On June 15, 2019, at the annual Origins Game Fair, the winners of the 45th Annual Origins Awards were announced. The awards are chosen not only by the Academy Jury, but by the fans.
The Best Board Game Award and Game of the Year as voted on by both the Jury and the fans is Root, published by Leder Games and designed by Cole Wehrle, with artwork provided by Kyle Ferrin.
In addition to announcing the award winners, the annual inductees into the Hall of Fame were announced: fantasy horror artist Gerard Brom and game designer Vlaada Chvatil were inducted, as were the games Mage Knight: The Board Game and Apples to Apples. There was a new award handed out this year for the first time, the Rising Star Award, and it went to Jamey Stegmeier of Stonemeier Games.
For further information on the rest of the award winners, be sure and check here.
SolarFlare Games has announced a new game in their Robotech line of games, Robotech: Crisis Point, along with a new small expansion for Robotech: Force of Arms, Robotech: Force of Arms – Grand Cannon expansion.
Robotech: Crisis Point is another head-to-head 2-player game in the Robotech universe. The players are fighting for control of the Earth, using hand management, area control and bluffing mechanisms in order to do so.
The Robotech: Force of Arms – Grand Cannon expansion is a free small pack of booster cards, which gives the players more heroes and commands for the base game of Robotech: Force of Arms.
Check out the web page for more information on both the new game and the expansion here.
Fantasy Flight has announced a new expansion for the third edition of Arkham Horror, Dead of Night. According to Fantasy Flight’s website, this expansion features “two all-new scenarios, new encounters for every location in Arkham, new monsters and anomalies, a new monster deck holder, and four new investigators to face these fresh horrors, armed with new spells, items, and allies.”
In the first of the new scenarios, Shots in the Dark, the investigators are tasked with trying to bring peace to Arkham by getting the O’Bannion and Sheldon gangs to cease firing at each other and all the while investigate the underpinnings of why the gangs are at each other’s throats again.
The second of the new scenarios, On the Lam, concentrates on the character of Skids O’Toole, a down on his luck ex-con who has vowed to make his mother proud by finding ways to keep Arkham safe and protect it from the unknown.
More information on the new expansion is available here.
Board & Dice has announced the first expansion for Dice Settlers, Dice Settlers: Western Sea, that is due to be released at Spiel 2019.
Dice Settlers: Western Sea allows the players to expand beyond the lands initially available to them, all the way to the sea. Besides the growing possibilities of the base game, the expansion introduces ways for the players to fish, sail, find treasure, and discover new and interesting technologies.
Dice Settlers: Western Sea is a modular expansion, meaning that players can add any one (or more) of the modules in the box to their base game, growing and changing it in different ways, to suit their tastes. The expansion also includes solo components for those solo players who want to be able to play the expansion in conjunction with the base game.
If you are interested in more information about the expansion, check here.
Lookout Spiele has announced that Foothills, a game co-designed by Snowdonia designer Tony Boydell and his colleague Ben Bateson, will be coming soon. The anticipated release date in Europe is June and the game will be published internationally in either July or August.
Foothills is a game in the highly regarded Snowdonia line of games. The game is 2-player only however, and features an action selection mechanism rather than the worker placement mechanism featured in Snowdonia.
You can find more information for Foothills on the Lookout Spiele website here.
Word Forge Games has announced a reprint of D-Day Dice featuring all new artwork, missions, tiles and dice. The Word Forge edition of the game will be fully compatible with the previous edition, while adding new mechanics to the original game.
In addition, Word Forge Games will be publishing an expansion for the game, D-Day Dice: Way to Hell. The expansion includes 6 battle maps and 4 mini-expansions that can be mixed and matched as the player chooses. The expansion adds new gold dice and special missions to the game.
For further information on the new publication of D-Day Dice and its expansion, check here.
Blacklist Games has launched the Kickstarter campaign for the newest design by Adam and Brady Sadler, Altar Quest. Altar Quest promises to be a cooperative fantasy adventure playable solo or with up to 4 players.
Altar Quest features the same modular deck system that the Sadler brothers introduced into their previous games Street Fighter and Brook City. According to the game’s description, the players each choose a unique hero who comes with their own cards and equipment decks. Then the players choose a quest, villain, and threat deck with which to play. There are no decks that the players need assemble – each of these decks is fixed – but the players may choose to mix and match.
For more information on the game’s Kickstarter campaign and all the goodies that come along with it, check here.
Board & Dice has announced a new title in their line of escape room games, Escape Tales: Low Memory. According to their announcement, the game will be premiered at Spiel 2019.
You need not have played the previous Escape Tales title, Awakening, prior to playing this new version, according to the announcement. The new game features more cards that add more riddles to the game and 3 stories, but only one plot, which features 3 different characters allowing the players to play the game from 3 different perspectives.
In Escape Tales: Low Memory, players are allowed unlimited time on the puzzles, “immersive exploration and a set of hard choices that will immerse you deeply into a riveting story of a cyberpunk future.”
On May 22, 2019, Asmodee announced the launch of the Gamegenic studio, which has declared its mission to be delivering “amazing accessories that protect, support and enrich players’ experiences.” Gamegenic is going to be headed by Adrian Alonso, the man behind the Ultimate Guard products.
The Gamegenic studio is going to be responsible exclusively for gaming accessories such as the traditional sleeves, deck boxes, playmats and dice sets. The new studio also promises to “add new class to the market with accessories for various games and licensed products.”
For further information regarding Gamegenic studios, check out the News section of Asmodee’s website here.