Re-Roll: This Week’s Tabletop Game News for Week 13 of 2018

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The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending March 30, 2018.

  • Codenames all the things! USAopoly announced they will be adapting the Harry Potter world to the very popular Codenames game later this year. The game, called Codenames: Harry Potter, will reportedly borrow gameplay from Codenames Duet (read our review).
  • Munchkin all the things! USAopoly will also be applying the Harry Potter franchise to the longtime Steve Jackson staple. Munchkin Harry Potter will also be arriving in 2018.
  • Have an RPG player in your life? Maybe it’s you? Circle October 23 on your calendar. On that day, Ten Speed Press will release Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana, an authoritative art book. The 464-paged coffee table-sized book will feature a written history and more than 700 pieces of art from the history of the game.
  • Speaking of RPGs, Monte Cook’s Invisible Sun is now sold out. So, if you missed out on the Black Cube‘s Kickstarter campaign, you’re going to have to wait a while for its second run.
  • This week’s photo is from The Grimm Forest.
  • In a press release, Asmodee announced the formation of another division, Asmodee Entertainment. The subsidiary will be tasked with content like feature films, television, and comics. No word on if there be crossover to their tabletop titles.
  • Star Wars: Legion will no doubt have a long product life, augmented by an endless number of expansions. The Star Wars universe is just that big. Some of the first were announced this past week. Everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder gets to shoot first as the Rebellion’s third choice for commander. Additionally, a set of seven poncho-draped rebel commandos is available to sabotage Imperial plans. Get your brushes ready for when these sets arrive in Q3 of this year.
  • Fireside Games announced a couple of games coming out this summer. The first, Remnants, is a post-apocalyptic survival game and comes from the team behind the amazing Between Two Cities (read our review). Look for it in late June. The other, Grackles, is an abstract strategy game about lining up birds on wires. You can find Grackles at Gen Con in early August.
  • The Viticulture (read our review) expansion is officially official with a bunch of information. The new visitor cards can’t be played with other visitor cards, but the add-on will retail for just 20 bucks when it drops on June 1.
  • We told you it was coming and Catan is now available in VR for both Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear, for everyone that wanted to play against floating heads!

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

  • Robin Brooks told us all about Sakura, a press-your-luck game by Reiner Knizia.
  • Logan Giannini looked at Squirrel or Die, a cute (but not cute) memory game.
  • Sean Hallenbeck discovered what was Under the Big Top in this expansion to Carcassonne.
  • Jonathan Liu reviewed the forced acronym of ARGH, a bluffing game, and Heroes Welcome, a lengthier worker placement affair, currently on Kickstarter.
  • Lastly, Jonathan and I took a keen view into two Deep Water games on Kickstarter right now. Jonathan reviewed Round House, a long-playing Euro, and I reviewed Mystery of the Temples, a really good pick up and deliver game with some other mechanics in it.

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

  • Logan Giannini: Dual Powers, Squirrel or Die, Azul, Tamsk, Push Fight
  • Sara Blackburn: Qwirkle
  • Rebecca Angel Maxwell: Netrunner, Munchkin Panic, Organ Attack, UnNatural Selection
  • Randy Slavey: Settlers of Catan, Qwixx, Monopoly, Leverage
  • Jonathan Liu: Get the MacGuffin, The 7th Continent, Dinosaur Island, Exposed, Fold-it, Groves, Hardback, Outlive, The Pirate’s Flag, The Princess Bride: A Battle of Wits, Round House, Solstice: Fall of Empire, Thunderstone Quest, Wizardz Bluff, Rumble Rally
  • Robin Brooks: Wakening Lair, Stuffed Fables
  • Michael Harrison: Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Ex Libris, Roll Through the Ages 
  • Dave Banks: Dice Stars, Muse, Joking Hazard, Mystery of the Temples, Sabordage, Wonderland

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