Re-Roll: This Week’s Tabletop Game News for Week 30 — July 22 to July 28 , 2017

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Pretending to Grown-Up photo by Dave Banks

The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending July 28, 2017.

It’s submarines at Target, a nearly sold out Gen Con, apes, killers, demons, dragons, sheep, and much more in this week’s edition of the tabletop game news roundup. Let’s Re-Roll things…

  • Sunday badges are now sold out for Gen Con. Epic.
  • DIVE! DIVE! Target gets some neat exclusives and anything that gets more people playing games is great. So you’ll want to head over to your local bull’s eye store this fall when they have a family version of Captain Sonar for sale. Sonar, announced this week by Asmodee, streamlines the lauded team game and makes it more family friendly. Sonar will be perfect for 2-4 players and makes some of the systems easier to use. Can’t wait to play!
  • It’s a new week, so that means another preview of the Cities of Splendor expansions. This time, it’s the Strongholds, which adds some pretty cool new developments to the game.
  • Renegade Game Studios announced they will be releasing a card drafting/set collection game called Dragon’s Hoard. No word on how good it will be, but just look at that box art!
  • Renegade also announced Kepler-3042, an exploration and colonization game that’s a bit heavier fare than many of Renegade’s other games. The game will release at Essen and already has some playthrough videos, based on the Kickstarter version. However, the Renegade copies will get an upgrade in the form of all new art from Kwanchai Moriya (Flip Ships).
  • My new favorite hidden movement game, Last Friday, is getting an expansion called Return to Camp Apache. The expansion not only expands the number of players to seven but also gives campers a demon to deal with in addition to the maniac. Good luck getting out alive!
  • Curious what the Heart of the Empire expansion for Imperial Assault will mean to your campaign playing? Wonder no more! This preview from Fantasy Flight will bring you up to speed on what you can expect when the expansion becomes available in Q3.
  • On the heels of another uniquely-componented game last week, CMON releases Banana Bandits today. Scale the tower with your primate, fight rivals, and earn coins… all for under $30.
  • If you think you are perceptive enough, give Sherlook a try. Also from CMON (and also releasing today), the compare-two-pictures-that-are-nearly-almost-identical-but-have-minor-differences game (I just invented a new game category!) is for 2-6 players and supports varying skills and abilities.
  • If you’re going to be in Indianapolis in a couple weeks (or just want to learn more about the games that will be there), check out BGG’s awesome new tool for filtering games at upcoming conventions. You’ll be able to quickly find all the two-player games or anything that takes at least 120 minutes to play. It’s a fantastic improvement on other previews and you should check it out.

At GeekDad, we write a lot about tabletop games. Here’s what we’ve written about this past week:

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

  • Anthony Karcz: Monopoly Gamer Edition, Lazer Ryderz
  • Will James: Pretending to Grownup
  • Samantha Fisher: Vault Assault, Splendor, Boggle Classic
  • Mike LeSauvage: Quarriors
  • Ryan Hiller: Pathfinder RPG
  • Michael Harrison: Lords of Waterdeep, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
  • Robin Brooks: Warhammer 40,000, Visions, Paperback, Gubs, Battle Sheep, and Shipwreck Arcana
  • Preston Burt: Leo Goes to the Barber
  • Jonathan Liu: King’s Gold, Tem-Purr-A, Quickpick: Island of Monster Masks, Yardmaster Express, Deep Sea Adventure, Dead Man’s Draw
  • Dave Banks: Downforce, Donner Dinner Party, Roll Player, Ice Cool, Stay Away, Codenames, Valeria Card Kingdoms, Total Recall, Quartz, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Onitama, Tatsu, Hive Mind, Happy Salmon

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