The top 4 tabletop game stories from last week (Gamerati News Update)

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Hello! It’s Monday, 19 of September. Here are the top 4 news about games and gaming from last week.


A couple weeks ago I speculated if the bankruptcy of South Korean Hanjin Shipping Company would affect the tabletop gaming industry. It did.

WizKids has announced that supply of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HeroClix: Heroes in a Half Shell will be somewhat limited as they’ve got shipment stranded at one of Hanjin’s boats. They reassured HeroClix fans and retailers that only one of many shipments of the set find itself in such situation — specifically, the Gravity Feed. WizKids have enough TNMT HeroClix sets to fill all pre-orders and they’ll be releasing these new sets without delay, in spite of this inicial shortage of Gravity Feeds.

As I reported in two weeks ago, shipment isn’t being offloaded from Hanjin’s cargo ships already at sea, as dockworkers fear not getting paid, since the company doesn’t have any money. Last week, the company got a transfer of $36 million dollars from Hanjin Group to pay for cargo offloading but, by their own estimates, they still need three times that amount to rescue all the $14 billion in cargo currently at sea on their more than eighty ships.


Evil Hat Productions will prepare your for the Japanese giant monster invasion with Kaiju Incorporated RPG and card game

In Kaiju Inc. you can jump into the lives of the workers for the world’s biggest multinational Kaiju-conglomerates! Rebuilding the world following giant monster attacks takes a Kaiju-sized work-force. Do you have what it takes to face the hazards of mayhem, destruction, biohazardous waste, human resources, minimal career prospects, and really, really big footprints?

If you do, put Kaiju Incorporated: The Roleplaying Game in your wishlist.

If you’re more interested in filling the shoes of a company chairman in a land threatened by giant monster, then Kaiju Incorporated Card Game is for you. It’s up to you to turn the shattered remains of your city into profit and prosperity, but watch out for the next wave of monster attacks! Make money, construct buildings, and research products related to the war on Kaiju. Collect Victory Points to insure your company’s domination!

Kaiju Inc. RPG, designed by Rob Wieland, is a 92-page, full-color hardcover supplement for the Fate Core roleplaying game system — and you can also use it with Fate Accelerated; MSRP is $20. Kaiju Inc. Card Game, designed by Eric B. Vogel and Chris Ruggiero, is for 3–5 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in about an hour; MSRP is also $20. Both games will be released early 2017.


Maybe you had a lot of fun with toys-to-life games — I certainly have — but after a while you, like me, might feel that constantly taking potshots at one another kinda gets repetitive. When that happens is time for the next level.

That’s when I discovered Galaxy ZEGA by the Chinese company SmartX. Self described as “realistic virtual tank war game”, Galaxy ZEGA mixes futuristic little toy tanks with virtual environments, weapons, and abilities. Each of the four available tanks have their own unique stats that you can boost by acquiring upgrades during play. Some of those improve your stats, while others hinder your opponent, such as locking up one of their tracks for a couple of seconds or covering up one or more of their buttons on their phone screens.

The toy/game is currently on pre-order with release scheduled for the 5th of October. The Starter Set comes with two tanks, a charger base and cable, and 43 pieces to make a two-player battlefield, MSRP $150. Sets with only two tanks or wth only the battlefield will also be available, MSRP $100.


With to zoomed images, video game developer 4A Games hints at new game

4A Games is known for making Metro 2033, an apocalyptic horror/sci-fi first person shooter released in 2010, based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel of the same name and it’s 2013 follow up, Metro Last Light.

Now the Ukrainian game house is teasing its new game with these two cropped images that suggest a sleeker sci-fi shooter.

Back in early 2014, after the Russian annexation of Crimea, 4A games moved their HQ to the island Republic of Malta and announced they were making yet another game in the Metro series. Later in that same year, they announced they were also working on a second game, this time a “sandbox-style experience”. Now we just have to wait and see which of these two games those cropped images are teasing at. Stay tuned to Gamerati News Update. I’ll bring more news about that as soon as I hear anything.


The Gamerati Game Day is coming. Sponsored by Panda Game Manufacturing, you can play a metric ton of games on the 24th of September in Tacoma, WA. There you can play Dungeon Crawl Classics, an RPG reminiscent of the old days when the GM was the players’ enemy. Join Gamerati Joe England as he leads you through the Hypercube of Myt, a tournament-style adventure, where you’ll be rewarded for surviving, and replaced by another player if you die. No worries: you can get back in line and root for someone else to die and try again.

Gamerati Game Day sponsored by Panda Game Manufacturing happens from 9 AM to 9 PM, at First Christian Church of Tacoma. More information at gamerati.com/gamedays.


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