Re-Roll: This Week’s Tabletop Game News for Week 40 — September 30 – October 6, 2017

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  • Want to know more about surviving the Wastelands in Fantasy Flight’s upcoming Fallout game? Check out these tips.
  • This week’s image is from a very early version of what ended up being Looney Labs’ Pyramid Arcade.
  • Asmodee takes us to Hollywood for an in-depth preview of the upcoming T.I.M.E Stories expansion, Estrella Drive.
  • Legend of the Five Rings finally made shelves yesterday. Check out this overview to see if the new edition is right for you.
  • We also told you the beta for the L5R would be opening soon. You can download the rulebook now (for free) and the beta will run for 12 weeks.
  • The Expanse, from WizKids, is now available. Based on the SyFy program, the 2-4 player game is being called a “shorter Twilight Struggle.” It’s getting good reviews too!
  • Passport Games announced a partnership with Spain’s ThunderGryph Games, to begin bringing some of their games to North America. The first three titles will be Tao Long, Pot de Vin, and Dead Man’s Doubloons.
  • Clank! In! Space! has a release date: October 25. We played this at Gen Con and fell in love with this version. If you liked a previous version of Clank!, check out this stand-alone game.
  • Smash Up is a brilliantly fun game; however, there are so many expansions now, it’s tough to keep track of them all. You won’t need to, once Smash Up: Conquer the Bases with Your Factions hits Steam and mobile next week!

  • Speaking of Paul Peterson (he designed Smash Up), you can get another game he was involved with, Pairs, for helping a place that was very smashed up. Make a donation to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos fund in the amount of $10 or more. You’ll be helping the people of Puerto Rico, who so desperately need assistance, but send a picture of your confirmation along with your shipping address to and they’ll get you a copy of Pairs: Trolls as long as they have a supply. Golf clap to James Ernest and the good folks at Cheapass Games for making this happen.
  • Blood Bound, available for pre-order is a bluffing and deduction, horror-themed party game (just in time for Halloween!) from Fantasy Flight. It was a Kennerspiel when first released, but this new version will have all new art, which looks absolutely wonderful.
  • Are you an aspiring game designer? If so, you’ll want to check out the Gamecrafter’s new game design assets–illustrations, icons, and designs you can use in your prototypes (or finished games).
  • Other new games hitting shelves this next week include Raiders of the North Sea from Renegade; Samurai Gardener, from Osprey; and (soon) King of Tokyo’s Halloween expansion (2E).

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

  • Jonathan Liu isn’t really a person; he’s a review-bot we won in a game of Tall Card. Like a good bot, he cranks out content relentlessly. This week, he has a Kickstarter alert for a new version of Tiny Epic Defenders and its first expansion. He’s also got the final product of Stop Thief! from Restoration Games and another Kickstarter, Sunset Over Water, a new game from the team (mostly) that made Herbaceous. Finally, he’s got a review of Sparkle*Kitty. Go-go, Baby Fairy!
  • Michael Harrison and his entertaining podcast, The Dice Section, turn their third eye to the Fate of the Elder Gods.
  • Robin Brooks takes time off from cleaning his shelves (sorry Robin, low hanging fruit!) to show us an unboxing of Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. It’s always exciting to see new cardboard!

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

  • Ryan Hiller: Pathfinder RPG, Starfinder RPG
  • Robin Brooks: Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire, Warhammer 40K, D&D 5th ed, Leaders of Euphoria, Red7, Augustus, and Codenames
  • Jonathan Liu: Echidna Shuffle (upcoming Kickstarter), Queendomino, The 7th Continent, Birds of a Feather, Downforce, Game of Trains, Haunt the House (upcoming Kickstarter), NMBR 9, Pocket Mars, Viral, Wasteland Express Delivery Service
  • Michael Harrison: Fate of the Elder Gods (which we reviewed for The Dice Section), Terraforming Mars
  • Dave Banks: Rhino Hero: Super Battle, Potion Explosion (with The Fifth Ingredient expansion), Charterstone, Fog of Love, Hotshots, Hit Z Road, Karmaka
  • Mike LeSauvage: Go Nuts for Donuts

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