Terraforming Mars: Ares ExpesitionNews posted January 18, 2021 by Jay Kay
A new game in the Terraforming Mars universe is coming 2021! This time it's a card game.
A new game in the Terraforming Mars universe is coming 2021! This time it's a card game.
Corridors of Power is a social game on the heavier side, with a political theme, in which players are trying to please their constituents and behind-the-scenes special interest groups by passing different political policies. Sounds like fun? It sure is, read on.
A fully simultaneous deck-builder sure sounds interesting and Philosophia: Floating World promises to be just that. Combine this with ideas from games like Race for the Galaxy and Inis, together with artwork of Edo Japan, and it sounds like good times indeed.
Stefan Feld is working on a remake of the classic game Bruges, which essentially is Bruges with a couple of expansions and some changes to make a smoother game play. Let's see what's what.
Good news for all you Marvel Legendary fans, the classic expansion Dark City is finally back in the stores. It did come back briefly in March but ran out quickly, and with the current situation being as it is, it's quite surprising to find it back.
Sushi Go is a game designed by Phil Walker-Harding, published by Gamewright. In this game, players will be diners eating at a sushi restaurant as they try to collect the best combinations of dishes available. They will score points from the cards that they collect. The player that is best able to score the right combinations and collect the most points will be declared the winner.
Someone said to me that the last expansion of the deck builder Dominion was coming out. I believed them. Well, I believed the part where there would be an expansion was coming out, but I laughed at the notion that it was gonna be the last one.
That expansion in question was Dominion: Guilds which was the 8th one. Here we are a couple of years later and now it's time for the 13th expansion; Dominion: Menagerie. Let's have a quick look.
Stonemaier Games has announced another expansion for their success story, Wingspan. The expansion will take us to Oceania, like the name suggests, with species found in Australia and New Zealand, among others.
It has also been confirmed that this expansion will be compatible with Wingspan: Europe, or just the base game.
The same team that made the base game will also be designing this one and will be out sometime 2020.
Not much more is known right now, we will keep you posted though :)
In Legendary: World War Hulk, the 16th expansion for Marvel Legendary, the focus is, surprisingly enough, around the Hulk.
Kidding aside, this expansion lets the players dive into the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines from Marvel Comics, which obviously will bring a lot of new characters into the Marvel: Legendary Deck Building Game, and also blurs out the lines between the "good" guys and the "bad" guys. Hulk is both. If you don't know what I mean go read the comics!
Mechanic-wise there is some news as well. We are gonna check those out, but please note that this review assumes you have played Marvel: Legendary before.
Another Marvel Legendary expansion is on the horizon, with a focus on S.H.I.E.L.D. It's a small set with 100 cards and it will feature new heroes, masterminds, villain groups, etc. Perhaps the biggest news is the special S.H.I.E.L.D. officers to mix in with Maria Hill.
An expansion for Thomas Lehmanns Res Arcana is in the works. It's called Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae and is due sometime later this year, probably arriving before Christmas.
Description from the publisher
Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae adds 4 new Places of Power, 12 artifacts, 4 mages, 4 monuments, and 2 magic items to Res Arcana. It also extends the game to five players, adds scaling rules for fewer players, and introduces two new things: scrolls and Demons.
Update: We have sneak peek material available, have a look.
Another expansion for the successfull Marvel: Legendary series is coming out in August. This time, we will have heroes like Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and War Machine joining our ranks to battle the mastermind The Hood, among others. The set will also feature the Mandarin, which looks like a really cool Mastermind with some fresh ideas. When it comes to villain groups, the set will feature cool villains like the Dark Avengers.
Another Villainous set is hitting the stores in the coming days, and it's called Evil Comes Prepared. It's is playble on it's own for 2-3 players, and also compatible with the base game and Wicked to the Core.
The villians in question are Scar (Lion King), Yzma (The Emperor's New Groove) , and Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective).
Another expansion for Marvel Legendary is due in May! It's a small expansion, as in 100 cards, it will contain a new keyword, Switcheroo, and two returning ones, Investigate and Teleport from Noir and Dark City/Secret Wars respectively.
As the previous small expansions, there will be 5 new heroes, 2 new henchman groups, but only one new mastermind, to make room for 5 new bystanders.
North Star Games latest deep sea gem, Oceans, is LIVE on Kickstarter starting today. The game is the next step in the excellent Evolution series.
