May 3, 2011

Z-Man Games Newsletter Issue 29 Available


The latest issue of the Z-Man Games newsletter has been released and can be found on their website (Z-Man Games). The newsletter gives us insight into three of their upcoming titles: Mondo, Palenque, and Guards! Guards! which is a game based off Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. Read on for more information about these great upcoming titles!

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May 1, 2011

Victory Point Games Releases Disaster on K2!


From Victory Point Games -

Adventure above 8000m!

From designer Tom Decker comes the next challenge - Climbing and conquering to survive the Disaster on K2! As an internationally renowned expedition leader, you are anxious to gain prestige by leading a group of high profile climbers from your country to the top of the most difficult peak in the world, K2. While some of the climbers have been selected for their climbing abilities, others have been assigned to your team for various political reasons.

Certainly if you can accomplish this feat, your name will go down as one of the greatest expedition leaders of all time and your fame and fortune will be assured.

Play solitaire or compete against another player to lead your climbers to the summit of K2 and back down safely. Or take on the challenge of climbing both Everest and K2 in the campaign game by adding VPG's Disaster on Everest.

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April 30, 2011

Dragon Age RPG Set 2 Available from Green Ronin


Don't be put off by this RPG series, even though it is based off a video game from giant developer Bioware, as it has been dubbed one of the best introduction RPGs in the last 30 years and was nominated for Best Game and Product of the Year in the 2010 ENnie Awards. Dragon Age Set 1 was released in 2009 and set players on their path from levels 1-5. Set 2 continues the players journeys and advances them from levels 6-10. It includes instructions for playing the legendary Grey Wardens, a new mechanic of roleplaying and exploration stunts, 40 new spells, additional world info and character backgrounds, and the expansion of specializations to include arcane warrior, berserker, and assassin.

Dragon Age Set 2 is currently available only as a pdf [Green Ronin |] or can be pre-ordered as a box set which will include an 80-page Player's Guide and an 80-page Game Master's Guide, two different heavy reference cards (with multiple copies of each to share around the table), and a poster map of the world of Thedas [Amazon | Green Ronin].

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April 28, 2011

Days of Wonder Announces Small World Underground


Well, would you look at that. If it wasn't about 3 hours after making my post about the possible upcoming Small World expansion that Days of Wonder announced Underground, a stand-alone addition to the lineup. Designed by original Small World author, Philippe Keyaerts, it boasts a slew of new races, featured in our previous post, new powers, and features neutral monsters that guard relics and occupy places of power on the board. If the name didn't give it away already, Underground will take players to subterranean locations with all new terrain types and geographical obstacles. The expansion can be played by itself or combined with the original game/expansions for greater depth and complexity. Look for Small World Underground in stores in July for North America and June for Europe and will retail for $50 or €45.

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Twilight of the Dragons Announced by Cryptozoic


The fifteenth expansion for the World of Warcraft trading card game has been announced by Cryptozoic, called Twilight of the Dragons. In this third and final of the Worldbreaker set, Deathwing returns to Azeroth. In their plans for destruction of everything the Alliance and Horde hold so dear, He and Lady Sinestra release the Twilight and Black dragonflight who grow more powerful with death and sacrifice.

Twilight of the Dragons will include 80 common, 50 uncommon, 20 hero, 60 rare, 10 epic and 3 new Loot cards including a new flying mount. Cryptozoic will continue the premium Epic Collection offering which will include -

  • 6 Twilight of the Dragons Booster Packs
  • 1 Twilight of the Dragons Playmat and Deckbox
  • Collectible storage box with class dividers
  • 1 Loot card
  • Twilight of the Dragonsvisual pocket guide
  • 5 random foil Twilight of the Dragons heroes
Which means that you are guaranteed a pet loot card if you purchase the Epic Collection. Look for Twilight of the Dragons to be released to stores on July 26th.


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New Small World Expansion in the Works?

For the last 10 days, Days of Wonder has been posting a new Small World style race daily, on their blog and RSS feeds. As far as we are aware, no official release announcement has been made thus far. It is pretty obvious to us and most other gamers who see the posts that a new Small World expansion must be in the works. I have attached the latest pictures they have released for you to judge for yourself. I'm really digging the Shadow Mimes and the Iron Dwarves.

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April 21, 2011

Fight the Dark Forces of Mordor with Lord of the Rings Living Card Game


Fantasy Flight Games has made a lot of fans happy yesterday with their release of Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. Lord of the Ring fans, card game fans, and cooperative fans can all rejoice at this latest offering and considering that I fall into all three of those categories, I am beyond stoked. Meant for 1-2 players (up to 4 with two core sets), the Lord of the Rings is being dubbed as the first cooperative living card game on the market. Players build their decks with characters easily recognized from J.R.R. Tolkien's fiction and based off four different spheres of influence (tactics, lore, spirit, and leadership) and must work together to stop the forces of Sauron. Boasting 226 cards that can be separated into multiple decks, the core set will include 3 perilous quests that use different combinations of monsters and settings that will give the players a different experience each time they play. The Lord of the Rings is being marketed as a living card game, so expect monthly adventure packs to continue to expand and enthrall players. The Shadows of Mirkwood cycle has been announced with three different adventure packs to be available soon: The Hunt for Gollum, Conflict at the Carrock, and A Journey to Rhosgobel. Pre-orders for The Hunt for Gollum can be placed at Funagain Games and stay tuned to Critical Gamers for all your adventure pack info.

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April 20, 2011

Magestorm's First Expansion Announced


Italian publisher Nexus Games International (Letters from Whitechapel, Dakota), has announced Fallen Shadow, the first expansion for the hit fantasy wargame Magestorm. Fallen Shadow brings two new mages, the Water Mage and the Dark Mage, new terrain tiles, and new scenarios to the table. The Water Mage will utilize the life-sustaining property of water for healing purposes while the Dark Mage will harness the powers of frost and shadow. Fallen Shadow will also contain the first nighttime scenario and the new mechanic of condition cards which will modify a battle as terrain does but it effects the whole battlefield. Visit the Nexus Games announcement page for additional information on the upcoming expansion!

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April 17, 2011

Fight for Control of the Tribe with Cherokee


White Goblin Games (Rattus, Inca Empire) has announced their second release of the year, a card game called Cherokee from Saboteur designer Fréderic Moyersoen. The great, wise Yonaguska has just died and the Cherokee tribe needs a new leader. The player must elevate members of their clan as high as possible in the pyramid while keeping their clan color a secret as players battle each for feathers to be selected as the new leader of the tribe. Look for Cherokee to be released in May 2011!

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April 15, 2011

Ventura - A Game about 14th Century Nobility Coming Q3 '11


Amongst the tragedy of the black plague, the Hundred Year's War, and the beginning of the Renaissance, the upcoming release of Ventura by Fantasy Flight Games features warring noble families as they battle for power and prestige. Your family will fight to gain territories and increase their house's prosperity through the military might of a hired army and keen management of the family's wealth.

Ventura requires 2-4 players, ages 13+, and each game takes approximately 90 minutes to play. The game contains 120 plastic pieces, 40 Territory tiles, 4 Family Boards, a scoring board, over 100 cards, and 80 themed tokens. The release of Ventura is expected to be in Q3 of 2011. For more information, visit the Ventura website.

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