Cult of the News, October Edition (Eric Buscemi)
Renegade Game Studios and Huch! announced a reprint of Trajan. In this award-winning game, designed by Stefan Feld and illustrated by Jo Hartwig, players balance politics, military, trading, and other parts of Roman culture while enjoying a rondel mechanic to plan out their actions. This title will be on game shelves beginning December 2018.
PSC Games announced it will be publishing Laurie Phillips' The Coin Tribes' Revolt.
Grey Fox Games announced that its first major project for 2019 will be After the Empire, a game they've been developing for quite some time now. After the Empire is a worker placement game set in the Middle Ages where you fortify your castle against invaders, all while competing for limited resources and recruiting those left without a home as a result of the ongoing wars.
Eggertspiele announced Blackout: Hong Kong, designed by Great Western Trail creator Alexander Pfister and illustrated by Chris Quilliams. Blackout: Hong Kong forces players to manage Asia following the collapse of the electrical power grid. In the most extreme of situations, players will be challenged to salvage resources, build a strong network of specialists and volunteers, and stabilize the region to avoid societal destruction.
Van Ryder Games, in partnership with Makaka Editions, announced The Crusoe Crew, the first ever Graphic Novel Adventure cooperative game. The 1-4 player game is coming to Kickstarter on November 5.
Renegade Game Studios and Lautepelit.fi announced the newest title in the Nippon series -- Hokkaido. This title features the same team behind Honshu, designer Kalle Malmioja and illustrators Ossi Hiekkala and Jere Kasanen. It brings new strategy and decisions to the mechanics found in Honshu by introducing a card drafting mechanism and challenging players to change how they lay out their cities. You can find this title on game shelves beginning February 2019 for an MSRP of $25.
Maple Games announced its 2018-2019 lineup of games. In addition to Michael Schacht's Dragon Boats: Legends of the Four Seas, which went live on Kickstarter on October 2, Maple Games announced Chris Leder and Ken Franklin's Imagineers, coming to Kickstarter November 13; Jay Cormier and Sen Foong Lim's Mind MGMT, coming to Kickstarter in January 2019; Alan R. Moon and Bobby West's Pirates Fold, coming to Kickstarter early 2019; Shannon MacDowell's Conundrum Trilogy, coming to Kickstarter Spring 2019; Jon Benjamin & Michael Xuereb's Sandcastles, coming to Kickstarter early Summer 2019; Roberta Taylor's Starfish Kingdom, coming on Kickstarter early Summer 2019; Josh Mills and Nat Levan's American Steel, coming to Kickstarter on July 4, 2019; and Rob Daviau's The Last Chapter, release date not yet announced.
Cryptozoic announced two new games that will use its new GRYPHON card game engine "to deliver gameplay that unfolds at lightning speed and is easy to learn" -- Rick and Morty: The Look Who's Purging Now Card Game and Challenge of the Superfriends Card Game, both due in out iu March of 2019.
Burnt Island Games will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in January 2019 for In The Hall of The Mountain King, designed by Jay Cormier and Graeme Jahns. Players play as trolls rebuilding their abandoned kingdom under the mountain, with the game being driven by an "innovative cascading production system."
Bellwether Games announced the title of this newest game from Coldwater Crown designer Brian Suhre. Freshwater Fly is a dice drafting, set collecting board game with elements of puzzle solving and pushing your luck. It is the second standalone game in Suhre's line of games that integrates modern game mechanics with the world of angling. Art is underway for Freshwater Fly and the company expects to launch a Kickstarter in Q1 or Q2 of 2019.
Kids Table Board Gaming announced it is publishing Bugs on Rugs, designed by Peter C. Hayward.
Talon Strikes announced that Winterborne, designed by Cold Water Crown designer Brian Shure, is coming to Kickstarter in 2019.
Z-Man Games announced that the former Mayfair line, Lords of Vegas, is joining Z-Man's catalog! We are selling the existing Mayfair Games stock of the base game and the UP! expansion. Also to come will be the long-anticipated Underworld expansion that had been previously announced by Mayfair, but never before released. The Underworld expansion will bring characters to the game, adding a unique dynamic of agenda and persona that as yet had been unexplored.
Osprey Games announced that it will be publishing Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Board Game of English Magic, a new game set in the world of Susanna Clarke's cult-classic novel, coming in June 2019. Created by renowned designers Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello (War of the Ring, The Battle of the Five Armies) the game sees 2-4 players compete to become the most celebrated magician of the age, while building up the power to take on the gentleman with the thistledown hair. The game is illustrated by Ian O'Toole.
Pandasaurus Games announced Dead Man's Cabal, designed by Daniel Newman, coming out late Spring 2019.
