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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Gets Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers and Speed Duel Box

Konami has announced two new releases for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game.

Master the elements alongside the Charmers and their familiars with Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers!

Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers focuses on Spellcasters and controlling monsters of many Attributes. Basic Charmers can steal away monsters that match their Attribute, and if you control even one Charmer, you can fill the field with familiars! Buff the whole team with Awakening of the Possessed then back up your monsters with powerful Spiritual Art cards that let you remove the best card from your opponent’s hand, bury any card they control to the bottom of the Deck, inflict massive damage, and more!

The Charmer cards have some of the most popular artwork in all the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, and Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers will add to that legacy with variant artwork of the “Familiar-Possessed” versions of Hiita, Wynn, Aussa, and Eria. Each Deck will come with 1 of these 4 variant art cards.

In addition, 5 new pieces of art have been created showing the daily lives of the Charmers and their familiars, and each Structure Deck will have 1 of 5 Tokens featuring one of these pieces. New artwork will also be featured on the playing side of the Deluxe Game Mat. There are 5 Deluxe Game Mats in total, each also featuring 1 of the 5 new pieces of art. Don’t forget to check out the reverse side for strategic advice and a look at early concept illustrations for some of the new art featured in Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers!

Each Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers contains:

  • 5 Ultra Rares (4 fixed + 1 of 4 Variant Art cards)
  • 2 Super Rares
  • 35 Commons
  • 1 of 5 Super Rare Token Cards 1 of 5 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mats/Dueling Guide

Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers is out October 23, 2020.


Relive the fierce competition of the epic Battle City tournament with your friends, in the Speed Duel Box*!

Designed to allow up to 8 players to jump into their own dynamic tournament experience, the Speed Duel Box* includes a static pool of 200 cards to construct various popular strategies from, 193 of which are brand-new to Speed Dueling! Whether you prefer to keep the strategies together, or draft the card pool between your friends, you decide how you want to play!

The coveted Egyptian God Cards finally descend upon Speed Duel! Devastate with Obelisk the Tormentor, overwhelm with Slifer the Sky Dragon, or rule with The Winged Dragon of Ra! Other iconic cards have also been introduced, including powerhouses like Jinzo, Dark Paladin, and XYZ-Dragon Cannon.

With Skill Cards for many legendary Duelists from the anime, you can Duel as some of your favorite characters. Harness Yami Yugi’s bold tactics, Kaiba’s calculated power, or experience the darker side with the villainous Espa Roba, Odion Ishitar, Arkana, and more!

Each Speed Duel Box* contains 20 Skill Cards, 16 of which are brand-new. Fully customize your strategy even further with special effects unique to Speed Duel, giving you endless hours of Deck-building experience!

Kaiba hosted the Battle City tournament to claim the legendary Egyptian God Cards as his own, so it would only be fitting for you to Duel for exclusive prizes of your own too. To top off the Speed Duel Box*, a special prize pack will be included with 8 Secret Rares from a pool of 24 cards. Channel your inner Rare Hunter and upgrade some of the most iconic cards in Dueling history, along with other fan favorites, to the highest Speed Duel rarity ever released! You can distribute them as prizing in your own tournament, give one to each of the participants, or just keep them all for yourself!

Each Speed Duel Box* contains:

  • 200 Commons
  • 20 Skill Cards
  • 8 (of 24) Secret Rares
  • 4 2-Player Deluxe Game Mats

To use a card in Speed Dueling it must have the Speed Dueling Symbol on the card, cards without the Symbol are not legal. Skill Cards may only be used in Speed Dueling.

Speed Duel Box is out November 20, 2020.

*Name and contents subject to change.

Unleash Your Phantom Rage in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game this November

Yu-Gi-Oh! Phantom Rage

Ghosts from the past return to the fray in November’s Phantom Rage booster set! Arriving November 6, 2020Phantom Rage (SRP: $2.99) brings new Phantom Knight and Raidraptor cards that can be played in their own decks, but you can also create your own hybrid deck that takes the best of each theme to max out your Xyz Summoning power.

Phantom Rage doesn’t just remaster popular themes from the past, it unites them as well. You can find new Phantom Knight and Raidraptor cards, but you can also find new cards that are Phantom Knights AND Raidraptors!

The new theme based on Fusion Summoning excels at performing consecutive Fusion Summons. Normally, to Fusion Summon you need to use a Spell Card for each Fusion Summon you perform along with multiple separate cards to use as materials, but this brand-new theme is anchored by a powerful Spell Card that Summons up to 5 Tokens you can use for Fusion Summoning…and then lets you Fusion Summon twice consecutively!

