Asmodee Announces Three New Unlock! Sets

Escape rooms are quite the rage these days, with all manner of them popping up all over the place. They can also appear on your tabletops in the form of the Unlock! series of games from Asmodee. The thing is, once you’ve solved the puzzle, that’s kinda it. Thankfully, there’s a new trio of sets coming out soon so you can give your brain an all-new workout.
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Talking with Asmodee About the Effects of Counterfeit Games

Roolex. Versachee. Sorny. Magnetbox. The world of counterfeiting might seem funny at the outset, but it’s a real issue in the world. And as the gaming industry has expanded, the chance for scammers to make some quick money on cheap, knock-off versions of popular titles is certainly there. ICv2 recently sat down with execs at Asmodee, one of the biggest gaming companies out there, and asked them about what effects counterfeiting has had on them, and on the industry, in general.
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Asmodee Previews Demise of a Teetotaler Mystery

Well, as a teetotaler, myself, I have to say that I’m concerned about this mystery. O,o
Demise of a Teetotaler is a new mystery coming in the Carlton House and Queen’s Park expansion for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. As before, these mysteries will test your skills of deduction and make you look for clues in all manner of interesting places and ways. Get a little glimpse into what you can expect with this preview.
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Review Roundup

It’s Saturday. Usually, that would mean gaming. But Friday meant gaming for me, as a friend came over after work and we played some Guild Ball, Bunny Kingdom, and Apotheca. Great way to spend a Friday. So, what am I up to Saturday? Well, I’m in the CMON Offices, helping pack orders for the holiday sale. Yeah, seems people loved those deep cuts. And since I feel partially responsible (as the one they tasked with actually changing the prices on all those things), I felt it only right to help pack everything up. But while I get orders together, I know you’re here for a heaping helping of reviews. Heaping helping because we didn’t have a Roundup last week, due to the holiday.

So, this week we’ve got: Near and Far, Queendomino, The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food, Dog Might Games Traveler Dice Tower, Campy Creatures, Camel Up, A Game of Thrones Card Game, Colt Express, Truth Bombs, Ex Libris, Star Trek: 5-Year Mission, Slide Blast, Happy Salmon, DownForce, Smash Up iOS, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Ink Monsters, The Quest for El Dorado, Reef Route, Crabs, Werewords, Fog of Love, Museum Heist, Crosstalk, Potato Pirates, Tulip bubble, The Chameleon, Ulm, Asset Drop Subscription Box, Tortuga 1667, Dwar7s Fall, The Expanse, Tokyo Highway, and Ulock!

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10 New Cases Coming For Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

Sherlock Holmes was the greatest detective ever (… well… at least next to Batman). If you’re looking to fit in his shoes and head to the streets of London, solving all sorts of cases, you’re in luck Asmodee and Space Cowboy have announced that they’re coming out with 10 new mysteries for Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective.
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Unlock! Mystery Adventure Sets Now Available

A friend of mine works at an escape room. They absolutely love it, watching people go through the experience, hopefully figuring it out. For those that want to bring that excitement to the gaming table, there’s the Unlock! series from Asmodee. Three new adventures are now available. Will you figure out the clues and put the pieces together?
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Review Roundup

It’s feeling a lot like Saturday 2: Sat Harder (editor’s note: rework that title before publishing) here. Yesterday I spent much of the day at home, hanging out and working on my friend’s Guild Ball minis. He moved recently and a bunch of his stuff got jumbled and busted up. Plus, there were some new kits he’d gotten in that he wasn’t sure when he would be able to assemble them. Putting figures together is arguably my favorite part of the whole hobby, so I’ve offered to fix his busted minis, assemble his new ones, and even move some of his other figures over to sculpted bases he’d gotten. There’s ~35 minis that are getting some kind of work on them, from assembly, to those bases, to fixes, to green-stuffing the slots. It’s been a fun project. Certainly kept me busy. Plus, next time I see them on the other side of the pitch, I don’t have to see a bunch of half-assembled and busted figures. 😛
But I’m currently taking a break (my hand’s cramping from using a pin vice all morning) to bring you those reviews I know you all so desperately desire.

