What’s Hot, New & Up- and coming

Check out these hot, new, and up- and coming games to add to your gaming arsenal. they represent the pulse of what is burning off the shelves, what people are talking about, and what might just be the next avenue for the modern gamer.

Descent: Journeys into the Dark

” If you play Descent with people who want nothing more than to enjoy it? If the heroes do a little role-playing in their tactics, and if the Overlord knows when to go easy on the heroes so as not to ruDescent box contentsin the evening? If you play nicely with your toys, Descent will surprise you, thrill you, reward you, and most importantly, let you experience 40 hours of intense gaming come down to a single roll of the dice. And for all that gaming has evolved D&D since it first came out, there’s nothing better than that.”- Eurogamer.net

For the full review, check it out here: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-01-01-descent-journeys-into-the-dark-review

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

“Crossroads” is a new series from Plaid Hat Games that tests a group of survivors’ ability to work together and stay alive while facing crises and challenges from both outside and inside.

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, the first game in this series, puts 2-5 players in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity is either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.Dead_of_winter_openbox

Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means players are working together toward one common victory condition — but for each individual player to achieve victory, he must also complete his personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that’s fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or (worst of all) vengeance against the colony! Certain games could end with all players winning, some winning and some losing, or all players losing. Work toward the group’s goal, but don’t get walked all over by a loudmouth who’s looking out only for his own interests!- Boardgamegeek.com

For the full review, check it out here: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/150376/dead-winter-crossroads-game

Pandemic Legacy

“The most talked-about game of 2015, Pandemic Legacy is arguably the best cooperative game ever designed. Each hour-plus game forms but a fraction of the 12-to-24-game saga that will probably take your gaming group months to complete.

The core of Pandemic Legacy is a stylistic and mechanical duplicate of its 2007 precursor, Pandemic, in which the players are disease control specialists working together to stymie outbreaks across the globe. What’s radically new here is just how much Legacy physically changes from game to game as the saga progresses. From incorporating new packages of game pieces and cards to introducing new board icons and new rules (which you literally stick into a blank page in the rulebook), choices in each game deeply affect the next. Ten games in, you’ll be playing a totally different game than your neighbors are.”- Popularmechanics.com

For the full review, check it out here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/gaming/g18/15-best-new-board-games-of-the-year/


Up and Coming in 2016!

Arc Dream Publishing held a Kickstarter for this Cthulhu Mythos setting, giving it its own RPG. It describes itself as “Lovecraftian cosmic terror meets the War on Terror.”delta-green

Mongoose Publishing held a very successful Kickstarter to bring the dark comedy game Paranoia back as a boxed set by James Wallis.

Surprising many, it was announced back in April that Kevin Siembieda’s post-apocalyptic multi-genre RIFTS is coming to the Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s multi-genre Savage World system. The lead designer and writer on the project is Sean Patrick Fannon. Rifts for Savage Worlds is the #1 most anticipated game of 2016!Savage_Rifts-234x300

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