Licensing Roundup

The Hunger GamesFor the 50th anniversary of the original series Star Trek, CBS has licensed Gale Force 9 to produce hobby games, USAopoly for board games, and Spin Master for RC vehicles.

Pressman has the game license for Powerpuff Girls. Spin Master has the master toy license.

According to a press release from Rovio, the game license for the upcoming Angry Birds movie went to Hasbro, yet at Toy Fair, I saw a game at Spin Master and none at Hasbo.

Jumbo has a license to produce Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice games in Europe.

Netflix has ordered a Stretch Armstrong series from Hasbro Studios.

River Horse is working on a board game based on The Hunger Games. WizKids used to have that license.

There will be a Master of Orion board game from Hobby World.

Winning Moves UK has a new Midsomer Murders Cluedo.

Mattel has taken over the Halo toy and figure license.

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Dr. Who: Time of the Daleks

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Gale Force 9 is releasing a new Doctor Who game in March, but there’s not much more info other than we’ll see the 12th Doctor up against the Daleks. As you can see from the image, it still seems the artwork is pending licensor approval.

This is one I’m hoping to see more of at Toy Fair in a few weeks. A good Doctor Who board game is seriously overdue.

So much licensed game news has crossed my desk recently…

Savage Worlds Flash Gordon

R. Talsorian Games has reached an agreement with CD Projekt Red for The Witcher Role-Playing Game. It’ll be based on the same rules system as Cyberpunk 2020 and is planned for mid-2016.

Two Dark Horse Comics series, The Goon and Fear Agent, are getting the Savage Worlds treatment from Pinnacle Entertainment. Also expect to see an official Savage Worlds Flash Gordon.

Star Trek board games are coming from Gale Force 9 next summer.

There’s going to be anniversary editions of Thunderbirds Monopoly and Back to the Future Monopoly.

From Upper Deck expect in 2016 a Big Trouble in Little China Legendary game. It’s the film’s 30th anniversary.

MegaCon Games is making The Banner Saga: Warbands, a cooperative miniatures game based on the computer RPG from Stoic.

The 1960s era Captain Action Card Game is making a return.

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is getting a board game adaptation. Unfortunately, it’s planned just as a roll-and-move trivia game.

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I’m a huge Firefly fan, but I’ve been holding off on snagging the board game for some time now. With the release of the Kalidasa expansion, and now The Whole Damn ‘Verse Game Mat, I’m thinking now may be the time to jump in. The mat covers all the systems of the base game and the Rim Space Expansion, Blue Sun and Kalidasa. The whole thing is a 50″x20″ vinyl beauty.

Of course it’s also $39.99 on it’s own, and you still need the base game and all the expansions to use it.

That’s ok, though. It’s so shiny.

Both the new Kalidasa expansion and The Whole Damn ‘Verse Game Mat will be available in August.

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