Zombicide Goes Scifi!

Zombicide Invader

Zombicide: Invader will be the next miniature heavy board game in the Zombicide franchise.

If you have been living away from Kickstarter and Boardgames you may not know that Zombicide is one of the biggest series of boardgames that has ever been released via Kickstarter.

Zombicide is a cooperative board game that sees survivors working together to get through zombie hoards to reach various objectives.

The original series of games were set in the modern day and channel Romero esq zombie movies.

Following on from this Zombicide Black Plague saw the series shift to a Sword and Sorcery setting. The latest part of the series was Zombicide Green Hoard which was backed on Kickstarter by over 27 thousand people and raised a massive $5million.

Now CMON will be raiding our bank accounts to raise what will probably be a similar level of interest for ZOMBICIDE: INVADER, their first step into SciFi for the Zombie based series.

Like previous contributions to the games we expect there to be a lot of Movie and Pop culture references and the game play will be kept to the same style of coop survivors on a tiles board.

The Kickstarter campaign is not too far away, it is due to start on April 10th 2018, but as with their previous campaigns you should be prepared to wait around a year to get hold of the plastic and cardboard goodies.

More can be discovers on the CMON blog

Hellboy Miniatures Game and Competition.

Anyone who know me or had read this in the past will know I am a fan of the Mantic GamesThe Walking Dead miniatures game. So it fills me with glee to see Mantic turning their hand to another licence. In this case HELLBOY.

With the reveal of their first miniature, the red handed demon monkey himself Mantic have also started a competition to win a Hellboy Miniature.

From their facebook page.

Today we’re delighted to unveil the first miniature from the upcoming Hellboy game! Also, we’ve got a great community contest for you to get involved in.

Would you like to paint one of the pre-production Hellboy miniatures? Just comment below with a pic of your best painted Mantic miniature (it has to be Mantic so we can share the results) by March 29th and we’ll choose our favourite to receive a resin Hellboy to paint (and keep) ahead of the Kickstarter launch. What are you waiting for? Get painting!

Mantic Games Hellboy Miniature Prototype
Mantic Games Hellboy Miniature Prototype

The news of Mantic’s Hellboy project reached us on the 5th January this year:

Mantic Games is pleased to announce it has entered into a licensing partnership with Dark Horse Comics for the worldwide rights to produce a game set in Mike Mignola’s inspirational Hellboy comic book universe.

The Hellboy board game will be a co-operative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic BRPD members, such as Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Roger the Homunculus, before exploring gothic locations and uncovering ancient artifacts.

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The project is due to hit Kickstarter in April 2018. (and we cannot wait).

The Hellboy board game will be developed at Mantic by Mantic’s own (and formerly Games Workshop’s) James M. Hewitt. James’ previous gaming development credits include DreadBall, Necromunda 2017, Blood Bowl 2016, Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth. So he is no stranger to developing engaging games.

“The thought of sinking my teeth into the BPRD’s adventures and reimagining them for the tabletop… well, that sounds more fun than a monkey with a gun. This is a great chance to make a narrative-led game that mixes big, loud action with a wry sense of humour. I can’t wait!”

— James M. Hewitt January 2018.

The Walking Dead: All Out War Wave 4 Made To Suffer

The Maggie, Prison Defender Booster Miniatures.

The Waking Dead Table Top Game – All Out War’sWave Four will be with us soon. In fact, you can pre-order now from the Mantic website or your local game store. This wave tells the story of Rick’s ill-fated encounter with the tyrannical Brian Blake – also known as The Governor.

In the Made to Suffer expansion, you’ll find a whole host of new scenarios, objectives, a new map and a cardboard counter of the infamous tank driven by the Governor!

In addition to Night Time Battles, New Scenarios and Special Objectives the factions and alignments have been given a big tweak allowing for large scale battles.

At the moment the game includes the following factions:

  • Rick’s Group
  • Woodbury Army
  • The Hilltop
  • The Kingdom
  • The Saviors
  • No symbol – Neutral (can be taken by anyone)

These factions are indicated by a symbol on a character’s survivor card. As you would expect in the Walker-strewn streets of Atlanta, allegiances are hard to come by. As a result, there’s a special table to show whether Survivors are automatic allies (grey), trusted allies (green), tenuous allies (amber) or enemies (red).

