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Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting Nabs Diamond’s Top Spot for December 2019

Diamond Comic Distributors has released its top products for December 2019. Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting was the top-selling item invoiced by dollars for the month. Paizo dominated the month though, taking 8 of the top 10 games for the month.

Find the full list below.

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
2PATHFINDER CORE RULEBOOK SPECIAL EDITON HC (P2)MAY193228PAI
3MY HERO ACADEMIA: THE CARD GAMEJUL183082S7
4PATHFINDER ACG CORE SETMAR198499PAI
5PATHFINDER LOST OMENS WORLD GUIDE HC (P2)MAY193231PAI
6STARFINDER RPG ALIEN ARCHIVE 3 HCJUN193098PAI
7CREATURE CODEX HCJUL183073PAI
8STARFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
9STARFINDER RPG CHARACTER OPERATIONS MANUAL HCSEP193078PAI
10PATHFINDER LOST OMENS CHARACTER GUIDE HC (P2)AUG193363PAI

Veteran Game Designer Matt Hyra Joins Renegade Game Studios

Matt Hyra

Renegade Game Studios has announced that veteran game designer Matt Hyra has joined the team! With his extensive design experience that includes licensed and original titles dating back to 1998, and his experience working with and leading talented game R&D teams, Matt’s skills will undoubtedly help Renegade produce exciting games titles and product lines moving forward.

Matt first broke into the industry at Wizards of the Coast working on the Pokémon Trading Card Game and various rules teams. He eventually took his talents to Upper Deck where he worked on games such as Vs. System and he was the R&D lead for The World of Warcraft Miniatures Game, and then to Cryptozoic, working on titles such as The World of Warcraft Trading Card GameGKR: Heavy Hitters, and DC Comics Deck Building Game

Greater Than Games Acquires Cheapass Games

Greater Than Games announced today that it has acquired Cheapass Games

The acquisition of Cheapass Games is the culmination of several years of friendship between the two companies. Cheapass Games has created richly-themed black and white games since its inception in 1996, with the introduction of full-color games, such as Tak, Kill Doctor Lucky, and Unexploded Cows, in later years. 

The Kickstarter campaign for the Cheapass Games in Black and White book, which took place during April 2019, was the first public partnership between Cheapass Games and Greater Than Games. Greater Than Games will be fulfilling the Cheapass Games in Black and White Kickstarter later this year. 

Look for Cheapass Games products in the Greater Than Games booth at these upcoming conventions: UK Games Expo, Origins, Dice Tower, GenCon and PAX Unplugged. 

Geppi Family Enterprises, Alliance Games’ Parent Company, Adds to its Leadership Team and Opens Up Credit with JP Morgan Chase

Steve Geppi, Chairman and CEO of Geppi Family Enterprises

Geppi Family Enterprises (GFE), the parent entity of Diamond Comic Distributors, Alliance Games Distributors, and other Stephen A. Geppi-owned companies, has expanded its leadership team. In addition, it has announced changes to help expand into new product lines and markets to raise sales and profitability.

Formed in 2015, GFE was created to encompass all the companies owned by Diamond Comic Distributors’ Founder and President & CEO, Stephen A. Geppi. The holding entity is comprised of a dozen companies, among them Diamond Comic Distributors, Alliance Game Distributors, Diamond Select Toys, Baltimore Magazine, Hake’s Auctions, Diamond International Galleries, and Gemstone Publishing.

Stan Heidmann, President of Geppi Family Enterprises

GFE has updated its current leadership structure to add an Office of The Chairman, comprised of Geppi as Chairman and CEO; current GFE Executive Representative, Joe Foss, who will serve as Vice Chairman; and Stan Heidmann, who will join the team as President.

Prior to joining GFE, Heidmann was Finance Division Executive – Revenue Management at PepsiCo, where he led their distribution, revenues and finance teams for the Mid-Atlantic region. 

In addition to the hiring of Heidmann, Geppi also announced that he will be establishing an Advisory Board for the Geppi Family Enterprises levelThe board will be comprised of accomplished executives from a variety of different industries, including the comic book industry.

