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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

IDW – Games to Look Out For: Batman: Gotham Under Siege and Death Note: Confrontation

It’s been just a little while since we’ve covered mainstream gaming news, but a couple of announcements made it my way and I just couldn’t pass them up. IDW Games, creators of such titles as Machi Koro and The Godfather: A New Don, have announced two upcoming titles that will be releasing pretty soon: Death Note: Confrontation and Batman The Animated Series: Gotham Under Siege. As a huge fan of both of these IPs, I couldn’t pass up the chance to check them out.

First up is Death Note: Confrontation. The game comes modeled after the hit anime series of the same name, in which the god-like entity known as Kira (secretly a student by the name of Light) uses a notebook with supernatural powers to enact his own idea of justice on the population at large while the ever-vigilant detective known as L uses all of his resources to hunt Kira down. In Confrontation players either take on the role of L, as he tries to deduce Kira’s true identity, or as Light, as he delivers swift justice under his pen name. Each player uses their character’s specific notebook and either as L, reveals the criminal targets and to systematically locate Kira, or as Kira, eliminates targets in order to gain enough victory points. Death Note: Confrontation will be available next month in June and will retail for $29.99.

Next is Batman: The Animated Series: Gotham Under Siege. Growing up, Batman: The Animated Series practically had me glued to the television daily. I remember the characters, the voices, the setting, and the awe it struck me with. IDW has just announced a brand new board game set in this universe where players take on the role of the caped crusader and his allies as they protect Gotham from the menacing villains taking residence therein. Featuring BRAND NEW artwork, the game will use dice allocation and threat management to force players to come up with strong strategies in order to keep Gotham safe. What’s even better is that the game will come with detailed miniatures and 3d city buildings, bringing Gotham to life like never before. Batman: The Animated Series: Gotham Under Siege will be available this coming August.

I am terribly excited for both of these games, and you can learn more about them on the IDW Games official website. The company has already announced that expansions will come for Gotham Under Siege that will offer new villains, heroes, and more to keep the threats on Gotham alive and well. With Death Note: Confrontation, it’ll just be cool to live out one of my all-time favorite animes right on the tabletop. Make sure you keep an eye out for these releases coming soon!

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