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May 22
2020

"New" Game Round-up: Two-Player Sequels & Second Editions

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by Candice Harris Let's face it — sometimes it's much easier to get two-player games to the table, especially nowadays as we all continue to distance ourselves from larger social happenings.Eric gave us a sneak peek of a couple of two-player sequel and second edition 2020 releases with Reiner Knizia's Schotten Totten 2 and Royal Visit in one of his Spielwarenmesse 2020 trade fair posts. I suppose Schotten Totten 2 ...


May 20
2020

BGG.CONline Goes Live Today, May 20, 2020; Check Out the Guest List

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by W. Eric Martin Gen Con and SPIEL have cancelled their events for 2020, with both organizations promising to hold online conventions during the days when their shows would have taken place. BGG is doing something similar, but we got a jump on them since we cancelled our BGG.Spring show in early April, giving us several weeks to organize BGG.CONline — which debuts today, Wednesday, May 20!You can visit the ...


May 19
2020

Gen Con 2020 Cancelled

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by W. Eric Martin One day after the cancellation of SPIEL '20, Gen Con has announced that it, too, will not take place in 2020.Convention co-owner Peter Adkison writes about the decision on the Gen Con blog and announces Gen Con Online on the same dates — July 30 - August 2, 2020 — as the original show. An excerpt:This will be the first time in the 50+ year history ...


May 19
2020

Game Overview: Nova Luna, or Taking Tasks to Tiles

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by W. Eric Martin Normally I present a written overview of a game along with my video overview in order to talk about that design from another perspective or to craft my thoughts in a more organized manner than the free-form nature of my video presentations, but with BGG.CONline starting tomorrow, May 20, and much still to prepare, I'm choosing to post only the video for now.If you're curious about ...


May 18
2020

Spiel des Jahres Nominations for 2020: My City, Nova Luna, and Pictures; Cartographers, The Crew, and The King's Dilemma Are Kennerspiel Nominees

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by W. Eric Martin The nominees for the 2020 Spiel des Jahres — Germany's "game of the year" award — have been announced, along with nominees for two accompanying awards: the Kinderspiel des Jahres (KidJ) for children's game of the year, and the Kennerspiel des Jahres (KedJ) for enthusiast's game of the year, that is, for those already comfortable with learning and playing new games.Jury chairman Harald Schrapers and Kinderspiel ...


May 18
2020

SPIEL '20 Cancelled

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by W. Eric Martin The news that many people had been anticipating has now been made official: Convention organizer Friedhelm Merz Verlag has cancelled SPIEL '20, which was scheduled to take place October 22-25, 2020. Here's the full text of this announcement:Dear SPIELers,With great regret we have to announce today that we have to postpone this year's SPIEL, which was planned for 22nd to 25th of October 2020, to the ...


May 17
2020

Seven Fruits + Seven7s = Quatorze from Eagle-Gryphon Games

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by W. Eric Martin • U.S. publisher Eagle-Gryphon Games has announced a September 3, 2020 Kickstarter launch date for Mercado de Lisboa from Vital Lacerda and Julián Pombo, a title that Candice Harris previewed in detail on BGG News in early May 2020.• Aside from that title, EGG announced an August 2020 preorder campaign for two other titles, with delivery of these games taking place before the end of 2020. ...


May 16
2020

Friedemann Friese Wants You to Fight Monsters at Home

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by W. Eric Martin In May 2020, designer Friedemann Friese started a new blog on BoardGameGeek: "Game Designer Lockdown". As he notes in his first post, "To be a game designer without the regular game nights, meetings and without having different gaming partners is hard."Friese, like many designers, now has more time on his own to design games, but lacks the infrastructure to test them and the market partners to ...


May 15
2020

New Game Round-up: Go Deep for Red Raven Games, and Whet Your Pen for New Cartographers

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by W. Eric Martin • Ryan Laukat has dropped a teaser video for Deep Vents, the next release from Red Raven Games, which is co-designed by Laukat and T. Alex Davis — but the full rules for this 2-4 player game are available as well, so I've summarized them for you here:Along cracks in the ocean floor, plumes of black and white superheated water pump relentlessly into the depths. They ...


May 14
2020

New Game Round-up: Cats Control the Weather, Reverse Scoring, and Explore Dungeons

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by W. Eric Martin • Time for another round-up of game creations from Japan, starting with Major Arcana: The Tarot Game, which appears to be a straightforward memory game from Kenichi Tanabe of COLON ARC.The game includes the 22 major arcana cards from a tarot deck — all bearing fetching cat illustrations by Nekoya Houjyudou — and to set up, you deal the cards out evenly among the 3-6 players. ...


