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Ravensburger Announces Game Inventor Days and Another Character from Marvel Villainous

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game Publisher: Ravensburger
• What's a publisher to do when it can't meet game designers at conventions to take pitches? Head to the meeting space that everyone is flocking to these days: the swirling chaos of the internet — or rather, one carefully organized corner tucked away within the swirling chaos of the internet.

German and U.S. publisher Ravensburger is hosting its first "Game Inventor Days" on July 10-11, 2020, with inventors from around the world being invited to pitch game ideas ahead of time, whether the games are intended for toddlers, children, older players, or all of the above. Here's an overview of the project from the publisher:
Game designers are invited to submit their designs online by July 8, 2020. Ravensburger is looking for ideas for children's, family, and adult games as well as products for young kids and tiptoi. Applicants should provide information on the number of players, game duration, age group, target group, and level of difficulty.

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The game team will reach out to selected designers to schedule a half-hour video call. From there, if the pitch is successful, designers will be invited to send in a working prototype with game rules for initial testing. After that, games will receive extensive feedback and maybe even an offer from Ravensburger to publish their title!
Pegasus Spiele actually did something similar in mid-May 2020, hosting "Pegasus Designer Days" and inviting game designers to pitch ideas ahead of time to reserve a spot on its presentation schedule. Alas, I'm posting about that event a bit late, but I'm sure we'll see more such events taking place in the months ahead given that nearly all conventions have been canned through the end of 2020. (Dragon Con is still taking place on Sept. 3-7, 2020 as of this moment.)

Board Game: Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power
• Aside from that announcement, Ravensburger revealed the fourth villain in Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power, which has a July 26, 2020 U.S. street date. Joining Thanos, Hela, and Ultron at the table is Killmonger, the antagonist from the 2018 film Black Panther.

Or was he the protagonist? He had a righteous case to make for why he should be the one in charge of Wakanda and was far more believable and sympathetic in his role than most of the other Marvel villains.

In any case, here's a sampling of the Killmonger components to be included with Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power:

Board Game: Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power

Killmonger's path to victory in MV:IP mirrors that of the film. First, you need to defeat Klaw, who starts in The Golden City and blocks half of the actions available on that space. Once you do that, you need to ascend to the throne, after which you will control the mines, with that tile allowing you to plant explosives in the domains of other players. Yes, MV:IP has more direct interaction than Disney Villainous, which limited your ability to affect others to playing fate cards on them.

Board Game: Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power

Plant explosives in two domains, and you win — but if Black Panther returns to Wakanda, he disrupts your plans and you need to exile him again before you can continue your overall goal.

Board Game: Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power

Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power also contains event cards that can be pulled from the fate deck. Some events have a general affect that apply to all villains, and you can play allies to these events or relocate allies to them in order to overcome their strength. Whichever villains participate gain rewards, so sometimes you'll partner with another player to dismiss an event that's hampering both of you.

Other events, however, target one player specifically, such as the card above. As long as "Stolen Antiquities" is in play, Killmonger can't play items, which means he can't stash explosives on others, so he has an incentive to remove that event as quickly as possible, especially since he'll be rewarded for doing so.

(Disclosure: I was hired by Ravensburger to edit the rules for MV:IP, and no, I can't reveal the identity of the fifth villain.)

Board Game: Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power

Board Game: Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power
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