GS TABLE GAME ROUND UP #6 Dirigibles, Time Travellers, Vikings and Mount Everest

diceThis week’s table game round up has news for expansions in space, time travelling spys, an incredible eBay auction and The Hunger Games.

Also check out some cool new releases heading your way this week at your local game shop.

EVENT NEWS

Dragonmeet is happening in two weeks in London on 7th December at the Kensington Town Hall you can expect to see games being played and for sale and also guest signing and talks and a chance to meet like-minded gamers. Geek Syndicate will be in attendance so if you go be sure to say hello.

Also look out for a interview with the guys at Cubicle 7 who run and support the event later this week.

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You can buy tickets HERE and find more about the event HERE.

 

TABLE GAME NEWS

SMASH UP
The excellent card game Smash up already has 2 expansions but news coming in is that we are going to get a very cool new set of 4 new factions.

The Science Fiction Double Feature expansion comes with 88 cards and can be played right out of the box by two players. It also comes with a VP token sheet and a rulebook. It plays in 45 minutes and has a SRP of $19.99. Combine it with any Smash Up set and the game can be played by up to four players.

Each of the four new factions brings new abilities to the game. Time Travelers allow players to use their cards repeatedly. Cyborg Apes take actions that take players’ minions to a whole new level. Super Spies can use their espionage skill to plot out not only the player’s future but also the opponent’s. Shapeshifters could be anybody.

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IDW GAMES
A while ago we reported that IDW comics were moving into the board game market with 30 Days of Night and also a game called Kill Shakespeare. The news is that two artists are attached to the project including one of my all-time favourites Dave Dorman.

IDW Games announced it had signed J.K. Woodward and Dave Dorman to be the art team for their launch title, Kill Shakespeare. Woodward’s work has been a mainstay at IDW since 2005, where he helped relaunch Fallen Angel before moving on to various Star Trek series, including last-year’s best-selling Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who maxi-series. Dave Dorman is an Eisner Award-winning artist known for his extensive work in the fantasy genre, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and much more.

“We’ve long respected the art that both J.K. and Dave have produced over the years,” said IDW CEO Ted Adams, “and having them both be a part of the initial offering from our IDW Games division only gives our coming Kill Shakespeare game that much more individual style and excitement.”

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Exodus: Proxima Centauri Expansion
Our friends over at NSKN games have just announced some great news about their space based game Exodus: Proxima Centauri. They are going to release an expansion for it next year at Essen Spiel 14.

The technologies we have prepared for the expansion will provide several interesting abilities:

  • defense against Weapons of Mass Destruction – this is a set of technologies that we have thought about before the release of the first edition of Exodus, but we kept it boxed because it would add a new layer of complexity to the game. It is however appropriate for the expansion
  • new drives will allow even faster movement and a more conflicting way of expansion. The most advanced engine core will be the Hyperspace Drive, a technology which may change the course of the conflict and allow unexpected Victory Points
  • so far, the ships in Exodus have very straightforward weaponry. The Antimatter Cannons are the most effective, yet simple to use. The new Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Cannon will bring another level of battle tactics
  • speaking of battle tactics, the expansion will bring new technologies which will change the structure of combat
  • the expansion will also bring a core change related to research. A few of the new technologies will bring along direct Victory Points. This is possibly one of the biggest changes from the base game
  • Each player will choose a faction and will receive a separate player board with a specific set of technologies, most of them unavailable for the other players. This will not cancel the access to the base set of 28 techs, but will simply add to a total of approximately 35 technologies

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Want to know what happens when you play the wrong board game with the wrong people? This lovely image from The Huffington Post tells you. Have a little thought for Uno, Scrabble and Monopoly the next time you play it.

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MtG Card sells for a fortune
It is not only old comics that make money for us geeks but also rare cards from Magic The Gathering. A Card recently sold at auction for £27,302. Yep you heard right ONE CARD!

Someone spent $27,302 on eBay for the most magical of Magic: The Gathering cards, the super-rare Alpha Black Lotus. It is believed that only 1,100 of these cards were printed during Magic’s very limited first run in 1993, and this specific Black Lotus brought such a high value because it was in near-pristine condition. It received a 9.5 out of 10 from the Beckett Grading Service, the ultimate authority when it comes to telling people with very large wallets when it’s okay to open up said wallet for something silly, and the seller claims it is “the holy grail of non-sports cards in the finest condition ever graded.”

