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Stranded here on Earth, the aliens are slowly trying to get fuel for their ship. In the meantime, tensions are high as they're restricted to a certain area. But how will humans and aliens continue to get along? That's for you to figure out in the District 9 board game from Weta Workshop that's up on Kickstarter now.

If you had the ability to terraform a planet, how would you make it look? Tons of forests? Giant oceans? Rolling plains? Soaring mountains? Well, in Myraclia, you get to create your own planet. Well, not just your own. Others are looking to create their own paradise as well. But, in the end, only one's vision of the planet will be achieved. This new terraforming game is up on Kickstarter now.

Do you look around at civilization and go, "pfft, I could do better"? Well, now's your chance to prove it in Hadara. Will you focus on war? Religion? Philosophy? The Arts? Probably a bit of all of the above in some form. In this article, Z-Man Games takes a dive into Hadara and shows of just how building your own civilization works.

You ever have that dream where you're in school and you're taking a test and you don't even know what class you're in? That's not 100% what's going on in Dungeon Academy, but you are in school and you are taking a test. But this isn't some Scantron-thing. Nope. You've got to traverse your way through a real dungeon. Will you graduate with top honors?

Zombicide 2nd Edition is coming to Kickstarter very soon. But where did it all begin? I actually remember being here on TGN when that first campaign launched. Back then, we weren't 100% sure how we were going to do coverage for these new-fangled "crowd funding" things. Different times, for sure. In this first part of the series, CMON looks back at the first 3 seasons of Zombicide and how the game changed during that time.

Ancient Greece. It was a hotbed of new ideas and ways of thinking, with many philosophers coming into their own whose names would go down with history. Philosophia, a new sandbox board game up on Kickstarter, takes you to that ancient time and asks you how you would spread your new ideas around the region.

She's got a ticket to ride... and he's got a ticket to ride... and they've got a ticket to ride. And they all care. I don't blame them, Ticket to Ride is a great game, and soon, a new pair of maps will be available as Days of Wonder has announced Ticket to Ride: Japan. Of course, since the board has two sides, it's not just Japan that gets featured, but also Italy. The Japanese map introduces bullet train routes, while Italy includes ferry routes. Have a look.

A corrupt Emperor, pitting his people against one-another. An exiled hero, whom the populace hopes makes a return soon. Demons, bound after an ancient war, trying to re-enter our world. That's what awaits you in Yohei, a new skirmish game coming to Kickstarter next week from Draco Ideas and Eclipse Editorial.

In the distant future, humanity has spread out into the solar system in search of resources. On Titan, Saturn's largest moon, they've hit the jackpot. Now, companies are sending out teams to extract all manner of material. Setting up those facilities and connecting them together is your goal in Titan, a new game from Holy Grail Games coming to kickstarter next week.

So, you've worked hard and created your new recreation of Dr. Frankenstein's monster. But so have some of your competition. So, who decides which one's the best? That's where the scoring comes in when you're playing Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein. And it's just what we get a look at here in this preview.

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.

 

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