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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.

WizKids Sponsors 2019 ROC Series

WizKids has announced that next year they’ll be sponsoring the ROC series! While many details remain to be worked out, the plan is that all maps released next year will be legal for HeroClix, that points earned under the ROC series can also be used for entry into WizKids Worlds and Nationals. The ROC Cup Championship will convert to a Worlds’ Qualifier event introducing new championship formats as players try to earn enough points to qualify for the WizKids World Championship.

Both sides hope that exclusive figures can also be made available through the series with more details to come!

Christian T. Petersen to Step Down as CEO of Asmodee North America Leading to a Shift in the Company

Long-time hobby games entrepreneur, designer, and industry veteran Christian T. Petersen has announced that he would be stepping down from his role as CEO of Asmodee North America at the end of 2018. Petersen, 46, founded Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) in 1995 and served as its CEO until FFG’s merger with Asmodee in 2014, at which time he moved into his current role.

In the press announcement Petersen said:

After nearly twenty years with FFG and four years with Asmodee, I’ve seen our market go through tremendous change and amazing growth. Tabletop games have been accepted into the fabric of society and represented in pop-culture more positively than anyone could have hoped for when I joined the industry. I feel fortunate to have experienced this phenomenon first-hand, and to have been part of such an incredible journey.

Now it’s time to hand the reins to a new generation of leaders who along with the amazing staff at Asmodee North America and its studios (Catan, Days of Wonder, FFG, Heidelbär, Plaid Hat, and Z-Man), will move forward with their own unique energy and vision. I have no doubt that they’ll be better, burn brighter, and achieve ever more fantastic things. I can’t wait to see what they’ll do, and to play what they’ll make.

The games to be released from our U.S. studios over the next 6-12 months, represent the final game products in which I have played a part. I could not have hoped for a more innovative, more commercially exciting, or more satisfying finale.

I leave to focus on family, health, and the pursuit of other interests. My departure has been long-planned with the Asmodee Group CEO, and my friend, Stephane Carville.

I’m proud to leave Asmodee North America in extraordinarily capable hands. I’ll always be grateful to my terrific colleagues and business partners over the years, and most especially to the players. I could not have done it without you, but I’m sure you can do it without me.

During his tenure, Petersen provided vision, guidance, and creative input on hundreds of game titles, and was the lead designer on several popular games, including Twilight Imperium and A Game of Thrones: The Board Game. As a business leader, Petersen was among the first to pioneer international co-manufacturing of U.S. tabletop games, and forged successful alliances, partnerships, and licensing relationships with a wide array of persons and organizations.

As Petersen exits his role, Asmodee North America will transition into two distinct business units: Asmodee North America Publishing led by Steve Horvath, and Asmodee North America Distribution led by Andre Kieren.

Dynamite Entertainment’s ReAnimator Collectible Board Game Tops Diamond Comic Distributors

Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed the top ordered products for June. Dynamite Entertainment‘s ReAnimator Collectible Board Game was the top ordered game by dollars invoiced for the month.

Magic the Gathering: Battlebond from Wizards of the Coast was the top trading card game coming in at #3 but Konami‘s Yu-Gi-Oh! took three of the top ten spots.

BOOM! StudiosMouse Guard Roleplaying Game 2nd Edition Box Set was the top roleplaying game at #9.

For the full list of comics, graphic novels, and toys, read the full report at out sister site.

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

REANIMATOR COLLECTIBLE BOARD GAME DEC171511 DE

2

STRANGER THINGS: EGGO CARD GAME NOV178197 HAS

3

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BATTLEBOND APR182619 WIZ

4

YU-GI-OH! TCG: FLAMES OF DESTRUCTION SPECIAL EDITION APR182566 KON

5

YU-GI-OH! TCG: FLAMES OF DESTRUCTION BOOSTER PACKS MAR182721 KON

6

RICK AND MORTY: TOTAL RICKALL CARD GAME APR188202 PSI

7

MUNCHKIN CCG: DESOLATION OF BLARG BOOSTER PACKS FEB182814 PSI

8

DEADPOOL MONOPOLY JUL178753 HAS

9

MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME HC BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO

10

YU-GI-OH! TCG: DARK SAVIORS BOOSTER PACKS APR182565 KON

Lion Forge Launches a Tabletop Gaming Imprint Quillion

Lion Forge has been a market leader and champion of authentic representation across genres, from the proprietary superhero universe of Catalyst Prime to multiple imprints encompassing comics for readers of all ages. Today, the St. Louis publisher announces plans to move into the gaming space with a new imprint and flagship hybrid publication: Rolled & Told!

The first release under the Quillion banner will be Rolled & Told, a publication combining the thrill of tabletop role-play with the storytelling of comics in a monthly comic book format. Rolled & Told brings a ready-to-play, fun adventure for one of gaming’s favorite tabletop role-playing games, alongside beautiful illustrations, comics coinciding with each full adventure, as well as instructive articles. Rolled & Told enhances gameplay for new and old game masters alike.

Fans of comics and gaming alike will get their first taste of this exciting new publication at Comic-Con next month, where Rolled & Told will premier in a special free issue No. 0, featuring a “barcrawl” like no other! It’s not every day you find a tavern with a dungeon challenge built in its basement! “The Thunderlock Barcrawl” puts players in an adventure that is part proving ground, part extreme sporting event, in the hope of adding their names to the illustrious “Wall of Crawlers.”

Rolled & Told No. 1 will be solicited in Diamond’s July dated PREVIEWS catalog, to be released in September, just in time for back-to-school Friday night gaming!

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