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)
Capital was a surprise in April and despite an ugly graphic design the gameplay was a big success with our customers and we received a lot of great feedback. Yamatai is a success like all the big box releases from Days of Wonder, but this one is especially interesting for fans of Five Tribes. Clank! Sunken Treasures is the first expansion for Clank and after the success of the base game a Top 5 spot for the expansion was to be expected. Rounding up the Top 5 is Barenpark, the newest game of Cacao designer Phil Walker-Harding.
The two player version of Caverna took the top spot in the pre-order Top 5 easily. Charterstone and Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium kept their Top 5 spots from last month and are still going strong. After the disappointment with the cancelled retail release of Gloomhaven 1st edition a lot of customers jumped on the chance to secure a copy of the reprint. And the Anniversary edition of In the Year of the Dragon is a game quite a few of our customers have been waiting for.
This was my fifth play of the game and I still like it. This time it was a 3 player game, after all the others so far had been 5 player games. And it makes a big difference: the game was much faster, even with two new players. Whereas with 5 players, especially new ones, the game tends to drag a bit, which is annoying because there isn’t much to do on your own turn and you are always keen to get your next action in. I really would like to play it with 4 players the next time, to see if this is maybe the sweet spot for the game.
This was the first game of Isle of Skye for me and I was very keen on giving it a go. The result: similar to Spice Road it is perfect for me at the moment: short playing time, easy to explain but still a lot of options to play and win the game. It took me two turns to understand the buying process of the tiles and what you need for your little island, but afterwards, the turns flow by and I enjoyed it a lot. Can’t wait to play it again.
The last game of the night for me was Arboretum, a great looking little card game about creating paths in the players’ gardens by planting trees. I had heard about the game before, but I didn’t know what to expect. Like BGG says it is an interesting mix of “set collection, tile-laying and hand management” with an interesting scoring mechanism at the end. After not being so sure about the game after I had heard the rules explanation, I started to like it more and more while the game went on. I can recommend it to everybody who is looking for a shorter, but not too light game to end an evening.