Once you’ve put your gang together, it’s time for war! Unlike a typical game, these battles are not about resource-gathering, or even clearing out Walkers, but instead hinge on bad blood, revenge and displays of power. To win a game you must take out your opposition. Add up the points values – including Equipment – of all the models you killed, and work out the difference.

 

 

Sandy Petersen Talks About The Call Of Cthulhu RPG’s Origins

The father of the The Call Of Cthulhu RPG speaks about the origins and his new plans for the game.

“I designed the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game in 1980, and it changed my life”, said Sandy Petersen. “Though I’ve worked on fabulously successful computer games (e.g. Age of Empires), when I’m invited to gaming conventions as a guest, it’s always on the strength of my tabletop Lovecraftian games. That’s where the love comes from.”

Chaosium has released a new anthology of scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game by its creator, game design legend Sandy Petersen.

Petersen’s Abominations features five such adventures, all set in the modern day – ‘Panacea’, ‘Hotel Hell’, ‘Mohole’, ‘The Derelict’, and ‘Voice on the Phone’. Each comes with a set of ready to play pre-generated investigators, allowing players to dive straight into the mysteries within.

As these scenarios were originally only intended for Sandy’s own use—often with a major part of the adventure “inside my skull and not actually written down”—he brought award-winning RPG writer Mike Mason on board to help prepare them for publication. As Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu line editor and co-author of the most current edition of the rules, Mike was particularly well-placed to help bring Sandy’s twisted imaginings to print.

“Mike took my wooly notes and turned them into tightly-plotted masterpieces”, said Sandy. “We worked together on this, talking for hours to work out details and ensure everything went well. Mike would write up the adventure from my outline (and sometimes more detailed material), and I would edit it. Most of the adventures in this book went through several revisions before we were both satisfied.”

Each one-shot scenario is designed for one or more sessions of play. Advice for getting the most out of the scenarios is provided, as well as suggestions for expanding the scope of the adventures or making them part of a campaign. And this is but the first such collaboration of its kind: there are more “Tales of Sandy Petersen” yet to be unleashed!

 

Preview – Prototype Doctor Who Game Models From Warlord Games

Warlord Games are keeping up the pace with the Doctor Who Exterminate War Game model releases.

Further to our last article about the Special Weapons Dalek we have a very early peek at some new models.

Made for both gamers and collectors, these minis are larger scale than the typical Warhammer or Bolt Action models, allowing for extra details making.

We have a first look image of new ranges yet to have reached production.

These are photo sensitive resin 3D prints from different machines with different colour pigmentation.

For each and every new figure we print these test models so we can spot any sculpt errors, measure the height for realism and get them approved with the BBC

Warlord Games Exterminate Miniatures: Amy Pond, Quark, Headless Monks, Auton Girl, Delgado Master, Mondan Cyberman.
Warlord Games Exterminate Miniatures: Amy Pond, Quark, Headless Monks, Auton Girl, Delgado Master, Mondan Cyberman.

 

Warlord Games Exterminate Miniatures: Dominators, , Mondan Cyberman. Amy Pond

Kings of War: Vanguard

Kings of War: Vanguard is a Skirmish game from Mantic Games (Who make Deadzone, Kings Of War and The Walking Dead Miniatures Games).

Mantic wanted something that would compliment their existing Kings of War range and also provide a starting point for those looking to start their own Kings of War army. (Like Me).

This is a good thing as not everyone has time or space for a sprawling 2-3 hour game of large format combat. A one hour skirmish game is great, played on a smaller area.

The format is looking to be skilled warriors, along with a few supporting troops, rather than the more typical rank and flank.

