number of actions, as determined by their Exertion Levels. Players spend their action cubes on each turn to manage their resources and build Systems. Since this is a tableau-building game, players use the cards in the deck to build up to four Systems, each comprised of a maximum of five cards that represent various Structures. Victory Points are gained by playing cards, attacking opponents, and having certain resources and cards at the end of the game.

The game’s end is triggered in one of three ways: when a player has 0 Morale, a player has five Structure cards in each of their Systems, or eight rounds of play have been completed. There are different paths to victory as players can focus on military means—training spies and attacking alien planets—or the path of creation—controlling the weather and advancing their civilizations. The winner is the player with the most Victory Points, who is deemed the leader of the most developed civilization and therefore appointed as the Emperor at the Galactic Council.

Master of Orion: The Board Game will be available at retailers nationwide September 6 for a suggested retail price of $35.

WizKids Announces Empires, A Board Game For 2-10 Players

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August 23, 2017

 WizKids is excited to announce their upcoming release, Empires, designed by David Y Stephenson and Daniel G Stephenson. Set in the 18th century, 2-10 players take on the role as powerful nations like Russia, Great Britain, Spain, France, and more, all competing to expand their empires by gaining the most support. Support is won by supplying your people with goods; goods are produced when your people work in your territories.

Players can gain people, territories, goods, and supporters by winning wars. Wars will be won by the armies raised by paying gold. Gold can be earned by winning wars and by selling goods.

All turns are taken simultaneously, and there are no restrictions on trading. At any point in the game, players may trade anything; people, territories, goods, supporters, gold, player powers, and more.

Empires releases this October. Pre-order it now from your Friendly Local Game Store for $54.99!

Mayfair Games Announces Isle of Skye Journeyman Expansion

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August 22, 2017

Isle of Skye: Journeyman, is the first big expansion to Isle of Skye from designers Alexander Pfister and Andreas Pelikan.

Becoming a king is hard, but being a king is even harder. You need warriors to protect your kingdom, merchants to keep your treasury liquid and heralds which proclaim your popularity across the kingdom. Luckily, your best mate has agreed to take over the hard graft so that you concentrate becoming a glory chieftain.

This new expansion contains new personal player boards indicating your progress in terms of strength, prosperity and popularity. As each progress step has requirements to be met, the personal player boards affect tile selling and placement. However, in order to claim the next level of development and gain potential rewards, it’s not sufficient to place the corresponding tiles only. A new pawn (the journeyman) needs to travel the kingdom and “activate” the tiles. In addition, 4 new scoring tiles are contained respecting the new challenges of Isle of Skye: Journeyman.

Components
4 New scoring tiles
8 New landscape tiles
7 Gold coins
15 Roads
5 “50/100” VP markers
1 Rulebook
In each of the 5 player colors: 1 progress board,
6 markers, 9 bonus tiles, 1 Journeyman pawn

Cryptozoic Announces Ghostbusters: The Board Game II

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August 21, 2017

GHOSTBUSTERS: THE BOARD GAME II is ready to take retail stores around the world by storm!

Building on its highly-regarded predecessor, this massive stand-alone expansion has 1-4 players taking on the roles of the Ghostbusters as they investigate the Mood Slime that has flooded the city, causing earthquakes and riots in an attempt to bring Vigo and his minions back. Inspired by the Ghostbusters movies, comics, and toylines, the Campaigns have you taking on the Scoleri brothers, riding the Statue of Liberty, and battling through Vigo’s Ghost army. The numerous new Ghosts, enemy types, and Bosses will make busting an exhilarating challenge!

There are many exciting new gameplay elements that add loads of complexity and fun. Equipment Cards offer an array powerful of Weapons, devious Traps, magical Tomes, and helpful Utilities that you’ll need to use to win. As you level up your Ghostbusters, the updated Character Cards will show you what you’ve unlocked, including abilities, Class-S Equipment, and use of the Ecto-1a’s Ecto-Tank. The Ecto-Tank is a fresh piece of technology installed in the Ghostbusters’ favorite ride that recycles negative Mood Slime into rule-bending bonuses!

The game features highly-detailed figures based on original designs by Dan Schoening and an original story by Erik Burnham, both veterans of IDW’s Ghostbusters comic book series. Each Ghostbuster has two figures that you can switch between during gameplay—a Proton Pack version and Slime Blower Pack version—depending on the supernatural adversaries you’re trying to trap.

All these new features add up to an exciting adventure across three Campaigns, totaling 12 scenarios! Each playthrough of GHOSTBUSTERS: THE BOARD GAME II is absolutely unique: The Equipment you recover, Events you tackle, and tactics you learn are never the same twice!

Catalyst Game Labs To Release Master of Orion Tabletop Game Series

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August 20, 2017

The original Master of Orion (MoO) computer game released in 1993, creating the 4X video game genre and capturing the attention of strategy loving gamers for over 30 years. The Master of Orion series has been featured on numerous “greatest games of all time” lists; several retrospective reviews from such established gaming media sites as GameSpot and IGN regard MoO as the standard by which turn based strategy games set in space are judged.

This iconic series was most recently rebooted by WG Labs as Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars—featuring immersive gameplay and garnering a nomination for the 34th Annual Golden Joystick Awards 2016 PC Game of the Year.

Now tabletop gamers can also “Conquer the Stars” as Catalyst Game Labs has inked a deal to publish a stellar series of games based in the storied Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars universe. First to arrive will be the galaxy crushing dueling deckbuilder: Master of Orion: Conquest.

“WG is proud to partner with Catalyst Game Labs to deliver the universe of Master of Orion to tabletop gamers with the first product; the Master of Orion: Conquest dueling deckbuilder game,” stated Michael Buonagurio of WG Labs. “The wealth of experience Catalyst brings to the project will now deliver this venerable and loved video game to a new audience of gaming communities.”

“Anyone who has ever lost a large piece of their soul to a 4x game understands their appeal,” said Loren Coleman, Owner of Catalyst Game Labs. “And Master of Orion rates among the best. Focusing on fleet engagements, Conquest brings X-termination to the fore!”

If that weren’t exciting enough, every game includes a code that allows you to receive the Revenge of Antares Race Pack for free if you purchase Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars!

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