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Board Game News Brief: May 13, 2015

Posted Wednesday, 13-May-2015

 

Days of Wonder Mark VE-Day

To mark the 70th anniversary of VE-Day, the day World War 2 ended in Europe, Days of Wonder has released a free expansion for their popular military board game Memoir ’44.

 

Memoir 44 VE-Day Scenarios
Memoir 44 VE-Day Scenarios

The expansion, Memoir 44: VE-Day Scenarios, provides four new scenarios that allow you to play battles from the final days of the war, including the advance on Berlin. It’s a great way to give Memoir ’44 players more variety, and to remind people of the history of the era.

 

Plots Appear in Game of Thrones Preview

Fantasy Flight has revealed more details about their upcoming second edition of the Game of Thrones Card Game.  In the new version of the card game based on the fantasy novels and TV show, players will each have two separate decks, one consisting of just a small number of plots.

 

Game of Thrones The Card Game
Game of Thrones The Card Game

As lead designer Nate French explains in an interesting article on the game, this smaller deck will force players to think carefully about which schemes to undertake, steering your main deck and the fate of Westeros in all manner of different directions.

 

Klaus Teuber Makes Board Games Big News

Board games got a boost in profile this week when an article about designer Klaus Teuber appeared in the New Yorker.  In the article, Teuber discusses the phenomenal success of his game Settlers of Catan, labeled by some as the modern answer to Monopoly.

 

Klaus Teuber
Klaus Teuber

While other Teuber classics such as Entdecker sadly don’t get a mention, the article will at least lead more people into the wonderful and varied world of board games.

 

WWE Enters the Board Games Ring

Get ready sports entertainment fans, because Gale Force Nine has announced the upcoming release of WWE Superstar Smackdown.  As tie-in games go, it’s more surprising than the Lord of the Rings Card Game or Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game, but it should make those with a love of over-the-top entertainment happy.

 

WWE Superstar Showdown Board Game
WWE Superstar Showdown Board Game

Now you can be ruler of the ring without have to get thrown around or jump off the turnbuckle.

 

Quick Kickstarters

Most thematically exciting this week is Tides of Infamy by Jacob Bunting, a board game of high seas adventure in which players fight sea monsters, pirates and the elements.

 

Tides of Infamy Kickstarter
Tides of Infamy Kickstarter

 

Following XCOM’s lead, first person shooter computer game Crysis is aiming for the tabletop with Crysis Analogue Edition.

 

Crysis Kickstarter
Crysis Kickstarter

 

With an endearing combination of cute and horrifying, Karnivore Koala from Voodoo Games offers an amusingly illustrated world of mutated animals and a fun game using cards and dice.

 

Karnivore Koala
Karnivore Koala

 

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic stories like The Walking Dead then Van Ryder Games have the thing for you with Salvation Road, a cooperative game of survival against the odds.

 

Salvation Road Kickstarter
Salvation Road Kickstarter

 

Tom Dalgliesh’s railway game The Last Spike offers a balance between cooperation and competition as players seek to make a profit while building the trans-continental railroad.

 

The Last Spike Kickstarter
The Last Spike Kickstarter

 

For those seeking something a little more genteel, A Match Made in Austen from Renaissance Press is a storytelling game inspired by stories such as Pride and Prejudice.

 

 

A Match Made in Austen
A Match Made in Austen

Among the light, easy to play games currently on offer is Druids by Dan Deming, a press your luck dice game in which you try to avoid having all your followers converted away from you in dark age Europe.

 

Druids Kickstarter
Druids Kickstarter

 

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