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Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein coming

Plaid Hat Games has announced Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein, a game based on Mary Shelly’s famous book and set 20 years after the events in the book.

Box cover

Taking place 20 years after the events in Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein is a game of competitive monster creation for 2-4 players. Each player takes on the role of a scientist racing to construct a viable living being to satisfy the mad obsession of their mysterious benefactor. Strategic placement of assistants across the city of Paris allows you to research scientific findings, charge your Leyden jars and scavenge the local cemeteries and morgues for materials needed to perfect your craft. Once a player succeeds in bringing their creature to life, or after twelve rounds have elapsed, the game ends and the player with the most victory points fulfills Frankenstein’s dark legacy, for good or ill…

(Source: Publisher website)
Game setup

The game is expected to get released at Gencon 2019 (August), which normally means a September release for the UK.

Ticket to Ride: London announced

Days of Wonder has announced Ticket to Ride: London, the follow-up to last year’s Ticket to Ride: New York.

Ticket to Ride: London is an elegantly simple version of Ticket to Ride where players race around 1970s London to claim the most important bus lines and complete their Destination Tickets, connecting Districts in the capital of the United Kingdom. With its quick and compact format, Ticket to Ride: London is fast-paced, easy to learn in three minutes, and extremely portable—perfect for new players and veterans alike.

(Source: Days of Wonder website)
Ticket to Ride: London components

The estimated release date for Europe is June. As soon as we have the details for the UK release we will start taking pre-orders.

Sequel to Tokaido announced

French publisher Funforge has announced a sequel to his popular board game Tokaido called Namiji.


Namiji’s gameplay features a similar flow to Tokaido’s last-goes-first player turns, which let players jump as far along the route as they wanted – with the downside of potentially handing consecutive turns and actions to their opponents as they caught up.

While the mechanics will be familiar to Tokaido players, the new game plays out on the sea, offering up a new choice of actions – the first images of the game’s prototype demonstrated at this month’s Festival International des Jeux in France show three decks of cards with whales on, suggesting we might get the chance to whale-watch.

(Source: Tabletop Gaming Magazine News)

The release of the game is planned for later this year, which could mean a release at the Essen show (late October).

Decrypto Expansion Coming in 2019

Iello was presenting a few new games/expansion at the GAMA Trade Show. One of them was Laser Drive, the first expansion for Decrypto:

Expansion cover

Designed by Thomas Degenais-Lespérance, Laser Drive adds categories to the words that players transmit. If a word’s category can be sent successfully, the team earns bonus tokens, which enable alternate win conditions. Additionally, teams will be able to guess their opponents’ words and earn bonus tokens for getting them right.

(Source: ICv2 News)

A release date has not been announced yet, we will post an update as soon as we know more, especially about the UK release.

die Hard board game announced

USAopoly has announced the first Die Hard board game ever: Die Hard – The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will get released this spring and will hopefully make it’s way to the UK.

Box cover

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will leverage one-versus-many, asymmetric gameplay to pit protagonist John McClane against others acting as thieves, cooperating to foil the hero’s plan, which is to save the hostages in the iconic Nakatomi Plaza high-rise. Movie buffs and hobby game enthusiasts will appreciate the forthcoming release’s distinct homage to the 1988 film, which packs rules and gameplay to the air vents with callbacks to Die Hard’s most memorable scenes, characters, and events. 

(Source: publisher announcement)

According to the publisher more details about the game will follow soon.

SU&SD reviews El Dorado and the expansion

SU&SD have taken a closer look at Reiner Knizia’s deck-building racing game El Dorado and the expansion Heroes & Hexes.

In El Dorado, players slip into the roles of expedition leaders who have embarked on a search for the legendary land of gold in the dense jungles of South America. Each player assembles and equips their own team, hiring various helpers from the scout to the scientist to the aborigine. All of them have but one goal in mind: Reaching the golden border first and winning all of the riches for themselves. Whoever chooses the best tactics will be rewarded!

(Publisher description)
SU&SD review

Two new Roll PLayer Games in 2019

Thunderworks Games is planning to release two new games set in the Roll Player universe in 2019.

Cartographers cover

Cartographers is a Roll & Write-game where players need to fill out a map according to the landscape tiles they discover. Players score points by claiming lands the Queens rates the highest.

Lockup cover

Lockup: A Roll Player Tale is a competitive worker-placement game for one to five players set in the Roll Player universe. In the game, players manage groups of minions — gnolls, kobolds, bugbears, goblins, or insectoids — locked up in Kulbak Prison. 

(Source: Thunderworks)

Both games are expected to be available at retail in July/August 2019 and we will start taking pre-orders as soon as we have the details for the UK release.

Link: Dicetower News

Unmatched coming from Restoration Games

Restoration Games has announced a partnership with Mondo to publish Unmatched, a new game series based Star Wars: Epic Duels (2002) and designed by Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, and Justin D. Jacobson.

Unmatched Cover

Unmatched is a miniatures dueling game featuring fighters of all kinds – from the page to the screen to the stuff of legends. Each hero has a unique deck of cards that fits their fighting style. You can mix and match fighters from any Unmatched set. But remember, in the end, there can only be one winner.

(Source: Restoration Games website)
Unmatchted Components

The game will start with two sets: Unmatched: Battle of Legends – Volume One (2-4 players) and Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot (2-player set). The two sets should be available in Fall 2019.