Greg Burbidge

Born in the wilds of northern Canada, Burbidge spent his early professional life as a gold miner before making his way into the art and culture field in Atlanta and then Calgary (both Olympic cities!). In his spare time, he enjoys playing board games, spending time with his wife, Christina, and creating art with textiles, a hobby that intertwines his interests in mathematics, sheepherding and wearable art.

WizKids announced it’s taking gamer’s on a bold new mission with Star Trek: Galactic Enterprises by designer Christophe Boelinger. In Star Trek: Galactic Enterprises, 3 to 8 players will take on the role of Ferengi buy and sell goods.

On the Deep Space 9 station, Ferengi wheel and deal legal and illegal items to gain the most profit. In this game, players jump into the role of a Ferengi merchant and work their way through the market in order to achieve the rank of First Clerk.

In the game players will buy and sell wares in an effort to build a monopoly in a product. Once other Ferengi traders get those same items up for sale the game switches to a negotiation. Will all the players work together to get an equal profit, or will you backstab your fellow traders and sell at a lower price? Special action cards in the game will disrupt business and trade, upending the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition.

Star Trek: Galactic Enterprises is scheduled to be released in June 2018. Demo copies available to try at the GAMA Trade Show fro March 13 to 14th 2018. For eager Ferengi copies of the rules are already available.
French designer Christophe Boelinger is well known for his dozens of designs that that include Dungeon Twister, Earth Reborn, and Archipelago. This is his first design set in the Star Trek universe.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Z-Man Games is making sure to get the small things right an isd releasing a series of mini-expansions available immediately.

Terra Mystica
The new Terra Mystica mini-expansion introduces four new town tiles, a new scoring tile, and a new bonus card create new goals for players to try to complete. All new special terrain tiles for each faction will give new bonuses and abilities when placed.

Carcassonne: The School
“School is in session in Carcassonne!”
The Carcassonne: The School expansion, originally released in 2011,  has each player competing to complete the various roads leading up to the school. Once the road is complete, the teacher will get paints the next time something is scored, regardless of what is scored and which player scored those points. Once each of the roads is complete, there are enough students and the teacher will stay put for the rest of the game.
Carcassonne: The Festival
In The Festival mini expansion for Carcassonne, players have the ability to withdraw a meeple. When a player lays down the festival tile, they choose between placing a meeple normally or withdrawing a previously placed meeple from another feature.
A Feast for Odin
The Feast for Odin mini-expansion has players traveling through two new exploration boards providing more options than before. Players will now be able to sail to the archipelago of Lofoten or travel to Tierra del Fuego. Players will find new opportunities to generate income and obtain new bonuses.
Voyages of Marco Polo: New Characters
Four new faces are being added to The Voyages of Marco Polo. Each character will feature a new game-bending ability. This mini expansion also introduces the gifts mechanic to the game. Gifts will grant players bonus goods and occasionally allow players to take extra actions.
Beyond Baker Street
The Beyond Baker Street expansion will introduce several new characters to the game. New character cards allow players to take on the roles of Dr. John Watson or Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. Moriarty will enter the game as a new possible suspect.
Sylvion: Below Ground
The land itself will join in the fight with the Ravage in a new mini-expansion for Sylvion. Sixteen new terrain cards will be available to occupy battlefield spaces. While Swallowers will use up Tree and Fountain cards, Owls will allow players to draw two cards from the Defender deck.

The award winning Finca, by designers Wolfgang Sentker and Ralf zur Linde, is attempting a return to tables via Kickstarter 10 years after it’s original release. The game was originally published by Hans im Glück  in 2009 and has been out of print since 2010.
The Kickstarter campaign has a goal of 15,000 Euro by Wednesday, March 14th 2018 at 7:11 AM MDT. With over 14,000 euro raised by 259 backers with 22 days to go, Kicktraq currently has the campaign trending towards over 55,000 Euro.
A basic pledge for Finca will run 33 Euro for one copy with additional pledge levels available for multiple copies of the game.
If the campaign reaches 45,00 Euro, it would unlock all stretch goals. Stretch goals include:
  • El Razul Expansion
  • A Larger Board
  • Wooden Donkeys
About Finca
A set collection game, the object of the game is to distribute your fruits as effectively as possible in order to deliver faster than your opponents.

