With Burning of Prospero, Games Workshop gives the boxed game treatment to another battle in the Horus Heresy saga (last year at about the same time, the company release Betrayal at Calth). This one pits the Space Wolves, Sisters of Silence, and the Custodian Guard against the psychic Thousand Sons for control of the city of Tizca.
Included in the box are 47 miniatures, alternative weapon pieces, tiles, dice, a rule book, and a story book for $150.
Table Tyrant recently launched Smiths of Winterforge on Kickstarter and has hit the ground running. Smiths has you controlling one of 6 Dwarven blacksmiths guilds vying to complete a royal contract and become the most renowned guild in the kingdom. I had a chance to play an extremely polished prototype of the game (seriously, it’s nice) to get some initial impressions for Table Tyrants campaign.
I played Smiths with my two older kids, my 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Running through the rules there weren’t any major snags and we were able to setup and get the game going with very little fuss. There was an errata sent to us early on, so we got to play with the latest set of rules.
The Kickstarter page gives a great overview on how the game is played, so I won’t repeat that here. What I will say is that Smiths of Winterforge is well made, well designed, and it feels like a lot of care was put into the project as a whole. My kids and I had a great time playing. I will say that figuring out a good strategy takes some time, but in my opinion, that’s the mark of good design. I already mentioned how nice the prototype was, but man, all the boards, and bits are top notch.
Smiths of Winterforge is almost fully funded with plenty of time left in the campaign. A pledge of around $37 gets you the game, which is an amazing deal for what you’re getting. There’s plenty of extras to be had at higher levels, but you won’t be disappointed if you don’t spring for them. Smiths of Winterforge is an excellent game, and it comes at an amazing price.
A preview copy of Smiths of Winterforge was provided for free by Table Tyrant.
Due out next month, Dungeonology is a different kind of D&D book. It has not a lick of rules for the game and probably not one thing the hard core gamer isn’t already intimately familiar with.
What Dungeonology does have is a nice selection of inspirational D&D art, easy conversational text, fold-outs, inserts, and a dragon hologram. The book contains brief blurbs on iconic D&D monsters, the risks and rewards of adventuring, beginner tips on weapon selection and marching order, highlights of magic spells and treasures, and an overview of the Forgotten Realms, including famous locations, notorious characters, and secret societies.
In short, Dungeonology isn’t a game supplement. It’s an introduction and inspiration, the kind of book you give to your young nieces and nephews to start them off on a lifetime of adventure. The kind that’ll have them choosing characters and itching to roll dice.
Duneonology ($25) is published by Candlewick Press in partnership with Wizards of the Coast. It was written by Matt Forbeck (in the voice of Volotham Geddarm) with an introduction by Ed Greenwood (as Elminster).
A complimentary copy of Dungeonology was provided by Candlewick press for review.
Avalanche Press’ boxed games are 30% off this month.
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Today Hasbro announced HASCON, a massive event which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. The convention will be three days packed with everything Hasbro has to offer from all their product lines, characters, and stories. There will be live interactive experiences, exclusive products, special guests, panels, and everything else you’d expect to find at a good convention. Being Hasbro, it’s a fully family-friendly event.
This is one party I’m going to make sure not miss!
For more information, and to get on the mailing list for first-notice ticket sales, visit http://hascon.hasbro.com.
Posted by Rob Kalajian as Modern Board Games
Debuting their crowdfunding campaigns live at the Internationale Spieltage game fair in Essen, Germany, the top 5 finalists for Hasbro’s Spring 2016 Next Great Game Challenge are ready for your pledges! The games, with their Indiegogo links, are as follows:
Each game has 25 days left and range from fully-funded to barely-funded.
Clue, the cult classic movie (1985) based on the board game, will see a resurrection of sorts next year in the form of a stage play. This theatrical adaptation will be the next project out of a partnership between Hasbro and Araca Group, which previously announced plans for a Monopoly Broadway musical.
Clue is scheduled to premier in May 2017 at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania and then tour the U.S. and U.K.
Geek Chic is adding a new gamer table model to the company’s lineup. The Vanguard, which Geek Chic describes as having “a design that can blend into both modern and traditional aesthetics”, will run around $3,000-4,000 (depending on options chosen) and be available in sizes up to 6½ feet long. It has the normal dining room table look but also features the recessed Game Vault space and rail system to hold accessories.
In addition to the made-to-order tables, Geek Chic is also offering a ready-made standard Vanguard configuration at $2,500, which will begin shipping in November.
Games Workshop has begun reissuing old figures for limited runs. What the company is calling its “Made to Order” service is featured in a special section of the GW web store, where previously discontinued models will be posted for a minimum of 48 hours. A figure that does well, however, may remain available to order for longer.
As the revived figures are being made to order, GW advises customers that orders may take up to 28 days to ship.
Among the Made to Order pieces currently available from Games Workshop are some Warhammer 40,000 Mordian and Valhallan Autocannon units, a Steel Legion Commissar, and a 10 figure Cadian Kasrkin squad.