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Wizkids’ Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition Comes to Stores October 13

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Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition is coming to stores on October 13. The classic game of exploration, expansion, and development has all-new updates in this latest edition.

Released by Wizkids, the “Monumental Edition” includes the sought-after “Civilizations” and “Aztecs” expansions, fully sculpted minis of the 7 Wonders, and all-new cover art, newly sculpted minis, and graphic design.

The game is for 2 to 4 players ages 14+.


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Mondo Reveals Fate of Fantos: The Iridium Wars

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Fate of Fantos: The Iridium Wars is available to order now! The game from Mondo and BGG Games is a tableau-building card game with competitive and cooperative elements.

In the game, you take on the role of a unique citadel of Fantos. Players are responsible for hiring acolytes to manage their affairs, with the ultimate goal of obtaining the most Iridium, and therefore the most favorable position when Zodraz finally arrives.

Citadels must manage their Iridium harvesting strategically, however, as it further contributes to the pollution of Fantos, revealing new trials along the way. Zodraz also unleashes plagues, summons cosmic creatures, and forces dissent between the citadels as the game progresses. Citadels must choose whether to resolve them together as a planet, or watch as rival citadels struggle to survive.

The game is for 3 to 6 players and retails for $35.

PRODUCT INCLUDES

  • 155 Cards
  • Game Board
  • 6 Player Boards
  • 6 Tokens
  • 190 Iridium Resource Gems
  • 2 Standees
  • Rule Book

Thames & Kosmos Releases 4 New Games, Anno 1800, Fangs, EXIT: The Cursed Labyrinth, and Ubongo 3D

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Anno 1800

For ages 12+ | MSRP: $69.95 | Players: 2-4 | Play Time: 120 minutes

Anno 1800 is an epic city-building strategy board game based on Ubisoft’s popular PC game of the same name. Players strive to build up their industrial might as they develop an island society at the dawn of the industrial age. Investing in their nautical fleets enables trade and expansion to new territories in the old and new worlds, but players must focus above all on maintaining the health and happiness of the citizens of their home islands. While the population is initially satisfied with food and clothing, in time it will demand valuable luxury goods. Players must plan their development strategies and supply chains carefully while keeping an eye on the distribution of specialized roles within their territories. The objective of the game is to plan for an even distribution of farmers, workers, craftsmen, engineers, and investors. But beware, because the competition never sleeps. Players may steal new achievements out from under each other’s noses at any time! Whose island will prosper and whose will fall?

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Fangs

For ages 10+ | MSRP: $19.95 | Players: 5-8 | Play Time: 60 minutes

FANGS is an amped up werewolf-style social deduction game that is playable without a game leader and without an app. With lots of information to suss out and analyze, it elevates the social deduction game to the next level. Each player has a specific role with unique goals and win conditions, forcing players to act in ways others might not expect. On a player’s turn, they choose between multiple actions, but limiting factors make it so there are justifications and excuses for any action. The addition of a strong storyline gives this social deduction game the added feeling of a role-playing game. The design of the gameboard makes the game easy to learn and play, so all your friends and family can get in on the action.

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EXIT: The Cursed Labyrinth

For ages 10+ | MSRP: $14.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 1-2 hours | Level of Difficulty: 2 of 5 

During a tour of a historic castle, your attention is diverted to an intriguing labyrinth in the middle of the castle’s garden. When the gate slams behind you, the only way out is through. Can you solve the riddles and escape the impenetrable labyrinth?

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Ubongo 3D

For ages 8+ | MSRP: $39.95 | Players: 1-4 | Play Time: 25 minutes 

Stretch your mental muscles into the third dimension! In this version of Ubongo, the hit puzzle game, players race to place three-dimensional blocks so they fit perfectly in a specific area on a puzzle card and completely fill a designated three-dimensional space. Each time you win, you collect colorful plastic gems; the player with the most valuable collection of gems at the end of the game wins. The puzzle cards each have multiple puzzles on both sides: one side is easier, the other more difficult. A total of four difficulty levels makes this the perfect game for beginners and experts alike, allowing the whole family to play together. With four sets of eight durable three-dimensional pieces and 72 puzzle boards featuring a total of 671 puzzles, the game can be played with up to four players — or challenge yourself in solo games. Take your puzzling to the next level with Ubongo 3D.

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Valiant dives into Tabletop Games with Valiant: Fight for Deadside

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Master Darque has assembled his army in Deadside. Only our heroes of the Valiant Universe stand a chance at stopping him from unleashing his horrors and destroying the world, but they need your help! 

Valiant: Fight for Deadside is a co-operative 1-4 player tabletop game coming soon to Kickstarter from designers Sen-Foong Lim and Jon Cohn and plays in 45-60 minutes. Featuring flagship and fan-favorite characters of the Valiant Universe such as Shadowman, Ninjak, Punk Mambo, Dr. Mirage, and more, it’s up to these heroes of Deadside to take on MASTER DARQUE’s army and stop them from invading our world.

