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You know me. I'm a fan of games with a unique premise. Well, in Zoollywood, players are penguins looking to get the best part in a new movie. Yeah, that's right. They're ready to audition and only one will be the star. Lights! Camera! Action!
The game's up on Kickstarter now.

Longtime readers will know my love of "gaming backpack games." They're the games that you can just toss in your backpack with you when you go to gaming night and pull out at a moment's notice when there's some downtime between other games. Well, up on Kickstarter now, there's a set of three such games. They're called GPS, Sequoia, and Mountain Goats, and each takes about 10min to play.

I'm here to chew bubble gum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubble gum... because I can't go out to the store... ... ... ... Anyway, They Live is a classic cult movie about aliens taking over the world through subterfuge, subliminal messages, and infiltration. Thanks to a special pair of sunglasses, their secret is out and now it's time to put a stop to them by exposing their lies. That's what you'll be trying to do in They Live: Assault on Cable 54, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Planning. Thinking ahead. Knowing what you're going to do. It's important in many situations, but vital right now. It's also going to be a major part of the upcoming Forgotten Waters game from Plaid Hat. So much so that it's got its own phase: the appropriately named Planning Phase. It's that which we get a preview of here today.

You know Gloomhaven? You know how much you love it? Well, now there's a new stand-alone, compatable, sequel game. It's called Frosthaven. It's up on Kickstarter right now and is taking everyone's money.

There's some pretty classic set-ups for a hack-and-slash video game. One involves demons invading. The hero or heroes need to suit up and just get choppin' to save humanity! Well, that's what you get to emulate in Down to Hell, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

I mean, yeah, right now, I'm stuck at home. But if it weren't for this pandemic I'd... ... still be stuck at home. Let's face it, even in better times, many of us don't have the ability to go globe-trotting on a whim. I know I don't, at least. But even without that, I can still live vicariously through my board games. Trekking the World is a board game all about planning a 'round-the-world trip in the best way possible. It's up on Kickstarter now.

Under the sea... Under the sea...

Sorry. Had to.

Anyway, if you're looking to head under the sea and do some exploring in the last great frontier on our planet, Aquanauts can take you there without the need for a multi-million-dollar submarine. It's a new board game up on Kickstarter where players are looking to find new life and studying them in the dark below the waves.

As everyone knows, all aspects of life have been impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. Game companies are having to halt production and shipping in some cases due to the situations in various countries. Fantasy Flight has posted an update about what they're doing during this time. Long story short: delayed shipments, especially to certain areas of the world.

It's the fi-nal de-fense! *doodle-doo-doo! doodle-doot-doot-doo!*

CMON continues their weekly tradition of new scenarios for Zombicide (I mean, tell me that this wasn't a good year to have started that plan, amirite?). This time around, they're headed back to fantasy realms with Black Plague. There's nothing standing between the Survivors and a huge mass of undead. Who will win?

Since many game nights have been cancelled as we're not supposed to get all that close to one-another, many people are turning to online ways to play their favorite games. I played D&D via Roll20 and Discord on Saturday, for example. Well, if you're a fan of some of Plaid Hat Games' offerings, they've posted up some resources to help you play their games when you're not in the same room as well.

The Starcadian Alliance was supposed to bring peace and order to the galaxy. And it worked! Hooray! However, not everyone wanted to join in on the celebration. Supreme Commander Thorne was like, "That's all stupid. You're stupid. I want to be in charge!" and so he got together a bunch of different minion races and have invaded! Oh no! Thankfully, the Starcadian Alliance is full of heroic crews that want to take the fight right back to him... and each other. That's the story behind Starcadia Quest, the new stand-alone game in the Arcadia Quest family that's available now from CMON.

With many people in their homes, there's more changes than ever to get a game night in. But what if you've already played through all the scenarios you've got? Well, here's another for you. CMON has posted up The Cure, a new scenario for Massive Darkness.

As with most companies, there have been changes over at Ares Games based on the COVID-19 outbreak. They've posted up an article talking about what they're doing this time and what products will be affected as well as a hopeful timeline of when they'll be able to start sending things back out again.

Since many game stores are closed and many products are being delayed and we're not supposed to go outside anyway, However, nobody says you can't go online and download stuff. In fact, that's what they're encouraging people to do. And Portal Games is here to help with some free content for their games that they've put up online so old games can feel new again.

With the world all sick, there's delays in all sorts of production and manufacturing. This includes the gaming industry. As such, Asmodee has announced that they're delaying all product releases until at least May 1st so that their workers can stay home and hopefully not catch COVID-19.

As I mentioned, a lot of different countries rolled out new regulations and closures during the outbreak. Japanime Games is being affected by these new orders and have temporarily stopped shipping product.

With the pandemic going on, all facets of life are affected. Renegade Game Studios has posted up an update about their release schedule. Long story short: expect dates being pushed back to allow for the disruption caused by the virus.

We're not supposed to go out. So, most of us are stuck at home. If you have a family that also games, you're in luck. If you live alone or your family/roommates aren't gamers, it can make things a little tougher. Thankfully, many games out there have solo varients that you can play. And now, there's another. Plaid Hat Games has released a solo variant for Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein.

One of the things about everyone not being able to go out is that a lot of local businesses aren't able to stay open during this time. Either they're sending their workers home or there's nobody to come in to begin with. It's rough. And considering most gaming shops are small, local businesses, it can be extra tough for them. Well, Japanime Games is hoping to help. They're giving 50% of their sales from their online shop to game stores during this time. You can stay isolated and still help your local shop.