There’s quite a bit of news to catch up on, but they nearly all pale in comparison to the fact that the Voyages of Marco Polo is finally back in print! This was one of my favorites of last year and I will finally get myself a copy. We have a limited number, so if you want one let us know, cuz when it’s gone, it’ll be another 6-12 months before it’s return.
On par with the return of Marco Polo is the launching of the Hero Realms Kickstarter campaign. This is the fantasy version of Star Realms that everyone wanted a year ago, but with a lot more than Star Realms. In Hero Realms, you can each start with a unique character deck and play competitively, cooperatively, semi-cooperatively, or in campaign mode. This look to be a very cool system, though the price point gets up there if you want the full package. We’ll be picking up prerelease kits from White Wizard, so we’ll have copies to play and buy early. Let us know if you want to get a copy reserved, and at what level, with all the promos and Kickstarter bells and whistles.
We’ve got one notable new release this week, Star Trek Panic. This is a cool take on the popular cooperative game, Castle Panic. This time, baddies are encroaching upon the Enterprise, and as a team the players must fight them off by playing cards to rotate the ship, fire phasers and torpedos, and manage the shields. We’ll get a rental prepped by the end of today!
For those who haven’t heard, the Spiel des Jahres nominees have been announced, check here for the full list. For those who don’t know, this is currently the most prestigious tabletop game award in the world. Codenames made the list of course, along with another of our all staff picks, Karuba. The third nominee, Imhotep, has yet to find its way to our shores, but we’ll get a shot at it later this year. We’ve got them all for rent, except Imhotep of course.
Finally, here’s a round up of some upcoming titles that we’re interested in. the Origins Game fair is in full swing right now too, so
Crash of Games has acquired publication rights to Wolfgang Sentker and Ralf zur Linde’s Finca, which was nominated for Spiel des Jahres in 2009. In Finca, players use their workers to collect fruit, then fulfill orders scattered across the Mallorca countryside.
White Goblin Games is reprinting the base game of Åse and Henrik Berg’s Rattus and expects to have information in mid-2016 about its availability.
The image to the left appeared on a Facebook group page, then was referenced in a Reddit post. I asked Asmodee North America whether Arkham Horror: The Card Game was indeed in the works from Fantasy Flight Games, and social marketing coordinator Cynthia Hornbeck responded as anticipated: “Our official statement is ‘no comment’.”
Dungeons & Dragons: Assault of the Giants.
This design by Andrew Parks is based on the “Storm King’s Thunder” D&D storyline that starts in August 2016, but the board game, which bears a $100 MSRP, won’t be available until Q2 2017. Here’s an overview of the game: “Dungeons & Dragons: Assault of the Giants challenges players to command one of the six types of giants and claim the right to rule over all giantkind. Command giants and assault settlements to score points and secure important resources, including food, treasure, ore, and runes. The game contents include fourteen giants miniatures, measuring from approximately 4″ to over 5½” in height.”
Deus: Egypt, the first expansion the 2014 hit, Deus, is expected to release at Spiel 2016 in October
Happy Gaming everyone!