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Asmodee Entertainment and Ulysses Press Announce Partnership To Publish Two Cookbooks Based on Best-Selling Board Games, CATAN® and Ticket to Ride™

Scheduled for publication in Spring and Summer 2023, respectively, the hardcover cookbooks will each feature original recipes, full-color photographs, and beautiful interior layouts. Expanding on the worlds the gamers already know and love, the official CATAN and Ticket to Ride cookbooks will promise to take players on eating expeditions never before experienced.

With fans from around the world, CATAN is available in 40+ languages and has sold more than 40 million units worldwide since it was first published in 1995. Distributed in 40 countries, Ticket to Ride is the world’s best-selling train game.

“This cooperation is something we wanted to do for a long time and I’m very excited that with the Ulysses team we found such a passionate partner,” said Asmodee Entertainment Licensing Manager Alexander Thieme. “Having seen the first ideas for the books I’m absolutely sure that fans of both gaming brands will love these books. With tens of millions of active players in North America alone these books will find themselves in a great many kitchens and on a great many coffee tables before too long.”

Ulysses Press Editorial Director Casie Vogel echoed the excitement of the collaboration. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with Asmodee Entertainment, CATAN, and Ticket to Ride,” Vogel said. “With our experience and track record to create beautiful, pop culture-themed cookbooks and the huge fandom behind these games (our staff included), we’re excited to create books that families and friends can enjoy all while bringing their favorite games to life through food.”

The official CATAN cookbook (title and cover to be revealed) will be available for pre-order this fall, and both books will be distributed by Simon & Schuster.

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Aconyte Books & Graphic Audio Bring You Arkham Horror, Twilight Imperium, and Zombicide in a Radically Different Audiobook Experience

Aconyte’s publisher Marc Gascoigne said, “Our action-adventure novels provide the perfect raw material for full cast audio dramas, and Graphic Audio are the experts at bringing these stories to life. Personally, I can’t wait to treat my ears.”

Graphic Audio’s Creative Director, Ken Jackson said, “As a young reader, I devoured mysteries, particularly those of Agatha Christie. It’s no wonder then that I was drawn to Arkham Horror: The Wrath of N’Kai. It is the story of an international thief of esoteric artifacts, who stumbles onto a nightmarish cult in 1920s New England. Producing this in Graphic Audio, the events unfold like a macabre mystery movie from Hollywood’s Golden Age. It’s playful at times, but at others deadly and spooky.”

The first Graphic Audio/Aconyte collaboration, WRATH OF N’KAI, is an eldritch adventure based in the world of the wildly popular Arkham Horror games. An international thief steals something she did not expect and is drawn into a world of cultists and sinister beings.

 

ARKHAM HORROR: WRATH OF N’KAI by Josh Reynolds

Graphic Audio release 16 May 2022

Also available on all digital platforms where audiobooks are sold, including Audible, Apple, Storytel, Scribd and more

Check out a sample of the audio drama: YOU TUBE LINK

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Aconyte Books Announce Play to Win Series and Launch Titles – Non-Fiction from the World of Tabletop Gaming

Everybody Wins: Four Decades of the Greatest Board Games Ever Made chronicles the recent revolution in tabletop gaming through an entertaining and informative look at the winners of the prestigious Game of the Year (Spiel des Jahre) award, known as the Oscars of the tabletop. Acclaimed British author and games expert James Wallis investigates the winners and losers of each year’s contest to track the incredible explosion in amazing new board games. From modern classics like CATAN, Ticket to Ride, and Dixit, to once-lauded games that have now been forgotten (not to mention several popular hits that somehow missed a nomination), this is a comprehensive yet hugely readable study, penned by one of tabletop gaming’s most knowledgeable commentators. Accompanying the book will be a dedicated podcast series, presented by the book’s author, James Wallis.

Rokugan: The Art of Legend of the Five Rings presents stunning art and illustration from the Japanese-inspired fantasy realms of Rokugan, setting for the famed Legend of the Five Rings series of games, in a lavish, large-format hardcover art book. The Emerald Empire is captured in an age of strife and upheaval – war, intrigue, wild magic and celestial turmoil – through the very finest artwork from across the history of the series. Iconic pieces from the L5R roleplaying and collectible card games are presented in their full glory, together with never-before-seen images, taking the game’s many fans and lovers of fantasy art on a journey through this extraordinary world.

