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Aconyte Reveals its First Marvel Titles

Aconyte Books

Aconyte Books is the book publishing imprint of Asmodee Entertainment, a game company that is leveraging its IP for a range of new prose novels.

The publisher had previously announced a partnership with Marvel for a series of prose novels and it has now revealed the initial lineup which launches in Fall 2020.

  • Legends of Asgard: Set in the legendary realm of Asgard and rich in Norse-inspired mythology, these fantastical stories celebrate heroism, adventure, fate, honor, and myth. Raise a flagon of ale and enjoy tales of the extraordinary exploits of heroes and heroines from the Ten Realms.
  • Marvel Heroines: These captivating stories feature some of Marvel’s best-loved female characters, some just coming to understand their powers for the first time and others firmly established among the ranks of legendary Super Heroes.
  • Xavier’s Institute: These novels follow the young members of the New Charles Xavier School for Mutants. Expect stories of adventure, defiance, and growth as these characters explore their abilities and their place in the world.
  • Marvel Untold: These tales round up the best villains, magic-wielding heroes, and more from the furthest corners of the Marvel Universe. Whether it’s seeing a famous confrontation from a different perspective or exploring a piece of a character’s backstory that we’ve never seen before, these novels will bring these stories out into the light of day.

FALL 2020 PUBLICATION SCHEDULE

MonthStrandTitleAuthor
OctoberMarvel HeroinesDomino: StraysTristan Palmgren
OctoberLegends of AsgardThe Head of MimirRichard Lee Byers
NovemberXavier’s InstituteLiberty & Justice for AllCarrie Harris
DecemberMarvel UntoldThe Harrowing of DoomDavid Annandale
DecemberLegends of AsgardThe Sword of SurturC L Werner

DOMINO: STRAYS by Tristan Palmgren

[Marvel Heroines] Sharp-witted, luck-wrangling mercenary Domino takes on both a dangerous cult and her own dark past, in this explosive introduction to the new series of Marvel prose novels.

The job: infiltrate a Chicago conman’s cult to liberate some brainwashed twins. For former X-Force operative Domino, that’s a “hell no”. Fanatics are bad news. She still has nightmares about Project Armageddon, the super-soldier program that wrecked her life and destroyed her family. If only she’d had someone to help her back then, someone… like her. It’s a total pain in the ass, but maybe it is time to finally face those demons. With her probability manipulating superpowers she can turn even the worst of situations to her advantage.

Pub Date: Oct 6th, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-050-0 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-051-7 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE HEAD OF MIMIR by Richard Lee Byers

[Legends of Asgard] The young Heimdall must undertake a mighty quest to save Odin – and all of Asgard – in the first heroic fantasy novel set in Marvel’s incredible Legends of Asgard.

It is a dark time for Asgard. The Allfather is trapped in a bewitched Odinsleep, inspiring an all-out assault from the Frost Giants. They evade the gods’ defenses with uncommon ease as if guided by augury. Heimdall, a quick-witted young warrior still finding his place amongst Asgard’s defenders, believes it no coincidence that Odin lies enchanted and that the Giants are so well-informed. Sneaking into Odin’s inner chambers, he discovers that the severed head of Mimir, a great source of wisdom, is missing. Accompanied by his sister, Lady Sif, Heimdall must quest across the Ten Realms to retrieve it, lest mighty Asgard fall.

Pub Date: Oct 6th, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-054-8 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-055-5 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


LIBERTY & JUSTICE FOR ALL by Carrie Harris

[Xavier’s Institute] Two exceptional students face their ultimate test when they answer a call for help, in the first thrilling Xavier’s Institute novel, focused on the daring exploits of Marvel’s mutant heroes.

As part of their training at the New Charles Xavier Institute, Triage and Tempus are allowed to attempt their first solo flying mission. Some way into their mission, they pick up an urgent SOS message – Sentinels are attacking a superpowered mutant, who is struggling to protect an injured politician. When they abandon their lesson and answer the call, however, the identity of both will cause the two young X-Men far more problems than they bargained for.

Pub Date: Nov 3rd, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-058-6 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-059-3 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE HARROWING OF DOOM by David Annandale

[Marvel Untold] Our thrilling new line bringing new tales of Marvel’s Super Heroes and villains begins with the infamous Doctor Doom risking all to steal his heart’s desire from the very depths of Hell.

Notorious villain Doctor Victor von Doom has finally found a solution for his oldest obsession: rescuing his mother’s soul from the clutches of Hell. An alliance with the reclusive sage, Maria von Helm, has provided the key to Doom’s latest invention. Fusing their super-science and sorcery, Doom has created the Harrower, a device that will open a rift and wrench his mother’s soul from the netherworld. Back in the human world, however, rebel forces threaten to overrun Latveria and topple its dark leader – and revolution couldn’t come at a more dangerous time than when the gates of Hell itself have been unlocked.

Pub Date: Dec 1st, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-052-4 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-053-1 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE SWORD OF SURTUR by C L Werner

[Legends of Asgard] The God of War must explore a terrifying realm of eternal fire to reclaim his glory, in this epic fantasy novel of one of Odin’s greatest heroes.

