Posted Saturday, 11-Feb-2017
From Dungeons & Dragons to the Cuban Missile Crisis; The Force Awakens onto your table and Legendary goes to dark new places; These are February 2017’s New & Upcoming Games.
2 players 13 minutes Ages 10 & up
Price: ~$6 according to BoardGamePrices.com
Play out the Cuban Missile Crisis in 13 minutes.
Play as either Kennedy or Khruschev in this tiny card game as you try and avert all out war. The battlegrounds change as you play each card, but the stakes rise ever higher. The world is watching; who will blink first?
3-8 players 15-30 minutes
Price: ~$16 according to BoardGamePrices.com
A trick taking game where the players are animals trying to outwit each other in each trick.
All stories belong to Anansi, so it is said, and Anansi is tricksy indeed; but sometimes his trickery can backfire. Can you use your cunning to take control of the narrative and outfox the tricksters?
3-6 players 120 minutes Ages 14 & up
Price: ~$55 according to BoardGamePrices.com
Giants battling amongst tremendous landscapes – Assault of the Giants features four to five inch tall miniatures duking it out over the board.
Command the titular giants and take on your opponent’s settlements, grab their resources – or just take part in the simple joy of pitting huge warring giants against each other.
3-5 players 80 minutes Ages 13 & up
Price: ~$50 according to BoardGamePrices.com
“A game of post-apocalyptic family survival” reads the tagline, and who are we to argue?
A worker placement game where things are always going wrong, mom, dad, boy, girl, and dog have to get all the resources a post-apocalyptic nuclear family needs – by standing in line. Yes. Nothing bad has ever happened to anyone standing in a line. Nope. Never.
2-5 players 45 minutes Ages 10 & up
Price: ~$19 according to BoardGamePrices.com
Utterly terrifying. Completely harmless. Isle of Monsters is a family friendly game of set collection and resource gathering with gorgeous illustration and a quirky theme.
On the island of Nowhere Atoll, cute (but terrifying) monsters roam the island, looking for their favorite food – and you’re going to help them compete in the Scare Faire. Most scream points wins!
1-5 players 30-60 minutes Ages 14 & up
Price ~$15 according to BoardGamePrices.com
A small box expansion for Legendary, the 12th expansion for the deck building game of superheroes brings new Heroes, Schemes, and Villains in a whole new way.
“Mystery, secrets, and betrayal” promises the official description, and a universe where “superheroes are replaced by gritty stories.” Sign us up.
2 players 45 minutes Ages 14 & up
Price: ~$35 according to BoardGamePrices.com
Android: Netrunner Legacy. The cybernoir card game of hackers vs corporations unfolds its first narrative expansion, a game within the game of trying to solve a series of gruesome murders in New Angeles.
Apart from the campaign, the game also functions as a regular expansion: New cards for the Criminal, Shaper, Weyland, and Jinteki factions can be found int his box, completely separated from the campaign system.
2-4 players 45 minutes Ages 14 & up
The Force Awakens comes to X-Wing with the new wave of expansions. First up: The Upsilon shuttle, Kylo Ren’s preferred mode of transport.
Incredibly well armored and shielded and with posable wings, the Upsilon bristles with 15 ship upgrades – and you can have it piloted by Kylo himself.
Sabine’s TIE Fighter from Star Wars: Rebels has a distinct paint scheme to reflect its allegiance to the Rebel Alliance. Whether piloted by Ahsoka Tano or Sabine Wren herself, the modified fighter has a ton of new tricks.
Get Jyn Erso as a passenger or unleash Suppressive Fire on your enemies. Sabine’s TIE lets you run the iconic ship in your rebel fleet lists.
Better than a piece of garbage, the Quadjumper is a highly maneuverble Scum ship with the ability to fly backwards, barrel roll, and move at speed 1 – a perfect blocking ship to allow your other ships to maneuver into position.
Drop mines from the front of your ship or tractor beam your enemies in place – the Quadjumper is a sturdy workhorse that can (very slowly) turn the tides.
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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!