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Over the seas, let's go men. We're shoving right off, we're shoving right off again.

A new expansion for Terra Mystica is coming to you soon from Z-Man Games. They're hitting the high seas to do some extremely lucrative trading with Merchants of the Seas. Expand your influence with overseas territories as you look to build your new empire of trade.

I'm gonna go on down to the Stock Market and do a business. That's the free enterprise, capitalistic spirit found in Free Market, a new worker placement and resource management board game that's up on Kickstarter now. Effectively apply your resources to continually grow your fortune. Be the most successful businessperson and show the world who's in charge.

I used to play Chess a whole lot. I was never amazing at it, but I got to be pretty decent. So, I've always got a little bit of respect for games like it. Jiyu is such a game. However, it doesn't just have you move pieces across a board. You get to decide which pieces you have, incorporating RPG elements into the play as well. Plus, if you get two boards and put them together, you can join a cooperative mode with your friend to take on the enemy. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

A new pair of games are hitting shelves from Pandasaurus. For those that like abstract puzzles, you can have yourself a look at Mental Blocks. It kind of reminds me of the old Tangrams pieces, but in 3D. For fans of Machi Koro, there's a new version of that game with Machi Koro Legacy. Now, when you build your city, it will stay built.

Two foxes playing in the forest, looking to collect gems. That's a rather nice, lighthearted theme for a game, don't you think? And that's what you'll be doing in Fox in the Forest Duet, a new trick-taking game coming from Renegade Game Studios. This cooperative game has players looking to move around the forest board by playing tricks while not straying too far from the past, lest they get lost. Pre-orders are being taken now.

The Greek gods are dead, killed by a massive cataclysm. The even-more ancient Primordials now look to overrun the world. The only thing in their way are the Argonauts and their 30-foot tall Titans. Will the Argonauts be able to hold the Primordials back? That's what you'll be finding out in Aeon Trespass: Odyssey, a new board game coming to Kickstarter next week.

Whenever there's a rainbow, there's a pot of gold at the end of it. Anyone who's eaten some Lucky Charms knows that. But did you also know that unicorns love to race along the rainbow and dive into the pot of gold? Bet you didn't. But they do, and those in the fairy land know to place bets on the different unicorns. And that's what you'll be doing in Unicorn Fever, a new game coming to Kickstarter from Horrible Games.

Dragons. They're known for causing destruction and they're known for having giant hoards of treasure. It's these reasons that adventurers find themselves going to defeat these huge beasts. But will the adventurers be able to overcome the greed in their own hearts and complete the mission? That's for you to decide in Dragon Hunters, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Haunted houses. Considering the time of year, they're just ramping up. Well, you don't have to wait so long on your tabletops if you'd like to have some spooky fun. WizKids has released Hako Onna (the board game, not the vengeful spirit). Can you get out of the house in time?

Kickstarters are fickle things. Sometimes, the first campaign doesn't go as expected or desired. Or the backers point out something that could be easily fixed. Or a million other things that oculd change the course of the campaign. Sometimes, it's just better to cancel and relaunch. And that's what Grey Fox Games has done with After the Empire.

Actually, the name is a little misleading. Curly Fu is just one of the variants of a tile-flipping game rules set that's up on Kickstarter now. The rules might be the same, but the different skins of the game have different names. Curly Fu is the Detective version. Urashima is the Far-East version. Dark Matter is the horror version. And Spellbreaker is the Cyberpunk version. Whichever you want to go with, you can check them out on Kickstarter.

New board games are coming out all the time. Just look at my posts here. And even then, I'll admit that I can't catch everything, try as I might. Thankfully, there's others out there helping to make sure you know about any and every game worth finding. The first Board Game Book did a good job of that. But, obviously, with more new games available, they needed a new volume. And that's why The Board Game Book Volume 2 is up on Kickstarter now.

What decisions did the designers have to make while coming up with a game? What was their solution to issues? Why did they do what they did? Only by talking to the designers themselves will such answers come out. And that's just what Plaid Hat Games did, sitting down with designer Dan Blanchett about Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein.

When there's a crisis, every moment matters. Time is not on your side, and there's always more to get done than there are people to do it. You need the best people in the right place. In this preview for Pandemic: Rapid Response, the new real-time game coming soon from Z-Man, we get a look at the different specilists that will be looking to save humanity from the different strains of pathogens looking to do us all in.

A classic game in a new form. Relic, the epic sci-fi adventure around the Antian Sector, is now available from WizKids. What's different about the WizKids version? The busts for the figures have been improved. There's also upgraded punchboard and scenario cards. Want to get something a little extra? There's the Deluxe version where the busts are pre-painted for your convenience. You can get your copy now.

A pair of new games are available from Renegade Game Studios today. Time Chasers is a trick-taking game where you can actually go back and change cards you played in a previous trick. That should shake things up a bit. Meanwhile, in Bargain Quest, you open up your own shop, looking to supply all the adventurers in the region with the best gear. You can pick up both now.

Fidget Cubes. One of the runaway hits of early Kickstarter. I've got one on my desk at work and two at home. The creators of the Fidget Cube are back. But this time, it's not some little desk toy to keep your hands occupied. They're making a party game. They have returned to Kickstarter to get Fidget Factory made.

Roses are red.
Roses are blue.
Roses are striped.
Will you be able to corner the market on the best roses and crush the competition?

So, it's not the most romantic of poems, but waddyagonnado? It does explain the concept behind Rare Roses, a new strategy board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

On the planet Celus, sky pirates hunt the dangerous Cresters, looking for valuabe resources. But the skies are filled with such pirates, and why hunte a Crester when you can just steal one from your opponent? In all, it's a balance of those two tasks, as well as actually getting your cargo home, that you must master if you want to succeed in Windward, a new strategy board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Sometimes, classic games get themselves a new publisher and there's a new edition put out. In this case, the classic game is Successors, where players take on the role of Alexander the Great's generals as they fight over his empire, and the publisher is Phalanx. The new edition is up on Kickstarter now.

It's been 10 years. *sniffle* They grow up so fast. Ninja Division/Soda Pop Miniatures has been around for a decade and they're wanting to celebrate with a special-edition Candy miniature that you can order now. They won't be around forever, so get yours now.

Dead of Night. Some people might use that term to describe when I wake up in the morning and start work (been up since 2:30am. No alarm clock required. And no caffeine consumed). But it's also the name of the next expansion coming up for Arkham Horror. As one would expect, there's some new Investigators incoming. In this preview, we get a look at them.

War And Peace.

No, not the classic novel. This time, we're talking about the classic Mark McLaughlin board game all about the Napoleonic Wars. Cover all of Europe with your French armies, or fight back against it. Can you hang on to Europe? Will you head into Russia in October? The new edition of the game is up on Kickstarter now.

"Honesty is the best policy" is a good motto to live by in your everyday life.

When you're sitting down at the gaming table... ... maybe not so much. That's the story behind Honesty Stone, a new abstract strategy board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

What do you get when you combine legendary game designer Richard Garfield with a man who went on Jeopardy and mopped up for show after show? You get Half Truth. It's a trivia game with a difference, as players don't necessarily have to know the answer, but just which ones are hopefully true, placing bets on where they think the right answers are. The game is up on Kickstarter now.


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