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GenCon 2011 Roundup

GenCon 2011

GenCon Indianapolis, the largest and most well-known gaming convention in the US, has just closed for another year after four days of the latest and greatest in role-playing games, miniatures wargames, board games, live action role-playing games, collectible card games, non-collectible card games, and strategy games.

There were lots of new games and exciting announcements, so let’s round up some of the most important information so you can start drooling over the cool new games that are coming your way over the next six months.

Fantasy Flight Games just seems to be growing bigger and bigger every year, and this year they made some big announcements and launched some very cool new games at their huge booth. The big news is their acquisition of the Star wars licence, and at genCon they were already showing advanced prototypes of Star Wars: The Card Game, a new cooperative LCG, and X-Wing, a tactical miniatures game with pre-painted miniatures of Rebel X-Wing and Imperial TIE fighters battling it out in space. The Star Wars stuff all seems to be set in the framework of the original 3 films, which I personally think is a clever decision because the new films were terrible. You may heartily disagree with me in the comments of this post, of course! 🙂

X-Wing Demo

X-Wing demo (photo courtesy of The Hopeless Gamer).

Two unexpected surprises came in the form of a brand new edition of the Tom Jolly classic Wiz War, and the new version of the much-loved Dune, which has been ‘rebranded’ to take place in the Twilight Imperium universe and is now called REX. Another surprise was a new second edition of Descent, featuring 8 new heroes and 40 monsters in 9 different new types, plus campaign rules. Thoughtfully, they’ll also be a Conversion Kit so you can easily use all your existing Descent stuff with the new streamlined system.

Wiz-War and REX

Wiz-War and REX (photo courtesy of The Hopeless Gamer).

Of course advance copies flew out the door of such new games as Elder Sign and Gears of War, and other new games were on display such as Ventura, Blood Bowl Team Manager card game, Rune Age, The Adventurers: Pyramid of Horus, A Game of Thrones Board Game 2nd edition, Dust Warfare, the new tabletop miniatures system for Dust Tactics, and Black Crusade, the new W40K RPG.

Now, onto other companies! Asmodee released the new expansion for their excellent dungeon-crawler Claustrophobia, which is called De Profundis and includes a new 55-card deck, new demons, events, and objects; 10 new room tiles, 4 painted figures and 12 new scenarios.

Plaid Hat, makers of Summoner Wars, released their new game Dungeon Run, a fast-paced, dice-rolling dungeon crawler (or should I say runner?) They also have a new Summoner Wars: Master Set packed with six new factions and storage for your existing factions.

Flying Frog Games had their highly-anticipated new game Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game for sale. This is an Indiana Jones-style game of worldwide pulp action and adventuring and—you guessed it—cliffhangers set in the late 1930s. As usual for this company, the game is dripping with theme and in their trademark style of photographic illustrations of actors playing the characters.

Fortune and Glory

Fortune and Glory – back of the box.

Z-Man Games sold out of 50 pre-release copies of their new game Ninjato (for which, I’m proud to say, I created the graphic design) in the first five minutes of GenCon, so here’s hoping it will be a big hit! In the future I’ll have lots more information about this exciting game set in medieval Japan. They also showed off Guards! Guards! A Discworld Boardgame, set in Sir Terry Pratchett’s fantasy city of Ankh-Morpork and featuring artwork by Discworld illustrator Stephen Player.

Whizkids had a couple of new releases, notably Quarriors, a deckbuilding, dice battling game, and Star Trek: Fleet Captains, a fleet exploration and combat game set in the ‘pre-new-film’ Star Trek universe.

Well there you go, just a brief look at all the fantastic new games that will be coming your way over the next few months. No shortgage of great gaming there then!

Now I want all my readers to start lobbying Games Paradise to send me to the convention next year so I can give you a ‘from-the-showroom-floor’ report next time! 🙂

What’s Hot: Deathwatch: Mark of the Xenos

Mark of the XenosThe Enemies of the Emperor are many…

Aliens, Heretics, and Daemons scheme from the shadows to oppose the Imperium of Man, but the Space Marines of the Deathwatch are sworn to hunt down and destroy all enemies of the Emperor. Remain vigilant! Learn the nature of your foes, that you might better purge them from the stars.

