Antoine Fortuin

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Bitten by a common house spider, Antoine emerged with the uncanny ability to buy more games than he had time to play. While living in the hills of Tennessee, USA, he tries to balance software development, family, and his multiple, competing hobbies. He hopes to someday discover a pocket dimension in which to store his games.

Asmodee Digital have released Xenoshyft 2.0 which includes the expansion, Xenoshyft: Dreadmire, as an in-app purchasable DLC.

“The military team for the NorTec Corporation are no strangers to battles with hostile alien forces. In the pursuit of the valuable resource Xenosathem, they have set up shop on another planet’s surface in XenoShyft: Dreadmire. They knew it would be only a matter of time before the local inhabitants, the Brood, took notice and launched an attack on the base. However, there are more dangers on this planet than the vicious Brood. The NorTec team also have to deal with unstable climate conditions that provide cover for the aliens and make defending the base that much harder. It’s an all-out battle for survival, and only the brave, or maybe the lucky, will get off this rock and get home to be paid.” [source]

The digital app is based on the Xenoshyft: Onslaught board game and it’s expansion, Xenoshyft: Dreadmire published by CMON. Xenoshyft is a co-operative deckbuilder in which you have to manage limited resources in the form of weapons, troops, scientific research, base defenses, and formidable vehicles to survive the increasingly difficult waves of alien hordes descending upon you.

Xenoshyft 2.0 is available on the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and Steam.

Brook City is a co-operative board game for 1-4 players in which players are heroic cops (inspired by action movies) who have to protect the city from ever increasing crime. Brook City is designed by Adam Sadler and Brady Sadler who both helped design blockbuster games such as Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition, Star Wars: X-Wing, The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary and Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game. That’s some serious design cred coming from these two designers who have done a lot of work for Fantasy Flight Games. Artwork is handled by Henning Ludvigsen, also an FFG heavyweight, who has worked on Android: Netrunner, Arkham Horror, Cosmic Encounter, and many more acclaimed titles.

“A mysterious criminal element has taken root in Brook City. Known only as “The Syndicate,” this collection of ruthless murderers, clever thieves, corrupt politicians, and dirty cops has given rise to a new era of crime. The Brook City Police Department needs the best of the best to clean up the streets of this once peaceful metropolis. So here’s your gun and badge…get to work, officer.” [source]

Each game is dictated by the chosen criminal and case deck. The board represents the city in which the cops have to run or drive to locations to bust up crimes. Cops start off with a standard police cruiser but they can commandeer vehicles on the streets of Brook City.

Each cop has a unique deck and plays differently and includes encounter cards, ability cards, and tactic cards. The prime suspect is represented by a criminal deck along with crew members and other cards which interfere with the investigation. Case decks represent the overall progress of the game and how cops can interact with clues and evidence.

Brook City is currently up on Kickstarter and the base pledge of $89 at the “Rookie Tier” for Brook City includes 51 miniatures and stretch goals. You can also add the Brook City: Delta Keys expansion and a Cops and Robbers miniature pack for $30. Shipping is an added cost. The project will run until Tuesday, May 29th 2018 and it’s expected delivery date is May 2019. It’s already close to it’s funding goal of $60,000.

My Little Scythe is a competitive, family-friendly, adventure, Euro game based on the enormously successful Scythe board game.

“…each player controls 2 animal miniatures embarking upon an adventure in the Kingdom of Pomme. In an effort to be the first to earn 4 trophies from 8 possible categories, players take turns choosing to Move, Seek, or Make. These actions will allow players to increase their friendship and pies, power up their actions, complete quests, learn magic spells, deliver gems and apples to Castle Everfree, and perhaps even engage in a pie fight.” [source]

My Little Scythe is designed by Hoby Chou and his daughter, Vienna Chou, with artwork by Noah Adelman and Katie Khau. The game supports 1-6 players, aged 8+, and can be played in 45 mins. My Little Scythe was originally a fan created, print-and-play game that won the 2017 BoardGameGeek Best Print-and-play Game Award. It combined the theme of My Little Pony with gameplay mechanisms from Scythe. Considering the licensing hurdles with having to obtain the rights to produce a My Little Pony themed game, Stonemaier Games chose to theme the game in a different universe of their own making where players control cute pets going out on adventure.

