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Hasbro, Inc. has announced the winner of their 2016 Fall Gaming Challenge, in which the public were invited to submit board game designs through Indiegogo. After considering the five finalists, judges at Hasbro along with guest judge Daymond John of Shark Tank fame have picked a winner. Cloud Control, designed by Eugene Bryant of Suwanee, Georgia, is a card laying game for 3-10 in which players turn, twist, and overlap their cloud cards into recognizable shapes before time runs out.

Bryant will receive $25,000 and a trip to Hasbro to help make his game a reality. Hasbro started the Gaming Challenge in 2015, when The Mr. Toast Game came through victorious, and is now available for sale in stores. For more information on past and future Gaming Challenges, visit the Hasbro Gaming Lab here.

As described by Nick Bentley (one of the developers of several of the Evolution games) on his BoardGameGeek blog, NorthStar Games is beginning the development of an oceans-based game.  Following on the themes in their Evolution, Evolution: Flight, Evolution: Climate, and Evolution: The Beginning games, this one will feature species and species interactions that are water-based.  As are all the games (except Evolution: Flight), this game will be a standalone game and not an expansion of one of the existing games.

As a “teaser”, Nick states:

Here are three key facts of ocean life:

the base of the food chain is plankton
ocean critters can get really big
most non-tiny ocean critters are carnivores

The Evolution games are mostly card driven games where you assign traits to your species, or discard cards to add new species, increase the population or the body size of a species.  The evolution theme is very much at the forefront of the game play.  As one develops carnivores, for example, this species needs to eat other species.  So you need to defend against the threats of other species by evolving traits that help one survive.

It is hoped that this new game will have the same beautiful art work and production quality as the prior games.

NorthStar hopes to introduce the game at GenCon 2017.  NorthStar Games is also the publisher of Wits and Wagers, Say Anything! and other games.

iello have announced 3 upcoming titles for 2017:

The Legend of the Cherry Tree That Blossomed Every Ten Years – A 2-4 player card game with about 20 minutes of play time. This mouthful of a name is a working title only, and the original Japanese game went by the more manageable “Hirohita“. Designed by Hinata Origuchi, iello’s new release of the press-your-luck, set collection game will feature stunning artwork from Sylvain Sarrailh. Estimated for Q3 2017.

Sticky Chameleon – A family weight game designed by Théo Rivière (Sea of Clouds). Not a lot of details on this one yet, but it’s aimed for ages 6 and up, accommodates 2-6 players and takes about 15 minutes. Also planned for release in Q3.

Ninja Taisen – Another port of a Japanese game, this one designed by Katsumasa TomiokaNinja Taisen is a 2 player game that will be part of iello’s mini games line (Welcome to the Dungeon, Schotten Totten, etc.). From iello:

“Each player controls 10 Ninjas recruited to defend their village. These Ninjas have a strength (between 1 and 3) and a color-coded category. Following the famous rock/paper/scissors logic, players have to defeat the enemies at the other side of their path to conquer the opposing village, but only the roll of the dice will decide how far your Ninjas can go…”

Ninja Taisen is scheduled for release on April 20th to brick-and-mortar stores, and hitting online retailers a couple weeks later on May 4th.

First up is a new release which teams up USAopoly and Steve Jackson Games, and that’s Munchkin X-Men.  This continues to add to the plethora of re-skins for the Munchkin game, but if you are into X-men and don’t mind Munchkin, this might be a good buy.  The will feature tons of iconic people and items from the X-men universe including Lady Deathstrike, Colossus, Wolverine, and Magneto’s Helmet.  So grab your gear and ready those mutant powers, Munchkin X-Men is out on store shelves now!

Next was a tease from IDW Games at this year’s GAMA Trade Show called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Showdown.  The theme seems normal enough as the turtles are running through the city sewers being chased be Bebop and Rocksteady and so they have to figure out how to fight them.  The interesting part is that this is going to be done in the confines of a tile laying game.  I will be interested to see how they plan to pull this off, but we won’t know more until later this year as IDW Games releases more information about it.

Then we have a new card game coming out of Greenbrier Games called Overseers.  This is a drafting style game where you are collecting sets of cards in order to score the most point, pretty simple, but it does have some extra bits added on.  First is that each player has a special power they can use that allow them to break the rules, like keeping two cards instead of one during a draft.  Second is a voting system once everyone reveals their cards on who people think has the highest score.  Whoever gets the most votes then has a choice, admit they have the highest score or deny it.  If they admit it then they discard a card, if they deny they don’t have to discard anything.  However, during scoring if they denied and do have the highest score, they lose two of their highest scoring cards.  Most points at the end is the winner.  Look for this game on store shelves in April.

