Paul: Absolutely. That’s classic Games News.
Quinns: Well, I dunno if we have to today. I think our top story already sounds like a Dr. Seuss story.
Board game designer Friedemann Friese, who likes to make games that begin with the letter ‘F’, has announced a series of sequels to his title Fabled Fruit. Fear, Fortress and Flee are his three new games in the Fast Forward line, all of which use the Fable system (see below). All of these games are green, because Friedemann likes green games (and has green hair).
Speaking of which, they’ve also announced the first expansion to Fabled Fruit, and you’ll never guess what it adds.
Paul: What does it add?
Which isn’t to say that we always enjoyed ourselves...
Anyone who missed Quinns' review of this disasterpiece can find it right here. In short, this is an absolutely bizarre game. Alternately epic and personal, scary and silly, too generous or too unfair, it's a tremendously hard thing to review. But it's also fascinating to watch. So pull up a pew, get yourself a beverage, and see if this slimy, tentacular box has a place on your shelf.
Quinns: Paul, ask me some questions entirely at random!
Paul: Oh God what now.
Quinns: Also I’ve set up a countdown clock and buzzer!
Don't worry! It's all good news, at least. We never played Gale Force Nine's Firefly board game (that'd be the team behind the innovative but wanting Spurticus tie-in game), because we heard Firefly was still wanting but a little less innovative.
That hasn't stopped the game gathering quite the following, though, with GFN this week announcing three expansions! Firefly: The Game – Kalidasa is a big box offering a new sector of space and a wad of new cards, and the two miniature expansions will add new Fireflies (Fireflii?).
Gen Con was astonishing, by the way. We're going to try and salvage the audio of our live podcast first, then post a huge preview article, and finally release our Gen Con special episode. It's going to be a superb couple of weeks.
SO! Hot on the heels of Fantasy Flight announcing Star Wars: Armada, they've come out with the biggest X-Wing news of the year. We're getting a third faction, to go with the Rebels and Imperials! Scum and Villainy will arrive in a big box full of cards to convert some existing ships to Team Scum, and a suite of old ships with new paint-jobs and brand-new ships will be arriving too.
NOW, our first order of business is to bring "...and then we held hands..." to everyone's attention. This is a print'n'play game jam project that imagines two players as a couple, struggling through a failing relationship. Imagine a heartbreaking Hanabi where instead of managing a firework display, you're navigating the metaphorical fireworks of two lovers arguing in an apartment.
The news this week that sent air whistling through the teeth of seasoned board gamers the world over was the announcement of Dead of Winter, the debut title in a new series of games from Plaid Hat entitled "Crossroads".
You've got two reasons to be excited about this one, so take your pick: Either you can get all giddy because Crossroads games will all be meta-cooperative experiences with players operating in a fragile alliance, or because Plaid Hat have been going from strength to strength recently, and this is an idea they have enough confidence in to create an entire series.