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Mercenaries Come to the Transformers: Trading Card Game

At New York Comic Con, Hasbro revealed the next chapter in the War for Cybertron storyline, Earthrise. A new Mercenary faction is coming to Transformers and you’ll be able to see them first in the Transformers: Trading Card Game.

The siege is over, but the War for Cybertron has just begun. The Autobots and Decepticons have left Cybertron, but their battle rages on as they hurtle through space in pursuit of the Allspark. With unforeseen dangers lurking ahead and the Decepticons closing in from behind, the only way out for the Autobots is to find a way through. Both sides must navigate the perils of space and instantly adapt to battle anywhere in the cosmos. With the highly advanced A.I.R. (Adaptable Interconnection Retrofitter) Locks system, the fighters don’t head to the battlefield — they become it. Bots capable of converting into Modular Battle Stations can A.I.R.-Lock together in custom configurations to fit the needs of battle. As the battle rages through space, success depends on who can best adapt to the battlefield beyond. But it’s not just the battlefield that commands adaptability. Allegiances can shift just as rapidly, with a new Mercenary faction introduced into the Earthrise world alongside the Autobots and Decepticons.

TRANSFORMERS: TCG – WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II MERCENARIES

(Ages 6 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $3.99/ Available: 11/08/2019)

The Mercenaries are coming to EARTHRISE product in 2020, but fans can get the first taste of them with TRANSFORMERS TCG – WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II. The TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game is a fast-paced, action-packed battler for two players. Each player builds a team of oversized, double-sided TRANSFORMERS character cards and fights for victory, switching their characters between different modes and employing a vast array of weapons and upgrades along the way. Like other TRANSFORMERS TCG Character Cards, Mercenaries are distributed in Booster Packs across varying levels of rarity.

As the battle reaches its crescendo in WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II, the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS turn to desperate means to secure victory. The DECEPTICONS wake their most dangerous weapon… the mighty Titan, TRYPTICON!

Each WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II sealed Booster Display Box includes 30 Booster Packs and a TRYPTICON Pack. The TRYPTICON Pack contains one Titan-sized TRYPTICON Character Card and 3 large Character Cards as his minions: BRUNT, FULL-TILT and WIPE-OUT! Each WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II Booster Pack includes 1 Large Character Card, 1 Small Character Card and 6 Battle Cards. Available at most major retailers and hobby stores on 11/08/2019.

NYCC 2019: Konami Brings a Yu-Gi-Oh! Exclusive Mat, Tournaments, and More

Konami presents attendees of this year’s New York Comic Con with a thrilling spread of experiences! Drop by to sample different aspects of the cultural phenomenon that is the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, from convention-exclusive merchandise and video game demos, to friendly competition and cool prizes! Whether you’re a seasoned Dueling veteran, a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated series or just a curious newcomer, booth #1321 is the place to be all weekend long from October 3 to October 6.

The Konami booth is always a popular place for NYCC attendees with plenty to do for fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, and this year is no exception! Attendees will find a wealth of fun activities and attractions, including…

  • Green Screen Photo Booth: Make your own personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card where you can choose from different card backgrounds and Dueling legends or the 2019 NYCC logo – suitable for use during Duels!
  • Con Exclusive Game Mat: Take a trip to the retail counter to pick up the 2019 New York Comic Con Exclusive Game Mat! Available for $30 USD (including sales tax), this year’s Game Mat features signature monsters wielded by the biggest rivals from Yu-Gi-Oh!’s first three series: Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Chazz’s Armed Dragon LV10, and Jack Atlas’ Red Dragon Archfiend!
Exclusive Game Mat for 2019 New York Comic Con

Exclusive Game Mat for 2019 New York Comic Con

  • Retail: Duel fans looking to pick up some of the year’s biggest releases will find plenty of them at the KONAMI booth, with some of the latest and greatest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products available all weekend long. Recent hits like Structure Deck: Rokket RevoltFists of the GadgetsRising Rampage Special EditionLegendary Duelists: Immortal Destiny, the 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin plus many more will be available for purchase, all while supplies last!
  • Game Demos for New Players: Curious about Dueling? Attendees are invited to pull up a chair and learn how to play in a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG or Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel demonstration! Learn from one of our dedicated experts and you’ll get to score a show exclusive coupon good for a free gift with purchase, just for completing your demo!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links: With over 90 million downloads, the blockbuster Yu-Gi-Oh! gaming app has become a worldwide phenomenon on iOS, Android and PC Steam. Show attendees will get to try out new gameplay from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, a brand-new game world! And every participant gets a special Token to redeem for a chance at one of dozens of different Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed prizes!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution: Visitors to the booth can experience the smash hit Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the Nintendo Switch™, featuring more than 9000 cards and countless moments from the animated series. All participants receive a special Token to redeem for one of many Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed prizes!

