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Wacky Wizard Games Imprint and Three New Games Announced by @wwizardgames

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Wise Wizard Games announced the launch of Wacky Wizard Games, a new brand imprint focused on family-friendly, lightweight games. Three games are planned for release in 2024 as part of this new brand imprint: Star Realms Academy, Caution Signs, and Pack the Essentials. If you are interested and attending PAX Unplugged they will have prototypes of Caution Signs and Pack the Essentials. "We are super excited to be adding this new family friendly product line to our catalog. We wanted to maintain the focus of Wise Wizard Games on strategy card and dice games with geeky themes, and have created Wacky Wizard Games as an umbrella for lightweight games with a more whimsical, cute vibe," shared Debbie Moynihan, COO of Wise Wizard Games. Star Realms Academy Forge your own star realms, overloaded with cuteness! A kid friendly but still fun for grown-ups version of the popular Star Realms deckbuilding game for 2 players. A little less math, no reading necessary, but still tons of fun! 

Northgard: Uncharted Lands by Studio H and Hachette Games Coming Soon


Northgard: Uncharted Lands is Hachette Games next big release, and is currently on the BoardGameGeek Hotness thanks to all the Kickstarter backers receiving their pledges. The Kickstarter campaign ran last year and raised over $500,000 with 8,000+ backers.

Northgard: Uncharted Lands contains a streamlined 4X experience with deck-building elements, all set in the Viking world of the titular video game. The gameplay and strategies of the video game have been translated into approachable versions of some of the most involved board game mechanics, making it a game that bridges the interests of digital and analog players.

What is 4X?

  • Explore: Reveal additional map tiles to increase the play area.
  • Expand: Increase your territory size by moving or battling across the map.
  • Exploit: Gain resources and/or points from your territories.
  • Exterminate: Battle other players and remove them from the map.

About

Based on the universe of the Northgard video game, Northgard: Uncharted Lands is a game of conquest and exploration set in the age of Vikings. Each player controls a Viking clan and builds their own deck, looking to achieve victory by reaping glory in various ways or controlling the most prized territories of this new continent.

The game focus is on streamlined rules and mechanisms, allowing for a fast-paced and smooth rhythm of play. Each turn, players alternate their actions to adapt their strategies to their opponents' moves and the expansion of the board. Fame (i.e., points) can be earned by exploring, fighting, and controlling and developing territories. The various corresponding actions are played through the cards that the players have in hand. At the end of each turn, they have to choose a new card to improve their personal deck as their clans develop new tactics and technologies.

Game Info

  • Players 2-5
  • Ages 13+
  • Playtime 45-90 min
  • Designer: Adrian Dinu
  • Original Publisher: Studio H Games
  • Mechanics: Territory building, Tile placement, Dice rolling, Deck building
  • Release: August 17, 2022

Highlights

  • STREAMLINED 4X GAME: Explore, expand, exterminate, and exploit the lands to ensure your Viking clan has the most fame and prosperity!
  • SIMPLIFIED DECK-BUILDING: At the end of each round, gain 1 new card with upgraded actions, multiple actions, or end-of-game scoring!
  • 70+ PLASTIC MINIS: Bring the world to life with your own set of 14 plastic Vikings. See who controls each terrain with these 3D player pieces!
  • 50+ UNIQUE CARDS: In addition to your starting cards, there are over 50 unique cards that you can add to their hands for powerful actions!
  • 7 DIFFERENT CLANS: Choose one of 7 different Viking clans to control, each with three unique powers that you can upgrade during the game!

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