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The Gates are Open! Gates of Mara is Coming Soon!

Gates of Mara

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of Gates of Mara, a new 2-4 player game from one of the designers of Flotilla!

In this fantasy game from designer JB Howell, players take on the roles of tribal leaders seeking to lead their people to prosperity. To do this, they will secure influence in each realm, enchant their tribes, collect elemental resources, and earn gate keys. Over the course of four rounds, players will position influential figures from their tribes around the realms and gates. At the end of each round, the player with the most Influence in each area stakes a claim on it, earning points if they have claims in a realm at the end of the game. Players can also earn points by enchanting their people, completing objectives, and collecting keys. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!

Gates of Mara blends upgradeable worker placement with layered area-control mechanisms, all brought to life by the art of Nastya Lehn. You can lead reptilian dragonkin, the amphibious goblins, the insectoid antids, or the arboreal elves.

Retailing for $69.99 the game includes 1 Enchantment Board, 5 Realm Boards, 4 Player Boards, 48 Enchantment Cards, 20 Banner Cards, 8 Fire Banner Cards,16 Objective Cards, 5 Wanderer Cards, 1 Central Gate, 5 Standard Gates, 4 Elemental Lord standees, 1 Wanderer standee, and 28 Tribe Figure standees.

The gates open soon, so be sure to pre-order!

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is Out Now

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Zoinks! The Mystery Inc. Gang has another thrilling puzzle to solve! Releasing today, Betrayal at Mystery Mansion, a new board game based on the critically-acclaimed Betrayal at House on the Hill, lets players explore the mysterious mansion as Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred. Players discover clues, investigate spooky stories, and maybe even unmask a monster! Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is available in stores everywhere starting today, July 24, 2020.

Designed by the team behind Betrayal LegacyBetrayal at Mystery Mansion is more exciting than a double triple-decker sardine and marshmallow fudge sandwich, including all new inside and outside tiles, Item, Event, and Clue cards, tokens, and 25 brand-new haunts based on classic 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 the whole time!

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is now available everywhere and retails for $35.


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Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Animalkind Have Overthrown Humanity in Animal World War, on Kickstarter now!

Half-Monster Games has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Animal World War, a squad-level combat game for 2-8 players set in a future where Animalkind have overthrown humanity and survived to their own industrial age of trench warfare. The Kickstarter runs through August 13th.

Animal World War is also available for virtual play via Tabletop Simulator and Tabletopia.

Bluff Your Movie Knowledge with King of Movies: The Leonard Maltin Game

King of Movies: The Leonard Maltin Game

For forty years, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide served as the film geek’s Holy Bible, an annually updated softcover brick of a reference book, packed with thoughtful, witty, and occasionally weird capsule reviews of thousands of films. Those synopses are at the heart of King of Movies: The Leonard Maltin Game, a tabletop casual party game of creative invention and hilarious deception. 

In King of Movies, it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen every film ever made or if you’ve never seen a movie in your life. The fun is in the fibbing. One player reads a movie title and the other players invent a short synopsis in Leonard Maltin’s unique style, with the goal being to trick the other players into thinking theirs is the real Maltin review. If you choose the real Maltin or you fool another player, you score.

Featuring handsome packaging with art by Mondo all-star Matt Taylor, the game contains everything you need to play the game with up to six players.

Stuck at home, apart from your movie-loving friends? Not a problem. One person can own the physical game and everyone else can easily play along via Zoom with the King of Movies app for iOS and Android. 

If your synopsis is extra creative, your insane/brilliant/outrageous movie idea might just become a future cinematic sensation. Snap a photo of your best and most creative King of Movies synopses and post them to Twitter and Instagram with #MaltinKingofMovies. On January 1st of each year, Leonard Maltin himself (!!!) will choose one synopsis that will be officially optioned by Drafthouse Films. King of Movies: The Leonard Maltin Game is available for pre-order.

The game is for 2-6 players, ages 3+. It’s designed by Ant Timpson, art by Matt Taylor, produced by Tim League and Mondo Games, and written and edited by Zack Carlson. It’s expected to ship in September 2020 and retails for $25.

Create a Masterpiece Out of Thin Air in El Maestro

WizKids has announce that the first English release of hit game El Maestro is available now!

In El Maestro, one player leads the group in air drawing their Oeuvre (their fine work of art). The others physically draw along with the motions, doing their best to recreate the Maestro’s shapes and understand their signals. Sign your masterpiece, then guess what you’ve been creating – and try not to laugh too hard when you share!

Players gain points for artistic merit, as well as for words guessed correctly. The Maestro gains points depending on whether or not they spoke during their performance. The game ends after 4 rounds, and the player with the most points wins!

Perfect for game night, El Maestro is a fun new spin on charades-style gameplay that will earn a standing ovation from the whole family! 


