Five most anticipated board games for fall/winter 2012
As we approach the end of the year, there are a bunch of interesting-looking board games that are scheduled to come out soon. I decided that I would compile a list of my five most anticipated board games for fall/winter 2012. If you think that I’m completely off base (or even if you agree) leave a comment below and let me know what you’re looking forward to! Mine is a pretty cliché list, I’m afraid, but I’m excited about what I’m excited about. I can’t promise I will get to buy all of these mind you (Though I would love to!), but we can all dream.
Mice and Mystics – Mice and Mystics from designer Jerry Hawthorne and publisher Plaid Hat Games is an adventure game following a group of mice as they go a-dungeon crawling and try to survive attacks by a giant cat (well, giant if you’re a mouse) and other mouse-sized dangers. Mice and Mystics is currently due out in late September (I think September 20 is the date I heard) and it looks to have great production values, an interesting theme, and the promise of simplified dungeon crawling that should help me get it to the table more often.
Android: Netrunner – I’ve written some about the relaunch of the classic (if not terribly commercially successfully, judging by the length of its run) Netrunner collectible card game brought back to live as a Living Card Game from Fantasy Flight Games. I have to admit that the whole LCG movement is about the best thing ever for me. I love CCGs, but I refuse to get caught up in the money sink of them, which means that I often just don’t get to play them. Android: Netrunner look like it keeps the asymmetrical design of its predecessor and the early buzz from the people that got to play it at Gencon is very good.
Star Wars: X-wing Miniatures Game – I feel like I shouldn’t be that excited for the X-wing Miniatures Game, especially since it doesn’t come with a whole ton of options out of the box, but I have a hard time resisting the nice-looking Star Wars ship sculpts and the rule system looks pretty solid under the hood. My biggest problem with the X-wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games is going to be avoiding the temptation to buy all the expansion ships to have a complete set, especially since there is zero chance I will ever play it competitively (I’ll just want enough to get a good selection).
Dreadball – Yeah, I know that I know almost nothing about Mantic Games’ sci-fi soccer game, but something about the genre of ‘fantasy sports’, such as they are, really speaks to me and I love the design of the figures in Dreadball. It’s a slick looking production and it will give me the excuse to break out the paints or feel horribly guilty for buying more plastic that I will never get painted. The aesthetic of the game is likely too much for me to not be interested.
Leviathans – This one is a bit of a cheat because it is already past its street date, but I’ve been keeping track of Catalyst Games’Leviathans basically since it was announced (which was a long time ago, it had some production problems along the way, to put it mildly). I dig the whole steampunk vibe, but I also really appreciate that Leviathans is a miniatures game that comes with figures painted well enough that I would likely never feel the urge to do anything else with them.
So, what are you looking forward to that is due out this year? Talk about it in the comments! If you’re done reading this article, why don’t you check out the Related Posts below, look at the recent articles in the sidebar, or go to a random post on Futile Position?