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Magnetic Press launches a Tabletop Game Imprint, Magnetic Press Play

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Magnetic Press Play

Graphic novel and art book publisher Magnetic Press has announced the formation of Magnetic Press Play, a new imprint focused on tabletop games and transmedia properties. The first project to launch under the company’s banner will be Carbon Grey, an original Tabletop Role-Playing Game based on the popular graphic novel series by Hoang Nguyen and originally published by Image Comics. Other projects in the works include games and supplements based on popular licenses such as Chaosium’s Call Of Cthulhu and several beloved anime series. More details on these, and additional projects, will be announced in the coming weeks.

West End Games

Magnetic’s first project under the new imprint is also the first to capitalize on their licensing partnership with the well-known game publishing house, West End Games, best known for their D6 System role-playing ruleset. This ruleset served as the core for several top-selling (and beloved to this day) licensed tabletop RPGs, including the original Star Wars and Ghostbusters RPGs, and will serve as the foundation of Carbon Grey’s gameplay mechanics.

Magnetic Press Play’s first title, Carbon Grey, sets players in a unique alternate history reminiscent of World War I-era Europe, but with fantastic dieselpunk technologies and elements of the paranormal. In the game, players will explore a war-torn universe filled with mystery, prophecy, and intrigue. The sourcebook is being written and overseen by game designer and graphic novelist Andrew E.C. Gaska, an ENnie and UKGE award winner for his work on the recent Alien RPG from Free League and the lead writer of the Terminator RPG from Nightfall Games.
 
Other titles coming from Magnetic Press Play include a series of expansions for Chaosium’s popular RPG Call of Cthulhu that will make use of Magnetic Press’s background in the graphic novel marketplace, as well as games based on various anime and manga licenses.

Games Workshop Announces a Break on New Releases

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With shipping a mess and COVID still causing all sorts of problems, Games Workshop has announced that they’re delaying their next few releases. The announcement mentioned this would take place over the “next couple of weeks” during which there will be no new pre-orders.

But… there will be new Print on Demand releases from Black Library next week of The Horus Heresy series hardbacks for books 31-35.

So what will you be doing with the break of releases? Any projects you’re working on?

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White Wizard Games is Now Wise Wizards Plus New Games Revealed

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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!
Rise of Empire

Asmodee Announces 3rd Parties will No Longer Be Able to Sell on Amazon

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In today’s Gama Expo, Asmodee announced that third-party retailers will no longer be able to sell through Amazon starting June 1st. Asmodee said they are working directly with Amazon to sell through their platforms. Part of the reason for this is the violation of the publisher’s MAP policy.

When pressed if Amazon will be required to stick to the MSRP and MAP, Asmodee was cagey in their response only saying that the decision is private and part of the contract and repeating their MAP will be enforced.

What lines this impacts, or if it’s everything, is unclear. The publisher is a large umbrella of a company that includes Catan Studio, Fantasy Flight Games, Z-Man Games, Days of Wonder, Plaid Hat Games, Lookout Games, and so many more. We’ll have more information as it’s released.

Diamond Select Toys and Hasbro Team up on New Products Based on Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and More

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Diamond Select Toys is known for their wide range of dynamic collectibles. Hasbro is the home of many of the world’s greatest toy and entertainment brands. Now, the two companies will partner up on a new line of collectibles based on some of Hasbro’s biggest names!

The new range will include products based on Transformers, G.I. Joe, Power Rangers, classic animated Dungeons & Dragons, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and Jem and the Holograms. Products will include both retro-styled collectibles as well as items based on the newest iterations of the characters. It is DST’s first time working on Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, two fantasy brands that continue to capture the imagination of fans worldwide.

The new range will span multiple categories of collectibles, including Gallery Diorama PVC sculptures, Premier Collection and Milestones resin statues, Legends in 3D half-scale busts and Minimates mini-figures. The first products will launch in Fall 2021 at comic shops, specialty stores and drug stores worldwide.

Alliance Game Distributors and Blue Orange Games Ink a New Distribution Partnership

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Blue Orange Games

Alliance Game Distributors has announced a new distribution partnership with Blue Orange Games, a designer and manufacturer of tabletop games for the whole family since 2000.

With a catalog of more than 70 titles that include best-sellers like Kingdomino, Meeple Land, and Photosynthesis.

For over 18 years, Blue Orange Games has created, published, and promoted high-quality tabletop games for the entire family. Its award-winning products have earned a reputation for providing continuous fun while developing important skills. A diverse range of offerings guarantees that there’s a Blue Orange game for everyone, from the eager preschooler to the seasoned gamer. Retailers interested in carrying Blue Orange Games should contact their Alliance Game Distributors representative. Fans can find the latest games from Blue Orange in their friendly local game shop.

