Most Anticipated Games - November 2017 Edition November 03 2017 1 Comment

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.

 

Dragonsgate College

Players work their way training in the arts of dungeon-crawling mastery, in this upcoming Euro title, Dragonsgate College. Each player represents their own unique house, which has to develop apprentices, hire professors in arcane arts, and use imps to manipulate their "luck". Dragonsgate College is a dice-drafting game that allows players to perform actions based on the result of their rolls. 

The parallels to the Harry Potter universe are very apparent. We always get requests about Harry Potter board games, and while Hogwarts Battle is a fine game from a casual standpoint, there isn't really anything for serious gamers. Here's hoping Dragonsgate College can fill that void.

Dragonsgate College has been on sale at various conventions this year, and will hopefully be widely available in 2018.

 

Dinosaur Island

And so we move from one game loosely-based on a widely popular movie franchise, to another. Dinosaur Island essentially pits players against one another to build the most successful Jurassic Park. Players collect DNA and combine them in the correct order to bring dinosaurs back to life for their respective parks. Deciding which dinosaurs to bring back, and at what time can mean the difference between creating a thrilling experience for your visitors or a VERY dangerous one. 

Dinosaur Island is Jonathan Gilmour's latest project. It's a departure from the Dead of Winter universe, but you can still see his style in unfolding, varied narratives. Dead of Winter definitely borrowed thematically from The Walking Dead universe, so Gilmour is not shy to have his influences seep into his projects. 

Dinosaur Island will be available by December 2017.

 

Fog of Love

We kept a close eye on Fog of Love during its Kickstarter campaign, but ultimately decided not to back it. It looks to capitalize on the indie success of ...and then we held hands. It's a largely unexplored theme, looking at the phases of human relationships. It's a delicate balance to create a game that can seem mature and still be a mechanically sound game. But from initial impressions, Fog of Love seems to have done it.

Fog of Love is demoing at gaming conventions and should be available in 2018.

 

Meeple Circus

Stacking things on top of other things is something that will always have a place in tabletop gaming. Whether it's something as intricate and detailed as Riff-Raff or something as plain as Jenga, these are the kinds of games that just about anyone can play. It puts pretty much every age group on an even playing field. Meeple Circus is yet another addition to the genre that looks like one to watch.

 

There are different objectives for players to complete that are vissible to everyone. This isn't just "stack as high as you can" or "stack until you drop". There appears to be more game-y elements in Meeple Circus. It's a an underused theme, that really makes a lot of sense here. Can't wait to give this one a go.

Meeple Circus is scheduled for the end of November 2017.

 

Stumped

I won't lie, it was the awesome-looking, tree-building part that caught my eye. Add a deck-building engine on top of that and I was pretty much instantly sold. I'm always looking for deck-builders that look to introduce new things to the genre. Yes, the trees are primarily a cosmetic thing that could easily be replaced by tokens or other things, but I'm giving them kudos for going all the way with it anyways. 

 

The art leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, but I'm willing to forgive it if it plays well. And I mean just look at those trees! That's worth the price of admission on its own.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Stumped ships to backers in December 2017.

 

Earl