The official NSKN Blog chronicled this week on an interesting topic: the increasing prevalence of reprints in the board gaming hobby.
Do you remember that game you played as a kid? The most awesome game ever? The one game you would like to play again, but you can’t because the copy you played wasn’t yours? Or maybe it actually was your copy, but your parents threw it away while cleaning the attic, and now you have to pay an arm and a leg to get off ebay?
I believe many hobby gamers with just a little bit of distance between now and their childhood could admit that they have sought to play these kinds of nostalgic treasures once again. The blog suggests, however, that though the power of nostalgia is strong, the desire to relive these old games is driven more by the positive memories of them, or “nostalgia goggles”, rather than the actual quality of gameplay.
NSKN also posits the emergence of a new type of game: reimaginings of older games of yore, or perhaps also called “spinoffs”. These games, while not identical reprints, use the older game as an idea and then create a new game from it. A good example is the very recent Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, which uses the classic Warhammer Quest as a basis for a new card game.
To read the article in full, visit the NSKN Blog here.
You are in danger of flunking most-heinously tomorrow!
Travel across the circuits of history with up to four players, collecting personages of historical significance in order to pass tomorrow’s oral report. But beware! Every time you snatch someone, the phone booth breaks most non-triumphantly, and your adventure through time will take a most serious turn!
Steve Jackson announces a new game based on the classic comedy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In this game designed by Sam Mitschke and Randy Scheunemann, players will travel across the circuits of history, collect personages of historical significance, pass their history report, and determine the fate of society.
Each copy of the game will include:
- 60 Cards
- 36 Tokens
- 6 Standees
- Game Board
- Rule Sheet
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Boardgame is now in production and the release date has yet to be announced. To read the full press release, visit the SJG website here.
Everything Epic Games is returning to Kickstarter to bring you the 2nd printing of their recently released thematic cooperative game Secrets of the Lost Tomb, as well as Fate’s Fortune, the newest expansion for the game.
Secrets of the Lost Tomb is a Cooperative, story-driven tile placement game, that plays in about 60 minutes, for 1-6 adventurers who have embarked upon a perilous expedition to uncover the ancient secrets of the Tomb. Each game is built around a different scenario with its own unique boss monster, such as the Pharaoh with the Blue Eyes, the Immortal Rhaz Azul or the Elder Forces of Hera’Thulhu. Over the course of the game, you and your fellow expedition members will explore ancient sites around the world, from the crypts of the Mayans to the ruins of Greece and the beautiful temples of the Orient; fight monstrous beasts; gather powerful relics and above all prepare yourselves to ward off the inevitable awakening of the Primordial Evil.
The Fate’s Fortune expansion introduces the eponymous Fate cards which will send each character on their own secret quest that will allow them to level up during the game (and will also unleash new furies from within the tomb). Using these secret Fate cards, players can also now choose to include the possibility of a Traitor in the game, rather than playing purely cooperatively. The expansion will also add new characters, new scenarios and new monsters to this already jam-packed game.
So dust off your fedora and discover the full campaign here!
Welcome to Terrinoth, adventurer! You are one of a few worthy heroes, wandering across the realm and taking what quests you encounter. But now, a dark terror from centuries past has awoken, and it threatens to cast all of Terrinoth into darkness. Only a peerless hero – a hero such as you – can defeat this evil and save the realm. Perhaps you will be the one to save Terrinoth and have your name enshrined as a living legend!
Fantasy Flight Games released the hit adventure board game Runebound in 2004, then followed it up with a second, revised edition in 2005. Now, ten years later, FFG has announced a fresh, new release of Runebound in its third edition!
In this new edition of Runebound, experienced players will discover familiar characters and villains from the previous versions of the game, as well as some familiar game design and mechanisms, such as terrain dice for movement. However, this version of Runebound will hit players as a breath of fresh air, as many new innovative changes have been implemented.
One such change from the previous versions in the method of engaging in combat. Instead of using 10-sided dice in combat, players will cast or flip combat tokens to the table and take turns spending them to attack, shield from attack, affect their opponent’s tokens, or stack them for more power. Surge abilities are also possible by spending surges printed on the tokens.
As in previous versions of the game, players will begin with an adventurer of humble status and must upgrade their hero throughout their adventurers. They can do this by purchasing upgrades at the four Free Cities of Terrinoth and battling the minions of Margath the Dragonlord or Vorakesh the necromancer.
Runebound is a game for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 120-180 minutes. It is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2015. For more information on this new release of Runebound in its third edition, visit the game’s pages at FFG’s website here.
Gangfight Games is currently running a Kickstarter for Bad Lands: Curse of the Skinwalker. Bad Lands is a co-op western horror survival game in which heroes are fighting to save the town of Blackwater Gulch from a pack of hideous were-things such as Jackalopes, Chupacabras, Werebears, Werewolves, and other nightmarish beasts.
