Tim Tylinski

Tim is an electrical engineer in the aviation industry. He lives in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area with his wife, son and dog. He buys more games every year than he plays.

Guardians, the forthcoming game from Plaid Hat Games, will be receiving a hero expansion.  The Uprising hero pack expansion will be released later this year and includes four additional heroes, along with their associated power deck and ultimate cards.

Guardians is a card game for two or four players featuring variable player powers.  Each player creates a team of three heroes which are then used to combat the other opponents.  The Uprising expansion will add to the available roster of heroes to form your team.  Uprising will also introduce “blast damage” to the game.

“This hero pack also introduces a new way bring the pain to your opponent’s heroes: Blast Damage. When a player is dealt blast damage, she must allocate it to heroes she controls. Place it all on a single hero or distribute it evenly, but be careful not to leave your team vulnerable to future attacks! Blast damage adds a new element of strategy and tactics to Guardians, so take cover and brace for impact!”

Click here to read the announcement from Plaid Hat Games.  Additional information on Guardians can be found on Plaid Hat’s product page by clicking here.

In 2017 designer Jonathan Ying, of Imperial Assault fame, successfully crowdfunded Bargain Quest.  Since its release Bargain Quest has garnered positive reviews.  Now, the game has returned to Kickstarter for a second printing, along with a new expansion, entitled The Black Market.

Bargain Quest is a card drafting, hand management and auction game for 2-6 players.  If you are a hero in need of equipment before you go out to face the monster menacing the town, where do go?  In Bargain Quest the players are shopkeepers of a fantasy item shop trying to sell their wares to heroes that will be attempting to save the town from pesky monsters.  Will the heroes defeat the monster?  It doesn’t really matter as long as you are running a profitable business.

In addition to the reprint of the base game, the Kickstarter includes new expansion content.  The Black Market expansion includes additional heroes, employees for your shop and a new deck of black market items.  The black market items can be accessed by players by spending their reputation.

The Kickstarter campaign for this reprint of Bargain Quest and The Black Market expansion includes several reward options, including just the new content for those that already have the base game.  The campaign also includes three bonus packs which contain additional content for backers.

In 2017, Renegade Game Studios and dlp games released Altiplano, a bag-building game from designer Reiner Stockhausen.  Renegade has announced that Altiplano will be getting an expansion, Altiplano: The Traveller.

When you are visiting alpacas in the South American highlands The Traveler will provide more resources, locations and a public trading point for assets.  The expansion is designed by Reiner Stockhausen, along with Louis and Stefan Malz, and features more artwork from Klemens Franz.  The estimated release date for Altiplano: The Traveler in North America is October.

You can read Renegade’s full announcement here.  The game page for the expansion on the publisher’s website can be found here.  The original base game of Altiplano received a Seal of Excellence from the Dice Tower, and Tom Vasel’s review can be seen here.

Dick Dastardly and Muttley will be jumping in the cardboard driver’s seat thanks to CMON.  The old Hanna-Barbera characters are getting new life in the form of Wacky Races: The Board Game.  CMON has announced they have partnered with Warner Bros. to publish Wacky Races: The Board Game in 2019.

Designed by Andrea Chiarvesio and Fabio Tola, with art provided by Warner Bros., Wacky Races: The Board Game is for two to four players, with races lasting 10-15 minutes.  The game will be released in both regular and deluxe editions, with the deluxe version getting pre-painted miniatures.

The original Wacky Races cartoon started in the 1960’s.  It did get a limited reboot in 2017, so it will be interesting to see if a board game featuring these characters will connect with younger audiences, or if this is more of a nostalgia play for older audiences.

You can read CMON’s announcement here.

North Star Games previously announced Most Wanted, a poker and western-themed card game.  Now, North Star has provided an October 1st release date for the game.

In Most Wanted, the players are bandits competing to be the most notorious outlaw.   Players acquire notoriety (points) by participating in actions, like robberies or challenging fellow bandits to duels, then simplified poker hands are used to resolve the actions.   Those players that lose a particular action must pay bail, which means they forgo some of their points.  First player to 13 points wins.

Two of the designers of Most Wanted are Ken Gruhl and Quentin Weir, which designed another North Star game, Happy Salmon.

Most Wanted is for two to eight players, ages 10 and up.  You can read the original announcement here and view the updated product page and release date information here.

Pandasaurus Games has announced they will be bringing the 2015 Spiel des Jahres nominated card game, The Game, to Target stores in August.  This will be an exclusive version for Target and will feature new box and card art from acclaimed illustrator Kwanchai Moriya.

You can learn more about this variant of The Game and see some of the new artwork on the Pandasaurus website and Facebook post.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced Horrific Journeys, an expansion for Mansions of Madness: Second Edition.  The expansion content includes four new investigators, each with their own backstory, along with new figures, map tiles, locations, monsters, events and puzzles.  Horrific Journeys introduces three new scenarios:  10:50 to Arkham, Murder on the Stargazer Majestic, and Hidden Depths.

Fantasy Flight indicated that the Hidden Depths scenario introduces a new “agendas” mechanic to the game.

“When playing Hidden Depths with three or more investigators, you each receive an agenda card that you must keep secret from the rest of the team. Taking a twist on the Insane condition already present in Mansions of Madness, these cards foster the seeds of mistrust, potentially turning your teammates against one another and forcing you to become suspicious of the very people you would once trust with your life.”

The Horrific Journeys expansion is planned for release in the fourth quarter of 2018.  You can read the full announcement about the expansion here.

USAopoly has announced a game based on the Adult Swim series Samurai Jack, entitled Samurai Jack: Back to the Past.  The game is for 2-5 players, ages 13 and up, and is based on the fifth season of the series.  The announcement and associated game page on the USAopoly website did not contain any game play specifics, only that you will be able to “Accompany Samurai Jack on his quest to vanquish the Shape-shifting Master of Darkness, Aku.”

The box includes seven painted vinyl figures of characters from the show.  No release date was provided, but you can read the announcement here and see more of the game’s content here.


Already pre-order the Tyrants of Lothal expansion for Imperial Assault?  Now you can get a Lothal-themed skirmish map too.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the Lothal Wastes skirmish map.  This is a 26” by 26” rubber mat, similar to the previously released skirmish maps, which can be used in skirmish battles.  Additional details on the new Imperial Assault skirmish map can be found here.

Following the announcement that Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) is ending Android: Netrunner The Card Game, fans of the other Living Card Games (LCG) produced by FFG may have some concerns.  Fantasy Flight released a blog post on the topic in order to provide additional perspective.

The post is primarily a ‘Question & Answer’ style format.  FFG Head of Studio, Andrew Navaro, and Card Game Manager, Mercedes Opheim, provide their thoughts on LCGs in general, current production approaches, and how things are evolving going forward.  Developers for games like Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, Arkham Horror: The Card Game and The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, weigh in on their respective games with thoughts on how the past year progressed, current challenges for each game, and what to expect in the upcoming year.

You can read the entire blog post here.