Friday, August 14, 2015

Obligatory 2015 Gen Con Post Part IV: Top 5 Games At Gen Con Not Available For Purchase

Hey all, I’m back with what will be my final Gen Con 2015 post.  If you haven’t had the chance, check out my previous three posts.  The first post handled my honorable mention interests, while the next two posts took on my top 10 interests of the convention.  If you’re interested just click the links below and enjoy!

This post will take on some games that weren’t available in any way for purchase at Gen Con.  I do have a few caveats before going into my top 5.  First of all, again, none of these games were available at this year’s Gen Con.  Secondly, none of the games that I will go over are games that are/have been available on Kickstater.  These games are all going to go straight from the manufacturers to retail sometime in the near future.  

 I will be doing a series on Kickstarter interests fairly soon so keep your eyes on the blog if you’re interested in this topic!  Finally I wanted all of these releases to be within the 2015 year.  Most of this releases (if not all) will be available at this year’s Essen Spiel in a couple of months.  You may actually find these on my Essen Spiel interests’ series which should come out a few days before the convention starts.  Again, if you’re interested, keep watching the blog for more!  With those caveats out of the way, on to the list!

Honorable Mention – T.I.M.E. Stories (Space Cowboys)

T.I.M.E. Stories is a co-operative game that was designed by Manuel Rozoy and will be released by Space Cowboys.  This game was higher on my list and one I have been interested in for some time but honestly it sank a little because of some possible replayability issues.  In this game you are part of a time agency and are trying to prevent cracks in the time continuum.  You are sent back in time and are attempting to fix the cracks.  Your characters will be able to go back in time as many times as you need to get it correct.  The base game now only comes with one scenario but it is stated that it will take over five hours for most groups to get through this scenario their first play.  T.I.M.E. Stories does come with what appears to be a clever way to “save” your games so you can come back to continue on your mission at a later date.  They already have one expansion called T.I.M.E. Stories: The Marcy Case which will come out in conjunction with the base game.  While it sunk below the top 5, I am still very interested in this Space Cowboys release!

#5 – Tail Feathers (Plaid Hat Games)

Tail Feathers is a head-to-head skirmish game designed by Jerry Hawthorne (of Mice & Mystics fame) that will be released by Plaid Hat Games.  Hawthorne has given out more information and was showing off the beautiful models of the game at this year’s Gen Con and they didn’t disappoint.  Mice & Mystics has some absolutely beautiful miniatures that were going to be hard to beat, but Tail Feathers appears to have done just that!  These models are going to be great and they have some very interesting mechanics.  Each of the models is a type of bird that is being “piloted” or “handled” by a character out of the Mice & Mystics universe.  These models have a “tilt” mechanics that will be used in the skirmish game that looks very interesting.  This game started to move up higher among my interests when I discovered that they are planning a campaign mode.  I hope that it improves upon the Mice & Mystics campaign as that one was fun but did have some faults to it.  This game just appears to be fun and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

#4 – 7 Wonders: Duel (Repos Production)

7 Wonders: Duel is a head-to-head card drafting and set collection game by designers Antoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala and will be released by Repos Production.  7 Wonders is a game that is in my top 10 list, so how could I not include this version?  Everything that I’m hearing about this game is that it is an absolutely incredible, two-player version of the original hit and that it may even improve on that game in some areas.  Since my wife, Em, is my main game-playing-partner, good two-player games are always on my radar.  Then, a game by both Antoine Bauza (of Takenoko, Tokaido, Hanabi, 7 Wonders, Samurai Spirit, and Ghost Stories fame) and Bruno Cathala (of Five Tribes, Abyss, Cyclades, Dice Town, Dragon Run, and Jamaica fame) that takes on a two-player version of the incredible 7 Wonders come along?  Yeah, I’m in!  I can’t wait to see how this streamlined version of the game works and how much fun it appears to be.

#3 – Favor of the Pharaoh (Bezier Games, Inc.)

Favor of the Pharaoh is a dice-rolling, pool/tableau-building game by designer Tom Lehmann and will be released by Bezier Games, Inc.  Any game by Tom Lehmann automatically gets me interested in it.  Tom Lehmann has done games such as Race for the Galaxy, Roll for the Galaxy, The City, and Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age.  Favor of the Pharaoh is a re-implement of Lehmann’s game, To Court the King.  All of the components are getting a major overhaul as well as some of the mechanics.  There will be a ton (maybe not literally) of tiles that have both front and back versions.  This means that the game have nearly infinite possibilities of set-up for each game.  You then take dice and roll trying to get pairs, three-of-a-kind, straights, etc. that you will need to buy these tiles and put them in your personal tableau.  So, this game has dice-rolling, Tom Lehmann, and tableau-building.  Yeah, I’m there!

#2 – Dice City (Alderac Entertainment Group)

Dice City is a dice-rolling, city-building, worker placement game designed by Vangelis Bagiartakis and will be released by Alderac Entertainment Group.  This is a very fun looking game that I hope becomes a Machi Koro killer.  You will roll your dice and put them on a grid depending on their color and the number that you roll which will give you the different powers of the buildings in your city.  You may use your turn to buy new cards which will then take the place of the old buildings in your city and give you even better powers to use.  This game just looks like a ton of fun!  It is bright and colorful and who doesn’t love rolling dice?  Also, along with some of my favorite dice-chuckers, there are ways to mitigate bad dice rolls.  All of these together make it a very interesting game in my opinion.

#1 – Big Book of Madness (IELLO)

Big Book of Madness is a co-operative, deck/pool-building, card game designed by Maxime Rambourg and will be released by IELLO.  This game has been one of my top interests for quite some time and they were showing it off at Gen Con this year.  The game is a co-operative card game (I love a good co-op) which some gorgeous art done by one of my favorite artists working in games, Naiade.  The idea of the game is that you are a student who is a little bored with their schooling and chose to go and open up a book which just happens to be a prison for some powerful monsters.  You will take your character and get a deck of elements (each student has their “favorite” element) which you will use to cast spells, learn spells, add more elements to your deck, and destroying a curse.  You work together with your fellow players in order to turn six pages of this book and defeat the monsters in order to close the book.  This game looks awesome and is a definite buy for me.

There you have it.  These are just my top 5 (well, maybe 6) interests that weren’t for purchase at Gen Con but should be coming out in just the next couple of months.  I have a feeling that it is going to be an awesome Essen Spiel this year and keep an eye here for my Essen series when it rolls around.  As always, if I forgot a game or you just have a question or comment feel free to ask.  Until next time, game on!

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