So it’s a brand new year. And that means that it’s time to look forward to some games. Here are some of the ones I’m looking forward to this year.
Back to the Future: An Adventure Through Time is coming from designers Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle, published by IDW. It looks like a role selection style card game, which coupled with a great theme means that this is way at the top of my anticipated list. Pinchback and Riddle have proven themselves to be a great design team, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays – at the very least, it will be good to have a GOOD Back to the Future game out there (cough cough Looney Labs cough cough).
Gale Force 9 has been knocking it out of the park with their licensed properties, and so there’s great anticipation about Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks. There’s not much known about how it plays, but given that Doctor Who is incredibly popular right now, there are a lot of people look forward to this one. I myself really like Doctor Who, but no spoilers for me – I’m still working my way through the second Matt Smith season.
I really enjoy Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books, and so I’m looking forward to The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game from Evil Hat Productions. I think it’s a ripe theme for a game, and though there’s not much out there about it, I’m looking forward to this.
Gloomhaven (from Isaac Childres and Cephalophair Games) made $386,000 on Kickstarter in September. It’s a cooperative fantasy game in the legacy style, meaning that the game evolves over time. There’s a lot of excitement about this game from people who have played the prototypes, so we’ll see how it turns out. With the phenomenal success of Pandemic: Legacy (aka the new #1 game at BGG), I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of these experience games in the future. (Side note – maybe this year will be the year of SeaFall as well.)
Millennium Blades, from D. Brad Talton and Level 99 Games, is my most anticipated game of the year. It’s got an extremely meta concept – you are playing a character that is a player of a fictional collectible card game called Millennium Blades. The game is intended to simulate the deckbuilding process without having quite so many cards (though there are going to be a TON of cards in the game). It’s a game that I’m sure will just blow my mind.
The Networks is a Gil Hova design being published by Formal Ferret Games that is themed around programming a TV lineup. It looks like fun, and some of the show names are quite entertaining – Celebrity Rhinoplasty, The Wacky TSA Agent, and The Wide World of Forks, for example.
There was a time when Days of Wonder would announce a game, and then all of a sudden, it was out. Now, they’re announcing stuff months in advance to build buzz. Such is the case with Quadropolis, a city building game designed by François Gandon that was announced last April. It seems to be following Five Tribes as a heavier title for Days of Wonder, previously known for their more family friendly titles like Ticket to Ride and Small World. DoW games are always worth a look.
Roll Player, from Keith Matejka and Thunderworks Games, is a dice game where you are building up a character’s stats in the standard RPG areas of Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. You’re trying to build patterns with different colored dice, as well as get the right abilities to use at the right times. It looks like it’s going to be a blast.
Scythe has been on everyone’s radar since the first artwork hit BGG in late 2014. This Jamey Stegmaier design from Stonemaier Games is a post-apocalyptic 4X game where players are upgrading actions, producing resources, and engaging in combat to try to be the ultimate victor. It looks pretty amazing, and I’m looking forward to hearing how it plays when it comes out.
I’m not a Trekkie. I’ve enjoyed the movies, but I can really take it or leave it. But Star Trek: Frontiers has my attention for a few reasons. One is Andrew Parks, designer of Core Worlds – he’s got a pretty good track record. The other name attached to the project is Vlaada Chvátil. I don’t think he actually had anything to do with it, but this game is based on his Mage Knight Board Game, which really has me interested. I love Mage Knight, and think this might be a good fit for Star Trek, especially the exploration aspect.
Wits & Wagers: Epic Geek Edition did not have a successful Kickstarter run at the end of 2015, but I suspect that they’ll be back stronger than ever in 2016. It looks like they’re taking Wits & Wagers to the next level. Instead of “just” being a party game, they’re adding characters and special abilities, as well as questions about all things geek. I’m interested to see the additions, so I hope this one does better in their next try.
It looks to be a great year of gaming…looking forward to it! Thanks for reading!