In the wake of Gen Con, we got a whole mess of new games to look forward to, and among all the upcoming titles came new editions to some of our favorite games. While new editions can simply mean fixing minor issues, updating rules, or changing up some of the components; sometimes you’ll find elegant modifications that make the game we liked into a game we love. Here are three games that were recently updated that have done their predecessors some real justice.
When we first saw Citadels, it was in a small rectangular box with a stack of cards, a starting player crown token, and a bunch of plastic discs. The 2016 edition comes in a larger square box, still contains the district and character cards and plastic golden discs, but now comes with a nice molded first player crown token. The list does not end there, though. In addition to a beautiful face lift of all the art and overall card design, Asmodee included tiles to help players keep track of which characters are in the game and finally solved the issue where colorblind folks were having difficulty identifying some of the cards with new and improved iconography. It’s still the Citadels we know and love, but has been ultimately updated to the modern standard of tabletop game design.
Sushi Go, as seen on TableTop alongside Roll For It, has also received a rather glorious new edition called Sushi Go Party. In Sushi Go Party, you get all the classic cards from the original with dozens more that you can choose to mix and match in using the new menu building system. The game comes with a small, fold-out board that has a track for keeping points, and slots that help players organize their sushi menu. With the added variety of cards, the experience changes greatly each time you play, and the added board keeps everyone informed. There are a lot of mixed reviews on the larger tin container that the game comes in, but one thing that is difficult to dispute is how simply gorgeous it is.
One of the more highly anticipated games to come out of Gen Con is the Mansions of Madness second edition. While it’s easy to point out all of the revisions made to the components, the most notable difference is the addition of the free app which makes the game 100% cooperative. For those of you who have not played the original, it required that one player take on the role of the evil forces at work and plot against the other players. While this was fun, the addition of the app allows for fully cooperative play with far less error in game setup. The app utilizes moody sound effects and narration, and will even adapt to your playstyle. For those of you who own the original, Fantasy Flight made the effort to make sure you could use all of the figures from the original game.
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