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Marvel Contest of Champions

2:00 PM, Sunday, December 14th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Marvel Contest of Champions is out now on iOS and Android.

The free-to-play brawler sees players build teams of Marvel heroes and villains by completing in-game milestones. 25 characters will be available at launch with more to follow.

Developed by Kabam and penned by Marvel Comics writer Sam Humphries, the game revolves around a battle organized by The Collector.

Locations include the Avengers Tower, the Asgardian Bifrost, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier and the Savage Land.

It features a story-driven single-player campaign, a player-vs-player mode and synergy bonuses depending on the relationships between characters in the comics.

Kabam's Cuz Parry said: "Marvel Contest of Champions stays true to classic Marvel storytelling with big threats, heroic moments, and shocking revelations wrapped into a game that is not only easy to pick-up and play, but is also fun."

Meanwhile, writer Sam Humphries promised a unique storyline that stays true to the comics.

"It was awesome working with Kabam to develop a unique storyline for a video game that stays true to the Marvel Universe," he explained.

"Watching the heroes and villains come to life as playable characters on my phone is beyond epic."

It was recently revealed that Kingdom Hearts 3 could feature Marvel and Star Wars characters.

Game designer Tai Yasue said that there is a lot of new Disney content to consider and that nothing is off-limits.

Source: Digital Spy


Village Port Expansion

8:00 PM, Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Tasty Minstrel Games will release Village Port, the second expansion for the 2012 Kinnerspiel des Jahres winner Village, in January.

Inka and Markus Brand's Village is a worker placement and set collection game that has players take control of families in a small historic town. Each player pursues a different career path (a friar, a public official, an adventuring merchant) to find fame and glory and bring honor to their family name. The first expansion, Village Inn, was released in 2013. This new expansion, Village Port, allows players to board their own ship and travel the seven seas, perhaps as missionary or a merchant. It includes life goal cards, so players can pursue a specific career (writer, historian, knight). As an expansion, it requires the base game to play.

The box contains: a sea travel board, 5 wooden ships, 6 cocoa baskets, 6 tea bales, 5 ship tiles, 6 treasure chests, 15 captain cards, 4 setup cards, 12 influence cubes, 7 life goal cards, and 4 new villager cards (for use when combining Village Port and Village Inn expansions). The game is for 2-5 players, ages 12 and up, and plays in 60-90 minutes. MSRP is $34.95.

Source: ICv2


Batman: Arkham Knight - Ace Chemicals Infiltration Part 3: Scarecrow

8:00 AM, Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Part 3 of the Batman: Arkham Knight - Ace Chemicals Infiltration trailer has been released, and none other than the Scarecrow exclusive is revealed! If you, like me, are a fan of the Batman: Arkham games, you'll be excited to see this footage if you haven't already.

This final installment in the Batman: Arkham franchise has kicked things up a notch with even better graphics, gameplay and features. Check out the trailer below, and leave a comment letting us know how excited you are for the game!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today revealed The Official Batman: Arkham Knight - Ace Chemicals Infiltration Trailer - Pt 3, the last in a trilogy of new gameplay videos from Batman™: Arkham Knight. In the final chapter, Batman pushes his combat skills and the Batmobile to the limit as he takes on a room full of armed mercenaries, then faces off against the Arkham Knight's Automated Gunship. In addition, the new visual features a first look at the Sony PlayStation 4 exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Mission Pack in which Gotham City falls victim to Scarecrow's fear toxin, transforming the famous city into a twisted nightmare.

Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for the New Generation of consoles and PCs, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady's uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman: Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy the Batman forever.

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Batman: Arkham Knight hits stores in June 2015.


The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series Comes to PS4 and Xbox One

9:15 PM, Saturday, October 25th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

The ever popular and "Game of the Year" award winner, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series by Telltale Games has finally come to next-gen platforms as it lands on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season - A Telltale Games Series and The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Games Series are both now available in stores and for download on both aforementioned systems in North America, and will be available in Europe on October 31st. Retail editions will also now be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for the first time.

The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series is based on Robert Kirkman's highly successful and award-winning comic book series The Walking Dead, which also spawned the hit television series now in its 5th season, AMC's The Walking Dead. The game offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where every action you take and choice you make affects the outcome of the gameplay.

