Posted Sunday, 1-May-2016
Investigate the mysteries of Westeros, exterminate some Daleks, and roll up with some Heroes in a Half Shell in May’s upcoming board game releases.
Contributed by Calvin Wong
The classic family board game of deduction moves to Westeros. Ditching Colonel Mustard for Daenerys Targaryen, the game still maintains the ‘suspect/weapon/location’ gameplay of the original, but the new edition boasts a two sided board (featuring The Red Keep and Meereen locations)
The game is based on the hit HBO TV series Game of Thrones rather than the novels, and looks to feature some updated mechanics, although full details will have to wait until this USApoly release hits shelves.
Clue: Game of Thrones is available for pre-order from $33.99
Ready your sonic screwdrivers and prepare for timey-wimey stuff. Gale Force Nine, publishers of such licensed games as Spartacus, Firefly, and Homeland have taken on another beloved TV series.
Details are light on the game’s mechanics, but the game promises the ability to “travel through time and space, meet companions and have adventures”. Players can also choose which of the Doctor’s various incarnations they can play as.
Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks is available for pre-order from $47.99
In space, no one can hear you hide. Or so you hope. This horror game sports both hidden movement and hidden allegiances. You can hear your fellow players stumbling in the pitch-black spaceship, but are they a fellow crewmember trying to make it to the escape hatches? Or a flesh-eating alien?
The Ultimate Edition compiles all of the material released in the various editions and website-only content since the game’s original release in 2010. It also includes previously limited edition content, new unique player powers, and upgraded component quality across the (card)board, so if the notion of a high intensity science fiction game with a lovely retro horror aesthetic appeals to you, now is a great time to jump on board. And be eaten.
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space: Ultimate Edition is available for pre-order from $25.49
The family-friendly co-operative game fantasy game – now in space! This light strategy game from 2009 balances the need to work together with the desire for personal glory
As threats advance towards the Enterprise from all around the ship, command iconic characters from the Original Series in order to complete your missions and defeat the enemy threats.
Star Trek: Panic is available for pre-order from $25.49
Build your dice and be totally awesome, dude! Designed by Mike Elliot (Shadowrun: Crossfire, Star Trek: Fleet Captains) and Eric Lang (Blood Rage, Chaos in the Old World), Quarriors was a fantasy-themed dice building game which became the prototype for the popular Dice Masters series.
This cowabunga-inspired take on the series is based on the recent Nickolodeon TV show and is compatible with all other Dice Master products. The game collects the complete TMNT product line without any need for boosters or expansions (as of now).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters is available for pre-order from $19.99
Exhibit Transportation, Manufacturing and Electricity and be the toast of the future. Players compete to put on the best show they can, acting as organizers of the fair and competing to expand their influence and attract exhibits to their section of the fair.
The 1893 World Fair was a massive undertaking by the city of Chicago, recently ruined by the Great Chicago Fire, and had a lasting impact in popular culture. In the game, players are scored on the diversity of their exhibits in 5 different categories over the course of several scoring rounds, receiving approval permits for their exhibits, and earning reputation points in order to be declared the winner of the game
World’s Fair: 1893 is available for pre-order from $25.49
The 10th expansion to popular deck-building empire Dominion is called, appropriately, Empires, and apart from the right to name a salad after themselves, players can now build Landmarks, take on Events, and conquer entire continents.
2 player fighting card game Exceed’s newest expansion may take the record for longest name on our site so far. Exceed: Red Horizon – Reese & Heidi vs. Vincent & Nehtali is the first 4 character block in the first season of Exceed releases. The game is built to evoke Japanese fighting games a la Street Fighter, and features fast matchups, portable decks, and character-specific move cards and special attacks.
3 is a Magic Number in the latest expansion for whimsical civilization building card game Imperial Settlers. The main mechanical change is the ability to create sets of three, and the game includes new cards for all 5 factions and a few cards for solo play.
And finally, the Civil War comes to Marvel Dice Masters, a new release cycle of the popular collectible dice battle game. This set features a new starter set, boosters, a new team box, and other peripheral accessories.
The set will focus on the Civil War storyline, a version of which is currently being played out in cinemas. The set also introduces several new mechanics, named Thunderbolts, Enlistment, and New Warriors.
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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!