Posted Wednesday, 8-Jul-2015
Wild West game Colt Express by Christophe Raimbault has won the prestigious 2015 Spiel des Jahres, German gaming’s annual award for the game of the year.
Having previously won the French 2015 As d’Or, Colt Express is cleaning up the game awards internationally, and clearly worth a play. Broom Service by Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister won the 2015 Kennerspiel des Jahres, the award for more challenging games for dedicated enthusiasts.
The anime series, in which humanity survives in a single walled city under siege from cannibalistic giants, has proved a big hit due to its combination of innovative, adrenaline-filled action and exploration of the horrors of war. If anyone can do it justice, it’s the designers of previous big monster game Rampage.
Mayfair Games have announced plans for a giant Settlers of Catan gaming session in aid of charity. Taking place on July 31st at Gen Con in Indianapolis, their aim is to break the previous world record of 922 players, set at Gen Con 2013.
The event will be raising money and attention for Gen Con charity partner The Julian Centre, which provides support for victims of domestic violence and other life crises, so if you’re at Gen Con please consider checking out the game and doing your part for charity.
Reiner Knizia’s classic game of feuding Japanese warlords, Samurai, is getting a re-release from Fantasy Flight.
Keeping the original rules for this addictive game of area control, Fantasy Flight has added beautiful new art and sculpted counters.
Fantasy Flight has released previews for some of the models coming up in expansion wave VII of the X-Wing Miniatures Game.
The Wings of War influenced miniatures game of dogfights in the Star Wars universe now has figures for pretty much every ship you’ve heard of, and they’re well into releasing ships that are entirely new or known only by hardcore fans. But spaceship designs like the K-Wing and the TIE Punisher so perfectly fit the Star Wars aesthetic, they should appeal to anyone who’s ever wielded an imaginary lightsaber.
Though primarily aimed at tournament players, the FAQ is worth checking out if you play any Doomtown: Reloaded, as it clarifies the effects of many of the cards.
Templarmechs battle cybersamurai in Christopher Ferguson’s The Templarmech Inquisition, a card strategy game that also has the novelty of simultaneous turns by both players.
Lewis Terry brings us a science fiction take on the future of roller derby in print and play game Breakneck Blitz.
If you like post-apocalyptic games then check out The Wastelanders, a board game by Andrew Cox that has a complete design and is just looking to pay for art.
You can help children learn the basics of programming with Codebots by Alecia McEachran, a great example of using games to educate as well as entertain.
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