Atlas: Enchanted Lands – New From Renegade Games

Wow, did this come as a bolt from out of the blue.

Renegade Games, publisher of the wonderful Worlds Fair: 1893, just announced yesterday a new game from the same designer, J. Alex Kevern.

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Another beautiful cover!!!

Atlas: Enchanted Lands is a new card game coming out in Fall 2017. It will have art by the immensely talented Beth Sobel, this game sounds like it will be pretty cool.

I will let the announcement speak for itself (mainly because I probably couldn’t say it any better):

Atlas: Enchanted Lands is an elegant card game set in a world of fairies and magic. Play cards to reveal a certain place and time — and place your stake in one of the two. Explore a location at dawn, day, sunset, and night, or see what the whole land looks like in the dark. Each card offers two choices, and it’s up to you to uncover the world that awaits.

The MSRP will be $20, which makes it very possible that I will be picking this up when it comes out.

Renegade has been putting out some fabulous games in the past couple of years. This one looks like it will be another addition to that one.

Keep your eyes peeled for it.

Origins Awards Nominees Announced

I just saw on the Dice Tower News site that the Origins Awards nominees have now been announced.

In looking at the list, I see that I’ve played…all of two games in all the various categories put together (Terraforming Mars and World’s Fair 1893).

Thus, I can’t really comment on which games should or will win in their respective categories.

I will say, however, a hearty congratulations to Renegade Games and designer J. Alex Kevern for the Worlds Fair 1893 nomination in the Board Games category!

This is such a wonderful game that I could gush for hours on it (but I won’t…unless somebody ticks me off).

If you want to see me gush a little bit, you could check out my review of the game.

Renegade Games seems to have really come into its own this year, at least from what I’ve seen. This game, and two other games that I really want to play but haven’t had a chance to yet (Clank: A Deck-Building Adventure and Lotus) which were also nominated for awards, all of them are or sound wonderful.

Once again, congratulations to all who were nominated!

I’ll leave you with a Worlds Fair 1893 picture, just to once again showcase the beautiful artwork done for this fantastic game

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It even works well with 2 players!!!

 

The Arrival – Martin Wallace

Martin Wallace is a widely-liked designer. He’s designed a great variety of excellent games, such as Brass, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, (two of my favourite games) and a lot more as well.

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced that they will be bringing one of his latest games to a wider distribution.

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The Arrival came out at Essen last November, so it is technically a 2016 game. But its release has been limited, until Fall 2017.

In The Arrival, 2-4 players vie to bring the island now called Ireland (then called “Erin”) out from under the cruel rule of the Fomori. Each player is a warlord trying to increase his/her dominance over the island and beating the Fomori back. But spreading too quickly can increase corruption, which strengthens the Fomori.

What I find really interesting about this game (or the sound of it, anyway, since I have not seen it or played it) is that when the game ends, there are two possible ways to score it: Fewest Corruption if corruption has spread so badly that the Fomori control more of the island than all of the tribes, or most Fame points if the players control more of the island than the Fomori do.

It sounds like players have to walk a fine line in gaining their fame points, because if they do too much too quickly, the Fomori will end up controlling more and then Corruption will be the deciding factor.

And vice versa.

I’ll be interested in seeing this when it comes out.

It will be coming your way in Autumn 2017.

The $40 MSRP is kind of attractive too.

AEG’s Destination Fun pack coming in June

I’m a big fan of the Trains deck-building game from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG). It’s a very popular game, and I can definitely see why. I even have enjoyed (and currently own) Planes, though that one isn’t as popular. Finally, while I don’t own it (yet), I have loved playing Automobiles online at the Yucata site, and it will be in my collection one day.

Are you sensing a theme here?

Yes, all three games are from AEG and have nothing to do with that 1980s movie of the same name if you put them all together in the proper way.

Coming in June, there will be expansions out for all three games.

Christened the Destination Combo Fun Pack, it will include lots of great stuff if you are fans of all three games.

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It’s bright! It’s lively! It’s….$80 MSRP

The contents look really neat.

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More 80’s – The Thing Coming to Your Table

I didn’t realize with yesterday’s Rambo post that this would actually be becoming a Thing, but apparently it is.

Yes, the 1980s are invading the 2010s, and they are winning.

The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 is a new game coming out by Mondo with Project Raygun (a “designer collectibles” division started by USAopoly).

The Thing

There is more detail about it on Mondo’s web site, but it looks really cool.

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The 80s are Returning!!! – Rambo Kickstarter Upcoming

You can tell that many current game designers grew up in the 1980s.

We’re in that sweet spot where 35-45 year-olds are really getting into game design, and why not use something that we grew up when designing a game?

First, there was (in 2016) Legendary: Big Trouble in Little China, a game based on a very niche movie that has a cult following.

Then there is the upcoming Big Trouble in Little China: the Game that is coming out sometime soon (or maybe it came out and I missed it?)

But now, somebody’s coming to kick Jack Burton’s ass.

That’s right, Rambo’s coming.

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You must play this game bare-chested…

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Dead of Winter – Warring Colonies are Coming!

Zombie games have become old hat (but it’s not “plaid”), but there are still some interesting things out there in the genre.

One of the more interesting recent games is Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game from Plaid Hat Games.

It came out in 2014, but there is an expansion out already in 2016 that I haven’t had a chance to play: Dead of Winter: The Long Night. This is a standalone expansion, so doesn’t even require the base game.

Now, Plaid Hat Games has announced a second expansion, called Warring Colonies (h/t: TopTableTop on Twitter)

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I’ll let Plaid Hat’s post tell you all about it, but I will give you a couple of teasers.

It will play 4-11 players in a team variant where two different colonies compete with each other. Sometimes they’ll have to cooperate though, as some crises may need both sides to join together briefly or ruin can come to both.

A Long Wolf variant where one person is a team by themselves! And if it’s a male Wolf, he’ll probably have the shaggy beard to go with it.

Tons of new survivors, Crossroads cards, Crises, and…hell, I’ll let them say it:

Warring Colonies comes with a mountain of content, much of which supports the new team variant for 4-11 players, in which two colonies compete over the same locations for limited resources and power.

I’ve played the base game a few times and really enjoyed it. This sounds even better, though I can’t imagine how much table room this is going to take up.

Warring Colonies is “coming soon” (ain’t that always the way?) and pay attention to their blog for more previews. It will require the base game and, for the Warring Colonies variant, will require The Long Night as well.

And definitely check out the article for a lot more detail.