Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition and other editions and expansions (Gamerati News Update)

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Kodama – The Tree Spirits gets a second edition in November

This gorgeous game designed by Daniel Solis has been pretty hard to find since its successful crowd-funding by Action Phase Games a year ago. But things will change, now that Action Phase Games has partnered with Indie Boards & Cards to release a second edition.

In Kodama – The Tree Spirits you grow your tree by placing cards in clever arrangements, being careful to leave room for future growth. Over three growing seasons, you must cultivate trees with the right mix of flowers, insects, and branch arrangements to make your Kodama as happy as possible. Whoever cares for their Kodama best will be remembered for generations!

Kodama – The Tree Spirits second edition plays 2–5 people, ages 13 and up, for less than 45 minutes. MSRP is $20, but it’s pretty easy to find the Second Edition for pre-order online for the discount price of $13, which is a steal. I wouldn’t miss it. Kodama – The Tree Spirits second edition starts shipping in November.


White Wolf is back in the game and announcing Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition

White Wolf Publishing began it’s story with the merger of Lion Rampant and the White Wolf Magazine in 1991. Unless you came from outer space, it’s impossible not to have heard of the RPGs Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse or the variety of tabletop games that comprised the World of Darkness, even if your only contact with it was the short-lived TV show Kindred: The Embraced or the videogame Bloodlines.

(Both are still pretty good. I’d look for them if I were you.)

Since 2006, under the Icelander company CCP, White Wolf had ceased in-house production of any material, instead licensing their properties to other publishers. (Link to my conversation with Rich Thomas from Onyx Path). Precisely eleven months ago, White Wolf was acquired by Paradox Interactive. While the company has been generally describing itself as a story and brand manager, rather than a publisher, with the announcement of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition White Wolf is handling both game development and publishing.

White Wolf is promising this isn’t any kind of reboot, but a “unified theory of the supernatural”. Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition will hit the market later 2017 or earlier 2018. After that, the company promises a continuing One World of Darkness metaplot heavily influenced by player input.


Descend into a world of sleep and splendor with The Dreamlands, the latest expansion for Eldritch Horror

Fantasy Flight Games has announced The Dreamlans as the newest expansion to Eldrich Horror, the youngest game in the Arkham Horror series of cooperative board games. For the first time, you have the chance to walk upon the sweet-smelling grass of the Enchanted Wood, travel into the Underworld, or sail off the edge of the world and voyage to the moon—this expansion introduces an entirely new side board, portraying the mystical, ethereal Dreamlands.

As the realm of dreams leaks into our waking world, you’ll find eight new investigators that stand united against two insidious Ancient Ones: Altach-Nacha the Dreamweaver and Hypnos, the Lord of Sleep. With a massive array of new Spells, Conditions, Assets, Adventures, Mythos cards, and encounters for every location, The Dreamlands Expansion promises adventures unmatched by anything in the waking world.

The Dreamlands hits shelves sometime early 2017. MSRP is $49.95.


Destiny 2 will come to PCs in 2017

Destiny, one of the most played popular FPS in recent memory, so far has been a video game that you could only enjoy (or get crazy angry about) in consoles. But, with the release of its last expansion, Rise of Iron last week, developer Bungie seem ready to move on to Destiny 2 on the newest generation of consoles. That, apparently, greatly reduces the amount of downscaling necessary to have the game both in consoles and PCs, so the rumors of Destiny 2 being both a sequel to Destiny for the upcoming PS4 Pro and Xbox’s Project Scorpio and simultaneously a PC release seem more and more likely.

It’s still too early to tell if Bungie or publisher Activision are planning to allow PC and console players have at it on the same servers or if the games will be confined to their own environments, what with Xbox and Microsoft having recently reached out to Sony to have gamers from all platforms interact with each other online. Stay tuned.


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