New releases continue to be announced, and this time around we have a game that everyone is looking forward to. That game is the latest in the legacy style games, Charterstone, from Stonemaier Games and set for release in September of this year. Charterstone aims to take the legacy system and use it as a way to fashion a truly unique game that once you are done can be played over and over. Another interesting aspect to this game is that there is no rulebook, you just start playing the game and it will teach you the rules as you go along. I am very much looking forward to this game, although with tempered enthusiasm after Seafall failed to live up to expectations.
Next is the reprint and update to 5th edition of Alien Frontiers, the dice worker placement game that put Kickstarter on the board game map. Not much was said about what has changed, but I imagine little errors and updates were made to create this new edition. Also being released will be the Factions expansion as well as all 7 of the mini expansions for the game. Look for all of these on store shelves at the end of the year in December.
Another new release to retail is the notoriously difficult video game become board game, Dark Souls. Currently it’s only the base game getting a release date right now but if you missed the Kickstarter, you will be able to start your Dark Souls collection in April. I have no doubt that as time goes on, all the expansions sets and such that were unlocked in the Kickstarter will hit retail so we will have to be patient for those.
Next is a much needed reprint, and that is the second edition of Amun-Re, a classic game from well known board game designer, Reiner Knizia. Tasty Minstrel Games will be publishing this edition and will feature updated art and tweaks/revisions to rules and board from the first edition. Look for this game to hit store shelves in March, so brush up on those pyramid building skills in the mean time.
Then we have another Kickstarter game hitting retail and that is the wonderfully blue (color not mood) game called Lisboa. In Lisboa you are the nobles of the city trying to rebuild after getting hit by multiple disasters at once, effectively leveling the city. You will be building buildings, restarting commerce, and influencing others to re-open the new Lisboa. Look for this game from Eagle – Gryphon Games on store shelves later this year in June.
After that we have a new expansion for the Tasty Minstrel game Flip City, called Flip City: Wildness. This expansion takes you out of the city into the great outdoors, where you can further develop your city and offer your residents a way to get away from it all. This expansion come with 78 new cards, enough that you can play with this expansion by itself, or combine it with the standard game for even more variety. Look for this on store shelves in March of this year.
And finally, we have a new entry from IDW in the 8-bit inspired Random Encounter series of games called Random Encounter: Seas of the Sea Chicken. The game is billed as “part poker, part tactical combat” and features all new cards and even some new mechanics compared to the previous game. However, even with these new changes, the game is still fully compatible with the first game so you will be able to play with one or both of them at the same time. Look for this game on store shelves in May.
[UPDATE: Lisboa was listed as releasing this month when actual date is in June]