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New Game Round-up: CMON to Distribute Krosmaster, Japanime to Serve More Maids, and Queen Games to Revisit Marshlands

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Cool Mini Or Not has picked up the U.S. distribution rights for Krosmaster items from original publisher Ankama Products, starting with the fulfillment of Kickstarter rewards for backers of Krosmaster Quest as noted in a press release from CMON: "All existing pre-orders of Krosmaster: Quest will be fulfilled by CMON Inc., including all promotional items promised with the pre-order of Krosmaster: Quest."

• In a separate press release, Japanime Games states that it "will continue to be the exclusive worldwide distributor of English-language Krosmaster products that were previously released". In addition, "Organized Play will be taken over in a smooth transition to CMON Inc. and further information will be available shortly."

Japanime Games also notes that in Q1 2016 it plans to release the long-awaited Tanto Cuore: Oktoberfest and to conduct a Kickstarter campaign for an English-language version of the deck-building game Heart of Crown, which debuted in Japan in 2011. (Publisher FLIPFLOPs has released multiple expansions for Heart of Crown, and the line for Heart of Crown: Path Before Heaven at Tokyo Game Market in Nov. 2015 was far longer than for anything else at the show.)

In 2016, Japanime Games also plans to release a new English-language edition of God's Gambit from Seiji Kanai, which was previously available only through a Kickstarter campaign, and Panic High School, a quick-playing take-that card game available from Japon Brand at Spiel 2015 as Pani-High!

In the second half of 2016, Japanime Games plans to crowdfund Tanto Cuore 5: The Maid-ing Game, which introduces butlers, "fun relationship cards and love triangles" to this deck-building game. At the same time, Japanime will crowdfund different language versions of the first four Tanto Cuore games, with each language featuring new promo cards.

Board Game: Kingdom Builder: Marshlands
Board Game: Brass: Lancashire
Queen Games has resolved its issues with designer Donald X. Vaccarino, and as a result Vaccarino has signed a new contract for Kingdom Builder: Marshlands — which had a Kickstarter project for it cancelled in mid-2015 when contract problems came to light — as well as a fourth KB expansion. As a result, Queen has launched a new KS for Marshlands that's already funded twice over.

• Ralph Anderson from Eagle-Gryphon Games notes the following on BGG: "As of December 7, 2015, Martin Wallace is the sole owner of the rights to Brass. Martin Wallace and FRED Distribution, Inc. dba Eagle-Gryphon Games, have formally ended their contract for Brass, which began in 2008."

• As is his custom at the end of the year, designer Michael Schacht has released a mini-expansion for one of his designs, in this case scoring variants for Zooloretto Mini and Zooloretto Junior.

Wait a minute — what's Zooloretto Junior? According to Schacht, it's a reworking of Zooloretto Mini that's due out from ABACUSSPIELE in February 2016: 2-5 players, ages 7+, playing time 30 min. I know nothing more about the game right now — and German publishers seem to be waiting until the new year to drop info — but here's a pic of the Taiwanese version of Zooloretto Junior (along with other 2016 releases) from publisher GoKids 玩樂小子:

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