Board Game Extras – Beth’s Top 10 Anticipated Gen Con Games, Part 2

For those unaware, Gen Con 2019 is just around the corner, happening August 1-4, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you would like more information about the convention, you can check out the convention’s website here.

Board Game Geek’s W. Eric Martin (thank you!) has compiled a list of the games that are going to be available either for sale or demo at the convention. The huge list of games can be found here. Currently there over 500 titles on the list and it is growing every day!

Beth took a bit of a different tack when she compiled her list for her top 10 anticipated Gen Con list. She concentrated on family style games, while I just picked games that sounded good to me. She also included one expansion on the list, while I compiled a separate list of the expansions in which I am interested. There are a couple of crossovers on her list that were also on mine. Curious as to what they are? Here we go. . .


Welcome to Dino World

Dino World Cover


Welcome to Dino World was originally self-published in 2017 and is being republished this year by Alley Cat Games. The game was designed by James O’Connor, Nick Shaw and David Turczi. The artwork is being provided by Sabrina Miramon and Beth Sobel. The game was a nominee for the 2017 Golden Geek Print & Play board game.

Welcome to Dino World is a roll and write game in which the players are park managers trying to pen dinosaurs and lay pathways in their parks. According to the Alley Cat Games website, “Each game will be different, with new market demands, visitor attractions, and special buildings.” However, your dinosaurs may try to escape so you have to make sure your park visitors are safe.

Why Beth is excited about this game: It’s a roll and write game and it sounds like a good family game. I like the dinosaur theme.

Carnival of Monsters

Carnival of Monsters Cover


Carnival of Monsters is being published by AMIGO. The game designed by Richard Garfield. Beth and I have only ever played one of Mr Garfield’s games and it wasn’t Magic: The Gathering, the game he is probably most famous for. The game of his that we have played is Bunny Kingdom, and both of us enjoyed it. The artwork for the game is being done by several artists including Loic Billiau, Martin Hoffmann, Dennis Lohausen, Michael Menzel, Oliver Schlemmern, Claus Stephan, and Franz Vohwinkel. Whew!

Per the game’s entry on Board Game Geek (, “Richard Garfield’s Carnival of Monsters is a card-drafting and set-collecting game for 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up. In this approximately 45-minute game, players draft cards from their hands, trying to collect sets of matching lands so they can capture and display exotic creatures to earn victory points. Along the way, they can hire talented staff to aid their efforts, pursue their own secret goals, or take advantage of fortuitous events. At the end of each season, they must make sure that none of their monsters escape, while the player who can best meet the demands of the audience will be awarded with a bonus!”

Why Beth is excited about this game: This game was on my mom’s most anticipated list of the year, so this is a crossover of a sort. The mechanisms of the game, card drafting and set collection, are some of my favorites. I also find the theme appealing.


Arkeis Cover


Arkeis is being published by Ankama. The game has several designers including Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, and Theo Riviere. The artwork for the game is provided by Aurore Folny.

Arkeis is a story-driven, cooperative game with an Egyptian theme in which the players are delving into ancient Egyptian ruins. The game features a campaign with different scenarios that reward the players with upgrades that can be carried forward throughout the campaign.

I checked the Ankama website, but could find no information on the game there, so I am unsure of the official release date.

Why Beth is excited about this game: Our second – and last – crossover! I really like the artwork for this game. I also like that it is both a campaign and cooperative game. I also like the story telling element of the game.

Nightmarium: Revised Edition

Nightmarium Cover

Nightmarium was originally published 2014. The revised edition is being published this year by Ares Games. I believe that the revised edition is being published in English only. The game was designed by Konstantin Seleznez. The artwork for the game is being provided by Erbol Bulentaev.

Nightmarium is a quick-playing card game about building nightmares. The players will be creating nightmarish creatures, striving to become the Master of Terror.

Why Beth is excited about this game: I like the idea of a quick-playing card game that we can play as a family. Building monsters with your cards sounds neat to me.El

Ninja Squad

Ninja Squad Cover


Ninja Squad was published in 2018 by Back Spindle Games. The designer of the game is Yan Yegorov. The artwork for the game was provided by Elmer Demaso, Ein Lee, and Alan H. Perry.

Ninja Squad is a fast-paced miniatures game with two distinct phases. In the first phase of the game, the players play together cooperatively as they go through the darkened streets, trying to avoid guards, lanterns, and possible other hazards on their way to the Shogun’s palace. In the second phase of the game, the players race each other through the Imperial Gardens.

Why Beth is excited about this game: I like the artwork in the game. I like that the game is both a cooperative game and a racing game. I also like the theme.

Gen Con 2019

I have never been to Gen Con and likely will never go – way too many people there for me! – but that does not mean that I cannot drool over the games that are going to be available to play, buy, or demo at the convention. I always look forward to new games, new ideas, and innovation in those games.

There are a lot of games to look forward to this year, just as there always are! What games are you looking forward to from Gen Con this year?

As always, for these and thousands of other games, check out Board Game Geek here.

Stasia and Beth

2 Replies to “Board Game Extras – Beth’s Top 10 Anticipated Gen Con Games, Part 2”

  1. Charlotte

    I backed Welcome to DinoWorld on Kickstarter, because I liked the original free PnP from the GenCan’t Roll&Write contest so much!
    I have to admit to not yet having played the new KS version, though. I’ve heard some criticisms about the goal cards they introduced that were not in the original version, but I’m hoping that those could just be left out if I’m also bothered by them.

    1. You will have to let me know how the KS version is once you give it a try! I would be interested in your thoughts on it.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *