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A New Magic: The Gathering Comic Book Series Launches this Fall

Wizards of the Coast and IDW Publishing revealed today details for an all-new Magic: The Gathering comic to be published beginning this November. Magic: The Gathering: Chandra is written by Vita Ayala with interior art by Harvey Tolibao and features all-new adventures of fan-favorite pyromancer Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar. This is the first Magic: The Gathering comic in four years and will introduce an all-new approach to storytelling as the franchise marks its 25th year.

The series focusing on Chandra will introduce the reader to her including her story, her quirks, and her powers. Set in the near future of the Multiverse, these never-before-told stories will breathe life into Chandra, her cohorts, and her enemies in new and visually striking ways. Knowledge of cards is optional, love of characters required.

An adventurous Planeswalker and powerful pyromancer, Chandra Nalaar has seen much in her time—but she had never experienced such tragedy before. In the wake of a devastating loss, Chandra is striking out on her own, determined to prove—to her family and to herself—that next time she’ll be prepared. But when faced with threats both old and new, will she be able to overcome her grief in time to survive? And who is that familiar face lurking in the shadows?

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1 will be available in November.

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #4 First Look

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #4

Jim Zub (w) • Ramon Bachs (a) • Max Dunbar (c)

Nerys Kathon—Beyond Death

The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms has changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny.

The beast within Nerys Kathon has lain dormant for weeks, but now its hunger must be satiated. Can the Baldur’s Gate heroes save their friend or is death the only answer for one of Kelemovor’s chosen?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch #3 First Look

WARHAMMER 40,000: DEATHWATCH #3

Writer: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Artist: Tazio Bettin
Cover A: Fabio Listrani
Cover B: Nick Percival
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: August 8, 2018

Written by Black Library superstar Aaron Dembski Bowden!

The Deathwatch are the best of the best from all chapters of Space Marines! They alone have the strength of mind and body to battle the alien across the universe, defending humanity from the Xenos that would destroy them!

Gen Con 2018: Asmodee Reveals New Digital Games including Gloomhaven!

Asmodee Digital announced at their Gen Con press conference that Gloomhaven is in development and scheduled to launch on Steam Early Access in Q1 2019. Alongside Gloomhaven, Asmodee Digital provided updates on some of the most anticipated games in their digital catalogue including Five Tribes, Bang!, Onitama, Munchkin, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, and Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, and also console games with the famous Ticket to Ride on Playlink for PS4 and Carcassonne on Nintendo Switch.

Developed by Flaming Fowl Studios, Gloomhaven is a dungeon-crawling RPG featuring tactical turn-based combat, and for the first time, an infinitely replayable roguelike mode that will be available during Early Access launch and beyond. Set in a medieval fantasy world, players will struggle to survive through procedurally generated dungeons filled with deadly enemies, equipment to find, and powerful abilities to unlock, with much more in the works for the full launch.

Designed by Isaac Childres, the Gloomhaven board game launched in 2017, raising $4.4 million between two successful Kickstarter campaigns. Since launch, Gloomhaven has received extremely positive reviews from critics and has been rated the “No. 1 Board Game Of All Time” by BoardGameGeek where it also won six Golden Geek Awards.

Updates on Asmodee Digital’s release calendar can be found below:

Coming Soon

The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games) – Steam – Q4 2018
Lead a fellowship of three heroes through a series of narrative campaigns across Middle-earth and face off against the dark forces of Sauron. Players will forge their own fellowships and build decks comprised of ally, event, and equipment cards to face challenges that test their spirit, lore, tactics, and leadership. Launching onto Steam Early Access on August 28, 2018

Scythe: Digital Edition (Stonemaier Games) – Steam – Q3 2018
Engine-building game set in an alternate history 1920s period where players attempt to earn fortune and claim their faction’s stake in the land around a mysterious factory. Currently available on Steam Early Access.

Terraforming Mars (Fryx Games; US Publisher: Stronghold Games) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Q3 2018
A Spiel des Jahres nominee set in the 2400s, The taming of the Red Planet has begun! Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water.

