Happy New Year everyone! When it comes to board game news, these past two weeks were unsurprisingly slow. But there were still some notable stories, so let’s get to them!
12/22 – Part 2 of the Century Trilogy Is Closer Than You Think
In what was a fairly big announcement before Christmas, Plan B Games revealed the release date for Century Eastern Wonders, the follow-up to Century Spice Road. According to their post, Eastern Wonders will release on June 13 at Origins 2018, with retail availability coming shortly after. The game has its players taking on the roles of spice traders in Indonesia and features new mechanics that Plan B promises will “provide infinite replayability”. Most interestingly, Eastern Wonders can be combined with Spice Road to create the “mixable game”, From Sand to Sea. To read the original post, click here.
12/26 – I Think We’re Going to Love HATE
Over the past two weeks, CMON has unveiled a lot about their upcoming title, HATE. And according to a recent article, it’s coming to Kickstarter on January 16! Based on The Chronicles of HATE graphic novel series by Adrian Smith, the game has its players navigating the lawless, unforgiving land of the novels. Knowing the difficulty of developing this game, CMON has turned to the team behind Zombicide, as well as Eric M. Lang and Alex Olteanu. One of the more intriguing things about HATE is that it’s an “R-rated” experience, or as Lang described it, “It is survival and survival only. Morality doesn’t matter”. In order to get into the proper mindset for developing a game such as this, Olteanu immersed himself in Heavy Metal music, horror movies, and horror video games. Clearly this game is intended for adults, and being one, I cannot wait to see what they think up.
12/29 – Combat in Star Wars: Legion Is Pretty Intense
In a preview on their website, Fantasy Flight Games have revealed a great deal about combat in their anticipated upcoming game, Star Wars: Legion. Choosing between the Empire or Rebel Alliance, players will have the freedom to engage the enemy in a number of ways. To start, players choose their target and then the weapon with which they will attack said target. For instance, a player might choose to attack with their Stormtroopers using the E-11 blaster rifle. In that case, they would roll a white die for each attack. In Star Wars: Legion, there are three different kinds of attack dice: white (weakest), black, and red (strongest). There are also defense dice, so if the Rebels were to take any damage in that blaster attack, they would roll some dice and potentially block some of the hits. Vehicles have a higher threshold for damage and require a lot of hits to destroy, but they can be damaged or disabled. There’s also melee attacks and suppression to consider, so combat in this game is full of variation. For more specifics, check out the article here.
- Fantasy Flight Games previewed their upcoming deduction game, Bloodbound, which plays for 6-12 people. If you’re into vampires and the like, this might be up your alley.
- Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) updated their website and added a number of their newer games, including Sakura Arms, Junta, and The Masters’ Trials: Wrath of Magmaroth.