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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

Gen Con 2019: Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated is Coming This Fall!

Dire Wolf Digital, in partnership with Penny Arcade, have announced that Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated will be available this September at retailers everywhere!

Clank! Legacy Acquisitions Incorporated

The 9-to-5 of adventuring can be a grind. Pesky gremlins, sinister vampires, and a giant dragon all stand between you and the treasure you so rightfully deserve. But you’re not in it alone. In Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated, you’re part of the greatest adventuring company in all of the planes – and you may just end up saving the world!

Found your own franchise of the legendary adventuring company Acquisitions Incorporated, and shepherd your fledgling treasure-hunters to immortal corporate glory.

In this Legacy game, you’ll work with and against your co-adventurers through a 10+ game campaign. Your successes, failures, and choices will permanently affect the game and the world around you as your journey unfolds, resulting in a unique and fully replayable Clank! game. Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated is a big box packed with everything a fledgling franchisee needs, including:

  • A two-sided game board
  • A franchise board
  • 300+ cards
  • 100+ tokens
  • 140+ cubes
  • Four player miniatures
  • One dragon miniature
  • A cloth dragon bag
  • Sticker sheets
  • A rulebook
  • A book of secrets
  • …and much more!

Continuing the ongoing physical and digital publishing partnership between Dire Wolf and Renegade Game Studios, Clank! Legacy Acquisitions Incorporated will be co-published and distributed by Renegade.

Gen Con attendees can get a first look at the game Friday night, August 2nd, at 8pm at the Renegade Rally in Room 139. And it will be on display at the Dire Wolf sbooth #2507 at Gen Con on Saturday and Sunday.

Limited quantities will be available at PAX West. Fans can pre-order beginning August 8th at www.ClankAcqInc.com, and games will be available at Friendly Local Game Stores everywhere in September.

Gen Con 2019: Deep Water Games Announces 7 Summits

7 Summits

Deep Water Games has announced 7 Summits a new dice game coming in 2020. From the minds of Daryl Andrews and Adrian Adamescu and illustrated by Kwanchai Moriya the game is for 2 to 5 payers ages 8+ and plays in 30-35 minutes.

Grab your gear! In 7 Summits, you are a world class mountain climber. Use the dice to your advantage to climb the seven tallest mountain peaks in the world, upgrade your equipment, and advance your skills. Will you be the first to climb them all?

7 Summits

The object of 7 Summits is to be the first to climb (summit) all seven of the tallest peaks in the world. Players are racing against time, each other, and the elements until one player completes a summit of each mountain peak, three mountain peaks are empty of point tokens, or the event deck is depleted.

You can check the game out at Gen Con by stopping by booth #471.

7 Summits
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Gen Con 2019: Marvel Gets a New Miniature Game, Marvel: Crisis Protocol Miniatures Game

At Gen Con 2019, Fantasy Flight Games announced Marvel: Crisis Protocol, a new miniature game from Atomic Mass Games. Atomic Mass Games was recently acquired by Asmodee. Atomic Mass Games was founded in 2018.

During Fantasy Flight’s In-Flight report it was revealed that the game is set in the Marvel Universe and is a skirmish miniature game that allows you to form a team of heroes and villains. Yes, you can mix the good guys and bad guys! You can also put together teams and get bonuses. You get to play out your own Marvel stories on the tabletop even down to throwing the terrain allowing the tabletop to evolve.

Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel will be some of the launch miniatures. The miniatures will be hard plastic allowing for high detail, ease of assembly, and durable.

The game will launch in the fall with a core set that will give you everything you need to build your team. Character packs will also be released that add new character, new scenarios, and new tactic cards. The first two are the Hulk and M.O.D.O.K. The game will also see terrain packs with famous locations from the Marvel Universe and will also include multiple modes of play. The first up is Raids where two individuals team up to take on a “boss” controlled by a third player. Narrative campaign sets will also be released down the road.

The game will also launch with Organized Play at stores.

Marvel: Crisis Protocol

You can see and find out more in the video below:

Gen Con 2019: Fantasy Flight Announces Marvel Champions: The Card Game

Marvel Champions: The Card Game

Kicking of Gen Con 2019, Fantasy Flight Games has announced Marvel Champions: The Card Game a cooperative Living Card Game that brings superheroes to the LCG format.

The game has players trying to stop villains from enacting their schemes and the game comes with over 350 cards, 100 50kens, five hit point trackers, and more.

The main set is just the beginning and new expansions will be released every month that adds new heroes, scenarios, and more.

Marvel Champions: The Card Game

Marvel Champions: The Card Game Core Set will give you a complete set of cards, giving you everything you need to customize your heroes!

Along with the main set, a series of playmats will be released.

Find out more about the game at the Fantasy Flight Games website.

Gen Con and Make-A-Wish Grant First-of-its-Kind Wish at the 2019 Convention

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Gen Con is partnering with Make-A-Wish to make a Missouri boy’s wish to attend the convention come true at Gen Con 2019 this August 1-4. Twelve-year-old Drake Kiderlen of Troy, MO, who is battling a Pineal Parenchymal Tumor, will attend Gen Con this year on an all-expenses-paid trip with members of his family. Drake’s wish will be the first time a wish is granted at Gen Con.

Drake, who will celebrate his thirteenth birthday on Friday, August 2 during the convention, will see, learn, and play as he takes in the more than 520 exhibiting game companies, hundreds of newly released games, and choice of 18,000 ticketed events during the four-day convention in the Indiana Convention Center.

