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Gen Con 2019: WizKids Partners with Sweet Games for Seeders from Series: Exodus

Seeders from Series: Exodus

WizKids is partnering with Sweet Games to publish their hit game Seeders from Sereis: Exodus in English for the first time. It will be released in spring 2020.

When an unknown force threatens to render their home uninhabitable, the Seeders must build arks—giant colony ships–to ensure their survival. Players work to create the most promising design to be chosen for production. Each turn players draft cards into their hands as cards are laid out on the board. Players strategically place negotiator chips between the cards they want, using their alignment and position to determine who has the most influence over a desired card. Once all negotiators and tokens are placed, influence is calculated and the winners of each card is determined.

Once obtained, cards can be played for points, adding value to your ark, or discarded for resources. Each card represents a different component of the ark – locations, items, personnel – and players will find unique synergies between cards as well as their player color’s unique power. Asymmetry and complex interactions add layers of strategy that lead to a unique experience each time you play.

Featuring immersive sci-fi art and high-quality production materials, Seeders from Sereis: Exodus tells a deep, engrossing story, while challenging players with difficult decisions and unique mechanics. This is the first game set in the visionary Seeders from Sereis universe, created by Serge Macasdar and Charbel Fourel. Through a series of games and other media, it will continue the story of the Seeders, as they escape their dying civilization, and search for a new destiny among the stars.

Visit Sweet Games at Gen Con at booth 2953 in Entrepreneur’s Avenue to check out Seeders from Sereis: Exodus for yourself!

Build Your Chain in Sovereign’s Chain. Coming Soon from WizKids

Sovereign’s Chain

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of Sovereign’s Chaina new, futuristic hand management card game!

In this 2-4 player game, players will seek to achieve the highest score by placing Class cards in their chain—a row of cards in front of them with a variety of abilities and numbered values. Each card is one of two suits, designated by either a Star or a Planet symbol in the upper left-hand corner. Players must end the game with the greatest difference between the total values of each of the suits in their chain.

Each turn, players must play a Class card from their hand into either their chain or the chain of an opponent. Class cards must always be played faceup (unless otherwise indicated) and adjacent right to the last card in the target chain. After resolving the card’s ability, they draw a new card and end their turn. There is no minimum or maximum hand size.

If a Class card’s ability results in a card being removed from a player’s chain, all remaining cards immediately shift to the left, reforming the chain and filling in the gap. When a card is discarded, it is placed facedown. If the draw pile is empty, the discard pile is shuffled and becomes the new draw pile. Certain Class cards allow players to take a Shield or Modifier token. These tokens can either modify the score of a target card (adding or subtracting 1 point to/from its value) or prevent a card from being targeted by another card’s abilities. The game also includes Suit tokens, which can alter the suit of the card they are placed on.

The game immediately ends when any player’s chain reaches 7 Class cards at the end of their turn. Players will then reveal 1 facedown card in their chain, and activate its abilities. This process continues with each player revealing 1 card until all facedown cards have been revealed. Scoring then begins, and players will calculate the difference between the total points granted by each suit, respectively. The player with the greatest difference wins the game! Sovereign’s Chain is coming soon!

Sovereign’s Chain

WizKids Partners with Hasbro. G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony Clix!?

WizKids has announced a new licensing partnership with Hasbro today with the addition of beloved properties G.I. JoeMy Little Pony, and Transformers to WizKids’ extensive line of miniatures.

Fans can expect to see their favorite characters first appear later this year in both pre-painted and unpainted formats.

Will we be getting Clix versions of these properties? Attack Wing versions? Something else!?

My Little Pony and Transformers products will be available throughout North America.

Toy Fair 2019: The Orville Comes to WizKids’ Heroclix

nce again expanding its licensing portfolio and suite of collectible miniatures, WizKids has announced a licensing partnership to feature a popular sci-fi TV series, The Orville, in upcoming HeroClix releases. The new line is slated to hit shelves worldwide in Fall 2019, sold exclusively through Alliance and Diamond distributors in the U.S.  

