Games I'm excited about...

This week I thought I'd share my list of the games I'm most excited to play. These are listed in no particular order and are all due out soon or recently released.

Let me know what you think of my list. Do you agree? Is there something I've missed? What games are you most excited about? Tweet me your thoughts.

 

Cry Havoc

Cry Havoc Box Art

what is it?

Cry Havoc is a tactical area-control game with card driven combat. Players take control of one of four races, each with unique abilities and their own strengths and weaknesses. Players battle it out to gain control of an alien planet.  For 2-4 players, plays in under 2 hours.

why am I excited?

Look at the box. It looks like a Power Ranger got an upgrade by Tony Stark. It screams Sci-Fi. I love Sci-Fi. There is a Sci-Fi shaped hole in my board game collection. I love the theme and the idea that there is a native race pushing you back. Plus the combat is simple, but with so many options, there are cards to play with different abilities (similar to Game of Thrones). But instead of just killing enemy troops you can choose a different strategy like capturing the enemy. For me this offers something different from a regular war game and doesn't take all day to get through. 

 

Scythe

Scythe Box Art

what is it?

If you're familiar with the world of hobby games then you'll have heard of Scythe. For the uninitiated Scythe is the latest game from Jamey Stegmaier from Stonemaier games. It had a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign with something like 17,000 backers. 

The game itself has each player is what's referred to as a 4X game. That means explore, expand, exploit and exterminate. Each player has their own little board that tracks their factions upgrades and shows what they can do on their turn. Each player is trying to achieve a number of different goals to score victory points. 

why am I excited?

This is definitely a case of fomo. I didn't back the initial Kickstarter, I was hesitant that this game wasn't quite for me. Now that it's out I need to make sure, it's had a very positive reception and all the hype surrounding it definitely makes me want to play it. I do really like the art style and a game that offers multiple ways to score points rather than being focused on combat appeals to me. 

 

SeaFall

SeaFall Box Art

what is it?

If you read last weeks blog about Legacy games (and if you didn't shame on you, luckily you can read it here), you'll know that SeaFall is Rob Daviau's latest Legacy game, built from the ground up. In it players take to the high seas, setting sale across basically a blank board. As you play you'll stick islands on the board, built up your character and open lots of exciting packages.

why am I excited?

Honestly the fact that the actual board is basically blank excites me so much! I love the idea that the game will be completely unique to you and your group. I've been playing Risk Legacy and it's one of the funnest game experiences I've had and I don't even like Risk. My expectations for this game are pretty high, but I'm sure it will live up it, after all it's not Risk.

 

Captain Sonar

Captain Sonar Box Art

what is it?

Essentially it's multiplayer battleships in real time. Two teams of four take on different roles of a submarine crew as they try to sink each other. Each team member has a specific job they must complete, with their own player board in front of them. Between each team is a massive screen stopping you peaking but not from listening. This game is all about team work.

why am I excited?

To me this is exactly what I look for in games and what I love. It's a game focused on player interaction, it's about experiences and most importantly it's fun. Whilst finding 8 people to play might be tricky, it does support fewer players. It's the kind of game that's more for gamers than a party game but isn't built on complex systems, it's intuitive, easy to learn difficult to master.

 

Ticket To Ride - Rails and Sails

Ticket To Ride - Rails and Sails Box Art

what is it?

Ticket to Ride is a now classic game of building train tracks. only this time it's across the globe! 

why am I excited?

This is a bit of a safe game. I've played a few of the different versions of Ticket to Ride and never felt the need to own it. Mostly because it's so readily available. What makes this one different is the scale. The simple fact of being a world map with the addition of boats is enough for me to be on board. 

 

Rising Sun

Rising Sun Box Art

what is it?

Rising Sun is a beautiful looking game by designer Eric Lang published by Cool Mini or Not. CMON are known for their exquisite miniatures and this game looks to be no exception. Billed as the spiritual sequel to Blood Rage (the Viking themed game of trying to impress the Gods, mostly by killing everything). I don't know too much about Rising Sun, details are hard to come by at this time, but what I do know is that it seems to be focused on honour.  

why am I excited?

I liked Blood Rage but I didn't love it. I'm hoping Rising Sun takes out some of the randomness of the card drafting. Plus there aren't many games that are set in feudal Japan.  

 

That's it for now, I might do another post with some other games I'm excited for in a couple of weeks. 

Until next time... keep it funky!