WDYPTW: Cult of the News, April Edition

WDYPTW: Cult of the News, April Edition

Game Announcements:

  • Days of Wonder announced Ticket to Ride: London.

  • Renegade Game Studios announced Time Chase, a trick-taking game that accommodates 3-6 players and can be played in 30 minutes, and ArtSee, a 30-minute strategy game for 2-5 players designed by J. Alex Kevern. Time Chase will be available in August, and ArtSee will be available in the Fall.

  • Skydance Media has reached a multi-year licensing agreement with Hunters Entertainment to produce tabletop role-playing games set within the stunning sci-fi universe of the hit Netflix series, Altered Carbon, based upon the best-selling novels by Richard K Morgan. The long-term agreement calls for an ongoing series of tabletop RPGs drawing from the full scope of the Altered Carbon series, with direct tie-ins to the highly-anticipated second season. The games will begin with a crowdfunding campaign for the core RPG manual later this year, with plans for print and digital releases in 2020 through their global publishing deal with Renegade Game Studios.

  • AEG announced Atelier: The Painter's Studio, a game where 2-4 players each take on the role of an artist managing an atelier, or art studio, in the 19th century. Atelier "combines beautiful art and graphics with easy to teach resource collection," and will be available in July.

  • Red Raven Games announced Roam, a new game sharing the same world as Near and Far, Islebound, and Above and Below. Roam plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in about 30 minutes.

  • Renegade Game Studios announced Bubble Tea, from designer and illustrator AzaChen, where "you take on the role of a bubble tea shop owner, racing to satisfy thirsty customers." The game is expected to be available in June.

  • Czech Games Edition announced 2-4 player game Sanctum, designed by Filip Neduk, the designer of Adrenaline and Goblins, Inc., due out in Q4.

  • Z-Man Games announced a new version of the card game Love Letter that has two new character cards -- The Chancellor and The Spy.

  • IDW Games announced Tonari, a 2-4 player tile collection game from designers Bruno Faidutti and Alex Randolph, featuring artwork from Kwanchai Moriya. The game is expected to be available in August.

  • Van Ryder Games announced Final Girl, a solo only game that puts the player in the shoes of a female protagonist who, like in horror movies, kill the slasher if she wants to survive. Playing on the famous horror movie trope, Final Girl provides a thematic and thrilling experience. Mechanically it shares similarities with Hostage Negotiator, but with some key differences that change it up - including a game board with the location and character movement on the board. Co-designed by VRG partners A.J. Porfirio (Hostage Negotiator) and Evan Derrick (Detective: City of Angels) and Illustrated by Tyler Johnson, Final Girl will be on Kickstarter this Summer with a more specific date to be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Everything Epic announced Vampire: the Masquerade - Blood Feud, a Mega Board Game, currently in development and is the passion project of game designer Ben Kanelos and publisher Everything Epic. Blood Feud, a Mega Board Game is a "highly thematic, team-based, strategic game that plays 4-32 players and is run by 1-2 storytellers who also interact and play in the Mega Board Game." Blood Feud will be coming to Kickstarter in June of 2019, with a planned Fall 2019 consumer and retail release.

  • North Star founder Dominic Crapuchettes said on Twitter the company would be releasing cooperative deduction game Paint the Roses, designed by Ben Goldman "soon."

  • Chooseco, publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure interactive book series, and publishers Asmodee North America and Z-Man Games announced the next board game based on the Choose Your Own Adventure series. The game is based closely on Choose Your Own Adventure #12, War With The Evil Power Master by R. A. Montgomery.

  • Fantasy Flight made a number of Star Wars related announcements at Star Wars Celebration, including X-Wing Wave V, X-Wing Epic Battles, Clone Wars for Armada, Spark of Hope for Destiny, but no announcements for Imperial Assault.

  • CMON announced God of War: The Card Game, where "players take on the role of the Norns as they try different combinations of heroes and events in order to stop Ragnarok. Each game is a new attempt to find the right key to saving Midgard from destruction. One-to-four players must work together, embodying mighty heroes such as Kratos, Mimir, Atreus, Brok and Sindri, and Freya. They will fight enemies and bosses from the popular God of War videogame, but combined and remixed in exciting new ways, creating unique 'What if...?' scenarios every time they play."