Geppi also announced that both Diamond and Alliance Game Distributors are entering a new banking relationship with JP Morgan Chase. The new credit facility will support Diamond and Alliance’s efforts to expand, create new products, and raise profitability.

IDW Games Splits with Ninja Division

IDW Games

IDW Games has released an update on a few of their games about their involvement with Ninja Division.

Ninja Division was hired to create the six hero miniatures for the Wayward board game. IDW has announced they are hiring a new sculptor or studio to create these miniatures. Due to that, the Kickstarter for the Wayward board game is being pushed back.

Ninja Division was also hired to work on the Men in Black/Ghostbusters game. That is no longer the case and instead sculptor Hector “Hec” Moran will handle that. Moran worked on the Street Fighter The Miniatures Game. IDW clarified that while Ninja Division was announced initially, they were actually never hired and involved in the project.

Ninja Division has been having issues of late running late on Kickstarter and not delivering on games promised. The Idaho Statesman has a fantastic article running through the issues with the popular miniature company.

USAopoly and Games Workshop Sign a Deal for Licensed Editions of Talisman

Talisman

In the lead up to ToyFair, USAopoly and Games Workshop have announced plans to develop licensed versions of the critically-acclaimed adventure board game, Talisman.

USAopoly will release two new licensed versions of Talisman in North America and other select regions later this year. This will be the first time a licensed version of the game will be available. The new partnership grants USAopoly international rights to distribute co-branded renditions of the “Magical Quest Game” via distributors, online marketplaces and beyond.

First released in 1983, Talisman has sold millions of copies worldwide. The game’s fourth edition, which was released in 2009, was granted the Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection award.

USAopoly has said that more details will be announced later this year.

This is the latest partnership announced by Games Workshop which has shifted gears in recent years shifting it’s focus and break out from just being a “miniature game” manufacturer. They’ve also announced deals with WizKids and Funko expanding their footprint.

Fantasy Flight Co-Sponsors Gen Con Through 2021

Gen Con and Fantasy Flight Games have signed a multiyear co-sponsorship agreement for the upcoming 2019, 2020, and 2021 conventions.

Fantasy Flight will get dedicated event space and physical and digital marketing at each convention as part of the agreement as well as promotion and logistical support during the convention.

Fantasy Flight first became a co-sponsor, the highest level of sponsorship, in 2018.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis August 1-4, 2019.

CMON Promotes Adam Lovell to VP of Sales and Operations

CMON has announced that Adam Lovell has been promoted to VP of Sales and Operations, now answering directly to the COO. Along with Adam’s promotion, CMON is also happy to announce they have hired Luiz Coelho as the new International Sales Manager. Luiz has extensive experience in sales and was Sales Director at Galapagos Jogos (now Asmodee Brazil). With these changes, CMON looks to create more unity within the Sales department and make ordering from CMON easier for both retailers and distributors worldwide.

In a statement, Lovell said the reorganization will bring the international sales team back under one umbrella to coordinate releases and sales efforts globally.

CMON Looks to Expand Their Licensed Gaming with a New Los Angeles Office

On Monday, CMON announced a new licensed game based on George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. In the release was the announcement that the company has opened a new office in Los Angeles, California.

The goal of the office is to further work with licensors to create tabletop products. Earlier this year, CMON successfully launched the A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game based on the NYT Bestselling book series by George R. R. Martin as well as Bloodborne: The Card Game based on Sony’s best-selling PS4-exclusive video game, Bloodborne. In Q2 of 2019, they will be releasing a family tabletop game based on Hanna-Barbera’s classic Wacky Races cartoon series. The L.A. Office is being led by Geoff Skinner.

In the announcement, Skinner said:

CMON is the premiere tabletop gaming company in the world, and I couldn’t be more proud to help establish our footprint in Hollywood. By opening an office in L.A., we’re looking forward to strengthening our licensor relationships in the film, TV, and electronic gaming communities, as well as to forging partnerships that will expand the narrative of our own IPs into television, features and animation.

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.

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