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March 14th, 2017
CMON Limited is happy to announce award-winning game designer Eric M. Lang is joining the team as Director of Game Design beginning April 1, 2017. Beyond continuing to design new games for CMON’s growing library, Eric will lead the development team, growing CMON’s vision of putting out fun, engaging, high-quality gaming experiences.
Eric is an industry veteran, having created tabletop games for over 20 years. During his time in the industry, he has worked with several high-profile companies, including Wizards of the Coast, WizKids, and Fantasy Flight Games, and has designed games based on Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones. In 2016, Eric was the recipient of the Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming, and other accolades include multiple The Dice Tower Awards and five Origins Awards.
Eric’s history with CMON includes fan-favorite titles Blood Rage, Arcadia Quest, Bloodborne: The Card Game, and more. “CMON is truly a visionary leader in the game industry. Even with all these amazing games, I feel like there is so much exciting potential for the future, and it’s a great honor to join the team and navigate this future together,” said Eric.
CMON’s Creative Director, David Preti, has worked with Eric on several projects and explains, “Having Eric as part of the team is huge. Not only is he a friend, but I have worked with him, side-by-side, on projects like Rising Sun, Blood Rage, and The Others and seen the craft and dedication he brings to his work. As CMON’s Director of Game Design, I know he will help take the company and its library of games to a new level, and I can’t wait for fans to see what’s coming up.”
Eric is attending the GAMA Trade Show 2017 on March 13-17 and will also appear at CMON Expo 2017 from May 12-14. His current project, Rising Sun, is now on Kickstarter.
July 14th, 2016
XVII century, Caribbean Sea. At the helm of your mighty vessel, you scour the horizon with your spyglass. Profitable sea lanes are just waiting to be claimed… But a rival ship is fast approaching your prize! Can you sink them before they send you swimming?
Merchants & Marauders: Broadsides from Z-Man Games brings you back to the golden age of piracy with this 2-player game where you and your opponent are engaged in a deadly battle hoping to sink each other’s ship. Load your cannons, aim, and unload everything you’ve got at the enemy!
Set in the Merchants & Marauders univers, this new entry is far from the pick-up and deliver adventure that was its predecessor. Instead, M&M:B is a hand management, worker placement, combat game where a hand of cards will let you eather load your canons, or aim them at your opponent’s rigging, hull, or deck, among other actions of a given phase.
Those other actions include reloading said canons, engaging a broadside, and even forcing your opponent to discard some of their own cards with a Sheer Off action. All of these actions can be done by discarding combos of cards such as a pair, a straight, or a flush.
December 13th, 2014
Warlord Games are delighted to announce they have purchased Pro Gloria Miniatures and their superb range of 28mm Landsknecht figures.
Paul Sawyer of Warlord Games, says “Our Pike & Shotte game system is very dear to our hearts and we continue to expand our already comprehensive English Civil Wars and Thirty years Wars ranges. We have long wanted to add the legendary Landsknechts to our offer so when Stephan contacted us about taking his wonderful range on it was an easy decision! Stephan’s choice to come to Warlord Games with his ‘baby’ shows a great deal of confidence in what we’re doing here and we hope this won’t be the last range we bring into the Warlord fold. We are looking forward to making these beautiful models available soon and adding to the range in the near future”.
Stephan Huber, owner of Pro Gloria, says “I am very pleased Pro Gloria is now in such good hands. Between Pro Gloria and my full-time job I wasn’t able to give either the range or its many fans the attention they deserved so finding a good home for it became essential. Warlord Games have a proven track record for taking other ranges on to a different level so this will be great news for gamers and painters keen on this period of history. It was also very important to me that I could remain involved in the development of the range – I simply can’t get enough of 16th century Landsknechts!”.
Pike & Shotte is Warlord Games’ game system allowing players to fight massed battles across the tabletop – battles set during the period 1500-1700, both real or imagined.
We’d like to thank Stephan for offering us Pro Gloria and for agreeing to remain on hand to help us develop this range further with his passion and knowledge for this period of history.
November 17th, 2014
Today, Asmodee – a leading international publisher and distributor – and Fantasy Flight Games – a worldwide recognized hobby games publisher – proudly announced the pending merger of the two companies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Asmodee Group of game companies will gain access to Fantasy Flight Games’ strong sales, operational and marketing infrastructure in North America, as well as Fantasy Flight Games’ almost-20 years of expertise in game development and multi-language game manufacturing.
Fantasy Flight Games will benefit from Asmodee’s impressive distribution and marketing reach in Europe, greatly improving its product placement and organized play initiatives across the continent.
“I am delighted to welcome Christian and his team to the Asmodee Group,” said Stéphane Carville, CEO of Asmodee Group. “Fantasy Flight Games is a highly reputed publisher within the gaming community. It has demonstrated its ability to create great games and to establish fantastic relationships within the hobby games market and large entertainment companies. Together, we will continue to bring unique, innovative and high-quality games to gamers worldwide.”