This week we have: Storm Hollow, The Mysterious Forest, Pandemic Legacy Season 2, Vengeance, Gloom of Kilforth, Spoils of War, Santorini, Kerala, Mini Rails, Armageddon, By Order of the Queen, NMBR 9, Coded: Card-Time Strategy, Legend of the Five Rings, Woo-Hoo!, AquaSphere, and Cities of Splendor.

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Asmodee Launches Holiday Sale

So, it’s come to this…
We all knew they’d show up eventually. Well, they’re here. Asmodee looks to be leading the group, having launched their Holiday sale. And, being Asmodee, it’s not just them, but all their subsidiaries like Z-Man, Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, and others. And, you know, I’m a big fan of getting holiday shopping done ahead of time, especially ordering online. You order. It shows up. You’re done. Simple.
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Fantasy Flight and Asmodee Announce Fantasy Flight Interactive

The real and the digital are blending more and more everyday. I mean. I’m real, but I work in digital all day. My office is as much this webspace as much as it’s the chair and flat surface my computer’s sitting on. That blending is spreading to our hobbies as well. Sure, we’ve had video games for decades and board games for centuries, but the two are coming together in new and inventive ways recently. Pushing that further forward is the new Fantasy Flight Interactive, a program from Fantasy Flight Games and Asmodee North America that will not only bring you digital versions of board games, but entirely unique gaming experiences as well.
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Asmodee Posts New Estrella Drive Preview For T.I.M.E. Stories

What’s past is past.
At least, we thought so, anyway. It would seem that’s not quite the case. The stream of time has whirlpools and eddies and you can head back to them over and over again. In fact, sometimes you need to, lest the whole thing jump the banks and change course. That’s when the characters in T.I.M.E. Stories head back and make things right again. The newest expansion coming out is Estrella Drive. Asmodee is giving us a bit more of a preview of what you can expect this time around.
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Cities of Splendor Expansion Now Available

The Cities of Splendor expansion for… well… Splendor is now available. Actually, it should be The Cities of Splendor expansionS. Reason being is that it’s not just one new set of rules inside the box, but actually several. You can mix and match them as you see fit to add several whole-new playing experiences to your game. Build strongholds, visit the Orient, deal with different trading posts, and visit new cities.
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Asmodee Announces Estrella Drive Scenario For T.I.M.E. Stories

In T.I.M.E. Stories, players are sent to ancient lands and exotic locations. This time, they’re going to that far-off time of… uh… 1982. … That’s how you know you’re old, kids, when a game is like, “we’re going to send you way back in time, to this time where the person that’s writing this article was alive.” Thanks, everyone. Anyway, agents are being sent to check out 1982 California. And, as one would expect, it’s not for the younger audience. That’s what’s going on in Estrella Drive.
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Asmodee Previews the Far East From Cities of Splendor

Cities of Splendor brings multiple expansions to your Splendor games. Considering the game is all about jewels and such, it’d be a mistake to leave out the far East and all the various wonders that lie there. Well, that’s just what the Far East expansion looks to rectify. It adds in three development decks, just like the standard game, but focused on the Orient and what it has to offer.
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Asmodee Announces Sonar Board Game

Many of my friends have kids. Some are yet still too young to really get into mommy and daddy’s gaming collections, but others have kids that are definitely getting into the swing of things tabletop-gaming-wise. So it’s cool to see games come out that are good for the family. Some of you might’ve played Captain Sonar. Well, Asmodee has announced they’re coming out with a family version they’re calling just Sonar.
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Asmodee Previews Strongholds for Cities of Splendor

Cities of Splendor gives players four expansions they can use to enhance their games of Splendor. Each one brings unique mechanics that will certainly add to the possible strategies in the game. In this preview, we get a look at the Strongholds expansion that’s coming in the set. They add a new layer of tension, as you’ll be placing and removing them from various cards as the game progresses.
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Asmodee Previews Cities From Cities of Splendor