Currently in its second season, The Orville is set 400 years in the future and follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life. It is the second television series license to be added to the HeroClix line.

The first product to release will be a Jumbo Starter Set featuring the main crew, including Captain Ed Mercer, played by actor Seth MacFarlane, along with Commander Kelly Grayson, Dr. Claire Finn, Lt. Alara Kitan, Lt. Gordon Malloy, Lt. Commander Bortus, Lt. Commander John LaMarr, enabling HeroClix players and fans to embark in interstellar combat with their favorite characters.

Stop by the WizKids booth (#5302) at New York Toy Fair, February 16-19th to get a sneak peek at upcoming figures from the exciting inaugural release!

Don’t Make a Sound in Hako Onna—Coming Soon!

Hako Onna

WizKids has announced the first ever English language release of Hako Onnathe hit Japanese horror game!

In this excitingly atmospheric asymmetrical dexterity game for 3-5 players, one player becomes the Hako Onna, or “Box Woman,” haunting the house where her spirit resides and eliminating all who encounter her. The rest of the players are Visitors, trapped in the house with this vengeful spirit, and must either escape or defeat the Hako Onna once and for all.

After building the house via randomly connecting 9 Room Tiles, Visitors explore, searching for items that will allow them to safely exit the house or lay the Hako Onna to rest. But they must be cautious- the Hako Onna is travelling through the house too, and players who encounter her are immediately killed, becoming Hakobito—servants of the sinister Hako Onna.

This wicked shadow is attracted to sound, so each turn, players must stack a noise disc. The stack grows with each player’s turn, and if the stack collapses, or if a fifth disc is placed on the noise tile, the Hako Onna awakens and immediately takes a turn. The Hako Onna may secretly move throughout the house on her turn— travelling to an adjacent room tile and masquerading as one of the many objects scattered throughout the room by switching that story tile with her own tile. She may also draw power cards in order to use them later by “crying out,” revealing her general location in order to draw a new card. 

Visitors also have a variety of actions they can take- after adding a noise disc to the stack they may move to an adjacent room or search one of the story tiles in their current room. Story tiles may feature items which will help bring the visitors closer to victory, but they can also encounter the Hako Onna herself or one of her Hakobito servants, resulting in immediate death.

If the visitors successfully lay the Hako Onna to rest, or collect the keys to the house and locate the secret exit, they safely escape and win the game! But if all players are killed before they can complete their objectives, they meet their doom at the hands of the Hako Onna and are cursed to remain in the house with her…forever.

WizKids reveals a New Printing of Warhammer 40K Relic!

Warhammer 40,000 Relic

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of the iconic Warhammer 40,000 board game Relic!

A classic adventure game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, this 2-4 player game has players venturing forth to protect the Antian Sector, shielding it from certain doom. Each player will choose one of 10 unique characters, each of whom has a unique set of attributes that can fluctuate throughout the game. Each character also has an affiliation, representing a variety of different memorable groups in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. A scenario is then chosen randomly, which dictates the special rules and objective for the game.

At the beginning of their turn, a player will navigate the board by rolling a six-sided die and then progressing that many spaces. Players will then discover what threats they will face in this location by drawing the number and type of Threat cards indicated on the space. Players will then engage the threats by resolving events, battling enemies, and resolving encounters. At the end of their turn, a player may gain levels, acquire relics, or discard cards if their hand limit is exceeded.

A player wins when they complete the unique requirements of the Scenario’s confrontation in the Inner tier. Players who have entered the Scenario space in the inner tier may not move and must resolve the Scenario’s confrontation during their future turns. Will these intrepid heroes succeed in bringing the Antian Sector to safety, or will their mission end in failure?

Explore the Jungle and Earn the Favor of the Animals in Bumúntú —Available Now!

WizKids‘ stunning thematic game inspired by African folklore, Bumúntú, is now available in North American game stores! 

Taking on the roles of Tribal Leaders, players will journey through the Congolese jungle seeking the favor of the animals. Following their guidance by utilizing the abilities of each animal tile, players will strategically travel around the board and collect the animals’ favor. The game’s randomly assigned setup and elegant mechanics mean that players will enjoy a new experience each time.

