Magic: The Gathering–Theros

Wizards of the Coast will release Magic: The Gathering–Theros, the first set in a planned three set block, on September 27, 2013.
 
The Theros block focuses on Greek mythology and the “Hero’s Path.”  A player must first choose a specific path related to one of the five colors of Magic.  From there the Hero must undertake quests (nine in all, three per set) and “level up” as they progress.  The 249-card set contains new Hero Cards, which will not be used for pre-release, but collected to prepare for the battle at the end of the set’s Hero’s Path arc.
 
The cards will be available in Booster PacksIntro PacksEvent Decks, and Fat Packs.

The normal Wizards of the Coast program of events to support the new release are planned.  Pre-release events will occur on September 21 and 22.  A Pro Tour event is planned for October 11-13, and a Game Day on October 19-20.  
 
The second set in the Theros block is Born of the Gods, releasing in February 2014; and the third set will be Journey Into Nyx, releasing in May 2014.

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New ‘Walking Dead’ Board Game

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced a Q4 release date for The Walking Dead: The Best Defense, the follow-up to its best-selling The Walking Deadboard game from 2011, the company’s best seller to date.  
 
Announced at Toy Fair in February with the tentative title of The Walking Dead: Road to the Prison Board GameThe Walking Dead: The Best Defense differs from the original in both setting and in its cooperative nature.  Set during the third season of the television show, players take on the roles of series characters such as Rick, Daryl, and Michonne and work to defend resources from approaching Walkers for 12 rounds.  The Leader of each round makes decisions to defend the group from calamities, but the other players can defy the Leader, for a price.

Eldritch Horror from FFG

Fantasy Flight Games has announced plans to release the board game Eldritch Horror, set in the same universe as its Lovecraftian games Arkham HorrorElder Sign, and Mansions of Madness, in Q4.  Full box details have not been announced, but FFG has said there are over two hundred-fifty tokens and more than three hundred cards included in the game.  
 
Inspired by the Arkham Horror board game, Eldritch Horror shares similar mechanics, but adds some new twists.  It is not an expansion, or a reboot, according to FFG. 

In Eldritch Horror, 1 – 8 players assume roles as one of twelve globe-trotting investigators, working to solve the mysteries surrounding an Ancient One (there are several- each with their own Mystery and Research deck).  Working cooperatively, players gather clues, battle monsters and engage in daring expeditions.  As the pressure from the narrative mounts, the goal is to save human civilization and prevent impending global destruction.  There are three levels of difficulty, which allows players to customize their level of gameplay.

Numenera Minis

Monte Cook Games, LLC, and Reaper Miniatures announced plans for an August release of a box set of miniatures for theNumenera RPG, with a limited release available from Monte Cook Games at Gen Con.
 
The set features ten miniatures of characters and creatures, with sculpts taken directly from Numenera artwork by Kieran Yanner, Jason Engle, Scott Purdy, and more.
 
The miniatures release coincides with the release of the firstNumenera RPG; the 416-page hardcover Numenera corebook,Numenera Player’s Guide and several other products will release simultaneously on August 14th

Dark Heresy 2E Goes to Beta

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a beta-testing phase for its upcoming Dark Heresy Second Edition RPG.  The new edition will feature updated rules, character options, settings and game play, and as part of the development process, FFG is inviting players to participate by purchasing a $20 abridged, electronic version of the upcoming core rule book from drivethrurpg.com or rpgnow.com and report back to FFG with questions and comments.
 
The 337-page gray scale PDF includes most of the Dark Heresy Second Edition rule book, but “excludes certain thematic content that will be present in the final game.”  The beta will run through September 11, 2013.
 
The new edition will maintain the same core system that uses percentile dice to resolve tests, but with updated rules that will include faster character creation (including the ability to play as an Inquisitor), streamlined skills, talent trees, more flexible combat mechanics, vehicle and vehicle combat inclusion, easier to use NPCs and more.  There is also the new Askellon Sector setting- though it is possible to still run the game in the Calixis Sector of the original game.
 
Dark Heresy was originally produced by Games Workshop in 2008 as part of its Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay RPG line, and later FFG acquired the game license, and has continued the line, along with Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, Black Crusade and Only War.  The new edition of Dark Heresy will bring its rules more in line with the other 40K RPGs; FFG does not plan second editions of its other 40K RPGs.

Firefly: Out to the Black Card Game

Toy Vault, Inc has announced an October release for theFirefly: Out to the Black card game they announced earlier this year.
 
Based on the acclaimed, fan-favorite television series,Firefly: Out to the Black lets players chose a role as one of the nine Serenity crew members, and then work cooperatively to face the various entanglements (the Alliance, Reavers, low-down dirty deceivers, and all manner of nastiness) while scouring the ‘Verse for jobs.  Players choose partners for their missions and use their Fightin’, Flyin’, and Thinkin’ skills to complete the Events to earn Credits and Honor.  If the players run out of either Credits or Honor before the end of the game, they lose.  If they manage to complete the predetermined amount of Events without running out of Credits or Honor, they win, and live to fly another day!
 
The game includes 9 character sheets, 88 cards, more than 4 dozen Honor and Credit tokens, a set of rules and more.  The game is for three to five players.

Three New ‘Munchkin’ Releases

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Steve Jackson Games has announced three Munchkin products for September:Munchkin Boxes of Holding Set 2,Munchkin Tricky Treats, and the much anticipated Munchkin Pathfinder.

 
Munchkin Pathfinder
 was announced nearly a year ago and the award-winning game of killing monsters and taking their stuff has now entered the Pathfinder RPG universe.  Developed by Andrew Hackard and illustrated by John Kovalic, the game features new classes like Alchemist and Witch, and factions like Eagle Knight and Red Mantis Assassin.  There are new weapons (the T-Bone Stake and the Armor of Insults) and enemies to bash with them (the Ghoul Friday, the Whispering Tyrant, and Lamashtu).  The box includes 168 cards, a unique six-sided die, and a rule sheet. 

Munchkin Tricky Treats is a well-timed release because, yes, it’s almost Halloween!  And what is Halloween for if not dressing up, killing monsters and taking their candy?  So don a Zombie Costume, grab a Favorite Machete and fight the Sparkly Vampire and The Prim Reaper.  Beware the Healthy Snacks!  The 15 card set is designed by Leonard Balsera with art by John Kovalic.

The Munchkin Boxes of Holding Set 2, illustrated by John Kovalic, is the replacement for the out of print Munchkin Boxes of Holding.  The new set has Door and Treasure boxes (with new art) and a third box is designed to hold all the Dungeon cards SJG has released, as well as the Seals from Munchkin Apocalypse, and room for future expansions.  It also includes three unique cards.hfind