Thursday, May 29, 2014

Magic the Gathering: the New, Upcoming Set!

The new set of Magic: The Gathering has been announced: Khans of Tarkir! Khans of Tarkir is the first set in the similarly-titled Khans of Tarkir block. 
The Khans of Tarkir block focuses on Tarkir, the homeworld of plansewalker Sarkhan Vol, which is a new setting for game players.  Vol’s homeworld is described by lead designer Mark Rosewater as a war-torn world where dragons have been wiped out.

Rosewater also teased, "There’s something that people have been asking us to do for quite a while that we’re finally bringing back after a long absence in Magic.  And there’s something that people have been asking us to do that we’ve never done, that for the first time we’re doing in Khans of Tarkir."

The normal Wizards of the Coast program of events to support the new release are planned.  Pre-release events will occur on September 20 and 21. Launch Weekend will be September 26-28. A Pro Tour event is planned for October 10-12, and a Game Day on October 18-19. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool

Find out all about Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool with this unboxing video by Scott Porter, and then the follow up in-depth review!

Friday, May 23, 2014

D&D Next is Coming this Fall!

"The Cult of the Dragon leads the charge in an unholy crusade to bring Tiamat back to the Realms, and the situation grows more perilous for good people with each passing moment. The battle becomes increasingly political as opportunities to gather allies and gain advantage present themselves. From Waterdeep to the Sea of Moving Ice to Thay, it is a race against Evil. Succeed or succumb to the oppression of draconic tyranny. Win or lose, things will never be the same again."

"The Dungeon Masters Guide provides the inspiration and the guidance you need to spark your imagination and create worlds of adventure for your players to explore and enjoy.Inside you'll find world-building tools, tips and tricks for creating memorable dungeons and adventures, optional game rules, hundreds of classic D&D magic items, and much more!"

"In an audacious bid for power, the Cult of the Dragon, along with its dragon allies and the Red Wizards of Thay, seek to bring Tiamat from her prison in the Nine Hells to Faern. To this end, they are sweeping from town to town, laying waste to all those who oppose them and gathering a hoard of riches for their dread queen. The threat of annihilation has become so dire that groups as disparate as the Harpers and Zhentarim are banding together in the fight against the cult. Never before has the need for heroes been so desperate"

"The Players Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons roleplayer. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more.Use this book to create exciting characters from among the most iconic D&D races and classes.Dungeons & Dragons immerses you in a world of adventure. Explore ancient ruins and deadly dungeons. Battle monsters while searching for legendary treasures. Gain experience and power as you trek across uncharted lands with your companions."

"The Monster Manual presents a horde of classic Dungeons & Dragons creatures, including dragons, giants, mind flayers, and beholdersa monstrous feast for Dungeon Masters ready to challenge their players and populate their adventures.The monsters contained herein are culled from the D&D games illustrious history, with easy-to-use game statistics and thrilling stories to feed your imagination."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Alliance Southwest Game Gathering 2014!

A big thank you to all the retailers and manufacturers who cam out to our Austin Game Gathering! Check out for yourself some what happened at the show!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Game Trade Magazine News!

Dear GTM Retailers / Readers,

We here at Game Trade Magazine (GTM) have some exciting news to share with you! We’ve decided to spruce-up our look! Starting with the July issue (GTM #173), GTM will be printed entirely in full-gloss paper stock. It’s our belief that this upgrade will increase the overall quality and appearance of our magazine, and, in turn, make it a more appealing, rewarding reading experience for you, our loyal customers.
Additionally in GTM #173, Mayfair Games will be inserting a game piece EXCLUSIVELY available for this issue. This free exclusive piece can be used in the following games:

  • Station Master - Flags & Whistles by Chris Baylis
  • Zen Garden - Raked Sand by H. Jean Vanais
  • Mad City - The Capital by Kane Keno
Only GTM readers will reap the game-play benefits of this piece.

With GTM, Alliance is dedicated to producing the most comprehensive, informative, and insightful magazine in the game and hobby industry. GTM serves as an accessible resource for customers to utilize to better educate and inform themselves about new and upcoming products, greatly influencing their buying decisions. Therefore, it’s an essential magazine to offer in your store. Most importantly, GTM generates heightened customer awareness (and buzz!) of products, which drives sales in your store!

The staff at GTM wishes to extend our thanks for your continued support and dedicated readership over the past 14 years. We hope you approve of our shiny, new look — keep your eyes peeled for it to arrive in stores in July!


Andrew Smith

Editor, Game Trade Magazine