Attendees looking for some friendly competition can find public event tournaments right in the KONAMI booth! Drop by Thursday to Sunday for 2020 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! tournaments (Friday & Saturday only), Speed Duel Starter and Constructed Deck tournaments, Duel Links tournaments, Win-A-Mat and Structure Deck tournaments, and even a chance to Duel the Master, where you can take on one of our Master Duelists for a chance to win exclusive tournament packs!  Dragon Duel Tournaments for children born 2006 or later will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The best part? Entry is free for all NYCC attendees, so make sure to bring your best constructed Deck! Check out the FAQs for more information.

Gen Con Celebrates a Record Year

Gen Con

Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, has announced a year of continued growth in attendance, exhibiting companies, and ticketed events at its 2019 convention in Indianapolis, IN, held in the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and surrounding downtown hotels from August 1-4, 2019.

The annual four-day event, which has more than doubled in size since moving to Indianapolis in 2003, sold more 4-Day and Sunday badges than in any prior year, and featured nearly 70,000 unique attendees, a record-breaking 538 exhibiting companies, and an all-time-high 19,600 ticketed events. In 2019, Gen Con also grew its livestreaming program, increased the number of electronically ticketed events, and expanded its reach with Pop-Up Gen Con, a pilot program which activated satellite events in more than 40 game stores across the U.S. concurrently with the main convention in Indianapolis.

After a successful launch at Gen Con 2018, the convention’s livestreaming efforts expanded in 2019, attracting 6,900 unique viewers at peak and a combined watch time of over 3 million minutes. Content streamed live from the Indiana Convention Center included live gaming, Main Stage events, interviews, demonstrations by game publishers, and footage of the convention experience. Gen Con’s year-round livestreaming program, Gen Con TV, continues to grow, and Gen Con will produce additional shows broadcast weekly throughout the year.

Of the 19,600 individually ticketed events in the Gen Con 2019 event schedule, representing a comprehensive range of tabletop gaming genres and geek culture events, over 2,000 were electronically ticketed — twice as many as 2018. Organizers of e-ticketed events used the Official Gen Con Mobile App (released for public use for the first time this year) to scan attendee badges to confirm their participation.

The convention results in a local economic impact of nearly $70 million. Gen Con has redoubled its focus on sustainability, with 100% of show signage printed on recycled materials and the use of reusable concession cups.

This year, Gen Con took several measures to cut down on waste and reduce the ecological impact of The Best Four Days in Gaming. In addition to recyclable show signage, 27,000 sq. ft. of vinyl table coverings were replaced by linens and recyclable paper. Gen Con’s partnership with r.Cup, a reusable cup service, replaced disposable cups in all concession stands with durable reusable cups, resulting in the prevention of 24,000 cups ending up in a landfill this year.

In the pilot year of Pop-Up Gen Con, a new retail initiative expanding the Gen Con experience to local game stores, satellite retail activations occurred at 42 stores across the United States and two stores in the United Kingdom. Over 1,300 gaming fans flocked to participating game stores to play demo copies of new games released at Gen Con and gather with their local gaming community. Many participating stores featured livestreamed video from Gen Con in Indianapolis, and some enhanced the in-store experience with other events and promotions. The program plans to expand in the future to include additional stores nationally and internationally.

Gen Con 2019 attendees helped to raise over $35,000 for the convention’s 2019 Charity Partners, Game To Grow, and Special Olympics Indiana. Gen Con has raised over $335,000 for charity since 2003. In a first partnership with Make-A-Wish®, Gen Con brought 13-year-old Drake Kiderlen of Troy, MO, who is battling a pineal parenchymal tumor, on an all-expenses-paid trip with members of his family to Gen Con 2019, where his wish of attending the convention, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and learning about new board games was granted.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis July 30-August 2, 2020.

Gen Con 2019: Knight Models Reveals Watchmen, Mongul, Orm, Eradicator, Cyborg Superman, Metallo, and a new Superman

Knight Models usually isn’t at Gen Con but this year things are a little different. The game and miniature manufacturer has a small booth mostly set up for meetings. But, they do have a display of some of their miniatures and more importantly some new figures that’ll be coming out soon.

Paint up and on display are new Watchmen miniatures. With Doctor Manhattan present, one can assume these will be for the revamped DC Universe Miniature Game.

But, also on display and not painted up are new models that hearken back to the Reign of the Supermen storyline that ran in DC Comics after the Death of Superman. On display were Mongul, Mentallo, Cyborg Superman, Eradicator, and a new Superman figure.

On sale now is a Jason Mamoa inspired Aquaman. On display was his rival Orm!

And finally, the up for pre-order Doom Patrol were on display too.

