News Collider - Board Game News 2/1/19

News Collider - Board Game News 2/1/19

Happy New Year! And you know what a New Year means, new tabletop games! We may all be suffering from turkey overdose and the crushing realisation that we can no longer start drinking Baileys at 11am, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring you some of the freshest board game and roleplaying game news.

Today we’ll be talking Lord of the Rings, Italian Harry Potter and a tainted Grail PC game.



Cubicle 7 will be releasing an expansion for the Adventures in Middle-earth Roleplaying Game later this year.  Bree-Land Region Guide features three new adventures for new players, details of the land and surrounding areas, maps of Bree and the Prancing Pony and even adds a new culture, the Dwarves of Blue Mountain. 

This was previously released as Bree for The One Ring Roleplaying Game but has now been fully converted to the new system.


Jon Carter of Mars

Modiphius has recently released the PDF rulebook for the RPG Jon Carter of Mars, based on the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs.  The game uses a “pulp action inspired variant of the 2D20 system.  Take on one of the existing characters or create your own to romance and adventure across the desolate world of Barsoom.


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Matt Mercer is, in my book, a great DM, he is also a pretty flippin’ great person too.  When a Reddit user posted the question, how do you beat the Mercer Effect the response was tremendous.  And the man himself chimed in too.

With the growing popularity of streaming Dungeon & Dragons, few will not have heard of the huge success that is Mercer’s own rag-tag band in Critical Role.  The potential fallout of this, however, is some pretty lofty expectations, of both players and DMs, do act, put on voices and get truly immersed in their games.

In his response to the question, Mercer reminds everyone that each group needs to develop their own style and that copying that of professional actors limits the creative experience and the fun of the game.  He rounds off his reply with a very simple guide:

“Abandon expectations and just have fun together as friends.”

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Hasbro has postponed their fledgeling convention that was due happen in Rhode Island this September.  Other than commenting that their inaugural con back in 2017 was a tremendous success no further reason for the postponement has been divulged.

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There is a very good chance that if you are reading this you may be one of the 41,939 people who backed Tainted Grail from Awaken Realms, if not you will certainly know someone who has.

Taking £4.94 million during its Kickstarter campaign, Tainted Grail was one of the biggest Kickstarter board games of 2018, and ranks in the top 4 of all time!  More than that though, due to this massive success, and downright awesomeness, Awaken Realms will, in the not-too-distant future, be released on PC as an RPG too.

You can check out the teaser video for the game here:

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Gale Force 9 (GF9) has announced their plans to deliver the Dungeons and Dragons core books in 4 additional languages for those in Brazil, Poland, Russia and Korea.

GF9 Partnered with Wizards of the Coast way back in 2017 to publish the first wave of translated editions of the rulebooks; French, German, Italian and Spanish.  These additional versions should be in gamers' hands during Q2 of this year, so now even more people can experience the joy of D&D! Hurrah!    

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Another board game that will be coming to cinemas soon, this time as a live-action comedy horror, is Werewolf from B├ęzier Games.

Although, strictly speaking, this movie is based upon the Ubisoft game, Werewolves Within, which in turn is based upon the classic horror party-game, along with a Child of Light television series.  There’s no release date set as yet, all we know for certain so far is that Mishna Wolff (I kid you not), is talking the screenplay.

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Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit caused a lot of upset for families all over the UK this Christmas, and not just because families were forced to endure yet more of the boy who survived, but because all of the question cards were in Italian.

It seems that this only really affected those who bought the game from Tescos – instead of their friendly local gaming store…where they would have been more likely steered towards a more fun game anyway.  Tescos are “looking into it” and Hasbro is yet to offer an explanation.


A team of scientists from  California Institute of Technology have created the world’s smallest board game with a version of tic-tac-toe (or noughts and crosses) using dynamic DNA origami tiles, microscopic organic structures that can be programmed to transform into predesigned structures.

A game can take around 6 days, as the board has to be mixed in a test-tube and then each move has to be prepared and coded, changing a previously blank space into an ‘X’ or ‘O’.  This version of the game won’t be coming to Kickstarter, rather it is part of a larger project to develop nanomachines that can be modified and self-repair once they’ve been built.  Just like the T-1000.

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PAX Unplugged, the young cardboard alternative to the well-established PAX convention has apparently more than doubled its attendance figures since it began in 2017.

PAX doesn’t officially release the attendance numbers,  but Ryan Hartman, the Director of Events for Penny Arcade said
“We’ve blown the doors off the place year on year. It’s a lot of the same but just bigger. We listened to the fan feedback […] and we did our best to give them what they wanted.”


They Came from Beneath the Seas - is a new tabletop RPG encompassing the wonder, horror, thrills, and hilarity of 1950s science fiction. This game evokes all that is great in the B-movies of decades ago, and provides a dynamic, fun experience at the table.

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