Posted Tuesday, 5-Dec-2017
The holiday season is in full swing, whether looking for gifts or just something new to play with loved ones, here’s December’s New & Upcoming.
Compiled by Calvin Wong
From the designer of Scythe, Charterstone is a game of village building with a legacy twist. As you play through the game, stickers are permanently added to the game board, forever altering your copy of Charterstone. At the end of the first 12 sessions, your journey through Charterstone’s many secrets will end, but your village is now unique, customized by you and your friends, and available to play forever.
Choose your clan, prepare for battle, and fight for control of powerful crystals in Crystal Clans, a battle card game for two players from the designer of Summoner Wars.
Command unique armies, outmaneuver your opponent, and lead your squad to victory. From the adaptable Water Clan to the relentless Skull Clan, use your cards in multiple ways and dominate the world.
War. War never changes.
Fallout is an adventure and exploration board game set in the wastelands of Fallout 3 and 4. Each adventure takes the form of a scenario that players go through – gathering allies, exploring the irradiated wastes, talking to people, gathering gear, leveling up – and of course, because this is Fallout – fighting enemies.
Players can play competitively or work together as they make decisions that will have later consequences. Play as a ghoul, super mutant, wastelander, Vault Dweller, or knight of the Brotherhood of Steel and balance the wasteland’s various factions against each other – or risk the wasteland being conquered by factions beyond your control.
Set a course for the stars. Kepler-3042 is a board game of exploring the galaxy, colonizing new planets, and improving your technologies in order to inhabit strange new worlds.
A resource management and technology development game, Kepler-3042 sends humanity out into the stars to explore, colonize, exploit, and terraform the planets of the Milky Way with amazing new tech and carefully managed supplies of matter, anti-matter, and energy. Resources can be spent permanently in order to activate powerful new strategies, making each play of this beautiful space exploration game unique and interesting.
Build your kingdom and gain coin in Majesty: For the Realm by Marc André, designer of Splendor. A game for all ages that’s quick to learn.
With your mill, witch’s house, watchtower, and castle in place, you can recruit different characters to your cause and kingdom and put them to work. Through a simple system of card drafting and action selection, attack other players, station guards, and brew beer to generate riches and luxury for the realm.
Rule over history’s most memorable empires from the Aztecs to Japan in Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn. This strategy board game lets players expand their domains, gain new technologies, and build many of humanity’s greatest wonders.
Based on the classic video game franchise of civilization, players begin from undiscovered country, fight off barbarian invaders, extract natural resources, ally with city-states, and shape your nation towards your goals. Will you win through conquest, culture, or scientific discovery?
Take command of the ground war with Star Wars: Legion, the two player board game of land-based battles with iconic characters and weapons. Whether elite Rebel strike teams or a legion of stormtroopers – from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader himself, command the battlefield and prove your skills at fire and maneuver.
With dozens of unique miniatures and plenty of room for you to customize each unit, buy Star Wars Legion to replicate the iconic battles of the Star Wars universe – whether you choose to fight for the monolithic, oppressive Galactic Empire or the ragtag Rebel Alliance.
An adventure board game of brave stuffed animals taking on a quest to save the child they love, Stuffled Fables sends players exploring a world of wonder and danger and curious discoveries.
In this family friendly adventure game from the creator of <a href=”https://boardgameprices.com/prices/micemystic”>Mice & Mystics</a>, play through chapters and read from a book of adventures as you explore the many milestones of growing up, crafting a memorable tale of childlike wonder.
Buy Stuffed Fables for a game of dice, daring, and fluffy adventure filled with heart and a beautiful tale.
Twilight Imperium is an epic science fiction board game that is unlike anything else you have ever played. A game where conquest can be made at the trade summit and the halls of the senate as easily as in the violence of fleet combat. Annex worlds, research powerful technology, assemble new allies, and negotiate truces with your opponents, all in the name of being crowned emperor of this Twilight Imperium.
Back in a sleek new edition with streamlined rules, upgraded components and stellar new art, prepare to be wowed by board gaming’s most epic game.
An asymmetric card game of information warfare, Android: Netrunner is set in a dystopian cyberpunk future where megacorps rule the world and lone intrepid hackers must take down the system.
Featuring seven different factions and completely unique gameplay for both the Runner and Corp sides of the game, The Revised Core Set for Android: Netrunner for a perfect jumping off point into this living card game. Featuring a collection of cards from the Genesis and Spin cycle of expansions and new art, there has never been a better time to jump into the world of Netrunner
Small World: Sky Islands introduces seven new races and powers to the Small World base game, but it also gives those races — and all the previously released races — new territory in which to fight for control.
With magic beanstalks, stairways, and the titular flying islands, Small World has gotten a little bigger – but the struggle for space is just the same.
Expanding Star Trek: Frontiers, the game of exploration, adventure, and combat, Return of Khan adds one of the series’ most iconic villains and his Jem’Hadar Battle Cruiser “The Pequod”. It also adds a new playable ship — the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A, along with tougher challenges, new enemies, locations, a new player, and improved co-operative play.
Buy Star Trek: Frontiers – The Return of Khan for a more complete base set of Frontiers, and especially if you prefer the co-op game.
In Hollywood, the ghosts of the past never sleep. Your next mission through time has begun with with T.I.M.E Stories: Estrella Drive.
In this new scenario for T.I.M.E Stories, the game of time travel, investigation, and role playing, you and your fellow agents are sent back to 1982 to invested a supposedly haunted Hollywood mansion. Please note that Estrella Drive is recommended for mature audiences as certain themes within this adventure may not be suitable for younger players.
Corporate secrets linger within the corridors of Raxxon’s abandoned headquarters and, even though the base is empty, it is not forgotten.
Fight a war in the shadows in Specter Ops Broken Covenant, an expansion for the science fiction board game of stealth and the hunt. Play as a lone agent stalking the shadows of the facility, or the hunters trying to stop the agent from achieving their goals. Rely on stealth and cunning – or teamwork and gadgetry.
Buy Specter Ops: Broken Covenant for a standalone game that nevertheless can be mixed in with your base set of Specter Ops for additional variety.
Mankind has long been confined to travel by land and sea, but a new technology has emerged from the greatest minds in Europa: airships.
As the behemoth airships sail freely across the skies ferrying workers, resources, and providing bombardment from above – the rules on the ground have also changed – the conflict now ends in several new ways as The Wind Gambit contains new ending cards that reshape how each game of Scythe reaches its epic conclusion.
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