Posted Friday, 5-Jun-2015
Summer is here! And with it a whole raft of new games releases.
A reworking of British designer Martin Wallace’s Struggle of Empires, Age of Reason is a strategic board game that lets you take on the role of 18th century European rulers looking to expand your nation’s power across the globe. Forge alliances, build armies and expand your territory in a struggle for dominance.
Struggle for Empires, a showpiece for Wallace’s ingenious grasp of thematic game mechanics, has long been popular among strategic gamers, and Age of Reason promises a more streamlined, accessible version of that experience.
(Update via Stronghold Games: The release of Age of Reason has been postponed indefinitely.)
Another reworking of an older game, Dark Moon takes a fan-made game (BSG Express), refines its mechanics and reimagines its setting to create a dark science fiction game of bluffing and tension. The crew of an isolated deep space mine, some of you have become infected with a mysterious virus, leaving the rest with the challenge of surviving in the face of the murderous infected.
Designer Darren Kisgen and board game publisher Gamewright won a Mensa Select Award for new game Dragonwood, a set collection card game set in a fantastical forest. As you set forth to hunt down monsters, the cards will equip you for the challenge, but only you can decide how big a challenge you can face.
With its straightforward play and appealing monsters, this should make a good introductory game for both children and adults taken with dragons and fantasy.
For science fiction fans looking to fly around the universe exploring and getting into fights, World Within presents Nova Cry. If you’ve already set forth for the Federation with Star Trek Expeditions and roamed the ‘verse with Firefly, Nova Cry provides you with a new universe to explore.
Race to be the first to explore new planets, or challenge other captains to duels, as you try to get to 15 victory points before the other players.
Nova Cry is not yet available for purchase.
A new twist on bluffing party games like One Night Werewolf, Spyfall is about secret agents trying to bluff their way through an unknown situation and the people trying to catch them out. One player is the spy, but unlike the others, the spy doesn’t know where they are. Can they work out whether they’re in a bar, an airship or a volcano base before the others work out who they are?
Tally-ho, pip pip, and I say! It’s time for some Victorian steampunk adventure with The World of Smog: On Her Majesty’s Service by Yohan Lemmonier. Sharing a universe with a novel, graphic novel and more, this board game has players trading ether and artefacts as they try to complete missions for Queen Victoria.
Explore the wonders of the faerie Shadow Market on a nicely illustrated board whose rotating parts perfectly match the turning gears of a steampunk world.
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Czech Games takes on the hack-and-slash RPG, a new Game of Thrones game, and Planet of the Apes gets a miniatures game.
Kingdom Rush, Sarah’s Vision, and the end of a major Kickstarter project – this week on the Board Game News Brief