Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lords of Xidit is now available!

The Black Southern Host has arisen, corrupting the hearts of the indigenous creatures. Afflicted by a mysterious sickness, they are attacking human cities. Even the order of High Mages - the revered Guardians of Argos - struggles to contain the threat. The last remaining hope for restoring peace to Xidit lies with the Kingdom's noble heirs, the Idrakys. As one of the five Idrakys, it falls on you to aid the Guardians and regain control of the kingdom. You must roam the Kingdom recruiting brave soldiers and reclaiming threatened cities. Your bravery will not go unrewarded: accumulate wealth, send bards to sing your praises, and build Sorcerers' Guilds!

Lords of Xidit features simultaneous programming and an elimination-based scoring system that leaves no room for complacency! In more detail, at the end of the game players compare their influence in one category and the player with the least influence is eliminated and his pieces removed from the board; players then compare influence in another category, with a player again being removed. The order of elimination is randomly determined at the start of play, forcing you to thinking in different ways each game.

Prepare to ride out, Idrakys, and forge your legend! Travel the kingdom, recruit brave defenders, free the cities, and become the Lord of Xidit! 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trains 2: Rising Sun Expansion

Welcome Aboard, Again!

Trains returns with all-new cards and strategies for you to build the best rail system in Japan. Trains: Rising Sun not only features all new cards, it includes three entirely new boards. Two of the boards are designed specifically for two-player games, while the Nagoya map is for 2 to 4 players. This standalone game can mix easily with the original Trains game for even greater replay possibilities!

Trains: Rising Sun also introduces Route Bonus Cards, allowing you to score additional points for being the first to connect specific stations. Route Bonus Cards are included for the original Trains game as well!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Creating Roll For It! Deluxe

The preorder deadline for Calliope Games' Roll For It! Deluxe is coming up soon: this Friday, in fact! As we're coming up on that deadline, the designer of Roll For It! Deluxe, Chris Leder, has shared with us some of his insights into the game making process. Check it out here!

Last year when Calliope Games released Roll For It!, it quickly found its niche as a fun, dice-rolling, card-matching gateway game perfect for families and gamers alike. As its designer, I’ve been humbled by the myriad audiences that have embraced it. As we prepare to release the Roll For It! Deluxe edition, I want to take a look at how this surprising little game grew from something I designed to play with my family to one of Calliope Games’ most popular titles.

My previous games, designed for my gaming group, all had deep Eurogame trappings. With Roll For It!, though, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. I resisted themes of any sort, limited my components to those that could fit in a tuckbox for easy portability, and determined that the game should be as easy to learn and play as possible.  As a sucker for dice-rolling, I knew that had to be a central mechanism. 

Thus, Roll For It! was born. The rules are easy: roll a handful of dice, match the results to cards of specific points values, and try to reach 40 points first.  Its simplicity is its biggest selling point—it takes less than one minute to learn and plays in less than twenty.

Roll For It! proved to be a game my family wanted to play over and over. I’ve played with them at home, with my friends at the pub, and with strangers on the floor of an airport terminal. I had a game that casual players enjoyed, but that would probably turn off hardcore gamers. That was okay with me—Roll For It! was never mean to be a gamer’s game.

How wrong I was! When I joined forces with Calliope Games, Roll For It! evolved into a refined and retail-ready game. We published two regular editions: red and purple. Each set has similar components (30 cards and 24 dice – pearl in one set, translucent in the other), and you can play 2-4 players out of one set or combine both sets to play accommodate up to 8 players.  We went with an abstract, classic design that gives Roll For It! a familiar feel—like it’s been around for years, resting in a familiar spot on the game shelf and popping up at family gatherings. 

Just as before, casual players and families took to it immediately.  But to my surprise, it also gained a following with gamers. Like Tsuro and other Calliope titles, Roll For It! wonderfully short palette cleanser during game night. It’s a fantastic choice for gamers looking to introduce their hobby to newcomers without sacrificing fun. We’ve had gamers take Roll For It! with them to conventions, on road trips, and to their friendly local game store.

