The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending December 21, 2018.
A quick summary of this week’s board game news:
- Pandemic, it turns out, was released a decade ago, and Z-Man has thus put out a special 10th-anniversary edition that comes in a cool new metal case, includes miniatures instead of pawns, and new design on the cards.
- Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles Starter Pack is now available. For those that want the thrill of miniatures combat with the ability to shout “Frak!” when you blow up, this is the game for you. It’s our featured image this week, so you can see that at least the minis are pretty fantastic, and keep your eyes out for an upcoming review here on GeekDad.
- Fireside Games has announced the upcoming release of My First Castle Panic, a version of the classic cooperative game that simplifies the rules and removes reading, making it a much better way to introduce your kids to gaming than activities like Candyland. It is due to be released in March 2019.
- Claim, a trick-taking card game from the designer of the Tiny Epic series and published by Deep Water Games, is now available for pre-order.
- Greater Than Games has acquired Nevermore Games, and will take over completion of fulfillment for Nevermore’s Dark Dealings: Dwarven Delve Kickstarter.
Games we’ve reviewed this week here on GeekDad:
- Luke Forney stepped into an ancient mystery with The Tale of Ord.
- Simon Yule reviewed the finale of D&D Curse of Strahd
- Robin Brooks gave us 5 reasons to have a Games Workshop Christmas.
What We’re Playing
Finally, here’s what the GeekDads played this week:
- Michael Pistiolas played Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, 7th Continent, and Star Wars: Imperial Assault.
- Rebecca Angel Maxwell played The Octopus Game and Netrunner.
- Jonathan Liu plated Cryptid, Decrypto, Dragon Castle, Fireball Island, Heroes of Land, Air & Sea, Junk Orbit, My Little Scythe, Root, Visitor in Blackwood Grove, Welcome To…, Wingspan, Terraforming Mars, Trash Pandas, Spell Smashers, dude, Funky Chicken, Gizmos, Ganymede, Photosynthesis, Shards of Infinity, and Towers of the Sun.
- Logan Giannini Cryptid, Decrypto, Dragon Castle, Fireball Island, Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea, Junk Orbit, My Little Scythe, Root, Visitor in Blackwood Grove, Welcome To, Wingspan, Trash Pandas, Dude, Funky Chicken, Ganz Dchon Clever, and Photosynthesis. Hmm, his and Jonathan’s lists look strangely similar… and as strangely similar to the list of finalists for GeekDad’s Game of the Year. A coincidence, I’m sure.
- Robin Brooks played Anomia:Kids, Keyforge, and Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault.
- Luke Forney played Exploding Kittens, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Cat.
- Greg Howley played Sushi Go and Skull.