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New Game Round-up: Gen Con 2015 Last-Minute Edition – Attack on Titan, King of Tokyo: Draccus & Fury of Dracula?

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game Publisher: Cryptozoic Entertainment
• Wow, how did I miss this item from nearly three weeks ago? I'll blame Gen Con 2015 prep work as that's probably the cause. What am I talking about? In early July 2015, Cryptozoic Entertainment and French publisher Don't Panic Games announced the acquisition of the Attack on Titan anime license to create board games. (Attack on Titan started as a manga series, and anime, novels and live-action films have been developed subsequently; Cryptozoic specifically mentions "anime" in its press release.)

Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc are the designers of the first Attack on Titan board game, scheduled for release in 2016 and (as I discovered today) available for demo games during Gen Con 2015. I've scheduled time at the show to record an overview with Bauza, but for now here's a short description of the game from Cryptozoic:

In the game, one player takes on the role of a Titan while the others represent the human heroes fighting it. The game features a revolutionary game mechanic, the Titan piece is a vertical game board element and the hero game pieces climb in an effort to take him down.
Board Game: King of Tokyo
• At Gen Con 2015, IELLO will release a new monster character that can be used in either King of Tokyo or King of New York. Draccus comes from Patrick Rothfuss's book The Name of the Wind, and all proceeds raised from the sales of this character go toward Rothfuss's charity Worldbuilders, which as a press release from IELLO notes "has to date raised over $3.5 million for Heifer International to help end hunger and bring families and communities out of poverty". (After the show, this promo character can be purchased from Rothfuss's online store, The Tinker's Packs, again with all funds going to Worldbuilders.)

Board Game Accessory: King of Tokyo/King of New York: Draccus (promo character) (First edition)

Board Game: Fury of Dracula (Second Edition)
Fantasy Flight Games' Fury of Dracula has been out of print and selling on the secondhand markets at prices that make one contemplate self-staking. Early in the a.m. U.S. time on July 23, FFG posted the following game page on its website:

From gallery of W Eric Martin

Thanks to Jason Paterson for the screen grab!

That page is no longer present on the FFG site, but speculation is now rampant among some gamers that a new edition of Fury of Dracula will spring to light at Gen Con 2015. (I've asked FFG about this and will update the post when I receive a reply.) Update, July 23: FFG has now announced that this new edition of Fury of Dracula will be released in Q4 2015 and can be demoed at Gen Con 2015.

For those who disdain squinting, here's the text from that page:

The most notorious vampire of all rises again in this third edition of Fury of Dracula, a board game of deduction and gothic horror based on Bram Stoker's classic novel. One player takes control of the legendary Count Dracula as he stealthily crosses Victorian-era Europe, spreading his diabolical vampirism everywhere he goes. Up to four other players govern Mina Harker and her determined companions as they try to locate and destroy the fiendish Count before he plunges Europe into horrific darkness. But in this heated game of cat and mouse, the hunted prey may also be preying on his hunters. Any day's travel might bring the hunters to Dracula's location. On any night the Count may attack.

This edition features all-new art and graphic design crafted to complement the game's intuitive, thematic mechanics. Rounds are now broken into day and night: hunters take actions during both, but Dracula can only act at night. Combat is now more streamlined and decisive, and new rumor tokens allow Dracula to mislead hunters and extend the terrible reach of his influence. Count Dracula triumphs if he advances his influence track to thirteen; if the hunters can defeat him before then, they save the continent of Europe and win the game.
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