Board Games to look for in 2019!

It’s a new year and with that it means a new line up of great board games to look forward to.  Many of these were announced last year but won’t see the shelf til some point this year.  While there are probably hundreds of new games that will release this year, I’ve narrowed it down to a few I’m looking forward to.

What games are you looking forward to?

The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth

By: Fantasy Flight Games

This fully cooperative, app supported, game for 1 – 5 players takes you to iconic Middle Earth.  Each adventures plays out as part of a larger campaign as you explore the vast and dynamic landscape.  This game was just announced so not much is known.

The board will develop much like in Mansion of Madness being unveiled as you play.  Challenges are diceless, using cards in a similar manner to Gloomhaven.  And like many Fantasy Flight Games it comes with a bunch of beautiful miniatures!  I’m a fan of all these aspects and can’t wait to learn more.  Journeys in Middle-earth is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2019.

 

Cthulhu Death May Die

By: Cool Mini or Not

This game comes to us through Kickstarter, which we’ve backed!  Based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and set in the 1920s players take on the role of investigators working together trying to stop the coming of Elder Gods.  This is a very common theme among Cthulhu games and has many mechanics that will feel familiar to fans of the genre.

Each scenario plays out in two acts.  Before and after the Elder God is summoned.  Each scenario is stand alone and do not need to be played with the same group or in any order.  As with most CMoN games it comes with a miniatures, which if you jumped on the Kickstarter could include a 22″ tall Cthulhu figure that is the board for the final act!

Wingspan

By: Stonemaier Games

Wingspan is a competitive, card driven, engine building game.  You pay a bird enthusiast seeking to attract the best bird to your wildlife preserves.

The components for the game are top notch with a bird house dice tower and tray for all the various eggs and food tokens you’ll need to attract your birds.  Although the theme might not sound that appealing, this is a company with a solid track record of delivering great games and I’m sure Wingspan will be no different.

 

Reavers of Midgard

by: Grey Fox Games

This game is a single worker placement game with elements of set collection, dice combat and engine building set in the Champions of Midgard universe.  This is another game we’ve Kickstarted.  In this game you’ll be seeking to gain glory by raiding nearby villages for their riches, sacking well-fortified castles and battling both man and monster on the open seas.

In addition to your Viking warriors they introduce Reavers!  Reavers can be used in three different ways. They can be made your ship’s leader, earning you a one-time bonus and enabling your warriors to be more versatile in combat. They can also be used to rally more warriors to your cause, filling your ship to the brim with the right fighters for the right situations. Finally, they can also be used to help your crew specialize, earning you a bonus every time your crew sails into battle.

Grind House

by: Everything Epic Games

You receive an invitation to take part in a mysterious contest at the “Grind House” but quickly find yourself locked inside having to play sadistic games in hopes of survival.  Grind House is a narrative horror game for 2-6 players. Survival is the ultimate goal, but each player plays a classic archetype with a secret motive.

For those unfortunate souls who do perish in the house, the game is not over. Players may return as ghosts to haunt the remaining survivors as they try to make it through the Grind House unscathed. After exploring all 5 randomized rooms in the house, any survivors left total up their score to determine the winner.

Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef

By: Druid City Games

Tidal Blades is another game we’ve kickstarted, each player takes the role of a young hero competing in a 5 day tournament to be named a Tidal Blade.  The game uses card drafting, worker placement, and dice rolling for various aspects.

Each day you will send your hero to take actions on the different Locations and to undertake Challenges. Each action will gain you the resource or effect listed on the action space as well as the Location bonus. At the Arenas you may then attempt a Challenge that matches your Location, and at the Fold you may battle a monster. Completing Challenges and fighting monsters will advance your character in the four traits of Focus, Spirit, Resilience and Synergy.  At the end of 5 rounds you’ll score points based on the Challenges they have completed, the level of each of their Traits, their standing on the Champions Board, and the monsters they have fought.

 

 

Honorable Mentions

These are games I’m looking forward to but as of yet details are slim.

Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated 

By Renegade Game Studio

Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage

By: Nice Game Publishing

Machi Koro Legacy

By: Pandasaurus Games

Detective L.A. Crimes

By: Portal Games

 

 

Chris Duffield
Chris has been working in the comic and gaming industry for more than ten years and is an owner of Heroes' Beacon. He enjoys reading comics, playing board games, painting and playing miniature war games.