Here are some of the board game news of the last few days:
Isle of Skye will get an expansion: Journeyman adds new personal player boards to track progress in strength, prosperity, and popularity. (Source: ICv2)
Wizkids keeps on growing their board and card game line and has announced Time Barrons : “In Time Barons, 2-4 players take on the roles as the time barons, shadowy figures who have shaped mankind’s destiny since the dawn of time. The world’s entire population are simply pawns in their quest to defeat the other barons and become the ruler of a unified human race.” (Source: Wizkids)
FFG has posted the rulebook for the upcoming Star Wars: Rebellion expansion Rise of the Empire (Link: FFG)
Renegade Games has announced Clank: In Space!, a new Stand-Alone game using the game system of the highly popular Clank. (Source: Renegade Games)
Days after FFG announced Fallout: The Board Game they have dropped another bombshell: FFG will release the 4th edition of Twilight Imperium at the end of 2017.
For twenty years, the custom space operas created by Twilight Imperium have thrilled gamers like nothing else. Now, Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition builds on the grand space opera found in previous editions while streamlining rules and putting player interaction center stage.
Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition aims to be the most complete version of the game ever printed. Seventeen playable races are included in the game, offering a wide variety of starting faction options. Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition brings a galactic space opera to your table, and no two games will ever be the same.
Yesterday FFG has announced Fallout: The Board Game:
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Fallout, a post-nuclear adventure board game based on Bethesda’s blockbuster video game series. In Fallout, one to four players take on a role within an irradiated landscape inspired by those in Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and their downloadable content expansions. With just a few locations pinpointed on their map, the players choose whether to work together or individually to explore these mysterious regions that lay before them. Along the way, each player will face a wealth of choices, deciding whether to pursue experience or Caps, collect loot or loyal companions, and progress the main questline or veer off to the vaults. As the players move around the board, building their skills and filling their inventory, the area’s warring factions will gain power, forcing the players to pledge loyalty or defy conformity, all in pursuit of gaining the most influence of anyone else in the wasteland.
The game is expected to be available at the end of 2017.
Z-Man Games has announced an updated reprint of the Reiner Knizia classic Through the Desert. The game will join the Euro Classics line, which ZMan is apparently taking over from FFG. (Source: ZMan Games Website)
Eagle Games has confirmed that all European copies of Lisboa have been destroyed in a fire. I’m not sure yet, what this means for retailers, so we have to wait until I hear something from my supplier. (Source: TableTop News)
Asmodee has posted a preview for Cities of Splendor, the upcoming expansion for Splendor:
With Cities of Splendor—a collection of four distinct expansions, each offering a unique experience—you can make your dreams of fame a reality as you outthink your opponents. No matter which expansion you choose to use, you’ll find an entirely new way to play Splendor, expanding the game’s replayability without sacrificing the elegance of the original.
And ZMan Games has announced Majesty: For the Realm, a new card game from Splendor designer Marc Andre:
In Majesty, you take on the role of a king or queen seeking to gain power during the Middle Ages. Like any good monarch, you have plenty of subjects ready to do your bidding and help your kingdom grow. Running a kingdom is no easy task and you must make the best use of your subjects and buildings if you want to succeed.
Plan B, publisher of the highly successful Century: Spice Road, has announced a new game:
The fresh-faced publisher is already moving onto new things, with a newly-announced game from veteran designer Michael Kiesling, perhaps best known as the co-creator of games including Tikal, Torres and The Palaces of Carrara alongside long-time collaborator Wolfgang Kramer.
Azul centres around the drafting and placement of tiles to decorate Portuguese king Manuel I’s Royal Palace of Evora. Players take it in turns to pick tiles, later placing them to rack up their score based on specific patterns and sets – and losing points for wasted tiles.
Azul is due to launch at this year’s Essen in October.
The winners of the Spiel des Jahres awards have been announced today.
Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (more family oriented) award is: Kingdomino
In Kingdomino, you are a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand your kingdom. You must explore all the lands, wheat fields, lakes, and mountains in order to spot the best plots. But be careful as some other Lords also covet these lands…
The game has been designed by Bruno Cathala and published by Blue Orange Game/Pegasus.
Winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres (more gamer oriented) award is: Exit – The Game designed by Inka and Markus Brand and published by Kosmos.
GameNight! has posted a Spiel des Jahres special video where they talk about the six nominated games for the two Spiel des Jahres awards:
Tonight on a special GameNight! Nikki, Dave, Aaron, Rusty, Mark & Lincoln discuss the three games nominated for the 2017 Spiel des Jahres: Kingdomino, Magic Maze & Wettlauf nach El Dorado (Race to El Dorado) and the three games nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres: EXIT: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin, Raiders of the North Sea and Terraforming Mars.
We have talked to the UK distributor of Terraforming Mars yesterday and have good news and bad news.
The good news is that Terraforming Mars will be back within the next 1-2 weeks. We haven’t received the stock confirmation yet, so we can’t accept new orders at the moment. But hopefully, the supply situation should be better this time.
The bad news: the expansion Hellas & Elysium has been delayed and is expected to arrive in the UK at the end of July or early August.
The Legendary Deck Building game from Upper Deck is getting a digital version: Legendary D0XP is a fantasy version of the successful Deck Building series.
Welcome to the fantastical world of Alamyth where you can recruit all new legendary heroes and fight the terrifying forces of evil. Visit all new landscapes of Alamyth such as the Firelands and fight the likes of The Leprechaun Henchmen and the evil villain, Ernak The Lethal. Just beware, if the Mastermind, Terriskai: Terror Of The Skies completes his evil scheme, everyone loses.
Play like never before in the first ever digital app for Legendary® DXP™: A Fantasy Deck Building Game. Legendary DXP brings the same great gameplay you have loved for years and now lets you play whenever or wherever you want Play on the go, play alone or play with friends, Legendary DXP lets you play your way.
It will be available on iOS, Android and Steam and at the moment you can sign up (waiting list!) for free Early Access to the game.