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Unrivaled Tournament Shuts Down

Yesterday we talked about a game being added and today it’s about how it’s all shutting down.

The Unrivaled 2018 World Tabeltop Championships have been cancelled. Financial issues have hit the tournament’s parent company Oomba and cancelled the rest of the season which kicked off on International Tabeltop Day. Most employees were laid off last month.

Here’s the complete statement from Unrivaled:

Dear Partners of Unrivaled World Tabletop Championships,

Unrivaled was simply born from our love of tabletop gaming and the vision of bringing together players and events on a local and national footprint. We debuted Unrivaled World Tabletop Championships in 2017 and spent over $4 million to launch and run the tournament all the way through the Finale in Las Vegas. Our plans for 2018 included more games, a larger prize pool and an extensive level of support to bring local retailers and venues into the action.

Recent unexpected changes have occurred with the financial status of our parent company, Oomba, Inc. Given these changes we are no longer confident that we will be able to fulfill a quality product for this year’s Unrivaled tournament. We believe it is in everyone’s best interest that we cancel the event this year and do everything in our power to make all partners and participants whole. This orderly wind-up will be taking place immediately. It is with our deepest regret to announce this change in plans.

Please feel free to direct any inquiries to info@unrivaled.com.

The Unrivaled Team

Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game is Added to the Unrivaled Tournament Lineup

Valiant has announced that Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game, created in collaboration with Catalyst Game Labs, has been selected as a featured game for this year’s Unrivaled, the world’s largest tabletop game tournament!

Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game joins 15 other tabletop games as part of 2018’s Unrivaled Tournament, including Kingdomino by Blue Orange Games, Onitama by Arcane Wonders, Evolution by North Star Games, and Exploding Kittens by The Oatmeal. Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game is available to play now at satellite qualifiers and regional tournaments in participating local game stores and game conventions across North America all summer, culminating in a Grand Finale that will be broadcast live from Las Vegas this late Fall. After a successful inaugural year in 2017, this year’s Unrivaled prize pool is up to $300,000, with top players eligible to win $10,000 each!

Taken from the pages of Valiant’s critically acclaimed line of comics, in Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game, players go up against Project Rising Spirit to infiltrate and seize their massive, hidden research installation located under Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Codenamed “the Facility,” the structure uses unknown energies to morph and transform itself at will to keep horrid villains, dangerous creatures, alien entities, and top-secret research projects trapped within. Rumors of the Facility’s existence and its most prized possessions have leaked, and the Valiant Universe’s most powerful organizations – The Harbinger Foundation, the Renegades, G.A.T.E., and more – are taking an interest. Players purchase cards to craft a unique deck, then battle their way through the ever-changing Facility grid that moves during play, maneuvering their superhero miniatures to battle it out with other heroes for ultimate control!

Unrivaled Tournament regional events bring employees and customers from local game stores together at parties held at GameWorks or comparable venues around the country to compete for prizes and a chance to win a seat at the four-day Grand Finale in Las Vegas. The Unrivaled Road Crew also recently set off in May to tour the country, appearing at local stores and gaming conventions, such as Gen Con and Origins, and offering additional opportunities for players to secure an entry in the Finale. Awards will also be earned by the stores represented by the players, so they can join them at the Finale. All game stores registering to become a sanctioned Unrivaled venue for 2018 will be invited to the regional events, space permitting. The first Regional event was held in Salt Lake City, Utah at Oasis Games on May 19th.

PAX Unplugged 2018 Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for PAX Unplugged 2018, the tabletop-centric entry in the international line-up of PAX events, taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018 at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center, are on sale now.

Single-day badges for the event will be available for $30, while three-day badges will cost $65. Pre-sale merchandise, including branded blankets, socks, and dice will be available as well.

Established in 2017, PAX Unplugged delivers the experience PAX attendees have enjoyed for more than a decade, but with a focus on celebrating card, board, and other tabletop games. Now in its second year, the show will build on the success from the inaugural PAXUnplugged, where tabletop fans had the opportunity to witness the reveal of new games, go hands-on with exciting upcoming titles, play in tournaments, and participate in panels with industry leaders.

