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Get Happy with a Conquest Virtual Happy Hour

Conquest‘s Virtual Happy Hour is here! It’s Thursday the 28th of January (this coming week) at 4pm EDT, 10pm CET. BYOB – Bring your own Biomancer!

Para Bellum Wargames can’t visit at trade shows like the ones that’d already be kicking off this year… so they’re bringing the conversation online, to you! What do you want to know or ask about Conquest? Complaints, compliments, ideas and investigations, this is an hour forum to chat casually with each other. The team from Para Bellum will be staying up late in Greece to chat on Google Meet and they might share a surprise or two as well…..     

If you can’t make it, don’t worry! They will do these at different times in different time zones in the months ahead. If you can’t find time to schedule this one, or you aren’t awake for this one, don’t worry. There’s more to come! It’s an opportunity to catch up with the community to hear their thoughts, and share some future looking products and events that are planned. Register with info@para-bellum.com for the log-in information.

BOOM! Taps Mana to Summon Magic: The Gathering Comics

BOOM! Studios has announced a new partnership, under license by Hasbro, Inc., with Wizards of the Coast LLC that adds Magic: The Gathering to their slate of fan-favorite properties. This historic beginning for the pop culture phenomenon launches with Magic, a new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available in April 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera as well as variant cover art by Guara, InHyuk Lee, and Junggeun Yoon, and a set of Hidden Planeswalker variant covers by artists Miguel Mercado, Taj Tenfold, and Magdalena Pagowska featuring fan-favorite characters Liliana Vess, Kaya the Ghost Assassin, and Sorin Markov. 

Fans can also pre-order the Magic Pack, a limited edition Collector’s Set of Magic#1 covers, featuring an exclusive Magic Pack variant by artist Mirka Andolfo, along with the Magic#1 main cover by Scalera, a randomly inserted Hidden Planeswalker variant cover, and the Black blank sketch cover, available in April 2021.

Game Theory Tables Launches The Origins on Kickstarter

Game Theory Tables might be a new company but it’s the same team that operates BBO Poker Tables, a prominent poker table brand in the US for the past 15 years. They’re now moving into other types of games with The Origins, a new entry in the game table space.

The Origins is currently being funded through Kickstarter and is available in the US, Canada, EU, and UK.

The table measures 72″ x 48″ x 32″ with a playing surface of 61″ x 37″ in a recessed space of 4″. It can set up to 8 and can be used as a game table and “dining table” with the additional top that needs to be added on for $499.

The table comes with a neoprene mat and the table itself features a choice of colors. The Origins table is made from solid ash wood.

The Kickstarter also features exclusive add-ons like a dice tower and tiered tray.

Each item is discounted with the table being 35% off and also features free shipping in the US.

With an established company behind it, this game table company might be the mass market breakthrough that’s been looking for someone to fill it. There have been some busts of projects by other companies in the space so here’s rolling the dice this one comes through.

The table is available in two waves, with the first expected to ship in August 2021.

You can back the table for $1,499 and the campaign ends on February 19 at 11pm. It’s already been funded so it’s a guarantee to make it that far.

Game Theory Tables The Origins

Play Magic: The Gathering Arena on Android Starting January 28

Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic: The Gathering Arena is expanding with Android getting early access on January 28. Additional Android devices, tablets, and iOS support is coming later this year.

The app will be accessible for those who mobile Android devices can run it through the Google Play store. The Android early access will include cross-platform support and all card and formats currently available including the upcoming Kaldheim.

Below is the recommended Android specs.

Android Version: 6.0 (Marshmallow)
RAM: 4GB
Graphics API: OpenGL ES 3.0
Texture Compression: ETC2

Required Chipsets

  • Kirin 970 -or-
  • Snapdragon 845 -or-
  • Exynos 9810

You can find a list of some of the supported devices here.

TinkerTurf’s Next Full Color Wargaming Terrain Kickstarter Is Live!

In early 2018 TinkerHouse Games launched a Kickstarter creating affordable, great looking, easily assembled, full-color terrain for tabletop miniatures games and successfully delivered to all backers to critical acclaim. Now TinkerTurf is back with more full color easily assembled wargaming terrain with an aim to help you populate your table with beautiful structures so you can enjoy more time gaming and less time painting!

The best action scenes feature giant structures with extreme verticality. TinkerTurf is bringing that kind of blockbuster drama to your tabletop with the TinkerTurf Sci-Fi Release 2.1. The enormous SatComm Installation is worthy as the climactic set-piece location for any action franchise (RIP Arecibo). The MagLev Rail Starter creates an elevated battle space and adds a dynamic element to rail lines; it can be used standalone or in conjunction with the MagLev components from our previous release. Protect these strategic assets (or form an unforgiving arena enclosure) with the modular Perimeter Bundle, featuring a functional gate that opens and closes. The release is rounded out with new Tanker and Crate Containers, sized to fit onto the rail cars and work with our previous containers.