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WIZKIDS/NECA
I have to say I am quite a fan of Wizkids and their products including Star Trek Attack Wing and now we get news that they have secured a deal with our friends at Esdevium Games to be the sole distributor of the license.

WizKids/NECA, the global leader in collectible miniature gaming, today announced that the company has entered into an agreement making Esdevium Games the exclusive distributor of its English-language products to all European territories.

“We have chosen Esdevium to be our sole distributor in Europe with the aim of replicating the successful growth and support we’ve experienced in the UK and bringing it to all of Europe,” said WizKids president Justin Ziran.

The move mirrors a proven distribution model used by WizKids in the United States, where a single point of contact with the market has improved supply of product and created efficiencies with Organized Play, which has resulted in sustained year-over-year growth for the WizKids product line.

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FROM TABLE TO TABLET

Agricola
The gamers favourite is now out on the iPad and you can find out more about it HERE.

Agricola is a turn-based game, played in six Stages and 14 Rounds. On a turn, players place a family member token on a location in town in order to collect resources or to take actions to improve their farm. They can get building materials such as wood and clay, plow fields and sow crops, or build fences to keep animals. New actions become available at the start each round and resources get replenished on any taken in the previous round.

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KICKSTARTER PROJECTS

 

Krosmaster: Arena Frigost Extension
There is a huge fan base for the Kromaster: Arena game and there new expansion has killed it’s kickstarter target in just a few days. Go HERE to see more.

Winter is coming! Krosmaster: Arena is coming back with an all new expansion! Help Japanime Games get the English edition of Krosmaster: Arena Frigost out early in 2014, along with a great new set of tokens and promotional figures!

Welcome to Frigost. Home of the cold-hearted Count Harebourg and the site of the first Extension for Krosmaster: Arena. The Demons of the Hours and Minutes have selected this desolate region as your next battleground and they are particularly excited for the new dangers awaiting you. Give them a good show, but be sure to keep your head!

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Pathfinder Dice Arena
A new addition to the Pathfinder world is arriving if things carry on the way they are on Kickstarter. This new game is based around dice combat. Go HERE for more. 

Based on the world’s best selling roleplaying game, Pathfinder Dice Arena allows players to battle as their favorite Pathfinder heroes in tournaments for gold and glory. Players build up moves to create high scoring combos while using counter moves to interfere with their opponents’ actions. Whether you’re a Pathfinder fan or just a fan of dice games, Pathfinder Dice Arena makes a fun and fast addition to your game nights!

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Zeppeldrome
There are not enough games about Dirigible but this one looks like it could be a hell of lot of fun. You can see a video preview below for it and find the game HERE.

You’ve brought your racing dirigible to the most prestigious rally in the world. And you mean to win. Held outside of a giant flying castle, The Matterhorn, each race has a different combination of obstacles to face (such as the Tragic Lemming “Migration” and the Four Old Folks Looking for the Farmer’s Market), and your opponents will bring different advantages and hazards to the rally as well (such as using their Grappling Cannon to pull themselves closer, or their Aerodynamic Headgear to get just a little better airspeed). Will you be able to figure out the best paths to take while dealing with your opponents in the most effective ways?

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NEW RELEASES

Vikings: Warriors of the North
Who does not love a good Viking game and this one does look like it has gorgeous artwork.

Vikings: Warriors of the North is a card-based game. Players draw cards from a common deck. Wind cards are used for moving a drakkar around the board that depicts the cold north sea. Players can move the drakkar to a village (to sack it), to an enemy drakkar (to attack it), or to their own ports, where they can throw a feast for the Gods.

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Prosperity
A new Eurogame style game that sounds like it could be a big hit when it lands soon.

Manage a country on the rise as it discovers new technologies, builds new roads, invests its capital and balances its needs against its environmental impact. Balance the needs of your nation against the cost of progress, and lead your country to an age of prosperity.

Prosperity requires players to strike a balance – increase your energy or control your pollution, spend extravagantly or advance cautiously. You will have to build roads across your nation, research new technologies, build income and manage expenditures. In the end, victory depends on making the best progress while still maintaining a clean nation.

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Carcassonne
This game is one that a lot of family’s buy to introduce the children into a different world of board games. Always in a top gamers list somewhere Carcassonne has now got another new expansion called Count, King & Robber Carcassonne.

