But no Ian Malcolm? Why!?!
Mondo Games and Restoration Games today announced that they have acquired the license rights to add Jurassic Park to their Unmatched head-to-head skirmish game system. This splicing of DNA will allow players to pit iconic dinosaurs against the heroes of the film in epic battles, using a initial pair of two-player sets and a solo-hero pack that will be released in 2019-2020.
Unmatched: InGen vs. Raptors will be the first two player set released and is scheduled for a late 2019 release. Sattler vs. T-Rex and a solo expansion featuring Dr. Alan Grant will follow in 2020. Each character deck featured in these upcoming releases will be designed to represent the personality and characteristics of its on-screen counterpart, and no two heroes (or dinosaurs) will battle the same way. Unique maps featured on the game boards will allow players to designate specific terrain to either replicate scenes from the film or direct their own. Finally, players will be able to mix and match heroes and maps to create a customized play experience, just as they would with other Unmatched sets.
All three packs will feature illustrations from Oliver Barrett, who has illustrated other entries in the Unmatched series. It should be noted that these Jurassic Park Unmatched entries will replace the previously announced Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene game, which will no longer be under development.
To summarize: God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs, God creates Man, Man creates dinosaur board game!
Each year the International Gamers Awards are given out to the multiplayer and 2 player games that are deemed the best for that year. Some notable previous winners are games like Twilight Struggle, Agricola, and Terra Mystica. All highly rated and well respected games, so the nominees for this year are the cream of the gaming crop. One note is that while this is the 2016 award, the games eligible are those that have been released between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. And the nominees are;
GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – Multi Player category
Blood Rage – Eric M. Lang, Guillotine Games / Cool Mini or Not
Codenames – Vlaada Chvatil, Czech Games Edition
Food Chain Magnate – Jeroen Doumen, Splotter Spellen
Grand Austria Hotel – Virginio Gigli & Simone Luciani, Lookout Games
Isle of Skye – Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games
Mombasa – Alexander Pfister, Eggertspiele
Nippon – Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What’s Your Game?
Pandemic Legacy – Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games
Quadropolis – Francois Gandon, Days of Wonder
T.I.M.E. Stories – Peggy Chassenet & Manuel Rozoy, Space Cowboys
GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – 2 Player category
7 Wonders Duel – Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala, Repos Productions
Patchwork – Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games
Raptor – Bruno Cathala & Bruno Faidutti, Matagot
Star Wars: Rebellion – Corey Konieczka, Fantasy Flight Games
Trambahn – Helmut Ohley, Lookout Games
Interesting fact, 9 out of the 15 titles being nominated are in the top 100 of games in the entire BGG database. To see the list as well as previous year’s winners you can head on over to the International Gamers Awards website.
The Dice Tower Awards are only a couple months away in July at Dice Tower Con, so to ramp up to that day we are releasing the nominees for each award category. And the nominees are:
BEST BOARD GAME COMPONENTS
BEST CO-OP GAMES
BEST FAMILY GAMES
BEST GAME ARTWORK
BEST GAME EXPANSIONS
BEST GAME FROM A NEW DESIGNER
BEST GAME OF THE YEAR
BEST GAME REPRINT
BEST GAME THEMING
BEST PARTY GAME
BEST SMALL PUBLISHER GAME
BEST STRATEGY GAME
BEST TWO PLAYER GAME
MOST INNOVATIVE GAME
Asmodee has announced an exciting set of games which will be released in December in their Advanced, Core and Family game lines, making them perfect for Christmas presents.
Abyss Kraken (Advanced Game Line)
Abyss designed by Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier set in an undersea world of giant sea creatures will get an expansion called Kraken. Xavier Collette who did the evocative artwork for the base game which won the Dicetower Award for Best Game Artwork 2014 has done the artwork for Kraken.
“The new ally race, the Kraken, are wild but will earn you black pearls. New Locations allow you to raid the loot deck for treasure.”
Raptor (Advanced Game Line)
Raptor is an asymmetrical two player game by Bruno Cathala and Bruno Faidutti where one player controls a team of scientists tracking down the Raptor babies of the opposing player. This is a fast paced card driven game where the scientists try to capture the Raptor babies whilst evading the mother Raptor.
Zombies vs Cheerleaders (Advanced Game Line)
Zombies vs Cheerleaders is a two player game from Richard Toquet with the Cheerleaders controlled by one player and the Zombies by their opponent. Using an action point system and card based powers, the Cheerleaders aim to defeat the Zombie horde whilst the Zombies try to eat one of the Cheerleaders.
“It will take all your brain power…or lack there of, to win this hilarious, horror-filled battle!”
Kemet Ta-Seti (Core Game Line)
Hemet Ta-Seti designed by Jacques Bariot and Guillaume Montiage is the first expansion for the Game Kemet, where players battle each other’s Egyptian tribes for control of temples and territories.
“The shadow of Ta-Seti lingers on the black soils of Kemet. Where new and terrifying creatures come into play.”
Colt Express – Horses and Stagecoach (Family Game Line)
The popular Colt Express game by Christophe Raimbault where you are robbing a train and shooting your way to victory gets an expansion called Horses and Stagecoach. Just like the base game this contains 3D cardboard playing pieces which adds to the theme and makes the game look so enticing on the table.
“Horses will allow you to move around the train and to the Stagecoach to nab one of the Hostage characters. Hostages can earn you ransom, but many of them will give you a negative effect as well.”
Crossing (Family Game line)
Crossing is a simultaneous action selection game by Yoshiteru Shinohara where players try to collect the most gemstones.
“Each round, players square off in a duel. You can grab Life Stones from mushrooms as they appear or steal Stones from your opponents’ stash.”
If you ever wondered what your favourite game designers would look like if they featured in a blockbuster movie dinosaur hunt, then look no further than this new trailer for the Raptor board game. This is a French language trailer (although still worth a look if you’re not a French speaker) featuring Raptor game designers Bruno Cathala and Bruno Faidutti as well as many others as they embark on a dinosaur hunt. You get a few close up shots of the board and components towards the end and the dino artwork is used as the dinosaurs that attack the explorers. This is essentially a bit of fun for all the people involved in the production of the game and is a nice idea that shows all involved have a great sense of humour while still getting the word out about the new game. I particularly like the disclaimer at the end declaring that no dinosaurs were harmed in the making of the trailer!