GS TABLE GAME ROUND UP: #4 Marvel, Monsters In New York, Illegal Games And More

diceThis week’s table game round covers a whole host of news including conventions,new releases, kickstarter campaigns and much more. Read on to find out about Marvel, Essen Spiel 13, fake games and a Hobbit called Bilbo.


Essen Spiel 2013 delivers another great convention

A few weeks ago the biggest event in Table Top gaming happened in Germany. Essen Spiel 13 entertained around 156,000 visitors from around the world with over 800 exhibitors from all areas of table gaming in attendance.

Company’s like Fantasy Flight, NSKN, Backspindle and many others demoed their latest games to fans and also showcased what is coming out next year. But it is not just the big boys showing what they have you also get the small independent designers just out to get feedback on their game designs.

The idea is to drum up interest for gamers and retailers. Over the next few weeks we will have lots more news about what games were launched at ES 13.

Below are some photos from the event taken from various sources.

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Marvel Legendary is a deck building game based around the Marvel Comics Universe which for various legal reasons had trouble being released in the UK but you can pick it up now. Well the great news is that they not only have one expansion out but sneaked in a second one straight away as well. The first expansion is Dark City which focuses on the lesser known Marvel characters and the other is a Fantastic Four smaller one. GS’ Silver Fox will have a review of the main starter set posted this Sunday so be sure to read that. Meanwhile check out the packs for the expansions.




Other Marvel news is that the people behind the Quarriors game have created a new Marvel dice game called Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men. It sounds like a diced based combat game with cards. This is both good news and sad because a few weeks ago we ran a review for Marvel Battle Dice that has since been stopped but with this game on the market it means that the publisher thinks there is still a market for this kind of thing. Oh well let’s hope this one lives up the good feedback the previous game had.

Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men is a collectible dice-building tabletop game designed by Quarriors! creators Michael Elliott and Eric M. Lang.

In this game, each player fields one of the superhero teams, with each hero — Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man, and more — being represented by custom-tooled dice; each team must be composed of 15 dice, and a player can “purchase” dice only from his team. Each hero also has one or more character reference cards, which show the special abilities for the characters based on the die rolls. Different versions of these cards will be available in booster packs, allowing for more customization of your team. Players use these dice to collect energy, recruit new heroes, and battle head-to-head. In addition, each player brings two basic action cards to the game, which are placed in the center of the table; both players can purchase these cards. A player wins once the opposing player has been reduced to zero life. The Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Starter Set comes with 44 custom dice, 38 cards, two dice bags, and a core rulebook. Booster packs include two dice with two matching character cards.



Fans of King of Tokyo can rejoice as there has been talk of a new spin off game called King of New York. The game is due in 2014 and has similar rules as the original. King of Tokyo is one of my favourite fun factor games with its combination of dice and card playing. News of a spin off sounds great to me. Game designer Richard Garfield had this to say about the new game.

1. Monsters will be able to move through different districts on the board.

2. The humans will definitely strike back!

3. The game should be a bit richer than KoT, but not much more complex.




I never knew that counterfeit board games existed until this week when news came out that the illegal games that have mostly been confined to the Japanese market are now starting to make their way overseas. This is disturbing because although someone might not know they have bought a counterfeit game and getting it cheaper but they are still getting an inferior product which could put them off buying another game by the supposed publisher or designer. I guess my only advice on this would be to always but your games from a respectable retailer. You can find your local game shop HERE.

Two of the games being made are Forbidden Island and King of Tokyo. The publisher Iello of King of Tokyo had this to say:

In the past, the impact of counterfeits has been limited to sales in China, though that impact has been hard to measure with precision. We have experienced situations in which a Chinese publisher interested in one of our games has changed its mind after finding the game already on its market. Or finding that the game was being sold at such a low price as to be even cheaper than the cost of having it manufactured by our printers.