Cities of Splendor is four expansions for the popular game all in one box. They’ve already given us a look at the Trading Posts. This time around, we get a look at the cities. I mean, it is called Cities of Splendor, after all. It’d be a bit disappointing if it didn’t have cities in it.
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Asmodee Previews Trading Posts For Cities of Spledor

The Cities of Splendor expansion for Splendor is actually four expansion sets all in one box. From what I’ve seen, players are excited to be able to add to one of their favorite games. In this preview, Asmodee gives us a look at the Trading Posts that will be in there. Players will add the Route to the Orient board to the game. By using it, players will be able to unlock various special abilities throughout the game.
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Asmodee Announces Three New Unlock! Adventures

You find yourself in a dark and spooky house. Lightning strikes outside, briefly illuminating your surroundings. You start to hear strange noises from somewhere in the house. You run. You trip. You hit your head. And that’s when you wake up inside a submarine, deep underwater. The hull is creaking. Water is seeping in. You need to find a way out! You go from one room to the next, but bang your head on a portal as you go through. You wake up on a beach. It seems nice and pleasant, until a cutlass is pointed at your face and you realize you’re surrounded by pirates! Those three adventures are the next in the Unlock! series of “escape room”-style games coming from Asmodee and Space Cowboys.
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Asmodee Digital Summer Sale Happening Now

Summertime. Summertime. Sum-sum-summertime.
It’s summer (well, in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway). That means trips to the beach or park or wherever you’re going with family and friends. And on those trips, it’s fun to play games. Though, due to packing constraints, you can’t always bring those game boxes with you. That’s where digital editions of those games come in handy. They all fit right onto your tablet or smartphone. And to help fill up with all the games you can, Asmodee is running their summer digital sale now.
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Review Roundup

It’s Saturdaaaaaaaaaaay! Woooooooo!
Due to the rain, my initial plans for the day fell through. But I’m hoping to rebound and maybe hang out with some people here and just chill. Yes, just me, them, and a whole pan of homemade banana pudding cheesecake…
But at the moment, I know what you all really want are the day’s reviews.

Today we have: Ethnos, Founders of Gloomhaven, Macroscope, Dragonstone Mine, Sheep & Thief, Gyrating Hamsters, Pests, Potion Explosion iOS, Salem, Exit: The Game, Lorenzo il Magnifico, Covil, Meduris, Saltlands, The Flow of History, Sagrada, The Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport, and Ulock!.

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Lumen Fidei Expansion Available for T.I.M.E. Stories

You’d think that time could just take care of itself. Once something’s done, it’s done. That’s not the case, though. Without regular monitoring, the whole time stream can unravel. In this case, the Reconquista of Spain isn’t going as it should. The T.I.M.E. Agency has to send agents back in order to get things back on-track. That’s just what you’ll be doing in Lumen Fidei, the new expansion for T.I.M.E. Stories from Asmodee. It’s available now.
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Asmodee Posts Preview From The Thames Murders and Other Cases

It’s murder most foul! Mostly because the Thames river’s not exactly the cleanest place in Victorian England. Ew. But along with murder, there’s plenty of other crimes happening in the streets of London to keep a detective busy. That’s where having some extra eyes behind magnifying glasses comes in handy. And that’s what you’ll be doing in Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. The Thames Murders and Other Cases expansion is coming out soon, and Asmodee has posted up a little preview of the first case out of the box.
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Asmodee Announces Cities of Splendor Expansion for Splendor

Many of you have played Splendor. Many of you have thoroughly enjoyed it (considering all the accolades it’s gotten). But, perhaps, over time, you’ve grown too familiar with the game. It’s good, but it could use something new added. Well, Asmodee and Space Cowboy are here to help with the Cities of Splendor expansions for the game. Yes, “expansions.” This one box is actually four expansions in one. Pick and choose which to add to the game to create whole new experiences each time you play.
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Unlock! Escape Adventures Now Available From Asmodee

