IDW Games and Pandasaurus Games announced today at Gen Con 2014 in Indianapolis that they will bring two cult-favorite titles to tabletops in 2015; Fire & Axe and Wildcatters. Fire & Axe pits players as Viking warriors, racing to pillage, plunder, and conquer their way across Europe, while Wildcatters sees players as oil barons maneuvering their corporations to come out on top during the 19th century oil boom.
“These are a pair of hidden gems,” said Molly Wardlaw of Pandasaurus Games. “Fire & Axe is a game that people in-the-know have played and loved, we’re happy to be printing it and meeting the pent-up demand for new copies. The new art team behind this edition is going to make it something very special. Wildcatters really hasn’t seen any U.S. exposure, people are going to love this game, it’s got great innovative mechanics, and excellent components, and yes, there will be blood.”
Fire & Axe seats three to five players, and is playable in roughly 90 minutes. Each round players take a turn that consists of seven in-game days to load their ships and send them out to trade with or conquer Europe. There is also a a unique mission system that gives all players a chance to complete tasks on mission cards, which when completed, awards bonuses that can tip the scales of battle.
Wildcatters is a deeply strategic economic game for three or four players, playable in roughly two hours. Players work to develop oil fields, bid for oil rights, and build the equipment required to transport and refine their crude and take it to the market. The game forces players to work together to find oil at a good price, and transport it to refineries, but only the player who delivers the most oil will come out on top.
Both titles will join a rapidly expanding lineup that features a mix of comic book adaptation games like CHEW, V-Wars, and 30 Days of Night as well as imported and original titles like Machi Koro and Diamonsters. For more information, exclusive offers, and plenty of fun make sure to like IDW Games on facebook and follow @IDWgames on twitter.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.