The first 500 subscribers to the official Valiant Kickstarter newsletter will gain free access to an exclusive day one offer when the Kickstarter campaign goes live, giving fans a first look at digital content delving into the story behind the FIGHT for DEADSIDE! So sign up now HERE and stay up to date on all the latest announcements for the first kickstarter tabletop game directly from Valiant Entertainment!

Choose your heroes to stand against MASTER DARQUE’s forces and join the FIGHT for DEADSIDE!

Valiant: Fight for Deadside

The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 is Back and available for Pre-Order

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The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31

The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 was a hot game for a while. Released by Mondo, the game was popular, selling out and commanding high prices in the aftermarket. A lack of reprints, and really any news, of the game, was head-scratching, as the game was a hit and featured a lot of buzz from its Gen Con debut years back. Now, Mondo and The OP have announced that The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 is back and available for pre-order!

In the game, you relive the 1982 classic John Carpenter horror movie, The Thing, with this social deduction, hidden identity tabletop board game.

To win the game, players must complete missions, locate and identify the imitations, and escape the Outpost. Your ability to uncover the truth is critical to discover the imitations and win the game.

Play as 1 of 12 iconic characters (and as either a human or an imitation) from the movie, such as MacReady, Palmer, and Blair. The game is for 4 to 8 players and one we highly recommend.

Designed by The OP with art by Phantom City Creative, The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 retails for $60 and is expected to ship in November 2021.

Deep Water Games Reveals Floor Plan: Winchester Mystery House

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From Deep Water Games and The Winchester Mystery House LLC comes Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House, based on the most extraordinary and bizarre house ever built. It is a sequel to Deep Water’s 2020 release Floor Plan, which was nominated for the Board Game Geek Award and is now on its 4th printing. Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House will be available in retail stores across the U.S. in Spring 2022.

In Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House, players take on the role of an architect designing the house for Sarah Winchester. Each round, a pair of dice are rolled, and players act simultaneously, using the dice to design the most mysterious and eccentric estate in the world. The design goals featured in the game are all real architectural and design features of the Winchester Mystery House, ranging from room designs to decor. One game might have you building the iconic Seance room, while another might spotlight the Daisy Bedroom where Sarah Winchester was allegedly trapped during the 1906 earthquake. Each game features a different six of the thirty goals, so when you play again, you’ll have a whole new experience. After all, Sarah is always building…

Winchester Mystery House is a landmark mansion in San Jose, CA, once the personal residence of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to a large portion of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. After losing her husband and child, Sarah left their home in New Haven, CT and moved out west to San Jose, where she bought an eight-room farmhouse and began what could only be described as the world’s longest home renovation. Construction continued around the clock for 38 years, as the original home grew into the world’s most unusual and sprawling mansion in what some say was an effort to confuse any spirits bent on seeking revenge for their death by rifle.

Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House is designed by John Brieger of Brieger Creative. Brieger is a board game developer based in Sunnyvale, CA with a background in qualitative research. After leaving Apple, he founded the board game development studio Brieger Creative. Brieger Creative are the developers on the original Floor Plan game, which was designed by Marek Tupy, as well as on several other roll and write style games, including Cartographers and Long Shot the Dice Game.

Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House is the second collaboration between The Winchester Mystery House LLC and Ox Eye Media after The Winchester Mystery House comic series releasing in October. Published by Source Point Press, the comic series is a masterfully crafted horror tale written by Joshua Werner and illustrated by Dustin Irvin, taking readers into the non-stop construction of “The house that spirits built.”

Game imagery as shown are working prototypes, subject to Licensor approval

Hero Collector and Hasbro Join Forces To Bring Transformers Chess To Kickstarter

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Transformers Chess Set

Hero Collector is joining forces with Hasbro to launch their first ever Kickstarter campaign: an all-new Transformers Chess Set!

This epic chess set will feature 32 unique game pieces – 16 for the heroic Autobots and 16 for the villainous Decepticons – created specifically for the Kickstarter and modeled on the classic 1980s Generation One (G1) Transformers animated cartoon! Each model is digitally sculpted, then cast in metallic resin and painted by hand. The sculpts, which show the Transformers in their robot form, were developed with Hasbro and are based on the original animation designs and careful study of the animated series.

