We're Geeks. We Play Games.

I'll put something more exciting here later.

In the meantime, have a beverage and relax. It could be awhile.

What beverage would I suggest?

  • A nice sangria.
  • An old fashioned.
  • A Long Island Iced Tea.

Noteworthy News August 13-19, 2012

Last week we saw the announcement that Upper-Deck was making a Marvel Deck-building Game, this week Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced their upcoming DC Deck Building Game.

From Ctyptozoic: "In the DC Comics Deck-building Game, you take on the role of Batman™, Superman™, or one of their brave and heroic allies in the struggle against the forces of Super-Villainy! While you begin armed only with basic combat maneuvers, you will add new, more powerful cards to your deck as you go, with the goal of defeating as many of the DC Comics Super-Villains as you can. In the end, the player who has accumulated the most Victory Points from the cards in his or her deck wins the game!"

Too bad the two universes won't be compatible, I guess we will have to continue to rely on Hero-Clix to tell us who would win in a cross-over universe fight.

Speaking of cross-overs, Munchkins are taking over the gaming world.  Steve Jackson Games has announced two new Munchkin games that are in the works and will be arriving at gaming stores near you. First is their collaboration with Paizo Publishing in bringing us Munchkin Pathfinder.

From Paizo: "The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game™ from Paizo Publishing is one of the world’s best-selling fantasy roleplaying games, in the true spirit of the classic dungeon crawl. Now Steve Jackson Games is proud to announce that Pathfinder is getting the full Munchkintreatment in a brand new core set...combining the unique features of the Pathfinder setting with Munchkin's irreverent sense of humor."

And second, in collaboration with Topps Trading Cards, comes  Munchkin Apocalypse: Mars Attacks.

From Steve Jackson: "The Topps Company and Steve Jackson Games announce Munchkin Apocalypse: Mars Attacks, bringing the pulpy sci-fi action of the classic card set into their newest Munchkin core game."

Wizards of the Coast has released the second public playtest packet for D&D Next.

From Wizards: "It’s been a few months since we released the first playtest packet and in that time we’ve gotten great feedback from our playtesters. I’m happy to say the second playtest packet is now available for download. If you’re reading this and you haven't downloaded your packet yet, the rest of the article might not make much sense to you, so you might want to hold off on reading this until you have the packet in hand."

After having read much of the packet I am very excited with the direction they are heading.  Promises to be very interesting.

Ares Games continues their Developers Diary, giving us some more insight into their upcoming expansion to The War of the Ring.

From their site: "For the Shadow Player, we had an almost symmetrical extension. The alternate version of the Witch-king, who gave to the Shadow player a whole new path to victory, thanks to his ability of tormenting the Fellowship with nasty card draws from the Shadow Character Event deck. The Balrog of Moria and Gothmog reinforced the action dice pool with their Lesser Minions dice, and also added new abilities to the arsenal of the Shadow. The Balrog has the possibility of raising out of Moria as a powerful leader of the Shadow Armies, striking a terrible blow against one Free Peoples stronghold, before being confined again to the darkness of the depths of the Earth through the Will of the West. Gothmog may lead a powerful assault against the southern lands, and use his ability to raise a siege almost impossible to break."

This little nugget, The Genesis Roleplaying System, first caught my eye on EN World, and I was intrigued. I followed their link to the games main page and after reading some more and watching the video, I was really interested.  They have a kickstarter planned and I will have to check it out.

From their En World announcement: "Welcome to the Roleplaying Revolution. Within the next two weeks, Alea Publishing Group will launch its first Kickstarter project: The Genesis Roleplaying System. 
However, before we launch our Kickstarter Project, we wanted to first introduce the game. 
Why do we call it a Roleplaying Revolution?
The Genesis Roleplaying System is vastly different than its predecessors. 
First, apart from being a role-playing game, it is also a deck building game, where players create a character deck as they adventure. The character deck serves as their potential to overcome hazards and monsters to progress the storyline. 
Secondly, unlike traditional role-playing games, the Genesis system does not need dice resolution. It instead uses a innovative card mechanic to resolve actions."

Fantasy Flight Games has been very busy this week.  Not only have they been producing some great GenCon daily videos, but The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill is available and you should be seeing it in stores soon.  But the single most anticipated announcement for Star Wars geeks galaxy wide,  is the Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire beta test!  Last year when they announced they had the licensing for all things table game related to Star Wars, I was very excited to see the X-Wing miniature game, and I will definitely check out the Star Wars Living Card game, but this is what I have been waiting for!

From the announcement: "Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to invite you to the Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire beta test! For over three decades, the Star Wars universe has inspired the imaginations and captured the hearts of generations of fans. Now, we invite you to indulge your creativity and lose yourselves in the fantastic world of the Star Wars Roleplaying experience."

There is still a lot coming out of GenCon so be sure to check back next week as I still have lots of news to sort through!