Old card games don't die, they just fade away. Take Netrunner, for example. The other CCG from designer Richard Garfield (famous for creating Magic: The Gathering) hasn't been in print since 1999, yet still retains a strong player base. That loyalty will be rewarded later this year, as Fantasy Flight Games has announced plans to revive Netrunner with a Q3 2012 release.
Originally set in the world of R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk RPG, Netrunner features 2-player asymetric gameplay, where a Runner player faces off against a Corporation player. Thematically, gameplay is centered around hacking, with the Runner trying to prevent the Corp from executing secret world domination plans. However, in Fantasy Flight's upcoming reboot of the game, players will be greeted with an unexpected thematic twist.
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Fantasy Flight blew the doors off of Gen Con last year when they announced their acquisition of the Star Wars hobby gaming license, revealing plans for both a living card game and a space combat miniatures game. It's been a patient wait for fans, though, as the games went back behind the curtain and news on their development became scarce. That's all about to change now as the X-Wing Miniatures Game is ready for prime time.
X-Wing will launch this Summer (which is about as specific as most board game release date gets) at a retail price of $39.95. Included in the base set will be one X-Wing model and two TIE Fighter models, as well as all of the cards, counters, and custom 8-sided dice required to play the game.
Later this year, Dungeons & Dragons board game fans will get a blast from the past: the original Dungeon! game is coming back into print with an all-new version.
The 1975 Dungeon! has already been revised twice before with 1989's The New Dungeon! and 1995's The Classic Dungeon, each of which offered improvements to the original. It's not clear what will make the cut in this new edition, but according to the game's Amazon.com product listing, it " incorporates several revisions made to the game in later editions, giving players the most fun experience possible."
Dungeon! is a quick 30-minute smash-and-grab mission to fill your inventory with treasure and make it to the exit alive. Each player selects a different class, each with its own unique powers and abilities. The dungeon's winding hallways are littered with chambers containing monsters and loot, but each space is clearly marked on a level scale of 1-6. The higher the levels pose greater challenges, but offer more rewarding loot in return.
The archangel Avacyn has returned! A bright, fiery dawn banishes Innistrad’s shadows. Humanity takes up arms and drives back the creatures of the night. With flights of angels overhead, the righteous band together and wield holy light and miraculous magic to restore the balance of their world.
Magic: The Gathering fans, prepare for the third an final set of the Innistrad block: Avacyn Restored. In advance of the May 4th release date, Wizards of the Coast has begun providing sneak peeks at some of the new cards included in this set. Read on to take a look at "Harvester of Souls," a fearsome black creature you'll surely want to have stocked in your deck.
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For gaming geeks who grew up in the 80's, Milton Bradley's Gamemaster series often served as an induction into the hobby. These were games for people who felt Risk and Stratego were too simple, but didn't know what else to play until this more complex range of games came along.
Thirty years later, Axis & Allies has made a lasting impression as the most recognizable entry from that Gamemaster series of classics, and publisher Wizards of the Coast is aiming to win over a new generation of fans with Axis & Allies 1941.
Touted as "a simplified A&A experience that will introduce players to the A&A mechanics and play style," Axis & Allies 1941 will be designed for setup and play in less time than any prior Axis and Allies title. The whole experience is expected to wrap up in 1.5 to 2 hours, which is pretty brisk for an average war game. The gameplay uses the same core system as Axis & Allies 1942 2nd Edition, but any changes to provide a more streamlined experience have yet to be revealed.
Pirates. Ninja. Robots. Zombies. Aliens. Dinosaurs. Wizards. Gnomes and other Tricksters. No, this is not the recipe for a Reddit fantasy game, this is the roster for Smash Up, an upcoming card game from AEG.
It's not just the multi-genre theme that makes Smash Up a noteworthy release, though. If you look at the box cover above, you'll see the tagline "the shufflebuilding game of total awesomeness!" But what the heck is shufflebuilding anyway?
These days, it's easier to ask what gaming licenses Cryptozoic doesn't have under its belt. The publisher has just announced plans to create a deckbuilding card game around Capcom's stable of fighting games: Street Fighter, Rival Schools, Darkstalkers, and Final Fight.
In their press release, Cryptozoic described their upcoming Capcom deckbuilder as "easy to learn and quick to play." This is in line with their recent approach, which uses high-visibility licenses such as Capcom's to offer a taste of the hobby gaming scene to a new audience of gamers. A good example of this is Penny Arcade: Gamers vs. Evil [full review] which used the popular webcomic to provide a perfect introduction to deckbuilding card games.
Big news has not stopped rolling out of Las Vegas's Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Trade Show, but a definite theme is beginning to emerge: big name board games are getting a large helping of extra content in the form of expansions. The big announcement from Gary Games this week is that their hit deckbuilding card game, Ascension, will receive its fourth set of cards.
Titled Ascension: Immortal Heroes, this set is intended to be a direct expansion to Ascension: Storm of Souls, and is recommended to be played when combined with that standalone set. Immortal Heroes builds off of the new mechanics seen in Storm of Souls, but also a delivers a few new tricks of its own, such as new "soul gem" cards that represent some new form of weapon that players can wield during the game.
Big changes are coming to the Small World board game, but don't say you weren't warned. Publisher Days of wonder has been teasing fans all week long with pieces of art as seen above, but nobody was quite sure what to make of things. That all changed yesterday when Small World Realms was revealed during the annual Game Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) Trade Show.
Set for a June 2012 release, Small World Realms is chock full of expansion content that quite literally breaks the mold for future matches of the board game. Players are no longer confined to the standard maps as included in Small World and Small World Underground, but can now use a stock of 48 double-sided terrain tiles to create their very own world.
In 2003 Stephen Kreiger set the world record for the longest indoor paper airplane toss at 207 feet, 4 inches. He's held the record since then, but on Sunday (Feb. 26th) former University of California at Berkeley quarterback Joe Ayoob shattered that record by 19 feet, 6 inches! Read More...
How did Image's first solo convention go? And what's the publisher got in store for the next year? How does a new series from Grant Morrison strike you?
The publisher teased a new series from Morrison exuberantly titled Happy!, featuring art by The Boys Darick Robertson. No details or even genre are available, but this would be Morrison's first creator-owned project since Joe the Barbarian at Vertigo, if I recall correctly. The series got its first official image with the promo at the top of this article. I'm guessing it has something to do with hyperdimensional birds. [iFanboy]
You can find teaser images and info on some of the new titles after the jump.
Daniel Corey's comic joins Superman, Spider-Man, and Annie in the list of comics getting the musical theater adaptation with a hard rock score from composer Raymond Schnurr. At this weekend's Image Comics Expo, the publisher announced that the series' first arc, "The Dark Chamber," written by Corey and illustrated by Anthony Diecidue, would be getting the stage musical treatment courtesy of Corey and composer Raymond Schnurr. The duo are teaming up to write the lyrics based on the plot, with Schnurr, of course, putting together the music for what they promise will be "a gritty and dark piece." Read More...
The long-promoted DC Nation hour of animated and live-action programming from Cartoon Network is on its way in a couple of weeks—Saturday, March 3rd, to be exact. Does "Saturday morning cartoons" still mean the same thing if they're on a network mostly dedicated to cartoons? My hangups with semantics aside, the hour-long block will be making its debut in a couple of weeks along with premieres of both Green Lantern: The Animated Series and the new season of Young Justice.
You can find out more about DC Nation after the jump.