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Warhammer 40,000 is Coming to Magic: The Gathering with Universes Beyond

Warhammer 40,000 Magic: The Gathering Universes Beyond

They’ve teamed with Bandai, McFarlane Toys, and Marvel, and now Games Workshop has announced a new partnership that’s unexpected, Wizards of the Coast for the newly announced Universes Beyond.

The two game companies are working together to bring the world of Warhammer 40,000 to the world of Magic: The Gathering. The property will appear in Universes Beyond, a new premium card set for the popular card game.

Universes Beyond will bring the heroes, villains, and xenos races of the 41st Millenium to the card game all featuring brand new art.

Universes Beyond is a new expansion for Magic: The Gathering that combines the card game with worlds, characters, and stories beyond its universe.

Along with Warhammer 40,000, The Lord of the Rings will also join Universes Beyond. Universes Beyond is a brand within Magic: The Gathering and will exist alongside the main games’ products. The expansion of the game mechanic can include properties from comics, novels, and other games, as examples.

The Universes Beyond expansions will look a little different than other Magic: The Gathering sets but the frame will be distinct and the cards will have a special holofoil stamp denoting that they’re from these sets. Secret Lair X The Walking Dead is now considered part of this new direction and is the first to feature the holofoil stamp.

Unlike The Walking Dead set, Universes Beyond will be available in the normal places Magic is available though there may be special Secret Lair releases as well.

The 40K property has appeared in multiple card games on its own and Magic: The Gathering has recently teamed up with numerous unexpected properties like My Little Pony and The Walking Dead. Still, this one is a bit unexpected. You can read more about the new direction for Magic: The Gathering in the official announcement.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCF Gets Dual Egyptian God Decks in June

Egyptian God Deck: Slifer the Sky Dragon

Awaken the power of the Egyptian God Cards!

If you’ve ever wanted to build a Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game deck around an Egyptian God Card but didn’t know where to start, look no further than the Egyptian God Decks! Egyptian God Deck: Slifer the Sky Dragon and Egyptian God Deck: Obelisk the Tormentor serve up simple strategies to Summon and win with either Slifer the Sky Dragon or Obelisk the Tormentor.

Slifer the Sky Dragon

Slifer powers up depending on how many cards you have in your hand, so this Deck uses Token-generating effects to help you gather the 3 required Tributes while using fewer cards from your hand. After you have Slifer on the field, power it up with cards that let you draw more cards, like the brand-new Thunderforce Attack! Based on Slifer’s signature attack, this Spell can destroy all your opponent’s face-up monsters at any time, but if you use it during your own Main Phase you can draw a card for each monster destroyed!


Obelisk the Tormentor

Egyptian God Deck: Obelisk the Tormentor

Unleash the true power of Obelisk the Tormentor by Tributing 2 monsters you control and wipe your opponent’s monsters off the field! This Deck uses self-replicating monsters to provide Tributes and protect your Life Points as you get closer to drawing your Divine Beast. Obelisk’s own ability can crush your opponent’s monsters all at once, but throw in the new Spell Card, Fist of Fate, and you can negate a monster’s effect and destroy it without needing to Tribute. Activate during your own Main Phase and you can crush all your opponent’s Spells and Traps as well!


Each Egyptian God Deck is 40 cards total and includes 1 Egyptian God Card and 5 new cards – 4 unique new cards as well as 1 copy of Soul Crossing, a brand-new Quick-Play Spell Card included in both Decks that lets you Tribute Summon your Egyptian God Card by Tributing your opponent’s monsters!

Each Deck is playable on its own straight out of the box and comes with a Dueling Guide that explains the basic strategy and some rules you should know to get the most out of your Deck. Of course, if you pick up both, you can mix and match their strategies to create an awesome Deck that can wield multiple Egyptian God Cards!

Each Egyptian God Deck contains 40 cards:

  • 4 Ultra Rares
  • 4 Super Rares
  • 32 Commons
  • 1 Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide

Rat Queens: the Board Game is Coming to Kickstarter from Deep Water Games this Summer

Rat Queens: The Board Game

Deep Water Games is adapting the New York Times Best-Selling comic series Rat Queens into an official board game, coming to Kickstarter this Summer.

You know the Rat Queens. A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, in the business of massacring monsters for money. When the darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery comic debuted in 2013, it put a “Bridesmaids” spin on “Dungeons and Dragons” and campaigned its way into the hearts of many. Now, it’s your turn to join the Queens on their ale-swigging misadventures in Rat Queens: The Board Game.

Rat Queens: The Board Game is a cooperative deck-building boss-fighter based on the award-winning Image Comics series Rat Queens, created by Kurtis Wiebe. It plays 1 to 4 players in under an hour with learn-as-you-go mechanics and loads of content for endless replayability.

