Hello readers, Will here – hoped everyone enjoyed Gen Con! Speaking of which, since Gen Con weekend features so many board game news related stories, I thought I’d hold off an extra week in order to include as much news here as possible. I apologize to those who expected this column a week ago, but hopefully the sheer amount of awesomeness from the last three weeks makes up for that. And just so you know, I won’t be going as in-depth as I normally would because there are so many stories to get to, so this will be a little more list-y than usual.
7/18 — Mantic Games are back in the news, this time with their announcement of The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan – The Board Game. Here’s Negan will offer players the chance to experience a part of Negan’s backstory that’s never been seen before. Each player will assume the role of one of Negan’s lieutenants, trying to win favor with their leader. This game is going directly to retail in November, and you can find more information about it here.
7/19 — It’s kind of mind-blowing that the original Pandemic released ten years ago, but it did, and Z-Man Games is putting out a corresponding special edition to celebrate the anniversary. The Pandemic: 10th Anniversary Edition will come with new artwork and components in an eye-catching custom box. While supplies last, folks who pre-order from Z-Man’s website will receive pre-painted miniatures. For more, click here.
7/20 — CMON Games, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, are publishing a board game based on the classic 60s animated series, Wacky Races. Many of the series’ iconic characters are playable, including Peter Perfect, Penelope Pitstop, The Slag Brothers, and The Gruesome Twosome. Dick Dastardly and Mutley are also featured, although they’ll be game-controlled. Wacky Races: The Board Game will release in early 2019. For more information, check out CMON’s post here.
7/23 — Wizards of the Coast, in collaboration with Magic: The Gathering, are publishing the Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica. This D&D module will feature the races, classes, monsters, and settings of the iconic Magic city world. Wizards also announced another book, the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, which is already available digitally. For more, click here.
7/24 — CMON Limited revealed that they’re producing an updated edition of 2016’s Project: ELITE. Utilizing feedback from the community, the 2nd edition will feature new artwork, miniatures, card designs, weapons, ELITE members, enemies, and more. Project: ELITE will go to Kickstarter later in 2018 and then to retail in 2019. For more, click here.
7/25 — CMON and Steve Jackson Games are uniting to design and publish a board game called Munchkin Dungeon, which is based on the well-known Munchkin card games. In Munchkin Dungeon, 3-6 players will dungeon-dive and try to collect the most treasure, while also leveling up their character. There are push-your-luck elements and other mechanics in the game that are designed to capture the lighthearted humor of the card games. To read the full article, click here.
7/27 — Finishing up with CMON’s news, they announced that they’ll be launching a Kickstarter for their game, Trudvang Legends, in Q2 2019. Based on the Swedish RPG, Trudvang Chronicles, this board game will have its players weaving their own story through a series of Adventure Books. The players’ choices will alter the game, changing up the dynamic of kingdoms and unlocking areas of the map. For further details, you can find CMON’s post here.
8/1 — Renegade Game Studios recently announced that they’re partnering with Hasbro to publish Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid, a cooperative game for 2-5 players. Coming to Kickstarter on August 14, Heroes of the Grid features attractive artwork and comes with over-sized miniatures. There will also be an expansion available during the Kickstarter that’s called Shattered Grid, and it will include new locations and enemies. For more info, check out Renegade’s announcement here.
8/2 — Steamforged Games revealed that they’re collaborating with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and Guerilla Games in order to create a board game based on the hit video game, Horizon Zero Dawn. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game will be coming to Kickstarter soon, according to the Steamforged’s post. Other than that, there’s not much information out there about this one. To read the announcement, click here.
8/3 — Fantasy Flight Games were happy to announce that they’re publishing a third edition of their popular cooperative board game, Arkham Horror. The game’s fan favorite characters, like Jenny Barnes, are back and updated. In fact, nearly every element of the game has been updated or changed to make Arkham Horror Third Edition stand out. This game is due to release later in 2018. For those who are interested, check out this page for a bunch of info.
- This happened a while ago now, but for those who didn’t hear, Azul won the 2017 Spiel des Jahres award. Congratulations to Plan B Games and Michael Kiesling – we love Azul and think it’s a worthy winner. Also, Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg won the Kennerspiel des Jahres award.
- Plaid Hat Games previewed two of their upcoming titles. From Jerry Hawthorne (Stuffed Fables), Comanauts is an adventure book game that has its players diving into the subconscious of a comatose doctor. Gen7: A Crossroads Game is sci-fi game in which players take on the role of a starship crew attempting to solve a mystery before it’s too late.
- CMON Limited announced that their Zombicide games are being adapted to a RPG system. They’ve partnered with Need Games!, an Italian RPG publisher, to make this happen.
- WizKids revealed the differences between the standard and deluxe editions of their upcoming board game, Magic: The Gathering: Heroes of Dominaria.
- Renegade Game Studios announced several awesome-looking titles over the past few weeks. The Traveler is the first expansion for the popular board game, Altiplano. Arboretum, which they actually announced a while ago, is getting an extra special deluxe version. They also announced Clank! Expeditions, which are designed to expand the already expansive deck-building game. Lastly, Renegade previewed an all new game, Spell Smashers, and it looks like an enjoyable fantasy experience.
- And finally, Paizo has continued to unveil new details about the upcoming second edition of Pathfinder. Over the last few weeks, they previewed the Bard Class, how to Run the Game, the Druid Class, Half Breeds, and Multiclassing and Archetypes.
This was the board game news for the second half of July 2018. For the previous news column, click here.