Greater Than Games as announced a new edition of Tak: A Beautiful Game. This new edition of Tak: A Beautiful Game includes new wooden pieces, a refreshed rulebook, 3 new boards with courtly and tavern sides, all redesigned with the input of New York Time’s best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss!
Tak is a beautiful game with simple rules and deep strategy. Two players take turns either adding one of their pieces to the board or moving a piece or a stack under their control. The goal is simple: make a road of your color connecting opposite sides of the board.
IDW Games and Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced that their upcoming game, Ghostbusters x Men in Black: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion, is planned for release in fall 2021, with a preorder initiative taking place from March 15th through April 2nd.
Originally announced in 2018, Panda Cult Games and IDW Games recently completed development of Ecto-terrestrial Invasion. Following the original Ghostbusters and Men in Black, as they partner up to take down a brand new threat, Ecto-terrestrial Invasion features a story-heavy campaign book written by Erik Burnham, the longtime scribe of IDW’s Ghostbusters comics. Throughout the game, players will choose from a series of branch points to craft a new storyline each time they play.
Aiming to capture the look and feel of a Saturday morning cartoon, IDW Games tapped fan-favorite artist Derek Laufman to create character and creature designs in his popular chibi style, and engaged Jack Lawrence, Chris Fenoglio, Leonardo Ito, Luis Antonio Delgado, and Lanza Studio to create over 100 pieces of interior card and tile art.
Finally, Hector ‘Hec’ Moran was brought on to translate Derek’s designs into over a dozen highly detailed miniature sculpts. As such, Ecto-terrestrial Invasion marks the first big collaborative effort between IDW Games, IDW Publishing, and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, and stands to be one of IDW Games’ most ambitious releases to date.
IDW Games will offer Ghostbusters and Men in Black fans an opportunity to preorder their copy of Ecto-terrestrial Invasion via a limited time BackerKit. Fans that preorder will be given a number of exclusive bonuses, which will be revealed over the course of the preorder window — including crowd-favorite characters to expand this epic team-up.
During the preorder initiative, IDW Games will release a prequel story, written by Erik Burnham, that details the arrival and creation of the ecto-terrestrials, and the team-up between the Ghostbusters and Men in Black
White Wizard Games LLC, the makers of Star Realms , announced today that they have changed the company name to Wise Wizard Games. As the company continues to expand, they want to have a name that best represents their vision and their community. The company has raised over $4.5M on Kickstarter, the Star Realms digital app has been downloaded over 1M times, and WWG had over 20% growth in revenues in 2020.
The company has plans for continued growth, including a new arena strategy game designed by Richard Garfield. Coinciding with this renaming, Wise Wizard Games launched an updated website and social media channels. Any new reprints going forward will use the updated company name. The short abbreviation for the company name (WWG), all SKU numbers, and the WWG hat logo remain unchanged to make the transition as easy as possible for their channel partners.
Wise Wizard Games announced new games in the design and development pipeline:
Riders of Chaos: An audacious arena battle game designed by Richard Garfield. Choose your skilled warrior, select your unpredictable beast, and play with crazy combos as you battle in the arena with stunning miniatures in an immersive play experience.
Robot Quest Arena: A deckbuilding game of robot battles! Do you have what it takes to be the best Robot Tech in the world? Control your adorable battle bot miniature with the skills of your driver and the cards in your deck! Acquire powerful new upgrades for your bot. Destroyed bots respawn each round, so you’re never out of the action!
Hero Realms: Dungeon of Thandar: An all-new adventure deckbuilding game box set that includes everything you need to adventure through the Dungeon of Thandar as your party fights off evil bosses and minions, leveling up and gaining skills, treasure, and magical items as they go!
Star Realms Rise of Empire: Before Star Realms, there was war and decimation. Rise of Empire tells the origin story of the Star Empire. In this legacy-style game, players will battle each other for survival, and in the end, will walk away with a fully playable Star Realms set that includes all-new factions!
Thames & Kosmos have revealed their releases in 2021 including new editions and expansion of favorite games. Check out below for what you can put on your tabletop this year.
Escape Room Games for the Home!
The EXIT: The Game series allows you to bring the excitement, intensity, and team spirit of an escape room to your living room. In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room or trapped somewhere or tasked with a mystery to solve. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and objects, and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom.