The publisher of Forbidden Island Gamewright took another stance though:

As for the counterfeit Forbidden Island, we’re aware of it but haven’t taken any legal action against it up to this point. In all honesty, it’s just not worth the amount of time and money we’d have to invest to prosecute… It’s a shame that they’re out there, but until we see a significant dent in the sales of the official product, we probably won’t take action. In the mean time, we’ll stand flattered that our games are popular enough that someone would want to knock them off


Lords of War has been one of my favourite new finds this year as it’s simple and fast paced card game for all ages to play. As mentioned in our review and previous round ups the team at BlackBox games have launched a kickstarter for the third set called Templars versus Undead. From the few images I have seen this looks like the best set yet! I mean come on look at that artwork below. Go HERE for the project.

Although Lords of War: Templars versus Undead is the third game in the Lords of War: Fantasy Battles series, chances are you won’t have heard of us. That’s because we’re a tiny company and we have been around for less than a year. Also, Lords of War has until very recently only been available in the UK!

Thankfully, you don’t need to have even heard of the other Lords of War games to enjoy Lords of War: Templars versus Undead. Every Lords of War game has been designed to work on its own, completely independently of the others – that said, if you like, you can mix the decks up or play any of the armies against one another too!


Meanwhile this project which just got funded looks like a lot of fun. Villains and Vigilantes Card Game is a superhero game that has style and class based on the pics. Check out the project HERE

In the Villains and Vigilantes Card Game, players take on the roles of the villains trying to carry out a variety of sinister schemes or the heroes striving to bring them to justice. Soar through the air, escape from prison, use mind control to dominate your feeble opponents, or send your opponents flying with a super-powered punch.


Fancy going back in time to a summer camp and being in your own horror film well Camp Grizzly aims to do just that. It sounds like a great fun concept and as a Co-Op gives in that great Teen Survival theme as well. Check out the project HERE

The year is 1979, you are Camp Counselors who are being stalked through a maze of cabins and camp trails by ‘Otis’, a homicidal killer with an unhealthy bear fetish.

Work together to explore the camp grounds. Find useful weapons and items while searching for a combination of objectives that can trigger one of four different game endings. Those who survive the finale win the game!


Dixit Origins is yet another expansion for the excellent verbal card game that is a firm favourite in our house. The fact that we keep getting more cards for this game means it always stays fresh.

Travel to lands of imagination with beautiful, compelling art in this wonderful new expansion to the award-winning Dixit. Eighty-four new cards full of wonderful images will delight and entertain. Beautiful, compelling art Breathe new life into an already wonderful game 84 new cards for an award-winning masterpiece


Expedition: Northwest Passage from Asmodee looks like my kind of game with an interesting premise and game design.

Carefully place exploration tiles, maneuver around ice floes, discover islands and send your crews on sleds across solid land. Be careful – as the seasons progress, the North gets colder, and the last thing you want is to find yourself stuck in the ice, losing crews and equipment. Be the first to discover the route to the Pacific to earn the Prestige you need to bring victory for your team!

* Colorful art and wooden tokens.
* Push your luck to beat the other players and explore the Arctic Circle – recreate a piece of history.
* Place tiles and choose your route carefully.


Trains and Stations sounds like a fun trip to the land of steam trains and gold!

In Trains and Stations, players must make deliveries, develop buildings, and profit from their decisions while working with and against other players. Will you focus on establishing mining operations in an attempt to gain a monopoly on coal, silver and gold? Or perhaps you will focus on laying tracks across the landscape and helping other players move their goods – taking your cut, of course. Every game will evolve differently with unique twists and turns as you control the goods across the game map!


The Hobbit Board Game. Based on the movie and not the book this game looks to add a new twist to the story and just in time for the second movie on the prequel trilogy.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Journey to the Lonely Mountain Strategy Game blends thematic gameplay with scenes, events, and characters from the first Hobbit film from director Peter Jackson.

Will Bilbo Baggins, with the help of Gandalf and his Company of Dwarves, safely navigate his way to The Lonely Mountain – or will the forces of evil stop him? Players take on the role of Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, the Goblin King or Azog in this new twist on the epic Hobbit tale of wonder and danger, which can be played as a one-on-one match-up or as one player versus up to three opponents. Players must anticipate and react quickly to their opponents’ moves and carefully husband their limited resources to use at just the right time.

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GS Table Game Reviews for November

Coming up this month we will have reviews of  The Tripods, Marvel Legendary, 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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