News: AEG Announces Ninja for GenCon and More
AEG, makers of Thunderstone, Nightfall, and of course, Legend of the Five Rings (including War of Honor), have announced their latest project. Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan is a new board game set in the L5R universe.
Ninja is a game for three or four players. One player is the Ninja, seeking to infiltrate the Castle. One or two other players are the Lion Clan guards who move to prevent the Ninja from completing his objective (which can change from game to game). The final player is a traitor among the guards.
I’ll be very interested in more details once this debuts at GenCon. I love the L5R world—you can read all about it in the Emerald Empire sourcebook—and will be quite eager to see it implemented as a board game.
Check out the rest of the week’s news after the cut.
- The Meeple’s Choice Awards have been doled out. The winners for this year are:
The voting was very tight, with the next two games, Fresco and Navegador, losing to London by just one vote. Dominant Species rounded up the top six with only three votes behind London. I’m very pleased to see Innovation on the winners list. It doesn’t speak to everyone’s sensibilities, but I thoroughly enjoyed it’s randomized slug fest feel.
- With more GenCon news, Moosestache Games will be hosting the first inaugural championships of Rowboat. Rowboat has a traditional trick-taking game background and is reminiscent of Hearts or Spades. But, it also provides a lot extra considerations as different suits become the trump suit at different times.
If you’re attending GenCon, you may want to check out the full information. The winner will receive $300 to Troll and Toad, with $150 and $50 going to the second and third place finishers respectively.
Plus, since this is the very first championship, you’ll have supreme bragging rights and you may develop the legendary tactic that is spoken of in hushed whispers in future tournaments.
- Additionally, Stratus Games has put together a short video teaser displaying information for their newest game: Eruption. They’ve also put up a complete copy of the Instructions online. Eruption looks like a nice move into the light strategy genre.
- Days of Wonder has announced a whole slew of Small World: Underground preview nights at game stores all across the country. Check them out to find one near you so you can experience all the Small World-y goodness before anyone else.
- Finally, while many board games morph into iOS apps (and Angry Birds goes the other way), it seems that one company is about to do both simultaneously. The Kickstarter for the RoboArena app is going on now, along with a separate Kickstarter for the RoboArena board game. It looks like a minis-type game that is simple enough to appeal to a much wider audience.