5:00 PM, Monday, July 21st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
French company Devil Pig Games will release a new board game that combines their World War II board game Heroes of Normandie with the eldritch horror of Modiphius Entertainment's Achtung! Cthulhu RPG. Shadows over Normandie is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.
Shadows over Normandie is a standalone game that features characters and forces from the Achtung! Cthulhu world. The story follows the Lost Platoon, a few weeks after D-Day, somewhere deep in the Normandie countryside. The platoon is led by Sgt. Carter of the U.S Rangers, with help from the French resistance agent Ariane Dubois, who must stop the Deep Ones and the Nazi Cult of the Black Sun before they summon Cthulhu and unleash the Great Old One on the Allied forces.
Chris Birch, of Modiphius Entertainment, explained how the English and French game companies came together. "We first hooked up with the Devil Pig's Yan & Clem last spring when we both Kickstarted our respective games. We both got on well (as us Londoners and Parisians do when there's no one called Napoleon organizing the party) and a tie-up with our world seemed like a match made in heaven so they launched the cross-over expansion Shadows over Normandie. Since then it has become a standalone boxed game in its own right and this latest Kickstarter is to upgrade the contents and add in a bucket of new content."
The Heroes of Normandie game is distributed in the US by Iello, and according to Devil Pig, has sold 5,000 copies worldwide. The European-based Kickstarter was funded in the first hour, and is now approaching £100,000.00 in funding with 6 days to go. Backer fulfillment is planned for December 2014, with trade release to follow in Q1 2015. The tentative US MSRP will be $80.00 - $88.00. U.S. distribution has not been finalized, but previous Devil Pig releases have been distributed by Iello.
5:00 PM, Saturday, July 19th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Some companies have made a lot of money targeting gay consumers: Absolut Vodka pioneered the practice, but it's hardly the only one.
A struggling Atari has made that strategy part of its comeback plan. Today, it announced Pridefest, a mobile game that lets players design and run their own pride parade, promising social interaction and plenty of customization.
Pridefest is the company's first game targeted at the LGBT market. It has also teamed up with restaurant chain Denny's to re-brand classic arcade games ("Hashteroids") and made moves toward the social casino space in a bid for relevance.
The company was also a sponsor of this past weekend's LGBT GaymerX2 conference.
"We will continue offering a variety of games that are inclusive for all Atari fans and Pridefest is another example of how we are doing that," COO Todd Shallbetter said in a statement.
While the company that today wears the Atari brand bears little relationship to the original 1970s-era company founded by Nolan Bushnell, it does own the rights to many of its classic games in addition to developing new ones.
12:00 PM, Monday, July 7th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Z-Man Games will release Robinson Crusoe: Voyage of the Beagle, an expansion for the Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island board game in Q3.
The game is based on historical events that took place between 1831 and 1836, which led Charles Darwin to create his theory of evolution. The voyage laid the foundations for Darwin's scientific paper On the Origin of Species. Players take the role of crew members on the HMS Beagle, and choose one of the five scenarios and assist Darwin in his research.
The box contains a ship board, a Darwin's cabin board, a campaign book, a wooden ship pawn, a wooden Darwin pawn, 6 ship location tiles, 55 cards, 3 islet tokens, more than 50 other tokens, a custom die, and a rulebook.
The game is for 1- 4 players, ages 14 and up, and plays in 2 hours. MSRP is $39.99. Though not explicitly stated, as an expansion, it is presumed the base game is required to play.
8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler
League of Legends studio Riot Games is offering new staff the chance to quit with pay if they feel that they are mismatched with the company's culture.
Queue Dodge, as Riot Games is calling the initiative, allows staff who have been with the company for less than 60 days to leave with 10 percent of their annual salary.
"We don't want to actively push people out or dare them to leave," said the company in a blog post, "but we do want to provide a well-lit, safe exit path."
The idea is that if a staffer finds that they aren't well matched for the company, and they aren't enjoying themselves, then rather than stick around for the paycheck, they can get out, earn some money in the process, and find another job instead.
"If someone gags on the unique flavor of our culture, they'd be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck," Riot explains. "Culturally aligned people and teams are more effective, and alignment around mission and values allows us to better serve players. We've designed Queue Dodge to help self-identified mismatches move on in an open, positive, and constructive way."
"We don't know yet how many people might choose to Queue Dodge," it adds, "but we'll learn from this and make better hiring decisions as a result."
Riot said Queue Dodge was inspired by a similar initiative at online retailer Zappos, which in 2009 started paying employees $2,000 if they wanted to leave the company.
5:00 PM, Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Z-Man Games has announced it will release the new card game Chimera in the third quarter, with a pre-release at Gen Con in August.
Inspired by Tichu and other hand-management/hand shedding games, Chimera is a three player game where each round one player is the Chimera, and the other two are the Chimera Hunters. The player who bets highest for the round is the Chimera, while the other two players try to stop that player from winning their bet. Rivals play sequentially pairs, trips and straights to collect points.
The box comes with 54 cards, a scoring pad and a rulebook. The game is for three players, ages 13 and up, and plays in 45 minutes. MSRP is $19.99.
8:00 AM, Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler
E3 has begun, and as usual, Twitch is on top of things, bringing you the coverage you're missing by not being there. Trailers, conferences, and more! And this year, with Humble Bundle, Twitch has put together a special digital ticket with all kinds of goodies. Check out the details below the image.
Under the bright lights of E3, Twitch and Humble Bundle have activated our Wonder Twin powers to come up with an amazing bundle of digital goodies to support the ESA Foundation (ESAF). Together we're proud to support the ESAF's mission to improve the lives of children through video games.
We're honored to work with Humble Bundle to deliver this E3 Digital Ticket in true Humble Bundle style, letting you pay what you want and support charity.
Now let's talk about that bundle! Go ahead, you can look.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / NetherRealm Studios - Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
2K / Firaxis Games - Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete
Sony Online Entertainment - Landmark Beta keys
505 Games / OVERKILL - a Starbreeze Studio - Exclusive items for PAYDAY 2
CCP Games - EVE Online 30 day trial and DLC
Hi-Rez Studios - SMITE Almighty Zeus Bundle
SEGA / Relic Entertainment - Company of Heroes 2 DLC pack
SEGA / Creative Assembly - Total War: ROME II Nomadic Tribes DLC
Digital Extremes - Warframe DLC pack
Paradox Studios - Magicka: Wizard Wars DLC
11 Bit Studios - Anomaly 2
Nordic Games - MX vs ATV Reflex
Twitch - One free month of Twitch Turbo
So get on over to Humble Bundle, get the bundle, give to charity, enjoy some awesome games and content, and feel good for helping a great cause!
5:00 PM, Saturday, June 7th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions have revealed another new Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer, this time to mark the occasion of this year's E3.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron's return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. As Talion's personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will launch worldwide on October 7 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.