With the Gama Tradeshow going on in Reno at the moment, Twitter is a very good source for board game news. Here are three interesting tidbits we have picked up in yesterday and today:
Wizkids is releasing a Mage Knigt: Ultimate Edition later this year.
Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition is coming from @wizkidsgames in Sept. 2018, w/ base game, 3 expansions, 5 new cards, alternate paint jobs on the figures, and "comprehensive integrated rules text". —WEM pic.twitter.com/Ifr5bTg0jK
WizKids has released first details of the new Magic boardgame at the Gama Trade Show in Las Vegas:
In Magic: The Gathering: Heroes of Dominaria Board Game, players take on the role of a powerful Hero as they travel to the lands of Dominaria. As the player explores the ancient lands, they will need to build sites, rediscover lost artifacts, and confront the sinister Cabal in order to gain the resources needed to save the multiverse before rival Heroes do.
In this Euro game designed for 2 to 4 players, explore Magic’s most iconic plane and experience the trials and tribulations of being a heroic force on Dominaria. Visit storied locations such as Llanowar, Urborg, and Keld. Draw mana from the world to power abilities and recruit heroes to aid in quests. Discover powerful artifacts and create leylines to draw even more mana from distant lands. Build sites to increase your bond with a location. The land of Dominaria is filled with adventure and excitement! In true Eurogame fashion, use strategy to score the most victory points and emerge victorious.
The game includes (not final) a game board, 4 player mats, 16 hero tokens, 24 site tokens, 32 leyline tokens, 150 mana tokens, 1 turn tracker token, 20 cabal tokens, 15 artifact tokens, 20 site mana tokens, 50 card Dominaria deck, 45 card quest deck, 10 public quest tiles, 20 card artifact deck, rulebook, and two-part organizational tray. Release is planned for August/September.
Wizkids is continuing to expand their board game line and has announced Beyond the Edge:
In Beyond the Edge, created by Ken Shannon, the players are heroic starship captains trying to preserve the tiny remnants of a universe where the very fabric of space and time has been mangled by ancient wars. Setting out from the free planet Orion, they must contend with pirates and other threats as they discover what exists out in space. The game uses a system called “Evolve/Beyond” that allows players to retain what they have gained from one game to the next, creating a story for their character that carries through with each playing in a manner similar to “legacy” style games. The decisions players make and the groups they ally with determine what abilities and upgrades they can earn in later games. They can even use the “Dry Dock” system to take their characters and ships and use them in games with a different group of players.
Expected release date for the legacy-style game is April and we will offer it for pre-orders as soon as we have the details for the UK release.
Wizkids and Wizards of the Coast already have a licensing relationship for D&D board games and miniatures. This licence has now been expanded to include Magic: The Gathering. Again the agreement includes board games and miniatures.
The first products will be miniatures players can use to represent creatures during Magic games. The first board game is expected to get released in autumn 2018.
When Games Workshop ended the agreement with FFG everybody was expecting GW to bring the board game line back under their own roof to profit from the growing popularity of the board game market.
I guess this was the wrong idea because yesterday Wizkids announced a new deal with GW:
WizKids, the leader in high-quality pre-painted miniatures and established board games, today revealed a multi-year partnership with acclaimed fantasy miniatures company, Games Workshop. The new partnership will extend the Warhammer 40,000 universe IP across multiple categories, including, Dice Building Games™, board games and more!
“We’re thrilled to be working with Games Workshop and the Warhammer 40,000 license,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids. “This beloved franchise is known the world over and our partnership will allow us to create amazing products and experiences for fans everywhere.”
The multi-year deal will span numerous categories and include the most iconic Warhammer 40,000 characters and more. WizKids will create two new board games, along with dice games based in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, with additional plans to republish classic board games Fury of Dracula and Relic.
Weirdly the deal only mentions Warhammer 40k, not sure what will happen with Warhammer Fantasy. Maybe they will do a second deal with someone else…