The Top 5 Tabletop Games Worth Splurging On in 2018

Any board gamer knows the simple truth of the hobby: your wallet will hate you. Some games are more expensive than others, though, to the point where they don’t seem worth it. It may seem better to convince your friend to buy it and have them host game night instead. However, there are some you absolutely need on your shelf if you can afford it. Here are the top five games, in no particular order, that are worth spending your hard earned cash on for 2018.

#1: Arkham Horror LCG
With the core set being initially cheap, you might be wondering why it’s on this list. Well, as wonderful as the core set is, Fantasy Flight took the business model of a drug dealer with this one: the core set is just not enough. You need more. That’s where the two existing (soon to be three) expansions and 14 separate “mythos” packs come. It adds up fast, trust me. Completely worth it, though; Arkham is an addictive combination of card game and roleplay that will keep you coming back for more.

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#2: Star Wars: Legion
Some of the most gorgeous and detailed figures I have seen in a while are packaged in this glorious game. If you want to add some awesome figures to your collection, this one is totally worth it since it includes the likes of Luke Skywalker and the OG Dark Vader. Set in the time of the Galactic Civil War when the Empire and the Rebels duked it out in brutal infantry battles, Star Wars: Legion is a strategic and engaging game, even if it’s meant for just two players (but really, who’s complaining about that?). Don’t let sticker-shock scare you away from the thrill of adventure.

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#3: Zombicide
Zombicide is an exciting cooperative game with a rearrangeable map and strong influences from pop-culture (in fact, the character models are based off of real-life stars like Sheldon Cooper or Rick Grimes). If you’re a player who enjoys zombies, comedy, and action, this is the perfect game for you—and if you want, you can take five friends with you. Charged with a scavenging mission that changes depending on the number of players, you’ll mow down hoards of zombies that grow in number and ferocity as the game progresses (and have a lot of fun doing it). This game is one that you and your friends will treasure.

#4: Mansions of Madness
I was hesitant to put another Fantasy Flight Arkham game on here, but this one is too good. A co-op roleplay adventure game with several different campaigns, Mansions has innovated a new way to offer you story and puzzles—through the use of an app that acts as an efficient game master. The use of the app in the game cuts down on the time it takes to set up and smooths out the gameplay bugs from the original game. At roughly $99, it doesn’t seem that expensive. But, in true Fantasy Flight fashion, you have tons of must-have expansions to go with it.

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#5: Gloomhaven
This had to be on here. When you own Gloomhaven, you own one of the largest board game boxes ever—weighing in at around 20 lbs, and packing approximately 100 hours of play. Another entry in the innovative Legacy genre, Gloomhaven is an amazing co-op adventure taking place in a new and unique world. Full of story and world building, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

So, if you’re a tabletop fan and have some money to burn, do yourself a favor and get at least one of these. If you REALLY have money to burn, ignore your wallet’s whimpering and get all of them.

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News From Wizard World

News From Wizard World

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So earlier I got an email informing me that John D. Maatta has been named President and CEO of Wizard World, Inc., effective Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Wizard World, Inc. Appoints John D. Maatta President and Chief Executive Officer
Wizard World, Inc. today announced the appointment of John D. Maatta as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Wizard World is the leading producer in North America of…

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News From Wizard World

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So earlier I got an email informing me that John D. Maatta has been named President and CEO of Wizard World, Inc., effective Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Wizard World, Inc. Appoints John D. Maatta President and Chief Executive Officer
Wizard World, Inc. today announced the appointment of John D. Maatta as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Wizard World is the leading producer in North America of events and comic conventions that celebrate the very best of pop culture, celebrity, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology and live music.

“John brings Wizard World his solid entertainment industry experience and proven success in creating innovative content and distribution strategies. Wizard World is poised to expand its already significant footprint, and John will work with us to guide the company to its next phase of growth and beyond,” said Paul Kessler, Chairman of the Wizard World Board of Directors.

Maatta has enjoyed a particularly successful career as an entertainment executive, having served as the first employee of the WB Television Network, as well as the unnamedExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of both the WB and the CW Television Network—where he was the co-head of the network for more than six years. Maatta served in various capacities as an executive at Warner Bros and Lorimar-Telepictures Corporation for almost 28 years.

“Wizard World is the preeminent producer of pop culture multi-city tours that aggregates huge audiences of fans across the country. Wizard World comic conventions are high-energy events bringing entertainment fans the most sought-after and interesting celebrities and content from movies, television and music to technology and sports. Wizard World is on the verge of becoming an especially powerful force in the entertainment industry as it rapidly expands into the area of content creation together with the launch of new distribution initiatives. Wizard World stands squarely at the intersection of the audience, celebrities and cutting edge content. Wizard events are the sweet spot where the entertainment industry interacts one-on-one with its audience,” said Maatta.
Mr. Maatta currently serves as the President of UNICEF in Southern California, and as Chairman of the UNICEF Chinese Children’s Initiative.  Additionally, Mr. Maatta serves on the Board of Trader Vic’s Corporation, and is a member of the advisory Board of the Asia Society.
Mr. Maatta’s appointment will be effective as of May 3, 2016.

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic convention pop culture events across North America that celebrate the best in celebrities, pop culture, movies, television, music, sports, cosplay, comics, technology, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, and collectibles. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each Wizard event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, movie screenings, and music concerts Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can access Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media platforms.