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May 23
2022

Game Overview: First Empires, or It's Nothing Personal, But Get Out

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by W. Eric Martin In a designer diary on BGG News about First Empires, Eric B. Vogel wrote, "I really dislike wargames that reward defensive play — 'turtling' — because aggression is what is fun in a wargame."Having now played First Empires seven times on a review copy from Sand Castle Games, I'll say that Vogel has succeeded in creating a world conquest game that encourages you to be aggressive. ...


May 23
2022

Spiel des Jahres Nominations for 2022: Cascadia, Scout, and Top Ten

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by W. Eric Martin The nominees for the 2022 Spiel des Jahres — Germany's "game of the year" award — have been announced, along with nominees for 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.Spiel des Jahres jury chairman Harald Schrapers and Kinderspiel ...


May 23
2022

Explore Strange New Worlds in Starship Captains

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by W. Eric Martin Publisher Czech Games Edition has unveiled a new title that it plans to debut at SPIEL '22: Starship Captains from first-time designer Peter B. Hoffgaard, with the game's general release in Europe and North America coming a bit later in Q4 2022.Here's an overview of this 2-4 player game that will retail for US$60/€60:Welcome aboard and congrats on the promotion! Your "new" starship is ready to ...


May 22
2022

Mount Damasks, Resist General Franco, and Lie to Friends about Christmas Gifts

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by W. Eric Martin After highlighting a few high-profile crowdfunding projects earlier this week, let me shine the spotlight on several projects from smaller publishers:• Resist! is a solitaire design from Trevor Benjamin, Roger Tankersley, David Thompson, and Spanish publisher Salt & Pepper Games due out before the end of 2022. (Gamefound) This description covers the setting in detail while touching on the dilemmas you'll face while playing:Spain, 1936: General ...


May 21
2022

Tile the Amygdala, Leave the Church in the Village, and Welcome the Return of the Rats

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by W. Eric Martin • It's often difficult to provide a hook for abstract strategy games, but designers Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer and publisher Game Brewer might have found a winner in Amygdala, which the publisher plans to demo at various conventions such as Gen Con 2022 and SPIEL '22 ahead of its release in 2023.Here's an overview of this 2-4 player game:Life is full of emotion, and the ...


May 20
2022

Designer Diary: Space Station Phoenix, or Torn Down and Rebuilt

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by Gabriel Cohn In August 2013, while living in Peru and accompanying my wife on a research trip there, I made my first prototype of "The Space Station Game". I printed several sheets of paper in black and white (the local print shop didn't have color), cut them up, and stole some cubes from another of my prototypes, bringing the horrible-looking bundle of junk to Club Rath's Edge.This gaming group ...


May 20
2022

Game Overview: Crescent Moon, or Bribing Friends for Area Control

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by Candice Harris Crescent Moon, an upcoming 2022 release from designer Steven Mathers and Osprey Games, had me at “an ambitious asymmetric area control game of tense negotiations.” Based on that description, how could this game not be my jam?!I had been looking forward to playing Crescent Moon since it was originally announced in late September 2021, so I was thrilled to receive a review copy from Osprey to get ...


May 19
2022

Bid for Land on Mars, Quest More for Thunderstones, and Revisit Middle-earth Again

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by W. Eric Martin Let's follow up a recent post about spinoffs and sequels with another set of titles seeing new life:• Designer Mark Corsey's auction-based The Game of 49 has been reborn as Zillionaires on Mars thanks to UK publisher Big Potato.Here's a quick overview for those unfamiliar with this 2014 release:Starting with $49 apiece, players in The Game of 49 bid to buy spaces on the 49-square (7-by-7) ...


May 18
2022

Bring Sweets to the Table with Azul: Master Chocolatier and The Great British Baking Show Game

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by W. Eric Martin • Publishers unveiled two sweet-looking games on May 17, with Next Move Games announcing Azul: Master Chocolatier for release in late 2022, with a debut at SPIEL '22.What's new in this release? Azul: Master Chocolatier includes double-sided factory boards. One side of the factories is blank, and when using this side the game plays exactly like Michael Kiesling's classic Azul. The other side of each factory ...


May 18
2022

New Life for Dominion: Prosperity, and More Expansions for Cartographers and Age of Steam Deluxe

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by W. Eric Martin • Following on the heels of a second edition of Dominion: Seaside, in 2022 publisher Rio Grande Games will release a second edition of Dominion: Prosperity from designer Donald X. Vaccarino, with this set (like Seaside) containing nine new types of Kingdom cards. And as with previous Dominion second editions, these new cards will be released on their own as an update pack for those who ...


