News Flash: Ice Cool 2 Announced, Mayfair Games Acquired by Asmodee

Ice Cool 2

Ice Cool 2 Announced
A follow up to Ice Cool has been announced. "Ice Cool 2 can be combined with the original game to engage race mode, create new layouts, and find other ways to play for up to 8 players."
Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/39552/penguin-mischief-continues-ice-cool-2

Asmodee Acquires Mayfair Games
Asmodee has acquired Mayfair Games and European publisher Lookout Games. “Mayfair Games Inc., a long-standing game publisher based out of Skokie, Illinois, is withdrawing from games publishing and have entered into an agreement to hand over all their current IP to Asmodee.”
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/73620/asmodee-acquires-lookout-games-and-mayfair-games

Board Game Recipe Contest
Cabot is hosting a board game cooking contest, where you submit game-related recipes. "Essentially we want a board game-themed recipe. It can be as visually obvious as a Jenga stack made of cheese rectangles, or cheese and crackers checkers, or something more abstract."
Source: https://www.cabotcheese.coop/gamingrecipe

Bézier Games Announces Werewords Deluxe
Werewords Deluxe Edition is a new, fancier version of the party game and will be launched on Kickstarter in March. "Werewords Deluxe Edition takes the original Werewords game, addresses issues gamers had with the original production, and adds new roles and modes to the original game. It supports a larger (and smaller) number of players, and the app has been entirely reworked to provide an even better experience for players."
Source: https://beziergames.com/products/werewords-deluxe-edition

North Star Games Launches Happy Planet
North Star Games has launched a new imprint for their Happy Salmon-like games. "The company is describing the Happy Planet line as games that “raise the happiness level of everyone playing."
Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/39577/north-star-games-launches-happy-planet

Tabletopia for iPads
The board game playing app has released a beta version of Tabletopia for iPads. "Tabletopia is a digital online platform for playing board games just like in real life. There is no AI to enforce the rules. Read the rulebook, choose a seat at the virtual table, and let the game begin!"
Source: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1274379679?mt=8

Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers on Kickstarter
A Sonic the Hedgehog board game is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. "A Pre-painted Miniatures Racing Board Game for 2 - 5 players. Race past Badniks and Bosses, collecting Rings in a sprint to the finish."
Source: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1529918676/sonic-the-hedgehog-battle-racers-0

BoardGameGeek Announces the Second BGG Artist Series
The series involves creating retro posters for various board games. "An illustration based on a popular game, done in the style of a 1950's to 1960's travel poster."
Source: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1934414/announcing-bgg-artist-series-series-2

Reviews
Unter Spannung (Go Play Listen.): “So overall this fun and sometimes frantic game is more likely to find itself being used as a learning tool within a classroom than being played as a filler game during a games night.”
Source: https://goplaylisten.com/games/unter-spannung-aka-7-ate-9-a-four-sided-game-review/

The Climbers (Boards and Bees): “It’s surprising how much depth of strategy there is in a game that looks like it should be for children.  This is an excellent game, and one I’d highly recommend.
Source: https://boardsandbees.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/0725/

Castle Panic and The Wizard's Tower (Polished by Leanne): “I feel like every time we play this game we learn something new about it too which I really like.”
Source: https://polishedbyleanne.com/games/castle-panic-the-wizards-tower