Video Games’ Assault on Board Games, News – 26/07/2019

If you can remember Homer’s face from the Simpsons Halloween episode where he gets the cursed doll with a free yoghurt – but the yoghurt is also cursed. This is the same face I pulled when I read about the Ni no Kuni II board game produced by Steamforged Games.

While I’d love a Ni no Kuni board game, fans still haven’t forgotten their dislike for Steamforged Games. And who can forgive them? When after all the hype surrounding the Dark Souls The Board Game it failed to deliver. Both figuratively, and literally as backers are still waiting for their order – two years later.

Nino Kuni 2 board game box.

The trend of bringing video games onto board continues with Darksiders Genesis Nephilim Edition. This special edition of the game comes in at a cool $600 AUD. Included in this ridiculous price comes a sound track, a special box, and oh yeah, a board game. This game includes over 60 miniatures, a lot of them painted, but still, you’re paying 2-3 hundred for this board game.

Insane.

This has to be the most ridiculous preorder of all time, and I’m including that zombie proof shelter from Dying Light.

Darksiders Genesis board game. Why?

Now, in case things weren’t weird enough. Funko Pops have announced a board game as well. It’s a strategy game that comes with either a 2 pack, or 4 pack of Funko Pops. And looks to emulate the LEGO series of video games whereby each game draws on a different pop culture universe from Harry Potter to Batman. While I don’t expect this to be a game for board game enthusiasts, I’m looking forward to all the new people brought into this great hobby.

Funko Pop board game.

Thankfully, Kickstarter hasn’t been drinking the same Kool-Aid as above. As nothing says board games more than the dry mechanical game about importing and exporting goods. Especially none with such a creative and exciting title as Import/Export. This multi-use card game uses similar mechanics to Mottanai and Glory to Rome. Which if nothing else makes my ears perk up. They’re only producing enough copies for the Kickstarter so if you want in, now is your chance.

While that’s pure mechanics, we have Etherfields from Awaken Realms at the other end of the spectrum bringing nothing but theme. Described as a dream crawler where you have to use your intuition and emotional intelligence to succeed. This cooperative story deck-building game has to have one of the coolest themes I’ve seen. Although I would love to see the quality of Tainted Grail before I fully commit, this one looks gorgeous.

The last game is a blend of the previous two: Dice Throne Adventures. It’s also more expensive than the previous two, as it requires you to already own either Season 1 or Season 2 of Dice Throne. This time around they’ve shaken things up by adding cooperative gameplay, dungeons, and bosses. Which is an interesting direction for the dice dualer. While I’m confident in the production values of Roxley Games, I’ll be waiting on the reviews to see if it’s worth a dive into the deep end.

That brings us to a close this week. It’s starting to ramp up at work and home at the moment. However, I’m doing my best to stay ahead of the review game. With a couple up my sleeve.

Anyway, take it easy!

Dave

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