Gen Con housing registration opens on June 6. Unlike in past years, there will not be a lottery to determine eligibility; presumably because of the limits on the number of attendees, everyone will be able to access the housing portal starting at noon Eastern on that day and find a room. Trade day attendees, exhibitors, artists, authors, and professionals will be sent separate instructions to reserve room. As a reminder, badge registration opens on May 23.
Dominion is digital at long last. The game that invented the deck building mechanic is getting an app for PCs, tablets, and phones thanks to a collaboration between Temple Gates Games and Rio Grande Games. The app will launch as a “free to play title. Players can play with the ‘Base’ set of cards including 26 unique Kingdom cards, three basic Victory sets, and three basic Treasure sets. All expansions will be available for purchase at launch for five to ten USD dollars each.” No release date has been announced, but there is a sign-up to join the beta. Dominion is our featured image this week.
Funko Games is set to release The Goonies: Never Say Die, a desktop roleplaying-style game that has one player take on the role of the Goondocks Master, and the other work together as the Goonies to overcome “thrilling challenges.” The game will be a Target exclusive that can be pre-ordered now and be released this summer; watch GeekDad for a full review soon.
Funko has released the new Marvel Battleworld: Treachery at Twilight. Compatible with the original Marvel Battleworld sets, this new set “introduces Loki’s devious Tick cards, which adds new gameplay elements leading to exciting strategic choices.” In addition, we’ll now see the first hero ship with Black Panther’s Talon Fighter, The Collector’s Tower, which is described as “part toy, part puzzle, clever dice tower,” and an official storage case.
HABA is hosting its 2021 USA game design contest. To enter, you purchase a Game Bits Kit for $6, which includes “random items from HABA games, including puzzle pieces, wooden figures, dice, blocks, board sections, and more.” The game design submission must be for a game that supports 2–5 players with a 15-45 minutes game play time, have a minimum recommended age of no higher than 8 years old, use at least three of the items from the kit (using the same item multiple times is allowed), but using other items not included in the kit is allowed, have complete written rules (the rules and setup should allow anyone to play the game without the designer there to explain), only include intellectual property you own or have rights to use, and be a family weight game. More details on how to submit to the contest can be found on the HABA website.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game is now available from Steamforged Games. The semi-cooperative miniatures-based game based on the hit video game lets 1-4 players enter “a lush and post-apocalyptic world.”
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.