With 2020 starting as soon as tomorrow we still managed to cook up another article in the good old 2019. Enjoy a tasty batch of upcoming board game news and… have a happy new year!
Mind MGMT – March 3rd
A series published by Dark Horse Comics in 2012-2015 is about to get adapted into the board game medium. Themes of the original graphic novel include espionage, secret agents, mysterious organizations and political conspiracies.
The new game belongs to the asymmetric co-op genre. 1 to 5 players can play together. One of them takes control of the MGMT organization and keeps recruiting new agents to its ranks in secret. Meanwhile other players try to stop him and keep track of his stealthy operations. If the organization manages to recruit 13 agents it wins. Preventing it from doing so makes the remaining players victorious.
The campaign for Mind MGMT will launch on March 3rd and the game will be filled with illustrations by Matt Kindt – the creator of the original comic book series.
Monsters on Board – Q1 2020
Monsters on Board is the latest game published by Final Frontier Games (Rise to Nobility, Cavern Tavern) and illustrated by Mihajlo “Mico” Dimitrevski (West Kingdom series). The campaign is planned for sometime in Q1 2020, but the exact date is yet to be announced.
The game has a slightly comedic horror theme. A bunch of silly looking monsters are driving on a bus to do their work, which consists of scaring various individuals they meet along the way. The thing is, to be the most effective at scaring they need to be grouped properly and sit near monsters that they like the most. Each character is represented by his or her own die.
Monsters on Board will be a fast paced game, playable by 2 to 4 players. Final Frontier is working with 2 new game designers which should make the game feel even more fresh.
Chronicles of Crime – Millennium – 2020
Chronicles of Crime by Lucky Duck Games was praised as one of the best titles of 2018 and has received plenty of awards. The mixture of classic deduction based game with an app that reads QR codes to enrich the experience worked amazingly, despite what some sceptics expected.
Players could examine crime scenes with their smartphone screens or VR goggles, talk to citizens of London who had their own lives and moved around the city. Figuring culprit’s identity was usually difficult and required taking notes and checking every nook and cranny with the time running out with each action taken.
The newest addition to the franchise will have a huge twist. Chronicles of Crime – Millenium will actually consist of 3 standalone games – all set in different eras. They will take players to 13th century, 20th century and 23rd century. Each will have its own array of mysteries to solve. As for the mechanics related innovations – stay tuned for more info after the New Year.
Cloudspire – 2nd Campaign – Spring 2020
Another great news and another unexpected expansion. Cloudspire was one of the most popular 2018 tabletop game campaigns on Kickstarter. Next spring we’re going to see it back. If you haven’t heard about it: Cloudspire is a strategy game for 1-4 players known mostly for its innovative unit token mechanics. The gameplay was inspired by tower defense games but it’s much deeper than that. Players can tackle a wide array scenarios together or solo.
The new expansion will feature two additional factions compatible with the original game. Both will come with their own scenarios for various game modes. We also expect the core game be available again, as the publisher doesn’t sell it through regular retail channels. If you’ve missed the campaign, now’s your chance!
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