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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.

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!

Cryptozoic Announces Train Heist

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July 22, 2017

Cryptozoic Entertainment, in partnership with Tower Guard Games, announced the July 26 release of Train Heist.

In this cooperative board game, 2-4 players become cowboys in the Old West who must work together to stop the corrupt Sheriff and the rich folks of Notting County from stealing all of the townspeople’s earnings.

Creator Sean McDonald ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the game in 2015 that earned double its initial funding goal, numerous positive reviews, and a place on BoardGameGeek’s “Hotness” list for most of that year. Subsequently, Cryptozoic agreed to publish Train Heist in an effort to bring the game to a wider audience, working with McDonald to refine gameplay.

“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Cryptozoic on the wide release of Train Heist,” said Sean McDonald, creator of the game and founder of Tower Guard Games. “I am looking forward to seeing it on store shelves and in many board game collections!”

Train Heist features wooden cowboy miniature figures, which can be used to move across the map, ride one of the two horse miniatures, and hop aboard the moving train, represented by five miniature train cars that travel between the towns on the map. After entering the train, the players move their figures to the top part of the game board, which provides a view of the inside of the train. Players then move their cowboys from car to car and loot the wealthy passengers—with certain poker hands allowing players to steal certain loot—all while evading the ever-watchful Sheriff.

Making the game even more complex are Event Cards, which can cause the train suddenly to speed up or switch tracks. Other features on the map are Crackpot Canyon, natives, and a tunnel, which will knock a cowboy off if he is on the roof of the train or help a cowboy escape the Sheriff if they are both inside the train. Plus, there’s a deck of Wanted Cards that give players colorful nicknames and special abilities if they perform impressive feats that bring them renown.

Players win if they acquire enough loot for the Train Heist Goal Marker to reach the goal set at the beginning of the game. Players lose if the train stops at a town without loot too many times, causing the Hangman Marker to reach the noose.

Train Heist will be available at retailers nationwide on July 26 for $45.

Cryptozoic Announces Attack on Titan: The Last Stand

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July 18, 2017

Cryptozoic Entertainment in partnership with Don’t Panic Games, announced the July 26 release of Attack on Titan: The Last Stand.

Based on the popular Attack on Titan anime series, this 2-5 player asymmetric board game puts one player in the role of a fearsome Titan, while the other players are brave Heroes trying to protect the Tower that guards the last human city. Designed by the award-winning Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc, the game requires strategic utilization of dice and features unique vertical gameplay, as the Heroes move up and down both the Tower and the 15-inch tall Titan Standee.

In Attack on Titan: The Last Stand, up to 4 players become Heroes, with choices including fan-favorite characters Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. Each Hero has a standee and a card with distinctive abilities that the player must utilize in order to take down the Titan. Teamwork is key to victory, as the Hero players need to work together to use Tactics Cards that have powerful effects. Players each roll five custom dice that let them move between the different Levels of the Titan and Tower, attack with Cannons or swords, and dodge devastating blows. Players can re-roll these dice as many times as they want, with one caveat: Every time they roll a Titan symbol, they lose that die.

The dice with the Titan symbol can be used by the Titan player, who can choose to be either a Basic, Destructive, Deviant, or Voracious Titan. During each round, the Titan’s first Action Card is placed face up, and the second one face down. Therefore, the Hero players know what the Titan intends to do with the first Action Card, and may try to thwart his plans by allocating the dice symbols shown on the card. But since the second Action Card is a complete mystery (and can be deadly), the Heroes may sometimes choose to suffer the effects of the first Action Card so they can keep their symbols for the hidden card.

If the Titan eats all 12 Citizens, destroys all six cannons, or crushes a Hero’s three hearts, humanity’s last stand fails and the Titan wins. Just like the anime, the Heroes can only win one way: They must kill the Titan by slashing his neck. With eight different Heroes and four Titans—each with a separate oversized card and deck—every game will be markedly different.

Attack on Titan: The Last Stand will be available at retailers nationwide July 26 for a suggested retail price of $40.

Cryptozoic Announces Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park

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June 30, 2017

Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Cartoon Network Enterprises today announced the July 12 release of Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park — The Game. Based on the “Anatomy Park” episode of Adult Swim’s popular Rick and Morty animated TV series, the theme park-building, tile-laying game sends 2-4 players into the body of Ruben, a homeless department store Santa, in order to save the microscopic amusement park built from his organs. Players must design the best park possible by placing Tiles while simultaneously avoiding and fighting Diseases.

In Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park — The Game, players become characters from the episode—choosing from Rick, Morty, Dr. Xenon Bloom, Annie, Poncho, and Roger—as they try to build Anatomy Park. Most of a player’s turn is devoted to the Move and Action Phases, which consist of one Move and one Action each turn. During the Move Phase, a player can move his or her Character, a Tile, or all Diseases. Every time a player moves a Tile, he or she must draw a Bodily Reaction Card to reflect that Ruben’s internal organs are being shifted around. A Bodily Reaction Card can force the player to act out the (usually embarrassing) title of the card and result in various immediate or short-term ongoing effects, or it can cause a new Disease—such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis A—to show up inside Ruben.

During the Action Phase, there are five Actions that can be chosen: Draw, Place a Tile, Play a Focus Group, Shoot a Disease, or Exit. Each Tile (types include Attraction, Food, and Ride) will score a certain number of Victory Points when placed in the park, with some Tiles scoring more points if placed next to specific other Tiles.

The winner is the player who scores the most Victory Points at the end of the game, which occurs when one of three conditions is met: drawing the first Heart Attack from the Bodily Reaction deck (giving players two rounds until the game ends), drawing the second Heart Attack, or running out of Tiles twice.

Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ‘Im Card Game Available

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March 11th, 2017

Cryptozoic Entertainment has released a new Batman: The Animated Series card game, Almost Got ‘Im.

The villains of Gotham City have gathered for a poker night and to share stories about the time they nearly dispensed with that troublesome caped crusader, Batman. Little do they know that the Dark Knight is in their midst, disguised as one of their own. Will the rogues be able to suss out the bat in their belfry before he clandestinely subdues them?

This variant on the popular Werewolf-style deduction game, inspired by the memorable Batman The Animated Series episode “Almost Got ‘Im”, adds a poker element to the proceedings, requiring participants to craft poker hands to activate their special abilities when the lights go out. Take on the personas of classic Batman baddies in a game where everyone has something to hide and no one is safe.

With Poker hands guiding the action, players have something to talk about. Everyone has an important role. No bystanders in this game! Too often, social deduction games begin with random accusations just to get the ball rolling. Not so here. Players can request Poker cards from other players, and often see what cards other players are taking. Enemies are made when someone takes the card you wanted. Now you have a reason to be suspicious of another player!

Cryptozoic Releases Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin

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January 17th, 2017

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, announce the release of the Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin.

The tin resembles the Hall of Justice, the iconic home of the Justice League, and provides a stylish home for the seven included Mighty Meeples figures, all depicting members of DC’s Justice League. The 1-inch wooden figures can be collected for display or can replace pieces in any board game to upgrade the experience.

Train Heist to release in early 2017 from Cryptozoic and Tower Guard Games

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October 11th, 2016

Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, today announced its partnership with Tower Guard Games for a wide release of Train Heist in early 2017.

In this cooperative board game of “rightin’ wrongs and robbin’ trains,” 2 to 4 players take the role of a band of cowboys who work together to stop the corrupt Sheriff and the rich folks of Notting County from stealing all of the townsfolk’s earnings. Creator Sean McDonald ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the game in 2015 that earned double its initial funding goal. Reviews for the game were overwhelmingly positive and it stayed on BoardGameGeek’s “Hotness” list for most of 2015. As the publisher for the game, Cryptozoic will provide a widespread retail release and help it find a much larger audience.

In Train Heist, each player starts by choosing a cowboy miniature figure, which can be used to move across the map, ride one of the two horse miniatures, and hop aboard the moving train. The train is represented by five miniature train cars that travel between the three towns on the map. After entering the train, the players move their figures to the top part of the game board, which provides a view of the inside of the train. Players move their cowboys from car to car, looting the corrupt and wealthy passengers, with certain poker hands allowing players to steal certain loot. Simultaneously, players have to evade the evil Sheriff, who patrols the train and is looking to throw the cowboys in jail. After acquiring the loot, the players race on their horses to return it to the towns, so the townspeople have something to pay the Sheriff the next time he comes around. If a town has nothing to give the Sheriff, the players move the Hangman Marker one knot toward the noose.

Making the game even more complex are Event Cards, which can cause the train suddenly to speed up or switch tracks. Other features on the map are Crackpot Canyon and various tunnels, which knock a cowboy off if he is on the roof of the train or help a cowboy escape the Sheriff if they are both inside the train. Plus, there’s a deck of Wanted Cards that give players special abilities if they perform impressive feats that bring them renown

Players win if they acquire enough loot for the Train Heist Goal Marker to reach the goal set at the beginning of the game. Players lose if the train stops at a town without loot too many times, causing the Hangman Marker to reach the noose.

Train Heist will be available at retailers nationwide in early 2017. Cryptozoic will announce a specific release date in the coming months.