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Board Game News Brief: November 23, 2016

Posted Wednesday, 30-Nov-2016

Come with me if you want to live; Munchkin: X-Men edition; Star Wars Clue; your chance to get Vast: The Crystal Caverns – all this and more, in this week’s Board Game News Brief.

 

Prepared by Calvin Wong

 

Clue gets the Star Wars Treatment

Escape the Death Star as your favorite New Hope characters. The classic board game gets a three dimensional board while the gameplay remains the same.

 

Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?
Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?

 

Players must deduce which planet Vader plans to destroy, where the Death Star plans are hidden, and which escape vehicle they need to get away from the Empire’s clutches.

 

Uh, everything's under control. Situation normal.
Uh, everything’s under control. Situation normal.

 

The game features Luke, Leia, Han, Cheiw, R2D2, and C-3PO as playable characters, and is available now.

 

Munchkin goes Mutant with X-Men Edition

Team up with Cyclops and Wolverine to fight Sabretooth and Magneto in the highly popular Munchkin system, with Munchkin X-Men, coming in 2017.

 

I wonder who does their optometry.
I wonder who does their optometry.

 

Featuring the same gameplay and compatible with the earlier release Munchkin Marvel, it’s Munchkin. It’s X-Men. If you want a superhero twist on the formula, you could do well to check it out.

 

Quick Kickstarters

Last year, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, an asymmetrical dungeon crawl game where players can play as the knight, the goblins, the dragon, or even the cave itself – raised a very respectable 150,000 dollars on Kickstarter. The campaign for the 2nd printing has raised almost 2/3rds that amount in the first day.

 

It's like 4 games in one box.
It’s like 4 games in one box.

 

The 2nd print run contains some clarified rules and the possibility of add-on miniatures for all the roles. This Gen Con smash hit deserves your attention.

Disclosure: I am a backer of the first printing of Vast.

 

Necromonicorp is a game about corporate zombies – literally.

 

What's the SWOT analysis on evil uprising?
What’s the SWOT analysis on evil uprising?

 

The apocalypse has come to your (3D) office building. Fight off mutant spider women, undead horrors, Cthulhu himself, and even a reanimated copy machine. This co-op card game looks slick and has a giant cardboard tower for you to climb. More games should have giant cardboard towers.

 

Richard Borg’s Abbadon is kickstarting an expansion: Shattered Command. The designer of Battlelore and Command and Colors, Borg’s Abbadon is a game of asymmetrical mech combat.

 

Mm. Fonts.
Mm. Fonts.

 

The campaign comes with a pledge for the original game and the expansion, which features a new Command Bunker, upgrades for each faction’s units, and eight new scenarios.

 

 

Announcing the Terminator Board Game 

“The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades, but the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present.”

 

Prepare to be terminated.
Prepare to be terminated.

 

The opening titles of Terminator perfectly foreshadow the board game, which will take place in both timelines: the 1984 where Sarah Connor must fight for her life, and 2029 where the machines wage war against the human resistance.

Featuring 1 vs many gameplay, and due in 2017, it’s time to hasta la vista, baby.

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