By Order of the Queen is a family co-op game with a similar feel to Shadows of Camelot or Arkham Horror, while introducing Role Playing Game elements throughout the game. I played an early copy and it was a blast to play with kids while also maintaining that high level of difficulty. The art is beautiful and the game will deliver a full epic experience for the whole family to enjoy.
Flatline is a game in the Fuse line of timed dice co-op games for the family. Instead of defusing bombs on a spaceship, you and your team will be trying keep people alive medically. We had a blast playing Fuse and I can't imagine Flatline falling flat in the fun department. Renegade Games Studio has been on fire with their games and Flatline should be right in line.
Stop Thief! is one of three releases for newly created Restoration Games. The name may sound familiar for those of you that played lots of games in the 80's that featured electronic devices. Stop Thief! is a remake/reworking of Stop Thief (minus the !) that used an electronic crime scanner. Now with the invention of tablets and almost everyone has one, Stop Thief! will use the crime scanner technology and transfer it to app form. Will Stop Thief! steal all the attention of gamers? I look forward to see how 80's reworkings translate for gamers today.
The second game from Portal Games to make the list is Alien Artifacts. Alien Artifacts is a card based 4X game set in space. Every word in that sentence makes me want this game. Early reports say that it plays in a decent time, and the card version translates into a great 4X experience. Portal Games has been on a roll in the last few years and I am not going to doubt them in 2017.
TMG is bringing Yokohama over to the states from Japan. Yokohama is a big economic game taking place during Japan's Meiji era when they dealing with other countries and made huge technology advancements. You are one of the merchant leaders trying to adapt to this new era and become a financial leader. Last year TMG brought over Guilds of London to much fanfare and before that they brought over Orleans which is still very popular. I have a feeling Yokohama will continue that trend.
Beer Empire is a set collection, area of influence type game about trying to make the best beer. Critics and the public's taste are always changing and so you have to do your best to try and figure out what they want. It may not always be the best ingredients, but it comes down to taste and probably what will get buzzed. I love beer so this is a very interesting game that immediately got my attention once I found out about it. Now I must find a way to get it.
Feudum is a hand and resource management game that was recently funded on kickstarter. The biggest stand out is the very interesting art that makes you very curious of what is going on in the game. I really look forward to playing this and hoping that the gameplay is as interesting as the art.
The 7th Continent is a game, but a better description is an experience like choose your own adventure books. They promise to have so much content that you will be adventuring for months to years before seeing it all. This may quickly become a grail game due to the rumor that it will not be available in retail stores. If the hype and promises of epic amounts of content result in the same amount of epic fun, then this will be hitting a lot of people's top 10 of the year lists. That is if you survive the game....
I am not exactly excited about this game due to not enjoying Dr. Who, but the majority of my friends love it and screamed in excitement about the game. I figured I better put it on the list, or face their wraith. The great news for them is that Gale Force Nine is making the game and they have a strong record of delivering great experiences with popular IPs. I know very little about this game but I have seen that you can play as almost any of the doctors. So for you Whovians.... enjoy.
This spot has become reserved for the What's Your Game? release of the year that I know I will enjoy. Brasil is a worker placement game about mining. WYG does a good job of taking historical time period games and making them interesting with great game mechanics. The box art is very original and different. I look forward to seeing how this ranks with their other titles.
I have heard this described as a pick up and deliver game that will slap you in the face. Wasteland has a Borderlands look to it and adult content to match. The truck miniatures look awesome and I like how your goods are actually stored on the back of the truck. Everything about this game screams wild and uncontrolled. That may be a great thing to have in a board game.
Set in the Numenera Universe that is very popular among RPG players. The Ninth World introduces us to skill building games. Players will set out to raise their skill and bid on fighting bosses to claim glory, loot, and more skill. The wide player count (1-5) means that this can hit the table for a lot of gamers. I just hope that it delivers a great experience.
Geek Attitude Games is bringing us a co-op game that has us as visitors to the White House when a rift opens and monsters come to kill the President. Save the President adds some of the B-list horror movie monsters into the frey and creates a fun but tense environment. I saw people really enjoying the demo of this at Gen Con and I am thinking this could be a huge hit, even with all the chaos going on politically right now.
CMON Games is bringing this over to the states with a graphic overhaul. I played this at CMON Expo last year and I can not wait to play this again. The game feels like 2 games in one. The first part is a mix or worker placement and engine building with training your fighters. The second part is a dice rolling and betting good time with the actual fighting tournaments. All the fighters are parodies of fighters from movies, wrestling, and video games. My favorite may be T.J. Balls who is the games Hulk Hogan. I am super pumped about this game and I think you should be as well.