Fantasy Flight Co-Sponsors Gen Con Through 2021

Gen Con and Fantasy Flight Games have signed a multiyear co-sponsorship agreement for the upcoming 2019, 2020, and 2021 conventions.

Fantasy Flight will get dedicated event space and physical and digital marketing at each convention as part of the agreement as well as promotion and logistical support during the convention.

Fantasy Flight first became a co-sponsor, the highest level of sponsorship, in 2018.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis August 1-4, 2019.

Gen Con Badge Registration Opens Sunday

Get ready for the first step in attending the best four days of gaming of the year! Can you hear the dice rolling? The Gen Con 2019 adventure starts this weekend, when Badge Registration opens!

Badges for Gen Con 2019 go on sale this Sunday, January 13 at noon (EST)! Head over to gencon.com to create your account if you plan on going for the first time, or to update your information if you’re a Gen Con veteran.

Information about badge pricing and other details can be found here. Badges cost the following:

  • 4-Day $110
  • Thursday $60
  • Friday $60
  • Saturday $75
  • Sunday $15
  • Trade Day $200
  • VIG $600/Returning VIG’s – $650/New VIG’s

If you have any questions or run into any trouble,  first check out the Account Information page, and if you still have questions, you can send an email to customerservice@gencon.com and they’ll help you out!

We’ll be seeing you at the convention!

CMON Promotes Adam Lovell to VP of Sales and Operations

CMON has announced that Adam Lovell has been promoted to VP of Sales and Operations, now answering directly to the COO. Along with Adam’s promotion, CMON is also happy to announce they have hired Luiz Coelho as the new International Sales Manager. Luiz has extensive experience in sales and was Sales Director at Galapagos Jogos (now Asmodee Brazil). With these changes, CMON looks to create more unity within the Sales department and make ordering from CMON easier for both retailers and distributors worldwide.

In a statement, Lovell said the reorganization will bring the international sales team back under one umbrella to coordinate releases and sales efforts globally.

Combiners Take Shape in “Rise of the Combiners” for Transformers Trading Card Game

Transformers Trading Card Game: Rise of the Combiners

This March a new set for Transformers Trading Card Game hits shelves and it’s bringing with it super-sized Transformers in the shape of Combiners! Five cards will combine to create one giant robot. Predaking is just one of the six combiners that will be part of “Rise of the Combiners” set.

A new mechanic in the expansion has players collect the five Transformers that make up the torso, arms, and legs, and then form them together. You’ll need special cards called “Enigma” and players will need all five of the combiners in bot form in their battlefield or KO area. You then activate the enigma card bringing the Transformers together.

Transformers Trading Card Game Rise of the Combiners Predacon Enigma

In the example released, the Decepticon Predaking, you’d need Torox, Divebomb, Headstrong, Razerclaw, and Rampage in play. Play their Enigma card you you can form Predaking! You can see the character has lots of health, a solid attack rating, and a room for five upgrades but a big robot also equals big target so the defense isn’t all that great.

Transformers Trading Card Game Rise of the Combiners Predaking

But, it’s not just combiners!

Fan favorite Windblade gets in on the action and is a combiner hunter, helping you take down the giant beasts.

Transformers Trading Card Game Rise of the Combiners Windblade

The new set features 46 new charater cards and 81 battle cards.

Calliope Games Launches Tsuro: Phoenix Rising on Kickstarter

Tsuro: Phoenix Rising

Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is now live on Kickstarter. The game for 2-8 players is from Calliope Games which is celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

The game is a follow up to Tsuro: The Game of the Path and has each player playing as a phoenix, soaring across the bard hoping to reach glowing lanterns and transform them into new stars in the night sky. The first player to collect seven star tokens wins the game.

In the game, you place tiles to extend the path, traverse the board, but be aware of your surroundings. The game has new features such as diagonal movement and can be flipped and rotated to help choose your destination. It also comes with a molded board. The game also takes advantage of the idea of the phoenix allowing players to rise from the ashes and return to the board once per game.

The game is for 2-8 players, ages 8+, and plays 20-60 minutes.

The campaign runs until February 9.

Rule the Stronghold in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The Rise and Fall of Anvalor—Coming Soon!

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The Rise and Fall of Anvalor

This April, WizKids releases The Rise and Fall of Anvalor, the co-opetition game taking place in the iconic Warhammer: Age of Sigmar setting, is coming soon!

