5 Games I'm Excited For at Gen Con 2017(well, maybe a couple more than that)
It's that time of year again, the board game world gets whipped into a fervor and descends onto the Midwestern Metropolis of Indianapolis for 4 Days of Gaming Shenanigans. While I was able to attend the madness last year and 4 years before that, this year I will be sitting quietly on the sidelines, watching from afar and trying to withdraw myself from the madness as much as possible. I'm going to let everyone at Gen Con have their fun, they don't need me dragging them down with my mopey Can't Do attitude. BUT! That doesn't mean that I can't be excited about some games that are going to be releasing, previewed and demoed at Gen Con, right? So here it is, some titles I'm actually really excited to find out more about. In no particular order, unless you really want it to be
Indulgence is a trick taking game, even a re-telling of an older title(Dragonmaster), which is what Restoration Games is all about as you can see from this title and the next. Indulgence is a trick taking game for 3-4 players, and on a player's turn they will declare and edict, and then everyone after has to follow or do the exact opposite. The trick here is that an Indulgence is gained when committing a sin and can be used to turn your hand into the winning hand. Apparently the biggest fix for Indulgence over it's predecessor is that the runaway leader issue has been fixed, we'll see!
Next up, from the same publisher no less, is Downforce, which is a re-implementation of Wolfgang Kramer's Top Race. In Downforce players are using cards to race, but along the way, you are also betting and gambling on the outcome of the race. It's not necessarily a game about winning the race, but knowing where to put your money and how to carefully handle your own cars. Reminds me a bit of an easier, less time consuming version of one of my favorites, Thunder Alley, which doesn't have the betting and gambling, but does have the it's not necessarily about finishing the race in first that matters.
A deck building game, using the Scott Pilgrim IP? Honestly, I don't know why everyone isn't clamoring for this one. Love the look of it made possible by using the art of Bryan Lee O'Malley and I love the idea of building a deck to defeat the Evil Ex all the while defeating Ninjas, Robots & even awkward conversations, plus you have to Power Up!, you know, find a job, a place to live or even a date. Yes, the theme sells me on it, and makes it a must have, but it sounds a bit like the Cerberus Engine from Cryptozoic with some kick.
This is a new one on my list, I was going to ignore the hype behind this one and let Eric Buscemi be the hypemaster since he is the one who played it at Origins this year and told me it was an absolute must have, but alas, here it is. It's a game about curating your library, your book collection and trying to become the Grand Librarian, I really don't think anything more needs to be said about it. It's a worker placement(check), set collections(check), drafting(check) game with beautiful art by the one and only Jacqui Davis and designed by Adam McIver and published by Renegade Games. I honestly am not sure that I have enough check marks to check this one.
So, those first 4, those are the titles that I have asked my Gen Con attending friend, Chris, to pick up for me if he is able, the rest of this list, if money were no object, I would probably pick up blindly, but since it is an object(thanks exhaust & life) the rest of these will have to be evaluated later.
Between Two Cities: Capitals from Stonemaier Games: Honestly, if we played this more often, it would be moved up into the must buy, but we rarely get it to the table as it really is more fun with as many folks as possible, but that all doesn't mean I don't want this expansion, I do, and I will own it sooner than later.
Spy Club from Foxtrot Games: Find Randy Hoyt at Gen Con, and sit down and try this family style mystery solving game. We hopefully have a copy on the way from Randy to do a preview for this one ahead of the September Kickstarter so you will definitely be finding out more from us in the coming months.
Fast Forward Series from Friedeman Friese, available through Stronghold Games. I don't know a whole lot about these as they were just officially announced today I believe, but they take the Fable system and grow it into a series of games, Fear, Flee & Fortress. Color me interested. According to the BGG Gen Con Geeklist, you can request one of three copies of each to demo away from the Stronghold Booth, so I'm hoping to find out more from some of our intrepid Gen Con attendees soon!
You may notice there is a lack of excitement over the Fantasy Flight Games titles, those who know me should not find that as a huge suprise, but this year in particular is kind of a giant pile of meh for me, with one exceptions, I'm a sucker for Civilization Games. They rarely get played, but I pick them up blindly like a fool. So Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn, is definitely on the radar. I hope this takes the previous iterations and makes it a lot more accessible and honestly, a lot more fun, we'll see though, it is FFG, so who knows.
There are so many other titles coming, that honestly, I could keep writing this post until Gen Con is over, but I'm not going to do that, but I will mention two more, The Legend of Korra Pro Bending Arena & Dracula's America Shadows of the West, I need to know more about these as well, I know that Korra is coming to Kickstarter next month, but that's about all I know.
Check out the rest of my picks HERE
Oh, and there is a reason that Wasteland Express Delivery Service, Photosynthesis & ZooBall aren't on this list, they are already in my home, awaiting plays and reviews and demos.
Have Fun storming the Convention Center!