Produced by ReedPOP, in conjunction with Penny Arcade, PAX– West, East, South, Dev, Unplugged, and Australia – have become some of the world’s largest gaming conventions, each with tens of thousands of guests every year. Every show is a celebration of gaming culture, where prominent game creators connect directly with the gaming community via panels, demos, concerts, tournaments, and freeplay sessions.

Paizocon this May in Seattle

Join Paizo staff, authors, artists, and more for a weekend of gaming and camaraderie! The Pathfinder Playtest doesn’t release until August, but attendees at PaizoCon will get a chance to see the evolution of Pathfinder in action. They can also playtest the updated Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. The convention Truns May 25-28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Seattle, Washington.

Win the Lottery! Attendees should prioritize signing up for the event lottery, which allows hundreds of fans to get an equal chance at claiming a coveted spot at events. The opportunity for attendees to rank their event preferences ends on Tuesday, May 8 at 2:00 pm PST.

PaizoCon events include the Preview Banquet, panels, seminars, workshops, and exclusive gaming events. There will be organized play sessions for Starfinder Society, Pathfinder Society, and the Adventure Card Guild. Paizo staff, game industry veterans, and fans will run open gaming. Special Guests include artist Taylor Fischer, who will host panels on designing aliens and monsters, and the Glass Cannon Podcast, who have promised events and shenanigans all weekend long.

4-Day Badges are $75, Preview Banquet tickets are $35 and purchasing them together gives attendees a $10 discount. There are Kids Badges for children ten years old and younger. Single Day Badges will be available in person at the PaizoCon convention store and are priced at $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

Bonfire Agency and Instigator Bring Brands to Gen Con

Independent experiential marketing firm Instigator has announced that it has been selected as the marketing and sales agent charged with securing non-endemic sponsorships for Gen Con 2018, the largest and longest running tabletop gaming
convention in North America. In pursuit of this effort, the Minneapolis based agency will work in tandem with Bonfire Agency, a pop culture focused advertising and marketing consultancy based in New York.

A Top 10 trend on Facebook and Twitter, last year’s Gen Con saw the debut of 500 new games with more than 600 members of the press in attendance.

Instigator will concentrate its efforts on bringing relevant consumer package goods and services companies into play. They may be reached at bpappas@instigatormk.com. Bonfire will focus its efforts more on activations from the entertainment and media universes and may be reached at steve.rotterdam@bonfireagency.com. Sponsorship and activation opportunities will be made available throughout the exhibit halls of the Indiana Convention Center, as well as on the field level of Lucas Oil Stadium and at an outdoor presence on Georgia and South Streets.

The Indiana Convention Center’s exhibit hall will feature more than 500 exhibiting companies and Gen Con expects to host more than 15,000 ticketed events in 2018. According to last year’s estimates by Visit Indy, Gen Con has an annual economic impact in excess of $70 million to the local Indianapolis economy.

Gen Con Announces Sustainability Initiatives

Gen Con is taking part in Indianapolis‘ “It’s My City” campaign and is attempting to set an example for other conventions to follow when it comes to cutting waste, use less disposable products, and “upcycle” existing materials.

The convention has announced they they will reduce their annual paper usage by more than three million pages in 2018. That’s more than 130 trees! That savings will come from removing the event charts from the program book which can now easily be found by attendees using their smart phones, tablets, and desktop computer. A new search functionality will be added to make its use even easier and a downloadable version will be available as well.

That decision was partially made due to feedback from attendees who said they were using that part of the event book less. Even when printed, that event portion of the book featured only a portion of the ticketed events available. The digital catalog will be released April 22.

The convention will also move towards electronic ticketing in 2018. This first year will be done as a test for a handful of events. Ease of use will be measured to see if it can be further implemented. Most events for 2018 will continue to use paper tickets while this test is performed. Electronic ticketed events will have a special notation in their event listing. Attendees who go to these events will have their electronic ticket tied to their badge which can be scanned to keep track.

The company will also have “unboxing” stations in 2018. Attendees will be able to recycle unwanted packaging including cellophane wrap and interior components you may not want.

Gen Con is also partnering with People for Urban Progress (PUP) to test “upcycling” of the convention banners from Gen Con 50. The street banners have been converted into collectible bags and wallets. They also use material from Indy’s RCA Dome as well, creating a unique bag and collectible. A limited number will be available soon.

