Fantastic gaming weekend for yours truly. Not only was able I to make it through the Mechs Vs. Minions madness and score a first wave copy, I also got my first two plays of Cry Havoc in and, yes, it was awesome. Kudos to my buddy Daryl for the stellar paint job he did on his copy.
Walk With Me
Widow’s Walk, the first expansion to Betrayal at House on the Hill, was released Friday and designer Mike Selinker revealed one surprise: “There are fifty-one new haunts. And the last of them, ‘Seasons of the Witch,’ is unlike anything you’ve ever done in this house.” Inspired by Rob Daviau, Selinker “made ‘Seasons of the Witch’ for Rob. I won’t tell you much about it except these three things: There is an actual widow in the Widow’s Walk (the room as well as the expansion). Her name is Magdalena Gunchester, and she’s pictured on the cover. Your explorers have to play four different haunts to even be allowed to play her haunt. And when you play it, it will take you a year to get out of the house.”
Rogues and Teamwork
The DC Comics Deck-Building Game expansion, Rogues, will be available in the first quarter of 2017. ICv2.com says that it “ adds the new keyword ‘Teamwork’ to the game. … Players can use ‘Teamwork’ to play the top card of another player’s deck, with the condition that if they help, they get part of the take.”
From the ACD Distribution blog comes news of two new titles from Iron Games. In Phalanxx “Alexander the Great has conquered a vast empire, but his power is now waning and the time is ripe to compete for his inheritance. Each player leads one of four competing factions that are ready to rule the vast empire.” There’s also the Peloponnes Card Game: Patronus expansion, which comes with “3 new modules: + 1 player, + 1 game round (D), Patronus cards for additional protection against catastrophes + 10 more coin cards that are shuffled together with the coin cards of the base game.”
Fantasy Flight Games announced the structure and prize pool for the Star Wars: The Card Game Regional Championships that begin November 12th. “Designed to draw players from a wide area, a Regional Championship is the place to be for competitors who are hoping to make their path towards a 2017 National Championship or even the 2017 World Championship.”
The Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle – A Cooperative Deck-Building Game has been released. From tabletopgamingnews.com: ’ll take control of one of the story’s most-famous students: Harry, Ron, Hermione, or Neville. Do battle against all manner of evil forces looking to destroy Hogwarts. Learn more powerful spells, get access to pieces of wizarding power, and get allies as you work to thwart the plans of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (or “Old No-Nose” to his friends).”
According to Dice Tower News, the expansion Cacao: Chocolati will be available soon and “you will finally be able to process the cacao you collect into chocolate bars.” It will feature four new modules for the Cacao base game: chocolate module, huts module, irrigation module, and the maps module.
Also from a recent Dice Tower News report comes word that the sequel to Robinson Crusoe, First Martians, will hit store shelves in January 2017. First Martians is “a cooperative game where you and your follow space travelers are working to survive the harsh martian landscape.”
Geek Chic has added a new table to its lineup, according to purplepawn.com. “The Vanguard, which Geek Chic describes as having ‘a design that can blend into both modern and traditional aesthetics,’ will run around $3,000-4,000 (depending on options chosen) and be available in sizes up to 6½ feet long. It has the normal dining room table look but also features the recessed Game Vault space and rail system to hold accessories.”
Here’s an interview with Alain Rivollet and Gaëtan Beaujannot, designers of Concept. “When I design a game, I usually focus more on the mechanics, but Gaëtan pays more attention to the gameplay, so our collaboration is very interesting.”
Newspapers and Board Games
News Corp launched a Hasbro board games promotion, offering a free game with the purchase of one of its newspapers. Monopoly, Clue, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, and others will be given away during the promotion, which News Corp spent $1.5 million to do. According to adnews.com, “The move is part of News Corp’s broader ‘tent pole’ marketing strategy and aims to lessen print circulation declines. It follows a Marvel comic book giveaway, DVDs and a children’s book recently.”
A former tutor created a math game that was eventually produced by Hasbro, the NBA, and the WNBA. “NBA Math Hoops is a board game where kids play the part of basketball coaches, drafting players based on statistics and doing simple math to take each shot.” According to one study, “after a year of playing NBA Math Hoops, students did nearly three times better on standardized math tests than a control group. “
Upcoming Board Game Conventions
October 21-23. What-Khan. Rockford, Illinois.
October 21-23. Protospiel Madison. Madison, Wisconsin
October 28-30. ConnCon (Falcon 2016). Stamford, Connecticut.
November 4-6. Carnage Royale. Killington, Vermont.
November 11-13. San Diego Historical Games Convention. San Diego, California.
November 11-13. MEPACON. Scranton, Pennsylvania.
November 11-13. MACE. Charlotte, North Carolina.
November 25-27. Chessiecon. Timonium, Maryland.
Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.