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“Hellboy: The Board Game” Kickstarter is Live!

Mantic Games, in partnership with Dark Horse Comics, is pleased to announce that the Hellboy: The Board Game Kickstarter campaign is now live. After launching, the campaign reached its $140,000 goal within 18 minutes and more than 7,000 Hellboy fans around the globe have now backed the campaign.

Inspired by Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic book universe, the game is a co-operative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic BRPD members, such as Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Roger the Homunculus, before exploring gothic locations and uncovering ancient artifacts.

Featuring stunning, pre-assembled plastic miniatures, Mantic Games has worked closely with Dark Horse Comics and Mike Mignola to ensure the gaming pieces accurately capture the look and feel of the source material. What’s more, top games designer James M. Hewitt – who has previously worked on Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Necromunda: Underhive and Blood Bowl 2016 – has been drafted in to create a compelling game experience.

“We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support of Hellboy fans,” said Ronnie Renton, CEO of Mantic Games. “This is already shaping up to be one of our most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever and we’ve still got several weeks to go. We’re planning to add more infamous adversaries and iconic agents as the funding continues to rise!”

“Congratulations Mantic Games,” said Mike Mignola. “Clearly the fans have spoken!”

Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live-action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise.

You can check out the Kickstarter campaign at this link here.

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Cryptozoic and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Announce Release of Ghostbusters: The Board Game II

Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, along with Ghost Corps and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, today announced the August 23 release of Ghostbusters: The Board Game II. Following up on the acclaimed first game, this massive standalone expansion has 1-4 players taking on the roles of the Ghostbusters as they investigate the Mood Slime that has flooded New York City, causing earthquakes and riots in an attempt to bring Vigo back. Inspired by the Ghostbusters movies, comics, and toylines, the game has players taking on the Scoleri brothers, riding the Statue of Liberty, and battling through Vigo’s Ghost army. It features highly detailed miniature figures based on original designs by Dan Schoening and an original story by Erik Burnham, both veterans of IDW’s Ghostbusters comic book series.

“It’s an honor to bring the Ghostbusters universe of film, toys, cartoons and comics into a game once again,” said Adam Sblendorio, Vice President of Creative at Cryptozoic.

In addition, two expansions for the game will be available September 20. Louis Tully Plazm Phenomenon: Expansion Pack adds Louis Tully, the Ghostbusters’ bumbling accountant and lawyer, and four new Scenarios to the game, as well as Entities like Titanic Ghosts, the Theatre Ghost, and the Giga-Plazm. Slimer Sea Fright: Expansion Pack makes Slimer part of the team as the Ghostbusters take on the fearsome skeleton crew led by the Ghost pirate Captain Jack Higgins in four new Scenarios.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game II is an episodic board game in which players battle paranormal Entities, seal Gates that leak Ghosts, investigate giant pockets of negatively-charged Slime, and use Ghostbusting Equipment, as they try to save the world yet again. Equipment Cards offer an array of powerful Weapons, devious Traps, magical Tomes, and helpful Utilities that can be used to win. Each Ghostbuster has Actions that can be used during a player’s turn to fight Entities, move, drive the Ecto-1a, deposit Ghosts into the Spirit World, place Extracted Plazms into the Ecto-1a’s Ecto-Tank, switch between different types of packs, and remove Slime from Ghostbusters.

Each Scenario takes place in various locations in an apocalyptic New York City built from map tiles and plagued by mind-altering Mood Slime, menacing Ghosts, and unrelenting Plazms. Campaign Mode links multiple Scenarios for a deeper, story-driven experience.

Cooperation is a key part of the game: Teamwork, planning, and resourcefulness are needed since players win or lose as a team.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game II will be available at retailers nationwide August 23 for a suggested retail price of $90. The two expansions—Louis Tully Plazm Phenomenon: Expansion Pack and Slimer Sea Fright: Expansion Pack—will be available September 20 for a suggested retail price of $30 apiece.

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“Fantasy Realms” card game coming soon

WizKids is excited to announce the upcoming release of the card game, Fantasy Realms, designed by Bruce Glassco!

