Wizkids has announced a new 2-4 player board game based on the hit Syfy Channel TV show, The Expanse. The Expanse Board Game is being designed by Geoff Engelstein, creator of The Dragon & Flagon and The Fog of War. Compared to Twilight Struggle, The Expanse Board Game will be card driven and involve politics, conquest and intrigue. Players can play as the UN Forces, Military of Mars, the Rebels of OPA, or Protogon Inc., as they increase their control over the solar system. The Expanse Board Game is expected to release Summer 2017.
In the words of the visionary Benjamin Franklin, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except more Munchkin content from Steve Jackson Games,” or something like that. Steve Jackson Games has announced a new expansion to their crossover title, Munchkin Pathfinder, coming in June 2017, adding the Gunslinger class and a new faction, Razmiran Vision. These additions also work with the Munchkin Pathfinder Guest Artist Edition. See the publisher’s page here. From the description:
The Gunslinger class specializes in firearms (always the best specialty for a fantasy character), and the Razmiran Vision faction lets players benefit from backstabbing. It’s a 112-card expansion that draws on the rich Pathfinder lore.
With the beginning of summer, Steve Jackson Games will also be releasing Ghosts Love Candy, a card game in which players use teams of ghosts to possess trick-or-treaters on Halloween night and eat all of their candy, which may just realize the deep-seated desires of many. See more of the game, including some of card art, here. The game does come with a warning, though:
The player whose ghosts earn them the most candy points after 8 rounds wins. But be careful! When a Trick-or-Treater eats too much candy they get sick and become your burden if you were the one to push them past their candy limit. The game is over when there is no more candy left to hand out, which is 8 rounds with 2-4 players and 6 rounds with 5-6.
Look for these new releases from Steve Jackson Games this summer.
Already having almost tripled its goal funding on Kickstarter, By Order of the Queen, by designer David Gerrard, touts itself as a 2-4 player cooperative fantasy adventure game that emulates an RPG experience in 90-120 minutes through an abundance of whimsical artwork. In this game, the Queen of Tessandor has a lot on her agenda and has tasked players, as their respective Guilds, to complete quests, slay monsters, and fulfill the eponymous Queen’s orders, vying not only to win, but also having to work together for the good of the kingdom.
By Order of the Queen mixes simple card play, strong strategy, and RPG storytelling in a promise to engage the whole family. Junk Spirit Games, which previously released JunKing in 2015, estimates delivery in October 2017 for backers of the Kickstarter campaign. For more information, head over to the Kickstarter page here.
Green Ronin, publisher of the Mutants and Masterminds RPG, along with Greater Than Games, publisher of Sentinels of the Multiverse, are working together on a new game. This new game will take much of the mechanics of the Sentinels of the Multiverse game and place it firmly in the Mutants and Masterminds RPG universe, titled Sentinels of Earth-Prime. This means a whole new line-up of heroes, villains, and environments as well as new storylines to explore in this new game. As a fan of Sentinels of the Multiverse, I am very looking forward to more original superheroes in a similar game type, hopefully with enough changes to make the two games distinct and worth owning both.
The current plans are for the game to be Kickstarted in April and then published in 2018 by Green Ronin.
Asmodee has announced a new bluffing game titled “Oh Captain!“. Designed by Florian Sirieix and published by Ludonaute, Oh Captain! is a game for 3 to 6 players, featuring a heavy dose of deception and treachery.
“The goal of Oh Captain! is to gather as much treasure as you can to sell to a group of Nomads who currently inhabit the island you’re stranded on. One player is designated as the Captain at the start of the game while the rest become explorers. Players then select an adventurer to represent them in the game, each with their own unique ability and a stockpile of gold coins. The Captain tries to collect as much valuable treasure from the adventurers as possible, while the explorers try and hide the best items for themselves.”
Oh Captain! is scheduled for release in Q2 2017.
WizKids has announced a new co-operative card game, The Banishing, to be released in March! The game supports 3 to 5 players age 14+ and plays in 45 minutes. With a new designer, a quick play time, and a reputable publisher, I’m excited to see what this game has to offer!
Designed by Sean Rumble, The Banishing brings players into a world being overcome by undead creatures. Players take on the roles of the guardians who must work together to banish the undead back through the Void.
As guardians, each player is a unique character with special abilities that can be activated by collecting cards and creating matches. The Sorcerer can conjure and enchant. The Fighter can taunt and imprison. The Healer can bless and revive. The Banishing introduces eight characters, each with six unique skills, for players to choose from.
Visit your friendly local game store to pre-order The Banishing for your game collection today!
For additional information and images, please visit The Banishing webpage.
Tuesday Knights Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for the first expansion to their popular game Two Rooms and a Boom, Necroboomicon. The original Two Rooms and a Boom was a popular large group (6-30 players) social game, with the unique mechanism of splitting the group into two rooms with limited communication. Two Rooms and a Boom: Necroboomicon, which was described as “Hard Mode” for Two Rooms and a Boom, adds lovecraftian characters, increased tension and special rules for smaller groups of players. The Kickstarter offers special foil card versions of the expansion, as well as a way to purchase the original Two Rooms and a Boom. The campaign is slated to continue through February 28, 2017.
Two Rooms and a Boom: Necroboomicon is due to deliver May 2017.
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced the latest iteration of Love Letter, Lovecraft Letter, featuring excellent art by Vincent Dutrait and Kouji Ogata. There are no princesses in this Cthulhu Mythos inspired game – instead you are trying to eliminate your rivals and understand the cosmic horrors that exist just outside our “reality”. Watch as madness consumes your enemies, or take the initiative and remove them yourself.
Read more about Lovecraft Letter here.
WizKids will be releasing two new games this August.
The first, Dungeon Hustle, is a dungeon crawling game where characters “hustle” through dungeon room cards with certain symbols on them. The “hustle” ends when a character enters a room with a different colored symbol. Symbols become useful by helping you fend off monsters, purchase trinkets and complete quests. Also, by defeating monsters, players gain gold which can be used to increase their character level. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins.
The second game is Approaching Dawn: The Witching Hour, a cooperative card game where missions determine the goal of the game. In a world of demons, players play as witches where the actions of one witch affect other members of their coven. Witches use Black and White magic to deal with demons, imps, fey, possessed animals and warlocks. The use of Black magic corrupts while White magic can heal that corruption.
Chara Games, the publisher behind the successful Kickstarter game Commissioned, has started a new Kickstarter Campaign for UNAUTHORIZED, a 6-12 player social deduction game about the struggle between a totalitarian state and an underground rebellion church. In UNAUTHORIZED, players start with a secret role card affiliating them with the State or the Church, and through a series of rounds collect experience cards. These cards reflect events in their life which can push the player and others towards or away from one of the factions. After 4 rounds of 3 phases each, the Chuch wins if it has the majority of followers, as long as none of them are in jail, otherwise the State wins. UNAUTHORIZED comes with 12 Role and 97 Experience Cards, and is expected to deliver in November 2017.
The Kickstarter Campaign for UNAUTHORIZED can be seen here.
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