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New Game Round-up: Key Signs of 2020 as We Roll Out 2019

W. Eric Martin
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• Just ahead of GridCon, a convention run by Paul Grogan of Gaming Rules! from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2019, designer Dávid Turczi‎ posted a teaser image of Keyfoundland, a game he's co-designing with Richard Breese of R&D Games.

No details on the gameplay, so consider yourself teased...

Turczi's comment: "Let wider playtesting begin...."

• Along similar lines, designer Stefan Risthaus notes that Level X, which was published in 2010 as part of Schmidt Spiele's "Easy Play" line, will be released in a new edition in 2020.

Chronicle Books is primarily a book publisher, but recently it's been releasing a handful of games each year aimed at a mainstream audience. For 2020 it plans to release at least five games, two of which first appeared in other editions: Cat Rescue, a slide-three-style card game by Ta-Te Wu and Sunrise Tornado Game Studio, and Karmaka, a game about advancing up the karmic ladder to achieve transcendence from Eddy Boxerman, Dave Burke, and Hemisphere Games.

New titles in Chronicle Books' 2020 line-up include:

Aunt Agatha's Attic from Doug Levandowski, with 3-6 players trying to negotiate their way to the best collection of stuff.
S'Mores Wars, a 3-5 player game from Prospero Hall in which you race to create card-based s'mores.
Play the Patriarchy, a Cards Against Humanity-style party game from Beth Newell with adults trying to string together Subject, Verb, and Descriptor cards in humorous ways.

• Joey Schouten, one of the editors of Dice & Ink: A Roll & Write Anthology, is embracing that game genre even further with a roll-and-write Christmas card. For a grand total of US$1, you can purchase the files for yourself, then print cards of your own to send to others. Ho-ho-hope you roll what you need!

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