Category Archives: Board Games

Betrayal Legacy is Out Now

After much anticipation and excitement, the latest “legacy” game is here! Betrayal Legacy is out now and available everywhere! Based on the award-winning Betrayal at House on the Hill and designed by Rob Daviau (Pandemic Legacy, Risk Legacy, Seafall)Betrayal Legacy is a unique experience offering you the chance to create the iconic house’s story through decisions and actions taken in the game.

With its history shrouded by wild-eyed ravings and the scrawling of madmen, it was thought that no one would ever know the unholy origin of the house on the hill. Until now. The history you tell is one you create.

Beginning in 1666 and traveling through time to the year 2004, players take on the roles of several generations of families obsessed with the house whose actions in one game carry forward into future games. Every journey through the legacy campaign will be unique and unpredictable making each group’s experience different. Once the campaign is complete, you’ll be left with a fully re-playable, customized board game. Designed for 3-5 players ages 12+, Betrayal Legacy retails for $75.

Men In Black and The Ghostbusters Meet for the First Time Courtesy of IDW Games in 2019

IDW Games and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have announced plans to develop a series of tabletop games for both Men in Black and Ghostbusters franchises including, for the first time, a crossover miniatures board game featuring both Men In Black and Ghostbusters. The multi-year agreement comes ahead of the new Men In Black movie set for June 2019 and Ghostbusters celebrating its 35th Anniversary in June 2019.

Currently under development, Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion will be a miniatures loaded board game featuring the world’s foremost protectors teaming up to take down a threat unlike any they have faced before. Making up the Ghostbusters team will be Peter Venkman, Egon Spangler, Ray Stanz, and Winston Zeddmore, and the MIB team will consist of Agent J, Agent K, Agent L and Zed. While these two teams have faced unearthly threats before, the strength of the Ecto-terrestrials is nearly overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a little friendly competition.

With all new character designs by artist Derek Laufman and innovative game design by Panda Cult GamesMen In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion features a blend of fast action dice-chucking, take-that card play, and highly detailed sculpted miniatures from Ninja Division.

Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion miniatures board game will release in late 2019. Additional stand-alone games for each franchise are also currently in development and slated for release next year.

North Star Games’ Evolution Evolves with Oceans

After testing the waters with Evolution in 2014, North Star Games has decided to dive headfirst into hobby games with their most ambitious project to date: Oceans.

Oceans is the latest entry into the Evolution Game Series and, a grand cumulation of effort by North Star Games to design the ultimate gamer’s game. Years in the making, Oceans has been a collaborative effort between Nick Bentley (veteran game designer and former neurobiologist), Brian O’Neill (professor of marine biology), and Dominic Crapuchettes (award-winning game designer with 3 million units sold).

Whereas the previous games in the Evolution series were bound exclusively by the science (and the core of this game is as well), Oceans expands upon it with a new set of cards called “The Deep”. This fantastical set of new cards stretch the boundaries of the game from science, to science fiction by including creatures like the Leviathan and the Hydra.

North Star Games is looking for outside playtest groups to explore this game – ahead of the game’s release set for 2019.

For any playtest groups interested in participating: Clink on this link for information on how to dive in. And to learn even more, check out the latest blog here.

OCEANS will be Kickstarted in February 2019. And will be available in wide-release in September 2019.

George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead Gets a Board Game Courtesy of CMON

Fifty years ago, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead changed the horror movie industry and created the zombie genre. Since then, zombies have become a mainstay in popular culture, and now, CMON Ltd., maker of worldwide best-selling tabletop games including their flagship title Zombicide, has acquired the license from Living Dead Media to create branded board games and associated play accessories (including miniature PVC figures, board, dice and tokens/coins, cards) based on Romero’s original iconic movie. These new games are officially approved by Image Ten, the original production company and custodians of George A. Romero’s iconic film, making them the definitive tabletop products based on the horror classic.

For this release, CMON Ltd. is once again working with Evolution USA LLC, the licensing and brand management agent of Living Dead Media. Their first collaboration was a tabletop game based on the popular Gaumont-produced Netflix series, Narcos. That game is slated to hit store shelves on November 23rd.

Based on the promotional images released, we can assume that at least one game is a skinned version of CMON’s popular Zombicide board game which has featured numerous iterations already.

Living Dead Media will be honoring George A. Romero by donating a portion of its profits to the newly formed George A. Romero Foundation known as GARF.

WizKids Delivers the The Rise & Fall of Anvalor, Their New Board Game Based on Age of Sigmar

Games Workshop has revealed their newest licensed game from WizKids, the new board game set in the Age of SigmarThe Rise & Fall of Anvalor. Here’s the story so far…

“Many previous attempts to build a lasting fortification at Anvalor have failed. Its strategic location on the Great Parch, a particularly arid region of Aqshy, the Realm of Fire, is of supreme importance. However, each new effort to establish a significant foothold has also irked a new foe, an enemy who rises to the challenge of thwarting the attempt. Equally distant from Anvilgard, Hammerhal Aqsha and the City of Brimstone, the competing factions of those great cities have put their quarrels aside and committed to a final push to rebuild Anvalor together. Whoever can secure the new stronghold will also dominate the Great Parch, significantly strengthening their influence in all the Mortal Realms.”

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: The Rise & Fall of Anvalor is for 1-4 player game with games lasting about one hour. Players compete to gather the most influence in Anvalor to dominate and cause the city’s downfall. The player with the most influence wins!

