GTM #210 - WizKids Summer 2017 Game Initiatives!
by WizKids/NECA

Since its founding in 2000, WizKids has produced numerous award-winning games and platforms including the critically-acclaimed fantasy board game Mage Knight, the widely-hailed Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System Board Games, and the ground-breaking Dice-Building game engine used in Quarriors! and Dice Masters. WizKids announced an expansion to their Board Game operations in 2016 with the hiring of Zev Shlasinger, formerly of Z-Man Games, and since then has released several new dice, card, and board games with more coming this year.

In June at Origins Game Fair, WizKids released limited quantities of DiceBot MegaFun, Deadline, Fantasy Realms, and Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant.

In DiceBot MegaFun, robots battle it out to the amusement of humans. Players are the robots who must reach into the junkyard to grab dice displaying various parts and place them on their robot sheet. Each player places six parts (dice) onto their sheet – five in the body area and one in the head. Then players simultaneously choose weapon cards to play, which require the parts retrieved from the junkyard. Each weapon card has a cost in parts to pay as well as speed, direction of fire and damage, and an occasional special text ability. Some weapon cards include Uzis, Lasers, Rifles, Bombs, Jammers, Viruses, Blue Shells, and Shields. Be the first robot to win three combats and win the game! DiceBot MegaFun, designed for 2-4 players, is now available at Friendly Local Game Stores for $24.99.

Deadline, also available in retail, is a cooperative card game set in 1930’s New York City where players take on the roles of detectives and work together to get as many clues as possible before the Deadline. Investigate diabolical crimes to solve cases of deception, crime, and murder together.  Every case has clues with symbols that must be matched to unlock their secrets. Players can get hot tips that will help them investigate – but watch out for plot twists that will complicate the investigation. Designed for 2-4 players, Deadline is available at FLGS for $44.99.

Next up is Fantasy Realms, a card game where players become rulers of far-away lands. Each player must create the best card combos by drawing and discarding cards to build the mightiest realm in the world.

As one of the most anticipated releases for Origins, Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant has impressed gamers as a singularly unique trading and negotiation game with almost all-simultaneous play. In Sidereal Confluence, players are alien races that must acquire resources to fund their economy and produce goods by scheming, dealing, and creating mutually beneficial agreements. While technically a competitive game, Sidereal Confluence has a cooperative feel as no race has the ability to thrive on its own. Pick up Sidereal Confluence at Gen Con or at your FLGS this August for $64.99!

WizKids will also be releasing three new games at Gen Con, August 17-20. Be the first to get your hands on Wartime, Dungeon Hustle, and Dungeons & Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation, before their official release!

In Wartime, Valyance and Firebrand have gone to war. Players must control their units in battle with little time to think and plan as sand timers dictate their activation. When a unit moves, attacks, casts a spell, or uses a special ability, a timer is flipped. This unit cannot be used until the sand timer is drained, then that sand timer can be used to activate the unit again. Players must manage sand timers of 30, 60, and 90 seconds wisely to complete scenarios and, depending on the outcome, pursue a new mission. Wartime will be available at Gen Con in August and will release in stores this September for $59.99.

For players looking for a fun and unique dungeon-crawling adventure, check out Dungeon Hustle. Hustle through “dungeon room cards” while paying close attention to the printed symbols found on each. Fight off monsters, purchase trinkets, treasure, and artifacts, and fulfill quests! Use gold to increase your character level for more special abilities. Be the player with the most victory points to win the game. But, don’t let too many monsters escape or all players lose the game! Pick up Dungeon Hustle at Gen Con or at your FLGS this August for $24.99!

In Tomb of Annihilation, the latest addition to the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System Board Game line, players take on the roles of heroic adventurers with amazing abilities, spells, and magic weapons. Explore the jungle of Chult, as well as the Tomb of the Nine Gods, to fight monsters, overcome traps, and find treasure. Following in the path of other critically acclaimed D&D board games, Tomb of Annihilation features multiple scenarios, challenging quests, and game play designed for a single player or a cooperative group of 2-5 players. Tomb of Annihilation can also be combined with the other D&D Adventure System Board Games, including Temple of Elemental Evil, The Legend of Drizzt, Castle Ravenloft, and Wrath of Ashardalon, to create an even more exciting, immersive experience.

WizKids is offering two versions of Tomb of Annihilation, a premium fully-painted miniatures edition ($159.99) and a standard single-color miniatures option ($79.99) available at Gen Con and in Friendly Local Game Stores this September.