Hey, cons are back! Maybe! Time for a random Gen Con preview, which I haven’t done in a while. Gen Con is September 16-19 this year, so let’s take a look at some of the games you could possibly get while there. These are all randomly selected from the BGG preview.
Whirling Witchcraft (Erik Andersson Sundén, AEG) is a recipe fulfillment game where you are a witch creating all kinds of potions. Each turn, you’ll play cards from your hand that allow you to take ingredients and turn them into other stuff. At the end of a turn, you pass what you’ve produced to your neighbor, and if they don’t have a spot for them, you score. It seems like a really interesting take on an engine building game, and this is one I’m going to be keeping an eye on.
Last One Alive (Ole Steiness, Ares Games) is a zombie apocalypse dice game where players are trying to not necessarily be faster than the zombies, but be faster than their opponents. You’re using your dice to try to protect yourself and make sure the zombies attack someone else. There is player elimination, but the game is apparently quick enough that this doesn’t matter. Doesn’t really look like something I’m interested in.
The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged (Johnny O’Neal, Brotherwise Games) is a miniatures game based on the animated series. Each of the eight characters has its own fighting style, and the game is played in teams of 2-3 heroes. I don’t know the animated series at all…I mean, as in , this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it. That, and the fact that I’m not a fan of miniatures games, means that I won’t be watching this at all.
Factory 42 (Timo Multamäki, Dragon Dawn Productions) is a game about Marxist dwarfs in a factory settings. Players are the Overseers, and have to make sure the production is all running smoothly. Players have to work together to make deals, but it’s a competitive game so there’s an element of backstabbery going on. The game uses a cube tower, and it looks pretty interesting.
Super Mega Lucky Box (Phil Walker-Harding, Gamewright Games) is a flip-and-write game where players are trying to cross off the numbers on their game cards. You flip a card, and cross off one matching number. Completing a row gives you an action, which could give you points, let you adjust a number, or even cross off another number. Seems like a very light game, but a good one for kids or people unfamiliar with the genre.
Sticky Cthulhu (Cédric Barbé/Théo Rivière, IELLO) is a dexterity game where you’re trying to grab items with your own sticky tentacle. Someone rolls two dice, which will tell you a color and a creature to grab, and everyone will try to smack it with their tentacle. There are also Deep Ones tokens that make you hold your tentacle differently. It seems like a silly game.
Tavern Tales: Legends of Dungeon Drop (Gregory Skulnick, Phase Shift Games) is a game set in the same world as last year’s Dungeon Drop, but at the same time, it’s entirely different. Rather than dropping tons of cubes and collecting treasure, you’re playing a set collection game with cards as you claim to have found certain items on your adventures. Dungeon Drop looks like a very interesting game, but I’m not sure about this one yet.
Alien: Fate of the Nostromo (Scott Rogers, Ravensburger) is a cooperative game based on the first movie in the Alien franchise. Players are trying to survive on the ship, sneaking around and collecting scrap that can be used to cobble together different items. Players all have special abilities, and the point is to not lose all your morale. I actually recently started watching Alien again. It’s really not my favorite movie, but it is well crafted and created quite a lore.
Unicorn Stew (Brian Knudson, Redshift Games) is a game where you’re the chef for the king, and he wants food. But he’s not being specific, so you have to try to match your menu as closely as you can to his demands. It seems like a silly game with some funny fantasy dishes, though probably not my thing.
Transformers Deck-Building Game (Dan Blanchett/Matt Hyra, Renegade Game Studios) is a game set in the Transformers universe. Players are Autobots, trying to build up and defeat the Decepticons. It can be played competitively or cooperatively. I was a fan of the Transformers as a kid, but the movie franchise has kind of dulled my enthusiasm over the years. Still, this has some good potential, but I don’t think it includes a way to transform your cards into other things.
Suspects (Sebastien Duverger Nedellec/Guillaume Montiage, Studio H) is a mystery in the style of Agatha Christie novels. Players are following the protagonist, Claire Harper, as she travels the world and solves mysteries. I don’t know too much other than that, but apparently they’d like to make this a series. This original has three stories to play through, which tells me that replayability is probably limited. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something to keep in mind.
Apparently, I’m not quite over my blog funk yet. This post took entirely too long to write. Well, I do have plenty of reviews in the pipeline, so look out for those coming soon. Stay safe out there, and thanks for reading!