When he was asked what his wish would be, Drake told Make-A-Wish that he wanted more than anything else to go to Gen Con to play Dungeon and Dragons, and learn about new board games. Drake will kick off Gen Con by assisting Gen Con co-owner Peter Adkison in the annual Roll of the Dice, which officially opens the convention on Thursday, August 1 at 10 am. He is also scheduled for several games and events of his choosing, including Foam Weapon Fighting, D&D and other roleplaying games, a board game event, and a fantasy-themed improv comedy show.

Gen Con 2019: Cryptozoic Shows off New Tabletop Games Including DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth and new Spyfall!

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced that it will showcase three new tabletop games, conduct demos and tournaments, and offer several exclusive promotional items at Gen Con, August 1-4 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indiana.

At Booth #503, Cryptozoic will sell DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth, the innovative latest entry in the popular series that will also be available at retailers the same day. Moreover, the company will sell limited pre-release quantities of Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: ANNIHILAGEDDON Deck-Building Game and Spyfall: Time TravelAll three games will come with exclusive Promo Cards at Gen Con. The limited-edition Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Statue, based on the game series, will be sold as well. In addition, Rick and Morty fans can get an exclusive game card featuring Glootie, a character from the upcoming fourth season of the show, by purchasing any Rick and Morty game being sold at the booth. Finally, Cryptozoic will offer tournaments and demo events throughout the show for several releases, including titles in the DC Deck-Building Game and Epic Spell Wars series.

Cryptozoic will sell its three newest titles for the first time at the show, along with the first Epic Spell Wars collectible:

DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth: This entry in the popular DC Deck-Building Game series breaks fresh ground with linked Campaign Scenarios, character progression, and character movement between iconic locations. In the game, 1-4 players become members of the Justice League and move their standees to find cards for their decks and defeat dastardly Villains. Each Scenario includes special rules, new cards, and different locations. Fans who buy it at Gen Con will also receive the Training Scenario Card “Learning the Ropes,” while supplies last. In addition, gamers can buy a limited edition playmat for $35.

Epic Spell WarsTM of the Battle Wizards: ANNIHILAGEDDON Deck-Building Game: The first Epic Spell Wars deck-building game features the trademark over-the-top, mature humor and art that fans have come to expect from the series. It utilizes Cryptozoic’s Cerberus Engine in innovative ways as 2-5 players become Wizards and try to buy magical Spell, Wizard, Treasure, and Creature cards—among other card types—in order to defeat their opponents and become the Annilageddon Tournament Champion. Fans who purchase the game or any other Epic Spell Wars game from Cryptozoic at Gen Con will receive the exclusive Studd Spellslammer & The Juice! Promo Card Set, while supplies last. Gamers can also buy a limited edition playmat for $30.

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Statue: Based on the popular Epic Spell Wars tabletop games, this 9-inch polyresin statue features Studd Spellslammer and The Juice!, one of the series’s Wizard champions and his sidekick, respectively. Capturing the over-the-top style of the art from the games, each limited edition statue is individually numbered 1-250 and will sell for $66.60.

Spyfall: Time Travel: In this latest social deduction card game in the popular Spyfall series, 2-8 players take on roles in memorable locations from history, as well as some futuristic locations. In the intense timed rounds, the non-spy players ask questions and give answers to deduce which one of them is the spy without giving away the location, while the spy player tries to figure out the location before his or her identity is revealed. The locations include the Colosseum, the French Revolution, Leonardo’s Studio, and a Lunar Base, among many others across time. Fans who purchase the game at Cryptozoic’s booth at Gen Con will receive the exclusive Dracula’s Castle Location Deck, while supplies last.

Finally, Gen Con attendees who purchase one of Cryptozoic’s Rick and Morty games will receive a Promo Card featuring Glootie, a character from the upcoming fourth season of Adult Swim’s series. The card can be used in the company’s deck-building games based on the show: Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game and Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-Building Game.

Gen Con 2019: Mantic Games Brings Hellboy, Walking Dead, and Mantic Night!

Mantic Games is heading to Gen Con and you can find them at booth #835 with demos and exclusives!

Hellboy: The Wild Hunt

Mantic will have the very first copies of the brand-new expansion, The Wild Hunt – flown straight in from China. This will be the first time the expansion has been available anywhere in the world – but there’s only 50 copies, so you might need to be quick to get yours! And don’t worry if you’re not at the show, the expansion will be available from retailers and the Mantic website in September.

If you missed out on the Kickstarter, they’ll have the last few Hellboy Kickstarters copies available in the USA at our booth 835. There are less than 100 Kickstarter Editions – and they are on a first come, first served basis (plus use the voucher from the coupon book to get $20 off).

Hellboy Show Exclusive Nimue, the Blood Queen

You want more Hellboy madness? Mantic will have the new Hellboy Show Exclusive Nimue, the Blood Queen miniature available in very limited amounts at the stand. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Gen Con, Nimue will be available at other shows we attend and from the Mantic website soon!


Call to Arms will be making its debut at Gen Con. On the stand the new book will be available, along with the faction cards and equipment deck. If you want to take your games of All Out War to the next level, then this is a vital purchase.

For Walking Dead fans, Gen Con will be the first opportunity in the US to grab the Show Exclusive Chris, Leader of the Hunters. Not only do you get Chris, but he also comes with two gruesome resin objective markers.

Show Exclusive Chris, Leader of the Hunters

Also at Gencon Mantic will host the legendary Mantic Night. The ticket costs $30 but for that you get the 10 Year Mantic Gencon Celebration pint pot, a pint of craft beer to put in it (or other tasty beverage of your choice) and a $30 voucher to spend on the Mantic stand. So basically, Mantic’s paying you to come and spend the evening with them! How amazing is that? The event takes place Saturday at 8pm at the Kingmakers Board Game Parlour, where you can chat, drink and game!

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