Mark of the Xenos, a new supplement for the Warhammer 40,000 RPG Deathwatch, presents a myriad of worthy challenges for any Space Marine, from the ravening Tyranid swarm to the sleek, technologically-advanced Tau—and many more! Discover guidance and counsel from notable members of the Deathwatch on how best to exterminate each threat. Plus, experience new advanced rules for battling hordes of creatures in massive engagements. Mark of the Xenos provides a detailed bestiary of the monstrous enemies in the Jericho Reach Features, rules for large-scale combat, tips for killing foes, and more. Game Masters will find a host of new enemies to challenge players, and players will be prepared against the foes they might face. With bolt, shell, and flame, purge the vile alien from the stars of the Jericho Reach!

Deathwatch is the the popular roleplaying game set in the dark science-fiction universe of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 setting. Players take on the roles of members of the Adeptus Astartes—the devout, bio-engineered super-soldiers also known as Space Marines. You will be called into service to hunt down and destroy hostile xenos forces, to seek out and crush the root of heresy and sedition, and to continually fight against the foul daemon menace that crawls forth hungrily from beyond the Warp. You are at the fore of Mankind’s war for survival against an extremely hostile universe!

Roleplaying in the 41st Millennium

W40K Roleplaying

The grim, gothic science-fiction universe of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 is one of gaming’s greatest melieus. Since the original Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader hardcover book was first released way back in 1987 (my original copy sits behind me on the shelf as I write), the vast expanses of the 41st millennium have been continually developed in more and more detail as a background to the hugely popular tabletop miniatures game.

Almost since the original hardback hit the shelves, fans have dreamed of roleplaying in this incredible universe, but it took a long time for those dreams to become a reality. Finally, Black Industries, a Games Workshop publishing company—hot on the heels of the success of their 2nd edition launch of the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay game—announced that a W40K roleplaying game was imminent. But not just one roleplaying game—there would be three! There were so many possibilities in such a vast universe that one game couldn’t hope to cover them all, so there would be three games that shared similar mechanics, but focussed on different aspects of roleplaying in the far future.

Well, Black Industries released the first, long awaited system: Dark Heresy, and it sold out in no time at all. The future looked bright until suddenly the news came through that Black Industries was being dismantled. Thankfully, and to the great relief of roleplayers worldwide, it was announced that Fantasy Flight Games would take over not only WFRP and Dark Heresy, but all further development on both RPGs. And since then we have been treated to a surfeit of riches—and just recently, the announcement of a surprising fourth addition to the W40K RPG pantheon.

The Dark HeresyDark Heresy: Core Rulebook is the first game in the W40K RPG line (but of course you can choose and play any one—or more— of these RPG systems, depending on what kind of setting and characters you and your players would enjoy the most).

The setting is a part of the Imperium called the Calixis Sector (the background material is written by best-selling Warhammer 40,000 novelists Dan Abnett and Ben Counter), and players take on the roles of Acolytes of the Inquisition, aiming to uncover and combat the enemies of mankind. You stand in the front line of a great and secret war where your duty is to hunt out the foul stench of heresy, the vile alien, and the twisted influence of Chaos. You will tread where others fear, venturing to distant planets, ancient space hulks and the unsavoury depths of the under-hive. You will never know fame nor reward, yet if you stand resolute your deeds will be whispered to the God-Emperor of Mankind and your name will be revered for millennia…

At last count there were twelve supplements and expansions for Dark Heresy, so there’s no shortage of detailed background material and adventures to keep your players busy rooting out heretics for millennia! Two good places to start are the Game Master’s Kit, an essential resource for the GM containing a sturdy screen full of useful references and information, and a full scenario; and Purge the Unclean, an anthology of linked scenarios.

Then there are expansions full of new rules, careers, creatures, gear and packed with background material—The Inquisitor’s Handbook, The Radical’s Handbook, Disciples of the Dark Gods, Ascension, Blood of Martyrs, and Creatures Anathema.

Of course there is plenty of adventure material available, including the three-book epic campaign called Haarlock’s Legacy: Tattered Fates and Damned Cities, and Dead Stars. Also look out for The Black Sepulchre, the first installment of a new campaign.

