Just like every other board gamer, we have games that we look forward to with high expectations every year. 2019 is no exception. We have used Richard Ham’s (Rahdo’s) list posted on BoardGame Geek as a guideline since our taste in games is closely aligned with his. If you would like a glimpse at his list, you can find it here: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/250152/rahdo-runs-through-2019-games-interest/page/1?
And now, in no particular order, are the first 5 of my most anticipated games of 2019:
Number 1: Black Angel
Black Angel is going to be published by Pearl Games. The game is being designed by Sebastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges, and Alain Orban, who are also responsible for the terrific dice game Troyes. The artwork will be provided by Ian O’Toole.
The game’s description on the Pearl Games website (https://pearlgames.be/boardgame/black-angel-en/) sounds awesome: “Humanity, through its irresponsible behavior, has exhausted the natural resources of Earth, making it almost uninhabitable. In a burst of lucidity, pressed by the irreversible degradation of your planet, the great nations are forced to put aside their differences and share their knowledge in order to create the most vast spacecraft ever constructed. Thus, the BLACK ANGEL project is launched.”
The theme really appeals to me since it is science fiction. Robots are an awesome addition to the game and the artwork looks to be stellar – what we can see of it anyway! I like dice games and the primary mechanism, at least at this time, is given on Boardgame Geek as dice rolling. All of this and the designers’ previous work on Troyes makes Black Angel my most anticipated 2019 release.
Number 2: Machi Koro Legacy
Machi Koro Legacy is being published by 999 Games and Pandasaurus Games. The game is being designed by Rob Daviau, the king of legacy game design, JR Honeycutt, and Musao Suganuma. The artwork is being provided by Noboru Hotta, Jason D. Kingsley, and Stevo Torres.
From the Pandasaurus Games website (https://www.pandasaurusgames.com/product/machi-koro-legacy/), here is the game description: “Machi Koro Legacy is an all new game with an amazing narrative arc set in the world of Machi Koro. We can’t say much, but we can tell you this: Everything will change, and change again across this 10 game narrative arc!”
Because I love all things Japanese, a game that looks to be set in Japan is right up my alley. On top of that, it is a legacy game and we love them around our house! Despite not ever having played the original Machi Koro, I am really looking forward to this one.
Number 3 – Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated
Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated is being published by Renegade Game Studios. The game is being designed by Andy Clautice and at the time of this writing the artwork in uncredited.
From Dire Wolf’s website (https://www.direwolfdigital.com/clank-legacy-acquisitions-incorporated/) – Dire Wolf will be handling the digital portion of the game design: “Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated extends the deck-building fun of Clank! with exciting new legacy-style game play! Found your own franchise of the legendary adventuring company Acquisitions Incorporated, and shepherd your fledgling treasure-hunters to immortal corporate glory over the course of multiple games. Your game board, your deck, and your world changes as you play to create a unique campaign tailored to your adventuring party.” There is even a 45-second trailer on the Dire Wolf website about the game.
The first thing that appeals to me about this game is it is Clank! and mom and I love that game. It is also another legacy game, which as I mentioned before are loved at our house. It looks like the game can be blinged out immediately, with miniatures to represent the corporate avatars.
Number 4 – Sleeping Gods
Sleeping Gods is being published by Red Raven Games. The designer and artist are the amazing Ryan Laukat.
The description from Boardgame Geek (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/255984/sleeping-gods) reads: “In Sleeping Gods, you and a friend become Captain Sofi Odessa and her crew, lost in a strange world in 1929 on your steamship, the Manticore. You must work together to survive, exploring exotic islands, meeting new characters, and seeking out the totems of the gods so that you can return home.”
I love the fact that this game tells a story. It plays as a campaign, similar to a legacy game. I love cooperative games, so this is a great fit for our family. The game can be broken into 1-hour increments if you like which, given the different schedules we have around our house, is extremely helpful!
Number 5 – On Tour
On Tour is published by BoardGameTables.com, which placed the game out on Kickstarter last year. The game is designed by Chad DeShon and the artwork is supplied by Anca Gavril.
This game successfully funded via Kickstarter and is now in the hands of its backers, but is also available from the BoardGameTables.com website for preorder. The description of the game from that website is as follows: “On Tour is a 20 minute route-building, roll-and-write board game with large, premium components. One to four players share dice rolls and cards to try to visit as many states as possible as they schedule a 100-day tour across the United States for their band. Each turn, dice determine which numbers you write and cards restrict where you can write. Players write simultaneously on their own maps, all using the same dice rolls and cards flips. Everyone is getting the same inputs, but how you choose to deal with them will determine your success.”
I enjoy roll and write games and this one looks to have a great theme on top of just the roll and write mechanic. I think it will make a great family game for us!
Coming Soon – Part 2!
Thanks for joining in on this journey through my most anticipated games of 2019. I hope you come along as we explore both the second part of my list and my mom’s list over the next few days.