Gaming Industry News – Aug 1

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This past week the Spiel de Jahres 2018 winners were announced. Taking top prize of Game of the Year was Azul by designer Michael Kiesling.  A huge congrats to this designer for making one of the most buzzed about games this past year. Come down to Sentry Box to get your own copy of this fantastic game by publisher Next Move.

Winning the Connoisseur-gamer Game of the Year (given to heavier games) was Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg by designer Wolfgang Warsch, who was responsible for 2 of the 3 nominees in the category this year. Currently only available in the European market, North Star Games has announced that it will be bringing this game to the North American market by the end of this year.

Children’s Game of the Year was won by Funkelschatz (Dragon’s Breath) by designers Lena und Günter Burkhardt and published by Haba,

Congrats to all the winners!

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CMON Limited announced that they have teamed with Steve Jackson Games to design and publish Munchkin Dungeon based on the award-winning card game:

Munchkin Dungeon captures the same playful sense of humor of the original card game, while providing a completely new experience. It is the first collaboration between designers Eric M. Lang (Blood RageRising SunArcadia Quest) and Andrea Chiarvesio (Richard the LionheartKingsburgHyperborea).

In the game, 3-6 players will enter a dungeon and attempt to collect the most treasure and achieve the highest character level. They will have to push their luck if they want to be successful in their adventure, but if they come across a foe that’s a little too big to face, they can always run away. If players choose to take the cowardly (albeit occasionally logical) route of avoiding danger, they will earn Shame which will be counted against them at the end of the game. You can’t be a hero without exhibiting a little bravery!

Munchkin Dungeon comes to life on the tabletop with highly-detailed miniature figures and illustrations by legendary artist Jon Kovalic. Fans of the Munchkin series of games will feel right at home with the whimsical art that Kovalic is famous for, and players old and new will have hours of fun exploring dungeons, fighting monsters, and betraying their closest friends!

Munchkin Dungeon is coming to Kickstarter in 2019. Stay tuned for updates on the CMON Facebook page as the campaign approaches. 

Some fantastic news from Renegade Game Studios: They are releasing a deluxe version of the incredibly popular card game Arboretum this November. Already a beautiful game, we are eagerly awaiting more details on this new print. From what we can see from the box art, this looks to be gorgeous:

Arboretum is a strategic card game, designed by Dan Cassar and illustrated by Beth Sobel, that challenges players to create the most beautiful path through the garden. Choosing the correct cards and placing them in the most efficient orientation will score you the most points at the end of the game. With elegantly simple rules, Arboretum offers players surprisingly complex choices.

The limited edition deluxe version offers fans a chance to enjoy the elegance of the game with an engraved and heat-treated wooden box, premium rainbow foil cards, an embroidered fabric bag, and a beautiful full color sleeve for the box.

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That’s right! The folks at Wyrd Games are working on the upcoming release of Malifaux Third edition:

We aren’t reinventing the wheel with Malifaux Third Edition. Instead, we’re improving gameplay by ironing out a few kinks, streamlining some systems, reducing the number of conditions, and more. All of this is to ensure that the focus is on the fun while still keeping the layers of strategy that we all enjoy.

Hiring is also getting a facelift, as models will be hired by Keyword, allowing for more thematic crew building around your (new or existing) Masters. Speaking of Masters, you’ll also be able to hire multiple Masters in a single crew.

You can find out more information about what’s in store for Malifaux Third Edition on our website!

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Plaid Hat Games is pleased to announce Comanauts, the adventure book game of exploration and danger:

Designed by Jerry Hawthorne, the acclaimed designer of Mice and Mystics and Stuffed Fables, Comanauts is the second installment in the Adventure Book system. This exciting game builds on the mechanics first introduced in Stuffed Fables, providing a new experience for more mature players. Race against time to revive Dr. Strobal by exploring his tormented mind. As players work together to uncover the secrets of the doctor’s subconscious, they will follow his inner child across eleven different Comazones. There they will attempt to locate and overcome the Inner Demon that holds Dr. Strobal hostage. Assume the role of 22 unique avatars as you explore the dangers and secrets of each world locked inside the doctor’s dream. Can you free Dr. Strobal from his own mind before it’s too late?

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Renegade Game Studios™ and dlp Games are excited to announce the first expansion to Altiplano — The Traveler:

This expansion adds even more locations, resources, and strategy to an already excellent game.  A traveler wanders through South American Highlands and brings the inhabitants new ideas from his travels. Anyone who meets him can take advantage of these assets. A public trading point makes it possible to obtain rare goods in exchange for opals. And a variety of fortunes adds even more diversity to life among the mountain ranges in Bolivia and Peru.

With this expansion to Altiplano, the planning of moves becomes more important and accessibility to resources becomes more interactive. Above all, the assets that may be purchased from the traveller open up completely new ways to increase one’s own wealth. But unforeseen fortunes sometimes demand spontaneous decisions which influence planning.

Thus, the strive for success in this inhospitable region turns into a completely new challenge! Who’s prepared for this?

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And finally, just announced this morning, Renegade Game Studios™ and Dire Wolf Digital are excited to announce a new series of expansions for the internationally successful Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure!:

Clank! Expeditions: Gold and Silk will be the first title in this line! Enjoy two more maps and dwarvishly-cute meeples! If you have an insatiable thirst for plunder, Clank! Expeditions: Gold and Silkis for you: a series of boards to continue your deck-building adventures.

This first expedition begins in a mine abandoned by the Ruin Dwarven Mining Company (Ruin DMC) when it became infested with monsters. But it still holds plenty of fold for those daring enough to enter. Still more wealth awaits in the Spider Queen’s Lair. Surely the Spider Queen herself is just a legend meant to scare people away from such a fancy castle…

You can find this title on game shelves beginning in October 2018.

This weekend is GEN CON so most of the industry is getting ready for the convention. W. Eric Martin over at BoardGameGeek.com has compiled a list of the 600+ games submitted by publishers for items being previewed at GEN CON. We’ll be keeping an eye out for the buzz over the weekend!

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