Luke Byers

Today Restoration Games gave what is arguably their biggest announcement yet. Unmatched is the restoration of Star Wars: Epic Duels, whose design became the basis of Heroscape. That’s not the only thing that makes this announcement so big, however, as Unmatched isn’t just one game – it will be a line of products featuring a variety of themes and intellectual properties. It’s such an undertaking, in fact, that Restoration Games isn’t doing this alone; They are collaborating with Mondo Games, the publishers behind The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, who will be bringing their extended partnerships to bear.

“Unmatched pits two or four players against each other, with each player taking the role of their own hero. Each hero is represented by a unique ability and a custom deck of action cards, and each set comes with a double-sided board with different battlefields. The first two sets in the line are Battle of Legends, Vol. 1 and the eponymous Robin Hood vs. Big Foot. The Battle of Legends set includes King Arthur, Alice, Medusa, and Sinbad. Heroes from any set can be played against each other, making for surprising and exciting matchups and tons of replayability.”

These first sets will debut at Gen Con this year, but that’s far from all of it. There will be a Bruce Lee limited edition pack and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer set expected to release later this year as well. This is exactly the kind of thing fans have been clamoring for since Restoration Games started taking requests, and it’s fun to see it come alive at last and with so many cool characters to kick it all off. Unfortunately this one article alone won’t do it all justice, so to learn more about Unmatched be sure to visit Restoration Games’ website for further reading and updates.

Twenty-five years ago, Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life before our eyes with revolutionary visual effects in the original Jurassic Park. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, MONDO is releasing Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene, an asymmetrical board game for 2-4 players, ages 14 & up.

Players of The Chaos Gene can choose from 4 different factions, each having unique play-styles and win conditions: Raptors, Tyrannosaurus Rex, InGen, and Park Visitors. The Raptors rely on their cunning and stealth to attack humans and other animals in the park. The T-Rex is loud and fast, rushing towards completing its own objectives. InGen must manage resources to keep the park up and running, despite the chaos wrought by the dinos. Finally, the Park Visitors bring unique character skills and potent faction abilities to the table, navigating the park’s dangers to accomplish their goals. The game comes with multiple scenarios and features modular environment tiles, which coupled with the asymmetrical faction options, should provide quite a bit of replayability.

MONDO’s lead game scientist, Luke Byers, spearheaded the development team for the game, which features the artwork of Matthew Woodson.

You can sign up for updates on the game’s website, with an expected release in fall of 2018.

For those attending San Diego Comic-Con, MONDO is offering opportunities to grab one of four Jurassic Park patches by visiting their booth (#435).

Random factoid: known for revolutionizing visual effects and CGI movie magic, Jurassic Park only contains about 14 minutes of dinosaur-related visual effects. And a whopping 4 minutes of those were computer-generated.