Get Dead of Winter Volume 1 Good, Good Dog at C2E2

Oni Press will be landing in Chicago on April 6th-8th for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as C2E2! You can drop by booth #209 to pick up some amazing Rick and Morty comics, plus picks from their spring collection including a few pre-release copies!

One item that might be of interest to gamers is Dead of Winter Volume 1 Good, Good Dog collecting the first volume of the comic series based on the board game.

The limited edition release contains an exclusive Ruckus Burley character that you can use in your Dead of Winter games.

Cryptozoic Heads to WonderCon 2018 with Trading Cards and Games

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced that it will sell six exclusive vinyl figures, preview upcoming trading card sets, and showcase tabletop games being released later this year at WonderCon Anaheim 2018, March 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The annual show brings together exhibitors, retailers, and fans in a celebration of comic books, films, TV, and other forms of popular culture.

At Booth #1337, Cryptozoic will sell five WonderCon-exclusive figures: Ravishing Red SupergirlGolden Idol Wonder WomanMidnight ChupacabraBlack & Gold Harley Quinn, and Metallic Blue Chun-Li. Those who bought the collectibles through online presales will be able to pick them up at the booth. Everyone else at the show can purchase the extremely limited figures while supplies last. In addition, Cryptozoic will sell the Caped Variant Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman figure, a Cryptozoic-exclusive that will be sold throughout the year at conventions and online directly from the company.

Trading card sets being displayed are based on Adult Swim’s popular Rick and Mortyand two of the most popular Super Hero series currently on television, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Finally, Cryptozoic will show three upcoming games based on Rick and Morty, as well as several games featuring DC’s most popular characters.

“Orange County is our home and WonderCon is quickly emerging as one of the most important pop culture events of the year,” said Jamie Kiskis, VP of Marketing & Product Development at Cryptozoic Entertainment. “Since it’s our hometown, we’re pulling out all of the stops to offer our fans an unprecedented array of new releases and exclusive products. We are passionate about what we do and having the opportunity to interact with fans directly is always extremely enlightening for us.”

The exclusive vinyl figures being sold at Cryptozoic’s booth include:

Ravishing Red Supergirl: This is a variant of the popular figure from Cryptozoic’s DC Lil Bombshells line, which depicts DC’s favorite female characters in a retro style. This version of the figure sports only the color red as a nod to the character’s initial red costume in the DC Bombshells comic books, in which she fights for the Soviet Union before defecting. Each figure is stamped with the Supergirl logo on the base and is individually numbered (from 1 to 300) on the bottom. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Sam Greenwell, the 2.75-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature, collectible tin with a foil sticker that includes the Supergirl logo. It will be available for $25 at Cryptozoic’s booth.

Ravishing Red Supergirl

Golden Idol Wonder Woman: This is a variant of the figure from Cryptozoic’s DC TeekeezTM line, which is inspired by tiki culture and features iconic DC characters and a distinctive wood-carved aesthetic. Designed by Mark Doublin and sculpted by Stephan Ehl, this version of the figure pays tribute to Wonder Woman’s connection to the color gold, as well as the tradition of golden idols being much-sought-after items in popular culture. The 2.625-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature window box with a foil sticker marking it as exclusive. Like all DC TeekeezTM, it is stackable. It can be purchased at Cryptozoic’s booth for $20.

Midnight ChupacabraThis is a variant of the figure from Cryptozoic’s CryptkinsTM line, inspired by creatures that have been the subject of folklore and tabloid headlines for decades. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, this version of the figure pays tribute to the creature’s nocturnal nature, the darker paint scheme echoing the darkness during his most active time of day. The 2.25-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature miniature crate with an “Exclusive Species” foil sticker. It will be sold at Cryptozoic’s booth for $10.

Black & Gold Harley Quinn: This is a variant of the figure from Cryptozoic’s DC Pumps line, featuring miniature high-heeled shoes inspired by the costumes, props, and personalities of DC’s favorite female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. This version of the figure pays homage to the black and gold dress worn by Harley Quinn in the 2016 movie Suicide Squad, as well as giving a nod to Harley’s love of the more expensive things in life, which are frequently gold-colored. The 2.25-inch collectible comes packaged in a high-fashion-style shoebox with a foil sticker marking it as exclusive. Each figure is individually numbered (from 1 to 300) on the bottom and will be sold for $15 at Cryptozoic’s booth.