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Build the High-Rises of Tomorrow in Meeple Towers

Meeple Towers

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of Meeple Towersa new strategic tower-building game for 2-4 players!

In this abstract 3D building game from designer Aaron Holland, players take on the roles of contractors building high-rise towers for Meeples to work, live, and play in! Players will take turns playing action cards in order to place worker meeples, supports, and new levels onto the tower! At the end of the game, players will calculate their score based on how high up the tower their Worker Meeples have been placed in addition to any bonuses they may have collected during the game. The player with the highest score wins!

Featuring a 3D Tower that changes every game, making for a uniquely exciting table presence, Meeple Towers will feel right at home at your next game night!

Retailing for $44.99, the game comes with:

  • 3 Two-part double-sided property boards
  • 21 Level tiles
  • 18 Bonus point tokens
  • 64 Hefty wooden supports
  • 44 Cards
  • 32 Worker Meeples
  • 4 Score markers
  • 1 Start player token
  • 1 Score track
  • 1 Rulebook
Meeple Towers

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Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo Comes to CMON’s Arcadia Quest

Arcadia Quest: Usagi Yojimbo Hero Pack

IDW Games is partnering with CMON Limited to launch a BackerKit preorder campaign for the Arcadia Quest: Usagi Yojimbo Hero Pack, an expansion to the popular adventure board game that incorporates characters from Stan Sakai’s beloved comic book, Usagi Yojimbo! The campaign running through August 14th.

Wandering the world on a musha shugyõ (warrior’s pilgrimage) has brought Miyamoto Usagi across many bizarre situations, but none so strange as the dangers regularly encountered in the fabled city of Arcadia! Reunited with his companions, the rhino bounty hunter Gen and vixen thief Kitsune, Usagi must rescue the city from the vile Lord Fang and his monstrous forces.

The Usagi Yojimbo Hero Pack includes a Miniature Model and Character Card for each of the Usagi Yojimbo characters: Miyamoto Usagi, Murakami Gennosuke, and Kitsune. In Arcadia Quest gameplay, this assemblage of anthropomorphic Heroes forms a Guild, employed by a single player to compete against both monsters and opposing players for ultimate victory!

Arcadia Quest: Usagi Yojimbo Hero Pack

Atlas Games Releases Breakdancing Meeples

Breakdancing Meeples

Atlas Games has released Breakdancing Meeples, a new board game from designer Ben Moy.

In Breakdancing Meeples, players roll and re-roll wooden dancer-shaped tokens (“meeples”) as fast as they can to complete dance routines and score points. The game plays in four one-minute rounds; a companion app handles the timing, scorekeeping, and counting down to hip hop beats.

To play Breakdancing Meeples, each player begins with six dancers and two dance routines. Each dance routine requires a different combination of dancers. For example, “House Party” requires two meeples that land on its sides, one that lands on its feet, and one that lands on its head. During the round, everyone rolls meeples as fast as they can, locking in useful rolls and re-rolling the rest, scoring points — crowd appeal — as they come together. After four one-minute dance rounds, the crew with the most crowd appeal wins the trophy.

Breakdancing Meeples is designed for two to four players, ages eight and up. The game comes in a metal tin and includes four sets of screen-printed meeple dancers, scoring cubes, and a deck of poker-sized dance routine cards.


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Tiny Battle Publishing is Now Shipping A Matter of Honor

Matter of Honor

A Matter of Honor is an action-packed two-player tactical board game using a simple but effective area impulse activation system. The game captures the dramatic intensity of the Battle of Le Bourget during the Franco-Prussian War and its desperate house to house fighting. Added chromes include random event cards featuring historical events players may use to influence the outcome of the battle. Units are companies of elite Prussian Guards, facing determined French Regulars and National Guardsmen in a fight to the finish and for a matter of honor.

The game by Jacques Rabier, developed by Art Bennett, features game art by José Ramon Faura.

The game comes with a rulebook, 24 event cards, three double-sided player aids, a game map, and 120 counters.

Practice Your Dexterity with The Great Cake Escape

The Great Cake Escape

WizKids has announced that The Great Cake Escape, an all-new game for 2-4 devious bakers!

In this dexterity game from designer Jay Treat, players are bakers who earn a little extra dough on the side by smuggling contraband into the local prison—inside their cakes! Players will push escape tools worth varying numbers of points, ranging from screwdrivers to chainsaws, into a three-dimensional cardboard cake while pushing their opponents’ tools out. But be careful! At the end of the game, the guards will inspect the cake, confiscating the most visible item in each layer. The player who has the most total points after the guards’ inspection wins!

The game is for those age 14+. Games should last 15-30 minutes.

Retailing for $29.99, the game comes with a 3-D Cake featuring three layers, 44 tool pieces (11 per player), and a rulesheet.

With sweet mechanics and a deliciously delightful table presence, this game is sure to be the icing on the cake at your next game night! The Great Cake Escape is available now.


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