These titles are just the first in a planned series of in-depth non-fiction titles, Look for further announcements and more information on plans for the Play to Win range later in the year.

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Planeta Cómic to Publish Marvel Novels by Aconyte Books in Spanish

After this, there will be more books based on the most interesting superheroes of the Marvel Universe for the enjoyment of Spanish and Latin American readers. During 2022, the publishing plan will include La cabeza de Mimir (September), La espada de Surtur (October), Pícara intocable y Vengadores de las sombras (November) and Brujas desencadenadas (December).

Aconyte’s Publisher Marc Gascoigne says: “After our earlier deal announcing Spanish editions of our various tabletop game-derived novels, Aconyte is delighted to expand our publishing partnership to encompass our Marvel range. Planeta is the perfect partner to bring these wondrous stories to Spanish readers worldwide.”

For Editorial Planeta, “This agreement will represent increasing the range of products focused on Marvel, this time with completely original novels that explore the background of our dearest superheroes. We are sure that this new line will be enjoyed as much as comic books and films. We are delighted to enlarge our deal with Aconyte with these new novels.”

All novels will be published in paperback and ebook formats.

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Escape Rooms News Press Releases

Arkham Horror Files: The Road to Innsmouth Digital Experience from Hourglass Escapes – in Development Now

Arkham Horror Files: The Road to Innsmouth is an immersive, multimedia puzzle-solving experience that uses digital gameplay to tell the story of Stella Clark’s journey into the heart of Innsmouth. In this Arkham Horror–branded digital experience, players will help guide Stella through multiple perils in the hopes of getting her to a mysterious meeting. Featuring the voice talents of Persephone Valentine, (Fast Times at DnD High) this classic online puzzle adventure will take Arkham Horror fans through the eerie streets of Innsmouth and into the Gilman House Hotel. The story is a prequel to Mystery at Innsmouth, a physical escape room location opening in Seattle, WA during Q2 of 2022.
 
Augmenting the adventure, Hourglass Escapes is releasing a Deluxe Box that includes interactive collectibles players can use to help solve the puzzles and get Stella to the hotel safely!
 
Fantasy Flight Games’ Arkham Horror is one of the best-known and most-loved brands in tabletop gaming and includes Mansions of Madness, Eldritch Horror, and Arkham Horror: The Card Game, among others. The brand is one of more than 300 gaming properties found in Asmodee Group’s portfolio. Away from the tabletop, the Arkham Horror brand is already represented by a range of novels from Asmodee Entertainment’s fiction imprint Aconyte Books, as well as a licensed artbook from Dark Horse Books, and fans will be excited to see the brand further developed through Hourglass Escapes forthcoming offerings.
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Asmodee Entertainment Announces Deal with ABLAZE for Spot It! Graphic Novel

Rich Young, ABLAZE VP Creative & Managing Editor: “Very excited to be working with the team at Asmodee on this project, and on such an iconic, global brand. We are planning to deliver something unique and fun here, that I think fans of the game and graphic novel fans will both enjoy immensely.”   

Characters from the game, including Dobbly, the famous anthropomorphic hand which features in the game’s logo, will appear in an original adventure story, written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Gabriele Bagnoli.  Derek is the New York Times bestselling writer of the Secret Hero Society series and the Eisner-nominated co-writer of Batman Li’l Gotham, and has worked for a range of publishers including Scholastic, DC Comics, Disney, and more.  Gabriele is a talented artist, and a part of Arancia Studio, who has worked on projects like Snow White for Disney, as well as Steven Universe for BOOM, and for other publishers such as Dark Horse, Glenat and Dupuis.

 

“I am so very glad that with Rich and the ABLAZE team we found such a passionate partner.  Seeing the first art concepts and reading the first story bits show me that this project is going to be a very popular addition to the brand family and will bring old and new fans so much new joy,” adds Alexander Thieme, Licensing Manager at Asmodee Entertainment.

 

The Spot It! graphic novel will be available to retailers through Diamond Comics and Diamond Book Distributors and is due to launch in Summer 2022, with further details expected soon.