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Hellboy Heads to Mexico in the Hellboy: The Board Game Expansion

Hellboy in Mexico

Mantic Games has announced a new limited-edition expansion for Hellboy: The Board Game is in stores now. Working with visionary creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics, Mantic has created Hellboy in Mexico featuring new heroes, new missions and new terrifying villains.

Previously only available as an optional extra in the Kickstarter campaign, this limited-edition expansion tells the story of Hellboy’s lost period in Mexico, when he became a Mexican wrestler, fought vampires alongside three luchador brothers and faced off against the horrifying Camazotz – a giant wrestling vampire bat!

Available direct from Mantic Games or from gaming stores around the world, Hellboy in Mexico is a limited-edition, one-print expansion that will not be available again once it has sold out.

Hellboy: The Board Game is a cooperative 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! After launching in April 2019, the game is now available in multiple languages (French, Italian, Brazilian and Russian) and is on its third reprint after selling out worldwide.

Hellboy in Mexico

Pandasaurus Games Introduces Ctrl

Ctrl

Place your colored cubes to control every angle in this head-scratching strategy game! One you place your cubes, you place your flag to block others’ moves. Players score points for each of their own colored blocks left visible at the end of the game, as viewed from every angle except the bottom. Ctrl takes minutes to learn but has enough depth to engage the whole family. Once you’ve taken Ctrl, you can’t stop coming back for more!

This game is special. It’s the type of game you will want to play again the second you are through. 2-4 players, 20 minutes. Designed by Julio Nazario, Ctrl is being released by Pandasaurus Games.

Ruh Roh Raggy. Scooby-Doo and the Gang Come to the Betrayal Series

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Jinkies!, the Mystery Inc. gang is about to face the ultimate betrayal! Designed by the team behind the critically acclaimed Betrayal Legacy, Betrayal at Mystery Mansion lets players take on the role of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred, as they explore the mysterious mansion to find clues, run away from (or toward) scary noises, and maybe even catch sight of a monster. Or was it a g-g-g-g-ghost? Zoinks! Betrayal at Mystery Mansion will be available in stores everywhere on May 15, 2020, the same day the new SCOOB! movie hits theaters, creating a perfect day of solving mysteries.

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is jam-packed with more goodies than a Super Shaggy Sandwich, including all new tiles, tokens, cards, and 25 haunts based on popular Scooby-Doo episodes and movies. Once players find enough clues to learn what’s really going on, the haunt begins and one player switches sides to play the role of the Monster. Those meddling kids then try to stop them before they carry out their sinister plan, hopefully pulling off the mask to reveal it was Mr. Wickles all along!

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion will be available everywhere on May 15 and will retail for $35.

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Hasbro Reveals Star Wars The Mandalorian Trouble and Operation

OPERATION: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION Game

(HASBRO/Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2020)

With this OPERATION: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION Game, kids can imagine scenes from THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus. Fans have fallen in love with THE CHILD, the character they call “BABY YODA,” and must try to stop the mischief! Look at all the objects THE CHILD has taken, including a froggy, a cup of broth, and a mudhorn egg! Players can have fun using the tweezers as they try to remove the most pieces from the game unit without setting off the buzzer. When all of the objects have been removed, the player with the most pieces wins. This game is for 1 or more players. Includes gameboard, tweezers, 11 plastic objects, storage tray, and instructions. Requires 2 1.5V AA batteries, not included. Available at Amazon and Walmart.

TROUBLE: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION Game

(HASBRO/Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2020)

Inspired by the THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus, this TROUBLE: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION Game combines TROUBLE gameplay with THE MANDALORIAN adventures. Race around a dangerous planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy to rescue THE CHILD, who fans call “BABY YODA”. Choose to play as bounty hunter, THE MANDALORIAN, IG-II the droid, the skilled warrior, CARA DUNE, or the vapor farmer, KUILL. The first player to get all 4 of their pawns to the Home space to rescue THE CHILD wins! This game makes a fun choice for Family Game Night and it’s a great gift for STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN fans. This game is for 2 to 4 players. Includes plastic game unit base with Pop-O-Matic die roller, cardboard gameboard insert, 16 plastic character pawns (4 of each color), label sheet, and instructions. Available at Amazon and Walmart.

