Now that I’ve watched my favorite Christmas movie of all time, I’m ready for this holiday season.
Digital Lord of the Rings
Fantasy Flight Games previewed its digital version of the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. It promises to be a “completely unique digital card game with a non-randomized approach to card purchasing and a focus on cooperative, story-based gameplay.” It will be available as an early access single-player game via Steam before its full launch in 2018.
CMON announced HATE, a Kickstarter-exclusive board game based on Adrian Smith’s Chronicles of HATE graphic novel series. Smith, who was hired as CMON’s lead artist earlier this year, has previously illustrated Blood Rage and Zombicide, among other noteworthy titles. “In HATE, players control their Tribe in an ongoing effort to survive and thrive in the new world order. A Tribe is made up of different members like Warriors, Shamans, and Princes. Each has a role to play, and as the game develops, so too will their skills.” The Kickstarter launches January 16th.
According to the ACD Distribution blog, Indian Summer will hit the shelves next month. It’s the second of Uwe Rosenberg’s puzzle trilogy, after last year’s Cottage Garden. “The heart of Indian Summer are puzzle tiles with holes that are placed on individual forest boards to cover up treasures. When players get their hands on these, they gain more options and an edge over their opponents. All that counts in the end is to be the first to cover your forest floor completely with leaves.”
Bruno Cathala has a few games coming out in 2018, reports W. Eric Martin on his BGG blog. Martin previews six of those games, including the expansions Kingdomino: Age of Giants and Abyss: Leviathan.
Masque of the Red Death
Edgar Allen Poe’s Masque of Red Death from IDW Games is a social deduction game where “[p]layers have to balance their actions carefully between currying the Prince’s favor and discovering what rooms the Red Death will visit.” The Kickstarter launches on January 10th.
Last month’s Cards Against Humanity Saves America campaign resulted in over 150,000 people paying $15 each for surprises in December. The company decided to redistribute the money: most got nothing, 10,000 received a $15 refund, and “the poorest 100 people received a check for $1,000, paid for by everyone else.”
Druid Games released the first part of its Sorcerer City — Backstage Pass documentary on YouTube. According to the video description, “We hope to bring you along side the process, giving you an inside look at how we take a game from the initial designer contract, all the way through the Kickstarter and then through production.”
Upcoming Board Game Conventions
January 11-14. Midwinter Gaming Convention. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
January 12-14. OrcaCon. Everett, Washington.
January 13-14. Congress of Gamers. Rockville, Maryland.
January 19-21. Cascade Games Con. Bellingham, Washington.
January 19-21. HexaCon. Denver, Colorado.
January 26-28. EsCon. Escondido, California.
January 27-29. Protospiel Minnesota. Bloomington, Minnesota.
January 27-29. PAX South. San Antonio, Texas.
February 16-18. Con of the North. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
February 19-25. PrezCon. Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 24-26. Great Plains Game Festival. Lincoln, Nebraska.
February 24-26. IndyCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 16-18. MeepleCon. Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 22-25. AdeptiCon. Schaumburg, Illinois.
March 23-25. ConnCon. Stamford, Connecticut.
April 27-29. QC Game Fest. Davenport, Iowa.
April 27-29. Gaming Hoopla. Mundelein, Illinois.
April 27-30. Kingdom-Con. San Diego, California.
May 4-6. Heroicon. Decatur, Illinois.
May 11-13. CMON Expo. Atlanta, Georgia.
May 18-21. Geekway to the West. St. Charles, Missouri.
May 25-28. KublaCon. Burlingame, California.
June 14-18. Origins. Columbus, Ohio.
July 5-9. Dice Tower Con. Orlando, Florida.
August 17-20. GenCon. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Visit casualgamerevolution.com for more convention listings.