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Arcadia Quest Welcomes Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo in All-New Hero Pack Expansion

IDW Games’ Backer Kit Promotion Launches Today

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 20, 2020) – IDW Games, in partnership with CMON Limited, is announcing today the launch of a Backer Kit preorder campaign for Arcadia Quest: Usagi Yojimbo Hero Pack, an expansion to the popular adventure board game that incorporates characters from Stan Sakai’s beloved comic book, Usagi Yojimbo! The campaign will run from today through August 14th.

Wandering the world on a musha shugyõ (warrior’s pilgrimage) has brought Miyamoto Usagi across many bizarre situations, but none so strange as the dangers regularly encountered in the fabled city of Arcadia! Reunited with his companions, the rhino bounty hunter Gen and vixen thief Kitsune, Usagi must rescue the city from the vile Lord Fang and his monstrous forces.

“Wonderfully fun character designs in a wildly exciting adventure — I can’t wait to play it!” says Sakai.

The Usagi Yojimbo Hero Pack includes a Miniature Model and Character Card for each of the Usagi Yojimbo characters: Miyamoto Usagi, Murakami Gennosuke, and Kitsune. In Arcadia Quest gameplay, this assemblage of anthropomorphic Heroes forms a Guild, employed by a single player to compete against both monsters and opposing players for ultimate victory!

The iconic Usagi Yojimbo characters are designed in the chibi-style, perfectly matching the aesthetic of the Arcadia Quest game.

“CMON is honored to bring Stan Sakai’s iconic Usagi Yojimbo into the world of Arcadia Quest in our first-ever licensed character pack for the game,” says CMON’s Geoff Skinner, VP of Licensing. “Working closely with Stan and IDW was a dream, and we can’t wait to hear about all of Yojimbo’s Arcadian adventures from tabletops of fans!”

For the latest information on the Backer Kit preorder campaign, please visit the campaign page at https://arcadiaquestusagiyojimbo.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders.


About IDW Publishing
IDW Publishing (IDWP), a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM), is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, trade paperbacks, and tabletop games. IDWP is one of the top four publishers of comic books and graphic novels in the U.S. with a library of world-renowned licensed content and original series. IDWP’s critically-acclaimed imprints include Top Shelf Productions, Artist’s Editions, EuroComics, The Library of American Comics, Sunday Press, and Yoe! Books.

About CMON
CMON Limited is an international publisher and designer of board games, tabletop games and card games. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON Limited has grown into a multinational group that publishes multiple award-winning games, including Zombicide™, Death May Die™, Arcadia Quest™, Rising Sun™, Blood Rage™, The World of Smog™, Marvel United™ and many more. Known in the hobby industry for working with the top game designers, artists, and sculptors in the world, CMON Limited has built an impressive portfolio of both original, best-selling IPs, as well as licensed material. In addition to having worldwide retail distribution, CMON is also the #1 fundraising company of any type on Kickstarter, having raised over $63 million on the platform since the debut of Zombicide in 2012.

About Usagi Yojimbo
Written and illustrated by Stan Sakai for over thirty years and published in over fourteen countries, Usagi Yojimbo is set in a unique world based on 17th century Japan. Miyamoto Usagi, who once served as the personal bodyguard for a Japanese warlord, now traverses this unique world – a landscape populated by ghosts, dinosaurs, monsters, and warriors of all kinds – as a ronin. In his many exciting adventures, the swordsrabbit hones his skills, saves villages, and often finds himself navigating the delicate affairs of national/political significance.

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Metal Gear Solid Production Update & Preorders

Getting a chance to create Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game has been a dream come true for the team at IDW Games and game designer Emerson Matsuuchi. Feedback from fans who played the game at Gen Con and PAX Australia has been loud and clear: we have something special on our hands with this game. However, as with any project that has so much promise and potential, and any brand that is so highly regarded, there is an immense amount of pressure to make sure we do it right. 

Game design and development is an iterative process, and involves feedback from play-testers, graphic designers, the factory that will be producing the game, and our licensing partners in North America and Japan. As development progresses changes come in that range from things that affect quality of life aspects, things like the size of the spaces on the map tiles, to redesigning and developing scenarios for better balance. 

