Board Game Extras – Stasia’s Top 10 Anticipated Gen Con Games, Part 1

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!

Just as an aside, none of the games on this list are on my anticipated games of the year (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).

Ecos: First Continent

Ecos First Continent Cover


Ecos: First Continent is being published by Alderac Entertainment Group in 2019. The game is designed John D. Clair with artwork provided by Sabrina Miramon and Matt Paquette.

Ecos: First Continent is a tile placement game with an environmental theme. While tile placement is not a favorite game mechanic of mine, I love the theme. According to AEG’s website (, players “will have the chance to create a part of the world, similar but different to the one we know. Which landscapes, habitats, and species thrive will be up to you.” The game plays 2-6 players and features simultaneous game play. It will be available in October according to AEG’s website.

Why I am excited about this game: I love the theme. I enjoy Clair’s Space Base as does the rest of my family (we have not played Mystic Vale yet though).


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 I am excited about this game: I have been an avid reader of Egyptian books since I was a child, so the theme here really resonates with me. In addition, you add a story driven, cooperative, campaign game and I am in board gaming heaven!


Aftermath Cover


Aftermath is being published this year by Plaid Hat Games and is designed by Jerry Hawthorne, who designed one of Beth’s favorite games, Mice & Mystics. The artists for the game are Tregis and Jimmy Xia.

Aftermath is another story-driven game – can you tell that I like them? – that is also cooperative. This is another of Hawthorne’s Adventure Book games (Comanauts, Stuffed Fables) . In this one, humans have disappeared and a band of small animals has formed to try to keep a small colony alive. The colony they have formed struggles to stay alive as a band of them has to go out and search for food and other necessities. This game is already available for pre-order and looks like it will be released in late September. If you would like further information on the game, you can check out Plaid Hat’s website here.

Why I am excited about this game: Both Beth and I really liked Mice & Mystics, but have not tried any of Hawthorne’s Adventure Book games because they really did not appeal to us. I like the idea of this one so much, that I went ahead and pre-ordered the game. A story-driven cooperative game is sure to get my attention!


Ragusa Cover


Ragusa is being published in 2019 by Braincrack Games. The game is designed by Fabio Lopiano (the designer of Calimala) and the artwork is being supplied by Bartlomiej Roczniak. This game was on Kickstarter about 6 months ago.

Ragusa is a worker placement with a twist. According to the Braincrack Games website (, Ragusa “has a trick up its sleeve – when building in the city, some spaces will reactivate the houses that were already there, whether they belong to you or another player. This simple rule keeps everyone engaged, even when it’s not their turn, and means that your early choices can give way to a huge advantage later on in the game.” This game is due for release on August 1st.

Why I am excited about this game: I was very interested in playing Calimala, but it is a 3+ player game, so I am excited to try Ragusa by the same designer. I love the idea of the twist in Ragusa and am interested in seeing how it works. This game also offers a solo mode.

Catan: Starfarers

Catan Starfarers Cover


Catan: Starfarers is being published in 2019 by Kosmos and Catan Studio. Klaus Teuber, the gentleman behind the Catan universe, is redesigning the original The Starfarers of Catan, which has been out of print for a good long while now. There is currently no artist credited for the game.

I have seen play through videos of the original The Starfarers of Catan and think this is a game that would appeal to my husband more than the original Catan game does. Both he and I like space themed games. Since I did not get to play the original game, I am really interested in trying this update.

Why I am excited about this game: Space themed game that has been updated from the original. Looking forward to giving this one a shot!

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 new innovation in those games. Part 2 of this list will be out tomorrow and I will probably make a list of expansions too. Beth’s lists will appear next week.

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?

Stasia and Beth

7 Replies to “Board Game Extras – Stasia’s Top 10 Anticipated Gen Con Games, Part 1”

  1. Charlotte

    I’m honestly a little out of the loop on what will come out at GenCon. I know a little more about the Essen releases (some of which may already be at GenCon).

    Of the GenCon releases that I do know about, I may currently be the most excited about Silver. Just looks like a fun, small cardgame. Not a huge fan of the artwork, but I want to give it a shot.

    1. Charlotte

      Of the games you discuss in the article, Aftermath looks the most exciting to me! Really cool theme.
      Probably won’t buy it, though — I have too many unfinished story-based campaign games already…

      1. I understand what you mean about unfinished story based campaign games. It is so easy to start one only to have another on catch your eye, isn’t it?

        I will let you know what I think of Aftermath after I have a chance to play it. I should have it by the end of September, I think.


    2. There are so many new games coming out it was hard to get this list down to 10. I may have to make an honorable mentions list too!

      I do not remember a game on the list called Silver, which is hardly surprising given that the list has over 500 games listed. I have a game on my wish list called Silver & Gold. Is that the same game?


    3. Kathy

      I played Silver at Dicetower Con! It was a lot of fun. There were 4 of at Bezier’s booth for a game demonstration and everyone loved it. Hadara was the other game I loved. It was on a Hot Games table and I got to play it once and teach it twice.

  2. Kathy

    Gosh, Stasia! I haven’t heard of any of these before! I wrote above that my two must-haves are Hadara and Silver.

    1. I am obviously going to have to look into Silver! As far as Hadara goes, I pre-ordered that one after watching Zee Garcia’s review of the game.



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