🔥 Gentes Nemesis

Jul 26
2021

Game Overview: Rocketmen, or Mars Ain't the Kind of Place to Raise Your Kids

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin Designer Martin Wallace has created several games that use a deck-bulding mechanism — that is, a system in which you start with a deck of cards and add more cards to the deck during the game to customize what you can do relative to other players — and those games have typically been embedded in an elaborate setting, whether real or fictional, with the deck-building being ...


Jul 25
2021

Bask in Summertime, Become a Hero of Undermountain, and Solve Crimes in Detective Rummy

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • Designers Omari Akil and Hamu Dennis run their own publishing studio, Board Game Brothas, but in addition to releasing their own titles, they also pitch designs to others, and in July 2021 U.S. publisher WizKids will release one of those designs — Summertime, a quick-playing card game based on the DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince song from 1991.Yes, thirty years old, but still ...


Jul 25
2021

Return to Mankind's Past to Place Dominos, Place Polyominoes, and Flip Tokens on Six Continents

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • Designer Klaus-Jürgen Wrede has visited prehistoric times previously in Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, and now he's looking at the same period of time on a global scale in Fire & Stone, due out in October 2021 from Pegasus Spiele.Here's an overview of how to play this 2-4 player game:In Fire & Stone, players lead their tribe through the Stone Age. They scout new lands, harvest ...


Jul 24
2021

Links: Less Crowded Conventions, Popping Publicity, and Games in the Environment

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • On July 5, 2021, Asmodee Deutschland noted that due to the "still uncertain health situation in 2021" and despite the increasing speed with which vaccinations are being delivered in Germany, Asmodee and its studios will not have a stand at SPIEL '21. Asmodee had earlier stated that it would not attend Gen Con 2021, and Paizo Publishing will not be at that show either.I've been ...


Jul 23
2021

Relive the French and Indian War, Manage Armies in 11th-Century Spain, and Revisit NATO/Warsaw Pact Conflicts

BoardGameGeek News

by Candice Harris Considering that voting is open through July 31, 2021 for the 2020 Charles S. Roberts Awards and that I'm buzzing from an awesome weekend during which I finally got the opportunity to play Triumph & Tragedy, Time of Crisis, and Europe Divided, wargames have been on my mind non-stop lately, so I feel compelled to share some exciting and interesting 2021 releases to check out ahead of ...


Jul 22
2021

Investigate Scandals, Create Works of Art, and Weave Victorious Patterns

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • Ettana: The Looms of Kanchi is the first design from Madhu Sundar and the first release from new publisher Mad4Fun Games in Bangalore, India. The game is available for purchase online (store link), but is not available in distribution yet as far as I know.Here's an overview of the game's setting and how to play:Indian handlooms date back several centuries. The tradition of weaving by ...


Jul 21
2021

Cure the Pandemic of the Lich King, Flip Ships at Space Invaders, and Try Not to Get Bit...Again

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • When Kane Klenko's Flip Ships was released in 2017 by Renegade Game Studios, many people said, "That seems like a cool take on Space Invaders."Apparently Space Invaders' owner Taito thought so as well as the game design has now been picked up by Buffalo Games for release as an officially licensed Space Invaders game, with the title bearing a July 25, 2021 release date at ...


Jul 20
2021

Designer Diary: The Accidental Game Design of Hashi

BoardGameGeek News

by Jeffrey Allers In the introduction to his short book Pure Drivel, Steve Martin writes about a large break in his film career: "During these years, in which I vowed to do nothing and leave myself alone about it, I accidentally produced several plays, a handful of sketches, two screenplays, and a reorganization of my entire self. I suppose what I’m saying is, if you really want to work, stop ...


Jul 19
2021

Game Preview: Top Pop, or The Game That Will Not Resolve Your Daddy Issues

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin My wife Linda and I started a Meetup group in late 2020 — great timing, I know! — to merge our interests: mine in games and hers in meeting new people.The intent of "Outside the Game Box" is to host game-related events that are not solely about playing games, although sometimes we will just play games. The first few events took place outdoors — a meet-and-greet, ...


Jul 19
2021

MicroMacro: Crime City Wins Spiel des Jahres 2021, while Paleo Wins Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin MicroMacro: Crime City by Johannes Sich and Edition Spielwiese has won the 2021 Spiel des Jahres, German's game of the year award, which is arguably the best known and most influential award in the hobby game market, beating out The Adventures of Robin Hood by Michael Menzel and Zombie Teenz Evolution by Annick Lobet.Here's an overview of the title for those who have not played:Crimes have ...


