Most Anticipated Games - June 2018 Edition June 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. 

One Week Ultimate Werewolf

One Night Ultimate Werewolf has certainly spun off quite a few games since its initial release. But typically it's been to simply add new thematic roles like Aliens or Vampires. With One Week Ultimate Werewolf, they've expanded the formula beyond just one night.

In what looks to be one of the most bizarre mashups of games, One Week Ultimate Werewolf literally thrusts the Werewolf universe into the Mad King Ludwig universe. Each day players enter a different room with a unique ability, and each night you interact with the other players. Extending gameplay to nearly 45 minutes, One Week looks to bring more tension to the stakes. 

One Week Ultimate Werewolf arrives on October 2018.

Cosmic Encounter (42nd Anniversary Edition)

I have no shame. Cosmic Encounter has been and likely always will be my favourite game of all-time. And while this special 42nd Anniversary Edition isn't much different from the standard version of the game, I felt the need to add it here. This is after all our "most anticipated games" and nothing excited me quite like more Cosmic Encounter.

This new version will feature all the same things that came with the original, and a few more. The newer version will also be the standard base-game moving forward. The Demon alien species is being added to the game, as well as new Cosmic Combo cards. The Cosmic Combo cards are designed to help provide some intriguing matchups between different alien species. 

Cosmic Encounter (42nd Anniversary Edition) will be available in Q3 2018.

 

Spring Meadow

Two years ago Cottage Garden spun off from the still very popular Patchwork. From then Uwe Rosenberg brought us Indian Summer in 2017 as a sequel to Cottage Garden. And now in 2018 he looks to complete his trilogy. Spring Meadow is the last in Rosenbergs trio of tetrimino-shaped garden games. Promising to be the most interactive of the trilogy, Spring Meadow can hopefully bring the game to feel more like the magic of where it all began in Patchwork.

Spring Meadow will be available in July 2018.

Villagers

Hype, hype, hype. Decide for yourself if a game like Villagers deserves the attention it has been getting since its Kickstarter campaign opened, but it certainly looks promising. Borrowing some charm from a game like Machi Koro, the minimalist aesthetic adds some wonder to a game that looks to be very simplistic. It appears to be a very basic card drafting, village-building game. But where I can see a game like Villagers succeed is in its ability to get non-gamers excited about gaming. In today's climate, the next-big-thing will always be a game that can act as a gateway to the hobby.

Villagers ships to backers in February 2019.

Getaway Driver

I have always been of the opinion that the most intriguing (and usually fun to play) 2-player games are of the asymmetric variety. Whether it's the cat-and-mouse approach of Mr. Jack or a deeper game like Netrunner, there's a level of deduction and excitement you can't quite get from your standard abstract game. 

Getaway Driver puts players in the seats of the Driver and the Police as they race down streets following a heist. The city builds itself out as the game progresses, creating new challenges for both players. The gameplay provides the opportunity for the players to create their own narrative for each game as it plays out, much like Galaxy Trucker. 

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Getaway Driver ships to backers in March 2019.

 

Earl