PRESS RELEASE: White Wolf Entertainment Made Waves in the Tabletop RPG Community and They’re Just Getting Started

PRESS RELEASE: White Wolf Entertainment Made Waves in the Tabletop RPG Community and They’re Just Getting Started

Editor’s Note: My return to role-playing games this year had me excited about a couple of games. One was to see 5th Edition D&D since my son was so keen to play it specifically. The other was Vampire: The Masquerade.

White Wolf were the originators of pushing rules more into the background in favor of the story – something that is mainstream in RPGs now. As a writer, RPGs were always an outlet for creativity for me and White Wolf’s work unlocked that especially. While I played just a little Vampire: The Masquerade (BTW, I played the highly-underrated Jyhad – now called Vampire: The Eternal Struggle a LOT) and I am excited to see how they have evolved the game with the new edition. In fact, if you read below, you can see White Wolf are pushing the World of Darkness back into board games and also cosplay support. Read on:


Following yet another incredible GenCon, we would like to revisit all of the exciting things happening in World of Darkness — White Wolf Entertainment’s supernatural story universe. From the  phenomenal launch of Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition (V5) — which sold out at the White Wolf booth, followed by a standing ovation during their panel, White Wolf Entertainment has a few other interesting projects that you may have missed:

Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition (V5) Core Book — The V5 core book was launched in conjunction with the start of GenCon 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. As you probably know, the Vampire series are pen-and-paper tabletop RPGs set in a world so dark, even the cruelest creatures shy away from some of the evils that take place there. The corebook is the first entry in the new fifth edition. The V5 Camarillaand Anarch sourcebooks will be released in November. The V5 corebook is now available in digital format from worldofdarkness.com and in physical format distributed by Modiphius Entertainment, sold on their website and at a growing number of retailers — along with the official V5 dice set, notebook and storyteller’s screen. Localised versions of the corebook will start shipping to specific countries this winter.

Vampire: The Masquerade

Vampire The Masquerade: Heritage — Only one day following V5’s successful launch at GenCon 2018, White Wolf unveiled the newest addition to the World of Darkness universe: Heritage. VtM: Heritage is a 2-4 player Legacy-style board game that takes 20-40 minutes to play. Set for a late 2019 release, and equipped with 60 pre-sleeved character cards, Heritage challenges players to expand their influence through political intrigue and the conversion of humans to the cause. More Information: http://www.vtm-heritage.com.

Chicago By Night – Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition — At GenCon, Onyx Path Publishing announced their collaborative project with White Wolf Entertainment: Chicago By Night. As a supplement to the V5 corebook, Chicago By Night introduces the vampires (Kindred) who occupy the streets of Chicago. New loresheets and scenarios advance the Vampire metaplot and introduce a variety of new stories and characters. Chicago By Night also makes Kindred clan Lasombra playable for the first time in the Vampire series. More Information: https://uberstrategist.link/Chicago-By-Night-Info.

Vampire: The Masquerade

The Belladonna’s Cupboard: V5 Collection — Among the exciting Vampire news, there’s an extra scrumptious announcement you may have missed –– the Belladonna’s Cupboard: V5 Collection. Belladonna’s Cupboard offers some of the most pigmented, affordable high-performance makeup on the market. Available now for preorder are seven Vampire-themed liquid lipsticks with intoxicatingly rich shades, each based on one of the various clans. Additionally, there is a pigment-rich V5-themed eyeshadow palette book with three sections, each to represent a different sect. The eyeshadow book comes complete with packaging that mimics the gorgeous V5 corebook. Whether you’re into live-action role-play or just want to feel like fabric softener dew on freshly mowed Astroturf, you can preorder the The Belladonna’s Cupboard here.

