The Weekender: Top 10 Games Dan’s Excited About From Gen Con 2018August 5, 2018
Welcome to The Weekender, where we freestyle a little about what was good, what was bad, or what was notable about last week. This time, Dan’s on about Gen Con!
As we wrap up the last day of Gen Con 2018, we’ve seen (and played) a lot of exciting new games. Here’s a list of the top 10 games I’m excited about coming out of Gen Con!
Number 10: Munchkin Warhammer 40,000
They said it would never happen. Well, I guess now is never. The grim darkness of the 41st millennium is the latest setting for killing monsters, stealing treasure, and stabbing your buddies. Like chocolate syrup and rainbow trout, these are two great tastes that… I’m honestly not sure about this one. But I definitely can’t wait to play it! Link
Number 9: Gen 7
From Plaid Hat Games, makers of Dead of Winter, comes a new and harrowing crossroads game set in on a colony star ship on a multigenerational voyage to a new home world. And just when everything looks like it’s smooth sailing (under the stewardship of the 7th generation) things start to go wrong. Link
Number 8: Tiny Epic Mechs
Another in the fantastic line of ‘Tiny Epic’ games, Tiny Epic Mechs is a futuristic arena combat game coming soon to Kickstarter. I love these entry level games, because they can get people interested in the larger genre. In this case, war games! Also, being a ‘Tiny Epic’ game, it’ll fit in a small messenger bag for on-the-go gaming. Link
Number 7: Cryptid
From Osprey Games, Cryptid is a deduction game where you play as cryptozoologists on the hunt for creepy crawlies. The game is for 2-5 players and only takes about 30 minutes to play. Players work to get clues to be the first to find the critter. There’s an app that works with the game, for finding clues. Link
Number 6: Pandemic 10th Anniversary Edition
Pandemic. You know it. You love it (or hate it). This is the game that started it all. Now with “With new art, a special box, and quality components, this special anniversary edition is a must-have for fans of Pandemic.” It’s even got miniatures! So lovely. Link
Number 5: Adeptus Titanicus
Games Workshop takes us back to a different time (and scale) of warfare with Adeptus Titanicus! An interesting change of pace for the company that has been focusing its efforts on streamlining play and making for faster games, Adeptus Titanicus focuses on slow thoughtful movement and placement for it’s god machines. Link
Number 4: KeyForge: Call of the Archons
A new card game from Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering, but with a serious twist! There’s no deck building. When you buy your deck, it’s guaranteed to be unique. And that mean’s you’ll be the only person on the planet with that deck. How you play and how you win is up to you. I can’t wait for this one. Link
Number 3: Arkham Horror 3rd Edition
While I’ve written about what’s new in Arkham Horror’s 3rd edition, at it’s core it’s still Arkham Horror. As a perennial favorite for my local gaming group, I can’t wait to see how our players enjoy the challenges this new edition of the game brings to the table. Link
Number 2: Welcome To…
A game that feels like it’s going to be a modern classic, Welcome To… is a fun take on the roll-and-write genre, using cards instead of dice where you compete to build a beautiful 1950s suburban utopia that never was. What’s not to like? Link
Number 1: Monsterpocalypse
Two towering monsters duke it out over a doomed cityscape for the advancement of their agenda in a bid to save (or destroy) the world. It plays fast, the minis use that good-good Privateer Press resin, and they’ve streamlined the rules since the first edition of the game. Monsterpocalypse is a fun board game take on the city smashing kaiju genre, complete with rules for engaging and cinematic action. The game is as deep as you want it to be, offering a range of experiences from beer-and-pretzels play, all the way up to an organized tournament scene. Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed! Link
That’s all for now. Until next time, we hope you’ve had a great weekend and remember to get a game in.