Quoridor is the classic abstract strategy game where you are trying to get your piece across the board to the other side. Sounds simple, but on your turn you have two options, move your piece, or place a wall onto the board. This ratchets up the strategy quickly because now you have to weigh the options between throwing an obstacle into the path of your opponent, and moving yourself closer to victory. Whoever manages to make it to the other side is the winner.
Quoridor Junior does little to change the game, but does give it an aesthetic upgrade and attempts to give it a bit of theme. In Quoridor Junior you are different animals aiming for a goal, like a rabbit trying to get to the carrot buffet, or a cat trying to get to some warm milk. No matter who you play as, the goal and gameplay are the same but with a kinder, gentler coat of paint. Look for it on store shelves in October of this year.
Fantasy Flight Games is trying their hand at a whole new type of game that they are dubbing, Unique Games, where the contents of each box of the game are different than every other box. Think of it like a mash up of booster packs for a CCG and a boxed board game, but without the collectible aspect of it. While the core of the game mechanics and the pieces being used will be the same, the cards, scenarios, and campaigns will vary from box to box, giving each purchaser a unique version of that game. The first game in the series was Keyforge, a two player battle card game where each deck you purchased was completely unique from any other. But now they are being a bit more ambitious with their next game, Discover: Lands Unknown.
In Discover: Lands Unknown you are a group of survivors who are stuck on a mountaintop trying to stay warm, or maybe you are marooned on an island with strange creatures roaming about. Once you know what sticky situation you are in, you will need to get a head count and see who is there with you and how they can help you to survive. Maybe you have Jasmine the mountain climber who can get around easier, or Biff the lumberjack who can gather wood better, or maybe Laila the wildlife photographer who can find new features. Gameplay at the core will be the same though, gathering resources and exploring the terrain in an effort to survive and escape. During the day you will be doing actions, using up stamina as you go along, but make sure you get back to camp before you run out, or you risk spending the night vulnerable out in the wilderness. Manage to stay alive and complete all the objectives and you will be able to escape!
If I didn’t say this game greatly intrigued me I would be lying, but the unique game aspect has my a little concerned and I hope that one game isn’t drastically different than the others. But only time will tell, you can check out more information about the game on Fantasy Flight’s website, and look for the game to be released in the final quarter of this year.
Back in December we reported on a newly formed partnership between Steve Jackson Games and CMON in order for CMON to produce Munchkin themed board games. Well now we have seen the announcement of the first fruits of that labor, and that is Munchkin Dungeon. This is going to be a dungeon crawl board game set in the Munchkin universe, featuring the same classic Munchkin art, and includes a healthy dose of take that just like the other Munchkin games. Art will be handled by Munchkin veteran John Kovalic, and the design of the game will be in the talented hands of Eric M. Lang and Andrea Chiarvesio. In the game you will be exploring the dungeon and trying to gain the most treasure and levels, but you will have to take risks because whenever you flee you have to take shame which counts against you. You will also have plenty of opportunities to try and through your fellow players under the bus so betrayal will be sudden and inevitable. The person who has the most combined levels and treasure at the end will be the winner.
Look for this game to hit Kickstarter in 2019 and feature lots of Munchkin jokes, a pile of detailed minis (this IS CMON afterall), and hopefully lots of fun. You can find out more on CMON’s website and follow their Facebook page for more updates.
Sneaky Cards is a social game where each card depicts some kind of objective you have to achieve, like playing a game with a stranger, finding someone wearing a pink tie, or writing someone a poem. All of the cards are meant to get you to do things you may not normally do and bring a little random fun into the world, and then spread it around. That’s because after you complete an objective, you are to hand off the card and then they are tasked with achieving the card’s objective. This new set, Sneaky Cards 2, has the same randomness that the first one did, but with 54 all new tasks to be completed like challenging someone to a dance off, having an impromptu surprise party, or giving someone flowers. Needless to say if you are an outgoing person this deck of cards is right up your alley, if not, then having concrete objectives to achieve might just help you come out of your shell. You can find out more information on Gamewright’s website, and look for these on store shelves later in July.
You didn’t read the title wrong, and no it isn’t April 1st, in a partnership with Games Workshop USAopoly will be releasing a Warhammer 40k themed Monopoly. Most of the art, except most notably the corner spaces, has been changed to be more in line with Warhammer 40k’s art style, and the properties are all locations taken from the lore of the game. Chance and Community Chest are replaced with Glory and Fate cards, and the player tokens are bits from six of the major factions in the game like a Space Marine helmet or an Ork Choppa. Overall while everything is rethemed and renamed to fit into the grimdark future of Warhammer 40k, you are still playing Monopoly so keep that in mind. Look for this on store shelves later this year, and you can check out the game on USAopoly’s website for more information.
FFG continues to add to the initial line-up for the launch of X-Wing Second Edition, and the iconic ship of fans’ favorite bounty hunter has been added, the Slave 1. The Firespray-class patrol craft offers a lot of versatility with it’s capacity for additional upgrades and weapons, allowing it to operate pretty much on it’s own. Fans of the original Slave 1 expansion will be happy to know all their favorite upgrades will be included in the second edition along with some new ones, and some new pilots. With it you will be able to liter the battle field with proximity mines, possibly get two attacks in with a veteran tail gunner, or do some area effect damage with concussion missiles. Needless to say any player of the scum and villainy faction will want to get their hands on this ship. Check out FFG’s preview page for more information, and look forward to the launch of the second edition in September.