PRESS RELEASE: The Quacks of Quedlinburg Wins the 2018 Kennerspiel des Jahres

PRESS RELEASE: The Quacks of Quedlinburg Wins the 2018 Kennerspiel des Jahres

Kensington, MD (August 17, 2018) – North Star Games is excited to announce that its newest release, The Quacks of Quedlinburg (known as Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg in Germany) has won the coveted 2018 Kennerspiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award, recognizing it as the top strategy game for gaming connoisseurs.The Quacks of Quedlinburg

Designed by Wolfgang Warsch, and released in Germany by the publisher Schmidt Spiele, The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a delightfully strategic push-your-luck game set in medieval times. As a local charlatan brewing questionable potions, you draw from your potpourri of ingredients until you think your own special blend is just right. But beware – too much of the wrong ingredient and you may spoil your brew. Sell your potion and use your profit to buy better ingredients, making your next potion even better and earning you even more points.

“The Kennerspiel des Jahres is the absolute highest honor there is for a strategy game,” states Dominic Crapuchettes, Founder, and Co-President of North Star Games. “I am delighted to say that the potion our company has developed for finding great new games is apparently beginning to have an effect, and we cannot wait to introduce this game to the North American market!”

The Quacks of Quedlinburg will be available in stores November 15th, with a retail price of $54.99.

The Quacks of Quedlinburg: Ages: 10+ Players: 2 – 4 MSRP: $54.99

About North Star Games
North Star Games is the publisher of award-winning party, family, and strategy games. Wits & Wagers is the most award-winning party game in history, Evolution is used in the Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Oxford, and Happy Salmon has become a gaming phenomenon. For more information on these games and more, visit www.NorthStarGames.com.

PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Revenues for Global Game-Based Learning Market to Hit $3.5 Billion, $17 Billion by 2023; New 5 Year Report Covers Catalysts Driving the Market, Key Opps for Publishers

PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Revenues for Global Game-Based Learning Market to Hit $3.5 Billion, $17 Billion by 2023; New 5 Year Report Covers Catalysts Driving the Market, Key Opps for Publishers
LOS ANGELES –August 8, 2018 — Revenues from education and training programs based on hands on, experiential learning or “serious games” are rapidly climbing and will hit $3.5 billion in 2018, according to industry analyst firm Metaari. In fact, Metaari predicts a 37.1% CAGR growth rate for game-based learning products over the next five years, which will quadruple industry revenues to more than $17 billion by 2023.

 

Metaari’s new 2018-2023 Global Game-based Learning Serious Play ConferenceMarket report provides revenue forecasts for 7 regions, 39 countries and 8 buying segments and identifies the leading companies – more than 900 game developers competing in the 122 countries – as well as distributors and licensing companies. The report is the most granular analysis of the global competitive landscape for serious games ever published.

 

Metaari’s report includes an analysis of the catalysts driving the market as well as a five-year demand and supply-side analysis, providing developers and publishers with the ability to choose high-yielding opportunities. Buying segments analyzed in the report include consumers, three academic sub-segments (preschools, primary schools and secondary schools), tertiary and higher education institutions, federal government agencies, provincial/state/prefecture and local government agencies, and business purchases.

 

Investment starting flowing heavily into the serious game market just two years ago. Metaari identified $1.7 billion in funding for educational game companies globally in 2016 and 2017. The report identifies major 2018 investors and studios acquired.

 

Metaari’s Global 2018-2023 Game-Based Learning Market is available for sale from Serious Play Conference here.

 

Media Contact:
Sue Bohle
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PRESS RELEASE: ENDOGENESIS HITS KICKSTARTER ON AUGUST 8TH

PRESS RELEASE: ENDOGENESIS HITS KICKSTARTER ON AUGUST 8TH

CHARACTER-BUILDING DUNGEON CRAWLER CARD GAME ENDOGENESIS BY DESIGNER HYPERLIXIR LAUNCHES ITS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN ON AUGUST 8TH.

1st August 2018 – In an era where mixed media and genre-breaking content reigns, artist and designer David Goh (a.k.a. Hyperlixir) debuts Endogenesis, a game that promises godhood to its players and the power to dabble with reality-forging powers!

