Board Games

Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition Announced

May 28, 2018

In the far reaches of space, the aliens of the cosmos vie for control of the universe. Alliances are constantly forged and broken in the pursuit of power as starships journey from planet to planet, ready to build colonies and battle foreign powers, ensuring the survival of their people as they spread throughout the stars.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition in the third quarter of 2018!

Now is the perfect time to return to Cosmic Encounter or to experience the classic game of intergalactic colonization for the first time. Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition will become the new standardized version of the game when it hits shelves in the third quarter of 2018, and it remains compatible with all existing Cosmic Encounter expansions.

Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition welcomes new players to the game of infinite possibilities with a freshly revised rulebook and a beautifully illustrated Quick-start Guide that captures the nostalgia of the original game and makes it easy for anyone to learn. The Quick-start Guide’s comic book style throws readers back to the 1970s, providing vital insight into the core rules of the game while embracing the fun of a cosmic conquest filled with wacky aliens and outrageous abilities. What’s more, with the beautiful translucent ship pieces , spreading your colonies across the galaxy has never been more stylish!

Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition offers you new ways to customize your games with the introduction of Cosmic Combo cards. These carefully assembled cards offer a list of alien species with a brief description of their powers to create themed matchups and explore different types of games. You may find yourself among some  Big Time Clubbers or Cellar Dwellers,  that can be integrated into three, four, or five-player games. Every card spins a new challenge, and with these new options for customization, no two games are ever the same.

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USAOpoly Announces ‘Privacy’, the Party Game

May 27, 2018

We’re all too familiar with reaching that phase in a friendship when courtesy becomes a thing of the past and true colors start to show. Conversations get more personal, off-color remarks aren’t off-limits, and soon you’re finding yourself wondering just what lines you can and can’t cross with the people you’re close to (or so you thought).

At the next big get-together, you won’t have to wonder how to go about broaching those taboo topics. Learn the s#!t you’ve always wanted to know, but were too afraid to ask when you’re finally able to get your hands on Privacy from USAOpoly!

Your excuse for being intrusive is just around the corner in this upcoming party game for adults only! Prepare to pose the most outrageous questions to your peers about their personal habits, boundaries, and secrets… and then try to guess the outcome! “Yes” or “No” answer tokens are placed secretively into a closed ballot box. Correctly predict how many people said “Yes” to up to 400 barefaced questions to earn the most points and win!

Identities remain anonymous unless you can narrow down who said what. Dare to make it a rite of passage with anyone from new acquaintances to co-workers who get the best of your curiosity!

WizKids puts the Fun in Dungeon with Fungeon Party

May 22, 2018

WizKids is excited to announce a new game that puts the Fun in dungeon, Fungeon Party!

Designed by Brian Lewis, David McGregor, Marissa Misura, and Tom Jones, this is a fast paced, quest completion game which takes a traditional dungeon party and puts them in a truly nontraditional dungeon crawler.

2 to 5 players pick a class from a list of classic adventure choices; such as Barbarian, Cleric, Ranger, and Wizard, just to name a few. Each class has their own stats, which can be upgraded as experience points are earned, as well as a special ability that will help the party complete a pile of at least 6 quests.

Quest cards are drawn from a stack and placed in the middle of all players. Using a cell phone or stopwatch, a timer is set for 30 seconds per quest, so 6 quests would be a 3-minute timer. Someone yells “GO”, the top quest card is flipped over, and the goal is to complete all quests before the timer runs out! Sounds simple, but is it?

What types of quests would you expect in a Fungeon? Stack dice on your forehead, bounce dice into the box, knock down a meeple surrounded by dice, balance a meeple on a stick. These, and many more wacky quests await the brave adventures that travel through the corridors of a Fungeon!

Gather your party and check out this quick, easy, and FUN game to learn and play!Fungeon Party will be available at your Friendly Local Game Store June 2018 for $29.99. Pre-order today!

Z-Man Announces Anchors Aweigh

May 21, 2018

An ocean of adventure awaits you in Anchors Aweigh from Z-Man Games!

Load your ship with everything you’ll need, then weigh anchor. Discover items, trade goods, and complete contracts to earn treasure. Grapple with fierce pirates, earning rewards if you defeat them. Will you earn the most treasure?

Adventure Awaits!

The wind rushes, carrying the smell of salt water and ruffling your hair. The crew bustles around you, hauling up crates of supplies and organizing them in the cargo hold. You hear the crash of the waves against the side of the ship. The captain calls for the anchor to be hauled up. It’s time to set sail!

Every adventure requires supplies. You’ll need everything from shovels and rope to a compass and sword. Prepare for your adventure by quickly grabbing tiles representing these pieces of equipment (known as assets), filling your ship’s cargo hold.

Pirates lurk on the high seas, hoping to catch sailors unaware and unprepared. As players continue their adventure, they will come across pirate cards. Each player can choose to fight or flee. If you choose to fight the pirates you must satisfy the supply requirements on the card or else you’ll pay a penalty. If you can satisfy the pirates you’ll reap the benefits, gaining treasure or valuable cargo items.

