Cult of the News, November Edition (Eric Buscemi)

Cult of the News, November Edition (Eric Buscemi)

Game Announcements:

Renegade Game Studios and Frosted Games announced the newest Stefan Feld game -- Revolution of 1828. In this two-player game, players use Smear Campaigns and Election tiles to skew the populace in their favor and become the 7th President of the USA. This title will be available on game shelves beginning in April 2019.

Burnt Island Games announced In the Hall of the Mountain King, designed by Jay Cormier and Graeme Jahns and illustrated by Kwanchai Moriya, which will be coming to Kickstarter February 5, 2019.

Level 99 Games announced that they have partnered with Jasco Games on Exceed Season 3, which will feature twelve fighters from Capcom's fighting game franchise, Street Fighter. Each of the three boxes in this season will contain four fighters, and each will retail at $29.95. Pre-orders should ship in January 2019, as soon as the games arrive in Level 99's warehouse.

German publisher Edition Spielwiese has shared initial details of two releases scheduled for Q1 2019, one being a flip-and-write polyomino-style game in its Cottage Garden-line from designer Uwe Rosenberg titled Second Chance. The second title coming in Q1 2019 from Edition Spielwiese is Subtext, a party game for 4-8 players from designing wunderkind Wolfgang Warsch.

Space Cowboys will release the next series of Unlock games, titled Unlock: Heroic Adventures, in December.

Calliope Games announced the newest entry in the classic Tsuro series. Tsuro: Phoenix Rising will be released in 2019.

Stonemaier Games announced that on January 2, 2019 the company will open pre-orders for Wingspan, a new game that they'd previously been calling "Codename Peregrine." Jamey Stegmaier said, "If you enjoy Terraforming Mars and Gizmos, we think this game will take flight at your table."

AV Studio Games announced the next game in the Small City universe -- Brutus, a fast and furious game of intimidation and influence --  is ready. The company will launch the campaign on Kickstarter on January 1st 2019.

Expansion Announcements:

Looney Labs announced -- from its online store only -- the Doctor Who Coin & Doctors Expansion, which features "a beautiful limited edition coin, which functions as a turn token when played with the accompanying "Move The Coin" rule card, plus we are including two new doctors: the War Doctor, which was the promo we handed out at conventions this year, and the shiny new 13th Doctor!"

Release Date Announcements:

Keyforge was released on November 15. 43,975 decks were registered in the first three days after launch.

AV Studio Games announced Age of Steam 2018, featuring seven Age of Steam maps, is now available for purchase, with 150 sets available.

Rather Dashing Games announced that its games Element, Hafid's Grand Bazaar, and Wakening Lair, will be available at game stores on December 12.

Digital Board Game Announcements:

North Star Games announced Evolution would be coming to PC and iOS "this Winter."

CMON announced that Blood Rage Digital will be its next Flash Kickstarter campaign. It will feature “Multiplayer and Solo options, the core game as well as many expansions, a customizable AI that can be used to introduce new players to the game or challenge the most strategic Vikings out there, and graphics that will put you in the middle of a war at the end of days.” The short campaign will also offer a few amazing promos, like “new versions of the four exclusive Monsters only seen in the original Blood Rage Kickstarter, and the all-new Stag Clan!”

White Wizard released an expansion to the Star Realms digital app - Star Realms United: Missions is now available for download in the app.

Other Game Tidbits:

AMIGO released an official statement on the "disrespectful" similarities between current Kickstarter project Crypto Cartel and its classic Uwe Rosenberg title Bohnanza.

Fantasy Flight announced it will be recalling KeyForge decks with "unfortunate" names. The company said in a statement, "Archon names in KeyForge are procedurally generated by an algorithm that pulls from a list that includes tens of thousands of words. The result is that every Archon name (i.e. every deck name) generated by the algorithm is unique. Regrettably, some of the words that were included in the pool created the potential for defective Archon Decks with an unfortunate pairing of words."

Other Industry Tidbits:

Eurazeo announced the effective sale of its investment in Asmodee to PAI Partners. The deal generating sales proceeds of €565M for Eurazeo and its investor partners, including €426M for Eurazeo, i.e., a return on the initial investment of nearly 4x and an Internal Rate of Return of almost 35%.

In November, NSKN Games and Board & Dice joined forces by merging the two publishing houses under the Board & Dice brand. "We have both worked together on many fields, we are friends outside working hours and what's probably most important -- both companies have excellent and successful games in their portfolios. We want to move to the next level in the board games industry and we know we can do this together by joining our potentials under one refreshed Board&Dice brand."

Artipia Games, Japanime Games, Gotha Games, and Hub Games were all robbed this year at Essen. Accounts from each company can be found on the A Fair, a Robbery and a Promo Pack Kickstarter campaign, which Artipia is running to try to recoup losses from the theft.

CMON’s stock price continued to fall as the company reported losses of $4.1M for the nine month period ending September 2018. The company blamed the losses mainly on decreasing Kickstarter revenue and increased convention expenses.

Crowdfunding:

Funded: Welcome to Dino World, A Fair, a Robbery and a Promo Pack from Artipia Games, Claustrophobia 1643, Reavers of Midgard, Borders of Kanta, The Perfect Moment, Deluxified™ Luna,  METAL, Big City, Ragusa, Nemo's War: Bold and Caring & Dramatis Personae Expansions, QE: An auction board game with unlimited money, King's Forge: Masterworks

Launched: Pipeline, City of the Big Shoulders, Rallyman GT, Terminus Breach TD - The Tower Defense Board Game, The Crusoe Crew, Imagineers, Hero Realms Journeys, Awkward Guests - Who Murdered Mr. Walton?, Pitchcar: The Loop

Blue Beard Entertainment cancelled its Jabberwocky campaign.

The Five for November (Brandon Kempf)

The Five for November (Brandon Kempf)

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