Another Civilization Game Coming?

Every year, just before GenCon, Fantasy Flight Games makes a bunch of new announcements that get the game world buzzing.

Last week there were two: the Fallout: the Boardgame announcement (for which I’m pumped) and the announcement of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition (which didn’t do much for me since I’m not into 10-hour games…and yes, I exaggerate….a little).

This week, just a couple of days before GenCon opens, you can add another game to the list.

Also arriving in late 2017, Sid Meier’s Civilization: a New Dawn is another world-building civilization game (hey, maybe that’s why they named it that…you think?)

civ01_box_left

This is a cool-looking title with a map of the world that you create every time you play.

Continue reading “Another Civilization Game Coming?”

Advertisements

Paperback Game App Gets Online Play

Paperback is a wonderful combination of word game and deck-building card game where you are trying to form words from the letter cards in your hands. The letters have money value when you play them, and you use that money to buy more letter cards that will help you even further. Some cards also have special abilities that will give you more bonuses.

Paperback 2
This card’s ability will help you next turn.

Or you can use that money to buy Fame cards, which also function as wild letter cards when you use them in a word but give you victory points at the end of the game.

Paperback 1
Is “Slarno” a word?

The game ends when two of the Fame card stacks (in the top right corner of the picture) are depleted.

I really do like this game, and the app is extremely well-done (especially once they put the rules of the game in, which actually weren’t there when the app first came out). The AI can be a bit wonky though, and we’ve always been restricted to playing the AI, or playing opponents via Pass-and-Play games (which I don’t like, unfortunately).

That all changed with the update that landed a few days ago, though.

Now you can play against your friends anywhere in the world, and you can play them asynchronously! That’s right, you don’t have to be logged in at the same time to play your game. Which will be a huge boon for me and will be getting me to play this app a lot more than I had been.

You can create open games for anybody to join or you can send invites. You can even add AI players to games if you only have one friend but want a 4-player game.

Since you have to create an account, I assume the multiplayer is cross-platform, but I actually don’t know yet.

So if you’d like, hit me up for a game! I’m whovian223 on there, just like in most other places.

The Paperback app is available on both iOS and Android for $4.99 US.

 

 

 

 

Flash Point: Tragic Events expansion on Kickstarter

No sooner do I pledge (see what I did there) that I won’t back any more Kickstarters this year (other than The Networks: Executives, of course), then I see word that there’s a new Flash Point: Fire Rescue expansion just popping up on Kickstarter.

Flash Point is a cooperative game where you are all firefighters attempting to save victims in a burning building of some kind. It’s a really fun game that I haven’t played in quite a while but definitely want to rectify that soon.

e5d2f345005e12c40cc3a1d9395ea5a2_original
Using the Kickstarter image

Called Tragic Events, this expansion will have no new boards, so you’ll still be using the same buildings as before.

So what does the expansion have, you ask?

I have a burning desire to tell you

(ok, I’ll get my coat)

Continue reading “Flash Point: Tragic Events expansion on Kickstarter”

The Networks: Executives expansion Kickstarter in September

I’m relatively new to the whole Kickstarter phenomenon, but I’ve backed a few things earlier.

I had decided, however, to not back any more games this year, but with one exception.

Today, Gil Hova (designer of the phenomenal The Networks) announced today that the Kickstarter for the Networks expansion will be opening on September 5!

Called The Networks: Executives, this expansion will add a bunch of new stuff to an already great game.

pic2896170_lg

Continue reading “The Networks: Executives expansion Kickstarter in September”

New Visitors Expansion for Viticulture in 2018

Sorry I’ve been away so long. Was expecting to do some blogging on my three weeks vacation and…didn’t.

But what great news to come back to!

Viticulture is a game about running a vineyard for victory points (yes, those nasty victory points again).

pic2648830_md

I’m actually a big fan of the game. Not because I harbor fantasies about running a vineyard or that I’m a wine snob or anything.

No, I love it because it’s one of the rare engine-building Euro games that I am actually fairly decent at. I can actually win the game!

So imagine my delight when I saw the announcement on Boardgame Geek that a new expansion is coming out for it.

Continue reading “New Visitors Expansion for Viticulture in 2018”

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.

pic3606169

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.

9e5b795b-ddb1-4a61-bdd7-1ea29c1f7515

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?).