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Critical Role Announce Darrington Press, a New Game Publishing Company

Darrington Press

Critical Role has launched its own tabletop game publishing company, Darrington Press.

The new company will be headed by Ivan Van Norman. Van Norman has produced tabletop games and media content for 10 years as co-owner of Hunters Entertainment. Matthew Mercer will be joining the company as Creative Advisor.

Along with staff, the new publisher has announced what’s coming in 2021.

Uk’otoa will be released in the first quarter of 2021 and is the publisher’s flagship title. It’s a tactical game of semi-cooperative card play as factions of sailors vie to be the last claimed by the raging sea leviathan Uk’otoa. As the ship slowly falls into the ocean, you’ll have to run, push, and sacrifice others to win!

The game is for 3-5 players ages 12+ and games should take 30-45 minutes.

Uk’otoa was created by Jeb Havens with additional game design by Gabriel Hicks, art by Hannah Friederichs, layout by Vee Nedro, and Uk’otoa sculpt by Niklas Norman.

The game will be available from the Critical Role shop and friendly local game stores.


In the second quarter of 2021, you’ll be able to embark on your own journey through Exandria with Critical Role Adventures. The game is described as a cooperative legacy-lite campaign game. It’ll use a “unique, narrative mechanic for social and combat encounters.”

Synidcult will be released in the third quarter of 2021. It’s a magic roleplaying game designed by Matthew Mercer where mob families guard secrets and battle for power in the streets.

Guardians of Matrimonia will be released in quarter 4 2021. You’ll fight monsters in this cooperative card game. Pre-built decks are pitted against a deck of monsters. But, you don’t want your deck to run out, or everyone loses.

Hasbro Reveals Monopoly: Star Wars the Mandalorian Edition With Figure


(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2020) 

Imagine traveling around a dangerous galaxy where Imperial enemies threaten the safety of THE CHILD. Players can play as THE MANDALORIAN, CARA DUNE, IG-11, or KUIIL. THE CHILD token lets players access their character’s special ability as well as THE CHILD’S unique ability. Buy hideouts, win battles, and earn Imperial credits. The player with the most Imperial credits wins, but if an Imperial enemy gets THE CHILD, the game’s over! MONOPOLY: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION, inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus, includes a 3.75-inch Retro Collection REMNANT STORMTROOPER figure, with original 1980s figure design and detailing! Includes gameboard, 4 Character tokens, 1 THE CHILD token, 4 Character Ability cards, 1 THE CHILD card, 1 MOFF GIDEON token, 1 INCINERATOR STORMTROOPER token, 1 DEATH TROOPER token, 9 Imperial Enemy cards (1 MOFF GIDEON, 4 INCINERATOR STORMTROOPERS, 4 DEATH TROOPERS) 16 Hideout cards, 20 Signet cards, 75 plastic Imperial Credits, 2 dice, Retro Collection REMNANT STORMTROOPER figure, and game guide. Available exclusively at Hasbro Pulse and shopDisney.

Japanime Games Reveals Naruto: Ninja Arena

Japanime Games
Japanime Games

Japanime Games has announced another partnership with Don’t Panic Games to bring Naruto: Ninja Arena to wider audiences beyond just Europe. Japanime previously worked with Don’t Panic Games on the release of Cowboy Bebop: Space Serenade earlier this year. 

Naruto: Ninja Arena is a competitive, fast-paced game all about simultaneous dice rolling for 2-4 players, ages 10 and up. You and your opponents all take on characters in the Naruto universe battling it out in real-time to be the last ninja standing. Every character has their own abilities and each player has their own dice pools. As a round starts, all players roll their dice at the same time, trying to match symbols on their dice with symbols on their character boards based on what character abilities they have. As players activate abilities, they will mark their opponents for potential, future damage. Once a player has correctly collected the necessary symbols for their ultimate, special ability, they’ll slap an Uzumaki spiral in the center of the board to signify this, and the damage is dealt. In this brief pause, the player who slapped the spiral last will take extra damage and the players will resolve the effects. This damage is applied based on the markers distributed by players activating their abilities.

Naruto: Ninja Arena is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2021.

River Horse teams up with Draco Studios to Develop Dragonbond!

River Horse has revealed that they have been hired by Draco Studios to do games development and graphic design and layout work on their upcoming Dragonbond wargame. 

Dragonbond was launched on Kickstarter by Draco, and initial design work was done with design advice by River Horse’s Alessio Cavatore. Now the game needs to be finished and brought to market, so Draco has upped the stakes and recruited the whole of River Horse design studio to work on the project!


Giochi Uniti and Paizo Announce Pathfinder Arena

Pathfinder Arena

Giochi Uniti and Paizo will release Pathfinder Arena, a new board game set in the Pathfinder roleplaying game’s fantasy fiction Age of Lost Omens setting. The game will be available through a crowdfunding campaign in 2021. 

Pathfinder Arena is a competitive strategy game divided in four stages of challenges between monsters and heroes. In each stage the number and power of monsters increase, while heroes level-up and gather resources to gain new skills, magic spells, equipment and the deities’ favor.

The monsters summoned in the labyrinth never leave their spot, but the labyrinth shape is dynamic, and players can change it by moving the board’s tile. Monsters can then be used to attack other players: there will be only one winner.

You can get updates directly from the Pathfinder Arena webpage where you can also sign up to be notified on the crowdfunding campaign.

The Serious Play Conference Announces the Winners of its 2020 Education Game Competition

Serious Play Conference

The Serious Play Conference’s 2020 competition has announced eleven awards winners in its annual tabletop education game competition.

Corporate Sector Gold Medal Winner

Impact Pursuit, created by Steel Owl for Autodesk educates sales employees about the company’s sustainability effort. The game has employees build their own tree using information about the company’s sustainability efforts. The game is designed to strengthen employees’ understanding of the company’s sustainability mission.

K-12 Education Sector Winners

Gold Medal Awards:

Election Night!, created by Semper Smart Games, is a STEM focused tabletop board game where two players or teams battle for electoral votes to win the presidency. Election Night comes with a double- sided board with multiplication and addition version so players of multiple skill levels can master essential math while learning U.S. state geography. 

Powder Keg A Revolutionary War Card Game, created by The EPIC Project @ KCAD, is a humanities focused tabletop card game where two sides fight against each other. Strategy is needed to win the war. 

Race to the Moon, created by Ball State University, is a STEM focused two player competitive card game about the historic Space Race. Players take the role of either the US or the USSR, and the object is to be the first person to the moon. To win you need to combine research efforts, leadership, efficiency, safety and innovation. 

Silver Medal Award:

Roots of Power, created by Seriously Entertaining Education, is a literacy focused game that teaches Greek and Latin word roots. The game has a combination of chance, skill and collaborative based play. 

You Make Me Sick, created by The Partnership in Education of Duquesne University with funding from the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the NIH. It is a board game where players fight 11 common infectious diseases while learning about the functions of the immune system. The game teaches about vaccines, antibiotics, and steps to staying healthy. 

Vax Bracket, created by Dr. Games Bond, uses competition and fun to teach the broad concepts of vaccines, immunity and disease spread. The objective of the game is to teach the players about immunocompromised citizens of our society and how they rely on herd immunity.

RETAIN, created by Retain Labs Medical, is a digital and paper game that teaches neonatal resuscitation. Retain is a complement to the already existing neonatal training. Currently, neonatal resuscitation is taught through simulation based training and is cost and resource intensive which reduces availability. The RETAIN game makes it easily accessible and helps trainees learn resuscitation skills. 

Bronze Medal Awards:

Problem Scape Sama, created by RoundEd Learning, is a STEM focused card game that teaches players the meaning of equality in math. The game teaches you about different symbols in math and how they can sometimes have more than one meaning. 

Fixing Foolish, created by Techno Nature, is a card game that teaches basic anatomy and physiology. The engaging card game includes true stories and injuries with ways to fix it. The game also includes colorful worksheets, unique anatomy guide, color coded body systems, cool icons for organ function, and a systems mind map.  

Military/Government Sector Silver Medal Winner

Distrix, created by Distrix Games, is a game of skill in which two players—Red and Blue—compete to control more than half of the nine political districts in an imaginary state.  Inspired by America’s gerrymandering problem, DISTRIX presents a strategic and relevant challenge like no other.

