The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending…
Pandasaurus is now taking orders for Umbra Via, a game where “players compete to control and complete the most cunning paths” through their garden.
Asmodee imprint Unexpected Games is taking preorders for their first title, The Initiative, a cooperative game where players “take on the role of teenagers in 1994 who have found a mysterious board game called The Key.” While playing the game-within-the-game, players follow missions from an interactive comic book. The game is designed by Corey Konieczka, who currently leads Unexpected Games after a career at Fantasy Flight, where he worked on titles such as Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, Star Wars: Rebellion, and Mansions of Madness: First Edition.
Portal Games is set to release The Vienna Connection, a stand-alone title in the Detective series. It’s also available for pre-order.
Casual Game Revolution has opened voting for their “Best Casual Game of 2020.” Their nominees are GeekDad Approved My City and GeekDad Game of the Year Finalists Back to the Future: Back in Time and Calico. Voting is open now and runs through January 24.
Despite the slow initial rollout of the vaccine, there is still hope that by late summer or early fall we’ll be getting back to normal. With that in mind, GAMA has announced that they are pushing the Origins Game Fair, normally held in June, back to fall. The convention is now scheduled for September 30-October 3 and will still be held in Columbus.
Hack & Slash is an upcoming card and dice game from Steve Jackson Games, due out soon.
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.