  • Fireside Games announced Castle Panic Big Box, coming in July. The game combines Castle Panic, The Wizard's Tower, The Dark Titan, and Engines of War all in one box, along with 12 promo items.

  • Eagle-Gryphon Games released an update on its continued publication of Vital Lacerda games in a Kickstarter update for On Mars. EGG said that in April 2020 it will launch a KS campaign for the On Mars expansion, Surviving Mars. EGG confirmed it will  launch a KS campaign for the new deluxe edition of Kanban with art by Ian O'Toole and entirely consistent in size and production values with all of its prior Lacerda game releases, in August 2020. Furthermore, EGG said it anticipated that Weather Machine would be a 2021 release.

Expansion Announcements:

  • Board & Dice announced its first expansion for Teotihuacan: City of Gods -- Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period, a modular expansion which introduces several new options to "enrich and expand the game experience." It is expected to be released at Gen Con 2019.

  • Alley Cat Games announced Dice Hospital: Community Care, featuring three expansions for Dice Hospital.

  • Brotherwise teased its Unearth: The Lost Tribes expansion, saying it features a solo mode, fifth player mode, and more.

  • TMG announced Harbour: High Tide, a new expansion for Harbour that adds brand new buildings (and even second stories to existing buildings!) to the Harbour experience, as well as the addition of boats (what harbour doesn't have a lot of boats?) that can be purchased by players to aid them in the creation of buildings later.

  • Plaid Hat Games announced that the Guardians Retribution Hero Pack will not be released this year. "It was a difficult decision to make but continuing with the expansion is just not feasible at this time. We hate to disappoint our Guardians fans, for we love this game too and wish to see it grow. Hopefully, we will be able to continue the Guardians line in the future, but unfortunately that won't be in 2019."

Release Date Announcements:

  • Daily Magic Games announced that the expansion Villages of Valeria: Landmarks is now available in retail.

  • Portal Games announced that Robinson Crusoe: Mystery Tales, the second expansion for Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, was released on April 25.

  • AEG announced that Tiny Towns released on April 26.

  • Paizo announced that it released the Starfinder Beginner Box. With streamlined rules, a complete set of dice, colorful pawns, and more, this deluxe boxed set is the ideal introduction to the Starfinder Roleplaying Game, an imaginative tabletop roleplaying game for 2-7 players. It is available for purchase at paizo.com, local gaming stores, and anywhere else adventure can be found.

  • Plan B Games announced pre-orders for Century: A New World, the third game in the Century trilogy.

Digital Board Game Announcements:

  • Portal Games Digital released the Tides of Time app on Android and Apple.

  • Daisu Games announced that they are working on the digital, full-AI version of Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Stonemaier anticipates for them to release the game in late 2019 on several platforms.  

  • Acram announced it is making a digital version of Stonemaier Games’ Charterstone for Steam, iOS, Android, and Switch, "coming soon."

Other Game Tidbits:

  • GMT Games decided to pull Scramble for Africa off of its P500 list. "It's clear to me that the game is out of step with what most eurogame players want from us, in terms of both topic and treatment. Over the past few weeks, we've heard from a growing number of gamers who had concerns about both in regards to Scramble for Africa. To those of you who took the time to share your concerns with us privately and also to those who shared concerns in public forums in a polite and constructive manner, I want to thank you for the kindness and class with which you shared negative feedback. As we always strive to do, we have endeavored in this instance to listen to you, learn from you, and act on your feedback. I'm very sorry that we didn't catch this sooner. We work hard to evaluate and scrub games before they get to the P500 list, and we turn down games each year that we think are inappropriate for us in various ways. I'm sorry that we missed this one and caused some of you a lot of consternation and angst because of our oversight. We'll do better."

  • Portal Games provided an update on the Antares Database for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game.

