RedBrick LLC has issued a statement announcing their licensing deal with FASA Corporation and Ral Partha Europe Ltd for the Demonworld and Empires game properties.
James Sutton, Managing Director, RedBrick said “We are looking forward to continuing our established relationship with FASA Corporation and to working with the talented team at Ral Partha Europe Ltd. While Ral Partha Europe focuses on producing superb miniatures, RedBrick will be producing a new edition of the rules, along with supplements and games based on Demonworld and Empires.”

While RedBrick has announced that rulebooks and supplements will be available in PDF format and that their customers will be serviced by their online store, they have yet to disclose any plans to release this line thorugh traditional retail chains.
The Bella Sara Company, LLC, a new U.S. company owned by Bella Sara creator Gitte Braendgaard and her husband Henrik Heindorf, will get global rights to the property and begin producing game products.  Former licensee Hidden City Games, founded by WotC founder Peter Adkison, is going out of business.  “It wasn’t sold or acquired, it’s simply closing up shop,” a company spokesperson told industry reporters.  

Adkison will consult with Conceptcard, the Danish company founded by Braendgaard, during the transition; and 10 of 12 Hidden City employees will move to the new company.  The Bella Sara Company will be led by George Stetar, who was Senior Vice President of International Businesss and Licensing at Hidden City, as Global Rights Manager.
The first two products released by Bella Sara, both planned by Hidden City, will be Bella Sara Chibis late this summer and Winter Festival, a new TCG release, this fall.
Looney Labs has posted a lengthy explanation of the delay of its IceDice/Looney Pyramids game, which was slated to ship to retail in June.  The delay is due to testing procedures for the European Union, and as it stands right now, the game may not be sold in the EU.  The product initially passed inspection in its prototype stage, but the second time after 10,000 games had been manufactured and were awaiting shipment, the inspectors decided that it was in non-compliance with a “dangerous protruding parts” rule.
EflinWerks and the new game company Arcane Wonders are joining forces at this year’s Origins Game Fair, to present a preview of their upcoming joint project Mage Wars.
Mage Wars is a card-driven tactical board game that pits mages in mystic duels within a magical arena. Preview copies of the game will be available at the ElfinWerks/Arcane Wonders booth where demonstrations will be held during all Exhibit Hall hours.
ElfinWerks and Arcane Wonders are also sponsors of the Origins After Dark programs: representatives from the two companies will present Mage Wars demoes to those who aren't to visit the exhibitor booth during hall hours.
The National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA) has announced an agreement with video game publisher Valve Corporation to create consumer products including Action Figures, Toys, Board Games, & Apparel for all Valve properties.
No product announcements have been made yet. Valve is a game studio that is known primarily for its first person shooter series including such titles as Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and Day of Defeat. Valve also debuted Portal, a first-person physics-based puzzle game in 2007 (Portal 2, which was developed for the PlayStation 3 was released in April).