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Monopoly’s new ‘Pokémon – Johto Edition’ board game will help fans catch ‘em all

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Later this year, “Pokémon” fans will be able to embark on a new journey with “Monopoly: Pokémon – Johto Edition,” a new Monopoly board game that boasts all eight gyms and gym leaders from the hit television show.

According to PidgiPress, “players will travel through all eight Gyms and battle Gym leader Pokémon. Trainer Battle and Professor Elm cards might reward you for Pokémon encounters, or bring an unexpected surprise as players join Pikachu and friends on an adventure through the Johto region.”

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This 32-foot Pokémon card mosaic sets a new world record

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, The Pokémon Company teamed with U.K. artist Quentin Devine to set a new world’s record for the largest trading card mosaic (yes, a giant trading card made from lots of little trading cards). Naturally, they accomplished their goal.

Unveiled Monday in Paris, the gargantuan Pikachu mosaic is comprised of 12,987 individual cards, and measures more than 32 feet tall and nearly 23 feet wide. “That’s taller than Primal Kyogre!” noted The Pokémon Company.

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IDW’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ board game raises shell on Kickstarter

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IDW Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, a miniatures-based board game in which players fight to save — or conquer — New York City.

The crowdfunding effort has already generated more than $167,000 of its initial $250,000 goal.

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Conquer the Marvel Cinematic Universe with new ‘Risk’ game

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The game of world domination has its sights set on the Marvel Universe.

Risk, Hasbro’s classic country- and time-devouring strategy game, has released a Marvel Cinematic Universe edition that pits five factions against each other for control of Manhattan — although the board also shows images of Asgard, Washington, D.C., and Tony Stark’s Malibu home. So, they’re fighting for control of something. And there’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier involved.

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‘Attack on Titan’ board game coming from Cryptozoic

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Cryptozoic Entertainment will release a board game based on the hit manga and anime Attack on Titan.

Designed by Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc (Terror in Meeple City) and produced with Don’t Panic, the game employs a new mechanic, in which the Titan piece is a vertical element, and the hero pieces climb in an effort to topple him.

Prototypes were demonstrated over the weekend at Anime Expo in Los Angeles and at Japan Expo in Paris. The game is targeted for release in 2016.

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‘The Sixth Gun’ RPG Kickstarter blasts past funding goal

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Just two days after its launch, the Kickstarter campaign for the role-playing game based on The Sixth Gun has already exceeded its $5,000 goal by more than $24,000.

According to Oni Press, the publisher of the supernatural Western series by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, the effort has surpassed $27,000 within the first 24 hours.

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IDW Games sends in the clones with ‘Orphan Black’ line

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A series of tabletop games based on the acclaimed clone drama Orphan Black is on its way from IDW Games, beginning in July.

The first issue of IDW Publishing’s Orphan Black comic sold nearly a half million copiesbuoyed by multiple variants, including a LootCrate-exclusive — making it the top title in the direct market in February.

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Seven Seas Entertainment launches tabletop games division

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North American manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment has launched a tabletop games division, Seven Seas Games.

Although there are few details in the initial announcement, the company states it will “meld the anime aesthetic with strategic card and board games, introducing fans to a whole new way of experiencing their favorite titles.” The first game and Kickstarter campaign will be revealed Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.

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IDW Games unveils details of ‘Chew: The Cases of the FDA’

chew game cover artIDW Games has revealed details about the May release of Chew: The Cases of the FDA, the first tabletop game based on the Image Comics series by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

Announced only in broad strokes last spring, the fast-paced card game is designed by Kevin Wilson (Descent, X-Files, Arkham Horror), with art by Guillory and text by Layman. Players compete to close cased taken from the page of the comic series, enlisting help from Chew characters like John Colby, Amelia Minz and Buttercup the lion while using villains to sabotage their rivals.

As added incentive, preordered copies of the game will include an exclusive variant edition of Chew #1, featuring Guillory’s homage to Dogs Playing Poker used for the packaging, as well as 20 pink CHOG plastic minis that will change color in future printings.

IDW Games was launched in October 2013 through a partnership between IDW Publishing and tabletop games publisher Pandasaurus Games, with 30 Days of Night and Kill Shakespeare announced as the first projects.

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This pristine Black Lotus ‘Magic’ card could be yours, for $100K

beta-black-lotus-croppedIf that video of the surprise discovery of an Alpha Black Lotus card has you itching to play Magic: The Gathering again, then do we have an offer for you. Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Washington — the same store that auctioned a copy of Action Comics #1 for a record $3.2 million — is selling the highest-graded Beta Black Lotus card in existence.

