Posted Thursday, 2-Mar-2017
It’s the Kickstarter Edition of the News Brief as some major publishers launch new games on the crowdfunding platform: a new edition of Thunderstone, a game about managing a dinosaur theme park, and a game with not one but two themes!
Prepared by Calvin Wong
Run a dinosaur theme park. From the designers of Dead of Winter and Titans of Industry comes Dinosaur Island.
With its 90s comic book inspired art style and promises of wooden dinosaur meeples, Dinosaur Island looks like an absolute winner. Manage your park, build dino enclosures, rides, and restaurants (Rex Mex, Jurassic Pork) and make sure no one gets eaten.
Promising variable player length, amazing components, and a theme that’s 65 million years in the making, Dinosaur Island’s team has great pedigree and you can check out their previous work: Dead of Winter, and Titans of Industry, with art by Kwanchai Moriya of Capital Lux.
The classic card game of dungeoneering gets a long awaited update.
Thunderstone first came out in 2009, and the new edition: Thunderstone Advance, followed 3 years later. Now we have Thunderstone Quest, with redone artwork, art design, a map – and Quests.
Each Quest comes with 243 cards (and this box comes with up to three!) for you and your friends to go on fantasy adventures with your heroes. Check out the game on Kickstarter right now, as well as the preview video. If you can’t wait and want to get your dungeon on, you can check out the previous editions of Thunderstone here.
Weta Workshop, the animation studio behind the Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and Mad Max: Fury Road have jumped into the world of board gaming with their first title, Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters. Huge minis? Check. Giant robot combat? Check.
In a future ruined by plague, the efforts to salvage material from the cities has been turned into a televised combat sport. The GKR league is one of the world’s most popular shows, and as a Heavy Hitter pilot, you have to maneuver your robot and its support team to either take out your opponents, destroy enough skyscrapers, or put enough advertising on the board to win. Check out the project page for more info.
Monikers is a delightful party game – Charades with a very clever twist. British review crew Shut Up & Sit Down famously reviewed it back in 2015, and now they’ve designed an expansion for the game: Monikers: The Shut Up & Sit Down Nonsense Box.
Described as ‘The only game I’ve ever seen someone lose because they couldn’t stop laughing’, Monikers is basically Charades but instead of ending after one round, the game piles on round after round with increasingly difficult and silly restrictions on the players. The SUSDNB has received over 74 times the money they asked for and looks like it’s going to explode in popularity – make sure you get on this train.
Food Truck Champion has great art and a fun theme and has one of the most-fun-to-say names ever. Food Truck Champion!
Inspired by games like Glory to Rome and Mottanai, players in Food Truck Champion will try and use their cards to fill orders, manage their staff, or use as ingredients – all at the same time.
This week’s Centerpiece is Her Place At The Table written by Ryan Gutowski for One Board Family.
Ryan writes about some of the more subtle effects of sexism in the board game industry – but with a positive spin. He notes how his daughters are getting more engaged and enthusiastic with the hobby, and shares his hopes for the future:
I want my girls to see that this hobby is for them. When looking at our game shelf, I want them to see more female designers and characters they can connect with. My daughters have a place at the table and they are ready to play.
Read Her Place At The Table by One Board Family.
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