7/10 — Finally, an Azul Sequel!
2017’s Azul was such a smash hit that a sequel or expansion was all but guaranteed. We now have confirmation that a standalone sequel, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, is on the way from Next Move Games, an offshoot of Plan B Games. The tile laying is over, and King Manuel I now desires to decorate the Palace of Sintra with the finest stained glass in the world. Players will take on the roles of the stained glass artisans competing to be the best of them all. Designed by Michael Kiesling and illustrated by Chris Quilliams, Stained Glass of Sintra features original artwork and components, including translucent window pane pieces, a tower that holds discarded pieces, double-sided player boards, and more. Eager gamers don’t have long to wait, as the game is due to release at Essen Game Fair in October. For more info, click here.
7/10 — IDW Games Grows Its Partnership with Dragon Ball Z
IDW Games has announced the expansion of their licensing agreement to produce games based on the Dragon Ball Z IP, and they have also added the Dragon Ball Super brand as well. This means that IDW Games will continue to publish Dragon Ball products through 2021. Two notable upcoming titles are Dragon Ball Z: Over 9000 and Dragon Ball Super: Heroic Battle. Over 9000 is a deduction game that has its players competing against their friends to be the first to push their power level over 9000. Heroic Battle is a dexterity game in which players flick around iconic characters (Goku, Vegeta, etc.) in order to deal damage and gain power. Both of these games will be available during the holiday season for the low price of $19.99 SRP. IDW Games also announced that they have a Dragon Ball Z miniatures game in the pipeline that will go to Kickstarter and then eventually release in 2019, the 30th anniversary of the franchise. For more details, click here.
7/13 — Return to Fantasy Flight’s Fallout Universe in New California
Fans of Fantasy Flight Games’ Fallout: The Board Game will be ecstatic to hear that a major expansion is in the works. Set along the desolate, dangerous coastline of the western United States, New California adds two new scenarios to the four of the original game. One of these scenarios will introduce cooperative gameplay elements, allowing survivors to band together to save a village. On the 12 new tiles of this New California expansion, players will have an opportunity to meet new companions, visit new vaults, and collect improved loot. There are also five new survivors: the Enclave Deserter, the NCR Ranger, Mister Handy, the Lone Gunslinger, and the Caravan Merchant. Each of these survivors features qualities and abilities that make them unique and useful in their own way. Fallout: New California is set to release in Q4 2018. For more information, check out Fantasy Flight Games’ post here.
- Fantasy Flight Games revealed that they’re holding an X-Wing Second Edition Preview Tournament at Gen Con 2018. The tourney will be held twice on Thursday, August 2nd, and each participant will receive a special Luke Skywalker card.
- Plaid Hat Games released the first preview for their new card game, Guardians. With compelling artwork and a convincing sci-fi theme, this game for two or four players should appeal to a variety of gamers.
- Cryptozoic Entertainment announced that they’re publishing a new Rick and Morty board game, The Pickle Rick Game. It’ll be available at San Diego Comic-Con and Gen Con before its wider release later in 2018.
- Paizo continues to preview the upcoming 2nd Edition of Pathfinder with several updates, including ones covering the Ranger Class, Traps, and the Sorcerer Class.
This was the board game news for the first half of July 2018. For the previous news column, click here.