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WizKids/NECA, MFV Release New Update For TabApp™ Elite

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Incorporate new objective system, maps, figures and more!

Hillside, NJ & Cary, NC – September 10, 2013 — Game creators WizKids/NECA and MFV today released a new update for the hit action-adventure app, TabApp™ Elite, adding all-new systems, figures, maps, rewards and enhancements. The update is available now, free from the App Store℠ for iPad® and Google Play™ Store for Android™ tablets.

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A complete list of new features and enhancements:

  • Every hero’s got a mission! A robust Objectives system adds 80+ new objectives that can be completed on three levels of difficulty.
  • Explore new environments with four all-new maps, including Rooftops, The Farm, Crimson Citadel and Metro Chemical Plant!
  • New DC Comics Super-Villain packs, villain bosses and Super Heroes! Introducing six new digital heroes (plus Deadman) and 12 digital villain bosses.
  • Rewards for heroic feats! Daily reward bonuses for consecutive days of play.
  • New comic panel art for all villain bosses and custom icons per hero for active powers.
  • New Share feature to easily share the adventure!
  • Performance enhancements and various gameplay improvements.

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The free update is available now on the AppStore℠ and Google Play Store.

For more information on TabApp™ Elite, visit www.tabappelite.com.

For updates, follow TabApp™ Elite on Facebook and Twitter.

DC Comics Super Heroes and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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About WizKids

WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. WizKids first pioneered the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, the most successful collectible miniatures game on the market today, with over 400 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. WizKids continues to produce new proprietary game platforms and properties including the award-winning board game Mage Knight, the groundbreaking Dice Building Game engine used in the critically-acclaimed game Quarriors, as well as the innovative Connect with Pieces puzzle building game platform. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

About MFV

MFV, majority-owned by NECA, is a game development studio dedicated to merging physical merchandise with interactive technology. MFV combines an extensive catalog of intellectual properties with a veteran team with offices in Los Altos, CA and Cary, NC.

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League Super Heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

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Press Release TabApp

WizKids/NECA Adds Marvel Super Heroes to TabApp™ Elite!

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New Update and Physical Figures Out Now, Featuring Invincible Iron Man

Hillside, NJ & Cary, NC – August 1, 2013 – Get ready for a heroic expansion as WizKids/NECA and MFV, developers of the recently launched TabApp™ Elite, today released a new update adding famed Marvel Super Heroes to the app. Three new physical figures featuring The Invincible Iron Man have hit store shelves, available as a TabApp™ Elite Starter and Booster Pack. The free update for iPad® and Android™ tablets is available now.

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Accompanying the three new physical figures, Iron Man, War Machine and Iron Patriot, the content update includes 13 Marvel Super Villains, such as Iron Monger, Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and Magneto. Also with the new update, the action now takes place in exciting new 3D Isometric perspective.

With the integration of Marvel Super Heroes to TabApp™ Elite, original HeroClix TabApp™ physical figures (which include the Marvel Super Heroes pack and Wolverine & the X-Men pack) are also fully compatible and can be used in game by placing them directly on the mobile device.

All figures are 100% compatible with the HeroClix tabletop game and come with a free code to unlock their HeroClix Online counterpart.

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For ages 8 and up, TabApp™ Elite takes players on a heroic adventure, unleashing powers of legendary Super Heroes right on their iPad® or Android device! Heroes are invited to play their way, choosing from a selection of widely popular Super Heroes, variety of play styles, 3D isometric maps and more!

For more information on TabApp™ Elite, visit www.tabappelite.com.

For updates, follow TabApp™ Elite on Facebook and Twitter.

About WizKids

WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. WizKids first pioneered the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, the most successful collectible miniatures game on the market today, with over 400 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. WizKids continues to produce new proprietary game platforms and properties including the award-winning board game Mage Knight, the groundbreaking Dice Building Game engine used in the critically-acclaimed game Quarriors, as well as the innovative Connect with Pieces puzzle building game platform. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.

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Press Release Yu-Gi-Oh!

NECA AND 4K MEDIA INC. UNVEIL FIRST EXCLUSIVE Yu-Gi-Oh! LICENSED MERCHANDISE AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL

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Hillside, NJ—July 19, 2013 — Entertainment conglomerate National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), alongside 4K Media Inc., the newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced a sneak-peek look at some of the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Art branded merchandise at San Diego Comic-Con International.

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“The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Art merchandise line has been such a blast to create and we are thrilled to finally reveal what the team has been working on,” said Alexis Mueller, Director of Business and Legal Affairs at NECA.

