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Transform Your Deck of Cards to Fight Decepticons, and Solve Mysteries with Friends

W. Eric Martin
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• In October 2020, U.S. publisher Renegade Game Studios announced an expanded partnership with licensor Hasbro to create role-playing and deck-building games based on the G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony brands, and the first of those titles has now been announced.

The straightforwardly named Transformers Deck-Building Game is designed by Dan Blanchett and Matt Hyra, co-designers of the similarly named Power Rangers: Deck-Building Game that's due out from Renegade in May 2021. I asked whether these two titles could be combined, and a Renegade rep said that they could not, which Blanchett has confirmed in a comment on this post.

As for what this game is, here's what we know right now:
Transform and roll out!

The Autobots are brave robot warriors hailing from the planet Cybertron. Their mission? To stop the Decepticons from enacting their evil schemes on Earth.

Board Game: Transformers Deck-Building Game

In Transformers Deck-Building Game, you take on the role of one of the mighty Autobots. Travel and explore the Matrix and transform between your different modes as you gain allies, find relics, and acquire technology to do battle with the Decepticons. But be warned! As your deck grows, more powerful Decepticons will rise up to challenge you.

Transformers Deck-Building Game can be played competitively or as a co-operative experience. This core set will begin your collection with everything needed to play, but the battle is far from over as playable Decepticons are on the way to expand your game.
• Two other titles recently announced by Renegade are Crime & Capers: Lady Leona's Last Wishes and Crimes & Capers: High School Hijinks. These two co-operative games, both designed by Juliana Moreno Patel and Ariel Rubin, are a blending of the classic murder mystery game genre with modern escape room games, and they're made to be "event" games similar to those designs, with the 4-6 players dressing up for the experience if they desire, although that's not required — unless the host of your event makes it a requirement!

Here's the short description of each title, both of which are due out in Q3 2021:
It's 1919 at the Langford Estate. Lady Leona has died and absolutely no one is sad about it. She was forever threatening to write people out of her will. Now that she is finally gone, her closest family and favored servants have gathered for the reading of her will — but Leona always loved two things: puzzles and making life difficult.

Board Game: Crimes & Capers: Lady Leona's Last Wishes

Crimes & Capers: Lady Leona's Last Wishes is a co-operative game in which you and a group of friends take on the roles of polished high society folks and hard-working servants who need to collaborate to solve the mystery and find Leona's treasure. No special skills or prior knowledge are required. Read the notes, figure out puzzles, and unlock the answers to find out where Leona hid her fortune!
Welcome to 1998, when Romi's been framed! As the senior leaders of Blair High School, you have gathered the passed notes from today to see whether you can figure out who framed Romi. If you don't figure it out, she will be expelled!

Board Game: Crimes & Capers: High School Hijinks

Crimes & Capers: High School Hijinks is a co-operative game in which you and a group of friends take on the roles of 1990s high-school students and work together to solve the mystery. No special skills or prior knowledge are required. Read notes and solve puzzles to unlock Romi's locker, then figure out who framed her!
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