9/5 — More CONAN Is Always Welcome
In what many will see as an awesome announcement, publisher Shinobi 7, LLC. revealed that they’ve acquired the license to Robert E. Howard’s “CONAN” and already have two games in the works. The first will be a tabletop miniatures game that’ll head to Kickstarter before its availability for retail. The current plan has it reaching Kickstarter in the first half of 2019, with the retail version scheduled for release in early 2020. The second title will be a CONAN-themed card game, and it’s going to be a direct-to-retail release sometime in 2019. Not much else is known about these games at this time, but Shinobi 7 promise to make further details available in the future.
9/7 — A Pandemic Spreads During the Collapse of Rome
Fans of the Pandemic series will undoubtedly be excited by Z-Man Games’ latest announcement, as they unveiled the name and theme of the latest entry, Pandemic: Fall of Rome. Set during the decline of the Roman Empire, Fall of Rome has its players controlling armies, defending cities, and establishing new alliances. This version of Pandemic actually features combat, and the game comes with custom dice that’ll be rolled during encounters to stave off invading hordes. The game will also feature a solo mode, in which the player takes on the role of the Emperor. Pandemic: Fall of Rome is set for release sometime in Q4 2018 for a price of $49.99. For further details, check out the announcement here.
9/7 — Ohhh Yeahhh, WizKids and WWE Unite
Games publisher WizKids and the WWE have agreed upon a multi-year licensing partnership to produce tabletop games, including ones with gaming platforms HeroClix and Dice Masters. With HeroClix, players will able to collect and deploy teams of their favorite WWE wrestlers in miniature form. With Dice Masters, players will similarly be able to create teams of wrestlers and fight them in dice rolling battles. Some of the wrestlers that are going be featured in these games are legends like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Trish Stratus, The Rock, and more. Players don’t have to wait long for these games, as WizKids revealed that the first ones are set to come out in 2019.
9/7 — Paizo Previews The Next Set of Pathfinder Minis
Tabletop RPG enthusiasts will be happy to hear that WizKids and Paizo are prepping to release a new set of miniatures, Pathfinder Battles: Ruins of Lastwall. It’s going to be the final set of minis before the upcoming release of Pathfinder Second Edition, which we’ve previewed a bunch in prior news columns. The Ruins of Lastwall set includes 44 randomized figures, six pieces of dungeon dressing, and the “Cemetery of the Fallen” premium set. For more, check out Paizo’s post here.
- The latest installment in Gamelyn Games’ Tiny Epic series, Tiny Epic Mechs, is now available for backing on Kickstarter.
- Plaid Hat Games previewed the first two heroes, Astra and Grave, in their upcoming Guardians card game.
- USAopoly is producing a game based on the hit anime Dragon Ball Z entitled Dragon Ball Z Power Up! Board Game. It’s basically a re-skinned version of Mario Level Up! Board Game.
- River Horse Games previewed the Katniss Everdeen mini from their upcoming title, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: The Board Game.
- Renegade Game Studios showed off two new titles they have coming in January, Kitty Paw: Valentine’s Day Edition and Slap It!.
- Z-Man Games published two interesting articles – one’s an interview with the artist of the updated version of Condottiere, and the other’s a preview of the first expansion for Mesozooic, the Triassic Mini Expansion.
This was the board game news for the first half of September 2018. For the previous news column, click here.