5/7 — IDW Games Finds Batman Under Siege!
As reported on their website, IDW Games is launching a series of tabletop games based on Batman: The Animated Series. The first installment, Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege, is for 1-5 players and has them taking on the roles of the titular character and his allies as they fight a number of his iconic enemies. Richard Launius (Elder Sign) and Michael Guigliano co-designed this game that features “dice allocation” and “threat management” mechanics. Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege will include original artwork, miniatures, 3D Gotham buildings, and other tabletop game components. Again, Gotham Under Siege is only the first game in an upcoming series, and it’s expected to release in August 2018.
5/8 — Druid City Games and Skybound Unite
Druid City Games, publisher of the highly regarded board game The Grimm Forest, will now co-publish all of its titles with Skybound Entertainment. The creator of Druid City Games, James Hudson, had worked with Skybound in the past, so both sides decided that a partnership made sense. Hudson will become Skybound’s new Senior Director of Tabletop Games, bringing along all of his IPs, both old and new. According to their release, Skybound will have Hudson “explore tabletop options” for their existing library of comic books, television, interactive games, and more. To read the complete announcement, click here.
5/8 — Z-Man Games Is Getting Lovey-Dovey with Love Letter
Formerly published by AEG, the card game Love Letter and its subsequent spinoffs have become staples of many a gaming table. That’s why it was fairly big news when Z-Man Games announced on their site that they’ve acquired all of the versions of Love Letter and will be reprinting them for sale. For those who don’t know, Love Letter is a light card game that features gameplay full of deduction and intrigue, as players compete for a Princess’ affection. While it’s somewhat baffling that AEG would let this IP go, their CEO’s comment that “Our friends at Asmodee have the capability to take Love Letter and Lovecraft Letter to even greater heights…” helps explain the decision.
5/11 — A Narcos Board Game? Didn’t See That Coming…
In a surprising announcement, CMON revealed that they’re working on a board game based on the hit Netflix series, Narcos. Narcos: The Board Game will have 2-5 players taking on the roles of characters from the series “as they rewrite the story behind the rise and fall of El Patrón”. In every game, one player will play as El Patrón, overseeing the growth of their drug empire while also attempting to remain hidden from the other players. Those players take on the roles of the rivals: the DEA, Policía Nacional de Colombia, Cali Cartel, and the guerrilla extremist group. If the El Patrón player completes their objectives and avoids capture, they win. If the rival Hunter Factions capture El Patrón, then they win instead. Now I must admit, part of the reason this announcement caught me off-guard is because the TV show Narcos is seemingly too dark and violent to adapt to a game. Given the bit of flack CMON received for their Kickstarter game HATE, it seems as though the publisher is embracing their reputation for producing violent, edgy board games. What do you think about this announcement and CMON? Let us know in the comments below. If you’re interested, you can find the original release here.
- My Little Scythe, the well regarded print-and-play game from 2017 that’s inspired by the hit game Scythe, is getting a real release from Stonemaier Games. Coming in August, the game looks like it’ll be a great experience for the family.
- Renegade Games Studios’ print of the game Antiplano is now available, and they also announced an upcoming game, Wendake. Set during the Seven Years War, Wendake has its players navigating the life of the Huron Nation during this tumultuous period of history.
- Plaid Hat Games previewed their four new agents for Specter Ops: Broken Covenant, and they look pretty cool.
- Z-Man Games announced another upcoming title, Anchors Aweigh. In this game, players compete as they stock up on resources and fill their ships with assets. Oh yeah, they’ll have to contend with marauding pirates as well.
- WizKids also had an announcement for a new game – this one entitled Fungeon Party!. For 2-5 players, this game has its players choosing a class (Barbarian, Wizard, etc.) and completing quest cards as fast as they can. It’s due for a June 2018 release, so there’s not long to wait to start partying.