Tales From the Loop's Publisher Discusses the New '90s Expansion and the Big Amazon Adaptation

Tales From the Loop is getting more ironic, don’t you think? The innocence of the 1980s is now venturing into 1990s nihilism with the role-playing game’s first expansion. io9 recently spoke to Free League Publishing’s co-founder about Things From the Flood—also based on the world created by Simon Stålenhag—to find out…

Pandemic Infects Rome, Tales From The Loop Heads to the '90s, and More Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome to the Gaming Shelf, io9's roundup of tabletop gaming news, releases, updates, and interesting crowdfunding campaigns—focusing on sci-fi and fantasy games... for the most part. It’s been quite an eventful couple of weeks, as game companies get ready for the holiday season. We had so many announcements and…

This Giant Fan-Made Tabletop Game Puts 33 Players in the Middle of Aegon's Conquest

Playing A Game of Thrones: The Board Game was one of the most intense experiences of my life—it remains the only board game I’ve ever stormed away from out of anger, sorry family. But if I thought that was an extreme Game of Thrones experience, I too know nothing, Jon Snow. Because there’s a new Song of Ice and Fire …

Cereal Monsters Battle for Milk, Infinities Mashes Sci-Fi and Fantasy Gaming, and More Tabletop News

Welcome to the Gaming Shelf, io9's new roundup of tabletop gaming news, releases, updates, and interesting crowdfunding campaigns—focusing on sci-fi and fantasy releases, with the occasional exception of course. This week, we’ve got a board game centered around cereal box monsters, news of Mutant: Year Zero getting a …

Unicorns Return to War, Horizon: Zero Dawn Gets a Board Game, and More Tabletop News

Welcome to the Gaming Shelf, io9's new roundup of tabletop gaming news, releases, updates, and interesting Kickstarter campaigns—focusing on sci-fi and fantasy games, with the occasional exception of course (Machi Koro is too cute to ignore!). Seeing as we’re on the heels of GenCon, board game companies have been…

Dune Is Getting a Tabletop RPG, Just in Time for Denis Villeneuve's Reboot

They who control the spice control the game. In anticipation of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune, Legendary Entertainment and Frank Herbert’s estate (under the company name Herbert Properties LLC) have announced they’ve teamed up with Gale Force Nine to produce a series of board games set in the Dune universe.…

Space Cats Fight Fascism Is a Card Game With a Great Name and an Even Better Mission

It all started after the 2016 election. The TESA Collective, which makes games and tools about social causes, was in a bind. They wanted to make a game that would inspire players to change the world, but they knew people also needed a break from all the crap. How could they accomplish their goal and combat the…

Scifi Author Martha Wells Is Bringing Magic: The Gathering Back to Where It All Began 

For decades, Magic: The Gathering has built up characters and worlds for its expansions in all the little details—snippets of story in the “flavor text” on cards, to novels, and more regularly these days, online short fiction. But its next set, Dominaria, is taking Magic’s story back to the setting it started in 25…

Zombie Survival Game Dead of Winter Is So Scary I'd Rather Die Than Play It Again

I was about an hour into zombie horror board game Dead of Winter when I gave up all hope of ever being happy again. My players were surrounded by the undead, I was nearly out of supplies, and my heart was beating like a jack-hammer. It took all my courage not to flip over my brother-in-law’s table and scream: “Screw…