Most Anticipated Games - March 2018 Edition March 01 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. 

Ice Cool 2

I always felt that a game like Ice Cool would benefit greatly from adding more players. Enter Ice Cool 2. With its own rooms and different school setup, the sequel to the popular dexterity game is adding more penguins and more fish to collect. And if players own both copies they can expand the player count to 8 players and create a mega-school. There's even an added mode for Racing. Watch out Pitchcar, there's a new challenger!

Ice Cool 2 is scheduled for release Q3 2018. 

Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr

While many may not consider tabletop and card games as mediums to tell stories, that isn't stoping a few brave souls from trying. Like photography, prose and music - board games too are art. And Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr hopes to add a level of maturity to the storytelling of board games. 

Holding On is actually a cooperative worker placement game, probably not the genre most people were expecting when discovering its premise. There's a lot of potential here, and there's an equal chance that the game falls entirely flat. But I admire those who are up to the task.

Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr will be available in Q4 2018.

Decrypto

Decrypto is a game where two teams attempt to race in order to crack their coded message before the opposing team. From the looks and sounds of it, Decrypto is borrowing from games such as Codenames and Mastermind - which is good company to be in. The artwork and style of the game are really well done. I think this one will be a big hit with gamers who enjoy puzzle-focused, competitive party games.

Decrypto will be available by April 2018

Robin Hood and the Merry Men

It's honestly a bit of a surprise there are such few Robin Hood-themed games out on the market. It feels like it would lend well to many genres thematically. Robin Hood and the Merry Men is a semi-cooperative, worker placement game. Each player will have their best interests at heart, but will have to add a bit of diplomacy to their play in order to gain timely advantages. 

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Robin Hood and the Merry Men ships to backers in November 2018.

Chronicles of Crime

That's right, this week we've got two Kickstarter titles for you guys. Chronicles of Crime looks to bring a new depth of innovation to the cooperative mystery genre. The game offers 6 scenarios out of the box which is a sizeable amount compared to other similar games on the market. But the real twist comes in the VR element. Players will have to investigate VR crime scenes for clues. The scenes will be available through the companion app. 

The designers have added what they call "Scan & Play" - a feature which allows elements of the game to be linking to individual QR codes. This allows for new scenarios to be built by new authors and adds a level of re-playability that games like T.I.M.E. Stories simply can't offer.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Chronicles of Crime ships to backers in December 2018.

 

Earl