We came back on Tuesday from our Summer Break to find a lot of boxes with new releases stacked up on our stock room. After getting all the pre-orders sorted and shipped, we have finally time to let you know what the new games in stock are:
At the end of the year Ares Games is planning to release Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles, it’s Sci Fi-take on the successful Wings of War formula. After the initial announcement of the game back in April it became a bit quiet around the game, but with GenCon not far away Ares Games has finally published more details about the game:
Welcome to Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles, the new miniature board game created by Ares Games, launching at the end of 2018.
In Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles, players take control of Colonial and Cylon spaceships and face each other in furious dogfights and daring missions, piloting beautiful pre-assembled and pre-painted miniatures, faithfully representing the spaceships from both the Re-imagined and Classic versions of the shows.
Designed by Andrea Angiolino (Wings of Glory, Sails of Glory) and Andrea Mainini (Sails of Glory), the game uses a unique game system, inspired by its “glorious” predecessors, but at the same time featuring many new features, to represent the cinematic, yet realistic space battles of the show.
Initial releases in December are the Starter Set with four miniatures (two Colonial Mk. II Vipers and two Cylon Raiders) and everything you need to play them. The Vipers and Cylon Raiders will also be available in Starship pack to expand the Starter Set forces.
For the beginning of 2019 there are more packs planned:
They (the Viper and Raiders) will soon be followed by new additional packs, featuring Raptors, Heavy Raiders, Viper Mk. VIIs, and more. Each spaceship will release in a “standard” version, and in special variants including the markings of specific pilots and his or her pilot and skill cards. Look out for Scar’s Raider, Starbuck’s Viper, Boomer’s Raptor, and more!
But what got me excited is that we finally managed to stock Frostgrave (Fantasy Skirmish) and Gaslands (Mad Max style car battles/races), two wargame rulesets from Osprey Games. Both games don’t need massive amounts of miniatures or terrain or other things to play them. If you have some Hotwheel or Matchbox cars, some D6 dice and a large enough table you have everything you need to play Gaslands. And Frostgrave is perfect if you have a Fantasy board game with miniatures like Descent, the D&D games of Zombicide: Black Plague. With the figures from these games, 2x D20, a ruler to measure movements and playing area of 3′ x 3′ you have everything to try out this game and have a blast.
Last week we have posted two Youtube channels bringing you weekly board game news shows. But they can’t cover everything, so here is a quick round-up of some news not covered by the two shows:
Shut Up & Sit Down has posted their review of Rising Sun and in my opinion, they again have hit the nail on the head – LINK
Gamelyn Games have announced the retail release dates for their next two games: Tiny Epic Defenders 2E in August and Tiny Epic Zombies at Halloween – LINK
Area Games has announced Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles, a new miniatures games from the designers of Wings of War. No indication yet, when this will get released, but there will be a preview available at this year’s GenCon and I would assume at Essen as well – LINK
Phalanx is planning to bring back Ankh-Morpork a new, non-Discworld title called Nanty Narking – LINK
Gloomhaven: Forgotten Circles, the first expansion for the smash hit Gloomhaven, will be released at Essen this year (late October) – LINK
As a tight-knit team in Menara, players use pillars and wondrously-shaped temple floors to build a spectacularly soaring structure full of nooks and crannies. Cooperation and static skills are in demand since for each mistake in construction, you have to add another floor to the temple.
A steady hand, an alert mind, and mutual assistance can help you successfully complete what seems to top out at dizzy heights…
Even in the sun and under the palm trees, the inhabitants of the South Seas are still competing for the most valuable objects and the most impressive buildings. The dilemma is, either to directly produce canoes or huts using the resources each player gets by chance, or to invest these resources in tools which are more effective in the long run.
Moorea is an easy-to-learn game for families which invites the gamers to start playing immediately, but which has a depth and a lot of strategic possibilities arising during the game.
The Galaxy is vast, rich and open to any species who discovers space flight… but nine Elder Races are expanding through space, ready to assimilate or exterminate anybody who stands in their way.
Drawing inspiration from classic science-fiction, movies, and computer games, Master of the Galaxy merges all these inspirations into a unique and colorful setting.
At the start of your conquest of the Galaxy, you have one star system, one Race card and a modest supply of resources. During the game, you will fill your bag with new resources that may lead you to victory depending on your chosen strategy. Moreover, you can use Progress and Political cards to help you to victory!
You can win this bag building game in different ways – by annihilating your opponents, by building 9 space bases, or by achieving dominance in diplomacy, economics, or science.
Brass: Lancashire — first published as Brass — is an economic strategy game that tells the story of competing cotton entrepreneurs in Lancashire during the industrial revolution. You must develop, build, and establish your industries and network so that you can capitalize demand for iron, coal and cotton. The game is played over two halves: the canal phase and the rail phase.
Brass: Lancashire, the 2018 edition from Roxley Games, reboots the original Warfrog Games edition of Brass with new artwork and components, as well as a few rules changes.
The Darkroot Basin rests in between the Darkroot Garden and the eastern walls of Undead Burg. This is a deep basin filled with streams and waterfalls. The damp nature has given rise to fungus and mushrooms.
The first expansion for the Dark Souls Board Game adds new enemies, new encounters and two new bosses to the game.
It has been a while since the game has been released at Essen last October, but it finally has made its way to the UK: Hunt for the Ring from Ares Games has arrived today.
Also available from today is Explorers of the North Sea, the last game of the North Sea sage. And for everyone who has played Raiders of the North Sea a lot of time and looks for new things to do we have Hall of Heroes and Fields of Fame, the first two expansions for Raiders of the North Sea. And if you own all three games of the saga and you have too much time on your hands you can try the Runesaga expansion, which combines all three games into one big campaign.