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- Topps buy WizKids
- Activision sues over StarTrek
- Warcraft Board Game
- D&D Board Game
- CyberPunk D20
- Grimm Fairy Tales RPG
- 2nd Annual Gen Con EN World D20 System Awards
Warcraft Board Game
(Roseville, Minnesota) – Fantasy Flight Games is thrilled to announce the acquisition of board game rights to the Warcraft® computer game series. Beginning with Warcraft: Orcs and Humans™ in 1994, the Warcraft series has garnered many awards, including Game of the Year and Best Multiplayer Game. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos™ was cited as the fastest-selling PC game ever, selling over a million copies in its first week of release*.
FFG plans to publish a large, expandable board game that captures the richness and complexity of
the hugely successful Warcraft real-time strategy computer games. Innovative designs will portray the real-time strategy element of the computer games and make time itself a resource. The Warcraft Board Game is slated for release this Christmas.
FFG CEO Christian T. Petersen commented, “Warcraft is an incredible property with a huge and loyal following. As a longtime fan of the Warcraft games, I can’t state enough how exciting it is to be able to introduce face-to-face interaction and the tactile elements of board games to this property.”
“We’re very pleased to be entering into this partnership with Fantasy Flight Games,” stated Paul Sams, Blizzard Entertainment‘s senior vice president of business operations. “We look forward to offering computer gamers a new perspective on the scope and depth of Warcraft while also introducing board game players to a new universe,” said Sams.
Fantasy Flight, Inc., a corporation with offices in Roseville, Minnesota, and Copenhagen, Denmark, is a leading U.S. producer of board games, role-playing games, card games, and collectible card games. FFG’s products include the Lord of the Rings board games, Dragon Ball Z board games, the Twilight Imperium board game, the Blue Planet v2 role-playing game, the A Game of Thrones collectible card game, and the Legends & Lairs, Midnight, and Dragonstar lines for the d20 System.
Since its debut in 1994, the #1-selling Warcraft series has won industry acclaim and has shattered sales records worldwide with over 8 million copies sold*. In 1995, Blizzard followed the well-received Warcraft: Orcs and Humans with the critically acclaimed Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness , which won multiple Game of the Year awards and is still considered by many critics to be one of the best games ever made. On July 1st, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the expansion set for the award-winning Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, will begin appearing on store shelves worldwide.
Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft, StarCraft , and Diablo series, Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard’s track record includes seven #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s free Internet gaming service Battle.net reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.
Remember Hero Quest?
The British side of the company that owns Wizards of the Coast has launched a Dungeons and Dragons board game. It’s a lot like Hero Quest. The game isn’t targeted at long-time roleplayers, it’s designed to bring the newbies in. The official website has a rather cool flash demo. If it doesn’t work, it’s not our fault, they seem to be struggling due to their own popularity.
The first of a new set of Core Rulebooks from Mongoose Publishing, D20 Cyberpunk is a complete system requiring no other rulebook for full use. Detailing the Cyberpunk genre in explicit detail, everything from character creation and combat, to infiltrating the Web and copious amounts of Cyberware is covered, providing players and Games Masters with an infinite range of options for their characters and scenarios. Take the role of a hacker or enforcer and carve your niche both on the streets and in the virtual world.
An all new Core Rulebook from Mongoose Publishing, produced as a full colour hardback and covering one of science fiction’s most popular genres, is guaranteed to be a hit among gamers. Written by veteran writer August Hahn (Armageddon 2089 and Babylon 5), D20 Cyberpunk is the definitive guide to this style of roleplaying and contains everything players and Games Masters alike need to run entire campaigns.
Grimm, an aptly named excursion. A dream and a nightmare in the classic fairy tales of childhood. Yet the stories are not the ones we remember. Something has gone horribly awry, and the fairytale world and its denizens have become dark, twisted, and dangerous! Players take on the roles of children trapped in these horrid places, and must contend with figures from Humpty Dumpty to Rumplestiltskin. Get ready to make your own stories, and dont be surprised if the endings arent happy! The Grimm RPG is the second in the Horizon line of d20 mini-games from Fantasy Flight Games.