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Board Game News Brief: December 29 2016

Posted Thursday, 29-Dec-2016

Take a look at Agricola’s new miniatures; find the BoardGamePrices Top Games of 2016; read designer’s notes on the new edition of Robo Rally; Flick ‘Em Up meets Dead of Winter; all this and more, in this week’s Board Game News Brief

Agricola Upgrade Kits to include miniatures

Classic farming game Agricola will be receiving Upgrade Kits featuring 20 new cards and a set of pre-painted miniatures in each color. Take a gander at them below:


Ah, the idyll life.
Ah, the idyll life.


The cards are designed by Uwe Rosenberg, and some feature exclusively in the upgrade kit of that color. There are six colors to choose from: blue, red, yellow, green, purple, and tan.


Designer’s Notes for New Edition of Robo Rally

Robo Rally is a true veteran of board gaming – 25 years old and still going strong, this game of movement programming and robot haphazard from Magic: The Gathering designer Richard Garfield.


Beep boop! Get wrecked!
Beep boop! Get wrecked!


Richard has released his designer notes for the new edition, noting the changes to the game and why. Critically, each player now has their own deck of cards instead of drawing from a shared deck, and priority is determined by being closest to a central spot on the board.

Check out the new edition of Robo Rally. The miniatures are sweet!


BoardGamePrices’ Top searched board games in 2016

Many games rose and fell on the hotness lists this year, but several consistently performed, all year long. BoardGamePrices users searched for these ten games more than any other in 2016:

  1. Scythe
  2. Terraforming Mars
  3. A Feast For Odin
  4. The Voyages of Marco Polo
  5. Food Chain Magnate
  6. Captain Sonar
  7. Cry Havoc
  8. Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
  9. The Gallerist
  10. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Scythe in particular received nearly double the amount of searches as Terraforming Mars. Some games, like Voyages of Marco Polo and Pandemic Legacy, got a strong boost earlier in the year then tapered off Рwhile late year stalwarts like Blood Rage, 7 Wonders Duel, and Inis failed to crack the Top 10.

Which was your favorite game of 2016? Let us know in the comments! Or tweet us @boardgameprices.


Flick ’em Up: Dead of Winter trailer

Smash hit dexterity game Flick ’em Up has released a new video showcasing something… wintery.



We don’t know whether there will be zombie meeples (there’s totally going to be zombie meeples tho) although the prospect of having to prove your undead killing chops with actual aim sounds like it will be totally sweet.

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