  • AEG announced the third game of its Big Game Night event that it runs at Gen Con and PAX Unplugged would Curios, "a game of worker placement, deduction, and bluffing like no other." This year's three Big Game Night games are Curios, Point Salad, and Walking in Burano.

  • Bombyx showed a picture of its initial samples for an oversized version of Catch the Moon, which it said will be out by the end of the year.

  • The Mensa Mind Games judges have selected the following titles to receive the official 2019 Mensa Select seal: Architects of the West Kingdom,  Gizmos, Gunkimono, Planet, and Victorian Masterminds. "These titles have been awarded the official Mensa Select distinction because each is original in concept, challenging, and well designed. Additionally, these games provide a high value for the price, are easy to comprehend and play, and prove highly entertaining."

  • WizKids announced a new branch of their licensing partnership with Paizo, with plans for a brand new line of Starfinder Pre-Painted Miniatures. Starfinder Battles will join the Pathfinder Battles line in offering a collection of high-quality miniatures for fans of the game. The initial Starfinder offerings will include a Booster Set and Premium Set, and product will be available for sale worldwide. The first release is slated to hit shelves in 2020.

Other Industry Tidbits:

  • Games Factory sent a Kickstarter update to the backers of Solar City: a Solarpunk Game, saying it "ceases to exist," as the company "has been bankrupted by its CEO." The note added that "the BGCK and Solar City campaigns, despite our best efforts, will not come to fruition."  

  • Daryl Andrews was let go from Maple Games and is no longer serving as president of the company. Instead he will be referred to as Maple Games’ founder.

  • Indie Game Studios/Stronghold Games sued Plan B Games over Great Western Trail.

  • Ares Games and Ludus Magnus Studio announced a partnership to bring Ludus Magnus' games, in English edition, to hobby stores worldwide, starting with Black Rose Wars. Ares will publish and distribute the retail edition of the game, different in content from the version received by Kickstarter backers.

  • AEG's John Zinser wrote a blog post on AEG's site titled Publish Fewer New Games where he discusses selling off some of AEG's product lines and publishing fewer games going forward in order to focus more on better marketing the games they do publish.

Crowdfunding:

  • Funded: Domina Anthology, featuring Pralaya, Miraris, and Argoat, Lorenzo Il Magnifico Digital Edition, Valley of the Kings Premium, LIFE SIPHON, Upstaged: The Board Game with a Twist!, Roam, Freshwater Fly, Endangered, Blume, Cheapass Games in Black and White, TRAMWAYS: The Dystopian Expansions.

  • Launched: Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time, VENOM Assault: Villains & Valor, Ignite - Tabletop Miniatures Boardgame, Terraforming Mars: Turmoil, Anachrony: Fractures of Time Expansion and Infinity Box, On Mars, Hostage Negotiator: Career, Fight! 2nd Edition, Takenoko Giant, Vorpal Board, The Dutch East Indies: Adventures on the High Seas, Bloodborne: The Board Game.

  • The Folding Space, Hunt the Ravager, and Papillion Kickstarter campaigns were all suspended this month. Backers of Papillion, which had finished funding before it was suspended, were sent this email explanation by Kickstarter:

This is a message from Kickstarter’s Trust and Safety Team. We’re writing to let you know that a project you recently backed, Papillon (Suspended), has been suspended. We also want to assure you that your pledge has been canceled. To protect our community, we may suspend projects when they demonstrate one or more of the following:

* Outstanding fulfillment issues related to a previously successful crowdfunding campaign

* Running multiple, simultaneous projects.

* Failure or unwillingness to clearly communicate with backers

As a result, all backers will be refunded. No further action is required on your part.

We take the integrity of the Kickstarter system very seriously. We only suspend projects when we find strong evidence that they are misrepresenting themselves or otherwise violating the letter or spirit of Kickstarter's rules. As a policy, we do not offer comment on project suspensions beyond what is stated in this message.

We know this isn’t ideal. But we do sincerely hope to see you again soon, backing one or more of the amazing projects that do cross the finish line, without a hitch, each and every day.

Here’s to next time,

Kickstarter Trust and Safety

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