Riot Games, Five Labs, and Wizkids headline this week’s board game news

With the League of Legends World Tournament a couple weeks away Riot Games has been busy. Very busy. According to, they’ve recently filed two trademarks. One suspiciously named: RIOT TABLETOP.

Although a trademark isn’t conclusive, and this could be the best out of season April Fools’ joke since Diablo Immortals. Being that Mechs vs Minions was one of the first games I reviewed on this blog. You can bet your arse I’m excited.

Something a bit more tangible, but not by much, is the recently announced 7th Citadel. This solo/cooperative board game is the sequel to the super popular 7th Continent. Following the same choose your adventure playstyle it boasts ‘enhanced’ gameplay. However, given it won’t be released until 2021, we’ll be waiting a long while to find out how ‘enhanced’ it actually is.

Sidereal Confluence and it’s extremely long subtitle are also getting enhanced. A new version is being released in May 2020. With art by one of my favourites: Kwanchai Moriya. Judging by the amount of love and praise this game received, this is HUGE news. And just in time for my birthday.

An expansion to AEG’s Tiny Towns is dropping in early 2020 called: Tiny Towns: Fortune. I’m wary about this news. As with slim, slick games like Tiny Towns you don’t want to bloat it with unnecessary mechanics. Hopefully, it’s designed with this in mind and I’m back next year to tell you how great it is.

Keeping on the subject of expansions, Rio Grande Games is releasing a new one for Underwater Cities. The description on Board Game Geek says that it’s a modular expansion that introduces new cards, new assistants, new green metropolis, and one BIG surprise.

Underwater cities cover, a submarine moving towards a dome like city

Over on Kickstarter, I’m proud to announce, one of my friends has had his first game picked up and (hopefully) soon to be delivered. LumberJerks is a quick family friendly card game, or great after a few beers. And at only 16 dollars, it’s worth a look.

Another cheap game that’s worth a look is Mint Cooperative. The third in the ever growing series of mint games. This time they’ve enlisted the help of the famed board game designer Jonathon Gilmour –  Dead of Winter, Dinosaur Island.

You play a bunch of fresh breathed super heroes protecting the town from the evil wiles of Ginger Vitus. Which to me sounds dumb enough to be a good time.

Personally, I missed the boat on Everdell. However, the allure of the Redwall nostalgia from the artwork draws me in like Spiderham and a freshly baked pie. This time they’re offering not one but two expansions.

Spirecrest takes players out of the comfort of Everdell. Allowing them to send a rabbit adventuring into the mountains, where weather cards will change the way you play.

Bellfaire on the other hand introduces rules and components for 5 or 6 player games, as well as a host of modules, special events, Garland awards, and unique player powers.

Godspeed from Pandasaurus games introduces us to a new conspiracy. What if the moon landing really happened, but only to secure funding for exploits further within the galaxy?

This worker placement game focuses on nations creating their outpost on an exo-planet deep within the galaxy. However, unlike a lot of worker placement games, the focus here is player interaction.

Before we wrap up today, there’s one last announcement. CMON are putting together a time capsule on Kickstarter. A way to get all the Kickstarter goodies you may have missed from their previous predatory campaigns. This is huge news and I fully support CMON doing this year on year, if only so I won’t continually put off buying Rising Sun.

Hey Cultists,

You wouldn’t believe me if I said I was sick again would you? Well I was! I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say I wouldn’t let me use your bathroom for awhile. Which sounds, and is horrible. But it’s not my sinuses! I’m so happy about that.

On my day off, I was able to blast through Inside Bill’s Brain which is an interesting look at who Bill Gates is, and what he’s up to with his foundation.

I’m also starting a tradition with my son, who’s nearly two, whereby we have a boys night in. Yesterday we had Nandos and started watching the first Harry Potter movie. We made it 50 minutes in before he got tired. However, he seemed to enjoy it. It’s also my first time as well.

Anyway, hope you’re well!

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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