The Morning Roll – Day 13

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Good morning gamers,

Days of Wonder has released the next instalment of their popular Ticket to Ride franchise. Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails ups the ante by introducing ships into the game in addition to trains, making this a truly global adventure. You can either play a map of the world, or keep it more contained around the Great Lakes. Learn more about the game here.

Modiphius Entertainment, the publishers of the Thunderbirds board game, have released a new expansion to the game (its third) called The Hood. For those that watched the original series, you’ll remember The Hood as the main adversary of International Rescue hell bent on world domination. His introduction into the game bring an asymmetrical element to the cooperative base game, adding a fifth player that can take on the role of The Hood. The expansion is available through Modiphius’s website, either by itself or bundled with the other expansions, Tracy Island and Above & Beyond.

The long-awaited season four of Geek & Sundry’s TableTop is upon us! The series can be streamed in its entirety starting Nov 3rd through the new on demand service Alpha, which costs $4.99 a month. Not willing to pay? You can wait until the new year when they start offering one new episode a week on their YouTube page. Otherwise, you can learn more about Alpha here.

Hasbro had a successful first run last year with their Gaming Lab, an initiative in collaboration with Indiegogo where game designers present their game to a team of judges, and finalists see their game posted on Indiegogo, the most funded game gets published. Last year’s winner was Irresponsibility: The Mr. Toast Card Game. Based on that success, the Hasbro Gaming Lab has two challenges ongoing this year. First, the Spring 2016 challenge has found its finalists and are now on IndiegogoLair, Colossal Blob, The Plot Thickens, Plank & Rank and On the Slopes. And while that is going on, the Gaming Lab has been accepting submission for their Fall 2016 challenge, which ended last night. Lean more about the Gaming Lab here.

The 2016 Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction is now active on the BoardGameGeek website. For those unfamiliar, the fund is named in honour of Tom Vasel’s son, who passed away not long after being born, which then led to the board gaming community to rally around a fund to help the Vasel family. Tom Vasel responded in kind by creating this fund to help fellow gamers in need of assistance. Head over to the auction page where you can bid on items put up for sale, and all money collected go to the memorial fund. The auction ends Nov 14 at 11:59 PM.

What you missed from Board Game Stories:

Ireth covered of a gorgeous looking game called Rift: Saga of a Dying World, due out in 2017.

QuiverQuinn does a nice write up on Ticket to Ride: First Journey, a version of the popular game franchise designed for kids!

QuiverQuinn strikes again with a bit on the upcoming Asmodee/Space Cowboys collaboration Watson & Holmes.

And NinjaBoy provides a preview of the cooperative puzzle board game on Kickstarter now, Rising 5: Runes of Asteros.

Thanks for stopping by, we’ll see you tomorrow.

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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.