The End of the World is almost here, the Golden Geek Awards are handed out and you gotta find out what board game won top prize, plus Ragnarok, Pathfinder news, & more!
Every Monday Dog and Thimble delivers board game news straight to your earhole. We wrap up all the important news from the week that was and provide these show notes for those who like to read.
In this week’s newscast… The Golden Geek Award winners are announced, Mice & Mystics goes all Star Wars Attack Wing, the End of the World is coming back for more, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game lets you get creative, two game companies enter the board room and only one leaves, Chew gets a release date, and we shine the Kickstarter Spotlight on Blood Rage.
2014 Golden Geek Award Winners Announced
Board Game Geek held its annual fan voting to award the best tabletop games of last year. And the results are now in.
Among the big winners… Star Realms, the affordable and thoroughly enjoyable deck-builder won Best 2-player Game and Best Card Game. 7 Wonders: Babel earned the honor as Best Expansion. Dead of Winter was recognized as the Most Innovative game thanks to its intriguing crossroads card mechanic and also as the Best Thematic Game.
But the big winner, both for Best Family Game and for Board Game of the Year, was Splendor.
Congrats to all the winners. Games that didn’t win are now in my trash bin. I’ve got no place for losers on my shelf.
Tail Feathers is Mice & Mystics Attack Wing
Spotted and photo’d by @JayAhre at New York Toy Fair and confirmed by Plaid Hat Games, a new Mice & Mystics game is on the way. Tail Feathers is not an expansion to the popular narrative adventure game. Nope, this is a Star Wars X-Wing style miniatures skirmish game with mice riding birds.
Though there will be new figures included in the game, it is also compatible with the figures you have from Mice & Mystics. No idea how exactly that will work.
Tail Feathers is said to play differently than Mice & Mystics but feels like it was molded from the same cloth. Is that the saying? Sure sure, cloth molding is happening. Exciting stuff.
The game is about to hit wider playtesting to iron out any bugs and to make minor tweaks, but it’s pretty close to finished. A core set is coming soon, possibly in time for GenCon this July. Numerous expansions are expected, similar to how the rest of the X-Wing and Attack Wing games operate.
The End of the World Comes this Spring
Fantasy Flight’s apocalyptic role-playing game is receiving its second of four books this spring. Last year, we were treated to the Zombie Apocalypse. In a few months, we’ll be playing End of the World: Wrath of the Gods.
In End of the World, you and your friends play as yourselves. That’s right, you create a character based on you. Your physical, mental, and social abilities. And then you have to survive the apocalypse in your hometown, using whatever items you find available.
Wrath of the Gods delivers five scenarios all based on the rise or return of omnipotent beings to our world. And it always ends badly. There’s the Mayan apocalypse, the Rapture from the Book of Revelations, Mother Nature turning her back on us and having her plantlings kill us all, Ragnarok from Norse mythology, and the arrival of Cthulhu. He wants to eat our world. Om nom nom.
Pathfinder Adventure Card Creator
Paizo and DriveThruCards have teamed up for something pretty damn cool. You can now go online and create your own Pathfinder Adventure Card Game cards. You create the text, you upload your own art or use stock art, and then for just 50 cents you can have that card printed with a back to match your regular set.
There are already some community-shared cards online, so if you’re not the creative type, you can just syphon some of that juju from another player. Find the card you like, pay, print it, and have it sent to your house.
Greater than Games + Dice Hate Me
Greater than Games, makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse and Dice Hate Me Games, who most recently published Brew Crafters, have merged. That’s right, two companies entered and only one came out.
This has lead to three separate imprints for Greater than Games, which emerges as the parent company. There’s the Sentinels Comics imprint, which is all things Sentinels of the Multiverse. Then there is Dice Hate Me, which is left untouched, but now can make use of GTG’s resources. And a new imprint has kicked off called Fabled Nexus. It focuses on heavily themed sci-fi and fantasy games.
Happy news – no one was laid off and no projects were delayed. So now we do the dance of joy.
Chew Approved by FDA for May
IDW is making quite a name for itself as a games publisher. For a new company, they’ve certainly been pushing out a lot of quality games out the gate. Hopefully its next one is just as good.
Chew: Cases of the FDA is coming in May. This light-hearted card game is based off the comic book Chew by John Layman. Both Layman and series artist Rob Guillory are involved.
Though this is billed as a fast-paced game of silly, Chew is designed by Kevin Wilson. He’s best known for Arkham Horror and Descent, games that are neither short nor silly. Good to see an old pro doing something completely different.
Kickstarter Spotlight: Blood Rage
And our Kickstarter Spotlight for this week shine on a project that I am personally excited to see funded. Blood Rage is a new game from Dice Masters designer Eric Lang. It’s hitting Kickstarter today for a limited two-week run of funding. And to hype it, publisher Cool Mini or Not released the rulebook.
Blood Rage is an area control game set at the time of Ragnarok, when the nine worlds meet their end and Vikings battle for final glory. You control one clan of Norsemen, using soldiers, monsters, and the favor of the gods to finish the game with the most glory.
The game is broken into four ages. Each age starts with a card draft. Cards can give you boosts in combat, permanent upgrades to soldiers, monsters, or your entire clan, or give you quests to fulfill before the current age comes to a close.
There’s no randomness built into the game. No dice. Draft, place your soldiers, pillage and fight wisely and you have a shot at coming out on top.
That’s All, Folks!
Aside from Dog and Thimble, you can find me in a couple of other spots on the Internet this week. I wrote an article for IGN picking the five best board games for beginners. Please check that out. And I will be on episode 133 of the Big Red Barrel UK podcast talking video games and making everyone else uncomfortable with my full frontal nudity.
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I’ll be back Wednesday with episode 4 of the Dog and Thimble Podcast, where we review Super Motherload, talk about video games we want to become board games, and discover the true meaning of friendship. Until then, go inside and play.