We Take a Look at What will be the Big releases…In the first Quarter!!
So the first quarter of the year is up to and including April and yes I am a bit late in doing this blog, but it has been a busy start to the year and as one looks ahead, it is going to be an exciting year. We are going to see a lot of deck building games this year, with some really exciting releases. Since this is my forte I am biting at the bit for the coming months.
New Releases…You may have Missed Already!!
Already this year we have had two big releases on the card game front, firstly Berserk: War of the realms of which I will be doing a blog on soon. A Russian ccg game made into a board game like Summoner Wars, these guys have been very thorough in bringing this market and have produced a quality game.
The second game has been BattleCON: Devastation of Indines which sold out on its release day. A standalone game or add-on to BattleCON: War of Indines this is one to keep an eye on when it gets restocked, along with its expansion BattleCON: Strikers which introduces a tag-team element to the game.
Deck Building Games…An Old Game gets Legend Status!!
Fantasy Flight have announced the release of Blue Moon Legends, Reiner Knizia’s take on a collectable card game. Originally released in 2004 with a two deck starter set, then about twelve decks were released ending with the much sort after Emissaries & Inquisitors decks, which added new rules to the game. Fantasy Flight’s package includes every deck and card released for the game, making it a must for collectors and those wanting to try out the game.
Next up is Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Capcom Street Fighter Deck Building Game. This uses the same game engine as their DC Comics Deck-Building Game, which will also see an expansion later in the year. Although as yet there is no compatibility between the two, you just know someone is going to find a system to do so and the thought of Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li verses Batman and Co, is just too mouth watering to think about. Anyway fans of Street Fighter are going to look forward to this deck building game.
Then we have Ascension: Year One Collector’s Edition. This includes all the sets released in Ascension’s initial year. All 322 cards feature updated card frames in a premium foil finish to add that special “bling” to your deck. These includes all the promo cards from the first year. A premium game board and 70 honour cards are included with a premium Tin that includes a storage tray and dividers. They are even throwing in a Cultist Bobblehead figure into the package.
Lastly, could be the dark horse of the year and that is the Adventure, Co-operative Shadowrun Crossfire Deck Building Card Game. This game has been designed in-house by Catalyst Game Labs, with a team of highly respected card and board game designers. The game is dripping in theme and will have a role-playing element. It also incorporates interactive player dynamics where players can use cards during another player’s turn to help in the scenario. Once this game is released, hopefully in late March/April, you will see a quick turnaround in expansions.
Card Games…I Think I Am Turning Japanese!!
Alderac Entertainment Group have two card games to release in this first quarter. The first is the combination of Love Letter and Legend of the Five Rings. Yes I have to keep reading that last sentence over again, but basically the Love Letter-Legend of the Five Rings is based on AEG’s original Love Letter rules and features the compelling art and characters of the L5R universe. It looks like a stunning production and if you haven’t played Love Letter yet, this may be the game to go for.
The second card game is Mai-Star, a 3-6 player card game about Japanese geisha by Seiji Kanai. This game’s setting is the same as Master Merchant, with the players taking on the role of a geisha, completing to win the legendary title of Mai-Star. A superb hand management card game with stunning artwork.
Finally we have the Hawken Card Game, a two player real time card game, based on the hit video game. Each player has a mech and your deck contains weapons and other instruments of war. Each player simultaneously draws cards and places them onto the table as fast as they can, being careful not to overheat their mech. It sounds like a fast action and quick thinking game that will be fun to play. Each game box will contain two decks and there will be two difference game boxes on release.
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Paul Matthews is a Sales Manager for Gamesquest Ltd, as well as a part-time Board game Demonstrator and Blogger. After several years playing Yu-gi-oh at Tournament level, his latest passion is all things board gaming. Besides playing board games, Paul is a part time author and enjoys reading and archery. Paul has a Degree in Humanities Psychology/Counselling and several Life-skill Degrees in Parenting, Horse Management and Ecommerce.