July 22, 2016

Comic Encounter meets Westeros in Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne

There’s a Parasite in King’s Landing

Cosmic Encounter has long been one of my favorite games. It’s terribly wacky and unbalanced, but always a heck of a good time. Now Fantasy Flight has reached into its jar of “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” cookies, and dished out a plate of awesome. Today the company announced Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne, which builds upon the mechanics in Cosmic Encounter and re-themes them for a new game of treachery, conquest, and loose alliances.

God, reading that, it baffles me that it took them so long to connect the dots.

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Comic Encounter meets Westeros in Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne

Game Announcement

Fantasy Flight Games is bringing Cosmic Encounter’s treachery, conquest, and loose alliances to Westeros in Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne.

July 22, 2016

Asmodee moving to acquire F2Z Entertainment

Publisher’s latest acquisition includes Plaid Hat Games, Z-Man Games, and more

It hungers for more. Asmodee’s seemingly insatiable appetite for corporate takeover continued this week with news that the Montreal-headquartered publisher has made a move to acquire F2Z Entertainment. F2Z is the parent company of many of tabletop’s most recognized brands, including Z-Man Games, Plaid Hat Games, Filosofia Éditions, and Pretzel Games.

According to a report, the companies expect to finalize the merger over the next several months. Once completed, the move will add an impressive number of brands to Asmodee’s catalog, including Dead of Winter, Mice & Mystics, Pandemic, Terra Mystica, and more.

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Asmodee
moving to acquire F2Z Entertainment

Merger

Following a string of mergers, publisher Asmodee as moved to purchase F2Z Entertainment, bringing its portfolio of companies including Z-Man Games and Plaid Hat Games under its corporate umbrella.

July 20, 2016

Armored Core is the latest video game to make the leap to cardboard

FromSoftware’s long-running video game series finds new life on the tabletop

It’s been nearly twenty years since players first fired up Armored Core for the PlayStation. Now Utah-based Bad Crow Games has launched a Kickstarter aimed to bring FromSoftware’s game of white-knuckle mech combat to the table. Armed with the official video game license and impressive display of both miniatures and technology, Armored Core looks right at home as a real-time strategy board game.

Yes, Armored Core plays out in real time, with the action confined to short 20-minute missions. Bad Crow Games points out on its Kickstarter page that the game will feature no dice, no turns, and no waiting. Between 2-4 players will perform actions simultaneously, moving and calling shots when they have line of sight. To aid with this, mechs will be moved on the board atop based with LED lights that will draw lines between opposing miniatures. Sure, we could just use rulers or a tape measure like cavemen, but where’s the fun in that?

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Armored Core
is the latest video game to make the leap to cardboard

Kickstarter

First time designer and publisher Bad Crow Games has launched a Kickstarter to bring Armored Core, one of video games’ most storied franchises of mech-based combat, to the tabletop.

July 20, 2016

Alien Frontiers Big Box getting limited retail release

The upcoming set combines everything Alien Frontiers in one limited edition box

In space, no one can hear you scream. Or steal resources. Or colonize worlds. All of that, completely silent in space. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from getting excited for a new set from Game Salute that combines all of the stuff ever released for Alien Frontiers into a single box. Are you screaming yet? I can’t tell.

The Alien Frontiers Big Box was successfully funded on Kickstarter in March 2015, and combines the reprinted core game with the Outer Belt and Factions expansions, as well as all four Faction Packs, seven Expansion Packs, and two Alien Probe Tech Cards.

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Alien
Frontiers Big Box getting limited retail release

Coming Soon

Later this year Game Salute will release its Alien Frontiers Big Box, which combines all of the game’s content into one limited edition box set.

July 19, 2016

Remember Sentinels of the Multiverse? It’s back, in foil form

It’s all the heroes you remember, only shinier

I’ll admit I was a bit put out when Greater Than Games announced that it would no longer create new content for its super hero card game, Sentinels of the Multiverse. After five years of memories, how can you just walk away from me, when all I can do is watch you leave?

Now Greater Than Games is throwing fans bone wrapped in foil and dripping with flavor. The Sentinels of the Multiverse: 5th Anniversary Foil Hero Collection, which was created as part of the game’s final Kickstarter in February, is expected to ship to retail “soon.”

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Remember
Sentinels of the Multiverse? It’s back, in foil form

Coming Soon

Greater Than Games will soon release The Sentinels of the Multiverse: 5th Anniversary Foil Hero Collection, a box set of more than 100 heroes for its card game with all new art and cards cast in foil.

July 19, 2016

Don’t go away mad, there’s more Cthulhu on the way

Get off my plane...of existence!

Cool Mini or Not, Flatlined Games, and designer Eric Lang’s publishing imprint Spaghetti Western Games will leave their tentacled fingerprints on the most infamous of the Elder Gods later this year.

Cthulhu in the House is a new bluffing and deduction game that’s expected to be summoned first during Gen Con in August before a wider release later this year.

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Don’t go away mad, there’s more Cthulhu on the way

Game Annoucement

Cool Mini or Not, Flatlined Games, and Spaghetti Western Games will release the new bluffing and deduction game Cthulhu in the House later this year.

July 18, 2016

Sushi Go is going digital

Gamewright’s adorable card game about raw fish is coming to iOS

You know how people look at you funny while you’re eating a maki roll on the bus ride home from work? Well, fret no more, as mobile game developer Lummox Labs is hard at work creating an iOS port of the card game Sushi Go. Finally commuters may be able to enjoy their squid nigiri in peace.

The mobile developer confirmed the collaboration with Sushi Go publisher Gamewright, noting that it expects to release the app sometime in early fall.

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Sushi Go is going
digital

Game Annoucement

Fans of taking their tabletop games on the road can look forward to playing Phil Walker-Harding’s super cute Sushi Go on their iOS devices this fall.

July 18, 2016

And your 2016 Spiel Des Jahres winners are…

The winners of the most prestigious honor in tabletop games include some surprises this year.

The Spiel Des Jahres and Kennerspiel Des Jahres awards are the most esteemed honors given out to representatives of the board and card game community.

Awarded each year by a jury of German game critics, this year’s recipients include Codenames from designer Vlaada Chvatil published by Czech Games Editions, and Isle of Skye: From Chieftan to King from designers Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister and Published by Mayfair Games and Lookout Games.

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And your
2016 Spiel Des Jahres winners are…

Award Winners

Vlaada Chvatil’s Codenames wins the prestigious Spiel Des Jahres while Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister’s Isle of Skye: From Chieftan to King takes home the Kennerspiel Des Jahres award for 2016.

July 17, 2016

Big Trouble in Little China game in development

Get ready to shake the pillars of heaven in 2017.

Lo Pan. You know the one. Tall guy, weird clothes. First you see him, then you don't. Well, he's on his way to defeat players in a new board game based on the 80s cult action flick Big Trouble in Little China. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?

Comic book company BOOM! Studios announced plans to bring the now 30-year old movie to the tabletop, adding that up to six players will “play as Jack Burton or one of his brave friends on the mysterious quest to rescue the green-eyed beauty, defeat Lo Pan’s ancient magic, and save Chinatown from his evil minions."

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Big Trouble in Little China game in development

Game Announcement

BOOM! Studios is currently working with Everything Epic, Flipside Design Studio, and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products to turn Big Trouble in Little China into a board game next year.