Last is a slew of upcoming release from Flying Frog productions for both Last Night on Earth and Shadows of Brimstone.  On the Shadows of Brimstone front they have tons coming with the Hellfire Succubi Mission Pack, the Feral Vampires Mission Pack, the Derelict Ship Expansion, and six new ally, enemy, and XXL enemy packs.  Most of these were KS extras so it will be good for them to hit general distribution later in the year.  Also they showed off posters for the upcoming 10th Anniversary Edition of the Last Night on Earth game, with no doubt all the bells and whistles you expect from such an edition.  Keep looking here as we find out more information as the year goes on for these releases, and check out Flying Frog’s Facebook page for pictures and information.

Czacha Games has begun a Kickstarter Campaign for the 2nd edition of Impulse by award winning designer Carl Chudyk (Glory to Rome, Innovation). First published in 2013, Impulse is a 2-6 player fast, card driven, 4X space game with great new art from Zak Eidsvoog. Like many of Chudyk’s games, Impulse uses cards in a variety of different ways; cards make up the spaces of a hex board, minerals mined from locations, tech upgrades and actions. Players move two types of ships around the board – transports to execute card actions and cruisers to explore and defeat opponent ships. Players execute all the actions off the Impulse line of cards, each turn adding and removing cards from the line, creating the backbone of actions for the next player.

The Kickstarter also includes two brand new expansions for Impulse. All Your Base adds the concept of bases to the game, while Brake For Launch adds a new combat ship type, the Wing.

The Kickstarter for Impulse 2nd Edition will continue through April 12, and is expected to deliver in October 2017.

Phalanx Games has announced the 20th anniversary edition of Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, including the Hamilcar: First Punic War expansion. Hannibal is an award winning 2 player card based war game from designer Mark Simonitch. In Hannibal, players use multifunctional cards to gain both political and military control using the popular card system from Avalon Hill’s We The People. A second set of Battle Cards are used when two armies meet on the battlefield. To secure victory, players need to dominate both the military and political fronts.

The Kickstarter for Hannibal & Hamilcar will start April 19, 2017.

Level 99 Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for the second season of Exceed, themed to Seventh Cross. Exceed, released last year from D. Brad Talton, Jr. (BattleCON series of games), is a 2 player card game mimicking the arcade-style one-on-one fighter game experience. The original Exceed covered 16 characters from Jasco Games‘ Red Horizon Universe. Exceed Season 2 adds another 16 characters, this time from an original 1920’s macabre/horror setting, which will be the setting for a future rogue-like exploration board game.  Exceed Season 2 is offering 4 standalone boxes, each containing 4 characters and over 120 cards.

The Kickstarter Campaign for Exceed Season 2 continues through April 30, and is expected to deliver in November 2017.

Scott Pilgrim is a popular graphic novel series that was released back in 2004 that still enjoys popularity today, mostly due to characters and situations readers can relate to.  So now in 2017, Renegade Games along with the publisher of the comic, Oni Press, are creating a deck building game based on the franchise.  The game is called Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, and is a deck building game all about making different choices as you live your life.  You will be able to play different characters from the comic and each one will have a different starting deck, giving you some variability between players.  Then as you build your deck and fill out your plot line, you will decide how you want to handle situations, either like an adult, or with typical video game violence.  This effect is accomplished by all the cards being double sided, with each side corresponding to a way to handle that situation.  Will you be able to defeat all the evil ex’s and win over Ramona’s heart?

You can find out this summer when the game is released, and until then you can check out the preview on Renegade Games’ site.

Haba is releasing the sequel to the convention favorite Rhino Hero, Rhino Hero – Super Battle. In Super Battle, players not only build and climb the toppling card tower, but they need to defeat the mean spider monkeys in the process. Luckily, Rhino Hero is joined by his superhero friends Giraffe Boy, Big E. and Batguin. In this continuation of the card stacking classic, it appears players can start from multiple foundations and join the towers together with bridges. Rhino Hero – Super Battle is due to release in September 2017.

dV Giochi has announced English versions of two new games, 3 Secrets and Deckscape – Test Time.

In 3 Secrets, 2-8 players try to cooperatively discover the 3 secrets of an unresolved case with the help of an app before time runs out. One player plays the role of informant, knows all the secrets that need be revealed, and will try to help where possible. Other players can ask questions, and the informant can give clues if the payers become sidetracked, but it will cost precious time. Use deduction, observation and lateral thinking to solve the mystery.

Deckscape – Test Time is a card driven implementation of an escape room. With 60 cards, players try to escape from Dr. Thyme’s Laboratory by solving puzzles, figuring out the plot of the story, and intelligently using found items. Test Time is the first in a planned set of escape room games from dV Giochi, plays 1-6 players and contains 60 cards.