“We’re excited to be able to extend the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand through this appealing new collection from NECA,” said Jennifer Coleman, VP, Licensing & Marketing, 4KMedia. “It’s an important element in the resurgence of the brand and one we know will get both our fans and retailers excited, too.”

The exclusive collectibles and accessories merchandise deal, announced this spring, is a first for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand targeting the trading card artwork and features action figures, collectible replicas, collectible miniatures games, board games, puzzles, apparel, jewelry, accessories and more.

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The first wave of merchandise is set to launch worldwide, excluding Asia, later this summer. For a special reveal, visit NECA at booth #3145 and Konami at booth #3713 at San Diego Comic-Con now through July 21. Products on display include apparel, bags, keychains, and pins, featuring some of the most well-known and beloved monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game. Additional products will be available this fall.

For more information, visit NECA at www.necaonline.com.

National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc.

National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. is a media and entertainment company operating in the United States and internationally, with three segments: Consumer Products, Filmed Entertainment and Online Retail/Digital Distribution. NECA is the leading designer, marketer, and worldwide distributor of licensed entertainment consumer goods based on some of the world’s most established and beloved properties, providing products across all consumer categories and distribution channels. Together, NECA’s divisions provide a comprehensive, end-to-end solution to elevate each property, maximizing exposure and reach, while protecting the vision of the creator. As a result of NECA’s singular passion and reverence for the intellectual property backing its products, some of this generation’s most recognized content creators enjoy working with NECA, allowing us to help bring their vision to their audience. For additional information, visit www.necaonline.com.

About 4K Media Inc.

4K Media Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., created to manage the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia. 4K Media is responsible for brand management, licensing, and marketing of Yu-Gi-Oh!, as well as production and distribution of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! animated franchise, with nearly 600 episodes, consists of the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, has been translated and broadcast in 90 countries on many of the top leading networks.

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Announcing Portal 2 Sentry Turret Collectible Figures Series II

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HILLSIDE, NJ – July 8, 2013 – NECA/WizKids, the leader in collectible gaming, is excited to announce their partnership with the Valve Corporation to develop and launch a second series of the Portal 2 Sentry Turret Collectible Figures. In Portal 2, the Sentry Turrets are objects to avoid or destroy while maneuvering through the mind-bending puzzles presented at each level in the game— but you will want to collect all of these Portal 2 Sentry Turret Collectible Figures to stand guard over your work space and prized possessions!

The Portal 2 Sentry Turret Series II Collectible Figures stand 3” in height and feature all-new decorative designs to provide discreet protection in a variety of environments. Set includes Open and Closed versions of all 10 designs plus an additional 3 rare Turret designs!

Follow NECA and WizKids Games on Facebook for information about other Valve Software licensed products and collectibles.

The Portal 2 Sentry Turret Collectible Figures will be available for purchase in August 2013.

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About Wizkids/NECA, Inc.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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Announcements Press Release Yu-Gi-Oh!

GAME TIME FOR YU-GI-OH!

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GAME TIME FOR YU-GI-OH!

 

4K Media Inc. Announces WizKids Deal for HeroClix & Dice Building Games Worldwide excluding Asia

 

6 March 2013 – (New York, NY)  4K Media Inc., the newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it is creating a line of the games using the WizKids HeroClix and Dice Building Game platform, Quarriors, featuring the Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic animated library. Under the agreement, WizKids will produce a line of games based on the beloved animated series that first aired eleven years ago.  The first HeroClix release will feature approximately 50 collectible HeroClix figures released with a two player Starter and Booster expansion packs.  The product is expected to hit the market later this year with additional sets being released throughout 2014.  Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix and Dice Building Games will be available at specialty, hobby and comic book stores worldwide excluding Asia.

Mr. Shinichi Hanamoto, chairman and president corporate officer 4K Media Inc. said, “We think the combination of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic brand and HeroClix will be a big hit especially in the gaming community who have ardently supported our brand for so many years and who love the HeroClix game play.  It is a terrific opportunity to offer another way to engage our fans.”

Justin Ziran, president of WizKids said “We’re honored to be involved with Yu-Gi-Oh!, such a tremendously successful property with such a long history of success.  We’re excited to offer pre-painted figures of beloved characters to Yu-Gi-Oh! fans around the world.”

The Yu-Gi-Oh! phenomenon swept the US and global markets in 2001 and continues to captivate boys with its best-selling trading card game, animated television series and motion picture releases.

 

 

About 4K Media Inc

4K Media Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., created to manage the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia. 4K Media is responsible for brand management, licensing, and marketing of Yu-Gi-Oh!, as well as production and distribution of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! animated franchise, with nearly 600 episodes, consists of the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, has been translated and broadcast in 90 countries on many of the top leading networks.