Jimmy Le and Trivia Fox Join Renegade Game Studios

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Jimmy Le

Renegade Game Studios has announced two new hires. Jimmy Le and Trivia Fox have joined the team as Associate Producers as part of Renegade’s continuing growth.

New Associate Producer: Board & Card Games, Jimmy Le began working in the tabletop industry since 2015, mostly as part of the Organized Play at Fantasy Flight Games. There, he specialized in planning events with retailers, community events, conventions, and Fantasy Flight Games tournament track across North America.

At Renegade, Jimmy will be putting his project management skills to use in making the actual games, working closely with the production, creative, and marketing teams to ensure things progress smoothly through the process of game creation.

Trivia Fox

Trivia Fox, the new Associate Producer: Roleplaying Games is a longtime roleplaying game fan, harkening back to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Most recently of Roll20, Fox served as team lead for the content conversion team and Roll20 Marketplace. In addition to their experience at Roll20, Fox has served as Art Director for games such as Thirsty Sword Lesbians and Burn Bryte.

Fox will join the fast-growing RPG team headed by Elisa Teague, managing the creation and production of games like Vampire 5th Edition, Kids on Bikes, The Altered Carbon RPG, and more. Among other duties, they’ll be responsible for assisting with localization efforts and ensuring all products meet a high standard of quality.

Sara Erickson to take on a new role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Renegade Game Studios

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Sara Erickson

Renegade Game Studios has announced that Sara Erickson has been promoted to a new role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. This expanded role will be focused on increasing the growth that Renegade has enjoyed in the past six years with a special focus on serving the diverse fan base surrounding recently announced licenses.

Erickson entered the industry as co-owner of a local hobby store, Rook’s Comics and Games in 2006 before moving to the publishing side of the industry where she worked for Cryptozoic Entertainment and IELLO before accepting a position with industry veteran, Scott Gaeta, at the newly formed Renegade Game Studios.

Erickson will continue to work closely with hobby distributors and stores while exploring opportunities to reach new customers around the globe. New initiatives making it easier for fans to access Renegade games include an updated website offering expanded resources for fans and stores. She will also continue to support her marketing team, including the most recent addition, Matt Holland, as they design and implement programs offering more options for in-store and at home organized play. As more of the recently announced games based on brands, including G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony, are released, the Sales and Marketing team will look for new ways to reach these existing fan communities.

Matt Holland Joins Renegade Game Studios

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Matt Holland

Renegade Game Studios has announced Matt Holland has joined the team as Sales & Marketing Program Manager to oversee new community-oriented projects.

Beginning his time in the industry in 2015, Holland worked for Asmodee North America as the overseeing their demo team at events including Penny Arcade Expo, Star Wars Celebration, Gen Con, and more. In early 2019 he joined the Organized Play team at Fantasy Flight Games, as Community Coordinator. There he helped manage the Organized Play communities for games including X-WingStar Wars: Destiny, and Legend of the Five Rings.

At Renegade, Holland will be responsible for overseeing programs designed to bring communities together around upcoming and current game lines. Existing communities include World of DarknessPower RangersClank! A Deck-building AdventureKids on Bikes, and the Solo Hero Series. Creating experiences, developing supporting web content, and managing organized play programs for current games and future game lines are of paramount importance.

Expanded sites for both Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals and Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid have already launched with extra content for fans being added soon. Organized Play kits for Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals Expandable Card Game will ship to high level backers of the Kickstarter with more information about the full Organized Play program coming soon. Power Rangers fans are invited enjoy free monthly scenarios for Heroes of the Grid along with live video content added weekly. With Matt Holland joining the team, these programs can be expanded and modified for other current and future games.

IDW and Toho International Sign a Multi-Year Godzilla Publishing and Gaming Licensing Deal

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Godzilla

IDW Publishing and Toho International, Inc. have announced a multi-year publishing program that will bring Godzilla and dozens of monsters from the Godzilla live-action films to a wide selection of publications and merchandise.

Beginning in spring 2021, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and dozens of kaiju will stomp their way across IDW’s line of comic books, graphic novels, trade collections, art books, coloring books, journals, tabletop games, and puzzles. Furthering IDW’s company-wide mission to expand the most beloved story worlds across all mediums, the publishing program — available in print and digitally — will represent a comprehensive range of content, delivering city-stomping entertainment to young readers and adult audiences.

IDW will have worldwide distribution for Toho’s Godzilla comic book, graphic novel, gaming, and merchandise program, with the exception of some parts of Asia.

The new licensing deal builds upon IDW’s prior comic publishing relationship with Toho. In March 2011, IDW launched its Godzilla comic book program with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, generating huge fan and media interest and garnering support from the retailer community with 80 exclusive variant covers. Through 2016, IDW published 10 Godzilla comic book series of varying lengths, collected in a series of trade paperback collections.

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