Standing 4-6” tall on a base marked with the symbol for the relevant chess piece, these robotic warriors will wage war on an exclusive Cybertron-themed chess board, with color-coded symbols in Autobot red or Decepticon purple. These two warring factions include such iconic characters as:

  • Autobot King: Optimus Prime. The beloved commander of the Autobots, Optimus Prime championed freedom in countless clashes across Cybertron – and Earth, where he adopted his famous truck alternate mode.
  • Autobot Knight: Hot Rod. A young and brash Autobot with a race car alt-mode, Hot Rod eventually grew to lead the Autobots – as Rodimus Prime!
  • Autobot Pawn: Bumblebee. The heart of the Autobots, Bumblebee was quick to befriend their human allies in his iconic yellow beetle alt-mode.
  • Autobot Pawn: Prowl. The surly strategist of the Autobots, Prowl’s police car alt-mode suited his no-nonsense personality.
  • Decepticon King: Megatron. The feared leader and founder of the Decepticons, and the eternal nemesis of Optimus Prime, Megatron sought nothing less than complete iron-fisted domination of Cybertron!
  • Decepticon Queen: Starscream. The scheming second-in-command of the Decepticons, Starscream constantly plotted to overthrow Megatron.
  • Decepticon Knight: Soundwave. The loyal comms officer of the Decepticons, Soundwave gathered intelligence using his trio of cassette-minions.
  • Decepticon Knight: Shockwave. Theops commander of the Decepticons, Shockwave’s cold logic and laser-turret mode made him a deadly threat.

This Kickstarter has a delivery date of Q4 2022. A variety of backer gifts are planned for fans who want to go the distance in bringing this game to life – including a Transformers pin badge, Transformers profile book, and more exclusive Gen-1 chess pieces!

Hasbro Reveals a Ghostbusters Edition of Clue

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CLUE: GHOSTBUSTERS EDITION GAME

(Ages 8 and up / Approx. Retail Price: $20.99 / Available: Fall 2021)

A team of paranormal eliminators will be racing to a mysterious farmhouse in the Ecto-1 to roast some ghosts and solve mysteries in the new Clue: Ghostbusters Edition Game. Inspired by the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife film, players will experience a suspenseful game of “whodunit” with artwork and characters inspired by the iconic Ghostbusters franchise. By moving from location to location, narrowing down the possibilities, and through the process of elimination, players will figure out who the leader is, how to trap it, and where it will appear. Paranormal cards add teamwork to the game, letting players team up to battle a ghost or get closer to the truth. Once an accusation is made, players must check the Tobin’s Spirit Guide card sleeve to see if they are right, with the correct accusation winning the game. Available at HasbroPulse.com and most major retailers nationwide.

Mantic Games’ OverDrive is Available for Pre-Order

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OverDrive

OverDrive is now available for pre-order from Mantic Games‘ website and your friendly local game store! In OverDrive you’re a coach that’s in control of a team of three players, chosen from a cast of larger-than-life characters, including a teleporting space turtle, walking shark, mind-controlling jellyfish, and more!

Before each game, you must draft your Players from the line-up available, which means you may never play the same team twice. All future releases of new Players can be added to the line-up, giving you even more choices.

After choosing your Players it’s time to hit the arena in one of six different game modes:

  • King of the Hill
  • Capture the Flag
  • Pass the Bomb
  • Invade
  • Kill Streak
  • DodgeBrawl

The core game also includes rules for league play and a short story to introduce you to the world of OverDrive.

The core game box includes:

  • 1x PVC Plastic Karadon
  • 1x PVC Plastic Brank Reborn
  • 1x PVC Plastic Skarathron
  • 1x PVC Plastic Synechdoche
  • 1x PVC Plastic Dozer
  • 1x PVC Plastic The Spawn
  • 6 Player Cards
  • 6x Tri-Hex Bases
  • 12x Six sided dice
  • 56-page Rulebook
  • 63 tokens
  • Game board

If you pre-order the game, you’ll also get a set of exclusive resin counters.

OverDrive

Also available is Rivals Pack: Tigrax and Shadow. Tigrax stalks the arena, looking for its latest victim, while Shadow’s advanced programming allows it to turn the opponent’s attacks against them with devastating results.

The Rivals Pack includes two resin players, tri-hex bases, and Player Cards.

Rivals Pack: Tigrax and Shadow

And finally, get Coach Abilities and Sponsorship Cards for the game. As you learn powerful new Coach Abilities and earn lucrative Sponsorship Deals during an OverDrive League, use these cards as a handy reminder during matches.

Coach Abilities and Sponsorship Cards

You can get the above separately or an all-in-one bundle that features the exclusive resin counters.

Unboxing: Unmatched: Deadpool

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The off the wall antics of Deadpool comes to Unmatched with the most unique expansion release yet. The miniature is fantastic and deck is beyond unique in its look and mechanics!

Mondo and Restoration Games‘ Unmatched: Battle of Legends is a tactical combat game pitting unlikely opponents against each other. Pick a hero, location, and get your deck ready to battle it out!

Check out what’s inside and get your copy with the link below!

You can order yours directly from Mondo and get 10% off with the code “BGT”


Mondo provided Board Game Today with a FREE copy for review
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