Gen Con 2019: WizKids Partners with Sweet Games for Seeders from Series: Exodus

Seeders from Series: Exodus

WizKids is partnering with Sweet Games to publish their hit game Seeders from Sereis: Exodus in English for the first time. It will be released in spring 2020.

When an unknown force threatens to render their home uninhabitable, the Seeders must build arks—giant colony ships–to ensure their survival. Players work to create the most promising design to be chosen for production. Each turn players draft cards into their hands as cards are laid out on the board. Players strategically place negotiator chips between the cards they want, using their alignment and position to determine who has the most influence over a desired card. Once all negotiators and tokens are placed, influence is calculated and the winners of each card is determined.

Once obtained, cards can be played for points, adding value to your ark, or discarded for resources. Each card represents a different component of the ark – locations, items, personnel – and players will find unique synergies between cards as well as their player color’s unique power. Asymmetry and complex interactions add layers of strategy that lead to a unique experience each time you play.

Featuring immersive sci-fi art and high-quality production materials, Seeders from Sereis: Exodus tells a deep, engrossing story, while challenging players with difficult decisions and unique mechanics. This is the first game set in the visionary Seeders from Sereis universe, created by Serge Macasdar and Charbel Fourel. Through a series of games and other media, it will continue the story of the Seeders, as they escape their dying civilization, and search for a new destiny among the stars.

Visit Sweet Games at Gen Con at booth 2953 in Entrepreneur’s Avenue to check out Seeders from Sereis: Exodus for yourself!

Gen Con 2019: Funko Reveals the Pop! Funkoverse Strategy Games

Face off in the Ultimate Pop! Battle in Funko’s new light strategy games that combine your favorite characters and go head-to-head in exciting game scenarios in the most memorable locations of your favorite licenses!

Funkoverse DC 100 Strategy Game

In DC 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations such as – Gotham City™ Streets or The Joker’s Carnival Chaos with The Joker™, Harley Quinn™, Batgirl™, and Batman™.

Funkoverse DC 101 Strategy Game

In DC 101 combine additional characters in 4 additional game scenarios in memorable locations like Arkham Asylum or Catwoman’s Penthouse with Catwoman™ and Robin™. Play as a stand-alone or mix with other DC Funkoverse games!

Funkoverse Harry Potter 100 Strategy Game

In Harry Potter 100 move through 4 exciting game scenarios and move through locations such as Diagon Alley or Room of Requirement with Lord Voldemort™, Bellatrix Lestrange™, Hermione Granger™, and Harry Potter™.

Funkoverse Harry Potter 101 Strategy Game

In Harry Potter 101, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like Forbidden Forest and the Potions Classroom with Draco Malfoy™ and Ron Weasley™. Play as a stand-alone or mix with other Harry Potter Funkoverse games!

Funkoverse The Golden Girls 100 Strategy Game

In The Golden Girls 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like The Golden Girls’ Home or the Florida Boardwalk with Rose Nylund and Blanche Devereaux.

Funkoverse Rick and Morty 100 Strategy Game

In Rick and Morty 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like The Smith House or Blips and Chitz with Morty Smith and Rick Sanchez.

Gen Con 2019: Jasco Games Reveals the My Hero Academia Collectible Card Game

Jasco Games is giving gamers from all over the world the first look into the upcoming My Hero Academia Collectible Card Game. The new CCG is scheduled to be released in stores early 2020, but before the official release, Jasco Games will be handing out Demo Decks and hosting Demo Tournaments to kick off the celebration of one of the world’s most exciting anime franchises!

My Hero Academia Collectible Card Game

UniVersus – A game where popular characters from any franchise can face off in card to card combat!

With the launch of the My Hero Academia CCG, Jasco is debuting their new CCG title, “UniVersus”. UniVersus is an update to the UFS game that originally launched in 2006 (and is still going strong today). The new game features a fresh new look, new card backs and improved game play. The basic game mechanics will still follow the Universal Fighting System, however, all cards released in 2020 and after will have the new look and feel of UniVersus, which will allow us greater creative freedom in exploring new mechanics to keep the game fun and will allow us to keep true to the themes and feel of future licenses.

Fans of the Universal Fighting System CCG have been anxiously waiting to hear if My Hero Academia will be compatible in the flagship UFS game. The short answer is, YES! My Hero Academia characters and cards will be fully compatible with existing UFS cards. In addition to this news, the My Hero Academia CCG will ALSO be treated as its own stand-alone CCG with unique organized play, tournament scene, special celebration events and consistent set releases planned out for the next several years. That means fans of My Hero Academia that wish to only play the My Hero Academia CCG AND fans of the flagship game, UFS, will both get to enjoy the new anime title.

