First on the list of upcoming games is the latest is the ever growing genre of Roll and Write games, and that is Harvest Dice from Grey Fox Games. Play is simple for this one, roll all of the veggie dice and pick which vegetables you want in your garden or fed to your pet pig. At the end you will score veggies based on what the market wants as well as points for a well fed pig, most points is the winner. These quick and easy games thrive on fast play times and easy replayability, and you should be able to find this one on store shelves in November of this year.
Second is a new one from Stronghold games called Noria, a first design from Sophia Wagner, winner of the Spiel des Jahres fellowship in 2015. We don’t know much about the game yet except for that it looks to be a euro-style game with an innovative “wheel building” mechanic. Similar to how the rondel is built and changed in Crusaders, this multi-layered wheel will have different actions and abilities in three rings so that you actions can be highly customized to your strategy. You will be using these actions to discover islands, build out your empire, and bribe politicians with hidden knowledge you find. Another aspect worth mentioning is the excellent art by Michael Menzel and Klemens Franz, elevating the possibility that this game could be something special. Look for it to hit stores in January of next year to find out.