There are six playable factions, the famous Aqshian rivals, the Hammers of Sigmar and the Khornate legions of Khorgos Khul, the Vorstarg Fyreslayer Lodge and the Order Serpentis.

Avalon Hill: Axis & Allies & Zombies Available Today!

Fighting a world war is hard enough without a zombie curse! Can you bring your side to victory while surviving the rising tide of zombies?

Avalon Hill today announced the launch of the newest board game in the Axis & Allies series – Axis & Allies & Zombies! The iconic World War II strategy game has been a cultural mainstay for decades, and this fun twist will introduce the game to a new audience, while providing existing fans with another variant– and zombie-specific R&D weapons like Chainsaw Tanks and Zombie Mind Control– to play.

It is 1941, and the world is at war. The Axis war machine is crushing everything in its path, while the Allies are rallying together to mount a heroic stand.

And then zombies show up.

As the commander of one of the five major powers, you are charged with planning a strategy to win the war. But each battle provides more fresh corpses for the flesh-eating hordes, and the problem is getting out of hand. With your human enemies on one side, and the ravenous undead on the other, it is time to ask yourself, “Do I invest in tanks or chainsaw tanks?”

Stand firm, commander. It’s tough choices like this that will determine victory or undeath.

Axis & Allies & Zombies is designed by Wizards of the Coasts’ award-winning designers and developers – Mike Mearls, Scott Van Essen, Ryan Miller, and Mons Johnson – and includes an introductory scenario to provide new players with an easy-to-set up prelude, as well as quick-start rules for more experienced players to jump right in. The game also includes an expansion for the Axis & Allies 1942 board game. Recommended for 2-5 players ages 12+, the game has a suggested retail of $40.

Reanimator the Board Game Gets a Dual Expansion Pack

Out this week from Dynamite Entertainment is a new expansion for their Reanimator the Board Game.

Delve deeper into Herbert West’s obsession to perfect his infamous re-animation serum with TWO expansion stories to the exciting Reanimator board game. “Modern Times” and “The King in Yellow” both provide players with MORE story cards, more characters, and more building models that will keep fans coming back to this Lovecraftian world again and again.

The Reanimator the Board Game Dual Expansion Pack retails for $29.99.

Braine Games Kickstarts Mutated, a Secret Role Social Deduction Game

From the makers of Alien Entity comes a new game! Braine Games has announced Mutated, a secret role social deduction game that is part of the Alien Entity series.
Players are a part of a repair crew aboard a spaceship when an explosion in the lab releases a mutated alien virus. The team must escape before getting infected with the virus, and figure out who among them is the alien!

You’ll use different options like social deduction cards, infrared goggles and 3-D maps, eliminate players as a group by ejecting teammates out of the airlock into space, and by using weapons like the Sizzler.

New events, like a Reactor Meltdown, make the challenge even more difficult.

Every bad decision you make brings your team closer to going crazy in space and failure.

You can support the game now through Kickstarter at MUTATED, the next game in the Alien Entity series. If you are attending Gen Con you can find them at booth #2050 where you can play a round of the new game.

Help Save Angel Grove with Saban’s Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid

Renegade Game Studios and Hasbro have announced the team-up of the year! Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid is a co-operative board game by famed designer Jonathan Ying that challenges 2-5 players to save Angel Grove from Rita Repulsa’s evil army of monsters in real time. All the classic characters you know and love come to life on the table thanks to Dan Mora on art and amazing, over-sized plastic miniatures.

In Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid, up to 5 players become Power Rangers to battle the forces of darkness using martial arts, teamwork, and giant assault vehicles (known as zords)!

Included in the core game experience are brutal enemies like Rita Repulsa, Pudgy Pig, Madame Woe, and relentless swarms of Putty Patrollers all for the Mighty Morphin’ team to tackle!

But, not Renegade Game Studios isn’t just releasing the main game, there’ll also be an expansion based on Shattered Grid, the comic story published by BOOM! Studios.

From a twisted reality where the Rangers have fallen, Lord Drakkon has risen and formed a deadly army to cross dimensions and threaten all of reality via the Morphin’ Grid itself!

The Shattered Grid expansion features new locations and challenging new foes directly from the pages from BOOM Studios’ award-winning comic series. Included in this set: The Ranger Slayer, Black Dragon, and of course, the mastermind himself: Lord Drakkon! But all is not lost, brand new allies from across time and dimension join in the battle: Power Rangers Hyperforce (straight from the hit series on HyperRPG)!

The game will be released in Spring 2019 and is for 2-5 players ages 14+. Games will take 45-60 minutes. Playable copies of Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid will be available at Power Morphicon in Anaheim, CA August 17-19.

Show your support for this game by backing the Kickstarter (launching on August 14th)! You can sign up and be first in the know on campaign updates, news exclusives, and more!

Illusion and Qwinto comes to Pandasaurus Games and You Can Get it First at Gen Con

Two new pint-sized games are joining the Pandasaurus family! Illusion and Qwinto are joining the ranks of The Mind and The Game and will be for sale at Gen Con and at retail in August!

Illusion is the follow-up to The Mind by lauded designer, Wolfgang Warsch. Get ready for a head-scratching good time in which perception is everything and players must use a keen eye to decide what is reality and what is illusion in order to win. Who has the right perspective not to be fooled? You can call it competitive optical illusions!

Qwinto is the rousing, fast-paced dice game from the people who brought you Qwixx, where one person rolls and everyone takes their turn. But be sure to think fast. Players must fill their colored rows as quickly and cleverly as possible to snag the most bonus points and win the game! Qwinto is elegantly simple, but packed with depth. You’re not going to want to put it down.

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