Rogue TraderThe next RPG, Rogue Trader, took W40K roleplaying out into the blackness of infinite space. Players take on the roles of a Rogue Trader and his most trusted counsellors, empowered by an ancient warrant of trade to seek out profit and plunder amongst unexplored regions of space. Your ship will take you to new worlds and uncharted reaches of the void, where you will encounter rivals, pirates, aliens, and possibly even creatures of the warp. You will acquire and spend great wealth and riches, and fame or infamy will follow. You will discover ancient and forgotten mysteries and search out the unknown to find lost human worlds or never before seen celestial phenomena. You must survive the dangers of space, for beyond the threat of vacuum and deadly radiation lurk things Man was never meant to find.

Vast profits await for you and your fellow Explorers to find and claim. Fame and fortune reward the bold, but the unwary find only an anonymous death…

Best of all, there are rules for building your own starship (or starting play with one of six pre-generated vessels). Dynamic rules cover all eventualities from social interaction to deadly fast-paced combat, starships and psychic powers to a system of profit and influence. The Rogue Trader: Core Rulebook contains everything you need to start your adventure in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, including a complete adventure that puts you right into the middle of the action.

Then blast into some of the galaxy’s greatest adventures: The Lure of the Expanse, featuring three adventures set amongst the unexplored stars beyond the Imperium; and The Frozen Reaches, which puts the adventurers on a planet facing an imminent Ork invasion.

There’s plenty of expanded background material and new rules too: Edge of the Abyss offers in-depth descriptions of several important locations in the Expanse, and background information, statistics, and ships for the most powerful alien races and organizations; Into the Storm details new character options and gear (plus you can play as an alien!); and Battlefleet Koronus is an extensive sourcebook about the starships of the Imperium.

DeathwatchSomething W40K players have been wanting to do for a long, long time is actually roleplay the classic Space Marines or Adeptus Astartes—the devout, bio-engineered super-soldiers who are so iconic of the tabletop game and the W40K universe. And finally, the Deathwatch: Core Rulebook arrived. As a character in a Deathwatch game, you are an exceptional space marine singled out, after many years of faithful service to your own chapter, to join one of the most unique and specialized collectives of Space Marines—the mysterious Deathwatch. Its members swear a new oath to safeguard the Imperium from the darkest of threats. You will be called into service to hunt down and destroy hostile xenos forces, to seek out and crush the root of heresy and sedition, and to continually fight against the foul daemon menace that crawls forth hungrily from beyond the Warp. You and your fellow players will be on the front line of an Imperial Crusade to reclaim the vast region of space known as the Reach from darkness and heresy. The fate of billions rests in your hands!

Your GM would do well to employ the aid of the Deathwatch Gamemaster’s Kit, which comes complete with a sturdy GM screen featuring stunning artwork and useful tables, charts, rules, and statistics, providing quick Game Master reference and a handy place behind which to plot your evil schemes. In addition, there’s a 32-page full colour booklet with a selection of useful NPCs, an expanded Mission generation system, and a complete adventure, The Shadow of Madness. But that’s still not all … included is a section devoted to aiding Game Masters to devise missions and implement them into your own Deathwatch campaigns, plus an appendix detailing the important NPCs that your players’ Kill-team may encounter, with plenty of adventure ideas for each.

The surprising new addition to the W40K RPG line is a fourth game that was never announced back in the Black Industries days: Black Crusade. This new game will offer players an entirely new perspective on the conflict between the Imperium of Man and the forces of Chaos—for now you will be able to play as a Disciple of the Dark Gods, whether as a Chaos Space Marine or a human Servant of Chaos. It’s time to be the bad guys!

As you can see, Fantasy Flight Games has roleplaying in the universe of the 41st millennium well and truly covered—it only remains for you to choose your game, gear up your characters, and go forth to investigate, explore and of course—fight!

What’s Hot: Deathwatch RPG Rulebook

Deathwatch RPGWelcome to the front lines, Battle-Brother!

Deathwatch is a roleplaying game in which you take on the role of a member of the Adeptus Astartes—the devout, bio-engineered super-soldiers also known as Space Marines. After many years of exemplary service within your own chapter, you have been singled out and selected to join one of the most unique and specialized collectives of Space Marines—the Deathwatch.

Only the most exceptional candidates from the fighting forces of the Adeptus Astartes are invited to join the mysterious Deathwatch; to take on a new oath to safeguard the Imperium from the darkest of threats. You will now be called into service to hunt down and destroy hostile xenos forces, to seek out and crush the root of heresy and sedition, and to continually fight against the foul daemon menace that crawls forth hungrily from beyond the Warp. You are at the fore of Mankind’s war for survival against an extremely hostile universe.

