The Biggest Game Announcements - December 2020
Designers: Brad Andres, Noah Cohen, Rob Daviau,
Justin D. Jacobson, Brian Neff, Tim Wiesch
Publishers: Restoration Games, Mondo Games
“Unmatched is more than a fighting game. It’s an invitation to cast yourself as the hero in an epic story, something Marvel has absolutely no shortage of. The team’s unfettered love of these characters and stories has resulted in some of the most excitingly thematic character development in the series to date. We can’t wait to share it with fellow fans.”
- Jayme Boucher, Director of Mondo Games
Unmatched: Marvel is a series of 4 new games in the Unmatched universe. These standalone expansions will bring Marvel characters like Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Daredevil and more to the hit asymmetrical miniatures game. Unmatched is a game for 2 - 4 players that plays in about 20 - 40 minutes. The 4 Marvel expansions for the game are slated to release in the summer of 2021.
Designer: Filip Głowacz
Publisher: Board & Dice
"Welcome to Mandala Stones, a game of tranquility and beauty! Arrange colorful stones to create a stunning work of art together with your friends. However, while there are many creators, there can be only one winner. Influence artists, positioning them cleverly on the main board, to form towers out of collected Stones, which you then display onto the mandala board at an opportune moment to score Victory Points."
Mandala Stones is abstract strategy game featuring worker placement and pattern-building mechanisms. The game is designed for 2 - 4 players that plays in 30 minutes. The game is expected to be released in Quarter 2 of 2021.
Stuffed Fables: Oh, Brother!
Designer: Jerry Hawthorne
Publisher: Plaid Hat Games
"The brave stuffies from Stuffed Fables return for another round of bedtime adventures! Years after the original story, a new baby brother joins the family, bringing two toy companions of his own: Pokey the unicorn, a stalwart stuffy, and the muscular Manny, a headstrong hand-me-down action figure. With a sweet little boy to protect from the forces of the Fall, Pokey and Manny must learn the ropes from the beloved original cast and face a slate of new monsters from under the bed!"
Stuffed Fables: Oh, Brother! is an expansion to the popular cooperative 2018 game where players must take on the role of stuffed animals working together to save their child from an evil mastermind. It is a story-driven, dice game for 2 - 4 players that plays in 60 - 90 minutes and is expected to be released in February of 2021. The expansion includes an all new AdventureBook, new characters, a new discovery deck and more...
Designer: Martin Doležal
Publisher: Arcane Wonders
"Long ago, in a beautiful Eastern kingdom, a queen and her people pleased their Gods by building a mystical pagoda. The pagoda housed the four Gods and towered strong over the magnificent kingdom. As time passed, the queen fell ill, and she summoned her people to compete for her crown. The crown would be passed on to the person who could build the most pristine garden around the pagoda. The heir would be chosen by the four Gods themselves."
Four Gardens is a unique new set collection game in which players must manage the rotatio nof a 3D Pagoda to acquire the resources they need to build beautiful panoramas. The game is designed for 2 - 4 players and plays in about 45 minutes. It is expected to be released in March or April of 2021.
Hanamikoji: Geisha's Road
Designer: Eros Lin
"Welcome back to Hanamikoji, the most famous Geisha street in Kyoto. Your favorite Geishas unfold their unmatched skills in art, music, dance, and a variety of performances with the ultimate gracefulness. Greatly respected and adored, Geishas are masters of entertainment.."
Hanamikoji: Geisha's Road is a standalone follow-up to Hanamikoji, a 2 player card game originally released in 2013. In this version, players are again competing to earn the favor of the geishas, although this time it is through cardplay that allows players to rotate them between different restaurants. Only the players with highest value of the geisha's color at the restaurant will score points. It's a game of careful planning for 2 players that plays in 20 - 30 minutes. A release date has not been officially announced, but it is expected to be released sometime in 2021.
Teotihuacan: Expansion Period
Designers: Daniele Tascini, Dávid Turczi
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
"Teotihuacan is expanding into an empire! The city is growing beyond its old borders, military expeditions project its influence all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula. Fighting men become settlers, new resources are discovered, and the wealth brought by obsidian draws in new discoveries."
This modular new expansion to Daniele Tascini's Teotihuacan: City of Gods includes a wide variety of new modules, discoveries, and tiles that you can mix into the base game at your pleasure. The expansion is designed for 1 - 4 players and takes 90 - 120 minutes to play. The game is expected to be available in March of 2021.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Designer: Michael Menzel
"In England in 1193, the county of Nottingham suffers from the yoke of the evil Prince John and his henchmen. Can Robin Hood and his companions escape the sheriff's guards and complete their adventures successfully?"
Die Abenteur des Robin Hood (The Adventures of Robin Hood) takes place on a "living game board" that remembers what players have discovered and with a variable story that changes based on the decisions players make. Not much is yet known about the game's mechanics, but is is designed to play with 2 - 4 players in 60 minutes with setup and takedown supposedly each only taking 1 minute. The game is set to be released sometime in 2021.
Publisher: Space Cow
"Unlock! is a co-operative card game inspired by escape rooms that uses a simple system which allows you to search scenes, combine objects, and solve riddles. Play Unlock! to embark on great adventures, while seated at a table using only cards."
Not much is known about this new, kid-friendly edition of the card-driven escape series Unlock! IT is listed as playable for kids ages 6 and up and plays 1 - 6 players in about 60 minutes. It is expected to be released sometime in 2021.
Designer: Mac Gerdts
This new solitaire expansion for the card drafting, hand management game Concordia includes a deck of cards that controls a tricky automated opponent to play against. The expansion is compatible with both Concordia and Concordia: Venus. It is for 1 player and plays in 30 - 60 minutes. It is expected to be published sometime in 2021.
United States v. Aaron Burr
Designers: Jason Matthews
Publisher: Fort Circle Games
"Many events in American history have been labeled 'trials of the century', but for a young nation, it would have been impossible to top United States v. Aaron Burr... Aaron Burr never stood trial for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. His trial was for treason, three years later, at the insistence of the Thomas Jefferson, the man Burr had narrowly lost to in the contested election of 1800..."
United States v. Aaron Burr is a historically-based, card-driven duel in which players will have to use evidence, witnesses and events to sway a jury to a guilty or not guilty verdict. From the designer of Twilight Struggle, the game is for 2 players and plays in 60 - 75 minutes. It is set to release sometime in 2021.
Designer: Matthias Burtt
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
"In Iberian Railways, you start with nothing but hope and a willingness to take on debt in order to construct railways that connect towns and cities across the Iberian peninsula."
Iberian Railways is an economy game about building a railroad, the latest in a series of train games in the Winsome Games line. The game is designed for 3 - 5 players and plays in about 60 minutes. It is expected to be released in March or April of 2021.
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