GenCon 2019 is finally over. Thousands of attendees, hundreds of new games, demos and surprises. Today we’ll talk about 3 new titles announced or heavily previewed at the biggest tabletop gaming convention in North America.
Ankh: Gods of Egypt
Blood Rage and Rising Sun remain one of the most beloved and successful games released by CMON. Especially the latter, as it is the 8th highest funded KS board game ever and the second highest funded CMON game. Designing yet another installment was a no brainer, and we’ve often wondered what would the setting be. We have our answers now: it’s ancient Egypt.
Ankh: Gods of Egypt is the third and final episode in Eric Lang’s epic trilogy. This time: instead of leading a tribe of warriors / a Japanese clan, you will become an Egyptian god with his or her own flock of followers. The game, just like its predecessors, will be a slightly fantasy-like take on a well known setting. Expect summoning some nasty monsters and a hearty dose of area control shenanigans.
According to rumors and official interviews, Ankh: Gods of Egypt will be shorter and less random than its predecessors. Factions are designed to be highly asymmetrical. The game has tons of new concepts and mechanics, much more than Rising Sun had over Blood Rage. These innovations include things like creating new territories on the map. Oh, and minis also look really exceptional.
Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of Artisans
Another successful series coming back, this time: with a new expansion to the second installment. Games by Shem Phillips (and later also by S.J. Macdonald) are among the BGG’s Top 100 and many board gamers seem to adore them. This time, The Architects of the West Kingdom will get a whole new addition by the name of “Age of Artisans”. What can we expect here?
The expansion will add the possibility to play with a 6th player and it will fit into the original box without problems. More interesting additions include tweaks in the guild hall progression system. Players will now have access to special multiple-use cards, that turn the gameplay on its head and allow for various upgrades. Stay tuned for more info about this one!
Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies
The Tiny Epic series by Gamelyn Games is well known for packing as much content as possible into their really minuscule boxes. Tiny Epic Galaxies appeared back in 2015 and collected over $400.000 from 12,458 backers. A new edition got crowdfunded a year later and met with equal success.
Players expand their galactic empires, manage resources and build space armies. Everything is heavily based on dice, which determine all actions available to you. Everyone works to gain victory points and plays until one person gets a total of 21 VPs. The gameplay is quite complex for such a small game, and the expansion makes it even more interesting.
Since Gamelyn loves making games tinier, they’ve decided to release a whole new version of Tiny Epic Galaxies and make it… even smaller. So tiny that it fits into a classic box of playing cards. Previously there was a very similar project for Tiny Epic Kingdoms, so we’re expecting an identical approach here.
The campaign will launch soon – on August 9th.