For centuries, the Deathwatch have maintained their silent vigil over the ancient ruins of the Reach, but now you find yourselves on the front lines of a grand Imperial Crusade that has been launched to reclaim this vast region of space from darkness and heresy. The fate of billions rests in your hands!

For fans of the detailed universe of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game—and science-fiction roleplayers everywhere—this is the perfect entry into roleplaying in the 41st century!

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

It’s only a week until Christmas Day, and hopefully you’ve finished all your major present buying, and now you’re running about in a frantic hurry to grab all those little items to stuff the stockings and pad out the presents. Luckily for last-minute madness, there are lots of little games that are perfect to add that impressive last touch to your friend’s and family’s present haul. The great thing is, it’s possible to pack a lot of game into a little box!

The Fantasy Flight Games ‘Silver Line’ range is a perfect example. Little boxes, big games. Take for example Space Hulk: Death Angel The Card Game, 100 x 190 millimetres of alien-killing-in-deep-space-fun. It’s amazing how this game manages to recreate the tension and sudden violence of the huge Space Hulk boardgame with basically just a few decks of cards. This is the perfect little gift for the scifi fan, or perhaps something different for that Games Workshop-obsessed nephew for whom you’ve already bought an army’s worth of figures!

There are plenty of other excellent little games in the Silver Line range to check out. You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer, for example, to enjoy Bruno Faidutti’s classic Citadels. It’s a fantastic game of simple role selection and card play, and holds the record for the only game I’ve managed to get my mum to play—and she beat me, dammit! Ingenious Challenges by the world-reknowned game designer Reiner Knizia is another game that can be enjoyed by all types of players, and features three different games in the one small box—cards, tiles and dice—that focus on ingenious symbol matching.

Other games like Chaos Marauders, Cold War: CIA vs KGB, and Condottiere are all satisfying, fun games in small packages, especially perfect when you have limited time for gaming, or don’t feel like anything too ‘heavy’.

If you know your gamer is into Arkham Horror, why not throw in a set of two of Arkham Horror Dice. These spectacular and atmospheric six-sided dice are cast from hand-carved originals and feature sculpted number faces, as well as Elder Signs on the 5 and 6 sides to indicate successes.

If your gift recipient happens to like collectible card games (and you can find out which packs they already own), they’ll always appreciate another expansion pack for their games of Warhammer Invasion LCG or Magic the Gathering.

Summoner Wars is a card-based combat game that’s been attracting quite a following this year. Two new faction decks have recently been released, and for the existing player, the premium playing board is an absolute must.

Of course not everybody who likes games enjoys the more esoteric, thematic ones. Classics like Uno are perfect for the whole family to play after the present unwrapping and over-eating is complete, and can be enjoyed by all ages. If you enjoy the family favourite Pictionary, the Pictionary Card Game will be your last-minute present of choice. the Trivial Pursuit Steal Card Game combines the well-loved classic with a wedge-stealing mechanic to make a great quick-playing game.

Finally, throw in a travel game or two for the Christmas holiday trip. The Scrabble Travel Edition is just the thing for gamers of all ages.

So start stuffing those stockings—and those turkeys! Happy Christmas from all of us at Games Paradise!

What’s Hot: Rogue Trader Edge of the Abyss

The Warhammer 40,000 adventures continue with Rogue Trader: Edge of the Abyss. This new Rogue Trader supplement features detailed descriptions of the Expanse’s famous worlds, allowing players and GMs to plan new Endeavours and adventures. Fight across the frozen surface of Lucin’s Breath, plunder the Egarian maze cities, and plumb the secrets of haunted Illisk. Study, negotiate, and war against the inhabitants of the Expanse: xenos races, the vile forces of Chaos, and monolithic Imperial organizations.

The vast darkness of the Expanse brims with legends and secrets. Within Edge of the Abyss are the rare bits of truth you need to explore beyond the Maw. Armed with this priceless knowledge, plot your own course to adventure and profit! Learn of six legendary Rogue Traders, each a potential ally, enemy, or source of valuable information. Play through a complete, full-length adventure that pits Explorers against bloodthirsty xenos and offers the chance to plunder lost artefacts of the Egarian Dominion.

Edge of the Abyss offers in-depth descriptions of several important locations in the Expanse, including some never-before-revealed worlds. Additionally, you’ll find background information, statistics, and ships for the most powerful alien races and organizations of the Expanse.

