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Jan 26
2022

Break Out the Peanuts for Blaseball: The Card Game, and Cast a Spell with Similo

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by W. Eric Martin • Are you familiar with Blaseball? If not, here's a description of this "baseball simulation horror game" courtesy of Wikipedia:Blaseball centers on an absurdist simulation of baseball, with fictional teams including the Atlantis Georgias, the Philly Pies, and the Baltimore Crabs, featuring random events such as the "incineration" of players by "rogue umpires". Each player has a name and a star rating, which is used to ...


Jan 25
2022

Make Deals with Yak to Build Stone Towers

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by W. Eric Martin Publisher Pretzel Games doesn't release games frequently, but when it does, those titles tend to be a huge production. Yak, a design from Michael Luu for 2-4 players, fits this model perfectly. I received an overview of the game from Pretzel in a video call, and I was amazed that everything shown could fit in the box.Here's an overview of the game, which is currently scheduled ...


Jan 25
2022

Reignite Fire Tower with Rising Flames

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by Candice Harris Fire Tower is a quick-playing, card-driven, abstract strategy game for 2-4 players from designers Samuel Bryant and Gwen Ruelle. As the debut release from Runaway Parade Games, Fire Tower hit the streets in 2019, followed by a multilayered expansion, Fire Tower: Rising Flames, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter (KS link) in June of 2020, and shipped to backers in late summer 2021.I had the opportunity to ...


Jan 25
2022

Designer Diary: Familiar Tales

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by Jerry Hawthorne Hello, everyone! My name is Jerry Hawthorne from Plaid Hat Games. Our newest adventure game, Familiar Tales, will debut in Australia on January 26, 2022, and we're anticipating that it will arrive in the PHG warehouse for distribution elsewhere in late January or early February. While we wait, I thought I would take the time to do my first-ever design diary.The Origin of Familiar TalesIn August 2014, ...


Jan 24
2022

RuneScape Coming to Tabletop from Steamforged Games

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by W. Eric Martin UK board game publisher Steamforged Games is working with UK video game developer Jagex to bring the 21-year-old MMORG RuneScape to tabletops in two different forms: a board game and a "tabletop roleplaying game (TTRPG) core book inspired by RuneScape's rich fantasy world of Gielinor".As is typical for anything involving video games, I know nothing about RuneScape, so let me quote from the press release:Both games ...


Jan 24
2022

Game Overviews: My Bad Farm Shop Company, or Building Spaces on Your Base

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by W. Eric Martin Despite their looks, Rüdiger Dorn's My Farm Shop from Pegasus Spiele and Bad Company from Kenneth Minde, Eilif Svensson, Kristian Amundsen Østby, and Aporta Games feel like close cousins, with John D. Clair's Space Base being somewhere not too distant on the ancestral chain.In all three games, players have their own tableau with spaces numbered 2-12 — although in My Farm Shop the spaces loop, so ...


Jan 23
2022

Escape the Wandering Towers, and Push People Around

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by W. Eric Martin As far as I can tell, German publisher ABACUSSPIELE has only one new title in its catalog for the first half of 2022 — a family game from the famed design team of Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling titled Die wandelnden Türme, or "The Wandering Towers".Here's an overview of this 2-6 player game that appears to be scheduled for release in March 2022:In Die wandelnden Türme, ...


Jan 22
2022

Become a Gotham City Detective in Batman: Everybody Lies

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by W. Eric Martin To follow up my earlier post about narrative games in which you solve mysteries, Polish publisher Portal Games has announced a deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC, and Genuine Entertainment in which it will create and publish "officially licensed tabletop games set within the DC Universe featuring Batman characters".The first title to be released under this deal will be Batman: Everybody Lies, a design by ...


Jan 22
2022

No Release from More Escape Room Games

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by W. Eric Martin Have we reached peak "escape room game" yet? Absolutely not, with the prime evidence for the continuation of this trend being KOSMOS' sales report of over 14 million games in its Exit: The Game line. KOSMOS is adding still more titles to this line and its Adventure Games series in 2022, in addition to localizing the narrative game series Cartaventura and Suspects.• Who else is releasing ...


Jan 21
2022

Pop Bubbles, Make Soup, Toss Garlic, and Return to Isla Nublar

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by W. Eric Martin I've already covered two new titles coming from German publisher Schmidt Spiele in the first half of 2022: Auch schon clever and Mit Quacks & Co. nach Quedlinburg, both from designer Wolfgang Warsch.But Schmidt Spiele has more on its release calendar, including a new entry in its "Klein & Fein" line that feels like one of the most convoluted roll-and-write games on the market. Well, convoluted ...


