Re-Roll: This Week’s Tabletop Game News for Week 35 of 2019

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The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending August 30, 2019.

Gaming News

  • Bezier Games has announced the upcoming release of One Night Ultimate Bonus Roles, which they describe in their press release as “a compilation of all extra roles and artifacts previously only featured in One Night Ultimate Bonus Packs 1-4.” The roles are compatible with all of their previous One Night games.  
  • Tiny Towns is getting an expansion. Due out in late February, Tiny Towns Fortune adds the concept of money to the game. The original Tiny Towns is this week’s featured image.
  • Hasbro will acquire Entertainment One for $4B. According to the press release, the acquisition will allow Hasbro to bring its brands to screens around the world.
  • Z-Man has announced that they are creating an entire category of games based on Pandemic. The Pandemic System will include games “whose foundations are rooted in Pandemic’s gameplay” and are “based on Matt Leacock’s award-winning co-op mechanics.”
  • The classic murder mystery Clue turns 70 this year, and as often happens to older houses, the mansion is getting a major renovation. It will, in fact, be the first time in the game’s long history that the layout of the board has changed. Hasbro is teaming up with interior design company Houzz to work on the new layout, and is giving fans a chance to vote on which “Houzz photo should inspire a renovation of the game’s hall, or if the hall should be replaced by a drawing room, bathroom, or guest room.” The new version of the game should be on shelves by Christmas.
  • Reiner Stockhausen’s classic Orleans is getting a stand-alone storytelling title Orleans Stories. Set in the same universe as the original game, it is available for pre-order in non-North American markets from Stockhausen’s own publisher dlp Games, and will be available on this side of the pond from Tiny Minstrel.
  • Manufacturing issues have delayed the release of Clank! Acquisition Incorporated. A limited number of copies will be available for sale at PAX West, but if you aren’t one of the lucky few to get it there, you’ll have to wait until November.

GeekDad Reviews

Here are the games we’ve reviewed this week:

What We’re Playing

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

  • Jonathan Liu played The JRPG Tabletop Adventure Game, Calico, Astro Trash, Detective Club, Here Comes the Dog, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Reigns: The Council, Rhino Hero, Slide Quest, Star Trek: The Dice Game, Time Chase, Welcome To: Outbreak, Pen Sylvania, Lost at Sea, Kuiper Kowboys, Flowers Over Towers, and Celestial Stories.
  • Robin Brooks played Warhammer Underworlds: Dreadfane, Warhammer AoS: Warcry, Imhotep Duel, and Block Happy.
  • Michael Pistiolas played Sleeping Queens and Sentinels of the Multiverse.
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This post was last modified on September 4, 2019 12:14 pm

Rob Huddleston: @https://twitter.com/robhuddles Rob is a geek with a 17-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son. He teaches web and graphic design at the college level, watches a ridiculous number of movies, plays as many board games as he can, and loves the history of the technological age almost as much as he loves Firefly.