EXIT: THE GATE BETWEEN WORLDS
692879 AGES 12+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND, AND RALPH QUERFURTH PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5 AVAILABLE: MAY 2021
An ancient map has led you deep into a cave and through a strange gate to another world. Can you solve the riddles and find your way and back home?
EXIT: THE CURSED LABYRINTH
692860 AGES 10+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 2 of 5 AVAILABLE: JUNE 2021
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?
EXIT: KIDNAPPED IN FORTUNE CITY
692861 AGES 12+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5 AVAILABLE: OCTOBER 2021
Criminal activity is rampant in Fortune City, and now the sheriff has disappeared. Can you solve the riddles and stop the kidnapping before it’s too late?
EXIT: THE DESERTED LIGHTHOUSE (WITH PUZZLE)
692878 AGES 12+ MSRP: $24.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA & MARKUS BRAND PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 2-3 HRS LEVEL: 4 of 5 AVAILABLE: MAY 2021
You trudge along the dark, rocky coast seeking shelter from the raging storm. Drenched to the bone, you look up to see a brilliant beam of light pierce the curtains of rain. A lighthouse! But suddenly and inexplicably, the light goes out. You glance out into the water and spot a ship. It is heading straight for the cliffs! You realize that it is up to you to race to the top of the lighthouse and turn it on again before the ship crashes on the cliffs! But many puzzling obstacles stand in your way.
In this EXIT game, there are riddles within riddles, hidden within four 88-piece jigsaw puzzles. Like other EXIT titles, The Deserted Lighthouse has no game board, but it also has no riddle cards. Instead, there are four jigsaw puzzles that you will find and assemble, one at a time. Each completed puzzle reveals a location containing more riddles to decipher.
EXIT: THE SACRED TEMPLE (WITH PUZZLE)
692877 AGES 10+ MSRP: $24.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA & MARKUS BRAND, JULIANA VOORGANG PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 2-3 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5 AVAILABLE: APRIL 2021
Crooked treasure hunters have broken into the office of your university’s archaeology department! Your professor has disappeared without a trace — and so has a book with old records about a hidden temple. You must act quickly and chase down the criminals. Your pursuit will take you deep into a mysterious jungle on a small island. You must find the professor in time and save the revered treasures of the temple before they fall into the hands of the devious robbers!
In this EXIT game, there are riddles within riddles, hidden within four 88-piece jigsaw puzzles. Like other EXIT titles, The Sacred Temple has no game board, but it also has no riddle cards. Instead, there are four jigsaw puzzles that you will find and assemble, one at a time. Each completed puzzle reveals a location containing more riddles to decipher.
THE CREW: MISSION DEEP SEA
691869 AGES 10+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHORS: THOMAS SING PLAYERS: 3-5 PLAYTIME: 20 MIN. AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
In this highly-anticipated follow-up to the original cooperative card game — winner of the 2020 Kennerspiel des Jahres — players work together to search for the lost continent of Mu. This new adventure takes your crew deep down into the abyss on a search for the fabled sunken land. How far you get depends entirely on how well you work together as a team. Card by card, trick by trick, your search party will discover the challenges that lie ahead and forge a path to Mu. This new version of The Crew has the same innovative cooperative trick-taking mechanic as the highly lauded original game — but with some exciting new surprises!
While communication between your crew members is severely limited by your submerged state, it is also critical to your success; finding the hidden land in the murky depths depends not only on winning tricks, but also on carefully negotiating the order in which they are won. If things don’t go as planned, you might just be able to salvage the operation. But it will take near flawless execution and perhaps a little luck to finally reach Mu.
UBONGO: THE BRAIN GAME TO GO
696187 AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN PLAYERS: 1 PLAY TIME: 20 MIN. AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
In this fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn puzzle game, your goal is to fit a set of interlocking tiles perfectly into a specific area. Based on the original hit board game Ubongo, this compact version features 15 colorful plastic tiles, 20 puzzle cards with over 200 puzzles, and a plastic game board that doubles as a durable travel case. Slide in a puzzle card and give your brain a workout! The puzzles get progressively more challenging as you go. Pass the game around to challenge your family and friends. Who is the master layout artist and who is spatially challenged?
