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Freedom Five, A Sentinel Comics Board Game Coming from Arcane Wonders and Greater Than Games

Freedom Five

Arcane Wonders is partnering with Greater Than Games for the upcoming game Freedom Five, A Sentinel Comics Board Game. Designed by renowned designers Richard Launius, Adam Sadler, and Bradey Sadler and published as part of the Dice Tower Essentials line.

Freedom Five is a cooperative strategy game in which 1-5 heroes race to protect their home city and its inhabitants from an onslaught of villainy. Each player must master their character’s unique abilities to manage multiple crises throughout the city of Megalopolis. Assemble your friends to face standalone challenges, or mix it up and adventure through a series of campaign comics where you will gain rewards ⁠— and new threats ⁠— every session.

Immerse yourself in the world of Sentinel Comics and test your wits against a dastardly smart “A.I.” in the newest evolution of the Defenders of the Realm series by Richard Launius.

Freedom Five will be launching this fall on Kickstarter on September 8th, 2020. You can find out more details and sign up to get exclusive pre-Kickstarter information about the game now.

Giant Robot Hellboy Comes to Hellboy: The Board Game for Charity Plus Create Your Own Missions, Hecate, and Baba Yaga

Mantic Games has announced it is working with Dark Horse Comics and visionary comic creator Mike Mignola to help raise money for charity with the release of Giant Robot Hellboy–a new playable character for Hellboy: The Board Game. What’s more, players of Hellboy: The Board Game will soon be able to create their own missions with the release of the B.P.R.D. Archives expansion.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Mike Mignola has been entertaining fans with new illustrations nearly each day. These range from characters from the Mignolaverse to icons in popular culture. However, one of the most eye-catching was Giant Robot Hellboy–a massive mechanical version of Hellboy. 

Each limited-edition Giant Robot Hellboy will be handmade in resin by the team at Mantic Games. It will be a new playable character that can be used to play Hellboy: The Board Game in solo mode. After all, a huge robot isn’t likely to need a great deal of help dispatching the forces of evil
For each Giant Robot Hellboy sold, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen–the same charity Mike Mignola has been raising money for with his charity auctions during the COVID-19 outbreak. World Central Kitchen has served more than 10 million meals to students, families in need, seniors, and frontline healthcare heroes in North America and Spain during the pandemic.

  • Giant Robot Hellboy

The limited-edition Giant Robot Hellboy is available to pre-order now for $44.99. The miniature will be available to order throughout June and is expected to start shipping in late July, depending upon demand.

B.P.R.D. Archives expansion

But that’s not the only Hellboy: The Board Game news. Later this month Mantic Games will be releasing the B.P.R.D. Archives expansion. This allows players to create their own missions for Hellboy: The Board Game by selecting their own Case File cards, adding new minions, and choosing what terrifying boss the team will face in the dramatic final confrontation. The B.P.R.D. Archives, along with Baba Yaga and Hecate boss expansions, will be launching in stores this June.

The B.P.R.D. Archives expansion comes with

  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic werewolves
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic wolves
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic witches
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic killer birds
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic harpies
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic bat swarms
  • CASE FILE CONSTRUCTOR CARDS
  • 1 Rules card
  • 6 Environment cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Investigation cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Threat cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Objective cards + 1 title card
  • 6 Twist cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Showdown cards + 1 title card
  • 1 Confrontation card + 1 title cards
  • 5 Enemy Cards
  • 10 Deck of Doom cards
  • 3 Unexpected Threat cards
Hellboy Hecate

The Hecate monster booster is an expansion that brings the evil  Hecate to your adventures. The expansion includes:

  • 1 x pre-assembled plastic Hecate
  • 1 x Unexpected Threat card
  • 1 x Hellboy enemy card
  • 2 x Boss Behaviour cards
  • 1 x Case File Confrontation Card
Hellboy Baba Yaga

Hecate is joined by Baba Yaga, another monster booster also available for the game that adds the cunning Baba Yaga to your adventures. Baba Yaga comes with:

  • 1 x pre-assembled plastic Baba Yaga
  • 1 x Unexpected Threat card
  • 1 x Baba Yaga enemy card
  • 2 x Boss Behaviour cards
  • 2 x Confrontation Case File card

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire Preorders Have Started

Portal Games has opened up preorders for Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire is an expansion that introduces an Open World Campaign in the Settlers universe. The goal of the campaign is to consecutively grow your Empire game by game while achieving Quests, conquering new Provinces while maintaining your expanding Empire to avoid crumbling, and most importantly, progressing to reach the Modern Era of the Imperial Settlers universe!

