Posted Wednesday, 14-Oct-2015
Board gaming’s largest convention has landed, with over 700 games to show. Check out the cream of the crop in this week’s Board Game News Brief.
This competitive card game has players building taco stands, hiring professional ride designers, and pleasing the critics on their way to constructing the best theme park, rollercoasters and all.
The future of baseball is here. From acclaimed designer Mike Fitzgerald, this quick-playing deck building game dispenses with innings and technicalities to put the emphasis on strategy and choice – do you field powerful robots or fast and intuitive humans, and in which positions?
This semi-cooperative WW2 game of influence and negotiation casts players as one of the three leaders of the Allied forces, trying to guide their country to victory while taking care not to become too powerful lest the other two team up and take them down.
Guide your civilization to greatness – and then write their resume. This action selection and resource management card game includes actions such as Slacking, Feline Domestication, and Feminism.
Gambling with other people’s money is the name of the game as players guide their banks to great heights of financial wealth through the purchase of gold and weaponry. Play through 12 quarters of earnings reports and privatization while suppressing the angry mobs – no, really.
This RPG/Sci-Fi card game crossover features all the traditional hallmarks of an RPG: storytelling, combat, and character development – while retaining board game elements such as resource management and card-based gameplay.
Action selection and timing are everything in this cute game about growing your flock of birds. Nest, feed, hatch, and take wing to make sure your flock is on top of the pecking order by game’s end.
Reach out and touch the clouds in this skyscraper construction board game. Build the icons of Lower Manhattan in this tile-placement game, slowly upgrading your buildings and crowding out your competitors.
Manage and develop your very own planet portfolio. As humans explored the galaxy, terraforming companies sprang up to meet demand, and yours is going to be the best one! Bid on planets to develop and construct their infrastructure in order to be declared the most successful company in the universe.
Classic tile laying game Carcassonne gets the Star Wars treatment. The game promises some rules changes and character meeples from the film while retaining the map-building aspect of Carcassonne.
Prevent time travel paradoxes in this self-styled ‘decksploration’ game. Players will be assigned missions which they can time travel through as many times as they wish, with the objective of perfectly solving all the puzzles and overcoming all the objectives while being armed with the knowledge of their previous run.
Student wizards try to gain ultimate power by opening a book – What could possibly go wrong? Players must learn to cast spells in their element while defeating all the monsters, turning aside curses, and not losing their lives (or minds) in the process. Can you and your friends close the book in time?
Lights! Camera! Hire movie stars, sabotage your opponents, and deal with the history of the times in this faithful reproduction of 1940s Hollywood. Vie for audience share, jump on up-and-coming talent, and get caught up in a mob war – all this and more in this game of Post-Depression America.
Mama Wombat has lost her 4 wombat children – what’s a wombat to do? Due to their poor eyesight, you must use your wombat’s sense of smell to navigate – by laying poop cubes in strategic locations around the board. Be the first to save your kids by managing your digestive system and avoiding the dastardly dingo – it’s Wombat time!
A post-apocalyptic deck builder with significantly more player interaction than usual, Arctic Scavengers received a massive popularity boost in 2014 and now has a new expansion as well as a reprint of the base box. Featuring reconnaissance and deception, Recon introduces more subtlety and depth to the base game.
More whimsy, more cards, more cuteness! Dixit Memories may be the most adorable Dixit set yet. This Spiel de Jahres-winning card game of storytelling and creativity continues to amaze and surprise even 5 years on.
Wild West dexterity game Flick ‘Em Up! introduces horses! And cowgirls. And new locations. And new scenarios. But mainly cute wooden horses.
Scenario play, radioactive explosions, and tasty beverages in glass bottles. Drawing features from the digital app edition of the chaotic space-travel/where-did-my-ship-go game, the new Missions expansion only requires the base set to play.
War has come to Orleans – the first big box expansion for this worker placement game features co-operative play as players fend off an incoming invasion. The game also features 5 other scenarios, new buildings, and event cards.
It’s time to buy and sell – at the same time! This expansion to the classic eurogame features 3 new modules all featuring he aforementioned ability to buy stock in various power companies, and is based on a module from the designer’s newest game, 504.
The smash hit deckbuilder receives its first standalone expansion. 80 new cards allow players to play either with this set alone, or combined with the base set for up to 4 players.
Six new factions vie for your attention as Ents, Giant Spiders, and the Eagles all receive miniatures, faction cards, and faction dice to add even more epic gameplay to this already epic 2 player war game.
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Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!