Thursday, March 10, 2016

Asmodee Announces A New Series - Storyline: Fairy Tales

Asmodee is coming out with a new series of games for story tellers - Storyline. The first game in this series is Fairy Tales and it will let you craft your own fairy tale from beginning to end, starting with the most famous of phrases - "Once upon a time.....". A blurb from Asmodee states:
Fairy Tales, the debut game of the Storyline series, invites you to craft your own original fairy tales beginning with that remarkable phrase, “Once upon a time.” In this fanciful card game, three to eight players craft a story together with each player contributing characters, places, objects, and events to the narrative.
This looks great! A group gets together, hands out some cards, and starts telling stories from their imagination using the cards as guidelines. Everyone gets a chance to play, too. Wait a minute! We've seen this before, haven't we? Oh, yeah! Once Upon A Time from Atlas games. A great game but it's more about stealing the story away from other players and winning by completing the end of the story card. Storyline: Fairy Tales is more of a family friendly version, based on the announcement, and has a bit more interaction.

This looks really good and hopefully we get more information over the next few months. It's still in development but the MSRP is showing as $19.95 USD so that's a plus. Be sure to check out the announcement for a bit more information and card images.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Z-Man Games Posts A Teaser For Beyond Baker Street (Updated)


Z-Man Games posted a nice little teaser on their Facebook page today. The game is titled Beyond Baker Street so I'm sure that this will involve Sherlock Holmes in some way. Very excited to see more information on this title. They promise more details soon so we'll be keeping an eye on this.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Two Expansion Packs for Munchkin: Marvel Edition Announced


USAopoly made a huge announcement on February 14th - two expansion packs for Munchkin: Marvel Edition! The base game hasn't even been released yet (April 2016) and they already are geared up to expand. Munchkin Marvel 2: Mystic Mayhem will be released in August of 2016 while Munchkin Marvel 3: Cosmic Chaos will be released in October of 2016. This is great news for Munchkin fans everywhere. Here's a look at each expansion.


Munchkin Marvel 2: Mystic Mayhem

Journey into Mystery! Join up with Doctor Strange and The Defenders as you fight villains like the evil Baron Mordo and the Dread Dormammu. All new Doors and Treasures as well as 12 oversized Dungeon cards introduce powerful new threats and Allies and add a new level of mayhem and madness to MUNCHKIN®: Marvel Edition.
Ages 10+ | 3-6 Players | Available August 2016
Includes: 90 Door and Treasure cards, 12 Oversized Dungeon Cards, Instructions
Munchkin Marvel 3: Cosmic Chaos

This cosmic-themed expansion to the Marvel Edition of Munchkin allows players to team up with Star-Lord and The Guardians of the Galaxy and take down some of the heaviest hitters in the Marvel Universe, including The Beyonder and Thanos. New Portals transport players to far-flung Dungeon locales like Xandar and Knowhere. This pack contains 90 new Door and Treasure cards as well as 12 new Dungeon cards that players can add to MUNCHKIN®: Marvel Edition for out-of-this-world adventure.
Ages 10+ | 3-6 Players | Available October 2016
Includes: 90 Door and Treasure cards, 12 Oversized Dungeon Cards, Instructions

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Slugfest Games Announces The Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport



Slugfest Games announced The Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport a few weeks ago and it's now live on Kickstarter. This is a new edition to The Red Dragon Inn series and looks really good. Battle for Greyport is a cooperative deck building game about life after the dungeon delves. Here is a bit of info from Slugfest:
The Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport is a cooperative deckbuilding game that takes place in The Red Dragon Inn universe. You’ll play as one of the adventurers from our wildly successful tavern brawling game as you race through the city to save its various landmarks from monster attack. As you fight, you’ll recruit citizens to join your militia, and arm them with powerful items you scavenge for at each location. Each encounter brings you to a new location in the city, and closer to the final battle. Will you and your friends save the day (yet again) or will the city burn?
Slugfest has also released a guide on how to play Battle for Greyport on their site and it gives quite a bit of information. It's worth a look and back. The base backing price of $40 is in line with all the other titles in The Red Dragon Inn series plus you'll get all those wonderful stretch goals and Kickstarter exclusives for backing so it's a win for everyone.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Z-Man Games Announces Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu


Z-Man Games and Chuck D. Yager have announced Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. The popular cooperative game is having a Lovecraft twist put on it but it's not quite a re-skin. While the game play will be similar to Pandemic, the Reign of Cthulhu edition will bring the popular Cthulhu theme to its doors - insanity and investigators included. The obligatory Cthulhu edition of a game is now here for Pandemic, let's just hope it plays well. The cards and components look good in the images and the board looks great. Check out the image slideshow and trailer below.


Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu Slideshow

        Pandemic - Reign of Cthulhu (Teaser)

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Sneak Peak at Deadpool in Munchkin Marvel Edition


Steve Jackson Games gave us a sneak peak at a few of the Deadpool cards from the upcoming Munchkin Marvel Edition game from USAopoly. This, of course, in honor of the movie being released this weekend. The art looks good and the font seems to be in line with what we've seen from previous comic book editions of games. I like that Deadpool can be "purchased" and used as an enhancer later on. What do you think of the released image?

