We have had a couple of orders come in now that I am finally back to work! We thought it was time to give today’s forecast as “cloudy with a chance of games!” Here are the “new to us” games and why we are excited to have them!
New Frontiers was published in 2018 by Rio Grande Games. The game was designed by Thomas Lehman, probably most famously known as the designer of Race for the Galaxy. The artists for the game were Martin Hoffman and Claus Stephan.
New Frontiers takes place in the same universe as Race for the Galaxy and its follow up games, Roll for the Galaxy and Jump Drive. As I understand it, New Frontiers is a standalone game that concentrates on strategic play. It uses the same “following” mechanic as the other games do – that is, the active player chooses an action and the other players may or may not decide to take that action as well. The active player gets a bonus whether anyone decides to follow or not.
Why I am excited about it: I very much enjoyed Roll for the Galaxy, but had to get rid of it recently. When I heard about this one, I thought it sounded like a less luck-based game. I watched videos on the game from both Rahdo and Game Night and I am sold on it!
Elysium was published in 2015 by Space Cowboys. The game was designed by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J Gilbert. The artwork for the game was provided by multiple artists.
Elysium is set in Ancient Greece as the players are trying to earn the favor of the various gods. The main mechanics of the game are set collection and card drafting. The players have to get the cards into their Elysium and once there, they can be scored.
Why I am excited about it: I love the theme and I love the mechanics. Although this is an older game, I was glad to find this one on sale recently and hope it finds a permanent place in my collection.
Scythe with the Rise of Fenris Expansion
Scythe was published in 2016 by Stonemaier Games and the Rise of Fenris expansion followed it in 2018. The base game was designed by Jamey Stegmaier. The expansion was designed by both Jamey Stegmaier and Ryan DeVinaspre. The artwork for the game and the expansion was done by Jacob Razulski.
Scythe made a huge splash when it was originally published and many people believe it lived up to the hype. I had little to no interest in the game until the Rise of Fenris expansion came out last year because I very much enjoy campaign games. We even bought My Little Scythe, a game Beth enjoys more than I do, to help us learn at least some of the mechanics for the bigger game.
Why I am excited about it: I love the artwork. I love the idea of playing through the campaign. I am hoping that the game lives up to all of the hype that originally surrounded it.
Dice Forge: Rebellion Expansion
Dice Forge was originally published in 2017 and the new expansion, Dice Forge: Rebellion, was just published this year. The designer and artist for both the base game and the expansion were the same for both, Regis Bonnessee and Biboun, respectively.
Dice Forge features customizable dice, which Beth and I both like. The game shares with Elysium (above) the idea of the players trying to earn the favor of the gods. The new expansion gives players new boards to play on, new cards, and new dice faces.
Why I am excited about it: Beth and I both very much enjoy the original game and the introduction of more cards and dice faces seems like a great thing to us. I am curious to try out both of the new boards as well.
New Games to Play!
New games to play are always exciting. We received a lot of different types of games, which is also always exciting. We like to explore different games, different mechanisms, and different themes. We hope that these games live up to our expectations and excitement. We have even more games that we just received that we are looking for input on, so please do comment as to your thoughts on the games we have recently acquired!
As always, for information on these and thousands of other games, check out Board Game Geek here.