Gen Con News – If I had the cash to be at Gen Con 2014, I’d look at…


Gen Con News – If I had the cash to be at Gen Con 2014, I’d look at…

I’ve been following the goings on at Gen Con 2014 and I watched a number of BGG broadcasts showcasing new games. I also looked at the BGG new release list.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there are only a handful of new games that I really think are interesting.


X-Files from IDW Games and Pandasaurus Games

From BGG – As a long time fan of the TV show, I’m pretty interested in this game. It sounds like they’ve got loads of references to the show. Hopefully it has the feel of the episodes.

In The X-Files, players take on the role of Mulder, Scully, and the X-Files team as they work to uncover global conspiracies and threats while going up against various members of the Syndicate. In game terms, 1-4 agent players team up against one opponent who controls the Smoking Man and his nefarious network.

The X-Files board game will focus on material from the first three seasons of the television series, giving fans a chance to start from the beginning of the phenomenon.


 Dead of Winter from Plaid Hat Games

Yes, there are far too many zombies games around. But this one stands out as something different and much more about the characters. Sounds fun.

From BGG – Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, the first game in this series, puts 2-5 players in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity is either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.

Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means players are working together toward one common victory condition — but for each individual player to achieve victory, he must also complete his personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that’s fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or (worst of all) vengeance against the colony! Certain games could end with all players winning, some winning and some losing, or all players losing. Work toward the group’s goal, but don’t get walked all over by a loudmouth who’s looking out only for his own interests!

Dead of Winter is an experience that can be accomplished only through the medium of tabletop games. It’s a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. The survivors are all dealing with their own psychological imperatives, but must still find a way to work together to fight off outside threats, resolve crises, find food and supplies, and keep the colony’s morale up.

Dead of Winter has players making frequent, difficult, heavily- thematic, wildly-varying decisions that often have them deciding between what is best for the colony and what is best for themselves.


Sentinel Tactics from Greater Than Games

I enjoy Sentinels of the Multiverse and a game with minis based on it sounds great.

From BGG –Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom is a tactical combat game that uses a hex grid map to represent terrain. Each player controls one or more heroes or villains, each of which has unique powers. Combat is based on the rolling of six-sided dice. Whereas Sentinels of the Multiverse is a fully cooperative game,Sentinel Tactics is a team-based game. Groups of players will cooperate against either a villain player or against another team of players, so while the game is competitive, cooperation and teamwork are still vital to the gameplay.

Samurai Spirit from FunForge

Seems fun and very silly but could be fun.

From BGG –

Samurai Spirit is a co-operative game in which each player is a fierce samurai defending a village surrounded by a horde of bandits. The game plays out over three turns during which each player takes turns drawing bandit cards, then choosing whether they want to fight the bandit, defend the village, or let the bandit pass in order to help the other samurai.

The challenge of the game consists of balancing your choices: Should you fight each enemy to quickly reach your beast capacities, while also coming closer to the death and risking further loss by not defending the village sufficiently? Should you mainly defend or help the other samurai, taking the risk of remaining human too long and therefore weaker, when you know that weakness will be a major problem when facing the lieutenant and the villain bosses? Each enemy presents a tough choice to you, your team, and ultimately the whole village! Each turn ends with farms and fences being destroyed, and since those aren’t unlimited, you must do what’s necessary to end the game with at least one undamaged farm and enough farmers to tend it. Do you have what it takes to stand against evil and become a true hero?

Fight with courage, smartly assist your teammates, defend the poor villagers, turn into a savage beast, and wreak havoc on the enemy lines — all of this is up to you! Ultimately it would be your honor to chose to die in a ultimate sacrifice in order to save the village. All of this is what makes the true samurai spirit!


1944: Race to the Rhine from Phalanx Games

Not totally convinced about this one as its not really a war game but maybe…

1944 Race to the Rhine is a new game experience. You can’t win this game without proper planning. Your tanks need gas to move and ammo to fight. But don’t forget to feed your GIs. So what would be your transport priority?

Will you follow General Patton’s strategy to discard ammo in order to bring additional fuel barrels along to move boldly forward? Would you risk your prestige and gamble on Market-Garden as Field Marshal Montgomery did? Would you cross the Rhine more quickly than General Bradley did, with the help of your hard work and a little luck?


War Stories: Liberty Road from Conquistador Games

Tactical war game with what sounds like a good simplified system with a good level of detail. However, I’m not thrilled about the art so maybe…

From BGG – War Stories combines the best of miniature gaming with the best of board gaming to create a fast-playing, rewardingly deep tactical battle system with wooden blocks — and optional museum-quality vehicle miniatures. Easy to learn for the casual gamer and difficult to master for the die hard wargamer, pushing infantry and gorgeous tanks around the board has never been this much fun! Liberty Road, the second entry in the War Stories series, features twenty scenarios chronicling the liberation of Europe by the Western Allies during World War II — from the beaches of Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge — Liberty Road puts glorious Shermans, Panthers, King Tigers and many more high-quality pre-painted miniatures at your disposal to achieve your objectives and outfight your opponent.

2 thoughts on “Gen Con News – If I had the cash to be at Gen Con 2014, I’d look at…”

  1. Yikes — two war games; one with very little war in it, and the other with a block vs. miniatures identity complex. o_O Well, forewarned is forearmed…

    The samurai game sounds interesting; it seems to allow solitaire play also. Classic 11th-16th century Emakimono artwork would have set the samurai mood perfectly, but the Anime-style comic book art just doesn’t do it for me. :/

    Thanks for the great previews!


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