Focusing on interactivity, strategic play, and direct conflict, Endogenesis caters to gamers who enjoy competitive experiences in complex settings, offering not only 40 skills with which you can build your powerset, but also a deck of game-changing events and a horde of monstrous creatures straight out of myth and Lovecraftian-esque tales!

Wholly conceptualized and designed by David Goh under his Hyperlixir banner, Endogenesis will launch with all of its art, gameplay and graphic design completed, and consisting of 113 cards, 128 token pieces, and a gameboard featuring the geometry-intensive aesthetic of the Endogenesis art direction.

Launching on August 8th 2018, the campaign has a set goal of $4,180 with 1 available tier to get a copy of the full game set, as well as a single early bird tier available for 48 hours. With an entry price of $59 ($56 for early birds), multiple sets can be purchased in quantities of up to 4. Parties interested in larger orders may contact the creator directly through the Kickstarter page.

Running a 30 day campaign, the project will aim to surpass its goal by the 7th of September and is expected to fulfill rewards by October 2019. EU, US and SG (Singaporean) friendly shipping is provided for individuals in the respective regions and countries.

Endogenesis

ABOUT ENDOGENESIS

Set in a chaotic, alien universe where its guardians have turned on each other vying for ultimate godhood, Endogenesis is a competitive card game that features strategic free-for-all combat.

In this epic battle, you take on the role of a cosmic spirit with access to otherworldy realms. Collect Skills from the Realm of Knowledge to customize your character with different powers, and upgrade them with Shards that you earn by defeating your enemies.

During your turn, you’re given freedom on how you perform actions, both in their order and frequency.

With careful planning and a dash of creativity, you can set up devastating turns where you wipe out your enemies… or have your master plan backfire when an even better player counters your strategies with their Reaction Skills and Wonders!

Also joining the fray are vicious Monsters from the Realm of Chaos. The most powerful of these are called Legendary Monsters; killing them will reward its slayer with a Prism, a crystal needed to achieve godhood. Be the first to collect 3 Prisms and you win!

REALITY IS BUT A GAME TO GODS

Number of players: 3-5

Time required: 60-120 minutes

Recommended age: 13+

Endogenesis

ABOUT DAVID GOH/HYPERLIXIR

David is a passionate gamer and multi-disciplinary designer who has found his calling in the nexus of profession and passion—the ever-evolving world of game design. Loving the art of the game regardless of medium, he enjoys the study of game mechanics and their intrinsic relationship with elegant design.

RELEVANT LINKS

Kickstarter: https://kck.st/2L7vULl

Social Site: http://endogenesis.cards

Try Endogenesis on Tabletopia: https://tabletopia.com/games/endogenesis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hyperlixir/

PRESS RELEASE: North Star Games Doubles Down on Dude

PRESS RELEASE: North Star Games Doubles Down on Dude

Kensington, MD (July 30, 2018) – The dude arrives. North Star Games is excited to introduce its brand new game dude, now available exclusively at Target and Target.comThe game dude celebrates the versatility of a word that can be a question (dude?), an exclamation (dude!), an objection (DUDE), an expression of wonder (dooode), and many other things.

To play dude, each player has a set of cards that shows the word “dude” in 6 different ways. Everyone sits around the table saying “dude” in these different ways, all at once. You try to match with someone who you think is saying “dude” in the same way you are.

“It’s all about intonation, pronunciation, and body language,” states Dominic Crapuchettes, Founder and Co-President of North Star Games. “Is someone saying ‘dude?’, ‘dewd’, ‘dooode’ or just…‘dude’? dude simply celebrates all the beautiful ways that this amazing word can be said.”

But wait. There’s more….

If saying “dude” was not enough for one game, North Star Games is also simultaneously releasing a second game called more dude. Similar to dude, more dude also consists of saying the word “dude” over and over again, but this time players must say it as a robot, a surfer, or any other number of crazy characters shown on the cards.

dude and more dude are now available exclusively at Target Stores and Target.com for $10.99. Through August 11th, customers can get 10% off of dude here, and 10% off of more dude here, using the promo code: GENCON.

dude and more dude: Ages: 13+; Players: 3 – 6; MSRP: $10.99.

