Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/44041/legend-story-studios-unveils-flesh-blood-tcg

Legend Story Studios will release Flesh and Blood: Welcome to Rathe, the first set for a new trading card game, into retail stores in the US, Australia, and New Zealand on October 11. This game has been in development for seven years, but is now ready for a full retail release, the company said in an announcement.

Flesh and Blood is set in the fantasy world of Rathe, where players equip various hero cards with weapons and armor to do battle against each other. The first Flesh and Blood set, Welcome to Rathe, includes four heroes to start: Dorinthea Ironsong (Warrior), Bravo, Showstopper (Guardian), Rhinar, Reckless Rampage, and Katsu, the Wanderer (Ninja). The game features a unique resource system that allows players to play out their full hands on each turn, and gameplay that rewards player skill over luck of the draw.

Legendary Story Studios will offer Flesh and Blood organized play programs for retailers in an effort to build play communities. They are also planning an international tournament circuit, dubbed The Calling, with cash prize pools.

Flesh and Blood: Welcome to Rathe will come in 66-card pre-constructed Hero Decks which will retail for $10.99, and 15-card booster packs which are priced at $3.49. Boosters are packaged into 24-count displays which is enough to support an eight-person draft pod.


GameStop’s collectibles business was the only real sales bright spot in its down fiscal Q1 ended May 4, as restructuring of the category continues.

The chain retailer reported a 13.3% overall decline in sales (11.5% in constant currency), driven by comp store sales declines of 10.2% in the U.S. (and 10.4% internationally).

Collectibles sales were up 10.5% to $157 million for the quarter. The only other up category was accessories, which was up less than 1%. New hardware was down 35%, software sales were down 4.3%, pre-owned sales were down 20.3%, and digital receipts were down 6.7%.

The troubled ThinkGeek online operation, which exhibited its first signs of trouble last quarter (see “GameStop Coillectibles Sales Up, But Overall Sales Decline”), continued to have problems. Sales in the collectibles category would have been up 16% rather than 10.5% if not for ThinkGeek.com, COO/CFO Rob Lloyd said in the conference call.

The company is consolidating the ThinkGeek web operation with GameStop’s, with a redirect for ThinkGeek maintaining the brand “at least initially, while we consolidate the backend operation,” CEO George Sherman told analysts.

Top categories in the collectibles category are Funko POP! figures, statues, and t-shirts, Sherman said.

While the company underperformed on sales, it beat net profit projections with a $6.8 million profit (on its $1.5 billion in sales), still down substantially from $28.2 million in the year-ago quarter.

GameStop has a number of initiatives to try to continue to respond to the digitization of its core videogame software business, according to its executives in the conference call (transcript via Seeking Alpha). It’s eliminated its dividend to conserve capital, has brought in a top tier consulting firm to help with restructuring, has begun expense reduction efforts, and deployed a special management team to manage the process. It’s already begun expense reductions; tests of experiential retailing in a number of areas, including collectibles; focusing on decluttering stores to give more attention to the best sellers; and expanding its exclusive collectibles.

“The challenge is a significant one,” Sherman told analysts. “We must immediately address SG&A [sales, general, administrative expenses – ed.] that’s been allowed to deleverage, execute on opportunities to optimize the current business and develop new revenue streams for our future. Doing so will require immediate action on our part and an ongoing sense of urgency that is off the chart.”

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43350/collectibles-remain-sole-bright-spot-gamestop-sales-decline

Architect TCG launch

Force of Will Inc. is soliciting for preorders on two Starter Duel Decks for its new Architect Trading Card Game which will launch on July 20.

Set in the year 2111, various factions gather to battle over disparate ideals: the present vs the past, magic vs science; who controls the future? History’s greatest minds, the New- Roma (Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein) battle against the current intelligentsia (Unity Forces) over rewriting the past, and Sorcerers (Merlin) fight the zombie army of the NewTech Co. with magic.

Each Starter Duel Deck, Wizards vs NewTech Co. and Neo-Rome vs Unity, includes two 50 card decks. Each carton (no displays) includes 40 decks. Preorders will include a bonus of 1 Limited Force of Will special PR Card in each Duel Deck. MSRP was not announced at this time.


Source: https://icv2.com/image/40174/3

Exclusive Artwork coming to Final Fantasy TCG

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/39308/exclusive-artwork-coming-final-fantasy-tcg


In ‘Opus VI’ Booster-Only Expansion Set

Square Enix has revealed the next expansion set for its Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. The Opus VI Collection Booster will release in Q3.
Opus VI will feature new exclusive artwork from some noted veteran artists who have previously worked on Final Fantasy games, including Matsuda Toshitaka (Final Fantasy), Ryoma Ito (Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift), and Roberto Ferrari (Final Fantasy Type-0).

This expansion will be available only in booster packs. Each booster contains 12 cards, including one premium foil card. Boosters will be packed in 36-pack display boxes.