Osprey Games have announced a interesting looking war game for two players, which will be released in August 2019.
What's interesting about so far is the artwork by Roland MacDonald and the fact that it's a card game.
Another franchise has joined the Upper Deck's Legendary deckbuilding series, after other titles like Aliens, Firefly and Big trouble in little China.
Weta Workshop, a movie-making firm studio, known for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and Mad Max: Fury Road, has announced a District 9: The Board Game Kickstarter Campaign. A movie, which they were very involved in doing.
The New Zealand based company has released one board game before, GKR: Heavy Hitters, which has spawned a couple of expansions.
An expansion for the Disney themed game Villainous is to be released i March the 3rd, and will be only be avaible in Target stores (in US) until the end of the month. After that, our guess is that you can pretty much pick it up anyware. What goes for the rest of the world is a bit uncertain at this point but there has been hints from Ravensburger that the game will be released in germany in March aswell.
Rio Grande games has announced that Underwater Cities is hitting the stores in US this spring. This version has upgraded components such as thicker boards. The game, which was released in 2018, has been designed by the Czech designer Vladimír Suchýwhich (Pulsar 2849 and Last Will), has reached a high ranking on BGG, and looks very solid.
Fantasy Flight has announced The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, another card game set in Middle Earth 3rd age. Why should we care?
Well first of all, it's Fantasy Flight. Second of all, it's Lord of the Rings.
Joking aside, the game looks solid from where we sit; a Mansion of Madness meets Lord of the Rings situation, which can be nothing else than awesome.
A new, exciting card game is currently on Kickstarter; War of the Worlds: The New Wave designed by the fairly unknown designer Denis Plastinin and is being published by Grey Fox Games.
The game events unfold several years after the original 'War of the Worlds’ story by Herbert Wells.
Extraterrestrial invasion occurs again, but this time the Martians arrived on a giant spaceship which lands in one of the backwater districts in Scotland.
During the game one player commands the alien forces, and the other one becomes a leader of UK self-defense units. The main objective of the invaders is to completely annihilate the population of Great Britain, while the opposite side needs to deal enough damage to the Martian army.
The game is played with 2 asymmetrical decks of cards, a playing board, tokens and miniatures.
Reiner Knizia, the genius behind titles like Tigris & Euphrates, Ra, and Samurai, will be releasing a brand new card game, LAMA (acronym for "Lege Alle Minuspunkte Ab", "drop off all the minus points"), in 2019.
According to Stronghold Games, a standalone board game set in the Core Worlds universe is under development by designer Andrew Parks and his Quixotic Games development team.
No exact release day has been announced but we are guessing some time after the summer 2019.
One could say this is a perfect filler game (You know, the kind of games you play between games or when you are waiting for someone. Or perhaps as a the last game when the hour is getting late).
-One would be right.
Biblios takes about 20-30 minutes to play including set up, it's easy to teach, packs a great amount of replayability, and appeals to newbies and hardcore gamers alike.
The next expansion for Artipia Games "Fields of Green" is to be released soon, out sometime in the spring 2019, probably February or March.
Description from the publisher:
"Grand Fair introduces the Grand Fair Attractions, letting players interact with the fair in many ways.
It includes additional locations, objectives, components for a fifth player, and rules+material for solo play"
The expansion in a nutshell:
Check our review of the new expansion to 7 wonders, Armada. You can find it in the review section. The review assumes you have played 7w before.
For you who might have stumbled in here without knowing what 7w is, we can tell you this much; It's not Risk, it's not Clue, it's certainly not Monopoly. 7 wonders is actually a game worth playing.
It's a cardgame that plays for about 30 minutes, even with 7 players, and at the same time has alot of deph. It's simply amazing, so do yourself a favour and go buy it.
This 7 Wonders expansion allows you to build fleets of Ships to conquer the seas. New Armada and Island cards enrich the game and increase the interaction between players.
The flow of the game is slightly changed, but the victory conditions remain identical to those of the base game of 7 Wonders.
At the beginning of each Age, the players each get a hand of 8 cards. They will play an extra card during each Age. At any time a Red, Yellow, Green, or Blue card is played, the player will be able to move the ship of the same color one space, and access to various advantages.
In Leagues of Adventure: Rocket Race, players are part of a league of gentlemen adventurers from the British Empire in 1898. They will be trying to construct and launch a Moon rocket before the other players. The player that can best assemble their league’s rocket will be declared the winner.