10/17 — Carcassonne Goes to Africa
Z-Man Games announced that they’re releasing a new version of the classic board game Carcassonne called Carcassonne: Safari. Set in the African savanna, this game features 72 land tiles and 50 animal tiles, making it quite substantial. As players place tiles and expand their path, they’ll score points based off the variety of animals that are present along their trail. There’s also an interesting Water Hole mechanic that allows players to construct a watering hole by placing tiles, which earns them additional victory points. If an African nature-themed Carcassonne sounds like something that’s up your alley, find out more about it here.
10/24 — Take to the Cruel Seas
Fans of wargaming, particularly naval wargaming, will be excited to hear that Warlord Games is making a new World War 2 miniatures game titled Cruel Seas. Unlike most naval wargames that focus on battleships and aircraft carriers, Cruel Seas is all about the smaller ships, like torpedo boats, minesweepers, flack ships, light destroyers, and more. In this game, players maneuver their weaker crafts as they assault convoys or drop off commandos. Scaled at 1/300, these ships will fight in a variety of settings, like the English Channel or the Pacific Ocean. Releasing in December, you can read more about Cruel Seas here.
10/26 — Roleplay in the World of Root
Leder Games’ hit board game, Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right, is being adapted to the roleplaying format. Magpie Games announced that they’ve come to a multi-year licensing agreement with Leder Games to publish a tabletop RPG based on the IP, with it set to hit Kickstarter in mid-2019. Given the complicated political nature of Cole Wehrle’s woodlands, Magpie Games knew it was a world they wanted to further explore. In the Root RPG, players will play as Vagabonds, heroes who came to the woodland for “riches and adventure”. Shortly after, the Vagabonds are drawn into conflict as the woodland’s factions try to recruit them as allies. To read the full announcement, click here.
10/29 — CMON Is in the Night of the Living Dead Business
George A. Romero’s legendary Night of the Living Dead film is being adapted to the tabletop, as CMON recently revealed that they’ve acquired the license from Living Dead Media to produce board games and associated accessories based on the film. CMON also added that Image Ten, the original production company of the film, have “officially approved” the upcoming games. This continues CMON’s trend of acquiring big IPs to adapt to the board game format, such as Narcos, A Song of Ice and Fire, Bloodborne, and more. To read more about this agreement, go here.
10/30 — Here Comes the Men in Black… and Ghostbusters?!?
IDW Games and Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced “plans” to produce tabletop games based on both the Men in Black and Ghostbusters franchises. The biggest part of this announcement is the reveal of a planned crossover miniatures board game that’ll combine both franchises. Currently in development, Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion has its players taking on the roles of iconic characters like Peter Venkman and Agent J as they team up to battle threats they’ve never faced before, the Ecto-terrestrials. The game is set to release later in 2019, to correspond with the upcoming Men in Black film as well as the 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters. For more information, click here.
- Z-Man Games announced a new card game set on a tropical island full of cats that’s called Miaui. This colorful game is set to release in 2019.
- Renegade Game Studios revealed when Kids on Bikes: Strange Adventures Volume 1 is set to release (February 2019).
- Fantasy Flight Games released previews for two upcoming expansions/add-ons: Horrific Journeys for Mansions of Madness and Vehicles and Mods for Star Wars: Destiny.
- Fantasy Flight Games also launched two new products: Discover: Lands Unknown and Fallout: New California.
- The Kickstarter for Chicago By Night, for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition, is up and doing well.