About North Star Games – North Star Games is the publisher of award-winning party, family, and strategy games. Wits & Wagers is the most award-winning party game in history, Evolution is used in the Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Oxford, and Happy Salmon has become a gaming phenomenon. For more information on these games and more, visit www.NorthStarGames.com.

Editor’s Note: Dude, we have no idea.

PRESS RELEASE: Northstar Games’ Say Anything Celebrates 10 Years

PRESS RELEASE: Northstar Games’ Say Anything Celebrates 10 Years
It’s a Birthday Party…..For a Party Game!
(editor’s note: E.R. Burgess remains a fan of Say Anything even a decade later…)

Kensington, MD (August 3, 2018) – North Star Games’ hit party game Say Anything is celebrating a milestone rarely achieved in the party game market – 10 years of sales!  Since its initial release in 2008, the game has sold almost 1 million copies and won several prestigious Party Game of the Year awards, including those from fans at the Origins Game Fair and the BoardGameGeek.com.

In celebration, North Star Games is partnering with Target to launch a special Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition.  This special edition includes updated components, refreshed graphics, and 180 new questions for you to answer as ridiculously as possible.

When originally released, Say Anything offered a breath of fresh air to the stale party game market.  Many party games came with pre-printed cards that players submitted as answers to questions.  Say Anything broke new ground in the genre by allowing players to answer questions in their own words.

“The game has succeeded because it’s like jet fuel for creativity.  Say Anything is uniquely good at giving players the platform to open up,” states Dominic Crapuchettes, Founder and Co-President of North Star Games.  “So no matter who you are, you can be funnier or weirder than you imagined you were, and it feels good.  We’re proud of that.”

Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition is now available exclusively at Target Stores and Target.com for $19.99. Through August 11th, customers can get 10% off Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition here, using the promo code: GENCON.

Ages: 13+; Players: 4 – 8; Play Time: 30 minutes; MSRP: $19.99.

About North Star Games
North Star Games is the publisher of award-winning party, family, and strategy games. Wits & Wagers is the most award-winning party game in history, Evolution is used in the Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Oxford, and Happy Salmon has become a gaming phenomenon. For more information on these games and more, visit www.NorthStarGames.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Role Quest Launch on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Role Quest Launch on Kickstarter

London, UK, July 2018

 

Hercules Game Studios proudly announces Role Quest, a social roleplaying card game of guessing an improvisation set in a fantasy town.

About the Game

In Role Quest players take the roles of fantasy characters and roleplay normal or peculiar situations. They must act their hidden personalities well in order to collect goblin heads (victory points) to win the game. Player curses and actions make the game challenging but also hilarious.

 

Role Quest has been playtested in over 100 sessions, and it will launch on Kickstarter with the full art and design completed. The Kickstarter campaign will feature the game for the price of £15 ($20), plus shipping.

 

Players: 2-6        Time: 25 min        Age: 12+

 

Further Information

Hercules Game Studios have released photos and videos of the game for media usage on https://www.after-london.com/media.

“We are thrilled to release this game after overwhelmingly positive reaction”, says Game Designer of Hercules Game Studios, Phoebos Stergiou. “It’s a light and quick game with a lot of replay-ability, that is very versatile and appeals to a wide range of gamers.”

To learn more about Role Quest, check them out online:

 

About Hercules Game Studios

Hercules Game Studios is a UK based company focused on designing innovative and fun board games. They are the designers of Role Quest and After London.

PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Forsaken Forest: A Social Deduction Horror Survival Game

PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Forsaken Forest: A Social Deduction Horror Survival Game

June 12th, 2018 – NYC, New York – Forsaken Games has announced its first official game, “Forsaken Forest,” for tabletop play. The game is now live on Kickstarter.

