Onirim updated again – Crossroads & Dead Ends expansion

Aren’t surprises wonderful?

Ok, not always. It sort of sucks to be driving along late at night and then suddenly you’re in a construction hold-up in line with other cars that you weren’t expecting and there’s no way to turn around or bail.

But some surprises are wonderful.

Like when you see the badge on your App Store icon, go in to see what’s been updated, and you find out Onirim has a new expansion available!

Called “Crossroads & Dead Ends,” this expansion adds 16 more cards to your deck.

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Pretty Crossroads card! And horrible Dead End right next to it.

There are 6 Crossroads cards, two of each basic type (Sun, Moon, Key). What’s special about these is that they are multi-coloured, which means that they can be used as any colour.

Which is especially helpful when it’s a key and you draw a door, as it will open any of them.

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Imhotep expansion – Eine neue Dynastie coming in October

I’m a big fan of the 2016 game Imhotep, the quick and easy game where you’re building monuments in ancient Egypt for points. It’s so good and easy that my non-gamer co-worker played it and loved it.

So I was excited to see the news a couple of weeks ago (yeah, I’m on top of things) that a new expansion for the game is coming in October from Kosmos games.

It’s so newly announced that it doesn’t even have an English-translated name yet! Titled Eine Neue Dynastie, this expansion will add a bunch of new things that we can only guess at what they mean.

Ok, five new places and fourteen market cards make sense. Adding to what the game already has.

But what’s this? Chariots? Gods? Mysterious new tiles of great import?

I have no idea what any of those are, and Kosmos isn’t telling us quite yet.

C’mon, Kosmos. It’s only 3 more months until it comes out. Throw us a bone!

Ok, here’s a bone, from the description:

God cards let players predict the progress of different buildings, with them being rewarded at the end of the game if they’re correct and otherwise being punished.

That sounds very interesting.

Until we know more, though, I’ll leave you with the picture of the beautiful cover.

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Planet of the Apes games coming to a table near you

Nostalgia is definitely becoming a bit of a watchword in the board gaming industry. First there were a few 80s callbacks (including two Big Trouble in Little China games that came out/were announced before I started this blog).

Now we’re going back even further, with IDW announcing a partnership with 20th Century Fox to produce Planet of the Apes games.

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Yes, I know there are some well-regarded (I know I love them) recent movies that lead up to the whole world of Planet of the Apes, but the box cover of the first announced game definitely shows that they’re going back to the 1960s roots, at least for the first game.

This one is a cooperative game designed by Richard Launius (designer of Arkham Horror) with a premise so out there…well, I’ll just let IDW tell us (bolding mine):

Planet of the Apes puts 1-4 players on a crash course with feral foes, deadly environments, and unbridled psychological horror! In an innovative twist on the cooperative board game genre, each player takes control of one aspect of Colonel George Taylor’s psyche, and must work together to survive the Planet of the Apes!

That’s so crazy that it just might work!

Planet of the Apes is scheduled to be released in October for $59.99, but there are many more games planned.

If we get one with James Franco in it, we’ll know they’re starting to consider the  audience of the modern films too (we just won’t mention the Tim Burton one, ok?).

Lotus from Renegade Games coming to mobile

Sometimes when you get email, you groan because it’s yet another Nigerian Prince scam or a co-worker wants you to do something for them that they will never really thank you for.

But then sometimes you get an email like I did the other day from Renegade Games announcing that their well-regarded card game Lotus is coming to mobile late this Summer, developed by Dire Wolf Digital.

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about this game, but for some reason I’ve just never been able to pull the trigger when I’m shopping for games. I’m not sure why it is, because I am definitely interested in playing it.

The artwork on the cards looks gorgeous and the game is apparently fun to play.

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The mobile game will be previewed this weekend at Denver Comic Con and will be released on both iOS and Android later this Summer.

Dire Wolf also did the amazing Lanterns: the Harvest Festival digital app, so they do have a great track record.

Sounds like a great way to introduce myself to the game and see if I want to jump into the tabletop game itself!

 

Race for the Galaxy App – Coming to Steam & Massive Update

I know I’m a bit behind. Sorry about that.

I’ve been too busy playing the Race for the Galaxy, from Temple Gates Games, app to actually write anything.

So consider this a couple of announcements that will make any fan of this game drool.

It’s coming out on Steam tomorrow, and it’s recently had a huge update that’s fixed almost every criticism I’ve had of it.

All in a span of two weeks. How can you go wrong with that?

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Isn’t it so beautiful?

Playing this on the computer, assuming it’s optimized for the higher resolution and screen size, will make this app even more beautiful, I would think.

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Smash Up – Big in Japan coming in August

I saw a post on Boardgame Geek talking about the Big in Japan expansion for the card game Smash Up, and for some reason I thought it was talking about how the game itself is quite big in Japan.

I didn’t even realize that’s the new expansion!

After quickly realizing my mistake, I went to AEG’s web site and saw all the juicy information regarding the new expansion, supposedly coming in August. This includes a link to the rulebook, which is great (though the pictures of the cards have all the wording on them smashed together, so I hope they fix that)

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It looks like a really excellent expansion, along the same lines as all the other ones, of course. Fans of the game will love it, I’m sure.

I’m still unsure about Smash Up myself.

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Cities of Splendor expansion coming from Asmodee

Splendor is a relatively fast, pretty fun game about collecting gems and using those gems to buy more gems. It plays in about half an hour and is actually a joy to play (maybe because it’s one of the few games that it’s not surprising when I win).

It came out in 2014 from Space Cowboys and Asmodee and people have been wondering if there would ever be an expansion for it.

According to an Asmodee press release, that wait is finally over! You can stop holding your breath (and you, there, collapsed in the corner, should probably not have been holding your breath since 2014).

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Cities of Splendor will be coming out later this year, and it actually includes four modular expansions for the game. I’m not 100% sure from the description whether you can play with all four at the same time or if you have to choose, but I would guess you can play with all of them.

What the expansions are is after the break.

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