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Best new board games in January 2022: latest tabletop release dates

A new year, a fresh batch of games to play.

With the start of a new year, comes the opportunity to grab some of the best new board games on the market. Maybe you did a clear-out at the end of 2021 and you’ve got lots of newly acquired space to put some fresh games in. Or maybe you didn’t clear anything out and you want more games anyway - not everyone can be Marie Kondo. Either way, we have you covered with our selection of some of the best tabletop releases due to come out this month. From brand new board games to the most recent expansion for an RPG, this article features an overview of the hottest new games out there.

The beginning of 2022 sees the release of a revised core set for the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, a living card game that celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and was crying out for a much needed revival. Luckily enough, publisher Fantasy Flight Games has given the card game a fresh coat of paint with its new starter set, which looks to provide new players an easy way into the decade-old game, as well as existing fans a shinier version of the original set. Players will find everything they need inside to begin their adventures in Middle-earth, including readily made character decks and additional cards they can use to custom their decks when they’re confident enough to take that step.

Another refreshed classic is Art Decko - which was originally released as Promenade - a deckbuilding board game that sees players becoming art collectors. Throughout the game, players will be attempting to acquire various paintings, which are represented by cards in the game, that they will then try to manipulate the value of by gaining more paintings of a similar type and discarding others. Players can also choose to display a painting in exchange for valuable victory points. A re-imagining featuring some fantastic artwork inspired by various schools of art, Art Decko could be your next board game investment.

Dune: Adventures in the Imperium, a tabletop RPG based upon the beloved Frank Herbert novel series, may have only been released last year, but it’s already receiving some fresh expansion content. Sand and Dust is a new sourcebook that specifically explores the planet Arrakis - that’s the one with all the sand and worms - and how it ties into the intergalactic Spice trade. Considering how important both Arrakis and Spice is to the world of Dune, this sourcebook looks to provide some valuable insight into how games masters and players can tie both into their RPG campaigns.

Other notable tabletop releases coming this month include the Leafeon Vstar and Glaceon Vstar collections for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Warhammer 40K RPG: Wrath & Glory Forsaken System Player’s Guide sourcebook, the Frostgrave: Blood Legacy book and the Magic: The Gathering - Innistrad Double Feature Draft Booster set. To keep up to date with all the latest tabletop releases coming this month - and throughout this year - pop back here.

Best new board games January

UK release dates

January 19th

  • Cardfight!! Vanguard OverDress - Touken Ranbu Online
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard OverDress - Trial Deck - Touken Ranbu Online 2021
  • Peaky Blinders Escape Game
  • Lord Of The Rings The Card Game Starter Set
  • Egg Slam
  • So Wrong It's Right
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Grand Creators
  • Pokémon TCG: Leafeon VSTAR / Glaceon VSTAR Special Collection
  • Triptych: Marvel Xavier's Institute
  • Depths Of Damnation: Mini Rogue
  • Diabolik: Heists And Investigations
  • Last Friday Revised Edition
  • Black Rose Wars: Inferno
  • Black Rose Wars: Familiars- Cerberus
  • Black Rose Wars: Familiars- Draco
  • Black Rose Wars: Familiars- Griffin
  • Black Rose Wars: Familiars- Hydra
  • Sword & Sorcery: Spawn Gates And Gods' Shrines
  • Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles Minions
  • CardFight!! Vanguard: OverDress - Mirei Minae - Sealed Blaze Maiden
  • Weiß Schwarz Trial Deck+ BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! [Morfonica]
  • Weiß Schwarz Extra Booster Morfonica × RAISE A SUILEN
  • Weiß Schwarz Extra Booster Poppin'Party × Roselia
  • Weiß Schwarz: Booster Pack- RWBY
  • Weiß Schwarz: Supply Set- RWBY
  • Weiß Schwarz - Trial Deck Plus: RWBY
  • BattleTech Clan Striker Star
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Altdorf Crown Of The Empire
  • Warhammer Age Of Sigmar Roleplay: Soulbound, Bestiary
  • Warhammer 40000 RPG: Wrath & Glory: Forsaken System Players Guide
  • Warhammer 40000 RPG: Wrath & Glory: Litanies Of The Lost
  • Ark Nova
  • Sand And Dust: Dune RPG
  • Frostgrave: Blood Legacy
  • 5211 Azul Special Edition
  • Absalom City Of Lost Omens: Pathfinder
  • Pathfinder Lost Omens: Monsters Of Myth
  • Art Decko
  • Magic: The Gathering - Innistrad Double Feature Draft Booster

These release dates are sourced from distributors Asmodee North America and Asmodee UK. Spotted something we missed? Get in touch: contact@dicebreaker.com

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