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GenCon attendance up for the first time since 2019

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the board gaming hobby. From manufacturing shut-downs, loading dock lag, shipping delays, cost spikes, destination port congestion, and offloading worker shortages, it sometime seemed that games would never arrive. One of the biggest impacts however was to the board game convention scene, GenCon in particular.

Prior to 2019, attendance at GenCon hovered around 60,000. In 2019, before COVID-19 became as prevalent as it did, attendance at GenCon was at roughly 70,000 unique turnstiles. However, in 2020 the convention, like most conventions that year, was...

Capstone Games will drive you wild with two new zoo maps and a future expansion for Ark Nova

There’s no denying that Feuerland Spiele and Capstone Games have a tremendous hit on their hands with Ark Nova by first-time designer Mathias Wigge . Now players can enjoy the game even more with the release of Ark Nova: Zoo Map Pack #1 . Ark Nova: Zoo Map Pack #1 ironically introduces zoo maps #9 & #10, each with their own special rules.

Geographical Zoo – With this zoo map there are 5 enclosures of 6 spaces each, with each area being associated with a specific continent. Place a...

Wizkids mutates Rock, Paper, Scissors into Marvel: Rock, Paper, Heroes - Enter the Danger Room

In January of 2017, publisher Wizkids released Dungeons & Dragons – Rock, Paper, Wizard , in which each player was a wizard arguing over the best way to split the treasure horde of a recently killed dragon. Each wizard would chant “Rock, paper, wizard!” and each would replicate the hand gesture of one of the spell cards in front of them as well as choose a target of that spell with the goal of moving themselves closer to the treasure while moving everyone else away from it.

Co-designers Josh Cappel , Jay...

Create a buzz* at your game night with Uwe Rosenberg's Applejack

Honey bees are essential to the health and development of an apple orchard. The bees carry pollen from blossom to blossom, helping to fertilize the trees so they can grow their delicious fruit. That’s why beehives play such an important role in the game Applejack , designed by Uwe Rosenberg with artwork by Lukas Siegmon and published by The Game Builders .

In Applejack, players are helping to plant apple trees and harvest their fruit. Players will collect apple tree tiles from the harvest board which contains different types of apples,...

WordCraft, by Artipia Games, changes the vocabulary of potion-making

Have you ever found yourself playing a potion-crafting game and thought to yourself, “Self, the only way this game could be better is if I had to craft words in order to get my ingredients”? Well Artipia Games has just the game for you. WordCraft by designer Christian Giove and artist Kuo Yang is that potion-crafting game where players spell out words in order to create new formulas, complete achievements and earn experience points.

During the setup of WordCraft, you will be laying out a grid of 18 letter...

Endeavor: Deep Dive will take you under the sea

In 2023, publishers Burnt Island Games and Grand Gamers Guild will launch a crowdfunding campaign on Gamefound for Endeavor: Deep Sea . This will be a follow-up to their prior joint publication of Endeavor: Age of Sail (2018), which in turn reimplemented 2009's Endeavor . All three entries in the Endeavor series are co-designed by Carl de Visser and Jarratt Gray .

Endeavor: Deep Sea will shift from the colonization setting of...

Help complete Mozart's unfinished Requiem in Lacrimosa from Devir

Devir Games is diving into classical music for their upcoming release, Lacrimosa . The game is about the Lacrimosa movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Opus Requiem, which was left unfinished upon his death. Lacrimosa is Latin for weeping or tearful. It is a name that derives from Our Lady of Sorrows, a title given to The Virgin Mary, and is part of the Dies Irae sequence in the Roman Catholic Requiem Masses. One to four players take on the role of sponsors of the famous composer. You will compete on two timelines, the past...

Flatout Games announces a less nutritious point-based card game: Point City

The same team that brought us the hit, Point Salad , has just announced Point City . Molly Johnson , Robert Melvin , and Shawn Stankewich return as designers, Dylan Mangini returns as the artist, and it will be a joint production from Flatout Games and AEG .

Though it shares much of the same style, Point City is a very different game. You will still draft from a grid of cards on the table, but Point City will have you build your cards using resource...

Upper Deck wants you to take the red pill in Legendary Encounters: The Matrix Deck Building Game

When Upper Deck released Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game in 2012, it was billed as a semi-cooperative game where players would work together to beat the evil Mastermind. However, each player would also keep track of the villains they defeated because each villain was worth a certain amount of victory points at the end of the game and the player with the most victory points was the “actual winner”.

Two years later, Upper Deck released the first fully cooperative “Legendary” game with Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game . In...

Pandasaurus Games hopes you'll be howling for The Wolves

Pandasaurus Games has announced the release of The Wolves by co-designers Ashwin Kamath and Clarence Simpson with artwork by Paulina Linjama . In The Wolves, you are one of five different wolves trying to build the largest, most dominant pack by claiming territory, hunting prey, and bringing in other lone wolves to your group.

On your turn you’re going to choose actions to take and you will also select a terrain location on the modular board in which to perform that action. After the action is complete,...

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