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New Game Round-up: Find the Replicant, Beat the Queen of Hearts, and Marvel at Splendor's Licensing

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Blade Runner 2049: Nexus Protocol
• In late 2017, WizKids announced an early 2018 release for the deduction game Blade Runner 2049: Nexus Protocol, then it pulled the game from its schedule in early 2018. That title, designed by Travis R. Chance and Jessey Wright, is now back on WizKids' release schedule, with an anticipated arrival in April 2020. Here's what you'll find in the game:
In Blade Runner 2049: Nexus Protocol, detectives, citizens, and Rick Deckard compete to figure out who is a replicant posing as a human. They know that one of them is a replicant, but not even the replicant knows who they are.

In this deduction game, you use your influence to meet contacts, gather information, and reveal evidence to identify the replicant. If you discover that you are the replicant, you have to scramble to conceal your identity and avoid early retirement.

Will you find the replicant, or will you be retired?
• WizKids has also placed a May 2020 release date on Serge Macasdar's Seeders from Sereis: Exodus, and you can watch get an overview of the game from the designer thanks to a 2017 interview BGG recorded at FIJ.

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Cover mock-up

• WizKids often has a, um, fluid concept of release dates, but here's the current timeline of Dice Masters titles due out in 2020:

—January: WWE Dice Masters: Campaign Box, Bitter Rivals Team Pack, & Tag Teams Team Pack; D&D Dice Masters: Trouble in Waterdeep Campaign Box, Adventures in Waterdeep Team Pack, The Zhentarim Team Pack
—March: Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers Infinity Gauntlet Countertop Display
—June: DC Dice Masters: Superman Kryptonite Crisis Countertop Display
—July: Marvel Dice Masters: Spider-Man Team-Up Campaign Box, Spider-Verse Team Pack
—October: Marvel Dice Masters: The Dark Phoenix Saga Countertop Display

Board Game: Splendor
• At Gen Con 2019, I walked through the sprawling Asmodee booth complex several times during the show, but this distributor changed its offerings each day, so I missed seeing some of the games that it was previewing, including a licensed version of Marc André's Splendor coming from Space Cowboys.

This title was previewed again at PAX Unplugged 2019, which reminded me that I had forgotten to post this write-up of Marvel Splendor from Matt Carlson, which originally ran on Opinionated Gamers in one of his Gen Con 2019 overviews. Here's that summary now, reprinted with Carlson's permission:

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Splendor: Marvel (image by Matt Carlson; used with permission)

Asmodee's marketing gurus were able to catch the coattails of the recent Marvel movie franchise and will be offering up Splendor: Marvel, a retheming of the original. It looked to be almost all the same, except for two new aspects. The first person to collect three "Avenger Tokens" claims a tile worth three points. However, like Catan's longest road, the tile can be claimed by another player if they are able to collect more tokens. The second item is a new Thanos tile that can be claimed if a player has one of each of the five types of gem. This takes a bit of work as the green gems are only found on the more expensive cards. Claiming the Thanos tile ends the game and final scores are tallied. Expect to see it around Q1 of 2020.
Board Game: Tea for 2
• Another 2020 release coming from Space Cowboys is Tea for 2, a Cédrick Chaboussit design that in March 2020 will join the company's two-player game line with Jaipur and Ankh'or. The title will probably hit the U.S. market in Q2 2020. The game combines the simplistic gameplay of War with deck-building:
Tea for 2 is an easy-to-learn, yet hard to master deck-building game set in Alice's Wonderland that combines easy rules and strategic play. To do battle, players simultaneously flip over the top card of their decks. The player with the highest card can use the card's effect or buy a new card for their deck! Players will collect hourglasses and tarts, and try to keep their hands on the pink flamingo to win!
Board Game: Tea for 2
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