Legendary Encounters will be back early April

Legendary Encounters , the Alien Deck Building Game from UpperDeck, will be back early April. Because we will get the game from a new supplier we were also able to lower the price.

Here is a short description of the game:

Legendary Encounters is a deck-building game in the same family as Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, but now players must cooperate in order to survive against hordes of aliens. Taking on the role of protagonists such as Ripley, Dallas, Bishop and Corporal Hicks, players take turns recruiting cards for their deck from a central selection in order to improve their deck and defeat Xenomorph cards that are added to the central game board.

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Asmadi Games Press Conference

Asmadi Games (Red7, Impulse) wasn’t at the Gama Trade Show and instead presented the new games for 2015 in a Youtube Press Conference.

Here are the highlights of the press conference:

  • Mottainai is the new game from Carl Chudyk and a sort of successor to Glory to Rome
  • There will be two expansions for Innovation: Cities and Artifacts
  • Impulse will also get two expansions which will be released together.
  • Consequential a co-op board game controlled by an storytelling app
  • 1001 Space Odysseys: a digital/board game hybrid

Link: Asmadi press conference

Next week: Elysium

Elysium, the new game from Space Cowboys (Splendor, Black Fleet), has arrived in the UK and will be available from next Wednesday.

Here a short description of the game:

Elysium is a game of set collecting and combinations in which players recruit cards representing heroes, items, powers and gods. These cards have many different powers and you can create powerful combination to earn gold (the help of the gods) and victory points (the favor of the gods). Each card belongs to one of the eight Olympians gods (a family), and shows a level (1 to 3).

During the five turns of the game, players will try to transfer their cards to the Elysium and write their own Legends, which are series of cards from the same family or from different families of the same level. The more epic the Legends, the more favor from the gods they’ll earn. But as they go to Elysium, most cards lose their power and players will therefore have to renounce some of their combinations !

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With just 15 cards to play for each player and a playing time of 60 minutes this could be a perfect game for our Gaming Nights. I’ve watched the short overview video on Boardgamegeek and I’m really excited about this game.

Link: BGG-Video

Snow Tails is coming back

Renegade Game Studios will release a new edition of the 2008 game Snow Tails designed by the Lamont Brothers. Planned release date is August 2015 (=GenCon).

Here the description of the game from BGG:

Fragor’s 2008 Essen release is set in the snowy world of the Arctic Circle, where brave sledders compete in a test of skill and endurance. Action is fast and furious and not all sleds may make it to the finish. Huskies only have one setting and that is full speed! Hang on to your furs, the reins, your sled and anything else you can get hold of.

The game contains modular track pieces which can be fitted together to form different courses. Players have their own Dog Decks which they draw from and play onto their sled mat. Movement is rarely in a straight line as the sled may drift left or right. Losing control or speeding into a corner results in Dent cards being acquired which will limit a player’s hand size.

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Gama Trade Show News

At the moment the Gama Trade Show takes place in Las Vegas. American board game publishers are using the show to show there new games they have planned for 2015 to retailers and distributors.

But luckily for us there are already some information about the games available on Twitter & Co. Here are a few very interesting ones:

  • FFG announced Forbidden Stars, a WH40K board game, and Twilight Shadows, the first large expansion for Imperial Assault
  • White Wizards Games (Star Realms) is publishing a new fantasy card game called Epic Card Game. It’s not a deck building game, but instead sounds more like a Magic-style game with fixed decks.
  • Iello: One of the many new games they have announced is Big Book of Madness, a fantasy cooperative deck building game where players are students of magic fighting against the monsters in a magic book.
  • UpperDeck: The highlight is clearly Legendary: Predator, but there also will be expansion for Legendary Encounters and a new expansion for Marvel Legendary called Secret Wars.
  • Alderac: Lots of new Smash Up and Love Letter versions, but a new board game, that’s sounds very promising, is Dice City. The game has been described as a mix of Settlers of Catan and Dominion.
  • Repos: They will release 7 Wonder: Duel sometime in 2015, but besides some pictures of the prototype there is not much more at the moment.
  • Plaid Hat Games: Mice & Mystics will be expanded by Tail Feathers, which will add birds to the game. Seafall, the exploration Legacy game is expected for the end of the year and Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, a 2-player fantasy card game in the mold of Magic and the LCGs, is expected for August (=GenCon)

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Auf den Spuren von Marco Polos comes in April

Auf den Spuren von Marco Polo, the new game from Hans im Glueck, will be released in Germany in April and should arrive here shortly afterwards.

In 1271, 17-year-old Marco Polo started on a journey to China with his father and older brother. After a long and grueling journey that led through Jerusalem and Mesopotamia and over the “Silk Road”, they reached the court of Kublai Khan in 1275. In Auf den Spuren von Marco Polo, players recreate this journey, with each player having a different character and special power in the game.

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An English translation of the rules is already available on Boardgamegeek.

Link: BGG.com

Star Wars: Armada Core comes next week

Today we have received the confirmation that the Star Wars: Armada Core Set will be released on Friday, the 27th of March.

In Star Wars: Armada, you command the unmatched power of the Imperial fleet, or gain the opportunity to prove your tactical acumen as an admiral in the Rebel Alliance. Massive Star Destroyers fly to battle against Rebel corvettes and frigates. Banks of turbolasers unleash torrential volleys of fire against squadrons of X-wings and TIEs.

The Star Wars: Armada Core Set contains everything you need to get started, including the rules, an articulated maneuver tool, a range ruler, six command dials, nine attack dice, ten unpainted squadrons, and three pre-painted ship miniatures (Victory-class Star Destroyer, Nebulon-B frigate, CR90 Corellian corvette), plus more than 130 cards and tokens.

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FFG announces Forbidden Stars

FFG has announced Forbidden Stars, a board game set in the WH40K universe, at the Gama Trade Show in Las Vegas:

Forbidden Stars challenges you and up to three other players to take command of a mighty fighting force: the Ultramarines chapter of Space Marines, the Eldar of Craftworld Iyanden, the Evil Sunz Ork clan, or the World Eaters Warband of the Chaos Space Marines. Each faction offers unique armies and play styles, but your goal remains the same – to claim the key objectives selected for your faction. These objective tokens are scattered throughout the Herakon Cluster, but your opponents are sure to defend your objectives against you. You’ll need to build massive armies and command them in unending war to best your enemies and claim your objectives. The fight for the Herakon Cluster is brutal and bloody, and you will either stride triumphant over the bodies of your fallen foes, or they will do the same to you.

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The game will be released during the third quarter of 2015, assumingly in September after the GenCon.

Link: FFG-Announcement

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