Most Anticipated Games - September 2018 Edition
Each month at For The Win Board Game Cafe, we take a look at a few future releases that we're really excited about. From new games, to expansions, to Kickstarters we'll be covering it all monthly.
KeyForge: Call of the Archons
It feels like every time Richard Garfield comes along with a new project, it's immediately declared the next Magic: the Gathering. And while he's kept himself busy over the years, he continues to pump out exciting new card games. He's already the lead designer on Valve's Artifact (a digital card-game based off Dota 2), he has now teamed up with Fantasy Flight Games to hopefully fill the hole left by Netrunner.
KeyForge: Call of the Archons is a collectible card game where each deck is entirely unique. From the Archon art on the back, to the name of the deck, everything is one-of-a-kind. And the catch is you can't combine cards from different decks. Instead of buying booster packs to chase powerful cards, you have to work with what you're given. It's an intriguing idea, backed by some really great art and light humour. I'm cautiously optimistic about this one.
KeyForge: Call of the Archons arrives in Q4 2018.
Pandemic: Fall of Rome
We are officially reaching over-saturation status with the Pandemic franchise. And while the previous spin-offs didn't do much to excite me, I must admit I am a sucker for anything Ancient Rome or Greece. Pandemic: Fall of Rome still gives you that familiar Pandemic formula, but this one looks to be the biggest deviation from norm.
In Pandemic: Fall of Rome players are working together to fight off the many enemies of Rome as they march forward to invade the Empire. And while dealing with the military conflict, the players must also work to build peace with neighbouring peoples. The game also comes with a unique single-player variant for anyone who is looking for solitaire play.
Pandemic: Fall of Rome will be available sometime in Q4 2018
Just One feels like the next party game to keep a close eye on. It's one of those premises that feels so obvious and yet no one has done it yet. With everyone chasing to become the next Codenames, Just One may just be The One.
Just One is a cooperative party game where players must work together to correctly guess 13 words. Each round one player is the guesser and the other players must give one-word clues. Once all clues have been written down, any duplicate clues will be removed and only the unique ones will be shown to the guesser. Just One gives players creative freedom that offers the game lots of re-playability. Watch out for this one!
Just One will be available in October 2018.
Machi Koro Legacy
At this point I am expecting a Monopoly Legacy, which to be honest may not actually be horrible. It feels like every popular modern tabletop game is getting the Legacy treatment, and the next in line appears to be Machi Koro. With the official Legacy subtitle, this means the project will be led by Rob Daviau himself.
Most Legacy games are huge, expansive experiences. My hope is that Machi Koro Legacy is a much lighter take on that same format. Sometimes you just wanna be able to pull a game out without too much revisiting and thinking. I can't help but feel that Machi Koro is the perfect game to compliment that. As much as I have fatigued on the original game itself, I am actually most excited for Machi Koro Legacy over all other Legacy games on the horizon.
Machi Koro Legacy will be on store shelves during Spring 2019.
An attractive-looking Kickstarter campaign is all it takes to excite gamers looking for the next hit game. Sometimes it's well-designed miniatures and sometimes it's an abundance of cosmetic stretch goals. But with Until Daylight, it's definitely the stylistic theme that brings it altogether. While the game doesn't look to bring anything new and exciting to the table, it brings it altogether in a cohesive package. Hopefully the game is as good as it looks!
Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Until Daylight ships to backers in May 2019.