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Cryptozoic Entertainment's 2012 Line-Up: Pennies, Politics, Food, Hobbits & Deck-Building Galore

W. Eric Martin
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U.S. publisher Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced, hinted at, teased, and flashed a huge number of forthcoming titles since the start of 2012, but I've received direct information on only a few of them. That said, I've rounded up whatever information I could find and present it to you now, with updates to come whenever I hear more from Cryptozoic.

• Cryptozoic had copies of Penny Arcade: The Game - Rumble in R'lyeh on sale at PAX East the first weekend of April, and the game has a U.S. release date of April 17, 2012.

Food Fight: Snack Attack was also available at PAX East, and that expansion for Matt Hyra's Food Fight has a street date of May 8, 2012.

The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game now has a U.S. street date of May 11, 2012.

The Lookouts, announced about this time in 2011, still has no release date attached to it. In December 2011, co-designer Matt Hyra noted in the Cryptozoic forums, "We have been too hard at work on The Lookouts comic book to be able to get the game published. We wanted to expand the world of The Lookouts first with the comic, then take advantage of that work for the game."

• [thing=113996]World of Warcraft: Clash of Champions[/thing], a deck-building game announced by Cryptozoic in December 2011, was originally listed as being available in Q2 2012, but in late March 2012 co-designer Matt Hyra – man, he gets around, doesn't he? – wrote the following in the Cryptozoic forums: "We don't have a specific time frame that we can name right now. As soon as we have ANY information, we will post it here first. Thanks for the interest and we understand the frustration. Sometimes delays happen..."

• [thing=120111]SuperPAC: The Game[/thing], which comes across as a somewhat politically charged Apples to Apples, is due in July 2012. In the game, players are presented with a crisis card, such as "America Thinks I'm Boring", after which they must construct a solution to the crisis by combining cards in their hand. One player decides who offered the best solution for the round and awards that player the crisis card. As Cryptozoic notes on the game's page on its website: "The game is designed specifically to be enjoyed by players with any level of political interest or affiliation. Political aficionados will have fun catching references, but non-political players won't ever feel left in the dark or confused." All things to all people, in other words – just like a politican...

• In March 2012, ICv2 posted a list of five(!) games based on the forthcoming Hobbit movies from Peter Jackson, as well as one title based on Lord of the Rings. Those games and their initially announced release dates are:

-----Lord of the Rings Deck-building Game (Q4 2012)
-----The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Deck-Building Game (Dec 2012, presumably in time for the movie's December 14 release date)
-----The Hobbit Expandable Trading Card Game (Dec 2012)
-----The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Game (Q2 2013)
-----The Hobbit: There and Back Again Board Game (Q4 2013, as the second Hobbit movie has a December 13, 2013 release)
-----The Hobbit: There and Back Again Deck-Building Game (Q4 2013)

• The DC Deck-Building Game will, according to MTV Geek's Matt Morgan, "allow players to each take on the role of a DC superhero, gain powers and equipment, and defend themselves against attacking supervillains". The DC Deck-Building Game is currently expected out Q3/Q4 2012.

• ICv2 also has news of a Castle: Murder Mystery Board Game, based on a U.S. television series and due out Q4 2012.

• Also coming in Q4 2012, according to a March 2012 press release, is a deck-building game "based on several major Capcom properties, including Street Fighter, Final Fight, Rival Schools and Darkstalkers. Each brand will be featured in the upcoming deck-building game, combing the action of all four and offering nearly unlimited gaming excitement." No title yet, but the game will be for 2-5 players eager to comb action with ferocious intensity!
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