Bezier Games has announced their newest game, Whistle Stop, by designer Scott Caputo (Kachina, Voluspa). In 1869, the driving of the golden spike sparked the start of the great railroad expansion in the U.S. In Whistle Stop, players build train routes west across the U.S., picking up goods and selling to small towns along the way. In exchange for goods, players gain shares in the railroads, or can hold the goods for bigger payoffs when they reach the west coast.
Players will need to optimize their actions, possibly gain new actions, block the other players and lay new tracks while managing their limited coal resources. The Game includes game board, 5 player boards, town tiles, coal, gold and whistle tokens, 60 resource cubes, 25 wooden trains, railroad shares, and upgrade cards. Whistle Stop supports 2-5 players and plays in just over hour, and will be released August 2017 at Gen Con. Pre-orders will be available at Bezier Games.
Matt Leacock and Peaceable Kingdom have announced Mole Rats in Space, a new cooperative game aimed at children 7 and older. In Mole Rats in Space players will take the role of mole rats running a space station, when a band of snakes infiltrates the station. The players need to work together, gather resources and make it to the escape pods in time. Peaceable Kingdom has been exploring the role of cooperative board games in teaching children to work together in a team in respectful and compassionate ways. Mole Rats in Space is for 2-4 players and plays in 20 minutes.
Special effects studio wizards Weta Workshop and Cryptozooic Entertainment have teamed up with designer Matt Hyra (Attack on Titan: Deck Building Game, Ghostbusters: The Board Game, DC Comics Deck Building Game, and many others) to bring the 2-4p mech combat game GKR: Heavy Hitters to Kickstarter. In Giant Killer Robots (GKR) players create a squad, build their deck of cards and compete for fame, fortune, and salvage rights. GKR: Heavy Hitters combines mech building, dice rolling and tactical play with beautiful components. The 4 asymmetric teams each come with 1 large (139 mm) pre-painted miniature and a support team of three smaller (47 mm) units.
Players take the role of a unique pilot with special skills and upgrades, commanding one of the teams to battle with primary, secondary and orbital weapons. As players take damage, they lose cards from their deck, and if the cards run out, they are eliminated. The goal is to tag the large buildings on the board, which gains the player corporate sponsorship and tactical advantage. Four tags on a building destroys the structure, and four destroyed buildings wins the game.
The GKR: Heavy Hitters Kickstarter campaign continues until March 24, and is expected to deliver in December 2017. Click here to go to the Kickstarter page.
Z-Man Games has just released the second edition of the popular 2p game Akrotiri (2014). Designers Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim, known as the Bamboozle Brothers (Belfort, Junk Art) have updated the rulebook and the balance of the game, however the biggest change to the new edition is the addition of “multiplayer Akrotiri”. In the new edition up to 4 players can hunt for legendary temples, but only if they own two copies of the game. To this end, the new edition contains different player colors than the first edition. For more clarification, Z-Man will be bringing a FAQ file about multiplayer in the near future.
Following in the footsteps of the popular Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Games Workshop has announced a new game in the Warhammer Quest Line, Shadows Over Hammerhal. Taking place in the seat of the God-King Sigmar’s power, Hammerhal, 2-5 players control a band of heroes questing to nullify a Chaos plot in the dungeons under the great city. Shadows Over Hammerhal comes with 31 miniatures, a 72 page guidebook, adventure book, 55 cards, 18 double sided boards, 12 dice and a variety of tokens and counters.
Warhammer Quest: Shadows Over Hammerhal is available now for pre-order and is scheduled to ship February 25, 2017.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new expansion for Eldritch Horror, Cities in Ruin. Earthquakes, Typhoons and other natural (or unnatural) disasters are destroying the cities of the earth. Cities in Ruin brings in 4 new investigators to try to combat the Elder Gods, and the coming of Shudde M’ell, The Cataclysm From Below. Shudde M’ell was once imprisoned in the ancient city of G’harne, but the wards have weakened and the ancient one now stirs, bringing ruin in its wake. The game even starts with Rome wiped from the map when Shudde M’ell stirs.
Cities in Ruin is scheduled to be released second quarter 2017.
Games Workshop has announced that the classic dungeon crawl Talisman will be getting a new edition. There were no details on the look or changes to the new edition, but Games Workshop did say the new edition is expected later this year. Talisman was originally published from Games Workshop in 1983, and revised extensively for the third edition in 1994, but with the 4th edition in 2007 became a joint venture between Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games. The future of Talisman became uncertain when Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop parted ways, and Fantasy Flight discontinued it’s production of Games Workshop games in February 2017. Talisman also has a digital version available for many platforms.
Games Workshop’s Announcement on the future of Talisman can be read here.
Wizkids has announced a new 2-4 player board game based on the hit Syfy Channel TV show, The Expanse. The Expanse Board Game is being designed by Geoff Engelstein, creator of The Dragon & Flagon and The Fog of War. Compared to Twilight Struggle, The Expanse Board Game will be card driven and involve politics, conquest and intrigue. Players can play as the UN Forces, Military of Mars, the Rebels of OPA, or Protogon Inc., as they increase their control over the solar system. The Expanse Board Game is expected to release Summer 2017.
On a sad note, Steve Jackson Games announced on February 16 that game design great Loren Wiseman had passed away. Wiseman was one of the greats of the industry and was a founder of Game Designers Workshop, a co-creator of the science fiction RPG Traveller, and a designer on GURPS Traveller. Wiseman was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 2003.
Grey Fox Games has started a Kickstarter for two expansions to Champions of Midgard, the popular dice management viking board game. The Dark Mountains adds a much requested 5th player to the game, as well as a new archer dice type, new adventures and new monsters. Dark Mountains also comes with a new character, a dark mountains board, and an expanded market board.
The second expansion, Valhalla, adds new leader dice, leader abilities and a new resource to manage. Valhalla also comes with its own board, a new character, epic monsters and more. There is even an option for a new box to hold the base game and both expansions comfortably. As is par with Kickstarters these days, stretch goals and Add-Ons abound.
Champions of Midgard: The Expansions is on Kickstarter until March 14, and is expected to deliver in June 2017. You can check out the campaign here.