Most Anticipated Games - August 2018 Edition August 09 2018

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. 

Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

This year's Spiel des Jahres winner is getting its first spin-off. Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, closely follows the same mechanics of the original game. It adds modular boards for different variable setups. And as gorgeous as the original Azul is, the new components and re-theme of the game looks even better. Who doesn't love translucent, colourful tokens? Many have jokingly called this Azul: Sagrada Edition, but it looks to make a strong statement on its own. 

Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra arrives on October 2018.

Exodus: Paris Nouveau

The Dystopian Universe is getting a new addition to the family. Martin Wallace is bringing his expertise to the table. Coup was the last real notable title from the Indie Boards & Cards folks. Exodus: Paris Nouveau looks to borrow a few ideas from both Shadow Hunters and Secret Hitler. Deduction games have always been the calling card of the publisher, and this one is no different. Hopefully this one can be successful after the last few busts.  

Exodus: Paris Nouveau will be available in September 2018.

Clank! In! Space! Apocalypse!

I am very happy to that Clank! In! Space! is getting its very own first expansion. When the spinoff was released, I felt that it was a better take on the dungeon-crawling deck-builder than the original game. I was a little worried it would be relegated to one-off standalone status, but it looks like they are going to treat it as its own game. The new Scheme additions look to add a bit of a narrative, progression element to the game. With 8 different schemes, there should be plenty new to experience with Clank! In! Space! Apocalypse!

Clank! In! Space! Apocalypse! will be available on August 15 2018.

Villainous

The Disney license has often been used to theme popular games such as Monopoly, Codenames and Hedbanz. But there isn't really one standout Disney board game that is its own experience entirely. Villainous looks to be the first big table top success from Disney. Instead of going the heroic route, players will actually take on one of the many iconic villains from Disney franchises. I've always felt like the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle was a bit clunky for casual gamers and overall a bit of a missed opportunity given its price-point. But Villainous looks to appease fans who are looking for something more accessible. 

Villainous will be on store shelves by the end of August 2018.

Sabotage

Is it safe to say that hidden movement games are now trending? It's not a new concept, as you'll find it in games as old as Scotland Yard. But lately there have been quite a few hits that follow the same type of game with Captain Sonar and Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space. Sabotage has a cool box that actually folds into the divider of the game to separate the two teams of players. While Captain Sonar is a fast-paced, real-time take on team vs. team hidden movement, Sabotage looks more like a slower, methodical game. It's a neat genre, that I'm really glad to see it expanded upon further.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Sabotage ships to backers in April 2019.

 

Earl