Posted Sunday, 3-Jul-2016
Sharpen your Scythe, stock up for the Dead of Winter, spool up your Armada, and return to the Nostromo in July’s upcoming board game releases.
Contributed by Calvin Wong
Simultaneous real time team vs team combat under the ocean – Captain SONAR pits up to 8 players in head to head tactical submarine combat.
Play as the Captain and oversee your team, or be the First Mate and coordinate the hunt. The Radio Operator must listen in on enemy communications to home in on their position while the Engineer sorts out engine trouble and conducts repairs.
The game can be played with anywhere from 2 to 8 players and either in real time or turn by turn. Either way, prepare to descend to crush depth.
Captain SONAR is available for pre-order from $42.49
An abandoned research facility. High tech weapons, powerful pharmaceuticals, the ability to construct facilities and barricades in order to stave off bandit raids – all these and more are in The Long Night.
Playable either as a standalone game or mixed in with the base set of Dead of Winter, the game comes with 20 new characters, new mechanics, crossroad cards, and a sense of creeping dread.
Dead of Winter: The Long Night is available for pre-order from $38.99
Central Europe, 1920. The Great War is over, but the mysterious city-state known as The Factory has gone silent. Plunder the Factory for its technology and expand your empire in the pursuit of riches and glory.
Scythe is a eurogame for 1 to 5 players with an unorthodox mix of resource management, area control, action selection, and even combat. Set in a gorgeous steampunk 1920s where giant mechanized machines stalk the fields, Scythe boasts incredible production quality, deep 4x gameplay, and lush visual art.
Scythe is available for pre-order from $52.80
War! Again! Based on the uranium-enriching board game The Manhattan Project, Chain Reaction is a spin off card game where players race to assemble atomic weapons in a mutually-assured destruction style arms race in order to ensure their nation’s survival.
Available for 1 to 5 players, Chain Reaction blends hand management and mass destruction in a fast playing package.
The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction is available for pre-order from $9.79
Every day in Mumbai, 250,000 home-cooked hot lunches are hand-delivered to workers across the city. Food is picked up from your home, sent across the city using a network of rail, bicycle, and cart – and then delivered to your workplace for you to eat.
Tiffin is a game of the hardworking men who deliver these lunches: The dabbawallas. Deliver tiffins of food along your route and out-maneuver your competition in order to maximize your deliveries and end the most money by game end.
Tiffin is available for pre-order from $26.39
War has been raging for two centuries, and the kingdoms of the land have driven themselves nearly to extinction. In Warquest, 2 to 4 players take on the role of warlords in a fantasy world, undertaking quests, engaging in warfare, and managing your empire.
Recruit armies, garner magic items, command your hero, and conquer the lands. Will you be the first among equals?
Warquest is available for pre-order from $76.99
The King in Yellow himself has come to Eldritch Horror. The new small box expansion Signs of Carcosa lets you fight Hastur and the encroaching madness brought by his wakening.
Investigate new mysteries, slip into the shoes of new investigators and step into the lost city of Carcosa.
Legendary Encounters: Alien gets its first expansion pack. Helpfully titled Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game Expansion, this box comes with 400 new cards for your xenomorph experience – including the ability to play as and against the Alien Queen. The roster of playable humans also increases as Lieutenant Gorman, Superintendent Andrews, Captain Elgyn, and Kane join the ranks.
Up next we have a pair of expansions for Star Wars: Armada: The Gozanti Class Imperial Assault Carriers from the Rebels TV show. What these small ships lack in firepower they make up for with their powerful fleet support upgrades and the ability to ferry TIE fighters into battle.
On the Rebel side, the iconic Rebel Transports from Episode V bring better fleet communication, repair capabilities, and various other fleet support upgrades. Their lack of combat prowess is made up for by bringing your other ships to greater heights of tactical ability.
Finally, we have another Alien expansion, this time for the Vs. System 2 Player Card Game. Vs. System 2PCG: The Alien Battles includes 200 new cards and covers all 4 films. Yes, you can be Ripley. Yes, you can also be an Alien.
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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!