The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending November 2, 2018.
A quick summary of this week’s boardgame news:
- North Star is seeking gaming groups to help playtest Oceans, the latest game in the Evolution series.
- Kuroba, a new collectible toy/game based on Rock-Paper-Scissors, is hitting the shelves at Walmart. It revolves around these cube things that kids can fold into different shapes and then battle each other.
- Orleans, a game I’m definitely going to check out some day, has two new expansions coming out this week: Trade & Intrigue and 5th Player.
- Asmodee, the owner of basically everything, is having their annual holiday sale. There are really good odds that a whole lot of the games folks on your holiday shopping list love are owned by Asmodee, so now might be a good time to do some early shopping.
- And speaking of sales: Target is running a buy 2, get 1 free sale on board games, video games, kid’s books, and movies.
- CMON’s re-release of Blue Moon City, the classic world rebuilding game from Renier Knizia, is hitting shelves. The new version includes entirely new artwork, minis, and more.
- CMON also announced this week that they have acquired the license to Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead, and will be creating “branded board games and associated play accessories (including miniature PVC figures, board, dice and tokens/coins, cards) based on Romero’s original iconic movie.”
- While we’re on the topic, you’ll be shocked that several other zombie-related games are coming out: Axis and Allies and Zombies and Tiny Epic Zombies both hit store shelves this week.
- Discover: Lands Unknown is in stores now. Back in August, we talked about this game and included a link to the trailer. I’ll admit I’m definitely intrigued by its concept.
- Iello’s 8Bit Box is available for pre-order from their very, very, very yellow website.
- Leder Games has entered into a licensing agreement with Magpie Games to develop an RPG set in the world of Root.
- Pandasaurus has announced the development of Dead Man’s Cabal, a “mid-weight strategy game” from Daniel Newman and Dead of Winter’s Jonathan Gilmour. Look for it in stores next June.
- Fans of Game of Thrones still have months to wait for a new season from HBO and probably forever to wait for a new book, but in the meantime you can launch your own adventures and kill off all of your own favorite characters with CMON’s Song of Fire and Ice miniatures games, which were released for distribution and should be on store shelves by the end of the month.
Games we’ve reviewed this week here on GeekDad:
- Jonathan Liu searched the ocean for artifacts in Fallen Treasures, learned about mixing and matching Mutants, and put together a Reaping the Rewards review of the GeekDad-approved game Spy Club.
- Logan Gianni let Matt Leacock stress him and his family out with the co-op Forbidden Sky.
- Rob Huddleston reviewed Railroad Rivals, which is available for sale starting this week and is our featured image.
What We’re Playing
Finally, here’s what the GeekDads played this week:
- Jonathan Liu played The Haunting House, Mutants: The Card Game, The Perfect Moment, Terminus Breach TD, That’s Not Lemonade, Thunderstone Quest, and Fallen Treasures.
- Robin Brooks played Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault.
- Michael Pistiolas played Mythic Battles: Pantheon, and Zombicide: Black Plague.
- Rob Huddleston played Ultimate Werewolf.