Gen Con 2016—Blood & Plunder

Gen Con 2016 logoA miniatures game debuting at Gen Con was Blood & Plunder from Firelock Games. One of the nice things about this one is it’s a pirate game in a historical setting. No skeletons, sea monsters, or voodoo magic. Also, the game mechanics are relatively simple, but cover both hand-to-hand and ship-to-ship combat.

Firelock GamesFirelock is launching Blood & Plunder in to retail with starter armies representing a variety of nationalities at $55 each. Ship models, which can carry pirate figures for boarding actions, are generic in design but available in four sizes: longboats for $12, sloops for $40, brigantines for $65, and frigates for $90.

Firelock plans additional factions in the near future and is also contemplating expanding in to earlier and later time periods.



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Toy Fair 2016—Lego Ninjago Sky Pirates

For 2016, Lego Ninjago toys and the Ninjago series on Cartoon Network will center around a band of sky pirates. So yes, Lego will be doing ninjas vs. pirates!

Among the first sets, out next month, will be the sky pirates’ Raid Zeppelin ($30), a 294 piece attack-dirigible, and Misfortune’s Keep ($80), a 754 piece flying platform.

March will also see the release of Tiger Widow Island ($50) with an ogre-like figure.

For the masters of Spinjitzu next month there will be the 98 piece Cole’s Dragon ($10) and the 350 piece Jay’s Elemental Dragon ($30).

The next batch of Ninjago releases is expected in August. At that time, the company will put out The Green NRG Dragon ($50), the Ultra Stealth Raider ($100), and The Lighthouse Siege ($70).

But perhaps my favorite set of the bunch isn’t even a flying one. It’s the Salvage M.E.C. (August, $40), a ninja-piloted walker!

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