Posted Thursday, 1-Jun-2017
It’s a bumper edition of the New & Upcoming; Fields of Green, Lisboa, The Expanse, plus expansions for Terraforming Mars, TIME Stories, and Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn.
2-4 players 45 minutes Ages 12 & up
Based on Among The Stars, Fields of Green moves to the 20th century while keeping the game’s core concepts. Plough fields, raise livestock, and run your economy in this pleasant tile laying game of agricultural idyll.
1-5 players 45 minutes Ages 10 & up
The bombs have gone off and your crew needs urgent medical care. Flatline is the sequel to FUSE, and is also a real time game of dice rolling but ups the complexity and co-operation while also dialing back the tension. Over the course of several 1-minute rounds, players must save lives, dodge explosions, and deal with the crises facing the ship.
1-4 players 120 minutes Ages 12 & up
November 1st, 1755. Lisboa is rocked by an earthquake, a tsunami, and three days of fires – but from the ruins rises opportunity. Rebuild Lisboa into the most modern city in all Portugal; nay, the world! From the brain of Vital Lacerda, designer of such gems as The Gallerist and Vinhos, Lisboa is as gorgeous as it is deep.
1-8 players 15 minutes Ages 8 & up
A mage, a warrior, and elf, and a dwarf walk into a shopping mall in order to pull off a daring heist! This Spiel des Jahres nominated real time maze game has players controlling not characters, but directions of movement. In charge of left? You have to move ALL the characters left. Did we mention you can’t talk or point? And there are 24 levels of difficulty? Magic Maze!
1-4 players 120 minutes Ages 13 & up
I seriously do not think I can sell this game better than the tagline: The co-operative Settler-Destruction Strategy Game. Come on! That’s awesome. As spirits of the land, you must use your elemental powers to aid the islanders against the European invaders. With several different nations to fight against and fantastic art, Spirit Island looks a winner.
From the designer of Space Cadets and the upcoming Downforce, Geoff Engelstein’s The Expanse is a Twilight Struggle-esque game of politics, intrigue, and conquest. If the idea of a space game that de-emphasizes fleet battles in favor of human interests intrigues you, definitely check it out. (Although part of me really wishes they’d kept this art for the cover:)
2-6 players 30 minutes Ages 14 & up
“Across all of space and time, the Tricksters play their game.” It’s a trick-taking game. Get it? Lavishly and lovingly illustrated by Beth Sobel of Viticulture and Between Two Cities fame and designed by Kodama‘s Daniel Solis, this game of amazing powers and multidimensional trickery is worth your time. Get it? Time?
4-99 players 45 minutes Ages 12 & up
Word Slam is a fast-paced game of word guessing designed by the dynamic duo of Inka and Markus Brand (EXIT: The Game, Village) who are up for not a Spiel des Jahres nomination for Exit AND a shortlist for Word Slam. One player must play nouns, verbs, adjectives, and prepositions to get their team to guess a word – but the other team is guessing at the same time. Come on and SLAM.
1-4 players 90 minutes Ages 14 & up
An expansion to 51st State Master Set, Scavengers turns being attacked into an upside; you can search the ruins of your faction’s destroyed locations. Can’t go wrong with 50 new cards!
2-4 players 120 minutes Ages 14 & up
Deluxe expansion boxes for Ashes, the Laws of Lions and the Song of Soaksend both introduce new Phoenixborn to the world, each with their own unique set of ten dice, deck, and a deckbox with space for sleeved cards and tokens. Whether Odette Diamondcrests’ divine right or Namine Hymntides unending melody, pick up these new sets for even more content for your copy of Ashes.
1-5 players 120 minutes Ages 12 & up
Two new areas of Mars to Terraform. The southern pole and the solar system’s greatest mountain become yours to play on as Hellas and Elysium add new boards, new milestones, and new awards to lend variety to your set of Terraforming Mars.
3-4 players Ages 12 & up
Buckle in time travelers, you’re headed to 15th century Spain. Have light in faith as the narrative of TIME Stories continues to unfold, with morality choices, powerful forces arrayed against you, all against the backdrop of the Christians and the Moors.
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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!