Ultimately, the amount of time it took to implement these changes just grew longer than expected and our window to ship the game on time closed. At that point, we were confronted with two options: create a list of changes that we could complete quickly in order to minimize the delay, or really dig in and make sure everything got polished to the fullest extent possible. 

Knowing that this was a chance to find a silver lining and grant Emerson and the team the time to make the product they really wanted it to be, we decided to delay the game. We’re now planning on delivering the game in summer 2020. 

Pre-Order Status

With the updated estimated delivery time, we’ve decided to go ahead and re-open the preorders for the game. However, this time, we’re moving the pre-orders to BackerKit. One of the main reasons we’re making this switch is because using BackerKit as our new pre-order platform we’ll be able to fulfill orders as we would a Kickstarter campaign. This means we’ll be shipping products from China to our fulfillment partners in EU, Asia, Australia, USA and Canada, allowing us to get the product to most regions without VATs or customs. You can pre-order here.

New Stuff

As mentioned above, we know there are a lot of eager fans that want to see every part of Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game done right. So we’re also taking this time to add over 100 pages of comic book art to the campaign book to truly deliver on the epic Metal Gear Solid narrative.

Finally, we’re happy to reveal the final surprise of the Day One Edition, two playable cardboard box minis that will not be available in the standard retail version. In the standard version of the game, the cardboard box will be a token (not a mini) placed on the board.  Either way, you’ll get to wield all the power those boxes grant you in your very own hands.

We’ll be posting more news and updates about Metal Gear Solid the board game onto our twitter and Facebook pages as the game gets closer to completion and release. Please follow us there to stay informed of the game’s progress!

 

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Thanks to the Metal Gear Solid Fans!

A special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered in Phase 1 of the Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game!

The response for the Amazon pre-order of the game has been great!  We are now in the planning stage on the next phase and if you missed out of Phase 1, don’t worry.  There is more coming soon!

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Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi (designer of the Century game series, Reef, and Specter Ops), Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is a fully cooperative, miniatures board game. You take on the roles of Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja. You’ll need to use their unique skill sets to avoid detection as you complete objectives across multiple campaign scenarios.

Unique features of the game include:

  • Fully co-operative, sandbox, stealth game play
  • Beautifully sculpted, and highly detailed miniatures of the members of Fox Hound and Solid Snake and his allies
  • 1 oversized Metal Gear Rex mini
  • Over a dozen missions that retell the story of Metal Gear Solid and more than 10 all-new VR missions
  • 8 unique and challenging boss encounters
  • 20 Modular map times allows you to build your own scenarios

Day 1 Edition pre-orders will include three exclusive minis you won’t be able to get after the preorder closes: Hind D helicopter, the Tank, and one figure to be revealed later.

Dust off your cardboard boxes and visit Shadow Moses again. Relive your favorite moments with a fresh new experience in Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game!

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Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game – Kept you waiting, huh?

Tactical tabletop espionage action

Metal Gear Solid: The Boardgame, a fully co-operative, sandbox, stealth game. Over a dozen missions and more than 10 all-new VR missions. 

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Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi (designer of the Century game series, Reef, and Specter Ops), Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is a fully cooperative, miniatures board game. You take on the roles of Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja. You’ll need to use their unique skill sets to avoid detection as you complete objectives across multiple campaign scenarios.

Unique features of the game include:

  • Fully co-operative, sandbox, stealth game play
  • Beautifully sculpted, and highly detailed miniatures of the members of Fox Hound and Solid Snake and his allies
  • 1 oversized Metal Gear Rex mini
  • Over a dozen missions that retell the story of Metal Gear Solid and more than 10 all-new VR missions
  • 8 unique and challenging boss encounters
  • 20 Modular map times allows you to build your own scenarios

Day 1 Edition pre-orders will include three exclusive minis you won’t be able to get after the preorder closes: Hind D helicopter, the Tank, and one figure to be revealed later.

Dust off your cardboard boxes and visit Shadow Moses again. Relive your favorite moments with a fresh new experience in Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game!

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IDW Games Future Projects Update

Recently, IDW Games has received several queries about its involvement with Ninja Division.
 
