Posted Thursday, 28-Apr-2016
Return to the House on the Hill, a new Legend of Andor, drive scenic Route 666 – and more, in this week’s Board Game News Brief.
Contributed by Calvin Wong
Enter if you dare. Exit if you can. It has been 12 years since this classic board game of exploration, horror, and betrayal has graced our tables, and it is rightfully considered a classic.
The Widow’s Walk is the game’s first expansion set, promising not only new cards and tiles in all the categories, it also adds a roof, and 50 new Haunts, penned by a dizzying range of gaming luminaries – from Pandemic Legacy’s Rob Daviau to Dead of Winter’s Jonathan Gilmour – to some more eclectic choices like Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade), Anita Sarkeesian (Feminist Frequency), Pendleton Ward (Adventure Time) and Max Temkin (Cards Against Humanity).
The expansion is compatible with all editions of Betrayal and is due in the Fall.
Well technically, Asmodee announced it. But Martin Wallace of Brass and A Few Acres of Snow is designing a zombie game set in the heart of Californian Americana.
Players gas up their cars and drive down the coast trying to be the first to get to L.A. Whether you choose to fight the undead or blow past them in your car is up to you, but the game features an auction mechanic where players can put up gas, ammo, or precious adrenaline in order to put themselves on the route of their choice as they drive south, leaving your friends stuck with the alternatives.
Popular Geek & Sundry webseries Tabletop and its host Wil Wheaton have been delighting YouTube audiences for the last four years, and for the newest season set to debut in June 2016. The series features a rotating cast of celebrity guest stars, with notable alumni including at least one Superman, a Powerpuff Girl, and a member of the Borg.
Here is the list of games decided upon for season four, some of which are significantly longer and more involved than the standard Tabletop fare:
Andor is enslaved. Our heroes must free it from the invading undead. The game features the new southern region, new legends, and completes the trilogy of Andor games. The game has a short teaser trailer, which you can view below.
A co-operative adventure board game for 2 to 4 players, Legends of Andor pits its players against invading hordes from other realms in a game of epic fantasy and glory.
See into the darkness with The Depths of Durangar, a dungeon crawl designed to be played with the lights off.
The monster player plays with night vision goggles, while the players have to make do with the tiny colored LEDs of their characters. If that’s not a great pitch, I don’t know what is.
Vivarium is a game about the fragility and beauty of nature. Claim territory, adapt your species, and avoid nature’s wrath as you fight to be the fittest species in the most Darwinistic sense.
Rome is always a rich thematic vein from which games like to mine, and Ave is set in the Senate, where you and up to 3 friends compete for the Emperor’s favor. Subtitled A Game of Deceit and Glory, the art is gorgeous, the potential for intrigue high, and the bidding secret.
On the side of themes not used often enough, Chicago mobsters vie for territory in Bucks, Bullets, and Flowers. 3D building models, gorgeous art direction, and all in that 20’s art style.
Players play as either a gang boss or the police chief in the Prohibition era, trying to outmaneuver the other gangs or end corruption in the city.
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