All Aboard: The Weekly Board Game Bulletin – Ticket 002

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All aboard fellow gamers,
Still popular after all these years, the Carcassonne series has become a gold standard in board gaming. And now we have another expansion on the horizon, the tenth in the series and the first large expansion for the second edition. Carcassonne: Manege frei!, which roughly translates to “Step Right Up!”, brings the circus into town! This expansion will be released in Germany in March, but no word yet on a release in other territories.
Smash Up has another expansion on the horizon, this time celebrating the Far East. Big in Japan introduces new Japanese-inspired characters from your favourite kaiju and anime shows and films.
More expansion news, this one from Arcane Wonders for their highly-regarded abstract game Onitama. Sensei’s Path will require the base game, adding a set of 16 new more cards to the
original. Find this one in stores in May.
Arcane Wonders has partnered with MESAboardgames to translate and release Viral, an area control game where players compete as viruses infecting a body one organ a time. Arcane
Wonders have promised to bring the game to this year’s Gen Con, followed by an in store release in August.
Rather Dashing Games channels Indiana Jones with their upcoming release called This Belongs in a Museum, a tile-laying game where you play as archeologists collecting artifacts for victory points. After the success of their previous Drawn & Quartered games, this should be a nice addition to the series. Look for it in stores this April.
Renegade Game Studio will be bringing us Flatline this spring. Existing in the FUSE universe, the cooperative dice game has players running an ER in space, given only one minute per round to treat patients as they flow in. Other factors come into play to complicate matters, and you have to work together or lose your crew.
In May, you will find the newest game from the designers of The Dead of Winter and Fleet and publisher Pandasaurus Games. Hilariously titled Wasteland Express Delivery Service, you play as a driver in a post-apocalyptic world delivering goods to different settlements and fighting off other obstacles. Think Mad Max meets Crazy Taxi!
As if you needed more evidence that board games are growing in popularity, how about this little tidbit?! Market research firm NPD Group has revealed board game sales in North American grew 21% from the year before, grossing $1.77 billion in 2016. Furthermore, board games accounted for 8.7% of all general toy sales, just behind collectables and outdoor toys.
Meanwhile, in the UK, toy sales amounted to £3.5 billion, which amounted to the largest growth in the world from the previous year, driven by the games and puzzle sector which grew 21% in 2016. All in all, the future of board gaming is looking bright!
And mark your calendars! The next CMON game, and one of the most anticipated games this year, will pop up on Kickstarter on March 7th at 3PM EST. Will Eric Lang‘s Rising Sun set new records? Only time will tell…
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you next time!

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I’m a little ashamed to admit that I am late to the board gaming bandwagon. I briefly dabbled with RPGs and gave up on video games many moons ago, so board gaming never seemed like an option – until I was introduced to King of Tokyo, my gateway game, and it was all uphill from there! Outside of that, I work in entertainment in the true north, strong and free, and spend my off time embracing fatherhood.