This time every year, GenCon brings a flurry of excitement and expectation to the boardgaming world with many new releases announced and demoed. For those of us here in Australia it is such a big trek to get there that we are left eagerly waiting for when these releases will hit our fair shores. So we have decided to put together a bit of a preorder list of some of the new releases and expected time frame from our suppliers. Let’s kick off the list with a few Cthulhu based games - after all it was recently HP Lovecraft’s birthday (20th of August).
News of this game hit the boardgaming community a few weeks ago. This second edition still has the same horror and terror of a lovecraftian themed mansion of the first edition, however Fantasy Flight Games has replaced the need of a player acting as a keeper or controller with an application that can be accessed on the tablet or mobile, meaning everyone can work together!
Fans of Cthulhu were super happy to hear of the launch of a lovecraftian theme Living Card Game (LCG), especially since the Call of Cthulhu Card Game has been retired. With the successful overhaul of the Game of Thrones 2nd Edition LCG, there is high hopes for the success of Arkham Horror: The Card Game. Watch out for this later this year.
Even more Lovecraft is ready to hit the table with the new reskin of Pandemic taking on the Cthulhu universe. Much like the original, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu will have you working together to save the world, except this time, the old ones have awoken and each one has a different set of powers or abilities that change how you play every time. Be careful not to lose yourself to your own insanity though, otherwise the human race is doomed forever.
This game has caused a bit of buzz amongst attendees and it looks well deserved. A sci-fi, card driven, area control strategy game with minis! What’s not to like?
This game is on a roll! With Codenames taking out the Spiel des Jahres earlier this year, Codenames: Pictures was announced. Mind twisting illustrations instead word cards should provide for some hilarious fun.
As a bit of a surprise, Codenames: Deep Undercover was announced at Gen Con. The same game but as an adults-only, mature version that even comes with blank cards to add some of your own words to the game.
With board games themes currently being about anything, this is one that we are surprised hasn’t been done much before. The Networks is a card building game with the aim to build up your TV network to be the most successful by deciding the programs, hiring stars and running ads.
The designer of the popular Legacy system, Rob Daviau, has put his design skills towards creating an entirely new Legacy game instead of folding it into a pre-established property. Sea Fall is a game built entirely around the Legacy system so expect to see some serious consequences based on your decisions in this game. This game was so popular at GenCon that it sold out before the public hit the convention floor!
Fantasy Flight Games has brought Doom back from the depths of hell to hit the tabletop, again. With an updated modular tile system like Imperial Assault, 12 missions, a custom dice combat system and 35+ beautifully produced miniature sculpts of both the player marines and the forces of the hell dimension, this game is not one to miss.
Alan R. Moon has cleverly combined the much loved Ticket to Ride trains with ships in his next installment of the series. The game comes with two maps featuring a world map and the Great Lakes of North America allowing players to build their routes across seas, lakes and land.