Posted Thursday, 15-Sep-2016
Fantasy Flight Games loses the Warhammer license; Frodo and his companions are hunted in a new Lord of the Rings game; Tiny Epic Galaxies gets an expansion; all this and more, in this week’s Board Game News Brief.
The licenses for Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 board games, card games, and RPGs has come to an end. Fantasy Flight Games, whose portfolio includes such classics as Chaos in the Old World, Talisman, and Fury of Dracula – will no longer have the right to sell these games or make new ones after February 17th, 2017.
So if you want them, grab them now before they go out of print forever.
The official press release (which you can read here) did not specify a reason for the conclusion of the licensing term, and any reasoning I’ve read online is merely conjecture based on industry knowledge. I doubt we will ever truly know the reason why.
In happier FFG news, they’ve posted previews of two of their hotly anticipated titles – well, and one expansion. Star Wars: Destiny, the collectible dice game and The Dunwich Legacy, the first big box expansion for the Arkham Horror card game.
In Destiny, players can fly the Millenium Falcon against Darth Vader and fight a lightsaber battle against Qui-Gon Jinn. Spanning the entire breadth of the cinematic universe, Star Wars Destiny lets you roll dice and unfurl your plans – from the lead designer of Android: Netrunner, the game looks to be no slouch from a tactical perspective.
The Dunwich Legacy on the other hand challenges you to two new scenarios set in the halls of Miskatonic University and the smoke-filled booths of the Clover Club. With 5 new investigators to choose from, you can take your characters on a potential 8-act investigation through Dunwich (although this does require the smaller, Mythos Pack expansions).
Your Tiny Epic Galaxy just got a bit bigger.
Beyond the Black is an expansion to Tiny Epic Galaxies that adds variable powers in the form of pilots, press your luck style exploration, and set collection. New ships, new planets, new secret missions – if you’re a fan of Tiny Epic Galaxies, have a look at the expansion that Rahdo called “A must-have.”
The Pixie Queen is angry. Very angry. You have to make her un-angry again… or face her wrath.
Don’t be fooled by its cute exterior. Pixie Queen is a deep strategy game of worker placement, resource gathering, and mischief. You are pixies terrorizing the human town of Truro – stealing food, plundering treasure – all to please your wicked queen. The game has over 300 wooden pieces for 2 to 5 pixies to get very naughty indeed.
Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel is designed by Richard Borg (Battlelore) Eric Lang (Blood Rage) Kevin Wilson (Descent) and Jay Little (X-Wing).
Apart from that all-star line up of design talent, the game is a 1 vs many techno romp through the pulpy sci fi universe of Mutant Chronicles. A reprint of the 80s classic, players rampage their way through scenarios with a rotating Mutant player and level up their characters while doing so.
If any of the above tickles your fancy, you should definitely check out the KS page.
From the publisher of War of the Ring and The Battle of Five Armies comes a new hidden movement game from the designer of Letters from Whitechapel. Hunt For the Ring was announced back at Gen Con, but the Italian website Gioconomicon has published a lengthy preview of the game’s mechanisms, which you can read here. (Scroll down for English).
The game hews closely to the story of Lord of the Rings, where Frodo and his companions must journey from the Shire all the way to Rivendell, keeping the Ring away from the Nazgul wraiths who hunt them. Unlike other hidden movement games, this one is played on two completely different boards, representing the first and second halves of the hunt (which can be played in separate sessions) and features a corruption mechanic meaning that the game is not instantly over when Frodo is found.
With 1 player as the Fellowship of the Ring and up to 4 others as Nazgul, Hunt for the Ring promises to be a tense affair with absolutely gorgeous components from publisher Ares Games.
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Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!