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Board Game News Brief: September 2, 2015

Posted Wednesday, 2-Sep-2015

The cake is no longer a lie, train-routes on either side of the Atlantic, and a new season of global disease.

Contributed by Calvin Wong


Pandemic Legacy reveal video released

Hotly anticipated title Pandemic Legacy has been given a trailer as well as a release date of October 8th. This new edition of Pandemic includes the Legacy mechanic from designer Rob Daviau’s Risk Legacy, which introduces the idea of making permanent changes to your copy of the game.



In Pandemic Legacy, new rules will be revealed, components destroyed, and characters killed off permanently, as players fight to co-operatively stave off a global pandemic over 12 brutal months.


Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game now available to preorder

Yes, that is the actual name. Released by Valve Software and Cryptozoic Entertainment, this light-hearted, quick-playing game is based on the popular puzzle-solving video game series Portal.


The game is a truth.
The game is a truth.


Set in the zany world of Aperture Science, 2 to 4 players compete to have the most cake by the end of the game while conspiring to have your opponent’s cake (and test subjects) destroyed. The game features a modular board which changes as the game progresses, cake miniatures, and a free copy of the Portal 2 video game.


Failed Kickstarter Odin’s Ravens to be released after all.

UK-based Osprey Games, primarily known for their Bolt Action line of historical wargames, has picked up the new edition of Odin’s Ravens for a February 2016 release.


Thought and Memory.
Thought and Memory.


After a failed Kickstarter in 2013 in which nothing materialized for backers, this 2 player card-laying game is finally receiving its second edition.  Players take the role of the two ravens of the Norse god Odin, Hugin and Munin, and must manipulate the landscape to be the first to return complete their circuit of Midgard.

Backers of the previous Kickstarter will receive their copy of the game from Osprey Publishing at the cost of shipping.

New expansion for Magic The Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers

Magic: The Gathering board game Arena of the Planeswalkers is set to receive its first expansion. Titled Battle for Zendikar, the set contains two new planeswalkers (powerful mages battling for dominance) along with spells and creature squads for each.


Image credit: gatheringmagic.com
Image credit: gatheringmagic.com


Based on the Heroquest system, Arena of the Planeswalkers is a tactical miniatures board game for 2 to 4 players set in the world of Magic: The Gathering.

Technology upgrades and Shares come to Ticket to Ride

In the UK/Pennsylvania expansion for Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride: Europe, designer Alan Moon introduces new mechanics, new card types, and new ways to win in this two-sided map expansion for the classic train game.


Still waiting on TTR: Mars
Still waiting on TTR: Mars


In the UK map, players must spend locomotive cards to acquire technology upgrades, such as the ability to build ferries, routes longer than 2 trains, and the ability to build routes in Scotland and Wales.

In Pennsylvania, players will receive shares in various companies for completing train routes, which will help earn points at the end of the game. The game will debut at Essen Spiel in October.


Quick Kickstarters

Cogs in a Machine is a press your luck style dice game for 2 to 6 players in which you take on the role of a gnome in an assembly line. Build Gizmos, Doohickeys, Whirligigs, and Thingamabobs while watching out for the sabotage of your opponents.

Abstract strategy game Less features random map setup, a sleek art style, and simple rules. The designers compare it to Chess (but Less!) and recommend 2 to 4 players

2014 card game Draco Magi from designers Richard Launius and Roger Burke is receiving an expansion, appropriately titled The Draco Magi Expansion. With incredible realist fantasy art and 12 new dragons, the expansion contains enough cards for 2 players.

Trove: The Crystal Caverns puts a fascinating spin on ‘enter the cave kill the dragon’ by allowing you play as either the hero, the dragon, the goblin horde, or the Cave. Asymmetry at its most absurdly delightful.

Adorable. Deadly.
Adorable. Deadly.

Small City (described by one playtester as Sim City in the Nintendo era) casts players as the mayor of one borough of Small City, trying to win re-election by attracting residents and industry, fighting off pollution, and keeping your campaign promises. The game has a slick art style and features solo play.

RPG-style card game Gloom of Kilforth has way more art than seems strictly necessary.

And nary a smile to be seen.
And nary a smile to be seen.


Billed as an epic adventure for 1 to 4 players and playable in 1 to 3 hours, the game sees players taking on the roles of heroes trying to save the land from an encroaching darkness.

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