Re-Roll: This Week’s Tabletop Game News for Week 28 of 2018

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The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending July 13, 2018.

  • Want to make a difference today? The Oxford English Dictionary is looking for help identifying hobby-related words and they have specifically called out gaming as one of the hobbies they are interested in. So go forth and share the lexicon of cardboard!
  • Rob Daviau and Eric M. Lang have teamed up to bring Cthulhu: Death May Die to Kickstarter for CMON. No idea if the game is any good, but for $250 (not a typo) you can get a mountain of plastic, including the biggest darn Cthulhu you’ve ever seen. It’s so immense, you can almost imagine your significant other asking “Where are you going to put that?”
  • If you’ve been test-driving Scythe on Steam Early Access, you’ll be glad to know that a major patch has been released. It includes new animations, an updated tutorial, a downloadable soundtrack, and lots of other fixes and improvements.
  • Asmodee Digital also reminds us that Isle of Skye will soon be headed to iOS, Android, and Steam.
  • This week’s image is from Grimm Forest. (Read our review.)
  • Plan B announced a sequel to the well-received Azul earlier this week. The follow-up to the tile laying game about tiles will be Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra. It looks to use the same drafting mechanism as the first, but with translucent crystals to create your work of art. Did you know they used to use urine to apply pigment to stain glass? True story!
  • You’ve probably played the SEO-challenged The Game by now. It’s a fun card game that’s simple to teach but tough to win. And if you’ve played, you’ve likely thought to yourself that the art on the cards is pretty dumb. Ugly skulls? Really? Not to worry, Target is getting an exclusive version with art designed by the incomparable Kwanchai Moriya. Spoiler: It’s beautiful, like all of Moriya’s work.
  • I loves me some Rock Paper Wizard, the D&D-themed roshambo game. So you had better believe I’m excited for the release of the Rock Paper Wizard: Fistful of Monsters expansion. Monsters may force wizards to move across the board, lose gold, or take an injury. (Thankfully there will be a cleric to aid in healing.) Look for it in October.
  • There was a lot of buzz this week about the announcement that Wizards of the Coast would be releasing a Transformers-themed trading card game. There are few details, but the starter sets and booster packs will be available at the end of September.
  • The previously Kickstarted Mars Open: Tabletop Golf makes its way to retail shelves next week. The dexterity game features a whopping 54 holes (but you only have to score lowest over 9 to win). No cheating, Mickleson!
  • It’s been a hit everywhere else and it’s finally here in the US. Previously known as Hitohira, The Legend of the Cherry Tree that Blossoms Every Ten Years is a beautiful and lovely (and lively) press your luck game, which Iello has been kind enough to bring to us.
  • Wiz Kids also releases the cooperative, tabletop, first person shooter, dexterity game, SEAL Team Flix. In the game, players will outfit their operators to take on unique missions and complete objectives. Take out the bad guys with the flick of a disc!
  • I don’t watch Rick and Morty, but it must be popular. Cryptozoic is putting out a lot of games related to it, including the newly announced Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game. It’s an affair for 1-2 players, but it comes with a pickle that’s nearly 13 inches long. Sounds like a great snack for mega-Cthulhu.

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

  • Jonathan Liu, dabbled in Kickstarter a bit, telling us about the campaigns for Casual Game Insider and the Edibles Games Cookbook, before using up almost all his words for a spoiler-laden dive into the Scythe expansion, The Rise of Fenris.
  • Logan Giannini visited London, the recently revised and made-over classic from Martin Wallace.
  • Anthony Karcz filled us in on the scant details about the Transformers trading card game.
  • Simon Yule ventured once more into darkness in his 61st session of Curse of Strahd.
  • Robin Brooks alerted us to the relaunch of Warhammer’s Kill Team and its amazing scenery!
  • Michael Pistiolas dove deep into the closet and did battle with magic in the (currently out of print) Wiz War.
  • And I reviewed the really great and super fun pick up and deliver game, Junk Orbit.

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

  • Rob Huddleston: Now Boarding, Star Wars Destiny
  • Jonathan Liu: NMBR 9, Pyramix, The 7th Continent, Ka-Boom, My Little Scythe, Mystic Vale: Twilight Garden, Sabotage
  • Sara Blackburn: UNO, Santorini, Junk Orbit
  • Robin Brooks: The Mind, Topiary, Drop It, Codenames
  • Kim Haynes: Gloomhaven, Long Cow, Carthage
  • Michael Harrison: Hanabi, Scythe
  • Michael Pistiolas: Forbidden Island, Love Letter
  • Dave Banks: 1846, Expedition: Northwest Passage, Junk Orbit, Remnants
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