WizKids Games To Debut New Game Titles, Inaugural HeroClix World Championship, At Essen Spiel 2013
August 22, 2013


Hillside, NJ—August 22, 2013—WizKids/NECA (WizKids), the industry leader in tabletop games with cutting edge 3D figures, today revealed plans to debut three upcoming games and host the inaugural HeroClix European National Championships at Essen Spiel 2013, taking place October 24-27 in Essen, Germany. Games debuts include Trains and Stations, The Hobbit: Journey to the Lonely Mountain Strategy Game, and the Mage Knight – The Board Game: Krang Character Expansion.

  • Trains and Stations, designed by Eric M. Lang, is a light strategy dice game wherein players construct railways and industry buildings to score victory points as they expand their railway empire!
  • The Hobbit: Journey to the Lonely Mountain Strategy Game, also designed by Eric M. Lang, places players in the roles of Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, the Goblin King, and Azog as they each compete to achieve different objectives during the quest to reach Middle-earth’s Lonely Mountain.
  • Mage Knight – The Board Game: Krang Character Expansion, designed by Vlaada Chvátil, adds a new playable character to the award-winning epic fantasy board game series. The Orc Chaos Shaman, Krang, is sure to delight new and established fans of the Mage Knight Board Game series!

Essen Spiel 2013 will be the first opportunity the public has to purchase the new releases.

In addition to the new titles, WizKids Games also announced the inaugural HeroClix European National Championships, to take place during the event, in which one lucky player will be crowned the 2013 HeroClix European National Champion, win great prizes, and earn a seat in the finals of the 2014 HeroClix World Championship at Gen Con Indy 2014. More information available here.

HeroClix fans will also have the opportunity to pick up the 2013 DC HeroClix: Trinity of Sin and the Marvel HeroClix: Shuma Gorath exclusives, available in limited quantities.

Visit WizKids Games at Essen Spiel Hall 1, Booth #F117.

To RSVP for the HeroClix European National Championships visit the WizKids Games Facebook page here.

HeroClix is a leading turn-based tabletop game and the most successful collectible figural game on the market today, featuring widely popular collectible figures drawing from a diverse catalog of well-known intellectual properties and source materials. More information at www.heroclix.com

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.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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