Metallic Blue Chun-Li: This is a variant of the figure from the Street Fighter Lil Knockouts line, featuring fan-favorite characters from the long-running video game franchise. This version of the figure is all-blue as a tribute to the signature blue outfit usually sported by the character, the first female fighter in the series. Each figure is stamped with “30th Anniversary” on the base and is individually numbered (from 1 to 300) on the bottom. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Sam Greenwell, the 2.75-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature, collectible tin with a foil sticker marking the 30th anniversary of the Street Fighter series. It can be purchased for $25 at Cryptozoic’s booth.

Caped Variant Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman: This variant of the Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman figure exclusively sports a regal red, white, and blue cape that the regular version does not have. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Anders Ehrenborg, this 7-inch collectible pays tribute to Lynda Carter’s iconic rendition of the character in the Wonder Woman TV series, capturing both her look and spirit. The limited figure comes packaged in a display-worthy special edition window box, with each box individually numbered from 1 to 1977, the total number inspired by the recent Wonder Woman ’77 comic book series based on the 1970s TV show. The figure is available exclusively from Cryptozoic online and at various conventions—beginning with WonderCon—throughout the year for $39.99.

Cryptozoic will also preview several upcoming trading card sets based on popular TV series:

Rick and Morty Trading Cards Season 1: Recapturing all the zany, reality-altering moments from the first season of Adult Swim’s smash hit TV series Rick and Morty, this release features a 45-card Base Set, seven Chase Sets, randomly inserted Autograph and Sketch Cards, Printing Plates, and variants. Signers for the Autograph Cards include several members of the show’s voice cast. The hand-drawn Sketch Cards showcase a variety of interpretations of the characters from some of today’s hottest artists. The Chase Sets include “Characters,” “Rixty Minutes,” and “Anatomy Park,” as well as Temporary Tattoos, Scratch and Sniff, Standees, and Stickers. Cryptozoic will be giving away Promo Cards for the set at its booth during the show.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Trading Cards Seasons 1 & 2: Based on the first two seasons of the hit WB TV show about Rip Hunter and his motley team of heroes and villains who travel all across time, it features a 72-card Base Set, three Chase Sets, and randomly inserted Autograph and Wardrobe Cards. Signers for the Autograph Cards include stars Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Franz Drameh (Jefferson Jackson/Firestorm), and Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Amaya Jiwe/Vixen). The three Chase Sets are “Character Bios,” “Legendary Objects,” and “Icons.” Cryptozoic will be giving away Promo Cards for the set at its booth.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Trading Cards Seasons 1 & 2

Supergirl Trading Cards Season 1: The first set for the popular TV series about the Girl of Steel features a 72-card Base Set, three Chase Sets, randomly inserted Autograph, Wardrobe, and Prop Cards, and Redemption Cards that can be redeemed for actual props used on the show. The two redeemable full-size props were used on the show by the villainous Toyman: a Supergirl doll and the doll from the arcade. The three Chase Sets are “Character Bios,” providing descriptions of key characters; “Locations,” depicting places where key events in the first season happen; and “Cat Quotes,” featuring memorable quotations from the character Cat Grant. Promo cards for the upcoming set will be given to fans who visit Cryptozoic’s booth.

Supergirl Trading Cards Season 1

Finally, Cryptozoic will show several tabletop games based on Rick and Morty and the DC Universe:

Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game: This intense 1-2 player game is based on the hugely popular “Pickle Rick” episode of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. One player plays as Pickle Rick as he tries to escape a heavily armed compound, while the other player takes on the roles of both the Russians and Jaguar as they try to stop him. The Pickle Rick player uses weapons cards to dole out damage and Air Vents to get out of jams as he or she tries to get to the Rooftop. The game includes both Pickle Rick and Jaguar miniatures that are moved across a dynamic board made up of tiles that are constantly being added, rotated, and flipped. Adding to the off-the-wall fun is the game’s packaging: It looks like a pickle!

Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game

Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game: In this engine-building game, 2-4 players take on the roles of Rick, Morty, Zeep, and Kyle as they introduce Power-making technology to different worlds, and then try to get that Power before their opponents. Based on the Rick and Morty episode “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” gameplay takes place in four “’Verses” with unique attributes: the Rickverse, Microverse, Miniverse, and Teenyverse. Players spend Actions to build Power Supplies and Contraptions and move to different ’Verses. At the end of each round, Power generates from the bottom ’Verse up, and players utilize it to play One-Shot abilities, use Character Abilities, and power-up their Contraptions.

Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game

Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-Building Game: This 2-4 player sequel to Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game features a set of Council cards that cause players to vote to enact new rules, dramatic one-time effects, and other mysterious situations. Access Tokens give players votes and chances to devalue the Galactic Federation currency from 1 to 0. The game exudes off-the-wall Rick and Morty art and gameplay, even including a Szechuan Sauce card.

Art Not Final

DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth: The latest entry in the DC Deck-Building Gameseries introduces Movement using eight Mighty Meeples wooden figures, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman. The game features both competitive and cooperative modes, offering two distinctive ways to play. In both modes, Villains do not go into a player’s deck when defeated, but instead grant a one-time Reward. In competitive play, defeated Villains give players Victory Points and then go under their Super Hero cards. They can even be used to bribe rivals for various favors.

DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth

Art Not Final

DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4: The latest Crisis expansion for the DC Deck-Building Game series introduces the keyword “Unity” for Ongoing cards that get better as more teammates have them in play. The pack focuses on the Teen Titans and includes six Super Heroes from the Titans, original members of the group who are now all grown up and have something to prove. Another fresh twist to gameplay comes in the form of Personal Crisis cards, which may only directly affect one character, but can still take down the whole team if players don’t work together to solve the problem.

DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4

DC Spyfall: In this new variation on the social deduction game Spyfall, 3-8 players take on the roles of DC’s greatest Super Heroes as they have a secret meeting at an iconic location, such as the Batcave, Daily Planet, or the Fortress of Solitude. The twist is that one of them is secretly the Joker in disguise. In the intense 8-minute rounds, the non-Joker players ask questions and give answers to deduce which one of them is the Clown Prince of Crime without giving away the location, while the Joker player tries to figure out the location before his or her identity is revealed! The game offers several innovations, including Ability cards and modes in which one player is Harley Quinn and all players have Joker cards.

Gen Con Partners with The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund AND Second Helpings for This Year’s Charity

Gen Con has announced their Charity Partners for Gen Con 2018! Last year for Gen Con 50, they partnered with Child Advocates and helped raise more than $40,000 to help kids in need in Indianapolis! This year, they’re asking for help again. This year’s convention is officially partnering with The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund AND Second Helpings. That’s right – they’re partnering with two charities this year, so there are two ways to make a big difference in the local and gamer communities.

Gen Con, along with Event Organizers, host events during the show to raise funds for the selected charity. Some of those events include …

  • Ace of Aces Auction
  • Balloon Sculpture “Slay the Creature”
  • Cardhalla
  • Charity Auction
  • Nerd Night for Charity
  • Silent Auction

The list will continue to grow as we get closer to the show.

The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund was started in April 2011, in memory of Jack Vasel, son of Tom Vasel. Tom is an influential voice in the board gaming hobby, and the community rallied around him in his time of need. Amazed by this generosity and kindness, Tom was determined to help others who might undergo similar tragedies. The fund was formed to collect and distribute financial assistance to members of the public who are part of the gaming community and who have suffered personal hardship.

Second Helpings, Inc. accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry.

Gen Con Extends Their Contract with True Dungeon for an Additional Five Years

Gen Con has renewed its contract with True Dungeon for an additional five years, with a guarantee that new content will debut at the show each year. True Dungeon premiered at Gen Con in 2003 with its first interactive, live-action story (dubbed “adventure”). Since then, they have debuted new content every year. True Dungeon offers players a chance to participate in a fantasy-based guided adventure over the course of two hours, with a constructed set, puzzles to solve, treasure, and actors to complete the experience. Players participate in storylines that are either puzzle-based or combat-based.

In 2017, True Dungeon celebrated its 15th anniversary by teaming with New York Times Bestselling Author Patrick Rothfuss to create adventures based on his books.

True Dungeon adventures have resided in Lucas Oil Stadium for the last two years, and will continue to take place in Lucas Oil Stadium through the remainder of their contract.

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