Skirmishes are also looking to feed into larger games:
“It was also clear how these battles could feed into larger games of Kings of War too. So if you play a game of Vanguard in which the objective is to light beacons to show the way, in Kings of War you’ll be able to deploy your troops in a more advantageous position. Likewise, the scenarios can go the other way too, so you start with a big battle and then play a game of Vanguard in which you loot the corpses. Of course, Vanguard can be played independently of Kings of War and there will be a full campaign mode.” – Rob Burman, Mantic

Kings of War: Vanguard Fluff

Mantica is a world ravaged by war, a constant fight for land and resources, or prestige and power. The borders of countries wax and wane like the phases of the moon. The sound of mighty armies marching to war echoes throughout the land.

But wars can be won before the first arrows have been fired, or sword has smashed against sword. Small warbands of hardened warriors clash in desperate struggles to gain the tactical advantage before the battle lines are drawn. These are the bloody skirmishes before the war, where warriors become legends.

Kings of War: Vanguard will be launching on Kickstater soon.

Vanguard Character Cards

Vanguard will feature character cards that include all the stats you’ll need to play. Each of the heroes, special characters and warriors will come with their own cards, giving players a great reference during the game. When you’re playing a campaign, we’ll also be making a roster sheet, so you can track upgrades/new abilities/xp.

Kings Of War Vanguard Stat Card

Vanguard Character Cards Key

NAME – if they’re a named character, this will be their name, e.g. Grekle Cacklemaster, or if they’re a standard miniature it’ll be the name of the unit.
RACE/TYPE – first up you can see what Race the model is. The model’s Race is also a keyword that may interact with other rules, e.g. a unit could receive a bonus when attacking a Race they particularly despise. Next, models will be one (or more) of the following Types: Grunt, Warrior, Support, Command, Spellcaster, and Large. Type is important when building a Warband and, once again, the Type is a keyword that may interact with other rules.
POINTS – this is how many points it costs to add the model to your warband.
STATS – this is where you can find all the stats for the model.
Speed (SP)

This value shows the distance the model can move in inches.

Ranged (Ra)

This is the target number the model needs to roll to hit a target when using a Ranged attack, typically as part of a Shoot or Cast action.

Melee (Me)

This is the target number the model needs to roll to hit an opponent when making a Melee attack.

Armour (Ar)

This is the target number a model needs to roll to avoid taking damage and suffering wounds.

Nerve (Ne)

This is the target number for any Nerve tests the model needs to take. This will come into play if the Warband is broken or if something unnerving happens.

Wounds (Wn)

This shows the number of wounds the model can suffer before it is removed from play as a casualty. The larger the number, the more resilient (or stupid!) the model is.

Height (H)

The height of a model affects how it interacts with other models and terrain for line of sight and visibility of targets.

5. SPECIAL RULES – here you can see any special rules the model has. Some of these will be similar to those seen in Kings of War, while others will be completely new.

6. POWER DICE – this indicates how many Power Dice the model generates. The Power Dice work a little like the Command Dice in Deadzone and we’ll have a closer look at Power Dice in a future blog.

7. RANGED & MELEE – this shows how many D8s the model rolls during combat. That’s right, we’ll be using D8s for Vanguard, rather than standard D6s. Even better we’ve got exploding D8s during combat to help create some crazy cinematic moments.

8. EQUIPMENT – equipment will play a large part in Vanguard, as warbands uncover and buy new items during a campaign. Some models will come equipped with weapons/items as standard and they’ll be listed here.

9. SPELLS – spellcasters will have their spells listed here. We’ll be expanding the number of spells available, compared to Kings of War. Also, you may notice it says (short) after the spell name. Just like Deadzone, models will be able to perform two short actions or one long action. Some spells will be long actions, while others will be short. What’s more you’ll be able to boost spells to make them more powerful. As spellcasters gain experience in a campaign, they will also get the chance to learn new spells from an advanced spellbook or faction-specific magic.

10. SPECIAL ABILITIES and RULES – if the model has any special abilities they’ll be listed here. Special Abilities use the Power Dice mentioned earlier, so we’ll go into specifics in a future blog.

Kings of War: Vanguard Power Dice

The Dice are as follows red – weakest, white – slightly better and blue –best. These dice come with differing amounts of stars on (up to a maximum of three) to represent the amount of successes rolled.

