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Published: 09/17/2012, Last Updated: 09/18/2012 03:35am

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WizKids delves into the world of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle-earth once again with their second “dice building” game.  The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game uses custom-designed dice to represent armies of Men, Dwarves, Elves, and Hobbits battling against the forces of Sauron.  The new game is scheduled to release in January 2013.

 

The new dice building game is based on the game mechanics that first appeared in WizKids’ Quarriors! game, designed by Mike Elliott and Eric Lang.  The Middle-earth themed version was developed by Jeph Stahl and Brett Myers.

 

Quarriors! designer Elliott described the adaptation of the mechanic in the announcement.  “Fans of Quarriors will readily recognize the dice building mechanic…,” he said, “but The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game explores a few key elements that make it an entirely new experience out of the box,” according to Elliott.

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'Dreadball'

Sci-Fi Sports Game

Published: 09/16/2012, Last Updated: 09/17/2012 04:24am

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UK miniatures company and boardgame manufacturer Mantic Games has announced plans to release a new science fiction-themed sports game called Dreadball.  The game was very well received on Kickstarter and was completely funded in only two hours; it has attracted over $250,000 dollars worth of pledged support to date.  The game is expected to release to the trade this November.

 

Dreadball is a football-like tactical board game that pits heavily-armored teams against each other.  The game features highly-detailed plastic miniatures for two teams (unpainted), game cards, counters, and dice.  Everything is designed to have a “clean,” futuristic look, and features science fiction versions of common fantasy races such as humans, goblins, and dwarves.

 

Dreadball was designed by Jake Thornton, who has almost thirty years of experience in the game industry, including writing credits at Games Workshop.  The game is for two players.

 

The Dreadball Kickstarter program includes two retailer-targeted promotions: the “Championship Venue” includes copies of the game and a special “Demo Pitch,” and the “World Series Venue” includes a premium demo board featuring the store name.

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Premieres in Essen

Published: 09/12/2012, Last Updated: 09/13/2012 04:58am

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Asmodee will release the Egyptian-themed Kemet in partnership with French design house Matagot.  The game will premiere at the Spiel game fair in Essen, Germany next month, and will be available for distribution in the United States late in 2012.

 

The name Kemet refers to the ancient Egyptians’ name for their land.  In the game, players lead a tribe of Egyptians as they conquer territory and fight battles against their rivals.  Player can draw upon the powers of the ancient Egyptian gods and recruit mythical creatures to reinforce their armies.

 

Kemet was designed by Jacques Bariot and Guillaume Montiage, who also collaborated on Matagot’s Nefertiti (distributed in the US by Rio Grande).  Kemet is a combination action point and area control game with a card-driven combat mechanic.  Details of the production have not yet been finalized, but the game is expected to be packaged in a large box with numerous sculpted plastic models, similar to Matagot’s earlier games Giants and Cyclades.

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Anima Tactics: Kudoi

$ 11.99 SRP

 

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Anima Tacticsa: Kira

$ 11.99 SRP

 

 

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Hell Dorado: Gotz von Berlichengen

$ 11.99 SRP

 

 

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Hell Dorado: Charon

$ 24.99 SRP

 

 

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Hell Dorado: Isaia and Golem

$ 34.99 SRP

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GMG5075

DCC# 74: Blades Against Death

$ 9.99 SRP

 

Punjar: wide-eyed madmen stalk the streets pronouncing the end of days, mail-clad priests crush the skulls of heathens underfoot, and timorous virgins are offered up in sacrifice within sooty temples. But even the greatest of shining temples and the strangest of mystery cults don’t dare to challenge the terrifying finality of Death. Until now. In Blades Against Death, the adventurers cross between the realms of the living and the dead, and wager their souls in a desperate bid to steal a soul from Death’s hoary grasp. To win over the God of Dooms, you must be the most daring, stalwart and cunning and – when all else fails – willing to test your blades against Death! A mid-level adventure for the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game, Blades against Death offers characters a once in a lifetime escapade. Those that return from the Realms of the Dead will have earned the true title of adventurer, while those that fail will spend eternity in Death’s service.

