Most Anticipated Games - July Edition July 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.

Dead of Winter: The Long Night

Dead of Winter was our favourite 2014 release, so it goes without saying that the new standalone expansion has us very excited! The Long Night adds new characters, new main objectives, new items, new Crossroads cards and most importantly new modular add-ons. You can now add Improvements to your Colony, challenge a group of Bandits or even become their leader and discover the horrifying secrets behind closed doors at Raxxon. 

Dead of Winter: The Long Night will be joining our Library and Retail by the end of July.


Mystic Vale

Mystic Vale has received a ton of hype over the last few weeks. Its main attraction is their fancy "Card Crafting System", fully equipped with custom sleeves and translucent cards. It's a deck-builder, so any new card "parts" that you buy, you add into the sleeve of an existing card in order to strengthen its abilities. 

Gloom does a really great job utilizing translucent cards to change the effects and display changes in the game. Mystic Vale offers a lot of intrigue and unique possibilities by using these components in a deck-builder. Hopefully the final product lives up to the hype.

Mystic Vale releases July 14


Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk

Betrayal at House on the Hill came out in 2004. That's 12 years ago. It's very rare that a game will receive its first expansion 12 years after its original release. The original game came jam-packed with unique Haunts that kept things fresh from game-to-game, but I guess 12 years later they decided it was the appropriate time to add more. Widow's Walk comes with 50 (!) new haunts and 20 new room tiles, adding a new level to the house - The Roof. 

As if all of this wasn't exciting enough, the authors of the new Haunts are a combination of all-star game designers from Jonathan Gilmour (Dead of Winter), Max Temkin (Cards Against Humanity), Keith Baker (Gloom) and even authors outside of the board game realm - Anita Sarkessian (Feminist Frequency) and Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest). 

Keep an eye out for an October release.




The recent Spiel des Jahres nominee is almost here. For those not familiar with the most prestigious award in board games, the Spiel des Jahres is awarded to the best game release of the year - usually catered to families. The other two nominees this year are Karuba and Codenames. While I think it will be a tall task to take the award away from Codenames, I do still anticipate Imhotep to be a very strong light-strategy game.

Designer Phil-Walker Harding's games always feature simple, yet meaningful decision-making. The game looks to deliver the same things that Harding brought us in Archaeology and Sushi Go!

Imhotep is expected to be out in the next few weeks.


Hero Realms

Hero Realms is our Kickstarter Choice for the month. We love Star Realms. It gives so much in such a small package. Hero Realms is supposed to deliver all the things we loved about the original, but also adds some fantasy flavour to it. At the higher backer levels, the game comes with a cooperative campaign box. Designer Robert Dougherty, promises a deeper experience with unique character classes. It looks like they're attempting to deliver a lighter action card game RPG experience, similar to Pathfinder: Adventure Card Game. It's a hefty expense for what is essentially just decks of cards, but I have faith they'll deliver on their lofty promises. 

Click here to help support their Kickstarter. The game is expected to be delivered by October 2016.