The Power Dice are an integral part of Vanguard that really help to create those cinematic and exciting moments you expect to see in a skirmish game

A Bit About Vanguard Combat

Combat system relies on D8!

Starting on point 7 of the stat card above.

Once we’d settled on D8s, we deliberated about whether or not the number 8 should ‘explode’ when rolled. Ultimately we decided that the opportunity to go into ‘overdrive’ by rolling 8s fitted nicely with the idea of individuals going all out for victory. It also helped to create those cinematic moments that you’ll end up talking about after games. ‘Remember, that time the goblin took out an Earth Elemental after rolling six 8s?’ It may be extremely unlikely, but all us goblin lovers can dream.

Anyway, going back to the stat card. Firstly you’ll check the range or melee attack stat to see how many D8s you’ll be rolling. Next up, check the ‘Ra’ or ‘Me’ stat for the target number you’ll need to roll. Any successes count as potential hits against your opponent. Finally your opponent rolls the number of dice equal to the potential hits and is trying to equal or exceed the ‘Ar’ statistic. This gives the defending player the opportunity to add some extra dice using any spare Power in order to keep their most valuable units alive!

Rob Burman – Mantic Games

The defending player can also retaliate against the attack – immediately – cool, as you would wouldn’t you.

Gallery Of Random Vanguard Unit Art Work

Special Weapons Dalek – New Doctor Who Releases Warlord Games

Warlord Games Special Weapons Dalek

A few more exclusive pictures from Warlord Games Doctor Who ranges, including the ever popular Special Weapons Dalek.

Wargames company Warlord Games produces the 38mm figures for painters, collectors and for their wargame EXTERMINATE.

The winter range is made up the following troop types, each with just one major TV appearance to date.

Draconians, from the Jon Pertwee serial The Frontier In Space.

Movellans, enemy to the Daleks from the Tom Baker story Destiny of the Daleks. Though have had a minor appearance in the Peter Capaldi story, The Pilot.

The Special Weapon Dalek. Dripping oil, the imperial Dalek with the Steam Punk gun, rivets and visor. Seen in Remembrance of the Daleks and begging for a return this is a classic Dalek variant from the last of the Classic Doctor Who stories.

Release dates are subject to change but the Draconians should be in shops in November 2017. The Movellans should be available from in December 2017 and the Special Weapons Dalek is due out in January 2018.

Looney Labs Announce #DoctorWho Fluxx!

Doctor Who FLUXX by Looney Labs

In a statement on their facebook page Looney Labs confirmed a Doctor Who flavour of their amazingly mad, evolving card game FLUXX

Yes, the rumors are true: Doctor Who Fluxx is coming soon! We signed off on art proofs and sent it to the printer. It will be in stores on November 23 – 54 years after the very first episode of Doctor Who aired on BBC TV! Get ready to treat yourself for the holidays: buy yourself a copy of Doctor Who Fluxx. It’s about time! #doctorwho #doctorwhofluxx #bbc Doctor Who

It was accompanied by a photo of an uncut sheet of cards.

We are dying to get our hands on this so if Looney Labs are reading we can give you an address to send a copy to.

Doctor Who FLUXX by Looney Labs
Doctor Who FLUXX by Looney Labs

Fluxx

The latest and greatest version of the card game with ever changing rules! Easier than ever with just the four classic card types that fans the world over have come to know and love. It starts out simple: draw one card and play one card – but New Rule cards quickly make things chaotic.

Even the object of the game will often change as you play, as players swap out one Goal card for another. Can you achieve World Peace before someone changes the goal to Bread and Chocolate?

Fluxx Doctor Who Licence.

Doctor Who is not the first licenced version of Fluxx, there are versions of this card game tied into The Regular Show, Monty Python, Adventure Time, Batman and Firefly. As well as generic varieties, like Star Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx and Cthulhu Fluxx.