Pre-orders are available on the Stonemaier Games website for a limited time. The game will be pre-released at GenCon and GenCan’t 2018 and will see retail release August 17th, 2018.

Aporta Games teased the box art for their upcoming expansion to Santa Maria. Santa Maria is a dice drafting and strategic engine building game in which you establish and develop your colony without any direct confrontation between players. Santa Maria: American Kingdoms is expected to be released at Essen Spiel in October this year.

“American Kingdoms, an expansion for Santa Maria, includes new buildings, scholars, bishops and shipping tiles, as well as several new modules, including: Cocoa The specialists The governor A new asymmetrical role for one player, with its own rules and goals.” -Description from the publisher

Santa Maria: American Kingdoms is designed by Eilif Svensson and Kristian Amundsen Østby with art by Gjermund Bohne. The expansion should make the game play for 45 – 90 mins (depending on number of players) and supports 1-5 players, aged 10+.

White Wizard Games have announced Star Realms Arena, an in-app digital tournament feature which was released today for the Star Realms digital app. The United Heroes expansion will also be part of the update and adds a new campaign chapter. United Heroes includes 8 new heroes which are more powerful than those in the Crisis set.

“From its beginning in 2014, the Star Realms app has been a favorite for board gamers. It was recently selected as an Editor’s Choice Pick on Android, has been featured by Apple, has won the Best Mobile BGG Golden Geek Award, and was voted as the #1 “Top 10 Apps to Own for Board Gamers” in a 2018 BGG Community Survey.”

Key features of Star Realms Arena:

  • Free weekly entry in an arena tournament where the format changes every week
  • Weekly formats to win prizes, including digital foil cards
  • Ability to play with Star Realms expansions without having to purchase those expansions
  • Race to the Stars to get the Brain World avatar by being the first 100 players to reach 100 Trophy Stars

The Star Realms digital app is based on the Star Realms deckbuilding, card game and is available on the iOS, Android, and Steam platforms.

 

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set which will be released in August at GenCon and then generally released in September 2018. Veteran players of the existing edition of the game can check a new FAQ they’ve added to answer all of your questions regarding what will happen to your current collection.

“While the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set provides everything you need to get started with your first space battles in the new edition, it isn’t all that will be on offer. You can bring your full collection of first edition ships into the new edition with Conversion Kits for the Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, and Scum and Villainy. What’s more, a full hangar bay of expansions will launch alongside the Core Set, giving you plenty of options for creating your squadrons and customizing your X-Wing Second Edition experience.” [source]

So why have they released a second edition? If you’ve been playing the game up until this point you’ll have noticed that the constant errata of cards and ships has created a convoluted mess and made the competitive scene a challenging, unfriendly place for new players. It’s also put a lot of strain on needing judges at competitive events to keep everyone above board which slows the game. A lot of the older ships are also lagging in their ability to compete with newer ships and Fantasy Flight have listened to a very vocal community and looked to rectify the situation by cleaning things up and hopefully injecting new life into the game.

“Since 2012 and the release of the game, X-Wing Miniatures Game has grown and expanded to become a massive bestseller. Fourteen waves and fifty-eight distinct starships provided a massive library of ships and tactical possibilities, giving you the chance to field hundreds of unique squadrons in their space battles across the Star Wars saga. Despite the massive success of the game’s first edition, we believe that by advancing the game to a second edition, X-Wing can offer an even better experience!” [source]

Highlights of some of the changes include:

  • The addition of force powers to the game in a more streamlined and versatile manner in the form of a new force icon on pilots.
  • The Resistance faction has been separated from the Rebel faction and the First Order faction has been separated from the the Galactic Empire faction which should add more tactical variety.
  • An official X-Wing App will make building squads easier and will be necessary to build freeform squads.
  • A revamped and redesigned damage deck.

For more details regarding the changes affecting the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, or Scum and Villainy factions you can read their own articles on the Fantasy Flight Games website. Also check how these changes will affect the organized play community.

The Spanish publisher, MasQueOca, who releases games under the name Ediciones MasQueOca, and Pegasus Spiele have expanded their existing strategic partnership.

“This expanded partnership does not only show up through the company logos of both publishers on the game boxes, but also through an extensive publication plan. 10 games from Pegasus Spiele are currently announced for 2018 in Spanish and most of them also in Portuguese. Ediciones MasQueOca holds the Spanish rights for publications in Spain, Portugal, Central America and South America with the option for a future extension.”

