Episode 41

Tabletop Gaming News

Spiel des Jahres nominees

Spiel des Jahres jury chairman Harald Schrapers and Kinderspiel des Jahres chairman Christoph Schlewinski announced the nominees and other recommended titles during a live broadcast on Facebook, with these three titles being nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021:

• The Adventures of Robin Hood, by Michael Menzel and KOSMOS
• MicroMacro: Crime City, by Johannes Sich and Edition Spielwiese
• Zombie Teenz Evolution, by Annick Lobet and Le Scorpion Masqué 

Aside from these nominations, the SdJ jury recommended the following five titles: Biss 20, Chakra, Point Salad, Switch & Signal, and The Key: Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land, the latter two of which also happen to be co-operative.


Micro Macro pt2

Spiel des Jahres nominee, Micro Macro Crime City will soon be having a sequel. 

According to the game’s distributor/co-publisher, Pegasus Spiele, Micro Macro Full House,  A release of August 2021 is expected and will contain 16 more cases for you to solve, with these cases being "more complex, sophisticated and, of course, a bit more criminal". This release will also mark each case with symbols so that parents can decide which cases young players are cleared to research, which is a brand new feature for the series.

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New Transformers TCG

Renegade Games have announced a new Trading Card Game for Transformers.

The Transformers Deck-Building Game is for1-5 players and can be played cooperatively or competitively. The Core Set will begin your collection with everything you needto play, but the battle is far from over, as playable Decepticons will be along soon to expand your game and offer new possibilities!

Players take on the roles of one of the mighty Autobots! Begin by exploring the Matrix, transforming between your bot and alternate mode as you gain allies, find relics, and acquire technology to do battle with the evil Decepticons. But be warned! As your deck grows, more powerful Decepticons will rise up to challenge you. 


Pre-orders are available now on the Renegade Games webstore and will come with the Transformers Deck-Building Game Bonus Pack #1, featuring the popular Autobot Jazz as a playable character, plus 4 additional promos for you to face as you travel through the Matrix. The Transformers: Deck-Building Game is set to be released in August at a retail price of $45 (£31)

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Disney's It's a Small World

This week, Funko Games announced a collaboration with Disney as they're releasing the It's A Small World Board Game. This is based on the iconic Disneyland theme park attraction that's been an everpresent since the early years of the park. Funko Games has taken the classic ride and transformed it into a board game that will have you travelling through the different locations around the world, by using cards that match up with wherever you're headed. They have gone to great lengths to recreate what feels like an appropriate representation of the ride while making something that feels fun and is easy to grasp for children and for adults who are still young at heart.

The game is for 2-6 players and for ages 4+. The game will initially be released at Disneland resorts and Disney Stores and then a general release on July 1st, 2021 for $25. 

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Retro Replacements

Boyzie's Selection

Monopoly (1933)
Replaced by
Brass Lancashire

Designed By Martin Wallace      

Published by Roxley, Warfrog Games

2 - 4 Players             60 - 120mins              Age 14+

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Heroquest (1989)
Replaced by
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Designed By Isaac Childres      

Published by Cephalofair Games

1 - 4 Players             30 - 120 mins          Age 14+

Magic the Gathering (1993)
Replaced by
Magic the Gathering

Designed By Richard Garfield      

Published by Wizards of the Coast

2 - 4 Players               30 - 60mins               Age 13+

Risk (1959)
Replaced by
Star Wars Rebellion

Designed By Corey Konieczka     

Published by Fantasy Flight Games

2 - 4 Players            180 - 240mins             Age 14+


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Game of Life (1960)
Replaced by
Camel Up

Designed By Steffen Bogen 

Published by Eggert Spiel

2 - 8 Players                 20 - 30mins               Age 8+


Rob's Selection

Pictionary (1985)
Replaced by
A Fake Artist Goes to NY

Designed By Jun Sasaski      

Published by Competo

5 - 10 Players                  10 -20 mins             Age 8+

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Kerplunk (1967)
Replaced by
Potion Explosion

Designed By Stefano Castelli, Andrea Crespi, Lorenzo Silva      

Published by Horrible games and CMON

2 - 4 Players               30 - 45 mins              Age 8+

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Dungeons & Dragons (1974)
Replaced by
Lasers and Feelings

Designed By John Harper      

Published by Itch-io

3 - 6 Players                  2 - 4 hrs                  Age 14+

Draughts (1150?)
Replaced by

Designed By Trevor Benjamin, David Thompson      

Published by Alderac Entertainment Games

2 - 4 Players                  30 mins                   Age 14+

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Escape from Colditz (1973)
Replaced by
Magic Maze

Designed By Kasper Lapp      

Published by Sit Down!

