Legacy of Dragonholt was the new game from FFG that went a bit under the radar because it was announced at GenCon at the same time as Fallout, Twilight Imperium 4th Edition and the Star Wars Miniatures game.
But it was the one out of the four that caught my interest straight away because I really like the idea of storytelling games as a way to combine the best elements of roleplaying games and board games.
This week FFG has posted the first preview for the game and it has managed to raise my interest even more:
Terrinoth is a world full of magic and mystery. Its deep forests and dark caverns beckon to adventurers, while the plots and political intrigues of the court promise danger and hidden secrets. Now, you have the opportunity to explore the realm like never before in Legacy of Dragonholt, a cooperative narrative adventure for one to six players. This standalone game set in the Runebound universe is not about winning or losing, but about creating a story. The world is yours to command and explore as you seek love, revenge, or answers to the mysteries lurking in the seemingly quiet village. Before you strap on your pack and set out for new adventures, take a closer look at the identity of a narrative adventure game, and what you can expect to find in the world of Legacy of Dragonholt!
On the 2nd October, Tom Vasel talked about the push to support local game stores in his “Tom Thinks” section of the Board Game Breakfast Youtube show (starts at 15:10).
The backlash for his arguments (one example here on ICv2), which could be correct but presented in a very negative way, was massive, so a week later he clarified his opinion on local game stores:
And in part 3 of his segments about the local game store he talks how the customers can help to make the local store better (starts at 26:07):
This discussion is interesting to follow because there is indeed a move inside the industry to support local game stores and strengthen them compared to online shops. We will see where this is leading to and if it really will make a difference.
Only two more weeks until Essen, time to ramp up the preparations for the busiest time of the year. A useful instrument to get a feeling for the interest in the new games presented at Essen are Youtube videos about the most anticipated games of the board game show.
I watched a few during the last couple of days and made notes which games where mentioned. The result is an aggregated Top 5 which in most parts is not very surprising:
1) Charterstone: The only game that was mentioned in every video. But not everybody is convinced that the game will work, but the combination of Legacy game and Eurogame has too much lure.
2) Nusford: After last years A Feast for Odin there are high hopes for another special Rosenberg game.
3) Altiplano: A new bag building game from the team behind Orleans? Count me in and it seems like I’m not the only one.
4) Meeple Circus (the only real surprise in the Top 5, I didn’t hear anything about this games before I started watching the videos, but I can see why people like it: stacking Meeples? What’s not to like?) and Gaia Project (Terra Mystica still has a lot of fans and the promise of a streamlined experience secures this heavyweight a Top 5 spot)
5) Clans of Caledonia (Radho called this game the Terra Mystica killer, so let’s see if Clans or the Gaia Project will be the bigger hit) and Photosynthesis (an abstract game with beautiful artwork and components which got a big boost in popularity after a pre-release at Gencon)
Honorable mentions of games that were mentioned quite often, but didn’t make the cut for the Top 5:
FFG and Z-Man Games have posted previews for two of their highly anticipated new releases:
Welcome to the Wasteland, Survivor! Now, we know it’s a bit jarring to see your new home in such a state, but we’re here to help you come to terms with the post-nuclear journey that lays before you and figure out where to go next! For example, have you ever fought a Deathclaw?? Been irradiated before? The possibilities are truly endless, so rip up that bucket list you’ve been working on. It’s time to start fresh. For example… instead of meeting celebrities, you can now meet raiders! And with the majority of Boston in shambles, you absolutely must check out the delightful, synth-hating community of Diamond City. Isn’t the apocalypse fun?
When it was released in 2015, Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 thrilled gamers around the world with its engaging gameplay and thrilling storyline. Players were swept up in a globe-spanning struggle for the survival of humanity where their choices had an immediate and lasting impact on their world.
Now, Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 is poised to continue this tradition. Maintaining the taut thrills of the original while striking off in exciting new directions, the game allows you to leave your mark like never before.
The world is a shadow of what it once was. What remains of humanity is barely hanging on as the plague continues to devastate the population. But there is still reason for hope. You have the supplies and the team to save humanity. Venture into the unknown with Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, coming soon!
Yesterday we have received the 2nd Edition of Aeon’s End. Some customers have asked us what the difference between the two editions is.
The first noticeable difference is the slightly smaller box: The first edition was a larger square box like Legendary: Marvel. The new box is a standard Ticket to Ride square box, more in line what you expect from a deckbuilding game.
The second difference is the correction of some mistakes on card texts and the clarification of some card texts.
The third and most obvious difference are the new card layouts:
And another question came up: Can I use the 2nd Edition expansions with my first edition base game? Yes, this should be no problem, because the back of the cards is the same for both editions.
Downforce has been on my radar for months after seeing a couple of reviews hit Youtube, and I have anticipated its UK release since. I was half expecting to have to wait until Essen, but it was released a couple of weeks ago I couldn’t wait to snatch it out of Christoph’s hands. So, has it lived up to my expectations like a long drawn out British Grand Prix race buildup event and excited me enough that I’m gliding over the finish-line Hamilton style? Or did it stop and fizzle out because it looked good on the outside and rubbish inside, a lot like a Mclaren car!
And Joel also posted a quick Unboxing video of Flipships, the latest release from Renegade Game Studios.
Z-Man Games has announced the remake of History of the World, a classic board game that kept me busy together with Civilization during my last few school years.
Originally released in 1991, History of the World is now widely regarded as a classic thanks to its grand scale and engaging mechanics. The game covers the dawn of civilization to the twentieth century, during which you spread your empire across globe, gaining points for your conquests. Many prosperous empires will be created as the centuries pass, but only those able to weather unpredictable calamities and score the most points will have their immortal name added to the pages of history.
The remastered version of History of the World maintains the thrilling gameplay of the original while bringing the game into the modern age with a beautifully illustrated board and gorgeous new components. These elements invite you to write your own history as you take control of new empires and seek to conquer new lands.
The game has an estimated release date of December 2017.
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.