Rule the Stronghold in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The Rise and Fall of Anvalor—Coming Soon!

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The Rise and Fall of Anvalor

This April, WizKids releases The Rise and Fall of Anvalor, the co-opetition game taking place in the iconic Warhammer: Age of Sigmar setting, is coming soon!

Long-warring factions have put their quarrels aside, endeavoring to build a stronghold, called Anvalor, on The Great Parch. But each faction also has ulterior motives—they seek to take the stronghold under their control in order to strengthen their influence in all the Mortal Realms.

One to four players will select of one of six factions, including Order Serpentis, The Dispossessed, and Anvils of Heldenhammer, as well as one of their factions’ unique Aspects, abilities that can provide unique advantages during gameplay. Players build the stronghold by purchasing City Buildings, which will grant the player Influence; however, as soon as a City Building has been purchased, enemies will start to gather. When a turn ends with 3 enemies on the same side, they will assault, interrupting gameplay until the attack is completed. Players defeat enemies by rolling dice to either perform a Ranged or Melee attack, depending on the ability of the attacking unit. Upon defeating an enemy, the victorious player will gain Influence.

The game ends when the last enemy tile has been placed on the board. After a Final Assault, players will count the influence they’ve collected throughout the game. The player with the most influence wins!

The Rise and Fall of Anvalor, designed by Rustan Hakansson, offers many different combinations of play: each faction has four Aspects to choose from and the three different enemies have four different difficulties. Add to this the ability to play solo, and The Rise and Fall of Anvalor will offer many hours of varied and challenging gameplay.

Hunt the World’s Most Notorious Vampire in Fury of Dracula 4th Edition—Available Now!

WizKids has announced that the 4th Edition of iconic asymmetrical horror game Fury of Dracula is now available in North American game stores!

In Fury of Dracula, inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel, one player becomes the titular vampire while the remaining players take on the roles of hunters Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, Lord Godalming, Dr. John Seward, and Mina Harker, each of whom has a unique ability that serves to aid the group in capturing Dracula.

Each round is broken into two phases: day and night. During both phases, hunters may perform one of many actions such as travelling throughout the map or investigating their present location. Dracula, however, is only able to act at night, when he can lay traps for the hunters, create new servants, or secretly move to a new location. Players continue to traverse the map, featuring a variety of European countries, until either Dracula gains enough influence, or the hunters defeat him.

This new edition of the popular game includes larger cards, a refreshed rulebook, and all-new pre-painted miniatures to create a more immersive experience for players as they travel the European continent.  Will the Hunters take down Dracula before his undead thralls overwhelm Europe, or will he succeed in his insidious mission?

Fury of Dracula 4th Edition

Win the Favor of the Animals in Bumuntu — Coming Soon!

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of Bumuntu, designed by Timothy Blank. Based on the Bakongo tribespeople of central Africa, Bumuntu explores their culture, symbols, and folklore in a strategic, innovative game that’s fun for the whole family!

In Bumuntu, each player becomes a tribal leader journeying through the Congolese jungle, following the guidance of the animals and earning their favor. Each turn, players will travel around a board of 64 randomly assigned Animal Tiles by utilizing the animals’ individual abilities, inspired by each animal’s unique traits. Zebras, for example, can run in straight lines, and Flamingos allow players to fly to other spaces. Some animals allow players to attack each other, such as the venomous Black Mamba and the charging Rhinoceros. The most valuable tiles will change throughout the game, as players rearrange the Animal Favor Board to try and maximize the amount of favor their tiles will earn. At the end of the game, players will score points based on the number and types of tiles they’ve collected.

Bumuntu contains ten different animals, and players choose eight to play with each game, allowing for players to have a bit of control over the amount of interaction on the board, creating a more programmed game for more strategic players or a more interactive game for those who like to make (and break) alliances. Will the animals look kindly upon you, or will you get lost in the jungle? Find out in Bumuntu, available for pre-order at your Friendly Local Game Store or online today!

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