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IDW expands search for the truth with ‘X-Files’ board game

idw games-xfilesIDW Games, which has already announced big-box games based on 30 Days of Night and Kill Shakespeare, will expand its lineup in July with the release of The X-Files.

Designed by Kevin Wilson (Arkham Horror), with art direction and box art by menton3 (The X-Files: Season 10) the board game will draw heavily from the first three season of Chris Carter’s television series.

According to a press release, it’s designed for a playtime of between 60 and 90 minutes, with two to five players facing off against another, who will control the Smoking Man and the nefarious Syndicate.

IDW Publishing, which publishes The X-Files: Season 10, a canonical continuation of the television series “executive produced” by Carter, formed IDW Games  in October through a partnership with Pandasaurus Games.

“To me, there’s no more exciting title than The X-Files,” Jerry Bennington, IDW’s director of new business, said in a statement. “Who wouldn’t want the chance to play as the wise-cracking Fox Mulder or the incredibly intelligent Dana Scully? And what show created more classic villains than The X-Files?”


‘Kill Shakespeare’ sets sail again with ‘The Mask of Night’

kill snakespeare-the mask of night1IDW Publishing has announced the return of Kill Shakespeare in June with The Mask of Night, a four-issue pirate adventure from series creators Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery and Andy Belanger.

Debuting in April 2010, Kill Shakespeare is an epic adventure in which Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff, Romeo and Puck search for William Shakespeare, a reclusive wizard believed to have the ability to help them in their fight against evil forces led by Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago.

The initial 12-issue miniseries inspired a 2013 sequel, The Tide of Blood, and a Kickstarter-funded board game, which is scheduled to arrive in May.

In The Mask of Night, Hamlet, Juliet, Othello and Shakespeare become pawns in a game of survival between the masked pirate Captain Cesario, his first mate Viola and Titus Adronicus’ warship the Lavinia.

“Not only does it include characters from our previous books but [it] incorporates one of Shakespeare’s most famous heroines, Viola, who we have refashioned into one of the coolest female pirates ever,” Del Col said in a statement. “I think fans — both new and old — are going to find this homage to classic pirate tales a real treat.”As the cast of characters ties in to the board game, IDW Games is offering all four issues of The Mask of Knight to anyone who backs the Kickstarter campaign at the game level.

IDW Games and Pandasaurus expand partnership

tammany hallIDW Publishing, which just last week launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the Kill Shakespeare board game, is expanding its partnership with Pandasaurus.

The publisher teamed in October with the Austin, Texas-based tabletop gaming company to launch IDW Games, with Pandasaurus overseeing design, production and distribution of 30 Days of Night and the aforementioned Kill Shakespeare.

The expanded agreement calls for the re-release Pandasaurus games, beginning with Tammany Hall and continuing with Rattus Cartus and Yedo.

“Pandasaurus has done an excellent job building a catalog of rich, engaging and in-demand board games,” Jerry Bennington, director of IDW Games, said in a statement. “They’re veterans in the industry and we look forward to developing some amazing titles together. This is a partnership that will have an immediate positive impact for both sides and you can be sure you’ll be hearing big things from us soon.”

With 16 days remaining, the Kickstarter campaign for the Kill Shakespeare board game has already surpassed its initial $25,000 goal.

IDW turns to Kickstarter for ‘Kill Shakespeare’ board game

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After chronicling the story of Kill Shakespeare in comics, IDW Publishing wants to let you tell your own with friends in an innovative board game — but the company is looking for some help.

IDW announced this morning that it’s using Kickstarter to fund the Kill Shakespeare board game, the flagship title of its new IDW Games division, in an effort to publish the project as intended. According to IDW, the $25,000 goal will go toward improving “the quality and content” of the game with a series of add-on components and expansions.

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IDW Publishing teams with Pandasaurus for IDW Games

30 daysIDW Publishing has partnered with Pandasaurus Games to launch IDW Games, which will debut next spring with big-box games based on 30 Days of Night and Kill Shakespeare.

Pandasaurus, the Austin, Texas-based publisher of such tabletop games as Yedo, New Amsterdam and Tammany Hall, will oversee design, production and distribution for the new division.

“We’re well known for diversity at IDW, in the world of entertainment and comics,” IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams said in a statement.“With all of the great properties we publish, it seemed natural that a lot of them would make fantastic games. We’ve found the perfect partner in Pandasaurus Games to help us make that happen.”

According to ICv2, 30 Days of Night — based on the IDW cornerstone franchise created by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith — “will be an intense, story-driven, survival horror game,” while Kill Shakespeare — based on the comic created by Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery and Andy Belanger — “will be a semi-cooperative ‘gamers game’” designed by Thomas Vande Ginste  and Wolf Plancke (Yedo).

News of IDW Games arrives only days after Dynamite Entertainment announced the creation of Dynamite Toys and Games, a division devoted to the manufacture of action figures, board games, novelty products and more.

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