Route Building Games

Pandasaurus Games has announced two new upcoming family-weight games to be released in fall 2019: Wayfinders by Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance (Decrypto), and Silver & Gold by Phil Walker-Harding (Sushi Go!, Imhotep & Barenpark).

Wayfinders is a route-building game in which 2-4 players will take the role of explorers racing to chart new paths through the skies, outfitting their planes with the right gear, and building hangers on islands to stock with parts. The game will feature 3D molded airplane and hanger tokens.

Silver & Gold is a roll & write game with no set turns in which 2-4 players will simultaneously (and frantically) attempt to complete and close out island cards and hit the right bonuses before they can jump to the next card. To do so, players will need to “rain down X’s, rapid fire.” The game will include 60 wipeable playing cards and 4 dry erase pens.

Power Grid (2004) by Friedemann Friese is one of the more critically loved games of recent years (BGG ranking #34), with a deep economic system, player auctions, and a crunchy route building mechanism. Rio Grande Games has just announced a new “Recharged” edition of the classic, the English 5th edition, and although details are scarce, the publisher promises “all the strategy and fun of the classic first edition, but adds some updates that improve the (already great) game play.” Power Grid has 2-6 players bidding for coal, oil or nuclear generators, in order to produce and distribute power. Resources are bought from a dynamic market which responds to supply and demand, and players need to expand their power grid to spread electricity across cities. Considered a must-play by many in the board game world, Power Grid Recharged Edition is expected in March 2019. For some more details, watch the Rio Grande Website on Power Grid, which sums up the game very modestly – “this game is perfect”.