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Gen Con News Brief: August 5, 2015

Posted Tuesday, 4-Aug-2015

The self-styled ‘Best four days in gaming’ has come and gone. With over 61,000 unique attendees, Gen Con is the largest board gaming convention in North America. Here are some of the hot releases and announcements made in Indianapolis this year, presented alphabetically.

Contributed by Calvin Wong 

Above and Below

This whimsical storytelling/town building game designed by Ryan Laukat (Eight Minute Empire) casts players as villagers who must rebuild their village as well as delve into the dark caverns beneath, drawing story cards and making difficult decisions on what to do and who to send.


The gorgeous art of Above and Below
The gorgeous art of Above and Below.


A cross between a eurogame and a storytelling adventure, this Red Raven Games release debuted at Gen Con.


Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

 A visually gorgeous new release from Plaid Hat Games, this 2 to 4 player card game of battling mages intentionally sets itself apart from Magic: The Gathering by allowing players to choose their starting hand, manipulate their mana pools, and a non-random expansion system.


Card art from Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Card art from Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn


Designed by Isaac Vega, whose previous design credits include Dead of Winter and Bioshock: The Siege of Columbia, Ashes sold out at Gen Con and is now in general release.


Blood Rage

Vikings, pillaging, and area control, oh my! Designed by Eric Lang (Chaos in the Old World) and published by CoolMiniOrNot,  the quality of miniatures in this game can best be described as ‘excessive.’


Viking it up
Viking it up.


Take on the role of one of the clans, each with its own unique shaman and warrior miniatures, and lead them against frost giants, sea serpents, and even each other in your quest to be exalted in the warrior paradise of Valhalla.


My First Bohnanza 

The children’s variant of this classic card game by Uwe Rosenberg (Agricola) brings bean planting and hand management to a whole new generation.


New bean, same as the old bean
New bean, same as the old bean.


Featuring a unique mechanism where players cannot arrange the order of cards in their hand, Bohnanza sees players competing to collect sets of desirable beans via trading.



Iello Games is reprinting NyetOriginally titled Njet, this light trick taking card game lets players alter the rules of each round before it begins.

Not pictured: A fox wearing a scarf; a parrot in a trench coat.
Not pictured: A fox wearing a scarf; a parrot in a trench coat.


Also: polar bears wearing Russian hats.


Runebound 3rd Edition

Ten years after the release of Runebound 2nd Edition, Fantasy Flight Games is bringing back this classic game of fantasy and heroism.


Dragons = Promising.
Dragons = Promising.


Featuring an updated, diceless combat system and set in the same fantasy universe as Descent, Runebound is a competitive adventure game for 2 to 4 players.


The Village Crone

Worker placement and magic spells combine in The Village Crone,  lightweight title for 1 to 6 players by Fireside Games.


Who is the baddest of them all?
Who is the baddest of them all?


Featuring cute components and a unique art style, players cast hexes on villagers and harvest spell components in order to win out over their opponents and be named Village Crone.


Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game

A re-imagining of the classic Games Workshop title Warhammer Quest, Warhammer Quest: the ACG features a 5-quest campaign for 1 to 4 players as well as a random quest generator for further replayability.


Alas, no miniatures.
Alas, no miniatures.


Fight as one of four iconic heroes to erase the evil gathering in the tunnels beneath the city of Schompf. Ghouls and greenskins seek to threaten the lands above – will you answer the call?

Sneak peek roundup

A quick look at some other titles shown at Gen Con.

7 Wonders: Duel is a 2 player reimplementation of the popular civilization-themed card drafting game. It is being released by Repos Production.

Plaid Hat Games showed off some miniatures from Tail Feathers, their upcoming miniatures game set in the Myce & Mystics universe. You get to play mice riding birds into battle. Mice. Riding. Birds.


Image credit: Watch It PlayedTtwitter account
Image credit: Watch It Played Twitter account


Artana Games announced the Echo system, a series of Legacy style games in collaboration with Rob Daviau, designer of Risk Legacy and Pandemic Legacy.

Return to Hoth, the first big box expansion for Imperial Assault has been announced for a release later this year.


We just can't get away from Hoth, can we?
We just can’t get away from Hoth, can we?


Upper Deck Entertainment, the publishers of Legendary Encounters: Predator, has announced two new Legendary games for 2016: Legendary: Big Trouble in Little China and Legendary: Firefly.

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