Board Game News – 9/10/2018

Blackout Board Game Cover. Black city scape with lights from cars and torches.The most exciting news this week is the late addition to the Essen SPIEL line up: Blackout: Hong Kong. Designed by Alexander Pfister – known for the two well regarded games Broom Service and Great Western Trail. Player’s attempt to regain control of their lives after a blackout within Hong Kong leaves everyone powerless. It’s an interesting enough concept, and with a great designer backing it up – I’m in!

Elzra has announced a new version of Catacombs coming to Kickstarter soon. It’s bad timing for me since I ordered it last week before the email, but I’m excited to get those neoprene mats. They including a couple of new changes as well:

We have made a number of improvements based on player feedback, and are excited to announce the best version of Catacombs yet. All pledges come with three big double sided playmats.

Trajan Cover. Statue of a roman diplomatRenegade Games this week has picked up another classic. Ranked 72nd on Board Game Geek is the game: Trajan. Designed by Stefan Feld,  known for making the freshest point salads you’ve ever tasted. This game has elements of card drafting, area control, set collection, and hand management. At least that’s what BGG is telling me, as I’ve yet to play this game – now may be my chance.

In a similar announcement, Splotter Games has revealed a new expansion for Food Chain Magnate with the selling point being a new ketchup (catch up) mechanic. This is probably to counter the main criticism of the game, whereby if you mess up your first few turns it’s near impossible to win. They’ve also committed to reprinting some of their other hard-to-find titles. Heavy gamers rejoice!

When it comes to customising games, I don’t think anything will top this beautiful custom job of Spirit Island. It helps that it’s my favourite game, but I can only imagine the effort put into this work of art. It is absolutely gorgeous. Well done Guillaume!

Spirit Island map with custom miniatures, and tokens.Custom miniatures of all Spirit Island heroes lined up.

That said, here’s another customisation that comes close – not really, but I needed a segue. I’m not a huge fan of the dumb humour generated by Cards Against Humanity, but I couldn’t help but laugh at this custom a custom rugby version.

Article of the Week

This week’s article comes from Boards and Bees celebrating their 8th year of blog writing. An incredible achievement! Instead of just celebrating though, asutbone has put together an article about their favourite 8 game pieces of all time. They’ve done a great job selecting components – introducing some new board games to me as well. Reading it was like my eyes were hot knives, and their words were butter.

That’s all for this week. Did I miss any news? Let me know below!

David Norris

Lover of dogs, books, comics, movies, anime, television, video games and most importantly board games. My site is all about the latter, and my journey through the glorious hobby.

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