 

Pandemic (Z-Man Games) – Steam – Q3 2018 (already available on Android & iOS)
Work cooperatively to stop the spread of four diseases and cure them before a pandemic occurs. Each player gets a role and must work with — not against — the other players before any of the game-ending conditions are met.

Onitama (Arcane Wonders) – iOS and Android – Q3 2018
An elegant and simple two player, abstract strategy game where you take on the role of a Master, guiding your monk followers, in an attempt to defeat your opponent. Armed only with a handful of moves, your cunning, and your wits, do you have the skill to be victorious?

Bang! (dV Giochi) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Q3 2018
A Wild-West-themed social deduction game in which players recreate an old-fashioned western shootout with each player receiving a random character for special abilities and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

Bananagrams (Bananagrams) – iOS and Android – Q3 2018
Fast and frantic anagram game where players build crosswords without pen, paper, or a board. Perfect for families, multiplayer, or solitaire, and finally making its digital debut.

Gloom (Atlas Games) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Halloween 2018
A competitive deck-building game that challenges its players to outmatch their opponents in a depressive spectacle, vying to undergo the most miserable mishaps while sabotaging the competition with happy occasions.

Five Tribes (Days of Wonder) – Steam, iOS and Android – Q4 2018
A worker placement game where the workers have already been placed, players must carefully cleverly maneuver workers over villages, markets, oases, and sacred places to carve a pathway to victory and control the Sultanate.

Ticket To Ride (Days of Wonder) – PlayStation 4 with Playlink – Q4 2018
A cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world. Ticket to Ride will be one of the first games to utilize Sony’s Playlink which will allow players to use their phones to privately view their hands, plan their moves, and make actions.

Carcassonne (Hans im Glück) – Nintendo Switch – Q4 2018
Multi-awarded tile-matching game made digital, including solo vs. AI, pass-and-play and online multiplayer modes. Carcassonne will be one of the first Asmodee Digital titles to debut on the Nintendo Switch with more on the way.

In Development

Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace (Fantasy Flight Games) – Steam – Q1 2019
Completely original adventure game based on Fantasy Flight Games’ Mansions of Madness. Set in a Lovecraftian world, players lead a team of investigators through an eerie mansion and uncover dark secrets.

Munchkin (Steve Jackson Games) – Steam – 2019
A reimagining of Steve Jackson’s iconic Munchkin card game into a dungeon crawling digital adaptation. Players cooperate to kill monsters and grab hilarious magic items… but at the end, there is only one winner!

Oni Press Wants You to Get Your Game on at Gen Con with a Sneak Preview Edition of Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1

Oni Press is exhibiting at Gen Con 2018, where they’ll be selling limited quantities of a special early Gen Con sneak preview edition of Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1 by writers Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub, and artist Troy Little, featuring an exclusive cover from artist Kory Bing. Writer Jim Zub (booth #1649) and cover artist Kory Bing (booth #2129) will be in attendance to support this most epic of crossovers between these two renowned licensed properties. Kory Bing will be signing at Oni Press booth #2655on Friday and Saturday from 1-2pm.

When Morty needs to learn how to play D&D to keep up with the cool kids, his hard-drinking, old school-gaming, mad science-making grandpa is happy to teach him how to roll the dice, but neither of them is prepared for the saving throws they’re about to fail or the true quest yet to come. Strap on a +1 longsword and grab your 10-foot pole, because this is going to be a gaming gauntlet like no other!

In addition to Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons, Oni Press have an array of new releases from Oni Press as well as Oni Games including: Scott PilgrimThe Tea Dragon SocietyDead of Winter: Good Good Dog, Invader ZIM, and more! Don’t miss additional signings with Dead of Winter comics team, writer Kyle Starks and artist GABO, will also be at the Oni booth throughout the weekend, with their titles also available for purchase.

Christian T. Petersen to Step Down as CEO of Asmodee North America Leading to a Shift in the Company

Long-time hobby games entrepreneur, designer, and industry veteran Christian T. Petersen has announced that he would be stepping down from his role as CEO of Asmodee North America at the end of 2018. Petersen, 46, founded Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) in 1995 and served as its CEO until FFG’s merger with Asmodee in 2014, at which time he moved into his current role.

