Corey Thompson

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A retired veterinarian and ex-cell biologist, Corey spends his time with board games, computer history, banjo music and general useless frivolity. Corey can be found as doccabet on BGG.

Fryxgames has announced Hellas and Elysium, the first expansion to the critically acclaimed Terraforming Mars. The expansion includes a double sided game board giving two new areas of Mars to colonize and terraform. Elysium is the opposite side of the planet from where the first game took place, and includes lowlands ripe for ocean, mineral rich land, and the famous peak of Olympus Mons. Hellas includes the southern pole of Mars and has the enormous Hellas crater, ready to be transformed into a gigantic 7 hex lake. Also in the expansion are new placement bonuses, milestones and awards. Hellas and Elysium is due to be released summer 2017. For more information, visit Fryxgames here.

Greenbrier Games announces Of Dreams and Shadows, a cooperative fantasy board game for 2-6 players. Set in a dark fantasy universe, the players pick champions to journey through underworld ruins and untamed forests, uncovering a collaborative story through difficult choices and tests. Decisions along the way drive the story and create a unique experience. Included are 30 different enemies, being orchestrated by one of 3 unique villains. Of Dreams and Shadows creates a tabletop RPG experience without the need for a DM. Of Dreams and Shadows debuted at Spiel Essen 2016, and is due to be available in in North America in 2017.

V-Commandos by Triton Noir is a new cooperative stealth World War II board game for 1-4 players, now available after a successful kickstarter in 2014. In V-Commandos, players pick characters such as the medic, officer or scout, and are dropped behind enemy lines to form a stealth commando squad. With mobile enemies to avoid and specific objectives to destroy, V-Commandos gives players a unique gaming experience which was given a “Seal of Excellence” by The Dice Tower.

Cool Mini or Not has starter a Kickstarter Campaign for The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch. In the same universe as On Her Majesty’s Service, Rise of Moloch is a victorian steampunk adventure board game for 2-5 players using a one-versus-many game mechanic. Made by the same team as Zombicide and Massive Darkness, the game features the CMON standards of beautifully detailed miniatures and many stretch goals. The kickstarter campaign continues until February 2, 2017 and expects to deliver in January of 2018.

Four new titles have been announced from R&R Games releasing in February 2017

Pyramid Poker, a quick 2p game where players build and dismantle a pyramid using bricks labeled with playing card symbols, trying to create the best 3 card poker hand.

Dice’N Score Farm, a dice rolling yahtzee style push your luck game targeted at young children.

 

Mimiq and MimiQ Farm, two whimsical children’s games using cards with a variety of facial expressions the players have to “MimiQ” in order to collect sets of 3.

For more information, visit the R&R Games web site here.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced three new droid related figure packs for the popular Descent-like Star Wars Imperial Assault, including the popular droid C1-10P (Chopper).

Like previous expansions, these figure packs are not directly connected to other Imperial Assault products, but add detailed sculpted figures and new missions for campaign and skirmish games. Each new pack adds very different figures, but each one helps to enhance the droids of its faction. The new droid figure packs are expected second quarter 2017.

For more information about these expansions, visit the Fantasy Flight page here.