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Join Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Space Odyssey and More in our Weekly Game Roundup!

Join Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Space Odyssey and More in our Weekly Game Roundup!

Welcome back to Geek & Sundry’s weekly recap about the latest gaming news, as well as a few related items that you may enjoy. We don’t always include video game news in this column, but Neil deGrasse Tyson’s‘ Space Odyssey is a project that we find very intriguing. This week is also heavy with expansion news for Pandemic Legacy, Cities of Splendor, and Mansions of Madness, in addition to a board game generator that is surprisingly fun.

Now, let’s get started!

Space Odyssey

Space Odyssey

We’ve finally found a video game franchise that astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson won’t debunk on YouTube…because he’s one of the driving forces behind it! Space Odyssey hit Kickstarter this week with a $314,159 goal to bring a scientifically accurate interstellar adventure to life. Essentially, players are tasked with exploration and terraforming planets with real science as the foundation of the gameplay. Former X-Men writer and Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein is writing the story for Space Odyssey, and it appears to be a very ambitious project.

The Space Odyssey campaign will run  until Saturday, July 29, and you can find out more info at the official Kickstarter page.

Pandemic Legacy

Pandemic Legacy

Ahead of Gen Con, Z-Man Games has revealed that the follow up to Pandemic Legacy is coming later this year. Pandemic Legacy Season 2 will take place seven decades after the events of the first game. Tabletop players will assume control over the last surviving cities as they attempt to contend with plagues, food shortages, and the unknown threats of the mainland. Choices made in early games can also affect the survival of this world in later games, which may add some unique twists to the gameplay. Pandemic Legacy Season 2 will be a standalone release this fall, and Gen Con attendees will be among the first to see a sneak peak of the game.

Cities of Splendor

Cities of Splendor Expansion

Via ICv2, Gen Con will also feature the release of the Cities of Splendor Expansions boxed set, which will include four expansions designed by Splendor creator, Marc Andre. You will need the original Cities of Splendor to play the expansions, but it sounds like they add a lot to the game. The first expansion is The Cities, which lets players vie for control of a city. The Trading Posts expansion adds a new board to the game that depicts the “Route to the Orient,” as players attempt to make the long journey to Asia. The Orient will flesh out that destination by giving players the opportunity to gain new development cards and abilities unique to the region. And finally, The Strongholds will create a new way for players to interact by introducing stronghold pawns, which can be used to conquer development cards.

Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

Streets of Arkham

We’ve got another exciting expansion to talk about this week. Fantasy Flight Games has revealed Streets of Arkham, the upcoming expansion for Mansions of Madness: Second Edition that will take the Lovecraftian horrors out into the city of Arkham itself. There is no safe haven on these streets, but there are additional locations, including Miskatonic University and four new player characters who serve as supernatural investigators and protectors. Perhaps most intriguingly, one of the new characters is a reformed cultist who has turned against the Ancient Ones preying upon this world. Streets of Arkham currently has a projected fourth quarter of 2017 release window.

Hasbro Gaming Crate

Hasbro Gaming Crate

Earlier this year, Hasbro announced plans to enter the gaming subscription box service, and the first two boxes have now been set for release. Subscribers who want the Family Crate will get Mask of the Pharaoh, a board game that incorporates a VR mask and a smartphone app into the game itself as players explore a pyramid. Two additional family games will be included in the initial box. The first is Tricky Wishes, a card game that lets players wish for superpowers, gifts, and world harmony, while attempting to build the highest scoring set of cards. The second game is Leo Goes to the Barber, a memory/matching game that allows players to guide Leo through a jungle and safely make his appointment.

Older gamers may gravitate towards Hasbro’s Party Crate, which is going to include an adults only version of Speak Out inspired by the NSFW comedy of internet sensation Joe Santagato. The second game is Box of Rocks, which is a trivia game that literally pits players against the titular box of rocks. The third game in the Party Crate is Judgmental, which that lets players choose real people from history, celebrities, or even fictional characters before pitting them against each other in ridiculous contests to determine the victor. Both Hasbro gaming crates are expected to ship this August.

Board Game Generator

Game Generator

Finally, there’s a Board Game Generator out of England that’s captured our attention this week. According to a thread on Reddit, it was created at Robert Gordon University to help students create a paper prototype of a board game from scratch. It’s still a pretty amusing distraction, even without the homework!

Which of this week’s gaming stories captured your attention? Let us know in the comment section below!

Image Credits: Solaris Digital Studios/Z-Man Games/Space Cowboys/Asmodee/Fantasy Flight Games/Hasbro 

 

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