What else can you expect from Phantom Rage? How about…

  • 17 World Premiere cards, the most ever in a single booster set!
  • The long awaited crossover between “U.A.” and “F.A.”!
  • New Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, and Link Monsters!
  • More cards to enhance strategies introduced in Rise of the Duelist!
  • And more!

The Phantom Rage booster set contains 100 new cards:

  • 50 Commons
  • 26 Super Rares
  • 14 Ultra Rares
  • 10 Secret Rares

*Set name and content subject to change

Cards Against Humanity Finally Addresses Allegations

Cards Against Humanity

After a prolonged silence, the Cards Against Humanity leadership has spoken about allegations against the company and co-founder Max Temkin. In the statement, they say Temkins is no longer with the company but do not mention if he is still financially tied to the company and benefits from them. They also list numerous other steps they’re taking after revelations.

You can read their full statement and a puff interview with another site. Itself has numerous… issues. Their main statement is below:


Starting on June 6, several of our former employees posted reports on social media about a toxic work environment in our Chicago office. Many of them centered on one of our eight co-founders, Max Temkin, who led that office. We immediately began an internal investigation, and on June 9, we made the following commitments to our staff:

  • Max Temkin stepped down and no longer has any active role at Cards Against Humanity, effective that day.
  • We’re hiring a specialist firm to review and improve all HR, hiring, and management practices at the company. Our goal is to make these practices more inclusive, transparent, and equitable.
  • An outside organization will lead workplace training for all partners and employees of Cards Against Humanity, focusing on communication and unconscious bias at work.

As Cards Against Humanity rapidly grew from a hobby project in our parents’ basements to a company with 18 full-time employees, we made a lot of mistakes. We want to apologize to employees who were unheard or disrespected in our office. We are truly sorry. We also want to state unequivocally that we condemn harassment of anyone who has posted stories about their experiences at Cards Against Humanity.

In the interest of transparency, we are now sharing our complete responses to a series of questions we received via email from a reporter at Polygon regarding our company and the accounts on social media. Some of these accounts are true, others are not, and a few we are continuing to investigate.

We are committed to rebuilding a workplace that the partners and staff can be proud of. It is our responsibility to see this through.

Sincerely,
Josh, Daniel, Eli, Ben, David M., David P.
Active Co-Founders, Cards Against Humanity

Ultra Deluxe 2D Arcade Mega Fighter Brings Classic Arcade Fighting Games to the Tabletop

Ultra Deluxe 2D Arcade Mega Fighter

WizKids has announced that Ultra Deluxe 2D Arcade Mega Fightera new game inspired by classic arcade fighting games, is available now at North American Game Stores!

In this two player dueling card game, players will create their ultimate team for a 3-on-3 tag team battle by drafting from a pool of 15 fighters, each with their own unique abilities and evocative pixel art. Characters like Sharkfist, Tyranosorcerer, or Amoeba Bandita can all be drafted to create the most epic team of all time!

After drafting their Fighters, players will have 3 actions per turn, selected from 5 options: Start Combo, String Combo, Taunt, Swap Fighters, or Draw. Players can choose any combination of actions and my perform them in any order, with the only exception being String Combo, which cannot be performed unless Start Combo has already been performed earlier that turn. Each Fighter has a unique set of 3 Attacks and 2 Special Abilities, giving each team of fighters a unique synergy allowing them to more effectively K.O. their opponent’s team. Once a player has K.O.’d all 3 of their opponent’s Fighters, they win Play “Button cards” to execute different attacks, and chain cards together to create insanely powerful combos!

  •  Hilarious Roster – Command unique, entertaining fighters with punderful names like Sharkfist, Slumberjack, and Tyranosorcerer!
  • C-C-C-Combo Maker – Rack up damage by carefully stringing together devastating combos, or mash buttons and hope for the best.
  • 16-Bit Nostalgia – A quick-to-learn dueling game with stylized pixel art.
  • Endless matchups! – 15 different fighters with more than a hundred thousand possible matchups. Only the best will survive!
Ultra Deluxe 2D Arcade Mega Fighter

ReedPop Breaks Ties with Cards Against Humanity after Max Temkin Allegations

ReedPop has announced that they would no longer be working with Cards Against Humanity (CAH) at C2E2 after allegations about an abusive environment towards women at CAH office and by CAH co-founder Max Temkin. The convention company released the below statement:

The company’s culture is described as one of workplace “abuse and gaslighting” by those who have worked there.

Earlier this month, Theresa Stewart spoke up on Twitter describing the toxic environment at the company. It’s a very interesting thread with lots of examples as well as screenshots of discussions as proof of her experiences.