Jul 18
2021

Manage Your Reputation at the Dog Park, Listen for Echoes, and Take Tricks Daily

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • Lottie and Jack Hazell are the hosts of the "Board Games with My Wife" podcast, and in late 2021 they plan to move into publishing under the name Birdwood Games with the Kickstarter launch of the 1-4 player game Dog Walk, which will be released in 2022. An overview:Welcome to Dog Park, a mid-weight, competitive set-collection and point-to-point movement game in which players take on ...


Jul 18
2021

Tulips and Canals from Uwe Rosenberg, Vector-Based Racing from Spartaco Albertarelli

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • German publisher AMIGO has teased its game releases in the latter half of 2021, promising detailed information about the games on August 2, 2021. Since I somewhat know what the BGG audience is interested in, I'll note that Tulpenfieber (Tulip Fever) — the box in the lower left with the hard-to-read logo — is a 1-4 player dice game from Uwe Rosenberg for players aged ...


Jul 17
2021

Tulips and Canals from Use Rosenberg, Vector-Based Racing from Spartaco Albertarelli

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • German publisher AMIGO has teased its game releases in the latter half of 2021, promising detailed information about the games on August 2, 2021. Since I somewhat know what the BGG audience is interested in, I'll note that Tulpenfieber (Tulip Fever) — the box in the lower left with the hard-to-read logo — is a 1-4 player dice game from Uwe Rosenberg for players aged ...


Jul 16
2021

Welcome Cats & Dogs to Your Fort, Enhance Your Defenders of the Realm, and Battle with Tanks in North Africa

BoardGameGeek News

by Candice Harris • In 2020, Leder Games released the playful and uniquely-themed deck-builder Fort, a remarkable reimplementation of Grant Rodiek's 2018 hidden gem SPQF, featuring Kyle Ferrin's dope signature artwork.If you couldn't already tell from my game overview post of Fort, I really dig everything it has to offer. I mean, come on...pizza and toys as resources? What's not to love??Naturally, I was all smiles when I saw Leder ...


Jul 15
2021

Return to Jamaica, Build Rail in Imperial Steam, and Struggle with The Queen's Dilemma

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin • French publisher Space Cowboys has announced a new edition of Jamaica, a racing-and-fighting game from Malcolm Braff, Bruno Cathala, and Sébastien Pauchon that first appeared in 2007 from Swiss publisher GameWorks.Cathala has stated that this version contains only two changes: a redesigned rulebook and "the shortage rule (about which I continue to receive questions 14 years later) has been simplified".• Italian publisher Horrible Guild has ...


Jul 14
2021

Merge Islands in the Clouds, and Become One with Fernando Pessoa

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin BGG's SPIEL '21 Preview is coming along nicely, with 180+ titles listed as of July 13, more than three months ahead of the event taking place. Side note: This preview, along with all other convention previews and new game release catalogs, can now be found under the BROWSE tab in the header under "Previews".Let's highlight a few titles on this list, starting with Pessoa, a 1-4 ...


Jul 13
2021

Designer Diary: Brew, or Designing the Whimsical Wilds

BoardGameGeek News

by Stevo Torres I enjoy prototyping with circular colored stickers — the cheap kind you would use for a garage sale. The process is somewhat meditative and feels intuitive, creating a nice starting place for quickly testing out an idea. While placing each sticker by hand, ideas can flow, imagining how interactions might take place. Brew began its journey with this approach.At the beginning, the game was a simple push-your-luck ...


Jul 12
2021

Game Overview: Cover Up to Win Dream Catcher and Rip Off

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin Today I'm covering two games that play similarly, games that challenge your visual perception and your ability to hide things from view.Dream Catcher from Laurent Escoffier, David Franck, and Space Cow won the 2020 As d'Or for best children's game, and the art from Maud Chalmel is both cuddly and cute-scary for the young players in the target audience.To win, you want to be the first ...


Jul 11
2021

Struggle for Life in Nick Bentley's Meadow

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin I've already written about one 2021 game release titled Meadow in January, and now I'm going to cover another game with the same name — but this time the game features no adorable animals and nothing that resembles an actual meadow.This Meadow is from designer Nick Bentley, and it's currently available for play on Board Game Arena. Here's Bentley's graphic representation of the game to get ...


Jul 10
2021

Wonder Book to Pop Up on Tables in Q4 2021

BoardGameGeek News

by W. Eric Martin At the annual Spielwarenmesse trade fair, BGG tries to record previews of as many games as possible, but in addition to seeing what publishers are ready to talk about publicly, we often get a sneak peek at titles that are still in the works. Sometimes those games are "normal" designs that will be revealed later in the year for release in Q4 (but the publisher doesn't ...