Ten More 2020-2021 Titles I’m Eagerly Anticipating (Article by Chris Wray)

Back in April, I published a list of 10 2020 Titles I’m Eagerly Anticipating. Since then, we’ve seen convention after convention cancelled, and many game releases have slipped into 2021. But there are still several great games coming!

So today, I’m publishing a list of 10 additional 2020-2021 titles I’m looking forward to.

The original list consisted of:

  • Beez
  • Feed the Kraken
  • Glen More 2 (Additional Chronicles + Solo Mode)
  • Loot of Lima
  • Maglev Metro
  • My City
  • New York Zoo
  • Paris
  • Viscounts of the West Kingdom
  • Winter Kingdom

I’ve gotten to play a fair number of those in the months since. I did a full review of My City, which has since garnered a Spiel des Jahres nomination. I’ve played two remote games of Feed the Kraken, and both were amazing plays. It is going to be a great social deduction game. I playtested the Glen More solo mode and enjoyed it. And Bezier Games was kind enough to send me a prototype of Maglev Metro, and I’m fallen in love with its tense and think-y gameplay.

But without further ado, here are 10 more games I’m looking forward to!

Alma Mater – Alma Mater is a game about building a university, a really cool theme I once experimented with designing myself. Likely to be on the heavier side of the weight spectrum, it is being published by eggertspiele. As Mike Young of Plan B games said in his publisher interview, “It’s a clever engine building game that harkens back to the designers previous titles – Coimbra, Lorenzo il Magnifico, and others.”

Claim Reinforcements – I’ve become a big fan of the Claim series. There appear to be three new “Reinforcements” packs coming: Fear, Fire, and Frost. Plus a new storage box (pictured) with mini expansions / promos.

Finishing Time – Designed by Friedemann Friese and released by 2F Spiele, this is an “after worker placement” game in which. Friedemann described the theme in this oh-so-cool description in his publisher interview: “In all worker placement games you send your workers to work to get the best benefit out their work. We just changed the perspective. Sending workers to their after-work activities: pubs, amusement parks, blind dates, whatever fun means. To change this, changed the goal of the game. The goal is no longer to become the wealthiest employer, instead become the most relaxed employee.”

Kemet: Blood and Sand – Kemet is one of my favorite “dudes on a map” (for lack of a better term) games. The “Blood and Sand” redo streamlines the rules, upgrades the components, and adds some new aspects to gameplay. The game did especially well on Kickstarter a few weeks ago, and is slated to begin shipping next year.

Pandemic Legacy: Season Zero – I’ve loved both games in the series, so I’m naturally looking forward to the prequel by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau. Season 0 was announced this week and appears to be scheduled for an October-ish release. I had the opportunity to playtest the game and absolutely loved it. This is the beginning of a pretty cool story arc.

Schotten Totten 2 – I loved the original card game by Reiner Knizia, and Iello’s production value of it was stunning. I don’t have many details on Schotten Totten 2, but it does appear to be shipping in the next couple of months. (And this is in Iello’s series of small box games, so it should be quite affordable.)

Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun – Designers Daniele Tascini and Dávid Turczi have done great work before, and this looks like a well-produced dice drafting game that will be on the heavier end of the spectrum. Preorders are open and will begin shipping this fall. Candice Harris had a preview recently on BGG News.

Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam – The next title in the TTR city series (featuring faster gameplay) was recently announced. The artwork looks beautiful as always, and there are some new thematic elements that evoke the Dutch Golden Age.

Ultimate Werewolf Extreme – I’m a huge fan of social deduction games, and Ultimate Werewolf is perhaps the most legendary of the games in that genre. Bezier was kind enough to let me and my group playtest this — and we played a lot of games at a weekend retreat before the pandemic hit — and the publisher has truly taken it to the next level. Not only are there many cool new roles, but there are a lot of new features to make the moderation easier. This is coming to Kickstarter next month, and Bezier provided a few details in their publisher interview.

Whale Riders – A new title from Reiner Knizia and Grail Games (with art by Vincent Dutrait), the game is hailing itself as having “simple and short rules” with “a classic feel – similar to many of Knizia’s great designs.” It is currently on Kickstarter.

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3 Responses to Ten More 2020-2021 Titles I’m Eagerly Anticipating (Article by Chris Wray)

  1. Daniel says:

    Hi, the first game is called Alma Mater (“alma mater” is Latin for “gracious mother” and means “university”). ;-)

  2. Daniel says:

    ..but your slight mistake doesn’t matter.. :-D

  3. Jacob Lee says:

    Thank you for this article. I love plotting out new acquisitions and OG does a fantastic job of putting things on my radar. Alma Mater, specifically, has got my focused attention.

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