This week there have been a few big game announcements I’ve been dying to talk about. The first, and most important, is Arkham Horror 3rd Edition from Fantasy Flight Games. I’ve played a lot of Eldritch Horror, and while it’s a great game, it loses something being a world wide affair. I’m really looking forward to them bringing back the intimacy of Arkham Horror. They’re also reducing it from being a 4-6 hour affair to 2-3, and made a swathe of other changes. If it’s anything else like FFG’s other recently updated games, it’s going to be a slam dunk.
Pretzel Games have announced their 2018 title called: Men at Work. It’s the same name as a great Australian band so there is a lot to live up to. However, if anyone can do it – it’s these guys. I’ve enjoyed all their dexterity games so far, and can’t wait to see what they come up with this time.
Over at Stonemaier Games they’re concocting something special. By combining Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and Between Two Cities they’re attempting to create the peanut butter and jelly of boarding: Between Two Castles of the Mad King Ludwing or BTCotMKL for short. By themselves, these are two games I’ve been excited to try, but never pulled the trigger – Castles of Mad King Ludwig was too similar to Suburbia (fantastic game) and Between Two Cities was a great idea, but too light for my group. BTCotMKL supposedly adds some of that missing depth to the game making this one collaboration I’m really looking forward to.
Phil Walker Harding releases a new game this month (or last month – I can’t tell from this news article) as well – called Gizmos. I think he’s a great designer, and although Barenpark just missed the mark, I’m more than willing to give him a second shot. Especially for a game that looks so electrifying.
In board game accessory news, the Board Game Geek Store has released some gorgeous draw string bags for Root. Given the popularity of the game, these won’t last for long.
Another popular accessory that’s now available is the Azul first player tokens. I missed out the first time round. Thankfully, after many months, they’re back – and one is on its way to my house. If you own the first edition of Azul grab one quickly before they run out.
In Kickstarter news, there are two games to keep your eyes on this week. There’s a lot more but if you’re human you only have two eyes!
Snowdale Design returns with the Dale of Merchants Collection. Bringing 8 new animal decks, character cards, traps, and best of all; a storage solution for all the games so far. Given how much I love this game, as you’ll see next week, this is one of my most anticipated Kickstarters this year. In addition, the backerkit will give me a chance to pick up Snowdale Design’s other game Dawn of the Peacemakers as well as the promotional Beaver deck for Dale. I can’t wait.
The last game for this week is BattleCon: Unleashed. A board game that does a fantastic job of emulating 2D fighting games – allegedly. Given the difficulty of trying to track down Level99’s games in Australia, it’s finally time to give in to my base impulses and pull the trigger.
Featured Article: This week we look at an interview by Ross Connell with Josh Emrich at moregamesplease.com. Josh is the artist behind Campy Creatures, which I reviewed earlier in the year. Ross does a great job with the questions drawing out Josh’s thoughts on board game art, which surprisingly marries my own thoughts about board game design. It’s an awesome piece, I whole-heartedly recommend you give it a read.
There’s a large emphasis placed on illustration, but often the graphic design is not very well integrated or well executed. Much of it is not very sophisticated. This creates an opportunity for game publishers and artists to break some stereotypes and attract new people who are normally turned off by board games into the fold.
That’s all folks! Are there any games you’re interested in? Any big board game news you want to share? Let me know in the comments below.