May 13
2020

Dominate Azeroth in Small World of Warcraft

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by W. Eric Martin In November 2019, I posted pics from BlizzCon 2019 that showcased an upcoming crossover between video game publisher Blizzard Entertainment and board game publisher Days of Wonder.Now that crossover has been officially announced, with Small World of Warcraft — a 2-5 player game from Philippe Keyaerts that plays in 40-80 minutes — debuting in mid-2020 in North America and Europe. Here's an excerpt from the press ...


May 13
2020

New Train Game Round-up: Mini Express, Colt Super Express, Station Master, & 18xx on the Moon

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by Candice Harris There seems to be some kind of link between trains and board games, but I've never really understood the connection. Eric has already mentioned a full cargo of 2020 train-themed releases in previous posts, such as Ride the Rails, Traintopia, Maglev Metro, Ticket to Ride Amsterdam and Empyreal: Spells & Steam, but I didn't let that derail me from sharing a few more from the other side ...


May 12
2020

New Game Round-up: Escape Volcanoes, Relive World War II, and Look at Penguins

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by W. Eric Martin • Designer Citie Lo of The Wood Games has released info about the company's SPIEL '20 release — and should that event not take place, well, Lo plans to run a Kickstarter campaign for the title in mid-2020 (as with the 2019 release Board Game Cafe Frenzy), so you'll still have a chance to acquire the game should you be in the market for a game ...


May 11
2020

Game Overview: Musical Chairs, or Ride the Beat to the Best Seat

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by W. Eric Martin In April 2020, designer Kelly North Adams presented an origin story for the game Musical Chairs and how it came to exist in its final form courtesy of Rio Grande Games. Today I'll present an overview of how the game plays.A game like Musical Chairs highlights the difficulty of maintaining the BGG database. The gameplay has a press-your-luck element to it, but I'd never think of ...


May 10
2020

Solitaire Sunday: You Got Chocolate Fix in My Minecraft Travel Magnetic Puzzle

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by W. Eric Martin This week's "Solitaire Sunday" is a twofer, mostly because the logic puzzles I'm covering — Chocolate Fix and Minecraft Travel Magnetic Puzzle — use the same engine underneath their hoods.The concept is simple: Use the visual clues presented in one of the puzzle's forty challenges to place all nine objects — which come in three colors and three shapes — into the proper spaces in the ...


May 08
2020

A Report on the Games Scheduled to be Sold at Osaka Game Market 2020

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by Saigo Editor's note: Game Market was scheduled to take place in Osaka on March 8, 2020, but wasn't held. Even so, Saigo — who translates game rules between Japanese and English and who tweets about new JP games — has translated a report about this non-event written by Takuya Ono, who runs the Table Games in the World blog. Mr. Ono has given permission to reprint the photos from ...


May 07
2020

Build Prague in Medieval Times with Vladimír Suchý in Praga Caput Regni

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by W. Eric Martin Czech publisher Delicious Games, which debuted in 2018 with Vladimír Suchý's Underwater Cities, will release a new title from the designer, one in which "its weight index will be higher than it was in case of other Vladimír's games", says Delicious' Katka Sucha.Here's an overview of Praga Caput Regni, which is for 1-4 players, with a playing time of roughly thirty minutes per player:Charles IV has ...


May 07
2020

Ticket to Ride Heads Back in Time to 17th Century Amsterdam

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by W. Eric Martin The Ticket to Ride train continues to roll on — although in the case of the newly announced Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam, players will be using transportation of a different sort as the game is set in 17th century Amsterdam instead of a more recent time. As the press release explains:You are in the middle of the Gouden Eeuw, the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam is the ...


May 06
2020

Mercado de Lisboa: A Thinky Filler from Vital Lacerda?!

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by Candice Harris The year 2020 continues to surprise me. Like most people, when I hear Vital Lacerda's name, I instantly think of heavy, thematic, brain-burn-inducing yet elegant games such as The Gallerist, Vinhos, Kanban, and (most recently) On Mars. Who knew the day would come that we'd see Vital Lacerda's name on a thinky filler game??Well, my friends, that day has arrived. Julián Pombo and Vital Lacerda have teamed ...


May 05
2020

Blue Skies Ahead for Joe Huber and Rio Grande Games

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by W. Eric Martin In 2019, U.S., publisher Rio Grande Games released the delightfully old-school game Caravan from designer Joe Huber (read my overview here), and now Huber and Rio Grande are partnering again for another classic-feeling game: Blue Skies.The setting for Blue Skies is the late 1970s. With the United States having passed the Airline Deregulation Act in 1978, the federal government had opened the national airline industry to ...