When we set out to make a deluxe version of the game, we decided to make it the ultimate gamers’ version—a beautiful game that even dice-game haters couldn’t resist!  We knew we wanted to use the iconic Calliope artwork, done by celebrated artist Echo Chernik. Echo’s work brings a balance of whimsy and beauty that attracts both families and gamers. We also wanted to elevate the packaging while maintaining the portability Roll For It! players love. We used a hinged tin case with a flocked the interior to allow players to roll their dice into it without a loud rattle. Since the tin would be used as a dice tray, we designed a beautiful embroidered crushed velvet dice bag to hold extra components during play. 
Echo Chernik (artist for Roll For It! Deluxe), Lazarus Chernik (graphic designer for Roll For It! Deluxe), Toni Darling (as Calliope), Ray Wehrs (President of Calliope Games), and Chris Leder (game designer of Roll For It! Deluxe).

I am incredibly proud of how Roll For It! has reached audiences, traveling the world and hitting tables time and again.  For this game—one designed to appeal squarely to families—to thrive in the gaming world is a surprise and a delight.  Looking at the final Deluxe Edition package, from the tin to the dice bag to the amazing artwork, I couldn’t be more proud to see one of my games reaching people and helping them build memories around the gaming table.

-Chris Leder, Roll For It! Designer

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stock up on Mayfair products now!

Mayfair Games' BIG SALE running October 6th through October 14th! 
Stock up now on titles from 10-20% off!
Buy 6 and get a demo copy for free when there is an asterisk [*] paired with the discount.
For example, ASI 5751 has a discount of *20%, therefore when retailers purchase 6 copies of ASI 5751 they will also receive a free demo copy!
CodeProduct Title
MFG0499Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons™
MFG3310Witches™  - Wallace's Disk World Game 
MFG4105Station Master™
MFG4106Bacchus' Banquet™ 
MFG4113Shear Panic™
MFG4114Elk Fest™
MFG4117Nuns on the Run™
MFG4118World with out End™
MFG4122Giza- the Great Pyramid!™ 
MFG4123Five Points: Gangs of NY™
MFG4125The Downfall of Pompeii™
MFG4126Road Rally U.S.A.™  
MFG4127Global Mogul™  
MFG4128Asgard's Chosen!™
MFG4131Bedpans & Broomsticks™  
MFG4132Hot Tin Roof ™  
MFG4133Mad City™  
MFG4401Family Business®
MFG4404Rocket Jockey™  
MFG4405Zen Garden™
MFG4499Empire Express™ 
MFG4502Australian Rails™
MFG4504China Rails™
MFG4508Nippon Rails®
MFG4531Aero Planes™: Aviation Ascendant
MFG4531Aero Planes™
MFG45512Steam™ - Locomotive Set - Wooden Trains
MFG45611Steam Expansion #1
MFG45612Steam Expansion #2
MFG45613Steam Expansion #3
MFG45614Steam Expansion #4
MFG4600Lunar Rails™
MFG4601Martian Rails™
MFG4860A House Divided™ 
MFG4861Test of Fire™ - First Bull Run 1861
MFG4862Clash of Wills™ - Shiloh 1862
PHA0349Revolution, the Dutch Revolt 1568-1648™
PHA6005Age of Napoleon™
PHA6029Rise of Empires™  
 Le Boomb: 25% discount on the purchase of 72pc only
MFG73101Le Boomb™ Case of 6 Display's of 12

To see the full list of details please view our list on our retailer services website: 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Games Instill Fun Into Scary!

The Horror Of It All! There's nothing scarier than a lifeless gathering at a Halloween outing. Breathe new life into a dead party by digging up this selection of games for the ghouls and boys of your monster shindig - and all year 'round!
Please contact your Alliance Sales Rep for product availability and to place an order.

