Games Debuting at Gen Con 2018 – Part 3
Welcome back! Glad to see you’ve returned to add more to your wish list. I completely feel your pain; we have the same obsession with needing to add more games to our collection. If you’ve just hopped on our bus for details on what’s coming at Gen Con 2018, then I’m going to put the brakes on for a minute and throw it into reverse. This is actually part three of our extensive list of games debuting for sale at this year’s Gen Con convention. Start here for Games Debuting at Gen Con 2018 Part 1 then follow that with Part 2 of our Gen Con Game Debut list. On second thought, you’re already here so unless you have OCD issues and need to read them alphabetically, this is as good a place to start as any!
With that said, print out the Gen Con map and start mapping out where you want to go first. Some companies are offering limited quantities so hit those right away.
Bad Doctor is a light tile-laying game where you assume the role of a doctor in an overcrowded, understaffed hospital. Your job is to keep patients alive until your shift ends. Curing patients is great, as long as you can claim all the glory for yourself! Every patient you see takes precious time and resources as you struggles to keep them alive. Sometimes you have to leave the sickest patients for the next shift and pass the blame to someone else. If patients die on your watch, you risk being shames as a Bad Doctor forever!
The Reckoners is a simultaneous, co-operative game for 1-6 players that plays in 75 minutes. You win by defeating Steelheart. But before you can defeat him, you must first discover his weakness. Throughout the game, you will work with your fellow Reckoners to research and attack Steelheart, but he is not alone. Numerous Epics are scattered throughout the city, and they will wreak havoc upon the population, if left unchecked. If the Epics manage to destroy Newcago by reducing the population to 0, then all Reckoners lose.
North Star Games
Most Wanted is a western-themed game where you and your fellow bandits compete to become the most notorious outlaw of the land. As your infamy increases with each thrilling heist, so will the amount of bail money needed for when your “well-thought-out” plans go wrong. The first player to 13 points has the dubious honor of winning. Go get ’em, partner! Most Wanted is a poker-style game that will get your friends bluffing, cheering, and talking in silly accents. It’s simple enough to play with kids and the extended family, but interesting enough to play as a fun filler at game night.
Warsaw: City of Ruins
Warsaw is a unique city. It is said that it “survived its own death”, and there is truth in this. Poland’s capital was largely destroyed during the Second World War, and its reconstruction was an exceptional urban development process. Warsaw is a combination of elegant buildings from Saxon times, architecture from between the World Wars, socialist blocks, and modern buildings. Walking through the streets of Warsaw’s Wola district, one can see this diversity at a glance. Modern glass office buildings stand next to pre-war automotive garages, and concrete block buildings touch elegant older houses, which show the signs of time’s decay. Some call it a spatial mess, while others see in it the residents’ determination. Both views are right because that’s how Warsaw is. Maybe not the most beautiful, but strong and determined. Nothing reflects the city’s character more than its diverse buildings.
In Capital, players jointly build Warsaw over six epochs, from when Warsaw first became the capital at the end of the 16th century through modern times. Each player creates their own district of the city. At the end of each of the six epochs, districts give income and victory points to their owners. After six rounds, whoever has the most points wins.
Passport Game Studios
Ages ago, Zeus won control of Mount Olympus in an epic dice battle against Hades. Now, after ages of toiling in the underworld, Hades has finally convinced the other gods and goddesses that the time has come to challenge Zeus for control of the throne. In Fleecing Olympus, players take turns using their deity’s powers, rolling dice, and using powerful card abilities in real-time in order to steal golden gems from other players and claim the throne of Olympus.
Costume Party Assassins
In Costume Party Assassins, you are all rival assassins who have been invited to the same costume party. Because of the elaborate costumes, you do not know anyone’s identity except your own. Roam the party, mingle, have some punch, and try to assassinate all of your rivals. Be the last assassin partying, and you win!
Players are secretly assigned one of twenty unique meeple characters at the beginning of the game using character cards. On your turn, you roll the die and move any character on the board according to simple movement rules. If you roll black, however, you must act! You may either assassinate (remove) one meeple from the room your secret character is in (thus revealing vital information about your identity), or you may draw the top card of character deck. The character on the card “leaves the party” and is removed from the game. You may draw a character card at most three times, after which you must assassinate a character in the same room as your secret character. If you are the only character in a room and you have already drawn three character cards, you are dishonored and must assassinate yourself!
In Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game you are going to solve FIVE different cases and find out what connects them, you are going to BREAK THE 4th WALL by using every resource you can, you are going to browse the game’s DEDICATED DATABASE simulating agency’s resources, you will enter a city maze of old mysteries and fresh CRIME, and you will be able to COOPERATE with other agents or solve the mystery on your own.
Take the job of a real detective in a modern setting! In Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, 1-5 players take on the role of investigators, solving mysterious crimes while working as an Antares National Investigation Agency team members. This board game tell rich stories – stories you will participate in. Let’s hope that you will be able to deduce the end, before there is another crime… The game will challenge you with five different cases, that has to be played in order. Seemingly unconnected at first, they will unveil an immersive meta-plot based on facts and fiction alike.
Carson City: The Card Game
In Carson City: The Card Game, each player is in charge of developing a city. You and your opponents try to choose the most lucrative parcels of land and buildings, then place these parcels and buildings wisely so as to make your city as prosperous as possible. You can also win the support and gain the help of the most influential people in the city. Do not ignore your opponents as they will try to make the best moves in your stead, with a trick-taking mechanism determining who goes first in each round.
Jurassic Park: Danger!
In Jurassic Park: Danger! Adventure Strategy Game, one player controls the T. Rex, Dilophosaurus, and Velociraptor, prowling through the jungle to attack the humans. The other players team up as characters from the classic movie, struggling to get Jurassic Park back online and escape the island before they fall prey to old-time predators!
Woodlands transports you to the wonderful world of legends and fairy tales, with four different stories of increasing difficulty. Each story consists of several chapters, with each chapter showing a plastic overlay that features various collectibles, obstacles, and that chapter’s goal. Each player then builds their own network of pathways on their personal playing board to beat the chapter and score as many points as possible. Once players are satisfied with what they’ve built, the overlay is placed on top of each player’s pathways to check which goals they’ve met.
Renegade Games Studio
In Gunkimono, players take on the roles of these daimyo, plotting their military advances across the countryside. Each new squad of troops yields victory points, but you may decide to forgo these points and save up for your stronghold instead. All the while, you need to keep an eye on your opponents so that their forces do not grow too large and expand at your expense.
Space — the final junkyard. Good thing one planet’s trash is another planet’s treasure! In Junk Orbit, you’re captain of your own scavenger ship, picking up space junk and transporting it to any city that will take it. Launch your junk … uh, *cargo* … out of your airlock to propel your ship! Race to deliver your cargo as you navigate the orbits of nearby planets and moons! It’s astrodynamics for fun and profit!
In the heart of the sleeping city, there lies incredible wealth. The city gates are well guarded, but no one is watching what’s under their feet. The dead of night provides just enough cover for you to tunnel your way to untold riches and plunder the city from within. But you must act quickly, because a rival thief has the same plan.
In Prowler’s Passage, you and your rival burrow into the city through a network of underground passages to grab valuable items while attempting to gain control of key districts. Steal the best items, create the longest passages, and control districts to become the premier prowler!
The Tea Dragon Society
Discover the ancient art form of Tea Dragon care-taking within The Tea Dragon Society Card Game, based on the graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society. Create a bond between yourself and your Tea Dragon that grows as you progress through the seasons, creating memories to share forever.
Each player’s deck represents their own Tea Dragon. From turn to turn, players choose to draw a card — triggering effects and strengthening their position — or buy a card, improving their deck or scoring points. The game takes place over four seasons, starting in spring and ending in winter. At the end of winter, the player who has the most points wins.
“Wendake” is the name that the Wyandot People use for their traditional territory. This population, also known as the Huron Nation, lived in the Great Lakes region together with the Iroquois, Shawnee, Potomac, Seneca, and many others. In this game, you explore the traditions and everyday life of these tribes during the 1756-1763 period when the Seven Years War between the French and the English took place in these territories.
But this white man’s war is really only a marginal aspect of the game; the focus is on life in the Native villages, fields, and forests. In this game, you won’t find the traditional teepees since those were used by southwestern tribes who moved their camps to follow the herds of buffalo. The Natives of the Great Lakes were sedentary, living in long houses. The women farmed beans, corn, and pumpkins, while men hunted beavers in the forests, mainly to sell their pelts as leather.
