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Re-Roll: This Week’s Tabletop Game News

Geek Culture Re-Roll Tabletop Games

Here are the latest announcements and stories that caught our eyes this week:

  • Ready for an early preview of Big Trouble in Little China: The Game? Everyone relax, I’m here. Head over to Everything Epic and see the minis, the box art, and a bit more.
  • Evolution, from North Star Games, is a GeekDad favorite. It already has two expansions out and a third was just announced. Past backers were polled and the favorite suggestion was in the water. Evolution: Oceans will be coming to Kickstarter (as the others did) in 2018.
  • Stonemaier Games announced a two-module expansion for Scythe this week. The Wind Gambit will include airships (an idea developed on the Scythe Facebook group) and Resolutions, which will add a twist to how games end. The expansion will release in Q4, around the time of the Essen Game Fair. Jamey Stegmaier has also addressed the problem of expansions not fitting in the original box.
  • Paul Peterson’s Smash Up gets another expansion, What Were We Thinking?, a mix of factions that didn’t fit into any of the other expansions. The box will feature Teddybears, Grandmas, Rock Stars, and Explorers. The expansion is available now.
  • Tournament at Camelot, a trick-taking game from WizKids, allows players to play as legendary characters and do battle via weapons, sorcery, and deception. The game, for 3-6 and priced at $24.99, will be in stores in May.
  • The rumor is that there just aren’t enough train games out there. Bezier Games looks to fix that with the release of Whistle Stop this August at Gen Con. The pick-up-and-deliver game will have you establishing depots all across the West.
  • It has finally been announced. Fans of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game will have their eyes on Q3 of this year because that’s when crows will be bringing the Chapter Pack for The Red Wedding to store shelves. Jaime Lannister sends his regards!
  • Dress up your wardrobe with some board game wear. Ticket to Ride is the first of a planned series of board game shirts from The Thirsty Gamers and Cotton Bureau.
  • Rocky Road a la Mode from Green Couch Games has reached almost all of its Kickstarter backers and will be on store shelves next week. Read our review. The same day, another Kickstarted game from Green Couch, OutLawed!, will be on shelves as well.
  • Steve Jackson Games releases a special edition of Munchkin next week as part of their Guest Artist editions. This version will be illustrated by Skullkickers and Sonic artist Edwin Huang.
  • We’ve mentioned that the C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack will be coming to X-Wing Miniatures soon. To get you even more excited, Fantasy Flight has published an article about what Jabba the Hutt will bring to the game.
  • Pandasaurus has a couple games on the way: Red Scare is a Soviet-era social deduction game for 4-10 (that comes with secret decoder glasses!) and King’s Life is a card game from Bruno Faidutti and art from the Mico (Valeria: Card Kingdoms) that challenges you to entertain a king in very silly ways. Both are due in September.
  • Iello has a teaser trailer (!) for their upcoming brawler game, Arena: For the Gods! Players will have lots of equipment and choices to make each game when the box will be available in mid-June–just in time for Origins!

Finally, here’s what some of the GeekDad Crew has been playing this week:

  • Jonathan Liu: 5ive: King’s Court, Hardback, Scythe: Invaders from Afar, Flying Kiwis, Herbaceous, Fugitive, 7 Wonders Duel
  • Michael Harrison: Arkham Horror LCG, Dungeons & Dragons 5E, Lords of Waterdeep and Scoundrels of Skullport expansion, Yspahan
  • Ryan Hiller: Pathfinder RPG
  • Mike LeSauvage: Dominion
  • Rob Huddleston: Magic the Gathering, Divinity Derby, Tokaido
  • Robin Brooks: Shahrazad, Monkey Bingo, Evolution, Pokemon, Savage Planet (forthcoming Kickstarter)
  • Dave Banks: Braintopia, Castles of Caladale, Fugitive, 7 Wonders Duel, Herbaceous
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