Friday, June 28, 2013

Samurai Battles: Best Historical Board Game of 2012!

Zvezda is extremely proud to announce that Samurai Battles—our historical boardgame of samurai warfare in Japan’s feudal age—has been honored with the Origins Award for Best Historical Boardgame of 2012!

For 39 years, the Origins Awards and the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design has recognized the best new games in a variety of categories. The top five games in each category are presented to the attendees of the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, who are eligible to vote for the best titles in each category.

Samurai Battles was the best new historical board game of 2012. So saith the game industry professionals and the gamers who attended Origins when they voted for it in the 39th annual Origins Awards. But what is Samurai Battles? What makes it the best historical board game of the year?

Samurai Battles is a historical board game that puts YOU in command of your very own feudal-era Japanese army, using beautifully-sculpted and historically accurate plastic models. You must muster your force of highly-disciplined samurai warriors and eager ashigaru soldiers and attack your enemy without mercy! In reality, Samurai Battles is "two games in one box". Everything you need to play The Art of Tactic and Commands & Colors is included inside the massively-packed box:

Art of Tactic (designed by Konstantin Krivenko): This game will confront you with the same kind of challenges that a real samurai commander would face on the field of battle: the unknowable plans of your foe and an ever-changing course of events! Using the specially designed unit cards, you and your opponent both secretly issue orders to your troops—orders that are then executed simultaneously!

Commands & Colors (designed by Richard Borg)This award-winning system finally gets the samurai-treatment! The uncontrollable "fog of war" is represented by the special deck of Command cards, while secret plans, dirty tricks, and the whims of fate are revealed through the unique Dragon cards.

Either game system is worthy of the title "Best Historical Board Game", but with Samurai Battles, you get them both!

Extended Footage for Formula D on Tabletop

Check out the latest episode of Tabletop Extended. Wil Wheaton and guests Grace Helbig (Daily Grace), Hannah Hart (My Drunk Kitchen) and Greg Benson (Mediocre Films) play Formula D!
If you missed the original Formula D episode, watch it below!

The Bob and Angus Show: New Episode

The Bob & Angus Show 7.04: Päwn Späwn
In the wake of a gang war between Five Points, Gangster, and Family Business, Angus blames the violence on music today.  With special musical guest, Bob MacWordell!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Game Gathering Schedule Published

To download the schedule for the 2013 Baltimore Game Gathering click Here!

We have attendees signed up to attend the event ranging from South Carolina to New York City! If you haven't attended any of our previous Game Gathering events we highly suggest checking it out at least once! We anticipate over 60 retailer attendees. Come and meet some fellow retailers. Network or meet up with some old industry friends or take advantage to make new ones.

Grab a sweet swag bag, talk with one of your favorite vendors face-to-face, perhaps even meet your Alliance Sales Representative! See you there!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

July Release from Looney Labs! Fluxx: The Board Game

Fluxx Followers - Don't miss out on this preview of Fluxx: The Board Game from Andy Looney himself.

Fluxx: The Board Game is the newest offering from Looney Labs, based on the hit card game! The ever-shifting landscape is made of tiles that can be rotated or uprooted elsewhere on the table. It’s a game about change where everything can change—from the rules to the game board to the color of your pieces! To win, players must position their pieces on spaces shown on the goal. Victory requires meeting several goals but the number needed is subject to change!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ticket to Ride finally goes Android!

Days of Wonder, the publisher of the infamous Ticket to Ride board game, announced this week the Ticket to Ride application is now available for Android devices. Fans of the game and non-iPhone customers have been pleading with Days of Wonder to release an Android version of the app for many months. The iOS version was a huge hit and sat at the top of the popular downloads list for weeks. 

We chatted with Mark Kaufmann from Days of Wonder recently about the success of the Days of Wonder app market and the launch of the TTR Android application - here's what he had to say:

"Days of Wonder has been able to directly track the relationship between digital versions of its games on sales of the physical boardgames. Following the release of Small World for the iPad, the next quarter's Small World board game sales jumped 26% and SmallWorld's Q4 sales that year were 30% higher than the previous year. Ticket to Ride saw an even larger jump. After the release of Ticket to Ride for iPad the following quarter saw a whopping 200% increase in board game sales. The Q4 numbers that year were 42% higher than the previous year's Q4 results. We expect that this month's release of Ticket to Ride for Android will continue to help increase exposure to the board game and increase tabletop sales."
To find out more about the new Android app, visit the Google Play website here.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

EVENTS: Alliance Game Gathering in Baltimore July 25th!

What Should Retailers Expect?Who Will Be There?
  • Informative Seminars
  • Product Insiders
  • Networking Opportunities
  • First-hand Interaction with Vendors
  • Meet Alliance Staff Members
  • Giveaways
  • Game Demoing (even over-sized!)
  • Asmodee
  • Cryptozoic Entertainment
  • Gale Force Nine
  • Looney Labs
  • Mayfair Games
  • WizKids
  • Wizards of the Coast

Event Details:
Alliance Game Gathering is scheduled to run from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. A buffet lunch and snacks will be served throughout the day. Our event is located in the Preakness Ballroom of the DoubleTree Baltimore North.

Hotel Information:

DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore North | 1726 Reisterstown Road Pikesville, MD 21208
DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore North | 410-653-1100

Please let concierge know you are booking for Alliance Game Gathering to receive our room block rate of $119. Click here to go to our event’s direct hotel site. Hotel Deadline is June 25, 2013.

RSVP by Monday July 15, 2013!
Contact your Alliance Account Representative over the phone or via email to RSVP or contact Emily Eickhoff, Marketing Manager, at
Please title email subject line as “RSVP Game Gathering” and include the following:
1. Alliance Account Number
2. Store Name
3. City, State
. First & Last Names of Attendees

Monday, June 3, 2013

Cryptozoic DC Comics Deck-Building Game Day in Celebration of Man of Steel Release

Retailers - check it out! Cryptozoic wants you to host a DC Comics Deck-Building Game Day in celebration of Man of Steel movie release on June 14th!

The new Superman™ movie, "Man of Steel", will be flying into theaters June 14th. Cryptozoic Entertainment and Alliance will be celebrating the release of this new film during the months of June and July by playing a ton of the DC Comics Deck-Building Game.
And for those that want to get in on the fun, we are also offering extra Martian Manhunter Promo cards to any store that would like to host a DC Comics Deck-Building Game Day!

How can Hobby Stores Participate? 
If you own a Local Game Store, simply call your Alliance rep and request up to 15 Martian Manhunter Promo Cards (CZE 01532PR). They will send them directly to you with your next order. Then, you can pick any day during June or July to host your event. You can either host a tournament and offer a special prize to the winner, or simply run a demo day to help new players enjoy the event. Make the best event for your community!

How can players participate?

If your store has not yet signed up, please make sure that they do! Let your store know what kind of an event you would like to see. Let them know that they can always contact Cryptozoic if they have any questions.
Be sure to check out "Man of Steel" in theaters June 14th, and we hope you have a blast at your store's DC Comics Deck-Building event!