Hasbro starts own crowdfunding website

Hasbro has just started HasLab, their own crowdfunding website. According to the description:

HASLAB is Hasbro’s new crowdsourcing platform that hopes to bring dream products into the hands of fans. With your support, our goal is to make products that are trophy items both in significance and size that fans have been clamoring for. Once the campaign is backed with the minimum number of backers as listed by the deadline, Hasbro will bring the product to life.

The only project listed on the site at the moment is the Vintage Collection Jabba’s Sail Barge, but with the popularity of board games on Kickstarter you never know if there won’t be any board game related projects in the future.

Link: HasLab website

Axis & Allies and Zombies announced

Wizards of the Coast has announced a new Axis & Allies game at the New York Toy Fair. But this is not just another historical scenario, no, this time Zombies are added.

A deadly new force threatens to take over the world! Can you bring your side to victory while surviving the rising tide of zombies?

Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to release.

Details are sparse at the moment, but ICv2 found out a few more details including the designers of the game:

Axis & Allies & Zombies is designed by Mike Mearls (Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, Dungeon & Dragons 5th Edition), Scott Van Essen (Magic: The Gathering, Transformers TCG), and Ryan Miller (Magic: The Gathering, Duel Masters TCG). In the game, players join one of the major powers (axis or Allies) and fight for victory against the opposing enemy, including an uprising of zombies.

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Floodgate Games announces Sagrada expansion

Sagrada has been a huge success for Floodgate Games, so releasing an expansion wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. And that is exactly what is going to happen:

We are thrilled to show you the box for the #sagrada 5-6 Player Expansion!
You can now enjoy more of Sagrada by adding up to 2 extra players. The expansion will introduce Private Dice Pool boards for a quicker gameplay experience at higher player counts. There will also be new private and public objectives, tools, and window cards. Releasing this summer!

Link: Floodgate Games announcement

Two new arrivals from Matagot

Yesterday afternoon two new games from Matagot arrived:

After the initial print run sold out at Essen, it took a while for the reprint to arrive in the UK, but it is finally here: Meeple Circus. Pre-orders have been shipped and the remaining stock is now available to order from our website.

Xian is the second new arrival and it was co-published by Matagot with Pendragon.

246 BCE: The future first emperor of China, Ying Zheng, orders the construction of the Terracotta Army. It will be part of the “Great Mausoleum”, a monument built to celebrate the Qin dynasty’s endless glory and also to protect him in the afterlife. As a delegate of the Emperor, you will be asked to fulfill his wish by leading a team of workers and helpers to obtain resources, craft and decorate the warrior statues, and supply them with fine wood and bronze weapons.

Tomorrow three more items will get released:

 

Meeples’ Corner: Upcoming Events

I’ve just posted our upcoming events on Facebook and the next two months will be quite busy.

In March we will have two Gaming Nights: as usual one will be here at the shop and the second one will be at the Crediton Inn.

But the big event will be our Spring Gaming Day on Saturday, 14th April.  The Old Town Hall here in Crediton is booked from 1 pm to 9.30 pm. A list of available games on the day will get posted here soon, there will be quite a lot of games available from the Meeples’ Corner library and from the members of our gaming group.

Attendance for the day is free and Children are welcome, so please come along and join us for some games!

More details about the Gaming Day will get posted closer to the event date.

Wildlands from Osprey Games announced

Osprey Games has announced a new game called Wildlands which will be designed by Martin Wallace:

Osprey Games is delighted to announce its first miniatures board game, Martin Wallace’s Wildlands, scheduled for worldwide release in Q4 2018.

In this fantasy game for two to four players, rival factions struggle for power in the ruins of a once-great kingdom, now known simply as the Wildlands. Each skirmish sees players attempt to outwit, outmanoeuvre, and overpower their opponents as they fight for riches and glory, scoring points by defeating enemy characters and collecting treasure. Familiarity with your favoured faction will help, but adaptability is the key to victory, as a semi-randomized set-up and double-sided board means that no two battles will tell the same tale.

The vivid world of Wildlands is brought to life through the artwork, board, and the twenty unique miniatures included in the game. Sculpted by Bobby Jackson and Tim Prow, they portray a wide range of characters, from powerful wizards and cunning gnomes to hulking beasts and mighty warriors.

It will be interesting to see how the component quality of the first miniature based game from Osprey will be holding up compared to the likes of FFG, CMON or Plaid Hat Games (Stuffed Fables looks amazing).

Link: Osprey Announcement

The one about Lookout Games

I just wanted to post about the new releases Lookout Games has planned for 2018 when I read that (like too many other publishers), they have been bought by Asmodee. To be more precise: Asmodee has bought Mayfair Games and with it Lookout Games:

Mayfair Games Inc., a long-standing game publisher based out of Skokie, Illinois, is withdrawing from games publishing and have entered into an agreement with Asmodee to assume all their current IP. “Mayfair Games has a 36-year history for publishing great games,” said Larry Roznai, President of Mayfair Games. “In Asmodee we have found a partner who will provide a platform for the continuation of our best games.”

And more:

Asmodee Group, a leading international games publisher and distributor, is pleased to announce today the acquisition of German based board and card game publisher Lookout GmbH.

Founded in 2000 by Hanno Girke, Lookout GmbH are well known for series such as the cult classic Agricola, a Euro style board game created by the celebrated designer Uwe Rosenberg, which launched in 2007 and Caverna, an update and new take on the former, that went on to garner critical acclaim.

(Source: BGG News)

What does this mean for retailers and customers: distribution of English editions of Lookout Games will be concentrated on distributors that are part of the Asmodee family which means less choice for us retailers and more dependency on a few selected suppliers but hopefully also a better availability of the English editions which at the moment are quite hard to get in the UK.

But it should also mean that with the backing of Asmodee Lookout should be able to keep publishing great games and hopefully more of them.

Five new titles for 2018 have already been announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair:

  • Patchwork Express
  • Second Isle of Skye expansion
  • Little Songbird
  • Neom
  • Caverna: Lost Peoples

More details and short videos for each of these titles are available on BGG News.

Restocks and new arrivals (14/02/18)

A busy start to the week with three large deliveries. Included were some interesting restocks:

But this is not all, we also received 12 new games/expansions:

Tomorrow is the release of Fields Of Arle: Tea & Trade (nearly sold out to pre-orders) and Star Trek Frontiers: Return of the Khan will be available from Friday.

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