In June 2018 eight titles will be published in a compact box format:

  • Stadt Land Anders (El Buscapalabras)
  • Bücherwurm (Gusabiondo)
  • Candy Match
  • Kofferpacken extrem (¿Qué llevo en la maleta?)
  • Port Royal Unterwegs
  • Elements
  • 4 Seasons
  • Dragon Master

Further titles are to be announced in due time.

Hellboy: The Board Game has made it’s presence known on Kickstarter by raising 4 times the project’s goal on it’s first day. It’s already hit the million Dollar mark with 26 days to go when the project ends on May 25th, 2018. Hellboy: The Board Game is published by Mantic Games and designed by James M. Hewitt (known for DreadBall, Blood Bowl 2016, Necromunda: Underhive, and Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower) and features artwork by Mike Mignola.

Hellboy is a fictional super-hero created by writer-artist Mike Mignola and published by Dark Horse Comics. He’s a half-demon who works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) that battles Nazis, witches, Lovecraftian horrors, and other dark forces. He started off in comic books, starred in 2 movies, and will now appear in his first board game.

Inspired by the legendary tales of horror, myth and folklore by Mike Mignola, Hellboy: The Board Game is a fully cooperative experience for 1 to 4 players. You become a member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence (BPRD), ready to investigate occult threats that threaten our very existence. You will explore gothic locations, hunt down clues, discover artefacts, fight horrific creatures and face off against terrifying bosses. [source]

Players can take on the roles of BPRD investigators, each with their own special abilities, such as Hellboy, Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, and Johann Kraus who they equip with items before each mission. Each mission in the core game begins with a BPRD case file which players read to discover clues about the potential enemies they may face in the mission. The BPRD agents gather clues and information, which they need to keep ahead of the Impending Doom track, or rush to find and defeat the final monster before they’ve gathered their full strength.

The project lists two expansions which will also be available at retail. The Conqueror Worm expansion adds new tiles, a new boss to defeat, and Nazi miniatures in addition to the Conqueror worm itself. The BPRD Archives expansion allows you to build your own, custom scenarios to tackle and includes 18 beast and monster miniatures.

Hellboy: The Board Game has a base pledge of 95 British Pounds (about $136) which includes the core game, extra miniatures from the stretch goals, the Conqueror Worm expansion, and the BPRD Archives expansion.

Estimated delivery is February 2019 though there is a caveat mentioned on the project page that shipping delays may occur resulting in backers receiving their shipments later than the retail stores. However, backers would benefit from a generous number of stretch rewards so this should be a worthwhile trade-off. You can view more details on the Kickstarter project page.

Image from BGG

Steve Jackson, owner and publisher of Steve Jackson Games, will be attending Origins Game Fair 2018 in June. This is your chance to learn to play a game or snag an autograph from the designer who has won multiple Origins awards and created games such as OGRE and Illuminati. He’ll also be part of special events in which you’ll be able to participate.

Mr Jackson will be demoing the following games:

  • Illuminati – 1pm on Wednesday, June 13th
  • The Fantasy Trip – 1pm on Thursday, June 14th
  • OGRE – 1pm on Friday, June 15th (where he will take on 12 players at once)
  • Triplanetary – 1pm on Saturday, June 16th

Steve Jackson Games will have a special room setup in room C150 where he’ll also be available on Sunday, June 17th at 1pm, for a session called “Office Hours with Steve”. He’ll also be available for autographs in this room at 5pm on Friday and Saturday.

Keep an eye on the Steve Jackson Games Facebook page for more information.

High Society is a classic auction game from Reiner Knizia designed for 3-5 players, aged 10+.

“It’s the turn of the century, and it’s time to live large. As the quintessential bon vivant you must spare no expense following the latest trend and surrounding yourself with the fineries of life that you justly deserve. Assert your status, impress your peers, and avoid at every turn.” [source]

Players must bid against each other for life’s luxuries while avoiding bankruptcy and other pitfalls in the process. This new edition will be published by Osprey Games and features artwork by Medusa Dollmaker and features 16 Art Nouveau-inspired illustrations. Expect High Society’s release at the end of May 2018.