The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending August 9, 2019.
- I’d like to take a moment and thank those who attended our Gaming with Geek Dad event at Gen Con, and to thank the companies that generously donated games for us to give away. The event was a big success. Everyone there had a great time, got to learn some new games, and can now tell their sports friends that they have played on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.
- So much of the board game news this week is Gen Con-related, including lots and lots of new releases, but I’m going to leave that for our Gen Con recap post. Keep watching GeekDad.com over the next few days for that.
- Gen Con 2020 is only 356 days away.
- Pathfinder: Second Edition is officially out. GeekDad’s Ryan Hiller did a great write-up to help get players started.
- Fantasy Flight announced Marvel Crisis Protocol Miniatures Game. You can read more about it in Paul Benson’s post.
- The proposed tariffs on board games are back on the table, although this time, the White House is proposing a 10% tariff rather than 25%. If enacting this time, it will go into effect in September, although as with everything trade-related these days, it’s too early to tell if it will happen.
- Great Scott! Ravensburger’s Summer Blockbuster series, which began with last year’s Jurassic Park: Danger Zone and continued this year with Jaws, will get its next entry in the fall of 2020 with a Back to the Future title. Few details have been released as of yet, but we know it is planned as a dice rolling game. No word yet on whether or not it will include a plastic DeLorean mini, but I’m on the record already as saying how disappointed I’ll be if it doesn’t.
- Wayfinders is what looks to be a very cool new game coming soon from Pandasaurus. Players build routes as explorers racing to chart newly discovered territories. The game features miniature planes and hangers.
- Asmodee is launching yet another new venture. Unexpected Games is being described as “board game
studio centered around innovative design.” The first title from the new studio should be released in 2020.
- Renegade Games unveiled the newest in the Clank! line at Gen Con: Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated. As the name implies, it’s a legacy game set in the Clank! world. It’s due to hit shelves this fall.
- Board Game Atlas is a new site that seeks to aggregate news, provide price comparisons and alerts, and include forums.
- The digital version of the award-winning game Wingspan will debut sometime in 2020.
- The Tabletop Gaming Live convention will be held in London’s Alexandra Palace on September 28 and 29. Tickets are available for only £16.
- Iello has announced the upcoming release of Bruno Cathala’s Ishtar: Gardens of Babylon, a puzzle-based resource management game, due out this fall.
Here are the games we’ve reviewed this week:
What We’re Playing
Finally, here’s what the GeekDads played this week:
- Greg Howley played Smash Up, Sentinels of the Universe, and Uno.
- Jonathan Liu played Burgle Bros 2, ClipCut Parks, Colorful Treasure, Nine Tiles Panic, Emperor’s New Clothes, Here Comes the Dog (our featured image this week), In Front of the Elevators, Tricks and the Phantom, Bubble Tea, Cartographers, Catch the Moon, Fairy Season, Fluttering Souls, Fuji, It’s Blunderful, Letter Jam, Miyabi, My Story, Planet Unknown, Point Salad, The Quacks of Quedlinburg, Reigns: The Council, Ringmaster: Welcome to the Big Top, Shards of Infinity, SHŌBU, Shuffle Grand Prix, SlipStrike, Startups, Tattoo Stories, Thrive, Towers of Am’harb, and Wobble King.
- Michael Pistiolas played Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Sentinels of the Multiverse, and One Deck Dungeon.
- I played Point Salad, Quacks of Quedlinburg, Cartographers, Shards of Infinity, Fuji, Tricks and the Phantom, Nine Tiles Panic, My Story, Jaipur, Star Wars Outer Rim, Stool Pigeon, Moon Base, Here Comes the Dog, Startups, Reign, Nightmarium, and Colorful Treasure.