Fantasy Flight Games has announced the release of a new and updated version of the venerable Milton Bradley classic Fortress America. The original was released in 1986 as part of Milton Bradley’s Gamemaster series and won a Charles S. Roberts award.
Although it is expected that there will be some small changes to the theme, look and feel of the game, basic game-play will remain essentially the same.
The new version will include more than 300 plastic figures, along with 50 cards, 100 tokens, 13 custom dice, a game board and one 24-page instruction book.
Fortress America is scheduled for a March 2012 release and will retail for $79.95.
In another sign of the upcoming apocalypse, WizKids will be releasing The Smurfs: No Smurf Left Behind Collectible Game. The board game was previewed at the New York Toy Fair and will be released late summer. The game is a tie-in to the Smurfs movie coming in early August. Details will be released later.
Yahoo’s Plugged In website has released a list of Five New Board Games You Should Play. They are: Battlestar Galactica, Guess Who Mix-n-Mash (from Hasbro), Agricola, Galaxy Trucker and Pandemic. I’ve played Battlestar Galactica many times and it is one of my favorite games of all time, while Agricola and Pandemic look interesting enough to try out. You can view the list with photos and comments here.
Wizards of the Coast will release Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium supplement in April. The hardcover book will retail for $29.95 and will provide Dungeon Masters with a wide variety of treasures along with background information on the items and adventure hooks DM’s can use as starting points to send their adventurers on.
Star Trek Star Fleet Battles by WizKids will release toward the end of the year. The game will feature 24 painted, highly detailed miniature starships (12 Federation and 12 Klingon) with cards detailing information about the ships; 50 Galaxy location tiles; 200 Command Cards (100 Federation, 100 Klingon); 50 Encounter Cards; and 76 Mission Cards. The game will utilize a customizable hex-based board system that promises to make the game infinitely re-playable, especially if WizKids releases further expansions. The game will be sold in non-blind format.
From Steve Jackson games comes Munchkin Zombies! Instead of kicking down doors and killing monsters, this time the players are zombies kicking down doors and eating the brains of ordinary, helpless people. Well, some are a little tougher than normal and there are even a few rambling zombies thrown in for good measure. John Kovalic once again illustrates. This new Munchkin core game comes complete with 168 cards, one six-sided die, and a rulesheet. It’s scheduled to ship in April and will retail for $24.99.
Cubicle 7 will release the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space (Eleventh Doctor Edition) Role Playing Game in April. Travel anywhere throughout the universe and time in this volume featuring new art, aliens and creatures from the Doctor’s recent adventures and new ones written just for this edition. It’s yours for $59.99.
The Doctor Who Gamemaster’s Screen will release simultaneously for $14.99.
WizKids Games has announced a new Star Trek board game designed by award winning game designer Reiner Knizia.
According to the WizKids website, Star Trek Expeditions is a cooperative mission game for 1-4 players who take on the roles of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Uhura who are responding to an invitation from the Nibian government to open discussions about the planet joining the Federation. Players must lead their various away teams to solve the major story arcs plus key side missions before the Klingon Fleet arrives or the lone cloaked Klingon Battle cruiser in orbit destroys the Enterprise and her crew. Three difficulty levels, random side missions, player strategies and a unique branching mission tree ensure every game will be a unique memorable experience.
The game will be available June 15.
According to Dateline Hollywood, the David E. Kelley-produced Wonder Woman TV series has received the green light from NBC. The series had been shopped around to – and turned down by – all of the major networks. NBC decided to give it a go after a personnel change at the network apparently made it a more attractive option the second time the series was pitched.
Apparently Wonder Woman will be trying to balance two widely divergent parts of her life – a corporate executive and a crime fighter – in the new series.
Cubicle 7 will be releasing updated versions of the 1980s-era Fighting Fantasy game books originally produced by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone
Scheduled for release in May, the new edition will be titled Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG and will feature re-written and revised rules by Graham Bottley. Suggested retail price is $29.99.
There also will be two supporting books that will release at the same time as the rulebook. Out of the Pit is a softcover reprint of the book published in the mid-80s. Written by Steve Jackson, Ian Livingtone and Marc Gascoigne, it will detail 250 monsters from the Fighting Fantasy world.
Titan will feature background of the fantasy setting for the Fighting Fantasy series. It also is a reprint of the book originally published in the mid-80s and also is written by Jackson, Livingstone and Gascoigne.
Suggested retail price for both books will be $24.99.