All Aboard: The Weekly Board Game Bulletin – Ticket 004

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All aboard fellow gamers,

One of the top ranking euro games of all time is getting a long awaited follow up! Designers Jens Drögemüller and Helge Ostertag hit the jackpot when they first designed Terra Mystica, released by Feuerland Spiele in 2012. After a few expansions to the original, they have now designed a whole new Terra Mystica standalone game called Terra Mystica: Gaia Project, where they transplant the mechanics of the original game into a sci-fi universe, where factions compete to terraform other neighbouring planets. Look for the finished game to be available in time for this year’s Essen!

If you’re familiar with Mondo, they are behind some really cool movie-related collectables, best known for their redesigned limited edition movie posters of classic and cult films, often better than the original posters. So to hear them announce their plans to get into tabletop gaming is particularly exciting! They are partnering with Project Raygun, a new specialty offshoot of USAopoly, to create licensed games based on cult films. The first one on their slate is Infection at Outpost 31, based on what is arguably one of the greatest horror films ever made, John Carpenter’s The Thing. No many details about the game are provided at this time, but expect Project Raygun to design the mechanics and Mondo to provide the artwork, and look for a release closer to Halloween this year.

Monolith has certainly made a name for themselves, starting strong with the very successful Conan board game and had a recently successful Kickstarter for Mythic Battles: Pantheon. But their next game, and possibly their biggest, is around the corner. Batman: The Board Game was recently revealed at the International Games Festival in Cannes, where they provided prototypes of the game and caused quite a buzz. Essentially, it will be a copy of the Conan game with Batman characters in place of Conan. Monolith has promised this will be their next Kickstarter, though no word on a launch date yet.

Riding on the wave of success with their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Shadows of the Past board game, IDW Games have announced its first expansion, incorporating April O’Neil into fold. The expansion includes the character and her traits, more action cards and dice, and an Adventure Comic with new battle scenarios.

Fans of the card game Doomtown (originally released as Deadlands: Doomtown) will be happy to know the game is making a comeback. AEG dropped the game last, but it has been picked up by Pinebox Entertainment to resume work, including development new expansions with the original designers.

Another licensed board game coming our way via Wizkids, this time bringing the cult sci-fi series The Expanse to tabletops everywhere. Coming out in June, the card game will be designed by Geoff Engelstein (Space Cadets, Fog of War) and will draw similarities to Twilight Struggle with its focus on intrigue, politics and conquest, the same things that make the show so great. The creators of the show are also involved in the project.

For fans of King of Tokyo/New York, keep your eyes out for a new monster, Kong, which will tie into the blockbuster release of Kong: Skull Island this month.

Superstar game designer Eric M. Lang has revealed his newest game, co-designed with Bruno Faidutti, their second collaboration after HMS Dolores. This game, called Secrets, is another bluffing and social deduction party game where players are either part of the CIA, the KGB, or the anti-establishment hippies, trading cards for points. The game will be published by Repos and will be out this year.

And in Indonesia, one group of activists have created a board game called Semai and have been introducing it to school children in an effort to eliminate corruption. You can learn more about the game and their efforts here.

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.