Tabletop Game News of the Week – Gameapalooza Round Up for 4 January through January 10, 2015

Asmodee North America acquires Catan from Mayfair Games
Those people already panicking over Asmodee’s bold business acquisitions are going to have palpitations over this one, Asmodee NA has acquired the worldwide English language rights for Catan. The project will be headed by Peter Fenlon, former CEO of Mayfair Games. Expect new Catan content.

Hasbro backpeddle and add Rey to Monopoly
Yes in one of the greatest backpeddles – at speed – we’ve ever seen, Hasbro hit Twitter to let people know they’re adding a token for Rey to its Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly. “We love your passion for Rey and are happy to share that we will be including her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game, available later this year”. Cough cop out cough.

Z-Man Games announces Archaeology: The New Expedition
Z-Man Games will be releasing Archaeology: The New Expedition later this month. The spiritual successor to Archaeology: The Card Game (winner of the 2008 Boardgames Australia Awards). It’s by Phil Walker-Harding, the man behind “Sushi Go!” and “Cacao”. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi!

Kalmbach Publishing Co. acquires Rather Dashing
President of Kalmbach Publishing Co. – Chuck Croft – says his company want a foot in “the rapidly growing board-game market”. A prominent magazine publisher, Kalmbach got its toe wet by acquiring board game publisher Rather Dashing Games.

Another Borg cube inbound! Assimilate!
Heads up Star Trek: Attack Wing fans with deep pockets (haven’t you all got those?). Another giant model releases in June for a whopping $100 (USD). The Borg Cube with Sphere Port shows us WizKids know we’re suckers for big models.

Spotted on Kickstarter this week:

MeepleSource have launched their More Game Upgrade Kits Kickstarter. We’ve been sent some MeepleSource items for an upcoming interest piece and we can tell you the quality is great, so get on it.

Only a couple of hours to go on GG: An Addictive 15 Min Strategy Card Game. This has gone off, probably aided by the great pledge prices. Check it out if you’re looking for a quick card game.

GOB’Z’HEROES – The Game looks pretty interesting. One with its tongue firmly lodged in cheek, GOB’Z’HEROES – The Game is a “2-players game where goblins clash loudly with face slaps, trip each other up, throw grenades and use quite unorthodox technics such as « Acid Fart » or « Good Wallop”. If you want to throw an acide fart, get on the GOB’Z’HEROES – The Game Kickstarter.

Till next time fellow gamers, let’s play games! It’s the weekend for goodness say.