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Z-Man Games Announce Cacao: Diamante

May 20, 2018

Return to the world of Cacao with Z-Man Games announcement of Cacao: Diamante, available for preorder!

Cacao: Diamante adds more depth with four new modules: The Gem Mines, the Tree of Life, the Emperor, and the New Workers. Play the modules individually or combine them to customize your gameplay. Combine Cacao: Diamante and Cacao: Chocolatl with the base game for a gigantic variant!

Walking deeper into the mine it gets colder and darker. The rocks shift as you run your hand along the wall. Lifting your torch, the light reflects on something in the distance. You walk closer and see the edge of a gem embedded in the wall. With your tools and a bit of work to excavate it, a ruby falls from the rock into your hand. Just a few more gems to find before returning to the tribe.

With the Gem Mine module of Cacao: Diamante, players can send workers to unearth valuable gems in the mines. Players uncover the colorful gem pieces from a three-dimensional mine cart. Collect gems in all four colors and exchange them for the valuable gold and gemstone-encrusted masks.

CMoN and Gaumont to Publish Narcos: The Board Game

May 18, 2018

CMON Limited announced that they have teamed with Gaumont, the oldest film company and producer of Narcos to design and publish Narcos: The Board Game, based on the Golden Globe and Emmy ® award-nominated television series.

Currently in production for season 4, Narcos chronicles the true-life rise to power of drug lords and the explosion of cocaine trafficking in the world. Narcos continues to grow in popularity around the world, with season 3 premiering as the most in-demand digital original in the U.S. and one of the top five worldwide according to Parrot Analytics. Available for viewing on the world’s most popular streaming service, Netflix, the show is currently available in over 130 countries.

Narcos: The Board Game, designed by Fel Barros and Renato Sasdelli, puts two to five players in the roles of the series’ most powerful characters and factions as they rewrite the story behind the rise and fall of El Patrón. One person acts as El Patrón, managing a growing narcotics empire while trying to keep their location on the board a secret. The remaining players lead the Hunter Factions: the DEA, Policía Nacional de Colombia, Cali Cartel, and the guerrilla extremist group. These seemingly disparate groups are united in their common interest to discover the hidden position of El Patrón, sharing information and discussing strategies. If the El Patrón player manages to complete their secret objectives without being captured by the Hunters, they win. However, if the Hunters are able to uncover El Patrón’s location, they succeed in their mission and win.

“Working with Gaumont to bring Narcos to the tabletop has been an incredible adventure,” commented David Preti, CMON’s Creative Director. “Every aspect of this game is carefully coordinated with the Gaumont team to ensure that the show fans love is brought to life on the tabletop unlike anyone could have imagined, while also appealing to players who have never seen the show.”

“CMON is known for its focus on high-quality and engaging games and we trust them to develop and design the first Narcos board game title that will allow our millions of Narcos fans to immerse themselves within the storylines and characters of the show” added Tim Stephen, Head of Legal and Business Affairs at Gaumont.

Narcos: The Board Game is scheduled for release in Q4 of 2018 with an SRP of $54.99.

Altiplano Now Available from Renegade Game Studio

May 10, 2018

Altiplano is now available from Renegade Game Studio!

The inhabitants of the Altiplano, the high plateau between the Easter and Western Andes, need to be creative to develop the scant vegetation and the available resources.

By fishing at Lake Titicaca, mining ore in the mountains, breeding alpacas, and actively trading local goods, the inhabitants generate continually grow in wealth.

New production sites are built, orders are fulfilled, and goods are stored for hard times. And road construction should not be neglected either, as that is needed to speed up development.

The inhabitant who best uses his potential will have the highest yield in the end!

Number of Players: 2-5
For Ages: 12+
Playing Time: 60-120 Minutes
MSRP: $65

Stonemaier Games Announces My Little Scythe

May 9, 2018

My Little Scythe is a competitive, family-friendly game designed by Hoby Chou and his daughter Vienna, in which each player controls 2 animal miniatures embarking upon an adventure in the Kingdom of Pomme.

In an effort to be the first to earn 4 trophies from 8 possible categories, players take turns choosing to Move, Seek, or Make. These actions will allow players to increase their friendship and pies, power up their actions using upgrade tiles, complete quests, learn magic spells, discover precious resources through an innovative dice mechanism, deliver gems and apples to Castle Everfree, and perhaps even engage in a pie fight.

Some of My Little Scythe’s mechanisms are inspired by the bestselling game, Scythe. It caught the eye of Stonemaier Games as a fan-created print-and-play game in 2017 (it went on to win the BoardGameGeek 2017 award for best print-and-play game).

Release Details

  • Pre-orders are available for a limited time from Stonemaier Games
  • Pre-release available at Gen Con and Gen Can’t events
  • Retail release on August 17, 2018 (MSRP: $50; SKU: STM800)
  • Available in several non-English languages later in 2018