Ninja Division was originally hired to create the six hero miniatures for the Kickstarter exclusive edition of the Wayward board game. At this point, IDW has decided that the best course of action will be to hire a new sculptor or studio and have them create brand new miniatures for this project. Due to this, we’ll be pushing the Wayward campaign back to give us time to arrange a new sculpting team and give them the time they need too create the new miniatures. 
 
IDW Games had previously announced that Ninja Division would be working on the upcoming Men In Black / Ghostbusters crossover board game. While initial conversations were had about Ninja Division handling the miniatures for this project, IDW ultimately decided not to hire Ninja Division. Instead, IDW contracted independent sculptor Hector “Hec” Moran (Street Fighter The Miniatures Game) to handle the sculpting. Outside of early discussions, which lead to them being mentioned in our press release, Ninja Division was never involved this project.
 
We’d like to thank the fans for their engagement and excitement about these two projects, and we hope that they’ll be satisfied with the final product and the choices that we have made to deliver the highest quality experience possible.
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Metal Gear Solid to Sneak onto the Tabletop in 2019!

San Diego, CA (December 11th,  2018) IDW Games and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that they have partnered to bring Metal Gear Solid to the tabletop with Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game.

Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi (designer of the Century game series, Reef, and Specter Ops)Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is a fully cooperative, miniatures board game. Following the story of the first Metal Gear Solid video game, players take on the roles of Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja. They’ll need to use their unique skill sets to avoid detection as they complete objectives across multiple campaign scenarios. Featuring a highly dynamic A.I. system and sandbox gameplay, missions can be completed in multiple ways and will always play out differently.

Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development says, “Having partnered with Konami in the past to adapt Metal Gear Solid into comics and produce all new stories in the Silent Hilluniverse, we are extremely excited to be partnering again to bring Metal Gear Solid to a new gaming medium: tabletop. We know this a beloved franchise with a die-hard fan base, and as such we’re putting all of our energy into producing a premium gaming experience that is exciting to play over and over again.”

Game designer Emerson Matsuuchi says, “I’m probably the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid. Ever since playing the first Metal Gear Solid, it has forever altered the way I view games. The story it told was so memorable and the gameplay experience so rich that it has shaped my expectation of games as both a designer and gamer. So the opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the table has been an honor and dream come true. I’m excited to be able to capture the tactical stealth action that is the hallmark of the franchise as well as create a new experience and story for the Snake fans. Age hasn’t slowed him down one bit.”

Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will feature miniatures by the highly regarded sculptor Francesco Orrù, and art from lifelong Metal Gear Solid fan and comic artist Kenneth Loh.

Gaming media interested in playing Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will get their first chance at E3 2019. IDW Games will be booking play session for media outlets for Saturday, June 8, through Monday, June 10. Gamers eager to sample Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will have a chance to demo it at any of the following 2019 summer conventions: Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, San Diego Comic Con, and Gen Con.

For more information on Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game, follow IDW Games on Twitter and like their Facebook page, where fans can discover art and gameplay development ahead of the game’s release in 2019. Sign up for the newsletter HERE to be alerted when the game goes live!

About IDW Media Holdings
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: IDWM) is an integrated media company, which includes the award-winning IDW Publishing, IDW Games, IDW Entertainment, Top Shelf Productions, the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, and CTM Media Group Inc., one of North America’s largest distributors of tourism information. Founded in 1999, IDW Media stands proudly at the forefront of visual entertainment, showcasing a formidable library of world-renowned licensed brands and creator-owned original IP. Its diverse array of comic books, graphic novels, and live-action television shows deliver enjoyment to fans of all ages.

About Konami Group
Konami Group was established in 1973, starting as an amusement machine manufacturer for arcades. Over the years, the company has grown to include different business units across various markets. Currently, KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION includes the Digital Entertainment, Amusement, Gaming & Systems, and Sports Businesses. The company went public on the Osaka Securities Exchange in 1984, the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, and the London Stock Exchange in 1999. For more information, visit: www.konami.com/en.

About Konami Digital Entertainment
Konami Digital Entertainment, which is the core company of Konami Group, develops entertaining content for mobile, console and card games. The company is known for global franchises such as Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Contra, as well as the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game series. www.konami.com/games/corporate/en/

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Wayward Wednesday; it’s time to meet Rori!

It’s #WayWardWednesday – Meet Rori, one of our main characters!