Just like the comics, players will have to manage the relationships between the queens and suffer the consequences of their chaotic actions. Unique asymmetric powers immerse players in the role of each of the four Queens:

  • Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, a black-haired necromancer with a bad attitude and a mysterious past.
  • Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, a red-haired Dwarf of the Blackforge Clan who rejects her family’s old-fashioned traditions.
  • Dee the Atheist Human Cleric, a human ex-high priestess who left her faith and family after she became disillusioned with the horrors they worshipped.
  • Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief, a lover and a fighter who is as dangerous as she is small.

Rat Queens: the Board Game is designed by Erica Hayes-Bouyouris and Sen-Foong Lim. Bouyouris is a game designer from Toronto, Canada, whose previous works include the Steven Universe Miniatures Game, Bosk, and Kodama 3-D. She’s part of the Game Artisans of Canada and co-hosts the Meeple Syrup show with Lim.

Lim is one half of the Bamboozle Brothers; the designers of award-winning games such as Belfort and Junk Art. Sen’s previous games also include Kingdom Rush, Legend of Korra, Godfather, and Mind MGMT.

Look for Rat Queens: the Board Game on Kickstarter, Summer 2021.

Gloomier: A Night at Hemlock Hall is coming to Kickstarter on March 9, 2021

Gloomier: A Night at Hemlock Hall

Gloomier: A Night at Hemlock Hall is a darkly humorous stand-alone competitive storytelling card game for 2-5 players. The game comes with 110 transparent cards, including 14 new Guests and 6 new Stories.

Like all Gloom games, Gloomier: A Night at Hemlock Hall is a storytelling game. Stack transparent cards to boost your character’s score, while blighting opponents with good fortune. Then, tell the tales of these miserable misanthropes.

Some of best features of Gloomier: A Night at Hemlock Hall:

  • A return to the beloved original setting of Gloom’s Hemlock Hall. 
  • Expands the world of the Wellington-Smythe family. 
  • Puts a focus on storytelling by providing clear story prompts.
  • More of the best mechanics by adding more Guests and Stories. 
  • Compatible with all core Gloom games.

The upcoming Kickstarter campaign includes these coveted rewards

  • Gloomier: A Night at Hemlock Hall,the new stand-alone card game
  • Gloom Grief Case, the deluxe storage box to hold all your Gloom games
  • The Gloom Chronicles, a campaign-style mini-expansion 

Gloomier: A Night at Hemlock Hall‘s Kickstarter launches on March 9, 2021. You can sign up to get notified when it launches.

Renegade Games Studio Announces Subastral. Coming to Tabletops this Summer

Renegade Games Studio has announced Subastral, a new game by Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback with art by Beth Sobel.

Subastral is a card game about hand management, set collection, and the many beautiful and unique biomes of our own Earth. There’s a twist that WHEN you collect a set matters too.

In the game you collect cards that represent your notes on eight different biomes: subtropical desert, savanna, tropical rainforest, chaparral, temperate grassland, temperate forest, taiga, and arctic tundra. Games take just 15-30 minutes and are for 2-5 players.

Subastral comes to tabletops this Summer. The game retails for $20.

Subastral

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy Wins Game of the Year

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

The winners of the 2021 Toy of the Year have been revealed by The Toy Association. The virtual event is the 21st year for the awards. Awards were handed out in 16 categories, including “Game of the Year.” Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy won the category beating the competition in battle.

Other nominees in the category included Drone Home (PlayMonster)

  • Fish Club (Blue Orange Games)
  • Genius Square (MUKIKIM LLC)
  • Poetry for Neanderthals (Exploding Kittens)
  • Story Time Chess (Story Time Chess)
  • The #UpsideDownChallenge Game (Vango Toys)

Designed for Trainers of all types, including parents and children who may be new to the Pokémon TCG, Battle Academy reimagines strategic Pokémon TCG gameplay as an easy-to-learn and fun-to-play experience for the whole family that comes in a classic board-game format.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy wasn’t the only game to go home a winner though. In a surprise announcement, two winners were chosen for the “People’s Choice” Award – both Story Time Chess (Story Time Chess), a classic game reimagined for the youngest of players, and The Original Spawn Action Figure and Comic Remastered (2020) (McFarlane Toys), which had its roots on Kickstarter, took home the honor.

Renegade Game Studios Reveals Organized Play for Vampire: The Masquerade

Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals

Renegade Game Studios has announced their plans for Organized Play for Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals Expandable Card Game. The publisher is kicking things off with a pre-release league taking place on Tabletopia.

