Melissa Makak

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Melissa is a mental health counselor by day and a board game enthusiast by... well just all day and all night. She spends her free time diving deep into the board game hobby as well as dabbling in the arts, and whatever her new obsession of the week is. Melissa can be reached by e-mail at melissa.makak@gmail.com or on Board Game Geek via the username starbuck7660. She can also be found on Dice Tower's Board Game Breakfast-"Smashin' Buttons and Slammin' Cards"

Chrono Corsairs, designed by John Brieger and Vincent Hirtzel, is a game for 2-5 players that are locked in time!

Players are pirates on the cursed shores of Ouroboros Island where a time storm causes them to live the same day over and over again until the time storm finally breaks. The game is played over a series of loops where players will select plans at the beginning of each loop to move their crew around the island and collecting treasure along the way. The same events will keep happening each loop at the same time, so players will learn what the repeating day holds as the game unfolds. Once the time storm subsides, the game is over and the player with the most treasure wins the game!

For more information, click here.

For those familiar with The Fox in the Forest, the game is getting a cooperative version! The Fox in the Forest Duet from Foxtrot Games and Renegade Game Studios, designed by Charles C. Wright, is a game for 2 players that takes the trick-taking mechanic and brings a cooperative flare to it.

Both players will attempt to move through the forest by playing tricks and collect all the gems to win the game while avoiding getting lost along their journey. Players can use the special abilities of the characters to help each other through the forest.

This game is now available for Pre-order and will release in January 2020. For more information, click here.  

The Board Game Book, Volume 2, created by Owen Duffy, is live on Kickstarter! For those familiar with the first volume of this book, this volume continues the collection of gaming journalists bringing the reader behind the scenes of creating a board game and their reviews of these games.

This volume features the top hobby releases of 2019-2020. It is another 256-page, hardcover book with original games journalism. This book includes expert games criticism, exclusive designer interviews, and studio photography! It covers everything from family games to complex strategy games. The first volume received a Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower and this next volume seems to build off what was already successful.

For more information, check out their Kickstarter page here.

Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates, designed by Don Beyer and Glenn Drover and artwork done by Disney artist Mark Page, is a competitive game for 2-5 players where you get to be a pirate captain managing a fleet of 3 ships!

Players will compete to be the richest captain by racing their way down 3 tracks for each of their 3 ships and reaching the Treasure Galleon to trigger the end of the game. While exploring the Caribbean Sea, players will plunder rich merchants, sell cargo in the towns they come across, and build their pirate crew through a light deck-building mechanic to sail faster! Their score will be based on how well they did on each track and the treasures they collected along the way.

This game is set to release sometime this month (September 2019). For more information, click here.

Coraline: Beware the Other Mother is a cooperative game for 1-4 players that brings the chilling story by author Neil Gaiman to the table! This game brings the animated sensation to life using the same artwork found in the film.

Players will work together as the Ghost Children who were captured by the Other Mother to free Coraline and her parents from this twisted Other World! They will go up against Mr. Bobinsky and his jumping mouse circus, come face to face with the Other Father on his mantis tractor, attempt to take the pearl ring from Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, and steal the Skeleton Key and Snow Globe to hopefully help Coraline escape this wretched place. However, players are on a clock because once the button shadow eclipses the moon, Coraline will never be able to escape the Other World and players will have lost the game.

This game will be available for pre-order September 23, 2019 and will release in December 2019. For more information, click here.

Claim is getting 3 new expansions from White Goblin Games designed by Scott Almes who is known for his Tiny Epic series! They are calling this expansion series Claim Reinforcements: Mercenaries, Maps, and Magic. Players will need either Claim or Claim 2 in order to add these expansions to their game.

Claim Reinforcements: Mercenaries adds… mercenaries! These combatants are there to help players fight to win over the factions of the realm and claim the throne.

Claim Reinforcements: Maps will add magical locations to the game that will have an impact on the battles ahead!

Finally, Claim Reinforcements: Magic brings new factions to the realms, such as Druids. Wizards, and Shapeshifters. In addition, factions can now use ancient artifacts from now on!

Each expansion includes 58 cards and 2 overview cards. For more information, check out White Goblin Games site here.

Ascension: A Deckbuilding Game has been around for almost 10 years and has continued to maintain popularity throughout the years.

Ascension’s popularity has now brought it to a a major motion picture, Good Boys. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it is a comedy about a group of 3 boys going through middle school in the modern age. These 3 friends will be shown playing Ascension where they will come to a dilemma of whether to sell their very limited Ascension promo card.

This promo card will actually be produced and available to fans of Ascension after the release of the film on Friday, August 16!

Check out the trailer for Good Boys here.

Iello announced their third monster pack for King of Tokyo and King of New York. Cybertooth is a giant robot who can transform into a tiger with metal saber teeth! Both forms grant different evolutions and powers for offensive and defensive gameplay.

A new game mechanic is also introduced with this Monster Pack called Beserk and is compatible with all existing monsters! Whenever a player rolls 4 or more smashes, their monster goes beserk and rolls the Beserk Special Dice as well as the other dice. A monster in Beserk mode will deal more damage while also potentially hurting themselves and cannot heal amidst this rage!

Included in the pack is the Cybertooth Monster board, the two cardboard figure stands for each of the monster’s forms, 1 Beserk die, 6 Beserk tokens, a Transformation card, and 2 sets of 8 evolution cards for both King of Tokyo and King of New York.

For more information, click here.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced that Marvel Champions: The Card Game is getting an expansion! The Green Goblin Scenario Pack introduces two new scenarios that players can take on that focuses around Norman Osborn and his alter-ego, the Green Goblin.

This scenario pack includes 78 cards centered around taking down businessman, Norman Osborn, the long-standing arch-nemesis of Spiderman. This pack will also come with four modular encounter sets to mix into the scenario included.

Players will work together to bring down Osborn’s Criminal Enterprise attempting to not let him manage to obtain a Hostile Takeover, but if Osborn grabs hold of the new Stark tech through a Corporate Acquisition, then all is lost for our heroes.

For more information, check out Fantasy Flight Games site here.

Marvel: Crisis Protocol, designed by Will Pagani and Will Shick is a new miniatures game that features Marvel super heroes! This game is for 2 players that should last around 90 minutes in an all-out skirmish.

Each player will take on the role of either the heroes or the villains competing in a tactical combat. Players will aim to complete narrative missions on a tabletop that features interactive terrain that allows characters to throw, smash, and collide with. Power seems to be a resource in the game that allows the characters to utilize awesome super powers.

You can build your roster of iconic Marvel characters to battle against your opponent. The core set will come with 10 character miniatures that are unassembled and unpainted to allow players to build and paint their teams themselves.

For more information, check out the announcement here.