Days of Wonder has released two more expansions for the popular Risk-like board game, including Small World: Royal Bonus and Leaders of Small World. The former expansion features three new races and powers, including the Behemoth race which are giant Hippos in ties and dresses. And, yes, they are as awesome as they sound. The Leaders of Small World expansion adds an entirely new ability to the game where players can opt into a leader token whenever they purchase their race/power combo.
Get ready to have that theme song stuck in your head, because IDW Games released The X-Files: Board Game this weekend. Playing similarly to Letters from White Chapel and Last Night on Earth, two to four players control agents solving paranormal cases across America, while another player controls the Cigarette Smoking Man, who throws obstacles in the path of the agents at every turn. With a possible reboot of the cult favorite series around the corner, now’s the time to sample this new board game.
Like clockwork, the newest Magic the Gathering set, the first for 2015, is out this weekend. The second set in the Khans of Tarkir block, Fate Reforged also features tri-color clans as a foundation mechanic for the set. As usual, this release weekend sees the arrival of not only boxes of Fate Reforged boosters, but the standard Fat Pack and Intro Deck materials, as well. A newer addition to the launch weekend releases is the Clash Pack, a halfway point between the Event Decks and the Duel Decks.
Coup, The Resistance, and Avalon have skyrocketed in popularity recently, so every gaming company wants to get in on the deception card game, uh, game. Victory Point Games is the first company throwing their hat in the ring with Trieste. Trieste is a three player deception card game, where players select one of three roles (Thief, Merchant, or City Watch) to command. Each role comes with their own deck of cards and specialty win conditions, as well. All turns are played simultaneously, with each player not knowing what their opponents will play until it is played.
IDW is diving head first into their gaming division with not only the X-Files game mentioned earlier, but also the new Diamonsters card game. A good family game, Diamonsters is a set collection game where players start out with the exact same hand, but attempt to collect sets of different cards. The choices are either three monsters of one kind or five diamonds, but beware some of the monsters will devour your diamonds. As well, the game is designed and illustrated by the artists behind Machi Koro.
And speaking of Machi Koro and IDW. . .
Development continues in the quirky, colorful town of Machi Koro with the Harbor expansion. The first expansion for Machi Koro, Harbor adds thirteen new cards, including seaports and airports. As well, the win condition for the game is no longer four, but six landmarks. Grab a copy and get up to five players building up the town.