Magic the Gathering Strategy Board Game Details!


Magic The Gathering Strategy Board Game2 - UNDER EMBARGOThe following is straight from Hasbro’s PR department, and covers pretty much what anyone knows about the Magic the Gathering Strategy Board Game. Normally I’d condense this, but I want to get as much of the facts into this as possible, so really, here’s all the facts. From what I’ve read here, I’m ready to play the game now! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my grubby little paws on it as soon as possible. From the look of the pictures, and the explanation of the game, it almost sounds as if they’re using a lot of material from Heroscape, and that’s something to be even more excited about.


What is the Magic: The Gathering® Strategy Board Game?

  • The Magic: The Gathering® Strategy Board Game is a tactical miniatures game. Play as a Planeswalker—powerful beings from the Magic™ Multiverse—as you summon armies, cast game-changing spells, and outmaneuver your foes on the battlefield. Be the last Planeswalker standing to win!

What is the official name of the game?

  • The final name will be announced at a later date. Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game is a placeholder name.

Who is developing the game?

  • The Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game is being co-developed by Wizards of the Coast and the Hasbro Gaming team responsible for RISK LEGACY and HEROSCAPE.

Who is this game for?

  • The game is for new players looking for a great strategy game, as well as long-term Magic fans! The Strategy Board Game pays homage to the TCG by including many elements and references to the card game, but no prior knowledge of Magic is needed to play the game, making it great for first-time players.

How much will the game cost?

  • Suggested retail price will be announced at a later date.

When will the game be available?

  • The game will be globally available in Fall 2015.

Where will the game be available?

  • It will be available at hobby shops and mass retailers.

Where can I find more information on Magic: The Gathering® Strategy Board Game?

  • Stay tuned to and @HasbroNews for more information.



How is the game played?

  • In the Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game, players customize the battlefield by designing the map then placing terrain and powerful gylphs. Then players choose one of five different Planeswalkers and move their figure and unique creature squads around the map in a race to out-maneuver opponents and gain tactical advantages! Cast devastating spells, summon powerful squads, and tap into your unique Planeswalker abilities to defeat your opponents. Be the last Planeswalker standing to win!

How many players can play the game?

  • 2-5 players.

How long does it take to play through the game?

  • Between 25 and 45 minutes, depending on the number of players and their level of expertise.

Will the game include any collectible pieces?

  • Each game will include the same five highly detailed, fully painted Planeswalker mini-figures.

What are the five Magic Planeswalker characters who will be featured in the board game?

  • Chandra Nalaar®, Jace Beleren®, Nissa Revane®, Liliana Vess®. The final character will be revealed at later date.

Does the game include Magic trading card game cards?

  • No, the game does not include Magic: The Gathering cards, but it pulls directly from Magic lore and includes references to many classic cards.

Does the game work with the Magic TCG system?

  • No, the Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game is a stand-alone experience from the TCG. Many familiar concepts will be present, but streamlined for the board game.

Does the game use any mechanics from the Magic TCG?

  • Yes, the game utilizes several classic Magic mechanics, including deathtouch, flying, and first strike.

What plane will the game take place on?

  • The game will take place on the drifting, mana-rich world of Shandalar™.

Mane Deck – MLP CCG Deckbuilding App

mlp_card_imageA deck manager for the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic CCG, Mane Deck is put out by Trout Apps. Features for the app include:

  • Score and Action token counters
  • Deck building
  • Full deck stats
  • Card Prices
  • Card Images
  • Quick card search
  • Advanced card search
  • Card descriptions
  • Quick links to MLP CCG Wikia

Other features coming soon include the ability track your collection, share you deck lists, and keep a card wishlist.

Right now the app is only for Android devices on the Google Play store. No word yet if it’ll even make it to iOS.

Hand of Fate XB1 Launch

HoFScreenshot1043Hand of Fate, the deck-building action RPG by Defiant Development, is coming to the Xbox One in January of 2015. This news comes in addition to the announced PC and PS4 versions of the game.

Gamers who download Hand of Fate on Steam Early Access will be able to play new content created by industry luminary David Goldfarb, of Battlefield and Payday fame, prior to the game’s official launch.  Goldfarb has designed original encounters, locations, items and a story which flesh out a hidden optional quest in Hand of Fate.

Second Look—Wizard Dodgeball and ZtoZ

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.This Second Look is going to be a twofer from Mind the Gap Studios.

First up is a game I briefly played at my PAX East, Wizard Dodgeball. The game is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, a two player game of dodge ball where players can hurl spells at each other (and themselves.) The game is fairly easy to learn, but offers a good amount of depth through clever use of spells, team order, and … balls.