There will be numerous ways to play:

  • Casual Kits – For store-level and at-home organized play, be it game nights, small tournaments, or weekly leagues. These kits will closely resemble the OP Kit included in many of your Kickstarter pledges, with a variety of alt-art cards and playmats. We are excited to share with you the first of these kits featuring a new promo vampire, Freddy Usher!
  • Premium Kits or Store Championships – Community-level kits slated to begin in late 2021 or early 2022. Will include a wider variety of prizes, including things like acrylic tokens, deckboxes, or other swag that will improve your play experience and show off your fearsome reputation to future opponents! Intended for a larger tournament at a local game store or club.
  • Prince of the City events – Once large events are able to safely resume, we intend to introduce our top-level competitive event, the Prince of the City. Frequently held at large gaming conventions, these will be large, highly-competitive tournaments with very attractive prizes on the line. Fight your way to the top and be crowned Prince of the City, and you’ll have the opportunity to be immortalized in the game as a unique vampire in a future product. A Prince of the City event will also include a variety of side events to ensure that no matter your performance in the main tournament, you have a way to spend more time with the Vamily and enjoy playing Vampire.

The Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals organized play will be broken into seasons. It all starts with Season 1: San Francisco. Season 1 will include Prince of the City Indianapolis (GenCon), and Prince of the City Philadelphia (PAXU), assuming that those events happen that allows such a tournament. There will also be four casual play kits and one community-level premium kit.

Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals seasons

2021 plans may change due to the current pandemic.

There will also be a Season 0: Pre-Release. Running through February 22nd, the season will take place on Tabletopia and is free to participate in. You can sign up to take part. Pairings will be posted each Tuesday on the Vampire Rivals community Discord starting February 23rd.

The league will consist of 5 rounds of swiss pairings and those that go undefeated will receive a prize, while players with one loss will also receive a different prize. Players who play every round will receive a special badfe on the Vampire Community forums and get a special Role on the Discord.

Ricals supports up to 4 players but this league will be 1 versus 1 to simplify setting up the games.

In addition to the Season 0 League, Kickstarter backers will receive a special Season 0 OP kit with the new vampire Smoke. Players can use this kit to run a small event in their local groups and stores if it’s safe to do so.

You can find more details at the Renegade Game Studios website.

Renegade Games Studios and Oni Press Announce Aggretsuko: Work/Rage Balance

Renegade Game Studios has revealed a new collaboration with Oni Press and Sanrio coming this spring!

Aggretsuko: Work/Rage Balance is a fast-playing card game for 3-6 players, where each player takes the role of a mild-mannered office worker trying to get through their work each day. If a worker becomes frustrated, they can RAGE to let out their inner heavy-metal rock star. RAGING will provide some much-needed relief from the daily grind, but it may have consequences later on.

The first worker to complete all of their work ends the day. The others must count up the cards left in their hands and record the extra hours that they owe the company. If they have too much work left, they may even have to put in overtime!

Aggretsuko: Work/Rage Balance

Stonemaier Games Announces Red Rising

Red Rising

Stonemaier Games teased the announcement of a game today. Red Rising (aka “Codename Gold”) is a competitive, hand-management, combo-building game based on the futuristic dystopian novels by Pierce Brown. The game has been in development for five years and a passion project for Jamey Stegmaier and he’s been working on it as a collaboration with new designer Alexander Schmidt.

The game is for 1-6 players with gameplay between 45-60 minutes. More details will be unveiled over the next 2 weeks.

The Red Rising Collector’s Edition preorder will be available to everyone in early March, with shipping to follow in March and April. It features friendly shipping in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia/NZ. You don’t need to be a Stonemaier Champion to order from them, but if you want to support the publisher’s content and get a $10 discount on every order, now is a great time to look into the program.

For every person who requests a preorder launch notification on this form by February 16, Stonemaier Games will donate $1 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to support the rights of those who are underrepresented and marginalized.

Warlord: Saga of the Storm 20th Anniversary Now on Sale!

Warlord: Saga of the Storm

Warlord: Saga of the Storm returns for its 20th anniversary! The legendary collectible card game of d20 combat, Warlord had a long history with many players still active in tournaments and leagues to this day. Warlord is a long-time favorite of many at AEG, and they didn’t want the 20th Anniversary of the classic game to pass without a tribute.

In the days of the CCG, Warlord was unique in its “Challenge System” which allowed players to take on rare and powerful enemies at special events. The most coveted of these were the Medusan Lords, completely unique cards that represented the creators’ own role-playing game characters. Defy the odds and defeat one and the player claimed it as their own.

In this special 20th Anniversary pack, AEG looks back at the origins of the Medusan Lords, when they were simple Warlords. This will allow everyone to build all-new decks using these characters! And included are items related to each, a new challenge Overlord, and a new alternate-art of the always useful Brine Fiend!

How to Get It

  • The only way to make sure you get a copy is to pre-order February 1 through February 5, 2021 at alderacstore.com.
  • Orders will be accepted through those dates.
  • Each account may order up to 10 copies.
  • After pre-orders end, the product will go to press and be shipped by this summer.
Warlord: Saga of the Storm
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