Most Anticipated Games - April 2019 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. 

Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky

Lanterns is the next series to adapt their game into a dice extravaganza. Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky gives players their own individual sheet to place different tile arrangements, similar to something like Karuba or Cottage Garden. Players fill in different platforms depending on the result of the die roll and then fill-in completed sections with polyminos. Lanterns is a solid entry-level game, so here’s hoping that Lanterns Dice can refine it to a more polished product.

Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky is expected to launch May 2019.


Imhotep Duel

We love Imhotep. It’s got a great pace and never lets you get exactly what you want. It’s a cutthroat game which should only get more competitive with Imhotep Duel. When 7 Wonders went the way of a duel, we were impressed that they managed to keep the core of the game while making it a very strong 2-player product. Like the original 7 Wonders, the original Imhotep does not lend itself very well to a 2-player setup so it’s great to see they’ve opted to make something specifically suited for that.

Imhotep Duel arrives July 2019.


Aftershock: San Francisco & Venice

Alan R. Moon, the man who brought us Ticket to Ride, is back again with his latest project, Aftershock: San Francisco & Venice. After a rocky start and a cancelled Kickstarter campaign, it looks like they’ve revisited parts of the game. And although they’ve gotten a lot of flack regarding the shaky (no pun intended) theme, it is after all just a game. There are mixed vibes heading forwards on Aftershock, but I think the game will likely speak for itself when it arrives.

Aftershock: San Francisco & Venice will be available November 2019


Few games can present a zen-quality and actually put you in that headspace. For me, Tokaido was always more an experience than a competition. Sure it can get nasty, but at the end of the day it’s fun just to take it all in as you travel across the board. Namiji is the spiritual successor to Tokaido. With a similar linear progression, it’s safe to say that the games will probably feel very similar. So for anyone who’s been craving more Tokaido, this is definitely one to pickup.

Namiji arrives sometime in late 2019.


Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time

The long-time popular mobile game is coming to tabletop. Considering how long ago Kingdom Rush came out, it’s almost a shock to see it’s taken this long for them to enter the tabletop space. Kingdom Rush is a tower-defense game, which means converting it into Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time should be smooth process. There are plenty of examples of successful tower-defense games in the tabletop world so it’ll be interesting to see how they plan on innovating.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign page. Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time ships to backers in April 2020.

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