In the game Wendake, you are placed in the shoes of a chief of a Native American tribe. You have to manage all of the most important aspects of their lives, earning points on the economic, military, ritual, and mask tracks. The core of the game is the action selection mechanism: You have the opportunity to choose better and better actions over seven game rounds, and the winner will be the player who can find the best combinations of actions and use them to lead their tribe to prosperity.
Dinosaur Tea Party
It’s the most sought-after invitation of the year: Dinoton Abbey for high tea. Now you’re all gussied up in your finery and ready for some tea and chit-chat. One problem: You can’t remember anyone’s name. Who’s that, sporting the fancy brooch with her pet chicken? Is that Jeannine? Beatriz? Oh, dear. If you’re not careful, you’ll commit a faux pas everyone will be gossiping about.
Dinosaur Tea Party is a game of pure deduction for 2-5 homo sapiens. Each player takes a card corresponding to one of the dino guests. Players take turns asking each other questions or guessing their dinosaur’s name. If someone guesses your name, draw a new card. The first player to guess three names wins.
Downforce: Danger Circuit
Downforce: Danger Circuit, an expansion for Downforce, consists of two new tracks on a double-sided game board as well as six new racer powers to shuffle with those in the base game.
Switchback Pass presents dangerous spaces. Cars may move through such spaces only to pass other cars and may not end their turn on one. Crosstown Speedway features two crossover loops, where cars in the rear can block cars ahead of them, and split areas of the track, where players must choose between the shorter single-lane section or the longer, more wide open section.
Roxley Game Laboratory
Brass: Birmingham is an economic strategy game sequel to Martin Wallace’ 2007 masterpiece, Brass. Birmingham tells the story of competing entrepreneurs in Birmingham during the industrial revolution, between the years of 1770-1870.
As in its predecessor, you must develop, build, and establish your industries and network, in an effort to exploit low or high market demands.
Brass: Lancashire — first published as Brass — is an economic strategy game that tells the story of competing cotton entrepreneurs in Lancashire during the industrial revolution. You must develop, build, and establish your industries and network so that you can capitalize demand for iron, coal and cotton. The game is played over two halves: the canal phase and the rail phase. To win the game, score the most victory points (VPs), which are counted at the end of each half. VPs are gained from your canals, rails, and established (flipped) industry tiles.
Rule and Make
Hand of Fate: Ordeals
Hand of Fate: Ordeals is a tabletop game based on the multi-platform, storytelling deck-builder of the same name from Defiant Development. It is a competitive deck-building adventure game for 2 to 4 players. The game also comes with a cooperative 1 to 4 player campaign.
Smiths of Winterforge
The forges of the Dwarven city of Winterforge have fired up once more. The royal centenary contract is up for renewal and only one of the legendary guilds can win the favour of the royal family and claim the contract as their own.
In Smiths of Winterforge players take control of a guild that has to earn money and reputation to ensure they are chosen for the royal centenary contract. You earn money by:
Taking contracts from the guild precinct
Buying components from the market place
Using components to craft your contract in the forge and earning money
Don’t have enough money to buy the components you need? get a loan from the bank. Just make sure you pay it back before the end of the game.
Smirk & Dagger
Tower of Madness
In Tower of Madness, a three-dimensional clock tower, standing a foot tall and filled with marbles of four distinct colors, stands before you. Thirty unworldly tentacles push through the tower walls in every direction in this high-tension, push-your-luck dice game of Lovecraft-inspired horror. Fail your investigation dice rolls and you will be forced to draw a tentacle from the tower. Any marbles that fall as a result affect your character immediately, whether adding to your discovery total, gaining you spells and knowledge that man was not meant to have, or gaining madness; drop one of the three DOOM marbles, however, and you summon Cthulhu and end the game.
Smirk & Laughter
Before They Were Stars
Since ancient times, the twinkling of the heavens inspired people across the globe to create stories that answered the most important of questions: “Who are we… and how did it all begin?”
Open this box, and join the storytellers of old. Before There Were Stars… is a storytelling game in which each player tells the mythic creation story of “their people”. Inspired by constellation cards, players craft tales about the creation of the world, the origins of civilization, the rise of a great hero, and the end of days.
