The board game (and board game-related!) news that caught our attention for the week ending…
Pandemic: Hot Zone is becoming its own franchise-within-a-franchise as Z-Man has announced a July release of Hot Zone: Europe. Like its predecessor, this is a “shorter, more portable version of the best-selling cooperative game Pandemic.” It can be combined with Hot Zone: North America, and if you don’t want to wait until July to get your hands on it, you can download the free print-and-play right now from the link above.
Thanks to the nightmare that is modern global shipping, The Game: Face to Face from Pandasaurus has been delayed until June. It was originally due to hit shelves next week.
Gen Con is moving forward with plans for its smaller but still in-person convention in September. Limited tickets are available and will open up on May 23. The annual Trade Day for retailers, educators, and librarians, traditionally held the day before the convention, is also changing. This year, retailers will still have events on Wednesday, but the events for educators and librarians will be held on Saturday.
Games Workshop announced Warhammer: Age of Sigmar 3rd Edition. There are new Stormcast models announced, but they haven’t said yet what the other half of the box will be. More details will likely become available on May 29.
Monopoly is going life-sized. This August, folks in London will be able to play in an “immersive, on-your-feet version of the world’s favourite family game brand played on a 15m x 15m lifesized Monopoly board!” Tickets for the August 14 opening are available now.
Critical Role has announced Darrington Press’ Inaugural Game: Uk’otoa. Based on characters from the podcast, the tactical semi-cooperative board game has players in “factions of sailors vie to be the last claimed by the raging sea leviathan, Uk’otoa.” The game is due on shelves at the end of this month.
Boardgame footwear is now a thing. Or, at least, boardgame-adjacent activity footwear, with Reebok releasing a line of sneakers based on Candyland. The collection, which reimagines NBA star Allen Iverson’s first basketball shoe line, will retail for $150 and is designed to pay “homage to the board game’s memorable characters with windows of vibrant Rainbow Trail–inspired paneling across the sides.” For what it’s worth, that same $150 could buy you 11 copies of Candyland.
Renegade has announced Crimes & Capers, a new series of games that reimagines those old murder mystery party games by adding escape room-style puzzles. The first two titles in the series, High School Hijinks and Lady Leona’s Last Wishes, are due out this summer. At least from the descriptions online, it does appear that the series will focus on mysteries other than murders.
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.