GenCon is two weeks away, so I compiled a list of the things I will not miss! It’s kinda giant though so I’ll understand if you skim it! I can’t imagine I’ll have time for all of this, but I’m going to try! I’ll follow up my time at Indy with a video top 10.
Because of the nature of GenCon I would imagine FFG will have very cool stuff not listed here that they have not yet announced. I didn’t link to the Haba/r&r type kids stuff but I’m sure those are worth a look or two.
Fief: France 1429: This is a classic game in France getting a big fancy update for the states! Made a heck of a lot of money on kickstarter.
Doomtown Reloaded: This is the LCG remake of this immensely popular game. It’s a territory control game with a poker feel.
Consequential: I do not have words to explain the interest this game holds for me. It has world-building aspects, a companion app that is required and the base game comes with 4 acts. This could be the next iteration of technology mixed with legacy-style gaming. I originally tried to kickstart this project before they held it back to further design work.
Abyss: This is power-grabbing card/draft game with amazing art!!
The Witcher Adventure Game: This is based on the books/games/comics and retold through a game by Ignacy Trzewiczek This is story-telling with asymmetrical character-driven decisions.
Five Tribes: This is Days of Wonder trying to break into the heavier space of gaming. This is worker manipulation? You move your tribe around a bit, so you don’t remove them like regular worker placement. I couldn’t be more excited about this one.
40K Conquest: This is the next in the LCG line to follow up the Star Wars card game. Players will battle (somewhat brutally) over planets until they can claim the prize! Yeah, I know that this is only going to appeal to a certain demographic, but I’m excited none the less.
Epic Resort: fun-looking casual worker placement game about running a resort. I missed the Kickstarter for this one, but Ben Harkins(the designer) is one smart cookie. Cannot wait to see it in person.
Nautilus Industries: Beautifully designed with a very unique market system. Supposedly works well even with two players. Yay stocks!
Argent the Consortium: I wanna be a wizard! Very unique worker placement game. Opponent’s abilities are changing constantly. Do want.
Chaosmos: This space game looks mean and fun. You drop cards off around the universe as you hop from planet to planet.
Imperial Settlers: This is one I have ordered for pickup. This is the farming/pillaging take on the 51st State Engine from Portal Games.
Panamax: Very heavy, lots of actions. Shipping. Dice that aren’t rolled. Yesssssssss
Temporum: Time jumping game from Rio Grande. Almost no advertisement… so I guess I’ll just see it for myself.
Operation FAUST: Lets all hide precious art from the Nazis, and each other!
Dead of Winter: This is the first of Plaid Hats’ new series. It is a “meta cooperative” and that term is not my favorite thing… but the game couldn’t look cooler.