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.
Link: ICv2 News
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…
Link: WizKids website
This week was very busy at Meeples’ Corner HQ: We have received a total of 15 new games.
We have also received restock of Flip Ships and Downforce, both highly recommended games.
Pre-orders of the new games and restocks have all been shipped now and should arrive shortly.
The new releases for this week have been confirmed and are now online and available to order.
On Tuesday/Wednesday the following games are arriving
- Cat Lady
- Hostage Negotiator: Crime Wave
- Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid
Thursday’s releases are:
- Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men
- Star Wars Imperial Assault: Heart of the Empire
- Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies
And finally on Friday, we will get our hands on:
- D&D Tomb of Annihilation Board Game
- Dojo Kun
- Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient
As always you can find all the new releases (and more pre-orders for the rest of the month) here.
This week’s new releases are all here. New in stock are:
And finally available are the two expansions for Star Trek Ascendancy:
We also received the ship packs for the two expansions.
Here are some of the board game news of the last few days:
- Isle of Skye will get an expansion: Journeyman adds new personal player boards to track progress in strength, prosperity, and popularity. (Source: ICv2)
- Wizkids keeps on growing their board and card game line and has announced Time Barrons : “In Time Barons, 2-4 players take on the roles as the time barons, shadowy figures who have shaped mankind’s destiny since the dawn of time. The world’s entire population are simply pawns in their quest to defeat the other barons and become the ruler of a unified human race.” (Source: Wizkids)
- FFG has posted the rulebook for the upcoming Star Wars: Rebellion expansion Rise of the Empire (Link: FFG)
- Renegade Games has announced Clank: In Space!, a new Stand-Alone game using the game system of the highly popular Clank. (Source: Renegade Games)
Dicebot Megafun from Wizkids Games has been released today.
In the future, robots battle it out to the amusement of humans, and in DiceBot MegaFun players are the robots who must reach into the junkyard to grab dice displaying various parts and place them on their robot sheet. Each player places six parts dice onto their sheet: five in the body area and one in the head.
Then players simultaneously choose weapon cards to play, which require the parts retrieved from the junkyard. Each weapon card has a cost in parts to pay as well as speed, direction of fire and damage, and an occasional special text ability. Some weapon cards include uzis, lasers, rifles, bombs, jammers, viruses, blue shells, shields, etc. Be the first robot to win three combats!
For advanced play, each player is given a special ability activated by kill points, which are acquired by dealing the final blows to robots in combat.
Here is a quick summary of what is happening game-wise at Meeples’ Corner this week:
We have already received five new games so far. In stock are:
And we are awaiting two more new releases:
There also have been a lot of restocks. Back in stock are:
Another month of a busy year so far is gone, time to see what our bestsellers of March have been:
Top 5 Sales:
- Scythe (Restock)
- Great Western Trail (Restock)
- Flamme Rouge (Restock)
- Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures
Clearly, the month of the restocks with a lot of great games coming back into stock. Terraforming Mars missed a restock in March just by a few days, otherwise it would have taken the 1st spot.
Top 5 Pre-Orders:
- Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium
- First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
- The Expanse
- Cthulhu Wars (Reprint)
After the success of Terraforming Mars, it’s no wonder that the first expansion goes straight to Number 1. Out of the five, The Expanse is the biggest surprise, but I guess the success of the books and the TV show on Netflix are playing their parts. And it is a good sign that the new board game unit of Wizkids (lead by Zev Shlasinger, formerly head of Zman Games) is off to a good start.