Hello! It’s Monday, 12 of September. Here are the top 4 news about games and gaming from last week.
All good things come to an end. Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop are to end their relationship in February.
After eight fruitful years, Games Workshop licensing agreement wth Fantasy Flight Games comes to an end. It’s not clear which company decided to part ways, but in their press release, FFG had only good things to say about Games Workshop.
The end of this venture will affect obvious suspects such as Warhammer Fantasy and 40K and Blood Bowl lines of RPGs and board games, but also some games I didn’t know belonged to Games Workshop, such as Talisman and the recently re-released Fury of Dracula.
I expect that either Games Workshop will pick up the slack and start making those games themselves or that they’ll reveal a new partner soon. We here at Gamerati will keep you updated. Stay tuned.
Beyblade Burst marks the return of Beyblade in the West by Hasbro
Canadians can already put their hands on the new line of tops (or Bey Blades) with US release scheduled for January 2017, followed by European and Latin American releases later in the same year. The line features a new mechanic called “bursting” in which a Bey Blade can burst apart during play.
If you’re not in Canada, or if you are, you can have a taste of the game with the free iOS and Android app for Beyblade Burst that is already available for download. You can play with basic sets or scan your Bey Blades into the game. The game will also be supported by a new animated series. Originally released in Japan back in April, it premiered on Canadian channel Teletoon this past Saturday. Broadcasting deals on other countries are yet to be announced, but I’d guess they won’t take long.
Almost Got ‘Im is the new Batman card game by Cryptozoic
If you’re a fan of the Batman Animated series from the 90’s, you probably remember an episode titles Almost Got ‘Im, in which a bunch of villains play poker while telling tales of how close they got to killing Batman. The episode climaxes when Batman reveals himself as one of the villains in disguise.
And that’s the premise of the card game designed by Matt Hyra for Cryptozoic Entertainment. It’s kind of a mix of Are You a Werewolf and poker. Each player has a special ability that’s activated when they get a specific set of cards. For example, Batman needs a two-pair to subdue a villain. If Batman subdues the required number of villains, he wins. If the villains can figure out which one of them in Batman in disguise and vote him down, they win.
Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game is for 5–8 players, ages 15 and up. MSRP is $20. Expect it in stores early 2017.
The newest storyline for Dungeons & Dragons is called Storm King’s Thunder
Set in the Forgotten Realms, the adventure pits the player-characters against all kinds of giants, who have emerged from their strongholds to do battle against the civilizations of the Sword Coast. And where is King Hekaton? Wasn’t he tasked with keeping order amongst all giant-kind?
The story ties with the upcoming Assault of the Giants board game. It’ll also be supported by miniatures from Icons of the Realms series, digital gaming platforms Fantasy Grounds and Roll20 ($50). The story line makes an appearance as an expansion to the Neverwinter MMO released back in March.
Storm King’s Thunder for Dungeons & Dragons is a 256-page hardcover book that takes characters from level 1 all the way to 11. MSRP is $49.95 and it’s already available through retailers.
The Gamerati Game Day sponsored by Panda Game Manufacturing is coming at the 24 of September in Tacoma, WA. There you can play with friends, meet new ones, playtest games or have a taste for games you might only have heard of. There are going to be tables showcasing Sandy Petersen’s Cthulhu Mythos for Pathfinder, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Warmachine and Hordes, and much, much more. The event happens from 9 AM to 9 PM, at First Christian Church of Tacoma. More information at gamerati.com/gamedays.
That is everything I got for you today. You can find a link to a transcript of this show on the description below and at gamerati.com.
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