Posted Wednesday, 27-May-2015
Fantasy Flight has released the latest expansion pack for the first edition of their Game of Thrones Card Game – The Blue is Calling. Adding House Arryn characters to your battle for the Iron Throne, it’s also the last release for this version of the game.
Rather than just abandoning the original game and its fans, Fantasy Flight has done a good job of providing new cards and supporting competitive play up to the end, and it’ll be interesting to see what changes the second edition brings.
If you’re a fan of Cool Mini Or Not’s XenoShyft game, or looking to try something new that combines deck building, resource management and fast paced combat, then now’s your chance to get involved in shaping XenoShyft’s future. CMON is looking for players to test out the Dreadmire expansion of their dark science fiction game of exploration and survival.
Head deep into the swamps as you face terrible monsters and atrocious weather for the NorTec mining company, and in the process help refine the game.
Also in the realm of cooperative alien-fighting games, Z-Man Games has announced the upcoming release of Apocalypse Chaos, in which one to four players fight off attacks on a spaceship. With games like XenoShyft, Dead of Winter and The Walking Dead: The Best Defense already out, there’s no shortage of cooperative survival games.
At first glance this one looks like it might have a Pitch Black vibe, but whether that’s true, and whether it’s novelty enough to distract from those games, only time will tell.
DreadBall is a fun, fast moving science fiction sports game in which you can play teams of robots, tentacle aliens or cheating monkey clones. If you’re already a player, this is a chance to add to your game, and if not it’s a great chance to try the game out.
Given the license and the company, you probably won’t see any deep strategic games come from this, but if you love those little yellow balls of fun, or you’re looking to keep the kids entertained, then this may produce something fun for you. Banana?
Academy Games and Ascyron are looking to bring back a classic with the kickstarter for Mare Nostrum – Empires, an expanded version of Serge Laget’s game of territorial control and trade in the ancient Mediterranean.
Middara by Succubus Publishing promises a cooperative fantasy adventure game with high production values, including some unique and nicely crafted miniatures.
If you prefer your adventures piratical then take a look at Empires at Sea by Zach and Amy Silverzweig, which combines historical events with high seas action as players sail a map of the 18th century Atlantic.
For something less serious check out Oliver Smith’s We Have Goats, a tile laying game in which you are challenged to herd your goats safely home past volcanoes, whirlwinds, internet trolls, the break bad hermit crab, and all manner of other craziness.
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