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The 18 Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2018 – Part Three

The 18 Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2018 – Part Three

2017 is nearly over yet we’re already we’re looking forward to what comes next. While there’s still plenty of fun to extract from the games we’ve loved this year, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little bit of anticipatory hype. The tabletop editorial team put together a list of 18 tabletop titles, and we’ll be covering them in no particular order throughout the three parts of this series. If you haven’t already, check out the first part of this series here, and the second part here. Without further ado, here are the final six titles on our list that we can’t wait to get our hands on. 

13. The Terminator: The Official Board Game

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Journey back to 1984, when pre-Titanic James Cameron and pre-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up to unleash The Terminator upon the world. The Terminator: The Official Board Game takes its cue from the classic film in this one-versus-all match based on the war between the resistance and the machines.

The asymmetrical game is played across two boards, one in 1984 and the other in 2029, as one player takes on the role of the machines, including Hunter Killer flying machines, Terminator Endoskeletons, and new robots based on the original film’s universe. Meanwhile, the remaining players choose members of the Resistance such as Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese to fight off the rise of machines.

Will you be able to lead the Resistance to victory? Or will the machines rise to prominence and rule humanity? And can you avoid spouting all of the classic Ah-nold lines or humming the iconic theme music when The Terminator hits the table?

14. A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game


Two players do battle as their chosen house in the land of Westeros, squaring off in this miniatures game from CMON. The starter set will feature House Stark against House Lannister, with more factions available in future releases. With veteran designers Eric Lang (Blood Rage, Arcadia Quest) and Michael Shinall (Massive Darkness, Rum & Bones) behind one of geekdom’s favorite lores, A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game has the Hype Train chugging along in full-steam-ahead mode.

Those who’ve played the Warhammer Fantasy system will recognize familiar elements in A Song of Ice and Fire such as alternating activations and movement trays for organizing units. However, it’s not simply a rehash of old mechanisms, as prominent characters from George R.R. Martin’s universe will be available to influence battles from outside of the skirmish; Cersei Lannister, for example, will contribute to the game’s Intrigue System, which replicates much of the political wheeling and dealing that happens throughout the series.

For a closer look at A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our overview and breakdown of the game’s mechanics.

15. The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary

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Rick Grimes and company battle zombies and more in The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary,  a cooperative game based on the AMC television show. Players look to survive as one of the iconic characters from the series, fighting zombies, scavenging for supplies, and sometimes taking on the living as they navigate various scenarios.

Like the show itself, different characters take on leadership roles within the group and No Sanctuary has a mechanism to reflect this fluidity. Players take turns assuming the leader role and makes decisions for the group without discussion; the leader alone suffers penalties if they chose poorly. If the leader makes enough bad decisions, they’ll relinquish control to another in the group.

16. Brass: Lancashire and Brass: Birmingham


The Martin Wallace classic Brass returns as Brass: Lancashire, a shiny new edition from Roxley Games, publishers of Santorini, a runaway success this year that recently made its way onto the shelves of Target. While Brass: Lancashire isn’t geared for non-gamers in the mass market, it should be a big hit with hobbyists.

Featuring new player mats and components as well as rule improvements promising a more balanced game, Brass: Lancashire is set in the industrial age, where players compete as entrepreneurs trying to establish iron, coal, and cotton industries while building a network of connected routes to ship their goods.

Brass has maintained its place in the top 30 games at, after its original release in 2007. Not content to merely reboot Brass: Lancashire, Roxley is also releasing Brass: Birmingham at the same time, a standalone sequel that adds new mechanisms and industry types. Birmingham promises to offer new challenges to veteran Brass players, with different strategies required to exploit changing market demands.

17. Roll Player: Monsters & Minions


Last year’s Roll Player struck a chord with the gaming community, earning praise for its dice-drafting and brain-burning puzzle based on RPG character creation. Roll Player: Monsters & Minions, the first expansion due in 2018, adds elements to the base game (new races, dice, and cards), an option for a fifth player to join the action, and a much-anticipated mechanism: using your character creations to fight monsters and minions.

Game play is the same as the base game, with players rolling and placing dice to create their characters. However, by acquiring new weapons, skills, traits, and scrolls from the market, players now prepare their characters for the fights that lay ahead. Roll Player: Monsters & Minions gives the players the option to fight minions during their turns, culminating with a boss monster at the end. Only those who’ve gained enough experience and the right combination of weapons and characteristics will be able to save their village from its nemesis.

18. Dized

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While Dized isn’t a game per se, it has huge potential to change the way we play. Dized is an app that will streamline game instruction, making it easier and faster to start playing a game. Players simply open Dized on their smart device and jump right into play, using the app’s interactive tutorials to learn while playing or opening its rule look-up feature for further clarification. Additionally, users will be able to connect with each other, setting up meetups and game nights.

With hundreds of new games released every year, Dized should be able to help you play even more of them.

What games are you looking forward to in 2018? Tell us in the comments!

Featured Image Credit: Space Goat Productions

Image credits: Space Goat Productions, Teri Litorco, Cryptozoic, Roxley Games, Thunderworks Games, Playmore Games

Ruel Gaviola is a writer and educator based in Southern California. He loves board games, books, cooking, traveling, date nights with his wife, and Star Wars. He reviews games and reports news for and his name rhymes with Superman’s Kryptonian name. Follow him on Twitter.

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