The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living.
CZE 01212 The Walking Dead Board Game (TV) $39.99
CZE 01542 The Walking Dead Card Game $15.00
CZE 01550 The Walking Dead Board Game: The Best Defense (TV) $40.00
USO DIA525242 Monopoly: Walking Dead Survival Edition (Comic Edition) PI
USO DIA525243 Risk: Walking Dead Survival Edition (Comic Edition) PI
ZMG 7087 The Walking Dead: The Board Game $39.99
SKU # Product SRP
AEG 5506 Smash Up: Monster Smash Expansion $19.99
AEG 5802-S Card of the Dead $9.99
AEG 5901 Doomtown: Reloaded $39.99
ASM 700100 Mr. Jack $42.99
ASM COHMU01 City of Horror $50.00
ASM GHOMU01 Ghost Stories Board Game $49.99
ASM PHAN01 Phantoms versus Phantoms $19.99 
ASM RAM01 Terror in Meeple City $59.99
ATG 1350 Gloom Card Game (2nd Edition) $24.95
BOG 00415 Spot It! Halloween $13.00
SKU # Product SRP
COL GUG0001 Zombicide $90.00
DOW 7001 Mystery of the Abbey $60.00
DV1 027 Rise of the Zombies $39.99 
DV1 029    The Cards of Cthulhu $39.99
ERD 001    Day of the Dead: The Card Game $20.00
FFG EH01 Eldritch Horror $59.95
FFG HB08 Blood Bound $19.95
FFG MAD01    Mansions of Madness $79.95
FFG_SL05 Elder Sign $34.95
FFG ST05 Aye, Dark Overlord! $24.95
FFG VA09 Arkham Horror Board Game $59.95
FFP 0101 Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game $59.95
GBR 0001 Zpocalypse: Core Game $60.00
SKU # Product SRP
IEL 51115 Zombie 15 PI
IEL 51179 Night of the Grand Octopus PI
IKG 1101 Zombie Dash $24.95
IMP SFR3000 Daemon Dice: Starter $19.95
IMP SND0004 Hex Hex: XL Card Game $37.95
LOO 019 Are You A Werewolf? $6.00
LOO 033-S Zombie Fluxx: Deck $16.00
LOO 052-S Cthulhu Fluxx  $16.00
PIP 60008 Zombies Keep Out $35.99
PSI BEZONUW One Night Ultimate Werewolf $24.99
PSI BEZUWDX Ultimate Werewolf: Deluxe Edition $24.99
PSI BEZUWSE Ultimate Werewolf: Revised Edition $14.99
PSI SG-8010 Vampire Empire $29.95
RRG 890 Igor: The Monster Making Game $15.95  
SKU # Product SRP
SJG 131313 Zombie Dice Game $13.13
SJG 131327-S Cthulhu Dice $6.95
SJG 131333 Chupacabra: Survive the Night Dice Game $19.95 
SJG 1419 Munchkin Bites $24.99
SJG 1447 Munchkin Cthulhu $24.95
SJG 1481 Munchkin Zombies $24.95
SJG 4218-D Munchkin Tricky Treats Booster Display $49.50
TLC 1001 When Darkness Comes  $29.99
TLC 2011 Zombies!!!: 3rd Edition $29.99
TLC 2500 Cthulhu!!!: Hastur La Vista Baby $34.99
TLC 3401  Innsmouth Escape $39.99
TLC 3500  Zombie Town $39.99
TLC 3600 Deadlands Board Game: The Battle for Slaughter Gulch $44.99 
TLC 3700 Forever Young $34.99
TLC 3800  Zombie Survival Game $39.99
TLC 3900 Little Dead Riding Hood $34.99
TLC 4110 Zombies!!!: The Card Game $19.99
TLC 4120  Current Number of the Beast: A Card Game $19.99
TLC 5001 Reiner Knizia’s Cthulhu Rising $19.99
TLC 5002 Reiner Knizia’s Zombiegeddon $24.99
TLC 5100 Reiner Knizia’s Gravediggers $24.99
SKU # Product SRP
TOY 09013 Godzilla: Kaiju Wars Board Game $69.99
TOY 09015 Godzilla: Stomp Card Game $11.99
TOY 12514 Do You Worship Cthulhu? Card Game $19.95
WOC 26633 Betrayal at the House on the Hill $50.00
WYG 006 Ghosts for Sale $25.00
WYR PW011 Puppet Wars Unstitched $75.00
ZMG 49000 Onirim $24.99
ZMG 7053 Spectral Rails $39.99
ZMG 7087 The Walking Dead: The Board Game $39.99
ZMG 71100 Pandemic (New Edition) $39.99