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Z-Man Games Announces Lift Off
This new space-themed game is available for pre-order and will be released in the spring of 2019. "Build your space agency and compete to claim the most glorious milestones of space travel. New research has refined techniques to send astronauts into space. Specialists in the field will give your agency the edge. Bring a lead researcher or astronaut commander onboard and prepare for launch."
Source: https://www.zmangames.com/en/news/2018/11/16/announcing-lift-off/

Monopoly Cash Grab Game
Hasbro has released a new game that takes the board out of Monopoly. "Load the Monopoly Money into the Money Blaster (aka the Bank), and blast cash and Chance cards into the air. Everyone rushes to grab as much cash as they can. Collect Chance cards that add more strategy to the game and help players get more money. Once the blaster is empty, the player with the most cash wins!"
Source: https://monopoly.hasbro.com/en-us/product/monopoly-cash-grab-game:D225B524-A353-4970-A777-ADDD1D879DED#

USAopoly's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway
Up through December 12, USAopoly is running a giveaway, with a new prize being revealed each day. "Entries can be submitted once per day. On days where the prize is a special promotional item, one or more entry(s) will be selected (for every 100 entries, we'll select 10 winners). On days where the prize is a USAopoly board game, we will select one winner for that game."
Source: https://www.usaopoly.com/blog/usaopolys-12-days-gifts-giveaway

How to Host a Game Night
Boston.com has posted tips for hosting game night. "Trevelyan said to plan for game night the same way you would prepare for a dinner party: by considering the likes and dislikes of those you’re going to entertain."
Source: https://www.boston.com/culture/lifestyle/2018/12/04/how-to-host-an-epic-board-game-night

10 Retro Board Games Based on Sci Fi Classics
Popular Mechanics has posted a roundup of ten science fiction properties you may not know got the board game treatment. "Since the dawn of acting, product tie-ins have given us some great toys. Who says that board games can’t have a piece of the action? Powerhouse companies like Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers were major players but some underdogs dipped their toes into the pot to try and share the wealth."
Source: https://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/g25347292/10-retro-sci-fi-board-games/

Dexterity Games Roundup
Geek and Sundry has done a roundup of five dexterity based board games. “Dexterity games call for players to do some sort of physical task, from flicking wooden disks in Flick ‘Em Up to stacking cards into a teetering tower that only a Rhino Hero could scale. They register high on the fun meter and instantly draw a crowd of spectators."
Source: https://geekandsundry.com/these-five-tabletop-games-require-real-life-dexterity-skills/

Reviews
Skull King (Indie Tabletop): “Final thoughts are the game is all around a perfect lighthearted strategy game that takes time to master. It’s easy to learn when the concept of trick taking is understood and the different play styles from early to late game keep this game fresh.”
Source: http://indietabletop.net/skull-king/

Hanamikoji (Board Game Quest): “Fantastic art and twisty actions form a beautiful and interesting strategy, but player count and wildly variable game time can make this not as great for every game situation.”
Source: https://www.boardgamequest.com/hanamikoji-review/

NMBR 9 (The Board Game Family): “We’ve reviewed over 425 games. And NMBR 9 tops the list for repeated plays in such a short period of time.”
Source: https://www.theboardgamefamily.com/2018/12/nmbr-9-board-game-review/