Category Archives: Board Games

SDCC 2019: TMNT Comes to Zombicide with an Exclusive Pack!

CMON and IDW Games are teaming up for an exclusive at San Diego Comic-Con. The two are bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into Guillotine Games‘ popular Zombicide!

You’ll be able to get the TMNT Pack #1 exclusive at the IDW Booth #2729 while supplies last.

Zombicide TMNT Pack #1

But, that’s not all, there’s also a TMNT Pack #2 exclusive that you can get at the CMON Booth #4928 while supplies last!

Zombicide TMNT Pack #2

Floodgate Games is Bringing 3 Laws of Robotics and Bosk to Origins

Head to booth #430 at Origins to see two new releases from Floodgate Games. If you can’t make the show, you can still order the games online.

3 Laws of Robotics

A Deduce Your Own Identity Game for 4 to 8 Law-Abiding Robots

3 Laws of Robotics is a lively deduction game for 4 to 8 players. In the game you know everyone’s information except your own!

Each round you ask a single question to try and figure out who is on your side. Make sure to Obey the laws as they’re added. Ask the right questions, find your team, and boot up victorious in 3 Laws of Robotics!

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Bosk

A Game of Majestic Trees and Falling Leaves

From majestic Maples to ancestral Oaks, players nurture their trees aiming to thrive over the course of a year in a beautiful National Park.

In the spring, players carefully grow their trees, scoring as hikers enjoy traveling the trails in summer.

When autumn comes, leaves fall in the ever-changing direction of the wind, guided to cover the terrain and other players’ leaves. Points are awarded in winter for the most coverage of each region in the park.

Gain your ground in the park to be victorious in Bosk!

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Greater Than Games Acquires Cheapass Games

Greater Than Games announced today that it has acquired Cheapass Games

The acquisition of Cheapass Games is the culmination of several years of friendship between the two companies. Cheapass Games has created richly-themed black and white games since its inception in 1996, with the introduction of full-color games, such as Tak, Kill Doctor Lucky, and Unexploded Cows, in later years. 

The Kickstarter campaign for the Cheapass Games in Black and White book, which took place during April 2019, was the first public partnership between Cheapass Games and Greater Than Games. Greater Than Games will be fulfilling the Cheapass Games in Black and White Kickstarter later this year. 

Look for Cheapass Games products in the Greater Than Games booth at these upcoming conventions: UK Games Expo, Origins, Dice Tower, GenCon and PAX Unplugged. 

IDW Games Splits with Ninja Division

IDW Games

IDW Games has released an update on a few of their games about their involvement with Ninja Division.

Ninja Division was hired to create the six hero miniatures for the Wayward board game. IDW has announced they are hiring a new sculptor or studio to create these miniatures. Due to that, the Kickstarter for the Wayward board game is being pushed back.

Ninja Division was also hired to work on the Men in Black/Ghostbusters game. That is no longer the case and instead sculptor Hector “Hec” Moran will handle that. Moran worked on the Street Fighter The Miniatures Game. IDW clarified that while Ninja Division was announced initially, they were actually never hired and involved in the project.

Ninja Division has been having issues of late running late on Kickstarter and not delivering on games promised. The Idaho Statesman has a fantastic article running through the issues with the popular miniature company.

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.

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