January 19, 2005 (Renton, Wash.) -- Attendees of this winter's Game Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) trade show in Las Vegas are in for a special treat as iconic strategy board game brand Avalon Hill premiers the five games that will make-up its 2005 product lineup.
After nearly fifty years of existence, Avalon Hill will continue to remain true to its roots of creating strategy-intense games while broadening its horizons with the introduction of new and exciting titles designed to reach to its core customer base and beyond. Celebrated as the developer of such popular, high-concept game titles as Axis & Allies, Diplomacy, and Squad Leader, Avalon Hill is published by Seattle-based game manufacturer Wizards of the Coast (NYSE: HAS).
- Avalon Hill weighs anchor on the 2005 year with a swashbuckling pirate adventure: Sword and Skull. This track-style game melds strategic play with family entertainment in an easy-to-learn but challenging package sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike. Releasing in March, the game is designed for two to five players ages ten and older.
- Long time Avalon Hill fans are sure to be excited with the re-release of the popular Monsters Ravage America title, which has been revamped and repackaged as Monsters Menace America. Playing off a campy, B-movie theme, Monsters Menace America finds individual players controlling both the diabolical creatures preying on North American cities and the military units that have been tasked to stop them! Monsters Menace America debuts in April.
- Classic war game mechanics meet an intriguing sci-fi storyline in Nexus Ops. An aggressively competitive game in which strategic play is integral, Nexus Ops features stunning art, beautiful game pieces, and a fantastical "other world" scenario in which the armies of battling corporations vie for a foothold on a distant, resource-rich planet. Nexus Ops releases this June.
- Veteran game designer Dr. Richard Garfield (creator of the popular Magic: The Gathering trading card game) returns to Avalon Hill and Wizards of the Coast to help launch a reprint of an old favorite he designed: RoboRally! This fast and fun game of battling robots will hit store shelves in July.
- Wrapping up the Avalon Hill 2005 lineup is a sure-fire hit that provides a new take on an increasingly popular theme: the world of high-stakes casino gaming. Coming on the heels of popular film and television properties such as Ocean's 11 and World Poker Tour, Avalon Hill's final title, Vegas Showdown, lets players compete against each other to determine whom can best manage limited resources to build the most luxurious casino in Las Vegas. Vegas Showdown debuts in fall 2005.
In response to popular demand, Avalon Hill will also reprint two great games under the Wizards of the Coast label: Guillotine and The Great Dalmuti. These classic card games have been tapped by Avalon Hill for release in the late spring and early summer of 2005.
"Since the early 1950s, the story of Avalon Hill has been inseparably tangled with the history of strategy gaming and, from a larger perspective, the evolution of serious adult gaming in general," said Linda Cox, manager for the Avalon Hill brand at Wizards of the Coast. "The games in our 2005 lineup come from the same great tradition that has made the Avalon Hill brand synonymous with strategy board games for nearly half a century."