As a ruler of a far-away land, each player must create the best card combos by drawing and discarding cards to build the mightiest realm in the world. You might choose to build up a massive force with army cards to sweep all before you. Or perhaps your kingdom will thrive in the mountains using caverns for shelter or jungles for protection with land card combos. The choice is yours, for no two realms will ever be the same.

Designed for 3-6 players, this combo-licious card game allows players to choose to draw from the deck or discard pile to create the best hand possible. You can only have 7 cards so choose wisely as the game ends when there are 10 cards in the discard area. Aim for the highest score to win the game and become the ruler of the realm.

Fantasy Realms will be available in limited quantities this June at Origins Game Fair and will be released in stores in August. Pre-order your copy at your friendly local game store today for $19.99!

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New Rick and Morty Tabletop Games Announced by Cryptozoic and Cartoon Network Enterprises

Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Cartoon Network Enterprises today announced that they are working together on two new tabletop games based on episodes of the popular Adult Swim Rick and Morty animated TV series: Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game and Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game. Being prepared for 2017 releases, both games can be previewed at New York Toy Fair until February 21 inside Cryptozoic’s booth (#5350), which can be found on Level 1 of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game is based on the first season episode “Anatomy Park,” in which Rick shrinks Morty and sends him into the body of Ruben, a homeless man in a Santa suit. It turns out that, in a joint venture with an eccentric and well-funded amoeba, Rick has built a microscopic amusement park inside a human body that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Morty’s mission is to save the very strange park before it is overrun by the diseases that are running rampant.

The strategy game puts 2-4 players into Anatomy Park, deep inside of Ruben’s body. After choosing from six characters, players must design the best park possible by placing tiles while simultaneously avoiding and fighting Diseases, such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis A. Certain actions (e.g., moving Ride Tiles around) shift around Ruben’s internal organs during gameplay and cause players to draw Bodily Reaction Cards, which result in unexpected effects and force players to act out embarrassing bodily functions. There are multiple game-ending conditions in which Ruben can live or die, affecting players and their final scores in various ways.


Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game is based on the Season 1 episode “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind,” in which a group of Ricks from alternate realities arrive and accuse the show’s Rick of murdering other Ricks. After being taken to the Council of Ricks, Rick and Morty escape to track down the evil Rick who appears to be the one behind the murders and the kidnapping of numerous Mortys. However, the true motivations and identity of the villain turn out to be much more complicated.

The deck-building game uses Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine as various versions of Rick serve as both players’ oversized Hero cards and the Villainous Council of Ricks. Each player’s deck starts with the following cards: seven Genius Waves cards that give you Power, one Beth, one Jerry, and one Summer. The Beth, Jerry, and Summer cards do nothing, but can activate other cards. The “Kick” stack in other Cerberus games is now the Portal Gun stack. The Portal Gun activates the Portal deck, which transports a player’s Hero to a random Location from the episode or other popular places from the series. That player may then utilize that Location during his or her turn and has the option of paying the cost of the Location to put it into his/her deck.

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game and Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game can be seen now at New York City Toy Fair before being released July 12, 2017 and fourth quarter 2017 respectively.


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“Dark Souls” Board Game Successfully Kickstarted

The Kickstarter campaign for the Dark Souls board game has been hugely successful, hitting its target of £50,000 just three minutes after it went live.

Since then, support for the game has continued to skyrocket, and the campaign closed with over 31,000 backers pledging nearly £3.8 Million to make the game a reality. That translates into over $5.5 Million USD, a lot of money for a game, but when you consider that it is Dark Souls, it’s no surprise.


Here is the description of the game from the kickstarter page:

Dark Souls™ – The Board Game is much more than a classic dungeon crawler. Just like the Dark Souls™ video games, this is a game that requires strategic thinking, clever planning, and exemplary execution to succeed.

To triumph, players must explore dangerous locations, discover and defeat enemies, and collect equipment and treasures before ultimately facing the boss in an epic fight to the death.

Playable in either Solo or Co-op modes, players choose their role from a number of core Dark Souls™ character classes. Each class has a distinct role to play in the game, with a unique set of strengths and abilities.