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Rio Grande Games 2016 Lineup



Rio Grande Games has announced their 2016 line-up and it includes an expansion to the popular Dominion series. BoardGameGeek released the news that Dominion: Empires and nine other titles will be released throughout 2016, Q1 will see For Crown & Kingdom, Tin Goose, and Alan's Adventureland. Q2/Q3 will see TiffinEpoch: Early Inventors and the distribution of GIPF and YINSH. Oktoberfest and Santa's Workshop are scheduled for a Q4 release. Dominion: Empires does have an official release date of May 18, 2016, so that will also fall under Q2.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Curse of Strahd: A New Dungeons & Dragons Adventure is Coming! **Updated**


** UPDATE **
The Curse of Strahd: A Dungeons & Dragons Sourcebook (D&D Supplement) is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Current pricing can also be found at the bottom of this article.

Wizards of the Coast has announced a new adventure for Dungeons & Dragons - Curse of Strahd. The adventure is set in Castle Ravenloft and the land of Barovia but adventurers from all over can easily access this area to experience the cursed lands and the trials that await them. Curse of Strahd was written in collaboration with the original Ravenloft authors, Tracy and Laura Hickman, too. The release date is slated for March 15, 2016.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thief's Market Announced from Tasty Minstrel Games **Updated**


UPDATE:

The Kickstarter is now live! There is an Early Bird Backers special that includes sleeves and Stretch Goals that will allow more cards, Start Player Meeple, and metal coins. Check it out!

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Tasty Minstrel Games has announced a new dice game - Thief's Market! This is from designer Dave Chalker and set in the same world as Harbour so TMG is continuing on this popular theme. This will be available through Kickstarter in January, 2016, with an official release through regular channels around GenCon 2016. We'll also update this article with the Kickstarter link once it's active. Here's a quick look at the game play from Dice Tower News:
On each turn in this fast dice game, 3-5 players will roll the dice and take turns claiming what they want from the dice pool as loot (or stealing from each other). After all players have loot, they then are able to purchase useful cards with special abilities using any “gems” claimed. “Yellow coin sacks” provide currency to be used later in the form of “wild gems”, and purple masks provide players with victory points.
An email blast earlier this month also announced Thief's Market with some more images and details. Michael tells us:
Our goal is to be able to deliver the game to you via Send From China (with double-bubble protection like on Harbour) straight from China to arrive 6-8 before GenCon so that we can comfortably release the game at GenCon 2016 (and hopefully sell tons there).
Our target MSRP is $20 USD, and we will have a deal on the Kickstarter project (still working out the details). We have some ambitions surrounding making this game as awesome as humanly possible. We are just a little bit unsure if we will be able to do it all... Hence Kickstarter...
 Thief's Market Dice

Thief's Market Cards

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Z-Man Games Announces Archaeology: The New Expedition


Z-Man Games has announced a new game - Archaeology: The New Expedition - being released January, 2016. This is actually a redesign to the original Archaeology: The Card Game released in 2007. The update brings an ability to play with 2-5 players, new illustrations, and refreshed variants to the game play. They've brought in Atha Kanaani to update the original artwork so it has a bit more modern look and feel compared to it and Z-Man Games has also added new artifacts to the mix to compliment the added variants. This game looks great and I really like the new, updated look. Hopefully some game reviews will pop up so we can get a feel for the game play. Here's a look at some of the cards and game setup that Z-Man Games posted in their release article.

Game Cards

Game Setup

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Munchkin Playmat, Expansions Coming in April

Steve Jackson Games has issued release information for the month of April for the Munchkin and Chez Geek lines. While no specific dates are given, SJG has confirmed that Chez Geek Spring Break, Munchkin 6.5: Terrible Tombs, and Munchkin Puppies will be released in April. This confirms what we saw a month ago. What's extremely exciting is the fourth item on the announcement - a Munchkin Playmat!

Munchkin Playmat

Spyke Gets Suckered

Flower Cashes In

This. Is. Awesome! I can't say enough on it and can't wait to get my hands on this. This playmat will measure 14" x 28" and lets you keep track of your level, place your cards in an orderly fashion, and has some great artwork from Ian McGinty and Edwin Huang. The measurements look large enough to keep yourself comfortably organized and, in true Munchkin fashion, each mat will let you do an extra bonus. The Spyke mat lets you Cheat! one item per game while the Flower mat adds extra gold to each item you sell. The mats are retailing for $16.95 each but they look well worth it.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Mayfair Games Sells Catan License to Asmodee


Mayfair Games announced this morning that they have sold the license for the English language publishing and sales rights of Catan to Asmodee North America. Asmodee North America has formed their newest creative unit with this - Catan Studios, Inc. It will be exciting to see where Asmodee North America will take the Catan series now. Asmodee North America's recent acquisition of Days of Wonder and Fantasy Flight Games makes this a huge move in the gaming market, as well. They now own a large collection of licensing rights to be able to produce more games and, hopefully, bring great content to our tables. Is it to much, though? Hopefully they can bring new and exciting content to already great games but please don't saturate the market with 100+ different versions of the same game (looking at you, Monopoly). What do you think of the latest acquisition?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sneak Peak at Munchkin Knights

Well, well, well. Steve Jackson Games just had a nice surprise to show up on Twitter this afternoon. An image of Munchkin Knights all packaged up was snapped and shared. We haven't heard much on this at all so it was a very pleasant surprise to see this come across the Twitter-verse. No information other than this image and that it was with Production, though. Hrmmmm.....

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