This “feel-good” game lets you appreciate the boundless imagination in all of us and awards points for the best story moments — allowing everyone to shine regardless of their skill as a storyteller. Playing this game is a breath of fresh air that never repeats itself, except in the fun and warmth of emotion it brings to your table.
As a koi fish, you spend your days (turns) swimming to and fro by playing a number of movement cards, with the goal of gobbling up as many dragonflies and frogs as you can every day. Each movement card has from two to four programmed moves — straight, turn, rotate any direction and leap over a space — with some moves being mandatory when played and others being optional.
Shifting Realms is a game of colliding realms. Five are included — Elf realm, Dwarf realm, Orc realm, Goblin Pirate realm and Priest realm — each unique in board layout, structures, story cards, tasks, and end conditions. To set up the game, three realms are selected at random, then players take turns until two out of the three realms’ end conditions are met, at which point the game ends.
During the game, players send out scouts to collect resources, recruit soldiers to protect their scouts, build structures to gain powers, and earn victory points. Story cards and individual tasks add intrigue and complexity to game play.
Archmage is a euro-thematic hybrid, where players take on the role of fledgling Mages, traveling the lands to recover ancient relics, gather followers, and train apprentices in six spheres of magic and beyond. As the power of their Order grows, they will pit apprentices against each other, and attain unheard of spells and magical powers, building their own Mage tower to watch over the lands and weave their magics.
Within the charming valley of Everdell, beneath the boughs of towering trees, among meandering streams and mossy hollows, a civilization of forest critters is thriving and expanding. From Everfrost to Bellsong, many a year have come and gone, but the time has come for new territories to be settled and new cities established. You will be the leader of a group of critters intent on just such a task. There are buildings to construct, lively characters to meet, events to host—you have a busy year ahead of yourself. Will the sun shine brightest on your city before the winter moon rises?
Everdell is a game of dynamic tableau building and worker placement.
Steve Jackson Games
Blob Lobber is a fast-paced card game for 2 to 4 players in which players take turns flinging blob cards. If your card lands with a bomb showing, you claim all the enemy blobs beneath it…but if more blobs turn up, your opponents may be able to bomb more blobs than you! Grab your friends and lob some cards!
Illuminati (2nd Edition)
In this classic Steve Jackson (I) game of world domination, each player is a secret society attempting to spread its tendrils into special interest groups throughout the world. This latest edition comes with additional cards and reworked graphics to bring the venerable game up to date.
Munchkin Starfinder combines the roleplaying, backstabbing action of classic Munchkin with the lasers, alien planets, starships, and adorably deadly skittermanders from the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! Defeat The Swarm and loot the universe in Munchkin Starfinder!
Stone Blade Entertainment
You Gotta Be Kitten Me
You Gotta Be Kitten Me! is a Liar’s Dice-style bluffing game in which players each hold cards that feature animals with some kind of accessory, such as hats, glasses and bow ties. Each turn, you try to guess — or at least claim — how many cards are in play with a certain color or accessory, either by raising the current bid or challenging another player. Whoever’s wrong loses a card, then you start a new round of play. The last player with cards remaining wins!
My Little Scythe
My Little Scythe is a competitive, family-friendly game in which each player controls 2 animal miniatures embarking upon an adventure in the Kingdom of Pomme.
In an effort to be the first to earn 4 trophies from 8 possible categories, players take turns choosing to Move, Seek, or Make. These actions will allow players to increase their friendship and pies, power up their actions, complete quests, learn magic spells, deliver gems and apples to Castle Everfree, and perhaps even engage in a pie fight.
Some of My Little Scythe’s mechanisms are inspired by the bestselling game, Scythe. It caught the eye of Stonemaier Games as a fan-created print-and-play game in 2017 (it went on to win the BoardGameGeek 2017 award for best print-and-play game).
Scythe: The Rise of Fenris
Empires have risen and fallen in the aftermath of the Great War, and Europa stands on the precipice of a new era. The economy is robust, morale is high, and defenses are strong. There are reports from the countryside of strange soldiers with glowing eyes, but they seem distant and harmless.
