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MatchBox

Thundergryph Games is getting close to launching their new Matchbox Collection of games. 5 small box games in this first wave hitting Kickstarter on March 3rd . Each of the 5 games in the series is promising small boxes, great art, short playtimes, and hopefully big fun. 3 of the five games have intro videos and rules available on the website now. Each with a solo play ruleset with two of the games, 15 Days and Rebis, offering a player count of 1-4.

Squire for Hire

Jon Merchant’s Squire for Hire, published by Letiman Games,  caught my eye on Kickstarter for a couple of reasons. The first, as always, is the artwork. Hard to imagine a game getting traction on KS nowadays that doesn’t look good and Squire for Hire looks adorable. Anthropomorphized forest creatures, dressed up in their finest adventuring gear each with their own backpack crammed full of gear, and snacks.

Board Game Expo 2020

YOUR FRIENDLY LOCAL GAME STORE IS WHERE IT’S AT!
I have been noticing pre-release announcements for games from a few publishers like Red Raven, Pandasaurus Games and Renegade that have been a little bit different. They all mentioned that this game (Deep Vents by Red Raven) or that game (Sonora by Pandasaurus) will be available at BGX on April 4.

Roll Player Adventures

The first bit of news I mention for 2020 is pretty exciting, although not very detailed since we mostly feed off of table scraps here. Thunderworks Games dropped a pic on Instagram today of the box for Roll Player Adventures and in the comments mentioned that it is a new campaign-style co-op RPG-LIKE game in the Roll Player universe that will allow you to play your Roll Player generated characters.

Ben Boersma, Darwin Games

I recently connected with Ben from Darwin Games over Instagram after we had both posted images of Crokinole boards a few days apart mentioning that we were each waiting 30 days for the topcoats of polyurethane to dry. His board was one he had built himself and painted to look like a giant eyeball from one of the Occulite creatures that live in his tabletop universe. Mine was a less impressive resurfacing of an old hand-me-down I had received.

Top 5 BG Apps

I would like to talk about peripheral apps. The ones that help us play or navigate the world of board games. The ones that help me most anyway. The apps that I use almost every day either while playing games or between games while thinking about other games.

Spirits of the Wild

I have had this full review of Spirits of the Wild kicking around the hard drive for a long time now and figured I might as well put it up.

Episode 8: Story Telling

In this episode we chat about how board games tell stories. Designers have a lot of tools to work with when attempting to weave a story into their game. The components, the artwork, the mechanics and of course, the actual written narrative are all ways to convey a story to players.

Necromolds

Necromolds! Coming to KS. Finally a miniature game where you get to destroy the minis. Again and again and again. Maybe I am too excited about this idea.

Hasbro Makes a Move

Hasbro, who needs no introduction, recently announced they would begin phasing out plastic in all their new toy and game packaging. This includes shrinkwrap, poly bags, elastic bands, blister packs and so on. The new manufacturing policy will be sweeping across the whole of the Hasbro gaming portfolio from Monopoly to Magic the Gathering.