You’ve only got an hour to escape. Every minute matters. You and the other players need to work together to find the clues, figure out what they mean, and get out. That’s what you’ll be doing in Unlock! Three new adventures are available now from Asmodee. They’re The Formula, Squeek & Sausage, and The Island of Dr. Goorse.
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Asmodee North America Goes Exclusive Through Alliance Distribution

Another bit of news about where you’ll be able to get your favorite games (like CMON did recently). This time, it’s Asmodee North America (which deals with Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, Asmodee, Z-Man Games, Plaid Hat, and Catan Studio) who is going exclusive through Alliance distribution.
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Review Roundup

Hey everyone! As you’re reading this, I’m enjoying Day 2 of the CMON Expo. If you’re in the Atlanta area, head down and check it out. It’s a great time had by all. Can’t make it? Be sure to check out the TGN Facebook Page for updates about all the stuff going on here throughout the day.
As for here and now, it’s time for those game reviews I know you all love so much.

Today we have: Zombie Tsunami, Arctic Scavengers, Dastardly Dirigibles, Ivion, Darkrock Ventures, Battle for Greyport, Phalanxx, V-Commandos, Mangaka, Onirim iOS, Twenty One, 3 to 4 Headed Monsters, Neroshima Hex: Mephisto, Veggie Garden, Barcelona: The Rose of Fire, Dragoon, Path of Light and Shadow, Watson & Holmes, Steam Works, and Gyrating Hamsters.

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Asmodee Posts Preview From Lumen Fidei Expansion for T.I.M.E. Stories

What’s done is done. Or is it? The time stream isn’t as unalterable as we think it is. Things can go wrong that threaten all of existence as we know it. In this case, there’s a special stone in 15th-century Spain that must be brought to the future for study due to its supernatural importance. That’s the story behind Lumen Fidei, a new expansion for T.I.M.E. Stories coming from Asmodee.
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Kharnage Card Game Now Available

Your army has been fighting against the enemy seemingly forever. Your hatred of them knows no bounds. You’ll do anything to stop their movement. You see them headed towards what appears to be an insignificant hill. You’re not quite sure why they want it, but you know that you’re going to get there first and take it! Casualties be damned! That’s the story behind Kharnage, a new card game that’s available now, along with its Dark Rampage expansion, from Asmodee.
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Asmodee Announces New Expansion for Kharnage

Your army is determined to take that hill. Why do you want it? Because, apparently, your opponents want it. And you’ll be damned if you let even the most insignificant hill fall into enemy hands. But the fight isn’t going well, and you need to change up your strategy. Maybe grab some mercenaries or employ some dirty tricks. That’s just what you’ll be doing with Tricks and Mercenaries, a new expansion coming for Kharnage from Asmodee.
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Asmodee Announces The Thames Murders and Other Cases For Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Check for prints!
*Dot comes in* I found Prince!
Nonono, finger prints!
Ok, so that episode was a take-off of Hercule Poirot and not Sherlock Holmes, but it’s still funny. Anyway, one thing about a mystery is that once you know the ending, it makes it difficult to play again. Thankfully, Asmodee is here to help for those playing Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective with 10 reworked mysteries coming in The Thames Murders and Other Cases.
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Watson & Holmes Is Now Available From Asmodee

*puts on a long coat, grabs a pipe, and puts on one of those… detective… hats…* … What are those things called, anyway?
Bah, that’s a bit of investigation to partake in at another time. Right now, crime is afoot! And you’re the ones to solve it. Make your way all around London, getting in touch with contacts, in order to figure out whodunnit. Watson & Holmes is now available from Asmodee. *blows bubbles out of the pipe*
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Asmodee Announces 5th T.I.M.E. Stories Expansion

The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
And if you happen to trip while trying to acquire a strange stone that both the Christians and the Moors are looking for, during the time of the Reconquista, you would fall on the Spanish plain, too. That’s where (and when) you’ll be headed in Lumen Fidei, the 5th expansion for T.I.M.E. Stories coming from Asmodee.
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