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The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending November 17, 2017.
- Are you at BGGcon or PAX Unplugged? Drop me a line and let me know what you liked most. If you’re in Philadelphia, keep an eye out for our own Mike LeSauvage–he’s prowling the aisles with his family this weekend.
- OK, this week’s photo is not a board game, but it is the one game that my house has consistently played every single Thanksgiving for the past 10 years. I don’t watch much football, but there’s something I love about tossing one around–especially as the turkey is cooking and the potatoes are being mashed. This football, the one in the picture, has been our companion for about the past six years, traveling with us to sandy beaches on both coasts, to cold and snowy mountains, and even to our backyard. Here’s to family traditions!
- Passport Game Studios announced they will be selling exclusively through GTS Distribution, beginning December 1. Interesting news as the landscape of the industry continues its contraction and change.
- Love dice? Love D&D? Tomb of Annihilation comes to Dice Masters next week.
- Excitement is high for FFG’s Fallout game. To appease your cardboard-and-mini lust, here’s a primer in everything you need to know about your survivor.
- You might also be pretty amped for Star Wars: Legion, the miniatures game announced this past August in Indianapolis. Get the lowdown on the game from the designer, Alex Davy.
- We all know how much the British love their trains, so a UK expansion for the digital version of Ticket to Ride was inevitable. Out today on all the platforms (get it?)!
- X-Wing Miniatures gets a new tournament ruleset. System Open Series, which begins running almost immediately and runs through next June, consists of fifteen events and will culminate in the Coruscant Invitational next October. Read on.
- Upper Deck will be bringing characters from Marvel Champions to the Legendary Deck Building Game in February. You’ll need a core set, but you’ll be able to play bystanders for the first time and be able to re-use heroes.
- WizKids announced an expansion of their partnership with Wizards of the Coast that will include products in the Magic: The Gathering line. Look for mini and board games in the coming months.
- The National Toy Hall of Fame inducted Clue into their ranks (along with the paper airplane and Wiffle Ball). Who knows? Maybe Catan will be inducted in 2064? Way to stay relevant!
- Hasbro has made a takeover offer for Mattel. They make a lot of toys and some games. But probably not a lot of games you play.
- It’s finally in the US–Catan will be selling their Chocolate Edition in the US, a 2-4 player quick-playing game that will retail for $15.
- Three new Unlock! games from Space Cowboys and Asmodee are available–check out the new app that accompanies them too!
- Some dates to circle on your calendar:
- Legend of Korra: Pro-Bending Arena will be on shelves on February 7. (Read our review.)
- Missile Command, the next game in IDW’s Atari line will be available on March 7. (Read our review for Atari: Centipede.)
- Massive Darkness gets some new heroes, monsters, and enemies. They hit stores… today! (Read our review of the base set here.)
- Not to be outdone, Rum & Bones also gets a new heroes set for Second Tide. (Read our review of Rum & Bones here.)
- Finally, sometime in Q1, Decrypto will be coming from Iello and Masked Scorpion. This one was a huge hit with all the GeekDads at Gen Con this past summer. It’s a clue-cracking party word game with some awesome components and is a lot of fun.
- Finally, a few games hitting shelves next week:
- Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, a cooperative, time-traveling game that challenges you to find (and return) the world’s artifacts that Professor Evil has stolen… all before you run out of time!
- Ladder 29, a previously Kickstarted card game, from Green Couch and designed by Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle will be racing onto shelves, sirens blaring. (Read our review.)
- Doctor Who Fluxx. (Nothing more needs to be said, does it?) DOCTOR WHO FLUXX!
- Finally, the game I’ve been waiting on for a long time… Azul. From Plan B and Michael Kiesling (Tikal, Vikings, Torres, Coal Baron, etc., etc.) comes this beautiful set collector based on Moorish decorative tiles. Can’t wait!
- Have fun with families and friends next week, be thankful for all things, big and small, in your life and play some great games!
At GeekDad, we write a lot about tabletop games. Here’s what we’ve written about this past week:
- Michael Harrison got his butt to Mars via his awesome podcast, The Dice Section, where they went in depth on Terraforming Mars. He also explained why he’s backing Legends of Sleepy Hollow (both on the podcast and in this post).
- Jonathan Liu reviewed Queendomino and looked at the final product of the Food Truck Kickstarter. (Unfortunately, it did not ship with tacos, wings, or other food truck goodness.)
- I wrote about the first game from IDW’s line of Atari boardgames, Atari: Centipede.
Finally, here’s what some of the GeekDad Crew has been playing this week:
- Ryan Hiller: Pathfinder RPG, Starfinder RPG
- Jonathan Liu: 5-Minute Dungeon, The 7th Continent, Fate of the Elder Gods, Lovecraft Letter, Apocrypha
- Michael Harrison: Fate of the Elder Gods with Beasts From Beyond expansion, Ice Cool, Legends of Sleepy Hollow (and wrote about why I backed it), Terraforming Mars (and reviewed it in-depth on the Dice Section podcast)
- Dave Banks: Dark of Night, Museum Heist, Bunny Kingdom, Scythe + The Wind Gambit expansion, Major General: Duel of Time
- Robin Brooks: Aristeia!