Hasbro, which has long been a proponent of environmental sustainability, has announced that in 2020, the company will begin phasing out the usage of plastic in its new product packaging. This includes not only shrink wrap, but items such as blister packs, elastic bands, and polybags.
The company is hoping that by the end of 2022, it will have eliminated all plastic in its packaging. Hasbro’s commitment to the environment is long-standing. The company began eliminating wire ties in 2010, adding recycling labels to its products in 2016, using plant-based PET in 2018, and beginning a toy-recycling program called TerraCycle recently.
For other information about the phase-out of plastic at Hasbro, you can check out their website here. For more information about Hasbro’s corporate commitment to environmental sustainability, you can look here for further information.
The follow up to the highly touted game, Burgle Bros, from Fowers Games is now available on Kickstarter. The new game plays 1-4 players in about an hour.
In Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers the players are playing cooperatively, just as in the original game, but this time the stakes are higher – the thieves are taking on a casino during the day!
The new game features some streamlined mechanics from the original game and a ton of new stuff including new rooms, new gear, doors, perks and pitfalls. It has already funded and unlocked several stretch goals. Burgle Bros 2 has a little over 2 weeks left in the campaign.
If you are interested in seeing more on Burgle Bros 2, check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
Rudiger Dorn’s latest game, Rune Stones, is now available on Kickstarter. The game plays 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, in about 60-90 minutes. The game is being published by Queen Games with an anticipated delivery date of October 2019.
In Rune Stones, the players are druids trying to prove that they are the most powerful so that they can claim the throne of their land. To do this, the players will use both deck building and hand management, summoning creatures with their cards, playing cards that will give them additional resources, and forging artifacts.
There is also an expansion available, Nocturnal Creatures, that adds banshees, an additional board, wisps and light tokens to the game.
If you would like further information on Rune Stones‘ Kickstarter campaign, check out the Kickstarter page here.
Upper Deck Entertainment has announced that an expansion for Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deckbuilding Game is now available for preorder. Legendary Encounters: Alien Covenant plays 1-5 players, ages 17 and up, in 30-60 minutes. The expansion is designed by the same men that designed the base game, Ben Cichoski and Daniel Mandel.
Legendary Encounters: Alien Covenant “adds a new movies worth of material” to the base game. The new components include new characters, a new villain, and a new Hive.
If you would like further information or you would like to preorder the new expansion, check here.
Sleeping Gods, a story-driven cooperative game, designed by Ryan Laukat and published by Red Raven Games, is available on Kickstarter now. The game has now fully funded 10 times over and multiple stretch goals have been unlocked.
Sleeping Gods is a game in which 1-4 players play as a steamship captain and her crew in 1929. The world in which they get lost is a strange one and just trying to get home is a massive challenge as they encounter new characters, fight strange beasts and explore mysterious islands along the way.
The chief features of the game are the 26-map atlas and the “novel-length” storybook that guide the players as they play the game. During the game, the characters can be leveled up and the decisions they make will have long- term consequences for Captain Sofi and her crew.
If any of this sounds of interest to you, be sure and check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
Ravensburger, which has 3 titles coming out in the third quarter of this year, has preorders available for them now. The games include Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared, the Castles of Burgundy, 20th Anniversary Editionand, Las Vegas Royale, 20th Anniversary Edition.
Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared plays 2-3 players, ages 10 and up. The game can either be either played as a stand alone game or in combination with the other Villainous games, Villainous: The Worst Takes it All or Villainous: Wicked to the Core. Three new villains are introduced in the new game: Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective, Scar from The Lion King, and Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove.
Castles of Burgundy: 20th Anniversary Edition plays 2-4 players, ages 12 and up. The game includes all of the expansions previously released for the modern classic, Castles of Burgundy, plus one new expansion that is exclusive to this edition.
Las Vegas Royale, 20th Anniversary Edition plays 2-5 players, ages 8 and up. The new edition of the game includes both the classic game and some exciting new additions designed to make the players want to keep playing.
For further information and to preorder any of these games, please check here.
CMON and Guillotine Games recently announced that a second edition of the hit game Zombicide is on its way, coming some time in 2020.
For those who do not know, Zombicide is a game in which the players must cooperate to overcome the hordes of zombies invading their city and attempting to eat their brains.
The second edition of Zombicide will feature some tweaks to the original game play. While much of the game remains the same, according to Thiago Aranha, senior producer at CMON, there have been changes including “making doors easier to work, to updating how the car drives on the board, to reworking target priority for ranged attacks and adding in dark zones that will hide zombies from survivor’s bullets.”
More information about the new edition of Zombicide can be found here.
Adventure Tactics: Domianne’s Tower is now available on Kickstarter. This game, which is billing itself as a “co-op tactical game with deck building” is being published by Letiman Games, previously known for such games as Groves and The Neverland Rescue.
In Adventure Tactics: Domianne’s Tower, which can play from 1-5, the players start the game as one of five different basic character classes. The characters are customizable as the campaign progresses. During this cooperative campaign, the characters will battle their way all in an attempt to ultimately defeat Queen Domianne.
If this sounds like it appeals to you, be sure and check out the Kickstarter campaign for the game here.
Fantasy Flight has announced a new booster for Star Wars: Destiny, Covert Missions. This 160-card booster pack builds on one of the booster packs published earlier this year, Star Wars: Destiny – Convergence.
In Star Wars: Destiny – Covert Missions, the The Rebel side is tasked with destroying the Death Star, while the Empire side has to collect the resources needed to build the Death Star. This set introduces a new keyword to the game and features some iconic characters including Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett.
This booster pack is available for pre-order through the Fantasy Flight web store. For more information on this booster pack, check here.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced another standalone expansion for Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Murder at the Excelsior Hotel. Mysterious things are happening at the prestigious Excelsior Hotel. Can you find out what is going on and determine who the murderer is before you yourself are charged? Murder at the Excelsior Hotel was designed by Matt Newman and one of the Mythos Busters podcasters, Nicholas Kory.
Rumors have been swirling around Arkham regarding the strange happenings at The Excelsior Hotel, but when you receive a note asking you to come to Room 225 and promising answers to the questions regarding what is going on at the hotel, you cannot help but go – and find yourself with a dead body on your hands. What do you do now?
Murder at the Excelsior Hotel will be in the hands of your friendly local game store in the near future and can be pre-ordered now from the Fantasy Flight Games website. You can read more about this scenario and find more information about the new scenario here.