During the course of the game, empires advance their military, economic, and cultural aspects as well as race to complete various Quests. Being the first to complete these Quests is crucial – at the end of each game, players progress on tracks connected to the Quests. They also invest in new Inventions and take on newly acquired Provinces. If players reach the end of a progress track they enter a new era – that gives them access to new impressive inventions and skills—but as always, there is a cost to progress, and provinces are lost when entering a new era.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Tracking Eras on 3 different Empire sheets

Players’ empires progress is tracked on personalized Empire sheets. There are 3 consecutive eras Empires can progress in – Ancient Era, Middle ages, Industrial Era. Reaching the end of the Industrial Era means entering the Modern Era and indicates completing the campaign.

Each Empires’s progress is tracked on the personalized Empire sheet, which is specific to the Era the Empire is currently in. Empire sheets are personalized, which means players write on them and change them as the campaign progresses. The Empire sheet contains space to write the name of the Empire, it also tracks the cost of supporting the Provinces, progressing of the Empire, Knowledge points, the current state of achieving Quests, and Final score. Developing on the progress tracks unlocks certain bonuses for the Empire. When the player reaches the end of one of the progress tracks on his Empire sheet, he will move onto another era in his next game and start with a new Empire sheet specific to the Era. Each Era offers new bonuses on the Progress tracks, as well as new Inventions, and different costs on the Province map.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Huge replayability with 163 new cards

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire comes with many new cards making each gameplay individual:

  • 55 Province cards represent new lands players can conquer and they provide Goods.
  • 66 Invention cards represent advances of the Empire in various fields and provide special features.
  • 42 Quest cards represent crucial agendas that Empires face. The player who achieves a Quest first will gain a significant boost on the progress of the corresponding category as well as a small in-game bonus.

What is the Open World campaign?

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire introduces an Open World campaign mode, in which player governs the same Empire and develops it from game to game. What sets it apart from a Legacy type of game is that to play the Open World campaign you don’t need to always gather the same playgroup, because your Empires can be in different Eras as you play. New players can join the campaign and start from the beginning. Just like in history: new empires rose and developed through ages, while the others were already thriving. Regardless of the differences in progress the game remains well balanced because a more developed Empire is simply more difficult to provide for.

All preorders will be shipped before the street date planned for July 2020, and will include additional promo content: 4 Interimperial Organization Tiles and 6 Memorial Postcards.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Unmatched: Cobble & Fog is Available for Order

Unmatched Cobble & Fog

The latest Unmatched set has emerged from the mist. Cobble & Fog introduces 4 Victorian legends (and 2 new battlefields) to the world of Unmatched. Sherlock Holmes, Jekyll and Hyde, The Invisible Man, and Dracula bring new gameplay and new gothic art by the immensely talented Andrew Thompson.

The set comes with

  • Double-sided board with two different battlefields, Soho and Baskerville Manor (featuring secret passages)
  • Pre-washed miniatures for each hero
  • Plastic heat-transfer printed sidekick tokens
  • Custom health dials
  • Jekyll & Hyde’s transformation token
  • The Invisible Man’s fog tokens

You can be among the first to get Unmatched: Cobble and Fog by ordering through the Mondo website. You can also order it through Miniature Market, Cool Stuff Inc, Game Nerdz, Amazon, and more.

Unmatched is a highly asymmetrical card-driven miniature fighting game featuring heroes from myth and legend. Previous sets include King Arthur, Bruce Lee, Medusa, and Jurassic Park Velociraptors. Check out all of our previous coverage.

Unmatched Cobble & Fog

WizKids’ Games Crate Helps with “Board at Home”

LootCrate‘s “WizKids Games Crate” delivers tabletop games to your door every other month. The subscription crate retails for $19.99 + shipping and promises 3 games valued at $60 or more.