“Fantasy Flight Games has enjoyed tremendous growth over the last 10 years,” said Christian T. Petersen, CEO and founder of Fantasy Flight Games. “By joining forces with Asmodee, we’ll be able to continue that growth, expand our international marketing capabilities, and create additional career opportunities for our terrific staff. Most importantly, we can do this while staying true to our vision of creating great products for the global hobby games market.”
Fantasy Flight Games will continue to operate out of its Roseville, MN headquarters, where its hardworking creative teams will keep creating those ambitious and narrative hobby games experiences for which Fantasy Flight Games has become known. Christian T. Petersen will continue as the CEO of Fantasy Flight Games while also becoming a significant shareholder of the combined entity. No staffing changes are anticipated.
Asmodee and Fantasy Flight Games Merger Q&A
A few questions related to the Asmodee and Fantasy Flight Games (“FFG”) merger have been anticipated below.
How will FFG’s and Asmodee’s product lines be affected?
FFG’s new and existing product lines will continue to be developed by FFG and sold under the FFG logo. FFG will stay a fully independent publisher in the Asmodee Group, and intends to keep creating the best games possible. A few of FFG’s products, whose identity may be deemed a better fit under a different Asmodee Group brand, may transition within the group.
Similarly, Asmodee’s existing and new products will continue to be developed by Asmodee’s creative staff and/or affiliate studios, and published under the Asmodee, or the independent studios’, logo. Those Asmodee games deemed a great fit for FFG may transition to FFG’s catalog.
The Asmodee Group has close business ties with a number of important board game publishers, such as Repos, Matagot, Ystari and others. How will the merger impact those relationships?
The union gives Asmodee and its partners access to FFG’s strong logistical and operational presence in North America, as well as access to FFG’s proprietary development tools and manufacturing infrastructure. Beyond those advantages, the identity, product development, marketing (such as website and convention presence) and sales representation of Asmodee’s close publishing partners will be unaffected.
FFG has many important intellectual property licenses. How will these be affected, and will other Asmodee partners and affiliates be able to take advantage of those licenses?
FFG expects to retain all of its licensing relationships, and will work with both Asmodee and its licensors to extend licensing potential to those parts of the Asmodee Group that makes sense for the overall product strategy and the individual license.
How will North American hobby market retailers and distributors be affected by this merger?
There are no immediate plans to change any of FFG’s or Asmodee’s hobby market retailer or distributor relationships in North America.
Most game retailers outside the U.S.A purchase FFG’s product from international distributors, many of whom translate and publish FFG’s product in their local languages. How will these distributors work with the combined entity?
For the foreseeable future, it is anticipated that current and upcoming FFG products will continue to be localized and sold by FFG’s existing international partners. Asmodee intends to work with those same distributors to broaden product availability, marketing presence, and organized play support where possible.
When should international players expect to see improvements to FFG’s organized play programs?
While incremental progress will happen sooner, players should expect that it will take more than a year for all intended improvements to be implemented.
May 16th, 2014
Wizards of the Coast has filed suit against Cryptozoic Entertainment over IP infringement.
Today Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington against Cryptozoic Entertainment, LLC and its alter ego, Hex Entertainment, LLC (collectively, “Cryptozoic”), for willful infringement of intellectual property rights.
Cryptozoic develops and publishes the digital trading card game, Hex: Shards of Fate, a clone of the world famous tabletop collectable trading card game, Magic: The Gathering®, and its digital expressions, Magic Online® and the Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers® franchise.
“Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast vigorously protect our intellectual property. This infringement suit against Cryptozoic demonstrates that while we appreciate a robust and thriving trading card game industry, we will not permit the misappropriation of our intellectual property” said Barbara Finigan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hasbro. “We attempted to resolve this issue, but Cryptozoic was unwilling to settle the matter.”
The suit includes claims for copyright, patent and trade dress infringement.
April 10th, 2014
Gale Force 9 has a preview of their upcoming expansion for the Firefly board game.
The ‘Verse is full of desperate people on the run, some are good folk who found themselves in a difficult spot, while others are the lowest of the low, perpetrators of heinous crimes. Bounty Hunting may or may not be an honorable profession, and it certainly isn’t a safe profession, but it pays. A captain in need of funds just might keep an eye out for any fugitive postings that come across the Cortex and try to apprehend one of these dangerous fugitives. But with a big payday at stake, there will always be other hunters gunnin’ for your prey.
Check out the first look at Firefly: The Game – Pirates & Bounty Hunters with rules for the all new Bounty Deck, a look at some of the individual Bounty Cards and details on apprehending the target.
March 14th, 2014
I Will Never Grow Up Gaming is looking for creative people who wish to write game reviews to be published on our website!
Are you a creative writer? Are you a creative writer who loves to play games? Are you looking for an outlet to get your reviews published and read by thousands of people each month? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you just may be the person we’re looking for.
We are hoping to have a couple of game reviewers join our ranks. We will publish your game reviews, previews, how-to-guides and tutorials (written or video) every Friday on www.iwillnevergrowup.com. Unfortunately, the job pays .. well, it doesn’t pay anything more than the enjoyment that comes from having your work read by thousands of adoring gamers across the world.
If you’re interested in writing for us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. The more creative the better!