Catan announced its next scenario, Catan: Crop Trust, which challenges players to manage their individual supply of food on the fictional island, harvesting just enough for the inhabitants while working together to store remaining seeds in the shared Seed Vault and ensure crop diversity. Royalties and a profit contribution will go towards the Crop Trust organization. Catan: Crop Trust launched at Essen, and will get a wide release online and in shops on November 8.
What's Your Game announced Nippon: Keiretsu, an expansion for Nippon. In Nippon: Keiretsu, twelve new factories are added to the base game. With more choices to invest, players can create new strategies in the path to influence the Japanese Islands during the Industrial Revolution. The expansion will debut at Essen Spiel 2018.
Stonemaier Games announced Scythe Encounters, a boxed set of 32 brand-new promo encounter cards featuring a number of innovations in the encounter system. The retail release date for this $20 promo pack is December 7.
Button Shy Games is working on expansion material for Sprawlopolis. The company does not have any other timing information or details yet, but anticipates some early 2019 news.
Restoration Games is “working on a little bonus content for the new cooperative mode in Stop Thief!” and was soliciting playtesters.
Bellwether Games announced the art is done for Mars Open: Giant Terraforming Robots Expansion to Mars Open: Tabletop Golf, but Bellwether is still planning how and when to release it. This may be the company's first product to skip Kickstarter and go straight to stores.
Hush Hush Projects is launching two new covers for Fog of Love to celebrate LGBTQ relationships. Additionally, designer Nikki Valens has helped improve LGBTQ representation in the game and she is designing a new expansion that focuses on queer relationships.
Upper Deck announced the Legendary: Ant-Man expansion for Marvel Legendary would be released on November 7.
Paul Grogan of Gaming Rules! released a sneak peak of the new Through the Ages expansion from Czech Games, which will be coming to the board game and the digital app.
Renegade Game Studios and Hunters Entertainment announced a new supplement to the Kids on Bikes universe - Strange Adventures Volume One. This accessory will be available beginning in February 2019.
Floodgate Games announced the next three expansions for Sagrada, The Great Facade Expansions. Named after the three facades of the Sagrada Familia; the Passion, Life, and Glory Expansions will each have modular elements that will add to your experience with Sagrada. The first Great Facades Expansion, Passion, will be releasing next Spring with pre-orders expected to go live later this Winter.
Release Date Announcements:
8Bit Box from Iello was released on October 25. It plays 3-6 players, with game length varying from 15 minutes to 40 minutes depending on which game within the game system is being played.
AEG’s Scorpius Freighter will come to retail in December, but was available for sale at Essen Spiel in Germany.
Digital Board Game Announcements:
A digital implementation of Terraforming Mars was released on Steam for $24.99.
Digidiced released Indian Summer for Android and iOS, Steam version to follow.
Other Game Tidbits:
The International Gamers Awards, or IGA, committee announced the winners for the 2018 IGA Awards. The winner in the Multi-Player General Strategy category was Rajas of the Ganges. The winner in the Two-Player General Strategy category was Codenames Duet.
DreamWorks Animation is in final negotiations for the movie rights to Jerry Hawthorne's board game Mice and Mystics, Variety has learned exclusively.
At Essen, Holy Grail Games will be showing an early prototype of Titan, a game about building extraction networks on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, featuring a 3D board. Titan will be coming out in mid-2019.
The first box shot of On Mars, from Eagle-Gryphon Games, designed by Vital Lacerda with art by Ian O'Toole, was released.
Artist Ian O'Toole showed off the new edition of Age of Steam, coming soon from Eagle-Gryphon Games, with six maps in the box and artwork by O'Toole.
Other Industry Tidbits:
Chaosium announced that company founder Greg Stafford passed away.
Asmodee entered into exclusive discussions to acquire ADC Blackfire Entertainment, a longtime partner with Asmodee that has operations in the Czech Republic, Romania, and Germany.
CMON acquired the license for George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead from Living Dead Media to create branded board games and associated play accessories (including miniature PVC figures, board, dice and tokens/coins, cards) based on Romero's original iconic movie.
Jonathan Gilmour has joined Pandasaurus Games as the head of Game Development.
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Holy Grail Games announced Rallyman GT, a new edition of the classic Roll and Move racing game Rallyman by Jean-Christophe Bouvier, will be launching on Kickstarter in November.
Formal Ferret Games teased its upcoming February Kickstarter for High Rise.
Jasco CEO Jason Hawronsky said they would launch a new Kickstarter campaign for an Evil Dead 2 board game. Jasco's own Evil Dead 2 game will distance itself somewhat from Space Goat's failed project, with the lack of rights to the original game meaning a completely new game will be created. However, some of the components and "original elements" will find their way into the replacement. Most significantly, Jasco has vowed that for every copy of its Evil Dead 2 board game sold through the upcoming Kickstarter - if successful - it will donate a copy to an existing backer of Space Goat's campaign.