Players will take on the roles of Mallorcan island farmers who attempt to harvest as many of the island‘s fruits: figs, almonds, olives, oranges, grapes, and lemons, as possible. Once collected, players will then deliver their fruits to one of the the island communities. Each of the communities will have constantly changing requirements during the game, rewarding players who can best speculate what will be needed. For each delivery the player will receive victory points. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game is the winner.

What’s in the Box

The base pledge for the game will include:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 12 Windmill Blades
  • 42 Fruit Tiles
  • 4 Bonus Tiles
  • 6 Wooden Fincas
  • 16 Action Tiles (4 different action tiles in 4 colors each)
  • 8 Donkey Carts
  • 10 Finca Tiles
  • 18 Wooden Figs
  • 18 Wooden Almonds
  • 18 Wooden Olives
  • 18 Wooden Oranges
  • 18 Wooden Grapes
  • 18 Wooden Lemons
  • 20 Wooden Farmers (5 in each of 4 colors)
The Kickstarter edition will include English, German and French rules. Game components are language independent.
Board Game Awards
When released in 2009 Finca was immediately nominated for a fruit basket full of awards including:
  • 2011 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection Winner
  • 2011 Juego del Año Finalist
  • 2011 Hungarian Board Game Award Winner
  • 2010 Vuoden Peli Adult Game of the Year Winner
  • 2010 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
  • 2010 Boardgames Australia Awards Best International Game Nominee
  • 2009 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
  • 2009 Lys Grand Public Finalist
  • 2009 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee

“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

Fantasy Flight Games has released the Mos Eisley Back Alleys Skirmish Map for Imperial Assault. Players will have a chance to explore the seedy underworld of the back alleys while the rubber backed playmat provides a quick setup for Mos Eisley the included missions. The playmat  is available for retail purchase now.

Included with playmat purchase are two mission cards related to the skirmish map, adding new objectives with a focus on the valuable crates that can be found in Mos Eisley. In the first scenario, players are vying for crate control while doors become unlocked. In the second scenario players attempt to retrieve crates and haul them back tho their personal stash.

Seven previous Imperial Assault Skirmish Maps have taken players to a variety of locations including;

About Imperial Assault

Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a strategy board game featuring tactical combat and missions set in the Star Wars universe for two to five players.

The game features two distinct games. The first is a campaign game that takes players through long-form tales set in the Star Wars universe with players taking on the roles of Rebels battling either an Imperial overlord or an app controlled overlord. Through a multi-mission campaign both the Imperial player and the Rebel heroes will have the opportunity to gain new experience and skills.

The other game, a single play skirmish game, allows players to build a team of Rebel or Imperial characters and battle head-to-head.

While everything 2-5 players need is in the base box, dozens of character packs as well as campaign expansions have been released for those who want to explore further into the Star Wars universe.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced that they will be releasing The Sword and the Spirits, a new novella by Robert Denton III set in the world of Legend of the Five Rings. Physical copies of the novella will include two exclusive alternate art cards for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game.

The novella will focus on the Phoenix Clan and their investigation into an elemental disturbance and the possibly dark secrets of a vassal family located in the mountains. While investigating the murder, Isawa Tadaka and Shiba Tsukune will stumble upon a conspiracy ancient in nature.

Shiba Tsukune wasn’t supposed to become the Champion of the Phoenix Clan, but their ancient sword chose her. Trained as a samurai warrior, she was to be the bodyguard of Isawa Tadaka, a powerful shugenja—and the man she loved. Although her new duties have drawn them apart, she refuses to stand by and watch as Tadaka falls to the darkness within him.

Tsukune follows Tadaka north to Cliffside Shrine, home of the Kaito family, where he must investigate the mysterious death of a prominent priestess. All around them, the shrine shows signs of decay and desecration, and the wards that have bound an evil demon for centuries are fraying. What secrets are the Kaito family keeping? And can Tsukune save Tadaka from descending down a dark path before it’s too late?

Sword in the Spirits will include over 100 pages of tales designed to compliment Legends of the Five Rings lore. It will be released to coincide with Disciples of the Void, a Phoenix Clan Pack for Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game.

