Gamerati News Update: 08 February 2016

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Three news pieces under four minutes! PC game crackers want to gauge sales, an imperial expansion to Dominion, WizKids hires the Z-Man himself, and Cthulhu Pandemic.

WizKids hires Zev Shlasinger.

The New Jersey-based company famous for the versatile HeroClix engine has announced that Zev Shlasinger will be working with them in an effort to expand the company’s footprint in boardgames. WizKids president, Justin Ziran said that he was thinking of Mr. Shlasinger in such position in the company for some time now.

Zev, as he’s best known, founded Z-Man Games in 1999 and sold the company in 2011, but kept working closely with them, finding or developing new games for the company, which is precisely what he’ll be doing for WizKids from now on.

It’s a match made in heaven if I ever saw one.

Source: WizKids

Rio Grande announced Dominion: Empires

Arguably the game that started the deck-building craze, Dominion is getting a big box expansion called Empires. The basic idea is that you already have so many expansions that your kingdom is now really an empire, so you need new rules for a game in which the stakes are higher.

The box will contain 300 cards, 96 metal tokens, and the expanded rules bring back VP tokens and Events. Release is scheduled May 18, 2016. MSRP is $44.95.

Source: Board Game Geek

Unspeakable evil is unleashed in Pandemic.

In a 2012 Dork Tower comic, John Kovalic argued that Cthulhu is the bacon of gaming. I think he’s right. Last week, a Filipino gaming website got the scoop about a stand-alone expansion to Pandemic called Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. Yep.

The major cities on the board are replaced by familiar locations of the Lovecraftian mythos such as Kingsport, Dunwich, Arkham, and Innsmouth. There’s going to be a Sanity mechanic because of course there will and the specialists of the base game are replaced by investigators such as the Magician, the Hunter, and the Reporter.

The game is for 2–4 players, runs under an hour; no MSRP or release date yet, apart from an unnamable “summer 2016” slate.

Sorry. I couldn’t resist the reference. I would’ve gone mad if I hadn’t!

Source: Ungeek

Pirates will stop pirating for one year to gauge sales.

The China-based video game cracking group 3DM announced that, starting today, they won’t crack any single-player games for a whole year. What they want to know, according to what their leader wrote in her blog, is if piracy affect sales as much as publishers say they do. 3DM has recently predicted that PC games won’t be crackable by 2018, due to advanced anti-piracy software such as Denuovo, which recently prevented them from cracking Just Cause 3 for example.

They seem nice, those pirates.

Source: GameSpot

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