Scythe: The Rise of Fenris, the conclusion to the Scythe expansion trilogy, enables two different options for any player count (1-5 if you have Scythe; 1-7 players if you have Invaders from Afar).
You have to be Nimble in this rapid reaction, card-shedding game! In Nimble, everyone plays cards simultaneously from their hands. Players attempt to match the color of the card backgrounds in their hands to the target colors on the cards in the center. Players do this as fast as they can, and the first player to play all of their cards to the center is the winner! Nimble plays in only 5 minutes! However, Nimble is so addictive and quick, you will want to play this game again and again and again! Nimble takes you through 6 classics of literature: Alice in Wonderland, Moby-Dick, Around the World in 80 Days, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Don Quixote, and The War of the Worlds.
Tasty Minstrel Games
Each player in Jungli-La is a daring explorer, progressing through the secret lands of the jungle in search of the fabled lands of the village of gold. However, the jungle is full of obstacles to overcome, and moving forward blindly will be a fatal endeavor. With your trusty dice, you need to acquire food, wood, and a variety of tools and resources to use in your journey. You also need letters to grant you abilities along the way that allow you to change your dice, exchange artifacts, and gain various benefits. Who will be able to reach the storied village of gold and earn the most fame to become the explorer of legend?
Trade on the Tigris
The Tigris river winds through the cradle of civilization, providing food, water, and a means of transportation for trade and dissemination of ideas between the various cities and towns along the way.
In Trade on the Tigris, you are one of these cities. Each round, you gain development cards that provide new abilities, produce resources (in the form of cards), trade them with the other players, and turn in sets of these for profit (points). An inevitable side effect of this interaction with others is the sharing of philosophies. The primary religion and government of your city may be shaken to its very core as a result, and the ways in which you can develop the abilities of your city will change along with them. After 5 rounds, the player with the most points, wins!
Dead Man’s Doubloons
Welcome to Dead Man’s Doubloons, an action-packed board game in which players take on the role of a legendary pirate ship captain hell-bent on winning the race to endless riches of buried treasure. Fragments of treasure maps, gold doubloons, and precious jewels can all be stolen, as can the reputation of rival ships! Once the buried treasure has been dug up, ship captains return to their vessels to engage in a final epic battle on the high seas!
Twin City Games
Dino Dunk is a competitive dexterity game in which two players control teams of dinosaurs playing a basketball-inspired game. Each team consists of five dinosaurs, chosen from a pool of ten dinosaurs, represented by wooden discs of various sizes. Players alternate turns, striking either their dinosaurs or the ball with their finger as they move, pass, and shoot in order to score the most points. The first player to score a predetermined number of points wins!
Each round in Blank Slate, pick one of the 250+ word cue cards (which have 500+ total cues) and reveal it. Each player then writes the word they think best completes the phrase, trying to exactly match another player’s word without giving a single hint.
Fantastic Beasts: Perilous Pursuit
Several of Newt Scamander’s magical beasts have escaped and are running loose in New York City.
In Fantastic Beasts: Perilous Pursuit, players take on the role of Newt, Tina, Jacob and Queenie on an exciting adventure as they try to return all the beasts to Newt’s suitcase before they draw the attention of the non-magical community. To do this, they need to collect sets of dice to take actions that allow them to shield each other, draw cards, and most importantly, get the beasts back into his suitcase before havoc ensues.
Privacy is the adult party game in which players finally get answers to the provocative questions they were afraid to ask. Players anonymously answer outrageous and depraved questions by securing “Yes” or “No” votes, then predict how many total “Yes” answers were submitted. Points are awarded to the players who guess correctly. Tell the truth or plead the fifth while using your deduction skills to learn what you’ve always wanted to know about your friends. Warning: Not intended for the shameless.
Based on the fifth and final season of the animated series, Samurai Jack: Back to the Past picks up the title character’s mission to return to the era before the reign of his adversary, the evil demon Aku. Jack’s friends accompany him along a path, comprised of various locations from the series, to defeat villains and finish with the most honor. Winning requires utilizing allies, traits, and weapons while guarding Jack’s sanity, taking players on an unpredictable ride that mirrors the story-rich episodes revered by critics and loved by fans.
Samurai Jack: Back to the Past features custom sculpted figures for Jack, Aku, Ashi, and more characters from the series.
