The all powerful hive mind that is American Mensa has once again assembled in their hollowed halls to rate the games of 2019. Every year, more than 300 members of Mensa spend a mad weekend of games and judgement to bestow upon a deserving few the title of Mensa Select Winner. So without further ado, the Mensa Select Winners for 2019 are:
Gizmos by designer Phil Walker-Harding and CMoN Games is an elegant engine building game expanding on the Splendor model, centering on a delightful marble dispenser. Players take turns collecting colored marbles, all the while purchasing cards to improve their collection ability, marble color conversions, storage abilities and card building power.
Gunkimono by designer Jeffrey D. Allers and Renegade Game Studios is a re-imagining of Heartland (2009), transforming the original farming motif to one of war-torn feudal Japan. In this quasi-abstract tile laying game, players choose between expansion for points, and building up for future strongholds.
Planet by designer Urtis Šulinskas and Blue Orange Games is a tile laying, city building game on a grand scale. In a move that would have Euclid roll in his grave, players place magnetic terrain tiles on a 3 dimensional “planet”, creating vast areas of desert, ocean, forest, etc. in order to meet specific goals.
Victorian Masterminds by master designers Antoine Bauza and Eric M. Lang with CMoN Games is a breathtakingly beautiful steampunk worker placement masterpiece. Players each take on the role of super villains in the recent wake of Sherlock Holmes’ disappearance, trying to take over the world with their unique doomsday plots.
Renegade Game Studios is currently working on The Aquicorn Cove Board Game, designed by Steve Ellis, Tyler Tinsley, Ben Eisner and Tim Eisner. This game is adapted from the Oni Press original graphic novel by Katie O’Neill, who is also the Eisner Award-winning author of The Tea Dragon Society and Princess Princess Ever After.
“As a graphic novel, I
wanted Aquicorn Cove to encourage kids to engage with concepts of marine
conservation and make grown-up choices to protect the environment they’re going
to inherit,” said Katie O’Neill,
author of the Oni Press graphic novel. “I’m thrilled that the game will
provide another dimension to this and bring to life how wonderful and important
our oceans and reefs are.”
In Aquicorn Cove players take on the roles of members of a
small fishing village struggling to survive while maintaining a balance with
the natural world. The players must work together and they win if they can can
feed and grow their village while at the same time restoring the health of the
reef and aquatic ecosystem. Fortunately, the waters of their cove are home to
the beautiful and benevolent Aquicorns and the wondrous reef guardian Aure, who
can help them both to understand the impact humans are having on the
environment and to save the village.
The Aquicorn Cove Board Game is for 2-4 player and planned
for release in late 2019.
For those of you anxiously awaiting the second printing of Jonathan Ying’s Bargain Quest, you can now also look forward to a brand new expansion, too! This fun little game of adventure and capitalism will offer even more must have items for heroes to choose from.
In Bargain Quest, players take on the role of shopkeeper trying to attract adventuring heroes to their shop over their opponents. Each player will secretly draft from a deck of items to place in their shop windows and then help equip their heroes for an upcoming ad kkiventure. Players earn money to upgrade their shop and hire employees based on how their hero fares in battle.
The Black Market expansion will offer players more heroes, employees, and play modes. A new shipment of items will also be available to entice heroes to battle the new monsters.
Gather up to eight of your friends to see who can run the most successful shop with the most gold and prestige. Renegade Games will be releasing the Black Market expansion in May 2019. Don’t worry if you missed out on the Kickstarter for the base game. It will be available through Renegade Games once the Kickstarter fulfillment is completed.
Renegade Game Studios has announced a monstrously cute, real-time dexterity game called Slap It! The game is designed by Kane Klenko and illustrated by Mr. Cuddington.
Dangerously cute monsters from another dimension are popping into our world through a portal! Don’t let it get through! Slap It!
“In Slap It!, players race to be the first to slap the correct monster, but that’s not always as easy as it seems. With new monsters coming out of the portal, and the dice changing the rules, you’ll need to stay on your toes and be lightning fast. And, if you see a monster coming… Slap It!”
Whoever has slapped the most monsters at the end of the game wins!
Slap It! will be on retail shelves at the beginning of January 2019. It can be pre-ordered now.
In the box:
1 Double-Sided Portal Tile
2 Large Dice (1 Monster Die, 1 Direction Die)
20 Monster cards numbered 1-20
Number of players: 2-8
For ages: 7+
Playing time: 5-10 min
Game type: Real-time, family
Clear your head and take in the quiet strength of the Lotus garden. It takes skillful care and nurturing to grow these flowers to their full potential, but once picked, they provide their owner with wisdom. Beware, for there are others who will do anything they can to get their hands on these mystical flowers. You’ll need to enlist the help of creatures native to this land to take control of the Lotus garden and achieve true enlightenment.
Renegade Game Studios has announced the new cooperative space themed dexterity game by Kane Klenko (FUSE, Flatline), Flip Ships. In Flip Ships, 1-4 players flip their ships to protect their planet from an onslaught of firepower, defeat an invasion of enemies, and try to take out their mother ship. Flip Ships features beautiful art from Kwanchai Moriya (Catacombs, Kodama), plays in 30-45 minutes and is due to be released in Summer 2017.
You can read more about Flip Ships in Renegade Game’s press release here.
Clank! fans who download the free Renegade Game Studios Companion App will enjoy “Mini-Quests” that add even more excitement and replayability to the game. An official solo play mode also allows individual players to enjoy the game on their own.
The app launched last year with support for FUSE by adding a free thematic 10-minute timer with a taunting voice-over to enhance the player’s experience. The Clank! addition to the app is also a free, optional add-on.
Wil Wheaton is back with Season 4 of his hit show Tabletop brought to you by Geek & Sundry. In this season guests like Seth Green, Felicia Day, Jonathan Coulton, Matt Mercer, and many others will be showing up.
They have announced some of the games that will be showing up Season 4.
The first two episodes will be available on youtube today 11/2 (Lanterns: The Harvest Festival) & 11/9 (Champions of Midgard). After that they will be available via Alpha for early access and will drop on youtube biweekly starting on 1/30/17.
This year Renegade Games Studio is trying to join Santa’s nice list with their newly announced exclusive promotional program for brick-and-mortar stores titled Santa’s Renegades.
Santa’s Renegades is a holiday gift box chock-full of nine different promotional items for Renegade Games Studio’s product line. Fans of these games are encouraged to make a purchase of at least $30 at the hobby store of Renegade titles to receive the free gift box. Promos will be included for games like: Lotus, Lanterns: the Harvest Festival, Covert, FUSE, Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, Snow Tails, World’s Fair, Dicey Goblins, and Clank!.
Hobby stores seeking to participate need to make an order of at least $350 of games from their studio, to be eligible to receive 10 of these gift boxes, with additional ones that can be purchased.
For additional information, visit Renegade Games Studio’s announcement page!