The UFS standard environment will remain the same. Official tournaments already require card sleeves which means the new card backs will still be allowed after the release of UniVersus. UFS players, just remember to sleeve your cards in opaque sleeves (not clear/not see through).

Why is Jasco Games introducing “UniVersus” after 13 years of success with UFS?

Jasco Games believes in the fundamental importance of easy entry into our game and a strong grassroots organized play program for fans of our CCG titles. With the launch of UniVersus, new players can easily jump into the world of My Hero Academia and play the highly thematic and Japenese influenced game system created for the world. Players of our Universal Fighting System will also be able to enter UniVersus with no trouble, as it is fully compatible, fully supported and easier to pronounce!

When can you get demo decks and how?

Demo decks will be handed out at the Gen Con booth #2119 all weekend. If you are not able to make it to the booth or event hall for a demo, don’t worry! Just ask your local hobby store to contact Jasco Games to receive FREE demo decks to gear up for the official release. Hobby stores may request demo decks here:

Demo Deck Request Form

Now’s your chance to get a head start on the rules and game system before the drop of set 1 in early 2020. Jasco Games will also be giving out 3 different, Con Exclusive Promo Cards at Gen Con. If you can’t make the show, they’ll be handing out alternate art foil cards at other events across North America. UFS players, the My Hero Academia demo decks and promo cards will be tournament legal immediately after Gen Con. The next place players will be able to acquire the My Hero Academia Promos are CNE-Gaming Garage, August 16 – September 2, and FanExpo, August 22 – 25, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Stay tuned for additional dates in the coming weeks!

Gen Con 2019: Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition Debuts

Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition

Combining the beloved Disney and Square Enix collaboration with Games Workshop’s time-honored tabletop mechanic, USAopoly has announced that Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition will soon be arriving at local retailers.

A vibrant board game experience inspired by the original Kingdom Hearts video game, Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition is filled with iconic characters, memorable locations and adventure. Designed for 2-6 players, the game transports players to The Destiny Islands, which have been attacked by the Heartless. Players must venture through three different rings — The Realm Between, The Realm of Light, and The End of the World– acquiring the needed Strength and Magic to seal the Door to Darkness and keep Heartless from consuming the other worlds. 

Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition Component Highlights: 

  • Imaginative, colorful gameboard featuring Never Land, Traverse Town, Atlantica, Agrabah, Wonderland, Olympus Coliseum and other familiar Kingdom Hearts locations.
  • Custom figures of 11 playable characters, including Sora, King Mickey, Goofy, Donald Duck and Aqua. 
  • More than 250 Cards & Objects featuring iconic storylines and characters from the critically acclaimed property. 
    • Spell Cards – Gives players magic boosts and abilities, including Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Gravity, Cure, Reflect and more.
    • Purchase Cards – Provides players with additional items, weapons and armor, such as Gummi Ship, Dream Sword and Ribbon.
    • Follower Cards – Powerful allies, which are based around the Summons and Party Members and include fan-favorites like Simba, Genie, Bambi, Dumbo, Tinker Bell and Mushu, help players complete their quests are needed to stop the Heartless.
    • Event Cards – Inspired by Keyblade wielders and Disney villains, events can both positively and negatively impact a player’s journey to the Door to Darkness.
    • Keyblade Cards – Wield powerful Keyblades to defeat enemies and seal the Door to Darkness, including Oathkeeper, Oblivion and Divine Rose.
  • Features Munny-themed currency, custom marbleized six-sided dice, and more!

Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition will be available in local retailers in North America and Europe starting this Fall, 2019. 

Prior to the game’s official release, Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition will be fully playable for the first time at GenCon 2019 (Aug. 1-4). The OP and Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition can be found at booth #1037.

Gen Con 2019: CMON and Guillotine Games Announce Zombicide 2nd Edition

Zombicide, the board game, has taken the world by storm with over 2 million copies sold since its release in 2012 and spawning a cult franchise of cooperative zombie slaying all over the world. In 2020, prepare for Zombicide 2nd edition!

Zombicide 2nd edition

In Zombicide, zombies are controlled by the game, while players take on the role of Survivors who must cooperate in order to survive and thrive in a world overrun by the bloodthirsty undead. Find guns and gear to take the fight to the zombies through 25 different scenarios linked by a branching story as you pick your way through an infested city.

Returning players will find that the classic rules have been refined, streamlining gameplay and getting into the thick of the action faster than ever before! Veteran zombie hunters will still be able to use their current collections as updates will be available.

Along with an emphasis of story-driven, interconnected missions, Zombicide has all new components and award-winning miniatures, including plastic dashboards and six new child Survivors for players to choose from. The horrific and monstrously massive Abomination zombies return, except now there are twice as many ready to feast on player brains.

This new edition of Zombicide will be coming to Kickstarter in 2020.

Zombicide 2nd edition
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