The top 5 collectible games and surprising releases before GenCon (Gamerati News Update)

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Welcome to the Gamerati News Update for Thursday, August 4th. I’m Marcelo and here are four game-related news.

No surprises in the top 5 collectible games for Spring 2016

ICv2 Internal Correspondence #90 is out and it brings the numbers of the hobby market for the North American Spring of 2016. The top 5 intellectual properties in collectible games are: number 1 Magic: The Gathering by Wizards of the Coast; number 2 Pokemon by Pokemon USA; number 3 Yu-Gi-Oh! by Konami Digital Entertainment; number 4 Force of Will by Force of Will; number 5: Marvel and DC HeroClix by WizKids.

It’s worth pointing out that the first three names in this list are sold in the mass market and hobby stores while the remaining two (Force of Will and HeroClix) are only available through specialized hobby channels. Another quirk or the list is that, if you look at only the sales through the specialized hobby channels, Yu-Gi-Oh! surpasses Pokemon in sales and becomes number 2 in the list.

I’ll bring the ranking of other types of games in following News Update episodes, but you can check them out right now by following the link in the shownotes.

Speaking of card games, Valiant Comics and Catalyst Game Labs have announced a mix of miniature and card game for the Valiant Universe

The Valiant Universe Deckbuilding Game features the most iconic characters of the Valiant Universe both in card and miniature form. In the game, the secret facility of Project Rising Spirit under Alcatraz has been revealed to the world, so you must race to acquire the deadly possessions and put the fate of the world in your hands. You move your superhero miniatures through an interactive facility grid to acquire cards for an unbeatable deck and attack your opponents in a world-shaking battle for supremacy!

The Valiant Universe RPG by Catalyst is the best super-hero RPG that I’ve ever played, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this deckbuilding game with miniature game elements also surpasses expectations. The game is available for pre-order for $60 with the pre-order exclusive Rai figurine and card.

Moving to a more abstract kind of game, Surfin’ Meeple has announced they acquired the publishing rights to Haru Ichiban

Haru Ichiban is an abstract strategy 2-player game that uses the theme of two gardeners competing to see who becomes the Imperial Gardener. Each player must use the “the first gale of Spring” (literally, “haru ichiban” in Japanese) to their advantage to create harmonious patterns of their blossoms upon the lilypads.

This new print will be available in October. MSRP $20.

Last news of the day is a duesy: Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new game set in the Android universe.

New Angeles is a board game of corporate greed and machinations. 4–6 players each assume a powerful megacorp and use their wealth and influence in order to make more wealth and influence. The other megacorps are your rivals, but you also have to work with them to keep crime, disease, and unrest under control, or the federal government comes to intervene in New Angeles, lifting the city’s special commerce privileges and everybody loses.

The megacorps and the city of New Angeles are familiar to players of previous Android games, such as Netrunner. The Android series started in 2008, with the game of the same name designed by Kevin Wilson and Dan Clark. The second game in the series was the lighter Infiltration, designed by Donald Vaccarino and published in 2012, followed by the card game Netrunner by Richard Garfield originally published by WotC in 1996 and repurposed as Android: Netrunner also in 2012 as a LCG. It would be four more years until another game in the Android universe: the abstract strategy game Mainframe by Jordi Gené, Gregorio Morales.

New Angeles, designed by James Kniffen, arrives by the end of the year. MSRP $59.95.

That’s it for this episode of Gamerati News Update. If you’re at GenCon Indy this weekend have a good one; if you’re not, have a great weekend playing games with friends and family. Don’t forget to subscribe to Gamerati’s YouTube channel and look for us on social media: just type “gamerati”, it’s pretty easy to find us. I’ll come back Monday with four more gaming news. See you then.

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