In addition to the novella, The Sword and the Spirits will include two alternate art cards for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game.

Kaito Kosori will be an alternate art card for a card debuting in Disciples of the Void. The cards will be the first time a character from Kaito family makes an appearance in Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game. Kosori will honor the family tradition of bow use combined with mystical elements.

The Second card will feature extended art of Ofushikai, the sword that chose Shiba Tsukune as Clan Champion. Ofushukai is not included in Disciples of the Void, so for now will not be legal for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game tournament play until it is released in a Dynasty Pack later in 2018.

About Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game

Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game is a Living Card Game published by Fantasy Flight Games. The game is set in Rokugan, the original setting for the Legend of the Five Rings collectible card game published by AEG. Players create decks of clan specific cards from the base game and supplemental decks when preparing to do battle. Two players will battle for 45-90 minutes.


CMON has just released the North American edition of the game 13 Clues. The game was originally published in both Italian and English by dV Giochi in 2016. 13 Clues has 2-6 players aged 8+ spending 30 minutes taking on the roles of detectives in London at the end of the 19th Century solving a series of unique mysteries.

Each detective in the game is attempting to solve their own mystery, unique to themselves. Players start out with a hiding screen, a magnifying glass token, a pencil, and a casebook for making notes… and their wits.

At the start of the game all players select a weapon, location, and person that constitute the elements of the crime for the player sitting to their left left. Once the elements are selected they are placed in front of the player’s screen facing the center of the table so all other detectives except that player can see the elements of their crime

The investigation takes place over a series of roads with each investigator asking questions of the other detectives, consulting secret information, and making a series of accusations to rule out suspects. To help narrow questions down, locations are categorized as indoor or outdoor, people are male and female, and weapons are up close or ranged.

The winning detective will be the first to one who identifies which of the clues match their case and makes an accusation before the other detectives solve their own cases.

What’s in the Box?

13 Clues doesn’t just include fancy player screens and much needed pencils, the 13 Clues box is filled with:

  • 30 clue cards
  • 6 card holders
  • 6 hiding screens
  • 6 pencils
  • 12 plastic card stands
  • 6 Top Secret folders
  • 1 block of Casebook Pages
  • 10 Magnifying Glass tokens
  • Secret Informant board
  • Rules

Crokicurl, the sport-like game where crokinole and curling collide, is now being played in multiple cities across Canada.

The game has players competing using crokinole rules, but using curling stones in lieu of wooden discs and competing on a large scale playing surface made of ice. Players still need to aim for the 20 hole and hit competing players pieces, but now they will be doing this by hurling curling stones across a sheet of ice, with wooden posts blocking shots instead of pegs.

The hybrid game originated in Winnipeg in 2017 when a team of architects built the first crokicurl board at the iconic Forks river site.

While the game was the brainchild of the architects at Winnipeg-based Public City Architecture firm and the first rink was built in Winnipeg, Crokicurl has been picked up in other Canadian municipalities. The Acadia Community Association in Calgary found their inspiration from the Winnipeg game, building a crokicurl rink further West.

As a testament to the popularity of both sports, a story about the Winnipeg invention was one of the most popular posts the Calgary based community association had in 2017:

Last year, when the Winnipeg [crokicurl] article came out, I had put it on our community Facebook page… and the engagement on that post alone pretty much outweighs what we [usually] do in the whole entire year.”

While the game has no confirmed place in the 2018 winter olympics, a possible bid by Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Games could raise the hopes of potential crokicurl medalists.


As a disclaimer, I have taken guests to the Calgary crokicurling site. The game is every bit as amazing as you could possibly hope it would be.

Tired of carrying your Star Wars Destiny dice in old Crown Royal bags? Fantasy Flight games has just released three themed binders to hold the dice and cards necessary to play Star Wars: Destiny. The Princess Leia Dice Binder, the Boba Fett Dice Binder, and the Darth Vader Dice Binder have been released to retail this week.

“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”
   –Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

The spacious binder has room for up to fourty-four dice and fourty-four cards. the binder design allows for each of the die to be individually displayed, allowing for a much faster retrieval when adding new upgrade and support carts to your characters.

