AEG & The OP team up for future Smash Up expansions

Being as much of a Smash Up fan as I am, you know I couldn’t pass up commenting on this one.

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) and The Op (formerly USAopoly) are teaming up to bring new licensed factions to the hit card game (and one of my most-played) Smash Up.

Typically, factions in Smash Up are themed but a bit more generic, like Ninjas or Samurai or Truckers, maybe Time Travellers.


With this agreement, that will change for next year.

From the post:

“In joining forces with The Op, who celebrates 25 years of co-branded products and partnerships this year, Smash Up designer Paul Peterson is confident that fans will embrace what is to come of the collaboration. “The Op has consistently put out some of the highest quality games in the industry,” says Peterson, known best for his work on Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering. “By pairing with the design team from AEG, the Smash Up game we are building together is going knock the fans’ socks off!””

I’m not familiar with most of The Op’s catalog, so I’m not quite sure what those factions might be.

Looking at their site, I see Dungeons & Dragons Clue and a bunch of Disney games. There’s Harry Potter (though I would think it would be hard to differentiate that from the already-existing Wizards faction, since a lot of the cards in that faction are basically a parody of Harry Potter).

There’s Game of Thrones (also already parodied), but there’s also Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, IT (now *that* would be an interesting idea), Rick & Morty, and Super Mario, and that’s just the first three pages of their “All Games” page!

This could be extremely fun or it could be a disaster. We’ll have to see what happens in 2020.

However, I’m of two minds about the whole thing.

The licensed properties could be very good assuming they all are done in the Smash Up vein, with Smash Up art and all of that. I hope the licensing doesn’t go to their head.

On the other hand, I will miss the more generic imaginative factions that Peterson and crew have been coming up with over the past few years. The new World Tour: Culture Shock expansion factions (review coming once I play with it some more) just shows that ingenuity and I hope that the licensing doesn’t affect that.

I trust Peterson and the others at AEG that make Smash Up possible.

Yet I’m still holding my breath a little bit.

Here’s looking at 2020 and some more craziness!



New to Me – October 2019

October was SHUX month.

SHUX is a 3-day boardgame convention in Vancouver that was simply phenomenal. I had so much fun, and would have had even more fun if I hadn’t felt so terrible.

Maybe next year!

You know what conventions mean, right?

No, not being told by multiple people that I need to take a shower.

That means a bunch of new to me games!

The Cult of the New to Me was very excited to hear I would be attending this convention. They wanted to see all of the new stuff that I would be talking about when I came back.

They also appear to be a bunch of lazy gits, because while they get mad at me for playing too many *new* games (not just new to me, but games that just came out), they never appear to actually play any “new to them” games themselves. I’m sensing some kind of scam here.

Cookies 2

Are they just here for the free cookies?

Anyway, prepare for a *really* long post. There are ten games on this list. Usually, I go into a bit more of an explanation of how to play, but that’s a bit abbreviated this time.

Leo Tolstoy ain’t writing this blog.

So without further adieu (my adieu got covered in vegetables and thus I had to throw it away anyway), let’s get started!

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Birthday Post – 4 Games I’m Looking Forward To

It’s my birthday!

Yes, I’m turning the big 49 today, and in celebration, I’m going to tell you the 49 games I’m really anticipating over the next few months.

Ok, no. I’m not that much of a masochist.

Instead, the number 4 is part of 49, so here are four games that I really can’t wait to get to the table this Fall.

1) Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein (Plaid Hat Games)


Designer: Dan Blanchett

Artists: Mikhail Palamarchuk, Tony Sart

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Mystic Vale App Gets Stormy With Mana Storm Expansion

Previously on this blog, you may remember that I have mentioned Nomad Games‘ app version of the classic John D. Clair card-crafting title Mystic Vale. The tabletop game is published by Alderac Entertainment Group.

I sung its praises as a great app, polished and well-done and a fun game to boot.

It just desperately needs asynchronous multiplayer because I haven’t touched it in quite a while for that very reason.

With today’s release of the Mana Storm expansion, the app…still desperately needs asynchronous multiplayer.

But that’s not what this blog is about (though really, Nomad, is it possible to eventually get this? Please?).

No, this is about Mana Storm itself, and what it adds to this already very cool game.


The expansion adds some more advancements and vales to the plethora of choices you already have.

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Expansion Review – Smash Up: That 70s Expansion

Another day (ok, month), another Smash Up expansion.

You’d think that was all I played. Granted, it does get played twice a month because of a regular workplace get-together, but I do play more games than that!

With two expansions a year, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight for the game.

And that’s a wonderful thing!


Today, we’re going to be talking about That 70s Expansion, with four factions that come straight out of the disco or corny movies you remember (if you’re a certain age) and into your smashed up heart.

Does it meet all of those expectations raised by such interesting subjects?

That’s a solid yes.

Let’s take a look at it.

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World Tour: Culture Shock Coming Soon

I can’t believe I missed this.

This blog could almost be called the Smash Up blog (especially after last week’s review of the first World Tour expansion) but yet somehow this news escaped me.

Yes, I already knew (and probably mentioned) that the next World Tour expansion would be called World Tour: Culture Shock, but May’s Smash Club newsletter actually had a brief preview of it!

I need to turn in my badge.


Anyway, apparently it’s looking like this will be out at GenCon, so in August.

Picture me salivating…ok, wait. Don’t do that. That’s gross.

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Expansion Review – Smash Up: International Incident

It’s hard to quantify just how much enjoyment Smash Up has given to me, especially in the middle of a long work day when it’s just fun to sit down with two co-workers and try (and usually fail) to kick their asses.

In a game, I mean.

There are laws against that otherwise.

Anyway, the interplay of all the different factions just makes Smash Up a satisfying use of an hour and never ceases to cause a lot of laughter.


The latest expansion (wow, this is actually current!) is Smash Up: International Incident and it has four new factions that all have an international flavour to them. It’s part of the “World Tour” series of expansions (Culture Shock is coming out later this year).

One of them being Canadian, and with me being Canadian (wow, who knew?), I was especially wanting to try this one as soon as I could.

Would it live up to all of that expectation?


Let’s take a look at it.

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