gale-force-nineOf last year’s announced licenses, Gale Force Nine has just started shipping Homeland: The Game but has had to delay the Black Sails game to coincide with season three.

This year, the company announced licenses to produce Family Guy and WWE board games.

For Family Guy, Gale Force Nine plans a series of games, starting in the fall with Stewie’s Sexy Party. John Kovaleski, the company’s CEO, described it to me as a “Mad Libs-style scavenger hunt.” Players will be asked to find specific objects on cards featuring images from the television show. The loser of each round will be called “Meg”.

The WWE board game, Gale Force Nine hopes to release in time for Gen Con at a price similar to its other offerings (so around $50). Yes, it will include minis but don’t expect a map-based tactical combat game. Instead, it sounds like GF9 plans to emphasize the drama, meta-story, and antics typically involved in WWE wrestling events. The game will be team-vs-team. Each play will require the selection of a story card (for example, Royal Rumble or Cage Match) and the picking of coalitions. Individual WWE superstars will be represented by customized card decks and hits can be taken inside and outside of the ring.

Also of note regarding the WWE board game is Gale Force Nine’s plan for organized play, which the company says will be supported by the wrestling body and promoted to its existing fans.

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Gale Force Nine announced two new boardgames at NY Toy Fair: Homeland and Black Sails.


Based on the critically-acclaimed Showtime series, Homeland allows up to four players working together to prevent a terrorist “event” while pursuing their own agendas. “It’s a PVP co-op game,” said Jeff Smith, North American General Manager for Battlefront Miniatures and Sales Manager for Gale Force Nine. “Everyone has to work together to stop the event, because if it goes off, the players lose.” As the players attempt to defeat the terrorists, they are also working to reach their own victory condition. While everyone has to work together, only one player can win. Jeff Smith confirmed that one of the hidden player agendas is to have the event succeed, with that player working against the others while “trying to help”. Homeland will be a fourth quarter 2014 release.

Teaser_Poster_for_Black_SailsThe second major announcement was the Black Sails boardgame, based on the Starz drama series set in the Golden Age of Piracy. Not many details were available at Toy Fair as Gale Force Nine had “just put ink on the contract” before the show.  Smith joked that the company had just enough time to add the show’s logo to their Toy Fair brochure. GF9 expects Black Sails to be available in 2015.

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