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DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4 Gets a Limited Release at Gen Con and Full Release August 8

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, have announced the limited release of DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4 at Gen ConAugust 2-5, followed by a full retail release on August 8. The expansion can be added to any game in the popular DC Deck-Building Game series to introduce cooperative play, Unity cards that can combine for powerful effects, and Personal Crisis cards that directly affect the owner of the card.

In the expansion, the keyword “Unity” is found on several Ongoing cards. When a Unity card is played, the player gains the benefit of that card, as well as well the benefits of any other Unity cards that are already in play. Therefore, gameplay rewards teamwork, as players can take advantage of each other’s Unity cards.

The set’s Personal Crisis cards cause Ongoing detrimental effects that impact individual members of the team, frequently hampering them in some way. Despite being targeted at one player, Personal Crises can end up taking down the whole team by depleting the main deck. The other players can help a player overcome a Personal Crisis, underlining again that teamwork is the key to victory.

Though the game works with any DC Deck-Building Game base set, it is optimized to work with DC Deck-Building Game: Teen Titans. It features Crisis versions of eight DC Teen Titans Super Heroes and comes with six DC Super Hero cards based on the Titans, original members of the Teen Titans who are all grown up: Arsenal, Donna Troy, Nightwing, Omen, Tempest, and The Flash.

DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4will be available in limited quantities at Cryptozoic’s Booth #601 at Gen Con before hitting retailers nationwide August 8 for a suggested retail price of $20.

The expansion is for 1-5 players ages 15+. Designed by Matt Dunn and Richard Brady, games take 60-120 minutes. The expansion includes 14 Oversized DC Super Heroes, 9 Impossible DC Super-Villains, 4 Crisis-Only DC Super-Villains, 12 Personal Crisis Cards, 32 Main Deck Cards and a rulebook. The expansion requires a copy of DC Deck-Building Game or one of its standalone expansions: Heroes UniteForever Evil, or Teen Titans.

Master of Orion: The Board Game is Out September 6

Cryptozoic Entertainment and WG Labs today announced the September 6 release of Master of Orion: The Board Game. Based on the classic Master of Orion video game series and utilizing art from 2016’s Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars, the competitive tableau-building game requires 2-4 players to choose from several races (Humans and various alien races), build Systems using their cards, and manage their resources in order to win. Designed by Ekaterina Gorn and Igor Sklyuev, the tabletop game captures the essence of a 4X empire-building video game like Master of Orion in which players “eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate,” but streamlines it into an experience that takes an hour or less. Cryptozoic recently sold out of the limited pre-release quantities of the game that were made available at this year’s Gen Con.

In Master of Orion: The Board Game, each player begins with a board that has four tracks: Food, Fleet, Production, and Morale. The starting numbers on these tracks depend on the race a player chooses, with choices including fan-favorite alien races the Darloks, Psilons, and Meklar. Each round, players gain resources, as indicated on their cards, and a number of actions, as determined by their Exertion Levels. Players spend their action cubes on each turn to manage their resources and build Systems. Since this is a tableau-building game, players use the cards in the deck to build up to four Systems, each comprised of a maximum of five cards that represent various Structures. Victory Points are gained by playing cards, attacking opponents, and having certain resources and cards at the end of the game.

The game’s end is triggered in one of three ways: when a player has 0 Morale, a player has five Structure cards in each of their Systems, or eight rounds of play have been completed. There are different paths to victory as players can focus on military means—training spies and attacking alien planets—or the path of creation—controlling the weather and advancing their civilizations. The winner is the player with the most Victory Points, who is deemed the leader of the most developed civilization and therefore appointed as the Emperor at the Galactic Council.

Master of Orion: The Board Game will be available at retailers nationwide September 6 for a suggested retail price of $35.

The game for 2-4 players ages 12+ can be plaued in 40-60 minutes. The game comes with 90 Structure Cards, 8 Advisor Cards, 6 Civilization Boards, 60 Wooden Cubes, 16 Tokens, Scoring Board, and Rulebook.