"Since the series premiere in 2012, the team has been incredibly proud to continue breaking new ground in the art of interactive drama as part of Robert Kirkman's award-winning universe," said Kevin Bruner, President and Co-Founder at Telltale Games. "Now available on over six thousand devices from console to mobile, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 formats usher in an even greater reach for Telltale, and we're excited to be preparing players across the world for a thrilling third season that's yet to come."

The game series to date has sold more than 39 million episodes worldwide, and the first season earned more than 90 Game of the Year awards from various outlets including USA Today, Spike TV VGAs, Wired, Mashable, and others. It also received two BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game. raved about the second season finale, rating it a 9.5 out of 10 and Editor's Choice, calling it "provocative, painful, and unforgettable," saying "This is perhaps the most heartbreaking and tense episode of anything Telltale has ever made. How Clementine braces for the impact of everything in front of her is up to you - and where that takes her left me in awe." Nerdist gave it a 5 out of 5, calling it Grisly, gripping, but never gratuitous..."

The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Games Series continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned at the outset of the undead apocalypse, left to survive in a world gone mad. Players will struggle to outwit both the dead and the living in situations that will test their morals and control the flow of the story through the choices that they make.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season is rated 'M' (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, and Strong Language by the ESRB. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season Two is rated 'M' (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, and Use of Alcohol and Tobacco by the ESRB.

For more information on the game, visit the official website, Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit and


Firefly Tall Cards

3:00 PM, Sunday, October 19th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Toy Vault has announced it will release a version of the Tall Card card game, which was played on an episode of Firefly, in Q1 2015.

The fictional card game originated in the Firefly television episode Shindig, in which members of the Serenity crew played the poker-like game to pass the time, using chores as wagering items instead of chips or money.

The box will include over 45 cards, including the round "Tall Cards" seen on the episode. The box also contains more than 50 additional cards players can customize to make their own games. MSRP is $19.99.

Toy Vault has also released the Firefly: Out to the Black card game, for which it released two expansion packs last spring.

Source: ICv2


Magic The Gathering Board Game

2:00 PM, Friday, October 17th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

At the Spiel game fair in Essen, Germany, Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast announced plans to release a new tactical miniatures game based on the Magic: The Gathering CCG property in Fall 2015.

The official name of the game has not been released, but is being referenced by the placeholder title Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game. The game is being co-developed by WotC and Hasbro's "team responsible for Risk Legacy and Heroscape".

The game is aimed at strategy game players, as well as M:TG players, though the game does not incorporate the card game itself. Rather it takes place in the Magic universe, and will include many references to and elements from the card game. Magic cards are not used in the game, but several mechanics (deathtouch, flying, first strike) from the CCG are incorporated.

Set in the world of Shandalar, players take the role of one of five iconic Planeswalkers (Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren, Nissa Revane, Liliana Vess , and a fifth to be named later) and then customize the battlefield by designing the map, placing terrain and power glyphs in various locations to aid their battle. The players then move their figure and creature squads around the map to out-maneuver opponents. Players will cast spells, summon creature squads, and tap unique Planeswalker abilities in an effort to defeat their opponents. The game is for 2-5 players, and plays in 25-45 minutes (depending on number of players and experience level).

The game will be available through both hobby distribution and through mass market retailers. MSRP was not announced.

Source: ICv2


Star Wars Imperial Assualt Ally and Villain Packs

9:00 AM, Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Fantasy Flight Games has announced several new expansion packs for its big box Star Wars: Imperial Assault board game. The Ally and Villain Packs will release in Q1.

The seven packs include: Han Solo Ally Pack ($9.95), Chewbacca Ally Pack($9.95), Rebel Troopers Ally Pack ($14.95), Rebel Saboteurs Ally Pack($12.95), General Weiss Villain Pack ($19.95), Royal Guard Champion Villain Pack ($9.95), and the IG-88 Villain Pack ($9.95). Each pack includes detailed plastic figures with replace the tokens found in the Imperial Assault core set, new Reward cards, Agenda cards, Command cards, and new missions for both the campaign game and the skirmish game.

