To me, Fantasy FlightÃ‚Â and Days of Wonder are two of the best game companies out there; their games are top quality and have great components. I’m definitely looking forward to some recently announced titles.Most exciting to me is Days of Wonder’s BattleLore. This is a light fantasy wargame in the vein of the WWII game Memoir ’44 (and before that, the Civil War game Battle Cry). Each commander has cards that describe what types of orders he can give to units in each area of the map. Some people don’t like this system, saying it is too random (ie, if I want to attack the right flank, I don’t want to wait for a card that tells me I can do it). I felt that way when I first started playing Memoir ’44, but then I made the mental adjustment that it represents the “fog of war”, the lines of communication and so on. In real life you may have the perfect plan but be unable to enact it for one reason or another.
The game is played on a map with modular tiles so many different situations can be set up. It will come with a large number of miniatures. Expansions are planned (of course) with more minis, terrain, and scenarios. They’ve done a great job with Memoir ’44 and this is a great way to expand the mechanic into fantasy.
I’m not sure of the release date for this one.
Fantasy Flight has a page up for their new Marvel Heroes game.
This is not a “collectable” HeroClix-type or a miniatures HeroScope-type game, but a straight up board game. According to the website:
In MARVEL HEROES, 2-4 players each take on the role of a popular super-team straight from the pages of Marvel comics, including such well-known heroes as Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, and the Fantastic Four. Simultaneously, they take the role of an evil Mastermind, whether it’s the Kingpin of Crime, Dr. Doom, the Red Skull, or the mutant terrorist Magneto. They will fight crime and progress their story as super heroes, and work to complete their villainous plans as Masterminds, all competing to be the most successful at both tasks.
The action unfolds in New York City, on an impressively detailed and accurate map depicting Manhattan Island as well as Brooklyn and Queens. Players will respond to dangerous and crimnal events, represented by Headlines, that crop up across the city, sending members of their super hero team to rescue citizens, fight crime, and battle super villains. Meanwhile, the dastardly Masterminds work to their own purposes – and especially to defeat their Nemesis super-team!
The figures look really nice, and I like the mechanic of each player playing both good guys and bad guys (similar to Monsters Menace America). It’s good to see a self-contained superhero game instead of the whole HeroClix thing.
The game is supposed to release in November 2006.