Board Game Bento Goes Super with a Super Theme

Get your cape ready! Prepare to fight your rival! Track down the villain! And save the world!

This month’s Board Game Bento theme is SUPER. Each of these three games includes unique game mechanics that focus on different aspects of superheroes and comic books. Also featuring one of the coolest add-ons we’ve ever included.

If that’s not enough to get you into a spandex suit, SUPER includes:

  • DC Comics licensed content;
  • The highest valued box we’ve ever offered;
  • Two games from publishers in their first Board Game Bento;
  • The return of Cryptozoic to Board Game Bento.

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Cryptozoic Announces Epic Spell Wars Will Be Part of Unrivaled Tournament Series

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced that its hit game Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Rumble at Castle Tentakill will be part of the upcoming Unrivaled Tournament Series, powered by Oomba, Inc. Featuring six different groundbreaking tabletop games, Unrivaled launches with Satellite tournaments from April to June at local game stores all across the United States. Winners move on to Regional tournaments to be conducted in July, with champions winning a paid trip to compete in the Grand Finals that will be held this October in Las Vegas. The prizes provided by Unrivaled for players at the Grand Finals will total $250,000. Fans of Epic Spell Wars can sign up for the Unrivaled Tournament Series right now by visiting any participating local game store.

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Rumble at Castle Tentakill is the sequel to the original Epic Spell Wars. Featuring game design and art from the original creative team of Cory Jones, Rob Heinsoo, and Nick Edwards, the rules are accessible to all, but there are layers of deep strategic gameplay that reward experience and skill. The game is entertaining for players and spectators alike, with over 100 original humorous illustrations and a comical spell-combining mechanic that invites players to explore different winning combos. The second game in the series adds Creatures that can become pets, Blood that can make spells even more powerful, and Reactions that allow spells to resolve even if a player’s character dies prematurely.

Store owners interested in the Unrivaled Tournament Series, featuring Epic Spell Wars and other popular tabletop games, can register on Unrivaled.com now to become officially sanctioned for a one-time fee of $250. Each store will receive a kit that includes all six games involved in the tournament series, tournament rules, and various extras, such as shirts and a dice tray. Players can sign up by visiting a local sanctioned game store, which can be found using the “Search for Your Store” feature on Unrivaled.com.

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Unboxing: DC Comics Deck-Building Game Crossover Pack 5: The Rogues

Asking for help is never a strong suit for villains, but sometimes they need a helping hand to snag a big score or take down a worthy hero. Villains like Captain Cold, Weather Wizard, Heatwave and the rest often need to work together to take down The Flash and his speedy allies. With DC Comics Deck-Building Game Crossover Pack 5: The Rogues, you become a Super-Villain who always has some help within reach, thanks to Teamwork.

“Teamwork” is a keyword found on each of the oversized Super-Villain cards and several new cards for the main deck. It allows you to play the top card of another player’s deck. The code “honor among thieves” usually applies here, as the player who you chose to assist you gets a piece of the action.

Speaking of action, every Rogues card in the set immediately grants you Victory Point tokens when acquired. These VP tokens will come in handy during the game. After all, it takes money to make money . . .

We crack open and show off this new expansion for the DC Comics Deck-Building Game.

You can order your copy:
Amazon
Cool Stuff Inc
Miniature Market

 

 

Cryptozoic provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Unboxing: Batman The Animated Series: Almost Got Im Card Game

The villains of Gotham city have gathered for a poker night and to share stories about the time they nearly dispensed with that troublesome Caped Crusader, Batman. Little do they know that the dark Knight is in their midst, disguised as one of their own. Will the rogues be able to suss out the bat in their Belfry before he clandestinely subdues them? this variant on the popular werewolf-style deduction game, inspired by the memorable Batman: The Animated Series episode “Almost Got I’m”, adds a poker element to the proceedings, requiring participants to craft poker hands to activate their special abilities when the lights go out. Take on the personas of classic Batman baddies in a game where everyone has something to hide and no one is safe. With poker hands guiding the action, players have something to talk about. Everyone has an important role. No bystanders in this game! too often, social deduction games begin with random accusations just to get the ball rolling. No so here. Players can request poker cards from other players, and often see what cards other players are taking. Enemies are made when someone takes the card you wanted. Now you have a reason to be suspicious of another player!