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Sneak Peak Warlord Games Doctor Who Release Voyage of the Damned

Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game
Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game
Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game

Warlord Games really hit a home run with their Doctor Who Into The Vortex miniatures / skirmish game when they released it at Salute 2017.
The Warlord stand and the Exterminate core set for the game was my first point of call and first purchase of the day.

In the Exterminate! miniatures game your Cyberman and Dalek forces can recruit neutral factions, improving their chances of success and adding even more variety to your games.
These highly detailed plastic Cybermen and Dalek miniatures are ‘push-fit’ allowing them to be easily built without glue.

As well as this core set with plastic miniatures Warlord Games have an ongoing release of metal miniatures for use in the game, or for collectors / painters. Previous releases have go included Judoon, Zygons, various Doctors and Companions and a medley of monsters.

View a selection of games and miniatures at Element Games

Here’s a sneak peek of two figures from the forthcoming Voyage of the Damned episode set. Astrid Peth as played by Kylie Minogue and David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

The other three figures from this set will be revealed shortly.

Again Warlord have captured the essence of the characters in 38mm*. With the moulded named bases these are ideal for the collector in addition to the gamer. I suspect that the gamer will be mounting these on 30mm bases for the sake of the game.

I just wish I could paint as well as the person who prepared these minis for these images.

August 2017 Warlord Doctor Who Releases

Warlord Ogron
Warlord Ogron

Ogrons: often used by the Daleks to do their dirty jobs

Hailing from the outer fringes of the Mutter’s Spiral, Ogrons are tall, ape-like humanoids of limited intelligence. Due to their great strength and mindless obedience, they are typically used by other species as mercenaries.
The most common employer of Ogrons were the Daleks. In Day of the Daleks, they used Ogrons to control the human population after their 22nd-century invasion of Earth.

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Doctor Who -The Woman Who Lived
The Woman Who Lived

The Woman Who Lived.

An ordinary Viking girl killed after a battle with the alien Mire, Ashildr was resurrected by the Doctor using a Mire repair kit which was able to fix her physiology.
Now with a potentially infinite lifespan, she chose aliases such as Lady Sherade, Ash, El Dir, Alys and the Knightmare, having forgotten her original identity over the centuries.

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*correction 24/8/2017 Warlord have let me know that the miniatures are 38mm scale rather than the wargame standard of 28mm, allowing for greater detail and for the figures to be more in proportion than their 28mm counterparts.

Space 1889: Venus New Source Book For The RPG

Space 1889 RPG Venus Sourcebook
Space 1889 RPG Venus Sourcebook
Modiphius have just announce the release of Space 1889: Venus, a major new source book for the Space 1889 RPG, steampunk Victorian roleplaying in the worlds created by Jules Verne, HG Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Available as a 178 page printed black and white book or as PDF, this marks the first of a new wave of releases for the Space 1889 RPG collection, following the recent reprint of the core book.

From before the beginnings of history, mankind had spun tales and wondered about that bright point of light named for the Roman goddess of love: Venus, the enigmatic, ever-shifting star of evening and of morning. Yet when the first pioneers started their journey into the ether, they found the Morning Star to be a deadly Garden of Eden

With this source book you can now plunge into the “green hell”! Try your luck as a soldier-of-fortune in the pioneer settlements, or as a scientist, exploring the wonders of a new world. As a colonist you can create a new home far away from Mother Earth. Or you can choose to play a Venusian warrior defending his homeland against the cold, emotionless invaders from beyond space. It’s up to you!

This source book tells you everything you need to know about the settlements of the four nations represented on Venus – Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and Russia – as well as some minor powers and stakeholders:

Also included is an extensive chapter on the “Ha”, as the Venusians call themselves, concerning the culture, the biology, and the young civilization of the alien Lizard-men that allows you to portray a Venusian authentically during play.

You will also find extensive material on the unique flora and fauna of the Morning Star – not only new monsters to trouble your player characters, but also the innumerable exotic biological treasures flourishing on Venus.

Inside is new equipment, sample characters and tips and advice on how to play adventures on Venus, as well as a detailed “chemistry set” with exciting new rules for inventions. These will allow your player characters to exploit the natural resources of Venus and develop new drugs, chemicals, and all kinds of bizarre and wondrous substances.

