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The Final Destiny Gameplay Trailer

5:00 PM, Monday, August 25th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Activision says this will be the final gameplay trailer for Bungie's new shooter Destiny before it launches, so they've pulled out all the stops and created a longish trailer that works to build hype by showing off a variety of Destiny's enemies, locations, and gameplay styles, as well as hitting you with some text about its awards and such.

Sure, a lot of the footage is recycled from previous trailers, but the hype machine for this game is already running on all cylinders and this can only add fuel.

Destiny will be out Sept. 9 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Source: Toonzone

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Greed Card Drafting Game

12:00 PM, Sunday, August 24th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Award-winning game designer Donald X. Vaccarino (Kingdom Builder, Dominion)'s card-drafting game Greed was on display at the Queen Games booth at last week's Gen Con. Another Kickstarter-funded project for Queen, it is expected to ship into the trade channels soon.

Queen Games USA's Executive Director Keith Blume described the game. "You take the role of a late-60's crime boss, and basically try to acquire the most wealth and become the crime boss of the city. That's one that's a little bit darker theme for us, relative to the usual family fair. It's been getting a lot of play here."

Players can invest in various legal business "holdings", hire "thugs" to collect revenue, and engage in criminal activities against other players. Game play is simultaneous, with players drafting and playing cards each round at the same time. Greed can be played by two to five players and plays in about 45 minutes.

Queen's Kickstarter drive for Greed gathered $26,208 in pledges from 822 backers ($31.88/backer average), well over the modest $5,000 goal. MSRP was not announced.

Source: Icv2

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Hanabi Deluxe Comes to America

3:00 PM, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

R & R Games will release the English language version of Hanabi Deluxe in late October or early November. ICv2 spoke with R & R's President, Frank DiLorenzo at last week's Gen Con.

"It's a tile game version of the card game. Kind of like a Mah Jhong tile, basically, DiLorenzo explained. "So it's a set of those tiles in a very nice box. You play it on the table rather than holding it in your hand."

Hanabi Deluxe was released in German at last year's Spiel game fair in Essen, Germany by AbacusSpiele. It was packaged in a hinged wooden box and featured thick black bakelite tiles with colorful artwork.

Since its release, Hanabi has been a huge critical and commercial success, earning the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award and selling hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

"It's been absolutely incredible," DiLorenzo said of the game's popularity. "We literally have been bringing in containers of 30,000 to 50,000 units at a time. We have 30,000 coming in, they'll be gone in a week. [We've printed] well over 150,000 at this point."

The English version of the game sold more than 100,000 copies in its first year.

Source: ICv2

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Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham

2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have debuted a new trailer for the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham which primarily focuses on villain Brainiac but also reveals a number of new characters set to appear in the title. Check it out below and keep your eyes peeled for all the characters!

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics Universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it's too late.

Players will unlock more than 150 unique characters from the DC Comics universe, including members of the Justice League and LEGO big figures such as Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and many more. Fans of all ages will be able to control their favorite heroes and villains with new gadgets and abilities. Brainiac's mind controlling abilities and the power of the Lantern rings bring unexpected twists to the classic characters' personalities.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will debut this fall for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo 3DS, and PC.

Source: Superhero Hype

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Star Wars Imperial Assault Board Game

4:00 PM, Monday, August 18th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Gen Con News: Fantasy Flight Games announced a new big box two-in-one Star Wars board game that includes elements of both an adventure RPG and a miniatures skirmish game. The game is planned for early 2015 release.

"It represents a miniatures game, and adventure board game, and is probably the most ambitious project we've ever undertaken,"said Fantasy Flight CEO Christian Petersen. "As a character-driven RPG board game, it uses some kernels of the game system of Descent: Journeys in the Dark. It's basically acontinued development of that game engine, but of course customized and completely redone for Star Wars."

"What's particularly exciting about Imperial Assault is that it's actually two games,"Petersen continued, "an adventure RPG with lots of missions and story-driven content, but it's also a head-to-head competitive miniatures game where you would assemble a squad of Imperials or Rebels, and you have a deck of cards that go with them, and you play head-to-head, about a half hour game on a number of different, determined tabletop battlefields."

The game takes place after the climactic events of the Death Star's destruction over Yavin 4. Players choose to command either heroes of the Rebellion or the limitless armies of the Galactic Empire. In the campaign game, up to five players adventure through a series of narrative campaign missions. In the skirmish game, two players mount strike teams and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives.

The core box contains: 34 detailed plastic figures, 59 double-sided map tiles, over 250 cards, over 150 assorted tokens, 11 custom dice, a learn to play rulebook, a rules reference, a campaign guide, and a skirmish guide. The core box will also contain the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack and the Darth Vader Villain Pack, which are the first expansions for the game, and each contains a sculpted plastic figure and new campaign and skirmish missions.