The asking price? A mere $100,000.

As Pristine Comics details on its website, the card is rated 10 by Becket Grading Services, which it argues is more comprehensive than Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA) and Sportscard Guaranty Company (SGC).

“To compare, there is only one BGS-10 Beta Black Lotus,” the description states. “There are 34 PSA-10’s of this same card. An ungraded NM/Mint Beta Black Lotus lists for about $2400.00. PSA-10 sells for about $10,000. By comparison the BGS-10 Beta Black Lotus should command an asking price of $230,000 (when compared to the PSA-10), Or nearly a million dollars when compared to its ungraded counterpart.”

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‘Magic’ collector unwraps $27,000 card, proceeds to lose mind

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The sum total of my knowledge about Magic: The Gathering begins and ends with this: An Alpha Black Lotus card sold last year on eBay for $27,302, because they’re super-rare. Luckily, that’s all you need to know to appreciate this video of a collector unwrapping an old alpha starter deck — among the first produced — to discover a Black Lotus, and then proceed to completely lose his mind.

We only see the collector’s fastidiously gloved hands, but I like to imagine him (somewhere after the 8:00 mark) bouncing around the room, Daffy Duck-style, as he exclaims, “That’s a freaking Black Lotus,” “Holy God” and “That shouldn’t happen.”

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Marko Djurdjevic resurrects creator-owned RPG ‘Degenesis’

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Marko Djurdjević took comics by storm when he arrived in 2007, producing regal artwork for Marvel. But within three years, he returned to video-game concept art and founded his own company. Now the Serbian artist is creating something new out of something old with Degenesis: Rebirth Edition.

Degenesis is a tabletop role-playing game he created in 2003 with Christian Guenther, and while it faded into memory for some fans it’s something Djurdjević has never forgotten. Now, with his company SIXMOREVODKA, he’s revising and reissuing Degenesis: Rebirth Edition.

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‘The Sixth Gun’ is coming to role-playing games

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Pinnacle Entertainment Group, perhaps best known for Deadlands, has announced a source book for its Savage Worlds role-playing game based on The Sixth Gun, the supernatural Western comic created by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt.

“I’ve long said that the world of The Sixth Gun would make a great setting for a role-playing game,” Bunn wrote on his website. “If you agree with me, then you should get your dice ready.”

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‘Chew’ sinks its teeth into tabletop gaming

chew card gameAdding to a roster that already includes Kill Shakespeare, 30 Days of Night and The X-Files, IDW Games unveiled plans Sunday at the Diamond Retailer Summit in Las Vegas for a line of tabletop games based on Chew.

According to ICv2.com, creators John Layman and Rob Guillory will be involved in the development of board, dice and card games, set to debut in early 2015.

Published by Image Comics, Chew tells the story of special agent Tony Chu, a cibopath — he can see the life and eventual death of anything he eats — who lives in a world where poultry is outlawed in the wake of a sweeping bird flu pandemic. An animated adaptation, starring Steve Yeun and Felicia Day, was announced last month.

IDW Games was launched in October through a partnership between IDW Publishing and tabletop games publisher Pandasaurus Games, with 30 Days of Night and Kill Shakespeare announced as the first projects. The agreement was expanded in February to include the re-release of of Pandasaurus games like Tammany Hall, Rattus Cartus and Yedo.

‘Walking Dead’ board game doesn’t have a distribution deal yet

walking dead-the prisonThe creators of The Walking Dead: The Prison board game may have jumped the gun over the weekend when they canceled their Kickstarter campaign and announced an exclusive agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors and its subsidiary Alliance Game Distributors.

“We have not agreed to an exclusive distribution deal for this game,” John Wurzer, Diamond’s vice president of purchasing, tells ICv2.com. “We have been having discussions regarding the possibility of a distribution agreement, but none is in place.”

Launched early last month, the Kickstarter campaign was intended to raise $81,100 to produce a licensed standalone sequel to Z-Man Games’ hit 2011 release Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: The Board Game, based on the bestselling comic series (rather than the television adaptation, like Cryptozoic’s game). But on Saturday, after securing $31,830 in pledges, the creators announced they had struck “an amazing distribution deal with the perfect distribution partner,” and therefore didn’t “feel comfortable continuing to ask for funding money through Kickstarter.”

ICv2 reached out to game designer Keith Tralins, who replied, “I can’t really comment right now, other to say [sic] that discussions are ongoing.”


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