Posted Thursday, 13-Apr-2017
Co-operative expansions for Runebound, more Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective cases, and a new game from the designer of …and then, we held hands. It’s the Board Game News Brief!
Prepared by Calvin Wong
Rejoice, co-op and solo fans. This is Unbreakable Bonds, an expansion to your game of epic fantasy adventure.
Form into parties to move together on the board and go up against difficult challenges that would otherwise be impossible. The new expansion also has plenty for those who prefer competitive play as the new heroes, skill cards, assets, and twist cards can be added into any of your sets of Runebound.
The box also has conversions for the core set and Caught in A Web scenarios so that they too can be played as solo or co-op play. Very welcome move from the publishers for those who prefer their adventures with friends instead of against them.
Ten new cases for your game of co-operative deduction and crime solving.
The Thames Murders is a re-issue of the Ystari version of the game with those ten cases updated and revised – From the curious case of The Munitions Magnate, to The Pilfered Paintings, to The Mummy’s Curse – there’s plenty of content here for new and returning players alike.
Consulting Detective is a game where you must use your wits and deductive reasoning to solve cases as a group, using a casebook, newpapers, and other resources. Choose where to go, who to question, and when – and find out whether or not your got the right answers. If you’re a fan of Sherlock and mysteries you should definitely check it out
Petrichor; noun: the pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
Petrichor features a card driven movement and action system, but winds can blow you off course and merging with other clouds can cause you to become a thunderstorm – but not quite where you need to be. Petrichor is on Kickstarter now.
Speaking of Kickstarter…
Mothership is a spacefaring board game of combat and technology, exploration and resource gathering. But also, lots of combat.
Fly your fleets around the sector, colonize planets, research new tech, and get into scraps with your opponents. Prepare to meet your mothership.
Peak Oil is a game about crisis, profit, and incredible style.
You are an oil company as the last of the world’s reserves are drying up, trying desperately to make the transition to renewable energy in a fair and environmentally friendly way – pity your competition isn’t.
Hire settlers to work for you, play politics with the Queen and her Stone Council, or simply become a merchant and sell off your goods; Rise to Nobility has a quirky, unique art style and looks to be a solid european style game.
On this week’s community centerpiece, I’m showcasing JonGetsGames, a YouTube channel where a lovely, energetic man named Jon does board game playthroughs and reviews.
So far so normal; but what I really appreciate about Jon, apart from his positive outlook and clear enthusiasm are the timecoded segments of his videos where you can skip to any section of the video you want to see straightaway, as well as buttons to skip forward to the next section. More YouTubers should do this!
In accordance with it being Terraforming Mars week on BoardGamePrices, here is Jon’s review of the game where you can check out his style and see just how amazing his formatting really is.
Thanks for reading the News Brief! Check out this week’s category: Top space-themed board games! Those who love the cosmos and the thought of exploring distant worlds (okay, and maybe some rayguns too!) should definitely go have a look.
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Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!