The game is for 2-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in 1 - 2 hours. MSRP is $99.95.

Source: ICv2

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IDW Games Announces Two Big Box Games at Gen Con

7:00 PM, Thursday, August 14th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

IDW has been putting itself on the gaming map since creating their gaming division, IDW Games. And with Gen Con taking place this week, they continue their drive toward creating new games. At the con, they've announced two new big box games coming in 2015 with the viking saga game, Fire & Axe, and the strategic economic game, Wildcatters.

Check out the full press release below. What do you think of IDW Games and what they've been announcing? Are you excited about games like V-Wars, CHEW, 30 Days of Night, etc.? Let us know in the comments below.

FIRE & AXE AND WILDCATTERS
SCHEDULED FOR 2015 RELEASE


BID, BUILD, CONQUER, AND COLONIZE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY NEXT SUMMER

(August 14th, 2014) IDW Games and Pandasaurus Games announced today at Gen Con 2014 in Indianapolis that they will bring two cult-favorite titles to tabletops in 2015; Fire & Axe and Wildcatters. Fire & Axe pits players as Viking warriors, racing to pillage, plunder, and conquer their way across Europe, while Wildcatters sees players as oil barons maneuvering their corporations to come out on top during the 19th century oil boom.

"These are a pair of hidden gems," said Molly Wardlaw of Pandasaurus Games. "Fire & Axe is a game that people in-the-know have played and loved, we're happy to be printing it and meeting the pent-up demand for new copies. The new art team behind this edition is going to make it something very special. Wildcatters really hasn't seen any U.S. exposure, people are going to love this game, it's got great innovative mechanics, and excellent components, and yes, there will be blood."

Fire & Axe seats three to five players, and is playable in roughly 90 minutes. Each round players take a turn that consists of seven in-game days to load their ships and send them out to trade with or conquer Europe. There is also a a unique mission system that gives all players a chance to complete tasks on mission cards, which when completed, awards bonuses that can tip the scales of battle.

Wildcatters is a deeply strategic economic game for three or four players, playable in roughly two hours. Players work to develop oil fields, bid for oil rights, and build the equipment required to transport and refine their crude and take it to the market. The game forces players to work together to find oil at a good price, and transport it to refineries, but only the player who delivers the most oil will come out on top.

Both titles will join a rapidly expanding lineup that features a mix of comic book adaptation games like CHEW, V-Wars, and 30 Days of Night as well as imported and original titles like Machi Koro and Diamonsters. For more information, exclusive offers, and plenty of fun make sure to like IDW Games on facebook and follow @IDWgames on Twitter.

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Adventure Time Card Wars

3:00 PM, Monday, August 11th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Cryptozoic Entertainment will release a new two-player Collectors Pack featuring princess character decks for its popular Adventure Time: Card Wars game. Adventure Time Card Wars: Princess Bubblegum vs Lumpy Space Princess releases August 27th.

With this release, players can finally put those new NiceLands cards previewed in the For the Glory! Booster Set to good use. The Princess Bubblegum deck is a NiceLands deck, and NiceLands creatures can use damage on them to make them better (there is a special sweet spot of damage for these creatures, and a player may even resort to damaging its own creatures to activate that effect).

Lumpy Space Princess's deck has the advantage of being both a Useless Swamps and Blue Plains deck - the first duel-color deck introduced in the game. Both locations draw power from being able to mine a player's discard pile, another new advantage.

The two 40-card decks contain about 97% new content, including nearly 50 never-before-seen cards. The box also contains 8 oversized Land Tiles, and an assortment of Hit Point Tokens. The game is for 2 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 15 -30 minutes. MSRP is $20.00.

The new game was exceedingly popular from initial release, and came in at #7 on ICv2's Spring Top 10 Card/Dice Games.

Source: ICv2

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Trains 2 Rising Sun

8:00 PM, Sunday, August 10th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Alderac Entertainment Group will release Trains 2: Rising Sun, a stand-alone follow-up to the strategy board game Trains, in September.

Designed by Steve Ellis (Railways of the World: The Card Game), this follow-up to Hisashi Hayashi's Japanese railway building game Trains incorporates new cards and strategies for players to build the best rail system in Japan. The game includes three new boards, two of which are designed specifically for two-player games. The game can be mixed with the original Trains game for more replay options. The players compete to gain enough points from the railway networks they build to win the game.

The game comes with over 500 cards, dividers, a double-sided game board, 20 route markers, 84 wooden rail tokens, 30 wooden station tokens, a double-sided game board and rulebook. The game is for 2 -4 players, ages 12 and up, and plays in 45-60 minutes. MSRP is $59.99.

Source: ICv2

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Shadows Over Normandie Mashups Heroes of Normandie and Achtung! Cthulu

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.

Source: ICv2

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Atari Targets LGBT Community with Pridefest Game

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.

Source: Gamasutra

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