My first play of the game at PAX East found me getting trounced by the woman who was demoing it. Latter games at home with my children found me rarely the victor. I stink at this game. That doesn’t stop be from enjoying it, though! The more I play the game, the more I’m finding interesting way to maneuver myself and use my spells.

Overall it’s a really enjoyable game to play. All the mechanics work nicely together, and you really do need a good combination of ball play and spells to pull out a win. The game is available to print-and-play, and I believe will have another Kickstarter session popping up soon. It’s worth the time and materials to put it together, and it’s most definitely worth a pledge when the Kickstarter pops up.

The next from designer Peter Newland is ZtoZ, a zombie survival party game. This game currently is up on Kickstarter, and a simple pledge of $13 will snag you a copy when it’s funded.

The game is a simple stack of 56 cards. Each card has something to read on it. Read the card while looking someone in the eye and impersonating a zombie. If the person can keep a straight face, they’re golden. Any kind of smile, giggle, snort, or similar and that person is now a zombie. They’re not out of the game though! They get to shamble around the table, making zombie noises and helping to current reader turn their current victims into zombies. Last man standing wins.

It’s a LOT of fun, especially with children. It’s also the perfect little party game for Halloween parties this time of year. I know I’ll be taking it to my next Cub Scout pack meeting to play with the boys.

Just like Wizard Dodgeball, there’s a print-and-play version of the game, but I highly recommend putting in a pledge to get your own copy when the Kickstarter project finishes. There are so many quick little party card games out there, but this one really is a blast.

Preview copies of Wizard Dodgeball and ZtoZ were provided free for review by Mind the Gap Studios

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Passport Game Studios is giving away its latest release, H.P. Lovecraft’s Kingsport Festival.

Select seasonally-thematic Pathfinder products are 10% off in a DriveThruRPG Pre-Halloween sale.

The Army Painter is giving away a Warpaints Mega Paint Set plus one miniature. Entry via Facebook like.

USAopoly is giving away different Walking Dead games each day through the 17th.

Complete Orchard Toys’ online survey for a chance to win one of five game-and-puzzle bundles worth £50.

Triple Ace Games’s PDF products are 25% off through the end of October.

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The Hen Commandments

thc-wholeSo this may be a while off, but I couldn’t resist posting about something with the name The Hen Commandments. TerrorBull Games has the game mechanics completed, but will be launching a Kickstarter soon to finalize art and get the game manufactured.

The Hen Commandments is a party game for 3-8 players where the players are trying to create a new religion. Each player is also trying to become the best disciple of the Holy Chicken by best figuring out what the heck the Holy Chicken is really talking about. One of the coolest things about the game is how the Holy Chicken lays 6 eggs at the start of each of 10 turns, each containing a word that must be strung together with the others to create a commandment. Players then play cards of themes that best fit the commandment. The person who has had the most of their themes judged to be the best by the end of the 10th commandment is the winner.

There’s probably a ton of chicken puns I could have laid in there, but this is the only one you’ll be getting from me.


Score Board - Boardgame tournaments, competitions and championships results and scoresScrabble

The winner of the $22,000 first place prize at the Godswill Akpabio International Scrabble Classics in Nigeria was Nigel Richards, who’s record in the tournament was 21-7 +1767.


The World Youth Chess Championships in Durban, South Africa featured girls and boys sections for under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18. Two players went undefeated, Qiyu Zhou of Canada, who took the trophy in the girls under-14 section, and Jennifer Yu of the United States, who won in the girls under-12 section. At one point, Nguyen Anh Khoi of Vietnam had dropped to 16th place but with a two-win finish claimed first on tie-breakers in the boys under-12. This was not Khoi’s first time as champion. He was the winner of the under-10 category 4 years ago. Among the first-place finishers, 11 different countries were represented.

In first place at the Poker Stars Chess tournament (open section) in Isle of Man was Nigel Short of the UK. In the women’s section, the winner was Dronavalli Hakira of India.


At the Championship Series event in Dallas, Billy Brake used a control deck to duel his way in to the top 16, where he survived four rounds of single-elimination Battle Pack 3: Monster League drafting to come out the winner. In the Dragon Duel section (for players born in 2002 or later), the winner was Tyler Hanson. Both winners were Texas natives.

Rubik’s Cube

A world record blindfolded solution of the 4×4 cube was achieved in 2 minutes, 18.65 seconds by Oliver Frost at the Cuthberts Open in Hatfield, UK.

Another world record, for solution of a 7×7 cube, was achieved in 2 minutes, 38.93 seconds by Vladislav Shavelskiy at the CCC Autumn Open in Moscow, Russia.