Van Ryder Games
The Big Score
The vault at Centennial City Bank is currently rumored to be holding a record amount of cash, precious diamonds, ancient artifacts, and highly-sensitive digital information. As the boss of one of the city’s most notorious crime organizations, robbing that vault for all it’s worth is constantly on your mind. There’s only one problem—this job is too big for just your crew alone. You’re going to need help from some of your biggest rival crime bosses if you want to succeed. You’ll need to join forces on a series of smaller jobs in order to acquire the skills and resources you’ll need to pull off the biggest heist the city has ever seen—but watch your back! Once you and your new partners in crime are inside the bank vault, it’ll be every boss for himself. If you manage to safely escape the scene with more loot than your rivals, you’ll be revered as the city’s most notorious crime boss. Hire your crew, plan the heist, and get ready for the big score!
The Big Score is a competitive game for 1-6 players that plays in 30-60 minutes.
White Wizard Games
Star Realms: Frontiers
Star Realms: Frontiers is a new standalone Star Realms game with an 80-card trade deck and new scorecards that’s suitable for play with up to four players. It can be combined with Star Realms and/or Star Realms: Colony Wars.
In Maiden’s Quest, a maiden — tired of waiting to be rescued — takes it upon herself to fight her enemies and escape.
Maidens use cards from their hands to attempt to defeat an enemy or obstacle. As you play, the game’s difficulty grows as enemies of increasing ferocity become active! An innovative turn-and-flip mechanism allows each card to represent up to four items, encounters, or allies.
This fun and easy-to-learn game takes 10–30 minutes if you play non-stop. However, since each encounter is resolved separately, you can stop and stow away the deck at any time, returning to play when and where you left off at a later time! Since no surface is required, you can play while standing in line to get your morning coffee, while you wait for an appointment, or while sitting on the couch at home! Contents include enough for true solo play, co-op, or competitive two-player games, and, with multiple copies, more players can join in!
Everyone gets crazy rich, but who will end up the richest? With each roll you’ll have a chance to rake in the dough, but be careful, the tables could turn at any moment or the bank could go bust. Roll the dice and buy amazing investments for your empire – a candy factory, a pro soccer team, or a movie studio. You decide what risks to take as you collect companies and become a Zillionaire!
The Incredibles Save the Day
In The Incredibles: Save the Day Game, you become a member of the Parr family and become responsible for the safety of Metroville.
All players start the game in the middle of the game board, and three problem cards are revealed at random from the deck. The game board includes cut-out pieces, and you flip the areas related to the problems to show what ability — speed, agility, defense, or strength — is needed to solve the problem.
Ya Blew It
Warning: shouts of “Fire in the Hole!” might erupt as you engage in this risk-taking social game. Players dig deep in the card deck to mine for diamonds and stake their claim. However, other prospectors may try to steal from you and give you the shaft! You can play it safe, or push your luck looking for a bigger claim, either way it’s explosive, and you’ll enjoy the fun with every suspenseful roll of the unique 8-sided dynamite dice!
The sequin-drenched box is almost as irresistible as this tell-all game, where players must guess what happened and how! Have you told off a boss? Made out with someone in a closet? Players work together to build on the story and speculate using situation cards until the moment the truth is revealed with a swipe of the gold sequined box – Yeah or NOPE. You’ll blush, you’ll giggle, you’ll gasp… because you never know the whole truth!
A.E.G.I.S. – Combining Robot Strategy Game is a tactics game where players use teams of five combining robots to face off against each other in combat. There are over 100 different robots in five different Classes (Assault, Evasive, Guard, Intel, Support), and finding the right strategy and combos are the keys to victory! It’s designed to be more accessible than your average tactics game, with the same huge depth of strategy. Quick to play, easy to learn and with infinite possibilities, newcomers to the strategy game scene and wargaming veterans alike love this game, and you will too! It’s Pokemon meets Power Rangers meets Advance Wars!
Of all these game debuts, which are you most excited about? Don’t forget to come back to check for additional items the publishers have added or announced at the last minute. See you at Gen Con!
4 thoughts on “Games Debuting at Gen Con 2018 – Part 3”
I’ve been hearing great things about the Brass series. I’ll have to check it out if I get a chance!