Long-warring factions have put their quarrels aside, endeavoring to build a stronghold, called Anvalor, on The Great Parch. But each faction also has ulterior motives—they seek to take the stronghold under their control in order to strengthen their influence in all the Mortal Realms.

One to four players will select of one of six factions, including Order Serpentis, The Dispossessed, and Anvils of Heldenhammer, as well as one of their factions’ unique Aspects, abilities that can provide unique advantages during gameplay. Players build the stronghold by purchasing City Buildings, which will grant the player Influence; however, as soon as a City Building has been purchased, enemies will start to gather. When a turn ends with 3 enemies on the same side, they will assault, interrupting gameplay until the attack is completed. Players defeat enemies by rolling dice to either perform a Ranged or Melee attack, depending on the ability of the attacking unit. Upon defeating an enemy, the victorious player will gain Influence.

The game ends when the last enemy tile has been placed on the board. After a Final Assault, players will count the influence they’ve collected throughout the game. The player with the most influence wins!

The Rise and Fall of Anvalor, designed by Rustan Hakansson, offers many different combinations of play: each faction has four Aspects to choose from and the three different enemies have four different difficulties. Add to this the ability to play solo, and The Rise and Fall of Anvalor will offer many hours of varied and challenging gameplay.

IDW Games Announces Amoeba

Amoeba: Divide & Conquer

Get ready for infectious fun as IDW Games is releasing Amoeba, a tile-laying game by HG Game Worx StudioAmoeba is a unique tile-laying game for two to four players in which players draw and place tiles in order to build the biggest Amoebas. Set to release this summer, Amoeba will certainly spread the fun all over your gaming table! The game is by Heidi and Greg Preslicka with colorful, quirky art by Sebastian Koziner and Greg Preslicka.

Amoeba sees players placing tiles to a shared board connecting edges to form different-sized amoebas. The goal of the game is to capture as many amoeba segments as possible by placing Nuclei markers on them. The twist to the game is players may use tiles from their hand to split completed Amoebas and hurt their opponents’ scores. This simple wrinkle adds wonderful tension and endless replayability to a game that can be learned in minutes but stays with you for so much longer. 

Look for Amoeba to hit stores in May 2019.

Hunt the World’s Most Notorious Vampire in Fury of Dracula 4th Edition—Available Now!

WizKids has announced that the 4th Edition of iconic asymmetrical horror game Fury of Dracula is now available in North American game stores!

In Fury of Dracula, inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel, one player becomes the titular vampire while the remaining players take on the roles of hunters Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, Lord Godalming, Dr. John Seward, and Mina Harker, each of whom has a unique ability that serves to aid the group in capturing Dracula.

Each round is broken into two phases: day and night. During both phases, hunters may perform one of many actions such as travelling throughout the map or investigating their present location. Dracula, however, is only able to act at night, when he can lay traps for the hunters, create new servants, or secretly move to a new location. Players continue to traverse the map, featuring a variety of European countries, until either Dracula gains enough influence, or the hunters defeat him.

This new edition of the popular game includes larger cards, a refreshed rulebook, and all-new pre-painted miniatures to create a more immersive experience for players as they travel the European continent.  Will the Hunters take down Dracula before his undead thralls overwhelm Europe, or will he succeed in his insidious mission?

Fury of Dracula 4th Edition

Ho! Ho! Ho! Mantic Games Delivers a Holiday Hellboy

Mantic Games has announced a special, limited edition miniature to accompany its upcoming Hellboy: The Board Game. Working once again with Dark Horse Comics and creator Mike Mignola, Holiday Hellboy is a handmade, high quality resin gaming piece based around an iconic piece of festive artwork drawn by Mike Mignola.

This amazing celebratory piece will only be available to order now until the end of December from participating Mantic stockists and direct from Mantic Games. After being designed by a digital sculptor, each Holiday Hellboy will be painstakingly handcrafted by the resin team at Mantic HQ in Nottingham, UK.

Measuring approximately 7cm tall, Holiday Hellboy comes unpainted and requires assembly, but will most definitely make a fantastic festive-themed gift for any Hellboy fan. The set also comes with an exclusive B.P.R.D. Agent card for use in Hellboy: The Board Game.

Due for release in 2019, Hellboy: The Board Game is a co-operative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic B.R.P.D. members – Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman and Johann Kraus – before exploring gothic locations, uncovering ancient artifacts and battling one of Hellboy’s most notorious foes, Rasputin!

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