Portal Games Announces New Games for 2020

Brand new spy game: Vienna Connection

In this exciting stand-alone game inspired by the game mechanics of Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, you will take on the roles of CIA agents sent to Europe in 1977 during the Cold War to investigate a mysterious death of James Werner, an American citizen murdered in Vienna.

Vienna Connection

Solve new cases in Detective: Season One

In this new stand-alone game inspired by Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game you will find 3 stand-alone cases that can be played in around 90 minutes each. Each of the cases has a different setting and style. Due to a shorter playtime and simpler family-friendly rules, the cases are perfectly tailored for a mystery game night.

Detective: Season One

First case in the Signature Series of Detective: Dig Deeper written by Rob Daviau

This dripping with theme case will transport you into the American town in the 70-ties, where you will investigate the mystery of the death of a local politician.

Detective: Dig Deeper

2 new expansions for Empires of the North: Roman Banners & Barbarian Hordes

Empires of the North is getting even more new clans! Each expansion will introduce 2 new factions and their individual decks with unique abilities and game mechanics. All expansions combined with the base game will give you as many as 12 different factions to choose from.

Empires of the North: Roman Banners
Empires of the North: Barbarian Hordes

New meta-expansion for Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

This new meta-expansion will ad a completely new layer to the game by introducing an open-world campaign setting. From game to game your empire will advance reaching new eras, goals, technologies, discoveries, and provinces. Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire expansion will include 220 new cards divided into 3 types: Provinces, Goals & Achievements, Technologies & Discoveries. Growing a civilization has never been so captivating!

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write App

With the Roll & Write app, you will be able to play the game on your mobile when you’re on the go. Initially, the app will support solo play in which you will develop your own roll & write civilization to gather Victory Points and Stars that you will spend to gain access to more buildings improving your engine. The app will also introduce multiplayer mode at subsequent updates.

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write App

New Kickstarter campaign for Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures

In 2020 Portal Games will launch a new Kickstarter project – Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures. The almanac will consist of new Robinson Crusoe scenarios ranked by their level of difficulty, complexity, and theme. The Book of Adventures will offer scenarios suited for every audience – for playing with children, for a fun family game, but also really heavy scenarios for experienced players.

Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures

Renegade Game Studios Announces Succulent

Succulent

Renegade Game Studios has announced Succulent – a beautiful and strategic tile-laying game designed by J. Alex Kevern and illustrated by Anna Daviscourt.

You are a gardener tasked with thoughtful selection, delicate pruning, and tireless care. You’ve earned a reputation as a master horticulturist. In Succulent, you compete against your peers for lucrative and prestigious projects that will cement your place as the community’s premier succulent gardener.

The game is played over a series of turns where players collect succulent cuttings from their gardens along with water crystals and use them to complete projects which grant various benefits, including earning points. Optimize every turn to become your community’s premier succulent gardener and earn the most victory points to win.

Succulent is designed for 2-4 gardeners, ages 10+, cultivating their gardens in 45-60 minutes.

Succulent

Grow from a Small Settlement to a Mighty Empire in Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition

Clash of Cultures

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of an all-new Monumental Edition of smash hit strategy game Clash of Cultures!

In this classic civilization game from Christian Marcussen, players lead a newfound society, growing it from a small settlement to a grand empire. By exploring nearby surroundings on the game’s modular board, researching cultural advances, building cities, and conquering those who stand in the way, players will create a culture that will be remembered forevermore.

This all-new edition of the game will feature the Civilizations expansion and the Aztec promo right in the box, brand new art, and graphic design, and resculpted figures and wonders! The time has never been better to build history’s most magnificent civilization with Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition, coming to a Friendly Local Game Store near you soon! Pre-order today!

IDW Games Launches Batman: The Animated Series Adventures – Shadow of the Bat on Kickstarter

IDW GamesWarner Bros. Consumer Products and DC, announced that Batman: The Animated Series Adventures – Shadow of the Bat will launch on Kickstarter on February 18, 2020. A miniatures-driven board game, Shadow of the Bat is part of the Adventures Universal Game System (AUGS), and is compatible with all other AUGS products. Arkham Asylum, a full-sized expansion, will also launch on Kickstarter alongside Shadow of the Bat. Both Shadow of the Bat and Arkham Asylum are expected to arrive to backers and in stores in Fall 2020.