Source: ICv2


Star Citizen Game Funding Continues to Roll In

5:00 PM, Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Funding for Star Citizen keeps rolling in -- the game just hit the $55 million mark, Cloud Imperium Games founder Chris Roberts writes in a new letter to his backers.

How has the game raised so much money? In part by selling spaceships to prospective players -- an incredibly lucrative practice. Less than a year ago, the game had raised only $26 million.

More interesting is that the ongoing funding campaign has brought major changes to the game's production, as compared to publisher-funded, packaged games; the game is being developed in modular pieces at different studios, which are being distributed to backers in alpha form long before the final launch, when all those pieces will come together.

In the new post, Roberts writes about his intention for "all the money we bring in before launch to be spent on development," and the fact that "I now look at our monthly fundraising and use that to set the amount of resources being used to develop this game," a bigger suggestion of just how the game's funding format has changed its production.

Notable, also, is that the in-house and outsourced developers for Star Citizen have now reached more than 280. The game is being developed by studios including Roberts' Cloud Imperium and independent studio Behaviour Interactive.

Source: Gamasutra


The Last Parsec RPG Books and Figures

3:00 PM, Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Pinnacle Entertainment Group will release a new science fiction roleplaying game The Last Parsec, which utilizes its Savage Worlds RPG system, in 2015. The game is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

The Last Parsec RPG requires the Savage Worlds core rules and the Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion to play. Since the basic game rules already exist, and the Science Fiction Companion outlines races, technology, ships, and creatures, the first three The Last Parsec books, Leviathan, Scientorium, and Eris Beta-V, focus on settings and adventures. Each full-color, 96-page book contains detailed background on a system, planet, or other location, as well as any new Edges, Hindrances, Gear, Ships, or Setting Rules important to the area. Each book also contains a Plot Point Campaign, Savage Tales, and a Bestiary covering the strange creatures and characters players may encounter. The books will be available in Pinnacle's "standard graphic novel" format in softcover. For the Kickstarter, a limited edition hardcover ($25.00 Retail) is being produced. It is unclear if that hardcover will be available to trade as well.

Other The Last Parsec products include a tri-fold GM Screen +Adventure, which includes The Last Parsec Primer and The Enigma Equation original adventure ($20.00), a Dropship and Freighter dry-erase, poster-size ship map ($15.00), the Pirate and Research Vessel dry-erase poster-size ship map ($15.00), and a Double Action Deck ($30.00). A miniatures pack, which included nine exclusive miniatures representing some of the most popular archetypes from the Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion and The Last Parsec, was produced by Bronze Age Miniatures, and will include the aurax, construct, deader, male and female human, insectoid, kalian, Serran, and yeti miniatures.

The Kickstarter quickly passed its modest $8,000 goal, and has raised $39,310 from 421 backers ($93.37 average/backer) as of this writing, with 23 days to go. There is a "Rogue Trader" level available for brick and mortar retailers for multiple copies of the various books, GM screen and action deck. Backer fulfillment is estimated as May 2015, with trade release to follow.

In the Kickstarter statement, Pinnacle announced plans to produce a second wave of books and other material as well as an expanded setting book "sometime in 2015."

Source: ICv2


Firefly Resign Ships Minature Expansion

5:00 PM, Monday, September 29th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Gale Force Nine's next planned expansion for its bestselling Firefly: The Game is aimed at more experienced players and collectors; the Resin Ships miniatures expansion will release in February.

The Blue Sun Expansion is now in wide release, and that big-box expansion was aimed at more experienced players who want to explore the ';verse more extensively. In a similar appeal to miniatures aficionados, GF9 is applying parent Battlefront Miniatures' expertise with high end miniatures to put out high-quality, customizable resin ships, similar to their Dungeons & Dragons line.

The box will include a full set of the models from the base game that have been re-mastered and produced in high detail resin. The six ships (4 Firefly Class, 1 Reaver Cutter, 1 Tohoku-class Alliance Cruiser) are supplied unpainted, and some assembly may be required. MSRP is $50.00.

Firefly: The Game has been a Top 10 hobby channel board game since its release, and currently holds the #3 position on the Spring chart.

Source: ICv2