Most Anticipated Games - October 2017 Edition October 06 2017

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.

 

Deception: Undercover Allies

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong was a bit of a surprise hit. It was our favourite game of 2016, so it should come as no surprise that we're very excited for its first expansion, Undercover Allies. Previously on Kickstarter like the original game, Deception: Undercover Allies comes with a bunch of bonus goodies if you pre-order it from their official website. So if you know you want it, here's a link to the product page

 

Undercover Allies comes with a ton of new Clue & Means cards, alongside a few new roles and Scene tiles. Basically more of the meat, which will help provide new combinations of deadly murders. They also add two more badges for 14-player support, but that seems a bit excessive. 

Deception: Undercover Allies will ship to backers in December 2017, and should hit store shelves shortly afterwards. 

 

Photosynthesis

Designing a board game is tough. Designing a board game with innovative, but balanced mechanics is even tougher. I'm always willing to give more leeway to designers who look to challenge the standard genres of the hobby. It's easy to pick a foundation like "deck-builder" or "set collection" and go from there. Photosynthesis doesn't fit neatly into any category or genre. Instead of taking a mechanic and building a theme around it, Photosynthesis takes its theme and builds mechanics to support it. 

In Photosynthesis, players compete as different species of trees. Using the power of the sun, they look to grow their trees to their full size in order to gain points. As the sun cycles around, shadows from the trees are cast onto other trees, preventing them from receiving light. It's an elegant theme, tied to an elegant ruleset.   

Photosynthesis will be available before the end of 2017.

 

Azul

It's always tough to predict the success of an abstract/puzzle game. Usually we look at the designer or similarities in already existing games. In the past year or so, there's been a bit of a resurgence in the genre with Patchwork being the a clear standout. Michael Kiesling has decided to try his hand at it with his latest upcoming release in Azul

Azul has some dynamic tile-selection combined with a two-part placement system. It's got a lot of factors to consider, which gives it just enough depth without complicating the rules. We rarely cover abstract & puzzle games here on our Most Anticipated blogs, but we have a good feeling about Azul.

Azul will be available in November 2017.

 

Gaia Project

I once read the rulebook to Terra Mystica and thought, "Wow! What an interesting game!" And then I proceeded to ignore it and have since never got the chance to play it. Everyone that I know who has played it really loves it. It's definitely an overwhelming game with a lot of choices, but it always seemed like the game rewarded those who were willing to get through it. 

Gaia Project is the spiritual successor to Terra Mystica. The theme goes from fantasy to sci-fi, which should be a welcome change for some (including myself). From the little I've read of it, they definitely seem to be different games. Of course there are similarities, but this is definitely much more than a reimplementation ala Clank! In! Space! Hopefully I'll find the time to actually try this one out!

Gaia Project is scheduled for Q4 2017.

 

TAIKO

Maybe it's a bit of a Japan hangover from my trip, but I'm in love with the aesthetic from this little card game, TAIKO. It's got a simple premise, but an intricate attention to detail. The art is all hand-drawn in ink. The coins and wooden box are the kinds of things you'd expect of a passion project. 

Gameplay-wise, it's got a bit of a War feel to it. You attack the players to your immediate left and right, with carefully planned cards. The designers say the game can support anywhere from 2 to infinite players, depending on how many copies you own. I really hope the Kickstarter does well, because it's just so damn pretty. 

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

 

Earl