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Carolina Game Tables Launches a Kickstarter for their 5×5 Table on August 27

Carolina Game Tables 5x5 Table

If you’ve been contemplating getting a game table, Carolina Game Tables has a new entry coming soon to Kickstarter.

Their newest game table design is the “5×5,” named for the overall dimensions being five feet square. It provides a 38″x38″ square play area.

With table leaves, the table can be used more for gaming and can withstand everyday use like eating, homework, and everything else a household table is used for.

Cup holders can be added on as a set of four, or a set of eight as shown in the photo in this article.

The table features 11″ side edges to provide space for RPG sheets, board game components, laptops, books, game boxes, snacks, and more.

The base price for the 5×5 Game Table will be $1799 once it is listed for sale on their website. It will be $1699 on Kickstarter, or $2449 for a 5×5 Game Table and a Coffee Game Table set!

The Kickstarter runs from August 27 to September 23.

CMON’s Rising Sun Comes to Comics Courtesy of IDW Publishing

Rising Sun, the award-winning board game published by CMON Limited and designed by Eric M. Lang, will see its epic setting, feudal combat, and political intrigue adapted to comics in an all-new comic book series from IDW Publishing.

Co-written by industry legend Ron Marz and David Rodriguez and illustrated by Martín Cóccolo, the three-issue miniseries will debut its first issue in November, and – as an added bonus – each issue of Rising Sun will feature exclusive content to enhance the game-playing experience for dedicated fans.

IDW’s Rising Sun storyline introduces Chiyoko of the Koi Clan, leader of a group of powerful warriors – the best each clan has to offer – on a mission to save Japan from dragons and monsters. But perhaps the greatest threat she faces is not the many monsters who are ravaging the country… but her very own team!

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

Gen Con

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.

Comics Preview: Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #3

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #3

Vita Ayala (w) • Harvey Tolibao (a) • Siya Oum (c)

Tibalt’s attacks on Chandra get more personal—and closer to home—as he thrives on her anguish. Meanwhile, Ajani tries to help her make peace with the events of her past, but will Chandra’s outrage be enough to overcome the devilish Planeswalker’s empathic onslaught?

Vita Ayala and Harvey Tolibao continue their exploration of one of Magic’s most popular—and powerful—characters, pushing her closer to the brink than ever before!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #3

Comics Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #2

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #2

B. Dave Walters (w) • Tess Fowler (a & c)

When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe.

Enter Hoondarrh: the Red Rage of Mintarn; the Sleeping Wyrm of Skadaurak; a Red dragon of legendary size, cunning, and strength. None shall prevail against his might.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #2

Paizocon 2019 Celebrates Tabletop Gaming in Seattle and on Twitch!

Paizocon 2019

PaizoCon 2019, the 11th annual 4-day hobby game convention with gaming, workshops, panels, and more, runs this Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels, at the SeaTac Airport. Many events will also be live-streamed on Twitch. Badges will be available onsite.

This year’s PaizoCon lets gamers play the Pathfinder Second Edition roleplaying game for the first time, plus adventure through the all-new Pathfinder Adventure Card Game! Quick games of both Pathfinder and the Starfinder Beginner Box will be available through the demos near registration, and Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society organized play events will be occurring throughout the weekend. Stop by, roll up a character, and have some fun!

PaizoCon also welcomes author Liane Merciel, artist Wayne Reynolds, and the Glass Cannon Network! Stop by and get an autograph, a signed print, or shop at the Paizo store onsite.

Paizo and Know Direction Network will be partnering to stream select PaizoCon seminars live on the OfficialPaizo Twitch channel. The scheduled topics include Ask the Paizo GMs, Secrets of Golarion, Worldbuilding with Liane Merciel, Secrets of the Pact Worlds, Oblivion Oath, and more.

The PaizoCon Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 PM Pacific time and emceed by Paizo Publisher, Erik Mona. It will preview future 2019 product releases across the Pathfinder Second Edition and Starfinder product lines, along with Pathfinder and Starfinder society revelations.

Single Day Badges will be available at the PaizoCon Convention store. Regular Single Day Badges will be $25 each, and Single Day Kid’s Badges will be $15 each.

CMON’s Arcadia Quest Comes to Comics and IDW Publishing

Starcadia Quest

Game developer CMON’s highly-anticipated tabletop game (and Kickstarter darling) Starcadia Quest will come to comics beginning in August, courtesy of IDW Publishing. The first-ever expansion of the Starcadia universe, this three-issue miniseries welcomes James Roberts – the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed writer of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and Lost Light – to craft a wild new adventure for Starkid and his Freelance Adventuring Crew.

The comic is old-school science fiction with a modern twist mashing up classic space opera tropes with weird twists and turns. As it’s a game, the comic helps the world-building aspects of this world and setting.

Illustrated by Aurelio Mazzara and colored by David García CruzStarcadia Questtakes comic readers and game fans deep into the Frontier, where the toughest jobs in the galaxy are handled by Freelance Adventuring Crews. On his sixteenth birthday, the delivery boy known as Starkid sends out a call for the best recruits he can get… at his local Stardollars coffee shop. An action-packed and hilarious QWST begins!

The game and comic features solid character design, homages to science fiction movies and enemies, and acknowledges the stories and tropes that have come before. All of that and some laugh out-loud humor.

As a special bonus, each issue of Starcadia Quest will be jam-packed with additional pages’ worth of exclusive playable content, allowing readers to incorporate the issue’s story elements into their tabletop gameplay!

Preview: CLUE: Candlestick #1

CLUE: Candlestick #1

Dash Shaw (w & a & c)

All of your favorite suspicious characters are back in this new brain twister based on the timeless detective game. Ripe with puzzles, secrets, and lies, in CLUE: CANDLESTICK everyone’s a suspect! Cartoonist auteur Dash Shaw unleashes his murderous imagination on the quirky, thrilling and mysterious world of Clue!

FC • 36 pages • $4.99

CLUE: Candlestick #1
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