9/14 — Z-Man Prepares Us a Norwegian Feast
I can’t believe I missed this in the last column, but Z-Man Games announced the first expansion for A Feast for Odin. It’s called The Norwegians, and it adds new lands to explore, wares and animals to collect, challenges to complete, and actions to carry out. Among the additions are new double-sided action boards designed for varying player counts, and they also add new spaces and a fifth column. Z-Man Games promises that The Norwegians will maintain the clever worker/tile placement gameplay of the base game while also providing unique new options and opportunities for players. Set to release in late 2018, A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians will cost $39.99. For further details, click here.
9/17 – 9/28 — Fantasy Flight Games Brings the Arkham Horror Updates
Those who look forward to third edition of Arkham Horror will be happy to see that Fantasy Flight Games has released three separate previews for the upcoming iteration. The first outlines the Action Phase, during which players can always take two actions, such as move or research. There are also some details in there about the playable characters and their corresponding skills. The second article previews Monsters and Combat in Arkham Horror Third Edition, and the monsters shown are quite something. I personally found the Swift Byakhee to be exceptionally cool looking. The third and final article covers the “mythos” of the game, which includes the encounter and mythos phases. The mythos phase seems particularly intriguing, as it involves players picking tokens out of a cup that may or may not be beneficial to them. All in all, Arkham Horror Third Edition is shaping up to be a special co-op experience.
9/19 – 9/25 — Fantasy Flight Forges Ahead with KeyForge
Fantasy Flight Games’ KeyForge: Call of the Archons is undoubtedly going to be a smash hit. The card game, designed by Richard Garfield (Magic: The Gathering), is quickly approaching its release date, so more information has come out about it. On Sept. 19, Fantasy Flight published an article previewing the “Wild World” of KeyForge, but more specifically the Vaults of the Crucible. The Crucible is an ancient artificial planet on which all of the game’s encounters occur. This preview dives deep into the lore of KeyForge, so check it out. The other article, released on Sept. 25, announced six upcoming Preview Events, all of which take place in Europe. Those who attend these events will receive a KeyForge Archon Deck, and there will be other prizes as well.
9/20 — Learn the Elegant Way of the Wind
Finally, the second expansion for Onitama has a release date! Onitama: Way of the Wind is launching wide on October 31, 2018. In this expansion, players will get to experience the disruptive wind spirit that’s been interrupting the lessons at the shrine of Onitama. This spirit, represented as a beautiful blue mini, is an impassable object. This means that players will now have to strategize around the wind spirit, as both students and masters are incapable of landing on the space occupied by it. But not only that, this spirit can land on and move student pawns! For more information, including how to pre-order, check out Arcane Wonders’ post here.
- Fantasy Flight Games also released two additional previews: one outlining the enemies of Heroes of Terrinoth, and the other covering the combat and crafting in Discover: Lands Unknown.
- IDW Games got in on the action by previewing their upcoming title, Sonic The Hedgehog: Crash Course. The 2-4 player racing game looks appropriately fun and shallow, given its theme.
- Z-Man Games also announced two new card games. Party Bugs is a family card game that has its players exchanging numbered cockroach cards in order to amass the lowest total. Narabi is a cooperative card game that has its players working together to build “peaceful stone gardens”.
- AEG also has a new game on the way and it’s called Scorpius Freighter. In this sci-fi game, players endeavor to increase their “fame and fortune” through various means, including smuggling.
This was the board game news for the second half of September 2018. For the previous news column, click here.