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Arcane Wonders GAMA Trade Show Report

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By Scott Morris, Vice President of Business Development

First days on the job can be intense!  There’s new people to meet, new things to learn, and new policies and procedures to accustom yourself with.  Normally, those all begin with a visit to the office.  In my case, starting my new role with Arcane Wonders meant doing all that, but doing it while hoping a plane to the GAMA Trade Show!

GAMA is amazing, and John Ward, his staff and volunteers, do a wonderful job in hosting this event!  One of the highlights of the event is being able to connect, network and meet with industry publishers, developers, distributors and retailers. For us, at Arcane Wonders, “highlight” does not even begin to describe it!

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I had the opportunity to speak Tuesday night during the GAMA Dinner, where I announced some amazing things coming from Arcane Wonders this year!  First, was a preview of Forged in Fire, our new Spell Tome Expansion, which will introduce the Adramalech Warlock and the Anvil Throne Warlord and will be available in June of 2014!  There’s going to be a lot of fire slinging in this set, and we’re really excited to be previewing cards right now over on our Facebook page!  In addition to all the burn tokens you’ll want to have handy, there’s some awesome new cards like Otto, previewed to the left.  Otto Kronig, Master Engineer, will not only provide a stout Creature for your mage to deploy, but he’ll also allow you to ensure those Conjurations you craft stay around just a bit longer for all the fun!

Later this year, an additional expansion is slated to be released, the Paladin vs. Siren set!  Get ready to rock the heavens and roll the tides as this set will introduce two completely new mages to the Arena!  Whether you are a role player, board gamer, or video gamer, almost everyone knows what to expect from a Paladin. Deal and heal!  They are hybrid tanks, damage dealers and healers, doing all things good, but staying flexible for whatever need arises.  Speaking of “arising”, the other mage in this set is ready to rise from the depths as the Siren will bring a completely new style of game play to the Arena!  Lure your opponents in and unleash… well, we don’t want to give everything away just yet now, right?

In addition to the amazing new expansions, we also announced two items that will be available at Gen Con later this year.  First is an accessory for Mage Wars players; a new Modular Board which will include sturdy tiles for you to construct your own design for Arena battles!  In addition, this Modular Board will come with a unique scenario for Mage Wars players to experience an entire new way to play our favorite game!  Finally, also at Gen Con, Arcane Wonders will introduce its first game in a line of family friendly games, called “The Sheriff of Nottingham”!  In this game you will experience the bustling city of Nottingham like you have never seen before!  Players will be able to step into the shoes of the Sheriff himself, as Prince John plans to arrive in Nottingham soon!

GAMA was an excellent event this year!  I’d like to personally thank all of our Distributor and Retailer partners who stopped by our booth to learn about these and many more exciting things coming from Arcane Wonders!  It was also excellent to meet with new distributor and retailers who discovered Mage Wars and Arcane Wonders for the first time!  The feedback we received from everyone was extremely positive and valuable and it is wonderful to hear how much excitement and fun Mage Wars is providing the industry!

Whether you are looking for new mages, exciting new game play options, or awesome new accessories, the future is very bright!

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Eminent Domain: Escalation (Video Review)

Escalation

Escalation is the first expansion to Eminent Domain and it provides a ton of new things for the Eminent Domain fan base.

Here are some of the new features you would get with the expansion.

  • Setup for a fifth player.
  • New planets and planet mechanics.
  • New technologies.
  • New ship mechanics which are a ton of fun.
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Nightfall Eastern Skies Review

Eastern skies

The war for the eternal night rages around the world, and nowhere is it more bizarre than in the far east. A fully functional city in India nearly untouched by the Nightfall, uncontrolled ghouls from the seas, and strange happenings in the skies are only the beginning.

Nightfall: Eastern Skies is a strategy deck-building game in which you take control of Hunters, Lycanthropes, Vampires, and Ghouls to take down your opponent. This set features the new Link mechanism allowing for faster play.

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Off The Shelf Board Game Reviews Presents – Lords Of Waterdeep: Scoundrels Of Skullport

Scoundrels of Skullport

Off The Shelf Board Game Reviews – Scoundrels Of Skullport – A Lords Of Waterdeep Expansion for 2-6 players ages 12+ Published By Wizards Of The Coast.

“Scoundrels of Skullport adds brand new content for the award-winning, bestselling board game, Lords of Waterdeep. It’s not one, but two, complete expansions: the sprawling dungeon of Undermountain and the criminal haven of Skullport.

Each thrilling location has unique characteristics and offers new play options, including new Lords, Buildings, Intrigue and Quest cards.

Owners of Lords of Waterdeep can use one or both of these new subterranean locations to add depth to their game experience. There’s also a new faction, the Gray Hands, so now a sixth player can join in the fun!”

Component Quality: 1:58
Whats New: 7:04
Final Verdict: 18:44

For More Information Be Sure To Visit http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Product.aspx?x=dnd/products/dndacc/35790000

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*From Wizards.com*

Scoundrels of Skullport adds brand new content for the award-winning, bestselling board game, Lords of Waterdeep. It’s not one, but two, complete expansions; the sprawling dungeon of Undermountain and the criminal haven of Skullport. Each thrilling location has unique characteristics and offers new play options, including new Lords, Buildings, Intrigue and Quest cards.

Owners of Lords of Waterdeep can use one or both of these new subterranean locations to add depth to their game experience. There’s also a new faction, the Gray Hands, so now a sixth player can join in the fun!

·         The Skullport Module

The Skullport module includes a new resource: Corruption. Unlike Adventurers and Gold, having Corruption in your tavern penalizes you at the end of the game.  Each Corruption token in your Tavern at the end of the game is worth negative Victory Points. The exact negative value depends on how much Corruption has been collected throughout the game; the more corrupt you and your fellow Lords are, the more Corruption hurts your score

 

·         The Undermountain Module

The rumored wealth of Undermountain entices adventurers to brave the mysteries and monsters beneath the City of Splendors. The risks and the rewards are greater for undertaking Quests that require more Gold and Adventurers.

 

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Catan: Explorers and Pirates (LLU Review)

explorers-pirates Designer: Klaus TeuberPublisher: Mayfair GamesPublished: 2013# of Players: 2-4

Play Time: 90 Minutes

It is time to take to the open seas in search of exotic spices and bountiful fishing schools, but beware land lovers pirates lurk in these waters!  Catan: Explorers and Pirates is an expansion pack for Settlers of Catan and offers three new unique game mechanics designed to break up the old Catan experience and bring users a fresh perspective on the game.  Victory points are gained by successfully gathering Spice, Fishing, and invading Pirate Lairs (YARR!).

Overall I think this expansion could help bring a fresh perspective to the game of Catan, however if you are not bored to death of the game I don’t feel the game will add enough new content for the price / headache of assembling the board.  I’d love to hear what you think, overall I score this game a 6.5 / 10.

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