I feel like I’ve recently covered a lot of new editions and licensing deals, but my inbox is stacked with announcements along these lines, so let me run through another batch:
This new edition will be titled Expedition: Northwest Passage – HMS Terror Edition and will feature a mini-expansion for the solo game featuring “Hunger and Terror”. Fun!
• U.S. publisher Capstone Games has signed a deal with Italian publisher Cranio Creations to release two recent titles in North America: Rats of Wistar and Anunnaki: Dawn of the Gods, with both games being designed by Simone Luciani and Danilo Sabia. Capstone expects both titles to be available in Q1 2024, and Luciani plans to submit a designer diary about Rats of Wistar sometime between now and then.
• Flat River Group will distribute Hegemony: Lead Your Class to Victory from Vangelis Bagiartakis, Varnavas Timotheou, and Hegemonic Project Games — along with the Crisis & Control and Historic Events expansions — in the United States and Canada as of October 20, 2023.
• At SPIEL Essen 23, Portal Games featured the co-operative deduction game AI Space Puzzle from Katarzyna Cioch, Sylwia Smolińska, Wojciech Wiśniewski, Mateusz Wolski, and Smart Flamingo in its booth — and it plans to release a second edition of the game “with additional surprises” worldwide in Q2 2024. An overview:
AI Space Puzzle includes dozens of scenarios with increasing levels of difficulty, each with new challenges that you must overcome to survive!
• In November 2021, Kids Table BG, the sibling company to Burnt Island Games, signed a distribution deal with Hot Banana Games for distribution of its first release — Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum from Pauline Kong, Haymen Lee, and Marie Wong — and in late 2023 the game has a prominent position in Barnes & Noble bookstores as that company’s game of the year!
Here’s an overview gameplay:
The display at my local Barnes & Noble
The game ends when a specific number of steamers have been purchased or the fate deck is emptied. Final scoring is then calculated. The player with the most “hearty points” wins and leaves the table with the fullest stomach!