It’s no secret that Fantasy Flight Games is probably the most important Ameritrash game company in existence today. They more or less have the market currently cornered, with Steve Jackson games being no real competition, Games Workshop too fixated on their miniature lines, the new Avon Hill deader than Michael Barne’s sex life and Days of Wonder having a release schedule slower than growing grapes. Therefore their upcoming plans should be of interest to all readers of the site (unless you come here for the nude chicks on bikes found in the secret section.)
These plans for 2007 were just announced by the company, though I nearly missed them due to this mornings ‘days of our geek’ events. So let’s take a look at the rest of this years schedule:
You can find the press release list here:
BEOWULF THE MOVIE BOARDGAME
Now this one is an interesting addition, considering FFG released a Beowulf game not so long ago. This one is based on the upcoming 3D animated film, so hopefully will be a tad more thematic than Knizia’s rather dry previous offering. Still, it’s interesting that they went for this title considering it could cause some product line confusion. The blurb has very little on game play so what it will consist of is anyone’s guess.
STARCRAFT: THE BOARD GAME
We already knew about this one. Next!
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: THE ADVENTURE GAME
Ok, what the hell?
Now I realize WoW must be a massive cash cow for FFG (or anyone for that matter), but seriously, I already have a WoW game where I can play one of 9 classes and 8 exotic races, and you guys were the ones who sold that to me in the first place! So apart from a budget version of a game I already own, what else does this game offer me? Based on the description given, game play which sounds exactly like Runebound!
Even the title sucks. “The Adventure Game”? Well what was the other one, the misadventure game?
It may be early, but so far it seems like the FFG crew may need to take a journey down into a well of creativity and bring back a few extra buckets full!
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: THE BOARD GAME, THE BURNING CRUSADE EXPANSION
Umm, which board game was this an expansion to again?
I’m actually quite looking forward to this one; I’ve heard rumors that this one mixes up the game play quite a bit and the main game does feel like it could do with another expansion or two to flesh it out more.
COLD WAR: CIA VS. KGB
It’s a different topic to the norm, so it should be one to watch out for. I have a feeling I read somewhere it’s a card game made by a third party, but I could be wrong. Anyway I’ll keep my eye on it.
I was a playtester for this so am under an NDA and therefore can’t comment.
I will say though that since it seems Doom: the boardgame has been finished with, where the hell is my siege of the citadel / Blood berets reprint?
A GAME OF THRONES: FIVE KINGS EDITION
I don’t play CCGs and the last thing my wallet needs is for me to play CCGs. Still if you do play I’m sure you’ll be happy with this.
SOME ROLEPLAYING CRAP
A couple of roleplaying games got announced. I keep my roleplaying to the bedroom, but I’m certain smelly dungeon master dorks all over are rejoicing at these releases.
I kid! I kid! I kid because I love! Now put that D20 down please…
WINGS OF WAR: DAWN OF WAR
I wouldn’t mind trying this game out but the release of it seems a mess, and I couldn’t work heads or tails of it out. Apart from that it looks fun, especially if you use the new 3D planes. I wonder if you can combine this with Tide of Iron to make one mega game?
RUNEBOUND: MORE DECKS & 4th BIG BOX
As everyone knows I’m a runebound junkie, but even I’m starting to question if I need even more market items!
I was expecting more class decks next, but I guess there are no plans to expand on those.
I am excited for another big boxed adventure, you can never have enough of those, but I do wish that they would do some expansions for the existing ones. Yes I know, I’m asking for an expansion of the expansions!
DESCENT: ROAD TO LEGEND
I’m a playtester for this so I can’t comment on it.
Good to see there are plans for a fourth expansion though. Stick that up your ass dungeonquest fanboys.
WORLD TANK CAMPAIGNS
Another game which was already announced.
TIDE OF IRON: DAYS OF THE FOX
Will this mark the first expansion that is released before it’s main game?
Interesting choice for a first expansion, guess they wanted to cover ground that Memoir ’44 didn’t. Bit disappointed there are no Italians though.
So there you have it. Overall I have to say I’m rather disappointed – I already knew about most of the expansions and the few new games that were announced seem to be retreads of other stuff. The 2006 lineup just seemed a lot more ‘fresh’.
Or maybe I’m just becoming a jaded ATer and need to get back into Euros?