In the press announcement Petersen said:

After nearly twenty years with FFG and four years with Asmodee, I’ve seen our market go through tremendous change and amazing growth. Tabletop games have been accepted into the fabric of society and represented in pop-culture more positively than anyone could have hoped for when I joined the industry. I feel fortunate to have experienced this phenomenon first-hand, and to have been part of such an incredible journey.

Now it’s time to hand the reins to a new generation of leaders who along with the amazing staff at Asmodee North America and its studios (Catan, Days of Wonder, FFG, Heidelbär, Plaid Hat, and Z-Man), will move forward with their own unique energy and vision. I have no doubt that they’ll be better, burn brighter, and achieve ever more fantastic things. I can’t wait to see what they’ll do, and to play what they’ll make.

The games to be released from our U.S. studios over the next 6-12 months, represent the final game products in which I have played a part. I could not have hoped for a more innovative, more commercially exciting, or more satisfying finale.

I leave to focus on family, health, and the pursuit of other interests. My departure has been long-planned with the Asmodee Group CEO, and my friend, Stephane Carville.

I’m proud to leave Asmodee North America in extraordinarily capable hands. I’ll always be grateful to my terrific colleagues and business partners over the years, and most especially to the players. I could not have done it without you, but I’m sure you can do it without me.

During his tenure, Petersen provided vision, guidance, and creative input on hundreds of game titles, and was the lead designer on several popular games, including Twilight Imperium and A Game of Thrones: The Board Game. As a business leader, Petersen was among the first to pioneer international co-manufacturing of U.S. tabletop games, and forged successful alliances, partnerships, and licensing relationships with a wide array of persons and organizations.

As Petersen exits his role, Asmodee North America will transition into two distinct business units: Asmodee North America Publishing led by Steve Horvath, and Asmodee North America Distribution led by Andre Kieren.

Pathfinder: Spiral Of Bones #5 First Look

Pathfinder: Spiral Of Bones #5

writers: Crystal Frasier (Main), Erik Mona (backup)
artist: Tom Garcia (main), Diego Galindo (backup)
covers: Marco Santucci (A), Vincenzo Federici (B), Tom Mandrake (C)
Tom Mandrake (RI-B/W), Marco Santucci (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $4.99 | Teen+

Valeros must face off against his dearest friends to protect the soul of a man he barely knows. What is the cost of victory? And how can the price of defeat be even worse? The Spire of Bones story concludes in this tale written by Pathfinder developer Crystal Frasier with art by Tom Garcia (Mercy Thompson, Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain).

Contains a Starfinder backup story, a Pathfinder RPG rules appendix, and a bonus pull-out poster map!

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #3 First Look

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #3

Jim Zub (w) • Harvey Tolibao (a) • Max Dunbar (c)

Delina—The Wild Way. The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms have changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny.

Delina searches for something to cure her wild magic, but the solution she seeks plunges her into danger unlike anything she’s faced before.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Lion Forge Spotlights its Hybrid of Comics and Gaming at SDCC 2018

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Lion Forge will launch its new gaming imprint, Quillion, with a special free issue of the flagship publication Rolled & Told, available in the Lion Forge booth throughout the show (while supplies last).

For those looking to learn more about the publisher’s plans for this new hybrid of comics and gaming, join them at a special panel presentation on Thursday evening!

Representation in Gaming: From the Comic Shop to the Tabletop

Thursday, July 19, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Room: 32AB
Tabletop role-playing has been a staple in the nerd community, but it’s found a resurgence with podcasts like The Adventure Zone and Critical Role. Now, Lion Forge brings readers the perfect combination between a tabletop RPG magazine and a comic anthology with Rolled & Told, a monthly periodical that offers casual gamers fun-filled adventure modules, comics, art, and so much more. Join D20 Dames co-host Jen Vaughn and Lion Forge associate editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart, alongside artists Max Bare and Shing Yin Khor, and writer Josh Trujillo as we discuss where the tabletop gaming industry is going and how inclusive we can continue to make it! Attendees will receive a special exclusive Quillion dice bag (while supplies last)!

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