Scythe and Terraforming Mars have both been massively successful board games in the last couple of years. Now both of them are going digital: Asmodee Digital has confirmed the releases of Scythe and Terraforming Mars on Steam.
With the Gama Tradeshow going on in Reno at the moment, Twitter is a very good source for board game news. Here are three interesting tidbits we have picked up in yesterday and today:
Wizkids is releasing a Mage Knigt: Ultimate Edition later this year.
Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition is coming from @wizkidsgames in Sept. 2018, w/ base game, 3 expansions, 5 new cards, alternate paint jobs on the figures, and "comprehensive integrated rules text". —WEM pic.twitter.com/Ifr5bTg0jK
WizKids has released first details of the new Magic boardgame at the Gama Trade Show in Las Vegas:
In Magic: The Gathering: Heroes of Dominaria Board Game, players take on the role of a powerful Hero as they travel to the lands of Dominaria. As the player explores the ancient lands, they will need to build sites, rediscover lost artifacts, and confront the sinister Cabal in order to gain the resources needed to save the multiverse before rival Heroes do.
In this Euro game designed for 2 to 4 players, explore Magic’s most iconic plane and experience the trials and tribulations of being a heroic force on Dominaria. Visit storied locations such as Llanowar, Urborg, and Keld. Draw mana from the world to power abilities and recruit heroes to aid in quests. Discover powerful artifacts and create leylines to draw even more mana from distant lands. Build sites to increase your bond with a location. The land of Dominaria is filled with adventure and excitement! In true Eurogame fashion, use strategy to score the most victory points and emerge victorious.
The game includes (not final) a game board, 4 player mats, 16 hero tokens, 24 site tokens, 32 leyline tokens, 150 mana tokens, 1 turn tracker token, 20 cabal tokens, 15 artifact tokens, 20 site mana tokens, 50 card Dominaria deck, 45 card quest deck, 10 public quest tiles, 20 card artifact deck, rulebook, and two-part organizational tray. Release is planned for August/September.
Another month has passed, time to look back what games did well during February:
Top 5 Sales
1) Stuffed Fables
2) Dice Throne
3) Fields Of Arle: Tea & Trade
4) Hunt For The Ring
5) Anachrony: Exosuit Commander Pack
Stuffed Fables was by far the biggest hit of last month with a lot of pre-orders in place before the release. With great looking components and a story that seems to appeal to grown up and children alike Plaid Hat Games has produced another winner.
A big surprise for us was Dice Throne, a game that quickly sold out, which in part was certainly due to the limited amount of copies available after the massively successful Kickstarter campaign. There is already a Second Season in the works and hopefully, a reprint coming of the First Season.
Top 5 Pre-Orders
2) Dragon Castle
3) Lorenzo il Magnifico: Houses of Renaissance
4) Clank! The Mummy’s Curse
5) City of Kings
Gloomhaven is still dominating our pre-orders. With a third print run coming in June/July, interest is still very high.
Dragon Castle was an Essen release von Horrible Games and now Cool Mini or Not are publishing the reprint coming this summer.
The Zombicide game series has been a big hit so far for Cool Mini or Not. With Zombicide: Black Plague and Green Horde CMON took the series back in time to a medieval world (and added a lot of fantasy with the Orcs and Goblins in Green Horde).
The newly announced Zombicide Invaders takes a time travel to the future:
Humans set off into the stars in search of high-powered fuel and found it in the remote corner of the universe on the small planet PK-L7. Their discovery of Xenium — a dark, oily compound deep below the planet’s surface — was everything they hoped for. But they found something else, too. The Xenos attack was brutal and unrelenting. While the scientists and soldiers have held them off the best they could, the Xenos are still coming…
Zombicide: Invader is a cooperative game in which 1-6 players face Xenos, an unfathomable swarm of infected Xenos controlled by the game itself. Each player takes on the role of one to six survivors in a sci-fi setting being overwhelmed by these Xenos. The goal is simple: Choose a mission, complete its objectives, kill as many Xenos as possible, and (most importantly) survive!
The game will start as a Kickstarter project on the 10th April and if it follows the timeline of the last CMON KS projects should be available early 2019.
There’s just so much to do here at Fireball Island. Bask in the glow of the fireballs on a quaint jog along Blister Run. Build domineering sandcastles on Skeleton Head Beach. Enjoy the exotic wildlife along Viper Pass. Or simply marvel at the radiant views from Vul-Kar Point. We look forward to your visit soon! We wish you were here. No really, please! RESCUE US!
Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar is our restoration of the original Fireball Island. We are building upon the excitement of the game you fondly remember, improving the gameplay to the standards and demands of the modern day gamer.
The game will be launching as a Kickstarter project and will hopefully get a retail release once the Kickstarter has been fulfilled.
Hans im Glueck has presented Race to the New Found Land, their new big box game, at the Nuremberg Toy Fair.
Daring sailors explore the oceans and make a gigantic discovery: Newfoundland. The newly found land. A huge island off the coast of North America — and right away a competition among nations breaks out. As so often happens, everyone wants the biggest piece of land. In Race to the New Found Land, you must skillfully use your fleet to consistently present achievements to your royal house. Are you quick to set sail and populate the first known lands? Do you first explore new areas? Or do you trade and build your fleet first? Find out in this exciting race to Newfoundland!
Eric Martin (BGG News) had a look at the game at the Toy Fair and has posted this video overview:
The game is expected to get released in April. At first, it will only be available as a German edition, with the English edition coming from Zman Games later in the year. But the components will be language independent and an English rules translation has already been posted.
Gale Force Nine is working on a co-operative board game based on Aliens. Planned release is September 2018 and besides a picture of the box and some miniatures, there are not much more details available about the game.
Stronghold Games and Fryxgames have announced a new expansion for Terraforming Mars:
Prelude is a small expansion that lets you kickstart your terraforming! It focuses on the early stages of Mars colonization and tells the background story of the corporations. When choosing corporation and starting hand, each player also draws 4 Prelude cards, and chooses 2 of them to boost their corporation. The expansion opens up powerful starting combos and increases player asymmetry.
The release for Terraforming Mars: Prelude is planned for Summer 2018, with a prerelease at Origins in June.