Others have spoken up about wanting to write cards about being people of color but were denied as well as calling out abusers and punching up at rape culture but couldn’t due to past accusations against the company’s co-founder Max Temkin. This isn’t the first allegation against him. Temkin in 2014 was accused of rape that happened in 2004 while attending Goucher College.

Another former employee was told that if she continued dating a person Temkin’s friend had a crush on they’d be fired. Temkin’s exerted further control in the office and other employees regarding the former employee’s dating and social life. It paints a picture of an unprofessional and controlling environment.

The company through the years have draped themselves in worthy causes and been a darling of the gaming scene. Most recently the company game away free meals and bottled water at the Chicago Board Game Cafe of which Temkin is an owner. It’s unknown where things will go from here and Temkin and CAH have been silent since these latest allegations came out earlier this month. The company’s name feels so appropriate after reading all of these accounts and allegations.

We stand with these brave individuals and this behavior has no place in the gaming industry.

New Hero Realms is Here this Summer

Hero Realms Ancestry Pack

New Hero Realms expansions are right around the corner with the first coming next week. The Hero Realms Ancestry Pack is out June 23, 2020 and retails for $9.99 per pack.

In this awesome new 20-card expansion pack, you can play Hero Realms as a Dwarf, Elf, Ogre, Orc, or Smallfolk. Each race comes with four cards.

You can use ANY race with a generic starting deck, or combine them with any character pack. So you could play as an ogre wizard, an elven ranger, a dwarven fighter, or any one of the dozens of new race-class combinations. That means tons of options for the makeup of your party for cooperative play, and literally hundreds of possible new PVP match-ups.

Hero Realms Journeys Packs

On July 21, 2020, Hero Realms Journeys Packs will come to stores. They retail for $4.99 per pack.

Journeys is a set of four 12-card expansion packs for Hero Realms! Conquest and Discovery add the new Quest and Artifact card types. Quests are secret objectives that players may complete to earn Artifacts! Hunters and Travelers add new champions and actions to the game.

The Hero Realms Adventure Storage Box retails for $29.99 and will be out July 21, 2020.

Every adventure needs a box for holding! Holds an entire Hero Realms collection, with or without sleeves, with room to spare for future sets and even a playmat! Includes 32 high-quality plastic dividers to separate cards by: Set, Market Deck, Fire Gems, Personal Decks, and Score Cards. Also contains 6 foam blocks to hold cards firmly in place and 1 promo card.

Hero Realms Adventure Storage Box

The Lost Village is out August 18, 2020 and retails for $19.99.

Part Two Of The Ruin of Thandar Campaign This cooperative expansion is part two of the Ruin of Thandar campaign. The Hero Realms campaign decks turn Hero Realms into a cooperative deckbuilding adventure game. Each player plays as the Ranger, Wizard, Cleric, Thief or Fighter and you work together to battle the villains! This expansion provides three unique missions for 1-5 players and contains 88 game cards, 14 oversized villain cards, and two booklets. Requires the Hero Realms Base Game, one Character Pack per player, and The Ruin of Thandar Campaign Deck.

Lost Village

Return to the Tournament Fields in the Age of Arthurian Legend with Tournament at Avalon

Tournament at Avalon

WizKids has announced that Tournament at Avalona standalone and fully compatible sequel to the acclaimed trick-taking game Tournament at Camelot, is available now in North American Game Stores!

In this standalone trick-taking game, players aim to take the fewest tricks possible by utilizing their unique card powers, as well as tuning their hands and feinting cards. Players are encouraged to talk and banter throughout the game, and engage in informal diplomacy in order to come out victorious.

You play as a legendary character, battling opponents with weapon cards—Arrows, Swords, Deception, Sorcery, and even Alchemy. The more you injure your opponents, the better you fare in the tournament. However, even the most injured characters can make a complete comeback with the grace of Godsend cards and the aid of their special Companions. This trick-taking game ends when one opponent has been injured to the point of death. The player with the most health is then declared the Tournament victor!

In Tournament at Avalon, you’ll also have cards representing the legendary enchantress Morgan Le Fay, and a new set of Location panels, which grant additional advantages to a player when they are the host of a tournament round. And if you also have Tournament at Camelot, you can mix and match your favorite cards, playing with either ruleset or combine the two games to play an epic “Chaos of Battle” tournament with seven or eight players!

Featuring ten new Protagonist and Companion cards with exciting new player powers, including Arthur Pendragon and Morgan Le Fay, Tournament at Avalon is the perfect standalone game for your next game night, or a fantastic way to add some new flavor to your game of Tournament at Camelot. Tournament at Avalon is available now, so be sure to pick it up at your Friendly Local Game Store or online today!

