Board Game News 13: FFG Return to the Drawing Board on Star Wars plus more…

It’s been a while since I did the news so this one will be a little epic.

Fantasy Flight Games

The latest news out of Fantasy Flight includes a slew of new releases, including reprints Wiz War, Nexus Ops and Rex, along with an expansion for Deathwatch and the Collectors edition of Black Crusade.

It was also announced recently that faction specific packs will be released as print on demand for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Starting with spells for Sigmar priests the series will allow players to buy specific action cards to suit their characters without having to purchase full expansions. Of course, if you want everything ever printed the POD supplements will make it more expensive, but for players looking to upgrade a single character type these are very affordable indeed. And with news that FFG has finally fixed their international shipping option, they’re also a bit cheaper!

In other FFG news the much anticipated 5th Living Card Game based in the Star Wars universe has been taken back to the drawing board for a complete reboot. At this stage we’re not really sure what this means for the game or what the reasons behind the change are. I do hope however that the game will still release with the hand drawn artwork that was previewed rather than screen shots from the movies.

Finally, FFG announced this week that their World Championships will be held in November and that the games will include all current LCG’s, with the exception of LOTR, but it will also include both Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare as well as X-Wing, suggesting that the game will release on time.

Chaotic Connections

Family game night is a great way for families to spend quality time together, get away from electronics, enjoy each others company and make memories and traditions that will be passed down from generation from generation. It’s like a mini vacation where families can just get away from the chaos of life – that is, unless they are playing Chaotic Connections.

Chaotic Connections is a brand new board game on the market filled with strategy and chance. The game takes players on a cross-country road trip. Each player is dealt four cities at random and must attempt to build roads to connect the four cities in order to win.

However, anyone who has ever been on a cross-country road trip knows it’s not always a straight shot to get from one city to the next. The situation is no different in Chaotic Connections. Players will be dealt Curve Cards, Road Blocks, Detours and extra cities from other players while attempting to connect their cities. Now the chaos really begins!


Chaotic Connections is packed with fun for families and is the perfect way for families to connect over a game night. The basic rules are simple, making it easy for parents and kids to play, but there are many strategic variations to master. For the more experienced player, more strategy comes into the game, but the game easily adjusts to the level of the player, making it easy for kids ages 9 and up to enjoy the game.

Gryphon/Eagle Games


Eagle & Gryphon have 17 of the Ender's "50 Great New Games You Should Know About"

Longtime reviewer, Ender Wiggins, has posted his list of "50 Great New Games You Should Know About" for 2011. Eagle and Gryphon Games have claimed 17 of the 50 slots! The list divides the games into ten different categories with Eagle and Gryphon getting nods in all but one.

The categories are:  Strategy Games, Family Games (Pastiche & Pergamon), Two Player Games (Mirror, Mirror), Card Games (Botswana & Musketeers), Word Games (What's My Word?, BuyWord, & Montage), Party Games (Reverse Charades, Caveman Curling & Why Did the Chicken...), Children's Games (Worm Up!), Themeless Games (Can't Stop, Blockers, & Number Please!), Unique Games (Pizza Theory) and Old favorites (Railways of the World/Railways Through Time). If you'd like to see the full list and read about each game, and we hope you do, just CLICK HERE!


Zong Shi and Pizza Theory are Available for Pre-Order

The Kickstarter projects for Zong Shi and Pizza Theory have ended, and both games were successfully funded!  If you missed your chance to back either game you can still pre-order both games on

Limited Stock of Ferti Games

PitchCar, PitchCar Mini, Siam, Table Hockey and More!

The much loved and highly rated (7.24 on dexterity game, PitchCar, is in stock.  This fantastic game from Ferti Games has been a favourite of gamers and non-gamers alike for over 15 years. In addition to  PitchCar, we also have PitchCar Mini, a more compact version of the original game, as well as most of the expansions for both versions. Click here to see all the PitchCar games available!

Also available is Siam, a beautiful 2-player game in which players take the role of either the Elephants or Rhinocerouses and try to be the first who pushes a rock out of the board. An animal can push a rock, but beware, if you want to push an animal which faces you, you have to be superior in numbers, e.g. two animals oriented to the right direction can push two rocks and three animals oriented to the right direction can push three rocks.

Table Hockey provides all the fun of air hockey, without the electric bill!  Tabletop Hockey comes with a wooden frame that surrounds the playing area and has two openings for the goals.  Players each have a padded circular 'stick" (similar to the ones used in air hockey) they use to send the puck on its way to the opponents goal.  This game was a big hit at Essen, and sure to please fans of PitchCar and other dexterity games.

Caveman Curling Review

Caveman Curling has gotten a rave review from longtime review, Ender Wiggins.   

"Caveman Curling is the kind of game that will have a broad appeal, and can be enjoyed by gamers and non-gamers alike."

Read the full review here.

If you haven't backed this project yet what are you waiting for?  Time is running out! 

Click Here to View the Caveman Curling Project on

Announcing Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields!

Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields is a competitive fantasy battle game for 2 to 4 players. In the game, one side takes the role of the Dark Lord's invading army and minions while the other side represents the heroes and forces defending the Realm. The battles are fast and furious as players place minions and heroes onto the battlefields and attack their opponents using a variety of abilities and special skills. The first side that is victorious on 3 battlefields of the same colour or 5 total battlefields is the winner.

Look for Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields on next month! 

Wingmen Needed!

Eagle & Gryphon Games are looking for a few good gamers. Do you enjoy playing our games? Do you want to teach others to play as well? Do you like getting swag and free games? Do you think you have "the right stuff"? Become a Wingman!

WINGMAN members teach others how to play our games at their friendly neighborhood game stores, book stores, local game groups, and gaming conventions. These events are determined by you, and provide an opportunity to recruit new players to Eagle and Gryphon Games.

To apply,  send us an email and you will be contacted shortly about the possibility of becoming a WINGMAN (or WINGWOMAN).

Responsibilities of a Wingman:

  • Organize events for Eagle & Gryphon Games.
  • Schedule and organize demos & tournaments in game groups, game stores, book stores, libraries, and game conventions.
  • Hand out cool stuff to participants of your demos/tournaments.
  • Create a fun and pleasant atmosphere for all players.

Benefits for being a Wingman:

  • A cool WINGMAN T-Shirt.
  • Free admission to gaming conventions.
  • Receive advance prototypes for play testing and development.
  • Free games and other cool swag!
  • Get advance notice of our upcoming releases.

More information will be sent to you about the program after you contact us. So what are you waiting for? We need you to be part of a select group of gamers. A WINGMAN.


Two Trick Pony

The guys over at Two Trick Pony have put together an amusing video in which a designer attempts to pitch his new game to Milton and Bradley.

Check it out here and check out their site here.



Kickstarter project Zoneplex is looking for backers.

Zoneplex is a game that combines a tile-laying/exploration mechanism, a collaborative battle system and a zone control system to create an intriguing adventure deep within an alien pyramid.

The visual and back story mythology is influenced by space-opera imagery akin to the epic novels of Iain M. Banks and Frank Herbert plus Ancient Alien Theories and even Daft Punk. We tossed all this in a simmering cauldron with Alejandro Jodorowsky's L'Incal and H.P. Lovecraft’s images of otherworldly abominations to create an expansive universe that the game resides in.



Pop artist Robert Burke, known for creating a wacky stream of unusual cartoon characters, is readying a Kickstarter campaign for his flagship board game Cartoona.

Cartoona is a tile-laying, creature-building game of strategy and chance featuring the whimsical pop art creatures of Robert Burke. The game encourages creativity, strategic thinking and social interaction. Players compete by building colourful, and sometimes hilarious, cartoon creatures from different body part tiles and can be played with from 1 to 8 players, ages 3 to adult. 

There are three versions of the game that will come in the box, and they can be played in a player vs. player mode, a team mode, or even in a solitaire mode.

Early backers of the game (MSRP $34.99) can get a copy for just $15 with free shipping in the United States.

A preview of the project can be seen here:



Gemma Cole would like London based gamers to know about their month game nights at the Ritzy.

Strategy games, skill games, family games, party games.

If you love games, this is the place to be.

And if you're not so sure, that's because you've never been to an event like this before! Yeah, Monopoly's OK, but there's a whole new generation of games out there that are so much more exciting, more challenging, and downright more fun -- and we can't wait to show them to you.

Bring your own or ask for a recommendation from the many games on offer.

Pander to your playful side; go on, I dare you...


It’s the second Monday of every month, from 6.30pm @Upstairs at the Ritzy.

Hosted by Charlie Fish

Website:and Facebook

And Chris Geggus would like all Cheshire based gamers to know about his convention Swan Con at the Swan Hotel in Knutsford 9th – 11th March.

Organised by The Weekend Gaming Group (WGG). Has been running at The Swan in Knutsford for over 18 years. Open to all (small fee charged to cover cost of room). Gaming from Friday lunchtime until Sunday afternoon (all night if you're desperate). Multi-player Euros generally with some wargames and other games as desired. No game refused. Numbers are c. 20 - 30 during the weekend - some stay at the hotel, whilst others will drop in whenever. Contact: Chris Geggus (Ahiksking) on


And Finally, This Week’s Release

Once again our friends over at Board Game Guru have put together a list of all the best games coming out this week, take it away Paul.

Fantasy Flight has reached into the back catalogue for sumptuous new editions of 'Wiz War',  'Nexus Ops' and 'Kingdoms'

Two new Living card packs are also released; 'Shadow of the Monolith' for Call of Cthulhu and 'City of Winter' for Warhammer Invasion

'‘Til Death us do Part' is a new scenario for Mansions of Madness and the 'Tyranid enemy pack' can be used a replacement for the genestealers in Death Angel

The ‘NL’ and ‘World Championship ‘decks provide even more occupations and minor improvements for Agricola

‘The Coldest War’, is a standalone expansion for Nightfall, with the Vampire and Werewolf action shifting to Eastern Europe

‘Wiraqocha’ is a steam punk adventure game, originally released at Essen 2011

‘Rattus Africanus' gets is also on general UK release so will be back in stock on Tuesday

I also will have two new command units for Dust Tactics

Happy gaming