Re-Roll: This Week’s Tabletop Game News for the Week Ending October 16, 2020
Here is the board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending October 16, 2020.
The Op is doing a “Ghoulish Games Giveaway” this month. In exchange for giving them your email, they’ll be picking a few lucky folks to receive copies of games and puzzles. There are three separate opportunities: signing up now gets you in the running for a Scooby-Doo-themed package. Signing up between the 17th and the 23rd gives you the opportunity to win Batman-themed puzzles and dice, and from the 24th to the 30th, you can win It and Friday the 13th puzzles and games.
Throughout the pandemic, Fantasy Flight has been a leader in coming up with creative ways to help us keep playing games while we practice social distancing. Now, they have released a “Play and Share Campaign,” encouraging players to share their experiences while playing FFG games on social media using the hashtag #FFGPlayAndShare. The company will unlock special promos as more people share with the hashtag.
The next title from the creators of Exploding Kittens will involve shooting balls out of a cat’s mouth. According to a Twitter post, Cat and Mouth is a “fiercely competitive, magnet-powered, highly addicting, Pinball-ish game.” It’s available now.
The Steam Tabletop Fest will begin on October 21 at 10 am Pacific time. The free event will feature discussions from the developers of Terraforming Mars, Gloomhaven, and others.
Q Workshop has a dice-based advent calendar to help count down the days until Christmas. The $44 calendar features a die a day, with a special metal die behind the final door.
One of the few remaining cons on the 2020 calendar, PAX Unplugged, has been canceled with no digital replacement. Instead, the announcement simply says that the “next PAX Unplugged will take place in 2021.”
Catan‘s 25th-Anniversary Edition is due out next month. Unlike the $300 tenth anniversary 3D edition, this is mostly just the original game and expansions. According to Catanshop.com, the 25th-anniversary edition will include the “3–4 player board game, plus 5–6 Player Extension, Helpers of CATAN Scenario, special iridescent anniversary wood pieces, and dice.” It also includes resource trays and card sleeves. The game will retail for $80. The second-edition German release of Catan is our featured image this week.
Rob is a geek with a 17-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. He is a college professor teaching design, programming and 3D printing, 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.