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Solo Mode for Abomination

Plaid Hat Games has published a solo variant for Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein, the game of monster building.

Box cover

In this solo variant developed by Jon Merkle, the Creature has kidnapped your family, and the only way to get them back is to give the Creature what he desires most – a companion. Can you save your family and build a monster before the investigators catch up to you?
In these trying times where so many of us are social distancing, we hope this variant allows you to enjoy a puzzley version of Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein without losing the flavor and theme of the original 2-4 player game.

(Source: Plaid Hat Games website)

The Rise of Red Skull

FFG has announced The Rise of Red Skull, the first campaign expansion for Marvel Champions.

The Rise of Red Skull boasts a massive infusion of new content for your games of Marvel Champions. Hawkeye and Spider-Woman join your roster of heroes with fully pre-built and ready-to-play player decks stuffed with new cards. Whether you’re playing these new heroes or relying on old favorites, you can test their mettle against five brand-new villains: Crossbones, Absorbing Man, Taskmaster, Zola, and Red Skull. Each of these five scenarios offers a unique challenge, and while you can simply choose a villain to battle, this campaign expansion lives up to its name with the introduction of campaign mode to Marvel Champions: The Card Game.

(Link: FFG website)

The ETA for the expansion is sometime in late 2020 with a more detailed release date coming once the worldwide coronavirus lockdown has ended and some kind of normality has returned.

In case you don’t want to wait this long: we have just received some restock of the Green Goblin Scenario Pack which offers two new scenarios and four modular encounter sets and should keep you busy for a while.

Delayed Releases and a Dark Edition

We had to push back most of the new releases planned for March/April (same will probably happen for the May releases). The main reason for this decision has been the suspension of all new releases by the UK’s largest distributor until all board game shops are open for business again. But there are also a large number of delays caused by the lockdown in China at the beginning of the year. Production at some board game printers has just started again, so these delays will take a while to catch up with.

King of Tokyo Dark Edition cover art

But there is also some good news: The King of Tokyo Dark Edition will arrive next week. The release was planned for the 24th April, but with France in lockdown, Iello had to cancel these plans but allowed local partners/distributors who already have received their stock, so start releasing the game now.

Portal Games posts free content

Portal Games has joined a rising number of publishers offering free content for people stuck at home.

On their website, they have posted the following free games/expansions:

  • Detective: Suburbia – a free case for Detective (base game not needed)
  • free solo scenarios for Empires of the North (playable with all clans)
  • two additional sheets for Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write
  • three additional scenarios for Pret-a-Porter

Portal Games will add more content in the coming days, so have a look every few days to see what is new.

Link: Portal Games website

Folded Space insert for Marvel Champions

The Folded Space insert for board and card games are very popular at the moment. Folded Space releases new inserts on a regular basis and now their newest insert has arrived:

Insert compatible with Marvel Champions: The Card Game®,with space for over 900 sleeved or 1,400 unsleeved cards. The design provides both efficient storage and improved game play. Many of the trays can be utilised during the game, and they greatly aid set-up and clear-away times. The rules act as a lid on top of the trays.
 
The insert has space for numerous expansion packs. The token trays are arranged in three layers

(Source: Publisher description)

The Marvel Champions insert and the other Folded Space insert we stock can be found here.

Steam for Board Gamers

With the whole country in lockdown, playing board games with friends won’t happen for some while. Luckily there are ways to play board games online with friends. Alternatively, there are also quite a large number of board game-like games than can keep us entertained for a while.

3 Minute Board Games has looked into this for us and published a video about “20 Great Gamess on Steam for board gamers”:

During the video, a beginner’s guide for Tabletop Simulator gets mentioned. Here is the link to it on Reddit.

Asmodee UK suspends new releases

At the beginning of the week, Asmodee US announced that they would delay all new releases until May.

Now Asmodee UK has followed suit with the following statement (send out as part of their daily stock updates):

As many of our suppliers have postponed or rescheduled upcoming new releases, we will not be sending our regular Coming Soon and New Release updates for the time being. We will alert you to any notable new products as they arrive.

This makes sense, considering that a large number of board game shops and cafes in the UK have to close from today and that a lot of new releases have already been delayed by factory closures in China in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. But this will very likely mean that a lot of the March/April releases are now delayed until further notice.

Asmodee UK also confirmed in the same email, that stock for restocks is available and orders will be fulfiled as fast as possible. So we won’t run out of games anytime soon 🙂

Online Shop is still open

After yesterday’s announcement, I was wondering what it would mean for non-essential online shopping, but now it has been confirmed/clarified that online shopping is encouraged to stay open with delivery services expected to run as normal.

So following this advice I will keep the online shop for Meeples’ Corner running as long as DHL is still able to come and collect my parcels. If there is any change, I will post an update.

But regarding deliveries, it is important to remember that there could be delays caused by staff shortages in sorting centres, depots or with delivery drivers. So please stay patient during these testing times. We are all in this together!

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