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New & Upcoming Board Games for May 2016

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

 

Clue returns with Game of Thrones edition.

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)

 

It was the crossbow in the aviary! Wait, the battleaxe!
It was the crossbow in the aviary! Wait, the battleaxe!

 

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

 

Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks.

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.

 

We hope it's bigger on the inside.
We hope it’s bigger on the inside.

 

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

 

Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space: Ultimate Edition

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?

 

Boo.
Boo.

 

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

No more Castles –  Star Trek: Panic. 

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

 

There's Klingons off the starboard bow! AGAIN.
There’s Klingons off the starboard bow! AGAIN.

 

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

 

Quarriors re-implemented as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters.

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.

 

Heroes in a half shell, turtle power!
Heroes in a half shell, turtle power!

 

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

 

World’s Fair: 1893

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 in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' journey
The 1893 World Fair was in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ journey

 

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

Expansions

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.

 

New card: Eagle husbandry.
New card: Eagle husbandry.

 

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.

 

The line between character design and wardrobe malfunction is really thin.
The line between character design and wardrobe malfunction is really thin.

 

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.

 

A toast to multiculturalism!
A toast to multiculturalism!

 

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.

 

Angry men being angry! Grr!
Angry men being angry! Grr!

 

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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