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Board Game News Brief: June 7, 2017

Posted Monday, 12-Jun-2017

A D&D version of Betrayal at House on the Hill, new ancient war games, and the secrets of manufacturing on this week’s Board Game News Brief.


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Trains & Yokohama designer launches Minerva.

Hisashi Hiyashi’s previous games Trains and Yokohama made splashes when they came out, and now his Minerva – a strategic Ancient Rome game in 90 minutes – is being launched in a new edition on Kickstarter.


Goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare.



The publisher is Pandasaurus Games of Machi Koro and the upcoming “Calvin’s Best Theme Of All Time” winner Dinosaur Island. Minerva’s been given a new, classic art style and city building in the tile laying and spatial strategy genre. You can check it out right now!

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate

The Betrayal train just keeps on rolling. Do houses roll? Anyway, publisher Wizards of the Coast have announced the Dungeons & Dragon’s themed version of their hit social deduction and exploration game.



After the expansion Widow’s Walk released late last year, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is the latest in the line of Betrayal games. This box includes all new characters, tiles, art, and haunts, which you can get a sneak peek of below.



Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is due in the fall.

Kevin Wilson’s Tomb of Annihilation

Speaking of Dungeons & Dragons, the Tomb of Annihilation board game by Descent’s Kevin Wilson has also just been announced.



Based on the upcoming Tomb of Annihilation adventure involving a death curse caused by a powerful necromantic artifact, the board game is a tie-in cross promotional event with the D&D release.


Official art for the Tomb of Annihilation


The game is 1-5 players and is co-operative; and that’s all we know. Presumably the players will traverse the titular tomb. Wizkids (Mage Knight, Dungeons & Dragons: Assault of the Giants) is the publisher, and will be cursing you into the tomb in just a few months.


Quick Kickstarters

Firstly we have the excellently named 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, a two player historical war card game.




Replay the Battle of Hastings as Norman and Saxon armies clash on your table. The game system plans to be expanded with further sets in the series adding battles such as Agincourt, the Siege of Malta, The Spanish Armada, etc – all of which can be mixed and matched as you desire. 1066 looks great, you should check it out.

Turing Tumble is a game of programming using actual physical components. Take a look:



Play through 50 challenges requiring you to program your way through computer logic. The game is turing-complete. (meaning that if the board was big enough, you could do anything a real computer can do). It’s definitely one of the most unique games I’ve ever seen.



Bellum is launching their English language version after a successful French KS; a deck building style card game of myth and legend.



Patterned heavily after Greek myth (Scylla and Charbidis nullify each other, as an example) and featuring updated cards and all the stretch goals from the French version, go have a look at Bellum for a game of antiquity and myth.


Community Centerpiece

This week I’m featuring an article by Matt Jarvis of Tabletop Gaming, the UK-based magazine, called Inside the Secret Board Game Maker.



The piece talks about board games manufacturing, specifically Panda Games, the printers behind games such as Scythe and Pandemic. Have a read about the process behind how your favorite games get printed, made, and brought from the designer to your table.


Printing Pandemic boards.
Printing Pandemic boards.


Definitely worth a read.




Thank you for reading the Ancient Wars edition of News Brief! For more conflicts, modern and otherwise, check out our list of Top War Games set from the furthest galaxies to the present day.

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