Re-Roll: This Week’s Tabletop Game News for Week 5 of 2019

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The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending February 1, 2019.

Gaming News

  • Gen Con has a new mascot—a fierce dragon drawn by Craig Spearing—and they are holding a Twitter contest to give him a name. Winner receives a 4-day pass to Gen Con 2019. You can get details and submit your entry via Gen Con’s twitter feed.
  • Asmodee has a new Global Director of Organized Play, Alex Watkins, and he’s starting out his new job by making some big changes to Fantasy Flight’s Organized Play structure. So if you’re a fan of those X-Wing tournaments, you might be interested in his blog post on the changes. And can I just say how cool it is to be a gamer in an age when “Global Director of Organized Play” is someone’s actual job title?
  • Have you ever wanted to combine the relaxing serenity of a perfectly tended stone garden with the stress of losing a cooperative game? If so, Z-Man’s upcoming Narabi is the game for you. You can pre-order it from their website.
  • Matt Leacock, creator of Pandemic, the Forbidden games, and more than likely several other titles on your shelf, has a new “roll and build” game due for release at Gen Con. Era: Medieval Age also features artwork from Azul artist Chris Quilliams.
  • In the mood to read about games when you aren’t playing? Check out Brittanie Boe’s The Everything Table Top Games book, coming this summer from Simon & Schuster.
  • For a quick overview of some exciting new Kickstarter games, check out Jonathan Liu’s latest Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup here on GeekDad.
  • Casual Game Insider has announced that Welcome To… won both the judge’s and public votes for Best Casual Game of 2019.

GeekDad Reviews

What We’re Playing

Finally, here’s what the GeekDads played this week:

  • Jonathan Liu played Wingspan, Mechanica, Haunt the House, and Vindication: Leaders & Alliances.
  • Robin Brooks played Keyforge and Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault.
  • Angela Leach played Dragonfire and Tanks: Modern.
  • Michael Pistiolas played Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Sword & Sorcery, and Coconuts.
  • Simon Yule played Dungeon Mayhem and D&D Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.
  • Rob Huddleston played Happy Little Accidents and Jurassic Park Danger! Adventure Strategy Game.
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