Jan 20
2022

Rediscover Amun-Re, Santa's Workshop, and Reiner Knizia's Odd Socks

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by W. Eric Martin • One of the first games I played when I dove deep into hobby games in 2003 was Reiner Knizia's Amun-Re. I was already familiar with Lost Cities, but like many people I connected that game more with the publisher (Rio Grande Games) than the designer. Despite being someone who scoured used book stores to find every title from an author I admired, at that time ...


Jan 19
2022

Can You Remain Undaunted by What You'll Face in Stalingrad?

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by W. Eric Martin UK publisher Osprey Games has announced a new title in its Undaunted series of games from designers Trevor Benjamin and David Thompson — Undaunted: Stalingrad, with this game taking place on a scale unlike the first two standalone games.Here's a blurb about the game from the designers:We're digging deep into the storied Battle of Stalingrad, a key battle not only for the Eastern Front but the ...


Jan 19
2022

Stand on Your Own in Legacy of Yu, Wreckland Run, and The Hand of Destiny

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by W. Eric Martin • Designer Shem Phillips of Garphill Games has included solitaire rules in nearly all of his releases dating back to 2016, but for 2022 he's going to release his first one-player-only game: Legacy of Yu.Here's an overview of the game, which Phillips expects to bring to Kickstarter in mid-2022:During the reign of Emperor Yao, the people of ancient China were constantly plagued by deadly floods along ...


Jan 18
2022

Ride or Die in Skull Canyon: Ski Fest or Skate Summer

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by W. Eric Martin If you want to be reckless on the slopes no matter the weather, U.S. publisher Pandasaurus Games plans to satisfy those desires in 2022.• Assuming shipping goes as planned, ha ha, April 13, 2022 will see the release of Skull Canyon: Ski Fest from first-time designers Jason Klinke and Kip Noschese.Here's an overview of this 2-4 player game that carries a 45-60 minute playing time:Prove you're ...


Jan 18
2022

Designer Diary: Zapotec

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by Fabio Lopiano I started working on the game that would become Zapotec in early 2019. March 31st was my last day of work that year, after which I took some time off so that I could focus on board games full time for a while. (This is still ongoing after over two years.)I had just closed Merv, so I started playing around with some ideas for a new game. ...


Jan 17
2022

Game Overview: Ankh, Gods of Egypt, or Simplicity Made Complex

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by W. Eric Martin As I noted in my 2022 new year's resolution post, I'm trying to play, write about, and record videos about a wider spectrum of games than I would normally play. I know what I like, sure, but maybe I could like something else given that I'm not necessarily the same person now as I was a few years ago. (Cue thoughts on Theseus' paradox.)I had received ...


Jan 16
2022

Links: Damon Stone Takes You to Haiti, and Ian Livingstone Gets Knighted

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by W. Eric Martin • In December 2021, Inverse's Zeb Larson profiled designer Damon Stone and his game Liberation—Haiti, one of the Zenobia Award finalists for 2021 in an article titled "This Surprising New Game Wants to Fix the Worst Thing about Risk". Here's an overview of the game from the designer:The French colony of Saint-Domingue produced more wealth than the rest of France's colonies combined. France chose to meet ...


Jan 15
2022

Flashback to 2018 with More Quacks and Cleverness from Wolfgang Warsch

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by W. Eric Martin If you pay attention to game awards, you might recall that in 2018 Austrian designer Wolfgang Warsch took half of the Spiel and Kennerspiel des Jahres nominations thanks to The Mind, Ganz schön clever, and The Quacks of Quedlinburg.In 2019, publisher NSV released a spinoff of Warsch's The Mind — The Mind Extreme — and in 2022 publisher Schmidt Spiele and Warsch will release spinoffs of ...


Jan 14
2022

Revisit Old School World War II Tactics, Conquer the Streets of Bastogne, and Command German Submarines with Your Team

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by Candice Harris • Flying Pig Games launched a Kickstarter campaign (KS link) on January 13, 2022 for Old School Tactical: Volume 1 - Second Edition, a new version of Shayne Logan's 2016, 2-player, tactical wargame hit, Old School Tactical: Volume 1 (OST). The second edition of Old School Tactical: Volume 1 features new artwork illustrated by the game designer on soldier and vehicle counters, along with updated rules and ...


Jan 13
2022

Spielwarenmesse 2022 Has Been Cancelled

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by W. Eric Martin To follow up news from, wow, was it only yesterday when Toy Fair New York got axed, the 2022 Spielwarenmesse toy fair has been cancelled — or as the headline on the press release puts it, "the physical Spielwarenmesse" has been cancelled.Here's the full text of that press release:The toy industry has been looking forward to the world's leading event for the sector at the beginning ...