Kolossal Games, together with Plotmaker Games, have their inaugural game up on Kickstarter called Combo Fighter. Combo Fighter is a card game rendition of arcade fighting games like Street Fighter 2 and Virtua Fighter where two players are fighting each other to see who is the best. This game, however, pays special attention to one aspect of those kinds of games, and that is multi hit combos.
In Combo Fighter you will each have a deck of cards specific to the fighter to have chosen, and on your turn you will be playing a card down to try and attack your opponent. Using a simple rock-paper-scissors type weakness chart you will see who lands the hit, and from there the combo begins. Whoever landed the hit can then play additional cards to stack on more damage, but in order to play the additional cards you have to match the combo icons on the previously played card. This allows you to land multiple hits in a row to maximize your damage, but this comes with a drawback. That drawback is that your deck is your life, so the more cards you play the quicker you push yourself to being able to be defeated, but the risk is worth it to get your opponent to discard more cards from their deck. Empty your opponent’s deck and then land one final hit to get the knockout!
Each fighter in the game has their own deck of cards with it’s only attacks and defenses, as well as a unique card make-up, similar to how arcade fighters had different strengths and weaknesses. Each fighter also has special combos and powers that if you perform the sequence on them you will do even more damage than you can with cards alone. The base box which comes with two fighters will run you $15 plus shipping, up the count to four costs you $30 plus shipping, and getting the full roster of 8 fighters will cost $55 plus shipping. The game also comes with rules for tag matches and free for all modes so you can play the game with more than just two people. So if you want to re-live arcade fighters in a card game, check out the campaign page.
With the second edition of X-Wing coming in September, Fantasy Flight Games is making sure that you can get more than just the base game at launch. Thus one of the ships being released alongside the new base game is the BTL-A4 Y-Wing, with cards that conform to second edition, plus a couple new items to throw in the mix. The Y-wing itself is a durable and versatile fighter, and depending on how you load it up it can do many different jobs. In this expansion you will get cards for pilots like “Dutch” Vander or Horton Salm, as well as upgrade cards like ion cannon turrets or the new proton bombs and seismic charges. Proton bombs deal a critical damage when a ship gets too close, and the seismic charges will destroy a 1 range obstacle, and then shower any fighters within 1 of that obstacle with debris, causing damage. So if you are looking for a tough and variable work house for your squadron, look for the new BTL-A4 Y-Wing when it hits stores in September.
You can check out the FFG preview article for more information.
The One Night series from Bezier Games continues to go strong with the last entry being One Night Ultimate Alien. This time around instead of aliens, or vampires, or werewolves, you are trying to out the super villains in your midst in One Night Ultimate Super Villains. But you aren’t just any ordinary citizens, you are members of SCOOP, the Super Club Of Overt Powers, and so you have your own abilities that will help you discover them. Expect lots of chaos and fun in this new version, with art by Gus Batts and app narration by the talented Eric Summerer.
You can find out more information from the press release below, and look for the launch of the Kickstarter in July and it to hit stores before 2018 ends.
Louisville, TN – June 18, 2018. Today Bézier Games announced One Night Ultimate Super Villains, a new standalone game in the One Night series.
Unbeknownst to the citizens of Shady Grove, USA, a battle is brewing while they sleep. The most powerful heroes the world has ever known have converged to stop an onslaught of malicious super villains. The trouble is, these nefarious criminals are hiding in plain sight as residents of Shady Grove, so the heroes first have to find these treacherous evil-doers before it’s too late…
In One Night Ultimate Super Villains™, players take on the roles of heroes or villains, each with amazing superpowers that help further their cause. The vile trio of Rapscallion, Dr. Peeker, and Henchman #7 are intent on getting away with their crimes, while the members of the Super Club Of Overt Powers (SCOOP), are all out to catch them. Shady Grove… maybe even the world… will never be the same.
One Night Ultimate Super Villains is a standalone game in the One Night series that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy, challenging you to capture the baddies and save the world! Super Villains can also be combined with the other entries in the series – One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Daybreak, Vampire, and Alien – to create even more fun and chaos.
While the free companion app is not required, it provides amazing narration from Eric Summerer that guides players through the night phase of the game. Super Villains features artwork from One Night artist Gus Batts, done in the classic 90’s Cartoon Network™ style.
One Night Ultimate Super Villains will initially launch on Kickstarter on Monday, July 30th, and will ship before the end of 2018.
The Spiel des Jahres awards are the premier awards for board gaming each year, with awards for Family Game of the Year, Strategy Game of the Year, and Kid’s Game of the Year. Each year the Kid’s Games of the Year is announced in June while the rest are announced later in July, and today we have found out who the winner of the Kid’s Game of the Year is. That game is Dragon’s Breath by HABA Games.
Dragon’s Breath is a cute little game for ages 5 and up, and in it you will have four young dragons and one dragon dad, trying to get the most gems out of a ice column filled with them. That ice column in the game is represented by a stack of rings filled with plastic gems. Each round the young dragons will pick a gem color that they think will come out of the ice when the dad melts it. Once they have all picked the dad will pick up the top most ring, allowing some gems to fall off the tower to be collected by the young ones. There is also some holes in the board that if a gem falls in there, it goes to the dad and he may win. After all the gems that fell have been collected, the young dragons pick again what color they will collect and the next ring comes off. This will continue until all the rings are gone and then whoever has the most gems is the winner.
As you can tell the game is simple, but with the fun theme and unpredictability of the gems in the ice, means everything isn’t always going to go as you think. This is definitely a game for kids as it’s mostly luck with what gems will fall, but still has a element of strategy as they have to evaluate what gems they think will fall. Dragon’s Breath is available now so if you are looking for a good kids game, go check it out.
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