Based on the original worldwide sensational hit board game Ubongo
The hit tile-placing puzzle game, now available in a portable plastic carrying case
Play solo or in asynchronous multiplayer challenges
Solution guide included should you get stumped
694258 AGES 8+ MSRP: $39.95 GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 25 MIN. AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
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 threedimensional 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.
697396 AGES 5+ MSRP: $24.95 GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 20 MIN. AVAILABLE: NOVEMBER 2021
Ubongo Junior brings the fun and lively tile-placing play from the original hit puzzle game Ubongo to players ages five and up. Each player starts the game with seven puzzle boards and nine tiles of different shapes and colors, each displaying a different cartoon animal. The players race to place their animal tiles to perfectly fill a specific area on their boards as quickly as possible. The fastest player shouts “Ubongo!” and quickly takes colorful plastic gems from the bag. The other players keep racing; as long as the hourglass is still running, there is still time to place the animal tiles and earn some gems. At the end of the game, the player with the most valuable gem collection wins. Each of the 50 puzzle boards has an easy side and a more challenging side, for a total of 100 puzzles. Pack in the fun, with Ubongo Junior!
ANDOR: THE FAMILY FANTASY GAME
691747 AGES 7+ MSRP: $34.95 GAME AUTHORS: MICHAEL MENZEL, AND INKA AND MARKUS BRAND PLAYERS: 2-4 PLAYTIME: 30-45 MIN. AVAILABLE: APRIL 2021
Venture into a land of fantasy and legend! In this cooperative family role-playing game, each player chooses one of four powerful heroes: the magician, the warrior, the archer, or the dwarf. Your heroic journey begins with a mission to rescue some wolf cubs that are lost in a dangerous mine. But, before embarking on your search, your party must get past Mart, the bridge guard, by completing all of his tasks. Only then will he let your party cross his bridge and enter the mine. However, danger still lurks on the horizon, as a dragon encroaches on the castle Rietburg just as you approach the mine. Should he arrive at the castle before your heroes rescue the wolf cubs, your party will lose the mission — and the game. If your party rescues the cubs first, you win! Andor: The Family Fantasy Game features gameplay that is similar to the popular Legends of Andor, but more approachable to younger players, making it a great introduction to the entire Legends of Andor series of games.
THE GRAND HOTEL ABADDON
695134 AGES 12+ MSRP: $19.95 GAME AUTHORS: PHIL WALKER-HARDING, MATTHEW DUNSTAN, UTE WIELANDT PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 90 MIN. x 3 AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
It’s been a long year, and you’ve been looking forward to a nice, relaxing vacation at the Grand Hotel Abaddon. But what started out as a quiet retreat has become something else entirely. Strange things have been happening all around you. Could ghosts be behind these mysterious incidents, as the other guests and hotel staff seem to believe, or is there a more rational explanation?
The Grand Hotel Abaddon is a cooperative adventure game, played over three chapters. During the game, the choices you make determine what happens next. Explore the hotel, question guests, investigate rooms, and wander hidden passageways. Each player takes on a different role, cooperating to uncover hidden secrets. Only by working together will you be able to solve the mystery of the Grand Hotel Abaddon. With multiple possible endings, your choices will decide how the story ends!
680428 AGES 12+ MSRP: $69.95 GAME AUTHOR: MARTIN WALLACE PLAYERS: 2-4 PLAYTIME: 120 MIN. AVAILABLE: MAY 2021
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?
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
680565 AGES 10+ MSRP: $59.95 GAME AUTHOR: MICHAEL MENZEL PLAYERS: 2-4 PLAY TIME: 60-90 MIN. AVAILABLE: JUNE 2021
The year is 1193, and the county of Nottingham, England is suffering under the oppressive rule of the corrupt Prince John and his henchmen. In this cooperative family board game, players take on the roles of Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they battle the wicked rulers in the city and throughout Sherwood Forest. Designed and illustrated by Michael Menzel, the award-winning creator of the Legends of Andor game series, this game features a beautifully illustrated gameboard that changes over the course of the game and a gorgeous, faux-leather-bound, 216-page hardcover storybook that narrates the story and advances the gameplay. An innovative game mechanic allows you to move your character figures freely around the gameboard; you do not need to follow one set route. The gameboard also has interactive panels that are flipped to reveal hidden characters and new gameplay elements during play. As your quest progresses, you open these panels and speak to various characters who alter your course. A quickstart game in the rulebook effortlessly launches you into the action. Grab your bow and arrow and join the fight for justice and equity!