Players will select the hero they wish to play, or players may design their own characters to play. As players move through the town defeating monsters, they can pick up loot that is either lying around or is dropped by slain beasties. Loot such as an old revolver, silver bullets, or a fancy gun belt can not only aid in helping heroes bring down these creatures, but also gives the heroes experience points (XP) in which to improve their characters.
Bad Lands offers a survival mode and an adventure mode, in which a player can serve as Gamemaster and take the heroes on a campaign.
Bad Lands is for 1-4 players and includes the following in the core set:
- 8 hero cards and pawns
- 6 heavy-duty, linen-coated board tiles
- 28 encounter cards & villain pawns
- 64 loot cards
- 6 6-sided dice
- 36 plastic pawn stands
- Dozens of tokens
- Full-color rulebook
Bad Lands: Curse of the Skinwalker has a primary funding goal of $25,000, and currently $3,792 has been raised. The finding date is March 3, 2015. For more information about this project visit the Kickstarter page HERE.
Funforge (publisher of games such as Tokaido, Quantum, and Samurai Spirit) has announced that its newest game, ZNA, will be coming to Kickstarter on December 17, 2014. Designed by Florian Desforges, ZNA is a cooperative game set in post-apocalyptic Boston in 2025, where the city has been infected by a fog leaving destruction in it’s path.
According the website, the game boasts the following:
- An epic campaign composed of 12 individual scenarios, playable with modular boards.
- A smooth learning curve to make it as easy as possible to get into the game.
- Several difficulty levels and game modes so it can be played again and again.
- The ability to create your own scenarios, thanks to the 40 board tiles.
- A plethora of first-class material:
- 40 illustrated and reversible board tiles
- 80 very detailed, high-quality figurines (from 35 to 80mm)
- hundreds of objects, events, objective cards, etc.
- The use of an innovative technology in the gameplay, to be unveiled during the Kickstarter campaign!
For more information on ZNA, including pictures of the miniatures and modular boards, visit Funforge news.
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures: Rebel Transport
The first big ship has entered retail orbits and ready for battle.
As it introduces the game’s first huge ship, the Rebel Transport Expansion Pack marks the beginning of an exciting new era for X-Wing, filled with richer Cinematic Play experiences, Epic Play battles, and massive starships that maneuver and battle differently than the game’s smaller starfighters.
With new rules, one Rebel transport miniature, one X-wing miniature with an alternate paint scheme, and a wealth of new ship cards, upgrades, and missions, the Rebel Transport Expansion Pack allows you to recreate the drama of the Rebellion’s desperate escape from Hoth, pursue new tactics in tournament play, and wage massive battles that are destined to shape the fate of the galaxy!
Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore
Forsaken Lore is an expansion for last year’s Elritch Horror, a cooperative, adventure game of Cthulhu terror. Designers Corey Konieczka and Nikki Valens take players back into slithering peril with serpents and Yig, the Father of Serpents.
The fate of the world grows even more uncertain as the malignant influence of Yig, the Father of Serpents, extends across the globe. Previously defeated Ancient Ones attempt to reclaim the world once again, forcing Investigators to solve new mysteries to keep them at bay. All the while, terrible new Epic Monsters and dangerous new Encounters keep Investigators racing across the globe to stave off the collapse of the world.
Forsaken Lore adds over two hundred new cards to Eldritch Horror, including over one hundred new Encounter cards, twenty-four condition cards, and fourteen new mysteries.
Android Netrunner: Honor and Profit
Honor and Profit is the second deluxe expansion for Android: Netrunner hacking into stores with a total of 165 cards for runners and corporations.
Honor and Profit draws us into the conflicts between the Jinteki corporation and three notable Criminals. Both of these factions are known for their aggressive approaches to the game, and the tricks and traps that they uncork during their struggles will have resounding implications for the entire net. Players must tread carefully; all bets are off with this latest addition to the game.
Cool Mini or Not (Super Dungeon Explore & Zombicide) have announced a new adventure, fantasy, miniature game by designer Eric Lang (Chaos in the Old World, Star Wars: The Card Game, Warhammer: Invasion).
Arcadia Quest is an exciting new adventure board game created by Eric Lang, Thiago Aranha, Fred Perret and Guilherme Goulart. It is a campaign-based game for 2 to 4 players, where each player controls a guild of three unique heroes, facing off against the other players and the various monsters controlled by the game. Players need to accomplish a series of quests in order to win each scenario and choose where to go next in the campaign.
Players are able to choose the path their campaign takes, navigating through six out of eleven available scenarios, so each time the campaign is played it can have a different configuration of scenarios. As the campaign progresses, the heroes are able to acquire new weapons, equipment and abilities that give them powerful options to tackle the obstacles ahead. Furthermore, by fulfilling specific quests in a scenario, players unlock exclusive features in subsequent scenarios.
The rules in Arcadia Quest are fast and furious, and every player can focus on using their heroes’ abilities and equipment to achieve their goals, without the need for anybody to get stuck with the role of solely controlling the monsters.
There are only limited images at this time but will contain 37 highly detailed miniatures, 252 cards, over 300 tokens, 9 double sided game tiles and 9 custom dice.
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