Last but not least, we will also unveil many a secret that still lies hidden beneath the misty shrouds of the Green Planet.

Star Wars: Legion – Wargame

Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art
Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art
Star Wars Legion – Wargame Box Art

Star Wars: Legion ground combat wargame set in the Star Wars Universe from Fantasy Flight Games.

Star Wars: Legion
Epic warfare is an inescapable part of the Star Wars™ universe, and you can lead your troops to victory with Star Wars: Legion™, a two-player miniatures game of thrilling infantry battles in the Star Wars universe! As a miniatures game, Star Wars: Legion invites you to enter the ground battles of the Galactic Civil War as the commander of a unique army filled with troopers, powerful vehicles, and iconic characters. While innovative mechanics for command and control simulate the fog of war and the chaos of battle, the game’s unpainted, easily assembled figures give you a canvas to create any Star Wars army you can imagine.

Unpainted – simple assembly plastic 32mm minis(?).

FFG SWL01 Star Wars: Legion – Core Set $89.95

Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art Rebel Minis
Star Wars Legion – Wargame Rebel Minis
Star Wars Legion - Wargame ImperialMinis
Star Wars Legion – Wargame ImperialMinis

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The Walking Dead: All Out War Wave Three – Skirmish Game.

Producers of the amazing The Walking Dead: All Out War Skirmish Game, Mantic Games have revealed details of the Wave 3 Character booster packs.

The Walking Dead: All Out War is a miniatures game of fast-paced, head-to-head skirmish game set in the iconic world of The Walking Dead comic books.

You can buy The Walking Dead Game from your FLGS or online retailers like Element Games or Amazon.

The Walking Dead:Safety Behind Bars!

The Walking Dead Prison Grounds Play Mat
The Walking Dead Prison Grounds Play Mat

In this expansion, Rick and the other Atlanta survivors travel from Hershel’s Farm to the Meriwether County Correctional Facility.

For the first time in The Walking Dead, you’ve now got to fight the Walkers in the claustrophobic confines of a map with an interior! Though many players have been using buildings to date.

Armored Walkers are introduced. These are prison guards in riot gear turned, so they are extra tough.

The Safety Behind Bars expansion contains four new survivors, Dexter, Axel, Andrew and Thomas this coupled with new equipment cards (Tear Gas Grenade, Riot Helmet, Riot Shield, Riot Gear, Riot Baton) make this the toughest expansion yet.

Then there are the Wave 3 character boosters.

Maggie, Prison Defender Booster

The Maggie, Prison Defender Booster Miniatures.
The Maggie, Prison Defender Booster Miniatures.

The Maggie, Prison Defender Booster comes with models for her and her sisters, Susie & Rachel, and an extra walker.

Maggie has grown and this is shown in her new stats. Her previous card’s ability Survival Instinct, which allowed her to choose the preferred of two panic dice, has been upgraded to Faithful Unto Death. She will now never panic as long as Glenn is alive and on the board. With Steadying Influence, Maggie is also able to control the threat level, rolling 1 White Dice when making a Hold Your Nerve action, reducing it by that much. Both of these combined can help your groups of survivors keep their cool in those tense late-game turns.

Her melee attacks have an added red dice, bringing her up to two, while her shooting has been upgraded from a red dice to a white dice. While her health has also gone up to five and all of these upgrades have only cost 6pts more than her previous incarnation.

Glenn, Prison Defender Booster

Glenn Prison Guard - The Walking Dead Skirmish Game
Glenn Prison Guard

Clearing out the prison is a dangerous job, so Glenn is equipped to deal with the Walkers in his Riot Gear! However, he’s not the only one with a little bit of extra protection, and the Walker is also protected by armour also.

Alongside Glenn, the booster also includes Wes, one of The Governor’s henchmen from Woodbury. Although on paper Wes appears to be a little useless, the Adrenaline Junkie ability could make him useful in the later stages of the game… if he manages to survive that is!

Game is produced by Mantic Games – You can find them online HERE.