Games Industry News for January 19th

Here are this week’s news stories and announcements.

New Kickstarters

  • John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game from Modiphius

John Carter of Mars – Adventures on The Dying World of Barsoom is a planetary romance tabletop role-playing game. Using a pulp-action inspired narrative variant of Modiphius’ 2d20 system, Momentum, John Carter of Mars allows players to take the role of various adventurers and heroes as they travel, battle, and romance their way across the wondrous and dangerous world known to its natives as Barsoom.

  • HATE by Cool Mini or Not

Based on the “Chronicles of HATE” graphic novel by acclaimed artist Adrian Smith, HATE is a board game of brutal combat and conquest in a desolate world of savage warriors.

New Stuff

  • Yellow & Yangtze, the sister game to Tigris & Euphrates, from Grail Games

Grail Games will be releasing the sequel to the modern classic Tigris & Euphrates in 2018. The period of the Warring States (475-221 BC) describes a time of endless wars between seven rival states Qin, Chu, Qi, Yan, Han, Wei, and Zhao. Yellow & Yangtze invites you to replay this eventful period and to lead your dynasty to victory.

  • Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road from Grail Games

The core mechanism of Kashgar could be called “open deck-building”. Players trade different spices that are coming over the silk road from Asia to Europe, with each player controlling three caravans.

  • Stephenson’s Rocket from Grail Games

In Stephenson’s Rocket, players take on the role of rail barons in 1830s England. By investing in the various new rail lines, transporting passengers, and building up the local industries, players will vie for the honor of becoming the most prestigious rail baron in the early days of the steam locomotive.


  • Relics Are Unearthed in Elder Sign: Omens of the Pharaoh Expansion from Fantasy Flight Games

In Omens of the Pharaoh, an expansion for Elder Sign, the ancient despot, Nephren-Ka, seeks to return to his terrible reign over the land of Egypt and beyond. The Dark Pharaoh’s past deeds were so unspeakably horrendous that the survivors of his regime have tried to purge human history of any records of his rule. Mysterious Relics filled with eldritch power are among the only clues that the investigators have found in their search to stop Nephren-Ka. Will these artifacts be enough to keep these otherworldly threats at bay?

  • Coming February: Fairy Tale from Iello Games

Welcome to Fairy tile, a Kingdom of magical lands where a daring Princess, a devoted Knight, and a dreadful Dragon roam looking for adventure. They need your help to discover the Kingdom! Help them move further and further to fulfill their destiny and tell their story, page after page.

  • Coming March: Decrypto from Iello Games

Players compete in two teams in Decrypto, with each trying to correctly interpret the coded messages presented to them by their teammates while cracking the codes they intercept from the opposing team.

decrypto box

  • Coming April: The Legend of the Cherry Tree That Blossoms Every Ten Years from Iello Games

When the flowers on the Cherry Tree begin to fall softly to the ground, you rush to collect them before they wither: The one who can gather the most flowers will have their wish granted by the cherry tree. But if you are too greedy, the Cherry Tree will find you unworthy of its gift, and you will lose the chance to make your dream come true.


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