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Upper Deck Entertainment Released Details for Updated ‘Vs System’ Release

Upper Deck has released details on the first new Marvel  VS. System card game release, which will arrive in July, according to hobby news website


Upper Deck confirmed the return of the game after a trial sale at Gen Con last year to gauge interest, and announced plans to launch the game at Gen Con 2015.  The big box will include approximately 400 cards, enough for players to construct a large variety of decks.  The game rules will be streamlined by original game designer Danny Mandel to remove the legacy issues from the previous game incarnation.  Upper Deck also touted the game’s low barrier of entry for new players, since the new game updates level the playing field by removing elements that favor seasoned players.  MSRP is $49.99.

Upper Deck also teased plans to include other licenses outside of Marvel as possible future expansions for the game, including Alien, Predator, The Crow, and Firefly among others.






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Tasty Minstrel Games & Darwin Kastle to Release Cthulhu Game Based on ‘Star Realms’

First reported by hobby news website, Tasty Minstrel Games announced Cthulhu Realms, a deck building game designed by Darwin Kastle at a hobby industry-only show two weeks ago called GAMA in Los Vegas.
“It’s built on Darwin Kastle’s Star Realms engine,” said Daniel Hadlock of Tasty Minstrel, referring to the outer space deck building card game from White Wizard Games.  However, this deck building game is set in the realm of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu.

“The art takes a humorous horror approach, so it’s Cthulhu, but it’s got a family-friendly little twist to it,” said Hadlock.  “It has a little bit deeper, a little more tricky game play than an average deck builder game.”

The game is for 2-4 players, ages 14 and up, and plays in 25-45 minutes.  MSRP is $19.95, release is tentatively set for Gen Con, but may be later in the year.




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White Wizard Games Announces ‘Star Realms’ Expansion and New ‘Epic: Card Game”

At the GAMA Trade Show, White Wizard Games CEO and Lead Game Developer Rob Dougherty announced the company’s new Epic Card Game and an addition to its popular deck-building game, Star Realms: Year 2, during an interview with hobby news website


Epic Card Game is a new fantasy strategy card game that has elements of Ascension and Star Realms, Dougherty told ICv2. “The game plays like a trading card game or a Living Card Game, where it’s a strategy game,” he said. “Players will play champion cards that stay in play and fight for them, they can attack their opponent with them. They start with a score of 30 points. If their score gets reduced to zero, they’re opponent is eliminated.”


The deck box will contain 128 cards, eight of which are double-sided token cards with creatures (humans, demons, wolves, etc.). The 120 game cards will all be unique, with different artwork and distinct mechanics. The box will be enough for a 4-player game, and lends itself to sealed deck, draft or pre-constructed deck game styles.  A second deck can be added to support up to 8 players.


There is also the option of adding a third deck for recommended eight player drafts. Some cards have a white gem marking, which means a deck may include three of that card. Red gem cards are limited to one card per game.  MSRP is $14.99. The game is planned for fall (post-Gen Con) release.


Any relation to Epic, Rob Dougherty’s previous attempt at a game with the same name? Only time will tell.


The popular Star Realms deck-building game will add a new stand-alone deck this fall, Star Realms: Year Two.  ‘It will have explorers and scouts and vipers, just like the original, but the 80-card trade deck will be all new,” Dougherty said.  “It will also be an entry level product, so people who haven’t played Star Realms before can still play that as a two-player game.  They can be played separately, or it can be combined with the original deck for a wider variety of cards.”


And you can bet that Battleground Games & Hobbies will be ordering this one! We can’t wait to see what Star Realms: Year Two has to offer.




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AEG to Release ‘Game of Crowns’ Board Game

Alderac Entertainment Group will release Game of Crowns in June, according to hobby news website


The game is designed by Remo Conzadori, with art by Pascal Quidault.  Players control one of the nine noble houses of the Ruelen Empire, and with the ruler’s death, they are each attempting to gain enough control and influence to claim the crown.  Players can exchange cards and favors through diplomacy, or attack opponents through warfare to gain what they need.

The box contains 90 House cards, 18 Vote cards, 11 Guest cards, 37 Raven tokens, 9 Reference cards, and a round track.  The game is for 4-9 players, ages 14 and up, and plays in 45 minutes.  MSRP is $29.99, which is a great price point.


Does this sound familiar? If it does, perhaps that’s because it seems awfully similar in concept to Game of Thrones. Even a similar name.


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‘Boss Monster 2: The Next Level’ Coming in April!

Brotherwise Games has announced they will release Boss Monster 2: The Next Level, the stand-alone expansion to its hit Boss Monster card game, in April, according to Brotherwise originaly announced plans for Boss Monster 2 last year at Gen Con along with a Kickstater for the game, as well as a iOS app.


Boss Monster 2 includes an all-new set of 160 cards, which can be played as a standalone game or mixed with the original set.  There are 12 new bosses (pictured above), new hero classes (Dark Heroes, Hybrid Heroes), Epic Spells, new monsters and “cycling” rooms to add to the mix.  The game is for 2-4 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in 20 minutes.  MSRP is $24.99.


Look forward to this fantastic product to come to Battleground Games & Hobbies shelves in April!






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New ‘Mouse Guard’ RPG Announced

BOOM! Studios announced, according to hobby industry news source ICv2, its Archaia Entertainment imprint will release a second edition of the award-winning Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game in April.  The release will include both a hardcover rulebook and a box set edition.




The Eisner Award-winning Mouse Guard comic is an all ages anthropomorphic epic fantasy series written and drawn by David Peterson.  The RPG, designed by Luke Crane and David Petersen, was the winner of the 2009 Origins Award for “Best Role-Playing Game”, and Archaia released a box set in 2011.

The new Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set, Second Edition includes everything players need to know about the world of the Guard.  The revised and update rulebook includes information for forming patrols and leading missions and features new art from David Petersen. Additional Action, Weapon, and Condition cards are also included.



The new Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game, Second Edition hardcover is a 320-page, full-color, 8″ x 8″ volume.  Source:






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