Forsaken Forest: A Social Deduction Horror Survival Game

The newest innovation within the social deduction genre, Forsaken Forest represents a tidy marriage between traditional hidden-role games and more complex strategy games, such as Magic: the Gathering.

Forsaken Forest conjures utter paranoia and terror, mixed with Machiavellian mischief. A group of travelers has awoken an Ancient Evil. Little do they know, some of those who travel among them have already been Corrupted.

Forsaken Forest is a social deduction card game set within a mysterious forest, inexplicably warped by dark magic. In order to win, you must navigate to your team’s veiled Destination before the opposing team navigates to theirs, or eliminate everyone who stands in your way. Along the way, you’ll need to manage your resources wisely, gain the trust of your fellow travelers, and fend off the evils of the Night.

Just remember that not all who Wander are truly lost.

Uncover hidden information, and put the puzzle together, one piece at a time. Lie, bluff and double-cross. Execute complex strategies. Navigate, Eliminate. Survive.  

A New Take On Social Deduction Games

Forsaken Forest breathes new life into the social deduction genre. Players are faced with skill testing decisions from beginning to end. Each game is wildly different from the last. Each time you’ll face new obstacles, utilize new resources, and wake up with a new identity, thanks to the diverse assortment of unique cards in each deck and the modular nature of the game.

Forsaken Forest has more depth than any other social deduction game, with more evidence, more ways to bluff, and more strategic decisions to make than any other game in the genre.

Forsaken Games is an independent developer and publisher of tabletop games. Founded in 2016, this is their first official title. Visit them online at www.forsakenforest.com.

You can find the Forsaken Forest Kickstarter here.

PRESS RELEASE: Capital Gains Studio Announces New Cryptocurrency Board Game

PRESS RELEASE: Capital Gains Studio Announces New Cryptocurrency Board Game

Singapore, 7th June 2018 – Capital Gains Studio is proud to announce an exciting new table-top game titled Cryptocurrency. As the name implies, the game is built upon the emerging alternative digital currency that has skyrocketed in popularity over the recent years, sending investors on a frenzied ride with its erratic ups and downs, turning many early adopters into overnight millionaires.

“The game’s objective is to bring to light the thrills and also perils of cryptocurrency as an investment. While many people are enticed by the prospects of instantaneous wealth by cryptocurrency, many fail to see the potential pitfalls of this new investment vehicle as they lack the foundational education needed to thrive. As a result, many opportunists are also seizing this opportunity and creating scams to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. According to Bitcoin.com, there is an average of USD 9 million lost a day in cryptocurrency scams, highlighting the urgent need for more educational efforts on this rising digital currency.” said Xeo Lye, co-founder of CGS and producer for Cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency

Slated for launch on the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter on Quarter 3 of 2018, Cryptocurrency hopes to raise sufficient fund to cover their design and manufacturing expenses. CGS also plans to give away 300 copies of a basic version of the game during Kickstarter and is given out base on a first come first serve basis.

Cryptocurrency will be the studio’s fifth table-top game featuring a financial theme. “True to the heart of Capital Gains Studio, this game is a testament of our mission to empower the man on the street with the financial knowledge necessary to make informed investment decisions while learning how to preserve and grow their wealth in a fun and safe setting. Cryptocurrency is a reflection of the current times and our team has been meticulous in ensuring that the game is an accurate portrayal of the complex world of cryptocurrencies, made simple through our gameplay experience. The game will enable players to learn the mechanics behind cryptocurrency and avoid obvious pitfalls and rampant scams that are prevalent in current times,” Lye added.

Game Theme and Mechanism

Sharing the same fictional universe as Wongamania: Banana Economy and Debtzilla, Cryptocurrency will take place in the nation of Banana Republic, where the stories of overnight millionaires who have mastered the art of mining and trading in cryptocurrencies has spurred the fictional citizens into a mad rush to make quick money from this new frontier of digital currencies. The theme features a roster of futuristic cyborgs and experts wielding high tech gadgets inspired by the Cyberpunk theme.

