Episode 123 – The BGG Hotness (Origins Edition)

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In this week’s episode, we look back at the games of Origins Game Fair 2017. We highlight 15 different games that were hot this year, including several that released at the game fair, and several more that will be releasing over the summer and at Gen Con in August. It was our second Origins Game Fair, and you could feel the 12% growth – it was bigger, and the booths were hit much harder on Saturday than in past years. You can read Anthony’s full review of the con here for some of the highlights.

Question of the Week

In honor of Ice Cool’s recent win of the Kinderspiel des Jahres, we asked the listeners what their favorite dexterity games are. We got a range of answers across several different types of games, and Anthony shares his recent (and continuing) love for Pretzel Games.

Acquisition Disorders

Anthony starts things off by discussing Ex Libris, a new game coming from Renegade Games this fall in which players take on the roles of fantasy gnome librarians attempting to become the next Grand Librarian by building up the biggest and best collection of books.

Chris then dives into the fantasy retheming of Betrayal at House on the Hill with Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate. Releasing soon, this new take on the classic friend turned foe, RNG adventure simulator promises to reenvision the game in a Dungeons and Dragons skin – we’re excited to see how it plays out.

At the Table

At the table this week, the guys played A LOT of new games at Origins. While there are plenty of reviews still to come in future episodes and on YouTube, you can listen to their reviews of Ethnos and Lisboa now. Anthony dives into the fantasy set collection and area control gateway game from CMON, Ethnos, giving his thoughts on the artwork and gameplay style the game has brought to the table. Chris then dives into Lisboa – the newest epic euro from Vital Lacerda. Releasing from Eagle Gryphon Games this summer and fall, Lisboa is as massive and thematic as his other recent releases, but with a few new twists.

Feature: Hotness Review (Origins Edition)

Finally, we dig into 15 of the hottest games that were previewed or released at Origins this year. These games, while not all available for purchase were on full display for attendees to play, and we had a chance to take a look at almost all of them with hands on time. Here are the 15 games you should be keeping an eye out for this summer:

  • Century Spice Road
  • Lisboa
  • Sword & Sorcery
  • Spoils of War
  • Attack on Titan: The Last Stand
  • Word Slam
  • Flatline
  • Flipships
  • Unearth
  • 878 Vikings
  • The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire
  • Codenames: Duet
  • Barenpark
  • The Lost Expedition
  • Arena: For the Gods!

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Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.