Most Anticipated Games - April 2018 Edition April 11 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. 

Ultimate Werewolf Legacy

Werewolf has been around so long it has seen so many various interpretations. From the recent popular One Night Ultimate Werewolf to the online PC game, Town of Salem - people everywhere are keeping this classic relevant. So it should be no surprise to anyone that Werewolf is the latest to hop on the Legacy trend with Ultimate Werewolf Legacy

I always felt like adding a narrative element to Werewolf would be a great way to expand the universe and the Legacy format is the perfect way to implement that. The game comes with an 80+ page diary for the moderator to keep track of everything. Unlike most Legacy games which are limited to 4-5 player caps, Werwolf gives you the chance to play a Legacy game with 8 to 16 players. They are also planning to sell replay packs that add new Families and Stories.

Ultimate Werewolf Legacy is scheduled for release August 2018. 

 

 

Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar

The award for "game that looks like a complete nightmare to setup and subsequently put-away" goes to Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar. If you've ever played some of the classic iterations of The Game of LIFE you know exactly what I mean. I mean sure it looks really cool when it's setup but good look convincing your friends to stick around to put it away.

But onto the actual game itself, Fireball Island is actually a restoration of a 1986 board game. They've replaced the dated "roll-to-move" mechanic with some cards to give more control. They added some light RPG elements to the game and kept some of the random surprises. It looks like a phenomenal family game!

Click here to visit the Kickstarter project page. Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar will be available for Kickstarter backers in November 2018

 

Blue Lagoon

Blue Orange Games has a new project in the works with the always popular Reiner Knizia. Still very much a work-in-progress the game was recently demoed at Spielwarenmesse 2018. Given Blue Orange Games library, you can expect a very light-strategy game that will likely cater to the Family genre. The Polynesian setting will no doubt draw a lot of attention from fans of Moana. We could be looking at a potential Spiel des Jahres nominee.

Blue Lagoon will be available Q4 2018.

Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War

It's April, and we'd be remiss to remind you that Avengers season is upon us. There is no shortage of hype for Infinity War, so naturally we have a tabletop game coming to capitalize on it. Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War is a fully cooperative dice & card game for 2 to 4 players where players recruit heroes to go up against Thanos and his forces. 

Let's be completely honest here, given that this is a USAopoly title. This game is probably not going to be that good. But I'm sure it'll hit clearance racks at Wal-Mart and Chapters and eventually be a good bargain. It's a cash-in title, but we're entitled to it considering the season. 

Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War should be in stores by the time the movie releases in late April.

 

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game

From one licensed product to another, we bring you Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game. When I heard about this one, I figured they would borrow a few things from BattleCON: Devastation of Indines. After all, that game was pretty much a 2D fighter in tabletop form. But instead, it appears we're getting some sort of tactics game. A bizarre choice considering the source material, but let's see how it goes. 

The miniatures look phenomenal if nothing else. They even come pre-painted. Fans of the franchise will no doubt be among the targeted audience for this one. The game will support Versus Mode, Free For All and Boss Mode. Similar to the Mega Man game that was on Kickstarter recently, this one seems like a love letter to all Street Fighter fans. 

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Herbalism ships to backers in March 2018.

 

Earl