The 6th expansion to Carcassonne introduces new elements to the gameplay, which may be familiar to those that have previously played various expansion packs:

Count – helps players take over section that are under another player’s control. This is essentially the Count of Carcassone expansion re-packaged. King – awards the player who completes the largest city. This is similar to the Largest Army bonus points in Settlers of Catan where you get 2 bonus points. Robber – awards the player who completes the longest road. This is also similar to Settlers of Catan for the Longest Road bonus points where you get 2 bonus points as well. River 2 – introduces a new twist to the river element at the beginning of the game where the winding river splits into two. This is essentially the River II expansion repackaged. Heretics & Shrines – introduce heretics who challenge the monks to score points. This is essentially the Cult expansion repackaged as well.

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Mount Everest
Now this game sounds like it could catch on fast. I know a lot of people play K2 but I think there is space for these types of games.

In Mount Everest game you take part in tourist business actually, but it is not a mere, usual business. People die here. This mountain, the highes peak in the world was reached by almost 4000 people, but over 220 died during their attempts. One day 150 people climbed the peak. Majority of people who want to reach the summit are tourists, who have no experience, no skill required to climb mountains 8000m high. Without a proper help they will never make it.

But here you are! The experienced climber and their guide. You climbed Broad Peak, K2 and other eight-thousanders, on ME you were few times already. You know very well that what is easy for you may be the last adventure in your clients’s lives. You have to plan where to set camps, how to take care of acclimatization, whom and when guide up and down, because every single of your clients wants not only reach the summit, but also return to the base safe and sound, with photos.

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Mauna Kea 

A board game about a Volcano exploding. How cool does that sound. Mauna Kea is out now .

Help, the lava is coming! Now, you have to find as many artefacts as possible and bring them, along with your own helpers, to the rescue boat. If you plan your ways cleverly and have a little bit of luck, you‘ll survive the volcanic eruption as the rescuing hero!

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Prison Outbreak Zombicide Season 2
Zombie fans rejoice as the next release in the huge Zombice games is here. Looks like prisons are they place for Zombies to cause trouble these days…

Season 2: Prison Outbreak takes the players to an indoor environment with vicious close-ranged fights. Each player controls between one and six survivors of different backgrounds and origins, all battling zombies in a prison and its surrounding areas. Through the missions featured in the game, your team tries to clean out the prison and make it into a safe haven. Good luck you’re going to need it.

Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak is designed both as a stand-alone game for new players and an expansion for Season 1 owners. It’s a fast-paced, fun, and easy-to-learn game with action movie characters and themes. Your team must develop innovative tactics to find the balance between survival against all odds and furious zombie hunting. Cooperation and friendship are your best tools to achieve victory.

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Hunger Games Catching Fire Victors Game
The Hunger Games are one of the biggest licenses right now and for good reasons. The books are great, the films are great and the cast are amazing. Now yiou can try your hand at the latest tie in game from the second film and book.

The fire has started you and the other rebels are here to see that it keeps burning all the way to the Capitol. Using different card combinations to score points, you must gather the most resources to best aid Katniss and the cause… but watch out!

One of the other players may be a Capitol spy who will attempt to steal victory from you! The Catching Fire Victor’s Game is an easy to learn game of strategy and deduction as players look to maximize the cards that they play while also anticipating the strategies of the other players.

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Lost Legends
A new monster fighting game that sounds very intriguing from the below details.

In Lost Legends players take on the role of heroes trying to assemble an arsenal of equipment in order to vanquish a series of monsters that they will encounter. Each player fights their own monster; this is not a cooperative game. The monster each hero will likely face is revealed to them before players draft cards for their equipment. An interesting aspect in this game is you may, if the conditions are right you can evade a monster in front of you. The game consists of 3 levels filled with monsters to slay and new equipment to pick up.

 

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Dark Darker Darkest
Always pleased to see another horror game on the scene and with the artwork on the cover of the box I think this could be a scary ride.

Dark Darker Darkest is an intense cooperative survival horror game in which a team of urban survivors try to fight the darkness in the house of Doctor Mortimer. Players must gather the optimal tools to open doors, control destructive fires that slowly destroy the locations of the game and battle the endless hordes of terrifying creatures. The game uses innovative mechanisms and creates an intense tactical experience. All creatures and challenges are controlled by the game system’s A.I. and the board is modular, creating a unique narrative each session.
Can you fight the darkness?

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GS TABLE GAME REVIEWS

Coming up this month we will have reviews of  The Tripods, Android Netrunner, Forbidden Desert, City of Remnants and Level 7 [Omega Protocol].

To find out about all our boardgame news and older table game round up posts go HERE.

Reporter: Montoya
Sources: Various

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