CoolMiniOrNot has been unveiling some changes over the past several months, with much of it culminating at Gen Con. With releases like The Grizzled, they’ve been showing their ability to diverge from all miniatures all the time.
Now, they’ve officially rebranded their board-games line under the name CMON. Taking the word mini out of the publisher’s title sets consumer expectations differently and lets the company release a more diverse line of games.
Let’s take a look at a few recently announced CMON games that will have few to no minis and will be coming straight to retail!
Gekido: Bot Battles
Releases Q4 2016!
Two to four players build and battle with robots represented by prepainted miniatures. Structure and attack dice let players customize their robots, and cards give special abilities that augment actions like attacking and defending.
Players run competing dojos, recruiting and training their fighters using strategic worker-placement gameplay. Then, in the tournament phases of the game, players send forth their strongest fighters and engage in dice-driven combat.
Releases Q4 2016 or Q1 2017
Control the provinces of Ethnos by playing bands of cards including wizards, dwarves, and wingfolk. Each band will have a leader to give you a special ability as you play them to expand your control.
Bluff and bid as you vie for control over temples to various Greek gods. Each temple has tokens to the gods, and when you win a bid for a temple, you’ll collect those tokens for points.
Raise Your Goblets
Releases Q4 2016!
Two to twelve players begin with a goblet, a character, and a target to kill. Players take turns swapping goblets, pouring “wine,” or checking their own goblets until someone calls a toast. Players check the contents of their goblets to see if they’re poisoned, there’s scoring, and anyone who died receives a new character.
Releases Q1 2017!
This area-control deck-builder with a unique board game twist places players into the roles of competing factions of rebellious wizards attempting to retake their city, one district at a time, from the oppressive Chancellor and his regime, who have outlawed magic for everyone but themselves.
This upcoming reprint has players searching crowded paintings of objects, searching for things that start with a predetermined letter for the round. Find more items than everyone else to earn the most points!
Cthulhu in the House
A reimplementation of Rumble in the House, this is a game of bluffing and deduction for the whole family. Each player secretly “owns” two of the twelve characters in the house and can either move any character that is alone in a room into an adjacent room or start a fight in a room that contains at least two characters. Characters are worth more points the longer they stick around, and the round ends when only one character remains.
Ta-Da! is played over a number of fast-paced, frantic rounds. Each player furiously rolls dice in an effort to collect the elements needed to cast their spell. However, game-changing feats will be in play throughout the game, making players perform crazy acts as they play, such as making animal noises, keeping their heads on the table, and more!