The binder is compatible with all current and future dice and cards released for the game.

About Star Wars Destiny
Star Wars: Destiny is a collectible dice and card game from Fantasy Flight games that allows players to create battles between iconic heroes and villains with various locations and themes from the Star Wars universe.

In each game two players take part in a fast-paced duel in an attempt to be the first to eliminate the other player’s characters. The combines dice-driven combat with card based hand management. Players can create decks that include characters from any faction and or era, just as long as heroes and villains are on opposite sides of the fight, not on the same team.

Each player will construct a thirty-card deck with appropriate events, upgrades, and supports as well as the appropriate dice. Once play begins players alternate actions; activating die, playing cards, and attacking. Whoever has characters still standing at the end of the game wins.


Stronghold Games has announced plans to release Dungeon Rush by designers Rustan Håkansson and Eli Håkansson in March 2018. Originally published by in 2016, the release has Stronghold Games once again partnering to bring strong European titles to North America.

Dungeon Rush has players taking on the role of adventurers rushing into a perilous dungeon to root out the evil that lies within while earning gold and leveling up their character abilities as they delve below. Dungeon Rush will entertain 3-5 adventurers aged 8+ for around 20 minutes per game.

Each player will take command of two heroes they will permanently control for the game, one hero for the right hand of the player and and one hero for the left hand. At the start of a round the players will simultaneously reveal two monster cards and place them within reach of all of the players. Players then quickly place each hand on the monster they want that hero to battle. Players can place both hands on a single monster to have both their heroes battle that monster. No two players in the game can select the same monster, so players will need to decide quickly, and once the decision is made they cannot select a different monster.

Each player will then battle the selected monsters, using any abilities they have gained. If successful, they can slide the monster card under their hero card, adding new melee, ranged, magic, and stealth abilities to their heroes.

After battling through three dungeon levels players will have one last battle against the Dungeon Lord and Dragon to finish the game.

What’s in the Box?

The Stronghold Games edition of Dungeon Rush will include:

  • 10 Oversized Hero Cards
  • 4 Dragon Cards
  • 4 Dungeon Lord Cards
  • 34 Level 1 Monster Cards
  • 34 Level 2 Monster Cards
  • 34 Level 3 Monster Cards
  • 1 Rulebook

Game Designers Rustan Håkansson and Eli Håkansson

Designer Rustan Håkansson will be familiar to many gamers from his popular 2013 release Nations and 2014 release of Nations: The Dice Game. Dungeon Rush is Eli Håkansson‘s first credited game.

Art by Lauri Bremer, Tuuli Hypén, Jere Kasanen

Artist Tuuli Hypén has contributed to a number of new releases including the 2017 Stronghold Games releases of The Bottle Imp and Gold Fever, and the 2015 release of M.U.L.E: The Board Game.

Artist Jere Kasanen will be well known to many gamers from work on popular games including Flame Rouge, Nations, Nations: The Dice Game, and Honshu.

While Lauri Bremer may be new as a board game artists, working with the rest of the design and art team will be a great introduction to the world of game design.

Shinobi 7 has announced plans to release Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog IP made popular in early 90s video games. The newest Sonic game has 2-5 players taking control on Sonic as well as both his friends and rivals in an obstacle-laden race. Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers will include five 40mm scale pre-painted miniatures; Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Tails, and Dr. Eggman.

Battle Racers is scheduled to be available in retail in the second half of 2018.

A modular course is built by players before the race. Once the race begins players will need to both avoid opposing racers as well as a litany of dangerous obstacles. Players will control their speed, deploy special abilities and unique powers all while trying to collect as many rings as possible.

Shinobi 7 is already preparing for an expanded world, with expansion packs ready that will include one pre-painted character and their racer. Larger expansions will also include additional track sections for greater racing variety.

About Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog originally found his fame as video game franchise created by Sega in the early 90s. Sonic the Hedgehog was considered the mascot character by Sega during the heyday of the 16 bit era console wars.

Sonic, the protagonist of the game series, is a blue hedgehog named Sonic who often finds himself in trouble with the antagonist Doctor Eggman. While Doctor Eggman attempts to take over the world, Sonic and his friends always arrive just in time.