1 - 8 Players                  15mins                   Age 8+

Peter's Selection

Buckaroo (1970)
Replaced by
Junk Art

Designed By Jay Cormier, Sen-Foong Lim      

Published by Pretzel Games

2 - 6 Players                   30mins                   Age 8+

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Cluedo (1949)
Replaced by

Designed By Oleksandr Nevskiy, Oleg Sidorenko      

Published by Libellud

2 - 7 Players                    42 mins              Age 10+

Uno (1971)
Replaced by
Heul Doch. Mau Mau!

Designed By Leo Colovini      

Published by Ravensburger

3 - 6 Players                    15 - 25mins                   Age 8+

Mastermind (1971)
Replaced by

Designed By Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance     

Published by Scorpion Masque

3 - 8 Players                  15 - 45mins                   Age 12 +

Battleship (1931)
Replaced by
Captain Sonar

Designed By Roberto Fraga, Yohan Lemonnier     

Published by Matagot

2 - 8 Players                 45 -60 mins                    Age 14+

Jacko's Selection

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Hungry Hungry Hippos (1978)
Replaced by
Klask 4

Designed By Mikkel Bertelsen      

Published by Competo

4 Players                      10mins                    Age 8+

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Connect 4 (1974)
Replaced by

Designed By Andy Hopwood      

Published by XV Games

2 Players                       10mins                    Age 6+

Diplomacy (1959)
Replaced by
Twilight Imperium 4

Designed By Dane Beltrami, Corey Konieczka,

Christian T. Petersen      

Published by Fantasy Flight Games

3 - 6 Players             240 - 480mins                Age 14+

Jenga (1983)
Replaced by
Rhino Hero

Designed By Scott Frisco, Steven Strumpfg       

Published by Haba

2 - 5 Players             5 - 15 mins                   Age 5+

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Scotland Yard (1983)
Replaced by
Specter Ops

Designed By Emerson Matsuuchi       

Published by Plaid Hat Games

2 - 5 Players          60 - 120mins                   Age 13+

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Kickstarter Kickaround

Ironsworn: Starforged


The sci-fi evolution of the award-winning tabletop roleplaying game. Supports solo, co-op, and guided play!

In Ironsworn: Starforged you are a spaceborne adventurer sworn to undertake perilous quests. You will explore uncharted sectors, unravel the secrets of a mysterious galaxy, and build bonds with those you meet in your travels. Most importantly, you will swear iron vows and see them fulfilled—no matter the cost.

Starforged is a standalone follow-up to the Ironsworn tabletop roleplaying game. Experience with Ironsworn is not required to play. Starforged builds on Ironsworn's award-winning innovations (including its famed solo play!) to chart a path into an exciting new frontier.

Designed by Shawn Tomkin


Published by Tomkin Press

1 + players                      30 + mins                        12? yrs +

KS Ends:- Thursday May 27, 2021

Dice Theme Park - The sequel to Dice Hospital!


The dice are your park visitors! Build attractions, hire staff & mascots. Get huge scoring combos with a novel dice cascade mechanic!

Build and manage your own theme park in Dice Theme Park, where the dice are your visitors and you are working to ensure your visitors have the most fun!

But you’re not the only park in town, as other Dice Theme Parks are appearing nearby so you’ll be competing for visitors, attractions, and even mascots, all whilst solving your own unique puzzle of how to maximize the enjoyment of each the dice shaped customers that visit your theme park.

Will you build the most attractive attractions around or will your efforts have your visitors going elsewhere?

Designed by Daryl Andrews, Adrian Adamescu

Published by Needy Cat Games

1 -4 players                    75 - 90 mins                     14 years +

KS ends:- Thurs, May 20, 2021

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