Magic: The Gathering

Grand Prix Shanghai, the first Khans of Tarkir limited, was won with The Abzan Houses by Yu Yin of China.

The Mardu clan dominated Grand Prix Orlando, which was won by Eugene Hwang.

Ari Lax made his first podium appearance at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu with the aid of a mid-range Abzan deck.


The 6th German Backgammon Champion is Christoph Wagener.


At the European Championship in Tallinn, Estonia, Roel Boomstra of the Netherlands claimed the title in the men’s general section, while the title in the women’s general section went to Olga Baltazhy of Ukraine. Russians Matrena Nogovitsyna and Mourodoullo Amrillaew won the blitz women’s and men’s sections, respectively.

Alexander Getmanski of Russia placed first in the blitz section and second in the general section of the International Open Draughts Tournament in Bacoli, Italy. The first place finisher in the general section was Alexey Chizhov of Russia.

Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King

SPM210501 containsI’m a big fan of Super Dungeon Explore, so it’s no big surprise that I’m overly excited about this new edition that’s coming out.

Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King is a new edition of the excellent dungeon crawl featuring revised rules and 2 different ways to play. It boasts faster gameplay with the same amount of tactical depth that fans enjoy from the first edition.

Coming out in January, Forgotten King posts an impressive price tag for $100. Add in an extra $15 for the upgrade kit if you’ve got the first edition and want to bring all your pieces over with you into the new set.


Second Look—Wreck Age

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.For a while now I’ve been posted about Wreck Age and its progress. Hyacinth Games has created an excellent world, and a rule-set that’s a little bit RPG and a little bit miniatures.

I finally had a chance to sit down with their 2 player starter set, Showdown at Burnt Tierra Gulch. The miniatures are excellent, and required very little trimming to get them up to snuff. The included terrain is also a nice touch, and gives you a nice area to play your first few games.

Now let me start off by saying I believe Wreck Age is a good game, but there were a few things that hindered my enjoyment of the scenarios I played.

My first complaint is the quick start rules themselves. They aren’t really enough to get you going with what’s in the box. The units that come with the set are hard to match up with the stat cards, and not all their equipment is listed in the quick start guide. The guide often references areas in the main rulebook, which doesn’t come with the set. Now I happen to have the full rulebook, and was able to figure a few things out, but I was also a bit confused on how the book was laid out. Like I said before, there’s rules for both playing the game as a tabletop RPG and a miniatures game. I feel like the game should be one or the other, or at least split the two rule sets apart entirely.

236033982While I did manage to sort most things out, it did take a considerable amount of time to do so, and I probably couldn’t have without having the full rulebook. In my mind this defeats the purpose of a starter set. However, once I had the rules down, the game was very enjoyable and fairly fast paced. It’s skirmish level, with only a few units on each side. Turns are quick, often deadly, and the scenarios provided in the box were a good way to stretch my legs a bit with the game.

If you’re an avid minis gamer, and the theme here appeals to you, I recommend purchasing the full rulebook and this starter set to get you on your way. I can’t, unfortunately, recommend this starter set on its own, as it really felt like there wasn’t enough information included to really get you going.

I’m debating picking up more miniatures, but maybe after creating a comprehensive reference sheet for easier rules access.

A copy of the full Wreck Age rulebook and the Showdown at Burnt Tierra Gulch were provided free for review by Hyacinth Games.

New Golem Arcana Expansions Coming

Fans of Golem Arcana have something to look forward to in the coming months. 3 different sets will be coming out between November and December.

First, in November, are the Urugal Reapers of the Sands. This set includes:

  • The Necrotic Fencer, a warsprite that can launch a lethal Dark Assault.
  • The Bone Fiend, a titan that calls upon a Foul Siphon capable of damaging multiple enemies at once.
  • The Corpse Collector, an ogre that swoops down on and Tears its opponents.
  • Three banner stands
  • Three TDI Golem Cards (matching the figures)
  • Two double-sided Mana Well tokens
  • Four new Relic Cards that can be used to augment any Golem army

The set will retail for $34.99

Next, in  December, we’ll see the 3rd Map Pack and the Gudanna Valkali Colossus. The Map Pack contains a new terrain type, marshes, and can be combined with tiles from any other set to expand your battlefield. It’ll retail for $24.99.

The colossus, all $64.99 of her, stands 190mm tall and has interchangeable faces that can customize her power set. Six faces are included with the miniature, and 4 of them can be attached to her at one time. The Valkali Colossus also comes with cards for each of her faces and 2 new Relic cards.

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