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New Game Round-up: Race for the Galaxy Expands, Memoir '44 Goes Higher, and Munchkin Gains Turtle Power

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: Xeno Invasion
Board Game: Kanban: Driver's Edition
• Designer Tom Lehmann has noted on BGG that Race for the Galaxy: Xeno Counter Strike — the second title in the Race for the Galaxy arc that began with Xeno Invasion in 2015 — has been green-lit by publisher Rio Grande Games, with this expansion having no anticipated release date at the moment since the design is not finished. To quote Lehmann:

XI's sequel, XCS, has been green-lit and we've tested some of its many parts, but it has been bumped back by 5 other RGG projects -- not all of them Race-related -- two of which (Roll: Rivalry and [SECRET]) are mostly done. I *hope* to return to XCS late this year. When I write the XCS secret history and designer preview sometime in 2019? 2020?, I'll try and finish the XI secret history then.
Stronghold Games has announced an updated release date of July 2018 for the "Driver's Edition" of Vital Lacerda's 2014 release Kanban. This edition of the game, which Stronghold states will not be reprinted past 2018, includes forty wooden cars to dress up the game, along with a double-sided game board that is meant to help newcomers pick up the flow of the game more easily.

• Designer Gil Hova of Formal Ferret Games will release The Networks: Telly Time, an expansion for The Networks that features UK-based shows, nine genres, and a new "noughts-and-crosses" way to get a genre bonus, will debut at the UK Games Expo in June 2018.

Board Game: Memoir '44: Air Pack
• Are you a Memoir '44 fan who's still hoping after all these years to get a copy of Memoir '44: Air Pack? Well, you can just keep hoping for now, but designer Richard Borg has noted in the Days of Wonder forums that something new related to air support is in the works for the game:

...a new Air Sortie expansion is scheduled for sometime soon, well maybe not that soon, but it is on the near Horizon.

It will be and most certainly will be a seamlessly fit into all our Memoir '44 game scenarios. This is in fact is how I originally imagined it would always be. Air rules that were simple and yet they would be a very interesting and fun way to add another very cool feature into our Memoir '44 games.
IDW Games and Steve Jackson Games have joined forces and licensing power to bring about Munchkin: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a design by Jon Cohn that will debut in June 2018 in three editions, with two of those editions being funded via Kickstarter since they contain extra bits with which some folks won't concern themselves.

The only gameplay description released so far covers pretty much exactly what you might expect from Munchkin: TMNT: "Players take on the roles of the turtles and their friends to fight monsters and grab treasure."

Board Game: Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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