I think it’s fairly safe to say that Blizzard has claimed ownership of a significant part of my soul so far in 2014. Just a few weeks ago, I had succumbed to the click-click-click madness of Diablo 3’s expansion, Reaper of Souls, and now Hearthstone’s release on iOS firmly seals the deal in their favor. Sigh.
In an effort to not talk about Hearthstone for the next 5,000 words, I wanted to share my recent experience with consolidated game boxes and expansions. If there’s one thing that drives me crazy, it’s having multiple boxes on the shelf for the same game, because none of the expansion content fits in its original packaging. Thankfully, a company exists to put my stress at ease.
The Broken Token specializes in custom wood inserts for many popular board and card games, allowing more room and greater organization in the box. No tools are required, just some basic reading comprehension and a little patience to correctly assemble the right pieces. The end result is fantastic, and now I have a ton more space in the boxes for games like Android: Netrunner, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and King of Tokyo.
I highly recommend their products and plan on purchasing more organizers from them in the future. And now, onto some news!
News Bits from the Week
- L5R: Ivory Edition has apparently been a big success for the publisher as it’s already sold out of its initial print run. Nicely done!
- Check out the Warlock from the upcoming Forged in Fire expansion for Mage Wars.
Evil Hat Games
- I love that Evil Hat shares all of their sales numbers with the public, and their Q1 figures are now available for viewing. It’s refreshing to have such an honest and transparent publisher these days.
Fantasy Flight Games
- A new pack in the Lords of the Rings LCG was announced this last week, which is the fourth in the Ring-maker Cycle.
- Dark Heresy 2nd Edition for the Warhammer 40,000 RPG has been announced.
- The first published adventure for the upcoming Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG was also announced, titled Onslaught at Arda I.
- The rules for organized play and tournaments have been updated for all of FFG’s organized play-supported titled, includung Call of Cthulu, Netrunner, AGoT, Diskwars, X-wing, and Star Wars CCG.
- Mayfair wants to know which game stores are the best of the best, and you can vote for your favorite here. Winners will be featured in a new weekly feature on Mayfair’s site.
- Privateer Play Day is coming on May 4, and you can find a list of participating stores on their website.
Soda Pop Miniatures
- Soda Pop just concluded their Kickstarter campaign for Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King, racking up over one million dollars in funding. Wowza.
Kickstarter continues to be a paramount player in the independent gaming scene, with more and more creators seeking funding for their games. Each week, we will bring you a look at some tabletop-related Kickstarter projects that have especially caught our attention.
I love highlighting games and developers that are not only famous and note-worthy, but also local and unpublished. TriVatch Games is operated by a group of brothers that live just down the street from me, are heavily involved in Fresno’s game designer clubs, and are all-around nice guys.
Their project, The Legend of Rakasa, is a big, sprawling project that is certainly ambitious for a first endeavor. Be sure to check it out.
If you have a particular project you’d like for us to check out, send it along our way. And as always, check to see if your local game store is supporting any of these games, and if so, ask if you can pre-order a Kickstarter copy through them.