The Opus V set and three new starters are scheduled to release in Q2

Dragon Ball Super series 3 to release

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/38706/dragon-ball-super-card-game-back-series-3

Bandi’s exclusive U.S. distributor GTS has announced Series 3 for the Dragon Ball Super TCG, set to release in March.
Series 3 will include more than 200 cards, sold in both starter decks and booster packs. Two different starters will be released: The Starter Deck Red Ver. and Starter Deck New Color Ver. Both starters come with 51 cards including five exclusive cards, game rules, and a playsheet. Starters will be sold in six-count display boxes.

The rest of the new cards will be packaged in 12-card booster packs. Each pack includes 8 common, 3 uncommon, and 1 rare or higher rarity card. The entire set includes 60 common, 30 uncommon, 18 rare, 14 super rare, 1 secret rare, and 4 special rare cards. Boosters will be sold in 24-pack displays.
A Series 3 Special Pack will also be on offer. This pack comes with four random booster packs, one limited edition promo card, and a game play manual.

Bandi is supporting the launch of Series 3 with a Tournament Kit for stores that want to hold an event related to the release. The kit includes everything needed for 16 participants, including 16 tournament packs, 3 posters, 1 tournament manual, additional tournament packs for the top 3 finishers, and first and second place playmats.

Final Fantasy TCG Organized Play update

Square Enix will release an in-store organized play kit for the Final Fantasy TCG, coinciding with the release of the new Opus II Collection Booster Set on March 24.

Intended for casual format play, each kit includes organized play directions, promotional cards to be used as prizes for event winner (6 events worth, 3 Premium Foil Promotional Cards – Sephiroth, 6 Standard Promotional Cards – Sephiroth, 3 Premium Foil Promotional Cards – Lightning, and 6 Standard Promotional Cards – Lightning. Events can be as informal as game demonstrations, or as formal as competitive tournament-type events (Swiss or Single Elimination; Pre-built, Limited, or Draft play). The promotional cards are for promotional/event use only, not for resale.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, Opus II Collection is the second set to be released in the Western market. The 148-card set will enhance the play experience and features popular characters including Tifa and Squall. Each Booster Pack contains 12 cards, with 1 premium foiled card guaranteed. Each box contains 36 packs, and each carton contains 6 display boxes.

Final Fantasy TCG product is only available through GTS Distribution in the United States (see “Square Enix Enters North American Tabletop Games Market”).

Source: http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/37005/final-fantasy-tcg-gets-organized-play

Spirit of Rebellion Spoilers

A few gems spoiled from the upcoming Star Wars: Spirit of Rebellion set



It’s really sweet to see a new Darth Vader so soon, I was personally getting really bored of the old one since everyone seems to be running him.


Obi-Wan is very cool, but is however not the counterpart to Palpatine. Perhaps Yoda will rise up to the challenge? The first thing that comes to mind with Obi-Wan is clearly to use One with the Force in your deck. It’s almost an auto-include at this point.


Rise Again is great design that’s not inherently super powerful and encourgaes you to want to discard something like a Mind Probe or Force Throw early to re-roll or to discard between rounds, knowing you can later get more value out of it.


The chamber is very similar to Frozen Wastes with a twist: its effect will work next turn, making it a little trickier. They also mentioned they wanted to make battlefields more impactful in future sets, so claiming will probably be higher on your priority list rather than re-rolling some dice that are less relevant to the board state.

They also mentioned that the 2 missing points from Palpatine would maybe get to be used in future sets, but much more into the future. It’s really cool to get a few newer spoilers here and there for what is probably going to be one of the most anticipated CCG sets this year. They just keep us wanting more and more until the product releases in April.


Final Fantasy CCG – Organized play coming to North America

A couple of tournament promos were featured on the Final Fantasy CCG website

lightning-promo sephirot


To all our TCG fans in North America, we are still perfecting Organized Play plans for FINAL FANTASY TRADING CARD GAME, set to launch in early 2017!

Stay posted for updates, including your chance to win special promotional cards featuring fan-favorite FINAL FANTASY characters.


Source: https://a.fftradingcardgame.com/na/news/op-na

Final Fantasy Opus II Release


Dive in with 148 brand new cards featuring FFVIII, XII, XIV and more!

◆ Starter Sets Volume 2: Early June 2017

  • Starter Set Final Fantasy IX – Fire & Water
  • Starter Set Final Fantasy TYPE-0 – Lightning & Wind


Featuring Squall from Final Fantasy VIII


Future Starter decks

They also posted tentative release info:

*Product design subject to change.

◆ Opus III Booster Pack: Early July 2017

Details to be announced

Opus IV Booster Pack: October 2017

Details to be announced

Stay tuned for more updates as we draw closer to Opus II!



Source: https://a.fftradingcardgame.com/na/news/fftcg-2017-release-schedule