Running off the AUGS engine, Shadow of the Bat offers unrivaled flexibility and player choice. Players can take the role of any hero in their roster in the game’s 24 unique missions, all inspired by fan-favorite episodes. Likewise, even villains can be swapped out in every mission to change up the threats that players will face. In Shadow of the Bat, 1-4 players will take to the streets as Batman, Batgirl, Robin, Commissioner Gordon, and Catwoman, each with their own unique character abilities, skills, and custom dice. And they’ll have to work together in order to take down the likes of Two-Face, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Man-Bat, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. As with other AUGS games, villains can be controlled by the game itself for full co-op play, or by a 5th player. AUGS’ modularity means that players can even create their own dream scenarios and teams, including bringing in elements from other AUGS products.

Launching alongside Shadow of the Bat is the Arkham Asylum expansion, which will add 13 more missions to play through, and an all-new game mode: Clayface mode. In Arkham Asylum players will explore the halls of the infamous psychiatric hospital as they tangle with Clayface, Poison Ivy, Jervis Tetch, The Ventriloquist, Killer Croc, Maxie Zeus, Lock-Up, Clock King, Baby Doll, and Hugo Strange. In Clayface mode, each hero will be given a card that will indicate if they are who they appear to be, or if they’re actually Clayface in hiding. At any time, the Clayface player can reveal their true identity, transforming into the massive Clayface, and turn on their former friends!

Players will also have the option to expand their roster of heroes and villains with The New Batman Adventures character pack, containing Nightwing, Tim Drake as Robin, Calendar Girl, and Firefly. Story Packs for Mask of the Phantasm and Mystery of the Batwoman will also be available, adding new missions and characters–The Phantasm and Bruce Wayne in plain clothes, and Batwoman and Bane, respectively–that follow the films’ stories.

Anyone looking to try before they buy will be able to play a digital demo of Batman: The Animated Series Adventures – Shadow of the Bat through either Tabletopia or Tabletop Simulator. This demo contains 3 missions that follow The Joker-centric episode Joker’s Favor.

Unleash your fists of fury with the Kung Fu Panda board game!

Kung Fu Panda The Board Game

Modiphius has released Kung Fu Panda The Board Game – a fantastic family-friendly fun, which can be enjoyed by Kung Fu masters of all ages!

The Kung Fu Panda board game is available exclusively on Modiphius.net – and be sure to check out the high-quality components in the screens, plus two videos (one on the pic below, + two more on the game page) to see this amazing game in action!

The co-operative board game has you playing as one of the Furious Five or Dragon Warrior Po. Explore the game’s different challenges as you come up against Ox Grunts, Wolf Slashers & Spearmen, and the Wolf Boss as well as Tai Lung himself!

Kung Fu Panda The Board Game

It’s a game of furious action where players co-operate under a time limit to defeat Tai Lung & other villains from the Kung Fu Panda movies.

There’s also e a mode for young Masters where the timer is not used, to help them learn the game, you can also use this with your group to learn how to play before the clock starts ticking!

Each of the heroes has a character card with a number of health points (hearts) and a special power. In the case of Po if he rolls a Chi symbol, he can use it to heal wounds. 

The game uses the Furious Action Dice which shows various faces: a Kick, a Punch, two Moves, a Chi and a Claw. Players frantically roll four dice to get different combos to move around the board, attack enemies, and complete exciting objectives. The game features a unique mechanic, if you roll Claws on the dice, you move around the Dial of Destiny triggering enemies to spawn and attack!

The special move cards add more depth and fun to your games and more challenge to your campaigns. The cards let you summon and use your Chi roles in new ways; breaking walls on your own; throwing enemies great distances, or even reviving players previously out of reach! 

Funko Reveals New Pop! Funkoverse Including Golden Girls, Jurassic Park, and Aggretsuko

At the London Toy Fair, Funko revealed multiple expansions and expandalones for their Pop! Funkoverse board game.

Available for pre-order now:

Pop! Funkoverse: Golden Girls 101 – Expandalone

Pop! Funkoverse: Jurassic Park 100 – Strategy Game

Pop! Funkoverse: Jurassic Park 101 – Expandalone

Pop! Funkoverse: Aggretsuko 100 – Expansion

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