There are a lot of great games coming out in the next few months, but here are some of the games we are most excited for!
Clank! In! Space!
Here at The Game Table Café, we love Clank! so it only stands to reason that we’ll love Clank! In! Space! as well. We’ve only had Clank! in our library for a few months, but it’s already seen so much play that the board is falling apart. Clank! In! Space! takes the action of Clank! and moves it from a dungeon guarded by an angry dragon to the depths of space. You’ll be playing as thieves stealing treasure from the ship of the evil Lord Eradikus. Every treasure you take makes Lord Eradikus angrier and every careless noise you make paints a bigger target on your back so grab your treasure and race to the escape pods to make it out alive.
Disney has produced some of the most beloved characters of all time (and a lot of my favorites) and Codenames won the Spiel des Jahres award in 2016 and is considered one of the best party games of all time. Of course, I’m excited for this mash-up of two great things Disney Codenames. I’m slightly peeved that this is being considered the “family edition” and therefore seems to be “easier” with a 4×4 grid and no assassin. However, I’m sure with a bit of experimentation, you could adapt the 5×5 grid cards from the original game to the Disney version, which is definitely something I plan to try.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men
Merry Men is the first expansion for Sheriff of Nottingham, a game of bluffing and smuggling. In addition to the possibility of playing with a sixth player, Merry Men also will add five new modules to the base game. To me the most interesting of these is the option to play with two deputies instead of one sheriff. Instead of smuggling your goods past one person, you have to convince two people that you’re goods are legal. The other modules include laws that remain in play for the round and new ways to earn bonuses. I’m excited to try this out with my family who all had fun with the base game the last time we played it.
Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate
Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is a game that a few of our gurus are excited for and, while I personally may not be all that interested in Dungeons and Dragons, I am interested in more content from Avalon Hill, the makers of one of my all-time favorite board games, Betrayal at House on the Hill. Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate takes all of the fun of Betrayal at House on the Hill, but moves the action from a mysterious haunted house to the city of Baldur’s Gate. You’ll play as a party of adventurers exploring the city until one of you turns traitor and unleashes a horrible evil upon the rest of the party.
Legend of the Five Rings
The Legend of the Five Rings is a game based on the original collectible card game, but re-imagined as a living card game with new mechanics and stories. The Legend of the Five Rings is set in the world of Rokugan. There are seven clans in the land of Rokugan that serve the emperor; however, these clans do not live in harmony and are in constant conflict with each other. Players take on the role of the leader of one of these clans and build their decks around that clan to then fight against another player controlling another clan. The base set will come with everything you need to get started and, like other LCG’s, later expansions will help you supplement your deck with new cards.
Cities of Splendor
Another expansion, this time for Splendor! And better yet, Cities of Splendor is actually four different expansions in one box, however it seems that each expansion is meant to be played separately. The four expansions are Cities, Tradings Posts, Orient, and Strongholds. Each of these adds something new and different to the game and expands the replayability of the base game.
A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch
Catan set in the world of Game of Thrones sounds great and I for one am very interested in this game! The premise this version of Catan is that the Night’s Watch is looking for a new leader and players are competing for that role. You are tasked with improving the infrastructure of the Gift and defending the Wall from Wildlings trying to fight their way into Westeros (so is this before Jon Snow befriends them?). The player that does all of this best will become the new Lord Commander.
Dark Souls: The Card Game
This one isn’t going to be out until next year, but one of our past gurus mentioned it when I asked so it’s on here as an honorary mention. Based on the video game, Dark Souls: The Card Game is a cooperative game in which players must adapt their decks to better fight enemies and gain treasure.