Disney Villainous

Though Forbes Magazine is not normally associated with board games reporting, it has published the occasional article on the hobby over the past couple of years.  In the intersection of lifestyle, innovation, technology, and family life, Forbes has invested some time in getting to know the board game hobby better.  Recently, it paid a visit to this year’s New York Toy Fair and discovered 30 new board games they felt should not be missed. Included in their report is a 50-minute video of the 30 games explained by the game presenters at the New York Toy Fair.  Some of the games in the video were just announced at the toy fair and provides some of the first looks at the game.  A few were older games that have been out for a number of years or were recently re-released.  Of course, Villainous, which took Toy of the Year award to the New York Toy Fair, tops the list.  Other great games such as Photosynthesis, Planet, Stuffed Fables, and Bunny Kingdom can be found on the Forbes list.  Check out the Forbes article to see their full list and their video report from the 2019 New York Toy Fair.  

Ravensburger, who are celebrating their 135th anniversary, have won the “Toy of the Year” award for Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes It All, at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.

“The positive response from Disney fans and strategy board game enthusiasts for the growing Disney Villainous franchise has been overwhelming. In the last quarter of 2018, Ravensburger sold more than a quarter of a million copies globally of Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes It All, and it rose to Top 5 of Amazon’s Most Wished for Board Games. Even before it hit shelves last summer, we knew we had a winner and had already begun working on the next in the franchise, Wicked to the Core.” -Filip Francke, CEO of Ravensburger North America

In Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes It All, players take on the personas of classic, Disney, wicked characters who compete against their evil peers. Players can choose from Maleficent, Ursula, Jafar, Prince John, Queen of Hearts, or Captain Hook. Each of the villains have their own storylines based on events in the Disney films in which they appear including, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. The villains stay in their own story realm but are able to foil other villains by playing Hero cards, which hamper their paths to victory. A standalone expansion, Disney Villains: Wicked to the Core, was also announced and it expands the base game (allowing for 6 players) with 3 more villains, who can also be played on their own without the original game. The villains included in the expansion were voted for by Disney fans.

“To engage the fans in the process, we encouraged people to ‘Vote’ for the Disney Villain they’d like to play. We were thrilled to see that our next trio of bad guys (and gal) – Hades, Dr. Facilier and Evil Queen – made the top 10 list of Disney Villains as voted by our fans.” -Filip Francke, CEO of Ravensburger North America

Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core will be available from March 3rd, 2019.

The immensely popular Disney Villainous board game was a surprise hit last year, and many were eager for an expansion with more villains. On January 26th, a Disney Instagram entry showed a “sneak peak” of the colors of villains in the next expansion. Wonder Forge, the publisher of the game, even have a poll up to let people vote for the villains they’d like to see next.

According to a Boardgame Geek user, who uploaded an image he took and tried to upload it to a Villainous forum’s thread, a store has allegedly placed the expansion on their shelves too early. While the image has since been removed from the Boardgame Geek forum, a Twitter post still shows the erroneous shelf deployment, along with all the details of the upcoming villains and game contents laid bare.

The Disney Villainous expansion is meant to be released in March of 2019.

Step into the mind of your favorite Disney Villain in Villainous (costumes optional – or not!) Play as Jafar, Ursula Maleficent and more as you plot against heroes and your opponents alike and play cards that change your story. Send minions to do your evil bidding and use Fate Cards to thwart the plans of the other villains in the game. Villainous made by Wonder Forge will be a family game night favorite for 2-6 players ages 10 and up.

Contents include 6 Boards, 6 Villain Movers, 180 Villain Cards, 90 Fate Cards, , 84 Tokens, 6 Reference Cards, 6 Villain Guides and Instructions

Villainous will be available very soon – July 29, 2018