About WizKids

WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. WizKids first pioneered the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, the most successful collectible miniatures game on the market today, with over 400 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. WizKids continues to produce new proprietary game platforms and properties including the award-winning board game Mage Knight, the groundbreaking Dice Building Game engine used in the critically-acclaimed game Quarriors, as well as the innovative Connect with Pieces puzzle building game platform. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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For licensing opportunities and information, contact:
Jennifer Coleman 212 591 2120 or jcoleman@4kmedia.com

For Immediate Release
Contact:

Jennifer Coleman, 4K Media Inc.
jcoleman@4kmedia.com
212 590 2120

Leonardo Saraceni, NECA
leos@necaonline.com
908 686 3300(x230)

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Announcements Heroclix Press Release

Wizkids/NECA, LLC Obtains Consent Permanent Injuction Against Tree House Kids, Inc.

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Hillside, NJ – National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA) is pleased to announce the entry of a Consent Permanent Injunction in a trademark infringement lawsuit against Tree House Kids, Inc.

In the lawsuit, NECA’s subsidiary WizKids/NECA, LLC (WizKids) alleges that use of the trademark HEROICS by Tree House Kids in connection with the sale of miniature super hero figures infringes WizKids’ rights in its HEROCLIX trademark.

On August 8, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued the Consent Permanent Injunction against Tree House Kids, permanently prohibiting Tree House Kids from, among other things, making, using, distributing, selling, displaying, manufacturing, advertising or promoting, products, product packaging, or labeling that use, incorporate or display the trademarks HEROCLIX or HEROICS, or any other trademarks likely to cause confusion with the HEROCLIX trademark.

“We have invested substantial time and resources to build a world-class intellectual property portfolio that includes the HEROCLIX brand and its considerable goodwill. Protecting that brand is a top priority for us,” says Justin Ziran, President of WizKids. “The lawsuit against Tree House Kids is part of ongoing and comprehensive efforts of NECA and its subsidiaries to aggressively enforce our intellectual property rights. We will continue to take action to protect against intellectual property infringements and counterfeiting,” adds Alexis Mueller, head of Business and Legal Affairs for NECA and its subsidiaries.

The lawsuit, in which WizKids seeks damages, including profits and attorneys fees, arising from Tree House’s alleged infringement of the HEROCLIX trademark, is ongoing. Meanwhile, NECA is committed to identifying and pursuing other infringing activity.

About NECA

National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. is a media and entertainment company operating in the United States and internationally, with three segments: Consumer Products, Filmed Entertainment and Online Retailing/Digital Distribution. NECA is the leading designer, marketer, and worldwide distributor of licensed entertainment consumer goods based on some of the world’s most established and beloved properties, providing products across all consumer categories. For more information about NECA please visit www.necaonline.com

About Wizkids and HeroClix

WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 400 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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Announcements Press Release

Paizo and WizKids Launch Pathfinder Pre-Painted Minis

Beginner Box Release Resurrects Pre-Painted Plastic Fantasy Miniatures

May 25, 2011 (REDMOND, Wash.) – Paizo Publishing and WizKids Games announce a new partnership whereby WizKids Games will produce a special set of pre-painted plastic miniatures for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box, an introductory boxed set slated to release in October 2011.

“We’re excited to bring the Pathfinder property to life via 3-D pre-painted fantasy miniatures” said Lax Chandra, President of WizKids Games, “Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG has emerged as a leader in the RPG category and we are looking forward to working with their great brand.”

“WizKids essentially created the pre-painted plastic miniatures category, and they’ve only gotten better in the years since,” said Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens. “We are thrilled to work with WizKids to bring our iconic characters to tabletops all over the world.”

Pathfinder RPG Beginner Box pre-painted fantasy miniatures will be available at paizo.com and through WizKids distribution partners worldwide starting in the fourth quarter of 2011.

ABOUT PAIZO PUBLISHING

Paizo Publishing®, LLC is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo’s Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game, the result of the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming, is one of the best-selling tabletop RPGs in today’s market. Pathfinder Adventure Path is the most popular and best-selling monthly product in the tabletop RPG industry. Paizo.com is the leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world. In the nine years since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than forty major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry.

