Most Anticipated Games - July 2018 Edition July 13 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. 

Reef

Ever since the Azul hype-train left the station, it became difficult to get a hold of a copy. And with its recent Spiel des Jahres win, the demand may actually put the game at "most wanted game of the year" levels. And with a recipe for success, we are officially entering the phase where many designers look to replicate it. 

Reef is probably the most promising Azul-like game coming out. In fact, a few reviewers have even claimed it was a better game overall. It follows the same puzzle structure of Azul but supposedly brings more on an interactivity level. 

Reef arrives on October 2018.

Drop It

There are a few Tetris-clones in the tabletop world. In particular, there are many games that borrow the tetrimino shapes. Drop It takes the formula of dropping blocks and shapes to its very literal conclusion. Players take turns dropping shapes of their respective colours down the vertical board. Points are scored depending on how high your piece ends up, the higher the better. But if any of your pieces touch a piece of the same colour, you score nothing. 

Drop It will be available in August 2018.

 

Terrors of London

I'm not the biggest fan of Victorian-themed games, but there's an allure to the aesthetic of Terrors of London. It looks like a more matured and realized Cutthroat Caverns. The game itself is a competitive deck-builder. Players take control of one of the four factions - Undead, Mortals, Spirits or Beasts. Each faction and its Overlord have unique abilities. Each player aims to reduce their opponents' health to zero in order to be the last faction standing.  

Terrors of London will be available in July 2018.

Founders of Gloomhaven

For fans of Gloomhaven, more Gloomhaven is a positive no matter what form it takes. Founders of Gloomhaven is not an expansion of the original, but it does take place in the same universe. Instead of a dungeon-crawling RPG, Founders of Gloomhaven takes the form of a Euro-style, city-builder. While it may look a little plain when compared to its older sibling, I'm sure the designers took equal care in building Founders mechanics. At the end of the day, the designers have given us enough hope to trust that they can build a competent tabletop experience.

Founders of Gloomhaven aims to be on store shelves by October 2018

Gravity Warfare

Riff-Raff in space. Welcome to Gravity Warfare. Sure there are cards and mechanics at work, but like most balancing games this one comes down to keeping things afloat on an uneven surface. Gravity Warfare has a unique balancing setup that lets the board spin, which looks like a ton of fun. It's a balancing game with take-that elements. The ships have a grippy bottom surface which allows it to cling slightly to the board. Any fans of chaos are sure to enjoy this one.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Gravity Warfare ships to backers in August 2018.

 

Earl