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Tabletop News! 21/02/20

by GameStart Asia

Ah! It’s nearly the weekend. Time to relax and play some games! But what’s better than that? Making plans to buy new games of course! So without further ado, let’s take a look…

Back to the Future: Back in Time

There seems to be a ton of Back to the Future games heading our way this year. This one looks the best.

From the publisher:

The photo of the McFly family is slowly fading… It’s 1955, and you’re wrapped up in a time paradox with Biff, Lorraine, George, and Doc Brown! Cooperate to move around Hill Valley to get the DeLorean ready, avoid Biff and his gang, help George and Lorraine fall in love, and crank the DeLorean up to 88 MPH — all just in time for the lightning to strike the Clock Tower, sending you back to the future!

In the fully co-operative game Back to the Future: Back in Time, each player takes on the role of a major character from the movie: Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Jennifer Parker, or Einstein the dog. The objective of the game is to have the characters move around 1955 Hill Valley, collecting certain items in an effort to fix Doc’s famous DeLoreon time machine, defeat Biff Tannen and his gang of trouble-making friends while ensuring that Marty’s parents fall in love. Only when that is accomplished can players then accelerate the DeLoreon to 88 MPH down Main Street before the clock tower strikes 10:04 pm!

It will probably turn out lousy but hey, at least it sounds good!

War of the Ring: Kings of Middle-Earth

Four years after the last expansion, we have Kings of Middle-Earth on the horizon. From the looks of things, it’s more of the same but that’s not a bad thing right?

From the publisher:

Years before the War of the Ring, the Dark Lord Sauron tried to bend the will of the kings and rulers of the Free Peoples with subtle machinations. His goal was to turn them into powerless puppets, or at least to weaken them in preparation of his plans for conquest. When the war came, they fought the Dark Lord valiantly, but for some of them, the weakness that Sauron nurtured proved almost fatal.

The role of the rulers of the Free Peoples, and their weaknesses, is the focus of Kings of Middle-earth, the third expansion for War of the Ring. The part they played in the story is greatly expanded, with new figures and rules that bring to life Theodén, Denethor, Daìn, Brand, and Thranduil. Additional rules for siege battles, including siege machine figures, and new units to expand the Shadow Armies are included.


Roll and Write. Flip and Write. What next? Flick and Write. Let’s go!

From the publisher:

You have entered the Sonoran Desert, a place of vast beauty. Technicolour sunsets pop out over vistas revealing deep canyons, trickling tributaries, and ancient pueblo cliff dwellings. Immerse yourself in the secrets of the desert in a flick-and-write game in which cunning and dexterity meet.

In Sonora, players flick wooden discs onto a game board representative of different vibrant landscapes across the Sonoran sands. Each area encompasses a different unique game, so skilful aim is required to play in the region of a player’s choosing and score points on your dry-erase sheet! But watch out for other players eager to bump discs to score points for themselves.

Sounds and looks interesting…

Village Green

Osprey Games always look beautiful and have unique themes and this is no different. A game of pretty gardens and petty grudges. Count us in.

From the publisher:

It’s the first day of spring, and there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind — the Village Green of the Year competition! In just a few months, the judges of this prestigious contest will be visiting, and the village council have finally put you in charge of the preparations. With your newfound authority, you can show those snobs from Lower Aynesmore just what a properly orchestrated floral arrangement looks like!

In Village Green, you are rival gardeners, tasked by your respective communities with arranging flowers, planting trees, commissioning statues, and building ponds. You must place each element carefully as time is tight and the stakes couldn’t be higher! Split your days between acquiring and installing new features for your green and nominating it for one of the competition’s many awards. Will your village green become the local laughing stock, or make the neighbouring villages green with envy?

On our most wanted list. Hitting retail in September of this year.


Not much info on this one but all we can say it looks damn fine. Sci-fi, co-op and a campaign, all the best ingredients for a game.

From the publisher:

The event called the “Leap” happened in the blink of an eye, but changed mankind’s future forever. Earth was mysteriously torn from its orbit by an unknown force – the Sun disappeared from the sky, and a scarlet dwarf star took its place. No one knows how or why did the Leap happen, but one thing seems certain: it was an act of a superior intelligence with an unknown origin and intention.

Transhumanity is a story-driven co-operative campaign game where players use point-to-point movement to explore multiple post-Leap Earths. Each game is based on an open card-drafting mechanism where players may use the drafted cards to either influence the current Earth’s fate or build their own deck to customize and improve their character for the long run. The campaign will gradually unveil the truth behind the Leap and leads to an epic conclusion.

The game is based on an award-winning science fiction novel by Brandon Hackett.

Are you ready to become the next step in human evolution?

Keep an eye out on this one. Due end of the year.

Gorilla Marketing

Party games are usually hit or miss but this one is looking good and most importantly, fun!

From the publisher:

Gorilla Marketing is a party game of naming ridiculous products, movies, companies, bands, college courses, or food trucks! It is played over two rounds: In round 1, you name the thing, and in round 2, you write the advertising tag line for it.

Round 1 starts by each player picking a category and putting it at the top of their booklet. In the movie pack, for example, these categories might be something like Horror or Western. Each turn, pass booklets to the left and roll the dice to form an acronym. Players must use the letters that were rolled and write down the name of a ridiculous movie that fits the acronym and the category of the booklet in front of them. Once your booklet comes back to you, it’s time to use the crazy awards on your card to judge the best answer. Which of these Western movies features the “Closest Close-Up”? The gorillas with winning titles will earn what we’re all after: bananas!

In Round 2, we’re passing booklets around again, using acronyms to write the advertising tag lines for the winning titles from Round 1. The best tag lines will earn MORE BANANAS!

It’s basically Telestrations but…better.

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