680046 AGES 10+ MSRP: $19.95 GAME AUTHOR: YASUTAKA IKEDA PLAYERS: 5-8 PLAY TIME: 60 MIN. AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
Werewolves vs. Vampires vs. Humans
What team is the player sitting next to you on? Are they a blood-sucking vampire? A ferocious werewolf? Or just a hapless chump trying not to get bitten? And what team do they think you’re on?!
In FANGS, it’s werewolves v. vampires v. humans. This thrilling social deduction party game challenges players to determine which one of these three secret roles each other player has assumed. Since you don’t know who you can trust when the game begins, you must attempt to conceal your role from the other players while working to identify your allies and your enemies. Werewolves are out to expel vampires from the game; vampires aim to expel werewolves; and the humans are just trying to avoid detection and survive until the end of the game. Throw in some secret weapons and ulterior motives, and this party game for 5 to 8 players makes for a howling good time.
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 roleplaying 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.
LOST CITIES ROLL & WRITE
680589 AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHOR: REINER KNIZIA PLAYERS: 2-5 PLAY TIME: 30 MIN. AVAILABLE: MAY 2021
Get rolling on your next Lost Cities adventure!
Begin your expedition on one of six colored paths by rolling the smallest possible numbers on the dice. Each turn, decide whether to continue an expedition or start a new one. Acceleration fields and artifacts provide opportunities to advance quickly, but you’ll have to carefully consider which paths to take on which roll. If you make good progress, victory beckons — but if an expedition gets stuck, you will lose points just as quickly as you earned them! This small and portable format is the perfect Lost Cities game for on-the-go fun. Simple rules and a short playtime make this game ideal for family game nights.
Clank! In! Space! Adventures: Pulsarcade is the newest expansion for Clank! In! Space! The expansion adds six new modules, a new item, and a new way to obtain artifacts.
Out in July, Clank! In! Space! Adventures: Pulsarcade expands gameplay where you’ll set high scores on Lord Eradikus’ collection of vintage arcade cabinets.
Clank! In! Space! Adventures: Pulsarcade requires Clank! In! Space! to play and features a Master Control: Pulsarcade, 3 double-sided game board modules, 20+ tokens, Arcade Eradikus Boss Marker, and 4 racers.
It’s designed by Paul Dennen and Evan Lorentz with art by Anika Burrell, Raul Ramos, and Nate Storm.
Big G Creative has revealed Hide ‘N Cheek, the hilarious new game where families transform into chipmunks for some acorn-hoarding fun!
During each round, players hide the nuts, shuffle the logs, gather the acorns, and watch their chipmunk cheeks grow. The player who collects the most acorns is the Hide ‘N Cheek Champion! Families will burst into laughter in this log-switching, nut-finding, cheek-stuffing game.
For two to four players, ages six and up, Hide ‘N Cheek takes twenty minutes to play. The game includes four custom masks with expanding cheek pouches, four hollow logs, and forty acorns. The chipmunk masks are made of a durable plastic that can easily be sanitized for maximum safety and fun.
Hide ‘N Cheek is now available exclusively at Target stores and at Target.com for $19.99. To learn more about the game and how it’s played, visit BigGCreative.com.
The game publisher has also announced two brand new releases for The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms tabletop wargame, with a fearsome Skeleton Horde come to boost the forces of the undead, plus the Reserve Dice set to replace the card Stamina, Magicka, and Health tokens.
The creaking bones of the unquiet dead herald the approach of the Skeleton Horde. Necromancers animate the remains of those long dead, and ancient oaths keep fallen warriors from their final slumber. Three SKELETON WARRIORS with sword and shield challenge your Heroes and beware the SKELETON AXEMEN with their fearsome ancient greataxes, capable of downing the toughest of foes. Features:
This set of dice replaces the card Stamina, Magicka and Health tokens from the Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms core set with 18 colour coded 12mm dice in six each of Green, Blue and Red. For use with Elder Scrolls: A Call to Arms Miniatures Core Rules. This set contain 18 12mm dice for use as replacements for the card tokens in The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms core set: Features:
Cryptozoic Entertainment and DC Comics have launched the Kickstarter campaign forBatman: The Dark Knight Returns – The Game.
