Posted Wednesday, 9-Aug-2017
It’s just over a week to go until Gen Con 2017, the four biggest days in gaming! Here’s 20 (yes, twenty!) of the hottest games to get at Gen Con.
Prepared by Calvin Wong
Expand your fief by just a hare with Bunny Kingdom! Designer Richard Garfield (Magic: The Gathering) has unleashed his newest creation in which you draft cards, harvest carrots, and rally rabbit armies in order to conquer the lands.
A fantasy retheme of Century: Spice Road, this title is a Gen Con EXCLUSIVE (also available on Plan B’s webstore afterwards) so get your friends who are going to Gen Con to grab you one!
One box, four expansions. It’s more Splendor – what’s not to love? Cities, Trading Posts, The Orient, and Strongholds – all of which are designed to be individually added to your Splendor experience.
It’s co-operative Codenames! The party game of identifying your hidden field agents using word clues is back with a fully co-operative edition. Work with your teams and avoid the multiple assassins on your tail!
In the zombie apocalypse, your greatest enemy is man. Warring Colonies lets you experience either new content your base set, or pit colony vs colony if you own both Dead of Winter and the Long Night expansion.
Based on Wolfgang Kramer’s Top Race and lovingly restored by Justin Jacobson and Rob Daviau (Pandemic Legacy), let this game of high speed racing and high stakes bidding drive its way into your heart.
Be a collector of rare and valuable books in a civilization of gnomes! When your collection is to be rated on aspects such as alphabetical order and shelf stability (and whether it contains any banned tomes) the competition is fierce!
The game of Martian survival is finally here! Based on the award-winning design of Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, First Martians lets you drive rovers on the red planet, grow food, and deal with crises either in individual scenarios or ongoing campaigns.
This expansion brings it all! Four new adventures. New monsters. New encounters. Luna Lovegood as a playable hero. 150 new cards. It’s the Monster Box of Monsters.
Pandemic Legacy’s Rob Daviau has been busy – this game of climbing an Antarctic mountain range in a Cthulhu-inspired 1930s will test your co-operation, coordination, and sanity.
The classic solo game in a new edition with great new art and graphic design. Command the amazing Nautilus as you set sail around the world on missions of research, combat, and exploration
Take your forest from seed to full bloom as you collect energy from the ever revolving sun. Don’t get blocked into shadow lest your trees wither and die in this strategy game of greenery and growth.
A card game about evil ex-boyfriends, indie rock music, and solving problems with hard work and empathy. Based on the Scott Pilgrim comics, which mixed video game antics with heartfelt emotional growth, this card game of deck building and growing up is so. totally. rocking.
Europeans have come to your island to invade your lands and enslave your people. Band together the magic and spirits of land, sky, and sea – fight back against the Europeans and cast them back into the ocean from whence they came!
Two new areas of Mars to terraform; the Elysium lowlands, featuring the solar system’s tallest mountain, and Hellas, the south pole of the planet and the massive Hellas crater.
Based on the hit SyFy television series, The Expanse is a board game by Geoff Engelstein (Space Cadets) that focuses on politics, conquest, and intrigue. Earth’s UN, the Martian military, the OPA rebels, or the mysterious Protogen Inc. do asymmetric warfare and political conquest of the Solar System.
In war, not everyone is a soldier. Trapped in a war torn city with dwindling food and battle raging all around you, This War of Mine is a co-operative morality and survival experience. Will you look the other way to stay alive? Will you steal? Will you kill?
Our ancestors once build great cities; now all ruin, lost beneath forests, deserts, islands, mountains, and caverns – ready to be Unearthed. Your tribe must find and claim these ruins, restore them into places of power, and re-claim the glory of a bygone age.
Welcome to the Wasteland Express Delivery Service. As a driver, your job is to haul as much food, water, and guns as you can fit in your truck to the needy cities of the wasteland. Raiders? New Republic Army? Archivists? Nothing stops the Wasteland Express Delivery Service – nothing!
Who says train games don’t have to be beautiful? Wind your way west with Whistle Stop, a game about the transcontinental railroad. Build routes, pick up and sell cargo, and gain shares in other companies – or hold out for a bigger payoff on the West Coast. All aboard!
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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!