May 17
2022

Everything Old Is New Again with Legends of Andor, Tokaido, and Royal Dilemmas

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by W. Eric Martin • Artist/designer Michael Menzel wrapped his Legends of Andor series in 2017 with Legends of Andor: The Last Hope, with other designers then building on his creation with additional heroes or legends, such as 2021's Die Legenden von Andor: Magische Helden, and spinoff titles, such as 2019's The Liberation of Rietburg and 2020's Andor: The Family Fantasy Game.In late 2022, however, Menzel will return to Andor ...


May 17
2022

Designer Diary: Batman: Everybody Lies, or A Different Type of Detective

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by Ignacy Trzewiczek Chapter 0: The BasicsBatman: Everybody Lies is a story-driven deduction game. The action takes place in Gotham, with you exploring various locations of this crime-driven city from the grim and poverty-stricken alleyways to the sycophantic and wealthy social elite penthouses.Intended for 2-4 players, aged 14+, the game features three Episodes to investigate and a short Prologue to help players familiarize themselves with the rules and the style ...


May 16
2022

Greater Than Games and Dice Hate Me Games Split; Compounded Gets Remixed

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by W. Eric Martin • In February 2015, publisher Dice Hate Me Games merged with Greater Than Games, becoming one of three imprints in a newly reorganized line-up at GTG along with Sentinel Comics and Fabled Nexus.As of May 16, 2022, the two organizations have announced that they're going separate ways. Here's an excerpt from a press release announcing the split:Of the separation, Dice Hate Me Games President Chris Kirkman ...


May 16
2022

Game Overview: Founders of Teotihuacan, or A Tile-Laying Game

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by W. Eric Martin Founders of Teotihuacan from designer Filip Głowacz and publisher Board&Dice bills itself as "a tile-laying game" in the subtitle on the box, and you do indeed lay tiles during play, so that promise is fulfilled. That said, I'm not sure that's the selling point I would have leaned into for this design in which you build production buildings, temples, and part of a pyramid.You have a ...


May 15
2022

Cast Spells, Make Crop Circles, Save Species, and Face Tough Calls with Fractal Juegos

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by W. Eric Martin Chilean publisher Fractal Juegos releases a large number of licensed games — Bohnanza, IKI, Marrakech, The Mind, Draftosaurus — but it also releases new editions of older games, such as Michael Kiesling's garden-building game Sanssouci, which debuted from Ravensburger in 2013 and which Fractal Juegos re-released in 2022.• As for Fractal Juegos' original releases, it has a roll-and-write game, of course, as every publisher and designer ...


May 14
2022

Links: Czech Designers, Thor's Hammer, and Our Family Plays Games on Social Media

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by W. Eric Martin • Mik and Starla Fitch of Our Family Plays Games were featured in the documentary film The First Twenty: Social from Dehanza Rogers, a film on activism and Black cultural identity that debuted on May 10, 2022 and that explores "the role of social media as a source of joy, pain, and transformation".The title "The First Twenty" refers to the first twenty years of the 21st ...


May 13
2022

Stellarion Joins the Oniverse — Which Has a New Home at inPatience

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by W. Eric Martin Designer Shadi Torbey has announced a new entry in his Oniverse series of games: Stellarion, with this 1-2 player game being due out in Q3/Q4 2022.Here's a succinct overview of this design, which will include rules in English and French:You are the director of the Observatory. With your telescopes aimed at the stars, planets, and nebulas of the Oniverse, you are ready to launch daring spaceships ...


May 13
2022

Designer Diary: Take a Seat

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by Ferran Renalias Zueras By designers Eloi Pujadas and Ferran RenaliasGreetings, all! Take a Seat has been published in Spain, and the game will be presented internationally at SPIEL '22. We thought it would be a good idea to post a design diary to share some background info, design decisions, art, and more.Initial IdeaIn September 2019, we started our first design as a team. We had a clear premise: Create ...


May 12
2022

Take Part in the Taíno Resistance in Borikén, and Help Migrants Travel Safely in La Frontera

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by W. Eric Martin • Julio E. Nazario's first two published designs — Ctrl and Holi: Festival of Colors — were both somewhat abstract games about moving through space, but his work goes in a new direction in Borikén: The Taíno Resistance, which is currently part of GMT Games' P500 preorder program.Here's an overview of this 1-4 player co-operative game:Borikén — that is, modern-day Puerto Rico — is now home ...


May 11
2022

Escape from New York along the John Muir Trail on the Way to a Lunar Outpost

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by W. Eric Martin • Ravensburger has announced a June 2022 release date for Lunar Outpost, a 2-4 player co-operative game from Mike Mulvihill that was "inspired by the PBS science series NOVA and developed with NASA astronaut Dani Tani", according to the press release.Here's an overview of what you'll face:In Lunar Outpost, players work together to mine lunar elements and build a circular base on the moon. Players can ...