Tournament at Avalon

The Op Teams with Steve Jackson Games for Munchkin: Disney

Munchkin: Disney

Fantasy and animated film enthusiasts who have longed to live their days as a hero, villain, or
princess are about to have their wishes come true as the popular role-playing card game
Munchkin brings “tales as old as time” to life on the tabletop! Surrender to nostalgia and let
classic characters take you to Level 10 with the magical release of Munchkin: Disney!

90 years of magic are in the cards for ear-wearing “kidults” and RPG-lovers alike with this latest
collaboration by Usaopoly (The Op) and Steve Jackson Games, which combines the treasure
hunting, backstabbing, and leveling-up fun of the best-selling card game Munchkin with
timeless Disney characters, phrases, and objects.

Kick open a door to encounter Monsters like infamous villains Jafar and Ursula, as well as
avoiding Curses such as Forever Asleep and Poison! Obtaining the glorious Treasure cards will
fill your hands with Bonus items, abilities, and Allies including Maui’s Hook, Magic Carpet, or
Elsa, which can assist in combat, help or hinder other players whose objective is also to reach
Level 10.

With the flick of a wand, special Disney Magic directives benefit the card holders who sing or
hum a Disney movie tune. These and other hilarious challenges await players who are ready to
relive their favorite Disney moments, while literally bursting into song!

Made for 3-6 players ages 10 and up, the game will be available in the fall for $24.99.

Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game Heads to Kickstarter

Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game

Cryptozoic Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Cartoon Network will launch Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game on Kickstarter on July 14 and run until July 30. Designed by Erica Bouyouris and Andrew Wolf, it’s expected to release before the end of 2020. The game will be a Kickstarter Exclusive, only available to backers, and will not be sold at retail. Fans can check out the Kickstarter page and sign-up to be notified when the campaign goes live.

Based on Cartoon Network’s beloved series, Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game is an easy-to-learn card-drafting game featuring a fun battle-of-the-bands theme and eye-catching art with fan-favorite characters. Designed by Erica Bouyouris and Andrew Wolf, it lets 2-6 players each become a Steven and try to recruit characters to their Stage and Audience at Beach City’s event of the year. At the same time, they must fend off Party Crashers—Corrupted and Homeworld Gems—who want to ruin their amazing performance.

Players each begin with a unique Steven card and Energy in the form of gems. Over the course of play, they spend Energy to Recruit up to three other Characters to their Stage, as well as multiple Characters to their Audience. All Characters have unique abilities, such as specific attacks and bonuses.

In the Attack Phase, players spend Energy to have their Stage Characters attack Party Crashers. Each spot on a Party Crasher card requires an attack of a particular value, with players gaining bonuses for spots they are able to hit. To aid them in winning, players can create Fusions, powerful Characters who can be played only if they have the required Characters to fuse together.

Gameplay takes place over three Acts, each featuring different decks of Character Cards and lasting three Rounds. After three Acts of play, the winner is the player with the most Victory Points, as tracked on the Cookie Cat Scoreboard.

Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game is for 2-6 players ages 10+ and games take about 45-60 minutes.

Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game

Content Summary:

  • 3 Act Decks (54 Character Cards each)
  • 30 Party Crasher Cards
  • 6 VP Overflow +50/100 Cards
  • 6 Steven Cards
  • 6 VP-Tracking Tokens
  • 1 Cookie Cat Scoreboard
  • 11 Fusion Cards
  • 1 First Player Card
  • 6 Round Sequence Reminder Cards
  • 70 Light Pink Gems (1 Energy Unit)
  • 20 Dark Pink Gems (5 Energy Units)

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Goes Maximum Gold in October

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Maximum Gold

Arriving October 9, 2020, Maximum Gold (MSRP: $29.99) features unparalleled beauty and style with new Premium Gold Rares, the ultimate evolution of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Gold Rares. Golden outlines and borders cleanly accentuate and enhance the art Duelists love and add texture to the cards. Symbols like Level stars and Attribute icons shine like pools of precious molten metal.

Maximum Gold gives Duelists the chance to add 52 of Dueling’s finest cards to Decks as beautiful Premium Gold Rares!

New Premium Gold technology isn’t the only way Maximum Gold is going to make your cards look amazing. Six wildly popular monsters are getting brand-new variant artwork as well as the Premium Gold Rare treatment, including Droll & Lock Bird, Elemental HERO Stratos, and Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess!

In addition, a wide variety of cards will return as Rares, but since this is Maximum Gold, they’ll be appearing as Rares with gold lettering instead of the standard silver!

Each box will include 4 Maximum Gold packs with 7 cards each: 2 Premium Gold Rares and 5 gold-letter Rares.

The complete Maximum Gold set contains:

  • 52 Premium Gold Rares
  • 110 gold-letter Rares
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