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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

Make Mine Marvel with Smash Up: Marvel

Smash Up: Marvel

The Op has released Smash Up: Marvel bringing the comic world to the popular tabletop game. Listened from AEG, the game has players choosing two decks of fan-favorite characters and combining their powers to attempt to dominate their opponent.

The game centers around locations called Bases that have a “breakpoint”. When the limit is breached, each player earns Victory points accoring to their ranking in first, second, and third place. The first player to 15 total points wins the game.

You can choose from eight factions each with a different playing style. The game is perfect for long-time Smash Up fans and new players.

You can choose from:

  • The Ultimates: The cosmic themed faction that has the likes of Captain Marvel and Spectrum moves quickly from one base to another, allowing its member to attack from afar.
  • The Avengers: Six well-known and loved characters including Iron Man and Hulk have robust powers that are enhanced by items that were made just for them, creating impactful results.
  • Spider-Verse: Moving with spectacular speed is this deck’s forte, which means a quick response and special actions that boost the power of its stealthy arachnid characters.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.: These highly-skilled agents infiltrate the battlefield with intensely honed team effort.
  • Masters of Evil: Diabolical members like Baron Zemo are built to become more aggressive as the game goes on, claiming more points through their nefarious plots.
  • The Kree: Otherworldly and steadfast, their leader The Supreme Intelligence is able to add power to the other members of this militaristic faction.
  • Hydra: If one member falls, two can take its place, resulting in intentional sacrifices that evildoers Arnim Zola and Red Skull will have no problem putting into effect.
  • The Sinister Six: The city is at this group’s mercy as they have base modifiers that lower breakpoints and allow characters like Doctor Octopus to grab up Victory points as he pleases.

The collection is a stand-alone game, but the 160 faction cards are also compatible with all Smash Up games, which have grown to include over 50 other factions, providing the ultimate crossover experience.

Smash Up: Marvel is for 2-4 players ages 12 and up.


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The Pokémon Company International announces Top Deck Academy

Top Deck Academy

The Pokémon Company International has announced Top Deck Academy. The Academy is a new weekly video series on the Pokémon Twitch and YouTube channels that will help Trainers of all experience levels learn more about playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Featuring Pokémon TCG experts who have been playing and commenting on matches for years, the series will help Trainers improve their game by providing tips and tricks on deck-building, winning strategies, and more.

Top Deck Academy will premiere on January 28 around 2 p.m. PST, with new episodes streaming every Thursday.

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