With multiple difficulty modes and a high-level of replayability, this is a game designed to be deep enough to satisfy hard-core tabletop gamers whilst remaining accessible to newer players.

The game has an element of randomness to it and plays very close to how the video game actually works. The pieces, board, and cards all look amazing, and if you are a fan of the game, I would suggest giving this version a try.

It is not too late to get a chance to buy the kickstarter version of the game even though the fundraiser is over, and you can buy it at this link here for around $115 USD, not counting shipping.

The current release date is April 2017.

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“Pub Trivia” Board Game Review

We met University Games at NY Toy Fair and covered some of their upcoming releases for 2013. Aside from preparing to release a “World War Z” board and card game soon, as well as reviving Colorforms (remember those? I do!), “University Games” is also pumping out plenty of new and original games like “Anti-Monopoly”, “Murder Mystery Mansion”, and “Smart-ass” (and it’s counterpart, “Dumbass” – no, really), the folks over there were kind enough to send me one of their newer titles, so today we are taking a look at “Pub Trivia”!

As the game says, this is good ole’ fashioned team trivia – but trivia is not limited merely to answering questions. Made for gamers age 12 and above, the concept is simple enough. Earn the most points through the various trials to win the game, lather, rinse, repeat. A “host” acts as your dungeon master in this, selecting the trivia cards and reading off the questions before giving the teams two minutes to write their answers down on the answer sheets. Whoever has the most points wins.

Games are fast-paced and move quickly, especially with the two-minute time limit, and can get pretty hectic if you are stumbling with your partner to decide on an answer. Each card has its own topic or category, including entertainment, science & technology, history, geography, sports & recreation, and the fan-favorite “Anything Goes”. The first five questions are “short answer”, where you and your teammate[s] write short answers to solve the questions. The sixth question is where you list four correct answers to things that have multiple correct answers, like what are the four heaviest land mammals or naming the four kids in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”.

The seventh is the “Who Said” category, where a quote is read and players must figure out who said it. Question eight is where you have to figure out what decade something happened in, although you can earn bonus points for guessing the exact year. Question nine is a problem that is answered with a number, and the final question involves drawing a diagram or picture. All in all, a nice change to just asking questions, and allows players to use different problem-solving techniques to answer the trivia.

Technically, there is no board to march a character or game piece around, but there is a “Quiz Card Sleeve” that you can slide the cards into for easy maintenance. There are also 100 quiz cards, which hold a total of 1000 questions on them, 10 score sheets, 200 team answer sheets, and four pencils to write on the aforementioned answer sheets. The trivia is a good mix of difficulties, although there is no batch that is labelled as easy, medium, or hard. It’s more just who happens to know what, but that is the fun of team-baed trivia.

You can order “Pub Trivia” Board Game from Amazon.com for $20, a savings of $15 as the game normally retails for $35, or you can also purchase it in stores from Wal-Mart. For that price, it’s a fun game to play with friends (and even more fun if you are fueled by alcohol like in a proper pub) with plenty of question to keep you guessing and a variety of ways to answer them to keep everything as fair as possible. There will no doubt be expansion packs as well if you need more questions, but there are enough to keep you busy for a pretty decent amount of time. “Pub Trivia” is challenging and fair, offering different ways to hold a quiz game with plenty of versatility and options to keep everyone having fun!

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “The Presidential” Board Game makes the Electoral College fun

Whoever said politics is not a game was wrong, as “The Presidential” is a new board game that showed itself off to the public at NY Toy Fair 2013.

Players get to choose their side, being either a republican or a democrat, with the goal of “The Presidential” being to win 270 electoral votes. You can gain or lose popularity through the playing cards in the game, which have plenty of humorous anecdotes that add a wonderful sense of randomness like the real world of politics. You can even write your own cards to spice things up!


The game also has a digital element, that allows you to keep track of votes on a digital scoreboard that you can install on a computer. There is no age limit for the game, and I was told that even elementary school kids enjoy playing it, even if they do not fully understand the political side of it. For middle school kids and up, adults included, this game seems like a fun way to learn about how the US Government works. Stay tuned in the near future when we try this game out and see if it really is any good!

You can learn more about “The Presidential” Board Game on their official website here.

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