ABOUT WIZKIDS GAMES

A wholly owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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Announcements Giant-Size X-Men Press Release

Giant-Size X-Men Sells-Out

WIZKIDS ANNOUNCES MANUFACTURER SELL-OUT

 

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February 22, 2011 (HILLSIDE, NJ) — WizKids Inc. announces the manufacturer sell-out of their most recent set, Marvel HeroClix®: Giant-Size X-Men (GSX).  WizKids’ entire inventory of Marvel Giant-Size X-Men, releasing March 16th, 2011 has been completely sold to distributors worldwide.

The X-Men burst onto the scene in this latest HeroClix expansion dedicated to Marvel’s “First Family” of mutants.   Marvel HeroClix: Giant-Size X-Men features over 60 new collectible figures including characters from the X-Men’s long and impressive history.  Each brick of GSX features one super booster containing one of six giant sized figures.

“The Giant-Size X-Men sell out is the fastest since I joined WizKids in 2006, even though we took an aggressive approach on our print run” said Lax Chandra, President of WizKids Games, “the growing strength of the line can be attributed to our passionate fans, great stores that support us through in-store gaming, a robust game and compelling content”

All though supplies are limited, American retailers can still purchase the Marvel HeroClix Giant-Size X-Men set through Alliance Game Distributors or Diamond Comic Distributors and should contact their sales representatives for order information.  International retailers should contact their local distributors for ordering information.

About NECA/WizKids:

A wholly owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WizKids.

©2010 NECA/WizKids LLC. All rights reserved. HeroClix, the HeroClix Logo, HeroClix, and WizKids are trademark of NECA/WizKids LLC.

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Announcements Giant-Size X-Men Heroclix New Games Press Release

HeroClix News Jan 29th 2011

So much news and so little time to spread the word.  Here are some highlights from the last month.

Giant Sized X-Men – All I can say is WOW.  Pre-sales for the GSX set are trending really high and it is moving quickly (on our side).  Make sure your retailers are in contact with their distributors and ordering appropriately.  I expect to make an announcement shortly.

New Clix Base – I’ve taken the NEW prototype base with me on the road and i am happy to say it has received great reviews.  We’re in the process of seeing how we can incorporate the new base into the product line.  The base cost a bit more than the “H” base or “Cup” base so I can say with certainty that the Oreo base won’t make it into GSX.  Best guess is that it will hit the HeroClix minis line at the end of 2011 (no promises on this one).  For those of you that have the sample base, feel free to share pictures, thoughts and reviews.

Product Replacement – The last of the replacement figures are landing in the warehouse.  I will be posting the replacement policy in the coming weeks.

New Games/Releases – We’ve announce a bunch of new stuff and there is still a few more to go.  In the coming weeks we’ll talk about our summer Marvel and DC sets, reveal more info on our new games and provide some more  detail on a couple in store programs I touched upon in my ICV2 interview.

Green Lantern Movie Figures – Green Lantern figs are on their way and will be distributed in a couple of flavors.  The hobby will get a GL movie 6 pack with maps, dice, and figures (think Fast Forces).  We’re also putting out a gravity feed unit with 24 single figure boosters in broader markets.   We’ll add these to the preview schedule once GSX has released.  This is a micro set in that there are <15 figures in the set.   BTW – All new sculpts on these guys!

That’s it for now.

-Justin

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Announcements Dice Game New Games Press Release Quarriors

WizKids Rolls a “Crit” with Quarriors Dice Building Game

(January 27, 2011-Hillside NJ) – WizKids announced today the addition of the Quarriors Dice Building GameTM to their summer 2011 product release schedule.  Players take on the roles of Quarriors —mighty mystical warriors—who have the power to capture dangerous quarry from the untamed Wilds! They must conjure the mysterious powers of Quiddity, cast powerful spells, and summon their creatures to battle if they hope to overcome rivals and earn their rightful place as the Champion!

The game features 130 custom molded dice, 53 creature and spell cards and everything needed to play for 2 to 4 players.

“Quarriors has the frenetic excitement of a dice battle game,” said co-designer Eric Lang “with an added ‘deckbuilding’ twist: players customize their dice pools during the game using resources generated by their rolls.”

“It takes the best of deckbuilding games without the tedium of shuffling” said Mike Elliott the other co-designer of the game, “take a typical deckbuilding game, add the speed and fun of dice and in 60 minutes you’re on your second or third game trying unique strategies against your opponents.”

“When Mike and Eric first showed us the game we were amazed at how quick it was to set up and play and really get to the strategic elements of the game.  We are excited to continue WizKids tradition of innovating core hobby gaming and believe this will really resonate with players who want to get the most out of a gaming session” said Lax Chandra President of WizKids.

Find us on the web at http://www.WizKidsGames.com/Quarriors or friend us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Wizkids to see the latest developments from Wizkids as they happen!