I hope everybody had good weekend of gaming. Although I didn’t get to game much, it’s fun living vicariously through my Twitter friends who post pictures of what they’re playing. Of course, this leads to items being added to my Must Buy List at a much faster rate, but that’s the danger of using the Internet, right?
Black Box Friday
AEG has launched a countdown to its annual Black Box release, which coincides with Black Friday next month. The Black Boxes of years past have typically contained several games, but this year’s promises to be a single title “for advanced gamers only.” Two cards are currently available for preview and their Facebook page promised more previews in the weeks ahead.
Victory in New Angeles
Fantasy Flight Games previewed the upcoming New Angeles, and its collaborative elements that “come into play on the heels of individual player goals. The principle that drives the game forward isn’t the cooperation between corporations as they attempt to maintain order within their city. The game is driven by each corp’s pursuit of profit. Specifically, each player wants to end up richer than one of the others.”
Conan hasn’t been released yet, but expansions have been announced. According to Asmodee, “The Yogah of Yag hero expansion and Crossbowmen expansion for the Overlord are the first two additions to Conan, and they are scheduled for wide-scale retail release in early first quarter 2017.”
Guildball: Kick Off! is a two-player starter set in which “two players take on the role of team coach for either the rowdy Brewers or the tactical Masons and play a match of Guild Ball, a bloody mob football game of intense action and high stakes.” ACD Distribution announced a November 25th street date for the game.
La Granja Dice
La Granja: The Dice Game – No Siesta! will be released late next month. According to Stronghold Games, this standalone follow-up to La Granja “uses the same dice mechanism from the original board game, but creates a faster, lighter game experience.”
Mayday Games Publishing
Dice Tower News reports that Mayday Games will be publishing the English versions of Gaijin Dash and Bucket King 3D. Both are expected early to mid 2017.
Steam Smash Up
Smash Up on Steam is due out tomorrow, but previews are now available.
At the Crossroads
Designer Vangelis Bagiartakis recently shared some thoughts on creating the Dice City expansion, Crossroads. “I decided to go into that territory and start playing a little bit more with the spatial aspect of the players’ boards. … What was very important was to give each card type a good column-related ability that helps with its strategy.”
An in-house board game was developed by the Army and has been used by Department of Defense officials. The Center for Army Analysis Wargaming Analysis Model, C-WAM, has dice and outcome tables and is used ”to spot the flaws in battle plans before crunching the numbers with modern computing. Just as manned aircraft and drones can team to form a highly effective partnership, computer models linked to board games can bring out the best qualities of both.”
Gaming on Film
A short film called Must Love Board Games premieres this Friday and it will be available on youtube afterwards. According to director Travis Hedges Williams, “When a newcomer, David, arrives, Quinn has to decide if he is a worthy suitor according to the rules of dating and tabletop gaming. As their weekly meetings continue, the couple adventures through some of the most popular new board games in the world.”
Upcoming Board Game Conventions
October 14-16. Big Bad Con. Walnut Creek, California.
October 15-16. RetroWorld Expo 2016. Wallingford, Connecticut.
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.