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W. Eric Martin
I jetted into NY Toy Fair this past weekend for 1.5 days of exploration, note-taking, pics, and even a couple of videos. I've been sharing those images and notes on BGG's Twitter account for the past two days, and here are a few highlights from that feed, with more pics and notes to come over the next day or two.
Why repost tweets instead of uploading images and writing things out anew? Well, I will in time, but I have only two days before heading to Cannes, France to record game preview videos at the Festival International des Jeux, so I'm opting for fast and seemingly lazy over slow and non-existent. Priorities!
I believe that Gale Force Nine actually anticipates having Firefly Adventures out by the end of June 2017, but my notes are messy, so let's go with Gen Con as a "sell by" date to cushion that expectation.
To add a bit more detail, the Borg are run by an AI and can appear all over the place. They weaken other players as they attack, and you might view that as a good thing, leaving them to ravage someone else's planet while you do things to improve your position, but as some point a damaged player can become the Borg, which then lets them take control of the race and give them a chance to win the game a different way.
Oh, and the Cardassian Union and Ferengi Alliance expansions for Star Trek: Ascendancy are on their way to retail. I'll poke GF9 again for a more precise release date.
No pics were allowed in the USAopoly booth — a restriction that's often in place because publishers are waiting for approval from license holders for the use of artwork and design — so I have nothing to show for this title. Andrew Wolf at USAopoly described the game as a Battlestar Galactica-style hidden traitor game in that initially everyone is trying to protect the outpost from an alien incursion, but someone might become infected and turn against everyone else. Wolf noted that the game has a sixty-minute playing time.
This title was the one exception to the "no photos" rule by USAopoly as the box was available for public viewing at the PSI booth.
And here's a nice way to end this post: