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Don’t Make a Sound in Hako Onna—Coming Soon!

Hako Onna

WizKids has announced the first ever English language release of Hako Onnathe hit Japanese horror game!

In this excitingly atmospheric asymmetrical dexterity game for 3-5 players, one player becomes the Hako Onna, or “Box Woman,” haunting the house where her spirit resides and eliminating all who encounter her. The rest of the players are Visitors, trapped in the house with this vengeful spirit, and must either escape or defeat the Hako Onna once and for all.

After building the house via randomly connecting 9 Room Tiles, Visitors explore, searching for items that will allow them to safely exit the house or lay the Hako Onna to rest. But they must be cautious- the Hako Onna is travelling through the house too, and players who encounter her are immediately killed, becoming Hakobito—servants of the sinister Hako Onna.

This wicked shadow is attracted to sound, so each turn, players must stack a noise disc. The stack grows with each player’s turn, and if the stack collapses, or if a fifth disc is placed on the noise tile, the Hako Onna awakens and immediately takes a turn. The Hako Onna may secretly move throughout the house on her turn— travelling to an adjacent room tile and masquerading as one of the many objects scattered throughout the room by switching that story tile with her own tile. She may also draw power cards in order to use them later by “crying out,” revealing her general location in order to draw a new card. 

Visitors also have a variety of actions they can take- after adding a noise disc to the stack they may move to an adjacent room or search one of the story tiles in their current room. Story tiles may feature items which will help bring the visitors closer to victory, but they can also encounter the Hako Onna herself or one of her Hakobito servants, resulting in immediate death.

If the visitors successfully lay the Hako Onna to rest, or collect the keys to the house and locate the secret exit, they safely escape and win the game! But if all players are killed before they can complete their objectives, they meet their doom at the hands of the Hako Onna and are cursed to remain in the house with her…forever.

WizKids reveals a New Printing of Warhammer 40K Relic!

Warhammer 40,000 Relic

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of the iconic Warhammer 40,000 board game Relic!

A classic adventure game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, this 2-4 player game has players venturing forth to protect the Antian Sector, shielding it from certain doom. Each player will choose one of 10 unique characters, each of whom has a unique set of attributes that can fluctuate throughout the game. Each character also has an affiliation, representing a variety of different memorable groups in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. A scenario is then chosen randomly, which dictates the special rules and objective for the game.

At the beginning of their turn, a player will navigate the board by rolling a six-sided die and then progressing that many spaces. Players will then discover what threats they will face in this location by drawing the number and type of Threat cards indicated on the space. Players will then engage the threats by resolving events, battling enemies, and resolving encounters. At the end of their turn, a player may gain levels, acquire relics, or discard cards if their hand limit is exceeded.

A player wins when they complete the unique requirements of the Scenario’s confrontation in the Inner tier. Players who have entered the Scenario space in the inner tier may not move and must resolve the Scenario’s confrontation during their future turns. Will these intrepid heroes succeed in bringing the Antian Sector to safety, or will their mission end in failure?

USAopoly and Games Workshop Sign a Deal for Licensed Editions of Talisman

Talisman

In the lead up to ToyFair, USAopoly and Games Workshop have announced plans to develop licensed versions of the critically-acclaimed adventure board game, Talisman.

USAopoly will release two new licensed versions of Talisman in North America and other select regions later this year. This will be the first time a licensed version of the game will be available. The new partnership grants USAopoly international rights to distribute co-branded renditions of the “Magical Quest Game” via distributors, online marketplaces and beyond.

First released in 1983, Talisman has sold millions of copies worldwide. The game’s fourth edition, which was released in 2009, was granted the Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection award.

USAopoly has said that more details will be announced later this year.

This is the latest partnership announced by Games Workshop which has shifted gears in recent years shifting it’s focus and break out from just being a “miniature game” manufacturer. They’ve also announced deals with WizKids and Funko expanding their footprint.

Explore the Jungle and Earn the Favor of the Animals in Bumúntú —Available Now!

WizKids‘ stunning thematic game inspired by African folklore, Bumúntú, is now available in North American game stores! 

Taking on the roles of Tribal Leaders, players will journey through the Congolese jungle seeking the favor of the animals. Following their guidance by utilizing the abilities of each animal tile, players will strategically travel around the board and collect the animals’ favor. The game’s randomly assigned setup and elegant mechanics mean that players will enjoy a new experience each time.

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!

Monopoly: Game of Thrones Gets an All New Edition

Hasbro and HBO join forces to announce the launch of an all new edition of Monopoly: Game of Thrones game. Inspired by the network’s hit series Game of Thrones, Monopoly: Game of Thrones is being rereleased with brand-new features including customized tokens, iconic properties and graphics infused within the game board.

The Monopoly: Game of Thrones Edition game will also now feature an Iron Throne card holder that plays the iconic theme song throughout gameplay. This is the first time ever that a music component has been incorporated into a Monopoly Board.

Monopoly and Game of Thrones fans can set sail to Westeros, with game tokens inspired by the honorary sigils of the Great Houses. Players will travel around the board to buy, sell, and trade iconic locations from the Seven Kingdoms, building castles and holdfasts in their pursuit to rule the Iron Throne.

The Monopoly: Game of Thrones Edition game, designed for fans ages 18 and up, will be available for pre-order today at Walmart, GameStop, and Amazon, for a suggested retail price of $29.99. The game will be available at all major retailers nationwide beginning in January, 2019.

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