Based on the classic Batman: The Animated Series episode this card/social game from Crytpozoic Entertainment is for 5 to 8 players.

We open up the box to show off what’s inside!

You can order your copy now!

 

 

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Spyfall 2 Gets a Release by Cryptozoic

spyfall-2-2Cryptozoic Entertainment has released the card game Spyfall 2. Developed by leading Russian game publisher Hobby World, the sequel to the hit 2015 social deduction party game will come to the U.S. courtesy of Cryptozoic.

The first Spyfall was a hit with fans and critics alike. In 2014, it won “Best Party Game” from The Dice Tower Gaming Awards and was nominated for “Best Party Game” and “Best Innovative Board Game” from BoardGameGeek’s Golden Geek Awards. In 2015, it won a “Major Fun Award,” which is given to games that are “adaptable, enjoyable, quality products.” In addition, it received the Recommended Award in 2016 from the jury of the Spiel des Jahres, the prestigious German award for tabletop games.

Spyfall 2 expands the first game, featuring 3-12 player capability, up to two spies, and 20 new locations. It is a standalone expansion, meaning players can play it by itself or combine it with the first Spyfall to make the experience even more complex and challenging. The game’s 20 new wacky locations include the Retirement Home, Candy Factory, and Prison. Players who get location cards also receive suggested roles for those locations that they can utilize for added fun. Whereas the first game only allowed for one spy and a maximum of eight players, the sequel increases the possibilities with up to two spies and 12 players.

During play, all players receive secret location cards, except for the one or two players who receive spy cards instead. Players ask and answer questions to get information out of their fellow players. Non-spy players attempt to trip up the spies, while the spies try to gain enough clues to guess their location.

In each round of play, after the players receive their secret location and spy cards, they start a stopwatch that runs for a set length of time. The players then take turns asking each other questions and answering. It is a balancing act as non-spy players offer information about the current location to let the others know that they know where they are, without revealing the location to the spies. In contrast, spy players have to come up with questions and plausible answers to other players’ queries without knowing where they really are!

At the end of each round, players declare their suspicions and try to convince each other. Then, they start voting on each player’s guilt one at a time, beginning with the dealer. If enough players vote that someone is guilty, that player reveals his or her card and the voting is over. If the player is indeed a spy, the non-spies win. If the player is not a spy, the spies win. If no player is convicted after each player has been voted on, the spies win.

Spyfall 2 will be available at retailers nationwide on January 27 for a suggested retail price of $24.99.

 

Unboxing: Mighty Meeples DC Justice League Collection Tin

It’s the world’s greatest superhero team in Meeple form!

From Cryptozoic Entertainment, even the smallest superheroes need a place to call home! The Mighty Meeples: Justice League Collection Tin comes with seven Meeples from DC Comics’ Justice League, as well as a Hall of Justice tin the team’s headquarters where they can prepare for the next battle.

We open up and show off this collector tin that collects the superheroes from series 1 of Cryptozoic’s Mighty Meeples collection.

You can purchase your own!

 

 

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Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin, Out Now!

Cryptozoic Entertainment has released the Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin. The tin resembles the Hall of Justice, the iconic home of the Justice League, and provides a stylish home for the seven included Mighty Meeples figures, all depicting members of DC’s Justice League. The 1-inch wooden figures can be collected for display or can replace pieces in any board game to upgrade the experience.

First appearing over 15 years ago, the “meeple”—short for “my people”—possesses a distinctive shape that has made it a popular choice for player pieces in a variety of games. Cryptozoic increases the fun with Mighty Meeples that are oversized (regular meeples are usually .75 inches) and showcase popular DC Justice League heroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter.

The Mighty Meeples: DC Justice League Collection Tin retails for $14.99. Fans of DC’s Justice League can show off the Hall of Justice tin and use it to store the included Mighty Meeples figures, which can be collected or used in board games. Starting this week, the tin will be available at hobby retailers nationwide.

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