 

 

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Age of Cthulhu7: The Timeless Sands of India

$ 12.99 SRP

 

The Timeless Sands of India (Officially licensed Cthulhu Adventure) India: exotic splendors, desolate sands, and the mysteries of the Subcontinent. The answers to unexplained nightmares rest in India’s timeless sands, where eons-old mysteries still dwell just below the veneer of polite society. Curious investigators are quickly drawn into a shadow-war waged by forces of darkness. The clues lead to the ferocious sandstorms of the Great Thar Desert, with fires, assassins, spies, and the alien Lightning Cannon along the way! Age of Cthulhu adventures include many of the classic elements of Call of Cthulhu: action, investigation, and a forbidding sense of horror. Though the adventures utilize real locations and historical events, Age of Cthulhu is first and foremost dedicated to exploring the horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos, and to bringing the excitement of heroic pulp-themed adventure to your gaming table. So dim the lights, load your trusty sidearm, and prepare to venture into the unknown.


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The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac

$ 49.95 SRP

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The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac is an exciting push-your-luck board game in which two to six players each take control of one of twelve adventurers eager to explore a remote temple filled with dangerous traps and valuable artifacts. To claim these priceless treasures, the adventurers must dash through a perilous maze, dodging moving walls, molten lava, and a gigantic boulder. The player whose adventurer escapes alive with the most treasure is the winner!

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Creating 8 Posters For Retailers Featuring the Game’s Factions

Published: 09/10/2012, Last Updated: 09/11/2012 02:38am

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The Alderac Entertainment Group sold out of Paul Peterson’s shuffle-building card game Smash Up (see “'Smash Up'”) at GenCon, but the game will be released to retail soon and AEG plans to support the launch with a set of 8 posters, each featuring one of the game’s different factions.  These posters will be available to retailers who are interested in promoting the fast-moving and fun card game.  Designed for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, Smash Up takes just 45 minutes to play.

 

Players draft two of the eight 20-card faction decks and shuffle them together and start competing to smash bases.  The factions are what make it interesting as players will come with some strange combinations when working with the “aliens,” “pirates,” “zombies,” “ninjas,” etc. that make up the game’s competing groups.  Each combination provides a different playing experience.  Pirate/Alien decks have to be played differently than Pirate/Zombie, or Pirate/Dinosaur decks.  Players compete to “smash bases” and are awarded points based on their success.

 

AEG’s Smash Up shuffle-building card game includes 160 minion and Action cards, 16 base cards, and a 12-page rulebook.

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Due in November From Mayfair

Published: 09/10/2012, Last Updated: 09/11/2012 02:38am

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Mayfair Games has announced the November release of Catan Histories: Merchants of Europe (MSRP $55.00), the English/American edition of Klaus Teuber’s 2011 Die Siedler von Catan: Aufbruch der Handler (literally “The Settlers of Catan: Rise of the Merchants”).  Teuber’s Merchants of Europe uses the simple and fun Catan hex and resource system to recreate the rise of the merchant class across Europe.  This classic Euro-style board game can be played with 2-4 players (best with 4), ages 12 and up, and takes about 90 minutes per game.

 

Players are powerful merchants who have trading posts in three cities.  The idea is to recruit new merchants and have them establish new outposts in distant cities.  Players have to open up trade routes and equip caravans.  The winner is the player who is able to deliver all of his or her commodities to foreign cities.

 

The deluxe Catan Histories: Merchants of Europe game box includes: 1 double-sided game board, 120 trade routes (wood pieces in four colors), 48 trading posts (wood pieces in four colors), 8 caravans (wood pieces in 4 colors), 8 merchants (wood pieces in 4 colors, 1 robber (black wood), 95 resource cards, 25 development cards, 40 commodity tokens, 68 coins ( in “1” and “3” denominations), 15 resource number tokens, 4 building cost overviews, 2 dice, and one rulebook.

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Banditos: Hippies & an Armored Truck

$ 7.95 SRP

 

Go on a joyride through the 1980s. Your destination? Robbing the Banco de Mexico! Now there’s even more ways to make your millions with Hippies and an Armored Truck, a 30-card expansion for Banditos that introduces new characters and inside information for the armored truck.

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Article 27

$ 49.95 SRP

 

Your country has chosen you to protect their interests. If that means you have to bend the rules a little bit, well that’s just the cost of justice, right? In Article 27, you assume the role of one of the members of the UN Security Council, which means you wield the power of the veto. No proposal can pass when a member uses their veto, so there had better be something in the deal for you!  Negotiations on the proposals can include side-deals, threats, or outright influence-peddling! But once the gavel comes down it’s time to vote, so you better have greased all the right palms with influence or your proposal is sunk! Article 27 requires no knowledge of politics or the UN to enjoy. If you like negotiation games, you’ll love Article 27!