All the board game news you need - Catan goes Hollywood, more Mice & Mystics coming, Fantasy Flight hit with delays, and more!
Every Monday Dog and Thimble delivers board game news straight to your earhole. We wrap up all the important news from the week that was and provide these show notes for those who like to read.
Settlers of Catan Movie Rights Sold
A relatively slow week for news was highlighted by the announcement that Air Force One and Perfect Storm producer Gail Katz had secured the movie and TV rights to Settlers of Catan.
That’s right, a movie version of Catan could be coming to an On Demand service near you within a few years.
No other details were provided. Catan has sold more than 25 million copies and that’s not incluing the mobile version. So, certainly people know the brand. Will it make a good movie or TV show? Probably not. But that’s because the majority of movies and TV shows made aren’t great. Here’s hoping Settlers can offer something magical. Or at least better than the Battleship movie.
And that’s not all the Catan news from last week. Mayfair Games is readying Catan Con, to be held in Nashville Tennessee April 24-26.
The convention promises all things Catan. Which, well, who knew there were that many things Catan to be offered? Every version of Catan imaginable will be played at Catan Con, plus a slew of other Mayfair Games not named Catan will also be available.
Competitive Catan players can enter the Catan National Qualifier. The winner earns a trip to Gen Con and a spot in the Catan National Semi-finals.
Three-day badges are on sale now for $45.
Product Delays for Fantasy Flight and Dice Masters
Due to a labor dispute at the port of Los Angeles, many board game shipments coming from manufacturers in Asia are being delayed. Fantasy Flight and WizKids both took some unfortunate hits due to the ongoing strike.
Expect shipping delays for most upcoming Fantasy Flight products. Including the highly anticipated Star Wars: Armada and the first wave of Imperial Assault Ally and Villain Packs.
WizKids was forced to push back the release of Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters a month. Expect the latest addition to the Dice Masters fam to arrive March 11. Most other February and March WizKids releases were also delayed a few weeks, but D&D Dice Masters is sort of the one we’ve all been waiting for.
We being me. And Me being the one giving you the news.
More Mice & Mystics on the Way?
Fans of the co-op story-driven adventure game Mice & Mystics have reason to celebrate. Chad Hoverter, who sculpted the Mice & Mystics figs for Plaid Hat Games posted new sculpts via his Twitter account.
He teased a “new game” though it sure seems like a good fit as another M&M expansion.
The sculpts show warrior mice riding birds. I am crazy excited for whatever this turns out to be.
New York Toy Fair Reveals Takenoko Chibis
New York Toy Fair took place last week and while the focus was on collectibles, there were a lot of tabletop games on display. Though there wasn’t any major new coming out of Toy Fair surrounding board games, a number of upcoming games were on display for the first time.
Among those shown was Takenoko Chibis, an expansion for Takenoko that adds chibi-style little pandas to the game. As tiles, though, not as minis. Expect this one at Gen Con at the end of July.
Pathfinder Strategy Guide Sneak Peek
Paizo Publishing offered an early look at its upcoming Pathfinder Strategy Guide. Now, normally strategy guides are something you buy for a video game. It’s not common to find a strategy guide for a cooperative role-playing game. But, it’s become necessary.
Pathfinder began as an offshoot to Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, but has grown into its own fantastic and overly complicated monster. There are dozens of Pathfinder books, almost all of them offering new spells and feats. It’s become hard to keep track of everything.
The Strategy Guide is meant to consolidate some of that knowledge into an easy reference tool, but also to provide character-building suggestions.
Cthulhu Card Game 9th Expansion Announced
Fantasy Flight, in its never-ending quest to take all your money, announced the ninth deluxe expansion for the Call of Cthulhu Living Card Game.
The Thousand Young expansion focuses on the Shub-Niggurath faction. It adds 165 cards. About two-thirds of these are extra nasties, including ghouls, cultists, Dark Young, and Elvis. Okay, not Elvis.
Call of Cthulhu: The Thousand Young will be available this spring.
Blood Rage Coming
Eric Lang, the man behind Dice Masters, Arcadia Quest, and XCOM: The Board Game, has a new project in the works for 2015. Blood Rage is coming to Kickstarter on March 2. And this one is being produced by Guillotine Games, makers of Zombicide.
This game is guaranteed to feature lots of cool-looking minis. And Lang has been on a tear with some great and innovative game designs. All of that means that Blood Rage will probably be the next big board game Kickstarter.
So what’s it about? It’s Ragnarok, the time when Midgard – where we live – goes belly up. But in the midgst of the end of our world, Valhalla has sent forth great warriors for one last raid on Midgard. You lead one of these troops, bolstered by the favor of an Asgardian God.
No solid details have been released on how the game plays, but expect that to be part of the Kickstarter project page when it launches next week.
Kickstarter Spotlight: Red Dragon Inn 5
This week we shine the light shines on Red Dragon Inn 5 – The Character Trove.
Red Dragon Inn has long been the alternative to Munchkin. It’s a card game that’s fast-paced and fun, lighthearted but without some of the obtuse rules of Munchkin. And now it’s back for a fifth serving of ale.
It’s already surpassed its funding goal with 24 days to go as of this recording. So, you’re going to get the game. And for Red Dragon Inn fans, this is one to back. It’s specifically designed for folks who have the core game and a bunch of expansions. It comes with a custom insert to store all your cards.
For those new to Red Dragon Inn, this Kickstarter edition is labeled as a stand alone expansion. So you could dive in with this and, if you like it, buy some of the older expansions afterwards. Or you can drop $289 on this Kickstarter to get all four previous sets as well and RDI 5.
The minimum backing option to net a copy of Red Dragon Inn 5 is $50. The campaign closes on March 19.
You can back it here.
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