Serious Play awards honor outstanding commercial and student titles used for education or training. Entry categories include: Corporate/Vocational; Healthcare/Medical; Local and State Government/Military; PreK Education; K-12 Education; Higher Education; Museum/Visitor Centers; Other.

Survive the Tournament in Monopoly: Dragon Ball Super

Monopoly: Dragon Ball Super

Be the last one standing in a battle among gods and warriors in a Super Saiyan spin on the fast-dealing property trading game! Dragon Ball Super comes to Monopoly!

Fans of the anime now have a tabletop quest to own it all, and it’s out now!

Fierce competition is rife for Dragon Ball enthusiasts and challengers in this Universe Survival edition of the classic board game, where a battle with Beerus, the mythical God of Destruction, sets the stage for a Tournament of Power where the strongest fighter will win.

Buy, sell, and trade characters from the Dragon Ball Super universes to come out with the most riches. The custom sunburst game board features 26 spaces named for your favorite fighters, including Goku, Jiren, Gohan, Piccolo, Frost, and Vegeta in various forms, around a collage of other series characters such as Androids 17 and 18, Kamesennin, Hit, Toppo, Tenshinhan, and more!

The game features eight custom-sculpted tokens, Gods and Warriors cards replace Community Chest and Chance, railroads are occupied by pairs of enemies whose rent can be worked into your game plan.

Monopoly: Dragon Ball Super is for 2-6 players ages 8 and up.

Arcade1Up Launches the Infinity Game Table

Arcade1Up has launched a Kickstarter for the Infinity Game Table, the latest digital board game table.

Partnering with Hasbro, the digital board game table features over 50 games with more to come to start. You’ll also be able to download more. There’s no monthly subscription or hourly fee.

Games mentioned include Monopoly, Pandemic, Battleship, Trivial Pursuit, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, and so much more. Having partnered with Hasbro, it’s many of their classics.

Beyond digital tabletop board games, Arcade1Up has also said the game table features thousands of comics, puzzles, and coloring books. It’s also mentioned a focus on partnering with indie creators as well.

The table can be used by 1 to 6 players and features wifi for ease of connection.

The Infinity Game Table has two main models, a 24″ and a 32″ screen. The 24″ version costs $499 at its basic level with the 32″ being $699. The project has crossed its goal of $50,000 and well on its way to $500,000. It ends on November 30 with a projected delivery of April 2021.

Tiny Battle Publishing Launches the D-Day and Beyond Pre-Order

D-Day and Beyond

D-Day and Beyond is Tiny Battle Publishing‘s largest game ever. Covering a 36″ x 28″ game surface, it features 352 counters and comes in a 9″ x 12″ box. The game is by John Stafford and Jim Balorighi.

The game is now available for pre-order and is scheduled to ship in November of 2020. Any in-stock games ordered with D-Day and Beyond will not ship until D-Day and Beyond ships.

D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history, opened the final chapter of the war in Europe with the landings on four Normandy beaches. For almost a year, General Eisenhower balanced Allied resources and clashing subordinates as he slowly drove back Field Marshal Karl von Rundstedt’s forces, who struggled with Hitler to command his theater forces. In late January 1945 the Rhine was breached and the end of the Third Reich drew nearer.

D-Day and Beyond is a tense, two-player operational board game covering the European theater from the French Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts to the dense German forests, the Siegfried line, and the Rhine River. The Allied player faces the tough decision about where and when to land troops, what scarce air and naval resources to employ on offense or defense, and struggles to keep a coherent supply line to his forward troops. The German player has to throw the landing(s) off the beach, if able, and failing that, fight a retrograde war that requires balancing holding key terrain, slowing the Allied advance, and preserving units. Additional rules showcase the Resistance, rail movement, airborne operations, carpet bombing, the release of German reserves, and the infamous Wacht Am Rhein offensive known as Autumn Mist.

Renegade Opens Up the Pre-Order for New Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Expansions

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid

Renegade Game Studios has announced that the newest expansions for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid are now available! You can get the Legendary Rangers: Forever Rangers Pack, Villain Pack #2: Legacy of Evil, Squatt & Baboo Character Pack, and The Painted Megazord Deluxe Figure all through Crowd Ox now.

The pre-order features bundles for individuals and stores and includes the “Renegade Exclusive Fan Appreciation Kit.”

The campaign runs until October 27th, 2020.

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