Gen Con backs down (we don't), Five Tribes frees the slaves, Cave Troll reborn, Plaid Hat Games reveals Ashes, and we pull off the ultimate heist in Burgle Bros.
Welcome back gamers. It’s time for your weekly blast of board game news. So put on some Marvin Gaye, slip under the covers, and get ready as we make love to your earhole.
Let’s start off with some really important news. Dog and Thimble’s offices moved last week, which is why you haven’t seen anything from us recently. We’re just finishing unpacking, so expect us to get back to our regular schedule this week.
I’ve missed all six of you. Let’s never be apart again. And now… the news.
The big story this week goes far beyond the tabletop community. SB 101, a discriminatory bill that targets gays and lesbians, was signed into law by Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence. It allows any company to discriminate based on “religious freedom.”
Gen Con, which is the largest and most important tabletop trade show in the U.S., holds its annual gathering in Indianapolis every year. Gen Con CEO Adrian Swartout made empty threats prior to the bill’s signing that Gen Con might move if SB 101 became law. Well, it’s law and Gen Con isn’t gong anywhere until at least 2021, when its current contract with Indiana runs out.
In a meek letter, Swartout explains the cop out, assuring that no one would be discriminated against at Gen Con. That, of course, misses the point. SB 101 is a disgusting law and its very existence labels the LGBT community as “other.”
This is particularly difficult for the gaming community, because we strive so hard to offer acceptance to everyone at the table. This directly impacts many of our brothers and sisters and failing to condemn and punish the Indiana state legislature is to turn our backs on family. That is not cool.
I won’t debate the challenges legally, financially, or logistically to extricate Gen Con from its contract. But it made a threat and then had nothing to back it up with other than an apology to its members for having no spine. Standing up for what is right is difficult. Sometimes costly. But when we reach these moments in history, the choice you make shows your true character and where your interests truly lie.
SB 101 is wrong. And our community deserves a better, stronger, and more honest response than it’s received so far from not only Gen Con, but the games publishers who will attend the show.
In “wait, this was a controversy?” news, Days of Wonder has removed slave cards from future printings of Five Tribes.
Eric Martin of boardgamegeek spotted this and even found the first image of the slave replacement. Slave cards, which can be traded in as payment for some abilities, will be fakir from now on. The functionality of the card doesn’t change, just the name and the art.
Days of Wonder says it’s working on a way to offer replacement cards to anyone who already owns Five Tribes.
Fantasy Flight Games is revisiting another oldie, but goodie. This time it’s Cave Troll. This is one we haven’t seen in about a decade and now it’s being refined and re-released.
Cave Troll is a strategic dungeon crawler where you and a set of adventurers compete to see who can claim the most gold. Same ol’ same ol’? Not exactly.
You control the actions not only of heroes, but monsters, positioning both on your turn to set you up for a big payday and to thwart your competitors.
I have a vague memory of this game, having played it once years ago. It wasn’t half bad.
Cave Troll is coming this fall.
Plaid Hat Games has a lot going on this year and now we know that another game from the rising stars of the tabletop industry is targeted for a Gen Con release. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be at Gen Con to get a copy.
Ashes is a 2-4 player game of magic users battling to become gods. You become more powerful by collecting the ashes of other Phoenixborn and working your way to be the only one left standing. Think Highlander with magic and the polish provided by Plaid Hat Games.
Ashes is both a deck-building game that also uses custom dice. So, already I am getting all tingly inside. Six Phoenixborn decks are included in the base game with additional decks available to expand your roster. The game is said to take 30-45 minutes to play.
Sound cool. Looks cool. Can’t wait.
We close out our newcast, as always, with our Kickstarter Spotlight of the week. The this week the light shines on Burgle Bros.
This is a cooperative heist game made to feel a bit like Ocean’s 11. You need to break into three safes on three different floors, working together to avoid detection and escape before anyone can slap cuffs on you.
With five days left to go as of this recording, Burgle Bros. has long surpassed its goal of $10,000. It’s nearing $150,000, which means a whole bunch of stretch goals have been unlocked.
The expected ship date is October 2015, which means backers can expect this one in January of next year. Just kidding, Kickstarter projects are never delayed!
If interested, you can back Burgle Bros. here.
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We’ll be back next Monday with more tabletop news. Until then, go inside and play.