Tyr, God of War and elder brother of Thor, embarks on a quest to seal his place at Odin’s side. Spurred on by loyal young Bjorn Wolfbane and the bewitching Lorelai, the trio set out to steal a sliver of Twilight, the sword of the fire giant Surtur, who will one day bring about Ragnarok and destroy Asgard. But the fiery realm of Muspelheim is fraught with volcanic trolls, lava Kraken, and Surtur’s brood of murderous warriors. Tyr must overcome both his own feelings and the motives of his allies, or risk triggering the apocalypse and cursing his name forever.

Pub Date: Dec 1st, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-037-1 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-038-8 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99

The Op Partners with Asmodee for New Spot It! Games

The Op Spot It!

Usaopoly (The Op) has announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Asmodee to release licensed versions of Spot It!, a multi-award winning pattern recognition game that launched in 2010 to universal acclaim.

Also known as Dobble, the quick-playing family game is most recognized by its uniquely illustrated deck of 55 circular cards, each featuring eight various symbols. With always one symbol in common between any two cards, the game’s fast-acting objective is to be the first to spot a match and grab that card, prompting the next in the deck to be revealed, then quickly surveyed and claimed. Once the deck is depleted, the player with the most collected cards wins.

The Op is looking to release several Spot It! games this fall in North America with a $14.99 MSRP.

Asmodee Wants You to Play with Friends with this Humble Digital Game Bundle

Asmodee Digital Humble Bundle

Say goodbye to boredom with this Humble Bundle of board games from Asmodee Digital! Play your cards right and get Scythe: Digital Edition, The Lord of the Rings Adventure Card Game, Splendor, Mysterium, Small World 2, and Carcassonne. There’s $158 worth of games available.

The Humble Bundle benefits Traveling Stories and Partners in Health. You can decide how much you pay and how the money is allocated.

Pay $1 or more to unlock:

  • Small World 2
  • Carcassonne – Tiles & Tactics
  • Patchwork
  • King and Assassins
  • Love Letter
  • Potion Explosion

Pay more than the average of $9.87 to unlock:

  • Splendor
  • Splendor – The Cities
  • Splendor – The Trading Posts
  • Mysterium: A Psychic Clue Game
  • Carcassonne – Winter and Gingerbread Man
  • Carcassone – Traders & Builders
  • Small World 2 – Cursed
  • Small World 2 – Be not Afraid
  • Twilight Struggle

Pay $12 or more to unlock:

  • Scythe: Digital Edition
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game – Definitive Edition
  • Mysterium – Hidden Signs
  • Carcassonne – The River
  • Carcassonne – Inns & Cathedrals
  • Carcassonne – The Princess & the Dragon Expansion
  • Mysterium – Secrets & Lies
  • Small World 2 – Grand Dames
  • Splendor – The Strongholds

Atomic Mass Games Shows Off Thanos for Marvel: Crisis Protocol

Marvel: Crisis Protocol debuts November 15 and Atomic Mass Games has revealed one of the more anticipated characters for the miniature game, Thanos!

The Mad Titan comes on a display base of a throne and features him wielding the Infinity Gauntlet with gems!

The miniature game features 40mm models where you can put together teams to do battle! The game allows you to mix and match heroes and villains presenting some interesting team-ups. Since it took an army of heroes to defeat Thanos in The Infinity Gauntlet, we can’t imagine what this character will be like on the tabletop.

The main game retails for $99.95 and includes Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Red Skull, Baron Zemo, and more, as well as terrain and the rules. Expansions available for pre-order include Hulk, M.O.D.O.K., Black Panther & Killmonher, Shuri & Okoye, and Venom. Also available are dice, measuring tools, and a NYC themed terrain pack.

You can pre-order the game from Miniature Market, Cool Stuff Inc, Amazon, your local friendly game store, and more.

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 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!

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.

Asmodee Roles the Dice on Digital as Carcassone Heads to Nintendo Switch

Board games are a booming business and it should be no surprise that board game publishers are trying to get a piece of the digital by porting over games to popular platforms.

Asmodee Digital has announced that they will be publishing digital versions of their board games on the Nintendo Switch and will be starting with the tile-laying board game Carcassone. The game is already available for Android, PC, and Mac.

In the game players take turns laying tiles and determining where to place their meeples to score points.

The game is expected to be released in the winter of 2018.

Asmodee Digital has 50 people, mostly in Paris and California. The company is a subsidiary of Asmodee Group, which is mostly owned by private equity firm Eurazeo.

Rumor Mill: Asmodee Exploring a Sale

The board game publisher Asmodee Group is rumored to be exploring a sale. The potential sale could see the company valued at more than 1.5 billion euros/$1.7 billion. According to Reuters, Guyancourt, a French-based company, owned by private equity firm Eurazeo, has hired investment bankers to run the sale process. Eurazeo owns Asmodee.

The company generates 100 million euros/$119 million in 12-month earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Eurazeo took over Asmodee in 2013 for 143 million euros and it is not uncommon for an investment firm to sell in hopes of making a profit.

Asmodee and Eurazeo has been aggressive bringing in new intellectual property and publishing studios. Asmodee includes Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, Asmodee Studio, Catan Studio, Z-Man Games, Plaid Hat Games, Lookout Games, and more. Their games include Catan, X-Wing, Flick Em Up, Ticket to Ride.

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