Players will take on the role of a cryptocurrency prospector, leading a team of technological experts who will help you to evaluate, trade and mine various cryptocurrencies. However, some of the cryptocurrencies are scams, designed to rob the unwary investors of their money and it is up to the player to sift through many layers of information to avoid being tricked. Players must make strategic decisions in hiring technological experts through a drafting mechanism, solve cryptocurrency mining algorithms through a push your luck mini-game and manipulate the information network using hidden and revealed information, all while engaging in tactical coin trading and getting rid of the questionable coins before the game ends. The player who manages to accumulate the most wealth wins.

Cryptocurrency

Who Is This Game For

Cryptocurrency is made for 2 to 4 players, suitable for players age 14 years and above. It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete the game. Cryptocurrency is the 5th game published by Capital Gains Studio and will be launched and demonstrated at Spiel Essen 2018.

About Capital Gains Studio Pte. Limited

We are a Singapore-based game design and publisher on a mission to inspire financial and economic learning through high-quality table-top games. Driven by our principles of fun, social interaction and education, we crack our brains to blend psychology, educational principles and humor to create table-top games which are simple to learn, with a high level of re-playability. Our games are also regularly used by educators to facilitate learning in workshops and classrooms.

Our published games include Wongamania: Malaysia Edition, Wongamania: Classic, Wongamania: Banana Economy and Debtzilla. The games are distributed in major bookstores, toy shops and board game retailers in Asia. We design financial games that reflect the real financial world and our games are also regularly used by educators to facilitate learning in workshops and classrooms.

Contact us: name Xeo Lye –  Co-founder – contact number +65 9625 9869

Find out more here: www.capitalgainsgroup.com.

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PREVIEW: Raccoon Tycoon from Forbidden Games launched on Kickstarter June 19

PREVIEW: Raccoon Tycoon from Forbidden Games launched on Kickstarter June 19

From the brilliant folks at Forbidden Games (Glenn Drover of Age of Empires III: The Board Game fame and Jason Kapalka, a co-founder and chief game designer at PopCap, makers of video games such as Bejeweled, Peggle and Plants vs Zombies, comes Raccoon Tycoon, launching on Kickstarter on June 19, 2018.

What’s Raccoon Tycoon All About?

In Raccoon Tycoon, Astoria is a land bustling with productivity and growth! New towns, factories, and railroads are springing up across the land. A few savvy business tycoons (you and your opponents) are determined to make their fortunes on the crest of this wave. These tycoons start out as the producers of the key commodities: wheat to feed the growing towns and factories, wood and iron to build them, coal to fuel the trains and factories, and manufactured goods and luxuries to fill the insatiable demand of the animals of Astoria. Cornering the market for the most valuable commodities can create small fortunes that can be invested in the new businesses, turning them into huge fortunes. The sky is the limit during this Gilded Age!

Gameplay

In Raccoon Tycoon, players try to produce the most valuable commodities in an ever changing marketplace. They then use those commodities to build towns, or sell them at the best price to secure great profits that can be used to win auctions for the all-important railroads. The profits may also be used to buy powerful buildings that give the players power-ups or bonuses in production. Owning the best towns and railroads determines victory. There can be only one ‘top dog’ in Astoria. Is it you?

Raccoon Tycoon

Highlights

  • A fun, fast, economic game, with many unique paths to victory
  • Great for Gateway as well as Hardcore Gamers
  • The best aspects of several classic economic games without the baggage
  • Integrated Supply-and-Demand mechanic regulates prices in the game marketplace
  • Animal Tycoons! (editor’s note: Italics are ours!)
  • Artwork by world renowned artist: Annie Stegg Gerard

Game Time: 90 minutes

Players: 2 – 5

Complexity: 2/5

The game will launch on Kickstarter on June 19th so watch for it later in the month!