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Board Game News Brief: November 10th 2016

Posted Thursday, 10-Nov-2016

A peek at the Scythe expansion; the designer’s thoughts about the 2nd edition of Dominion; Arkham Horror: The Card Game; and more, on this week’s Board Game News Brief.

 

Scythe: Invaders from Afar preview

Alternate history area control game Scythe broke all sorts of records on Kickstarter and is now at retail to critical acclaim. Designer Jamey Stegmaier has since announced its first expansion, two new factions called Clan Albion and the Togawa Shogunate – and talks about the design process over at analoggames.com

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Both the new factions will not be locked behind a river and have some cool tricks for mobility and defense, including traps, flags that you can teleport to, and additional ways to take the fight to the enemy.

Also, a monkey!

 

Arkham Horror: The Card Game releases at retail.

Available now, the new co-operative LCG game of mystery and investigation for 2 to 4 players sends you through a campaign where your character can develop, gain scars, and be plagued by evils the mortal mind was not meant to comprehend.

 

Fantasy Flight makes the best banners.
Fantasy Flight makes the best banners.

 

From the description page:

Rather than having your actions driven by the cards in your hand, you gain three actions each round to use as you see fit. Assemble a shotgun, explore the room you’re in, or travel to a new location—you control the pace and trajectory of your adventure. The only catch is that you must gather enough clues to get through the act deck before the forces of evil progress through their agenda deck.

 

I want to know, but I don't want to know.
I want to know, but I don’t want to know.
I want to know, but I don't want to know.
I want to know, but I don’t want to know.

 

The first expansions to the game have already been announced, so there’s going to be plenty of mystic and eldritch terror for you to get through.

 

Tyrants of the Underdark receives expansion decks

The Dungeons and Dragons board game of area control and deck building adds two decks to its arsenal: Aberrations, and Undead

 

It's splitting hairs, really.
It’s splitting hairs, really.

 

Vampires, liches, Beholders, elder brains and flesh golems; oh my! Conquer the underdark with these new cards for the game.

They can be preordered on the Gale Force Nine website.

 

Quick Kickstarters

Mega Man: Pixel Tactics is a tiny RPG card game featuring the 8 bit icon in all his pixellated glory.

 

Pew pew!
Pew pew!

 

The game comes with a red box and a blue box with over 50 characters combined, and is fully compatible with all other Pixel Tactics titles.

 

Combining arts, crafts, coloring, and magic, ExSpelled is a game about a magic school who accepts the rejects who didn’t get into the other magic schools.

 

Wand included.
Wand included.

 

Incorporating DIY papercraft, coloring, and other artsy pursuits to the storytelling RPG format, ExSpelled is charming, unique, and worth a look.

 

And finally we have 5 Minute Dungeon, a co-operative card game where you’re trying to beat a dungeon with your friends in 5 minutes.

 

Tick tick...
Tick tick…

 

Play cards from your hand to match icons and use special abilities to defeat tough enemies. It’s fast, frantic, fun.

 

Dominion designer previews Second Edition and Intrigue.

Donald X Vaccarino has gone deep into the nuts and bolts of updating his classic game Dominion (now almost 10 years old) for a second edition, along with the Intrigue expansion.

 

New box!
New box!

 

His post on Boardgamegeek goes into the reasoning behind his changes, why certain cards were dropped and others changed, and goes into great detail about the thought process behind a Dominion expansion – well worth a read.

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