Crafted by acclaimed game designers Morgan Dontanville and Daryl Andrews to be accessible to hardcore and casual gamers alike, your skills will be tested across four missions, each featuring their own unique rules, allies, abilities, and epic boss battles. With variable set-up and endless combinations of Fight and Detective cards, each playthrough will throw unique resources and challenges at you.
The Dark Knight Returns is likely the most beloved Batman story ever told. Writer/artist Frank Miller’s four-issue series from 1986 was a watershed moment in comics, as it brought a dark and cinematic feel to the medium. Every Batman story since then owes something to it.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – The Game is for ages 14 and up and will be offered in Base Game and Deluxe Edition formats, with the Deluxe Edition featuring 17+ miniature figures and coming in a slick Kickstarter-exclusive slipcase that will look incredible on your bookshelf next to your premium board games and special edition books!
High Noon Game Inc. has announced the release of its highly anticipated, tactical card-based miniatures combat board game, High Noon on Kickstarter in March. Set in an immersive and cutthroat turn of the century Wild West world, the goal of the game is to achieve dominance playing as the gunslingers from the World of High Noon, known as “posses”, each has a unique playstyle and strength. The player with the most gold at the end of 12 rounds wins. High Noon will be available via Kickstarter for 30 days with the goal of raising $60,000.
High Noon‘s gameplay is unique, simple, and requires no dice. All movement and actions are baked into the cards, character sheets, and phases of each turn. There are three types of cards you can draw in the game, Basic, Special, and Loot cards. Basic cards have attack and defense values on them. Special cards have additional values and further instructions on them that explain how and when to play them and what they do. Loot cards can either include extra weapons, armor, or modifying gear to make the characters who possess them stronger or give them a temporary boost in a last-ditch effort to score!
Unlike other board games, High Noon is ever-expanding. The board consists of beautifully designed tiles that represent buildings, roads, and various terrain, which can be arranged in any formation, ensuring no two games are ever alike. Throughout the game, players control groups of characters known as “posses” using multiple decks of cards. Each deck is unique to each team, giving them special abilities to use while attacking their opponents. To entice further actions, every battlefield is filled with crates of randomized loot that players can equip and customize their characters with. Additionally, new posses are introduced as the story of the High Noon Universe evolves, each with its own unique abilities and playstyles. Players can collect them all or choose their favorites, providing for a unique and versatile play experience with no wrong way to pick your posse and dominate the board.
The High Noon Starter Set can be played with two to four players (or more with expansions!) at a time and is for ages nine and up. With the campaign launching, backers are encouraged to support the campaign now on Kickstarter as its success decides the size and scope of the retail roll-out. The Kickstarter campaign is packed with expansion packs, each of which adds value and changes the gameplay. Many of these expansions will be available as stretch goals while others are included in the campaign’s pledge levels. This allows players to customize their experience even more every time they play. With miniatures, game tiles, chips, tokens, and cards, each expansion pack is full of new content and assets.
High Noon has developed awesome Kickstarter-exclusive Loot cards, which everyone who supports the Kickstarter campaign will get for free as each stretch goal is unlocked. Each unlocked stretch goal will also be made available as an optional buy. If all of the stretch goals are unlocked, in total, there will be 50 Kickstarter exclusive cards that will add new weapons, ammo, and outfits to the game.
Adult drinking games have been around for decades and adult party games have exploded in recent years. Mind Your Language has become one of the popular games in that category! This highly competitive and fast-paced game brings both thrills and laughter to the table, allowing players to put their dirty mouth to use as they are challenged to be the first to unravel the words on each card. It is a great way to break the ice at any party and requires minimal setup space and zero-time commitment. Since the game is small and compact, it’s easy to bring and play at any house party, tailgating event, camping trip, or Zoom game night!
Mind Your Language is often referred to as if Cards Against Humanity and Kings Cup gave birth to a portable word puzzle drinking game. The game includes 100 cards with three color rings – purple, orange, and teal – and 300 words that include adult, drug, or millennial slang. Twenty-five cards have a drinking rule in the center. To get started, a player yells out the top card color and flips the card. The first player to get the correct slang in the correct ring keeps the card. There is no penalty for wrong guesses, only embarrassment. Break the party rules and be prepared to pay the price. The player with the most cards wins while others get drunk, making it a win/win for all!