Most Anticipated Games - December Edition December 01 2016

Each month at For The Win Board Game Cafe, we're going to be taking 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.

Jamaica: The Crew

Just as our beloved Betrayal at House on the Hill received its first expansion over 10 years later, we are now getting another first with Jamaica's first expansion in 10 years. I love the idea of going back and revisiting old favourites. It gives hope for the many other games that never received enough love to warrant future add-ons. Crossing my fingers for Tobago & Libertalia.

Jamaica: The Crew adds hireable crew members that take a slot in your ship. Some of them provide immdiate benefit, and others reward gold at the end of the game. Players will have to balance the risk of dedicating a slot to them in their ship, effectively handicapping their resources. It's appears to be a small, but meaningful addition to an already great game. 

Jamaica: The Crew is scheduled for a Q1 2017 release. 

 

Massive Darkness

The next evolution in the Zombicide series comes in the form of Massive Darkness. Shedding its zombie theme and adopting a fantasy RPG skin, this new title from Guillotine Games hopes to bring in fans of other dungeon-crawlers like Descent and Pathfinder. Each hero plays differently, with many branching talent and skill trees. 

Zombicide has always been cooler in theory than in practice, but with each season they built towards what seems to be a culmination of their work. It's unlikely to garner critical praise, but that was never really the aim of Zombicide either. The minis are once again, top quality and those invested in the dudes-on-tiles genre will surely love this one. 

Massive Darkness arrives April 2017.

 

Fugitive

Tim Fowers has had a strong run of releases with Paperback and Burgle Bros, and he hopes to add another hit to his resume. Previously a Kickstarter in May, Fugitive is a two-player cat-and-mouse game. One player plays as the Fugitive that attempts to make it out of town before the other player, the Marshall, catches him. 

The gameplay feels like a more fleshed-out Agent Hunter, another 2-player deduction game. One could also compare it to a card game version of Mr. Jack, in its chasing asymmetrical aspect. But at the end of the day, I'm sure it will carve out its own market and Fugitive will be considered a strong play for pairs. 

Fugitive will be in player's hands sometime in January 2017.

 

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

Do I really need to explain why this game is here? It's a little early, but people are already fanning the flames. All it took was one quick shot of the boxes and it just confirmed what we already know, Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 is the most anticipated game, period.

Get ready. 2017.

 

Abandon Planet

Our Kickstarter representative this month comes from Don Eskridge. He's the one you have to thank for all the friends you lost playing The Resistance and Avalon. Hard to believe this will only be his second game (Avalon is really just The Resistance with player roles). Hopefully Eskridge will be able to deliver a successful product that can live up to the hype.

Abandon Planet is another game about secrets, betrayal and alliances. Players will have to cooperate, even if just briefly, to help escape the inevitable destruction of the planet due to a falling meteor. In Abandon Planet it's even possible for all players to win. But just like with any apocalyptic scenario, people will act in survival mode. 

The Kickstarter initially caught a lot of heat for being priced at $45 USD, but they have since listened to the community and dropped it down to a more reasonable $35.

Click here to visit their Kickstarter page. Abandon Planet is targetted to be in backers' hands by May 2017 

 

Earl