She’s a half-Irish, half-Japanese girl whose life was thrown into turmoil when she moved to Tokyo. The Weave has made itself known to her and its red glowing stands of destiny and power may save or damn everyone she knows.

Rori’s special – she taps deep into the energy source to power up and help you take down the biggest bads. You’ll want her on the team!

Check out her character card below!

Check out Wayward Wednesday #1 here!

IDW GAMES ANNOUNCES SIGNATURE EDITION FOR THE WAYWARD BOARD GAME

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IDW GAMES ANNOUNCES SIGNATURE EDITION FOR THE WAYWARD BOARD GAME

IDW Games is proud to announce the Wayward Board Game – Signature Edition, based on the comic series world by Jim Zub (Rick and Morty VS. Dungeons & Dragons) and Steven Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Forager, Wayward), with new art by Cummings and game design by Jonathan Gilmour (Dinosaur Island, Dead of Winter). Wayward presents players with a highly thematic threat management game and multiple unique and challenging scenarios that push them to take risks, and, in return, grant their characters more powerful abilities and items.

Wayward is a cooperative board game for 1-5 players where each player takes on the role of a teenager with newfound supernatural abilities. The next generation of the supernatural has emerged in Tokyo, and these teens are fighting for their survival and to prevent the Weave – the hidden threads of power and destiny that guide our world – from unraveling. These “wayward children” threaten the old order and the creatures and spirits known as the Yokai are determined to eradicate them before they are usurped. Players choose one of five different scenarios to play, each with its own unique rules and challenges, to defeat the Yokai and destroy their places of power.

Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development, says, “Being able to bring the fantastic world of Wayward to the tabletop has been a lot of fun. The art, miniatures, and game are a great way to experience the world that the comics have created.”

Jim Zub, writer of Wayward, says, “Jonathan Gilmour has put together the kind of fun and challenging game I love playing at the table with my friends. It has an intense strategic style that’s full of surprises. Win or lose, each play through is a blast to see through to the end.”

Wayward Board Game – Signature Edition will be available on Kickstarter for pre-order in February 2019 for $70.00 and will include exclusive upgraded packaging, miniatures sculpted by Ben Misenar, and bonus character with scenario. Prior to the campaign, fans attending PAX Unplugged (Nov. 30 – Dec. 2) will have the opportunity to demo the game at IDW Games booth #3148.

FAQ

*For the Wayward board game, sculptor Ben Misenar created each of the 6 models exclusively for the Signature edition of the game. Ninja Division’s only involvement with Wayward was to assist creatively on the modeling direction and, aside from that service, Ninja is not involved in any other capacity including creative, financial, or production.*

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Men In Black and The Ghostbusters Meet for the First Time!

New crossover board game, conceived by Sony and IDW, to headline extensive plan to develop games for both franchises in 2019.

San Diego, October 30, 2018: IDW Games and Sony Pictures Consumer Products today announced plans to develop a series of tabletop games for both Men in Black and Ghostbusters franchises including, for the first time, a crossover miniatures board game featuring both Men In Black and Ghostbusters. The multi-year agreement comes ahead of the new Men In Black movie set for June 2019 and Ghostbusters celebrating its 35th Anniversary in June 2019.

 

Currently under development, Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion will be a miniatures loaded board game featuring the world’s foremost protectors teaming up to take down a threat unlike any they have faced before. Making up the Ghostbusters team will be Peter Venkman, Egon Spangler, Ray Stanz, and Winston Zeddmore, and the MIB team will consist of Agent J, Agent K, Agent L and Zed. While these two teams have faced unearthly threats before, the strength of the Ecto-terrestrials is nearly overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a little friendly competition.

 

With all new character designs by fan-favorite artist Derek Laufman and innovative game design by Panda Cult Games (Wander: The Cult of Barnacle Bay), Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion features a blend of fast action dice-chucking, take-that card play, and highly detailed sculpted miniatures from Ninja Division (Super Dungeon Explore).

Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development says “We are excited to bring these two iconic properties together along with an amazing group of development partners. We love the fun story we are telling with this game and hope fans will bring it to the tabletop again and again.”

Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion miniatures board game will release in late 2019. Additional stand-alone games for each franchise are also currently in development and slated for release next year.

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