The TinkerTurf Sci-Fi Release 2.1 Kickstarter campaign runs from January 18th, 2021 until February 12th, 2021; and features backer levels from $20-$220 including a limited number of “Early Bird” special bundles.

Sara Erickson to take on a new role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Renegade Game Studios

Sara Erickson

Renegade Game Studios has announced that Sara Erickson has been promoted to a new role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. This expanded role will be focused on increasing the growth that Renegade has enjoyed in the past six years with a special focus on serving the diverse fan base surrounding recently announced licenses.

Erickson entered the industry as co-owner of a local hobby store, Rook’s Comics and Games in 2006 before moving to the publishing side of the industry where she worked for Cryptozoic Entertainment and IELLO before accepting a position with industry veteran, Scott Gaeta, at the newly formed Renegade Game Studios.

Erickson will continue to work closely with hobby distributors and stores while exploring opportunities to reach new customers around the globe. New initiatives making it easier for fans to access Renegade games include an updated website offering expanded resources for fans and stores. She will also continue to support her marketing team, including the most recent addition, Matt Holland, as they design and implement programs offering more options for in-store and at home organized play. As more of the recently announced games based on brands, including G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony, are released, the Sales and Marketing team will look for new ways to reach these existing fan communities.

HABA and Nonepub 21 Partner Up!

HABA has announced a partnership with Nonepub ’21! The game publisher has teamed up with the organizers of Nonepub, a digital games design convention, to create a Game Design track at this month’s digital convention, January 28-31st. Teams can signup here to participate in this weekend of designing support and fun.

For $10 per team, they’ll gain access to:

  • Physically mailed HABA bag of bits to one team member (US addresses only)
  • Special access to Nonepub Game Jam Track Events for all team members
  • Special access to Nonepub Game Jam Discord channels for all team members
  • Game Jam Kickoff Meeting on Thursday 1/28/2021 7:30pm ET
  • Game Jam Feedback Finale Meetings on Sunday 1/31/2021
  • A curated list of panels to attend during Winter Nonepub 
  • Raffle to win game design related prizes

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: 

Only one badge is required per team. Teams may be between 1 and 5 designers. 

Tickets on sale now

Tabletop Entries for 2021 International Serious Play Awards Honoring Games for Training or Education Due February 9

2021 International Serious Play Awards

The entry deadline for the 2021 International Serious Play Awards has been set for Tuesday, Feb.9 in the Category Tabletop Learning Games, both for Professionals and Students.

The Award honors outstanding learning-based Tabletop Games in Military, Government, Business, Non-Profit, Healthcare, Higher Education, K12 and Museums/Visiting Centers for Training or Education.

Entries are judged on how well-executed and clear the feedback, assessment and learning objects are; overall gameplay, which includes how engaging and interactive the game is; the orientations for the player; and the aesthetics of the game. Tabletop games are evaluated online by a team of judges on a zoom call.

Winners from each category will be showcased during the 2021 Serious Play Conference, online in 2021.

Matt Holland Joins Renegade Game Studios

Matt Holland

Renegade Game Studios has announced Matt Holland has joined the team as Sales & Marketing Program Manager to oversee new community-oriented projects.

Beginning his time in the industry in 2015, Holland worked for Asmodee North America as the overseeing their demo team at events including Penny Arcade Expo, Star Wars Celebration, Gen Con, and more. In early 2019 he joined the Organized Play team at Fantasy Flight Games, as Community Coordinator. There he helped manage the Organized Play communities for games including X-WingStar Wars: Destiny, and Legend of the Five Rings.

At Renegade, Holland will be responsible for overseeing programs designed to bring communities together around upcoming and current game lines. Existing communities include World of DarknessPower RangersClank! A Deck-building AdventureKids on Bikes, and the Solo Hero Series. Creating experiences, developing supporting web content, and managing organized play programs for current games and future game lines are of paramount importance.

Expanded sites for both Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals and Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid have already launched with extra content for fans being added soon. Organized Play kits for Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals Expandable Card Game will ship to high level backers of the Kickstarter with more information about the full Organized Play program coming soon. Power Rangers fans are invited enjoy free monthly scenarios for Heroes of the Grid along with live video content added weekly. With Matt Holland joining the team, these programs can be expanded and modified for other current and future games.

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