The games are unknown and can be card games, mini games, strategy games, and more.

This month’s crate has a theme of “Board at Home” and promises to ship in 2 business days.

You can check it out and subscribe now.


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Gotta Catch the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is going from cards to board game in the first ever adaptation of the TCG. The Pokémon Company International has announced Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy. The game provides everything a “Trainer” needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, Battle Academy offers fun family entertainment, combining strategic Pokémon TCG gameplay within a classic, easy-to-learn family game experience. The game provides an even more accessible option for aspiring players.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Each Battle Academy box comes with a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, and gameplay accessories. It also comes with a code card that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon TCG digitally through the free-to-play Pokémon Trading Card Game Online app on iOS and Android, as well as on Pokemon.com.

The game launches around the world on July 31, 2020 and will be available widely at participating mass and hobby retailers, as well as online retailers.

Tattoo Stories Unboxing and How to Play

Tattoo Stories is a social party game where each competitor must draw the best “tattoo” based on five random cards drawn. Can you draw the best version and make your case why it’s the best?

It’s a simple, fun, game that challenges your artistic skills and your ability to make the “customer” happy.

We open up the box to show off what you get and also a quick “how to play.”

Get a copy now!

Bicycle Games provided Board Game Today with a FREE copy for review
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By the Power of Grayskull, CMON Announces Masters of the Universe: The Board Game

Masters of the Universe

CMON has snagged another property and will create and publish Masters of the Universe: The Board Game, based on the beloved Mattel franchise.

Michael Shinall, CMON’s Design and Development Manager, and Developer Leo Almeida will take the reigns designing the game. A new system is being developed that will be set in the iconic world and bring the characters the tabletop. The game will feature highly-detailed miniature figures perfect for gamers and collectors.

Masters of the Universe has been a priority for Mattel. A new film has been in the works and new figures are being released through various companies.

Masters of the Universe: The Board Game will come to Kickstarter in 2021.

(via CMON)

Czech Games Edition announces the New Solo Game Under Falling Skies

Under Falling Skies

As the mothership descends to complete her conquest of Earth, deadly dropships fill the skies. In your underground research bunker, you are Earth’s last hope.

Under Falling Skies is a brand-new solo game by Tomáš Uhlíř and being released by Czech Games Edition in the third quarter of 2020.

Under Falling Skies is a solo game with a multi-mission campaign. In each mission, you take charge of defending a besieged city.

Your actions are powered by an innovative dice placement mechanic. When you choose an action, you are also choosing which enemy ships will descend. Bigger numbers give better effects, but they also cause ships to descend faster.

Expand your underground base to gain access to more powerful actions, allowing you to shoot down enemy ships or deploy robots to increase your workforce, but don’t forget to work on your research and watch your energy supply.

The mothership draws closer every round, ratcheting up the tension.

The game is for 1 or more players, age 12+ with games taking between 20 and 40 minutes. It’ll retail for $29.95.

The Op Celebrates 40 Years of the film adaptation of The Shining with The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel – A Coded Chronicles Game

The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel - A Coded Chronicles Game

The Op has revealed The Shinning Coded Chronicles: Escape from the Overlook Hotel, an “escape room” type game. This is a new edition to Op’s new Coded Chronicles line of escape room style games coming out this year. And with the 40th anniversary of the film set for May 23rd, what better time to announce this game!

“Here’s Johnny!” In The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel, take on the roles of Wendy and Danny and work together to search for a way out! Use psychic abilities like “the shining” to solve challenging puzzles, but beware of Jack and the hotel itself, which are conspiring to keep the Torrance family captive. Can you get Wendy and Danny out of the Overlook Hotel while avoiding the axe-wielding Jack?

Coded Chronicles is an at-home escape room style game where players work together to unlock clues and solve puzzles by using a unique code revealing mechanic. Each game offers a unique storyline and objective to provide a one-of-a-kind game-play experience.

The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel – A Coded Chronicles Game is for players age 17+ and can be played with 1 or more individuals. Games take over 120 minutes.

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