There were a couple of announcements in the game industry that really caught my attention. First, and probably more important game industry wide was the announcement that Games Workshop had extended their agreement with Warner Brothers to produce a line of miniatures rules and figures based on the upcoming release of The Hobbit. The should not only bring a lot of interest into the new figures but also juices sales for the fairly stagnant Lord of the Rings figure line. GW has regularly brought out new figures in the LOTR line, per their agreement with Warner Brothers but sales have been pretty low. The release of the game this fall should really help that.
The second bit of news is also GW related. Fantasy Flight Games announced the release in April of Blood Bowl: Team Manager. Team Manager uses the currently popular deck building format to take 2-4 players through an entire season of Blood Bowl in less than an hour. We have already had sveral people expressing interest in the release of this one when it hits the shelves.