With adventure ideas, location guides, and much more, Edge of the Abyss is an invaluable resource for GMs and players alike.

Don’t forget to check out our entire line of Rogue Trader supplements!

Friday’s Gaming News Update

Friday again already? Let’s have a look at what’s been happening in the world of gaming this week!

New Releases from Games Paradise
The new revamped version of the Tom Wham classic Kings and Things by Z-Man Games is out. Originally published back in 1986 by Games Workshop, this a fun game of waring fantasy kingdoms.

Star Wars fans won’t want to miss out on the 3D illusion of the Star Wars Lenticular Chess Set.

A new supplement for the Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game system Rogue Trader is out—Edge of the Abyss. This new book features in-depth descriptions of several important locations in the Expanse, including some never-before-revealed worlds. Plus you’ll find background information, statistics, and ships for the most powerful alien races and organizations of the Expanse, not to mention adventure ideas, location guides, and much more.

News From the World of Gaming
Games Workshop have released an updated errata for Warhammer 40,000.

Michael Barnes has an extremely positive review of the new Space Hulk: Death Angel card game.

Matt Drake reviews Guardians of Graxia.

Dale Yu reviews the upcoming Isla Dorada.

Check out this great gaming blog – Fire Broadside!

Some fantastic fan-made extras for Arkham Horror The Grudunza Horror: Part 1: The GOOs, Part 2: Karma and Part 3: Unsung Heroes.

I couldn’t resist showing you this fantastic dwarf and Santa miniature from Scibor Miniatures in time for Xmas.

Fantasy Flight keeps the good stuff coming with new articles:

A bit more information on Dust Tactics and the kits, toys and comics of the non-gaming Dust Models range.

At last, more information about the eagerly-awaited Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.

A new supplement announced for Deathwatch, the Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game for space marines – Rites of Battle.

Another single miniature release announced for Tannhäuser – Oksana.

A new expansion for the excellent Cosmic Encounter game announced – Cosmic Conflict. 20 new aliens, components for a new black player, and a new Hazard deck to shake things up.

Get some gaming in this weekend!

Friday’s Gaming News Update

New Releases from Games Paradise
The new D&D Gamma World Roleplaying Game is out—weird fun in an a savage post-apocalyptic earth! (Matt Drake has a great review here.)

The long-awaited Dust Tactics is finally here—36 fantastic figures for epic miniatures battles in an alternate 1940s reality.

Another Fantasy Flight release—Cadwallon: City of Thieves, a fast-paced game of cunning thievery and ruthless skullduggery in a fantasy city steeped in magic and intrigue.

For family fun, Smiley Face is a great card game for 4-8 players.

For fans of the original and other players who love a monster/horror/ghost-movie atmosphere, the new edition of Betrayal at House on the Hill is out.

Talisman fans won’t want to miss the latest expansion: The Sacred Pool.

News From the World of Gaming
Zuzzy Miniatures have added a Broken Blacktop urban gaming mat to their series of flexible tabletop gaming mats.

A photograph of the Storm Raven Gunship, a fantastic new Warhammer 40,000 plastic kit, was leaked online. It’s since been taken down from the GW site but you can check it out here.

Wizards of the Coast are planning to re-release the classic Richard Borg game Battle Cry, the influential original Command & Colors system game that later evolved into Memoir ’44, Command& Colors: Ancients, BattleLore and Battles of Westeros.

As always, lots of interesting articles from Fantasy Flight: overview articles for A Game of Thrones: The Boardgame here and a beginner’s guide to Battles of Westeros here, a new preview for the upcoming Mansions of Madness here, an article on using the new Dungeonquest characters in Runewars here (and a Dungeonquest FAQ), and finally, the first preview for the upcoming Battlestar Galactica expansion, Exodus, here.

Have a great gaming weekend!

What’s Hot: Space Hulk Death Angel: The Card Game

Purge the Xenos threat! The Space Hulk Sin of Damnation has succumbed to a vicious Genestealer infestation. Now you must purge the vile alien…

Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game is a cooperative card game for 1-6 players. Set in the grim Warhammer 40,000 universe, Death Angel pits a squad of Blood Angel Space Marines against a growing alien horde. It will take strategic teamwork to make it out alive.

Pick your combat group, fall into formation, and prepare for the Genestealer swarms!